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25 December 2010

Christmas Day

Well, Christmas Day has come and gone, at least in this house! The bit is down for the count :)

We had the opportunity to webcam with different parts of the family today, and really enjoyed it! It was neat to see them, even though we are far away!

Here's a little peak into our Christmas Day :)

Merry Christmas from our little family to yours!
Love, The Mc's

24 December 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you are having a safe, blessed, and happy holiday season. I just wanted to share a few pictures of our Christmas with you! More of Christmas Eve/morning to come later!

Minot Sunset

 Our friend's truck covered in snow in our driveway...

Our snowy house! 


 Job's ornament


The ornament I designed for Minot! 



Outside out house, our helicopter! 

The tree!

Jace's ornament. 

Opening our Christmas Eve pajamas, that I made :)

The REAL fun part of presents! 

Jarvis' First Christmas Ornament (that I made) 

The back.

Jarvis' ornament from my parents!


And last but not least.... we are approaching a big milestone for our sweet boy. We will be having a big party up here, with all of his playgroup and MOPS buddies, here's the invitation! 

13 December 2010

itty bitty crafts

So after many questions as to what I make for my business, I have decided to do a little post to give you an idea! I've included some pictures of examples :)

Birthday Girl Shirt


Tie Onesies

Quilted ABC book

Osprey appliquéd shirts

Embroidered burp cloths

Huey appliquéd onesies/shirts, booties, tie blanket, diaper case

Burp cloths, nursing cover, blanket, and booties

Nursing cover, booties, guitar onesie

That gives you just a little sneak peak into what I have been doing this past year!

Love, C

11 December 2010

mr. six tooths...

Well, tooth #6 has popped through, we are SUPER close to walking, and our comprehension has gone through the roof! He has started obeying no-touch to pretty much anything! He will start to go through a door he isn't supposed to, I'll say no-touch, and he will back up and close the door! Ahhh! Such an improvement!

We have also started the process to switch from formula to whole milk, and bottle to sippy! He now gets 1/2 formula, 1/2 milk bottles, and gets a sippy of milk with meals (in addition to his sippy of water all the time).

We have also confirmed that he talks in his sleep like his mommy :) I will often hear 'talking' at night, turn on the monitor, and he is passed out. Apparently, J tells me that I talk alot at night... he says 'all done' is a favorite... I guess I am checking off to-do lists in my dreams! I can't wait to see what Jarvis says at night!

Lots of new pictures on the shutterfly site... but here are a few cute ones!

Standing out in the freezing cold waiting for Santa to fly-in....

With Santa on the Huey!

Daddy's co-pilot!!

09 December 2010

Christmas travel...

I'm not sure how many of the family check this regularly, but I thought I'd put this out there.

After quite a bit of deliberation, J and I have decided that our little family will be sticking around Minot this holiday season. We feel that traveling to Texas in a few short weeks would just be too much for us right now. We will miss getting to see all of our Texas family, but are looking at coming a little later in 2011.

It's quite amazing how hard traveling with a little one can be on ALL of us, and after 3 major trips this year, we are worn out! So we are going to spend this holiday season tucked into our warm little house, surrounded by snow, and work on starting some family traditions of our own.

We will keep you updated on any future plans to return to the Lone Star State, but for now, know that any one of you is welcome to come visit and get some ONE ON ONE time with the sweet boy, he loves visitors!

We love you all,

J, C, & J

07 December 2010

this much [11 mos]

After a wonderful post from Shawna at styleberryblog and some other reading recently, I did my first shoot in Manual today! It's a shame I've had this camera for a year and am just now getting around to learning to use it... but oh well!

So here it is, the best one :) The focus is off, but it's an improvement... took me forever to get the settings right, but I'm pretty happy with it!

this much [11 mos]

He's turning into such a little boy :)

The most annoying part was trying to figure out to to get it to focus correctly with a self-timer... need to work on that! Any tips?

I also need to update the background on my blog so I can post pictures bigger without it cutting them off!!

Love, C

06 December 2010

11 months...

When in the world did that happen??? 11 months?? That's almost a toddler, not a baby... I can't believe it!

But every month with this little cutie gets even better! He is such a big boy now. He does something to blow us away daily!!

He is *this close* to standing and walking on his own, it's so much fun! He has learned to walk using the walker, but still isn't brave enough to try and stand on his own, although I think he could, his balance is excellent. We will see if it happens before Christmas or not!

We now have tooth #5, and #6 is on it's way! He now has the front two bottom teeth, the front middle two top teeth, and the next one over on the left, the next one over on the right is currently pushing through. He always seems to get teeth in 2's! It will take weeks for the first one to push through, and then the second is there a couple of days later. Like I have said before, he's an awesome teether. He wants to chew more and drools more, but isn't really fussy.

For Thanksgiving we had the opportunity to go and see Jace's mom in North Carolina! They have built a house on top of a mountain there, and it was gorgeous! Jarvis loved getting to see her and Greg, and we enjoyed getting to catch up. Like always, traveling was hard on Jarvis, but everyone mentioned what a good baby he was when we got off the planes, and he has finally recovered and is back to napping and being happy. Traveling with a baby is always a bittersweet thing, we love getting to see family, but it's very hard for us to put Jarvis through all that stress. However, we are very glad we went!

As a teacher who is trained in early childhood development, I spend a lot of time thinking about Jarvis' development. I have been SO excited to see his comprehension begin to kick in more every day. It seems like everyday he understands something more! Here are some of his latest:

  • put it in your mouth (food)
  • not in your mouth (something that's not a toy) 
  • all done?- he'll nod yes and no
  • puppy dog, and kitty cat
  • throw it for puppy dog (tennis ball- he does throw it and then giggles when puppy chases it)
  • no touch (although he'll ignore this one sometimes!)
  • where's Jarvis? (he'll hide and the peek-a-boo out)
  • Mama and Dada (I realized he knew this one when I made the mistake of hearing a helicopter land and saying, Dada must be landing, he went crawling to the door and was inconsolable looking for Dada- who didn't come home for another hour!)
  • vroom, vroom (he'll push his cars and trucks around on the floor when I say this)
  • and a whole lot more!!

I had another super proud mama teacher moment last Thursday as well. I am in charge of creative activities for my mother's group that meets twice a month. Once a month we have a steering meeting to plan. A friend usually keeps Jarvis for me, but since she is vacationing it up in CA, I took him to the meeting and put him in the combined daycare with another of our moms. The kids ranged from 9 mo to 9 years, and I can only imagine how hectic it was! Afterwards, the mom watching all them mentioned that Jarvis really liked books and that he was the only kid who played with them. My heart swelled! I think that book knowledge and exposure is the BIGGEST factor in learning to read, which then impacts all learning capabilities. So it makes me happy that book exposure at home is leading Jarvis to choose to play with books. Seriously was one of the most thrilling moments as a parent so far!!

And onto another parenting first.... Jarvis pooped in the bath tub for the first time last night, hahaha!! J was giving him a bath, and I would have loved to have seen his face. I'm honestly surprised he's made it this long without that little incident. Isn't being a parent great??

J has been busy with work, lots of flying, snowblowing, and putting up Christmas lights. We swear that next year we will put them up in early November when it's 30* instead of 10*!! I do have to admit that I am finding the snow even prettier this year. It is affecting me less and less. I actually enjoy shoveling, it's a great work out! I have been very busy with my business orders, making Christmas presents, getting the Christmas cards out, and getting the crafts together for my mom's group. We are keeping very busy up here.

There are some awesome new videos up on youtube and I hope to add pictures later today. We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! I'll be posting another this much post soon, so check for that!

J, C, & J

19 November 2010

Christmas Family Pictures

Ok, so there are a TON of pictures in this post... :) Our wonderful photographer Stacy has started a new policy that with a minimum order, you can get digital images of all your photos in a reduced size. Just for digital use- no printing. So, since our pictures go off her site soon, and these are watermark-less, I wanted to share them here!

There are a couple of new entries down below this one (click older posts), and you can scroll through these quickly if you want!

All photos are the property of Stacy VanDyck Photography, please do not download or print in any way. Contact me if you want prints of any!

Love, C