Monday, March 30, 2009

Quality Time in Texas.

We spent 5 wonderful days with the Swanson fam in Texas. Cullen passed his first plane trip with flying colors (get it?!), and he traveled in First Class-style thanks to Mom and Dad's Silver Elite status. Cullen is quite the squirmy little guy, but he never cried or fussed. Bob and MaryAnne rented a house in the Terrytown section of Austin and we all moved in: Tracy, Jason, Jameson, Dirk, Lisa and Cullen. It was great having everyone under one roof. Cullen loved Jameson - he showered him with lots of not-so-gentle kisses. We ate a ton of good food (thanks to chef MaryAnne) and enjoyed the time with family. Saturday was capped off with lunch and many margaritas at one of Austin's finest Mexican restaurants: Maude's. We miss Tracy, Jason and Jameson and can't wait to see them again this summer.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Birthday Party.

We had a fabulous day celebrating Cullen's first year. The Minneapolis crew drove down (Grandma Liz, Grandpa Mark, Brigette, Mason, Annie and Drew) and the Swanson crew came down the block for the festivities. Cullen was spoiled rotten with tons of gifts. His highlight was surely the frosting-laden cake (see pictorial evidence). He had a marvelous time hanging out with all of the people who love him most. We keep telling Cullen that he's a lucky boy and he just looks up at us and grins like he already knows!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

52 Weeks of Cullen

Wow! Well we are a year in. It has been unreal watching our son grow right before our eyes. From birth, to minor surgery, to backward crawling, to forward crawling, to da da dit dit, to standing tall, it has been an amazing ride. This past year has been filled with laughs and love, as we have watched this little man giggle his way through his first year of life. As Cullen has grown and learned the essential aspects of life, Lis and I have also picked up on a few lessons of our own, such as:
* Crisis management- There is nothing like trying to tackle a blowout diaper at 3 a.m.
* Teamwork- Working together as one person works on the bath, while the other cleans up the puke off the floor.
*The value of a good night sleep...need I say more.
*Stress relief- How a horrible day can be wiped out, by just walking in the house and seeing Cullen splash a huge grin and power crawl over to you.

Year One is in the books, enjoy a look at 52 Weeks of Cullen.