Further Up, Further In Weblog

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Spring Break March 20, 2010

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We have had a great week this week taking a break from the norm.  We have stayed busy and are glad to be home now and have a few days to relax before we head back to school next week.  Last Saturday Courtney Stanley and I headed into Bee Caves and watched “Alice in Wonderland” and had some Pei Wei.  Later that night we had dinner with she and Logan and Weiss.  As always we enjoyed thier company and were so excited to find out later in the week that Baby Stanley number two is going to be a boy!!  Monday Brooks had his first official playdate.  When he was only a few weeks old, we met baby James while out walking one day.  James was born about 3 weeks before Brooks and we’ve been talking about getting them together ever since we met, but it took us a while to actually do it.  James was very sweet to share all of his toys with Brooks for the afternoon!

Tuesday we headed over to Austin to hang out with Aunt Amy who hasn’t seen Brooks in a while.  We had planned to go hang out at the park near Amy’s but it ended up being rainy and cold all day.  So, instead, we had a nice lunch and did a little shopping at Target!  We forgot to take our camera with us to Amy’s so we didn’t get any pictures of the day, but here’s an older one of the two of them together.  She’s a great aunt!

Tuesday night Matt, Brooks and I had dinner with Brandon and Sarah Satrom and thier son Benjamen.  We had a great time hanging out with them and they are fellow Baylor Bears so we enjoyed sharing stories about our days in Waco.  Wednesday Brooks and I hopped in the car and took a little five-hour drive to Vernon.  He was GREAT on the way there and slept almost the whole time we drove.  We took a break about halfway and stopped to eat but we made good time.  We got to see all the Vernon crew except my uncle and aunt, Rick and Nancy, and Justin, Christie’s husband.  It was a great trip.  We stayed with my grandma, Ma Genie.  Thursday my uncle Randall and cousin Chase came over for lunch.  Brooks got to enjoy Ma’s mashed potatoes, green beans and noodles!  He made a funny face every time he got a bite, but he kept opening his mouth for another. 

Randall has nicknamed Brooks ‘Pumpkin Boy’ in reference to this picture which both he and Ma have on their refrigerators!  I think it still makes them laugh every time they look at it.

We got to hang out with Chase for a while before he left to go back to Tarleton.  Chase runs track and rodeos for Tarleton.  He also played baseball for Vernon College for two years before he got to Tarleton and he was a football stud in high school.  He’s ridiculously talented so we hope maybe Brooks got a little bit of those same genes!  He pulled his hamstring last weekend in a track meet so we’re wishing him a speedy recovery so he can get back to all the things he does.

My aunt Donna came by to see Brooks that afternoon and later we headed over to my cousin Christie’s so Brooks could hang out with cousin Kirby!

Kirby is going to turn ONE next Saturday!  These babies just grow extremely too fast.  We’re sad we’re not going to be able to make it to his Mickey Mouse birthday party but two five hours trips in a week is just too much for this mom.  I thought it was funny that Kirby likes to suck his fingers too, but he prefers just one unlike Brooks who has his two favorites!  Kirby was also kind enough to share all of his fun things with Brooks.  He especially liked the John Deere 4-Wheeler.

Brooks coughed all night Thursday night, so we went to the doctor Friday morning to get him checked out, but it seems like he was just suffering from allergies.  We thought we might wait until Saturday morning to come home but there was a chance that Vernon was going to be getting MORE snow Saturday.  They have had a crazy winter this year and we’ve already had one crazy trip to Vernon in icy/snowy weather with Brooks, so we decided we would head out Friday afternoon and not take a chance of running into any bad weather.  I did not do a great job taking pictures of everyone.  Brooks had a good time hanging out with my grandparents, Pa and Peggy at their house and  I tried to get a picture of him with Ma before we left on Friday but I waited too late and he was in no mood for smiling.  He rode well on the way back but did not sleep near as much so by the time we got to Lampasas he was ready to get out of the carseat.  But considering that was his tenth hour of driving in three days I will not complain about a little whining. 

We’ve enjoyed a very lazy day today and are glad to be home.  Matt is performing a wedding tonight at Lakeside Pavillion but when he gets home we’re going to get a fire going and watch the Bears as they hopefully advance to the Sweet 16! 


Sol Searching March 12, 2010

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Sol as is in SUN!  Today was such a beautiful day outside and Brooks and I tried to take advantage as much as possible.  We started our day with a little jog/walk this morning.  After lunch we went to one of my schools so I could pick up a check and I thoroughly enjoyed showing off Brooks to all my friends there.  When we returned home, we made a little pallet on the back porch and enjoyed soaking up some rays! 

Brooks has always seemed to enjoy being outside and today was no different.  I look forward to soaking up much more sun (with sunscreen of course) with my little buddy this spring and summer!  Also, a special thanks to Melissa and John for the cap…we’re really trying to gear Brooks up for baseball season and can’t wait to take him to his first Rangers game!! 


For Sassy… March 7, 2010

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I got in trouble from my mom this week for not doing a better job of updating the blog so she could keep up with the latest things going on in our lives like Brooks’ first haircut last Thursday.  He was born with really long hair and it has just kept growing on the top of his head and had begun to turn into a serious comb-over.  So we went to some friends’ house and Mrs. Linda Lee was kind enough to give him a little trim. 

Brooks was a trooper for the whole thing and he looks pretty good with his new do!  Friday we got in the car and headed to Kenedy so GJ and B-Bob could get a little Brooks fix.  It was a quick trip.   Joyce had to go to a class on Saturday afternoon (She’s working on her SECOND master’s degree in counseling!) and we left earlier than planned because Matt seemed to be getting sick, but it was nice to see the Kenedy gang.  We got to see little Samantha who now weighs half of Brooks’ weight(almost 11 lbs)…she started at 2lbs, 10 oz so we are all so thrilled with her growth! 

Brooks was in a good mood for the trip, but he REALLY loves when his clothes come off in preparation for bath time.  So he showed off a little for everbody and got some attention from Paw-Paw!

Here is Brooks playing around during bathtime one night…he truly LOVES baths!

We also took a big step as a family last weekend.  Brooks spent his first night away from Mom and Dad and everyone survived!  Friday night Brooks spent the night with my parents, Sassy and Pop, while Matt and I went into Austin for a date.  Matt and I ate at the Melting Pot and literally ate ourselves sick, but it was SOO GOOD!  We were going to attempt a late movie, but after the damage we did at dinner we just came to grips with the fact that we’re old and would much rather go home and go to bed than try to stay out late and feel young and crazy again.  We very much enjoyed sleeping in Saturday morning, doing a little shopping and eating a late breakfast before we picked up the little dude.  Brooks enjoyed hanging out with his grandparents and Uncle Aaron and looks forward to lots more sleepovers in the future!  We don’t have any pictures of Brooks’ big weekend away, but I might be able to find something cute to leave you with..