Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Week

sweet little d - i love him so much!
looking up with those big blue eyes!
i love this expression because it captures him - he has a surprised or worried look on his face most of the time (could it be because he has a 2 year old brother?)
(jordan took this picture and the next and i love them)
so i have become a bit more crafty with all of the crafty friends i have around. magen and i made these banners and i am super proud of it! i think it is so cute and fallish. we both saw a similar banner in the back of pottery barn kids catalog but could not find it online or in the magazine for sale - it was just a decoration - so we were inspired and created our own!
duncan,jayden, emery kate, luke, charlie, felix, felice, sarah, anna, sam
our MP play group - the kids are wearing pumpkin shirts that we made together one night and they all look adorable (don't know how to make this not underlined - sorry)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Baylor Homecoming

Last weekend we went to waco for Baylor's annual Homecoming festivities. Every year we join up with our dear family friends the Forresters and enjoy the many traditions that Baylor Homecoming weekend has to offer. We start friday night with a dinner of "fiesta" at my parents house and then head to the bonfire. Jayden went for the first time to the bonfire and i think was scared to pieces. Fireworks started just as we arrived so he was literally shaking when we got to the bonfire. (i think the large crowd, fireworks, and massive amounts of people did him in)
The next morning we got up early and went to the parade (and stood in our same spot for the past 25 years - in front of penland) and then went to the game. It was Jayden's first real parade and college football game and i think he enjoyed both! It was such a fun time and a great tradition that we look forward to every year.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The State Fair & My little Pumpkins

love their matching faces - apparently the open mouth was the choice for this picture
(brave i know - having jayden hold duncan near a window - but it was perfect lighting so what was i to do?)

sweet little duncan - he is my little peanut - at his four month appt he weighed the whopping
12 lbs 5 oz (6th%)

duncan was being a trooper at the state fair
jayden's first ride - he watched charlie do a couple of rides and then finally decided that he wanted to take part - we walked by this boat ride and he said "mommy i want to go on the boat" and there he did it - his first ride - on his timing not mine
(attempted photo of all of us with big tex - obviously this was not what the boys had in mind)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Little Rock

this past weekend we headed to little rock for the wedding of lair and justin. lair was my freshman roommate at Baylor and her family (the jones) have been close friends with the ogdens since when jordan was just born. it was a fun, relaxing, cold weekend. we stayed downtown at the Peabody hotel; you might have heard about their famous duck march. everyday at 11 & 5 there are 5 little ducks that march on the red carpet into the pond - they stay there until 5 pm when they march out of the pond, onto the red carpet and into the elevator up to the second floor where they have the duck palace. it was so cute and jayden LOVED seeing the ducks.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Guest Submission: Duncan and Daddy balancing act

While experiencing something common-a blowout diaper, I had an uncommon experience: a blowout diaper on board a plane. Next, I experienced this uncommon experience along with a common experience-turbulence-which amounted to a most interesting combination of common and uncommon experiences.

Aboard a reputable carrier on a short flight from Dallas to Little Rock, Duncan's person began to smell unpleasant. This far into the game it was quite bearable to me, but tolerance among a crowd of airline passengers persuaded me to take immediate action. My assumption was that the reputable airline carrier would have what most bathrooms have-the little diaper changer that is affixed to the wall at a convenient height, providing a flat surface to accomplish a most basic human necessity-the changing of a diaper.

Upon closer study, it was found by the guest submitter that no actual conveniently placed diaper changer was affixed to this particular wall on this reputable airline carrier. Not looking to fault the carrier, nor to make a big to do about nothing-with the realization that I, a bearer of only two children, in a world where many in the developing world have 8, tried to act mature. This attempt at acted maturity was stifled when the plane encountered a patch of turbulence. Possessing many deficiencies in the areas of both maturity and turbulent-diaper-changing, I gave thought to breaking out in perspiration. I stopped and considered. Then I decided to try and be normal and just change him on the top of the toilet seat.

Like a spinning saucer that one could encounter at their local six flags or carnival, i watched my young son spin back and forth on that seat, much like one might imagine the hands of a broken watch spinning to and fro upon a central hinge. Hinged he was not, spinning he was. It was not the type of spin that would induce nausea, but it was a rather appropriate spinning-if spinning be appropriate in turbulent weather at high altitudes-an appropriate baby spinning we experienced aboard this reputable airline carrier.

You can imagine the smattering of the product within Duncan's diaper-but I would like to move on to the next portion of this experience. It was really quite mild, all this spinning baby-ness on toilet seats amidst the turbulent weather. However, I will say, what happened next was more spicy than mild. The turbulence previously encountered was a cream puff compared to this next patch of turbulence-for those of you who remember Mike Tyson's punchout, it would have been like Bald Bull after facing Don Flamenco (let the reader understand). Generally an agile person upon my two feet, I found myself moving first right, then left-first a hand grab, then a knee save, back to the hand grab, alternating pressure from side to side-changing baby in hands, from hand to hand. Eventually the stewardess announced to the entire cabin 'sir, just find a seat'. Little did she know that I had already pinballed myself all the way back to my family, bringing an end to one of the more uncommon experiences surrounding a most common experience.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Lady Bug Party

cousins playing together
notice all the mosquito bites on poor little duncan's face. he is a magnet for those pesky critters. he will get bitten from the house to our car - poor guy
sweet anna
me & my sister with cousins 7 weeks apart!

you might think kristina is my sister more than my real sister - because we look so similar - she's not :) but i would take her as my sister if she wanted :)
dana&felice, amy&emery kate, kelli&anna, marci&luke, me&duncan
birthday girl

sweet family
j with some sort of dessert in his hand - he for sure has his dad's sweet tooth :)
and so we are now quickly looking for a dentist

I had to share with you some of the cutest pictures from a little lady bug who had a first birthday last week. It was a precious little party and her mom did such a good job making everything so sweet and special!