Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Vacation time and 2008 review.

I've had the last week and a half off, so we'd had fun with family for Christmas and also just hanging around home. We spent the week of Christmas at my family's place since we had Christmas things Saturday, Sunday and of course Wednesday and Thursday. We had a good time and Alex was actually interested (or more interested) in opening gifts. We didn't go overboard on gifts since he already has a lot of toys and clothes. Plus we knew Grandparents would be getting him some things. :) He got a few remote control cars and another fire truck that he loves. He also got a new hopper bike (difficult to explain) from Grandma and Grandpa that he loves, too.

We've had a pretty good year and realize that we are definitely blessed. We're so thankful for family and friends. Alex continues to bring us joy (and headaches at times). His speech is starting to come. He has been babbling more and trying to imitate us more in the last few weeks. I counted his signs the other day and he has over 50 signs that he uses regularly. It has helped with frustrations, but we're learning lately that talking would be so helpful in lessening meltdowns. He continues to amaze us with his physicality and the way that he figures things out. We're convinced that he'll be some sort of mechanical engineer. If there is a way to get things open, he'll figure it out.

Enjoying his Christmas Cookie

The painting I did for my dad

Playing with his firetruck

Family Photo

Christmas Eve, ready to go to church

Lovin' the sunglasses

His new John Deere outfit

Must get down on the ground to play with the farm

Sporting his firetruck outfit

Opening presents from Grandma and Grandpa Thompson

Friday, December 19, 2008

Videos and Pictures Galore!!!

We've taken a lot of pictures and videos lately, but haven't updated the blog, so here are a bunch for you to enjoy! A lot of them are from the Naperville Children's Museum, which we found to be a great place for Alex to run and play.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Thanksgiving, Weddings and Snow! Oh My!!!

This past week was the first time that we braved taking Alex on a plane for the first time. We have to thank everyone so much for the prayers because Alex was a perfect angel on the flights!!! We couldn't even have asked him to behave any better than he did. We had a great time with Kent's family in Dallas. It was good to see them again. Oh Saturday morning we woke up at 3:30am to head back to Chicago.

After arriving in Chicago, we got in the car and drove an hour south to drop Alex off to my parents. Then we headed back to up Chicago for a friend's wedding. Surprisingly, even after waking up at 3:30am, Kent and I had a fabulous time at the wedding. Alex was great for Grandma and Grandpa, too.

We got snow over the weekend, too so yesterday I took Alex outside to experience the snow for the first time that he could probably actually enjoy the snow. He just laughed and tried to run in the now. It was a little difficult for him to run as he was bundled up in his snow pants. It was quite funny!