Sunday, June 29, 2008
Oliver has mastered CRAWLING! We are so thrilled to see him moving around the floor! He has been working on crawling for the past few weeks. He was able to get up with his hands but just couldn't get his knees underneath him. Then we saw him trying to get his knees to cooperate, but just couldn't get it all working together correctly. Finally, on Monday the 23rd, I saw him move forward for the first time. I was drying my hair in the bathroom and my necklace had fallen off onto the floor. He took 2 "crawls" for it. Now mind you, we have been walking around with the video camera strapped to our hand because we knew it was going to happen soon. Of course, the video camera was downstairs and I had a hair dryer in my hand. I yelled for Christy to come and she confirmed that it was official! We were both able to witness it! I kept chuckling to myself..."Wouldn't daddy be proud that he crawled for a necklace first." haha We took this video tonight so that we could share is newly mastered skill with all of you! In the video you can see that his mission is to get the remote control but catches all of us sitting with cameras and video cameras. He shows an interest in us, but then realizes that he is on a mission to get the remote and corrects his course! I just love to see him moving now! Oh how our lives are going to change! Baby Gates, here we come!!!!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
We have been signing to Oliver since the time he couldn't even see 2 feet in front of his cute little scrunchy eyes! Previously, when we have signed to him, we think he is understanding by the reaction of his facial expressions and his body actions. This past week he finally communicated to us by signing back!!!!! It is AMAZING!!! For those of you who don't know sign language (we are learning too, thanks to a wonderful set of video's called Signing Time.) the sign for milk is clenching your fist closed and then opening your hand and repeating the process. Sometimes if he is ready for breakfast or dinner he signs this too, but it primarily is used for wanting milk.
Aunt Christy was videotaping him trying to crawl and caught him telling her he was hungry. I attribute the grumpiness to the fact that he wants milk! The video may be a little long, but I couldn't figure out how to chop portions of it off. He is too cute anyway to cut any part of it out! Sophie just couldn't pass up the opportunity to be on camera either! You can hear Christy's friends in the background talking on their cell phones! ENJOY!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Chrisy, Allison, Heather and Oliver at dinner.
These girls have their cell phones attached to their ears 24/7. I thought I was a cell phone addict until I saw them! I jokingly threatened them that I was going to steal their cell phones away for a couple of hours just to see if they could survive. All three of them got a little hostile when I said that to them. haha They couldn't handle it! Here they are at the winery out in the peaceful country, checking their cell phones. What silly girls! I just can't believe how quickly they can type a text message. I sound like I am 40! haha
Daddy and Ollie admiring the artwork of local artists.
Since we were driving past, Larry and I ran into the greenhouse/nursery to check out stone for a retaining wall. While we were gone, the girlies were attempting to keep Oliver entertained. (He was on the verge of getting fussy.) They tried everything until he became attached to the wine bottle. I guess it worked! We had better screen our babysitters from now on!
He looks so tan in this picture. I guess the beach worked!
He rolled off the beach towel and found himself in the sand. What a new texture! He couldn't resist playing in it. He is working at grasping little things with his pointer finger and thumb. It was a perfect way to practice!
I don't think the lotion tasted too good, but it sure was fun to play with.
Here are the girls catching some rays!
We went to Solomon's Island after the beach. We went into a few of the shops. How could we resist a crabby family picture?
All of us ended up wearing IU sweatshirts. We were all ready for a bon-fire that Larry was getting ready. SMORES was our cheer here!
He likes to stick out his tongue and blow bubbles. It makes such a crazy mess, but is very funny to watch!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Heather, Allison, Oliver and Christy sitting on the steps of the Capital!
Heather and Allison at the airport. I promise we only went to one airport (the right one) today! We are getting better!
Christy, the White House, Heather and Allison.
Christy mustered up the strength to hold up the Washington Monument.
The girls standing under the Indiana portion of the WWII memorial.
Oliver and Christy at lunch.
Oliver loved the motorcycle at ESPN Zone.
We HAD to get a close up of it. The next time we go to D.C. we are going to have to eat here. I am curious how good it is! No matter how good it is, the name is awesome!!!
Mommy and Ollie at lunch.
He was getting antsy, so I put a lid on his head to be silly. Usually, chewing on one keeps him entertained while we are eating out. I focused the camera and snapped the picture. When I put the camera on the table I noticed that he had spit up all over his shirt. I couldn't believe that he had done that and I had not seen him do it. Then it occurred to me that he probably did it while I was putting the camera away. When we looked back at the pictures on the camera, we realized that he had done it while I took the picture. The people at the restaurant probably thought that we were crazy. At one point, I thought my mom was going to stop breathing from laughing so hard.
Grammy and Ollie at dinner.
Aunt Christy bought a swizzle stick. We thought it may be fun to just freeze water in it instead of juice. Oliver was very entertained! I bet it felt really good on those upper two centrals that are giving him grief! (Did I say him, I meant us!) haha
He loves to clap. If you sing, "if you happy and you know it, clap your hands...." He will clap along. He will also clap if you say "da-da". The little stinker.
Abby, Ollie and Christy waiting for me to come out work so we can go to lunch together.
We emptied out Oliver's toy bucket to find some different toys that are always buried in the bottom. We have noticed that he is loosing interest with the usual ones that we give him. My sister thought it would be funny to put him in there. He really enjoyed it!
Grammy and Ollie.
Grammy and Oliver. She is proudly wearing her Christmas present from my grandma.
Sophie, Aunt Christy (a.k.a. Nanny Christy) and Ollie in the play room.
Grammy and Ollie.
Soaking up time in his jumper. Oliver will take off in and go crazy in it. He will definitely let you know if you forget to turn the music portion of it on.
My cousin Abby, who is a junior in high school, may be interested in being a dental hygienist. She came to my work and observed and helped me out all day. It was so much fun to have her there. She was such a great help too. I hope I gave her a true impression of what a day in the life of a hygienist is like. I had to remind her that working with kids is very different than working with adults. I know she can do it!!!!!