Saturday, March 25, 2017

Eliana's Style

In clothes...

And moves...

Outdoor Fun

We were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather on Thursday! I didn't get a lot of pictures but Jadon enjoyed exploring the grass (and dirt!) and Eliana had fun trying out rollerblades for the first time and playing with her friends. It was a fun outing and makes us eager for more good weather!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Day in the Life

Just a few things you'll find Jadon doing these days...

Reading with sister....

Playing with the shoes...

Emptying the kitchen cabinets...

Doing school with us...

Mourning his inability to get into our room...

Trying to eat anything he can put his hands on...

And slowly perfecting his walking skills...

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Jadon is getting braver and braver every day with his standing and walking. I tried to get him on video walking to me but he just wanted to stand there and be cute, so for the family's sake, here are some videos of him being cute and eventually crawling over to me. And sorry for the shakiness! I was trying to encourage him to come to me. Oops!

Women's Day Program

Eliana's class did a little program for the mom's for Womens' Day. It was cute and once again, I couldn't understand a thing, except for the poems the children said in English. Ha! Anyway, Eliana had a fun time and I was glad to be there for her. Enjoy some videos of the event, including an adult game, the kids saying their English poems (please note how Eliana says her English words with a bit of a Russian accent, and a rousing rendition of a song from the Nutcracker! Oh, and thanks Uncle Blake and Aunt Melissa for the fancy dress! She's been dying for an excuse to wear it and you can see it works perfectly!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Listening to our country's first Olympic gold medal winner give a Women's Day speech...

Hanging out under the table...

Taking down the last bits of Christmas because brother wants to eat them or rip them up...

Watching the fish while we wait for our food...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Walking Practice

Making some good progress...

Growing Pains

Because when you're learning to walk, you sometimes get hurt...fortunately they didn't end up looking too bad the next day.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

This Week

Practicing walking, reading, wearing cool outfits and drinking cow's milk for the first time! Growing up around here!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Look Out World!

Well, he's not going to win any speed competitions but little man is doing great honing his walking skills. So fun!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

12 Months

Jadon is getting so big and changing so much these days. I know I missed an 11-month post so I'll just try to update everything now.
Jadon is up to about 22 pounds (60%) and 29.9 inches (50%). He loves to eat and despite having issues with constipation eats three good meals every day. We're working to get him regulated and hope with some meds that will happen soon. Fortunately it doesn't really bother him except when he tries to use the bathroom. Poor guy. I'm thankful he's growing and a good eater though. We've not started cow's milk yet. I'm waiting for his tummy to get to normal and then we'll try.

Jadon finally got his first two teeth on January 11th. We got back from the airport and when he opened his mouth I saw them. Crazy! We had some issues with him biting me after that but we worked through them and everything is good now. Whew! He did great while were were traveling and enjoyed meeting new people. He was great at our conference and everyone commented on how easy he was. Still our laid-back boy!

As I mentioned in his birthday post he started crawling! He's getting better every day. He's pulling up to standing and cruising quite a bit. He'll stand up in his crib sometimes and he actually is finally sleeping on his belly. I've had to help him get back to his back during the night but he seems to be getting better at that on his a year old! We got him a push toy and he's getting comfortable walking with it and he can bend over, pick up a ball and put it in the hole. Pretty cool!

Jadon enjoys sitting and playing with his toys by himself. He also loves for someone to hold one hand and walk around with him. He loves doing this with Eliana. He has a sweet laugh, can give us high-fives, can clap and point. He mostly babbles but doesn't say anything specific. He has started to get upset and will bat his hands and yell out. We are nursing four times a day and he's still taking two naps a day and sleeping 11-12 hours a night.

What a beautiful, sweet one-year-old boy we have! And the fun is just beginning! We are so grateful!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Jadon!!!

Can you believe that Sunday Jadon turned 1! Where has the year gone? We had such a great time celebrating Jadon and were super excited that he surprised us the day before his birthday by crawling! Yep, he finally did it! He's getting better and better every day and we are just so excited.

We had a little party with our friends here and Jadon got to enjoy his first cupcake...and he loved it! We also enjoyed talking to family and opening gifts.

What a joy our sweet Jadon is to us! We are so grateful for his life!

Eliana helped Drew with the cake. She was sooo excited!