Friday, August 14, 2009

7 Quick Takes ~ Vol. 5

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1. Our friend Neil came over on Wednesday night. He is studying at Franciscan University in Ohio. Andrew used to live with Neil in Bellingham at the Xavier House (Catholic guy's house). It was really great seeing Neil again! He got to meet John for the first time:

2. One of my best friends/former roommate, Chelsea, married the love of her life on August 1st. I was blessed to stand by her as her matron of honor. Congratulations Kent and Chelsea!!

Pictures taken by Alyssa Gifford.

3. We watched Phantom of the Opera a few nights ago. It was good, but I don't get why it is so popular... to be honest, it was kind of weird; but I have had the sound track in my head all week!

5. We opened up our home to a Sister from California. Her name is Sister Mary Joseph. She came up to assist with the Vacation Bible School that we had at our church. It was such a blessing to have her here. I had many good conversations with her. It is nice to meet an orthodox Sister. She left on Sunday and I was sad to see her go. After spending so much time with her, I really view her as a bride of Christ!

My parents with Sister Mary Joseph in our church.

4. On August 7th my brother celebrated his 27th birthday. We celebrated with him the evening before by going out to sushi in Seattle. Aaron, you'll be 30 before you know it! Weird. Happy Birthday Brother!

Here we are at the Sushi restaurant.

6. Simple Mom has really inspired me. I recently made an 8-week meal plan. My plan is to cycle through these meals and swap out meals as we get bored with them. Having this plan also makes shopping easier. I really don't like shopping; so with this plan I am able to cut grocery shopping down to two times per month! I like that. =)

7. And now, the reason you have come to our blog: an update on John. He is becoming very skilled with his hands. He loves to hold his burp cloths and smother his face in them. He also sucks on his fingers a lot. He continues to be a very sweet and calm baby. I love snuggling with him. I feel like the luckiest person to be able to hang out with him all day! Right now he is sleeping on my lap and I am typing with one hand! Here is a video I just took today:

John and Pooh from Andrew St.Hilaire on Vimeo.


  1. I love doing meal plans ( I need to get back to it now that life is settling down a bit!)...although I usually only do 1-2 will have to let us know how 8 goes! I am usually at the store every couple so it seems easier for me to do smaller shopping trips for those couple weeks plus use my current coupons!! Love the video of John!!!!

  2. Yeah, they made a lot of weird choices with the movie version of Phantom. I think the reason that it was so popular was because of the play and the music. But honestly, if the movie had been my first exposure to the story, I wouldn't like it half as much as I do.

    You should talk Andrew into taking you to the live version the next time it comes back to Seattle. Infinitely cooler. :)