Monday, August 31, 2009

Granparents and Giggles

Greg's Mom and Dad came down for a much over due visit on Saturday and Mr. Avery was putting on a show.  He especially hates to have his face wiped.  You can only imagine how hard this makes cleaning his nose.  I think it comes from all of the suctioning we've had to do with his ear infections, but it makes for a HYSTERICAL picture. 
Granny and Grandaddy couldn't stop laughing and Avery was more than happy to keep making his crazy face.
I guess I've just gotten used to him making this face becasue I never even notice any more.  It was nice to watch Greggie feed him so I could really watch his reactions.  He really is a character!
Is it me, or is he actually getting cuter?  I think he might be.  He's finally starting to grow a little hair.  As you can see, Granny and Grandaddy were equally impressed with our little man.  It sounds so cheesy, but we get so much joy out of just watching Avery be Avery.  
 Avery and Grandaddy Linkous
Avery and Granny Linkous
It was so much fun to sit around and watch Avery eat squash with rice cereal.  The whole time I was pregnant I kept thinking, "how in the world do people ever go through this again.  It's so scary and nerve wracking, plus, you already have one!"  Now I completely get it.  They do it again, because it is absolutely the best thing in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!
Enough Already!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thusday is the Day Before Friday. Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Here's a little something to smile about. Behind that pacie is a great big Happy Thursday grin. Summer is almost over. Bring on the fall!!

New Furniture from IKEA

I have been so excited about IKEA and we have actually been twice since Avery's arrival. He did great both times. The first time we were 100% overwhelmed and disappointed to find out that the piece we picked out for Avery's room wouldn't fit in the car. We didn't let that stop us from spending money. We bought some shelves for Avery's room that were dirt cheap and perfect! I think they were $3.99 and the brackets were .49. They had several colors. I love the way they looked installed. Greggie did a great job!

I was still sad that we coudln't get the shelf we wanted, so we planned better the second time around. We were IKEA experts. We ate .50 hot dogs, .99 cinnamon rolls, and we had the official yummy berry drink of Sweden (I might be exaggerating a bit on that point, but it was really, really good).

Since we had a clearer plan this trip we came away with Avery's shelf, which, I am very proud to say, I assembled 100% by myself. The instructions were interesting, because there were NO words, but that actually made them easier. I only made one mistake and you can't see it, so I am not going to tell you where it is. Didn't it turn out nicely? It is just what we wanted. I love it!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Tuesday

Here's a smile to get your Tuesday started off right.

Whooo loves Avery? Mommy does!

For Avery's First Easter I wanted to do something special for him, so I painted him a picture. Greggie has always loved Owls so we have tried to incorporate as many of them as possible in to his room. I found a really great picture at Home Goods and it was dirt cheap. It looks great and it fits Avery's personality to a T.

To keep the owl theme going I painted 3 owls, a Daddy, a Mommy, and a baby Boy. I hope he likes it when he gets a little older. It was a HOOT to paint!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Uncle Jerry

Here's one of Jerry. Unlike his sweet nephew, he is not looking for love. So he says...... whatever!!

New Friends

Today we were fortunate enough to meet some new friends. My pal Jerry's family wanted some family pictures and I was happy to spend the morning with them. My bffs Allie and Lillie came to keep Avery company. I am in love with Jerry's nephew. Isn't he adorable?

Does it get any cuter than this? Can you say heart breaker? Look out ladies, he 4, he's single, he's ready to mingle, and he likes steak. Don't offer him a burger. He is not interested. He enjoys Diego and Dora, and plaid sneakers. He's a keeper!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy 6 month Birthday Avery!

We can hardly believe that 6 months have already passed. I know it sounds cliché to say that time flies, but HOLY CRAP, TIME FLIES. No one at the Linkous complex was more shocked to learn that Avery was 6 months old than Avery himself. Check out his reaction when we told him. Gesh, talk about a drama king! Even he can't figure out where the time has gone. Eating, sleeping, and pooping is quite the time taker upper.

We won't bore you with the details of our every day life, but I will tell you that Avery is doing great. He's still a small fry, but he is growing at a steady rate, he's meeting all of his milestones, and he seems happy. I think he looks more like Greg every day and I couldn't be happier about it. I am so thankful he doesn't look like me. UGH! I have been quite terrible at keeping in touch and I openly admit that, but to everyone who has shared with us, sent us gifts, loaned us hand me downs, etc. we couldn't be more grateful. It is just much harder than I ever imagined to hold down a full time job and be a mom. When I get home at night the one thing I want to do is hang out with my little man, and that doesn't leave much time for things like dishes, walking dogs, combing my own hair, brushing my teeth..... You get the point. There just isn't enough time and something has to give. Regretfully that turns out to be thank you notes, words or appreciation/gratitude, and plain old keeping in touch. I wish my only job was to be MOM to this little man, but that isn't the case.

Please know that even though I do a horrible job of showing it, I am anxious to know how everyone is doing, what's going on in their lives, and how their families are. I do care, I am just too exhausted to show it. This evening, for example, I was on my cell phone talking to Greggie. He just had his first two days at Wake Forest. He is officially a WFU student complete with a legitimate ID card and enough student loans to choke a horse. Anyhow, I was talking to him and frantically, and I do mean frantically, searching for my cell phone. I looked in my purse, my pockets, I was all the way to the elevator and it was no where to be found. I walked back to my desk, looked under my folders, on the floor, and in my purse again. It was then, at 5:15 that it occurred to me..... hmmm, if I am talking to Greggie on my cell phone, IT MUST BE IN MY FREAKING HAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hugs and Kisses from the little man! We hope you are all well, healthy, and happy!!!