Long-term Babysitting Opportunity

One more post for the day...then I have to do some other things. This past year, Eric and I have been blessed to have our friends/family volunteer to watch Malakai during our wedding photo shoots which is usually an all day event. We've had numerous discussions about how we wanted this coming summer (2009) to look like for him. We have been praying for an individual who is willing to watch Malakai at our house for several Saturdays (or Fridays or Sundays, depending when the weddings are) over the summer. My peak season starts at the end of April and runs to the end of October. This would be a paid position, of course. I know there are many people who read my blog so if you or someone you know would be interested in this position (and would have a heart for 1-year old boy with lots of energy!) please call me 717-394-3043 or email me at rmartin79@paonline.com and we can see if you would be a good fit for us and for Malakai.

Landis Family Christmas

This past Sunday we spent the day with my immediate family. It is so fun to see Clayton and Malakai interacting more as cousins. We enjoyed a scrumptious dinner (thanks, Mom!) and then had a whirlwind of gift openings before Malakai desperately needed a nap. The focus definitely shifts as our families grow. Here's a few pictures from our day.

How many more twisties to undo??

The farmer hard at work

Farmer takes a break

Clayton's new tool box

My brother, Wendall, his wife, Emily & 2 1/2 year old Clayton

Cousins...Clayton & Malakai

Do I have to wear this thing, Dad?

Safety First!

Look out! I can't steer this thing!

Stocking goodies

Grandpa & Grandma with their two grandsons

The boys with Great Grandpa & Grandma Brubaker

Christmas on Ross Street

The three of us opened up gifts on Christmas morning. Honestly, a cardboard box and tissue paper was all Malakai really needed to make his day merry. He was such a riot! After his morning nap, we went to my parents' for lunch with my grandparents and then up to Mechanicsburg for the extended Martin family gathering. It was a long but fun day.

As far as gifts went, this year Eric and I went shopping back in November when we went to Swiss Woods Bed & Breakfast and had a little get away. So we wrapped up the things we had picked out that day. But last night Eric got some new roller blades so he can get a better workout when he's walking Gideon. He really was like a little kid with a new toy. This morning was the trial run and he had a blast. He thinks he's going to be sore until he gets used to working a whole new group of muscles though. We also got a bike seat for Malakai so he can ride with us now. I haven't ridden my bike since I've been a mom and we used to ride often.

My "after Christmas" gift, kind of to myself, is a new elliptical trainer. That's right, folks! I am committed to a healthy lifestyle which includes regular exercise and I need a little push in this department. We've been talking about it for awhile and decided there is no more wasting time! We looked at the one we want last night and I think we're bringing it home tonight. I'm sure there will be more stories to come on this subject. So the Martin family is getting in shape so that we have more energy, more joy, and less laziness in our lives. Can I get an "AMEN!"

As a side note, we are also remodeling our bathroom this week. The peach tile from who-knows-when has got to go. Eric is so excited to tear into this project with me. So there is lots of change coming this year in many aspects of our lives.

Yippee! Tissue paper!!

Can I PLEEEAASSSSE have one of my Christmas snacks??

Martin Family Christmas

Hi everyone! I know it's been quite awhile since I last updated my blog. We haven't had much time to sit around and do nothing if you know what I mean. It seemed that almost every day last week we had a family get together somewhere and what fun it was to enjoy little Malakai this year over the holidays! He is loving his new toys and taking a few steps here and there. So this year, we were at Eric's parents' for Christmas Eve. Here are a few shots from our time together.

Mom & Dad are going to a bed and breakfast!

Our little drummer boy

The smiling videographer...

Kelly is excited about her new Nalgene

Tirza helps Uncle Eric open his gifts

This was Eric's shirt as a little boy

Playdough...what a great invention!

The newlyweds...Darrel & Kelly


Let's Party!

Last night we had 16 adults and 5 children in our house to help celebrate Malakai's first birthday. Now to some of you that's not a big crowd, but if you've ever been to our home before, you know it's on the smaller side. But we had a grand time laughing and loving each other. Malakai got this adorable hand puppy named "Sunny" from my cousin, Marv and his wife, Dori. The adults were having a good time with him too. I've always loved birthdays ever since I can remember. Some of you know I have a very active "card ministry" and if I know when your birthday is, you better believe you'll have a card waiting for you in the mail that day. We hope we can celebrate Malakai's life in a great way each year. His life truly is a miracle.