Friday, August 31, 2007


So...I mentioned Tyson's obsession with sticks and rocks. Wow, in the last couple of days, he has fallen in love with his rocks. He has to have one with him at ALL times. We have several on hand in our house that he has brought in from different outings, so that if he needs one we know where to find one.
Today, we went to a barbeque on campus and they had a river rock pathway. He, of course, had to pick one of them. The one he wanted was quite big, so I helped him pick one that was more the size for him to carry around. This rock overfilled his hand. But, it is HIS rock.
He ate with the rock in his hand. Wow, my son can multi-task. So, after the barbeque was finished it was time to head home for a nap (for Tyson)...I completely forgot about the rock because he holds on to it all the time. (He holds it in his thumbsucking hand and still somehow manages to suck his thumb.) We got home and got him ready for nap and yup his rock took a nap with him. And tonight, he kept calling and I went in and he needed his rock. As soon as he had his rock, he went to sleep.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Tyson has developed an obsession with sticks and rocks over the last few months. Every time we go running or walking, he has to have at least a stick or a rock but most often needs one thing for each hand.
We went to the park today (thank goodness it has shade) and he found a stick right away. He held onto this stick and took it down the slide with him several times. He kept this stick until he found a bigger stick to replace it. I guess bigger is better in his mind. He kept this one for quite a while and the next time I turned around he had dropped that one to replace it with a tree branch that had fallen off in the recent winds we have had. I was amazed that he could pick this branch up because it was so big. I wish I had a camera because the smile on his face was so priceless.

Zoo Trip

My parents got into town the day that we got back from our Oregon trip. My Brother and his wife and family (3 kids) were here for a couple of weeks on an unplanned trip, so that we got to see them for a couple of days too.
We went to the zoo together for a few hours one morning and saw many many animals. Tyson has a hard time walking (this is usual), but on this particular day he ran EVERYWHERE!! He was so excited to see all the animals. And perhaps he even wanted to stay at the zoo. He did definitely want to get in the cages with a lot of the animals.

He did have a few favorites. I think his favorite was the daddy gorilla. The gorilla was just getting ready for his nap and was laying down the whole time, but Tyson just stood by the window and kept saying "daddy."

Another one of Tyson's favorites was the bears. Tyson loves to say bears and actually says all the letters too.

There was some kind of cat..I can't remember what the specific name was...BUT, Tyson was being stalked by this cat. Tyson loves cats (mows) and watched this cat for awhile and obviously the cat wanted to eat him or something. Wherever Tyson moved to the cat watched him and moved there too. If Tyson stood still, the cat paced back and forth.

And, not much to say about the big felines, but Tyson loves Rawrs. This is what he calls any Lion, Tiger, etc. These are just such amazing creatures that I had to post a few pictures of them too.

The end of a wonderful day with family and a WHOLE LOT of animals.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Keely Elizabeth

I just realized that I hadn't blogged about our baby girl for a while. After going through a couple of baby books and a few websites, we had a list of about 5 names to choose from. Both Luke and I wanted to pick a name as soon as possible because we prefer to call the baby by name instead of just baby girl or baby. So, on our long trip to Oregon, we created our list and quickly condensed it to 2 names. So, we ended up choosing Keely Elizabeth (Elizabeth after Luke's grandma).
Keely is a mover. I can't believe that it has almost been 9 weeks since I have been feeling her kick. I am 22 weeks today and we are already seeing my stomach move. We had an appointment the other day and the doctor was listening to Keely's heartbeat. Keely didn't like the wand moving back and forth across my stomach, so she kicked the wand and made it bounce of my stomach. Tyson, is a very active child (just like I was and still am), but I think that miss Keely is going to be even more active then he is. I guess she needs to be able to keep up with her big brother.
Here I am at 22 weeks. I am definitely showing much more with Keely than I did with Tyson at this point. But, Keely is also really low and laying horizontal where as Tyson was lengthwise from early on.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

TAGGED're it!
I've been's the rules:

1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.

2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

3. People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules. (If you don’t have a blog, email me)

4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here are my 8:
1. I love to organize anything and everything (even when I am not pregnant- although I can say it does get worse...or is it better... when I am pregnant).

2. I love to run! It's getting a little bit hard right now.

3. I don't care for chocolate that much.

4. I thouroughly enjoy making and decorating cakes.

5. If I can't remember if I put deoderant on, I ask my husband to smell my armpits.

6. A big pet peeve of mine is when people are beside me when they are eating and I am not. Don't chew food in my ear, you sound like a cow!!

7. I grew up with organic food before "organic" was a title. We raised our own veggies, some fruit, and most of our meat.

8. My grandpa never called me Serena; he always called me Molly.

I am tagging: Luke, Colette, Priscilla, Aimee Jo (if you're not busy having a baby)...I am still trying to think of more people.

Friday, August 3, 2007


Tyson absolutely loves two things right now. He loves hiding and he loves building towers. He can and will make a hiding spot out of anything...if he is in the HIDING mood. The most common thing he likes to do is hide under a blanket under the table or between the couch and the ottoman.
My parents bought him a caterpillar tunnel last year before we moved so that we could have something fun for him to do on the trip (it collapses). He loves it right now. He uses it a little differently this year than last though. He has to have part of it on the ottoman so that he can climb up and down into it.

He does a very good job building towers. He loves to make them as tall as he can. But, the best part of the whole building experience, for him, is the knocking or falling down of the tower. He just giggles so hard when the tower comes down and then wants to build more and more and more!