Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ready for Spring!!!!

Sorry it has taken a while to post....

Here is a quick summary of the past few weeks at the Glade house:

1. Maddux is now standing 3-5 seconds at a time on his steps yet, but definitely close. Can you believe his 9 month birthday is today??!!!

2. I have started the application process to begin working on a doctorate and may be taking classes next month! Eeeek! Prayers for me to get through stat classes would be much appreciated.

3. I've started working a part time job (yes, in addition to my full time job) as a Speech Pathologist at a few local nursing homes. I was reluctant at first, but really enjoy working with the adults. Prayers for sustained energy and motivation please.

4. Maddux says: baba, dada, wawa, and yaya. Yes, despite significant effort on my part, "mama" is not on the list yet. Andrew is convinced Maddux has said ball a couple times, but I'm not so sure about!!! Maddux does often sign "more" during meal times.

5. Two weekends ago, my husband informed me that he had an important meeting with his buddies that would last all weekend. I'm not sure what "business" was discussed, but I do know that golfing and a whiffle ball tournament in which my patio table was turned on its side and used as a backstop in my backyard happened. Not sure how productive the "meetings"!!! It was still fun to see Uncle Drew and Uncle Cody! There is never a dull moment.

6. Last weekend my friend Laura came to visit. (Maddux's Aunt Laura) It was great getting to see her and her family. We did a little shopping, went to the Razorback Red/white game, and most importantly made it for our customary visit to Rick's Bakery! The weekend was great because I was able to have some much needed girl time with Laura and Deedee. Andrew was AWESOME to keep Maddux most of the time too.

7. This weekend has been super busy too. Andrew agreed to drive our family and a couple parents of families I work with to Little Rock for a Board member meeting with Ar Hands&Voices. It was a great meeting and I am really excited to see all the great support this organization is proving families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing. While I was in meetings all weekend, Andrew took Maddux to go see "Pops" in Hot Springs and took care of Maddux all weekend. Yes, Andrew definitely gets several votes for Dad of the Year (DOTY) today.

All in all, we have been super busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Here are a few pictures from the past few weeks.

Look at the curls after bath time!!! Love them!

Pretty serious about his food...

Maddux with Aunt Laura

Maddux pooped after calling the Hogs at the Red/White game

Cheering for the Razorback Baseball team!

He loves standing in his seat and talking with the other people in the area....Hopefully he isn't too much of a distraction:(

Cheering on Fayetteville High School baseball team...State tournament starts soon....Fingers crossed!

Maddux enjoying his first night in a hotel while mommy was in meetings all weekend

Had no trouble sleeping in a new bed at the!

On the way home from Little Rock.....super tired...
Officially 9 months old today!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Smiling and Swinging

Lase week was another busy week at the Glade house, but we had LOTS of fun! To say Maddux is mobile is an UNDERSTATEMENT!! I just hope I am not the only person with a living room that looks like this more often than I would like to admit...
What can I say? Maddux is a fan of Easter!

This past weekend, PeePaw (my dad) and T'Sah (my stepmom) came to visit. They took us out to a wonderful lunch (something Andrew and I rarely get to do these days), and then we went to Cabela's in Rogers. It was the first time Maddux could actually enjoy the huge fish tanks they have in the back of the store. 

 I'm not sure if it was against the rules for him to stand practically against the tank or not, but no one came to stop him. A few tiny fingerprints and drool won't hurt a fish tank, right?! Maddux loved the fish.
Next, Peepaw and T'Sah installed one of Maddux's Christmas presents...

a "Fisher Price" swing!
Ok, so maybe T'Sah did a little more playing with Maddux and Peepaw did most (or let's call it like it is...all) of the installation. Either way Maddux LOVES the swing!

We love that Maddux often wears himself out swinging!

One thing is for sure....Maddux already loves his Peepaw and T'Sah!
Maddux and Peepaw

On Sunday, we went to church and then went to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville to see the Norman Rockwell exhibit. It was amazing and there were lovely trails and small parks around the museum for families to enjoy. Here are a few pics of out fun time there!
What did you do to enjoy the beautiful weekend? Hope you had a chance to enjoy the warmth and sunshine!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Mimi and Easter!

This past week was busy but fun! After much anticipation, Mimi (my mom) was able to come for a visit...In addition to taking care of Maddux for a few days, she cleaned my house, and fixed a few YUMMY meals! Thank you Mimi!

Together at last!
Mimi and Maddux playing
Maddux wasn't so sure about the wagon idea...
Maddux loves his Mimi!

What made the week even better was that Uncle Noah was able to come visit too! He is starting a new job this week that will require quite a bit of traveling. Prayers for safe travel and an easy job transition would be appreciated.

Like my brother, I too am considering a change of pace. I am looking in to pursuing my Ph.D. (in addition to working full time.) This is going to be a very tough decision for me because as much as I want to further my education, I don't want to neglect my husband, my son, my work, or most importantly, God. I am still doing lots of research and meeting with people. Again, prayers or any advice you might have would be much appreciated. I know it is going to be a big commitment and I know the ONLY way I can get through it is for me to keep my priorities in check and try to avoid overloading myself as I often do. I don't want this to be a selfish endeavor, so I am praying for clarity and discernment on this issue at the moment.
On a MUCH lighter note...This past weekend was EASTER!! I LOVE Easter! The only not so great thing about this Easter was that we didn't get to be with extended family. Maddux wasn't sure about the whole egg thing, but loved sleeping in and going to an amazing church service at New Heights in Fayetteville.
This is one of many SUPER cute pictures taken as a fundraiser for TEAMWorks (A non-profit organization that works to help children with special needs in our community and all over the world.) 

Look at my little man! Can you believe how much he has grown???!!!