I think David Franklin was trying to tell me how my lunch would taste today. I should have listened, it was like cardboard. I'm already waiting for dinner. Franklin is going to grill burgers for some friends tonight. They are marinating in the fridge right now and I can't wait! The burgers that is, not the friends. I just wish it wasn't so rainy. A cookout isn't the same when it's a cook-in. Oh well, at least it won't be one of these frozen dinners again!!
We just got back from a "perfectly lovely" visit to Houston. We went to go visit Franklin's Aunt Robbie. "Perfectly lovely" is what Franklin's Great-Grandmother would say. We heard lots of stories, looked at old family pictures and had a very nice visit with Rob. I love listening to family stories and hearing about the people that brought us where we are today. In this case, Franklin and David Franklin, who happen to be my 2 favorite men. I can ask some serious questions, so that's big fun for me!
She had a delicious dinner made for us on Friday night and then we struck out on Saturday. We went shopping, out to lunch at Pappadeux's, went to visit Robbie's school where she is the Assistant Principal, and we took our little slugger to the Astro's game on Saturday night against the Mets. His first pro baseball game and the first for Franklin and me in a very long time. Maybe since EX Formal in Kansas City! The Astro's were a game away from 1st place, but lost last night, unfortunately. We had a blast, but I wish they could have had a more exciting game. They lost 10 to 3. Of course, it didn't really matter that much to us because we listened to the end on the radio... we left in the 5th inning! We had 'game dogs' and even got one of those cheesy photos taken of all of us! David Franklin didn't watch much of the game, he chose to watch the people instead. He even took that bright, shiny, (empty) blue beer bottle from the man behind us! I know, it's bad to condone this but, it was pretty funny! Even strangers were flashing their cameras at the baby with the beer can.
It was so much fun. Thank you, Aunt Robbie!!!!! We miss you, already. We will really miss you on the morning when DF wakes up bright and early again (he did some GOOD sleeping at her house this weekend, which was heavenly!)
I know I mentioned how DF is into everything recently but he's really turned into a tornado at our house. I grabbed a camera and tried to catch him in the action the past couple of days. It's pretty funny, but leaves me worn out by the end of the day after chasing him around! I have to think of reasons to leave the house so I won't be picking up new messes all day long. That's pretty dangerous because the more I'm out "running errands" the more $ I spend! I think we'll go to the pool today :)
DF doesn't want to be in his jumper, play pen, or high chair for very long. He doesn't want to play with any of his toys but instead wants my shoes, toothbrush, sunglasses, paper, cords (scary, I know), kitchen utensils, and much much more. Bella has also noticed the spike in energy and interest and now scampers away when he crawls into the room. Maybe this is because he has been trying to pull her nails out of her paws! Poor Bella. I need eyes in the back of my head- where do you order those?
We're baaack!! Gammers, David Franklin and I had the best time at the beach. We truly were bums. I didn't blow dry my hair one time and we were in bed embarrassingly early every night. It was great. DF was an angel in the car thanks to prayer, teething biscuits and Baby Einstein! He was an exceptional traveller, and I was really nervous about it. His daddy says you know what that means... more trips we get to take! I'm going to stop talking about that now to try to avoid the jinx.
We had a blast with the Albrights! Westly babysat me when I was little, and I babysat her kids and now they babysit DF. It is a long history we have and it was fun getting to spend some QT with them on vacation. John Oliver and David Franklin really bonded this trip and it was so cute to watch. Lyndon is the beautiful girl who is about to be in high school and Madelyn (who I didn't get a picture of) is beautiful, too and such a sweetheart. It was so good to be with them and I really loved getting to be with their momma! Westly would get DF to fall asleep just by standing with him in the water. He sleeps with a sound machine every night so to hear the real deal was amazing. We would lay him down in his tent and he took his naps down on the beach. It was so nice and I loved just watching him sleep. He liked the water (no fear) and really loved the sand. He ate fistfuls, of course. We brought a good portion of the beach back with us. Sand was in every crevasse of his body and he didn't mind one bit.
I took a gazillion pictures and tried to cut them down. I just couldn't, sorry. Thank you, Gammers for going with us on this 1st trip to the beach! It was so much fun and we were happy to be with you. I love you, Mom!
We had a "family fun night" tonight with Mommie Boo, Aunt Robbie, the Browns from Texas, the Vaught kiddos and Meme and Grampe! We went to eat at Fisherman's Wharf and got to feed the turtles and catfish and sit outside on the deck. We came to our house afterwards for ice cream with M&M's sprinkled on top. It was a short visit but it was so nice being with family and getting the cousins together!
We've been having such a fun week with play dates at the pool, my 10 year High School Reunion, meeting Pops, Lelly and Jack for an afternoon at the river, a picnic on the lake, and tomorrow Hallie and Robbie and the Basses from Texas are coming for a visit!! Jack is so cute, we call David Franklin "Woobie" as a nickname sometimes (just random) and Jack has picked up on it and calls him "Baby Woobie". It's hilarious!
On Wednesday morning DF and I are loading up with Gammers to go meet old family friends, the Albrights, in Florida for a long weekend. I'm so excited! Franklin can't join us and I am very sad about that, but I am really looking forward to some relaxing time on the beach. A little worried about the car trip though....
David Franklin is into everything these days, the dryer, the dishwasher (his absolute favorite), the toilet, clothes baskets, eating sticks, leaves, grass, even dog food. He has had his first bites of table food this week, rice and watermelon. He loved them both, but keep in mind that he hasn't turned down a bite of food we've ever offered him. He is still doing his fake laugh and it is adorable and brings a true laugh to us both most of the time.
I am so thankful for time with family and friends, truly gratified in my role as a mother and enjoy getting to "play" again! This weekend brought about a healthy dose of nostalgia. It was nice to look back and reminisce about the past, but equally nice to be happy about where I am in my life now. God is so good!!
First of all, we want to wish Pops a very Happy Birthday today!
This is also my 100th post. I can't believe I've had so much to say...well, yes I can :) I want to document as much of this first year as possible. It has been my pleasure doing this blog. I know at sometimes it's been boring, sappy, TMI, but it is our lives and I'm happy to share it so DF can read about all of the joy he brings to our lives one day. Plus, I love using it as a "brag book." Who says Grandparents are the only ones who can have those?
DF had his doctor appointment today and he got a great report. I love our Doctor. She is so sweet and hugs and kisses us both! She said he was "darling, perfect, right on track, etc..." These are her quotes which I, of course, loved hearing as a parent. He is in the 50-75th percentile in height and weight and is measuring at 21 lbs. and 28 3/4 cm long.
He now knows to smile for the camera and gives big cheeses. I have no idea how he learned this but I love it. He also started doing something really cute last night. I would make faces or sounds and he would fake laugh and then it would turn into a real belly laugh. We used to play that game when I was a kid and on into college. You fake laugh as hard as you can and then watch in amazement as you CANNOT help but really start laughing. It was so funny to watch DF do it, I will try to catch it on camera soon. How polite of him to oblige me with a fake laugh. Must have learned that one from his daddy!
David Franklin is 9 months old today. We had to celebrate with some festive cupcakes that his daddy got (just for the grown ups)! We go to the doctor next week so I will post stats then. We are really looking forward to the holiday weekend! This is one of my very favorite holidays. I am such a patriot and love everything this holiday represents. Happy Birthday America! And Happy 9 months Day-Fray :)
DF and I are in a "Mommy and Me" swim lesson for infants. Guess what dorky mom hung back to get a video of the little man with his teacher, I couldn't resist. He's not Michael Phelps quite yet but he's doing great. He doesn't seem to show much fear (which is a trait he inherited from the Johnson side for sure) and he went under water for the first time today with no coughing or fussing!! There were a couple big sneezes though (some went up his nose). He was worn out after all of that exercise and popped his thumb in his mouth and laid his head on my shoulder after the lesson. So sweet!
I am Amanda and I love being a wife and mother. I have the family of my dreams! Motherhood is the most fulfilling, exhausting, rewarding, difficult, fun, and important calling on my life right now. Franklin and I have been married for over 9 years and I am lucky I get to live life with such a great husband and father. We are the proud parents of David Franklin, Nora and Isaac. We have a puppy, Maple, who has added lots of energy to the house! ;) We love to travel, spend lots of time with family and friends and really appreciate all of our blessings in life! This blog is an online journal, scrapbook/ baby book for our growing, busy, wild, little family. If you are looking for grammatically correct, politically correct, stimulating information on current events, I am sorry I can't provide that for you here, but I can tell you what my children are up to and how they are growing on a semi-regular basis. That is in between changing diapers, kissing boo boos, and pouring the chocolate milk!
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