Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Wheelers came up from NYC for the weekend and we had a wonderful time. Unfortunately Bryson spent the whole time working in the hospital, but such is the life of an intern. We packed in as many activities as we could in the 2 days they were here. We saw Niagara Falls, went to the Hill Cumorah Pageant, walked down the Erie Canal, hit up a few discount stores that are hard to find in NYC, ate at Cheesecake, and visited Lake Ontario. I had a great time with Mindy, Colby, and Jack- we hope they come back soon!

Maiden of the Mist Boat (Canadian Side)

The falls are breathtaking

Jack giving Daniel a big wet hug after getting splashed from the falls
D checking out the view. He looks so serious - what is he thinking?

Not sure why they give out ponchos- we still got soaked

Although not very practical, the baby ponchos were adorable

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Home Sweet Home

We are finally getting settled, and I can't tell you how much I have loved having a dishwasher, washer/dryer, and SPACE! Our home needs a little color (and a few more pieces of furniture) but we are enjoying it so much. Here are a few pics of the rooms we have unpacked and are looking presentable. I will post more as we get the rest of the rooms put together.

Living/Dining Room

Master Bath- again- needs some color (and new light fixture)

Master Bedroom. It is looking great thanks to a HUGE furniture donations made by my parents.


View from entry way

So as of July 6, Daniel is finally walking. I was at church (in the hallway of course, since Bryson was at the hospital) and he just took off and walked across the room. The funniest thing was that I was so excited, but his delight was not equal to mine as he gave me this look that said, "mom, calm down. It is not that big of a deal".Daniel showing off his new walking skills while eating ice cream at Shoen's Place on the Canal.

Oh...and I got a good laugh at all of your comments about Nick! Now I know Nick is a cute kid, but I have never seem him as a 'hottie' (as someone wrote). He will always be my adorable, sweet, incredibly smart, but somewhat absent minded brother. I know he never looks at my blog (too busy with BYU and chicks) but I want him to know how proud I am of him that he has decided to serve a mission. I will miss him these next two years, but look forward to all that he will learn and do as he serves the people of Mongolia.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The many faces of the 1st birthday

This post is incredibly late, but better late then never, right? Daniel turned 1 on June 1st- and we actually celebrated the day before so that both sets of his grandparents could attend the big party. The celebration turned out to be perfect, but the day did start off a bit rocky. It begin a little hectic as we were moving the same day- so Bryson was dealing with a least 2 or 3 incompetent people at U haul for about 3 hours and ended up arriving late for the party. The next stumbling block was that someone accidentally took all of Daniel's '1st birthday' decorations out of the reserved party room. The guy later realized his mistake, but that was after Bryson's sister Crystal had to go out and buy all new decorations! The next problem we had was that someone burnt toast or something on the 10th floor and we had to stand outside for 30 minutes while firemen took care of the 'big fire'. Despite the many hurdles, the party was a big success. We chowed down on delicious Patsy's pizza and salad and cheered Daniel on while he devoured his birthday cake. We were able to celebrate our sweet baby's 1st birthday with so many loved ones- so it could not have been any better :) Of course, I had to share some of the photos.

So Daniel was not too impressed with the party at first.
In fact, he seemed rather bored with the silly hats, decorations, and pizza.
His boredom soon turned to anger and tears when he realized this was all we had to offer for his first birthday.

But as soon as we mentioned cake, presents, and friends, he perked up a bit.

He received some great duds, books, and toys from family and friends.

And the party was attended by some fabulous people, including his uncle Nick who will soon be heading to Mongolia for his mission.

Some of his best friends were there like Ryder and Davey. Cousins Cami and Alie were also there, but must have been doing something 'girlie' without the boys.
Here is cousin Alie and her most beautiful mom, Emily. Unfortunately, I do not have a pic of his other beautiful cousin, Katie, who was also there :(

He could not figure out what to do with the little candle. I thought he may try to eat it, so we helped him blow it out :)

The real party began when we cut the cake!

Grandma and Grandpa Bigler were so happy to be there! So were Grandpa and Grandma Richards :)
What a lucky kid- 2 grandpas at your first birthday.

Here we are with his wonderful aunt and uncle, Crystal and Taylor. And it would not have been a party without cousin Cami.

I am one lucky mom- how did I get such a wonderful boy? Has it really been a year? I wish I could just freeze him!