Thursday, June 12, 2008

One Year Pictures

I was SO excited to get Walker's pictures done. I scheduled the appointment way back in March. I went to this great photographer in Lehi, Skye Johansen. She specializes in babies and kids. She is the best! Here are a few of the pictures we got back. We think he is one handsome guy:) I was so worried all week because Walker was getting a moler and he was so sad. I was hoping he would just smile for the 45 minutes we were there - and HE DID. I was really grateful for that. She has the cutest props (mostly for girls) but there are a lot of really cute things for boys too! She had me bring a cake to have him eat at the end.
I wanted to post a few pictures of when he was born. It is so crazy how they change so fast.

Look how tiny he was. This was his first day home.

He was in the NICU for the first few days - he was so tiny! I remember going in there to feed him and just being so excited that he was ours:)

This was right after he was born! He is so cute:)

Happy Birthday Walker!

I can hardly believe our little guy is officially ONE YEAR OLD! Time went by so fast! I remember right after he was born saying "I wonder what it is going to be like when he is one?" Well here we are - he is so much fun and I love every day I spend with him. His birthday was Sunday June 8. We had a great birthday party for him - baseball themed. We had Big League Chew, Cracker Jacks, baseball cupcakes, mini bags of potato chips, hotdogs and hamburgers. The invites were so cute! Thanks to Kim for putting my idea to paper! The invites looked like a baseball ticket- they were really fun! It turned out so great! We spend most of Saturday getting ready making the cake, cupcakes and getting our house and yard in order. Thanks to Jake for all of his hard work in the yard. We enjoyed the time with friends and family. Here are some pictures from the party Thanks Jackson and Annie for helping open Walker's presents. He didn't really care to do it:) He was so lucky and got some of the best gifts! Thanks so much to everyone who spoils him. Some of the things he got were a wagon, swing for the tree, baby instrument set, Jazz PJ's, a magnet board (that Morgan made) with those cute Leap Frog animals and letters to play with, a basketball hoop, fun books, these really cool markers for tiny kids, and this great kids place mat you take with you to resturants. I was so excited for that! Here he is eating the cake. He would lightly touch it and eat the frosting. He put some in the back of his hair - I was hoping for more of a mess, but he wasn't really into it.

The cake! I am pretty proud of it! I made it all by myself!! It took some time, but I was really pleased with the outcome! I really didn't take that many pictures - sorry. I was too involved in making sure the party went great. One major highlight was the kiddie pool. Well, it was really to hold all the drinks, but the little kiddos LOVED it. They had more fun playing in the ice cold water than anything!! Muranda's little boy, Ashton, kept making the sign for "bath" because he wanted to get in. He was already soaked from head to toe! My little sisters boy, Boston, kept picking up the drinks and throwing them back in and all the kids standing around would laugh! It was so funy. Thanks for everyone who came. It really turned out great!

Here are a few fun facts about Walker at One Year Old:

- he LOVES being outside. Either on a wagon ride, stroller ride, or playing in the dirt.

- He loves fishes and birds. He makes sounds for them when you ask him where they are. Fish = shhhhh and bird = bbbbb.

-He is really ticklish under his arms and on his belly. When Jake gets him ready for a bath and he takes off his onesie he immediatly starts laughing before Jake even gets to his arms - he knows that he is going to get tickled.

- He eats pretty much anything - even though 99% of his food ends up on the floor. I say "no Walker we don't do that" and he looks at me, picks up the food, and throws it on the floor all while he is still looking at me. Jake and I seriously laugh and we try to have straight faces but it is way too hard.

- He LOVES dogs. We don't even have a dog but anytime he see's one he gets all excited and can hardly sit still.

- He waves bye bye - and it is SO cute. He open and shuts his hand. The other day he was outside sitting in the dirt and he was waving at the neighbor and we didn't even know it.

- He likes Watermelon.

We love you so much buddy and don't even know what we would do if you weren't in our lives! You bring so much joy to our house and we are so excited to get you up every morning. Mommy and Daddy love you tons and tons!

Friday, June 6, 2008

What we have been up to lately...

We were able to go on a hike with the Young Men and Young Women from our ward. They are all going on trek this summer so they were getting prepared by hiking. We went to "The Overlook" up Milcreek Canyon. This was Walker's first official hike! Thanks to Jake for carrying him in the backpack the whole way! (thanks Mur and Adam for letting us borrow the pack) The hike was 2 miles each way. When we got to the bottom of the hike we enjoyed breakfast with everyone. Walker did really well! He was sad a little bit on the way down (nap time) but over all he really enjoyed it! This is his new smile - sometimes he won't show his teeth. Cute buddy! Here is what we say at the top of the hike - it overlooks the Salt Lake valley. It was really pretty. I have a crappy camera and I think the picture looks pretty cool. We have been working in our yard a lot lately. Thanks to Jake and his mad skills - I usually just sit and watch or take care of Walker. Walker LOVES to be outside and "helping" daddy when he can. He loves the dirt - we caught him eating some the other day. Oh well - boys will be boys! On Friday Walker got his first haircut! He actually wasn't too sad about it, but the picture kinda looks like it. He wore the shall thing the whole time and didn't even cry! Thanks Ashli for cutting his hair! It really needed it.He loves to play! He has grown so much in the last few weeks! He plays with all his toys by himself, gets into the "toy cabinet" and gets out all his toys. He has finally figured out how to push the button by himself on the ball popping toy. He makes me laugh every day. He is starting to pull up on things and he is crawling like a maniac!