Saturday, May 29, 2010

His Favorite Word

Talmage jabbers "Dada, dada, dada" all day long. Just recently, he has started saying it when he sees Sam and also on demand. It's so fun!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Talmage Lately

He loved tearing up this envelope I let him play with. He would hold a piece high above his head and then with a big, fascinated grin, rip it in half very quickly, drop one half, and do it again with the other. He repeated this process several times. I just can't get over how cute it is to see him discover the world!

He thinks it's funny when we blow on his face.
Eating mashed up sweet potatoes...I'm having a hard time with feeding him mashed up food. I have tried on numerous occasions, and he always gags because of the texture. Any suggestions? I have mixed it with his oatmeal and yogurt, but if he eats it at all it is typically with lots of gasping and shuddering...he'll still smile in between bites, though! :)

I fear the day he tries to manipulate me with those eyes...
He has also been doing the cutest thing lately! He is almost always very quiet and still while we pray, and then when we finish and say "Amen," he let's out a little "a-gah" or "gur-goo" or other little noise to join in! It's so cute. I think he can feel the reverent spirit that comes over us when we pray, however small he may be.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Quarter of a Century Old

Yesterday was Sam's 25th birthday! Even though he's getting so old, we managed to have a lot of fun. :) The day started with a breakfast of creme brulee french toast, grapes, and orange juice.
Then I dropped him off at his lab. He was under the impression that I needed to use the car to run some errands. But then I parked and came up to his lab. (Although, it was in a rather roundabout fashion...after being lost and enlisting the help of more than a few people, it was discovered that he was in a lab meeting, so we waited for him to get out for about an hour! The sequence of events was rather hilarious, actually. We had a good laugh about it all when I finally found him more than 2 hours after I dropped him off.) I had cookies for the lab, and they all loved meeting "little Sam." It was fun to see his domain and meet the people he has told me so much about.
We picked him up at 6:30 and headed home, where we had his birthday dinner--enchiladas with lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, refried beans, and sour cream/lime with fruit salsa and baked cinnamon sugar tortilla strips and Brazilian Lemonade. Can you tell his favorite kind of food is Mexican?
After dinner he opened presents, and then we had peanut butter cup cake with Ben & Jerry's ice cream! I think we both felt a little sick to our stomachs when all was said and done. We could only handle a small spoonful of ice cream each!
Since it was his 25th birthday, I thought it would be fun to post 25 random facts about him (much to his chagrin, I'm sure).
1. He absolutely loves peanut butter. When we met, he was pretty much living on Raisin Bran, Cheerios, bananas, and peanut butter sandwiches. He pours honey directly into the jar, stirs it around, and either eats it straight or piles it on bread. He was going through 2 jars of peanut butter per week when we met!
2. He is very conscientious about punctuality. If he's not plenty early, then he feels like he's late. He has made me so much better at being on time.
3. He is actually a really good artist. He doesn't draw much, but whenever he makes me cards or doodles something, I am always amazed at his artistic abilities.
4. He taught himself to play the Hymns on the piano.
5. His first words were "thank you." No joke!
6. When we first got married, he ate more than I ever knew was possible. There are 7 kids in my family, and we had to make dinner once each week. So I was used to making enough food to feed all of us. I thought I was going to have to figure out how to change and make only enough food for 2, but I soon found out that I still needed to make the same amount of food! His metabolism is through the roof! I don't think he eats quite as much now, but maybe I've just gotten used to it.
7. He got his associates degree in Computer Engineering, his bachelors degree in Molecular Biology, and is now pursuing his PhD in Cancer Biology.
8. He served in the Peoria, Illinois mission.
9. When he gets tired, his eyes make noises like bubbles popping. It is really bizarre!
10. When he was a baby, random people in the store would give his mom money because they thought he was so cute!
11. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but moved to Utah when he was about 3 and lived there until we moved to Houston.
12. His favorite movie is Ben-Hur.
13. Although he doesn't get much time to read, he does love to read. He loves books that he can pick up, read a paragraph or a page or two, and then think about it for a while. He finds himself reading complete books by just reading one random page every few days. He loves books that make you think, such as books by C. S. Lewis, books on Church doctrine, biographies, etc.
14. He loves playing with little kids.
15. He made his own mission scrapbook.
16. He is quite funny in his sleep. He frequently talks about complex biology concepts or declares how much he loves me. I usually just play along with whatever he is saying.
17. When he gets home, he is almost always so hot that he immediately changes into pajamas and a T-Shirt. I realized that he is wearing his pajamas in many of the pictures I have taken of him! He really does wear normal clothes, I promise...
18. His favorite vegetable is an onion...a RAW onion. He loves to put onions on just about any kind of dinner food, from sandwiches to pasta to potatoes to chicken to rice. It helps that they have amazing cancer-fighting properties, too. But he is nice to me and refrains from eating them too frequently. :)
19. He loves wearing his socks half-way on. His toes get cold if he has bare feet, but his feet get hot if he wears socks. So he just wears them around the front half of his feet, the rest of the sock just dangling empty in front of him. It is quite a comical sight to see.
20. His favorite weather is rainy.
21. His favorite colors are green and brown, because they remind him of nature.
22. He learned Spanish from teaching an English class on his mission.
23. He is very health conscious.
24. He worked for a temp job agency right after his mission, before the new semester started, and one of the jobs they had him do was dress up as a gorilla and deliver boxes of goodies to various companies without saying a word. Imagine how unnerving it would be to have a 6'4" gorilla enter your office and hand you a box without saying a word! He got some very funny reactions.
25. He loves to sleep with pillows piled on top of him.
Happy Birthday, Sam!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

First Swim

I took Talmage swimming yesterday for the first time! He absolutely loved it. He immediately began kicking his feet and paddling around. And of course, there was plenty of splashing, despite the fact that his tube surrounded him! I couldn't decide which pictures to post, so sorry if I got a little carried away!

He loved playing with the waterfall!
Wow. What a face! He's definitely got his daddy's eyebrow shape!
Plenty of splashing!

The lemon face returns...
If you look closely, you can see his tooth in this one!
I thought he looked so cute in his little wet suit!
So fun. I think swimming will be a common summertime activity for us this year!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Playing, Growing, Loving

In the bath--we got a little carried away with the bubbles. It kind of looks like he's wearing one of those 18th century wigs the noblemen would wear, huh? It's so cute to see him bang his hand on the water, splashing away, and then turn and bang his hand on the counter, then back to the water, then back to the counter and on and on. You can almost see his mind deciphering the difference between solids and liquids. He is such a little scientist in the way he discovers and interprets the world around him! He's a Daddy's boy for sure.
By the way...I promise I clean the sink regularly even though it looks nasty in all the pictures. Hmm...
Helping Mommy cook--loving the wooden spoon idea given to us by Aunt Jocilyn :)
Just chillin' in his crib
He loves to sit at this bookshelf and pull all the books off of it!
Soberly playing the piano

Monday, May 17, 2010

Enjoying a Good Ol' Texas Rainstorm

Even though you can't see the rain, it was coming down hard...I promise!

Friday, May 14, 2010


After several weeks of bulging gums, crazy drooling, and a whole lot of this:

his first tooth has finally broken through! The second one should come through any day now. What a big boy!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cuddly Boy

Lately Talmage has been doing stuff like this a lot. He will be sitting next to me and then lean his head down against my arm or lay himself down on my lap. I love it!
Sadly, the other thing he has been doing the last couple of weeks is pushing me away. If I am doing something he doesn't like, such as trying to unbutton his shirt or shielding his eyes from the light, which he always wants to stare at, he will grab my hand and push it away from him! It always breaks my heart just a little tiny bit when he pushes me away. I know it's only the first of many little tiny heartbreaks to come. My mom and I have talked about how it is so hard to see your children grow up and become more independent, and yet that is exactly what your goal with them is! I'll just enjoy these sweet moments while they last.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mother's Day Festivities

Sam planned the sweetest surprise for me for Mother's Day! On Saturday he drove us to a park, laid out some blankets, and had me close my eyes while he laid out everything else. When he had me open them, there was a wonderful picnic laid out with a beautiful bouquet of white lilies--my favorite! There was also a card he had made with a special section from Talmage. Sam had given him the pen and let him scribble on it, and then Sam "translated." It reminded me of the valentine Sam made for me from Talmage last year when I was only about a month pregnant with him! :)
The lilies were mostly closed, which was perfect, because we have gotten to watch them bloom over the course of the past few days! They are beautiful!
Then he gave me a present. I opened it and it was the game "Guess Who?," which is, strangely enough, one of my favorite games. I know it is made for little kids, but we had some pretty fierce competition going there. My sister and I used to make up variations and play for hours, but Sam and I didn't have it, so he got it for me! We played it 9 times in a row at the park!

It was so pretty! We were right in the middle of a circle of trees and there were squirrels playing all around us. We managed to notice the ants crawling onto our blanket before they attacked Sam and gave him tons of nasty bites the size of quarters...something we failed to do when we were taking family pictures a couple of weeks ago. His legs have almost healed...
We went to clean up the blanket and realized there were little stickers hidden all over in the grass, and they definitely favored our fleece blanket. It was fun to pick them off together on a park bench, discussing traditions we would like to incorporate into our family.
What are some of your favorite traditions?
Squinty eyes because of the bright white sky
It was such a fun surprise!
Then on Sunday Sam grabbed Talmage from me in the morning and let me go back to sleep...when I woke up about an hour and a half later, a wonderful breakfast was sitting on the table and Talmage was bathed, ready for Church, and put back down for his morning nap! Add to that the lovely dinner he made for us after Church, and I'd say it was a pretty amazing Mother's Day. Thanks, Sam!!!
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