Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lions and Tigers and a Bear, oh my!

I saw the cutest picture of Ty today. In the picture he's wearing a bear costume. He looked, I can't help myself, adorable, very huggable. He may be a bear for Halloween, which is also his birthday.

Ty and Grandpa were playing Growl and Chase the other night. It was so fun to watch them. I'm not sure whether they were lions or tigers or whatever, but they were crawling around the living room and family room. Michael would growl and Ty would laugh and start to crawl away very quickly. He wouldn't go too far before he'd turn around and start crawling toward Michael. Michael would crawl toward Ty and growl again and then the game continued.

I'll miss Carynn, Jamie and Ty while we're on our trip to Asia. More at the end of October.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sometimes No means Yes!

Sometimes the female sex is accused of being fickle---of changing our minds again and again. Well, I think that Ty Michael is very comfortable with his feminine side! He will shake his head no and sometimes it means no, but sometimes it means yes! He's also still doing the uh oh thing alot. Have we created a monster? I don't think so as his vocabulary is rapidly expanding! He can do Hi and will sometimes wave bye bye too. He loves to play Where's Nana, Where's Grandpa, Where's Ty, Where's whomever.... He's also this close (picture me holding my thumb and forefinger about a half an inch apart) to walking.

I love kissing his soft cheeks and holding him close.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Our New Alarm Clock or Uh Oh!

We have had a new alarm clock all week! It's the TMH Alarm Clock. Model No. 10/31/07. Yes, Carynn wasn't kidding when she wrote on her schedule for us that Ty woke up between 6:00 and 6:30 AM every morning. Like clockwork, he did! Except for yesterday and today (Sunday) when he woke up at 5:30. Ouch! That's okay though as he goes right back down after a bottle and a diaper change so he gets a little nap and we do too!

We've been enjoying having him all week while C & J had some R & R. I had forgotten though how much energy a baby has when you have him 24/7 and how my energy level isn't quite as high as it used to be. What I've been telling my friends when they ask how we're doing is that having a baby in your 20's and 30's is a lot different than having a baby in your 50's!

Ty's such a cheerful little guy that except for the energy issue-he has lots, mine/ours varies-we've been having a wonderful time. Claire, our dog is, having a good time too. She likes to follow me when I'm carrying Ty to see if he's going to drop anything that might be of interest.

He (Ty) also learned a new word. Yep, his new word is, drum roll please, Uh Oh! (Or is that two words?) I would say it whenever he pitched anything overboard while he's sitting in the high chair and then on Thursday (9-11) he said it too! He even stressing the last syllable just like I do. We've been trying different ways of using the new word.

Ty was a hit at our Stake Post Camp Leadership Meeting, the High Priest Progressive Dinner, when our Home Teachers came to visit, and while we were out shopping. He is very social and enjoys "talking" to people. He also tried out something new while we were at the Progressive Dinner-mangoes! He likes them.

This morning his mom and dad are on their way to the airport to begin their trip home. We've been praying all week for them in their travel and also that Ty will be safe with us. So far so good!

He's already had breakfast, a bath and is having a brief session in his jumperoo as I write this. I'm so thankful that I can be a nana. I love him!


Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Transitions...that's the word for the day since it applies to so much that's going on in all of our lives. Examples:
Ty (10 months old!) is transitioning from crawling to walking, from unintelligible sounds to actual words, from being spoon fed to feeding himself, his list just goes on and on.
Melinda's transitioning to a new school, new friends and life away from home.
Bret's transitioning from college graduate to job seeker.
Michael and I are transitioning into "empty nesters," with all the changes that brings into a relationship and our home.
Everyone has their own personal list regarding transitions; I'm not just talking family either. Some of my friends are transitioning to having a son on a mission, children getting married, children starting school. There's new homes, new relationships, failed relationships, divorces, births, deaths, the list just goes on and on.

Some of my transitions lately have been accompanied by tears: tears of happiness, tears of sadness, tears because of change. You're allowed to cry when you're a mom. (It's in the rulebook, check if you don't believe me.) So what I'm trying to do is to not deny the tears, but to accept them and then square my shoulders (mentally and physically) and look ahead. I'm thankful for all the blessings that are mine. I'm striving to be thankful for all those transitions too.