Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Malachi has been pretty good today...he has been pretty busy and discovering things. He really liked the cars today and seems to enjoy those toys a lot more lately. He ate really well today and quite a bit of food. He has a thing about taking his pants off today. If the belt isn’t on just right he pulls his pants right down. I think we have it figured out now but he got really good at taking them off during our play time.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
P.S. There is a new little box on the right side of my blog. If you're an on-line shopper, please consider shopping through my link to help raise money for my students who can't afford the 5th grade Eagle Bluff trip in the spring. Thanks!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Malachi is busy growing and learning at home and at daycare. He's trying to say more words all of the time, and we figure he now has more than 20 words (if you count what animals say). He also enjoys books a lot more than he used to, especially the ones with lots of pictures to point at. I got him a used Little Tikes Cozy Coupe a few weeks ago, and he loves his car! The way he says "caaar" is super cute, too.
We took the above pictures on one of the warm and dry fall days of September. Now it's rainy and wet, and he doesn't have much opportunity to play with the "caaar." Soon he'll have an indoor playground, though, as I also found a used one of those that I cleaned up and now need to put back together. As soon as that is done I will get some pitures of him with it.
Speaking of pictures, about a month ago we took Malachi in to take 18 month pictures. Uh... not as easy as it used to be! He is too busy, and didn't want to sit still for the camera. It was quite the ordeal. I'm having trouble with adding pics to this post, so I will post some in a separate post when I'm done. They turned out very cute!
The biggest new is that Malachi is beginning to walk!!! He walked a couple of steps for me a week and a half ago while John was gone, and then he returned the favor by walking for Daddy later in the week while I was gone. Grandma and Grandpa Carlson were here on Tuesday, and he was showing off by walking a few steps for them, as well. It has been very exciting! I'll try to take some video of him to put on here.
Another important event is that we went to see Malachi's cardiologist about 2 weeks ago, and things are looking great. There have been no negative changes, so we won't need to go back for another 6 months! We are very glad about that! God has been good, and we continue to give Him the glory!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Now we're in mid-September. I'd like to believe it's early September, since school just started, but the calendar is telling me a different story. I have to be honest with you, too- the cool summer really messed with my head. Although I normally love the fall and going back to school, I dreaded it this year. That could have been for more than just that reason, but I know the cold didn't help. I am starting to embrace the Fall now, but it's certainly been less of a smooth transition than most years.
I have spent 4 days with my new class- and PTL! I think I'm in for a magnificent year. We really had a fun week filled with smiles and new inside jokes. If you spoke with me over the summer, you know I was dreading teaching 5th grade again, but God knew what I needed, and HE directed the way. I really have a positive outlook after the last two weeks. :)
Another thing that happened in august- I bit the bullet and joined Facebook. I know, I know! I wrote a whole post about how I wouldn't! I found that I wasn't connecting with some friends who had moved away, and that they used Facebook to keep in touch. I figured I would try it. I am certainly not addicted, and am only visiting it about 1-2 times per week, so I'm feeling okay about it. I also am writing a post here on my very own blog, so I haven't abandoned my true love of blogging. :) I think it'll be okay.
Malachi still isn't walking yet, but it's more of a confidence thing, we think. He's practically running when holding on to something, and he can stand if you let go, but as soon as he figures out he's on his own he panics and squats to the ground. He's picking up new words all the time. He likes to say "beh-ba" for belly button and "mou" for mouse. He also loves his mommy and daddy very much, and hates to see them go. He usually gets over it about 2 seconds after we leave, though.
Well, here's hoping that you are finding joy in the Fall season! Here's hoping I also don't wait so long to write again! :) I'll definitely be writing again soon- we took family pictures again, so I'll have new ones to post soon!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Here is Malachi barking like a dog (sort-of). It's the best one we've gotten on tape yet.
Enjoy some nose picking, meowing like a kitty, and a stupendous drum solo!
Malachi walking with the help of his Pooh walker. Notice he'll only do it on-camera when I'm not right in front of him. As soon as I move to be in front of him he gets down to crawl! :) Sorry if my moving-while-filming makes you a little nauseous. :P
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
- He started getting serviced through the school district's "Birth-3" program. His first Physical Therapy session he went from exclusively army crawling to pulling himself up on furniture. It only took 5 minutes- amazing! I believe that was May 11th. We were hoping to see him improve in his ability to move to a sitting position after crawling (he couldn't do that in early May), pull himself up to a standing position, and eventually "cruise" along furniture. He was doing all of those things within weeks of the therapy! :)
- On June 8th he started climbing stairs. It was so out of the blue, and totally caught me off-guard. Here are 2 pictures from the second day of climbing:
- While we were in Cancun he started walking while holding on to someone's hands. I think he's very close to walking without help (gulp!).
- He also now says "no" and tries to meow like the kitty. It's more like a "neow" but he changes his voice to be all high-pitched, and it is super cute! Also, when I point to the cows in his room and ask him what they are he says "Moo-ca," which I think is moo-cow. So many words and things in such a short amount of time.
- He's super giggly these days. It seems that everything we do there's a giggle with it. :)
So I think I'll try to just list some of the important events so that they're at least mentioned. If I ever find more time, I will do a proper post about them. :)
- The TeenMOPS fundraiser I last mentioned went very well. It was a lot of fun, and was a success!
- American Idol finished, and I was happy with the result (although totally and completely bummed that my man Danny didn't make it to the very end. At least Adam didn't win the whole enchilada!).
- I finished the school year, and am HAPPY it is SUMMER!
- I will be teaching 5th Grade again next year at my same school (L-O-N-G story).
- I threw John a surprise birthday party at the end of May.
- John had his 31st Birthday on June 1st.
- We went out to Michigan for Jared's wedding (my brother) to Becca on June 13th. It was Malachi's first flight, and we were there for a long weekend. Malachi did very well.
- We went on a Carlson family vacation to Cancun last week (June 20-27). It was gorgeous and fun! John's parents, sister and her daughter, and brother and his wife all joined us for the week. This was Malachi's first International flight (which was less smooth than the Michigan one, but not bad). Malachi also enjoyed going to the pool just about everyday, but hated the ocean.
- Malachi's started doing some fun and cute things, which I think I will need to do a subsequent post all about.
I think those are the main things. We are getting ready to go enjoy an Independence Day weekend up north- should be fun!
Ahhh... I feel so much better now that I have this off my back! Relaxation, here I come.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thanks for considering this, and maybe I'll see you there!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
FIRST- I have to say I think the introduction of the judges at the beginning of each show is super cheesy, and I am SO over it! Also, as one of my friends pointed out, I'm irritated that Simon doesn't take his turn critiquing first. Hmm...
Alright, now that I got that out of my system, let's see if I can sum up each person's performance in 3 words or less...
Anoop- OK, not great.
Megan- Snore... Weird tone (still)
Danny- Gave me chills! :) (Wow, wow, wow!)
Allison- Indulgent; liked (the) guitar
Scott- Still: poor vocals!
Matt- Cool rock vibe! (OR)
Li'l- Pitchy- not great. (the judges didn't say anything about the pitchy-ness?!!!)
Adam- Amazing vocals; (still) strange. (and what's with the Elvis hair-do?)
Kris- Wow! Loved it!
So- I got close to 3 words each! I am surprised that a few contestants I didn't like much a few weeks ago are becoming my favorites. I suppose that's what makes the show fun each week!
I think the bottom 3 will be: Megan, Li'l, and I don't know. I wish it would be Scott, but I'm thinking it'll probably be Anoop or Matt. :( We shall see!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
:( "Jolene" was an AWFUL choice for her though, and even when singing for her life, it sounded horrid. (I personally kept thinking of Brooke singing it last year- loved her rendition!) I'm wondering if they would let them sing the song of their choice when they're "singing for their survival?" Hmmm... We'll have to stay tuned.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This year I am enjoying the talent, although I'm not happy with the new way of getting to the top 12 (or 13- whatever). I feel like I missed out on hearing exactly how good or bad the people are, since we only heard each one really one time. But, overall from what I can tell, there is more great talent than last year. Here's my take on each contestant who made it to the "top":Adam- This season's rocker- this guy can sing, but I just don't like it. Everytime he's on I tend to want to leave the room or fast forward (we have DVR).
Alexis- LOVE her! This girl is a blues-y rocker, and I just generally enjoy her. She could make it to the end if she doesn't really mess up some week.
Allison- Red/pink haired young girl- I'm impressed so far. She can definitely sing, but we'll see how she stands up as the competition continues.
Anoop- I'm SO glad he's in the top 12! I enjoy him, and I think he's a genuine nice guy. However, I'm not sure how his "Boys 2 Men" sound fits in with modern music. I don't think he'll make it to the end.
Danny- The guy who is from Wisconsin and is a church music director- what's not to like?! I've loved him from the beginning. Really genuine, and amazing talent! I predict he'll be there until the end... I'd love to see him take it all! Plus, did you see the clip of him with his family? It was so fun, and his dad totally made me smile.
Jasmine- One of the ones who are out. She was young and had talent, but just was not on the same level as the others. Sweet girl, but it was her turn to go.
Jorge- The other one who is out. He had a really nice voice, and I was disappointed to see him out in the first week. I think there are others who should've been out before him.
Kris- Everybody likes him, but I really don't. He just kinda bugs me. I know he'll be staying for a while, if only because of the teenage girls who will vote for him. I just don't think he has the same talent as some of the other contestants. And have you noticed he sings with a really wide open mouth which makes a perfect O? His mouth looks kind of like a cartoon.
Lil- WOW! This woman has mad skills! She is amazing, and another one I'd love to see go far in the competition. She reminds me of Fantasia.
Matt- A fun, blues-y guy who was dubbed the "piano bar guy." I enjoyed seeing him play this past week, and think he has talent, but I don't see him going all the way.
Megan- The girl who dances funny; in fact I'm surprised the judges don't give her a harder time about this. Her voice is weird, which they keep calling "unique" and "current," but I just don't get her. I'm all about interesting singers, but this one leaves me confused.
Michael- The guy with the dangerous job- I love his back story, but don't think he will be in for long. He's a nice guy with a good voice, but a fair amount of the competition just seem better.
Scott- The blind guy who plays the piano. I don't quite get him. I really don't think he is nearly as good as the rest of the competition. Granted, his piano skills are great, and he has passion and heart, but his vocals are just okay. Plus, I do NOT get his song choices. I hope he is out in the next two weeks (unless he shows GREAT improvement).
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We visited Malachi's cardiologist this morning to find out how his heart's been doing since he went off the oxygen two weeks ago. His Dr. said that things looked exactly the same today as it did two weeks ago, so we're in good shape to keep him off the oxygen!!! Hooray! We'll check back in with him in a month to be sure Malachi's still doing well, but we're very pleased with this latest development. He still has heart problems and issues, but for now they aren't being treated. :)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The biggest piece of news is that we are looking at doing a trial period of stopping his oxygen treatment starting this weekend for about 1 1/2 weeks, followed up with another echocardiogram on March 11th. We are excited to see how Malachi does without this extra help! We are especially excited because he started crawling in the past 2 weeks, and is starting to get caught up with the tubing. In fact, tonight I looked over to see him straining his whole body to try to move forward while the tubing was pulled taught behind him. Ooops! It looks like we may have a busy boy on our hands!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Well, I think I will keep this post light. Below are some of my favorite pictures that haven't made it on here before. Why? I don't know. Just enjoy!
Sticking with the theme of eating- Malachi got this book from Aunt Ange and Uncle Joe for Christmas and immediately showed his appreciation by gnawing on it.