It's that time again. The holidays are nearing and I'd like to get a family picture taken at least once a year. Gage is changing so much its hard to keep up! I realize I just made it sound like he is eleven years old... Well I went into this believing that Gage would be perfectly fine and we'd be able to get a few shots of him looking handsome, little did I know I was completely underestimating him. The very first picture was the ONLY picture he sat for, thank Heaven I didn't look constipated, double-chinned, or wasn't doing my notorious "scary eyes" in it. The following are the results of the photo shoot, preceded by past family photos...
Our very first, Gage was 3 months old. And I look 3 months pregnant...
Gage was 4 months old.
Gage was 11 months old in these pictures that Cara took for us.
Here is the latest picture, Gage is 21 months old (almost 2).
Is it just me, or was the weather nice for just 1 day- and then turned cold? I mostly noticed last night when I suddenly found myself wearing a sweatshirt, and realized that a jacket was actually more necessary... So last night I went to the haunted houses at Fiesta Mall with some friends. And the reason I say "I" instead of "we", is because that might allude you to believe that my husband and I went together which was in fact, not the case. 3 years ago I loved to be scared, see scary movies, attend haunted houses and anything of the like. Then Aaron came into my life and before I knew it all of that was nixed. Any mere suggestion at something scary was immediately shot down, claiming, "Being in suspense is not my idea of a good time." Long story short, I was the 13th wheel. Ha ha! There were 6 couples and then Sundae. It was fun and I didn't feel awkward at all. I guess I screamed enough, but definitely have been to scarier haunted houses. Pretty much when I could tell it was a little kid covered in blood and shooting an overly fake gun, it stole a little scariness... Afterwards I hadn't had my fill yet, so we went to see that new movie Quarantine. Um, let me tell you that it was so f-ing scary!! My throat hurt after one particular scene, Keara said her hand went numb from my squeezing it, and I'm pretty sure I wet my pants.
Yes I know everyone hears the word "summer" and groans, but this is the first summer that I got to have fun with Gage and I'm kinda sad to see it go... not that it is really going anywhere anytime soon.
Gage's favorite things this summer (These things are actually not limited to summer): 1. "Hmm-ma" (Grandma) 2. Swimming 3. Shoes. We play the shoes on/shoes off game. All day. Every day. 4. Puzzles 5. Fruit snacks 6. Zach and/or Michelle (sorry other friends, you need to come around more...) 7. Music. Daddy claims his favorite is Protest the Hero 8. Chocolate (this is a freak phenomenon. he did not get this from anybody.) watch out michael phelps!
Most of you know I work mornings at Mountainside Fitness and Gage gets to play in Childcare for a couple hours during my shift-- except for the next 2 weeks because he was suspended!! My 1 and 1/2 year old angel was suspended for throwing toys at other kids' heads! Over the last month he had been written up twice, and a 3rd time is suspension. I was really blown away when they told me cuz I just didn't think it could be real for 2 reasons: #1)Why is my Baby Gage throwing toys like he's trying out for the minor league? He is not allowed to throw! #2) He's not 5 years old! Are they seriously suspending him?? The best part is they told me that they had tried to talk to him about it-- and he didn't understand!! Well that's just crazy cuz him and I have heart to heart discussions every frickin day!! C'mon, really people? Well, I sure hope his record is expunged in the next couple years because I'd really like to get him into a good preschool. I can't have him running around with this type of black mark on him...
How To Play This Game of Tag: Post these rules on your blog List:3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, 3 random surprising facts about yourself. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog!
3 Joys: -Being with family and friends -Chocolate chip cookie dough (who am I kidding, pretty much anything sweet) -Vacations
3 Fears: -Being in a plane crash -Boogey man -Losing a loved one
3 Goals: -Eat healthier -Retire by age 25 :) -Be a better Mom
3 Current Obsessions/Collections: -Twilight series, duh -Prison Break -Gage's cheeks
3 Random Surprising Facts About Me: -I've jumped out of a moving, burning vehicle -I've never read Harry Potter (I know, I know...) -My taste buds reject peas
I just want everyone to know what a lovable weirdo my child is... In the following pics he has snatched Daddy's boxers from the drawer and brought them to me, demanding that I help him put them on. He proceeded to proudly parade about the house.
A couple weeks ago I went to North Carolina with a couple other bridesmaids for Stephanie's wedding--it was so fun!! I mean the no child, sleep as late as I want, take extra long showers part!! I love you, Gage, but I'm not gonna lie... It has been so long since I had just hung out with girls, and I forgot how fun it could be. Besides the bridal shower and bachelorette party we didn't do a whole lot besides eat a hoards of food, and it seemed like we spent a lot of time getting ready. And holy crap, I ate a lot of food.
Everyone had prepared me for how humid it was going to be in N.C., but even so I was NOT prepared for the 2000% humidity which occurred the day of the wedding... We started planning an "accidental" fall into the pool- which never happened because during dinner the groom's grandfather jumped in and stole our idea!!! OK, well he didn't jump, it was mostly a fall, and it wasn't on purpose, and to this day I can't really laugh as I replay it in my head... Grandpa is fine, don't worry!!
Here is the happy couple and horses...
The bouquet toss, everyone's favorite... Sascha won!
Now it's our turn, move over Gramps and Sascha!!! Oh no, our hair is about to be ruined... ;(
After stuffing our faces full of yummy dinner and cake and sending the newlyweds off, we went back to the Bodhaines to- you guessed it- eat some more!!! Thus ending a beautiful week of laughter and tears... just kidding that was quite cheesy. But seriously, weddings of close friends are always somewhat bittersweet to me because it's such a huge change and nothing will be the same again. Like the saying, "you're not losing a daughter, you're gaining a son!", I'm not losing a friend, I'm gaining a... friend's husband...? I'm not sure that saying is going to catch on...
It has now been over a month since we went to San Diego, but I'm just getting around to uploading the pictures... We had such an awesome time, we stayed right on the beach in the Beach Cottages and I will NEVER stay anywhere else again!! Gage loved running into the water but he would freeze as soon as it touched him. That's because it was pretty freakin' cold, and I could only get my feet wet as well. Ha ha ha! I just had a mental picture of Aaron running and diving into the water on the last day so he could think to himself that he is NOT a wuss. Pretty sure he died for a quick second... The whole weekend was, however, the perfect weather aside from the water. We are going to make it a tradition to go every year right before the prices peak. The only thing that sucked was driving home, there has to be a better way! It's so boring between Yuma and Mesa, and who lives in Gila Bend??!
Aaron and I met shortly after moving next door to each other here in Mesa... And I think you can piece the rest together. We have an adorable baby Gage- well he's 1 1/2 years old now, and is the funniest thing that's ever happened to my life!