Archive for August, 2008

A quick visit to Dallas

August 30, 2008 10:55 am

Michael and I headed up to Dallas to visit the great-grandparents and to catch up with family. We headed to Mema’s (Miles’ great-grandmother) on Thursday night for pizza. It was awesome being able to see our cousin, Morgan, who took a trip down from Denton to see us. My Uncle Jay and Aunt Stephanie even came by for a quick visit. Aunt Stephanie is expecting a baby boy in December. I’m going to have a new cousin that’s 2 months older than baby #2 🙂 We are so excited for them.

The pregnant Halls :)
Aunt Stephanie is pregnant with my cousin!!
See - there is height in our family
Uncle Marc
My cousins, Morgan and Cameron & michael

Miles had a great time turning off Mema’s oxygen and playing with his Uncle Michael. After pizza and a late night we headed back to cousin Cameron’s house for a quick visit and some sleep. Miles continued to wow us with his cuteness when he was chasing Cameron’s cat, Piper, around. When Piper managed to disappear on him, Miles looked up at Cameron and Michael, cocked his head, and said “Meow???”. I’m sure they helped him find the kitty after that.

Then we drove to my mom’s parents, Gama and Bapa’s house. After a very yummy breakfast we relaxed, let Miles play on Gama’s bed like Michael and I used to do, and looked at pictures from Michael’s travels. Miles enjoyed playing with his toys that Gama made him. Once the fussies set in we made the long drive back to Austin. Michael tried to kill us several times because he had a hard time watching the road…he spent most of his time playing with Miles and making faces at him in the rear-view mirror.

The Great-Grandparents
Watching the Muppets ("ma-ma" as miles calls them)
Playing on Gama's bed like michael and I used to do as kids
Miles can't sit still on the couch with Michael and Gama

Miles’ First Trip to the Circus with Grandpa and Evie

August 24, 2008 4:23 pm

I have to admit, we thought he’d occasionally watch what was going on but neither one of us thought we’d make it through the whole 2 hours. When has Miles EVER sat still for 2 hours and been awake? Never.

Our hopes weren’t high for a successful circus trip especially since we skipped the afternoon nap. I must say…we were pleasantly surprised. As soon as the circus started Miles was captivated.

Cool elephants
Watching the lady climb up a very tall pole
Cool tigers
I think Grandpa is having just as much fun

He clapped at all of the right times, pointed and said, “doo” many times and thoroughly enjoyed himself. He had his first taste of popcorn and sprite (thanks to grandpa). Miles traded off sitting in all of our laps but not once did he fuss or want down. At one point Eric reached in front of Miles to get some popcorn and Miles pushed his arm down because it was in his line of sight. He was one tired puppy afterwards.

The circus aftermath...
After the circus

Fishing with the Grandparents

August 20, 2008 11:17 am

Last weekend we made a trip down to Matagorda Bay for some fishing with Mom and Ray. Poor Miles was exhausted after not sleeping well Friday night and skipping several naps on Saturday.

Fast asleep after his fishing trip
Daddy's looking to catch a big one!
Fast asleep for his morning nap in the trailer

Of course, his Nana was thrilled to get to hold him when he fell asleep at lunch. He has to be beyond tired to fall asleep in someone’s arms.

My first real hug

August 12, 2008 7:47 pm

Miles is 100% boy. No hugs (unless they are for his bunny puppet or Travis), no kisses, and rarely a cuddle. But tonight he stepped completely out of character and wrapped his arms around my neck, laid his head on my shoulder and gave me a big squeeze. I should admit at first I thought he was about to bite my shoulder (which he is prone to do when really excited) so it took me a second to realize what was going on. Once it registered I was actually getting hugged, my heart melted 🙂 Of course, 10 minutes later I was snapped back into reality when he threw a book at my eye. Here’s a shot of the last few moments of a hug he gave Travis the other night.

More hugs for Travis

Family fun

August 7, 2008 6:59 pm

Last Friday we headed out to Bastrop for an evening with my mom and Ray. Miles enjoyed playing with his new train set.

Playing with his train at Nana's

Then on Sunday, Miles’ cousin came to stay with us for a few days. He was THRILLED to have a playmate. Every morning he greeted Callie with a huge grin.

Good morning!
Playing with cousin, Callie at the park

This morning we had fun at our 13 week ultrasound. Baby #2 was VERY active and was bouncing all around. Thank goodness I can’t feel it yet. The doctor said everything looks great. Unfortunately it’s still a little to early to tell the sex.

Baby #2 Profile
Face shot

The first picture is a side profile of the whole body (the head is on the right with the hand by the face). The second picture is a shot of the baby’s face (yes, it looks like an alien – that’s just because you are looking at the skull).