Tuesday, December 21, 2010

6 weeks since my last post... YIKES

I know it has been a while since my last official post. The teaser post was just because I felt so bad. I really need to start setting aside some time to do this once a week. We'll see if that actually happens.
Things are blowing and going. Porter is getting so big and changes every day. He also surprises us with some new thing he does or tries on a regular basis as well. As I'm sure anyone with kids knows... having a little one consumes pretty much everything you do. (When does that stop???) Jeff and I adjust with what he needs and what he demands pretty well. Or at least I feel like we do. The dogs act like they are mistreated and I do feel sorry for them right now. We have had a very eventful 6 weeks... so lets get to business.
Porter is awesome. He is so much fun and has such a bright personality. I enjoy watching him during the day when he is playing... just to see what he will try. Here are some new things he has going for him...
1. He is weighing about 16.75 pounds and is around 25 1/2 inches.
2. He is wearing some 3-6 month clothes and some 6 to 6-9 month clothes
3. We bought him his first pair of baby tennis shoes... and he loves them.
4. His hair is finally filling back in from his cradle cap... YAY! No more receding hairline.
5. He has decided that his reflection is just about the coolest thing in the world.

6. He has figured out his voice and likes to hear himself talk.
7. Standing up is one of his favorite things to do.

8. His excersaucer has been a lifesaver for keeping him entertained.

9. Whoever invented the Bumbo seat is a genius.
10. He is doing pretty good at reaching and batting at objects. (We're working on picking them up)
11. He is a drooling fool! (I pray that he isn't an early teether)
12. He is the sweetest... most loving... most cuddly baby ever.
13. His facial expressions are priceless.
14. He is not a fan of tummy time... So he has learned how to ROLL OVER! Now it is a battle for tummy time. I've attached a video at the bottom. He's so cute when he does it...
15. He has his Mommy wrapped around his little finger.
16. And Daddy too.
Next... Jeff and I have some exciting news! (No I'm not pregnant again)
We're are officially owners of a nice little plot of land that we are hoping to build on sometime next year. It is in Aledo about 7 minutes from where we live now. We will be putting our house on the market sometime in late January or early February. Soooo... if anyone is interested! Here are a couple of pictures.

I am working on drawing up a house plan. And will hopefully have that wrapped up soon. We still have to find an architect to draw up our blueprints... so if you know anyone please let me know. We want to have everything ready to go in case we get lucky and sell the house sooner... rather than later.
Thanksgiving was wonderful as usual (I know we just had Christmas...that will have to be a separate post). We had a great time with Jeff's family on Thanksgiving day. The food was yummy and the company was even better. His Uncle Randy was able to come up this year and we were so excited for him to meet Porter. Here are a few pictures from Thanksgiving day.

Porter and Nanny

Porter and Keith (he hasn't decided on a name yet)
Porter and Randy

That weekend my brother and his family came up from Montgomery and we had Thanksgiving with them at our house. It was so much fun to spend the day with them. Shelby and Wyatt are adorable as ever and Porter loved getting to meet everyone. Sadly... I didn't take any pictures of all the kids together... and my mom hasn't sent me any of her pictures... but I do have a couple of Shelby and Wyatt. I must say... other than my little man, they are two of the cutest kids ever.

Next we had our big family Thanksgiving/Christmas with the Pack side of my family. We have it at my Uncle Randy and Aunt Marion's ranch and everyone... except Justin was in attendance. While I missed him terribly... I appreciate that he didn't come and infect any of us with his sickness. Papa had kind of a rough start... but ended up having a pretty good day. My Uncle Duke dressed up like Santa Claus and brought toys for all the kiddos and they all took pictures with him. I was so happy that we were able to get a Santa picture with Porter without having to go to the mall... and I think it's pretty cool that his first Santa picture is with his great uncle. Porter was such a trooper and took everything in. He loved it so much he stayed up until after midnight. I finally had to rock him to sleep in the recliner and hold him the rest of the night so he would sleep. Let's just say it was a rough night. Here are a few pictures of that day.
Porter and Santa
The Pack Family 2010
The girl cousins... and Shelby with Santa

Porter loves Uncle Duke... and his Ninny
And this is a picture I am so thankful to have. Porter and his great-grandfather (aka: Papa) and myself. I was blessed with this amazing man as my Papa... and not a day goes by that I do not thank God for him and Mimi. I am so happy that Porter was able to meet him and spend a little time with him. Hopefully there will be many more opportunities for this.

Christmas is going to have to be on another post... I am all storied out! I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and continues it with a happy New Year! Oh... and tune in Saturday to the Rose Bowl... GOOOO FROGS!

The Anderson's

(this is my first video download... I hope it works)

I know... I know

I'm horrible at this blogging thing. I really will try to get better! This is just a little teaser post... I am actually working on a new post about the last month (or so)... but it takes a lot longer now to complete one. We've had a lot going on... a ton of things to tell you... a few big news items... and Christmas in just a few days. I hope that I get the post finished before then.
But just in case... here are a few pics as a preview of what is to come.

Oh... and if you do actually follow this little blog of ours... become a follower. I like to know those of you that are keeping tabs on us. It's exciting to see that people actually read this.

Love, E...J...&P