Pausing for a quick game of peek-a-boo Happy Birthday to my Pap-Paw, or now known as "Pap Pap". He is 84 today and we are so grateful. Pap Pap is not doing very well, I'm sorry to say. He is moving in with an unbelievable lady and her family tomorrow and he will have phenomenal care. It surprised me and made me sad on Monday, we pulled up to the hospital to go visit a new baby born, Will Westerman, and David Franklin saw we were at the hospital and said Pap Pap. I guess we had gone to visit him there so long, that is who he thought we were going to see.
We went to the park today and I brought my camera. It is right by a pretty little creek and has wild daffodils blooming. He was so funny, he liked the flowers for a little while...until he found sticks. It is GORGEOUS weather and perfect to play outside!
Last night the McBrides came over for dinner and David Franklin and Avery were so cute together- they played and played and even made up a little game (run to one corner of the room and trade places). They are under 2 and made up a game! David Franklin loved baby Wyatt too. He has seen so many new babies lately, and he loves them! This morning he said, baby, baby. He tries to get in their swings, car seats, take their bottles, etc.
He is still my baby. I have a little song I made up when he was born that I would sing to him. It's so simple, but this morning I started singing it and I stopped before the last part, he started with the next word! I couldn't believe it, he knows my song! It must be how a singer feels when the crowd sings along for the first time ;)
Here is my song in case you are wondering about my killer songwriting abilities: (that talent was only given to my brother in my family)
You are my baby, my baby, my baby, You are my baby. YES, You are!
And I love you, I love you, I love you And I love you, VERY much!
Hey, the birthday song isn't exactly lyrically genius and it's still a hit!
Getting named Sheriff at Kemosabe, one of Franklin's favorite stores. Rocky and Bubba, the mighty horses Rocking the shades He didn't fall- he was trying to eat the snow. ...still hungry
We are back from our long weekend in Colorado. We had SO MUCH FUN! We went with the Eldridges and Carpenters with a total of 5 kids under 4 years old in one house- if you are assuming it was crazy, you are correct! The big kids rubbed off on DF and helped increase his vocabulary, practice with the stairs, and even some cuts and bruises :) David Franklin's schedule is shot but he will get back in the grove and it was so worth it.
The first day the ladies went into town and shopped and had lunch at the base of the mountain while the men skied. The second day, we all went skiing (except for the babies, of course) It was an amazing ski day with fresh powder and sunshine so it was perfect conditions. We had some great runs and finished the day with the kids at the Silvertree Hotel where we listened to the Heart of the Rockies band. I also happened to ride the elevator with Amy Grant who was my first concert as a little girl and I have all of her Christian tapes (yes, tapes) and her Christmas albums. When I saw her, I waved and said "HEY!!" like I've known her forever. Well, I guess I have known her, but she sure didn't know me and that was a little awkward. She did talk to me later and was really sweet and I got over my embarrassment pretty fast.
The last day we went on a beautiful sleigh ride in the old town of Ashcroft and had lunch. David Franklin loved the horses and the ride was so slow that it was the perfect winter adventure for him. We went into Aspen that afternoon as a family and did some shopping and had ice cream outside of Paradise Bakery, it was a pretty perfect day. We ate dinner at some fabulous places and had great wine while we were there! It was a true vacation- a lot of fun and yet relaxing! I was pretty bad with the pictures though, I actually forgot my camera in the back seat of the car at the airport so all of these are from my phone and I have no idea why so small!
David Franklin's only green shirt was his Aspen one! We are heading there tomorrow to meet our good friends, the Eldridges, and we cannot wait!!! We are all almost packed up and ready to go, just a few last minute things to add to our huge and overfilling bags. Skiing requires so much stuff, so do children, so we are stuffed to the gills!
This is probably as much into St. Patty's day as we will get. Last year, we braved the parade downtown and it was a D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R! We will be skipping this year, even though Bo Derek is the grand marshal. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! IRISH you all a fun and lucky day :)
Him watching me telling him not to feed her and doing it anyway...
It is so gorgeous here that I decided we needed to enjoy this sunshine and have a picnic for lunch on our back deck. It was going so well, but Bella decided to join us. Day-Fray gave her the things he didn't care too much for, like his ham and they were both happy. Until she took something he actually wanted, his cookie or "Coo-Ki" as he pronounces it, and that upset him a great deal. I gave him another one and took Bella inside. He stood at the window telling her a stern "No, No" until he was over it and then he shared it with her again ;)
This morning we went to music class in a place I've never been before, The Art Church. It was an old church downtown that they turned into a local artist gallery. It was very cool and fun to sing songs with the kiddos under the stained glass windows. We also went to the park this afternoon and played with Marci and Ashton. What a fun Monday it's been!!
Elmo has become a very fast favorite at our house, like it happened last week! DF will say Elmo at every cartoon face on tv or hear on the radio. He got some Elmo crackers from his Meme and is crazy about them- and whines to hold the box because it has Elmo's picture on it!
I didn't do a 17 month birthday post because I'm going to save up and do a monster 18 month update. This boy says every word and is a total mimic, so I can't even begin to tell you all of the words he says or knows, but I may try!
I was in Dallas last weekend and Franklin and David Franklin had a "boys weekend." I was on the phone with DF and I said "I love you" and he repeated it for the first time, clear as a bell!! My heart truly skipped a beat.
They must have spent every minute outside because all I have been hearing is "Outsiiii" as he stands at the door and knocks. Well, that and "Dada"... they are even bigger buddies after the weekend!
We flew down for a very quick visit to Corpus this weekend and had a great visit with Mommie Boo! She got to show DF off to all of her friends at Trinity Towers and she loved every minute of that. He was so sweet, showed off all of his tricks, and she was very proud.
Boo took us shopping while Franklin did some work at "The Place" in George West. We met him after our shopping trip in George West. The Place is what they call the land down there, not really a ranch, not really a farm, not really a hunting club- just The Place. I guess it really is technically a ranch. Franklin LOVES it down there and was so excited to take David Franklin. He has precious memories of time spent with his grandfather there and has high hopes that David Franklin will make lots of memories there as well. We met Rebecca and Brendan (Franklin's aunt and cousin) there too! David Franklin wanted to follow Brendan's every move and liked him a lot.
We didn't spend much time there- the wind was whipping and Day-Fray was really too little. He couldn't do what his daddy was doing and that frustrated him so much. After a little tumble out of the truck (sounds worse than it was) I decided to head 'em up and move 'em out! He was a little fussy (hungry and ready to get out of the car seat) so Boo and I sang song after song to entertain him. It was really pretty fun and hilarious. I started calling the hogs and Boo started the Sick 'Em Bears cheer and I am truly sorry to say- that was his favorite. I noticed it but I wasn't going to say a word. Mommie Boo said I believe he likes Baylor's better. It was true, maybe that Baylor love is in his blood! Naaa, GO HOGS!!! He does have a new word- "Texassss", so we may be in trouble ;)
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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