Saturday, April 9, 2011

Way too long!

How else could I title this post?! It has been way too long since we have updated this post. Since our last update, the weather has turned much warmer, the trees and flowers are in bloom, the Bolick's have taken two trips out of state, we have all been sick and gotten better at least once, and Max has had his first real boo-boo! Let's start with our first trip out of town, where we met Lizzie, Ben, Betsy, Mary Milam, Campbell, and Gabriel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Here is a shot of us all (Max wasn't too happy about saying "cheese").

In Eureka Springs, we all hung around the Green Tree Lodge (thanks Cindy!), shopped a little, climbed a couple 100' observation towers, and visited a big cat refuge, and saw the biggest Jesus ever. All in all, it was an awesome time. Here is a picture of Max that Lizzie shot, that we all loved!

Here is a shot of Jo Marie with Betsy and Max in front of one of the tigers. You just can't grasp how HUGE these animals are until you are right there in front of them!

Here is Max hanging out with Jesus.

Just two weeks later, Jo Marie, Max, and I headed out to North Carolina for a visit with the Bolick family. Max was wonderful on both flights, and we had an awesome time hanging out with Muncle Josh and Aimee, Pop & GB, Todd, Carren, Travis, and Nana and Papa. We didn't get to see as many people as we had hoped to see while we were in town, but we had a good time nonetheless. Here, Max and Mommy are having a good time hanging out on Papa's boat!

We were so fortunate to have everyone in town, so we had a dear friend (Chris Hicks, you rock) come out and capture a few family shots. Here is one of my favorites!

After our visit in Reidsville, we shot down to Charlotte to hang out with Grandpa Frank and Grandma Kathy. We went to IKEA and then walked around Concord Mills, before heading to the airport to come back home. Here is a shot of our little laid back Max driving around in the car at Concord Mills. And here we are, trying to take up time at the airport before our flight. Can you say, mischievous?!

We have been back in town now for a month or so, and we have been busy. Max took a fall stepping out of the back of our house (which he has done more successfully many times), and landed on our concrete patio somewhere between his upper lip and his nose. I would show you a picture, but we couldn't manage taking a picture of our pitiful little guy for a few days! But never fear, he's all better now! We also introduced him to a combination of two of his favorite things: Bubbles and the bathtub. That, so far, has been a hit! Thanks for stopping by, and I am sorry it has taken me more than two months to get back to blogging. I will be better, I promise! Until next time, much love from the Bolick clan!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blizzard Videos...

Well, as promised, below are links to the videos that I took during and after the blizzard of 2011, right here at our house in Lawrence, Kansas. I apoligize for having to send you to YouTube, but the size of the videos proved problematic for the blog. Oh well. The first video I took shortly after I arrived home, around 3:00 in the afternoon on February 1st.
Later on, just before the sun went down, I shot this update...
And finally, when all the snow had fallen, and the wind had died down, and the cold(er) temperatures had set in, I shot this video, which was taken on the morning of February 2nd...
I hope you enjoyed watching these videos from the comfort of your own warm home. It was quite an experience for all three of us, and no doubt, one that makes us look forward to spring more than ever! Until next time, thanks for tuning in!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bolick Family's First BLIZZARD!

Well, we have finally done it. That's right, we have survived (so far, at least!) our first blizzard together as a family. The reports for snow began building up last week, and with each and every day, the seriousness began to increase by our local meteorologists (huge shout-out to Brian Busby!). Yesterday, there was a Blizzard Warning issued, which made some of us laugh, and others of us a bit nervous for what was to come. Jo Marie and I slept lightly on the eve of the first day of February, awaiting word from Washburn University as to whether or not she was going to have to teach class first thing in the morning, and hence, have to drive to Topeka. Around 5:20 am, Washburn announced (like everyone else in NE KS, including all state offices) that they would be closed for the pending blizzard. Thus, Max and Jo Marie would have to hold down the fort while I went to work. The snow began around 6:00 I would guess, and snowed all morning with a good amount of wind. I was wondering what it was going to be like heading home after a day of what I was watching outside of my office window! Jo Marie and Max went to a friends house for a play date before things got too bad, and all in all, enjoyed their day together, sans a little cabin fever!

They started with a little post-breakfast, nothing other than Lucky Charms. Funny thing though, Max really only cares for the marshmallows...

Next came helping mom with the dish-washer.

Then on to Legos...

Can you feel the cabin fever beginning to set in?!

Yay! Daddy's home!!! Thankfully, the bank cut us loose at 2:00, so once I got home, Max wanted to go outside (for only about five minutes, that's all we could stand...)

Trying out our new sled, which both daddy, mommy, and Max were all under-whelmed by!

Stay tuned for some videos that I took after I got home from work, just before sun-down, and on the morning of February 2, 2011, after all of the snow had fallen. The temperature for the next couple of days isn't supposed to heat up past 10 degrees, and the wind will continue to howl. I believe the wind chills for Wednesday and Thursday will hang between -20 and -5 or so, based on the last reports that I have heard. For a guy that has lived in KS for about 4 years, but had NC blood in his body for his first 26 years, that is down-right COLD!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Video Time!

Well, it has been a long, long time since we posted a video on the blog of little Max. However, we have been shooting a few more videos, since everyday it seems as though he is doing something new. In time, we both promise to add more videos to this blog, because sometimes, a still picture just doesn't cut it! This morning, while sitting in the kitchen eating breakfast, we saw an opportunity to grab the video camera to catch some mad spoon handling skills (insert sarcasm here). What we got, though, is a rare opportunity to catch Max talking with a camera in his face. We hope you enjoy!

In other news, Jo Marie and I are both determined to get in better shape, as she is working out every day and I (officially) begin my P90X training next week. We are both really dedicated to this, and hope that the distraction of working out will get us through yet another cold Kansas winter (we are anticipating 5" of snow tomorrow through Tuesday). We took the month of December off from working on the house, but now that it is a new year, I have once again picked up a paint brush and the work continues. Maybe sooner than later, we'll post some pictures of the house, since the ones that have been posted are few and far between! Well, it looks like it is time to hit the antique mall and thrift store with Max and Jo Marie, so until next time...

Monday, December 27, 2010

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Max's new lawn mower, or carpet mower, compliments of Todd, Carren, & Travis!

Zak and I at the DCB Christmas party!

My favorite tradition at Christmas time! (as you can see, it's Max's too ;) Crown Center at Christmas is such a wonderful place to visit!

Jo Marie think he looks just like she did as a baby in this one! The sweet radio flyer bumper car came from Nana & Papa Bolick.

Can you tell his personality by this one??

Um, Max, the bone is actually for Abby!

What are Zak and I doing, you ask? Well, looks like we are trying to look as silly as possible in front of the mixer.

LOOK! Another present!

We've wrapped up (no pun intended!) another holiday with Max and it's been such a blast. We celebrated our first Christmas in our new home and started some new traditions. All of the presents pictured are from overly generous family! Max received some of the neatest presents this Christmas from all of his grandparents (When you have 6 grandparents you can really LOAD UP!), great-grandparents, and great aunt and uncle. He is one lucky boy to have so many loving family members! Zak, Max and I hope you've all had a fantastic holiday with your family and friends.
In other Max related news, we are constantly amazed by his growing vocabulary. He can say about 45 words and seems to be adding a new ones daily. It is so fun to see him communicate with words. He loves taking baths these days and lives for giving Abby treats. Now that I think about it, I bet Abby likes this new trait of his as well, perhaps better than he does!
We are settling into our new home and continue to slowly make changes to it to make it our own. Zak just celebrated his fourth year at Douglas County Bank and I'm still working at Washburn University, Kansas University, and Insight Schools of Kansas. It's a busy time in our lives, but we wouldn't change a thing. Until next time, thanks for visiting our blog!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happenings since Halloween...

Well, we have certainly been busy since our last post! We have moved into our new home, and although it took a little while to get settled, each and every day feels more and more like home and not just another house! We have met most all of our neighbors, and we couldn't be more thrilled to give Max such a neat house, neighborhood, and school to grow up with.

We spent Thanksgiving at home in Kansas, but after lunch, we had to head out to Bass Pro Shop in Olathe to see the fishies, beep beeps, and of course Santa Claus. Above, you can see Jo Marie, Max, and I warming up by the fire at the entrance of Bass Pro Shop. Max is so much fun in that store, as he mocks the fishies, points to the different animals, and rides the beep beeps. Thanks to Grandpa Jon for getting him out of the city, and into nature, I guess...

You can see that the table is set for Thanksgiving lunch, and we were lucky enough to have Santa there with us. Grandma Kay has been working with Max to get him as comfortable as possible with Santa Claus. So, she picked up a 'slightly smaller than life size' Santa for us to all talk to, hug, dance with, and even eat dinner with, so that Max could see we were comfortable around him too. And it worked! He didn't even cry when he visited the Santa at Bass Pro Shop!

Here we are at the Old Fashion Christmas Parade in downtown Lawrence. Boy was it cold!

And finally, Max posing with his Ho-Ho-Ho hat, which he really does not mind, believe it or not! Thank you so much for visiting our blog, and be sure to follow us if you are not already doing so. We'll be sure to update you all on the rest of the holiday season at the Bolick house in cold, wintry Kansas!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween 2010

We're walking! That's right! Max took his first steps about 2 weeks ago. He is running all over the place, and I love it! He is just so fun to watch.
Zak's parents and brother made it into town for a concert and we had a great time carving pumpkins and spending time together.
And, have you ever seen a cuter rodant??? Max is at a really fun stage. I most amazed by his vocabulary. I long ago stopped reading parenting books because I would get paranoid that he was behind, but he seems to be doing quite well with talking - wonder where he got that from?