Harry Potter

Last weekend Karl and I took 3 of my brother's kids to see Harry Potter 7! Maranda, Lydia and Alexander all had a great time, and we did as well. It was so nice to spend some time with the kids, and we know they don't get to go to the movies very often so it was fun to treat them to something they were really wanting to do.

I must say, this was my favorite of the Potter movies so far. And...I dare say I even liked this movie better than the book (blasphemy!)! I felt the final book had a lot of filler in it, and it focused on the camping for far too long which made the book drag on a bit. The movie moved along at a much better pace without sacrificing any of the storyline (at least, any of the storyline that I could remember since it's been a few years since I read the book).

And as usual, the visual effects were stunning as well. Can't wait to see the last one next year!

While we were at the movies (technically, our first "date" since Wyatt was born...can it be considered a date if you are there with 3 kids and you aren't even sitting by each other??), Wyatt stayed with my wonderful sister-in-law. It was his first time staying with someone other than us for an extended period of time, and he did great! It probably helps that Jill is such a natural with kids, but it's still a relief to know that Wyatt's not going to fall apart when I start leaving him at daycare next week. Le sniffle...


BSG exhibit at EMP

For Karl's birthday this year, we went downtown to the EMP to see the Battlestar Galactica (BSG) exhibit. We loved watching the BSG series (well, we thought the finale was a little weak, but other than that it was a stellar series!), so we were pretty excited to check this exhibit out!

It was pretty cool, although it was a bit smaller than either of us were expecting. The lighting was pretty dim inside, and use of a flash was prohibited so an awful lot of our pictures turned out blurry.

I was so hoping that they'd have a big Centurion)that we could pose by, but no such luck. Darn!

They did, however, have 3 full-size ship models which were pretty cool. They also had Caprica Six's hot red dress, President Roslin's suit and several other key outfits from the show. Lots of fun little artifacts from the show as well (Tigh's eye patch, the book of Pythia, the golden arrow, etc).

The thing that struck me about so many of the props (and so many of the props from the Sci-Fi Museum that we also visited) is how CHEAP they look! It's amazing that they can make something look so good and real on-screen but have it look so cheap and fake in real life!

Here are the rest of the BSG shots from that day (I'll have to put the Sci-Fi shots in a separate post). We had fun! And most importantly, the birthday boy himself loved it so that made it all worth it. :) Plus it made us want to re-watch the Battlestar series, so we've been slowly watching it on DVD these last few weeks.

So say we all...


CFB Saturdays

Every Saturday we make sure to dress Wyatt in his Mizzou gear to help cheer on our Tigers, and we have a theory that he's their good luck charm. There have been 2 Saturdays where we forgot to put him in MU gear, and those happened to result in losses to Nebraska and Texas Tech. Oops! Sorry, Tigers!

Now we make sure to get up and get him dressed before each game starts...and we plan on continuing all the way through bowl season. Can't break the streak! :)


From our family to yours...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sorry, no family photo to share...all of the ones we took today turned out blurry! The pic above is from Wyatt's first snowfall. In all we got about 6 inches of snow, so this picture was taken when it very first started snowing. We need to get him back out there before all of the pretty snow melts away!

We have so much to be thankful for this year...a strong marriage, a happy and healthy son, a cozy little home, awesome pets, a new job for me, continued job security for Karl, a 5-month maternity leave, our wonderful families and friends and so much more. This year we celebrated Thanksgiving with some new-ish friends and we had a really fabulous time with their family. A huge group of 15+ people, all laughing and talking and singing and playing guitar and eating and just having a great time. It was so fun! And now we're home safe and sound, and the house is warming up after the darn pilot light went out on the furnace while we were gone. Something else to be thankful for...that my dad is so smart that he can help us figure out how to get the pilot light back on and the heat going!!

Happy Thanksgiving, all! May you be surrounded by those you love today and always.


Wyatt, month 3

Dear Wyatt,

Baby Bear, you are 4 months old now! Holy cats (as my friend Natalie says), how is that possible?!? I'll probably say this every time, but I cannot even believe how freakishly fast time goes by. In some ways it feels like you've been in our lives forever but then in other ways it feels like it was only yesterday that you were being born. We certainly can't imagine our lives without you in them anymore, that's for sure! Before you came along we had a good life, and we enjoyed our time quite a bit. But now...now it's on a whole other level (in a good...no, an awesome, way). And it's all thanks to you!

Let's see, this month we had several more firsts. Mommy got a new job (which isn't a first, but will help us achieve our financial goals much faster), we took family pictures with a professional photographer, you dressed up for Halloween and you visited papa's office for the first time.

You now get startled by noises, particularly by Henry's barking fits. You especially don't like it when Henry barks while you are sleeping. Oh the sad faces you can make when you get startled! You also make a very distinctive "sleep song" (or zombie noises, depending on how you want to describe it) when you are ready for a nap, and you are very easily distracted while nursing lately.

You love to "stand" (with our assistance, of course), and you get the happiest look on your face when you push your legs up to get in the standing position! You haven't made a ton of progress on sitting unassisted, but you do occasionally sit for several seconds at a time before toppling over into our waiting arms. You also, right at the end of your fourth month, rolled over from belly to back twice in a row! We were practicing tummy time, and you decided that you would much rather be on your back than your belly so every time I put you down you'd roll over. It was very cute, and we laughed and clapped and celebrated your achievement!

Toys are really starting to hold your interest now. Your great grandma gave you a crinkly Winnie the Pooh book when she was here, and you absolutely love to grab it and nom on it (nomming is chewing, in case that word isn't used much when you are old enough to read these). You also figured out how to pull one of your crib toys to make it laugh, and we'll hear that giggle over and over and over again when you are in your crib.

Speaking of your crib, you don't spend much sleepy time in that thing (but you don't mind awake/play time in there). We've tried and tried to get you to sleep in your crib, but the fact remains that you aren't ready to sleep on your own yet and so for the time being we are a co-sleeping family and you sleep in bed with us. We don't mind it actually, and in fact we pretty much love having you so close to us. You and I both get a lot better sleep now that we're right next to each other all night, so it's a win-win situation. We're sure that you'll be ready to sleep on your own eventually, so we're just savoring this time together while it lasts.

You have a definite bashful gene in you, and it's so interesting to me to see these personality traits appear. It's not like we taught you to be bashful or to hide your face when you feel this emotion, so it must be something innate (nature, instead of nurture). Regardless, it's pretty cute when you get bashful and it makes you even more endearing to those around you.

There was a blog post that went viral a few weeks ago, regarding a mom's love for her 5-yr-old son and her decision to let him dress up as Daphne from Scooby Doo (his choice) for Halloween. Let me tell you something right here and now, Wyatt. You can be whomever you want to be at any time of your life, and you papa and I will support and love you unconditionally. Unconditionally. If you want to dress up in a costume typically thought of as a girl's costume, so be it. And if anyone, ANYONE, has a problem with it...well they'll likely have a conversation with my fist! In all seriousness, violence isn't the answer but I will protect you from bullying with every fiber of my being. Your papa and I both experienced bullying in school, and it had profound effects on us. The fact that some moms thought it was a-okay to bully (and yes, they were being bullies) this poor kid and his mom over a flippin' Halloween costume is disgusting to me. So anyway, stepping off my soapbox now...we love you, all of you, not just for who we want you to be but for who you are (and who you will be). Nothing can change that and we will do our best to make sure that you never feel that you have to hide anything from us.

Your official stats for this month are as follows: head circumference = 17 1/4 inches (90th percentile); length = 27 inches (100th %, "You're going to be a tall, tall man" is what Dr. Beth says); weight = 17 lbs 4 oz (75th %). Grow baby, grow!

Here's a link to your continuing photo album. We printed all of these off this last month, so now I need to buy some albums so we can store them!

We love you so very, very much, Wyatt. You are such a happy baby. Your smile fills our hearts with joy every time. Just when we think our hearts are totally full with all the love we feel for you, you smile again and our hearts swell just a little more. You are the best gift we've ever been given.



Wordless Wednesday: he loves tummy time...until he doesn't!

P.S. I quickly snapped the crying shot and then promptly picked him up and soothed him. No worries, baby!


Sneak Peek!

This past weekend we had family photos taken by an awesome local photographer, Shawna Smith (who happens to be in my new knitting group as well), and she posted a sneak peek up on her blog today! I love the pictures!! Post-baby belly and all, I love them!

So check it out...HERE, and leave a comment on Shawna's blog...if we get to 20 comments on that post then we get a free 8x10! (I'm looking at you...Philip, Julie, Karl, Kate, Lorraine, etc, etc)

P.S...I totally lifted the picture above from Shawna's blog. Hope she doesn't mind!

And if you're looking for someone to take your pictures, I can't recommend Shawna enough! She's super nice, funny, talented and does a good job keeping us at ease enough to not look all posed and weird in the photos. :)


Flickr Faves Friday: knitting

Awww, knitting loveliness. I am still learning the basic stitches, haven't even tried a pattern yet, but I hope to be able to create lots of knitted goodness next year!



Our favorite TV show these days is Parenthood on NBC. It's a family drama that isn't your typical show that focuses on scandal or some schtick...it just shows an extended family with strong ties and real-world problems, and we lurve it!

Since I've read that this show is struggling a bit in the ratings, Karl and I thought we'd put together a list of things we love about it in the hopes of converting even just one person to a fan of the show. Save Parenthood! :)

We love that the characters on this show always put a lot of effort and emphasis on family, that they treat everyone with respect (even when they may not want to) and that they have the characters always doing what they say they are going to do. They deal with tough topics (a son with aspergers, an unexpected bi-racial child, teen heartbreak/depression, being a single parent, marital problems, etc, etc), but so far they have had the adults on the show act like adults. Not only do they act like adults, but they act like people that Karl and I would love to model ourselves after (particularly the oldest brother, Adam Braverman). The Braverman's have a son with aspergers, and they are lucky enough to have the means to hire an in-home therapist to help them...a very beautiful in-home therapist. But you know what? The dad of the family (Adam) doesn't show any interest in her beyond appreciation for what she is doing to help his family. There's no scandal there, just a family with their values in the right place. That's not to say the characters aren't flawed, but they deal with their issues responsibly.

I also love the bond between the women of this show. They'll get together for girls' nights and put their differences behind them and just bond for the sake of each other and the greater family dynamic. The characters all genuinely care about each other, and it's such a heartwarming thing to watch every week (on Tuesdays, in case you are wondering).

Not to mention, the setting (Berkeley, CA, I think) is absolutely stunning. This huge outdoor dining area is something I dream about!

The show is well shot, well acted and well written. It gives Karl and me things to talk about all the time and we create mental lists of how we want to be as parents to Wyatt, as spouses to each other and as a family dynamic with ourselves and our extended family. Now if we could just convince all of our family to move up here so we can implement it all!

Parenthood. Team Braverman. Check it out. :)

(images all obtained via a Google search)


What a difference a year makes

One year ago today:

6-ish months ago:

4 months ago:

3 days ago (and looking a lot like his cousin Rocky, I think):