Well for those of you who've been to our house and commented on our TV (I guess it was small or something...), here you go. We have a new one! Joel found it on Craig's List, and it was just what he wanted. I didn't ever think our 19" was small--but now that I sit them beside each other...it does look a little, well, little. Here is a couple of more pictures of Ollie, you can see what great parents we are.
Here is a (semi) short video of Ollie and I playing. He's now pulling himself up to stand, starting to cruise from one piece of furniture to another, and continues to move EVERYWHERE! We sure have fun with him!
If you'd like a good laugh--check out the Hooton's blog (to the right of these posts). They pictured two pictures of Joel when he was young (with his sisters, too). One is of him dressed in a wedding dress, the other with his big sister Karla. Check it out fast--before Joel reads this and deletes it!!!!!
Thanks to my sixth grade homeroom teacher, Mrs. Mall, I know what that word means. Speaking of her--I had a blast that year! My best friend, Chelsie, and I were able to design some bulletin boards because we finished work on time--I remember one specifically that was a Halloween one. I think that's why I became a teacher--bulletin boards.
Anyway--the REAL reason I'm posting is to show some more pictures.
The first is of our weekend project--Joel installed a ceiling fan in our dining room after realizing that it was 10 degrees warmer at the ceiling! Here it is:
Here are two pictures of Ollie pulling up and playing in his toy basket:
Finally, here is a picture of Ollie being fed by his friend, Taylor. (She's 15 months!) :-)
Instead, we have a rambunctious boy! Sleep is WAY too boring--instead, it's play time ALL THE TIME! Oh, he goes down okay, and fools us into thinking this will be a good night. But then, around 3:30 or so--he awakes. Moaning and crying a bit...we reluctantly (after letting him cry a while) go into make sure he's not stuck or something. He's happy as a lark the moment we pick him up. Not stuck. Instead then, he likes to hit, point, talk, and if he's in our bed, (big mistake) crawl all around looking for the heated blanket controls. (It has red lights, can you blame him?) So, we do love our darling little boy--but he is just that--ALL BOY!
(My thoughts) "Ahhhh, that's a nice new towel holder. Ollie's towel will look nice there." "Mmmmm, I really like that one too. I think the snowflake towel nicely complements the other colors." "Ooohhh, those shelves look so functional! And the flowers--what a nice touch." (Later, as I'm doing dishes) "Huh?? Uh oh..." (Upon closer inspection) "Shoot. I guess those screws were a bit longer than we thought..."
This year, I have one New Year's Resolution...well, one that I came up with. (Joel had a suggestion for me, too...) But the one I chose was to read through the Bible in a year. I did this 3 years ago and it was such a good thing! I learned so much reading it all and seeing the "Big Picture" of God's love for His people. It was fun, too, to see all the Old Testament prophecy leading up to the coming of Jesus--it gives it a whole new meaning when you see it from that perspective instead of ours. (On that note, Andrew Peterson has an AWESOME Christmas CD out that shares this OT perspective, too--it's called "Behold the Lamb of God") Anyway--this year, I'm reading through the Bible chronologically. If any of you don't already have a feasible NY's resolution, join me! I've posted the link so you can find out what to read each day. It's actually pretty doable! Oh, and I'm reading in the Message paraphrase, which makes it more story-like.
Here it is: http://www.backtothebible.org/devotions/readme.htm?month=January&level=chronological&print=&x=14&y=10
We are two days late, but Sunday was Ollie's 9-month birthday! We got home from our trip and took his pictures...but as you'll see here, that's easier said than done with a curious, active baby boy. Enjoy!