Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Feliz Navidad - Part 1

We kicked off Christmas Tuesday night with our Sunnybrook Life Group. The entire clan, even some ex-life groupers, got together for a Christmas party at our house. We were surrounded by good eats, three toddlers, merriment, and lots of love.

Henry and one of his best bud's, Andrew. Only 15 days apart, they're like two peas in a pod.

Before they could sit...both nearly one month old. My how they've grown!

Slightly older and more round. From left to right, Henry, Esther, and Andrew. Esther is another life group buddy...we were sorry we missed her for the sofa party pics on Tuesday.

And just as our party was wrapping up, Uncle Garland, Tia Carolina, and Cousin Ricky were pulling in to Mamaw and Papaw's drive in Cushing.

Wednesday morning, bright and early, we high-tailed it (the road was still dry and void of any snow at this point) to Cushing to smother Cousin Ricky with lots of hugs and lovins. We spent all of Wednesday relaxing at the Shaw ranch...Henry talked to the donkeys, made friends with the cows (this was prior to eating cow at Steer Inn), and wrestled with his Uncle Garland. Then, Wednesday evening, the Shaw family came to our home for dinner. Last year I served Italian...this year it was Mexican. It was only after the chicken enchiladas were served that I discovered Uncle Garland and Cousin Ricky dislike Mexican food. Shoot. Better stick with Italian.

I always enjoy cooking for family and friends during special occasions. I pull out the china (or sometimes paper plates) and long folding table...our kitchen table only seats four. We had 30+ in our home for Henry's 1st birthday party. I had to learn the hard way that our house wasn't built to hold that many people. Thank goodness for nice weather April 25, 2009. But my motto has always been "the more the merrier"...I grew up with BIG Riseling family reunions, BIG Thanksgivings, and even BIGGER Christmas gatherings.

Thursday morning we got up and again, high-tailed it to Mamaw and Papaw's house. Only after we got to Cushing did the sky start spitting sleet, which later turned to snow, and then later into what Channel 5 called a "blizzard". Not sure about a good friend, Brooke, in Montana might laugh at our definition of blizzard. She would, however, agree that ice storms have most definitely made appearances (anyone else recall January 13, 2007).

We stayed warm and dry, opened gifts, and had a tremendous Christmas Eve feast. Then, as the clock struck 6:30, we decided to brave the "blizzard" and make our way home. The 25 minute drive back to Stillwater slowly, inch by inch, became a 1 hour and 30 minute drive. My husband is a stud on the road...never slid more than a foot or two...there were times we had to stop the vehicle completely because we couldn't see the road in front of us. I know, we're pretty bright people for attempting to drive in this stuff...but we were determined to make it back to Stillwater regardless of how long it took. We had blankets, warm coats, hats, gloves, a full tank of gas, and like I said...took it an inch at a time. And by golly, we made it. Praise Jesus for four wheel drive. The most difficult part of the trip was getting up our driveway. It took several attempts, but Wade got us home and parked in one piece.

To be continued...

I'm sorry I don't have any pictures to share from the Shaw Ranch...silly mom (that would be me) forgot her camera. If I get copies from Uncle Garland, I'll be sure to post later.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Oodles of Noodles

One of Henry's all time favorite dishes is spaghetti. This happens to be my least favorite to clean up...he gets it EVERYWHERE. I'm not even sure he enjoys eating it that much...I think he gets excited on spaghetti nights just because he has oodles of noodles to decorate our kitchen floor. Needless to say, the shirt comes off pre-spaghetti dinners.

Some other things Henry enjoys at 19 months...

Putting lotion in his hair after baths

Reading books with Grandma

Helping Daddy with outdoor chores

Watching Mickey Mouse in the morning while Mommy puts on his shoes and socks...Mickey is the ONLY thing that he'll sit still for...and this is the only time we watch T.V. Well...Mickey in the mornings and football on Saturdays. Henry cheers, "Go Cowboys" every time Wade has a game on...doesn't matter who's playing.

Oops! Five minutes of Mickey window for shoes and socks...gone.

And one of his newest and most favorite past times...pulling out Mommy's shoes and sporting them around the house.

It's finally happened...

Henry has enough hair to wear a bath time mohawk.

Henry's hair is growing taller and taller in the tub. In fact, it's almost time for us to visit Stephanie again (Stephanie cuts Henry's hair).

Funny thing is...while we're celebrating that Henry's hair has finally decided to grow, I got 8 inches cut off mine on Friday. That's right boys and girls...8 inches. I feel like a bobble head doll. No more 20 minutes to wash and blow dry. I'm a new woman with extra time on her hands. Who knows, family...maybe you'll see more frequent blog postings in the morning?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Peanut's blog debut

Peanut at 9 and a half weeks. (Doctor is measuring from top of head to rump...head is pointed down.)

Happy Thanksgiving

Yes, it's been FOREVER since I last updated you on Henry and family. I do, however, have a good excuse. You see, I've been nauseous, very fatigued, and needing every extra "Z" I can catch in the evenings. Come to find out, Henry is going to be a big brother! "Peanut" is 9 weeks old, growing, and developing just perfectly. We had our first ultrasound yesterday and saw Baby Shaw's rapid heart beat and her little arms and legs dancing around like crazy. (Wade insists we refer to Peanut as a "her"...he's crossing his fingers for a girl and thinks this will increase our chances. I, on the other hand, don't feel strongly one way or the other. Always wanted one of each sex, but I LOVE my baby boy...have all the baby boy clothes, which I'd love to break out of the storage bins and use again...)

Since learning we were pregnant (OSU Homecoming week), Henry has been up to A LOT. We visited a pumpkin patch in Perkins, OK, Halloween has come and gone, Henry was serenaded at an OSU tailgate, Henry reached the 18 month milestone, and we've enjoyed the last warm days of fall.

Now how do you suppose I'm going to get this heavy pumpkin in mommy's car?

Perhaps I can roll it...

Now these are more my size!

Whew, this is hard work. Think I'll rest here a bit and let mom do the work.

Once he finally decided on a pumpkin, Henry wasn't letting it out of sight! He held tight until we got home and found the perfect spot for his new pumpkin - on his picnic table in the backyard.

Our little spider at Sunnybrook's Harvest Carnival. Henry LOVED the moon bounce. He was technically too small (when has Henry ever been too small), but they let him and other kiddos his size on for a few minutes. It was hilarious. Someone would jump and Henry's eyes would get huge...then he'd fall down, get up, and brace himself for the next jump.

Fishing for buried treasure. Who knew the packing peanuts would turn out to be the treasure for Henry. Now I know what to get him for Christmas!

Our friends, Mike and Anne Greenwood, invited us to join them at their tailgate prior to an OSU football game. Henry had great time...he was the center of attention.

He made funny faces and tried out every chair in the tent.

Mike and Anne are some of the Cowboy Marching Band's biggest supporters and were serenaded with OSU fight songs before the big game. Henry boogied and clapped after every song.

Soaking up every last ounce of sun before winter arrives, we all enjoyed lunch on the back patio after church.

A typical Henry lunch - fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, and bananas.

Even Deuter escaped to enjoy the weather. (Yes, my 18-year-old cat is STILL alive.)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy 80th, Papa Bo

Papa Bo celebrated his 80th birthday this month (October). The whole family came to celebrate in Blackwell. All kids (Papa Bo and Grandmother had 5!), grandkids (15), and great grandkids were there (3)...minus Jamin and Blake - we missed you guys!

Two of the greats playing tunes on the organ.

Henry: Look Lily...this button makes it REALLY loud!

Pounding his heart out

Henry smooching Lily

Going in for another...the boy LOVES kisses

Trip - show them how it's done!

Cousin Jamie. I miss you! Why did you have to move all the way to Iowa?! My vote was for Tulsa!

Jamie and her hubster, Ryan

Yea for carrots!

Waiting in the front yard for Grandma and Grandpa to show up for OSU Walkaround.

Hugs from Grandma...such a good feeling

Listening to Grandma tell Henry how much she loves him

Trying to crinkle leaves like Grandpa

Henry with Grandma and Grandpa at Theta Pond