Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A New Found Love

A couple of days before we left for Louisiana, I was in the kitchen and Caleb was in his room playing and I heard a weird music sound. (This is where I wish I could upload videos from my phone to the computer.) So I went to check on him, and he had stood up by the piano bench and was reaching up and pressing some of the piano keys. It was so cute, his head didn't even reach the base of the keyboard. So when we were in Louisiana, that was his favorite thing to do, play the piano. Every time we would open it up and start playing some of the keys, he would get the biggest grin on his face and hurry over to the piano.

What a natural!

"I wanna play this song, gramma!"

New Things for Caleb

I feel kind of bad because at home we don't really have too many "age-appropriate" toys for Caleb to play with. But at gramma's house there were all sorts of toys with buttons and lights and music and talking toys, it was great. He also discovered remote controls for the tv, which he somehow figured out how to turn on. And he just loved the Christmas tree. Gramma would turn on the lights and he would just sit there and stare at it. So lots of fun and excitement at gramma's house.

Back to the South

Caleb and I were able to take a trip to Louisiana to visit my family. Adam was stuck behind studying for and taking finals. We got there late Wednesday night on the 10th. Caleb slept a lot on the plane and didn't want to go to sleep once we got home, he stayed up until almost 4am (3am his time)! He was also excited to be somewhere new to explore.

The next morning we woke up to snow. Lots of snow. I thought I was back in Salt Lake. It was crazy. I had never seen so much snow in Louisiana before. Once when I was 8 or 9 it snowed enough to make snow-men, but I don't remember this much snow. It was pretty watching it come down though.

These are my good friend's daughters Olivia and Liah.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Zoo

I took Caleb to the zoo for the first time at the beginning of December. We went with a friend and her little girl. Caleb loved it, it was so much fun watching him. And the weather was so nice too (December in Arizona!). No more snow. We ended up going back a few days later for "zoo lights" at night, which was also fun. We also ended up getting a season pass so we can go more often. So after the Christmas holiday, we'll have to start going more.

Next on Darrahnews: Jenn & Caleb's trip to Louisiana

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Caleb's 1st Birthday

Yes, of course Caleb's birthday was over a month ago, but come on, you guys know me by now. It's just how I do blogging. So Caleb's big day was lots of fun. Adam's mom and Jim came for the weekend. We had family pictures done (and as soon as I fix my scanner I'll post them). Caleb had yummy cake and ice cream and opened presents. We called my parents on one computer and Adam's dad and Audrey on our other computer and had a "virtual" birthday party.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Summer Recap

Yes, I know that summer is long gone, but hey I got these pictures up before next summer! There are quite a few pictures so hopefully that will make up for my lack of posts over the summer. From birthday parties to weddings to family reunions, and lets not forget moving, we had a pretty fun and eventful summer. Sorry no pictures of the move (exciting as that would have been to see). We are really liking it here in Tucson, Arizona though. The weather is nice, no more snow or long winters. We're still wearing shorts! Adam's classes are going well, he's taking his first midterm today. We like our church ward here and we both have assignments now. I'm in the young women's program and Adam is teaching twice a month in the priesthood class. I'm really enjoying staying home with Caleb, it's been nice not to have to worry about work. We're looking forward to Caleb's birthday in two days. I'll put up a post on that later. Enjoy the pictures!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

11 months old

We went out to the park and took pictures today. Caleb is 11 months today and I can't believe it! I took over 200 pictures and these are the ones that came out, after a little editing of course. There are about 35 here in the slideshow. He now has 6 teeth, 2 on the bottom and 4 on top; he just got his front top two last Saturday. I'm not sure his weight and height measurements, it's been a while since he's been weighed. He's officially crawling as of Friday Sep 26th. Yea! He's been doing this army crawl for a couple of months now. It's been nice b/c he pulls his weight around the house by cleaning the floors with his belly but it'll also be nice for him not to ruin all of his clothes by doing that. He is also clapping now, and doing the sign for "done". He loves bath time even more now b/c he can move around and play with his toys. Although it's sad to see him growing up so fast, it is so much fun playing with him and seeing him enjoy so many simple things.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Adam! (3 days ago)

Adam's birthday was Monday and Caleb and I visited him at school with his favorite cake and ice cream. A lot of his classmates were able to come and celebrate too. We (well they) sang "Happy Birthday" in Russian. There were a few German students around so we invited them and they sang the song in German. We also had a few Asian students come by to share in the celebration, they missed the singing though. It was nice to be able to spend that time with Adam and his classmates at his school.

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Look at Caleb's fake smile. He's learning how to courtesy smile.

Some of Adam's fellow graduate students


Does he look ready to eat or what!

We went to Joe's Crab shack for his birthday dinner

Then we went to a family fun place with batting cages, air hockey (I won the first game, and he won the next 3 games), and ski ball. Fun times! It was an enjoyable birthday for the whole fam! Next year we're going to have to have a big birthday blow-out! 

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Seriously, what is taking so long?!?!

Ok, for those of you who know me well, you know that the further I get behind on something the more I dread doing it and therefore, the more I keep putting it off. It's a vicious cycle! So I haven't decided yet how far back I'm going to post, we'll just have to see how things go. Just so you know though, I am working on it (in my head at least) and you'll see a new post soon. Maybe even later on today, but don't hold your breath.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What's going on?

Well I think most of you know, but for those who don't, we will be moving to Tucson, Arizona next week. Adam was accepted to the University of Arizona where he'll be working towards a Masters Degree in Russian Language and Literature. He received a full-paid scholarship and will be a teacher's assistant in a russian literature class.  Yay!! We're packing up next Wednesday the 6th and he and his mom will be driving down on the 7th. Caleb and I will be flying down on the 12th.  There are some things I've been wanting to post but haven't had much time so I'll do updates after the move. We're so excited to be able to have a 2 bedroom apartment with modern conveniences (dishwasher, laundry room, etc.) and not have to walk up and down 4 flights of stairs!  It's been good exercise but it's time for a first floor apartment.
More updates to follow... Well in a couple weeks or so.

Monday, July 21, 2008

A sign of things to come

I took this a couple of weeks ago which was the start of his "explorings". He doesn't crawl yet but he has figured out how to get around. I wish I had a video camera, I could tape him doing his twirls where he looks like a little dog chasing his tail. It's very funny to see.

Not only does he love his daddy but he also loves his shoes. I'm not quite sure though that he'll ever get to his shoe size, not many grow to a size 14.

Aaaahh! TEETH! If you look closely, you'll see his 1st tooth.

I have mixed emotions about this little guy growing up and getting bigger. I'm excited to see him learn and progress but I'm also sad not to see him so small and precious. Well he's still precious of course, but you know what I mean.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Cute Caleb at 8 months

Here are a few pictures that I've recently taken of Caleb that I thought were cute. It's the 4th of July as I'm posting this and I just realized that he has on red and blue. Very appropriate.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

As many of you know (Adam, especially), I like to put things off.  But as you can see, the date of publish is actually on Father's Day. So I'll take a little credit for at least starting this on time. Here are a few pictures that show how much Adam loves his son and how he loves spending time with him. Enjoy! 

Nov. 1st, 2007: Getting ready to go into the operating room
(I don't know why the text is being underlined and I can't seem to get rid of it.)

In the ICU. Look how tiny! Adam was there every day as much as he could be there between classes and work. He loved being there close to Caleb and felt worried when he had to leave.

Nov. 16th: 1st day home from the ICU
(Ok, the text stopped underlining itself)

Some of Caleb's 1st smiles with Daddy

On Daddy's Graduation Day

Caleb's 1st feeding with Daddy

Awwww! My 2 boys!

Happy Father's Day Daddy!
Caleb & Mommy

Friday, June 6, 2008

Adam's Graduation


So Adam found out in April that he could graduate at the end of the semester. He thought he had a few more classes he needed to take but it turns out he just had one more credit hour to finish and they're letting him finish it during the summer. Graduation was May 2nd. Nora and Sami were able to drive out on short notice to be here for the graduation. We were so happy they could be here for such a special day. Caleb decided to have the worst day ever though and Gramma Nora took him to the car and calmed him down and missed Adam's name being called out. Thanks Gramma! We are so proud of Adam for such a great accomplishment graduating from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in Russian Language & Literature. During his time at school, he has come to love everything about the Russian culture. He has a great passion for continuing to learn and research Russian literature at a graduate level and is currently applying at the University of Arizona. I love and appreciate his passion for the Russian culture and can't wait to see what the future holds for us.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Scott's new house

My brother Scott just bought a new house at the end of February - Go Scott! (Although we all secretly hate you for being the first and youngest to have a house).  He has a nice new house in a new development in Denham Springs LA. It is a really nice location and an awesome house with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  We got the family with most of the near-by extended family together for mom's gumbo (mmmm..) and other yummy food.  It was so fun to see everyone there: Me, Adam and Caleb, Scott and Amanda, mom and dad, Joe, Jessica and Isaiah, gramma, aunt Elaine, aunt Jenny, and Uncle Leonard and Barbara. It was like a mini family reuion.  
  Uncle Joe & Caleb                Jessica & Isaiah

Friday, May 23, 2008

Gramma Brown

I know it's been over a month now that I went to Louisiana but I'm finally updating the blog. Caleb and I were able to go visit Gramma Brown at her house in Praireville. Her sister Elaine was there also but had to leave before we remembered to take pictures. I love going out to gramma's house, she lives out in the peaceful country by the bayou with her son and her sister as neighbors on either side of her.  We love Gramma Brown and wish we lived closer so we could see each other more often. It was nice to be able to go and visit her while we were there.  The only thing I forgot to do is to get a 4 generation picture with all 4 of us.  Next time. Love you Gramma!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Caleb's Louisiana Baby Shower

Gail Saxon from my old ward in Louisiana (one of my former youth leaders), threw me a baby shower when we were there. It was awesome! So many of my old youth leaders and teachers were there as well as friends that I grew up with. This is my best friend since the 5th grade, Toni. She's cute and pregnant with her 3rd and she's gonna kill me for putting this picture up. I took it with my phone so it's not the best picture anyway.  And here's a link to her blog where she posted more pictures of the shower. Check it out!  Thanks Gail and all the women who helped put it together, it was beautiful! It was so nice to be around so many people I love.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Louisiana... Home Again!

I recently was able to take a trip back home to Louisiana for 11 days for my 10 yr high school reunion.  The reunion wasn't 11 days of course, but I was able to take some extra time to visit friends and family, show off Caleb, and just be home.  I miss Louisiana and was glad to be back.  It's been 3 years since I've been back.  Adam had finals that week but he made it for the reunion.  I didn't take as many pictures as I should have but I'll put up the few that I did.  You can look at Toni's blog for more pictures: www.maxwellmemoirs.blogspot.com. I'll put up a list of friends' blogs one day.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Weekend with Las Hermanas

A month ago, I got to spend some time with some old friends from my mission.  A few of us got together for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. After that, Carrie and I (with Caleb of course) took a trip up to Idaho to see 2 other mission friends.  We went to see Kareena's 4th baby receive a baby's blessing at church. And we were able to stay with Rachel and her family that night.  It was so fun to catch up with all of them and reminisce about the mission.  I was blessed to serve in one of the best missions ever (the Dominican Republic) and had some of the very best companions and roommates who are still some of my dear friends.  I love them very much and think about the mission often and how it has blessed my life.  I copied these pictures from Angela's blog.  She also posted some pictures from the mission if you want to see them. Pretty cool! (gradyandangela.blogspot.com) 

  Me & Carrie                                    Sarah & Angela
  (Above: Kareena, Me, Rachel, & Carrie)