Monday, February 15, 2010

Tucson Tyler!

Sorry for not blogging in a while. We got to Germany safely a week ago and have had some internet problems in our temporary lodging facility on base. I am at the Library right now posting, so hopefully I can make it back soon enough to catch up on all the photos from our journey across America and the Atlantic! We are pretty much over jet lag after our 1am flight. Unfortunately we were all sick for the week that we traveled, but thankfully the sickness is behind us. Andy has been inprocessing on the base while Ty, Georgia, and I are hanging out and cutting teeth in our room (he finally got his 4th he's working on 5 and 6 simultaneously :) It's a bit chilly in the low 20's but we still make it outside to play in the snow and Georgia is more than thrilled with all the white stuff! Not too many people are moving right now so houses are scarce. We have 1 more week in base lodging before we have to stay in another temporary lodging off base in one of the villages until we can find a house to rent. Please pray that something opens up. We are more than blessed and excited to be here, but would also love to settle in and have our household goods. Here are some picks of Tyler during our stay in Tucson. He sure is a happy camper with all the moving; you would never know with all of his smilin' :)The Bag of Flour was getting fussy, so Ty decided to take it out for a walk. It was only moments before the crying stopped...he'll make a great daddy someday :)Playing Peek A Boo :)His new favorite spot...on Daddy's shoulders! He uses Andy's ears as handlebars. When Andy turns his head, ty will quickly pull the reins to keep him straight. Future horseback rider? maybe

He's still not walking on his own. We've come to realize and also from hearing from other people that he's a pretty mellow, easy going baby; which also means he's very cautious. he's completely sturdy when standing on his own but once he realizes he's not holding on to anything he quickly sits down to crawl where he's comfortable. As long as he has a finger to hold on to he does great and actually doesnt need us a bit. Soon enough I'm sure we'll regret all the coaxing when we won't be able to sit still from chasing him :)

Watching Baby Genius
"All I want for Bathtime is my two front teeth, my two front teeth"
He loved the children's section of the library. I read to him quite a bit because he loves books. But when we're here I cant get him to look at one! Probably because there are toys and shelves to climb on :)
Tyler's bedroom for the month :) There was 1 bedroom in the TLF, so I fit the pack n' play in the closet and closed the doors a bit to keep it dark and he slept just fine (as seen by the picture). I'm sure someday he'll see this and think we tortured him as a child for making him sleep in the closet, but it was either this or the kitchen! Mother knows best :)

Cruisin! Every time the door would open he'd sprint to find the walker and squeeze out the door as fast as he could...we couldn't keep the kid inside!

More climbing...this time at Barnes N Noble. I think i saw him reach for "Learn How to Walk by Age 2" which was also next to the book, "Who needs teeth?" he's quite the reader these days...

He's also found a facination for the refrigerator....and chocolate pudding :)

"I'm so hungry...My mom never feeds me....if only I had some pasta!!!"
Pasta? Check! Phantom of the Opera, scene 1, "Action!"

Second fascination? Climbing on the dishwasher of course!

Reading his Bible

I think we hit up Chick -Fil-A probably 2 dozen times while in the states....LOVE IT!! and so does Tyler. He doesnt really pause to breath while he eats. There's probably something in these parenting books I seem to by but don't have time to would say, "Don't give a whole banana to your kid...he will shove it ALL in his mouth and will become a choking hazard". All i can say is the kid is getting his fill of Potassium :) (Don't worry...I took CPR; I am always there ready for the hymlick! I'm not that bad of a mom :)

Me with my handsome boy...really wrinkly picture of me (It's the camera, I promise!) More pics to come soon....until then, Auf Wiedersehen!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Grandma Luedke Comes to Visit!

My mom came out to Tucson for 12 days to hang out with us and help watch Tyler while Andy and I took care of "moving stuff". We had such a fun time and did a few cool things together. Ty loved seeing her Indiana Grandma and can't wait for her next visit :)
Here are some pics from her trip

First off, several challenging games of Bananagram :) Racing on the chair in the TLF

Tyler turned 15 months while she was here, so we had our routine photoshoot :)


Baby Genius movie time

The Children's Museum!

Mom trying to work our camera :)

A gigantic game of "Operation"! This was one of my favorites as a kid so this was AWESOME!

A mini rock wall

Andy had a blast picking on her. It's okay, she didn't mind at all :)

Reid Park Zoo!

We went on a fun little train ride through the park...Ty loved it!!

Attempting a good photo with the sign but completely unsuccessful

Mom LOVES to have her photo taken...just ask her... she'll pose like it's Senior Prom!

Driving up Mt. Lemmon to go to the Cookie Cabin in Summerhaven and see some snow on Ski Valley

Can't beat homemade hot cocoa and cookies in a log cabin surrounded by snow and good company :)

You can't see it, but this is the very small town of Summerhaven that had a massive fire years ago and wiped out the town. The trees are re-growing, and so is the population with beautiful log homes to claim its territory.

I guess the sugar from the cookie went right to their hands! A little music and I had 80's flashbacks while I watched my husband and my mom "Raise the Roof"! Never thought I'd see the day :)

This is sugar going straight to MY head...

Mom's first time at the looks of it, it was a HUGE success!

The morning we had to take her to the airport.

One last goodbye. Thank you mom for a wonderful visit! You were so helpful and so much fun to have around. Can't wait to see you and Dad in Germany! We love you :)