Saturday, July 28, 2007

Shopping Cart Yoga

Tonight at the Co-op Charlie decided to entertain the crowds in line at the register with some Shopping Cart Yoga. He had his feet way up by his ears, bending and flexing his legs in ways only a veteran yoga-ist would dare. He drew quite the little crowd as the woman working the register kept calling over her coworkers to check out his moves.

Ya know, for a girl who never liked being the center of attention, this child of mine sure has brought us to center stage in our community. It's wild how much people are crazy for our little Charlie.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

More Signs

Charlie has begun to sign 'Dad' and 'Mom.' He can also say 'dad,' but 'mom' comes out more like "Bup." It is very exciting. He is now up to 17 signs, and 6 words he can say.

Here's the list of signs:
Hat, Ball, Bear, Car, Eat, More, All Done, Shoes, Sleep/Sleepy, Bath, Dad, Mom, Dog, Shoes, Socks, Book, Play

Here are the words he can say:
Hat, Ball (Bau), Dada, Bubbles (Bubbu), Bath (Bas), Book (Budabudabuda)

He is so excited about learning new signs. And he often tries out new words. One thing is for sure, the kid has a lot to say. When he is playing by himself I hear a running 'commentary' of all he is doing. It goes something like this:

"Uh!....Weoweoweo...Ah!....We!....Ohhhhhh....Dadadadada!...Ch!...Muayda.....hmf!....Ba!..." And so on.

What a sweet and clever boy he is!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Flash Back Friday

After spending a week with my folks and watching "Baby Stories" on cable (Discovery Chanel - didn't know there was such a thing!), I felt reminiscent of those first few days after Charlie's arrival. Here are a couple pictures of tiny, newborn Charlie.

A picture of 1 day old Charlie
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Mommy and 4 day old Charlie
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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Anniversary

Well, it was four years ago today that Raymond and I celebrated our marriage. I was remembering our vows today as I was on my morning walk. "With all that I have, and all that I am, I honor you." Four years seems like a big milestone, yet in many ways I feel as if Raymond and I have just always been together. I never imagined that marriage could feel so comfortable, so safe. I feel so much gratitude toward this amazing man. He is an excellent husband and partner. He honors me for who I am and what I bring to our relationship. I hope he feels the same of me.

Raymond, Thank you for these four years. My prayer is that the Lord bless our marriage before Him, and keep us in His will. With all that I have, and all that I am, I honor you today, and everyday. I love you.
Your Kimberly

Arizona

Yesterday we arrived back home from a family vacation to Arizona to see Nana & Papa (Kim's parents). We had a really great time. We flew there and back, and Charlie did great. He enjoyed looking out the window of the plane, and "reading" the emergency preparedness card over and over and over! It was hot in Arizona, but the dry air makes it feel bearable. We were in the Sonora Dessert area, a short drive south of Tuscon in a town called Sahuarita. Nana and Papa have a beautiful veiw of the Santa Rita Mountain range. The valley is very green, surrounded by mountains on all sides. It was not a dessert like in Nevada. It was dry, but filled with mesquite trees, cactus, and other native plants. We had a great time taking walks in the early morning and looking at all the beautiful dessert vegetation. We also came across Jack Rabbits, Road Runners, Quail, and even a lonely Coyote. Very different from the Pacific Northwest, but equally as beautiful and interesting.

Here are a few shots of the wildlife we saw at the Tucson Desert Museum.

Coyote
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Javalinas
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Mexican Wolf
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Here's Daddy and Charlie enjoying the heat at the Museum
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Here's a few pics of our time at Nana & Papa's house

Nana and her boy
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Prickly Pear Cactus we saw on our morning walk
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A Saguaro Cactus and the Santa Rita Mountains - beautiful view on our morning walk.
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Our Little Family
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Wearing Papa's hat
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Reading with Papa
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Cooling off
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Friday, July 6, 2007

Lightbulb Parenting Moment

I had one tonight. A "Lightbulb Moment of Parenting." Charlie has had a hard time getting to sleep these past couple nights. Tonight, like many nights, Charlie needed a hand on his back to help him get to sleep. He could be sawing logs, but as soon as I removed my hand from his back he would begin to stir. Teething makes everything so hard. Poor Guy.

Anyway, as I was standing next to the crib in the dark with my one hand lightly placed on Charlie's back I began to think a bean bag might do the trick. If he is just needing the sensory input of a little bit of weight on his back to keep him calm, why not try a bean bag? Well, we don't have any bean bags laying around, but... We do have a Beanie Baby! The Beanie Baby, a little dog, was near the crib. I was able to grab it quickly and place it on Charlie's back. He settled right down again and I haven't heard a peep. GENIUS! Oh, and he looks pretty darn cute with that little puppy dog on his back;-)

Forth of July

We had a packed day this 4th. First we went to the Fair on the Plaza and enjoyed some live music, Mexican food, and browsing the booths set up. After that we headed to a BBQ at our pastor's home. But the highlight of the day was going up to Uncle Ryan's house to BBQ with Family. Uncle Ryan lives on a horse ranch. He and his Fiance have lots of dogs, horses, goats, chickens, and geese. Charlie had a really fun time getting aquainted with all the animals. We didn't get any good pics of Charlie with the dogs, but I tell ya, by the time we left he was one of the pack!

Here Charlie sits with Grandpa Robinson
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Here's Charlie with Uncle Russell and Duncan the horse
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Here's a picture of Charlie and Ricky Bobby, the Gander
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Flash Back Friday

I saw this idea on another blog to show pictures from the past once a week. Thought it was a good idea.

If you've read our "Meet Charlie" story (our first blog entry) then you know that Charlie's first smile came during the three weeks we were waiting for the results of the blood test that would tell us if Charlie had Down Syndrome or not. We were sitting in Church when we saw those first smiles, and were able to get him to do it for us again later that afternoon. Here is a picture of Charlie's first smile. He was 9 weeks old.

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