So, apparently, the last time I blogged was January. That is embarrassing…I have just been so intimidated to start up again since I have gone so long without posting anything. I feel like there have been so many fun things that have occurred and I know that I won’t be able to cover everything. Therefore I am just going to try my hardest to outline some of our highlights.
Levi: Of course I need to start off with a Levi update! O my goodness he is getting so much personality I can hardly believe it! My little baby is growing and developing into a little toddler, and I love every minute of it! I am not going to lie, the newborn months were not my most favorite times, but I absolutely love these later months. Levi is finally walking! It only took him 15 months to start. I was starting to feel like the kid was never going to walk, and I was going to be carrying him around forever. I know that 15 months does not seem to incredibly late to start walking, but when you consider that he started crawling around Thanksgiving then that makes it seem like forever. He started walking along furniture in January, and then just decided to stop there. That just goes to show that he has his own little agenda.
In addition to walking he is also talking! Most kids generally say mom or dad as there first words, but not my son. His first ward was “ball” and oh man is he obsessed with balls. He hugs them and cuddles them as if they are stuffed animals. He points to any semi round object and says “ball”. It is the funniest thing walking through whole foods and having him point to all the apples, oranges, and watermelons yelling and pointing “ball, ball, ball.” Levi loves to play catch, and loves to dunk the balls in his basketball hoop. I ended up taking out Morgan’s bins full of professional sized balls and he has loved those as well. I would say that his most favorite have been the football and the volleyball, but we will see how that changes over the next several years. Morgan and I look forward to a future of sports with our little man! Levi also is saying “Thank You” , “Da-da”, “Love you”, “dog”, and whenever he wants something he says “what’s that”. I am sure he is saying more words since he talks pretty much all day (I am sure that characteristic came from my side of the family :) but those are the only words I have been able to clearly make out.
He is to big for baby balls!
Levi's version of Heaven
Cant fall asleep without his ball
who needs stuffed animals?!
Levis is a very good eater, and absolutely loves to eat anything and everything. Pretty much if you sit down with any form of food he will be at your feet begging for bites. He loves broccoli, cheese, yogurt, asparagus, avocado, cottage cheese, smoked chicken, cuties, blueberries, green smoothies, smoked paprika and pretty much anything else that is edible. He does not like his food cut into small pieces but like to bite out of things that are whole. This makes me nervous at times, but he seems to handle it like a champ.
San Diego Visit: Back in February I took a trip out to San Diego to visit my wonderful family. Morgan was working some extra-long hours, so it was nice to have an excuse to get away. I stayed with my sister Wendy and we had so much fun! We went to Sea World on one of the days, and that was really fun. We also had lunch at Rossi’s with my dad and Denise and I really enjoyed that as well. I was able to go have brunch with my grandma and sister at this cute restaurant in Fallbrook that was in a garden. My dad and Denise took me down to old town San Diego when I first arrived and we walked around and toured down there for a while. I was able to visit a few of the families that I use to babysit for, and that is always a real treat for me. I cannot believe how big all those kids are getting. I had dinner with my brother and his fiancé down in San Diego, and it was good to see him also. This section is a little jumbled but I am just typing things as I am remembering. I also had a good time visiting and catching up with my family and friends. I am grateful for the time I was able to spend in San Diego
Dinner with Aaron and Gina
Sammy sitting on Levi
Levi with his Grandma and Grandpa
Levi's first bagel
Utah Visit: The trip to Utah was pretty sporadic. Morgan got permission to go to BYU for a recruiting event with Deloitte and so that meant that his plane ticket was completely covered. We have both wanted an excuse to plan a trip to Utah because we have been missing all of our friends and family who live out there, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I flew in a few days before Morgan so that I could maximize the time I had to spend with my grandma, mom, and sister. My mom and Ariel both picked me up from the airport, and I stayed with both of them at Ariel’s apt in Tooele. They were literally in the process of getting all of their stuff packed, because they were getting the keys to their first home that Friday! Levi and Amelia became instant friends; they had so much fun playing together. Amelia is Levi’s one and only cousin so he loves to spend lots of time with her. A couple days after being with Ariel I ended up going to stay with Grandma Price. Morgan flew in that same night. His flight was delayed three times so he ended up arriving at like 3:30 in the morning. Grandma and Grandpa were so sweet and offered to go and pick him up at the airport so that I could sleep. I was very grateful for that because I was extremely tired. We had a family gathering on Saturday, and that was pretty fun. I was also able to catch up with my old friends from 4-H while we were there and that is something I always look forward to. It was a really fun trip, and we look forward to another in the near future!
Chucke cheese with Grandma
Playing with his favorite cousin!
Love my sister!
Great Grandma and Grandpa!
Hannah Visit: Morgan’s sister Hannah was able to come down for a week to visit this summer! It was so fun to see her and catch up, and it was especially fun to see her interact with Levi. When she first got here we were in the process of trying to finish painting the full interior of our house. Luckily that did not take too much time after Hannah arrived. We did a lot of random things, and mainly just enjoyed talking and hanging out. We were able to take Levi to his first water park that week, and he had so much fun. I feel like Levi did not really like being in the water much before the waterpark but after it was like he found his love for swimming. He had so much fun. We brought his infant tube and put it in the lazy river, and he loved just floating around. It was so cool to see such a little person just going around the lazy river. He also loved the wave pool. When you first walk in the water it is really shallow and then the further you go it deepens. He had a lot of fun crawling around in the water. Let’s just say he thoroughly enjoyed himself. We were also able to go to the zoo, and that was also a nice outing. We spend quite a bit of time learning about elephants and zoos, so that was pretty interesting and factual. I think that Levi really enjoyed seeing the animals.
Levi pet his first giraffe
We loved learning about elephants
what can I say Levi's favorite animal is a gorilla.
My family visit: My family came literally the week directly after Hannah. I was able to see Wendy, Mike, Ella, and Grandma Paula. I was so excited that they were able to come and see our new home. We were able to do loads of fun things while they were here. I don’t think that there was ever a dull moment. We went to downtown Plano and had tea and that was so much fun. It was nice to have an afternoon cup of tea with all the ladies. We also went and toured an old farm house in Plano, and we learned a lot of historic facts about the area that I did not know. We went out to eat several times, as well as enjoyed several awesome home cooked meals. Levi is completely in love with his uncle Mike. He had so much fun playing with him. Mike was so sweet to give him so much attention. They played all kinds of games together and really enjoyed all their time. I am glad Levi has been able to have so much interaction with all of his family even though we live so far away.
yes we are a patriotic family
Why couldn't Levi smile this good for my picture?
My fancy tea cup...pinkys up
Levi and his great Grandma Paula
Levi loves his uncle Mike
The whole crew!
New baby boy: I am sure that everyone has seen the announcement at this point. We are expecting our newest addition to the family this November. Levi will be having his first younger brother. We are beyond excited. We really wanted our kids to be less than two years apart and so we feel like we are getting exactly what we wanted. I am sure that it will be an adjustment at first, especially Since Levi gets very jealous if we give any other kid any sort of minimal attention, but we are so excited for the adventure. We cannot wait to meet our sweet new baby.
Love my announcement...my brother is amazing!