Luke is two!

It’s hard to believe Luke is already two years old.  It feels like yesterday we brought him home from the hospital; yet I can’t remember life without him.  He has grown and changed so much and he surprises us everyday.  Looking at this vibrant happy baby who’s so full of life, it’s truly difficult to remember anything is wrong with his heart.  We are so blessed Luke continues to thrive!

We had a little celebration with close friends and family for Luke’s birthday.  He is obsessed with Thomas the Train so that was the theme of the party.

It was a beautiful day so we filled up the baby pool with water balloons and the kids had a blast launching them at the grown ups.


Luke’s Thomas the Train cake was so cute.


We lit a candle on a cupcake for Luke and he blew it out himself on the first try.  I was impressed!


Luke was in heaven with all the sweets.  He takes after his dad.


He figured out how to open presents but he wanted to play with everything he opened so it was hard to keep him focused.



Luke got a cool bike for his birthday.  He is working on learning to balance but it’s a little tricky at first.


Easter Weekend

Easter weekend at Jon’s parent’s farm was so much fun.  Luke participated in the church easter egg hunt, ate lots of delicious food, fed the Longhorns, pushed around wheel barrows, threw rocks in the pond, went for walks… the list of fun could go on and on.

Checking out the Longhorns.


Luke did not feel like posing for pictures with the Blue Bonnets.  His cousin Ethan was a much better sport.




Family picture.  We even got our little dog Zoey to join in the fun (or torture as Jon would explain it).


Luke and Ethan throwing rocks into the pond.


This cracks me up because it looks like the dogs and babies are there all alone.  Lord of the Flies watch out!


Pilot in training

We visited the USS Lexington museum while we were at the Corpus Christi Beach.  Luke loved being on the giant aircraft carrier and looking at all of the airplanes and helicopters they have preserved there.  He got to sit inside a jet and thought that was pretty neat.


Jon and Luke walked around and touched all the airplanes and jets on display and enjoyed looking at the ocean from the ships high vantage point.


Me and my little honey…


The whole “crew” hanging on the ship.


Corpus Christi Beach

Jon, Luke and I went to Corpus Christi, TX to take care of my little brother and sister while our parents went to Maui.  I guess we are gluttons for punishment because we also took care of their friends’ two kids (who they went with).  We had a 16 year old, two 13 years olds, a 10 year old and a toddler to keep us busy for 9 days.  These are some picture from our trip to the beach.  It was windy and a little chilly but Luke and the kids had fun splashing around in the surf.


A day at town lake water park

We had another fun day at the sprinkler park.  It’s a 30 minute walk from our house on the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail.   We love to pack a picnic and hang out here on warm afternoons.  Luke loves to run up and down the hills in the park.  The sprinklers are great for getting a little wet and there are little wading pools he runs through.  I love living in Austin.  There are so many fun outdoor things to do and so many beautiful places.


Hug and Run Away!!

Luke had so much fun with little Molly.  I set up a big spread in the back yard with the pool, bubbles, playdough, tents, bikes, toys, etc.  Molly and her mom Ellen came over and hung with us.  It was so nice to have some adult conversation while the kids were busy playing.


Molly is such a sweet girl.  Look at her inviting arms bracing for a hug.  Who could refuse that?


Luke thought, “what the heck, I’ll give you some sugar”


A split second later he decided that this was a little to mushy for him…. and he is off!


Luke is not much of a hugger so I was so happy to get a picture of him hugging another kid.  Of course he held the hug for less than a second and then ran as far away as he could.  It’s just lucky I’m fast with snapping the pictures!

Luke is quite the artist…

So, I learned a lesson.  Don’t give the baby markers to “draw on paper” while you’re in the middle of cooking dinner.  This is especially true when you get a brand new couch that looks like a beautiful blank canvas…


I am proud of his artwork… he really has good control.    Just look at those circles and loops.  He is a little advanced in my opinion.


I didn’t notice this until after I cleaned off the couch.  The sad thing is he was standing right behind me coloring these cabinets and I never noticed.  I finally got the marker off using a magic eraser.


Luke got to sit in the drivers seat

Before the ride Luke went up to the conductor and started having some sort of conversation about “choo choo tains”.  He went on and on and was clearly excited.  The conductor asked if Luke would like to sit in the drivers seat.  I said “oh my gosh, he would love that!”.  I hoisted him up and sat him down.  He immediately said “geeet doooowwwnn, geeeet dooown, get down .  I snaped this picture and put him down.  He then proceeded to continue his conversation with the conductor (after being so rudely interrupted) and followed him around “talking” to him until it was time for the ride.


Front Yard Photos

I snapped these pictures with the wonderful Digital SLR camera Jon bought me for my birthday.  It takes such clear pictures!   Now I’ve got to take a class to figure out how to take advantage of all the neat things it can do.  For now I have it on auto focus and it’s going well.


I offered Luke a rock to get him to take this picture.


If there is a Kid sized ledge or a step Luke will plop down and sit.