September 9, 2013

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." — Jacqueline Kennedy

  Although he is watching a movie, his favorite characters from stories participate in quite a bit in his daily routine. I love his imagination and love of reading. In addition to that, he's quite a handsome little man. 
His brother, Bennett has been rolling over and scooting to try to keep up with Leo. He smiles all the time, despite his troublesome teething

July 1, 2012

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. -Thomas Jefferson

Congratulations, Paul, on a job well done.  I am so proud of your accomplishments!

May 5, 2012

Her angel's face, As the great eye of heaven shined bright, And made a sunshine in the shady place. - Edmund Spenser

Today is a beautiful day. The sun is out and the temperature is warm. Leo and I went to visit his aunts and uncles. We walked to the playground and came home to race around in his walker on the driveway. Leo is now enjoying a nap in Aunt Veronica's arms.

April 22, 2012

"A Sunday Well-Spent Brings a Week of Content."

Leo was awake early this morning.  The three of us woke up to a blanket of snow.  We played for several hours.  Once Leo was ready to nap, we joined him.  We all slept soundly for four hours. We had a delivery from Veronica, delicious chocolate chip cookies.
We had a cozy day and Luke made a wonderful dinner, chicken parmigiana with peas.  This is a very simple recipe, but very tasty.  My grandma has always said, "if you can read, you can cook."   
Trying to get a drop of Mama's coffee.
So big!
Leo playing with all of his friends.

April 21, 2012

“Life is infinitely strangerthan anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare toconceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. Ifwe could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this greatcity, gently remove the roofs, and and peep in at the queer thingswhich are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, thecross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working throughgenerations, and leading to the most outre results, it would make allfiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most staleand unprofitable.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Adventures ofSherlock Holmes

 Northern New York has been rainy, gloomy, and cold today.  Leo had the right idea and took two long naps.  This allowed for cleaning, reading, and cooking for me.  I'm reading Jodi Picoult's Lone Wolf and Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff.  Both are very enjoyable.  However, I don't think Lone Wolf will be a favorite amongst the Picoult books.  Leo was able to undo what I organized in moments.  We had a great day together.  He is standing on his own and walking if you hold one of his hands.  When he eats in his high chair he says "MUMUMUM" (yum yum yum) and squeals with laughter.  He also loves to wrestle with his dad.
Right now Leo and I are watching "The Dancing Men."  A rainy day is the perfect opportunity to sit back and watch Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.  Although he is not replaced, PBS had a new series called Sherlock.  When it was suggested that I should watch the series, I thought I wouldn't enjoy a modern twist on Doyle's stories.  I enjoyed the series, in spite of myself.  Season Two begins this May.

April 18, 2012

"...the avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritablefruit of paradise." — David Fairchild

Leo had, the majority of, an avocado today!  It is one of his favorite foods.  He looks so cute eating!  Despite the serious looks in these pictures, he was very happy eating. 

April 9, 2012

Mark 14:36 He said,"Abba, Father, for you all things are possible;remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want."Gethsemane is where He died; the cross is only the evidence. - LeonardRavenhill

It amazes me how quickly a year can go by. A year ago I was the size of a house! I would be lying if I said I wish I could go back to that time. My pregnancy was not kind to me. This was around the time my preeclampsia was kicking in.  The experience was well worth the end result!

Poor little Leo has a cold, but he has been a trooper.  He had an appointment today and is a whopping 22ibs. 

Easter was lovely. Claire was in town. I love when all of my brothers and sisters are together.

The happiest little boy I know!

March 30, 2012

"The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things." - Veronique Vienne

Leo's favorite things:
   Reading books
   Wrestling on the floor
   Blowing Raspberries
   Eating applesauce, sweet potatoes, avocados, pears, and your puffs
   Playing with my every time you fall asleep
    Bath time: it's always over too soon!
    Peek a Boo
    Winnie the Pooh!
    Turning on and off the T.V.
     Car Rides

Mommy's Favorite things:
    Watching you sleep
    Watching you try to walk
     Rocking you to sleep
     Your toothy smile (you have eight teeth!)
    When you shake your head to help me brush your teeth
     The way you get upset when I say "THE END" because you know the book is done.
     Nights that you sleep in your crib for the whole night!  I know you know how to do it!
     Your laugh
     Tickling you
     Feeding you
     The way you humm when you're sleeping
     The way you nuzzle, yawn, and rub your eyes when it's time for bed.
     The way you speed - crawl to me when I get home.
     The way you made my favorite word 'Mama'
      I'm so thankful for your beautiful life!  I can't imagine life without you!

March 27, 2012

“The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand” Robert Valett

Leo is 10 months old! Leo, Luke, and I went to Burlington's Fletcher Allen hospital to check out his heat. He was a great traveller. He made many friends and actually enjoyed himself. Luke and I left the hospital with light hearts because Leo's heart looks perfect.