Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Not much change from our past post.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
But... on the plane from Chicago to Cleveland he didn't have his own seat. Further, we were sitting by a guy that wasn't the most friendly. So Jenn was holding Lincoln on her lap, and right in the middle of the ascent she looked at me and said, "I think he pooped." She extended her hand to me, asking me to smell her sleeve. He had pooped. We couldn't go to the bathroom because the seatbelt light was still lit. We had to wait it out.
It stunk. Bad.
Then she moved Lincoln and saw that there were large poop marks on her shirt. Holy cow. So we proceeded to change his diaper right there on Jenn's lap. The flight attendant had to bring us a Blackberry-Smelling-Spray to make the area smell better. Poop was everywhere (we had fed him acorn squash, bananas & rice cereal the previous week), and it was definitely taking on the form of a baby-eating-solids poop. That's a time we'll never forget. Now, moving on to more pleasant things...
I've mentioned Lincoln's Exersaucer in previous posts. He loves it. In fact, when we arrived back home from Phoenix, he was thrilled to be back in it. When he first stood in it his toes barely touched the bottom. Now, it won't be much longer until we have to raise the level on it so he's not too tall for it.
"I must put one in my mouth, which one should it be?"
"I'm not sure about the orange one."
"But the green one... hmmm."
"I can't decide!"
"I'll let you know when I've made up my mind."
But enough of that fun. Can you tell we like to take pictures of him? Lincoln's actually been enjoying watching us review the pictures on the MacBook. It's not as if he knows what he's looking at, but he'll figure it out.
Last evening Jenn and I drove down to The Pines Golf Club for the Kretow reception. Both the Crafts and the Kretows were wonderful hosts and they put on a great party. The biggest surprise of the evening was up on the big screen. Before 8:00pm there was a slide show playing of the wedding, then after 8:00 they showed the OSU/Penn St. game (what a downer). But in the middle of the first quarter, the game was turned off, and up on the screen came Eric Craft, Elise's brother who is stationed in Kandahar, Afgahanistan.
Michelle Wisecup & Elise Kretow with the bloggers
Also at the reception was the Wisecup family. Michelle was a classmate of ours at Ohio State (and the shortstop on our Championship Softball team). She and her husband, Chris, have a son named Grady who is 5 weeks older than Lincoln. What a cutie. It was amazing to see the types of things that Grady was doing and knowing that Lincoln will be at that stage in just a few weeks. Grady loves to walk with assistance. He doesn't like to crawl, just walk. Given Lincoln's anti-fondness to all things belly-side-down, he just may shun crawling in favor of walking, too. And Chris and Michelle seem to be doing well, too!
Home life is going well, too. Lincoln is consistently going to bed by 7:30-7:45pm which gives Jenn and I good time to spend with each other. Jenn's been cooking some wonderful dishes for us lately and that's been fun, as well.
I've referred to our Community Group in the past that Jenn and I really have enjoyed. This is in a state of limbo right now, though. Hudson Chapel has been moving forward with expansion plans, and this includes planting a church south of Hudson in the Stow/Kent area. They've been recruiting members to be a part of that plant, and 6 of the 10 in our original Community Group have decided to move. That leaves us and our good friends, Shaun and Jessica Kiel, behind at Hudson. Plans are underway now to find other left-behind folks and new folks to start up a new CG. This has been both frustrating and somewhat exciting at the same time... tough to put into writing.
Things are definitely cooling off here and looking like a legitimate autumn. It's a time that the Gates family enjoys. Thanks to all who have recently left comments on the blog. We love hearing from you. And thanks for visiting our blog. There are lots of ways for you to spend your time during the day, and we're appreciative that you're interested in how things are going with the Gateses.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Jenn and Lincoln swing in the park.
Jenn, Lincoln and I went to Pinnacle Peak today for a hike. It turns out that the trailhead is just about 1/8 of a mile past the point where we turned around yesterday. Oh, well... today was a great day for hiking, at 10:30am. It was in the low 80s. That's deceiving, though, because when the sun's right on you, it's HOT. So we lathered Lincoln up in his baby 45spf, loaded him in his pack, and set of on the trail. We made it about 1/3 of the way before we decided to come back. We can't have Lincoln getting too tired, you know. The views were great.
Jenn & Lincoln @ Pinnacle Peak
Lincoln asleep in the pack.
We're fast approaching tomorrows five hour plane stay. It turns out that our flight is not direct but is stopping at some unknown point for some to get off and others to get on, but we have to stay on the plane. I haven't known Lincoln to stay in any one place for five hours straight before unless it's overnight. Please join us in prayer for Lincoln on this trip.
Yesterday Jenn made two different cheesecakes. One was a Key Lime Cheesecake. The other was a Tropical Cheesecake with Key Lime, Banana & Coconut. She completely winged it on the recipes for the first time, and you'd never know. We all enjoyed them for a couple of meals.
View from mid-way up Pinnacle Peak.
Troon Golf Course below.
Tonight Grandma Laura is going to watch Lincoln while Jenn and I go out to dinner with Elise & Paul. This will be the first time Grandma Laura gives Lincoln a bottle, a bath and puts him to bed. The circumstances are night & day compared with the last time she took care of him!
Monday, October 20, 2008
We've had a big weekend in Phoenix. It took Lincoln two days to get back into the routine, but he was an all-star on Saturday and Sunday. Haley had a couple of soccer matches on Saturday, and another one on Sunday that we got to enjoy (Lincoln stayed home... either too late or too much sun). The scores weren't too good, but Haley played well.
Haley in hot pursuit of the ball.
Lincoln has continued to enjoy the pool. Without his Exersaucer, we've had to find some other things for him to do that he doesn't bore him quickly. Swimming has provided that for him and us. He's still not interested in splashing, but we'll work on that some other time. The pool is situated very conveniently with about half of the pool in the afternoon shade which allows us to keep from covering him with sunscreen.
Jenn and I have had lots of opportunities to read to Lincoln, as well, on this trip. Right now we're in the middle of The Swiss Family Robinson in one of his Disney Books. I'd mentioned in a previous post how some of the stories are politically incorrect. In this summary of The Swiss Family Robinson they make special mention of the family praying for thanksgiving and protection. I'm not sure if they'll include that portion of the story in the movie that's set to come out next year. It's funny to watch him while we're reading to him because he'll often play with his toys or do a lot of "talking" which may lead you to believe he's not interested in being read to, but as soon as we stop reading to him he looks at us as if to say, "Go on..." And then we get back to the story and he often gets back to his toys or "talking." It's quite humorous.
The Swiss Family Robinson
Today Jenn and I drove around to look at some of Scottsdale and WOW! are there some amazing homes and developments around here. We drove over to Pinnacle Peak and saw a gated community called Troon with unbelievable homes and a golf course. There were gigantic homes with (by Scottsdale's standards) enormous yards. The only bummer about the yards is that they're full of cacti. Anyway, we estimated that the homes are worth several millions, but you know what they say, if you have to ask... Who knows, maybe when we're ready to purchase a second home we'll look into it.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Things started out pretty good. We've enjoyed our outside time. It's in the 60's in the early morning and late at night and it's upper 90's in the midday. But even when it's 97, as long as you're not in the sun too long, it's actually pretty nice.
Grandma Laura has especially enjoyed spending time with her grandson. He was much smaller the last time she saw him, and to put the changes into perspective, he was still being swaddled & swung with loud white noise for naps. That seems like an eternity ago.
The challenge in the early part of vacation has been getting Lincoln to nap in the afternoons. He simply refuses to do so. It's come to the point of hearing a type of cry out of him that we haven't yet heard. We'll see how today goes.
Then when we arrived back at home, we were pretty hot and we decided to get in the pool. This was Lincoln's first time in the pool since he was very young and Jenn took him to Life Center Plus. That was also the time that he got splashed on accident and screamed like a little girl. This time he was quite into the idea of the pool.
We've got a big day planned for tomorrow: we're having a mega-birthday blowout for Grandpa Mullen, me, Haley & Elise. It ought to be a good time. Haley's got some games this weekend, as well, and we're planning on going to at least one of them.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Jenn said these shoes, while they looked fantastic, were designed by someone very evil.
Then I turned to Jenn and said, "Our bag probably didn't make it."
Friday, October 10, 2008
Is there a better example of the differences between the stages of life right now? You can see my wonderful 1998 Honda Civic with the bright orange and blue Exersaucer in the back seat. Parked next to it is Dad's awesome new Porshe Boxter. Hmmmm......
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The light is funny, but who cares? Check out those jeans!
Lincoln with his Grandma Paulette
Lincoln loves his Grandpa Doug
Yesterday I posted a video of Lincoln eating his cereal, and the video quality wasn't that great. I've boosted the quality (it's still not exactly Hi-Def, but it is an improvement) and if you haven't seen it yet, you'll have to check it out.
[If you've followed this blog from the beginning, you know that Jenn and I avoid getting too political here. I've got a space for that over at XEKE.com where you can go if you'd like to read my (our) social and political thoughts. You can choose to go there or to avoid it. This space is reserved for family news for our extended family and friends. However, Jenn and I are quite convicted about the upcoming election, and the piece of information that absolutely sealed it for us can be found here. Say what you want about the source of the web page, but the information on it cannot be denied. It's more than a single issue, it's a world view. As for politics and our blog, we'll leave it at this.]
Friday, October 3, 2008
This is the third day that Jenn has given him rice cereal. The first day he didn't know how to move it to the back of his mouth. The second day he started to figure it out. And today there's been a bit more progress!