well then

so its been quite long since i’ve posted on this site.  life has been busy in the last few months, but the cartwrights are having a great time.  we bought a house, celebrated thanksgiving, christmas, new years, etc etc, and somehow grew ourselves a one year old baby!

how the heck max has become a whole 12 months old, i will never understand.

we had a very fun birthday party for him a few days before his actual birthday, which then let us conveniently keep up the decorations and the partying for a few days.  i’m planning a separate post all about his birthday extravaganza(s), but in the mean time, here are my favorite things about max right now:

  • how he sleeps!  i shouldn’t even be writing these words for fear of jinxing this, but right now max goes down around 8 pm and often sleeps in past 9 am.  it is quite joyous to say the least.
  • he loves to read – he has this cute little laugh that he does when he is pleased about things, kinda like huh,huh.  he specifically does it on his favorite pages of his favorite books.
  • he doesn’t really walk yet, but is getting quite close.  he cruises all between the furniture and takes one or two steps here and there.  his first actual steps were on his birthday!
  • he loves to copy us and tries a lot to mimic sounds we make, including animal names and sounds.  sometimes to convince him (or distract him) to stand on his own, we’ll put toys on our heads.  specifically this little M magnet from one of those alphabet magnet sets.  now, whenever he sees that M, he puts it up on his head right away and laughs.
  • he has started snuggling a lot.  i will usually say, “how bout a snug?” and he smiles huge and lays his head down.
  • when we closed on our house, our good friend (and realtor) gave us a little stuffed mouse/ball for max (picture here) and he LOVES it!  he sleeps with it every night and every nap.  we usually ask him if he wants to go night-night with mousie and lots of times he’s super stoked about it.  he’ll hold him next to his neck and snuggle in.
  • max fah-reaked out at his last doctor appt.  apparently, he hadn’t forgotten his last shots.  from the second we had to lay him down to measure him, until we walked back out to the elevators, he was one unhappy camper.  (this isn’t the cute part).  a few days later, we had to take scott to the doctor.  max was in a great mood that day, he was wooing all the old people in the waiting room but the second we got into the examination room, devastation!  he calmed down really fast though and i think it was good for him to see that not all doctors visits are bad.  maybe now he won’t be so so sad next time.
  • his old man hair.  its kinda in this awkward, in-between stage where it goes halfway over his ears, and its long on top, but just weird altogether.  i’ve been thinking about cutting it, but keep holding off hoping it gets cuter.  regardless, it adds to his cuteness to have weird hair.  🙂

i love this little time in our lives.  its really unique for both of us, as mom & son.  its probably going to be one of the few times in my life that i’ll be able to focus on just one child, and i realize that it’s special.  i went out of town for about 10 days after thanksgiving and left scott and max to their own devices.  when i came home, i had been replaced!  dad was the new favorite for sure.  for the first week or so, max cried every time his buddy went off to work.    now that we’ve been back to our old routine (of everyday, pretty much all day together), i’m back at number one.  as much as i love that scott is such a good dad and that him and max are buds, i am stoked to be back in first.  there’s nothing quite like it.

putting the M on his head


A short post in honor of Andrea

This last weekend we celebrated Andrea’s birthday, it was a fun celebration, with lots of yummy food.

In belated honor of her birthday, I proudly present a google voice translation of a voicemail she left us:

By all of the Dina on it. Okay. Yeah. Okay, bye bye second fine.
Mack got. It’s a great day. Bye eat so. Okay, back to me. Okay bye.

The actual translation? Listen for yourself.

Just one of the many reasons we love her to pieces!

Max’s Blessing

On Sunday we blessed Max.  It was a gorgeous day and we celebrated with food and family beforehand.

Max is so lucky to have so many family members nearby.  We are too!

My Famiy

Scott's Family

The Grandmas and Mom

The Grandpas and Dad

Max was so good during his blessing.  I think he was just stoked to have all those guys giving him attention.  I’ve been told he just smiled the whole time.  Here he is in his blessing outfit, which has now been worn by all the grandkids on my side of the family on their blessing day.  Thanks Autumn!!

I changed him into this right before church and changed him right out afterwards, and its a good thing because he had the biggest blowout of his life so far after church.  It was a doozy!  (I’m sure you all want to hear about my child’s poop.  You’re welcome.)

Scott did a great job and gave Max a sweet and simple blessing.  I figure if Max turns out just a little bit like his dad, we’re doing okay.  🙂

Driving Range

We got together on Friday for a little golf action at the driving range.  I’ve never been before and it was quite fun.  The only golf balls I’ve hit before were on the mini-golf course, so I wasn’t too sure how it was going to go, but it was very fun!  We met up with Greg and Joanie there and took turns taking care of Max while the others hit the balls.  Max totally cooperated and was fast asleep for a good part of our time there.

I had to do a close up of the last picture for you all.  Scott and his dad are very very much alike, and you can really see it in their faces on the last picture.  They literally have the same exact look on their face, checking out where their balls landed.

Scott gave me a few quick tips and I was off and running.  Don’t get me wrong, I whiffed it multiple times, but there was a few times that I made great contact and the ball went sailing.  It was great!  I’m looking forward to trying it again!

I love this picture of Max and Joanie.  They are buds.

Also?  Going to a driving range was on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days!  Its great that I can check it off.

Some days…

We haven’t been feeling awesome the last couple days here at Casa Cartwright.  It’s definitely an adjustment being sick as a mom.  No more sleeping all day!  Luckily, I’m feeling much better today and Max hasn’t caught anything yet.

Sidenote: How perfect is his sad face?  Pretty perfectly pitiful if you ask me!

Backtracking: Christmas time

How is this the one and only picture I got during the whole Christmas Vacation?


Well at least its a good one!

This was right when the Hamptons got off the airplane. We were all there just waiting to pounce on them.

We had a great Christmas with all of our family in town, my sister and her family came in from Boston, so we really had so much fun with everyone.

Then, Andrea and Tyler got married on New Years Eve. It was a gorgeous wedding, and I tried my best to not look like a blimp in my 8.999 months pregnant state. The only bummer of the day was my allergies were acting up like crazy so I was sneezing and sniffling the whole day through. That gets old fast! But Andrea didn’t notice or know until just a couple weeks ago. Success! 🙂

Here are Scott and I waiting outside the temple… (these pics are thanks to Blair and Facebook)

And how cute is this guy – giving his toast to Annie and Tyler.

Andrea looked so gorgeous. Her dress was custom made, and just right.

Fun Night

We had a nice night with Greg and Joanie to celebrate the birthday’s they missed while they were out of town.  I think they really missed Max the most of all.

MeeMee with Max.

Cute Newlyweds…

I love this picture of everyone trying to get Max to rollover.

By the end of the night Max was pooped from all the excitement!  By the way, can you all see the red tint of his hair in this picture?  I love it!