Feb 10, 2011
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Filling in the blanks

It’s been close to a year since our last post, so we thought it was about time to update our whole 3 readers. Here is what we have been up to over the last 9.5 months…

May- My first official Mother’s Day! Ian tried to make me a heart with a hand print in it. His hand didn’t cooperate too well, but I still love it.

Stephen started biking after I won him a free bike in an insurance drawing. He had been wanting to start for a long time, so it was a great win!

June - Stephen & I took our first real vacation together since our Honeymoon. We went to Vegas (our first time there together) & had a great time even though it was over 100 degrees every day! While we were gone Ian had an extended slumber party with Grandma Lorri, Grandpa John & Reggie where he learned to say his first two-word saying – “Uh Oh”

It was Stephen’s first Father’s Day & Ian’s first trip to the zoo. We went to the Scovill Zoo in Decatur, but it was about 105 degrees out so the trip didn’t last too long. Ian did like petting the (devil) goats for awhile though.

July - Ian’s first birthday!

We picked our first tomatoes from our first family veggie garden in late July. Ian LOVED checking the garden everyday & even knew which ones were ready to pick. Hopefully he gets a better green thumb than me.

August - Our niece Audrey was born.

Ian & I went to Holiday World with my parents, Grandma, Aunt & cousins. Ian rode his first amusement park rides & really liked it. I think he is going to love roller coasters when he grows up – just like mom & dad!

We took a family trip to the Ozarks (courtesy of Jimmy) with a couple from my office & their daughter, Rubye. It was Ian’s first time on a boat – a yacht¬† – and he seemed to like it a lot. The lake kept putting him to sleep though. He fell asleep every time we took him swimming in it & while riding on a speedboat!

September - Our niece Amara turned 1.

October - Ian had his first haircut – he did really well considering we took him right before nap time.

We took a few trips to Curtis Orchard where Ian rode the ponies & fed the goats. I got the most amazing salsa ever – try the corn salsa from there if you ever get a chance.

Ian was a green dragon for Halloween. He liked his costume so much that he insisted on wearing it to the grocery store that night.

November - Stephen went to Georgia for his best friend Chris’ wedding. It was freakishly cold for Georgia that weekend, so their outdoor wedding had to be moved inside. Otherwise they had a great time.

Thanksgiving with 4 kids under 2.5 years old = ridiculousness. We found out a couple of days later that we are expecting baby #2, but we didn’t tell our families until…

December - We cut down our Christmas tree & Ian was very disturbed to see a tree on top of our car.

Ian behaved wonderfully all day Christmas Eve & Christmas. It was a Christmas miracle! He knew Santa was someone cool, but he didn’t really get why yet. He LOVES the school bus he got at the JJ’s Christmas party, but the best present was probably his new best friend – Bearemy – that Grandpa Gary gave him.

Stephen’s last day at the Herald & Review was December 31. Ian & I are thrilled about this because we actually get to see him during the week now!

January - Ian began staying at home with Stephen on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. He still goes to daycare Tuesdays & Thursdays.

We officially announced Babywatch 2011 after our 1st Dr. appointment. We got to hear the heartbeat so it feels a little more real now. Our due date is currently set at July 31, but we will get an official due date after my ultrasound in March.

I finally got to have a girl’s weekend with two of my college roommates – Jessie & Steph (it was snowed out in December). We stayed up until 3:30 am one night/morning – I’m pretty sure I was in labor the last time I stayed up that late!

Ian has discovered climbing, so we tried changing his crib into a toddler bed. Let’s just say that didn’t go too well. He is back to sleeping in the crib for a while & I am just hoping he doesn’t figure out how to climb out of it.

And that brings you up to now!

–Mallory

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