Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Richie is Two!

My baby is a little boy, and a super cute one at that. He had a wonderful birthday. His big boy bed was delivered and he opened presents all day long. We staggered the gift opening throughout the day so he could appreciate each toy, or book, or DVD one at a time. We got him three "Thomas and Friends" train engines and a little railroad mat to play with them on. He LOVES them, he even slept with Thomas. Each time he opened one he was more excited than the last and it was so fun to watch him and share in his delight.

We invited friends from the ward and the theatre department over for cake and ice cream and had a fun, crazy party. There were about twenty people in our little apartment and half of them were little kids. It was a loud and chaotic experience, but Richie really enjoyed himself. By the time the party came he had the gift opening thing down and didn't waste any time opening the various books and things that he got. When it was finally time to have his Thomas cake (he had been very patiently waiting all afternoon), we discovered that he HATES the "Happy Birthday" song. He literally broke down in tears and clung to me. Earlier in the day he had a similar reaction when the Calls called and sang to him on the phone, but we weren't sure if it was the song he was reacting to. The party confirmed that there is something sinister about that song and he does not like it. So he didn't appreciate the whole cake presenting and candle blowing thing, but there were many little people eager to blow out the candles for him (and four of them did, don't worry).

We bought a train cake pan, but I created the Thomas design on it. It took all afternoon, but he was so happy with his Thomas cake that it was worth it. He saw me working on it and wanted to eat it (or play with it) before it was done. All day until the party he kept asking for "Thomas cake?" Luckily we never got a hand in the cake or anything and it made it to the party.

It was such a big day. On top of turning two, Richie slept in his bed for the first time. We were nervous about how it would go, but he made it through the night and when he was up in the morning, we heard him knocking on his door. The first thing he did was go to his trains and start playing. I can't believe he is two, but I am so glad that I have been able to be his mommy for the last two years, he has brought so much joy to our life and I can't imagine life without him. Thank you to grandparents for all the gifts you sent, it was a great day.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

On August 12th we celebrated having been in New Jersey for a full year. We celebrated by taking out another large student loan. I can't believe we've been here for a year, Richie's about to turn 2, and we're only a few months away from having a baby girl. Time is flying, and I decided that after a year of Chrislynn updating you, I would contribute a post. Things are going well for us here in the Garden State. Chrislynn was pretty uncomfortable for the first trimester of her pregnancy, but then she started feeling good. She's a champion! She's such a good mom, and everyday when I come home from rehearsals or work I find out that Richie has learned to do some cool new thing. She's teaching in the Primary in our ward, and she's a great example to me of how to fulfill a calling (even when it's a really tough one). School starts in a week, and we'll miss all the time we've been able to spend with each other this summer . . . well . . . I will. I hope she will too. I've been busy over the summer, but we've been able to spend more time together than during the school year. So, I know that wasn't much of an update, but what I really wanted to do was post some of my favorite pictures from our photo library that may or may not have made it on to the blog. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Big Boy Bed

We just ordered a toddler bed for Richie. After exploring our options at places like Ikea and BabiesRus, we ended up choosing this one online. I can't believe it is time for this step, but it is very exciting. It is exciting that he is making the transition, and it is exciting that I can start thinking about pretty girl bedding for the crib.

While we were looking around at beds, Richie and little Richie went into a furniture store and asked if they had toddler beds. The salesman said they did not and little Richie looked at him and said, "Thomas?" The salesman said, "Thomas the train? No, we don't have Thomas." So little Richie put up his hand, said, "Bye, bye," and turned to leave. He didn't have anything more to say to the man if he couldn't help him with Thomas. He only has one Thomas book, and only watches Thomas on Sunday mornings, but he sure loves "Thomas train" at the moment.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Little things make me happy

Last night we had broccoli with dinner and while it is one of my favorite vegetables, my Richies have never been huge fans. I hadn't ever been able to get little Richie to eat broccoli, but I thought I would at least give it a try and I put some on his plate. To my astonishment and pleasure, he picked up a floret, put it in his mouth, chewed and swallowed! In the past as soon as he felt the texture in his mouth he spit it out. I felt so triumphant. On top of that, big Richie ate his helping and even said it was good. Is it sad that my boys eating broccoli is probably the best thing that has happened to me this week?

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Call Family Vacation

Richie's family drove all the way out to the east coast from Idaho for a visit. We spent a few days in Washington D.C. where Richie's sister, Giselle, lives and then we came up to New Jersey for a couple days and then we are heading back to D.C. We have already had lots of adventures with Richie's little brother and sister experiencing things for the first time, and a crazy 12 hour trip from D.C. to Jersey (it should only take three and a half). One of Richie's sisters didn't feel well and we ended up in the emergency room in the strangest town in Maryland we have ever been in; we saw enough characters in the waiting room to write a play. Giselle had a kidney stone and I hear those are pretty miserable, but she is feeling better, just in time for a tonsillectomy this week.

Here are some highlights of the trip so far.

Lincoln Memorial on such a hot day I thought we would all melt.

World War II Memorial between Utah and Idaho

WWII Memorial again

Walking on the national mall with Aunt Bree

Arlington Cemetary. eternal flame at JFK's gravesite. He was really broken up that he never got to know the man.

Arlington Cemetary was too much for the boy. He didn't make it through the changing of the gaurd at the tomb of the unknown soldier, but it was his nap time after all.

Bree, Anson, Richie and Aubrey having lunch at a NYC deli.

Anson, Aubrey and Bree at Rockafellar Center

First subway ride

I never gave a good update about seeing "Midsummer in Hoboken". We went back a couple nights later and Little Richie was fantastic. We had a few hours to kill before the show so we walked and walked and walked and walked along the riverfront. He was tired enough not to squirm, but interested enough in the action that he stayed awake for the entire 90 minute performance even though it was past his bedtime. I was a little nervous about how he would behave, but It was actually a great experience. I guess he is a true member of our theatre family.