Monday, April 30, 2012


You know how we get so excited to see children accomplish new things?  "Yay!  She rolled over!"  "Yay, she can crawl!"  Well, we were way excited about Kalyor rolling from her tummy to her back.  She even can roll from her back to her tummy!  However, when she rolls from her tummy to her back during her nap...she wakes up.  We are no longer excited about this simple kinesthetic movement.  She no longer needs to roll over.

At the Train Station

Here are some pictures Lolita and I took at the train station.  I think I'm finally getting the hang of this. They are uploaded to Picasa and CLICK HERE.

Monday, April 23, 2012

More travels

No, I'm not posting pictures of our trip to California; although I should be since that was over a week ago (but I'm actually supposed to be working on homework right now...). 

My wonderful wife has found a job West of the Mississippi.  We are moving to the Phoenix area around the third week in May.  We are super excited about it and can't wait to be back West.  We have been looking for a job for several months and this seems to be the best fit for our family at this time.  She will be working at an orthopedic physical therapy clinic.  We will be about 5 hours from her family and a pretty good distance away from mine. It will be an adjustment, for sure.  We are unsure which area of Phoenix because there are three different clinics that are possibilities and we want to be closest to the clinic where she works.  We most likely will find out which clinic she will be working with when we move there so we will be in limbo until then as to where we may live.  We have several friends in the area that have offered lodging if needed.  Hopefully, we can just move there, find a place in a day or two, and move in.  

As for me, I will apply to ASU's Marriage and Family Therapy Program for Fall '13 and hope to get in.  In the meantime, I will be Mr. Mom and maybe pick up a part time job, if needed.  

Sunday, April 22, 2012

April Photo Challenge Day 22

Day 22: The last thing I bought
It just so happens to be the last thing I bought is one of my most favorite desserts, custard.  I purchased it from Eddie's, a local here in Hammond.  However, I am not impressed with their business.  It was 2 hours from closing and they ran out of the flavor of the day.  I'm excited that I will no longer have to deal with this.  Culvers, here we come!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Challenge Day 21: Bottle

Friday, April 20, 2012

April Photo Challenge Day 20

Day 20: Something You Drew

April Photo Challenge Day 19

I know this picture is a little different but it shows the color orange in two ways. The piece of rug behind my head is very orange and was my original intent for the picture. However, when I accidentally captured my new red Rainbow sandal in the picture, the sandal became orange and the rug is more yellow. Crazy how the eye of the camera changes color depending on what is in frame.

Challenge: Orange

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April Photo Challenge days 6-18

So, I took a little vacay with the family to Cali (blog posts to come later) and I didn't really have a steady access to or the time to use a computer. So, here are my photo challenge entries in order.

Day 6: Lunch
Day 7: Shadow
Day 8: What's in your wallet; Disneyland Tickets. They sell these at the local grocery store in Cali!
Day 9: A younger you; me with the easter bunny, maybe 2?

Day 10: Cold; my parents let us have their freezer, mainly to store it for them until they get into their own place again. I found this in the freezer when I opened it. It's my parent's laundry soap. I guess it goes bad after a while?

Day 11: Where I ate breakfast. While I was in Cali, our little girl really started going down for naps easily (even though as I'm typing this blog post, she is screaming to get out of her bed). We even put her on the floor on a blanket and she passed out. This is what I saw as I ate breakfast.
Day 12: Stairs; Who needs stairs when you have a papa around to lift you up.
Day 13: Something you found; We went to Babies R Us and Toys R Us to find this and we found it at Cosco, when we weren't even looking for it. HA! We want it so bad!
Day 14: How you feel today. (This line reminds me of the line from RENT, "How do you feel today?" If you can tell me which song it's in, we can be friends:-))I really didn't feel this way today but I LOVE the movie Madagascar so when I saw this, I had to tag it.
Day 15: Sunset; I forgot to take this.

Day 16: Flowers; These were at the place we took family pictures with Ginny's family. I LOVE bird of paradise.

Day 17: Something I don't like; I don't like anyone taking pictures of me while I'm sleeping but my sister loves it. I also don't like my pit sweat or my Dr. Pepper belly.

Day 18: Hair; My cousin Leesa (Lolita) has a hair cutting phobia. I tried to find the technical term for it because no one has named it yet. The closest thing I could find is Trichotillomania which is the disorder associated with pulling out your own hair, the opposite of what Leesa fears. She has anxiety anytime someone cuts their hair. So, she's what I think of when I think of hair. Here she is holding my pride and joy, my hairless beauty. I know she looks like a boy because of the outfit but it is indeed Kaylor.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April Photo Challenge Day 4

Our challenge for today was someone who makes me happy. I have two someones who I cannot separate or decide one over the other.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April Photo Challenge Day 3

Our challenge for the 3rd day is mail.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Photo Challenge Day 2

Our second suggestion is colour

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Walk on Campus

We decided to take a walk after conference today and I took a camera to get some pictures for fun. Here they are.

On the start of our walk.

Our beautiful oak tree on campus.

The girls trying to get Kaylor to laugh and smile and the camera

The monstrous Lolita

Our cute lil girl.

Leesa taking a picture of the following magnolia

This was on the concrete for the 5K. We saw it today.

Lolita's Elmo flip-flops.

April Photo Challenge Day 1

My cousin Lolita (Leesa) has challenged me to do a photo challenge for 30 days. I figured it was fitting to do so. There is a specific suggestion per day. Day one is a picture of my reflection.

All About Kaylor

I think I am finally starting to get the handle of this whole camera thing. I'm still a little shaky with my picture taking so the pictures are a little fuzzy. But here is a little session I had with our lovely daughter as she did some tummy/ottoman time with Auntie Bea.

This last week, Ginny and I went on a date; we must do this more often! We went to dinner at Texas de Brazil, one of our favorite restaurants. Then, we watched Color Purple the musical (my birthday present). Dinner was great and the food was amazing!! The Color Purple is such a great story and I wasn't sure if I'd like the musical or not but I still wanted to see it. The cast and music blended together wonderfully. It was heartfelt and so moving. Aunt Bea watched our little girl. She needed to cook dinner so she propped up Kaylor on a makeshift pallet and let the TV babysit her for a minute or so. Here's a picture. She's so adorable and Bea is so creative! She looks pretty content.
We have decided to start giving Kaylor rice cereal once a day in the morning. She sleeps almost 12 hours at night (with the exception of about a 45 minute break for eating between 5 and 7) and we feel that she is incredibly hungry when she wakes up. She wants to eat about every 30 minutes for the first few hours after she wakes up. Here is a video of our second attempt at feeding, with some minor commentary from Kaylor's inner monologue.

Ok, I think this is the last one. This past weekend, we "ran" a 5k, or walked, whatever! It was our little family, plus Aunt Bea, Lolita and Beth, a friend from church. Lolita thought it was funny that she put her hat on Kaylor, as she always does. Kaylor was a champ and did really well for the whole race. It was all of our first 5k and we were pretty proud of ourselves! We will do another one in the Fall. The "Blue Run" is put on by Child Advocacy Services and we were proud to help out. The moment of the day was when Aunt Bea noticed a little 4 yo relieving himself as his mom was registering for the race. His shorts were down and his shirt was pulled. His older brother tried to tell him to stop but he kept streaming along. His mom finally saw him and, out of sheer embarrassment, shoved it back in and pulled up his shorts. I laughed for a solid minute.