Friday, March 25, 2011

Boone's First Food

Being Boone is now 6 months old we started him on solids Wednesday night. First he got his milk, like always. We took these pictures because this was the first time he was given his bottle in his bumbo and he just looked hilarious the way he was chugging it. Observe:

A view from the top:

Mommy loves:

All by himself:

Anyway, so back to the post about his first food... We bought some baby oatmeal and here comes baby's first bite! Yum!

I think he liked it!!! I absolutely LOVE this picture:

I look at this picture below and think that most of it ended up on his face/bib... hopefully some got in that belly!

My little boy is growing up so fast! He tried green beans last night and clearly he didn't enjoy those as much as the oatmeal. I was only able to get about 4 spoons in... but I don't blame him... they were pretty gross. I wish I would have had pictures of the faces he was making. He kept shaking his head as if trying to shake out the nasty taste. It was funny.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Break - Sedona

Spring break was last week and we had a WONDERFUL week together. It was the most I've seen of Mason since school started and I loved it and so did Boonie.

We spent a wonderful week at home doing yard work and house work and just lounging around enjoying the beautiful spring air. On Saturday we decided to drive up to Sedona and go on a picnic/hike. It's so pretty up there and Mason had never been so I had to take him.

We went down to Red Rock Crossing and did a mini-hike to a VORTEX along the river. It was so pretty. Here we are below standing on the vortex and receiving lots of positive energy from the earth. :)

Everything started out great. We used a new hiking backpack that my mom had bought for us at a garage sale a while back. The only problem was that Boonie was a little bit too little for it. So we had to prop him up with pillows and such.

It all started out in smiles...(and bubbles)

Along the river there were TONS of these piles of rock formations that people had put there. We think they were prayer rock piles...? But we're not sure. They were cool to look at though.

About halfway through what we wanted to be the whole hike we realized, with the help of Boone's vocal cords, that the seat he was sitting in made it impossible for him to take a nap and he was exhausted. Poor little guy. He fought it for a bit, but ended up losing the battle - which looked something like this:

We didn't want his head to snap off so Mason took him out and carried him the 30 minutes back to the car. It was pretty cute. This was also the first time Boone has gone to sleep in our arms. What a real baby he was being.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Boonie's basketball

I was going through my teaching stuff the other day and found this little basketball. Boonie is just in LOVE with it. Every time we bring it out he wants to hold it and always tries to get it in his mouth. He's such a cutie and all boy already. Don't you just love this little outfit too? Here come some pictures:

I am just in love with these blue eyes.

He's sitting up now. How about this grin? Mason calls it the bitter beer grin. He does it all the time.

It's a great life.

Our tree has already grown all it's leaves back. I just love our backyard right now.

Grammy was over visiting.

So fun!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Dance

Sometimes on days when we never see Mason and get really bored (okay, I get really bored) Boonie and I will get onto photo booth and play around. Well here's one I took about two weeks ago and I just found it again. Being the song is an Irish song about a drunken sailor I figured it was perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

Please excuse the mess in the background. Please excuse my wild hair. Please excuse my 'very serious' face while Boonie is dancing. But enjoy. I think he was enjoying himself too. And yes... he stunk at the end. I know this video shows what the complete nerd I am... but if you are reading this then you already know that... Hmf.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Baby Pram

This stroller is OLD.  I'm not sure how old.  All I know is that my mom use to push her dolls around in it and I use to push my dolls around in it whenever I would visit Grandma's house up in Flagstaff.  Well one night in CG we wanted to go for a walk and I didn't have my stroller so we made use of the doll stroller with my real life doll.

He fell asleep on the way home.  He's my toy.

This is the street that I grew up on.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March Birthdays

At the beginning of March we celebrate 3 birthdays. My little brother Eric's, my Granddad (who is celebrating in heaven), and my dad.

We started off the week by celebrating Eric's 23rd birthday on the 8th. Happy birthday Eric! He had school that night so we could only celebrate during the day so we went to a birthday lunch.

On Friday the 11th was my dad's birthday. We went to Chavez park down by Kyle's house in Laveen to have a pizza picnic and feed the ducks.

It was such a beautiful evening. We enjoyed being together and feeding the ducks.

The Kyle Leybas family.

This picture below makes me smile. I love how Boone is like, "What's the matter with you?"

Mommy and me:

Feeding the ducks:

The birthday boy in all his glory:

Happy birthday daddy! I'm happy we were here to celebrate it with you!

PS: I got the recipe to this cake at my friends' website called Kara in the Kitchen. She has some FABULOUS recipes on there that I have been enjoying. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Boonie in a bonnet

No, that's not my son. I was looking through old photo albums that my Grandma has at her house and I found this picture of me when I was 2 months old. Umm... Boonie in a bonnet? Don't you think?

On Monday I was in Casa Grande shopping with my mom and we went to this Amish furniture store. We found this DARLING little rocking chair. I put my cell phone in it so you can tell how tiny it actually was.

What could make this chair any cuter?? A little boy sitting in it of course.

He loved this chair! I took a video on my phone and he was just laughing and smiling while rockin' away. If it wouldn't have been 70 dollars I would have bought it just for the next month he would still fit in it.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My morning breakfasts...

This is who I eat my morning breakfasts with.

(What did I do??)

I just love this little boy. I really can't even remember what life was like before him and what happiness was. Every morning we open the blinds together, say a prayer (I swear he's listening) and he sits in his bumbo while I eat my breakfast. Oh I just love it. This is my sweet Boonie is all his sleepiness glory. What a blessing he is.

There are no teeth yet, but he sure loves these rings. I'll bet those little guys are going to show up soon!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

March 1, 1975

This past Monday was my parents 36th wedding anniversary. My dad sent out pictures and an email to all of us kids and it's something that I want preserved. So here it is. Congratulations you two for making it this long in a world where 36 years of marriage doesn't happen that often anymore. I'm proud of you guys for sticking through the hard times and loving us so much. I'm happy to have been a part of 28 of those years. I just love all of these pictures from their wedding day. I love how young they look, I love the polyester, I love the sideburns on my dad, and I love how happy and in love they look.

Here is his email: Today, March 1, 2011, is Karen and Manuel Leybas’ 36th wedding anniversary. I recall vividly the blushing young bride on this fateful day so long ago. Even though neither of us were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we were allowed to be married in the Flagstaff Stake Center because Karen’s dentist in Flagstaff, Willis McEuen, was the stake president. Willis is Scott McEuen’s cousin. Both Karen and I were interested in the church in 1975 but had not yet joined. Each person who came to the wedding for Karen assumed Manuel was the member. Each person that cane to the wedding assumed Karen was the member.

The actual service lasted just a few minutes because the NAU singles branch president, Tom Goodman, Sr., had never performed a wedding before and he was more nervous than the couple being married. Karen’s mom says she barely got seated before the whole service was over! The music of “The Carpenters” was played in the chapel as the prelude music. Yes, it was quite a special day indeed. The wedding reception was at a Flagstaff reception area at “The Afton House.” The reception consisted of a buffet of Chinese food. Manuel is still so proud that all but the wedding party had left the reception before Karen and Manuel left! Manuel enjoyed eating to the end!
The maid of honor, Anna Mackey, and best man, Bruce Murchison, were childhood friends of Karen and Manuel. The 2nd best man, Lance Grigsby, was asked to protect the car from wedding day pranks. Yes, he was wearing two concealed handguns. Needless to say, nothing at all was written on the newlywed’s car!
(I love this picture of my mom. I think she just looks so beautiful in it.)
The honeymoon took place at Kohl’s Ranch near Payson Arizona.
Yes, these photos are in very bad shape as they fade away with time. The one thing that has not faded away is the devotion to the marriage that these two have for each other. Many find their marriage different than most, yet it has endure incredible challenges. As this couple enters twilight years there are many adventures and challenges yet to be experience and or endured!
(And this picture is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I'd never seen it before he sent out this email. I love how young they look and how short my mom's skirt was! :D)
Thank you Karen for being my wife during these past 35 years. I love you.
A couple of years’ photos that followed are shown here. The one year photo was taken on March 1, 1976. That was the year Karen and Manuel were baptized. The second photo was from March 1, 1977. Today is the 33rd anniversary of the couple being sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
Happy Anniversary you guys! I love you both so much.