Monday, August 16, 2010

Giving Brownie a Kiss

Mack loves to pass out kisses but he is VERY selective as to who gets them. Usually Brown Dog gets the most kisses. Mack just leans his whole face into your cheek or neck. It's adorable :)

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Fortune Telling

We took this picture at our local Albertson's probably a week before Mack was born. If only we had known Mack would have colic, we totally would've bought these.

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Again, with the Rule Breaking

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Mack's Favorite Toy

Mack's favorite toy was given to him by his Grammy the day he got tubes. It's the best $14 anyone has ever spent on Mack (thanks, mom!). If he was stranded (and properly supervised) on a desert island, that book would be the one item he would take.

So it looks like we never change his clothes but I swear we do! I think what happens is Jon is always pulling the clean outfit on top and it's constantly getting re-washed & put back on top. It's so odd that Jon would do that because he is so particular about how he dresses himself *insert eyeroll here*.

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Such Talent

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Bath Stein

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First Lasagna

Mack's first lasagna. He loved it (of course).

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Rule Breaker

My co-workers often call me a "rule breaker".  You see, I think most 'rules' are really just suggestions.  Like in a parking lot.   Sometimes lots are marked 'dry cleaners only' or 'To Go Parking Only'.  Those are just suggestions, you can't be ticketed or arrested for parking there if you aren't going to the drycleaners or picking up a take out order. 

It's easy to see that Mack is going to be like his Ma.

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Make It Right

Mack loves his tool bench (thank you, nonners!!!). Hopefully he doesn't mind sharing tools with his Daddy because there is no way I'm spending more money on tools!

Check him out in the last picture. He is not allowed to stand on the fireplace hearth although he may sit on it. That squat and look on his face is his "testing pose". He'll squat down and turn and look to Jon or I to see if we tell him "no".

He's only one, too. I think it's going to be like this for everything that could be/is dangerous until you master it. As long as he never wants those stupid wheely shoes, I think I can handle it.

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Burns/Kartous Birthday Celebration

Jon's family got together the week of Mack's Birthday to celebrate his birthday and just see each other! It was such a good time and Mack had no problems eating the Bumble Bee Cupcake Cake his cousin, James, picked out for him!

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Mack is One!

Mack Benjamin Burns turned One on Friday, June 25, 2010.

Is it possible for this to be both the longest and shortest year of our lives?

Being the Mean Mean Momma that I am, I took him for his one year check up the day of his birthday (hence the band-aids on his chubby thighs). He was excelling at all the important development milestones. I think that means we are doing an okay job. He had just started walking a few steps at a time and to show off for Dr. Yaeger he decided to continually walk laps in the examination room. There's been no stopping him since.

At age one, Mack is a combo of the 14 & 15 month milestone chart found here.
He is 31.5 inches (90th percentile) and 25lbs (75th percentile).  I'm sure he will get his dad's height and he is already starting to thin out and look like a toddler instead of the cutest baby in the world.

He is growing, moving and learning so fast, I can't even list everything!  I will admit that after getting his tubes in April I was very worried about his language delay but he seems right on track and at one year had a few words down (most children have at least two words at one) - Ma, Dada, Bon Bon (his care-giver, Bonnie), Ba (for bottle or sippy cup).

We had a lot of scheduling conflicts for Mack's Birthday so he actually had two parties.  The day of his birthday my family joined Jon, Mack and me at our favorite restaurant, Tony's, for pasta & cupcakes.  It was a simple day to celebrate the best thing about our simple little family.

Mack has taught us so much about how to love and be loved - we can't imagine our lives without him.  What were we doing before he was in our lives?  Clearly, it was not as fun as this because I barely remember that life.

I Heart Cupcakes

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New Boot Goofin'

Mack was days away from walking (and only days away from turning one!) and he didn't (and still doesn't) take too kindly to shoes.  They've seemed kind of pointless to me until now so I got him these ones with a squeaker after seeing my friend Amy's little girl, Eleanor, wear them.  They are supposed to help train the new walker to walk heel-toe but I got them to mainly annoy the dogs :)

The way he acted when he first tried them on reminded me of this scene from Reno 911!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sanity Vaction 2010

It's no secret to anyone in our lives that the past 10 months have been extremely challenging on our little family. I think we did pretty good until the end :)

People (usually those with the dramatic tendencies - ahem, me) sometimes exclaim, "I need a vacation!" but in our case, we really did. We've gone off for weekends away but haven't really made it a priority to give ourselves one on one time since our Honeymoon five years ago.

We needed a Sanity Vacation and we had simple criteria: beach, books, bed. At first I was researching little cabana/casitas in Tulum, Mexico that were completely off the grid - no electricity sounded like heaven to me (i.e. Leave me alone & don't try to contact me). When you get hot, the ocean is right there. When the sun sets, you go to bed and when it comes up the next day, you wake up. I would love to go to one of the places I found on my own sometime. I think it would be heaven.

In the end, we decided on an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Tulum.   For 6 whole days in early June, we woke up and headed to the beach where we stayed each day until dusk.  I read several books, broke out my vintage U2 iPod (it surprisingly still works), and took naps!  Naps, people!  Breaks in the day!  I haven't slept as good as I slept in Tulum since Sept. of 2008, just before I got pregnant.  It was amazing.

The staff was exceptional and brought us tons of drinks.  Upon my return a co-worker informed me that the phrase I had used repeatedly for Pepsi refills, "Bebe Frescas", was not, in fact, the term used for cold drink.  Oops.  At least I mastered 'Cerveza'. To snorkel, we just headed out in the ocean and join the docked Snorkel Boats hanging out straight from the resort.  It was a fabulous time and did I mention? - I have had in at least two years.

Here are some pics (sorry there's not more but this is seriously all we did for 6 days):

Jon mastered the art of hammocking

Us, Day 1

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We made it 5 years but I'm not so sure year 4 should count....
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