Sunday, January 31, 2010

Goodbye January

It's hard to believe that my baby boy is going to be 4 months old this week. Seriously, time flies when you're having fun! :) I have to say though, I'm glad to be wrapping up January and heading into a new month hopeful for better days around this corner.

Sam has been battling bronchitis nearly the entire month, and although HE has remained happy it has been a real test for me. Worrying is a part of my nature, and man has it increased since October 5th! Lamentations 2:19 instructs us to "Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children." I've really learned to trust that God is in control of Sam's life, and He loves him so much more than I do! Why would I not trust in Him?!!

Sam is such a sweet joy to us. He is the happiest little guy I have ever seen. He is changing so much. I'm anxious for his well child appointment this week to see how much he has actually grown, and how much taller he's gotten. His hair is slowly changing from brown to blonde. His eyes are a beautiful blue, and they melt my heart every time I look into them. He is so much more aware than he was even last month, and he grabs whatever is in his reach. He just discovered his tongue, and it is always out! Oh how it makes me laugh! I believe he is going to be a silly little boy, with a great since of humor just like his daddy. His laugh and his little squeals fill our house will joy! Every night he lets me rock him to sleep, but not because he needs it...but because I do.

He is my pride and joy.

Hugs To You,

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fantastic Voyage (By Chad)

Super coolio is how I'm going to sum up the 4th quarter of 2009. Baby Sam is still super cool, and Andrea and I are the coolest parents ever! We'll see if this still holds up in about 10-12 years with Mr. Sam. He'll probably loathe me during those years because of my stern discipline, but for now, I'd like to consider myself a cool dad.

Sam's alertness becomes more evident everyday. He loves to her our voices and they make him smile when we talk to him. He has a sillyness to him already. He reminds me of a "little me" more everyday. I still do not know who he looks like. We just say he looks like "Sam." He's the smileyest little kid I have ever seen. He could not be a better baby. We are blessed with him. He as made parenting very easy so far (crosses fingers).

Sam got to watch me play bball a few weeks ago. Andrea said he watched us run back in forth, up and down the court following us. He seems to really like basketball. He watches both bball and football with me. He has no interest in the girly shows that his momma watches, i.e. Gossip Girl, American Idol, One Tree Hill, etc. What can I say? He has great taste in TV/Sports!

Now that we are in a new decade, I have reflected back over my life the last 10 years. Man it really went fast. I went from a boy to a man during this decade. It seems strange that I was 17 when Y2K came upon us. I guess everything worked out okay with the Y2K scare! It is hard to believe that I graduated high school, college, managed a personal website (the original facebook), got married, started a business, and had a baby all within the last decade. By the way, my old site is no longer online because yahoo cancelled their free webhosting :( . So the old quoteboard is just sweet memories to fellow friends. Looking back now it seems all crammed together, but it did not feel crammed.

I am excited for what this decade will bring. Andrea & I will probably be done growing our family. Sam will start back talking me during this decade. It is hard to imagine my huddler cuddler being nothing but perfect though! For now, I'm going to savor these precious moments. What a cute kid. There is no greater blessing God can give Andrea and I, than a child. I can't say it enough, I love being a dad!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

MJ 23

By Chad

Earlier this year I scored a good deal on some infant sized Jordan shoes. I had to get them for Mr. Sam. They were at a garage sale, and they looked like they had never been worn. I have been waiting patiently for a perfect moment to introduce Sam to the best looking shoes in his closet.

This weekend, Andrea purchased some new bball shoes for me for our anniversary. Whatdaya know, some Jordans! When we got home, I felt like it was time for Sam to put on his Jordans with me so we can look fly together. Andrea said they looked huge on his feet, but I felt like they were a perfect fit. He grinned very big as he knew he looked super cool with daddy. I have to admit, he was right. We both looked really good in our Jordans together. Sam actually told me he's ready to hit the hardwood for some hoops. Unfortunately I had to tell him "Son, you have to learn to crawl/walk/and then run, before we can play some ball. Andrea took some pics, so I'm sure they will be uploaded on facebook sometime soon for all to enjoy. For now, we'll continue to enjoy watching basketball on TV until the time comes for him to hoop it up.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

God's Love For Us

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19

This has always been one of my favorite verses in the bible. But until last night, I never really grasped the profoundness of it. As I rocked my precious baby Sam to sleep I began to think about the love I have for this little man. Just as I begin to think that I could not love him more than I do today, tomorrow begins a new day and my love grows even more. This beautiful baby boy, truly a gift from my God, is only to give me a glimpse of his marvelous unfailing love for us.

Truly, Amazing Grace.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Black Friday

So my mom and I decided that we would try our hand at Black Friday shopping this year. It was our first experience, and we decided to go all out. By go all out I mean...we didn't sleep at all! We arrived at Toys R Us at 11:50pm Thanksgiving night and stood in the line that was crazy long. I mean crazy. My first thought..."mom, these people are nuts!" oh wait...we ARE "these people"!

So we eventually made it in to Toys R Us, found what we were looking for...and stood in another crazy long line. We stood...and we stood...and 3 hours after we stepped in Toys R Us we exited with absolutely nothing in hand. We had had enough of that crazy long line! Strike one.

Our next stop... Old Navy. It was supposed to open at 3am...and I wanted to get there on time to get one of those free lego rock band games they were giving away. I don't even own rock band instruments, so I'm not sure why I wanted this other than the fact that it was completely free. By this time we had figured out that waiting in the crazy long line in the freezing cold didn't necessarily pay off. You would eventually make it in the store whether you were in that line or not. So, we waited in my warm car. About 10 minutes before 3 we noticed the crazy long line was disappearing fast. I rolled down the window, and what do you know?? Old Navy isn't opening until 5! Strike 2.

We had another hour before Kohls opened, and our complete lack of sleep was really starting to catch up with us. So I throw in the towel and decide it was time to go home and climb in bed and catch as many z's as that night had left. Well, on the way to take mom back to her car we decided to try to revive this Black Friday shopping once more. We stop at Walmart which was filled with more crazy people! I'm talking about the ones that were standing in line staring at boxes of product wrapped in cellophane that wouldn't even be released for another 2 hours! Crazy. And they were way protective of these products. We called it the evil eye. :)

We finally made it to the opening of Kohls at 4am. We found what we were looking for...and man did we load up!!! The line was about an hour and a half long...but much more pleasant than Toys R Us for some reason. We get checked out and decide that since we had such great luck at Kohls we should try that luck at Target.

Target was nuts. People were parked in the grass, in Cheddars parking lot...everywhere! We made it in, got what I wanted and noticed that the line went all the way to the back of the store. It's a big store!!! That was just a crazy long line I wasn't willing to get in to! So we left. Strike 3.

We were done. Let's just say we'll leave the Black Friday shopping to all the other people out there that can handle a huge lack of sleep! I was still recovering 3 days later. It's sad that one night of shopping had a greater effect on me than having a newborn baby!

Sam he is

(By Chad)

Mr. Sam, my man. What a cool experience becoming a dad. There is not really any way to prepare until it happens. You cannot simulate the emotions that go through your body when you see your baby for the first time. It was the best feeling in the world. Children are truly a gift from God. There is nothing better than being a parent. Being able to help grow and develop another human. What an amazing experience. I have been a dad for almost two months. I have taught Sam how to give dap (hand pounds) and how to burp really loud. I can't wait to teach him more manly things! Andrea has been such a great mother to him. I am blessed to have her to take great care of our little tike. I couldn't do it without her. This little boy gets bigger every day. He's the best looking kid I have ever seen! (no bias) :) Tomorrow will be Sam's first OU basketball game. He is very excited to go. I'll keep everyone posted as he gets bigger and bigger. This is my first blog since I stopped my website about 4 years ago. Forgive the rust, as I have not written in a long while. Take care all and God bless! -Chad

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sam Smiles

It's official. Sam smiles. And not just the type of smile that comes in his sleep, or with a gassy stomach. Nope, it's a real smile. And it's at me, and it's at daddy, and we love it!! There is something in me that gets so excited when I see even one corner of his little mouth turn up. Because I know that at any minute I'm going to see the most beautiful, the most precious grin I ever did see. I fall in love a little more every day with this little man. He has my heart.