Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Very Merry Christmas

What a wonderful Christmas the Bauer family had this year! It was Nathan's second official attendance at Christmas festivities and boy did he love it. It took him a while to get going, but once he figured out how to say "open" and rip that paper, he went after it! Which was good because I believe he received an estimated total of 8 million gifts this year! However about half of that (4 million) were books. He seriously racked up more than 20 books this year and I think those are just about the most awesome presents a kid can receive so I was very excited about that. He also got everything from Elmo gear to a real guitar to a pony he can bounce on all day long! For a recap of our festivities, we went to Hope Tuesday after a short work day for Jonathan and I and we kicked off the holidays with a yummy dinner, followed by a visit from none other than Santa Claus himself. Although Nathan was not quick to give him a hug, he was not at all scared of him and gladly accepted the Elmo Live he brought for him. On Christmas Eve morning we woke up and opened presents with my parents, followed by a trip to Grammy's house for even more presents. We went home that night so Nathan could get in bed before midnight and let Jolly Saint Nick bring even MORE presents. (No, we don't know where they will all go.) When Nathan woke up on Christmas morning, he was very surprised to see his own Mickey Mouse bean bag chair and Little People farm set. Then we traveled over to Grammy and Poppy's for... yep you guessed it. More presents!! :) And also a huge amount of fun family time for everyone. We had an absolutely perfect Christmas this year and I hope you all did, too.

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Jessica, Jonathan and Nathan

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Let it ice? No, thank you.

So, I don't know if you heard or not but it iced last week. That's right, not beautiful snow flakes swirling around Conway, blanketing its residents in a beautiful winter wonderland. It was ice that came down like tiny daggers, daring anyone to even step on the grass. But I had to do it. I had to step on the grass. So much that I had to seek out the ways local kids were dealing with the pity of no school (yeah, right). And the place we found them was a pretty dangerous one, zooming down on a hill near the country club. Yipes! However, I'm proud to say I did not slip and go plummeting down this enormous hill alongside them. I actually didn't fall at all and was very proud. The ice came Monday and stayed until Wednesday, which is probably a world record for Conway as it did not rise above freezing for two days. Anyway I tried to not be outside as much as possible during this fiasco called ice day, but I managed to snap a couple pictures while on assignment. Sure it may look beautiful, but that's only to disguise the impending doom. And, no I don't know the woman nor do I know the dog.
Oh yeah, and Nathan did not attempt to walk, make ice balls, make an ice man, make an ice angel or even go outside in this weather. So sorry for the late of cuteness in these photos. Check back soon for super cuteness, though. :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

A little off the top, please

So this Saturday morning marked a tremendous occasion in young Nathan's life. He got his very first haircut! Debbie, the woman who does both mine and Grammy's hair, did a great job on turning this mullet-sporting baby into a clean cut big boy. And he was so good through it all! I knew he wouldn't mind too much as having his hair brushed is one of his favorite things, but he didn't say a word. He just sat in my lap, wore his little robot cape and watched her go to work. Check out the before and after pictures - doesn't he look so much older?! It was sad to see the baby hair go, but I suppose he has to grow up sometime. Isn't he just precious?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tweet, tweet!

So if you are still keeping up with us through this blog, you have noticed a few changes. The most obvious change is that I've found the desire to post again. Yay! So I can guarantee you that if you continue to visit us, you can keep up with Jonathan, Nathan and I to the best of my abilities. You'll also notice a Twitter feed over there on the right. That's from a social networking site,, and I use it for work (and for play) to give the public a continuous update of what I'm doing. You'll probably see at least five Twitter updates during a workday! So now every time you come to this blog, you can see exactly what I'm doing at that very moment. Cool, huh? :)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Giving thanks (and eating food)

This year we celebrated Thanksgiving Day in Hope with the extended Montgomery family and had a great time! We enjoyed the usual holiday spread, including both roast and fried turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, olives and more, and even a little vegetarian lasagna to ensure everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. Nathan enjoyed himself - almost as much as he enjoyed the green bean casserole. The weekend after Thanksgiving we decorated our home for Christmas and had a post-Thanksgiving dinner with Grammy and Poppy at our house - complete with Jonathan's favorite stuffing, which he appreciated very much. It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and we can't wait 'til Christmas!

PS - For those of you curious as to what I've been thankful for this year, click here for a column I dedicated completely to that a few weeks ago. I'd imagine you guys could take a pretty good guess as to what that topic may be.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Card *sneak peek*

In mid-November we asked Liberty to do a little family photo-shoot on the beautiful Hendrix campus so my mom could get a Christmas Card photo of everyone and we could just do some of our little family. We also ended up taking lots of cheesy engagement-esque photos, as you can see, and I love them dearly. These may or may not show up on your Christmas Card, so act surprised when you see it in a few weeks. Enjoy! :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Ok, ok, ok. Here's a post.

Yeah, so in the last video of Nathan I posted, he sure does look a lot younger, doesn't he??.... Sorry I completely forgot about reminding all of you how cute he is lately and I have been slacking big time! I have good excuses - work has been crazy, I have a 16-month-old son, it's deer season, etc. However, this afternoon I promise you a page full of ferocious lion Halloween photos. And I also solemnly swear to continue updating. :) Hope you are all doing well and have been for the past few months or so.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

And the Oscar goes to...

So here is a short video that encompasses the many emotions of young Nathan, as expressed while recently waiting on his daddy to finish cooking his delicious beef and cheese mini pizza. He expresses his inner turmoil (read: hunger) through cries, flails and weird noises made on his arm - it's his most dramatic role yet! And it's also something to tide all of his fans over until I have enough time to write a real post with pictures. Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mom's take on the matter

So I know most of the Nathan's blog readers don't necessarily live in Conway and aren't all subscribers to the Log Cabin Democrat, but I wrote a column this past week about the way I feel about motherhood after a year and I thought it would be easier to just post it here rather than ramble on trying to explain it. So here it is:

Working on my motherhood degree
It's a difficult thing for me to both admit and believe, but I have been a mother for a year now.
My little five-pound bundle of joy born last July celebrated his first birthday with two count them, two huge blow-out bashes over the past few weeks and has shoved more than his share of cupcakes into his face over that time period.
Yes, he is a full-grown 25-pound toddler now, and as I work everyday to talk to teachers, principals and kids across Faulkner County about what they are learning and why they are learning it, I have never stopped to think about just how much I've learned in the past 12 months.
My son and I took off a few hours from work and day care Monday morning to visit the pediatrician's office for the 12-month check-up and a few not-so-fun shots and as I watched him interact with other babies and move about the waiting room, I realized that as much as he has learned in his short lifetime, I've learned even more.
So to mark one of the most important milestones in my life, I'd like to share a few of those lessons with my readers.
Yes, I have a high school diploma and right after that came a bachelor's degree from University of Central Arkansas so I'd like to think I'm a pretty educated person. But the day that little boy was born, I came to the realization I did not have any type of degree in motherhood.
Sure, I've read a few of the books and I've listened to a few pieces of advice from my mom, mother-in-law and every other woman I've ever met who's now a mother, but my husband and I mostly figured it out for ourselves.
And the biggest realization I've made recently is that it all goes by entirely too fast.
Everyone is using the word "toddler" in conversation with me now, and although he can't quite "toddle" just yet, he's getting a lot closer to "kid" and a lot further from "baby."
Since last summer I've learned a baby's cough can really just be a cough, formula only tastes good to babies (don't ask), teething really does hurt and a cell phone is better than any toy Fisher-Price can invent.
In one year, we've gone from bottles to cups, from smiles to laughs, from babbles to my new favorite word, "mama," and there is no telling what's next for us.
I feel like I just came back to work after a three-month maternity leave and the worst thing about it is I'm told by other mothers that the years to come will fly right by, too.
From first-day-of-kindergarten tears to skinned knees from baseball to the teenage years, my kid and I have a lot to learn.
No, I was not classically trained in parenting before July 7, 2007, and I know I have plenty of new experiences ahead of me, but there has to be some kind of honorary degree I've earned this far in.
I don't have an instruction manual for where we've been or where we're going, but in my mind, I'm working hard toward my doctorate in motherhood.

Event of the Year (Round 1)

So I don't know if you heard or not, but Nathaniel Thomas Bauer turned one last week. You could possibly have known because of the two huge parties, several lunch dates and ridiculous amount of presents that have been flowing into my house since then, but if you missed all that, here's a short update. So we kicked off the birthday extravaganza with his big party here at the house Saturday, July 5. We had about eight little ones here with us and three kiddie pools and let me tell you, that was a great combination! It seemed like the kids, including Nathan, loved splashing around. The theme was pool party, so we had a beach ball cupcake cake which was wonderful, beach ball accessories, beach balls (duh) and a big beach ball pinata that Riley broke with his powerful skills. Nathan got so many cool toys that day and a new toy box to fit it all in (although, it's already getting tight in there). Nathan has also had three and a half cupcakes since he turned one, every one of which he has been able to polish off in about two minutes. Our kid is a pretty impressive eater. Nathan absolutely loved everything about his first birthday party and I had a really good time planning it and making it happen. It went by too fast and I'm afraid I'll be planning the second one before I know it. :)

Happy Birthday, America!

Nathan's first Fourth of July was a huge hit! We had a big party at Grammy and Poppy's house outside of town that included all of the family plus a few close friends and we all had so much fun together. Nathan and the babies loved watching the older kids with their sparklers and the dads show up the neighbors with their fireworks display. Nathan wasn't at all scared and actually stared at the sky the entire time, waiting for more of the show. The party also featured a game of soccer, washers, bubbles and lots more. I definitely think we need to make this an annual thing. Enjoy the pictures! :)

Making up for lost time

So let me start this off with an apology to all of Nathan's adoring fans out there for the lack of blogging that has been going on here. Since the last post, our family has been ridiculously busy. Today is the first day I'm just sitting at home with nothing to do and I am so truly thankful for it. Every weekend this summer has been jam-packed with either work, weekend trips, or one of Nathan's many first birthday parties. I'm working on getting a job with Hendrix College and Jonathan's working on getting a better job within his company, so stay tuned for more positive financial news from us. As for what we've been doing since the last post (err.. Mother's Day...), I'm just going to post a bunch of pictures since then so you can see for yourself. Here's a few pictures from June to see what you've missed out on. :) The first are pictures of Nathan's new very favorite thing to do - swim at Nana's! He's completely fearless in the water and he'd much rather be out of the baby floatie just splashing around the pool. And there's also some random super cute pictures so you can see just how cute he's getting. More to come...

Friday, May 23, 2008

This one goes out to all the mothers

Happy *very* late Mother's Day, moms! My family, along with the in-laws, traveled to Hope to celebrate my very first Mother's Day and we had a blast! Here are just a few pictures of what Nathan was up to that weekend. We had a yummy cook-out lunch on Sunday and all the family came over to celebrate. Nathan gave me the cutest card that is currently on the fridge and probably will be until Christmas (because that's how I roll) and all the moms were given something special from each of their children. I also got a beautiful basket of pink flowers from Grammy and framed Nathan photos from Nana. I'm all set. :) I also received a pink T-shirt that said Mommy and all the ladies in Nathan's immediate family received one as well. Let me tell you we were looking good wearing our matching shirts - I loved it! I hope all the children out there made all the mommies out there feel as special as I did this year - I can't wait to see what future Mother's Day celebrations have to bring me. And what Father's Day has in store for Jonathan.

P.S. Also the picture with Tommy may or may not be the best picture ever. And my money is on yes, it is the best picture ever. Please put it on all of your desktops.