Well, I think our leave of absence has been long enough. If you notice the moment Spencer was showing signs of walking, I've disappeared off the face of the earth, that's no coincidence.:) Spencer turned out to be far more active than I had ever imagined he would be. I love him, his daddy loves him, but the poor lady who has to stand next to me in line at the grocery store, correction, anywhere in the store, the family sitting in the pew in front of our family at church, the people sitting next to us at story time, just don't seem to have that same love for my lovely child. I'm sorry did I say "lovely?" I meant LOUD child! I feel sorry for him, I do, the poor boy catches a horrible disease that if he sits for more than 3 seconds in one place, he just might explode. Don't you just feel sorry for him? DON'T. Feel sorry for us instead.:) Well, its not all bad, he really is a sweet kid, and we love to watch him climb! If there is anything our little boy can do, it's to climb. That is why parks are our best friend! The park truly is the cure for Spencer's "horrible disease!" I am so grateful that we live in Texas and that its 80 degrees in November!So, to catch up I'll put some photos up of Spencer during Halloween and just the recent snap shots that we were able to capture of him doing his thing.
I don't think I am ever going to be able to have time to post anything on this blog. I think I have started about a trillion posts, but haven't been able to find time to wait for pictures to upload. I would do it now, except I am so tired for having to wrestle a one year old at church and I have work tomorrow and its almost 1 am... I'm getting a little nostalgic for time, oh how I miss you!
I realized that I haven't posted anything for a while on our blog. I've been pretty tied up with Spencer and just the everyday craziness of our lives. I will have a following post of pictures of Spencer, my camera is not charged, so you'll just have to wait for those. I know some of you (especially the grandmas:) are ready for another dose of Spencer's cuteness, so I'll try to post them real soon! I'm a little overdue, especially since he has hit a lot of his milestones recently. First, he has finally had his first teeth come in, that's teeth not tooth. We have had some restless nights in the past weeks trying to comfort Spencer as he tries to endure cutting 4 teeth all at once. That is no easy accomplishment! So, alas, our nights are once more quiet... as for the day, that brings us to his second milestone! Spencer is walking EVERYWHERE! I don't know what got into him, he has for a while just taken a few steps here and there if he knows he's definitely gonna make it, (for example to me or daddy and his favorite, going between the corners of the couches back and forth) He had decided to graduate from us and to explore how far he really can go, now resulting in bruises spreading across his forehead-- he didn't quite make it to the TV stand in time.:) Fortunately though, he only explores at home. Spencer for some reason won't do it at church or while we're at someones home. He's not quite ready for that adventure I guess. He wants to just stick the TV stands and coffee tables he knows.:) Either way, he is just plain into everything! As for other changes that are going on in our family, Joseph has finally bought a new HD television, (just in time for the Superbowl:) He is really enjoying his new upgrade, when I say upgrade, it could possibly be the biggest understatement yet, bye-bye tube! As for me, I have been called to be the Beehives advisor at my church, for those of you who don't know what that is, it basically means I teach the 12-13 year old girls at my church every Sunday, and get to play with them on Wednesday nights. I'm a little nervous, but anxious too, I know I'll just love them all instantly! That's what's going on in the Dutson home, I'll try to post pictures soon of Spencer walking and his pearly baby whites.
We can't believe he is already 10 months. He is still as handsome as he was when he came into this world. We love this boy more than anything. We can't hardly recognize our home anymore, there are baby toys, contraptions, blankets, Binky's everywhere, and little hand prints on our windows, couches, and television.... and a little trail that follows that exposes where Spencer has been and has disassembled something perfectly.:) What would we do without you, Spencer!
It was such a beautiful day today, and I didn't want to waste that sun. So, I called up Joseph and asked if he wanted to eat lunch with Spencer and I at a nearby park. We picked up some Subway and went to Andy Brown park. It was perfect, it wasn't windy or too sunny--it was just right for a picnic. Spencer really loved being outside, and seeing the smile on his face as he swung for the first time just put the cherry on top for me and Joseph! It's been really surreal being together more than usual and what's odd is that it is January and it is 70 degrees outside! I hope this lasts a little longer (I am always happier when the sun is out). I think the fresh air does our family good.
This is the team warming up and our view from our awesome seats!
This was the half time show, "Rubber Boy" That's him coming out of that box, crazy!
Us, with our illuminating light over our heads instead of on our faces...oh well.
I wish I had better pictures to depict our fun night, we didn't exactly have a professional photographer to take our picture at the game. He kept getting this huge light behind our heads, and he wouldn't stand up to take it at a different angle. Maybe if he wasn't drinking he would have been more compliant, but I guess you have to take what you can get. Either way we had an amazing time. They were playing the LA Clippers, who are not all that great this season. The Mavericks dominated them in the first half, and then got kinda sloppy on their defense in the second half. We didn't mind though, we were secretly hoping that would happen so that it would be a close game. Joseph and I are kinda demented like that.:) It ended up being a very close game and the Mavericks didn't retake their lead until the last minute and half of the game. It was awesome to see all the fans standing and screaming for their team, you get so caught up in it, you can't help but scream and yell and clap yourself until your throat and hands go raw! We loved it. Thanks again to Missy and Mike for the awesome tickets and for watching Spencer for us, so we could have an amazing date night!
It was a typical winter day in Dallas, Texas yesterday, bright sunny and 81 degrees! We went to the Museum of Nature and Science with my sister, Missy, and her family to celebrate the beautiful day. We had way too much fun. We bought tickets to go to the planetarium additional to our museum admission, because it sounded interesting and we were talking about how it would be cool to go into a large planetarium like the one in D.C.. Well, first off we had no idea it would be in another building. So, we had to walk like 10 minutes away from the museum to this small building, that was unimpressive at best, it definitely wasn't up kept and needed to be remodeled badly. The small "exhibits" if you will, were probably touched by children from 30 years ago. Very interesting that our money was going towards this pathetic building and planetarium which only seated about 20 people. Some lady stood at the front of the room reminding everyone to turn their cell phones off, only to hear hers go off several times during the exhibit. She didn't even know her constellations very well and made up some of her own, I believe. We were laughing it off as we walked our 10 minutes back to the museum hoping for a little more. It was way fun to say the least. The children really enjoyed it and I definitely got brushed up on my Science. :) The pictures speak for themselves.:)
We couldn't go to the awesome aquarium in Georgia, which happens to be the largest in the world and also has a whale shark, but we had to go for second best which is the Dallas aquarium. It was Spencer's first time anyhow. He absolutely loved it. His very favorite was the manatee, he could have stared at him for hours, (me too.) Joseph had to pull Spencer and I away from the trance we were in from watching the manatee swim back and forth in the huge water tank. We saw the penguins, flamingos (my personal favorite) the cutest monkeys you ever saw, a sloth and really cool sharks! It was a nice family day out, we really needed it after being stuck in the car for 14 hours driving back from Georgia and from overcoming long nights of Spencer with strep. It was a really nice way to spend New Years Day together.
It was my family's turn to have us for Christmas in Georgia. We were there for only a short while. We left Tuesday night, stayed somewhere in Louisiana, thought we had less to drive the next morning, but actually were off about 2 hours. All in all, we arrived Wednesday evening just in time for all the fun Christmas Eve traditions and Santa:) It was a very enjoyable trip. It's amazing to have so many families under one roof and no confrontation of any sort, we all got along so great! Nothing but good eating, movies and games, games games. Spencer was a little overwhelmed with all the commotion and he getting sick wasn't helping him either. He got sick the second day we were there, poor little guy. We didn't know until we got home that he had gotten strep (yuck!.) This poor guy has had two colds, croup and strep all within a month. Winter is not a good month for this little fella. He's doing great now though, and let's hope I can help keep it that way so that we can get back on our regular schedule (basically mama wants him to take more naps:). We had a great time, the only disappointment was that we didn't get to go to the Georgia Aquarium because the children were all getting sick. But, Joseph and I made up for it and went to our Aquarium in Dallas when we got back. I'll have several posts to list, we've done a lot since the last time I've posted.