Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bryce is 1!

I can't believe my baby is one! I know I've said it before, but Bryce's first year went WAY faster than Caleb's first year. I'm pretty sure we just brought Bryce home from the hospital last week or so. But to prove (to me) that it really has been an entire year, here are pictures of Bryce celebrating every month of his entire life!

June 2008

July 2008

August 2008

September 2008

October 2008

November 2008

December 2008

January 2009

February 2009

March 2009

April 2009

May 2009

June 21, 2009

Still can't believe it...but I do know I have the happiest (and cutest!) one year-old ever! Happy Birthday to our little Brycie Boy!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Preschool Graduation...

I've never really felt compelled to blog, but all my friends are doing it...so I guess I'm just giving in to peer pressure. I'm perfectly happy to read everyone elses blogs, which I do daily, and I'm sure you all are dying to hear what I have to say about our family. So, lucky you...here we are!

The most recent exciting family event (if you can call it an event) is our preschool graduation. And it wasn't so much a graduation as it was a party signifying the end of school. And it wasn't so much a school as it was a bunch of moms alternating teaching the kids a letter of the alphabet and giving the other moms a two-hour break once a week. Well, that's not fair at all...it has been fabulous. Caleb has learned so much this last year, and I have loved the opportunity it's given him to be social and learn in a more structured environment.

I know I'm not the only mom in the world with such a "smart" child, but I have been thrilled with his progress. He knows all the letters of the alphabet, upper and lower case, mostly knows 1-20 (he's got the teens in the wrong order sometimes), he can write all the letters and recognizes the sounds the make. We're starting to sound out words, mostly just the first letter, but I know it's a great start on the road to reading. And Caleb has another whole year of "preschool," so I know he'll be ready for kindergarten. I just hope all my friends want to keep doing this when Bryce is old enough.

Yesterday we had our party at my house. It was pretty low-key, but the kids had fun making graduation caps and tassels. The graduation part consisted of them all standing together so we could take pictures. And then we went swimming! Now that's a summer kick-off party!

I have been so impressed with all the moms involved (Lindee, Maria, and Leah...you guys do so much better than I do, but thanks for letting me part of it anyway!) and the kids. They are so smart and so cute. Even though I know them because they're all Caleb's friends and kids in our primary, it has been fun to get to know their cute little personalities.

Congrats kiddos!
Back row (l to r): Dillon, Caleb, Dallin
Front row (l to r): Emery, Kylie, Lydia

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A long overdue post

Things are good in the world of DeShazer Land. Here's an update:

Bryce will be 1 in the next couple of weeks. He's crawling and getting into all sorts of stuff, especially the toilet. He also learned to crawl up the stairs a couple of weeks ago. That's fine except he hasn't figured out the going downstairs part. We put a gate at the bottom of the stairs to prevent him from continually going up and getting stuck up there. He has a most unique way of expressing excitement. When he's excited, he takes little yet loud gasps. He's excited about 90% of the time about something, so we here him doing that all day. I think it's adorable. He's incredibly ticklish and out eats his 4 year-old brother. Often we end up feeding him Caleb's leftovers. He loves Cheerios and underneath his seat in our dining room, you can always find roughly 40-50 little Cheerios lying on the floor around him. We use our vacuum to clean it up daily.

Caleb is getting taller and taller by the day. He's taller than most kids his age and taller than those 1-2 years older than him in many cases. He's the worlds most picky eater and is testing his limits with Heather and I on a daily basis. He has decided he no longer wants to sleep in his bed at night, so he sneaks in with us on a nightly basis. We've had to wake up and put him back to bed numerous times. We're hoping he stops doing it in the near future, he's a major bed hog. Despite his growing pains, he's been as funny as ever. He's surprising us every day with some new expression or idea. He loves playing with his Legos and watching Pixar movies with me. I even got him watching some of the NBA playoffs with me a few times. He loves cuddling with me.

One such instance was a few weeks ago. Caleb was sitting with me watching the basketball game and Heather called for him to do something. He rather nonchalantly exclaimed while sprawled out on my lap, "I can't Mom, I'm watching the bassetball game with Dad." It was pretty funny. Unfortunately I can't think of other funny phrases. But he tells me on a daily basis that I'm his best friend. It is easily the highest compliment one can receive from their child.

Heather is keeping herself busy as Primary President and looking after our kids. With my long days at the office and out at night meeting with clients for my business, we don't get a lot of alone time. Recently we teamed up with friends at church to trade babysitting duties. There are about 5 families involved so we only have to babysit 1 every 5 weeks. We're going on a date for the second time in as many weeks for the first time since we became parents 4 years ago. We're both very excited at this possibility.

Anyway, that's the deal in the family right now. I will be better this summer about keeping this thing up to date.