Monday, August 26, 2013


Two years ago today, Gabriel came into the world and forever changed our lives! He went to visit Dr. Newnam last Wednesday for his 2 year old check up. He measured 36 inches and 31 pounds. He's in the upper ninetieth percentile for his height and upper eighties percentile for his weight. He has grown soooooo fast and just keeps going.

Yesterday, we gave Gabe's high chair to Grandpa and Grandma Jean Swanson before they left our house to go visit Grandma Jean's granddaughter in Arkansas.  Gabe really hadn't climbed into the high chair for a couple of weeks or so. He's been using his "booster" chair on one of our dining room chairs. We call it his "big boy" chair. After they left, I realized that we just crossed another threshold and phase in Gabe's life. He's moving out of the baby stage and into "toddlerhood".  We've already talked about moving his diaper changing table out of his room and giving it to the church. He's getting so big, it's becoming a real challenge to lift him up to the top of the changing table.

I can't believe it has been two years already. Two years ago he would lay in the palm of my hand and his head reached by elbow. Now he is half as tall as me! Two years ago, it was tiny little bottles of formula every couple of hours. Now he devours green beans, broccoli, milk, pork sausage and a lot of Cheerios!

Enjoy the party!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

his 1 year old pics

I love to swing at the park

nothing like a swim

I started out napping in my bed and wound up here

I can feed my self! Strawberry & Honey yogurt

I decided to take a quick power nap

can you do this?

enjoyin' my bath several months ago

they're not just for holdin' coffee ya know. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

All I need now is my favorite drink and a foot stool. Too bad this thing doesn't recline. Hey wait a minute..."Hey Daddy, can you buy me....."

Well we closed on our new home place back in late April 2012. Three acres with a creek fed pond, small barn, wonderful three bedroom house and fenced back yard. Here is Gabe at the entrance of our new place checking things out.
Shore is hot out here!

He'd been doin' some raking and hoeing around the place tryin' to keep this tidy. He's SO helpful.
Strollin' up the lane    

Gabe loves to stroll up the lane for his next big adventure. Of course you always have to carry a big stick along!

He's wearin' his waffle stomper boots, John Deere overalls that Grammie bought him, a jean jacket and his ball cap.

Here's a close up.
He is startin his treck by crossin the railroad tie bridge that crosses the creek.

He figured he'd better check the wheel bearings to make sure they have plenty of grease before stickin 'em onto the wagon.

check me out

It's been quite a day workin around the place. You may be askin if the front of his overalls is soaked with sweat? You'd think so; but no it's just sweet Gabey syrup. (baby slobber for y'all not in the know).  Gotta love this boy!

Man, don't ya hate it when the wind blows your hat off! You gotta reach all the way to the ground, all 26 inches to pick it up again.

 Grammie and Gabe takin in a movie at the house. They're real buddies these days.

Livin' large in my easy chair watching one of my favorite movies "Once Upon a Forest"
Grampie came to visit and is readin me a story.

Sometimes you just have to get in close to catch all the action.

Thomas the Train - Toot Toot!