Monday, April 26, 2010


This past weekend we decided to be adventurous and take Kolton to the local Renaissance Fair. We went with Ryan's brother, Drew, and his wife, Megan. Shockingly, I was excited to go. I have fond memories of going to Renaissance Fairs when I was younger, so I had high hopes. Ryan, on the other hand, was going just to make me happy. By the look on our faces, you can see how exciting it was. Needless to say, we were only there for about 30 minutes!

Since Kolton began crawling, he is everywhere!! He has gotten pretty good at pulling himself up on things. We have had to finally "baby proof" our house, although we find things daily that still need baby-proofing. He loves climbing up on the treadmill, stairs, and mommy and daddy. I love when he plays with his toys and sits on his knees. I think it is the cutest thing from the back.

One morning, I went in to get Kolton from a nap and found him "chilling" in his crib. He was sitting in the corner of his crib with both of his hands resting on the bumper. I tried to get the camera and take a quick picture, but as you can see, I wasn't quite fast enough to catch him before he moved.

Kolton LOVES to be outside. He would spend all day outside if I let him. The only problem we have found is that all he wants to do is "walk" around everywhere. I have spent a ton of time holding onto his hands and walking all around outside with him. But there is only so much of that I can do before my back starts to hurt! So I decided to bring his walker out and stick him in that. As you can see, he LOVES it! He especially loves going down the driveway....with his little feet moving as quickly as they can go.

Got the sunscreen on...I'm ready!

Not quite sure what to think of it...

First steps in...

Not liking it at first

"Get me out, Mommy"

Trying to reassure him that it's ok....just like the bathtub!

Starting to like it more

Not wanting to get out!

Two of Kolton's favorite things are water (bath time) and being outside. Put those two together, and you get swimming. We have had a few days of really nice weather, so we decided to blow up our kiddy pool. Kolton did not like it at first. It was a lot colder than being in the bath, but once his body got used to the water, he LOVED it. I have a feeling we will be spending our fair share outside this summer watching him in the pool.

On a side note, yes, that is our lovely dirt and weed backyard. We are hoping to get it finished soon so Kolton has a nicer view while he's in the pool.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kolton's Firsts

Since my last post, which has been quite a while ago (I know...I promised myself I would get better at keeping up with this thing!), Kolton has continued to have a lot of firsts. Here are some of his firsts....

Kolton's First Plane Ride/Christmas: For Christmas, we flew to Georgia to celebrate with my family. It was Kolton's first plane ride, which I was very nervous for. He did really well, considering how long the flight was, and only had one little meltdown for a few minutes.
At the airport..Kolton's first plane ride!

We were able to spend 2 weeks in Georgia and we really enjoyed visiting family and friends during that time.

Kolton must have been really good the first 6 months of his life, because he was definitely spoiled by Santa...or as his bib said..."who needs santa when I have grandma".

Kolton's First Cruise/Beach Day: While in Georgia, my family was able to go on a week long cruise. We went to Cozumel and Calica, Mexico. A baby has to be 6 months old to go on a cruise, and we left on the exact day that Kolton turned 6 months!! During our stop in Calica, we took Kolton to the beach for the day (or for a few hours). He didn't like the crashing of the waves, but surprisingly, didn't mind the sand! Cruises are definitely the way to travel, and I think Kolton enjoyed it! He was a trooper the whole week! We returned home with a child who had an ear infection and bronchitis!

Kolton's First Wedding: In March, my brother, Matt got married! Ryan, Kolton and I flew out for the occasion. It was a very busy few days!! Poor Kolton was exhausted by the end of the week! Kolton was able to meet some of my moms family: my uncle Bob and Aunt Vicki, my aunt Julie and my grandpa Mooring. It was great getting to see everyone. During this short trip, we also went to the park to feed the ducks and watched Shannon go off to senior prom! I always say that any chance/opportunity to get out to Georgia, I am all for it!

Ryan left early to get back to work, so Kolton and I got to stay and get spoiled by my mom!! We had a great time shopping and hanging out. I was very nervous flying home because I would be flying with Kolton for the first time by myself. Depsite the nerves, everything went as smoothly as it could have gone.

Kolton's First Trip to the Zoo: One of the perks of Ryan being a teacher is that he gets a lot of time off. A couple weeks ago, Ryan had his spring break. We decided to take Kolton on his first trip to the zoo. It was a beautiful day that day and we had a lot of fun. Kolton enjoyed the zoo as much as you would expect a 9 month old child to! He didn't really know what was going on at first and was more interested in watching the people around him then actually looking at the animals. The bigger animals caught (and kept) his attention easier.

Kolton's First Time Brushing his Teeth: After going to Kolton's 9 month well check, the doctor suggested that we start brushing his 2 little bottom teeth. I was glad he mentioned it, because the great mom that I am hadn't even thought about that! They doctor also gave him a prescription for fluoride. So Kolton now brushes his teeth twice a day!!

Kolton's First Time Crawling: Kolton began crawling the week after he turned 9 months. At first I couldn't wait for him to crawl because he is such an active child that it was hard keeping him occupied and happy not knowing where he wanted to go. I have since learned how nice it was to be able to set him down and have him stay relatively in the same spot!! We have begun our "child proofing" around the house and continue to find things daily that we have to change around so that he doesn't destroy everything!

Kolton's First Easter: A couple weekend ago we enjoyed Easter by decorating eggs, watching conference, getting Easter baskets and having a nice Easter dinner with Ryan's family. It was a blast!