Archives for the month of: January, 2009

Michael got the stomach flu this week. Aaron thought we should be careful and not put anything too tight around his sensitive tummy.


If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and cheap way to do your taxes this year, check out TaxAct. I’ve used this site for the past 3 years and have been really impressed. I just completed and e-Filed our 2008 return this past weekend: total time – 1.5 hours; total cost $16.95 to e-File both federal and state.

“But don’t take my word for it,” as LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow would say.

Michael’s first Christmas was a busy one traveling to Pocahontas twice for Karhoff Christmases, Urbandale for Boe Christmas and Ames for Sage Christmas. He was a trooper though. I think he enjoyed the wrapping paper and tissue paper more than the gifts.

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Aaron’s brother, Joel, is attending Drake and writes an opinion column for the school newspaper. Click here for a link to his most recent article.

Warning: If you voted for Obama or consider yourself a liberal, you may be offended.


Our good friends Phillip and Erin Ramsey welcomed their baby girl, Larae Pearl, into the world on December 20, 2008. She is just beautiful and we are so happy that she finally came! 

Last week my good friend Jill Swanson was in town and we got to spend the day with Erin and Larae. Michael was too busy noticing that all my attention wasn’t on him to notice Larae but we are certain that once Michael gets over himself and acknowledges Larae’s presence they will be great friends!


Michael has learned lots of new things over the last two months.

He will sit and play with toys for long periods of time. His favorite right now is a rattle that Peter Swanson made for him. He will play with all his other toys with the rattle hanging from his mouth. It’s hilarious! Banging things together is his favorite thing to do with his toys. Michael has always been “all-boy” but within the last several weeks I see his boyness coming out more and more.

He is working on crawling and will go from sitting to perched up on his hands and knees, rocking forward and backward. No crawling yet… just a lot of face planting. For a while he had forgotten that he knew how to roll over and when he would face-plant and end up on his stomach he would scream until I flipped him over or sat him up. The light bulb finally came on and he is rolling all over the place.

He totally understands object permanence and will not eat his bottle if he has noticed my phone and then I hide it.

There are a few things he does in his high chair that are so cute one being this scrunched up, eyes shut face when he doesn’t want to eat something, he doesn’t like it or his mouth is still full. He is a little chatter box when he’s in his chair eating. Between bites he talks to the fork in his other hand or the washcloth or whatever/whoever will listen. 

Three of his newest tricks are clapping, clicking and waving. I LOVE it when he gets excited! He scrunches his face up and claps, arms starting out wide and finally bringing them in close enough for his hands to actually touch.

He has been saying “dadda” and “mamma” for a few months now and we think he has started to understand what he’s saying. He says “da, da, da, da, dadda, da, da” when he’s happy and “maaaaamaaaa” when he’s sad, frustrated, or hurt.

We can’t get enough of his smiles! They are so infectious and continuous really! He LOVES the camera!!! Aunt Bobbi loves to take pictures of him because he smiles as soon as you put the camera up to his face. He also LOVES people and the attention they give!!! He is our little charmer!

He still eats like a champ. He went for his 9 month appointment last Wednesday and he weighed in at 21lb, 3oz which is in the 75th percentile. He is in the 50th percentile for height at 28 1/4 inches long and … drumroll please… the 95TH PERCENTILE for head circumference at 18 3/4 inches!!! Lots o’ brains in that head! 

I know we say this at every new stage but this stage is tons of fun!!

Aaron likes to keep Michael with him in the closet when he’s getting ready in the morning. The only problem is that Michael thinks our shoes are teething toys. This was Aaron’s solution.


Aaron and Michael just finished doing our taxes. He learned to use the mouse this year. By next year he should be skilled at the 10-key.


Michael’s contribution was retrieving the printer cartridges. He really gets into his part of the process!


Aaron and I celebrated 4 years of marriage on January 8. On the one hand it is so hard to believe that four years have gone by already but on the other hand I feel like we’ve always been married! Sometimes I can’t believe that God blessed me with such an amazing husband! God knew what he was doing when he brought us together – Aaron is my perfect compliment and I his. 

I wanted to say “thank you” to Aaron for being such an incredible protector, provider and spiritual leader to Michael and me. It has been a wonderful experience watching Aaron as a Father!!! I always knew he would be a great dad but he has so far exceeded my expectations! It is a joy and an honor to raise Michael alongside him!

Especially now as he is working long hours, I am so grateful that his desire is to work hard to provide for us. Every day that I get to stay home with Michael is a gift!! Thank you Aaron for making that happen! Although on January 8, 2005 it seemed impossible to say that I would love you more than I did then, I can honestly say that I love you more with each new day!!!