Sep 24, 2012

Like, Love and Don't Like

This week, I like Downton Abbey. Julie and I have always tried to have a TV show that we both enjoy. Our relationship originated around LOST and we’re currently wrapped up with Revenge. But now we’ve got a new show: Downton Abbey. Julie suggested this show during some lazy time on our vacation last week. I knew the show had a lot of fans but I really didn’t think I would like it. The show doesn’t feature a topic that I would normally enjoy but the writers and actors do a really good job of pulling you in. Season 1 was great and we’ll start Season 2 soon.

Sidenote: The Downton Abbey theme is actually a remixed version of the X Files theme.

Downton Abbey Theme:

X Files Theme:

This week, I love going on vacation. Our first family vacation was so much fun! Our little alarm clock didn’t allow us to catch any extra Z’s but the time away was much appreciated. It was just nice to be somewhere different. I think Graham liked the change of scenery too. Julie’s coworker was nice enough to allow us to stay a few days in his family’s home on the lake in Pell City, complete with a swimming pool. I was worried that the pool water might be too chilly but Graham loved it. I think next summer will be a lot of fun with him in the water! We were so glad to spend some fun time together out of town and I think I found my new favorite spot in Alabama!

This week, I don’t like politics mixing with my entertainment. I have been so disappointed to have to unfollow some of my favorite actors and comedians on Twitter because of their liberal views. It’s happened so much lately that it seems in order to be a popular entertainer, one must showcase his or her allegiance to the Democrats with a vile Tweet about Mitt Romney. People like Seth Myers and Patton Oswalt…I don’t didn't follow you on Twitter because of your political views, OK? Why do more of these talented entertainers lean to the left and what makes them feel that they have to be so in-your-face about it anyway?  Apparently, there are NO entertainers out there that will be voting Republican this year either. Mark Cuban tweeted it best:

Sep 9, 2012

Graham - 8 Months

I almost let this one slip by, but if I don't document these things now there is no way I will ever remember them...and I want to be able to look back and remember what these days entailed.  This is no secret, but Graham is an eating machine.. he eats baby food 3 times a day and takes 5 bottles.  So far he has eaten everything we have given him.  He has certain foods that he likes more than others, but for the most part he will eat anything you give him.  This month we started giving him Gerber Puffs (basically cereal), and he loves them.  I can't tell if he really likes the taste or just the fact that he gets to feed himself.  Regardless he gets a few after each meal, and he thinks he is big stuff!

His language continues to develop, but still consists of mainly bababa's and dadada's.  I get an occasional ma but those are few and far between.

No signs of crawling yet, but the boy can pivot and roll most anywhere he wants to go.  It is amazing how fast that little bugger is!  No major injuries yet..a few close calls, but thankfully we have managed to avoid any accidents so far.  We haven't baby proofed the house yet...I think in am in denial.  How can we already be at the point of baby gates, outlet plugs and cabinet locks?

He has a sweet temperament and is generally a happy boy.  He loves to go shopping and ride in the cart.  He talks up a storm and loves all the attention he gets from the strangers who all want to stop and talk to him.

Here is what his typical schedule looks like:

6:00 Wake Up
6:30 Bottle (6 oz)
8:00 Breakfast (cereal/oatmeal and fruit)
8:45 Nap (usually for 1 1/2 - 2 hours)
11:00 Bottle (6 oz)
12:00 Lunch (fruit, vegetable and puffs)
1:00 Nap
3:00 Bottle (6 oz)
5:00 Dinner (meat, vegetable, fruit and puffs)
6:15 Bath
6:30 Bottle and Bed
9:45 Dream Feed

A few outtakes from our photo shoot: