Monday, August 30, 2010

Florida: Chance of Rain!

About a month ago, my sister Ann Marie accepted a job with IBM! She sadly told Dell she was leaving, but was super happy to have an entire month off. What do you do with all that time off? Well, she shopped for some new work clothes, visited family and friends, moved into her new apartment (with my dear friend Melissa, I'm a little jealous), and decided to convince her sister (me) to take a couple days off work and go somewhere they could just lay around on the beach all day. Fabulous idea and it really didn't take all that much convincing. That same day the convincing occurred, we had flights booked and a hotel reservation on South Beach, thanks to Kelly's recommendation and recent vacay there herself. It is hurricane season after-all, so was Miami the right choice? I didn't allow myself to check the weather. Okay, I checked it once or twice and each time it showed a beautiful beaming sun covered up with a huge storm cloud. Rain or shine we decided we would enjoy the time off and find some way to relax. No more checking the weather, if there was a hurricane, I would find out about it at the airport as they turned me away from the gate.

This was my second long trip away from Davis and I was so sad to say good-bye to him, but knew he would be in good hands with my mom. She cleared her entire calendar for 4 days to devote her days to him and they had a blast. More on their time together in a bit...

Ann Marie and I arrived in Miami with plenty of time to enjoy the sun, walk on the beach, and have a fantastic dinner. We planned our vacation that night, deciding to lay on the beach the next two full days. And that is what we did. Rain? Maybe one tiny tiny drop while we were having lunch under an awning. A couple clouds yes, but it was actually nice not to have the hot sun beating down on you. I know Florida is tropical and it's typical to have an afternoon shower or two, but we truly lucked out. Each morning Al on the Today Show would say, sunny and beautiful in California, hot in Texas, and rain in Florida. But we never saw the rain. Thank goodness! Miami might be a party city, but this trip was all about the relaxing. We did a lot of sleeping and it felt great! I missed seeing Davis every morning and I still managed to wake up on his schedule at 6:30am, but I made myself stay in bed at least till 8am. Thinking of it now, if Davis had been around as my alarm clock in college, I would have made a lot more of my 8am classes.

When we landed back in Texas I was so anxious to see Davis! He had settled nicely into his new routine with my mom. She would take him to her boot camp classes in the mornings. She would run laps with him and then hand him over to the instructor while she did conditioning. He loved it! I think he especially loved all the attention from the ladies, he's a bit of a flirt. I think what he enjoyed most was all the delicious food my mom made him. I find I make the same boring things each week and he was thrilled to be trying new food and a ton of it with my mom.

Here are some pics from our little get-away:

Jay is Here!

I've been on a slight hiatus (little trip to Miami, pics coming soon) so I missed the chance to blog about the arrival of sweet little man, Jay Andrew Squillante. Congratulations to the new parents and surviving the first week with a newborn.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Squeals for Bath Time

When it's bath time I let Davis help me get everything ready and he waits, not so patiently, to get in the tub.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hello World!

Announcing the exciting arrival of baby Will! Christina and William Yarnell are proud proud parents!!! Congrats!! He arrived yesterday, 8/17, coming in at 8lbs 9oz and 22 inches long! Here's a big smile for the camera!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Seriously Fun Wedding

This past weekend we headed to Austin for Matt and Jaki's wedding and the KA Alumni golf tournament. It was a whirlwind weekend of party after party and golf game after golf game (for Forrest). Somehow we survived, a bit tired, but still in good health. Anyone who knows me well, if I'm worn out, I immediately catch anything that's going around and you can usually count me out for the next week.
We started the weekend with my parents at the lake. Davis was a trooper in his life jacket (it's a bit annoying around his chin) and loved floating in the water. My parents thankfully watched Davis for us Friday night and Forrest and I enjoyed a night out. We went to this DELICIOUS, fairly new, European restaurant called Fabi and Rosi. Absolutely wonderful food, especially the escargot and the duck! You have to go there. It's also reasonably priced. After dinner we met up with all the KA boys, as they placed their bets on the golf tournament for the next day. Then we went and met up with the wedding party, who were all out after the rehearsal dinner.
The next day Davis and I headed to the wedding day lunch on the lake. Here's a pic of me following Davis around as we maneuvered the non-baby-proofed house. I was able to keep him occupied with burgers, milk, and bubbles!

The happy bride and groom! I've never seen a couple so ecstatic about getting married and so ready to party! Just take a look at the pics'll see what I'm talking about! All the groomsmen wore suspenders and goofy socks. The party favors were sunglasses, flip-flops, and headbands...which the bride proudly wore all night! There were back flips and gator moves on the dance floor and a ton of silly string as they left!

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Cougar Birthday!

My birthday was just a couple days after Davis' big day. We celebrated in Austin at the lake with family and friends then went out for dinner. We went to the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse, which is a total cougar hang-out and perfect for people watching! It doesn't just happen in the movies (The Graduate), these women are out there on the prowl.
Definition of a cougar: The most commonly-accepted definition of a cougar is a woman 40 years of age or older who exclusively pursues very young men. The onset of the cougar years is hotly debated. Some feel that a cougar can be as young as 35. Typically, cougars prey upon men almost young enough to be their sons.

Thanks for such a special more year in my twenties!!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tubes and Other Random Updates

Davis has had a total of 7 ear infections, starting at 4 weeks of age. These usually accompany a fever and some mood changes. They usually don't affect his eating, but he sometimes will tug at his ears and become cranky. We saw the ENT yesterday and I think we are on the road towards tubes, which will hopefully decrease the amount of ear infections over the next year. He's on medicine right now for his ears, so in a couple weeks we are looking at scheduling the tubes.

At Davis' 12 month well visit he weighed 19.5 pounds and measured 28 inches long. Two more inches and we are looking at a new car seat. Any suggestions? I remember buying our travel system car seat and someone at the store suggested we go another route because as soon as the baby reaches 30 inches you will have to buy another one. Their son outgrew his travel car seat within 7 months. They were pretty tall people. We knew, with our height, Davis would at least take a year to outgrow the travel one and, to us, that was a good investment.

Completely random, I love this commercial:

Sunday, August 1, 2010

And He's Off...

In this frozen frame, it looks like I've been drugging my kid. Just press play...

Baby Steps from Christina Thompson on Vimeo.