Monday, September 17, 2007

My Angel

Playing Pretend

To keep Hank busy in church, Aaron and I read Hank his Cheerio book. Each page of the book has images that use Cheerios as a substitutes for certain objects, like buttons, or eyes. You place the real Cheerios on the missing object to complete the picture. Recently, Hank likes to pretend that he's eating the Cheerios in the picture by grabbing the picture of the Cheerio and putting it in his mouth and fake chewing. It makes us laugh every time. I think we may have confused him because now he pretends to eat every book we read to him....ladybugs, farm animals, you name it.

Yesterday Hank was playing pretend at Grandma Grover's house and was using a spoon and a jar of baby food to pretend feed his teddy bear. Oh I wish I would have had my camera.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Three Little Monkeys

From the pictures you would never know how crazy it was to try and get these three rascals to all sit together and smile at the same time. I was chasing them all over the lawn trying to wrangle them into the same vicinity, Aaron was jumping up and down and making all sorts of absurd noises to coax a smile, Grandma shoved treats in their mouths to keep them still, and Maria snapped away. I think the result is pretty cute!

Family Photo-Opp

Thanks to Aaron's sister-in-law Maria, we were able to get our family picture taken as well as a few photos of the Grover cousins together. Now, if she could just cut and paste these pictures together with those from the Arkansas trip, then we'd have the whole Grover Cousin Gang.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Grover Gang

We spent the last six days enjoying a vacation/reunion in northwest Arkansas. We got to visit Aaron's older brother, Dan, and his wife, Linsey, and Aaron's younger brother, Andy, and his wife Britney, and our neices and nephews, Adelin, Seth, Luke, and Baylee. Aaron got to celebrate his big 30th birthday golfing with his brothers and eating at the Market restaurant. We toured Dan and Andy's new homes, got to help install Dan's garage shelving, barbequed, and explored Arkansas. It was nice to be able to visit family but the trip was really exhausting. Hank came down with a fever right before we left on vacation and soon after arriving developed a rash. He was acting miserable so we took him to the urgent care clinic. The doctor gave us amoxicillin for his red ears and called it an earache but after some research, Aaron and I think Hank had roseola. His fever, combined with being in a foreign place, getting off schedule, and meeting lots of strangers made the trip a big challenge for Hank and for us. We were sad that Aaron's family didn't get to see the sweet Hanky that we know and love.

Beaver Lake

We celebrated Labor Day at Beaver Lake, Arkansas with a picnic and a dip in the lake. We weren't expecting Hank to enjoy swimming in the lake given his attitude towards pools but he actually seemed to enjoy wading in the lake and getting his feet wet. It probably felt was super hot and humid!

Hanky and the Blanky

Just recently Hank has become really attached to his fuzzy, blue blanket. He likes to snuggle with it in bed, wrestle with it on the floor, and chew on its soft edges. While we were on our vacation this past week, we accidently misplaced the blanky one night and thought we could trick Hank with one of Baylee's blankies. Hank was not fooled and we woke up several times that night to comfort him each time he realized that the blankie was missing. I'm worried that with the wear and tear that poor blankie is enduring that it might not last much longer.