Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Family Pictures

Two weeks after we got home, we made our way back to Utah to take some family picures. Our friend Callie Hobbs took them, and they turned out great. Here are a few of my favorites.



















Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Tale of Three Parties

Hayden's birthday was basically a birthweek. With us traveling through Utah on our way to Idaho, we had an Altom birthday party for Hayden. We arrived in Layton around 4ish and most of everyone came around 5. Not only did we all look fabulous (mostly me), we also were extremely tired. Hayden enjoyed the family and of course being out of the car, but when the celebration turned mostly to him, he got a tad overwhelmed. This picture pretty much sums up the night...


His grandma made him his very own cake, and everyone supplied him with wonderful presents. He may have not been the most appreciative birthday boy, but we were grateful for our wonderful family celebrating with us.

On his actual day of birth, we gave him his walker, which he didn't like at the very beginning, and had a pizza party for him with my parents. Cocoa Bean supplied the cake for us this time, and Hayden did a much better job at eating his treat.




He touched my lens... hence the blurriness 

His actual birthday party was on the 13th. I tried to keep it as simple as I could and it still was stressful, sigh. Anywho, we made cupcakes, my cousin made balloons to put in the cupcakes, had pizza and opened presents. He did excellent at this party and loved having everyone there. Thank you all who helped make his birthday week great! We sure do love being around family and friends again!! xox







Friday, October 26, 2012

The Big 1!!

Wow, I have had quite the blog hiatus recently. It is amazing how busy we all of the sudden have become. Our wonderfully long trip from Bentonville to Idaho Falls, was rough but not too bad. Hayden did amazing for being in the car for almost three days straight. It wasn't the best three days of my life but we made it home and just in time to enjoy some Idaho fall before the winter began.

This post is mainly about Hayden turning one, I'll get to parties and other happenings later.

A couple of days before we left Arkansas, I took Hayd in to get his first round of the flu shot. By the way, he did way better than me at getting that dang shot. Anywho, I asked if we could weight him real quick since he wan't going to have his 1 year appointment till November. The nurse weighed him and he weighed 17.3 pounds; I want this kids metabolism! He is such a little pig but barely gained a pound in three months. A lot can change but I have a feeling he may be built like my dad who weighed a whopping 145 pounds when he and my mom got married. When we were waiting in the waiting room, Hayd was playing with some twins. The mother asked how old Hayd was and we discovered all three of them were about a week a part in age. My kid looked three months younger than her twins. He is still working on the walking, slower getting some courage. He got a push toy from us for his birthday and he loves pushing it around. He took his first few steps on October 18 but I still think it will be another month or so before we have a real walker on our hands. He is working on about 8 teeth right now and still eats pretty much anything we put in front of him. He enjoys making lots of messes and taking everything out of drawers (which was really helpful when we were packing). I knew Hayden had a little eversion to other people and kids, but since we have moved home, he is slowly getting better with people and wanting to play with them; it makes his mommy and daddy very happy.

I can't believe we have a one year old crawling around our (or I guess my parent's house at the moment). This past year indeed went faster than the speed of light. I keep doing the "this time last year..." thing. It was love at first sight, or rather love at first sign of pregnancy, haha. I cried basically everyday I was pregnant with him because I was grateful to know I was becoming a mommy, and I pretty much have cried everyday for a year because I know how truely blessed I am to be his mom. He has been my greatest accomplishment and my greatest joy. Todd and I sure to love our little one year old and thankful Heavenly Father trusted us enough to raise this sweet spirit.

Timeline of Month Pictures (I know some of the lighting is really bad):














It's amazing how much they grow in a year. Love you Hayden Jack!

p.s. he is only wearing two different sizes of onesies in these pics:)