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can I just start by saying my ABSOLUTE favorite thing about texas is the very fabulous fact that john now only works every SIXTH weekend?! if I had known in advance that that was going to be the case I would have moved JUST for that. seriously! it’s been so so so nice having him around on the weekends… and even better? he’s not a zombie. that my friends… is priceless. (especially because he’s been working his tail off hanging pictures, putting up decals, erecting furniture… there is no rest for him to be had right now!)

we’ve been wicked busy. moving is a process… we are now the proud owners of a garage… we were super stoked to be able to park our cars in it… but what happens when you go from having a basement… to not having a basement? crap overload. it’s taking over our garage as we speak… and we have yet to be able to park a car in it. dear lord… help us sort through stuff… we don’t want an overgrown junk drawer! it’ll happen I suppose… in time. ugh. patience… so not my fortay.

in other news… the kid is getting cuter and cuter by the hour. and now that I have this super spiffy camera I’m trying to teach myself how to use… I’m snapping photos like crazy. I’m going to keep this post short… for moving has fried most of my remaining brain cells… here’s some photos from the last couple of days…

notice the furry helper to your left. he’s making sure daddy’s got it under control. john decided to do g’s night time routine friday night so I could get ready for our… ::gasp:: date!!

baxter supervising… funny story – during our cross-country road trip, one of the hotels we stayed in had a monstrous tub. I mean massive. probably the largest tub I’ve seen in my entire life… while john walked the dogs, g and I got in the humdinger of a bathtub and I was giving him his bath when ::SPLASH!!!:: out of nowhere baxter came plowing in 90 miles an hour and jumped into the bath… I’m laughing as I type this. it still gets me. his face was priceless… it was like mid-air baxter realized OH SH*&%?!!!! hilarious. john said he heard baxter yelp all the way across the suite. too funny. this dog is hysterical I telll you.

waiting for the ::AWESOME:: babysitter…

saturday and sunday were spent doing a whole lot of nothing… besides unpacking obviously… but it made for awesome pics of the little man…

he’s sitting up and rocking back and forth on all fours… I’m pretty sure crawling is only a matter of time and determination on his part…

this is the face you get when you walk into g’s room after he’s napped and you greet him with, where’s my baby! p.s. that is drool spots from his one nap… he doesn’t sleep on nasty sheets. mmmk? I’m over it.

this is quite possibly my favorite picture… to date. this is his pre-dinner face from tonight…

this is his post-dinner face… bless him. he’s precious I tell you.

and that’s all I’ve got for now. see you on the flip side.


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moments like these.

driving my sister to the airport tonight I realized… I wasn’t ready for her to leave. how ironic is that? I honestly, really enjoyed her this trip. we laughed, we cried, we complained about our parents, we giggled with my son, we had fun. serious amounts of it. an almost unfair amount.

leaving her at the airport was hard. I love that we live in the day and age that even if you live 3000 miles away… you’re just a plane ride away… but it still sucks. I wish she lived closer. I would love to see her more often… and now that I have little g… even more so. because I think family is important… and I hate the fact that ours lives so far away. but enough of my tiny violin. I’m really happy we got to spend the time we had together… I missed her like crazy.

she made my son laugh. for the first time. it was an amazing moment. I looked at her and I was like, “did he just laugh?” and she was like, “I’m pretty sure he did.” we both sat there dumbfounded for a minute and then, just like that… he did it again! he’s been doing it every now and then ever since. one of the best sounds ever, fyi… and I’m so glad heather was here to experience it.

I miss her already… we miss her already. can’t wait until next time.

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and you’ll have to raise the bebe…

if you’ve ever seen summer heights high (with comedian chris lilley)… you know what the title’s about. if not… I highly suggest you youtube, netflix, WATCH it… it’s highly hilarious. my sister and I have been watching it all week and we’ve been quoting this line… which I think makes it even more funny… which brings me to my point… she’s still here! since we had a redonkulous blizzard blow in out of nowhere… all flights out of JFK got the boot… and we’re still waiting to get through to her friggin’ airline… TWO DAYS LATER! doubleu – teee – efff airlineIwillnotname?!

so… we’re stuck. she’s stuck. I’m stuck… not fun. she’s super homesick and I would like to hog my husband for a few of the very seldom days he has off… but, well, such is life. and I can’t really complain… I am still enjoying her and g loves her to DEATH… I mean seriously. john and I went out to check out a car tonight (yep, thinking about buying a smaller, more economical, mommy suv)… and we came home and she had him cackeling up a storm. it was adorable. she loves him and he definitely loves her. it’s cute.

plus, when we’re not grouching at each other… we’re actually enjoying the extra time. so, for the time being we’ll roll with it. hoping she gets home before next year. (teeheehee… literally.)

nothing much else. we had a fantastic christmas. skype, heather, and g made it one of the best in a very long time. gotta love modern technology. plus, john got me a pandora bracelet… um, cute!

anywho, back to hanging with the fam… until next time, toodloo!

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week six: iphone photos

hello christmas. goodbye christmas. thanks for visiting.

it really does come and go quick, doesn’t it? the anticipation is insane… and then it gets here and it’s over in a blink. I’ve had an incredible week. my sister is here visiting… and we’ve had a really great visit. she and I have one of those relationships where we adore each other… but we’re also happy to see each other go if you know what I mean. this visit has kind of been the perfect amount of time. I about died from excitement when she got here… and I’m not quite ready for her to go home… but that’s kind of nice feeling. we were just talking about that earlier, actually…

anywho. on with the show. here’s a recap of my week… in iphone photos.

oh yeah, and merry christmas!


so, this week has been the week of baxter being cuter than usual. he seems to find the cutest places to curl up and fall asleep. this is g’s bouncy seat… I’m pretty sure bax would beg to differ… when I saw him here I had to snap a pic. thankthelordjesus I had my iphone nearby…

here’s a pic of g right before his doc appt. he had just pitched a GIGANTIC fit… thank god I have learned the art of packing a diaper bag for every possible bebe disaster. he took a earthshattering… doodie after this. but, thankfully, I had everything I needed. I think the medical assistant about died when I opened up that cloth diaper and it was full of youknowwhat… hallelujar for an uhmazing wet bag. all in all, HORRID appt… I’m never going without john ever again. I was a mess when I got home…


it suddenly occurred to me on tuesday that christmas was right around the corner. seriously awesome that I had some self control this year and didn’t open presents as they arrived. made christmas… well, christmas. worth it.


what’d I tell you… he was sleeping in the cutest places. I could eat him. he’s darling.

oh yes, and he’s pretty sure he’s the bebe. he was claiming the downstairs changing station here. he’s a funny little thing.



shopping at the most fab mall in ct… stopped for a bite at pf changs. love the lettuce wraps. seriously, delish.

my sister’s nickname in our fam is “monkey”, so it was only fitting that she make little g a monkey at build a bear… we named him p diddy… isn’t he the cutest? oh and p.s. the checkeroutter lady did NOT find it humorous. she looked at us like we were annoying when she announced the name of our new little bundle of cotton… hey, can’t win em’ all.

friday: christmas eve

hanging with my little man on his FIRST christmas eve. I love the outfit he’s wearing. one of our finds on our random shopping excursion on wednesday. it’s a cashmere jumper that says happy. too. friggin’. cute.

later on in the day we decided to go have lunch at on the border. I married a crazy. it makes me giggle.

I. love. her. and she loves g. which I think makes me love her more.

saturday: CHRISTMAS… g’s FIRST christmas!

funny, last year we were just starting to broach the subject of kiddos. look at us now.

one of my fav photos of the day. precious.

one of our presents to heather. doesn’t she look adorable in it?!

and that about sums up the week. it’s been a great one. seems to be a trend lately. not complaining!

merry christmas from our family to yours… hope you get to spend it with people you love… lord knows, it makes all the difference.

see you next week.

oh and p.s. as usual, if you’d like to link up… check out this blog. her blog rocks… plus, wordpress sucks and won’t let me post the linky thing. have a great week! toodloo!

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sissy’s here!!!

it may be a couple of days before I post again… going to enjoy my sister for a couple of days. really happy to have her here. even though I just saw her a couple of weeks ago. jfk wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be tonight… apparently, the holiday rush hasn’t quite begun…

anywho, just thought I’d let you know. I haven’t disappeared!

in case I’m not back before then… enjoy the holiday! I can hardly wait!

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all I want for christmas…

this year is the first year I’ve been excited about christmas in a very long time. so many things have changed… the past two christmas’ spent in connecticut have been a tad dreary. first off, I couldn’t wait for christmas day to open presents, so when it rolled around there weren’t any to open! (redonkulous!)… and we don’t have any family over here, so they’ve been very isolating and lonely… I’ve just chalked it up to growing up. no more fun in christmas. it’s just another day.

this year already feels different.

grayson has changed most everything about my life… so why would christmas be any different? I know he won’t remember this christmas… but I most certainly will. our first christmas as a family. he’s already brought the excitement back. not to mention, all of the presents are STILL under the tree… wrapped and waiting… best of all? sissy. that’s right, my little sister is coming for christmas this year. I’m super stoked about having her here. I’m planning on making cornish game hens, cranberry cornbread, berry cobbler… the list goes on. especially since, I’ll have the extra help to watch the kiddo.


even the music this year is not annoying. if only I could find my copy of muppets christmas… it would be complete. growing up it seems that was one of the only things that stayed the same. we ended up having two christmas’ every year. we always had our christmas with mom about a week prior. our christmas with dad was with him and his family on christmas day. one thing I seriously miss is waking up at nana and papa’s on christmas day. hearing the sliding glass door slowly creak open as granny entered. smells of berry cobbler and hot cocoa filling the room. papa walking around waking everyone up with his infamous cackeling. waiting anxiously for everyone to awaken so we could open presents… spending the day eating the most delish food on the planet and playing cards. phase 10 anyone? no christmas has been the same since. I haven’t felt that feeling… you know, that comfortable, homey, warm, happy feeling…

but it’s not about me anymore.

and that has changed things. it’s brought the excitement and wonder back… in a whole new way. I can’t wait until grayson is at the age where he understands… and I can tell him all about what christmas means to me. I can’t wait to start new traditions. us. as a family.  

and I can’t help but wonder, what will he look forward to every year?

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little g’s california adventure, in photos.

no story would be complete without photos… right?

little g’s first changing session in the plane. cramped? yes. complicated? surprisingly, no.

papa with little g. we joked they looked like twins with the bald heads.

g with nana. she’s so pretty! (she and papa have been married FIFTY years!)

nana and patti chatting…

grandpa chris holding g. this is a funny photo. whenever g stretches his legs out straight like this, he’s working “it” out… no different here… during this photo, he let one rip.

grandma patti could hardly contain herself. she was super happy to get to spend some time with him…

he’s checking grandpa chris out.

they have the same ears!

this is one of my favs. right after this photo… he spit up all over gpa chris. I’m not gonna lie, I laughed pretty hard. leave it to little g for the comic relief.

heather and matt got engaged this year… so he’s little g’s soon-to-be uncle! first photo with their nephew…

another one of my favorites… little g loves to stand on his legs… he’s got himself all propped up on matt here.

sisterly love.

five generations!

from left to right: granny nelson, papa nelson, dad nelson, me, and grayson…
five generations of nelson blood. crazy. I’m so framing this.

dad and g. cute.

connie and g :)

exhausted, congested, me and g.

I flew three thousand miles for this pic. nuff said.

peanut, grannys dog, was jealous. that’s her lap!

even when I’m grouchy and tired… this little person still melts my heart.

g didn’t know what to think of uncle kyle…

john’s mom and stepdad came to visit… grandpa norms first time meeting g!

mom and abe with little g. grandpa abe’s first meeting, too!

I can’t find any pics of g with uncle blake except the ones on the iphone… and those are saved for this coming week in iphone photos… you’ll see him then! sorry blake!

can you see how much fun we had?! it was a blast. I’m exhausted.

until next time, toodloo!

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little g’s first trip to the homeland.

well, I’d say little g’s first trip to cali was a success. we had a really good time and the kid is a charmer! I’m telling you! we both caught something we’re still trying to fight off at the moment… nothing like vacationing with a seriously snotty nose, a cough, and a sore throat. yippee for us! but he was such a trooper. he met a gang of people and just cruised right through it.

he got to see every one of his grandparents. my dad and connie, my mom and abe, john’s dad and patti, john’s mom and norm… I mean it was like grandparent central. and boy, let me tell you. the kid knows how to make people smile. he was chatty kathy. he also got to spend some time with his great grandparents, my nana and papa… nana sure knows how to calm down a baby. I realize she’s got two kids, five grandkids, and eight great-grandkids… but seriously, she’s got skills! he also got to spend some time with a couple of uncles and one of his aunts. my stepbrothers, kyle and blake… we nicknamed blake the “baby whisperer”… all he had to do was pick baby g up and he was content. he’s gonna be a great dad one day. kyle is going through the broody teenage thing (he mentioned to me a couple of times he’ll be 17 in July… I thought he just turned 16! silly me.)… heather, my sister, got to meet baby g for the first time. she told me a funny story. I went over to granny’s to get the car keys and I was over there for a while (we always get started talking…) little g stayed with heather and nana… heather said he started crying and she didn’t know what to do… nana walked over and went, “lalalala…” and g looked at her and cracked a half smile… like I said, she’s got skills :)… the biggest thing for me, grayson got to meet and spend time with his great great grandma, my granny. I’ve wanted him to meet her since before he was born. she’s had some health issues over the past couple of years, so to be honest, I wasn’t sure he’d get to meet her… for me, it was a wish come true. she’s been such a huge influence on my life and to have her hold and cuddle my baby… I can’t even describe it. seriously uhmazing.

so, it was a long… very eventful week. I got maybe three – four hours of sleep a day if I was lucky… which made for a slightly grouchy mama, but I think I pulled it off. being sicko didn’t help either. I must’ve called the peed three times for baby g. they basically told me if he didn’t have a fever and he was eating, we just had to ride the wave sucking the snot out of his nose along the way. joy. he’s still snotty today, but we’re working it out. :)

the first couple of days were spent with john’s dad and stepmom. they were so much fun. he pretty much slept through their visit. he finally had his eyes open and was interactive the second day they were here. we went to my dad’s house to hang out and he had his eyes open and was kicking his legs and making coos at everyone. I was happy because they kept saying how much they wanted to see his eyes. not to mention, we found out where the little kink in grayson’s ears came from… chris! john’s dad has the same exact ears. way too adorable for words. patti was redonkulously excited. the first night they were there… we went to house of beef (my granny worked there years ago)… and she was introducing everyone there to her first grandchild… I could’ve died. she was so proud. it made my day. when they left on thursday, I wasn’t ready. I can’t wait to see them again…

my dad and connie got to hang out with us quite a bit. which was nice, because the last couple of times I’ve been out to california I haven’t been able to hang out with my dad. not to mention, I feel like I finally got to know connie… and she’s definitely a keeper. she’s got grandma written all over her. I think my dad hit the nail on the head… she reminds me of nana… and she was a super grandma… so g-man is a lucky little thing.

john’s mom and stepdad came up for only a couple of hours on sunday. which was nuts because they had a 4-5 hour drive from lake almanor to my dad’s house. but they wanted to. grandpa norm had yet to meet little g so I think that made it worth the trip :). I could see how proud they were too, which made me even more sad john had to miss it. I don’t think he realizes just how happy everyone is about our little man because he hasn’t gotten to see it for himself. but they had a good time… and it was awesome to see them.

my mom and abe met me and little g in sacto for a little breakfast and a impromptu shopping trip to goore’s in carmichael. it was super fun. I think my mom was surprised she got to see us (as I had told her she wasn’t going to)… and abe hadn’t met him yet, so he was super stoked. it was hard to leave, as it was only a couple of hours… but I’m glad we went, because I think they needed to see him… 3000 miles is a long way.

my grandparents got to hog us the most. we stayed there. which was nice because nana and I are both night owls so we stayed up late and watched home movies, talked, laughed… it was such a breath of fresh air. I needed it. I feel like every time I stay out there, I get to know nana more… which I think is practically impossible seeing as I spent every weekend and summer out there for half of my life. but I spent a lot of that time at granny’s house. they used to call her guard granny… because she would let me sleep late and not let anyone through the door of her house. she’s funny. I love her. papa was funny this trip too. he said he wasn’t good with babies… and I had to put a load of diapers in the wash (yep, traveled with cloth! not as bad as I thought it would be! thank god rockin’ green ships! :)) and grayson started to cry. they were really dirty diapers so I kept throwing them in (had to take the inserts out)… and when I came out he was half asleep on papas shoulder… papa saying, ” oh it’s okay grayson…” I wish I could have caught it on video. not good with babies? pheff!

to tell you the truth, we didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. nothing exciting to tell… but it was food for my soul I think. to be able to share my little one. MINE. with so many people that I love was out of this world. it was a trip I will never forget. and the kid travels like a rock star… so I’m sure we’ll be doing it again. I’m happy to be home, because I missed john terribly… and my baby pooches… but I already miss california and all of our family. it easy to forget what life is like when you live close to family. for the first time in a long time, I really wish we did. part of me thinks we’ll be back someday… but I don’t want to get my hopes up too far… and trips like this make up for it, even if just a little. (pics to follow :))

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week three: iphone photos

this has actually been a sort of eventful week. hooray! maybe not eventful for some people… but a brand spankin’ new mama to an eight week old? this week was busy! har har.


yes, john is putting baxter in the box. yes, baxter looks pitiful. yes, john is wearing cutiepatootie pj pants. no, you do not need to call animal welfare. there were no animals harmed in the taking of this photo.


ergo. nuff said. even fun to wear without the baby apparently.


say hello to little g’s poop face. he’s cute even when he’s doing that.


I love this thing. it’s my very own magic. keeps little man warm, but also keeps him very content. makes for a happy mama… who can be PRODUCTIVE!


hi mama! it’s four am.. just thought I’d let you know!


Christmas Party!

best vet ever. love her.

one of my favorite friends. she was SO nervous to hold him. it was funny. it took some convincing. :)

a veterinary part would not be complete without a kitty on the counter!

saved the best for last. my ct bff4g… love her.

and that’s our week! it was a good one… toodloo!

if you’d like to join in on the fun… which I seriously suggest you do. check out this blog: a good life bc a) wordpress apparently hates linking and b) you will love her blog. the end. see you next week!

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oh, what a day.

be forgiving with this post. working on three hours of sleep in the last 48. it may be a little all over the place… and I don’t even want to think about the spelling and grammar errors. puh-lease!

last night I couldn’t sleep. ended up having some family drama. (who doesn’t?) and it had me so wound up, it took john two hours via text to calm me down… by the time he did, it was four am and mister little sunshine was wide awake again. story of my life. long story short, I didn’t get a wink of sleep before my first day of work… so, I was not little miss happypants this morning. I can assure you of that little fact.

once I got to work, it was like a switch clicked on in my head. with my decaf skinny caramel latte in my hand I was happy to be back… happy and not phased about my lack of sleep. it was a GREAT day. our clients were happy. we were busy… not to mention one of the cutest puppies on the planet came in. there are few things in this world I love more than cuddling with a puppy. especially puppies that go home with someone else who can take care of them. hardy har har. the vet on today was fun (she’s one of my favs)… and all in all… great day to be at work. (besides the DOA kitten. had a seizure in front of the clients kids and just dropped dead. that was seriously sad. we get those every now and then…)

I came home. I was incredibly grouchy and the family drama popped up again. this time instead of text… it was via email. I was so over it at this point I let john take care of it. he’s so much better at stuff like that. he’s a more logical type person. doesn’t get so emotional like me. he’s so uhmazing sometimes. I don’t think the drama is over, persay… just muted for now. yay.

took a quickie nap… got up, got ready… and took john and grayson to my work christmas party.

SO MUCH FUN. seriously. it was so nice to hang out with everyone. john got to let loose and have a couple of drinks and I got to laugh and chat with some of my favorite friends. it was great. not to mention, little g got to be oohed and ahhhed over all night. everyone loved him… and more than one person told me he was the first blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby they’d ever seen. it was cute. he loved the attention and was an incredibly content little thing. (I was so happy he didn’t spit up on anyone or poop at their house)… it couldn’t have been a better night. 

best news of all. grayson and I are flying to california monday. we’re going to visit my dad and his family and john’s dad and his family. I can’t wait to see him with my great-grandma… and my grandparents… and johns parents are gonna flip out. my dad and his wife are already beside themselves… it’s awesome.I really didn’t have enough time to see everyone… but seeing as my mom and john’s mom had recently seen him.. it seemed logical to go this route… john’s mom told me tonight, “you’re never going to be able to make everyone happy. we all want to see him, ALL THE TIME.” which is so true.. someone is always going to be bummed… and it’s nice to think I shouldn’t have to feel guilty about it. it’s just the way it goes sometimes. he’s a hot commodity right now. that’s for sure.

so needless to say, I’m excited/nervous/anxious/scaredtodeath/happy/cantwaittoseethelookonmygrannysface! when I told my nana tonight that I was coming she screamed. I”ve never heard her scream about anything. it made the other drama melt away. I’m not kidding, almost instantly. thank god for her. she makes me smile.

anywho, enough of this. gotta get to work on my week in iphone photos :)

next week I’ll have some killer ones! can’t wait! nighty night!

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