Saturday, December 31, 2011

Just for Fun

Ian has mastered a new word...

So far it's mostly cute. Let's just hope he doesn't get all sassy with it. :-)

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Letter from Mommy

Hi Ian.

It's a couple days before Christmas, and I just wanted to take a moment or two to write you a note and try to tell you just how much I LOVE You!

Christmas is one of my very favorite times of year, Ian. I think you will like it a lot too as you get older.  As you know, it's a time when we get to celebrate Jesus' birthday.  I hope that Daddy and I will properly convey to you as you grow just how incredible it was that Jesus came as a little baby to live with us - and how awesome it is to be able to celebrate Him!
I also love Christmas for the love that surrounds the season. The time we spend intentionally thinking of others, the time to spend with family (like grandpas, grandmas, aunts, uncles, and of course each other!), the effort put forth to beautify the house by decorating with trees and ornaments, stockings and lights.  It's a beautiful time of year.

I know this is your 2nd Christmas, Ian. And from the first day I knew of you, I've always seen you as my gift from God.  My boy, you make mommy SO happy, and I love you more than words can describe. I love to watch you grow and to spend time with you. I love what you are learning and love watching you explore your world.  You are truly a gift - I think that every single day, even days when you're a stinker. :]
Although I am always see you as a gift, I've been particularly thankful for you in this Christmas season.  We've told you a little bit about Adaiah. I know you are too young to understand now, and that's ok.  Mommy misses Adaiah, buddy. Even though he/she wouldn't have been with us yet this Christmas even if he/she were alive, I still miss having our little baby around for this holiday.  I would have loved to celebrate with Adaiah. Maybe you would get "big brother" things. Maybe you could help us decorate a new nursery for your new little brother/sister.  I know you would have had a lot of fun - and I know you will make a GREAT big brother someday.
Ian, even though Mommy misses Adaiah, I am extra thankful for you because of the joy that you bring.  I thank God extra for you, because if I didn't have my Ian-gift, I think I would be a great big mess (even more than I already am).  I am so thankful that I have you to hold and cuddle, to play with, to sing to, to read to, to go for walks with, to feed, to change diapers, to go on car rides with - to enjoy every moment of the brightness you bring to my life.

I will tell you every single day that I love you. I promise to convey to you every day what an incredible gift from God you are. And I promise to do my very best to help you appreciate the meaning of Christmas - the love that brought Jesus down to be a baby, (just like you were), so that we can know God and enjoy all the incredible gifts He's given to us.

Merry Christmas, Ian!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Fun

I realize I'm a little late on this, but we had quite a bit of fun this Halloween season.

Our little pumpkin hit up 2 trunk or treats (yes, I spelled that right) and the city's Safe Halloween. He has more candy than any 17 month old would ever know what to do with!

He loved playing the trunk or treat games.  Especially the washer one; he kept going back again and again.

Now the trick is, keeping him from eating way too many treats. I have to find all these new and innovative ways to hide the basket. Ian sniffs it out like a pro!

On a different note - I've been trying to do much better with taking pictures, so hopefully I'll be more consistent with posting Ian's Antics. He's an active little boy, so I won't promise posts every day or anything, but I'm at least aiming for more than once a month. :-)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Young Love

So, Ian has this adorable little girlfriend.

Ian doesn't look really happy in this photo, but that's only because he was tired. He's a big fan of little H. Too bad we're leaving Janesville.  However, with her protective Daddy, maybe it's better for Ian. He snuck a kiss today, as well as laying on the hugs pretty thick. He knows a pretty lady when he sees one.  :)  

I think it's funny that we "arrange" things like this for our kids.  But it's fun and, seriously, I know Ian is the cutest little boy every, and H. is a top contender for cutest little girl ever. I think they'd make a good match. ;-)  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Do the Potty Dance!

Two nights ago, we bought Ian a potty chair.  Yes, he's just shy of 16 months, so perhaps it's a little early, but we wanted to give it a try.  Yesterday, we started him out just by getting him used to sitting on the chair. Mostly just with clothes on, but a couple times without.  He wasn't so sure about the whole experience at first, but then he figured out this potty chair was his chair and he loved it.
Tonight, we set him on the potty for a little bit before he went to bed.  It seemed like he was just going to sit there and play around. After a little while, he went to get up (he still needs a little help getting off the potty). As I picked him up, I saw he went pee in the potty!  Way to go Ian!!!  So we threw him a small little party. High fives, hugs and cheers all around. :)
I know there's still a looong way to go before we reach "potty trained" status, but it's one small step. So exciting.
He's getting so big. Proud of my boy.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Flying Time

I realize I haven't posted here forever.  I blame it on no regular internet connection.  So, here is a short post just to catch everyone up.

Ian is now just over 13 months. (I know, crazy, right?!)

Things he can do: Walk, run, babble (he isn't a quiet little guy), put objects into containers (he's working on shape sorting toys), play hide and seek, pick out the object we ask him to find, climb furniture...probably others, but at the moment, that's what I can think of.

He's a big fan of dancing, playing in water, looking at trees (or most anything outside), and making music - mostly with drums, but he has recently discovered the piano.  I wouldn't say he's any Mozart or anything, but he sure has fun making sounds. :-)

I have so many pictures it's a little ridiculous. I cannot post them all here, but I do have quite a few on facebook, as does Ryan.

Anyway, I know this is super short and there is much that is missing between this and my last post. I will try to be consistent again. Ian is growing up  quite quickly after all.