Thursday, March 24, 2011

It's A Date!

I am a firm believer in date nights.  Don't get me wrong, I love my son, but I strongly believe that a little time away from him now and then helps me to not only strengthen my relationship with Brett, but to be a better mom when I'm home.  We are very fortunate to have my parents only an hour away and some trustworthy girls in our ward who we feel confidant leaving him with.  We've tried to take advantage of Brett's few days off of work to have some real fun.  Here's a few of the ubber-fun dates we've had the last few months. 
Please note: Most of our dates are no where NEAR this elaborate.

In February my parents took Weston for a day so we could make the 2 hour drive to Flagstaff for some spring skiing.  The sun was shining and the slopes were empty.  It was a GREAT day!
We're looking tough (Kind of!)
LOVE that view!

Several months ago we took advantage of a great deal on a sunset hot air balloon ride.  It was one of our first times leaving Weston, I think he was about 8 weeks old, and it was a great escape.
 Our captain started up the flames...
and we were up, up, and away!
 It was very calm and peaceful and we saw quite a different view of Phoenix than we are used to.

Most recently, Brett signed us up for an hour-and-a-half pottery class.  Apparently it's something he's always wanted to do. Who knew?!  We made four not-so-impressive pots each, and both ended up covered in clay!

I am so grateful for the quality time Brett and I are able to spend with one another, and even more grateful for a baby who cooperates when he's left behind.  No one wants to babysit a cranky boy!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bon Appetit!

My little boy is definitely a BOY.
He has sweaty, smelly feet...
he thinks farts are funny...
and he LOVES to EAT!
 So far, his cuisine includes rice cereal, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, and rice crackers.  Let's just say, he can't get enough!
And when we decide that he's downed enough grub for one sitting, he repeatedly lets us know how he feels about the situation.
I'm already getting concerned about my future grocery bills.


Brett was pretty irked last month when I told him he had to figure out a way to get February 15th off of work because I had a surprise planned.  He repeatedly told me that he couldn't take a day off of work just because he wanted too, but he was eventually able to schedule it so he could leave the hospital at noon that day.

Soon after he got home from work there was a knock at the door, and imagine his surprise when he opened it to find 5 of his brothers and brother-in-laws standing at the door!  SURPRISE!!  The Blaser Boys (minus Brett's dad and two brother-in-laws who couldn't make it) flew in from Utah and Texas to surprise Brett for the day!

They hung out at the house just long enough to say hi to Weston and me, and for me to get a pic of the group, and then headed out the door for some quality male bonding.

First stop: Brett's favorite Barro's Pizza for lunch.

Next up: K1 Speed for some high-speed racing (and crashing).  Fortunately no one lost their lunch during their 42 laps of racing!

Next stop: US Airways Center to watch the Phoenix Suns take on the Utah Jazz (the real reason for the trip).
The boys were able to score a sweet suite to enjoy the game and a catered dinner from.  Brett did have to endure a little heckling from the boys for cheering for the Suns instead of the Jazz.  What can I say?!  Once you go Orange, you never go back. :)   [BTW, the Suns won 102-101. :)]

And finally: Back to a downtown Phoenix hotel for an all-brother sleepover.  Fortunately Brett had packed scrubs and went straight to work from the hotel the next morning.

The boys had a great (and somewhat wild) time, and managed to only end up in the back of a cop car once the entire night. ;)

End result:  Even though it was a very quick one-day visit, they all had a blast, and Brett quickly got over having to get time off of work.

Little Minnow

I am pleased to announce that Weston is currently in training for the 2028 Summer Olympics!

Not really, but thanks to Hubbard Family Swim School we've been enjoying free swimming once a week since he was 6 weeks old!  They have a free swim class for babies 4 weeks to 6 months of age and their parents.  It's been a great opportunity for Weston and I to get out of the house, socialize with other moms and babies, enjoy a heated indoor pool during the winter, and expose Weston to a different environment and situation than he is used to. 

The result: he LOVES it!  He's very comfortable with the water already and loves to kick and splash.  He even started going under at 3 1/2 months! (Don't worry.  He doesn't come up screaming or choking. :] )

Since Dad isn't able to come to our lessons during the week, we went to the pool one evening a few months ago for an open swim night so he could share in the fun with us.
I can't wait for the summer when we'll be able to spend much more time in the pool.  Plus, I'll finally be able to get a tan while we're at it.  Bonus!