Monday, November 5, 2012


At a little over 2 and a quarter years old, there are SO many Judah updates to share! Here are a few:
  • One day early in September, Judah decided to start calling Josh "Daddy" instead of "Dadda." It has been amazing to witness his speech and vocabulary improving over the last four months!
  • For as long as Judah has known ALL the letters of the alphabet (since he turned two in July), he's only been singing the ABC song for the last month. It's adorable. We're still working on lowercase letter recognition (he knows most of them, but there's a few that are a bit confusing)...I need to find some lowercase flashcards or magnets/foam bath letters!
  • Judah can count to ten and does a pretty good job recognizing if there are one, two, or three objects. Time to move to 11-20!
  • He knows all his colors and enjoys pointing out what color things are.
  • He's a bit of a car expert. He can recognize a Prius ("Gama's car") or PT Cruiser ("Nana's car") from miles away :)
  • No surprise, his favorite toys are his cars, trucks, buses, tractors, trains...and legos.
  • Judah is obsessed with anatomy. Particularly his own variety. EVERYday he likes to list off who has one and who doesn't (friends and family). It's kind of exhausting and we keep on trying to explain to him that's not something we need to talk about ALL the time. Boys.
  • When we're not talking about their anatomy, Judah still loves listing off all his family and friends, and especially his cousins, and talk about what they're doing that day: Jacob ("Gah-boot"...he can say "Jacob" perfectly, but he prefers to call him "Gah-boot" - your guess is as good as mine!), Ashley (now officially "Ashely" and no longer "Ackey"), Erika, Laurel ("Worrel"), and Levi ("Weigh-Wee") He also likes naming off all the family and friends we have in photos around the's too cute.
  • Meal time continues to be a bit of a struggle. The latest is that Judah likes to hold food in his mouth. This can be something he isn't fond of or doesn't like the texture of, or it could be a food he likes but just isn't in the mood for swallowing. It's SUPER annoying (not to mention dangerous) and we're trying to work through it. Anyone else have a child that does this kinda thing!?
  • There are a hundred cute and endearing things that make up for the couple annoying habits, of course. I know there are more to include that I'm not remembering at the for now I'll just add some pictures of late summer/fall!!
  • Ooh, one more thing! Before when asked what his name was, Judah replied, "Parker." But now he is officially, "Ju-Ju. Ju-Ju Parker."


On August 20, 2012, I turned the big THREE-O. Josh and I had grand plans to take a trip to Disneyland to celebrate, living it up and going on all the roller coasters we could get our hands on...but two days before we left for our trip we received a little surprise!

(Those are positive pregnancy tests in case you didn't know :) After the initial shock and excitement, we thought about cancelling our trip or trying to bring Judah along with us at the last minute...but we ended up keeping things as planned. And we still had a GREAT time! The trip just involved a lot less Tower of Terror, Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain. We went at a little slower pace and took advantage of things we might not have had we be racing from one roller coaster to the next. I also finally got to eat at the Blue Bayou on my birthday (the restaurant you can see while on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride) which I'd been wanting to do for YEARS!

Our trip to Disneyland was the perfect way to ring in a new decade. I'm so thankful to my hubby for spoiling me in this way and to our families for taking care of the little man while we were away! AND I couldn't have asked for a better birthday surprise than finding out we are going to be parents for the second time!!


It's time for some MUCH overdue updates! The last post was about Judah turning two, but it left out all the details of how we spent the big day and the party to follow. So, let's catch up.

We started off July 19, 2012 with a couple presents: the lacrosse set daddy had been dying to get for Judah since the day he was born and some sidewalk chalk for our newly refinished backyard/patio.

Then we moved the party to Nut Cakes for Judah's favorite breakfast, doughnuts. Judah chose one with sprinkles, his very first sprinkle doughnut.

After that we drove to Salem to take Judah to the children's museum. He loved it! We had lunch at the Olive Garden and went for frozen yogurt that evening...lots of special treats that day.

The following Saturday we celebrated with a family party. It included: Papa, Nana, & Great Grandpa, Grandpa, Grandma, and Great Grandpa & Grandma Crays (all the way from Indiana), Auntie Steph, Jacob & Ashley, Uncle Matt, Auntie April, Erika, Laurel & Levi, and Josh, Lindsay & Koa (along with Daddy, Mama & Judah of course!)

Judah got his first bike from Grandpa & Grandma.

A play structure from Nana & Papa.

And lots of other fun presents. It was a great afternoon with family and we're so glad they could celebrate our sweet boy with us!