Christmas Cough!

The last two weeks have been filled with lots and lots of activity! Dean was sick for the first time and it sent me a little over the edge - and by "a little" I mean a lot! It started with a bit of congestion and the doctor told me he needed some TLC and he would get over his first cold just fine. The congestion turned into and cough and some curious sounds in his chest. So...we headed back to the doctor on Monday and we have been giving him breathing treatments to treat his bronchiolitis all week. Dean's first Christmas gift was a nebulizer. Lucky boy. As of today we have some lingering gunk but he sounds MUCH better.
During the course of his cold we had him baptised at our church, Grace Fellowship United Methodist. We thought the Holy water was going to clear his cough right up but we weren't so lucky. Despite not feeling great, Dean was a little champ! The evening after his baptism we celebrated Christmas early with Michael's family before they headed to Michigan. It was a lovely evening with lots of gifts. We were also lucky to get a visit this week from our friends, the Brewer's! They were in town to visit family and dropped by. It makes us wish they still lived in Houston!
On Christmas Eve we baked Jesus a birthday cake, sang, and blew out the candles. I am hoping this will be a new Christmas tradition for us...it was fun! Christmas day was spent with my family. And again, there was lots of food and lots of gifts.
Now we are looking forward to the New Year! I am pretty sure we are going to be spending our New Year's Eve at home playing with the BEST Christmas gift we have ever received. Michael and I are so blessed and humbled by the gift of our Dean. I am so excited to see what God has planned for our family. I know that whatever He has planned is much greater than anything we could ever dream of.


Lake Travis & Santa

What a fun week we've had. Dean and I skipped town on Wednesday and met my best friends, Jess and Marlo at the new lake house on Lake Travis. Jess had not met Dean yet so this made our journey even more exciting. True to form the girls, Dean and I did a whole lot of nothing. We ate dinner at The Iguana, shopped at The Domain, lunched at The Oasis, watched a movie in the theatre and did a lot of catching up. Very cathartic for me. While shopping on Thursday we happened upon Santa! I tossed Dean into his lap and they took one of THE funniest photos of my son to date. It looks like Dean ate one or two of Santa's helpers. Not sure if the all-over horizontal stripes are to blame or if it's the camera angle? He looks like a chub. Totally precious. Our trip was too short and it makes me miss my dear friends so much. Why can't we all live on the same street?

When we hit town on Friday I was exhausted and Michael was excited to see Dean. Saturday morning we went to ROCC where my parents are members and attended "Breakfast with Santa." It was the cutest little event ever. There was cookie decorating, real snow outside, a DJ, Santa and lots of kids on a sugar high. Next year we will be able to enjoy more of this event but this year we just went to get some good shots with the big man. We had a bit of a meltdown but by the time it was our turn Dean had chilled out. Pictures turned out great!

Next weekend we are looking forward to Dean's baptism, the Uncles and Aunt (safely) coming home from school and our early Christmas celebration with Michael's family before they go to Michigan. Stay tuned for the update!


Snowflakes and Giggles

Well, hell must have frozen over because not only did it snow in Houston, Texas...it actually stuck. We had what many Houstonians would call a blizzard last week. And it happened to be Dean Elliot's FIRST snow. The excitment was largely lost on Dean but, I documented every last snowflake. I took enough photos and Flip video that when Michael arrived home that evening he rolled his eyes and said, "Busy day, huh?" Well yes, it was in fact it was a busy day. Plus, a large portion of my new job description is to document my son's every movement and milestone. Duh. Dean will thank me one day. Actually, he probably won't but his wife might. I have some great shots for the photo montage at his wedding.

And yes, there were costume changes. Shoot me.
The latest breaking Dean news: we had our first big giggle last night. And I am proud to say I was the one with the comic genius. Apparently, fake sneezing and fart noises are totally hysterical. I could watch this video clip for hours.