Monday, March 31, 2008

My Little Model

The originals are on their way to the grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great grandma. There are five different ones all together, but these are the best two. What a ham, eh?

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Cherry Blossoms at Night

Tonight, Jack and I went on an excursion to a garden where they light up the cherry blossoms for night viewing. Unfortunately, I left my tripod at home so I couldn't get any good scenery shots, but I got some nice close ups of the trees. It was a great experience and luckily Keith will be home this time next year so we can go again.

This morning I also got some good future blackmail photos of my little one in his birthday suit. I have been meaning to do the "naked baby on the bear rug thing"...I must say, I have a very photogenic child. He is much more interested in the world these days so it is hard to keep his focus on the camera but it's so easy to make him laugh that I can always get one or two great shots.

There is a storm headed our way which is threatening to blow away a lot of the blossoms. Hopefully we can get to see a few more in the daytime before they all go away. This is such a spectacular time of year here, everything is in bloom and so beautiful. I am glad that Keith pulled into Sasebo Japan so he was able to see some cherry blossoms too. It has been such a treat getting to talk to him on the phone. In a sense, that is what made my deployments easier, because we could talk on the phone regularly. Here we go weeks or months before we can talk. Thank goodness for email..without that we would really feel detached. We just remind ourselves that this is a great opportunity...being here is allowing us to save for our future...and most of all, Jack gets 100% of my attention. Keith misses him intensely, but he'll be around when it counts the most, when Jack is older and able to throw the football around or learn how to be a gadget just like his dad. I am so grateful to have such an amazing family. I hope my happiness will transcend Keith's daily frustrations at work. We send him daily pictures and emails in hopes that he can vicariously experience Japan through us. I guess Jack and I will just have to have enough fun for the three of us until we can all be together. No complaints here...can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Jack's First Easter Egg Hunt

There wasn't a lot of "hunting" going on, Jack was a little overwhelmed with the crowd of people this morning. We got a couple of good pictures in and enjoyed a beautiful morning with Leah and Gavin. Jack is helping me by being super patient while I get the house ready for Easter dinner tomorrow. Back to the kitchen I go...

Friday, March 7, 2008

Six Month Pics

New Pics of Jack

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Mom and Bean

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Winnie, the guard cat...

Yikes, I cannot believe it has been a month since the last update!  The combination of school and Jack keep me quite busy.  These days when I get time to be on the computer it is to get work done.  The little guy is six months now, little pertaining only to age, it's amazing how fast time flies.  My "little" guy weighed in at 21 lbs and measured 28 inches last week!  I had to order a new car seat because his current one is only rated to 22lbs! This is where I sympathize when they say kids are expensive.

Last week was a big week for Jack.  He turned six months, cut his first two bottom teeth, received his latest immunizations, his first flu shot and now has to get 0.5ml of sodium fluoride every day because it is not in the water here.  We also started some sleep training with scheduled naps and a set bedtime.  We tried one night of letting Jack cry himself to sleep, but he was so hoarse the next day, I couldn't do that to him again.  When I went in to get him around 4:30am, Winnie was on Jack's changing table, across from his crib, watching over him.  She has never done that before.  I think she thought something was wrong with him and she was there to protect him. Good to know she cares that much.  Usually she bolts from the room when he is fussy, it's amazing that she knew the difference.  So Jack goes to bed with me again but he's been really good the past couple of nights and he has gone to sleep at 8pm and woke at 8am.  Not straight through, but with him right next to me, I don't have to wake much at all to get him back to sleep.  A full eight hours of sleep would be great but I don't need it bad enough to do anymore cold turkey sleep training.  He'll sleep in his crib through the night when he's ready.

Keith is gone for another five weeks, but last week flew by, I am sure the rest will too.  We have all sorts of projects and play dates to keep us busy.  Other than Sunday mornings...our favorite time...Keith is so busy when he is here, it's almost life as usual.  I look forward to the day when he has a job with a predictable schedule and we can sit down to dinner or have coffee in the morning.  When the ship is here, his job keeps him sometimes as late at 8 or 9 pm and then he has to inhale dinner to get to bed so he can be back at work bright and early.  Well, the little bean and I have to get off to bed.  We just emailed Keith to say hello for the day, not as good as a phone call but better than only having letters.  

Today I am grateful for my new friend Melanie and her son Peter.  Peter is 3 months old but a very big boy like Jack.  I thought he was the same age as Jack when I first saw him.  Tonight the four of us went on a "double date" out for sushi.  The boys behaved well and we stuffed ourselves with all sorts of tasty items.  Melanie's husband is deployed too so we have a lot to talk about and it is nice to have another "mom" to hang out with for support.  I am going to tag along to the salon on Saturday so she can get her hair done and not have to worry if Peter needs some extra attention.  Unfortunately I met her when she only has a short time left here.  They leave for Great Lakes soon which is truly "great" because I can visit when I visit Chicago to see Steve, Julie, Jeff...and now Sarah, Ame and Isaac too!  

Okie dokie...time for bed...another adventure awaits us!  

P.S. I'll put more pictures in tomorrow, Jack can't hang any longer and the site is having issues...