10 December 2010

November 2010

Graham is now ten months old but in November he had his 9 month check-up. Here are the stats- Height 31+ inches. Weight 21 lbs. He finally welcomed his first tooth after what seems like never ending teething, is crawling and getting into all sorts of mischief, and now stands himself up to anything that's stationary. He also gives the best little open mouth kisses which are really more like a lick! While he is still totally a mama's boy Graham is becoming more attached to Taylor. Our office door doesn't shut tight and Graham loves to barge his way in to play. It sometimes makes it hard for Taylor to work but it's cute to watch.
We spent Thanksgiving in Washington with my family. I had to add this picture. Do you think we like soda!? I'm always joking about how the Rodebacks wake up with a pop in their hands. Well, here is proof. We all took turns going 'to town' for refills. Graham's first Thanksgiving complete with Lime Pear Jello. Yum! Just hanging out. I love going home because we just relax and enjoy doing nothing. Graham spent hours playing with his cousins and Grandpa. Taylor spent as much time possible watching football and I got in a few games of Clue, Life, and Yahtzee. We also had family pictures taken so I'll post some when we get them back.
These are just a few more fun pictures of Graham from this month.

I absolutely love the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. Graham will come to know it well since I watch it every year around Halloween. I can't wait til he can sing along... this is halloween.... this is halloween.... everybody scream!

06 November 2010

October 2010

Fall is the best time of year! Here is what we've been doing... We spent a little time walking around Wheeler Farm. I had never been so I didn't realize how much there was to see and do. We enjoyed showing Graham all the farm animals. I think it will be a new family favorite.

Our annual drive up the Alpine Loop. I never know when the right time to go is for the best colors. Last year we were a little late so of course this year we went too early. Oh well, it was still beautiful. Graham didn't quite appreciate the nature this year- fortunately he will have many more chances.

Graham and I spent a few days in Washington. While there we visited Grandpa and Brandon at work building cow barns on a dairy. Graham didn't really think much of the cows. I guess he hasn't learned to appreciate steak and hamburgers yet.

Graham's first Halloween pumpkin.

Graham's first Jazz game.

Happy First Halloween for the cutest skeleton on our street!

FYI- Taylor was "windy man"

30 September 2010

September 2010

I have no idea where summer went so I'm just going to skip over it. September was a busy month for us with both Taylor and I getting a year older, a trip to St. George, Graham, and our annual visit to the Utah State Fair. GRex is no longer our little baby. He's off the charts in both height and weight and if you ask us he's off the charts in cuteness too. I have finally come to grips with letting him cry it out while falling asleep and it seems to be working. The first night lasted forty minutes and I nearly crawled the walls waiting for him to wear out. Fortunately the next night was only fifteen and now he is a champ going to sleep. Graham is so close to crawling and he's begun to pull himself up on anything that stands still. I'm dreading his mobility and the destruction that follows but hoping he will enjoy the freedom to roam around and explore.

We made a quick weekend trip to St George and had a fabulous time with our friends Kaley and Johnny. I wish I had taken more pictures but we did manage to get this one when we went to Tuacahn. Kaley had a contact with staff there and we had the most amazing seats on a sold-out showing of Tarzan. The reason I wish I had taken more pics is because when we got home there was a tarantula waiting for us outside the garage. I saw Arachnaphobia- I freaked and hid with Graham while Taylor, Kaley and Johnny sent it on it's way from this earth. Hopefully it wasn't a lost pet.

Summer can't end without a trip to the Utah State Fair. The people watching, carnival food, rides and arts/crafts are a must. Graham was mesmerized by the lights of the carnival. I can't wait until he's old enough to enjoy riding the rides.

Taylor and Graham checking out the "steaks"

Taylor's only birthday wish, year after year, is to attend the Miss Murray pageant. (You have to know him to understand) Fortunately Taylor has lots of friends who enjoy going as well. If we ever have a daughter you can guarantee she will one day participate- and with her father's help most likely win. Haha!

Mr. Murray

I don't know what to say. I was overcome with emotion after being crowned.

To finish off our birthdays we enjoyed a free night stay at the downtown Hilton. While downtown we...

... finally got Taylor to ride Trax for the first time. It was a short trip but I think he enjoyed it.

We walked around Temple square and the Gateway. The flowers were as pretty as I've ever seen them. I wish paying tithing included a visit from the Temple grounds crew to members homes.

Part of our free night stay included a carriage ride around downtown.

Linda and Smitty brought us black and white cookies straight from Roxys in Times Square! Taylor barely had time to snap this shot as I ate one after the other. They were amazing and worth every pound!
Well that's what we've been up to. I keep waiting for life to slow down a little. Until then we will keep enjoying!

06 September 2010


Here are pictures from our family reunion in Island Park, Idaho. We also went to Yellowstone.

Here is Melissa's shot that won the family photo competition. Out of 50 pictures this was the winner.