Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Breakers.Thanksgiving.Isla Mirada

Taylor's parents came to visit us and spend the Thanksgiving holiday.  They are pretty much the best!  It was a low key visit, we hung out around the house a lot while Taylor was at work.  Mom and Dad Barlow just wanted to soak up every second that they could with their Grandson and it's so sweet to watch. They are always so conscious of little Anson and his schedule and I appreciate it so much.  Despite our efforts, Anson was on a sleep strike for that week.  Little booger.  

Thanksgiving Day was lovely.  We took an afternoon drive down the A1A to admire all of beautiful houses and they weren't just beautiful, they were enormous!!!  Honestly, they were lovely homes, but who needs houses that large?  It's fun to dream of what life would be like.  We took the A1A to West Palm Beach, where we stopped at The Breakers.  The Breakers is on old hotel right on the water with a lot of history, it's burned down twice and been rebuilt!  Now that's dedication!  Mom and I wondered through the hotel to enjoy the ambiance and walk through the ballrooms.  We fantasized about what it would have been like to live in the 16 and 1700's wearing corsets and ballgowns, going to balls and having your every whim attended to.  DREAMY!!  Of course the boys just sat on a couch in the middle of the hotel on their iphones--curmudgeons!  All in all, it was a great afternoon.

Thanksgiving dinner was of course, DELICIOUS!!  We enjoyed the usual prospects: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, bread and my Mom's 7up jello salad.  We wended the night with mixed berry pie and ice cream!!!
We jetted down to the Florida Keys for a quick trip so that boys could rent a boat and do some fishing.   The night before the said fishing trip, Dad Barlow hooked a tarpon, but it broke his line and he got away.  Super cool experience though!  Unfortunately, they didn't catch anything the next day either.  Mom Barlow and I got to go for a ride on the boat, which was beautiful and then we got to visit the GINORMOUS tarpon at the shop where they rented the boat. We had some delicious seafood on our way home, it was so good that I hardly came up for air!!  
I think his hat is a little small...
O Captain, my Captain.  Wipe that smile right off your face!  I think someone was born to be on the some body of water fishing for the rest of his life.  He's like a little kid in a candy store.
The girls.
The tarpon, the co-pilot and some pelicans.  All pretty awesome!
  What a great 10 days with the Barlows!  Thanks Mom and Dad B for being wonderful and for not allowing us to spend Thanksgiving alone!!  We love you!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Anson: 7 Months

It is our little Boy's 7 month Birthday, five days late!  He is already so different from last month, it's so fun to watch him change literally everyday!  I love teaching him new things and watching him get the hang of them.

Anson is happiest when he first wakes up in the morning--he loves to play on the floor after breakfast with his toys and talk and roll around. He is at his best when he is well rested, which he fights way more than he used to, when he has a full tummy and when we are making him laugh or cuddling with him.

Anson loves his play mat, rattles, balls, plush blocks, plastic water bottles and anything that makes noise like wipes packages and the wings of his butterfly toy.  He also loves to bounce, kick and barrel roll all over the room.  He is definitely mobile now, he's army crawling backwards and in circles, he even got up on his hands and knees for a few seconds.  He is sitting up unsupported for longer and longer spurts each day.  Anson has found his voice and loves to hear it, so he talks and fake coughs--it's hilarious!


You are an incredible little boy and we love you like A LOT.  The joy that you bring to your Daddy and I is indescribable.  Sometimes I look at you and talk to you and tears fill my eyes because I am so grateful that you are ours.

Your boppy helps support you and you're SO CLOSE to sitting up without any pillows or help at all.  It's a whole new view of the world for you. 

You love playing on the floor more than anything because you're free to kick and role to your heart's content.  You LOVE your toys, but when they get boring you love to play with the most random things, especially Mommy's water bottle because it's so brightly colored and the wipespackage because it's so noisy.  When the package crackles, you get so excited and kick your legs like crazy!  

You briefly sucked your thumb and eventhough I didn't want you to pick up the habit, it was still so cute to watch you do it.  We had a bit of a cold front come in this month and so I got to dress you in all your warm clothes that you've never worn.  My favorite is your kimono with the helicopters on it, you look adorable in anything though.

For the first few months of your life, your Daddy was at home working on the house and then guiding off and on during the summer.  Now he works five days a week for 10 hours a day and so he is so sad to leave you in the mornings and so excited to see you when he comes home.  He likes to snuggle and play with you every night when he comes home.  You light up when he walks through the door and you get a big smile on your face. 

We learned our lesson at the beach last month and it's kind of a hassle to get you in and out of the water and all sandy and you don't really like it anyway.  This time we just laid you on a towel under an umbrella and you were as happy as can be. 

You taught yourself to blow raspberries with your lips, but Mommy taught you how to spit with your tongue and to my dismay, you love to do when you eat and get food everywhere!!  I can't be mad though, because I taught you how to do it and it's super funny. 

You are such a doll Anson.  You are so enagaging and the most lovable little boy ever--You lure everyone in with your big blue eyes and endearing smile.  Your dimples are to die for and we can't get enough of them.  Thank you for always being such a good boy and for loving us so much, we couldn't ask for a sweeter or more beautiful baby.  Love you always!

Love, Mommy & Daddy

Friday, December 3, 2010

A & A

Dear Addy,

I have no clue that you are not interested in playing with me and you want to stay as far away from me as possible..

Little do you know that I will be crawling soon and you won't be able to escape me!!  Bahahahaha!
Love, Anson

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Life's a ZOO

We went to the Miami Zoo.
Tigers Talked.
Elephants preformed for food.
Camels drooled.
We fed the Giraffes.
It was a fab day.