Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A New Name Written in the Book of Life

For the past month or so, Jeff and his boss, Matt, have been studying the gospel during down times at work. Matt asks great questions that require a lot of diligent research, and it has been quite a learning experience for both of them. They even have a Bible at the presale trailer, ready when they need it. Yesterday, Matt said he wanted to be baptized, and they launched a study about our royal priesthood and the urgency and necessity of baptism. Tonight, Jeff was blessed enough to be able to baptize Matt in our snowy spa. Enjoy the pictures and send up prayers of thanks for Matt's life-changing decision to become a child of God. Praise God!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


When we lived in California, I never would have dreamed of paying a monthly membership to Gymboree. If we wanted to run around and get exercise, we would go to a playground or a park. Well, with the Denver weather the way it is (a windy 20 degrees today), Gymboree is somewhat of a necessity. Maddox and I go to one gym class every week, and at least one open gym time every week. I don't know what we would do without it!

With these genes, I think this is as close to the NBA as he'll ever get.
I'm concentrating. Apparently climbing is very serious business.
But, going down always gets a smile!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Dinner Time

It seems like we have had a lot of posts related to eating lately. Can you tell that our lives have been centered around getting Maddox to eat for a while? I'm just sharing my excitement that now the highchair has become a good place to be. So...another post with food. Here, Maddox tries spaghetti for the first time, and so do the dogs!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cutest Little Naked Baby Ever

As soon as Maddox gets a few seconds of freedom from the ever-present diaper, he is off and running. It's all I can do to catch him and wrestle him back onto the floor for a new diaper. So, instead of wrestling this time, I just got the camera!

Little Mr. Mischief

Doesn't everyone have a baby picture just like this one?

"I didn't do anything, Mom."

Dog Torture

I'll bet Clubber and Sophie are so happy to be back home with us. After all, at the Leslie's house they had a big back yard to play in, planters to dig in, and no little hands pulling their ears and tails all the time. What crazy dog would want that?! Here they get to play peek-a-boo and dress up. It's a dog's life.

Clubber is pretty patient, but Sophie cannot believe that this is what her life has come to.

Eating Machine

It took a long while for Maddox to come into his own in the eating arena. I was worried that food would become a constant battle in our house, but seasoned moms were telling me that he would eat when he was ready. Well, they were right...and now he's ready! The kid eats like a garbage disposal. A normal meal for him is chicken, corn, apples, and beans in one sitting! And he still nurses about 6 times a day. I'm not going to be able to feed this kid when he gets to high school!!

I can drink from a sippy cup!
But it's a lot more fun to try to dump the water out!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Caught on Film

Here are a few videos of Maddox playing around. Notice what Maddox thinks of Sophie at the end of the first video...

Life in Denver

We are settling into our little routine here in Thornton. Maddox has learned all kinds of new tricks like talking on the phone, clapping, and head butting the dogs. And speaking of the dogs...they're back!!!

"Hello? Grandma? It's me, Maddox!"

A new way to talk on Mommy's cell phone.

The cure for a runny nose.
"Relax, Mom. I'll cook dinner tonight."
Some parents would have stopped him from playing in the toilet.
Daddy with his furry kiddos.

Snuggles for Clubber.
Saying goodnight to the family.

Back in Business!

After a long pause, we are back from our bloggie break! We loved our trip to California for Christmas and having the Young's and Gash's here in Denver with us to ring in the New Year. Here is a jumble of December photos in no particular order...

Maddox and Jaxon entertaining the adults.

Magnetic fridge farm invention EVER!
MadMan with Marmie and Daddoo and the tricycle they gave him.
Ahhh...the California Christmas weather!
Daddoo introduces Claim Jumper at an early age.
Bribery photo to show their first prom dates.

The Kreil's with Bill and Tracy DeStefano, owners of the Colorado Springs gym.
Ho Ho Ho. Baby Santa with his Chiefs onesie and Clippers bib.
MadDog sporting a Christmas dinner mashed potato goatee.
Disclaimer: Maddox was not harmed in the wearing of this onesie.

The obligatory "Screaming in Santa's Lap" picture. Thank you to both boys for participating.
Freezing our buns off as we say farewell to our first stop in Colorado. Now on to Thornton!
Aunt Becky gave Maddox his first haircut. After all, baby mulletts were so 6 months ago.
Baby mohawks are in!
Brian and Diana testing out parenthood. They gave the boys back shortly after this photo was taken.