We had the privilege of having over one of my favorite young ladies this past Saturday. My friend, Jessica Heydrick, was on her way back home from the valley and called me up Saturday afternoon to see if she could come by. Of course! We had a good couple of hours just hanging out, talking...and lots of playing with Johnathan! I took the most precious video of Johnathan laughing his head off as he attacked Jessica. I'll try to post that later. In the meantime, here are some sweet moments of them together.
...the swing! Johnathan used to be content simply swinging in his swing. Recently though he has figured out how to climb out of it, and if it weren't for being strapped in I'm sure he'd have face-planted on the floor by now! A few days ago I caught him in climbing mode, and took a few shots of him being mischievous. I especially love the grin he has in the last picture. Priceless!!!
Maybe as his mother I am a little biased, but you have to admit that this little guy sure is a cutie-pa-tootie! Yesterday he looked especially adorable after I spiked up his hair with some of daddy's hair stuff (Auntie Gwen, you would have loved it!). I really love this first pic where you can see how beautifully long his eye lashes are...oh, this little man sure has me wrapped around his chubby little finger!
Nope, this post isn't about Aaron misbehaving *wink*, it's actually about our dog, Bo. The bookends of my day on Sunday were a matching set. Both filled with anxiety and frustration at that dang dog. And, as much as I would love to keep Bo outside in the doghouse, I can't, and here's why...
...Sunday morning dawned bright and beautiful. I got Baby J. up, let the dog out to do his business, made my morning cup of coffee, and before I sat down to enjoy the beginning of my day I went to bring Bo into the house. Well, I looked outside in the backyard, and no Bo. Front yard, same story, no Bo. He had run away from our home for the very first time the day before, so I packed up Johnathan in the stroller and took a walk hoping to try and find him where he had been the previous day. I didn't want to wake up Aaron because he was starting his night shift that night and needed the extra rest. So, out we struck looking for our "lost" dog. I was certain that we'd find him the next street over, but after searching his normal walking route we still hadn't caught sight of him. Defeated, we started for home to get Aaron up so we could drive around looking for him.
After Aaron woke we again headed out. We drove to the nearby park, and while we saw 3 yellow labs, none of them were Bo. Then we headed to drive the route that Aaron takes when he and Bo go for a jog. Still, no Bo. As a last resort, we decided to take a look where we occasionally walk down by the ocean. Lo and behold, there was Bo, soaking wet from his morning swim in the ocean, happy as a clam! We were so thankful that 1) Bo hadn't been hit while crossing 4 lanes of traffic to get across to the water, and 2) that he was able to make it back up the seawall after swimming. After giving Bo some very firm "no's" Aaron walked him home, and I drove back with Johnathan.
The "books" of my day, in between the bookends, were great. I spent time with my wonderful husband and son. Got caught up on a few things around the house. And, in general, just enjoyed the day.
Fast forward to 10:30pm Sunday evening. Aaron was at work, Johnathan was asleep in bed, and I was just about to head there myself. So, I let Bo out for his evening bathroom break, took my vitamins, brought in the laundry and, wanting to make sure that I didn't leave Bo out too long, I opened the door to let him in...except that he wasn't there!!! Aaahhhh! I called Aaron to tell him what had happened, he told me to call my aunt who I did not want to call figuring she'd already gone to bed. Anyways, at Aaron's insistence I called her cell phone, no answer. I called her home phone, no answer. Finally, and reluctantly, I called my uncle's cell and he sleepily answered "hello?" I then explained what had happened, asking if my aunt could come over and watch Johnathan while I went to look for Bo. She was more than happy to come (thanks so much, Aunt Jennifer!) and arrived a little before 11:00pm. We ended up getting Johnathan out of bed so we could drive around in her truck looking for Bo...our second vehicle is not working, or else I would have loaded up Johnathan right after Bo went missing to look for him. I was expecting another long search for Bo, but no, he was less than a block away, again, as happy as a clam. I jumped out of my aunt's truck, and after he slunk over to me, tail between his legs, I gave him some less than friendly slaps on his head and walked him home. What a day!
Thankfully Johnathan was able to go back to sleep fairly soon after I got him back in bed, and hopefully my aunt was able to as well. After I simmered down I was able to fall asleep too, and Bo, well he acted just as if nothing had happened...but must wonder why I now have to babysit him while he does his business in the yard. Needless to say, this warranted a call to the vet, and pretty soon Bo will not be quite so macho as before, and hopefully will stick around home a little better.
Yesterday was the beginning of a new era here in the Aldape household. The era of Cheerios! I tried giving some to Johnathan a couple of weeks ago, and although he seemed to like eating them, he couldn't quite get them into his mouth all on his own. So, yesterday, while preparing dinner, I decided to give it another go and poured out quite a spread of those tasty little o's. Baby J. immediately picked up a handful and stuffed them into his mouth...and he kept on going. I think I gave him about 3 "refills" of Cheerios, and though some ended up on the floor a lot went into his mouth. It was pretty cute to watch him feed himself. He seemed very pleased with his new ability, and I was able to make dinner without a hitch. Nice!
There is something indescribably sweet about holding a baby. Especially when they're all snuggly in their pj's. Johnathan is still a cuddly little guy, but since my little nephew Miles knows the freedom of walking around on his own two feet he isn't quite as ready to stay content all cuddled up. So, when I was able to get a little snuggle time in with him I treasured it to the max! Here is Gwen and myself swapping babies for a little auntie-nephew snuggle time.
Johnathan is blessed to have 2 wonderful Grandmas, Grammy and Nana, and 4 lovely Great-Grandmas who love him dearly. Johnny was able to spend time with 4 of his beautiful Grandmas during our vacation. Even if he could spend a lifetime with them, it still wouldn't be enough time to soak up all their love...as you can tell from these pictures!
***I love you my bisabuela Celia, my great-grandma Lois (Mema),my great-grandma Linda, my great-grandma Evelyn, my Nana and my Grammy!!!*** Love, Johnathan
If you've been wondering where we've been lately, we had the wonderful chance to go up and spend some time with our families in the Dallas area. One of the most beautiful things to watch was the interaction between Johnathan and his sweet cousin, Miles. They are about 6 months apart, and they really seemed to enjoy "playing" together. I can't wait to watch them grow up, and I know there is great potential for them to be really good buddies. Johnathan and Miles also were able to hang out with their second cousins Hannah and Isabella for a little while the night of Halloween. It was awesome to see this next generation of children that has blessed our family.
Johnathan, Eli & Ardena are honey to my soul, and continue to wrap me around their sticky little fingers. With the non-stop action in our hive this Queen Bee is one busy mama! These are the stories of what goes on in our sweet little honey-comb home!
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I am a proud wife to the love of my life, Aaron, and a happy mom to 6 blessings...Gideon, Daniel, our two Angel Babies in Heaven with the Lord, and to Johnathan & Eli, and Ardena, our precious children here on earth.