15 months

8:41 PM Marcie Parson 1 Comments

Max turned 15 months at the end of October. He had his 15-month well check and weighed 23 lbs (47%) and was 32 in tall (80%). He is as healthy as can be and is almost done with his vaccinations (hooray)! He is learning to climb onto the couch by himself, smack his lips, brush his teeth, and feed himself with a spoon. He has learned to say walk (wah?), tree, cheese, keys, and jesus (which all sound the same), open and apple (also sound the same), and he loves to say AMEN whenever we say prayers... or if he feels a prayer should be over (ha!). He also can say and sign help (hup?), which is quickly becoming one of his favorite things to ask, even when he is perfectly capable of doing something on his own. My favorite things he says are woohoo! and yeeeeah! His favorite thing to say is still "all done," which he says ALL the time, not just when he is all done, but when he wants YOU to stop, or if he does NOT want something, or just whenever he is frustrated. It's probably better than saying "no" all the time, and certainly much funnier.

When you say "show me your muscles," he'll "flex" by sticking his arms out and tensing up his body and face, and it is THE funniest thing. He went through a two-week phase where he decided to drop his morning nap... but is back to two naps again. We think he's either transitioning or was just teething. Teething is a mystery to me. He likes to wave at strangers, but mostly when they can't see him or aren't looking at him. He loves music and loves to dance, even if it's just to the beat of the dishwasher or washing machine. He loves to snuggle anything that is soft; he'll hold it in between his shoulder and cheek and say, "aw."  He's literally obsessed with his toothbrush and will throw a FIT if you take it away from him. I think I should start stashing an emergency toothbrush in my purse because it seems to be the answer to everything these days. He also obsesses over keys and will try to use them to open every single door in the house.

He still destroys the house. He still gets into everything he shouldn't. But he is SUCH a ham and so stinking funny that I think we'll keep him.



8:33 PM Marcie Parson 0 Comments

Isn't October the best month? Experiencing fall for the first time in three years has been truly incredible. The weather has been perfect and the colors were phenomenal. Surprisingly, I had no idea how much I missed this time of year, and it would be hard to ever go back to a place without it. I think one reason I have fallen in love with Denver so quickly is because it makes me feel so at home. There's just something about this place that feels so nostalgic and comfortable.

While I usually obsess over October because of my birthday, this year was especially fantastic because we did so many fun things! The first weekend we had general conference, which was quite the experience with a toddler. But we were able to watch most of it, and even had a fun picnic lunch at the park in between sessions (and by picnic I mean ordered takeout).

We spent a lot of time with Max's cute little friends, including Camden's fun dinosaur party (it was a toss up who had more fun between the kids and the parents), and a trip to the pumpkin patch. Max loved the little train pulled by the tractor. We are so grateful for the fun friends we've made out here.

The next weekend Del and Lynette came to visit! We drove up the Guanella Pass and nearly froze, and ate a lot of good food. They even watched Max for us once so we could go to the temple, and again so we could attend the Fort Collins Temple dedication! Most generous visitors ever. It was so fun to be with them!

I turned 25 on the 18th. The night before I made myself a pumpkin spice bundt cake (SO good) and had some friends over for games. On my actual birthday we went to brunch at Kneaders with friends (Kristen's birthday was a few days earlier!) and their babies, and then we took our group over to the park to play! So fun to be able to do "birthday things" and celebrate with friends during the day! Max took two long birthday naps for me (thank you, Max), and when Craig got home we dropped Max off with a friend and went out to dinner! I had been waiting for my birthday to try out Cranelli's since it is supposed to be amazing Italian, but of course they had their annual wine event on the night of my birthday (a Tuesday night!) and were closed. I was so bummed, but we liked Udom Thai and we'll just have to try Cranelli's another time!

That weekend Craig booked us a night in Breckenridge! It was nice to check out this little ski town before ski season hit when all the crowds would be there... plus neither of us ski. But it was so beautiful up there and so much fun. We stayed in a little condo lodge that backed up to a little stream. We drove up even higher to go on a hike towards Mohawk Lake, but we only made it halfway there. It was so beautiful but FREEZING and so snowy/icy. We probably needed serious hiking boots. We came back down into town for lunch and ate at Flipside Burger, which we loved -- and ate way too much of.

Literally the best picture EVER of these boys and I'm a zombie

Halloween was fun for the first time in a long time. I've never been a huge fan of Halloween, and since Craig isn't really into Halloween either, it has kind of been ignored. This year we went to a few parties that turned out to be really fun. On the Friday night before Halloween our friends threw a "spooky dinner," so we got a babysitter for Max and stayed out until 10 (so rebellious!). No costumes + good food + good friends = my kind of Halloween party!

Then we went to our ward's Halloween party on Saturday night. Because coming up with a creative costume stresses me out and I can't justify buying a costume that will never be used again, we bought Max a little white doctor coat that came with a super fun doctor kit. I figure he can use it to play for years to come. Craig and I stuck bandaids on our heads to be Max's "patients," but most people just kept asking us what happened to our heads... So I think the lesson learned here is that I am just not meant to dress up and maybe next year we won't even try. We did have a lot of fun as it was Craig's first "trunk or treat" ever (such a deprived Utah boy).

So happy to be in Colorado during October to make it an extra magical birthday month.



3:30 PM Marcie Parson 0 Comments

September was another gorgeous month with an easy IM rotation for Craig. We have really lucked out with some good scheduling so far, although I know he will be swamped with hard rotations at the end of the year. I'm trying to soak up our time together as much as I can and really take advantage of it by exploring parks and restaurants and "Denver things" as often as possible!

This area is just FULL of parks. Everyone is always outdoors, which I absolutely LOVE about Colorado. One weekend we went out to Red Rocks to do a little hike and check out the famous amphitheater... which apparently is the world's largest gym on the weekends. We did not expect to find so many classes/runners/people working out on these stairs! The area is so much like southern Utah, except for the fact that is literally is a random slice of red rocks sticking out of the green Rocky mountains.

We've ventured into Denver a few times for museums and parks and such. We visited the Denver Botanic Gardens which really blew me away! They have the most darling children's gardens with some really fun interactive activities for kids. Max of course loved splashing in the stream the most, but he also loved the greenhouse and the Chipotle-sponsored gardens with the little play kitchen. We will definitely be back.

One day Craig joined us downtown for Civic Center Eats -- a lunchtime food truck rally right in front of the State Capital. They had some really great food and corn hole at the park! We walked over to explore the 16th Street Mall, which is literally a portion of 16th street that is foot-traffic only. Denver has much more of a big city feel than Phoenix, and it has been really fun to explore.

Last weekend we drove up the mountains looking for some fall leaves. This side of the mountains is so different than what I am used to from living in Utah Valley. There you look up and the mountains are RIGHT there. Here, the mountains build gradually. You have to drive through the foothills to reach the big ones. Although they are much bigger than the mountains in Utah, it's hard to tell because they are so far away and you have to drive so high up to get there! On this drive we went up the Guanella Pass, a little scenic byway that goes from Grant to Georgetown. We were not nearly prepared enough for the weather we found up there... but what did we expect at 11,000 ft?? It was gorgeous and was fun to get a taste of Fall before it hit Denver.

It didn't take me long to fall in love with Colorado! I'm already sad to have to leave next year. We've made some really good friends, and Max and I have had a lot of fun playing and exploring during the week. Now I just need to convince Craig that we should come back here someday...

This month Max turned 14 months! He officially has five teeth and more on the way. He can say up, down (dow), woah, water (wawa), and outside (ahh-si). He signs please, thank you, and outside. He can now do new animal sounds for horse, snake, sheep, goat, and cat. He has started to love to read which is SO fun for me -- I have been waiting for this since he was a baby (he used to swat away books whenever I'd try to read them)! He will now bring me a book and sit on my lap to read. His favorites are his hippo book (Hippos Go Berserk!) and Where the Wild Things Are (duh... a book about Max). He loves when we sing songs, especially Patty Cake and Itsy Bitsy Spider (he can do the itsy bitsy part). He is still obsessed with dogs and loves to watch the neighbors walk their dogs from our windows (woof woof is his favorite animal sound).

He is still just as high-energy and destructive to our house, pulling out pots and pans from the kitchen, toiletries from the bathroom, and food from the pantry. He'd much rather play in the kitchen than with his toys, and if I'm attempting to make dinner, he MUST be at my level so he can watch. Whenever Craig comes home and he hears the door start to unlock, his face LIGHTS up and he runs to see him. He absolutely has to be outside at some point during the day, and he will even bring me his shoes when he's decided it's time. He loves to give high-fives and knuckles, and is learning to kick and throw his new balls!

He's turning into a full-fledged boy and his energy level just keeps going higher higher. Some days I feel like toddlerhood is kicking my butt, but it's usually on those same days that I have an almost out-of-body experience where I look at him and fill to the brim with love. Sometimes it's the second I say goodnight and he waves at me and says ni-ni. Sometimes it's only one second after some kind of disaster and then he'll bring me a book and climb up on my lap and snuggle up next to me. Parenthood is SO emotional. Exhausting as it is, I can't think of a single thing more rewarding or fulfilling. So everyone should have babies. The end.