Thursday, November 24, 2016

11 Months

ELIJAH AT 11 MONTHS


Standing man::Climbs up and down stairs::Loves shoes and books::Good little eater and loves loves loves graham crackers::Started to wave then claps right after::About 22 lbs::Our happy little guy even when sick or in long car rides::Sleeps through the night, woohoo!::

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This kid! I am so so grateful to call him mine. He is so easy going, yet so curious! He is getting closer and closer to walking. This month he stood up on his own in the middle of the floor. If Eli gets a little more confidence, I'm sure he could be walking soon.

His favorite activity is pulling shoes off our shoe rack and books off the shelf. I play pick up with him several times a day, yet he wins every day. Shoes and books always strewn across our floor. We kept working on waving with him, and I think he does it now. Eli uses both hands and waves them, then immediately claps afterward, haha. But he does it when I prompt him, so I think it counts.

We started sleep training this month and went straight for the cry-it-out. It's the fastest, he started sleeping through the night within two days! Why didn't I do this earlier? He will wake up some nights, but doesn't require nursing him back to sleep.

We went on a trip to Mesa, AZ this month and Eli was a champ. He gets restless in the car, but all said and done, he was smiling and laughing at the very end. Eli also has been sick for a long time with a cough and runny nose, but other than those symptoms, you could never tell he was sick. We love our happy guy!


Caught Eli getting under the kitchen sink. Need to childproof now!

So happy and easy going.
All smiles even with other people he doesn't know.

Went to change his diaper and just rolled over in his sleep.
Couldn't resist a naked bum shot.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Balloon Fiesta 2016

Hi everyone! It's good to be back bloggin'. I received the assignment to blog about our trip to the Balloon Fiesta this year, so let's get it started!

Not wanting to pay for (or fight for) parking, we decided to bike to the Balloon Fiesta park. But that's a bit far for a family like ours, so we decided to park at the LDS Church Office Building (off of Jefferson) and bike to the Balloon Fiesta Museum, where they were providing complimentary bicycle valet parking. Pretty awesome! We could even leave our things in our little bike trailer so we weren't hauling around all of our biking stuff. That's definitely the way to go the park!

We arrived at the Balloon Fiesta around 6:30am, and knowing that the Health Science Center at UNM was offering free breakfast for students and employees, we scouted it out. I was expecting something small, but they had it all! Pastries, breakfast burritos, muffins, hot chocolate, and the works. Kiley was especially excited for the hot chocolate - we wanted to bring some to the park but forgot all about it before we left. Thank you, UNM!


We then set out to find Kiley's sisters, who were all going to the Balloon Fiesta on the same day (since it was a holiday for APS and a "special shapes" day).

The national anthem started as the first couple balloons rise

More balloons started to go up. We managed to get a photo of the family before the kiddos got too distracted.


Eli was mesmerized by the balloons and fire! What a great kid. Meanwhile...


















...Joey found his cousins and became mesmerized by the iPhone.


It was a beautiful morning. However, we were worried that the balloons wouldn't be able to lift off and that the special shapes would be cancelled because a little wind picked up and started taking the balloons away from the landing site. Thankfully, that didn't happen!


















The last smile that we got out of this little guy before he passed out. 



Joey was having a blast! The special shapes started to come up, and Joey ran around like a crazy man playing with his cousins. They found this giant butterfly balloon and ran circles around it while they began to inflate it. Little did we know what would soon happen...


The balloon started to inflate faster than any of us had thought would happen, and the cousins were all trapped underneath! 



As you can see, Mason fell victim to the butterfly's wing and was not able to escape until, finally, the balloon was standing upright. We're glad he pulled through.





Like Kiley has mentioned previously, this was the first time for me going to the Balloon Fiesta since I was really little. We have watched it from a distance and all, but it is nothing like being there in person! I took almost 300 photos with our camera, blown away by the amazing balloon designs and variety of things that we saw. Here is a little sampling of the photos I took:

Joey was particularly excited about this one, who he called "Peso" (after his favorite character on the show Octonauts) and "George" (after, you guessed it, Curious George)









My beautiful wife Kiley and her sleepy little boy. He didn't sleep too long before waking to the sound of roaring fire keeping the balloons upright.

It was fitting that the day we were enjoying the Balloon Fiesta together with our little baby, the doctor who delivered Kiley was there (Dr. Komadina) enjoying the Fiesta with his baby (the Stork balloon!).


More fun with the special shapes:





I was a big fan of the Star Wars balloons! (obviously)





Okay, one more family photo so we could get Yoda in the background! Sadly Darth Vader is cut out... But don't blame me. Blame the random person who we got to take our family photo. Plus, this is the only shot they took. Lame... Still, I'm grateful that they got Yoda in there.


Finally, it was time to head back to our bikes. Overall, this was a very nice way to spend our morning during one of my days off. I'm very grateful for Kiley in making our last year in Albuquerque a "tourist year," taking advantage of all the wonderful things that this magical place has to offer. We're going to miss Albuquerque when we leave in the summer!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Halloweeners

I assigned Sam the task of blogging about the Balloon Fiesta, but I'm going to jump ahead a little bit while it's still relevant and blog about Halloween 2016.

Joey is OBSESSED with Curious George right now. He's also obsessed about Halloween. I dubbed it our official Curious George Halloween since we watched the movie almost every day, carved our pumpkins with Curious George, and had Joey and Sam dress up as George and the Man with the Yellow Hat. We attended our ward's Trunk or Treat and went around our apartment complex on the actual day. Here are some pictures!

Our little scuba diver
Joey in heaven.
Aren't they so adorable?

Matching Eli with my mermaid getup.
 Joey got a good bag of candy at the Trunk or Treat, but we weren't done with the festivities. The kids painted their pumpkins while Sam and I carved. Joey loved painting maybe a little too much!

Joey in his element.

Eli never really painted, but somehow
he still got paint on himself!


Meet Charlie, our new cat.

My carving, the Man with the Yellow Hat and George.
This was actually the best face I made so excuse the wild look in my eye!

Sam managed to carve George out of his little pumpkin!


Mine's a little hard to tell what it is but I'm proud of it!
On actual Halloween we went around our complex. Sam was too busy to take the kids so I grabbed my mermaid leggings and the yellow hat and tried to make some rounds. However, Joey found a tricycle and it was game over. He was done and just wanted to ride the tricycle in the dark. We got enough candy anyway so it wasn't too big of a deal I guess. We might do costume repeats next year because costumes get so pricy! At least we had a good time with it.