Sunday, August 29, 2010

NYC

Kristin and I had the privilege of getting to go to New York City back in May. We did a ton and I put together a little video of everything for your viewing pleasure.

Just like the Boston video, the quality here is not very good. But I can't put them on youtube for better quality due to copyright issues with the songs. Does anyone know of a way around this?

Enjoy!

-Collin



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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Uninvited Guest

Dear stomach virus,


I am writing to inform you that your presence in my home is not wanted and you are promptly asked to exit the premises. The fact that you have visited my family twice in the last four months is inexcusable. I normally try to be hospitable to any and all house guests that we have, but such is not the case with you. In fact, I would like you to never come back. While I know that the likelihood of that happening is slim to none, I'm just putting it out there. At least give us a year or more between visits! I have watched my helpless, sick, scared child throw up to rid his little body of your nastiness. It's a horrible image and experience for a parent and I want you to know that I despise you for making us go through this. That is all.

And while you're exiting our home, if you could keep both Collin and I from coming down with the virus that causes your vile symptoms, we would appreciate it greatly. It's a small thing to ask considering how much you've put us through over the course of the recent months.

Good Riddance,

Kristin Day

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Caydenisms

In an effort to not forget the fun stage of life that we're in with Cayden, I want to write down some of the cute things he's doing these days.

Cayden will be talking about something (incoherent babble) and we'll say, "Really?" And he'll look at us and with proper intonation, he says, "Ree-wee."

He loves to wrestle with his daddy. His favorite game these days is when daddy crawls around chasing him, trying to get Cayd's feet. For some reason, he LOVES it. Laughs so hard he can hardly breathe.

Cayd went through a phase recently, and is kind of still in it, where he puts an "a" before whatever word he is saying. A ball, a moon, a boat, a milk, etc. It's cute!

He loves it when we sing to him and he claps for us and says "Yeeeeeeey" afterwards. Precious.

Like all toddlers, "uh oh" is a big part of his vocabulary. But Cayden also says, "Ohhhh nooooo." I have been told someone in our house says that frequently. I have no idea who that might be :)

He runs around the house with his belly poked out and swings his right arm back and forth and it's the cutest thing! Not sure why he swings his arm but it makes us both laugh!

He tries to get random people's attention at the most inopportune times. He has a variety of ways that he tries to do this but the main way he uses is through his facial expressions. Like at church last Sunday - he was sitting in my lap at a round table full of college girls. Collin and I have recently started helping with the college ministry at our church and Cayden was in there with us last week. I couldn't see his face as he was sitting in my lap, but Collin could see his face from the table of college guys that he was sitting at several feet away. Cayden was trying to get the attention of the girl sitting to our left and was making the craziest faces at her. Collin's example of what Cayden was doing almost made me pee my pants, I laughed so hard! Thank goodness the girl sitting to my left wasn't paying attention to him at that moment - there's no telling what she would have thought! Ha!

He calls all of his stuffed animals babies ("bay-bee"), and is very gentle and sweet with them.

He loves giving Eskimo kisses. And he loves touching my face. We rub his face gently with our finger tips and he LOVES it. It's a very calming effect for him. He's recently started trying to do it back to me after I do it to him. And he'll get right up in my face and then start laughing. I could just eat that little cutie up!


I am blessed beyond words to be his momma!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Boston Video

Hey everybody, it's Collin. I think this may be my 4th or 5th post on here in the past 4 years, so...yeah, 1 post a year seems about right. Anyways, I got a Mac for my birthday this year so I thought I would put it to good use. I've been creating videos with it and I'm going to try and post the latest one here below. It's of our vacation to Boston earlier this year. We also went to New York City but that is going to have to be a completely separate video.


The quality of this video is not near as good here as it looks or sounds on my mac, but I had issues trying to upload it on to youtube. So, you will probably want to make the video full screen and turn the volume up a tad.

Anyways, hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did making it!

-Collin


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Friday, August 20, 2010

Collin's Birthday at the Zoo

Collin's birthday was Wednesday and I have to say, I was quite sneaky this year. He REALLY wanted a Mac and we had talked about getting one this fall, all the while I was secretly planning to surprise him for his birthday. Our families pitched in to help with a little of the cost so that was nice. I planned a scavenger hunt with clues all over the house for him to find his gift on Tuesday night. After we had gone out to dinner at Mi Cocina with my parents to celebrate birthdays (my mom's birthday is the 17th!), we came back to our house for dessert. I had, unbeknownst to Collin, driven to Cheesecake Factory in Arlington and gotten his absolute favorite - red velvet cheesecake. He and my mom both loved the dessert!

Collin figured out all the clues, the last of which led him to his brand new MacBook Pro. To say that he was surprised is an understatement. He was in shock and is very pleased with his newest gadget. And I have to say, I am quite pleased with it myself. It does some crazy cool
things and I LOVE being able to surf the internet, type a blog, or check facebook from my bed. I have never had a laptop before and it's so convenient to be able to do these things sitting on the couch or wherever. And not on my little iphone screen!

We had made plans with the Simpson's to go to NRH2O on Wednesday and have some fun in the sun. We were supposed to meet them at Dunkin' Donuts at 9 AM for a quick celebratory breakfast before driving out to North Richland Hills. Cayden woke up at 11:40 on Tuesday night acting like he felt bad. Shortly after midnight, he vomited and then again about twenty minutes after that. Cleaning up vomit is not exactly what one would like to be doing to ring in their birthday but Collin did it like a champ! Cayden acted much better after he threw up a couple times and sipped on some pedialite. After keeping that down for a while, we were finally all able to go back to bed - around 2:30. Obviously, we didn't go to the water park the next day. Cayden woke up about 10:15 AM and I fed him some toast and some more pedialite. After keeping that down, I gave him some more bland things and he continued to be fine. We decided to try and go to the zoo. After all, Collin had taken vacation to go to NRH2O and I hated to spend his vacation just sitting around the house. I had been really looking forward to doing something fun! Sooo, we loaded up the car and met the Simpson's at the zoo that afternoon. It had been overcast and drizzly that morning so we were excited that the temp would be cooler. So much for that thought! It was very HOT but also very fun! And thankfully Cayden did awesome and felt fine. We think he just ate something that didn't agree with him. Here are some pictures from Collin's birthday at the zoo.

If you know me well you know that even being in the MOLA (Museum of Living Art, which houses reptiles, including all the snakes...ick) is a big deal. But I do not want to be one of those parents that project my fears onto my children, so I'm coping. I thought taking a picture of Cayden and daddy getting up close and personal with the gigantic snake was a good start :)


Watching the movie about our great state in the Texas area of the zoo. Maylee REALLY wanted to hold Cayden's hand. He was apprehensive but finally gave in for a bit!

Chillaxin'


Not a very good picture but it's the only one we got of us girls and the kids

His favorite way to travel!

One very tired little boy! His parents were pretty worn out, too! Collin enjoyed the rest of his evening playing with his Mac. I see a long, happy relationship between those two :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Friday Pizza Nights


We started a new tradition in the Day household a couple months ago. On Friday nights where we don't have any plans on commitments, we are making our own pizza pies! I hope that as Cayden gets older and we add to our family that it will become a pizza/game/movie night where we can eat pizza and then play a board game or make a big pallet on the floor and watch a movie as a family. But right now, it's just a pizza night with some time spent playing with Cayden afterwards. Usually chase or wrestling which he enjoys very much :)

I buy the already made crusts from the bakery at Central Market and oh mylanta...they're SO good. I could literally just eat the bread. The only kind I've made is pepperoni. I intend on trying some different things but just haven't yet. I watched the way they make the pizzas at Grimaldi's in New York (while I was waiting in line for the bathroom for like 15 minutes!) so I try to copy them the best I can. I brush a little evoo on the crust, slice fresh mozzarella cheese and place it all over, add just a touch of pizza sauce, and top with pepperoni's. It is soooo good. You will never order takeout again! And it's cheaper too :) Bake it at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Yum.

We have plans this Friday night so we're having it tonight and the smell from my oven is making my mouth water!! As you can tell from the below picture, it is 100% Cayden approved! You cannot tell in the photo, but he had pizza all over his face!

Friday, August 6, 2010

A years time

This was Cayden exactly one year ago today.

My friend Leslie took these pictures for us on Cayden's 7 month birthday.

He was so little and cuddly! He still had his sweet baby face and those precious baby rolls.

He had recently started sitting up unassisted and wasn't mobile yet.

He would let just about anyone hold him.

What a precious, rollie-pollie, immobile, smiley, thing he was!

And here he is today.

The baby face is gone. His eyes are filled with wonder and curiosity.

He is a walking/running, talking (although most of it we cannot understand) little boy. He is shy but full of personality. And I cannot get him to sit still for 15 seconds to take a picture!

He is all boy. He loves climbing, anything to do with balls, and wrestling with his daddy. And he still cuddles with me. What more could a mama ask for!

He makes the most hilarious noises and faces and is constantly making us laugh!

He is such a blessing and brings more joy to our lives than I will ever be able to express on paper. It makes me wonder what he'll be like one year from today.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Four totally unrelated things

Since I haven't blogged much lately and am, for whatever reason, feeling pressured to do so, here's what's going on in our house.

One. For whatever lame brain reason, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to do P90X with Collin. I am kicking myself now for that. Actually, I am way too sore and tired to kick myself. We started the program on Monday so we're only on day three. And it's kicking my rear. Like seriously. I knew that I was out of shape seeing as I haven't been active in....I don't even know how long now. But wow. It's a HUGE commitment too because it takes at least 1 hour (sometimes closer to an hour and a half if you have to do the ab ripper x...ugh) six days a week. I am definitely sore but not to the point of being reeeaaallly sore, like in pain sore, but I feel it coming. I've heard that by tomorrow you're about ready to give up but tomorrow is the yoga and that's supposed to help. We'll see. I am trying to focus on how good I'll feel and all the old clothes I'll be able to fit into by Halloween!

Two. I have been doing Beth Moore's study of Revelation with a sweet group of girls and I am sad that it's almost over. I have learned a lot about a very misunderstood book of the Bible. One of the main things that I remember Beth echoing over and over is, "The way we live our lives matters! IT MATTERS!" If you have the chance to do it, I highly recommend.

Three. Collin is doing really well at work. He came home yesterday with a new blue blazer that his boss bought him. It was one of those fancy schmancy deals where they come to you, take your measurements, and then custom make it. There's a tag inside that says, "Custom made for Collin Day". Ha!

Four. We made a trip this past weekend to Houston to see the twins. They are itty bitty and precious and sleep almost constantly - we hardly saw their eyes open! The pictures don't do justice to how tiny they are.

In the above picture, I am holding Jillian and Collin has McKenna.


Cayd checking out Jillian.

Cayden wasn't too sure what to think about them and most of the time didn't even act like they were there! I thought that he might act jealous that we were holding them but he didn't really care much.

Sweet Jillian - she was released from the NICU on July 27th and is doing wonderful at home. Praise the Lord!

The blessed parents. Doesn't my sis-in-law look fabulous?!? I can hardly believe that she had twins two weeks ago!

You can really tell that they're fraternal. Especially with them side by side. Jillian has lighter skin than McKenna and their facial features and hair are different. And even at this tiny age, you can see personality differences. Amazing.

McKenna Joy - she likes to lay with her head crooked (this pic doesn't show it terribly extreme). It looks so uncomfortable but if you try to move it upright, she'll just tilt it back!

Nick and Carissa think that McKenna looks more like a Vann. And she tends to favor big sister Eden at that age a little more than Jillian does.

Jillian Grace - Nick and Carissa think she looks more like a Day. I managed to catch her with her eyes open! I put my hand in front of her so that you could get an idea of how tiny they are!

This would have been the cutest picture! I was way sad that it's blurry but you can still tell that she was smiling with her eyes open! Precious girl. We were totally bonding here :)

I don't want to leave out Big Sister Eden. She is adjusting to her new role in the family and is going to be a wonderful big sister! Her and Uncle Collin bonded a lot this weekend. I have a feeling that if they got to see each other more often, they would be best of friends.

And here's one of our little monkey just because. We need some boy cousins in this family to even things out! Maybe Aunt Carissa and Uncle Nick will go for #4 and have a boy... One can hope :)