Thursday, July 19, 2012

Elliot walks for the first time!

Last night Elliot decided to take his first few steps and this morning he was trying to walk everywhere.  He is so proud of himself as are we.  Here is a little video montage of Elliot's first walking moments!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Happy One Year Shuntaversary Elliot!

Last July 18th we were at Children's with Elliot for a shunt revision...

This July 18th we are having a playdate, spending time at home and playing in the pool...

I prefer the later.

Since Elliot's shunt was replaced last July, it has been doing a beautiful job for little man.  His December surgery, threatened his shunt, but the shunt prevailed and is still kicking.  Right now in this love-hate relationship with Elliot's shunt, we are in love.

In honor of Elliot's One Year Shuntaversary we are once again raising money for the Hydrocephalus Association and walking for Elliot in the Denver HydroWALK this September.  Although we are starting our fundraising efforts late in the game, I know we can do it!  Thank you for supporting further research for Hydrocephalus and our little Elliot's future!

Elliot's Donation Page

Elliot says, "Thanks for you support everyone, love you."

Saturday, July 14, 2012


We have been jet setters over the past few weeks, we were home from Tahoe for 2 days and then flying off again to spend some time with Byron's family in Pennsylvania.  We had a nice time driving multiple "kucks", swimming and relaxing.  After living in Colorado for 6 years now, I have become quite the sissy to humidity, so although we had a wonderful time, we are happy to be home. 

Here is what Elliot has been up to:
-he has discovered his tongue and he is always sticking it
-so close to taking his first steps, he is just so timid and instead squats down really slowly and takes off crawling
-tells me in his monitor, "Mama bathroom" when he poops his pants, hahah
-obsessed with riding lawn mowers
-survived his first and second bee stings
-he tells us when things are hot, cold, broken, ewww
-he so lovingly says "bye bye" when he is reading to move on
-says "come on"
-calls every dog "Filson" or "Ruff"

Enjoying fudgesicles with cousin Rin


Elliot and Meow

One of the thousand tractor rides around the yard

Grandpa's turn to take him around

Shaking his booty

Fun with mom

Touching the butterfly

Byron literally "raising the roof"

Bath time fun

Elliot kept saying "fixin"

Pool time

Photo with Uncle Dave in his Carn's t-shirt

About to cook Frosty

"touching noses"

Getting into trouble at Grandma's office

Future Jim Updike

The other truck we got to take a million rides in around the yard

Playing with Rin

What Elliot does best, hold his blankie and suck his thumb

Pool time with all the kids (Elliot couldn't wait to put his suit on so Byron jumped in with him fully clothed)

Tickles from Uncle Cott

Brotherly love

Kisses for Aunt Nisse

Friday, July 6, 2012


We just returned from a lovely trip to Lake Tahoe with the whole family (on my side).  Elliot got to ham it up with lots of family and we got to enjoy the wonderful cool, non-smokey air for a week. These photos explain our fun more than I can...

Lake Tahoe family shot 2012

Elliot finally got to meet Cousin/Uncle Dave

Chillin' with the Dudes

He loves sitting like a big boy all by himself
Family photo at Emerald Bay

No words

Hiking with Paw-Paw

Looking over a ledge, freaking Mommy out

Squirmy with Uncle Chris

Dipping our toes in Lake Tahoe

Beautiful clear water

Dad's and boys

Elliot was begging Daddy to go in the 50 degree water

He LOVED the beach

Just throwing sand everywhere

Beach day #2

We found an old time firetruck and it was love at first sight

Paw-Paw and Grandma with the boys

Loving the old time bus

Elliot and Max are hamming it up

Auntie Kendall and UncleEhmil and Max

The only time Elliot let me hold Max (he's just a tad jealous...)

Chris, Marissa and Max

Little hike to a waterfall

Boy and nature

Nothing better than 2 cousins in a bathtub