Sunday, October 31, 2010

On the Road Again

....or at least on the plane again. Momma and I were feeling a little homesick to see the family, so we decided to take a last minute trip back to the S-T-L! In six days, we managed to see almost all of our family AND score some serious snuggle time in the process!

We also realized that this was my 10th round trip on an airplane--whew! That is more than my Momma had flown at 25 years old. Just call me Emmett, World Traveller.

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The Great Pumpkin!

I love this time of year! Mostly because it's Mommy's favorite time of year, so she's been in a GREAT mood. Playing outside, baking cookies, picking out a Halloween costume, and of course, finding the perfect pumpkin! Mommy, Daddy, and I went to the pumpkin farm (actually, a couple of them) in search of just the right pumpkin to carve. We found a couple, and I must say...I know how to pick 'em! Here are some pictures of the Great Pumpkin Search of 2010. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Gang Was All Here

A couple weeks ago, Grandma Donna, Aunt Spring, and my cousins (Tory, Avary, and Libby) all came to see me. That was our fourth (that's right, fourth) set of house guests in less than 2 months. It's busy, busy, busy when your'e as popular as me!

While my cousins were here, we visited Tiny Town--this really cool little town that was just my size. All of the buildings were my height, and there was even a little choo-choo that we got to ride in. It was pretty cool. We also went to Estes Park, Rocky Mountain Park, outlet mall shopping, and swimming. I even went down the waterslide ALL BY MYSELF! I am the man.

Here are some pics from our super fun family time!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pinch Me

Yesterday, we had our second follow-up with my cardiologist, Dr. Y, since my double switch surgery. And, once again, we got a great report! He says that my heart is functioning beautifully and that I have no activity restrictions anymore. Music to my ears! And a HUGE relief to my Mommy and Daddy. They still can't believe that the surgery they had been dreading since before I was even born is over...and I'm having a hard time believing it myself. We have a lot to be thankful for...a healing God, amazing friends, a supportive family, and incredible doctors. It's been a good year, and it looks like it's only going to get better :)


It doesn't get much better than spending time with your BFF. Last weekend, my Momma got to do just that. Her best friend of 20 YEARS (wow, that's a long time!), Dana, and her family, came to visit. While we didn't have much time together, we made the most of it. I put on the charm for her cute 3 year old daughter, Natalie, and I even spent some quality time with her seven month old baby, Charlotte. Gotta keep my options open...afterall, either one of them could be looking for a prom date one of these days, and they're both pretty darn cute :)

We ate, we played, we celebrated Natalie's birthday, we laughed. It was a good time, and we miss them already. Come back, Auntie D!

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So Much To Say...

I know, I know...I've been a slacker. It's just that we were all a little "blogged out" after the surgery. Momma wore her fingers out typing all those updates on me!

Needless to say, I am doing terrific! I'll update more on that later. First though, I wanted to let you know what I have been up to the last few weeks. Soon after Grandma Donna and the fam left, we had our next round of visitors. I am soooo popular. This time, my Uncle Monte, Aunt Sarah, and cousin Addisyn came to visit me. It was their first trip out here, and I was super excited to show them my hometown. Unlike Momma and Daddy, I can honestly say that I am a "Native". That's a pretty big deal around these parts :)

We had so much fun together! We looked at fish at the aquarium (my favorite), took a couple drives through the mountains and Rocky Mountain National Park, and threw a big 4th of July bash. All in all, one of my more successful hosting gigs. And, since Uncle Monte takes about 500 pictures a day, I have plenty of photographic evidence to support that claim. Here are just a few of the thousands of pictures from their visit!

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Our LPCH Heroes!

Over the last year and a half, I have had three surgeries at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. I stayed 10 days with the first surgery, 9 days with the second, and 8 days with the third. That's a total of 27 days spent with the most incredible medical professionals IN THE WORLD. We love our LPCH family, and cannot thank them enough for taking such good care of me and my parents. Here are some pictures of just some of the nurses, PAs, and doctors that took care of me during this last visit. Thank you from the bottom of my new and improved heart!!!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

A Great Report

Yesterday, I went for my follow up appointment with Dr. Y. Momma was a little nervous about the echocardiogram, because 1) she thought I might freak out about going back to a hospital, and 2) it was the first one I'd had since getting out of the hospital and into a normal routine again. Of course, I handled the visit like a rockstar, as usual, and my heart has never looked better. I told her not to worry, but you know how Moms can be...

Dr. Y was amazed at how well my heart is functioning. That really big leak that I used to have when I was a baby is completely gone now! I now have some minor leakage in my mitral and aortic valves, but he's not worried about it, so I'm not either. Dr. Y said that he is always hesitant to tell patients they're "in the clear", but he really believes that the worst is behind me. Once I get past this 6 week recovery time, I won't have any restrictions on physical activity, so I can spend the rest of the summer swimming, running, and wreaking havoc at the playground--yay!!!

Here is a picture of me with my buddy, Dr. Y.

Center of Attention

Well, we made it back safe and sound. I am so happy to be back in my own house with my own toys and my own kitties. To make our return even better, my Great-Grandma Norma, Grandma Donna, Papa Jim, and Aunt Carol came for a visit. They brought me presents, played with me, and showered me with attention--just the way I like it! That is why I haven't updated you all for a while, but since they left last night, I have a little more time on my hands.

Thank you again for all of the prayers and good thoughts while I was in the hospital. I am a tough guy, but I still couldn't have done it without all of you!

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Thursday, June 3, 2010


Well, we did it...we busted out of the hospital! Emmett was discharged this morning and not a moment too soon :)

In a way, it was a little sad saying goodbye to the hospital and the wonderful staff who have taken care of Emmett over the years. Yet, with huge smiles and warm hugs we all agreed that "We hope we never see you again!" At least not under the same circumstances.

Emmett is now back at the hotel, taking a little nap in the bed next to me. I just look at him and marvel at his strength and courage. When God made him, he certainly knew what He was doing.

Thank you to all of our friends and family members who followed E's story, sent cards and gifts, prayed for him, and cheered him on. We are very, very lucky to have you all in our lives. And a HUGE thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at LPCH--thank you for treating our son like the unique and amazing individual that he is rather than seeing him as "just another patient". You will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

Much love from Cali,
Missy, Joe, and of course, Big E

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Last night, Emmett moved out of the CVICU and into a step-down unit on 3 West. This was a huge accomplishment--only 5 days post surgery! That is the soonest he has left the ICU yet. We requested a twin size bed so that we could lay next to him and watch movies. Last night, Joe stayed, and tonight I'll be the lucky one snuggling up next to Emmett. We have tried to get him a little exercise today. We went for a couple wagon rides, sat outside in the sun, and played with him on the floor a bit. He can't hold weight on his legs yet, but we'll keep trying. He STILL won't talk to us. I would be concerned, but he did the same thing last time. If this silent treatment is any indication of what he is going to be like as a teenager, we're in serious trouble :)

He had a chest xray, echocardiogram, and bloodwork today. As far as we know, they all looked good. They took out his temporary pacing wires today and removed his last IV. They just now took him off oxygen to see how he does. If this positive trend continues, he will be discharged on Thursday. God is good!

The Big Move!

Sharing my new bed with Mommy

Taking a stroll in the sun

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Movin' on Up (to the West Side!)

Having another good day medically speaking. Unfortunately, E's a little depressed and not quite himself yet. He only says the occasional word when he needs something, but otherwise he is giving us the silent treatment. Last time around, this stage really bothered me (and brought me to tears numerous times over a three day period). This time, however, I have the advantage of experience, and I KNOW that Emmett will be just fine once we step out of these hospital doors :)

They just took a chest x-ray to check his lungs, and if all goes well, they will be moving him out of the ICU and into a regular room on 3 West tonight. Fingers crossed!

Will post more as we know it. Thanks for all the prayers and positive thoughts!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Brand New Day

Last night, Emmett made huge strides. He woke up (lucky Daddy was here to witness that) and wanted something to drink. When the nurse tried to hold a wet sponge up to his mouth, Emmett uttered his first words "Emmy do it". He wanted to do it himself...of course. That's my boy!

I was so relieved and proud to walk into the room this morning and see those big, beautiful, brown eyes looking back at me. He looks amazing today! He's still a bit sedative drunk, but he's talking a little and tugging at this lines a lot :) They just removed his left atrium line, and they will be removing another chest tube tube this afternoon. Sometime today, I WILL hold him :)

Unfortunately, Mom and Dad had to leave early this morning, so they didn't get to see him awake. We are just happy that they got to spend so much time with us. Safe travels, Grandma Cookie and Papa Mike...we love you!

With Grandma Cookie and Papa Mike, Day of Surgery

With his animals and books, Post-op Day 4

The Picture of Health

Well...almost :) Emmett has had another good day. His chest x-ray looked good, his oxygen mask came off, and one of his chest tubes was removed. He has spiked a fairly significant fever this afternoon. His CBC and diff looked good, so they don't think it's an infection, but that's always a concern, so they're keeping an eye on him. He hasn't opened his eyes yet, but he has "woken up" a few times...just long enough to say "Momma" in the most pathetic voice you've ever heard...and attempt to pull out some of his tubes. Luckily he runs out of energy pretty quickly so the wrestling matches don't last too long. They are planning to take out his left atrium line tomorrow, and once that is gone, I can hold my baby--yay!!!

Here is a picture of him today (before the oxygen mask was removed). He is looking more and more like himself with each passing moment.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Extubated and It Feels So Good!

E is going to be one happy camper when he wakes up without that breathing tube in--woo hoo!

Friday, May 28, 2010

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye

This morning, Papa Joe, Grandma Judy, and Aunt Melissa had to go back home. Unfortunately, Emmett wasn't awake yet, so they didn't get to see his beautiful brown eyes. They did, however, get to spend another hour or so holding his hand, rubbing his back, and watching his little chest rise at fall at the beat of his amazing, improved heart.

As sad as it was to see them go, we are just so happy they could be here with us. We love you guys!

Day 2

Sorry that I haven't updated today...I have been posting on Facebook mostly. Emmett is doing great! He had a peaceful night, his vitals are good, and his pain seems to be under control. He had a chest x-ray and echo done today, and they both look good. There is a slight leak in his mitral valve, but they don't seem concerned at this point--they will just keep monitoring him. Of course, Emmett being Emmett, he has already tried to escape a few times. One second, he is completely out of it, the next moment, he is thrashing about like a wild man. Joe and I told the nurses that he goes from zero to sixty in no time, but they didn't heed our warnings. NOW they know :) They upped his sedative, putting him on a continuous drip, and he's doing better now. Though his little fights keep us busy and a little panicked, I am happy that he is so darn feisty...what a little fighter!

His surgeon came by to see him today, and he is very happy with E's progress, as are we. It's been a GOOD day!

Trying to get comfortable...

Our hero, Emmett, with his hero, Dr. Hanley

Thursday, May 27, 2010

In the Homestretch...

We got word almost two hours ago that Emmett was off bypass and his heart was beating on its own...sweeter words have never been spoken. They aren't quite finished yet, but the hardest part is over. Dr. Hanley should be around to speak with Joe and I soon. After that, it's just a matter of closing him up, and then we get to see our baby!

I am in awe of my son's strength and resiliency. I don't even know what else to say right now...I am just so proud to be his Mommy. We will update again once we see him...thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Here We Go...

About an hour and a half ago, Joe and I handed our sweet little boy over to the doctors. He is ready for surgery and waiting, perhaps they've even started by now. This is going to be a long day. We do, however, have the support of my parents, Joe's Dad and stepmom, and his sister, Melissa--not to mention the support of hundreds of friends, family members, and strangers, all praying for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. We are blessed. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will keep you posted :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Does It Get Any Better Than This?

Today was all about Emmett. From beginning to end, we tried to pack in as many Emmett-centric activities as we could. And I'm here to tell you...WE SUCCEEDED! Monterey Aquarium, an oceanfront lunch, and a couple hours spent exploring the beach for shells, crabs, sea urchins, and fish. I know Emmett had to be thinking, "Does it get any better than this???"

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Monday, May 24, 2010


Well, it's 6:30 a.m. West Coast time...I've been awake for almost 45 minutes (darn time zones)...I'm sitting here on the bed listening to my favorite sound...Emmett snoring. Nothing has ever sounded so sweet. It's funny how things that would annoy you (or gross you out) about anyone else in the world are amazingly cute when done by your own child--snoring, "boogie" picking, missing the toilet, leg kicking tantrums, etc, etc, etc...

As I lay here next to Emmett and prepare for his third (and hopefully, final!) heart surgery this Wednesday, I am reminded that Emmett is a gift to Joe and I. He isn't "ours". He's on loan, so to speak, from our Father. The Father who created Emmett and his special heart...the Father who got him through two previous surgeries...the Father who loves him more than I could ever dream of (as hard as that is to imagine). And we are so unbelievably thankful that God has entrusted this amazing, beautiful little boy to us.

We have lived by the following verse with Emmett:
"Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise."
Jeremiah 17:14

Today, however, thanks to our blogger friend, Deann, we are mindful of Psalm 139...the words ring so true with our little boy.

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

We will cherish these words over the next few days...always mindful that God knows Emmett's heart better than anyone, and He alone will get him through this.

We are thankful for the flooding of prayers from family, friends, and strangers...
We are thankful for the MDs, PAs, RNs, RTs, and every other person with an acronym at Lucile Packard that will be taking care of our little guy this week...
We are thankful that we will have the support of grandparents (and an aunt!) on surgery day...
We are thankful for life-long friends, like Auntie Dana over at Mommy Brain, who dedicated her blog to Emmett today. Take a look and grab a button for E!

Tomorrow, we begin the process. Today, we just have fun and enjoy every amazingly annoying and adorable little thing that Emmett does. We love you, Big E!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Blast From the Past

I was just looking through some old photos of E and getting I thought I would share. He really is the cutest little guy I've ever laid eyes on (says the completely unbiased mother). These were taken on a hike in Keystone in August of 2008, when Emmett was just about 8 months old.

I LOVE hiking...

...but I love sleeping more!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Are you sitting down?

We got the shock of our lives yesterday. Emmett's cardiologist called to tell us the results of his tests. The good news: his heart is doing well. The left ventricle is doing it's fact, it is working harder than they anticipated. The shocking news: after speaking with Dr. Hanley, they both feel very strongly that we don't want to miss this window for the double switch surgery. So, they have scheduled his operation for May 26th.

I am going back and forth between feelings of dread and relief. On one hand, I don't want E to have to go through this...I am deeply afraid for him. On the other hand, I want this behind us. I want Emmett to have the healthy and full life he deserves. I know this is bound to be the longest 2 or 3 weeks of our lives, but, on the bright side, it will all be over soon. Joe and I have never needed your prayers more than we do right now. Please pray for continued strength for our amazing little guy. We love him so much and just want him to be well.

Thanks again for your love and means the world to us!

Monday, May 10, 2010

And We're Off...

I just found out that Children's Hospital was able to switch some things around, and Emmett will be having BOTH his Cardiac Cath and MRI done tomorrow. Though I'm not looking forward to it, I am thrilled that he will only have to go under anesthesia once this week--what a relief!

Sooo...we check in at 8:30 a.m., the cath starts at 10:30, with the MRI following immediately afterwards. He will then have to lie flat in the hospital bed for several hours before we can go home. It will be a long day, but at least we may have some answers by the end of it.

Thanks again for your love for Emmett (and Joe and I). I woke up this morning, read all of your wonderful posts, and had a nice, happy, little cry--believe me, it was needed!

Assuming we have an internet connection tomorrow, I will try to keep you all updated on E's progress throughout the day.

Much love,

Update on E

From Guest Blogger, Emmett's is Mother's Day, afterall!

Hello friends and family, and Happy Mother's Day to all of you amazing Mommies out there! Earlier today I posted a little message on Facebook about Emmett needing some tests done, so I thought I would elaborate on that a bit to set some minds at ease.

Thursday was E's cardiology appointment with Dr. Y. Normally, this is a very routine visit - check in, visit fish, grab a snack, check stats, get an echo, have a quick visit with Dr. Y and we're on our way. This has become so routine, in fact, that the last few visits, I have told Joe not to even worry about coming (save that vacation time for a real vacation!) Unfortunately, on Thursday's visit, I wish I'd had Joe with me. All was going well, echo was complete, and we were just waiting for the good doc to drop by. He walked by the room, said he was going to take a quick look at the echo, and be right in....fifteen minutes later, a nurse practitioner came by instead. I knew this wasn't good. She mentioned that Dr. Y was making a call to Dr. Hanley (E's surgeon at Stanford--also not a good sign). She then started to ask questions about Emmett's activity level as of late. Is he wearing out faster? How's the color in his face? Is his breathing labored? Etc. I said that, other than sweating at night, and some occasional bags under his eyes (much like his Mommy's), he was a perfectly "normal" 2 year old. She was very pleasant, playing with Emmett, but I knew something was amiss.

A few minutes later, Dr. Y came in, smile on his face. He gave E his high five and knuckles, listened to his heart, and gave him a good once over. Then came the sentence I was dreading, "I am a little concerned about Emmett's echo today". My heart dropped. What? We hadn't received a bad echo report since BEFORE his first surgery a year and a half ago. Dr. Y said that his left ventricular function was just a little different this time, but was quick to note that he may be making a bigger deal of it than necessary. Regardless, he wants Emmett to get an MRI and Cardiac catheterization done this week--double yikes since they both require anesthesia. We are hopeful that they can schedule the tests together for this reason. We are praying that the tests will simply serve to assure us that everything is fine. If, however, the tests show a negative finding, E's cardiologist will consult with his surgeon, and we'll come together on a plan for Emmett.

I admit that I did something that I don't often do on these visits...I started to cry. I felt a little like a bad Mom--I mean, was Emmett showing signs that I had just missed? After speaking with Joe and several of my friends who spend time with E, however, I realize that no one saw any signs. The optimistic side of me says that this is a great sign! If he is acting this strong and healthy, he must be fine. The worried Momma side of me, however, says that something could be wrong. I am choosing to remain optimistic. We adore Dr. Y (and he adores Emmett), so we pray that he's just being overly cautious.

I will update as soon as I know when the tests will be. In the meantime, please pray for Emmett. While you're at it, have your friends, family members, co-workers, church friends, next door neighbors, and supermarket clerks say a prayer too :) I truly believe that all of your prayers have made an incredible difference in our lives so far. We have an amazing God, who is holding Emmett firmly in his hands, and there are no other hands that I would rather he be in :)

Much, much, much love from the Rockies,
Missy, Joe and Big E

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I'm Still Here--I Promise!

Sorry I am so behind...I know you are probably missing me like crazy! I promise to commit some serious time to catching you up on all things Emmett very soon. There is so much to tell, including a trip back to St. Louis to visit my family AND my first time in a tuxedo. Intrigued? You're just going to have to wait, because I am a man in demand :)

In the meantime, here is a a little teaser photo...more to follow soon!

Friday, April 2, 2010

My New Book

Daddy had this brilliant idea. Since I loved the animals on our trip SOOO much, he thought it would be nice to make a photo book for me of all my favorites! So, Mommy got right to it. She printed out the pictures, put them in a photo album, and then wrote the animal names down so that (hopefully) I will learn to read them someday. I LOVE IT! I have carried it with me all day and looked at the pictures, like, a hundred times! Who knew such a simple little thing could make a two year old so happy??? Take a look for yourself...

NOTE FROM MOMMY: The cutest thing is that Emmett calls the meerkat "Murray Cat" . Murray is what E calls our cat, Murphy. He's just a little confused :)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

San Diego on My Mind

REALLY early this morning (at like midnight), Mommy, Daddy and I got back from our trip to San Diego. We had so much fun! Everyday was packed with animals, beaches, walks and FOOD--my kind of vacation. As much as I loved San Diego though, it's always nice to come home to my own stuff. Click on the video scrapbook below of our super cool California getaway (be patient--it takes a few minutes to load)!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fave Photo of the Week

Last week, that is. Can't you just see how much my Daddy and I adore each other? He's my best friend :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

I'm a Macaroni Kid!

Last week, Mommy and Auntie Dana decided to start a new venture. They are now officially Publishing Moms for Macaroni Kid. What is Macaroni Kid, you ask? It is a free weekly email newsletter and website that lists all the upcoming happenings and events for kids in our community. Mommy and Dana do all the research and find out what is going on locally--all you have to do is sign up and they send that information to you! She also says that they plan to include recipes, music and event reviews, giveaways, and a bunch of other stuff in the future. Pretty cool, huh?

Finally, Mommy has something to do with her time besides smooch on me all day...maybe I'll get a little break from her :)

If you live in the area, please support my Mommy by subscribing to her website . Just go to and click on "Subscribe Now". It's totally free! I promise! And they don't share your info with anyone--Momma can't stand telemarketers either, trust me. If you don't live in the area, do a search for your city on the national Macaroni Kid website. If there isn't a Publishing Mom (or Dad) in your area, talk to my Mommy about becoming one yourself. She thinks it's super fun.

Thanks from the Rockies!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How Big Am I???

You will never guess what I did last night! Mommy was at Bible Study, so Daddy and I were having a guys' night at home. I was taking a bath (my second favorite thing in the world right after dinosaurs), when all of a sudden I had to go poo-poo. Sorry if this is too much information, but you're gonna love where this story goes.

Anyway, I said to Daddy "Uh-oh, poo-poo"....well Daddy was just sure that I had gone #2 in the bathtub (even though I have NEVER done that - yuck!). He came over to check, and saw that, indeed, the tub was clean. So he said, "Do you have to go poo-poo now?" Duh, Dad, isn't that what I just said? So he gets me out of the tub and puts me on the toilet. I sat there for a few minutes, smiling and feeling all big-boy like, and then happened! I went poo-poo on the potty for the first time ever! I got to flush the toilet myself and everything.

After hearing about this, Mommy said I must be ready for potty training. And, boy, am I! We might just have to wait until after our vacation next week--don't know about the accessibility of potties at Sea World...anyway, Daddy was so excited about my first poo-poo in the potty experience that he gave me an ice cream cone--that alone made it worth it. Mommy even got me out of bed when she got home to congratulate me. She also started to cry a little, because this means I'm not a little baby anymore. She's not so sure how she feels about that yet :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Comic Strip - Part II

You may remember that on our last trip to Washington, Mommy and Dana created a comic strip of us coming upon a big, ferocious bear. Don't remember? Click here.

Anyhoo, they had SUCH a response (okay, a somewhat mild response), that they felt compelled to do it again. So, here we go, round 2! This time Natalie and I encounter a YION! (Emmett to English translation: lion). Yes, a big, cuddly lion that had to be mine....may the best lion tamer win!

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Sleepless in Seattle

Okay, not completely sleepless. In fact, I got a lot of sleep during our trip to Seattle. Mommy and her BFF, Dana, however, thought they were still in college--staying up late talking, laughing, and telling old stories. We went there to see Dana, Chad, my buddy Natalie, and the newest addition--Baby Charlotte! Now, I'm not much of a "baby person", but even I have to admit that she is one cute little pumpkin! She is three months old and about the same size that I was at three weeks old (or so Momma tells me).

We had soooo much fun on our trip. I mean, as if it wasn't cool enough that I got to ride on an airplane again, I even got my OWN SEAT this time...since I'm a big boy now and all. I sat by the window, watching movies, reading books and playing peek-a-boo with the occasional fellow passenger. Momma says I was a super good boy during both flights!

Once we got to Auntie D's house, it was game on! Natalie and I quickly picked up where we left off the last time we'd seen each other--playing, laughing, fighting, antagonizing...ahhh, good times! Even though I didn't have my favorite toys with me, I got to play with Natalie's stash of Little People, dolls, cars, and stacking toys. I quickly made a mess of the place, being sure to mark my territory right away.

Even though the weather wasn't the greatest, the sun peeked though long enough for a few fun outings...the train park, the zoo, and a local pond to feed the ducks. I especially loved the park--it had amazing, death-defying slides and treacherous climbing structures that allowed me to show off my wicked mountain man skillz for Natalie. Even though she didn't say anything...or acknowledge my efforts in any way...I KNOW that she was impressed :)

It was hard to say goodbye to our buddies, but we brought home with us a lot of great memories, and of course (thanks to Auntie D), a TON of pictures. Enjoy! (Click on the collage to enlarge)

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Thanks, Auntie D and the fam for a fabulous trip!

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Gang's All Here

Last week, some of our favorite people in the whole world came to visit. Mommy, Keith and Laryl went to college together a REALLY long time ago ;) So they came to visit with their little girl, Marisa. Even though we've only met a few times, we clicked immediately. We fought and made up just like a brother and sister. One day we even met them up in the mountains to go sledding. I am a fierce sledder.

Here are some pics of our fun day!

How Cute Are We???

Some of Mommy's favorite pics of me and my girl, Mimi--they make her giggle every time she looks at them :)