Christmas 2010

29 12 2010

What do you call two people who make plans to take a 2 1/2 month old baby on a tour of Texas for two weeks? Wait a minute. Did I just hear you call me dumb? I was gonna say “new parents…” but whatever.

We did our annual trek to Texas for Christmas and decided we needed it to last two weeks this year. It was rough in the sleep department, that’s for sure. We went from a blissful 10-11 hour night to a h.e.double.hockeysticks-ish waking every 2-3 hours for three weeks! It was brutal. But worth it. It was fun to visit with so many family members. It is truly amazing how hard it is to pack it in when we are in town. We still never manage to see everyone we want to see.

We got to go see Grandma in Fredericksburg (fredburger). It’s special that Carter had an opportunity to meet his only living Great Grandparent, so many kids don’t get that chance.

four generations

Grandma couldn’t keep her eyes off the kid. She kept asking his name and when I would tell her Carter Joseph she would tell me all about her son named Joseph while her eyes welled up with tears. ūüôā I’m so glad we went for her Christmas celebration.

surprise! there's finally a boy on joe's side!

mother and son

After Christmas dinner was over, we hung out in Grandma’s room for a little while and looked at all of the pictures of family.

aunt nancy, grandma, joe, carter joe

We also took CJ down to the riverwalk. Mom, Dad, Scott and I walked from the Pearl Brewery (went to the fun farmers market down there) all the way to the riverwalk and back. In knee high boots. Awesome. My toes still hurt.

mimi, popop, and their boy

One of the days we decided to go to the Bass Pro Shop to see Santa (he was an awesome Santa). Carter put on his “Christmas Dress,” (a smocked bubble suit,¬†Scott’s favorite choice I’ve made for the kid) and green tennies for the picture. He didn’t seem to mind. He usually will not object to someone warm and¬†wearing something fuzzy holding him. Especially if they have some lumpy, soft parts (like his¬†mom).

carter and his first santa pic

Piper, on the other hand? You would think Santa was chasing after her with a hatchett¬†based on that reaction. It was infectious because¬†Katie got in on the terror within seconds. Abby was just a little uncomfortable with her younger relatives’ behavior and awkwardly smiled while noting to herself that she was the only well behaved¬†grandkid. Maybe she could use this to her advantage? Really she was probably just wondering if she could hold CJ any time soon.


Abby got ahead of us after the Santa shoot, we walked around the corner to find her in a fake shooting range with her little pink beebee gun. She couldn’t quite figure it out (probably a good thing), but had fun with the concept of the targets and lights.

you'll shoot your eye out

Abby got a little one on one time with her newest cousin. She really is great at holding him!

carter tellin' abby stories

One of Piper’s Christmas gifts was a little trike. An old school schwinn¬†with a pedestal on the back for a 2nd kid to ride. Well. Katie decided she was the head driver that night. She got on the trike and screamed like a banshee for a minute straight. It was hilarious. And of course, Abby was in the mix of it all.

katie: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! mine!

Piper decided that maybe she should step back and let her cousins go crazy.

piper: actually, guys? i think it's mine.

But took control of the situation and got her little seat to herself finally. The fun is only beginning with those three. They’re hilarious. I’ll have to pull some of the video footage of the “show” they put on for us that evening.

now what do i do?

With all the mayhem going on, CJ needed a few quiet moments. His sweet great aunt¬†Sue helped him with that. She’s a baby whisperer. She can love on those kids well!

aunt shue calming the kiddo down

Katie finally started saying Carter’s name on the last day we were there. She loves her cousin too. She even put her little arm around “Codah” when Mimi was hanging on to them both.

mimi, katie bug, and cj

The second half of our trip was in Corpus visiting Scott’s family. CJ got a lot more time with his grammy¬†& gramps. Like I said, he will never complain if someone wants to hold him. He LOVES to snuggle.

cj and grammy

tanner and devon

And hang out in the recliner watching football (well, he’s not supposed to watch football, but that kid can crane his neck into some seriously painful looking positions to try to catch a glimpse of the tv).

hanging out with gramps

He’ll even play light as a feather, stiff as a board while sleeping.

all swaddled up and ready for bed

On one brief afternoon, we took him down to the beach in Port Aransas. It was cold. He hates hats. HATES hats. Lots of screaming ensued. He was not impressed with our trip to the beach. Cool pic though.

dad. pleeeeeeeeeeeease take me back inside.

The Worst of the Best

5 12 2010

The Seahawks made the playoffs. They have a losing record. In fact, the Saints have a far better record and have to travel to Seattle because we won the division. This confuses me. But, hey. We’ll take it. Yay for 2011 Playoffs. We got to keep our tradition and go to one game this year. We saw the Hawks beat Carolina. CJ is a natural cheerleader. He knows how to yell with the best of them!

the roof of the qwest field parking lot. walk right in, lpod!

He actually didn’t really cry at all. Except at the end when we looked at each other and said “we should probably go.” Cue melt down. It was perfect, actually. A son of the Lpod can’t not like (watching)¬†football. It won’t be allowed!

the lpod gang

Two Months Old

1 12 2010

Where does time go? Carter turned two months old on December 1. At two months old, he weighed 16.25 pounds and was 24.5 inches long. He’d gained almost 7 1/2 pounds and grown 5 inches since birth! The kid clearly hasn’t missed a meal. His neck is getting stronger and stronger every day, and he’s starting to gain control of those chubby little hands.

He’s also very observant. He studies everything he sees for a good while. Usually gives it a big gummy grin and moves on. If you happen to be a light or a fan, you even get a laugh. They’re hilarious.

He lounges about the house all day eating, sleeping and filling diapers.

And thinking about what he wants to be when he grows up.

But then he gets stumped and decides he should sleep on it.

Or laugh at a fan.