Sunday, April 24, 2011


Well, this was Eli's 2nd Easter....and well, slightly more eventful than last year. Gosh, I don't totally know what we did last year, but I know that he was only a month or two probably, not a whole lot. This year!? We had a great time! I was so excited to watch Eli enjoy his Easter basket and do an Easter egg hunt.

The Easter bunny came to our house and left Eli a basket with books and eggs. Eli also got a 'sports activity center' with a slide, which he loves to climb on. Not so much into the act of 'sliding', but loves to climb to the top. He also got a bouncy ball and pillow pet, as well. After the basket festivities we headed to my mom's for an Easter egg hunt and some lunch.

Eli did great! He knew exactly what to do with his eggs and basket. I kind of guessed that he would be a natural at Easter. See, he LOVES to put things into stuff and take stuff out. For instance, he will deconstruct his entire diaper bag and put it all back in. Or, he will go into the pantry and take every can out of a 12pk of soda and put them back in. So, when I was thinking about my little man with eggs and a basket...DONE! It was really cute to watch him walk around and 'do his thing'. So, here are the pictures!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Eli's First Haircut and new BFF!

(Quick note: This is one of two blog updates, so be sure to check out the other one below with pictures!)

Well, we finally did it! We got Eli a hair cut! Man oh man...was I/were we on the fence about it. He looked so so cute with his shaggy little mop hair, but we moved forward. I noticed in last nights bath that the back was getting a little long and kind of girlie. So, we decided to go in for a trim. We actually just picked a spot close to the house that specializes in kids. The shop and hair dresser were so-so. You could tell that Eli was not a fan and pretty uncomfortable. He got pretty fussy towards the end and it helped when I put him in my lap to finish the cut. I feel like the whole thing was over and done with in a matter of minutes. I suppose they learn how to cut quick, considering the kid's tempers. But, Eli did really well, and we let him have a reward at the end. Yes...yes, we let him have a little cherry dum-dum sucker, which he absolutley loved! I will also admit, at first, I had MAJOR hair cut remorse! The minute my lil' man didn't look like himself I wanted to cry! I hated that it was all chopped off and would be awhile before it came back. I hated that Eli didn't look like 'Eli' .... :(. However, after a few hours and some styling tricks by Keith I am pretty sold!

So, before moving straight to the photos, I just have to share a few other tidbits. First, is that Eli learned to blow kisses today! :) So cute! Keith taught him while I was rummaging around a store for some clothes...hehe.

Second, is a cute story from the grocery store tonight. The three of us made a quick stop at the grocery store on the way home from dinner. As we were at the register checking out a young grocery bagger asked me a few questions about Eli. About that time Eli walked over to him with his arms outstretched to be picked up. The young man picked up Eli with a look of surprise on his face. We insisted that our child doesn't always ask to be picked up by strangers and he was 'special'. You could tell the guy was shocked and flattered at the same time. It is store policy that the baggers take the groceries to the car, so Keith insisted on pushing the cart while the young kid carried Eli. Yes...we walked all the way to the car with Keith and the cart and the young high school aged bagger-boy carrying Eli. LOL! Eli was loving it! The kid was somewhat awkward and I was laughing hysterically. Finally, we arrived at the car and I tried to grab Eli to put him in. He began to fuss so I gave the two new BFF's a few more minutes together. Finally, after a bit of a fit, Eli went unwillingly back into my arms. That, of course, was not after Eli reached back out to get one final hug goodbye. It was such a cute and sweet moment. I never got the kids name, but certainly called the store and put in a good word for him with the manager on duty! Only regret...? I didn't snap any pictures of it. :( back to the haircut! :)
Eli, before the haircut.
The shaggy cute!!
'What is going on? What is this thing they put on me? I feel violated!'
'Um, ok...why are we doing this again?! I am not happy!'
Finally calm once he got in my lap to finish off the cut. Um, yeah...shoulda tried this in the beginning. Looking dapper, though...huh?
Yes, because Eli was so great for his first hair cut, he got a sucker like all of the other kids. And he LOVED it. Ok, so he might have put the wrong end in his mouth a few times and got sugary gooeyness all over the car, but 'hey'!
Here is Eli studying his new favorite thing....a cherry sucker!
And here is the finished product, after some post 'dad styling techniques'. I must say, I am a much bigger fan!

Yikes, I am slackin'...many updates and pictures!

Ok, I have been slackin' in a major way...two whole weeks have past since my last update!?! So, while I am not really a fan of two updates around the same time, I have to do it. There are just way too many cute pictures of Eli to go unnoticed. Not to mention, Eli got his first haircut today! So, that will be in the second update....that is too important to wait.

So, with out much ado, I will move onto the pictures. There is so much to be said about them, so be sure to read the captions so you know what is going on. :)

Yes, I taught Eli to stick his tongue out...'way to go mom'. It is so cute! It is kind of an inside joke between us.
Isn't he so cute with his little tongue sticking out!?! You can tell he is fully committed here.
Here is Eli joining Keith and I on a 5K walk. This was his first big walk to complete, and he did it with style.
What would a victory be without a picture at the finish line!?
Eli expressed such an enthusiasm for walking after the 5K we kept it going.
That is one excited kid! He loves to go on walks....ok, and look at puppy dogs too (considering I am pretty sure that is what he was looking at during this picture).

Here is one of Eli's FAVORITE things to do now. He LOVES feeding himself with a spoon. And well, he also loves chocolate yogurt. He pretty much insists on putting every bite of food into his own mouth, not crazy about being spoon fed by someone else. He also loves to go through the act of putting food on the spoon, even if he never actually gets anything into his mouth.
Here is what you get when he 'did it himself'. Yes, he pulled the suction cup bowl off the table and went crazy!!!