playing a bit

I have been toying with the idea of setting up a photo booth in our house for quite some time- just for fun and for something different.  It still needs a bunch of work (not all of the kinks are out yet) but I did take a few shots with it this afternoon before going on tour with Jay Bird…

the cutest helper ever!

I have had a few photo shoots recently that I have scheduled during the day while Jamie is working (it’s a great way to still keep our weekends free and get to work).  So what have I done?  I have brought with me the absolutely cutest little helper out there.  I mean really you can’t higher anyone this adorable!

keeping track of the equipment for me

I know he doesn't match, don't judge, at least the sun is off his pretty little "working" head.

By the way, he really is the best little boy when we are out shooting.  He usually just sits there watching me shoot; once he even crawled between my legs and poked his head out at the little girl I was photographing… melt my heart kiddo, seriously!

If you want to check out some of the pictures head over to my professional sitethis little one is too cute!

today I am…

I blinked and month 9 happened upon us!  Seriously month 8 flew by; maybe because I spent the majority of the month trying to keep up with this cutie patootie!


Length- 28 inches- 50%(an extra inch longer than last month)

Weight- 17lbs 6oz- 10% the Doctor said that it was normal for some kiddos to go down in weight at this age and not to worry at all about it. My guess is that he was lucky enough to have inherited his Daddy’s genes- the skinny kind.

Head- 45cm- 50% Not that this is real important but I have the info so I will share it.

Teeth- 6 although he is trying really, really hard to get his other bottom two to pop through

Hair- Red and Curly- the longer it gets the more curls he grows out the back, it’s sweet- so sweet

Things of Note:

*I know I said Jay was fast last month but seriously this  kid can move!  He has gotten to be one fast crawler.  He can get anywhere he wants and quickly now- I am pretty sure watching him play in the family room resembles somewhat of a time lapse video sped way up.

*We are pulling up on everything we can get our hands on right now- tables, couches, cribs, dogs, trash cans (eww- his is currently sitting up in his wagon right now so he can’t get to it), toilets (yuck- but they do make really great drums with the lids down), etc.  He cruises a little bit, taking a few steps at a time but hasn’t gotten too adventurous yet.

*We are deliberately waving now.  He will wave right at you after being told to “Wave Bye” or “Wave Hi”.  He also waves randomly- maybe he’s hinting that he is done with whatever the task at hand is or doing it just because- I am not sure.  He is still clapping but the wave is his only prompted trick to date, we are working on others…


*Kitty and Puppy Food Dishes- He will make a mad dash for these every time he is in the kitchen and thinks he can get away with it.  I mean they are really fun- especially the kitty ones that shower you with all kinds of little “prizes” when you dump them over (Piper’s are always empty when he gets to them).

*Shoelaces, Ribbons, Strings, Cords- actually anything long and skinny- frequently he drags our shoes around the house by the laces or will stand at the coffee table with them dangling at his feet.  This is all well and good, except for when he gets excited and is holding a string/ribbon/etc since he effectively turns himself into a crawling kitty toy.

*Humming and “talking” while his ears are underwater- he loves the sound and we think it’s pretty funny too

*Watering the Garden with Daddy- flaps his arms up and down in excitement (true Jay Bird style) when his Daddy gets home and takes him outside.  I mean what could be better- hanging out with Dad, being outside or um… both?

*Our new carseat- we sit higher, we can see out the window more- enough said.  Seriously, we have one curious, curious little boy on our hands.

*Mama’s Singing and Dancing- he will stop just about anything that he is doing and smile when I start singing.  I think it’s because he loves the sound of my voice; you can choose to think otherwise just don’t tell me!  He also thinks it is absolutely hilarious when I dance- seriously he would have fallen out of the highchair multiple times already from laughing if he wasn’t buckled in.  Both of these things make the lunch and dinner hours much, much more fun.

*Feeding himself- Jay really enjoys feeding himself right now which is fun and new but can be rather messy.  Especially when he grabs the spoon from my hand (he has quite the death grip folks) and bangs it on the tray over and over again.  This is usually the point during his feeding that I give up and let him have the spoon until he is done playing drummer boy and we can resume eating.  The Doctor gave us the go ahead today to try anything that we wanted with Jay food wise (aside from things that would be choking hazards, Nuts or Nut Products, Shellfish and Egg Whites).  He basically said that we could look at our plates, ask ourselves what Jay couldn’t have and let him try anything else that was on it.  Yahoo- let the taste testing begin!!


?? Again I am not really sure what to put here although he is starting to dislike when we take things away from him that he shouldn’t have.  I have started using the word “No” much more frequently now- this is going to be an uphill battle I am sure!

I wish, I wish, I wish you all could hear his laugh during these pictures- it just gets me!
helping Daddy put the blocks away after the shoot

and two from the Doctor’s appointment today…

Daddy helping to entertain Jay while waiting for the Doctor


On Tuesday when Grandpa was over having lunch with us I thought it would be funny to see Jay’s face when he tasted a dill pickle.  So after he finished his lunch I handed Jamie the rest of my pickle to give to him.  Much to our surprise Jay loved the pickle and didn’t make any silly, squishy faces while eating it!  So yesterday I gave him another after he was finished eating and he gobbled it up again.  Guess I will have to put in his baby book that his first real table food was a pickle…  Enjoy the pictures, I think they are too funny!

sunday fun day

If you thought Saturday looked like fun you should be jealous of our Sunday.  To top off our weekend, Jamie, Jay and I spent the majority of our day at Mimi and Pepere’s house hanging out with Aunt Nicole, doing a little bit of swinging, watching Jeremiah cook and filling our bellies with the most delicious food!  Did I mention that Jeremiah is a chef?  Well he is and he’s a darn good one; I think all of us could have been rolled straight from the table to bed that night!  It was such a wonderful (food coma inducing) day filled with family and laughter, and seriously, nothing tops that!

Yesterday, after going through the half gazillion pictures I took (a lot of which were food pictures- btw, I am more of a people-picture-taker than a food photographer but it was fun to try something new) I played around with aperture for a while.  Enjoy a storyboard of sorts from our Sunday…

so far

our weekend has been blissful…

Jamie and I went on a date, we’ve visited with Nicole (who’s in town from NC) with her boyfriend Jeremiah, went to the WP farmers market, put together Jamie’s new grill, played in the park after lunch, read in the hammock outside, played with Jay in the hammock after his nap, played in the dirt (Jay did), walked and played with the animals just to name a few things.  See I told you, blissful!

Enjoy the pics- I don’t have any from the farmers market since I forgot the memory card :-( I even made Jamie run back to the car to grab the (empty) camera- he carried a really nice shoulder accessory the whole time we were there.

warning: excessive amount of pictures below :-)

date night

One with the kiddo for good measure
grill assembly- we just need one of the finished product

one of the silly faces Jay has been making lately- "Oh!"

my guys

group shot- go figure Jay isn't looking and it's not really in focus...

shoulder ride!!
hammock time
curious little boy checking out the people on the bike path

"oh" face again

curious little boy checking it all out
playing with Piper after his bath- don't judge, it's funny...

the end :-) for now…


I’ll admit that Jay and I were spoiled rotten for the last 5 days- we had Jamie (aka Daddy) home for 5 full days in a row!  We were able to spend the whole day with him on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and although he worked from home on Friday and Monday we were still able to have lunch with him and to wave when we walked by his office.

It was pretty adorable on both Monday and Friday when Jay would hear Jamie answer the phone from the office, stop what he was doing, look around to see if he could see him, crawl like a mad man to find him, stop when he saw him and break into a huge smile and then crawl as fast as he could to get to him.  I’ll admit that it may have caused me to tear up just a little, if we are being honest.  It also caused me to tear up a little today when Jay crawled into every room looking for Jamie and couldn’t find him.  Frequently while he was playing Jay would stop, start crawling like a mad man to find Jamie and then stop disappointed when he didn’t find him in his chair, or in the office, or family room, or anywhere else he looked for him.  Pretty sure Dad will get a warm welcome when he comes home tonight, we’ve sure missed him today…

coming around the corner to find Daddy in the office today... so pitiful