Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Painting Rocks...

This is what you do when you move to a new town and don't have many friends... You paint rocks!
(Just kidding... we are making friends) :)

We used to paint rocks ALL THE TIME when we were kids so I thought that Parker would love it too! We took a walk through the neighborhood and picked out the "perfect" rocks.

It was messy but fun! Now we have a nice collection on our back patio! Parker has begged to do it again everyday since.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Parker at 2.5

It's crazy to think that Parker is already 2 and a half! It seems like I just planned his 2nd birthday and we are already halfway to the next one! Craziness! Here are some things about my big boy!
Nicknames: Boogie Bear, Parkey
Favorite Foods: biscuits, sausage, bacon, cheese crackers, peanut butter sandwich, anything sweet
Favorite Drinks: milk and apple juice
Nap Schedule: 2-4 ish most days
BedTime: Indiana time is crazy so it's been between 9 and 9:30 most nights

Favorite TV show: Super Why (We are hardly watching tv now though since it's summer.)
Favorite Movie: Cars
Favorite Movie Characters: Lightening McQueen and Mater. He's OBSESSED!
Closest Friends: Sadly, we left behind so many great friends in Alabama but he's making friends here. Owen and Eli are his new buddies.

Favorite Inside Toys: He has tons of cars but he loves his Mater and Lightening McQueen cars.

Favorite Outside Toys: TBall set, soccer ball, bubbles, Lightening McQueen riding car

Sleeps With: puppy, blue blanket, Easter Bunny, and a puppy pillow pet

Things that he doesn't like: Spiders, vegetables (he will take tiny bites of corn on the cob) and he also throws a fit when you make him stop watching Lightening mcQueen videos on YouTube. :)

Potty Trained: Nope.. not really interested yet.. We did buy a potty though.

Favorite Books: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Best Bribery Tool: A sucker works wonders..
We love this little guy more than anything in the world!

Here is a picture of Parker last summer at 1 and a half. Crazy how fast time goes by!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Observations from Indiana...

Life In Indiana...

Now that I have begun my new life as an Indianaian (sp?) Is that a word?
Here are some things that I have noticed...

1. People here live a much healthier overall lifestyle than back home. The roads are always full of bikers and runners. There are running paths and trails galore around the city. (Sadly, my feet haven't touched any of them yet because I've been sticking to running in the neighborhood.) *I am planning on forcing myself to join a large running group called Indy Runners soon. I do not know anyone in this group which is scary but I'm going to try to be brave and just show up. I'll let you know how it goes. :)

2. I know this is crazy, but I think that the people are friendlier here than back home. Crazy, huh? Of course, I don't think that everyone is hateful in Alabama but our neighbors have been soooo sweet. Everyone on our street has made an effort to stop by, meet us, and welcome us to the neighborhood. Chad and I have moved more times than I care to count and this is the most welcoming group of people I have ever encountered. We received quite a few plates of brownies and cookies, too! :)

3. Apparently, I talk like a true southern "hick." Everywhere we go, people comment on how we must be from the south. We took Bailey to the vet today and she said, "Oh dear, you're not from here, are you?" Great...

4. The second thing people say after they meet us (after commenting our our accent) is, "Do you like it here?" (We say yes, of course.) Then they say, "Oh just wait for winter. You'll change your mind." Sheesh... We are already dreading it, must you people rub it in?

5. Gas is alot more expensive.. Ugh...

6. People here are apparently very fertile... Everyone has at least 2-3 kids, some more than that. Mom thinks it has to do with #4, the long cold winter... She's probably right!

The following are a few pictures from a visit from my parents last week. We had a blast at the zoo!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Happy Birthday, Chaddy!!

Sadly, I'm very behind on this post... Chad's birthday was May 21st...

It's his LAST year in the 20's... Believe me, he reminds me all the time that he's still in his 20's while I'm in my 30's... As if I need any reminders.....

Anyway... We celebrated the day before his actual birthday because he hit the Interstate early the morning of his birthday to head back to Sweet Home Alabama.. (I'll post more about the trip back home later.)

Parker "helped" me wrap the presents.. (A.K.A. sticking them in bags)

We got daddy a lunchbox because I was sick of seeing him carry my old pink one to work. Not the best way to make a great first impression at a new job. :)

A Lowe's gift card is a must for any special occasion for Chad.. He loves that place.

New work shirt...

And, golf balls!

And of course, no celebration is complete without homemade cupcakes pilled with sprinkles by Parker!
Happy Birthday, Chad. You are an amazing friend, husband, and father. We love you!