Thursday, July 26, 2007

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Angelic pose...

Tough Guy pose...


I live in KID heaven!

My Daddy is the best! He makes my Mommy cry. Why is that good? I'll tell you...

My Mommy and Daddy were away from each other for a long time. And they were both lonely for each other. Gross, right? Well, I don't understand girls liking boys and boys liking girls yet so it's gross to me so far. I digress...Anyhow, when my Dad picked us up from the airport, he told us again about what he did to my room. But he didn't tell many details...he kept building up the suspense. Mommy was excited but had no idea what it was going to look like. She had an idea from what the colors were (they picked them out together) but that was it.

So, when we got home, Daddy made Mommy close her eyes and she stood in the middle of the room until he said "okay"!!! When she opened them, her jaw dropped and her heart stopped and then she cried. She literally CRIED! My room was transformed into a KID heaven for me! Just take a look at the pictures. My Daddy is amazing! Can you believe he did this whole room perfectly in less than a few hours of work? Wow.

You really have to see it in person. It's the best room in the house! AND IT's MINE! All mine!!!

Needless to say, Mommy and I play in there a lot more than we used to. Yeah Daddy!

I had a little bit of a hard time adjusting to being away from home, and now I'm having a hard time adjusting to being home. I'm used to my Grammie rocking me and putting me to bed and now that my Mommy is doing it again, well, it's just not the same. Oh well, I guess I like my Mommy well enough. Um, when are we going back to Cleveland? I miss all my Grandparents. They love me and I can tell.
love, tj


I buy it for the articles...

I forgot to tell you about going for a bike ride!!! The carrier attached to my Poppy's bike is a perfect fit for me...or will be in a little while when I am a bit stronger. Anyways, Lucy and Cameron get to ride in it and I did too. Do I look like a cool guy or what!? These pics inspired my Mommy and Daddy to get bikes next summer. They want to take me for bike rides eventually. I'm cool with that!

Did I tell you that I have a job on the side as an elf? Hahaha. My Daddy loves this picture...

Spaghetti is my new favorite food! You should see me with a big red mouthful of it. I make a huge mess! It's a new texture and taste so I was pretty timid about eating it at first...but it didn't take long. I even chew up the little teeny noodles like a good boy.

By the way, Cosmopolitan is my new favorite reading material. You can learn so much about women in those magazines! : ) I'm way ahead of myself, aren't I! My Grandma and Auntie Melissa let me look at their issues. I was very interested in the content...
Love, TJ


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Colorado is Far Away!

I can play catch! Can you believe it? I went to my Great Grandpa's 86th birthday party and learned to play catch with a rolling ball. It took me a little while to get it, but now I can grab the ball and hold onto it when it's sent my way. How cool am I!?!?

My Aunt Care fed me some cereal when I was at my Grammie's and Poppy's house. I haven't seen her in 7 months and I got to see her for awhile. It was great! Here is a picture...proof that she was trying to steal my veggies. Haha. Her hair is really, really long and I liked pulling on it. She's planning a wedding right now to my future Uncle Paul. I think I might have to dress up for it and I'm not sure how I feel about that right now. : )

My friend Caden is exactly a month older than me, and he's smaller than I am. Our Mommies put us in a box together (our favorite toy) and we played together. It was fun. He tried to knock me on my noggin and I put my fingers in his mouth. He can crawl so he beats me in that area, but I have 3 teeth and he's got 1. We're even. Hehehe.

I have more stories for you soon...


Slippery Knees

I got to see my Grandmas and Grandpas and Aunts and Uncles a few days back. It was WONDERFUL! I was still working on bringing in my 3rd tooth fully, so I was a bit crabby but I was still awfully lovable. When I went to my Grandma B's and Grandpa B's, Vader licked my face and I cried. I'm not sure why...I was being silly, but I'm over it now. I promise not to cry next time. He was just a lot bigger than Scooter. Now I know him...and I'll grab at his fur next time just like I do Scooter's.

Speaking of Scooter, I pulled out a bunch of eye hairs on his face today, and he whined and ran to Mommy and kissed her and kissed her. I didn't mean to hurt him, and I think it was funny that he ran to Mommy for protection. Awwww. Scooter and I played together a lot since I got home. It really is nice to have him as my friend. I think he'd agree. He brings his nasty, dirty ball to me every time I'm on the ground. Mommy HATES it but I love it. That dirty yellow ball is my favorite!

I'm so close to crawling. Have I mentioned that lately? Soooo close. My Uncle Bill says that I have slippery knees and my Mommy loves that expression now. It's true though. I get up on my knees (sleep that way too) and then put one hand in front of the other...then flatten out and shake all over like a silly man. I'll get it soon though. Then Mommy and Daddy are IN FOR IT!

More stories later. Love you! TJ


Monday, July 16, 2007

"I want to be a dentist!"

Happy 8th Month Birthday To Me!

This morning, Mommy and I took our usual walk...only this time, we stopped at Harris Teeter (the big grocery store down here) and I got a big green balloon. I fell in love with that balloon. Mommy loosely wrapped the string around my hand and I gripped it the whole time in the store. And the whole way home. And the whole time I ate my breakfast in the high chair. And a little bit afterward. Mommy said I was so cute just holding onto that balloon for dear life. I wasn't allowed to have it during my nap, of course. But I missed my balloon the whole time. Ahhh, I love you balloon.

For my special day, I got an afternoon of rest from teething! Since my new tooth broke through yesterday, I had last night to deal with (ouch) and then this afternoon became my most peaceful, mellow evening in a long time. I went to Target for some baby food, and even got Baby Mac and Cheese! (I haven't gotten to try it yet though). When we got home, I just sat and played with my Mommy. After dinner, my Daddy sat me in his lap and played Backyardigan ball with me. He was talking to "Fredo" while he was playing and I laughed every time he did. It was funny.

Along with flossing, I also seen in the picture! : ) G'nite my friends!

love, future-dentist-tj


Sunday, July 15, 2007

Rapids and Swings

I bet that none of you have been to the US National Whitewater Center...and I HAVE! I win! I win! This weekend, my Mommy and Daddy and Grammie and Poppy went to the USNWC and had a great time. Daddy has been there before with my good friend Jason, and they went running on the trails. This time, we got to go along and we saw so many things! They have huge climbing walls, a ropes course, and it's the Olympic Training Center for Kayaking and WW Rafting. To see these guys ride down huge rapids in little kayaks was crazy. Mommy was petrified of me going to close to the edge with Daddy but he humored her and kept me more than safe. The water from the Catawba River feeds into this park, and just one of the six pumps can fill an Olympic-sized pool in less than 20 seconds. How crazy is that!

I also got to swing with my Daddy in the park. Again, silly Mommy was nervous but she "allowed" us to do it. She's really not as annoying as she seems. haha. I just loved it! I smiled and squealed and made all sorts of happy sounds when we went up and back.

More tomorrow! love, future-rafter-tj


2+1=3 Teeth!!!

Tomorrow is my 8th month birthday and what did I get for a present? The pain of bringing in another tooth. But--I am such a good little boy. I fussed a little more than usual, but that's it! I was as happy as ever! A few days ago, Mommy noticed I was getting another bump on each side of my two bottom teeth and BAM! Today, it popped through! I now have graduated to having 3 teeth!

Speaking of graduation, I have moved on to another car seat. This one will fit me until I'm 100 pounds. So, that means a few more months! hahaha. Daddy is putting my new carseat in tonight or tomorrow. My stroller now is a big boy stroller. No more sitting in my carseat while in the stroller. Just me and the world. Look at the joy on my face. I look around while riding around now. Mommy misses seeing my face while we walk, but she knows I love looking around facing the other direction. I think she likes looking at my cute neck just as much.

Well, more pictures soon. Love, TJ


Friday, July 13, 2007

More Than Meets The Eye

I have really grown up over the past few weeks. Daddy told Mommy and me that yesterday. All three of us agree. I can play by myself, sit up by myself, I act like a little person, and I am just so interested in everything! For example, when Mommy feeds me, instead of slapping her across the face...I know have control of my arms and fingers. My new thing is taking my pointer finger and just playing with her right eyelashes. She closes her eyes sometimes, and I just reach up and very gently run my finger back and forth across her eyelashes. Seriously, how cute am I?

Mommy and Daddy saw Transformers on a date night the other day. Mommy wasn't too sure how much she was going to like the movie, but she loved it! It was really funny and made her LOVE cars. I think I may have a brother someday named Bumblebee or Optimus Prime. After the movie, my mom and dad talked about how fun it will be when they can take me to the movies. I think they're more excited than I am!

Last night, Daddy took Mommy out to McCormick and Schmick's for seafood. It was a very fancy place and Mommy was so excited! Daddy just said 'get dressed up nice...I'm taking you out for a great dinner'. And he did. Just like that. When they came home, Mommy was so relaxed and felt like a glowing wife more than a glowing mother. She told me all about it this morning. I just remember something about buffalo shrimp...I think I'd like to try it sometime.

Well, I will be swimming again today. The weather has been pretty nice lately. Not too terribly humid. Oh, and we have a few more Mr. Peepers running around. Plus, a big dude that Daddy name Peep. Simply 'Peep'. What a fatty!

I am getting two more teeth on the outside of the two I have now. That'll be four in a row. I'll let you know when they come in! As you can see by my picture, I am learning to floss! Never too early to floss your teeth!!! Love, TJ


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Crash Test Dummy

Hi Guys! I am happy to report that I, TJ Budic, will not be wearing a helmet on my head anytime soon. My Mommy and Daddy took me to a CranialFacial Specialist and after a long wait (1 1/2 hours in the waiting room), we had my consultation. The doctor was great and super intelligent. Mommy was skeptical until she read all about his background and what he's done to help little kids with problems. Even in the Middle East and India! Anyhow, it would be more cosmetic than anything for me to get a helmet. So what if my ears are crooked and I need braces on my teeth or something later. In the meantime, Mommy and Daddy are going to keep close track of my head and it's growth, and we'll go from there.

The best news??? NO potential BRAIN COMPLICATIONS or DEVELOPMENTAL issues. That news got Mommy to cry out of happiness. (To be honest, it doesn't take much with her) I guess that's why I haven't written in a few days. I've been taking care of Mommy by letting her squeeze me all day long. Can't I get a moment to myself? Haha. Just kidding, Momma!

Well, I'll be adding pictures to my next blog. Look out...there are some CUTE ones comin' up!
I've missed you all! love, tj


Thursday, July 5, 2007

Scooter Feels Neglected...

"Someone play with me!" --- Scooter
i need a playmate...
i need a playmate...
i need a playmate...
i need a playmate...


Wednesday, July 4, 2007

My First Trophy

Hello Sports Fans! Today, I won my first trophy!!! It is a beautiful golden trophy that is sitting on my dresser as we speak. My Daddy pushed me in the babyjogger a good deal further than the typical 3.1 miles that a 5k race should was more like 3.2. Don't laugh at my precision. That makes a big difference when pushing a fat little munchkin in a stroller. Seriously! But anyway, my Daddy hit the 3.1 mark in 16:46. Not bad for an old man! I was truly proud to be riding in his buggy. ( a little British talk I learned from our new friends ) We got 5th overall and I got a little American flag to hold at the end!!!

Now that I've told you the ending, let me start from the beginning. My Mommy and I took a short drive to the town of Matthews where Daddy was registering for the race. We got there in time for my warm up...which consisted of Mommy dressing me snugly for a cool morning jog. I got settled in my babyjogger and I got a pep talk from Mommy. "Just hold on tight on those corners!" she kept saying. "And open your eyes once in awhile!" (I tend to shut them or blink real hard when I'm unsure about things). Then, Daddy came around the corner from his warm-up and we posed for a few thousand pictures. (my Mommy is nuts with that dang camera) When we toed the line, I gave a big ol' smile and we were off! Daddy said I made a sweet little sighing noise around mile 2 and then we were at the finish! Just like that! It was so AWESOME!

Don't tell Mommy I said this to you, but she cried during the race. Yep, she told me she did! She was standing there at the mile mark when her two boys came around the corner together and after she yelled "GO TIM! GO TJ!" , she cried. Well, after she took another picture, that is. Anyway, she told me that while Daddy went up to get our trophy. Which, again, is in my room.

God Bless America!

I love this country and I love all of you!

love, tj the athlete


Tuesday, July 3, 2007

"80 percent of the works everytime"

Mommy and I saw a HUGE bug today on our morning walk. It was enormous! I'm pretty sure it was a cockroach, but Mommy said people around here call them Palmetto Bugs. I like the sound of that better. She does too. Actually, who cares what they're called ... as long as they're not in our house. Right?

It's official. We are painting my room light green with primary color blue and green accents. It's gonna be sweet! I even have a Cleveland Indians corner. I'll have to take a picture and show you when it's done. My Daddy thinks of a project and then rolls with it pretty quickly so it'll be done in a flash.

I love the floor. I had so much playtime on it today. I just wanted to "army crawl" around the blankie to play with each one of my toys. Usually, I let my Mommy know when I'm done. But today, she had to pick me up and tell me it was time to eat. Wow. I got carried away with this playin' stuff!

love, mr. timothy jonah budic


Sunday, July 1, 2007

TJ + Squash = True Love

I am a little red-head boy and I love squash. I love it so much that when Mommy or Daddy feeds it to me, I say "mmm" and try to grab the bowl. I smile when I get it in my tummy! Scooter said "if you love it so much, why don't you marry it?" and I thought that was pretty immature. He's a pretty immature guy. Besides, if you could marry food, my Daddy would've married Chipotle a long time ago.

Today was the most fun day I've ever had with my Mommy and Daddy...we went to the YMCA as a family and went in the waterpark pools. They took lots of pictures and we heard people mutter "first baby"...Mommy wanted to fight those ladies that said that. But she held back. : ) I had so much fun in the water! There were waterfalls and squirters and sprayers and all. Daddy took me over to see the water squirters and we got blasted in the face by accident. I didn't even care! I feel so safe with my Daddy that I just took it like a man.

Then Mommy, Daddy and I just sat in the pool and played and splashed. I was taking in all the screams of kids having fun, and the diving board splashes and water slide sounds. It was cool. Daddy held me flat so I could "float" on the water and I was stiff as a board. I'm not so comfortable with that yet. I jumped around in the water and had a serious look on my face the entire time. It was serious fun, folks!

Well, enjoy the pictures. I had such a good time! More to come!
love, tj stinkerpants


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