Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Go Elf Yourself!

(Be patient, it can take awhile but it is worth it!)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Christmas Came Early

This morning Gordon and Karen went to the hospital to welcome their new family member. This meant that Alexander got packed up to spend the day with Charlotte at her house while Nana held down the fort. When I got to their house I unloaded Alexander from his car seat and walked around the car towards the door, being extra cautious as there was a fresh dusting of snow. As I started up the driveway I saw two sets of footprints, leaving the house. I paused for a moment to look at them and think about how they were the marks of Gordon and Karen heading out for a day that they would always remember. Something so simple, footprints in the snow, yet representing something so important, their leaving to expand their family. It seemed almost disrespectful for me to walk on those prints so I stepped to the side, said a prayer for their new child and brought Alexander inside to the warmth of their home.
Welcome Ian Gordon, you have already left your footprints on our hearts.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Morning Game

Most mornings if Alexander wakes up before 5:30 I settle him back to sleep and bring him into bed with me so I can get a few more minutes of rest as well. Last week however when I got up to get ready for work he was still sleeping so I left him in our bed, another fairly common occurrence. I finished getting dressed and ready but he was still sleeping! I decided to go downstairs and make my breakfast and his bottle which is how our morning routine continues. As I am standing at the sink I hear this high-pitched squeal followed by deep laugh coming from our room. I go upstairs to find the culprit, Alexander who has pulled the covers over his head and is playing peek-a-boo (his new favorite game) all by himself. I couldn't help but grab the camera and snap a few pictures of this precious morning game.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Last weekend was Alexander's baptism. It was such a special day to celebrate and honor this new life that God has given us. We are so thankful for the friends and family that were able to join us, both at the ceremony and from afar. It truly is a testimony to the fact that we could not do this by ourselves. His godparents are Eric's brother Gordon and his wife Karen who are expecting their second child in three weeks!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Spreading the News

Earlier this week I finished packing away the paper scraps and photo's from Alexander's birth announcement. It seemed to be the never ending project in our house. I took these photo's in the beginning of August as I was trying to have the announcement done before I returned to work. Then our printer broke so I was unable to get the test sheets for the printing company, then the envelopes were back ordered and when they did arrive they were given to someone else so I had to wait another week for them to be re-ordered. It just seemed to be one delay after another. My best intentions of having them done by the end of August turned to having them done by the end of October.
I don't know why but I just really wanted to make them myself. Many times people told me to just order new ones and be done but I had committed to doing them myself. I remember when my mom showed me the birth announcement that they sent out when I was born. I remember thinking it was so nice that they took the time to labor over something for me. As the third child many of my things were not new, hand-me-down clothes, playing with my sister's toys (I still have her BB!) but the birth announcement was made just for me. I wanted Alexander to have the same thing.
So as I pack up and finish this project I can't help but think about the process that it was and how it just didn't seem to work according to my timeline. It seemed to make the announcement even more special considering the process that we went through to become parents, something else that just didn't seem to be what we expected. God is constantly reminding me that I need to trust in Him and follow his plan for my life and all good and perfect gifts will come from above.
Enjoy the pictures from the birth announcement photo shoot from August 5th! The last one was the winner.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Halloween '07

Here are a few shots from Alexander's first Halloween. We were at home passing out candy for a little while, only 3 customers! Then we went over to see cousin Piglet (Charlotte) and on to Mormor and Grandpa Bob's where we surprised Uncle Greg and Daniel at the door. Grandpa Bob was then very happy to have two of his grandsons there!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Apples to Apples

After a few weeks of rice cereal and getting the hang of eating solid food, we gave Alexander some apples. At first he was unsure of the taste and texture but he soon decided that he liked it and the whole thing was gone in no time!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Party Animal!

We were very busy this past weekend celebrating the end of summer at the Stuga with some fishing, David's fourth birthday, Charlotte's second and Alexander tried rice cereal for the first time (you can tell from the pictures how much he loved that!).

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Cousin Time

Gordon, Karen and Charlotte came over for dinner last weekend. Here are some pictures of Charlotte "helping" get Alexander buckled in for dinner and then the cousins getting ready for bed. I couldn't resist the opportunity to snap a few shots in the bare!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Few of his Favorite Things...

We decided to document Alexander's four month marker with a few of his current favorite things. There are still the classics, eating (he now recognizes his bottle and helps to hold it!) rolling from side to side and singing with Nana. Lately he has also been into...

...blowing raspberries...

...playing with busy bug...

...and putting everything and anything in his mouth!

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