Friday, May 28, 2010

Babysitting with Sam

Daycare was closed on the 27th and 28th, Daddy was busy with month end closings at work, mommy was in Chicago, and Grandma was at work. So we recruited Samara Link to babysit for us. We're still not sure who had more fun...Sam or Gavin. Sam is our dear friend who also happens to be our favorite amateur photographer. Any chance she can she snaps photos. Some of our favorite pictures in our house our ones that Sam casually took when no one was looking. Thanks for the daily journals and the pictures Sam, we appreciate it more than you know!

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Dad Rocks

So does Grandma!

Gavin's first Arizona baseball hat, he looked so cute in it and he's really good about keeping it on.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

1st U of A Baseball Game

We took Gavin to Tucson (one of our favorite mini-vacations). It was different with a baby of course, but lots of fun! We didn't spend our evenings by the fire pits celebrating the traditional evening tequila shots with the rest of the resort guests - but we did find lots of other things to keep us busy and of course found time to relax. The whole reason we go to JW Marriott Starr Pass to get away!
Gavin is OFFICIALLY a water baby. He played and played and played in the pool. We are going to have to watch him very closely this summer; he already thinks he can swim.
Sponge Bob was randomly at our hotel. Check out Gavin looking at the freak!!
The lazy river was fun, but Gavin liked the big pool better.
Baseball, baseball, and more baseball! Gavin had snacks to entertain him and a really nice couple behind us that he looked at and talked to almost the entire time we were there.

We ate breakfast at a new place, The Arizona Inn a very old boutique hotel with a lot of history. Many famous rich people have stayed here.
And this was our little angel after the game; we couldn't wake him up if we tried.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Somebody loves spinach, or anything green for that matter. What kids love green vegetable, I mean really? Gavin will poo poo the orange or yellow foods flying his way and show us sign language for more...of the green stuff that is. Doesn't matter which green stuff, he just loves all green veggies. We've laid low on the spinach for a while, not sure his tummy likes it as much as he does.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bath Time

As long as he isn't too tired, bath time is one one of Gavin's favorite parts of the day. We're just having to work on explaining the difference between the bath and the pool. He plays in the bath like it's a swimming pool. He comes out all pruned up every night.

And yes that is the beginnings of hair you see on this little baby's head!! :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

1st Mothers Day

With the help of Jason, Gavin did a great job spoiling and pampering me on Mother's Day. We enjoyed a lovely brunch at Bolero's. Not sure if we ate our money's worth, but it was delicious food and Barb didn't have to cook.

We spent the afternoon at the pool soaking in some desperately needed rays. You'd never know we live in AZ with our pasty white skin. Gavin was so much fun at the pool, he thinks he can swim which is a little scary. He wants to go, go, go.

Jason grilled chicken and made homemade peach salsa; he also made a spinach and orzo salad (2 WW points) which was SO GOOD!
All in all it was a wonderful day - I have the best son in the world which makes Mother's Day extra special.



2 cup(s) spinach, baby leaves, packed
1/3 cup(s) uncooked orzo
1 cup(s) grape tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup(s) crumbled feta cheese


  • Place spinach in a serving bowl.

  • Bring a medium-size pot of water to a boil; stir in orzo. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes; drain well. Spoon hot orzo over spinach and toss to coat; let spinach wilt.

  • Add tomatoes, vinegar, salt and pepper to orzo; toss gently but well. Sprinkle with cheese; serve immediately. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Friday, May 7, 2010


It's about time! Actually we think it is just fine that Mr. Gavin hasn't got any teeth yet, sure has made nursing easy! :-) Gavin's 1st tooth officially broke through this week, sometime around Tuesday May 4th. Gave us reason to celebrate on Cinco de Mayo!! It still isn't really showing but you can feel it if you rub your finger on his gums. He's struggled a little this week, but for the most part is going a great job. He ate like a grown up last night. We gave him a piece of string cheese to play with, not realizing he would devour it! Yes, did I mention that it was only 1 tooth, and that it isn't even showing yet? Looking at this cheese you would think he had a mouth full of teeth.
Stay tuned...more teeth to follow!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spokane Visit - Bloomsday

It has been a while since we were able to visit the Thew family. Of course Gavin has changed so much. Year #2 of attempting to get the entire family to do Bloomsday. We had much higher participation this year; everyone except dad who decided to nearly break his leg in 1/2 (conveniently 2 weeks before Bloomsday). He was a great chauffeur though and always makes it much easier for the rest of us.

Playing with 1 of many of Grandpa's firetrucks.
Early Sunday morning, we're all getting ready for the race.
Race time!! Well sort of. Gavin & Barb were stuck in the stroller section which we found out just before the race that is the 'no running zone'. Glad we packed all of our running gear. Ended up we found some small pockets we could run in. It did take us 7 of the 7.5 miles to finally catch up to our family. Jason finished and looped back around; he met us at around mile 3 and did the rest of the race with us. Gavin was SUPER GREAT, stayed in the stroller the whole time and never peeped.
That is of course until Uncle begged to hold Gavin. Here he is riding on Uncle Russell's shoulders and wearing Russ' hat...yeah he thought he was pretty cool, but he is!
The vulture at the top of Doomsday Hill - we did it Gavin!
FINISHERS! It was fun, but next year I think we'll volunteer Grandma to be in the stroller section so mom & dad can run together and try to break an hour as a team!
The ride home from lunch with the Spokane Hendricks'. He visited and ate, but then he crashed...hard! We were happy we were able to see Mark, Lisa, and Morgan on our short visit.
Until August and the Pig Roast! We love & miss you guys already!!!