Tuesday, September 29, 2009

who needs a walker?

When you have a vacumn?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Our New Nest

Finally....I got around to taking some pictures of our new place. We absolutely LOVE it! It is a perfect size for us and it is in a great neighborhood that is really close to Jackson's work. It is about 10-15 minutes from my parents' house depending on the traffic. This is by far the nicest place we have lived. It isn't super fancy, but we have lived in two really old houses so just the fact that this house is newer makes it seem really nice to us. The first night we stayed in the new house I told Jackson, "I feel like we are on vacation...this feels way too nice to be our house!"

I left out the master bedroom because it looks exactly like our bedroom in Charlottesville which you can see on the blog...and because...it's pretty messy right now. I also left out our bathroom because it's really not too exciting and it's also pretty messy right now.

So, enjoy the pictures of our new nest!

A great yard for Parks to play in, and the best part is...we don't have to do any yard work! Renting definitely has its perks!

the view right when you walk in the front door, parks' room is the door on the left, then the bathroom in the middle, then our room.
looking at the front door from the living room
coat closet and little alcove where we put our old entertainment center
living room
living room again, all of our furniture fit really well

Parks' room

Jackson built those drawers, I'm so proud of him!
I frequent this station about 7 times a day! Parks is showing off his favorite skill as you can see!

This is an awesome piece of furniture that was already in the house when we moved in, it is currently used as Jackson's closet. No, I'm not kidding. We don't have much closet space so he graciously gave me the closet in the bedroom and uses these cabinets as his closet. It actually works great!
the kitchen! it's really big, our laundry "room" is behind the door.

tons of counterspace...my favorite!

This room is right off the kitchen and it is truly multi-functional. It currently serves as playroom, office and dining room. I'm in this room a lot!

That chest holds all our Parks' brightly colored plastic treasures.

That's it! Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

the little rascal

the many faces of our favorite little boy...i'm in love :)

People are still totally split as to who he looks like. Half say "He looks jut like his daddy" and half say "He looks just like his mommy". I think the big blue eyes really make him look like Jackson, but his eyes are more my shape. Who do you think he looks like at this age? I think he is pretty much a true mix, as most kids are!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Parks at the Park

We had a great time at our playdate with Jacob, Anela, and Trey! Thanks to Terresa, for these awesome pics!

Monday, September 21, 2009

advent conspiracy

I know it's only September...but let's be honest, before we know it we'll be seeing Christmas decorations and start hearing about "Christmas Shopping". I heard of "Advent Conspiracy" last year but I didn't really look into it until this year. It is really challenging the way I think about Christmas. Watch this video, I would love to hear your thoughts.

What do YOU think??? I'll probably blog more about this as Christmas approaches.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


parks has been....

practicing his preaching skills which consist of "eigghhhh" and "da da DAAA" and sometimes, "faa"
being really cute
crawling around like a wild man
riding his scooter
workin on his fitness

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

like the first day of school

Did anyone else love the first day of school? I always did. I looked forward to getting new school supplies every year, and of course, planning my outfit for the first day. Blank notebooks would bring me pure delight as did receiving new syllabi for my courses. One of my favorite activities was going home after the first class and putting all the important dates from the syllabus into my calendar and organizing my binders. Does anyone else relate?

Seeing that there probably isn't any more formal schooling in my future...I get to relive these "back to school" delights in a different way. Today was my first day of MOPS (Mother's of Pre-Schoolers) and it kind of felt like the first day of school. I had been looking forward to it for a couple weeks and it was so much fun! And this time, I got to pick out two outfits, one for me and one for Parks! I had an awesome time meeting other moms and Parks did great in the nursery, even though it was during his morning nap which I was a little concerned about.

So even though I didn't get to purchase new binders and my all time favorite, new highlighters, this fall I still got to experience just a taste of my favorite time of year. Did/do you enjoy the first day of school?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

no turning back

I have officially registered for my first race ever! I am going to run the "Wicked" 10k here in Virginia Beach on October 31st. I think 6.2 miles is pretty doable. Let me tell you, something about hitting the "submit payment" button on the computer and knowing that you've forked over the cash for the race really gives you the motivation to train. I thought I would share it with the blogosphere for some extra accountability as well. Wish me luck, there's no turning back now!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

library letdown

I had big plans for us and the public library.  I envisioned me toting my darling baby into the library weekly and curling up together and reading.  I thought for sure I would see other sweet mothers instilling a love of reading in their youngsters.  And of course, I was delighted that it is a free way to get out of the house and entertain Parks for a while.  I thought we were in for a lovely afternoon together...

It was a rainy day so I scooped Parks up and off we went to the library.  I was so excited for our first trip to the library together.  I walked up to the lady sitting behind the desk and said in a chipper tone, "Hi, I need to get a new library card".   She replied in a monotone, I'd-rather-be-anywhere-but-here voice, "Fill out the white form on the table." Ok...new library card...check! 

I proudly pushed the stroller to the children's section and was looking for brightly colored Baby Einstein and Karen Katz books.  Hmmm...I didn't see them.  What I did see was books that looked so grubby and dirty you should have to put plastic gloves on to pick them up.  I was determined that I would not leave the library without reading at least one book to Parks so I tried to pick the cleanest one I could find that hadn't been chewed on or had food stains on it and we sat down in a chair.  He wasn't very interested in the book because there were some unsupervised children running around.  Finally, I caved and let him play with the toys they have at doctor's offices that were in the children's section. He will probably have 10 different colds in the next week but tis life with a small child, right? I did apply Purell liberally immediately after we left.  

I decided it was time for Plan B.  We left the children's section and went to look for some child rearing books I've been wanting to purchase.  Juggling a wiggly Parks in one arm and trying to type on the reference computer with the other arm was a challenge.  I finally managed to jot down the reference number of a book I wanted and tried to find it.  FAIL! I could not find the book, Parks was starting to whine and anyone who knows me knows I have a very low tolerance for making a scene, especially in a library!  I knew we needed to leave and fast! I plopped him in the stroller and we left.  

I really don't think I'll go back to the library.  My dreams of frolicking happy children and mommies reading lovely, beautiful books to their babies and encouraging early literacy were shattered today.  I think all we got from our trip was a plastic card and probably a cold.  Oh well...I guess I'll just stick to the six books we own and read over and over and over again.

Happy Blog-o-versary!

I just noticed that the Andrews Family blog is 2 years old this month! I distinctly remember contemplating whether or not to join the blogosphere with my friend Jaime.  We both took the plunge in September of 2007 and I have to say, I'm glad we did.  Blogging has been a fun way to keep family and friends updated with our life and also an occasional outlet for my thoughts, opinions and neat discussions.  I've also made a few new "friends" through blogging!   Thanks to everyone who visits here, I look forward to many more blog-o-versaries with you! 

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

i can't help it, it's my destiny...

to be blonde! Every time I try to go back to brown it's a fail, and believe me I've tried.

Hubs and I have decided that even in these tough times, the foiled hair is worth it. We will gladly pinch our pennies so I can have a more flattering hair color :)

This time it's for good. Dear Blonde, I'm back, til death (or bankruptcy) do us part baby!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

"Long and Lean"

Yes folks, you heard it here first...Parks Andrews is no longer a chunker! His pediatrician actually used the words "long and lean" to describe our little boy! I was so surprised! I am so used to thinking of him as "a big boy" and "our little chunker" but not anymore!

We just had our 9 month check-up and Parks has totally changed body type. He went from being in the 80th percentile for weight to the 27th percentile!! His new stats are:

27th percentile for weight (19.2 pounds)
60th percentile for height
and drumroll please....90th percentile for head circumference

Bless his little neck...it must be so tired from holding up that big brain : )

Parks continues to be an absolute delight. He is developing quite the little sense of humor and I can already tell he is an extrovert. He loves being around people and gets quite bored at the house when it is just me and him. I've heard other mothers say their babies have a hard time being at home all day and I can totally relate. Sometimes we go to Target just to "get out of the house" for a change of scenery. I'm really looking forward to this fall because I'll be doing MOPS, a morning bible study at our church and a Friday playgroup so those will all be fun opportunities for Parks to hang out with other babies, which he loves!!

at our Friday playgroup!

Anela, John, and Parks...trying to get all three babies looking at the camera is quite the challenge!

little crawlers

Also, another big milestone for us is eating finger foods! I was so terrified to let Parks eat finger foods because the first time we tried cheerios he gagged really bad and it made me so scared. Then my friend suggested Gerber Puffs and those work great- no gagging! He loves his puffs and is practicing getting them in his mouth. Enjoy the video of Parks' new favorite activity: