Saturday, June 25, 2011


Citygarden in is in downtown St. Louis. It is filled with beautiful plants, sculptures, and LOTS of water :) This was our first time taking Jacob. He LOVED it :)

Jacob's reaction when he saw all the water we were walking towards.

He just realized when the water hides in the hole it'll pop out when he least expects it to :)

It totally looks like he's jumping! (I won't tell you that he doesn't know how to jump yet :) )

Jacob caught eyes with the cutest 2yr old girl... As this picture was taken, she walked over and gave Jacob a hug! When she walked away, Jacob turned to me & looked confused. 
"Mommy, why did a stranger just walk up and hug me?"

Watchin' the big kids play!

LOVE this one.
Looks like Daddy & Jacob are having a heart to heart conversation :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

a day at the park

I love living in a place where everywhere you turn there's a park or a bike trail! 
Jacob & I went to the John Drost Park with a friend & here are some photos from that day :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jacob is 1!

    And before we knew it our little Jacob started to not seem so little any more... The day he turned 11 months (which was also Mother's Day), he started to walk! It was so weird at first, seeing our own little person, walking. One month later, he's practically running everywhere!

    Despite Jacob's inability to communicate verbally yet (at least with words we understand), we are surprised at how many words, and phrases he already does know! If we say, "Where's your milk?" He'll go find his silly cup; the same goes for his pacifier or one of his favorite books. When I say that we're going outside, and start putting on my shoes, he will walk over towards the door to get his shoes! He points to things he wants, or in the direction he wants us to go if we're holding him.

    I really had no idea what it would be like having a 1 year old. There are tough times, like when he's teething, or won't sit down in the bathtub, but overall, I would say it gets more fun by the day :)

   By the way, Jacob has the coolest birthday: 6-8-10!

    Here are some photos from on and around his birthday!

 We live near a small animal zoo/farm!
This was Jacob's first time going. He was super excited
because he could get so much closer to the animals than at the zoo :)

Jacob likes to "push" the stroller. He likes to do the same thing with shopping carts, too.
Except, it doesn't quite work the same way because he likes to hold the bar, so I end up holding
him up around his waist & he smiles at everyone, thinking he's pushing the cart :)

We brought our tripod to the park the day of the animal farm. Because of the sun, this was the best family picture :)
(I didn't delete the rest....)

Jacob talking to the goat! Probably telling him to come closer!

Jacob's 1st birthday party!
After experiencing one, I really think they're overrated. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled our son has lived a full happy, healthy year thus far. However, the 1st birthday party was a little stressful. Maybe it was all the people & noise? Or the fact that Jacob didn't even want to touch his cake? 
...we may be out of town around that time next year.. :)

Jacob & his friend Elijah figuring out how his new golf set works!
Gift from: Grandpa Lord
(I made that dress the day before:) )

My most recent sewing project! But it only took 2 1/2 hours, so I don't know if it qualifies as a "project". Maybe an impulse project; that's really what it was!
I already had the rainbow fabric (previously purchased for $2.75/yd) & I bought the light purple earlier that night for $2.50/yd. I only used 1/2yd of the purple, so that's my new favorite $4 dress! I love when I find a deal like this :)

He figured out one use for the golf set :)

Playing with his friend Abby

Grandpa & Grandma Cichon gave Jacob a HUGE bass! Here Jacob is kissing it :) He'll often drag it around & use it as a pillow :)

Trying out the new cup Grandpa & Grandma Cichon brought Jacob from Florida!

Realizing nothing is in it yet!

Aunt Lisa & Jacob :)

The cake I made for Jacob's party! Oddly enough, it's on an appetizer plate that was used at my baby shower for him :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Our 2nd Anniversary!

    May 30, 2009. I can't believe it's been 2 years! Where has the time gone? In many ways, the past two years has gone by super fast. But when we stop to think about it, a lot has really happened!

• After only 3 months of marriage, we found out   we were expecting!
• Our child was due on our 1st anniversary!
• James got a new job & we moved twice.
• I started watching a little girl about Jacob's age.

    I'll save other details for when I write Jacob's 1st birthday blog :) so for now, here are some photos from our anniversary trip! My sister Lisa watched Jacob for 4 days & James and I had a mini-vacation! Jacob absolutely loves Lisa. Just the sound of her voice makes him giggle :)
    We stayed at a Hilton in St. Louis. Our itinerary was just to relax, have fun, and go places or do fun things we hadn't done together before :)
And that we did!

 One of our first stops:
Laumeier Sculpture Park

 Ever since I heard of this place I wanted to go!
All of the sculptures were scattered around a large park with 
walking paths throughout it. 

 This was one of my favorites! I don't remember what its
name is, but I liked walking around it and the feeling I got when 
I walked underneath the big cylinders of metal!

 One day we got a tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery. It was a lot
bigger inside than I had expected! 

 Everything about the landscaping was absolutely beautiful!
There were fountains, flowers, plants everywhere.

 Our tour guide explained the process of making beer; 
which takes a LOT longer
than it does for people to drink it! 
We saw the bottling & canning sites also.
At the end each person could sample 3 flavors of beer
of their choice. 
After sampling many, James & I decided we don't really
care for the taste of beer.
However, the tour was great!

Here we are at:
Hurricane Harbor Water Park

 Another stop was Six Flags, St. Louis!
James & I had never been there together and were ready to have fun!
I talked James into going on the Batman roller-coaster as soon as we got there!
Once we had our share of rides, we visited Hurricane Harbor Water Park & got even more sunburnt...
(I still don't know why neither one of us thought to bring along sunscreen)

All said and done, we had a fun, relaxing, adventurous little vacation :-)