Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lots of Fun

Well, I'm obviously not doing very well at keeping this updated often. I guess that is just because I've been working HARD! I'm on Chapter 4 of 6 in my Thesis writing......
But, here are some updates and cute pictures for you anyway.
Jaden has been getting lots of training on tasks around the house.....
Here is is helping Grandpa K refinish the bathroom cabinets...

Of course...after all that work a guy just needs to kick back and go for a cruise

We also got to hang out with Grandma & Grandpa H one Sunday after church
Hey grandpa...stop tickling me!!!

Jaden has a LOT of toys and now he thinks it is pretty fun to take them out of the bins. We're working on putting them IN as well....but, one morning daddy thought it would be funny if Jaden sat among the toys.

Yes, he's allowed crazy hair first thing in the morning!
This is another new toy from G&G K. It makes a fun popping noise!

Today's project is fixing the crumbling rock wall. We need to mix some mortar...
Another day, another's task is swiffering the floor!
He really had a good time with this task.....see that smile!
And still, every day he sees the handle in the corner of the laundry room he goes after it. I guess I just have to teach him how to do it well and I'll always have clean floors!!! :-)
Valentine's day brought MORE presents. Man, when Grandma carried the wrapped gifts into the room, Jaden's eyes lit up. I guess with all those weeks of "Christmas" leading right into birthday presents he figured out that those wrapped packages are really fun!
This was from G&G K and a BIG hit with the little musician! He opens his mouth like this every time he gets to banging!

On the 16th it was our 5th Anniversary of the day Stephen proposed. We usually try to do something fun on the 16th instead of the 14th cause there is less of a waiting line anywhere. One of our friends tried to tell us that we only get ONE anniversary a year....but I disagree! I like our 16th tradition! We ACTUALLY went on a date. Okay, we ate Subway sandwiches and went to a movie....but was fun!
Today we learned how to scoop up the dog poo from the yard. A useful skill!

Then we played "volleyball" with another V-day gift.

Jaden thought it was really funny when mommy would catch the ball too!

After lots of days of fun....Grandpa K had to go home. :-(
I think the little guy misses him a bit! They had a lot of fun! I don't know WHAT will happen when Grandma has to go too. ....Let's not think about that just yet! We still have 2 weeks of fun ahead!

Oh...and have I mentioned that I think Jaden is a genius!? When Jaden had his 1 year checkup the doctor said that babies can't really feed themselves with silverware until about 18 months. He said that until then they have no way to telling where the end of the spoon/fork will end up so they can't get it in their mouths. HERE'S what I have to say to that.....

Pure genius!

Friday, February 13, 2009


I don't know how, but I missed a picture in last night's post.
12 month vaccines are a BUMMER - - - but at least Jaden didn't appear too upset by his many band-aids. Of course, I can't say the same for when they TRYING to take his blood and giving them to him!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Busy Week

Jaden has been having lots of fun as a ONE year old. Mommy has been sitting in front of the computer a LOT. Daddy has been busy with work and school. And Grandpa & Grandma K have been having a blast with the little guy!
Here are some new shades.....
TOO cool!
Grandpa K refinished the bathroom cabinet. Too bad we didn't get a BEFORE picture! But, BOY do they ever look NICE!

Tonight we had to try on the bathrobe. It is too small. BUT, still cute!

I gotta say, I think I'm going to enjoy summer where I get to see more of these cute chubby legs!

I think Jaden looks like his cousin Bethany in this picture. I've SEEN Bethany make this face!

Sorry, I just got carried away. But it was cute with the hood too! :-)

Hopefully we'll do something FUN rather than just WORK this coming week for something more interesting to report about! ;-)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

First Birthday Fun!

Getting ready to bake the cake
Cutting out my stencil

The cake, fresh out of the oven

GOOD MORNING birthday boy!

Daddy tries to get Jaden to attack the cake early!

#1 - the cutting actually went really smoothly

frosting the cake
mmmm...looking good. It's a white butter cake with cream cheese frosting. I had never made cream cheese frosting with orange or lemon zest it in but, it was REALLY good! See Jaden's little cake on the side?

all decorated with berries and a candle
I'm not sure if Jaden thinks the cake is cool or, if he's just thinking it's pretty fun to sit on the table! He's never done that before!
There's a smile! he notices the cake. Doesn't it look good?
Just the 3 of us!

With G'ma & G'pa K

Don't forget the lavish decorations - Happy Birthday! Everyone's over for lunch.

Dishing up the salad. A unique but very yummy combination. Cheese tortilinni, chicken, grapes, kiwi, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin oranges with an orange/maple dressing. Sounds strange but tastes yummy!

Jaden sticks with his beans - a bit of food before cake!

Dig in!

Jaden wasn't too sure what to do with the cake so, daddy tried to help him out.

Jaden didn't seem too thrilled and wasn't into getting so dirty. Every time his fingers touched the cake he would look at them and try to wipe them, we gave him a fork and spoon and he had a good time playing with it.

Yup - mooshing it is WAY more fun than eating it!Then we added some berries and mmmm.....he LOVES the berries! first birthday frosting face here...just a berry face!

Okay - enough of this....I'm ready to be OUT of here!

Wow - are ALL of these for me?!?!?

Cool - a toy with a hammer!

And a noisemaking tamborine - my mommy is going to LOVE this one!
I think I'll get started practicing right now!

Cool books and fun cards from Keely & Mali

I LOVE this paper! How did you know?!?!?!
Oma helping open one present.

With Oma & G'ma H

Are these crayons, or balls? Can I eat them? Throw them? Hmmm.....
Woah - a trip to the garage...what's this?

My VERY OWN CAR!!?!??!?!?!

pretty nice ride I got, don't you think? do I fill up THIS gas tank?

How do I look?

The horn beeps, the blinkers make noise and there are even TUNES on this radio!!!!

A trip around the yard with my dad! - when he wasn't on the move, Jaden found the door to be one of the most interesting features of the car and spent SEVERAL minutes opening and closing it!
Then, he just had to kick back and talk to Aunt Karen

Yup - I'm just chillin'. It's been a great day!