Monday, December 31, 2007
I'll close with this thought: I'm so glad I'm not pregnant this New Year! It was hard work being so pregnant over the holiday. It was so much more fun to be down on the floor and chasing my baby around than....this:
[picture coming...or not]
Happy New Year! Weee! Off to celebrate. I think we are going to stay up until midnight playing games or unpacking! Wow!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
William is 11 months old today. We did some pictures and hung around trying to recuperate after this flu bug we all caught over Christmas. Although we are all feeling better, none of us feel great yet. I'll upload the pictures of him later along with some Christmas pictures. For now, I'll leave you with what William typed to us on the keyboard earlier:
Nrfftfff cffffffffffffffffff fc ffffvc b nc cdx xv vvvvvvvvvvvvccccccc0063
I'm not sure what it means.....
Examining Baby Jesus. Somehow that seems like that might be wrong/bad to say...sorry God!
Smiling for Mama...and yes, that is Baby Jesus now in William's mouth.
I love this expression!
Trying to crawl off the chair
Thoughtful baby - also highlights his nose scratch. Where did the scratch come from? Not sure....
All done! With the pictures, at least. Baby Jesus is still on duty it appears...
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Is 2007 already over? Where did the time go? It is so hard to know where to begin - I don’t think I could begin to put everything in one short letter! So, here are the highlights from this year for each of us.
At the beginning of 2007, we welcomed our son, William August Heidt into our family. As William has accounted for many of the changes in our lives this year, we will start with him. William was born on
John continues to work at Boeing as a structural analyst for the F-15 program and has picked up a second job with the title “Daddy”. Both of his jobs keep him busy and challenged in many ways. John has also been working hard at home with a number of different home improvement projects including finishing our basement. We are getting closer to completing this project, but work has slowed down considerably since the arrival of William. We hope to be priming and installing flooring sometime early in the new year. Hopefully by the time we write this letter next year, we can call this project done. We’ll see how that works out.
Kelly arranged to take a leave of absence from teaching this year to stay home with William. She is really enjoying being able to spend lots of time watching him grow and learn everyday. In the spring we will have to make a final decision about her going back to teaching for the following school year. No decision has been made, although lots of different possibilities have been discussed including selling the house and moving to
Our first babies, Mango and Mudd have adjusted well to our newest arrival. They both are quite tolerant of the noise and chaos William creates in their world. Both cats allow William to “pet” them while supervised, but neither seeks him out for companionship yet. They both lost a little weight since William started crawling after them, although we are quite certain neither one of them intended to become more active. Their biggest accomplishment this year is successfully finding ways to scale the unfinished wall in our basement to eat our insulation on more than one occasion.
Although we have slowed things down, we still love to travel and enjoy the outdoors together. A great deal more planning is required when adventuring with a baby, but it is still possible. William has turned out be a pretty adventurous guy as well as a flexible traveler. In just eleven months, he has traveled to six different states including a big trip to the east coast for Kelly’s cousin’s wedding in
We hope this holiday season finds you both happy and healthy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
John, Kelly & William Heidt
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Anyway, we got a bunch of snow today (quit laughing Grandma - I think we might have 5 inches so far and it is still snowing) which was beautiful. We bundled William up and took him out to play for a few minutes. We were very surprised how well he did. From the beginning, there was snow up his pant legs and in his shoes. But, he kept on going. I think we were all out there for around 10 minutes or so.
Mama and William watching the snowflakes. William likes to be outside because we say "Brrrrr...!" and he tries to say it also. Then, he giggles.
First steps in the snow. Checking it out. Please note he is wearing: a onesie, a long sleeved T-Shirt onesie, a pair of flannel overalls, a pair of water resistant wind pants, socks, shoes, a hat, two mittens, a fuzzy hat and a winter coat with hood. Oh yeah, and a diaper.
Helping Mama make snowballs to throw at Daddy...you can see the snowball right above my head.
Crawling in the snow.
Tasting the snow...mmmmm! Yummy!
We kind of held our breath here, I thought he might not like how cold it was. But, he put it further into his mouth!
And a big smile before eating the other mitten.
Time for more crawling...if you look carefully, you can see that he is about to lose his mitten which explains the sad look on his face.
Mama to the rescue!
Coming soon as John transfers the video over: new video of William walking and doing this weird mouth thing.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Better late than never, the turkeys come to dinner in our backyard.
William trying on my glasses. He always grabs them off my face and tries to put them on. I was just helping him out.
Super funny story: we were playing in the family room when something beeped (oven?). William picked up John's phone and said "Eh?" I don't know that I've laughed so hard ever.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Now, back to Santa's workshop!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Anyway, we got some video of him taking steps. He took a lot of them today unassisted. I would say somewhere in the hundreds. However, the video we got wasn't great. We'll try to get more tomorrow to post.
Also coming soon: William's 6-9 month slide show, video of him learning how to dive and a Christmas Card preview. We are busy busy busy busy busy....back to work! Here are some pictures from earlier this week to hold you over until then.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
William and Santa
Ick. I guess I better go and find my holiday spirit somewhere around here....
Monday, December 3, 2007
P.S. To My Family: Please note I understand this does not constitute a thank you. A hand written one will be sent in a timely manner. With pictures.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Then, we got the video camera out. Of course, William was not super cooperative. But, we did manage to get this one little clip of him doing a little walking...
P.S. Turn down your volume. I was pretty excited.
My cousins: Beth and Chrissie
William all dressed up and ready to go...somewhere, anywhere
Favorite activity: climbing up the stairs used during the ceremony
Sheila, Bobby and Beth
Us in front of the huge Christmas tree in the lobby
Great Grandpa Tom and William at the reception
After the wedding reception, we had time for a little dip in the pool - William's first time swimming! He was a little unsure at first!
But, once we were in, he had a great time! Swimming lessons next year? We'll see!
Swimming/drinking the water
Brrr...mama is cold! Is it time to get out yet? William says NO!
Took a cliff walk. A lot like it sounds. Walking along the coastline.
(Turn your head) We toured the Breakers mansion, formerly owned by the Vanderbuilts
The Breakers from the back (by the way, this was their summer cottage)
Kevin drives, Kim navigates...
A drive along the coast at sunset....
William kisses himself in the mirror
Newport road sign : Yes, your butt is litter!
Monday morning, we squeezed in a little historical walking tour. The tourist information center was out of the tour materials, so the person working there just gave us directions. So, here is some historical stuff. We're not really sure what or why some of it is historical, but it is according to the tourist person. This is the Quaker Meeting House built in 16something.
This is the colony house built in 17something
The Hazard house...
This is Trinity Church. It has a very old cemetery next to the building.
The old stone mill in a park.
How William currently feels about history. Yes, we know he is missing a shoe.
Back to the beach!
William wanted to take a dip into the Atlantic Ocean. We agreed, but only his toes!
William dipping his toes into the Atlantic Ocean
It was hard to get ONLY his feet wet without getting mine also!
The empty beach
Outside our room in Newport
Playing peek-a-boo in the car while he was supposed to be napping...can you see him anywhere?
We had a little time before we had to be at the airport, so we decided to check out the U.S.S. Constitution. It was closed, so we went to Bunker Hill.
John climbing the first of many steps at Bunker Hill
The USS Constitution from the top of the monument
Kelly and William (in the dark lower right) at Bunker Hill