So, Geoff and I have been talking.  And Will is really the greatest kid you could ask for.  He's silly and smart and funny.  He's active and, yet, pretty laid back.  He's a little stubborn - but in all the right ways.  In general, he's done nothing by light up our lives for the past couple of years and we are delighted with how lucky we are to have him in our lives.

So, in recognition of all his great work as our son, we've decided it's time he got a promotion.  To BIG BROTHER.
Yay!  (Grandma is very excited, too!)
That's right, come January 30th, 2014, Mr. Will won't be an only child any more.  Little brother or sister is currently 13 1/2 weeks along and things have been going smoothly!


A bit boring.

So, I'm kind of boring these days. 

Boring in a good way.  Boring as in routine, I suppose.  Not as in "dull." 
His hair was getting so long, so I styled it a bit during bath time.  And, yes, the Mt. Dew bottle is a bath time favorite.
I've been a little overwhelmed my blessings as of late.  Last week I traveled to Minneapolis, MN for my work's "Pop-Up HQ."  Since we don't have a physical headquarters (yet), we have a quarterly meeting where everyone travels to one spot for a week of co-working and planning.  This was my second one with the company and they are always awesome.  It's so great to get together with the great team and refocus.  I really love my company and my job and I'm so grateful to be a part of this team. I am also so grateful to have my mama nearby now who is willing (and able!) to watch Will when it turns out Geoff and I were on business trips the same week!
Out for a walk in the neighborhood after a much-needed (and very traumatic haircut).
Will just gets smarter and sillier by the moment.  He likes to race.  We took him to the park last night and would have races on the grass.  We count...1, 2, go!!  He's a really independent little guy and if he can do it for himself, he'll find a way.  Nevertheless, when he knows he can't do it, he'll gladly hand it to me or Geoff and ask for help.  He still loves his "cars" has started referring to some of his other favorite things as cars.   The TV and remote are "car", my iPhone is "car", his stroller is "car".  It's cute.  He does say a lot more, too.  He likes to point out mail (mailboxes), flowers, trees (and cars, of course) on our evening walks.  He said bubbles last night for the first time while we were blowing bubbles.  So, that was fun. 
I was cooking dinner one day and I peeked into the living room to see what he was up to and found this scene.
Another dad we ran into at the park last night commented on what a big boy he was (Will was the same height and weight as his 2 and 1/2 year old daughter) but then on what a "great energy" Will had.  He went on to explain that lots of boys his age just seem so out of control and he thought Will was just a great little one.  That made my mommy pride beam a little.  He IS such a good guy.  Laid back and sweet, but still has some serious spunk and personality.
Playing Guitar Hero with dad. He plays half the time and dances the other half.
I'm grateful for California.  I often miss my friends from Fargo, but I know this was the right move for us.  I'm so grateful for a husband who has embraced this beautiful area in which we live and is willing to make a home with his little family - wherever that has taken us. 


Picture Overload

Rather than try to recap everything we've been up to, I'll do a little photo essay going back to mid-June when Geoff's family came out to visit and took us back to Utah with them up through the 4th of July. And, of course, most of the photos will be Will.  But, Geoff and I were around, too.  :)
Geoff and his family took the ferry from San Francisco - I couldn't go, but this pic makes up for it.
We went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  This is me and Geoff's sister Steffanie.
Here is Steffanie and another one of Geoff's sisters Angelica looking lovely!
Here's almost all us ladies. Not sure where Becca is!  Left-Right: Jen, Me, Steffanie (quite pregnant for a 12 hour road trip!), Angelica, Shelley)
Jellyfish at the aquarium.
Will seems to have inherited my proclivity of squeezing one's head into banisters.  Luckily these ones outside the aquarium are too close together to get stuck. 
Walking back from the aquarium.
Will being quite a charmer at the Parker family reunion in Utah.  All afternoon at a park?  He was in heaven!
At the family reunion Will had a blast running and tagging all the bases on the softball field.
Back home and Will has finally embraced the joy of slides.
9th Street Park is about a 10 minute walk from our house and I just LOVE to take Will there.  I mean look at the view from the swings!
Into July now.  July 2nd - story time with Grandma and cousin Cole at Grandma's house.
Getting ready for the 3rd of July parade - kisses from Will.
Blowing bubbles at the 4th of July barbecue.  He won't let me do anything for him anymore.  Even holding the bubble jar was a fight.
At one point he got his sunglasses out and just cruised around the barbecue like the cool guy he is.
He thought the fireworks were AMAZING.