Cruz LAUGHS!

So I’ve been meaning to be a good blogger and update as of late. I’ve had a few things on my heart I’ve been wanting to share.

But what happened tonight at 9:30pm trumped all those other musings that were rambling around….Cruz laughed for the FIRST time!!!

I know, I know. It’s not quite the moment when it’s not your own kid, but I wanted to share it with you friends in any case. It was definitely a moment for us….so much that Jess burst into tears, haha. The video is kind of dark but you can hear him laughing plain as day….

Don’t worry, Jess doesn’t usually laugh like a bad version of the Joker…

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The New & Improved Audio.

So it’s been no less than a whole year since we’ve had our dog Audio groomed. It may be that long since she’s actually had a bath! That’s what having a new baby does I guess.

But we finally anted up today and took her to be primped. Here’s the before and after….

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Quite a transition….she looks like criminal in a mug shot in the top picture!

Cruz Is Already Surfing…

He’s already making deals on the Net…

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2009 New Things To Try.

As 2009 looks us square in the face, I have decided to committ myself to a string of new things to try this year. Things to cut out of my life. Disciplines to strengthen myself with. New ways to explore and uncover the great vastness of who God is. And who He created me to be. I’m sure some of these ideas, hopes, and motives will never come to fruition…well…because let’s face it. Sometimes I can be mayor of Procrastinationville.

But I’m going to put these notions down on paper. Or rather pixel space. And try my best to accomplish them in the 09. We’ll look back at the start of twenty-ten and see how well I did!

1. La Biblia. The Word. The Bible. Lord, please help, guide, encourage, push, challenge, and motivate me in whatever ways You see fit to commune and learn from Your word more this year. I’m sorry that I have put Your voice to me in the coat closet. I would love to change that this year.

2. TV. I’m committing myself to watch less TV. Not that I watch a ton, but I feel like it’s mostly a waste of my time when I could be living life and spending more productive time with my family. (This of course excludes LOST.)

3. The Great Outdoors. I want to be outside more this year. Breathing in God’s creation. Whether that be simply taking an evening stroll with my family or driving to new fantastic places with the windows all the way down. Or sitting outside some little street cafe with my dog Audio and some tea just watching people. Heck maybe, I’ll even go fishing.

4. Crafting the artistic side of me. I’m taking time this year to hone my photography skills and make myself a better musician.

5. Fellowship. In 2009 I’m going to commit to building and fostering deeper relationships with my friends and colleagues.

6. Leadership. I know that God instilled me with some leadership qualities. I’m praying that He would help me to find ways to develop these more this year and place great leaders and mentors in my life to glean off of.

7. Read. Read. Read. This is a big one. I’m disciplining myself to read WAY more. And not just the typical Christian spiritual life books either. Not that those are bad, but I want to get lost in some great fiction as well.

8. Debt Detonation. I’m charging hard this year to get rid of our household debt, Dave Ramsey style.

These ideas are really important to me so if you’re a friend that does everyday life with me please keep me accountable!

What are some resolutions that you are taking on in 2009?

I’m in AWE…

Everyday I fall more in love with my son Cruz who was born 6 weeks ago. Everyday he finds a different way to melt my heart. He’s simply the most wonderful little 12 pound ball of awesomeness I’ve ever seen…

Here’s a small video of him doing what he does best right now…including some epic bathtub footage to use at Senior Prom night later.

Here is LOVE.

Sorry Blog-O-Buddies! It’s been several days since I’ve been able to post. But it’s for the BEST reason….

Cruz is finally here!!!!!!!!!

Cruz in hospital He came into this world on November 16th at 2:23am and he’s the most wickedly awesome little guy ever!

He was a bit stubborn, seeing as how he was 9 days late, but nevertheless Cruz finally made it.

It’s been quite a journey these last 9 months preparing and praying and waiting. And this last week has been a blur as Jess and I have stepped into this parenthood deal! It really places a different lens on life for me and I can’t fathom how God saw me fit and mature enough to charge Jess and I over a little life…

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Speechless.

We had our 7 month 3D ultrasound last Friday, and captured this amazing picture…


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t begin to express how cool that is.

He has my nose.

 

What were you saying about us not being divinely created?….