Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Vote for Brock!!!

Hey everyone!

Spike and I entered Brock into the GAP Casting Call. Please vote for him!! You can vote for him once every 24 hours.

Simply visit and enter his ID number 604109829

Gap is selecting 20 finalists for this year's Gap Casting Call (five baby boys, five baby girls, five boys and five girls). In December, America will vote to decide the four contest winners (one from each category) who will be featured in Gap store windows nationwide in February 2010.

Brock is in the Baby Boy category!

In addition to the above, the 20 finalists will receive:

* Professional Gap photo shoot
* $500 Gap GiftCard redeemable for a babyGap or GapKids wardrobe
* Deluxe Disney gift bags

Thank you for your support!!

Spike, Larissa, and Brock

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What our lives have come to...

So last night, Spike and I were getting ready for bed. First, I was cuddling him and was like, "um... your armpits smell like crayon shavings!" LOL! So we laughed for a second and tried falling asleep. A few minutes later I had to flip sides, so I flipped and Spike cuddled me. Then he takes a big whiff of my neck and goes, "um... you smell like A&D Ointment!" LMAO! I was like, "yeah? maybe because I have been rubbing A&D all over your sons a$$ all day!" LOL! So we laughed a little more, and Spike says "OMG! What have our lives come to?!?!!" It was a total "you had to be there" moment. We couldn't stop laughing! We don't know why his armpits smelled like crayon shavings (could have just been my pregnancy hormones), or why my neck smelled like A&D! LOL! Whatever. It's all good!! We wouldn't trade our lives for anything!

Monday, October 19, 2009

More Birthday Party Pictures

This was Brock's smash cake! My mom made this cake and the one in the previous post which was for everyone else.

Favors for the older kids

Favors for the younger kids

Both of the favor containers were filled with Halloween candy, yo-yo's, Halloween tattoos, spider rings, and Halloween erasers. They were a pretty big hit! They came out so cute :-)

Brock and my mom

Napkin holders! Seriously, my mom is so cute! The kids LOVED these!

Singing to the Birthday Boy!

Not sure what to do with the cake!

He really loved his birthday cake

Playing with his cousins

Brock giving the sign for "More." I forgot to tell you we're teaching him basic signing! It is a lot of fun!!

Happy 1st Birthday buddy! We love you more than you'll ever know!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Brock's 1st Birthday Party!

As mentioned in the previous post, we celebrated Brock's birthday with our family this past weekend since his actual birthday was on Wednesday. Brock had a great time - even without his afternoon nap!

My mom went all-out with the decorations, but as usual, everything was perfect!! There were lots of munchies and dessert, including cake & ice cream, cup cakes, and cookies.

We originally planned on inviting family and friends, but in the end decided to just do Brock's grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins. I missed having my girlfriends (and their kids) there to share this milestone with, but there will be many more birthday parties to share with them!

Brock LOVED all of his gifts. I wish I captured this on video, but as he was opening gifts he would say, "YAY!" It was sooooo cute! So cute!! I do have a video of him playing with one of his walking toys, but I have to upload it off of the video camera still.

Anyway, here are some pictures!!

The birthday boy!

Decorations and the spread

TO BE CONTINUED... (Blogger is having some issues and I can't upload pictures at the moment. Will try again in the morning).

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Brock!!

1st Birthday?!! OMG! What a difference a year makes!

Since Brock's birthday fell on a weekday, we're having a birthday party for him on Saturday! It is going to be Halloween themed and I cannot wait to show you all of the fun stuff we have!!

Time for a little reflection on the last 12 months.

Brock came into this world and changed our lives drastically! I remember how incredibly nervous we were to have the responsibility of raising this little baby! Here we sit tonight, way more confident in our parenting abilities, but still extremely nervous of what's to come.

Brock has taught us to love more deeply and to enjoy every single second of every single day. There isn't a time (unless its in a moment of tantrum) that I don't look at that boy and get the biggest smile on my face! He just brings us so much joy! He is a kind, old soul. He loves making people laugh with his silliness! His laugh is contagious!

Some new things in Brock's world:

- He says "thank you."
- He is soooo close to taking his first step! So we're officially on "First Step Watch!"
- He has recently started trying to feed himself with his spoon/fork (super messy)!
- He says "tickle, tickle, tickle" and literally leans into you with his hands out and tries to tickle you!
- He blows kisses
- He says 'Buh-bye'

I can't believe an entire year has come and gone :-( I look forward to watching our boy grow into a man with all of the values we will have instilled in him.

So here's to you Brock! Happy Birthday pumpkin! We love you so much!!

Mom & Dad

Sunday, October 11, 2009

We're back!!

We made it home from our wonderful 8 day vacation to AZ to visit my sister! Brock was AMAZING on the flight to and from AZ. You would have never known he was on the plane! I couldn't believe how well-behaved he was. I was so proud of him. It took him about 2-3 days to flip his schedule to 3 hours before our time.

Anyway, we did soooo much and took lots of pictures. Here is a list of things we did:

- World Wildlife Zoo & Aquarium
- Visit (quick drive through) Sedona, AZ
- Grand Canyon
- Visit to Scottsdale, AZ
- Drove to Las Vegas where we walked the strip for 2 days and saw Penn & Teller perform live!!
- Tour of Hoover Dam

I still have to upload some more pictures from the camera, but here is just a sampling of pictures:

My sister and her boyfriend, Zubie. His real name is Dan, but we call him Zubie.

Brock being silly in the car! He loves to hide things on top of his head. It cracks him up!

This picture cracks me up every time! Brock was trying to leap out of my hands over the railing!

LOL! Look at the lady's face behind my sister

Ok, I'll add more pictures tomorrow! Gotta go to bed!