Saturday, June 30, 2012


Grandpa Kim's artistic touch...that smile melts my heart.


Father's Day

We were lucky enough to still have our family in town the day after Reid's birthday party, so we celebrated Father's Day with each of our own fathers {and uncles and grandfathers} as well.  The Rangers beat the Astros to cap off a great day at the ballpark.

Our missing link, of course, was Gary, but he was definitely on our minds and in our hearts. My mom and I were so very fortunate the day Gary entered our lives, and our world was brightened when Josh & Jenn made our family complete. Happy Father's Day, Gary!  We love and miss you on this day and everyday.

For the past 35 years one man in my life has set a standard that I thought would be impossible to ever match.  My dad is an amazing father who helped shape my heart and mind and always kept me steered in the right direction. He will always be my hero, my mentor, my inspiration.  Happy Father's Day, dad!

And as if that wasn't blessing enough, God saw fit to bring the best Father-in-Law into my life. Over the past four years, I've reaped the benefit of "marrying the family" and not just the man.  I couldn't have dreamed up a better FIL.  Happy Father's Day, Kim!  

I've known for several years that I was blessed with a wonderfully loving & supportive husband.  Now, I've learned over the past year that my son was blessed with a loving, caring & devoted father as well.  He is our hero, our rock, our heart.

Happy Father's Day, Jeff!


Friday, June 29, 2012

Reid's 1st Birthday Party

On Saturday June 16th many of our wonderful family and friends gathered to celebrate Reid turning one.  With the tireless help of SO many, we pulled off a 1st birthday party just two days after moving in to our new home.  I'm so very grateful to all who provided their time and talents to make this day so memorable.  We truly missed those who weren't able to be here, but they were definitely with us in spirit.

BrandyLee & her sweet girls helped welcome the guests as they walked up to the house.
In case you weren't sure whether or not you were in the right place
Reid's monthly photos
{compliments of the creative abilities of Aunt Amy & Grandma DeeDee}
 Party favors
Reid's adorable birthday outfit was compliments of his Gruncle Joe who was definitely with us in spirit. Not only did Reid get his 1st pair of Tom's, but a child in need received a pair of new shoes as well.  Just typing that makes my eyes water. 

Thank you, Gruncle Joe!

Hydrating in preparation for his big day. 

 For the birthday boy
 Great Aunt Lanie was so gracious to be our photographer for the day.  She did a fabulous job!

 This picture truly captures the essence of our happy boy
 Reid with his great grandmothers
 "Get this silly thing off me"

Our little ham 

 "Hey!  Bring back my birthday cake!"
 Our attempt at capturing all of Reid's friends who attended the party
 Everyone cooperated quite well except the birthday boy
 Mimi & Reid
 Grandma, Grandpa & Reid
 Grandpa Lou, Grandma DeeDee & Reid
 Great Uncle Bobby, Great Aunt Lanie & Reid
 Aunt Amy & Reid

Party favors

 Meierhofer kiddos
Sweet Larkin

Precious little Parker
"I'm ONE!"


Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday!

June 14, 2012

The Reid Report:
  • I'm ONE!
  • I enjoy playing with balls, and I'm really good at throwing them too {along with other toys as well}.
  • I still only take one bottle at night {because my pediatrician told mommy she could keep giving it to me for a couple of more months, but the sippy cup works just fine if you ask me}.  Oh and NO MORE FORMULA!  I only drink whole milk now.
  • I'm really good at waving "bye bye." 
  • I'm a walking maniac!  I walk all over the place, and I'm getting better and better by the day.  Although when I'm tired, I stumble more, and mom likes to call me "stumble reid" instead of "tumble reid" like my Grandma DeeDee started calling me when I first started rolling over.
  • I love giving big hugs.
  • I'm still in the infant class room 1 at school, but I've started practicing sleeping on my nap mat at nap times.  I had one good day - slept on it for almost 2 hours - but since then I haven't done so well.  My teachers told mommy and daddy that they'd keep trying though.  I have to sleep on my nap mat before I can transition to the pre-toddler class.  I'm going to be in class room 5 by the way.  Mom is SO excited!
  • I like to mimic people's emotions.  The one I enjoy the most is the big, hardy LOL!  :)  When other people are laughing, I like to open my mouth wide, throw my head back and laugh right back at them.  Everyone seems to think that's pretty funny.
  • I have 8 teeth now, and I really like touching other people's teeth.  I even say "tee, tee" when I'm touching them.  Mommy thinks this could be my first official real word.
  • When Daddy drops me off at school in the morning, the ducks are usually walking around close to my school entrance.  Dad brings bread from home so we can feed the ducks their breakfast.  I like to say "du, du" when we feed the ducks.
  • On the not-so-fun side of being one - I do not enjoy my car seat. I used to be fairly well-behaved in it, but now, I can't tolerate it for even a few minutes. Mom and dad have to be on top of their "distraction" game in order to keep me somewhat content.  I've heard them say that hopefully it's "just a phase."  I'll show them....
  • Since I'm still learning to speak and I haven't mastered sign language yet, I like to GRUNT to tell people when I want something. This is another thing mom and dad hope is "just a phase."  My favorite times to grunt are when I want my cup, my food, or I want to do something that mom and dad aren't letting me do.  
  • I went to the pediatrician for my one year well visit, and my one year stats are:
Height: 29.6 inches (37th percentile)
Weight: 25 lbs 3 oz (93rd percentile)
Head circumference: 47.2 cm (80th percentile)

I'm ONE!

My first birthday = moving day!

"Can I go too, Uncle Sean?"