I love these pictures.  Deacon has such an easy smile, but this is how I see him a lot of the day; his concentrating face or is cute little profile, always looking around to see what he can see.

I'm pretty sure Deacon has inherited RBF from me (resting bitch face).  But thankfully, unlike me, he is such an easily happy guy with any excuse to smile. 


He loves his daddy (a great reason to smile).  He gets so excited when Evan comes home (me too).

We like stripes, and sitting in the bumbo for about 3 minutes at a time.  He's so funny- he sees the camera and smiles.  It's like, "okay, that white plastic thing will show the world how adorable I am, I must deliver."  And deliver he does.

 In non-baby news, Evan and Dean finished the workbench in the garage.  It looks great and is so functional now.  We'll also be able to take it with us whenever and wherever we move- assuming we'll have a garage.


Deacon: 5 Months!

It is hard to believe we're at 5 months already!  From the beginning, my mind hasn't really gone beyond 5 months, but time keeps on moving, ready or not.

For the record, these pictures are really difficult to take.  I really need an assistant!  You should see the shenanigans I have to go through to get them- and I'm not really looking at the camera when I take them, which is why (I think) most of the pictures are a tiny bit blurry.

I love when he stretched his legs out straight like he's doing below.  He does it nearly every time I change him and I think it's quite adorable.  In the mornings, he'll stretch everything out as far as he can- which is really far.  He's such a long baby.

We are enjoying our summer!  The five month highlights include visiting California, swimming for the first time, (doesn't he look like a little queen on his throne?) discovering Tebow and wanting to pet him, and rolling over.  It's still not as easy for him to go from tummy to back, but he can do it.  He has been going through some cranky spurts in the day where he doesn't want to be put down and doesn't want to be held.  So we're trying out different carrier options.  They seem to work for about 10 minutes.

Evan has had to work a lot this summer, weekends included, so Deacon and I have been visiting him and bringing him lunch on Saturdays.  We love "bring your baby to work" day (but we miss daddy around here!) 

We are still having a lot of fun together.  Deacon is really enjoying "talking" (to me or himself) and touching people's faces, as well as Tebow's face.  He seems to really like men with stubble, but last week he touched a friends face who has a lot of facial hair and he went from smiling to screaming in terror.  Apparently too much facial hair scares him.  It was sad and hilarious all at once

We sure love our happy little guy!


Memorial Weekend in South Florida

Obviously, I'm a few months late in posting these.  It doesn't feel that long ago- and I can't believe how small Deacon looks!  He's grown so much in the last month and a half.

Deacon got to go to Boca to meet his Great Grandma Meme.

We had lunch in her living facility's restaurant, and Deacon got to meet a lot of grandmas who adored him.

But in this family, Evan is the real star of the show (though he'll deny it).

He got to meet his cousins, and his great Uncle Tom and Aunt Carol from Tampa who were in town.

We got to go to the beach, which was super hot so we mostly hid under a tree in the inlet. 

Evan, the hottest hand-holder of two year olds. 

Our little monkey dipped his toes in the beautiful water (he hated it).

There was lots of cousin time with William and Thomas.  Some poked eyes and bonked heads, but fun had by all (I think, or at least they will in the future).

When William is tired, he sleeps.  When Deacon is tired, he screams.  So we had an overtired time at a nice italian restaurant.  

Getting everyone to look at the camera was impossible, grandmothers included (I love all the baby paraphernalia you can see in the background).

We got to slip away for a nice family walk on the beach.

Deacon thought he was all hot in his shades.

There are a lot of men in this family. 

 And this was the very best we could do at a group photo.  Maybe next year.

Deacon seemed to really enjoy all the attention from his Floridian Grandparents!  

 And his favorite Floridian Aunt, Jennifer.

Thanks for having us, Florida family!  


4th of July 2014

We had a great 4th of July week/weekend visiting my family in California.
My mom bought Deacon a little sailor hat for my friend's nautical wedding shower (hopefully pictures coming soon) and it came in quite handy all week with that California sun.

 We had a fun time at my grandparents annual 4th of July barbecue.  We switched it up this year by moving all our chairs from the back to the front yard- it was at least 10 degrees cooler in the front. 

This right here is the biggest problem I have with getting pictures of people with Deacon- they look at him and not me!  I guess a good problem to have.

Deacon got to wear his "First 4th" onsie his great Grandma got him.  Bill told me he can also wear it on August 4th, and maybe September 4th if it still fits.  

Deacon touched his toes in the Atlantic Ocean in May, and now he's touched the Pacific in Santa Barbara.  We got to visit my good friend Kim who was vacationing there with her two boys (not pictured, which I'm so sad about!).

Besides the traffic and a crying baby in said traffic, it was a fun day- and we couldn't have asked for better beach weather!  Gorgeous.

We had lots of patio time in the mild Ventura summer.  We all loved being outside!  I miss it already.  I feel so cooped up here sometimes.  

Deacon loved being passed around during patio time.  He really seems to like men (especially their stubble), glasses and hats, so he was quite fond of his grandpa who wears both.  

And we got to see a lot of family and eat a lot of good food.  Deacon especially enjoyed his Aunt Bre's pizza flavored fingers.  

 We nervously sat outside at Wood Ranch awaiting a melt down, but I did fine.  Haha, just seeing if you're paying attention.  We put on baby einstein music and none of us cried at all.

 Well, maybe Bill a little since he seems to loath having his picture taken.

I wanted to extend my ticket and stay longer, but by the end Deacon was hardly napping at all and was on his last leg of cheerfulness.  It was hard to leave, but when we got home and he saw his crib and squealed with delight, I was glad we came home. 

This was taken after our flight home, and although it was our most difficult flight (at least for me, trying to keep him happy) he really did fine.  He even got some compliments from grown men on his travel prowess.

Such a champ!

 Until next time, California!


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