Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Love the baby, Eli

A few weeks ago I found the baby doll that we bought to "introduce" the idea of a baby to our dogs.

Stupid idea, by the way, the dogs could not have cared less about the plastic doll we strategically placed in random places around the house to introduce the idea of having a little one in the home.  And they still couldn't care less about Eli, unless he has food, or a stinky diaper, then he's much more exciting.

Anyways, we found the doll in a closet and I gave it to Eli to see what he thought about the baby and the following ensued.

I'm not sure how I feel about the random dropping of the baby, or the "here, you want your skateboard" followed by the thud of the baby's head hitting the hardwood floors.  But who cares, it's just a fake baby, right?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Anniversary Celebration

Payton and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary last night.  We made last minute reservations at the restaurant at the Four Seasons (where we held our wedding reception) and they really went above and beyond in helping us feel extra special. 

Dinner was amazing, the service was amazing, the company was amazing, it was all perfect, I wouldn't have changed a thing.  Our anniversary gift to each other...an iPad.  Can't wait to start playing around with it.  I've already loaded Finding Nemo on it for Eli.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

We visited Granny and Mel in Corpus Christi this past weekend for Labor Day weekend.  We don't get to see them near enough as we should, but we do our best.

I have so many pictures from the weekend, we went to the Texas State Aquarium and the Port Aransas beach for the day.  I'll eventually get around to loading those pictures, but here is a hilarious video of Eli and his "ba". 

I eventually had to get up and get his ball from under the man's chair, but it was very entertaining to watch how we wouldn't go past a certain point, even for his "ba".

My husband

I'm not big on public displays of affection, even when it comes to writing them on a blog or Facebook.  But I'm going to commit one of my biggest pet-peeves and give a huge shout-out to my husband.

We're celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary today, and he deserves all of the praise and love that I have in my heart. 

Payton and I met almost 8 years ago exactly, in a fine establishment in downtown Austin called the Aquarium.  3 weeks later (and a few funny stories in between) we went on our first date to P.F. Chang's.  I was still in college, and had never been on a "real" date.  I was so impressed by this man who had graduated from college and had a "real" job at an advertising agency, and he valet parked. 

4 years after we met, we were married. 

And now 4 years, 2 dogs, a house, and a baby later, we're celebrating another anniversary and I want to send a special thank you to my husband:

Thank you Payton,
...for being my partner.  My partner in crime, my partner in life, my partner in everything, always right by my side.

...for being my friend.  For making me laugh so hard I choke on my wine, listening to me complain about my day or how I feel about the way I look, watching all the silly shows I love, getting up to turn the fan on when we've already gotten in bed.

...for being my luver.  Telling me that you love me every day, telling me how pretty you think I am, telling me you like my outfit, telling me you like my dress (even though it's really a skirt).  And always leaning over every night right before we fall asleep to give me a kiss and tell me goodnight.

...for being my team mate.  We often talk about what a great team we are around the house getting projects done and I can't count how many times we have actually high-fived at the end of one of our over-the-top possibly "in too deep" projects.  And Eli has taken this teamwork to an entirely new level:  you do the bottle while I do the bath, I'll do his breakfast while you get him dressed, if you get the dogs ready for a walk, I'll put him in his stroller, if you'll take him to the car, I'll get his diaper bag ready.  Every day, we're together, and we're a team.

...for being my baby-daddy.  I love watching you with our son.  Our Son.  I'll never forget the first time you told me how you and Eli dance in the mirrors at restaurants when you go to wash off his little hands after he eats.  That little secret made my heart flutter.  You are such a dedicated daddy who loves his little boy more than anything else in the world.  When you get home, his face lights up.  I say "where's daddy" when you pull in the driveway and he starts pointing and saying "Da". 

You do so much for us, and especially right now, during a transition in our lives, you are literally working three jobs, up at 6:30 in the morning and not back in bed until midnight, going from one thing to the next.  You keep going, as hard as it gets, and as drained as you are.  You have so much drive and ambition and a huge desire to be successful and provide for your family. 

You are an amazing man, an amazing man who is a wonderful friend, father, and partner.  Thank you for choosing me to spend your life with years ago.  We have built an amazing life together, and I am looking forward to many many more years together.