Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Showtime!









Tuesday night was a big night for the Bauer family. Little two-year-old Nathan made his grand singing debut at Nashville Christian Academy's Christmas program. Although the evening started out rocky with Nathan saying there was no way he would go because his new (adorable) shirt did not fit right - he actually did a great job! The bottom picture features his first outfit and a ton of tears, but after a wardrobe change in the car, he was ready to sing like a champ. He might not have participated in every song or sat down in his chair on cue, but at least he left his clothes on and stayed on stage. And I can't say the same for some of the other kids there... I didn't get great pictures because of our seats, but maybe I'll find a way to post a clip from the video camera soon. I can personally guarantee that seeing Nathan's performance will bring you to tears of joy. Yep. He's that good. :)

Christmas Tunes Vol. III



Tonight is the night of Nathan's first Christmas program at Nashville Christmas Academy. I thought I'd post a little preview as he was warming up in the kitchen this afternoon! He has been filling our home with holiday sounds all month as he and his little buddies have been preparing for their big debut. Enjoy this clip and come back soon for a review of the actual performance! Also know that even though this is a pretty good run of both songs, he afterward ended them with "ba da ba daaa!" I hope tonight ends with a flourish, too! :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Card Cuts









Hey everyone! I just wanted to give you all a quick update this evening to fill you in on our exciting weekend. Unfortunately it included an ambulance ride to the hospital for Jonathan while Nathan, the in-laws and I race home from Conway to be with him. He developed a yucky staph infection and ended up having an operation Monday morning. We're all back at home now, thankfully, and he's healing as quickly as possible. Now he just has to get back on his feet so he can get back in McDonald's! Now that you know the gruesome details of what's been going on lately, please enjoy a few cute pictures of our family (pre-operation). :) You may have already gotten your annual Bauer family Christmas cards, but here are a few extra cute ones that just didn't make the cut. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Tunes Vol. II



WARNING: Watch your volume. This gets loud.

I don't know if this counts as a Christmas tune, so much as a Christmas tune gone bad. Yes, Nathan, does know the words to this song; however, at this particular moment he was simply not having it. I just wanted to post this to the blog to show that Nathan is not always the little angel you may think, as you may have noted when he started screaming "PEAR TREE! PEAR TREE!" :) Oh and this also proves any tantrum can be resolved with the love of chocolate milk.

I Love a Parade











Nathan, Nana, and I experienced a first this evening - we braved the cold, bundled up like marshmallows, and watched the one and only Nashville Christmas parade! Although it was just as I expected (a lot like Hope's) we still had a lot of fun. Nathan absolutely loved it and talked all night about the band, the drums specifically, the antique tractors, and Santa Claus! Another pleasant surprise was learning that Nashville is one of few cities that has yet to outlaw candy hurling at parades. We all snatched up handfuls and went home with pockets full of treats. :) We had so much fun that I thought I would share a few pictures of our night. Enjoy!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Tunes Vol. I



One of Nathan's many Christmas songs he has been singing around the house lately. Unfortunately I started recording after a complete round and missed the chorus to the song. And, as you can tell, Nathan is easily distracted by an opportunity to pose. :) Many more singing videos to come... if I can catch them!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Annual Tree Trimming









I am very excited about Christmas this year. I'm excited not only to have our first round of holidays in our new home, but to also have a son who has finally reached the age of being absolutely ecstatic about it! After Thanksgiving, the four grandparents helped us set up and decorate the Christmas tree - which looks really good, might I add! And Nathan had a fabulous time picking out the ornaments, helping string the lights, and sitting in front of the radio, picking up new songs to sing throughout the month of December. I hope everyone else is getting into the holiday mood because it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Bauer household. :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Family + Food = Thanksgiving













So Thanksgiving has come and gone and I hope that, just like us, everyone had a house full of good food and great family. We actually hosted the holiday in our new house, which gave us a good reason to finish decorating, hang up most of the pictures, and empty all of the boxes. I would definitely count it as a success, though, with everyone from my side of the family, plus Grammy and Poppy. Add two fried turkeys, an award-winning green bean casserole, and pies as far as the eyes can see (among much MUCH more) and you can tell what kind of Thanksgiving we had. :) We also ended the night with more family time around the bonfire in our backyard - Grandpa Steve even broke out the guitar and we shared lots of songs and laughter. Anyway, I just wanted to post a few pictures from the holiday to show you all what it is I am truly thankful for - and that's family. Especially this precious little two-year-old who is currently working on his own computer next to me, "updating his log."

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

On My Big Green Tractor





Jonathan and I received an early Christmas present from my parents this week - a big green John Deere tractor (well it's a lawn mower really) and Nathan has fallen in love with it. When he first set eyes on it yesterday afternoon, he marched straight into the house and said, "Dad, take me for a ride in the grass!" Thanks again for this much-needed present, parents, and enjoy the cute pictures of my favorite guys, everyone else! PS - Please note the bright orange Scrappers toboggan - we're fully prepared to live in Nashville now!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Settling (for the most part)











So sorry to those of you who have flooded my Facebook and inbox with requests to see new pictures, hear Nashville updates, and basically keep up with my life. I start with the apology, but I'll follow up with the excuses. :) SO, what has been happening since we found our house in Nashville and announced that new jobs and a new community were on the way? Well, we spent the end of October moving and, thanks to so many great friends and family members who willingly volunteered to load up that humongous truck, everything is now in its place (basically). And we really do feel like this is where we're supposed to be. We can say this with certainty from our new front porch swing overlooking the beautiful front yard. :) As for outside of the house, I love working with my parents in the office part-time and being able to spend my off days with Nathan. It's a fantastic schedule! Jonathan is loving his new position, as well. He thinks he has perfected the art of making a cheeseburger and is excited to learn the ins and outs of management now. Nathan also loves preschool and is already a hit with all of his classmates. The Bauer family is very very content with our present and excited about our future. I've posted just a few pictures to showcase what we've been doing for the past month... which seems to be taking pictures of our adorable son. :) I hope everyone is doing well and I look forward to great family time at Thanksgiving next week.

Until then, lots of love!
Jessica

King of All Wild Things





Before a major update of where we've been for the past month, here are a couple of Halloween photos to showcase our cutie pie. Nathan, or as he was known that night, Max, King of All Wild Things, had a blast trick-or-treating throughout his Grammy's neighborhood with all of his sweet little cousins. I've posted two pictures just to show off that costume, but for those who haven't seen the rest of the pictures, you can click HERE to see an entire album of "Where the Wild Things Are" magic. Enjoy. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

"I'm McDonald's!"



So Nathan and I had some McDonald's for lunch. You could tell lunch was a little late and beginning to cut into nap time when Nathan grabbed his Happy Meal box, placed it on his head, and said "Look at my hat. I'm McDonald's." I'm sure my inability to control my bursts of laughter encouraged him further because when I asked him to remove it, he said "No, I look like Scooby Doo." Two year olds... go figure!

Best Buddies







This weekend the Harrell family paid a visit to house for some cute little kid together time and a few bowls of chili. We all had a great time visiting and I finally remembered to get some pictures of Nathan and Jovie together. Nathan had not seen Jovie in a few months, as was evidenced by his request to "feed her oatmeal and bottles" when she arrived. He quickly learned that she is a big girl now and they spent the evening chasing each other up and down the hallway. And they were just too cute together for me not to post pictures. :)

Park Day









Sunday afternoon we were called out of our lazy positions at home when a real estate agent asked to show the house. Since it finally stopped raining for a day or two, we took it to the park, one of Nathan's favorite destinations. He played on the swings, climbed on the playground, and picked up much of the park's pine needles. And of course I brought my camera because nothing's cuter than a good swinging picture. Just thought I'd share a few. Enjoy! :)

PS - On the same note, the real estate agent who showed the house Sunday actually sold it to those shoppers, so I'd say it was worth getting off of the couch to head to the park. An even bigger plus - no more hiding the toys and staging the house.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Home Sweet Home









So we may not ever be home owners (at least for a while), but we are now officially home buyers! The offer we put on the perfect house we found last week was accepted and now we are moving forward with the purchase. To tell you a little more about the home, it's off of a country road, about 10 minutes from town, in a small neighborhood of three houses. It's about 200 square feet bigger than our old home, but the best part (aside from the mowing) is that we have 1.5 acres of land to ourselves. That will be nice to have so much room for Nathan and Susie to run around. As for the house, it's 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, with a big open floor plan and a fire place. We cannot wait to get the Conway house sold and start the big move. We are super excited and thought we would share a few pictures from our happy house-finding day. Hope everyone is doing well!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Change is in the Air

For those of you who have been watching the Bauer family closely over the past few weeks, you know that many changes are in the very near future for our little family. Jonathan has always been interested in becoming involved with McDonald's and now it is apparent he is joining the team sooner than we imagined. Yesterday we looked for houses in Nashville, AR so we can make the move to allow Jonathan to begin work as a manager at that store. Luckily (and surprisingly) we found the house of our dreams a little ways outside of town and made an offer. We are hoping to close on the house by mid-October and Jonathan's start date is Nov. 1. It sounds like a long time, but I know we are going to be very busy taking care of things in Conway and getting ready for the big move. We are going back to Nashville next week to work things out with the bank and hopefully I'll be posting good news of an accepted house offer soon. Anyway, I just wanted to share with everyone what has been going on and give you all a heads-up for what's to come. Stay tuned here and I'll be sure to keep you up to date on the Bauer family's journey down south.

Love,
Jessica

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

the big 0-2























So over the past few months... lots of exciting things happened. I turned 25 one day and the next I was given a teaching position and that afternoon I quit my job at the Log Cabin. (finally). That weekend Aunt B came to visit for a week and the following weekend we celebrated little Nathan's second birthday with the best, most patriotic birthday party ever. Needless to say, we have had a busy summer, but it has all been worth it and we've made wonderful memories. Nathan's birthday party was held in Grammy's front yard/garage this year and was full of fireworks, fully-clothes kids in the pool, naked kids in the pool, yummy cupcakes, water balloons, tons of presents and lots of fun. I won't go into to much detail, as I'd imagine the pictures say a thousand words. Anyway, the kid who has taken over our house is officially two years old and, so far, not too much of the 'terrible' has crept in. He is funny, quick-witted and the smartest kid I know. He loves to sing, dance and do anything to keep people focused on him - as I'd imagine is common for your average two-year-old. Oh yeah, and he's absolutely the most adorable boy you've ever laid eyes on... just sayin'.

As for a quick update from me - the job I've taken is teaching English for grades 7, 9 and 11 at St. Joseph High School, a small Catholic school here in Conway. Through working at the paper, I've gotten to know a lot of the kids and faculty already and I'm super excited/nervous about this new opportunity. School starts Aug. 17 and now I'm spending my time working on my classroom, designing lesson plans and reading classic literature. :) I'm very happy. Thanks to everyone who has been praying for me to find such a great spot.

Enjoy these photos and more will come soon - our busy summer is far from over.