The Rundquist Diaries

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Bird's eye view...

Hello everyone - what a blessed day is has been celebrating my first Mother's Day. We had a special morning out to breakfast and getting plants and seeds for our garden. John and Quinlan were very good to be today and I wouldn't feel more blessed and honored to Quinlan's mama!

The below post is something that Quinlan wrote himself a few weeks ago (wink, wink) and I am just finally getting to post it. It is about his papa so even though this is Mother's Day, I just had to post it - it's so adorable! :) Have fun reading from this bird's eye view...

Hey Blog Checkers- My Mama and Papa have been quite busy during the last couple of weeks, so they asked if I would go ahead and throw a blog together with some pictures. Let's see what Q-man can generate. I thought it would be fun to go ahead and share with all of you some of my favorite things to do with my Papa. So during this week I will go ahead post one activity that I really enjoy and try to throw in a picture or two. Ready or not here we go.

Helping with Yardwork- Papa needed to go ahead and put some turf builder down on the lawn, and he asked if I could help. I was so excited when he said yes, but I told Papa he better make sure that it was not harmful to be around. He checked and it was safe for me. He put me in the Snugli and away we went up and down the yard. Papa was telling me how he enjoyed using the spreader, because it reminded him off spreading manure on fields as a young boy. The time went by so fast, but Mama told me the reason was because I fell asleep. I still had a great time with Papa.

My Puppy Linus- During the last couple of weeks I have really started to notice my puppy Linus. He is a good puppy. Papa and I play with him a lot. I really like when they play fetch with the ball in the house or play tag by running the circle through the hallway, kitchen, dining room, and living room. Linus can do some great spin-outs! Linus also likes to play tug-of-war with his Linus blanket with Papa. Linus also gives good licks, which are much softer than the cats. Papa doesn't really mind if I get licks from Linus, but Mama makes sure it is only a couple. Papa once told her that it is not that big of deal, since Linus's licks are cleaner than the ones that come from Mama and Papa. I can't figure that out since Mama and Papa brush their teeth, but Linus just licks himself. Maybe Grandpa Jim can explain this, since he is a vet. I LOVE LINUS!

Story Time- I enjoy having books read to me. Mama reads a couple of books each day to me, but Papa is a good reader too. He can get quite expressive with some of the stories. He likes to try to create suspense with the books which is fun, but is not necessary since I know what happens with each of the books. But he does do a good job with making some of the animal noises, especially lambs. He needs some help with making the noise of a chicken. We do have a good time reading books and I am hoping maybe next summer he will start reading some big-people books like Thomas the Train.

Playing Airplane- This is my favorite thing to do with Papa. An hour or so after a feeding Papa scoops be up and asks me if I want to go flying. It is always an automatic YES! He takes me flying throughout the house and I love when he takes the corners real sharp. Every once in a while I have to close my eyes because we are get going so fast or I get startled because he pulls up in front of a mirror. I guess with the big planes they have barfbags, but Papa was not able to find one that would fit me, so this is where my puppy Linus helps out. Linus will normally follow us through the house and if I get an upset stomach Linus will clean up the remains if Mama doesn't beat him to it. I LOVE PLAYING AIRPLANE!!!!!

The Harmonica- Well, I won't classify this as one of my favorite things to do with my Papa, but I know he gets a huge kick out of it, so I will include it in this post. My Papa HAS a harmonica, you saw that I emphasised HAS and not “plays” the harmonica. He has a couple of tunes he can blow out, but nothing that soothes me or puts me to sleep. For some reason every time Papa plays the harmonica I develop a huge frown and then I generate two quick WHAA's and then I start smiling again and he plays it again and I do the same thing. I don't know why, but Mama and Papa get a huge kick from it. Papa has a long ways to go before he is able to play like Great Grandpa Rundquist, so in the mean time I will keep playing this game with Papa.

The END- Well I guess this is where I stop. I do love hanging out with my Papa. We have a good time, but I can't forget about Mama - she's just the best Mama! I love Papa, Mama, Linus, Motor, Lilly, and all of you!!!!

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

3 Months Already...

Quinlan has had a lot of firsts this week...he visited a new doctor on Monday and had his first set of shots (a month late). He was a trouper and made it through, though it was painful! On Tuesday he got his first professional pictures taken. It was a lot of fun and he did a great job. By Wednesday he had the onset of his first cold. Poor guy! He is just getting over it now, but he has been a tough boy. Saturday he officially turned 3 months old and we just can't believe it! He is now 13 lbs 3 ozs and 25 inches long which lands him in the 90% for his height. Whoa! And of course there's today...celebrating his first Easter. We had an enjoyable time at Evergreen West and then had my family over today for a nice lunch together. We're so thankful for family!

Here are a few new photos...

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

More of our favorites...

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Some of our favorite pictures!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Questions to be answered...

Hello Blog Checkers- Papa Rundquist is going to go ahead and throw his first blog post together. According to inquires, people are more interested in the pictures of Quinlan than the typed thoughts, well you are going to get both. The month of March has flown by and it is just as scary to think that our little newborn baby is approaching 3months- WHOA. Quinlan John has blown away my expectations of what I expected from a child, my goodness what a blessing from above. I don't think I had low expectations, but there are so many moments where you ask why was I granted this gift. Even though I spend time with him each day, I still have questions that I am trying to figure out about our boy.

1. Quinlan are you going to be like Grandpa Rundquist and be left handed? He has been sucking his left thumb like it is his only thumb. Quinlan has gotten several scratches on the left side of his nose from wiggling his fingers as he sucks his thumb (nails are being trimmed much more regularly)

2. Are you going to have brown, blue or hazel eyes? We were certain you were going to have brown eyes, but is Grandma Curly (John's mom) correct with sensing some blue coming in? We even could see a good amount of blue while out in the sun today.

3. Quinlan are you going to be long and lanky and slightly bow legged like Papa? We keep waiting for you to go chunky on us, but you just keep going longer. You are creating some wardrobe challenges with wearing some outfits for 6 month olds for their length, so you may find yourself wearing a belt soon. (He's with his cousin Drew in this photo.)

4. Have you heard the rumor that you have some similar looks to your Papa? I have really struggled with connecting with the fact that you and I look alike. I really never thought to highly of my looks, but BOY do you have some great cuteness. When people tell me that you look like me, I state no “I look like Quinlan.” I want your looks.

5. Lastly, will our Tar Heels be able to pull off a couple more big wins? My gut feeling is that they may fall short of winning it all, but they are plenty young, but honestly I think I will hold more memories of you wearing your little UNC Tarheel outfit than actually the team themselves. You look very sporty in that outfit, plus baggy shorts are stylin' these days.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Our growing Boy...

On Thursday Quinlan had his two month well baby exam. We are proud to say that we have one big boy on our hands! He weighed in at a hefty 12lbs 7ozs which lands him in the 75th percentile! We are very proud of him! :)

He continues to bring joy and laughter into our life. He loves his mobile, riding in his swing, smiling and cooing and just being held! He lights up our life and we are so blessed that God chose us to be his parents.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

A couple of Greats!!

The past two weeks have been BIG for our little man Quinlan. He has been able to meet two of his great-grandparents! First off was Great Grandma Darling. We drove down to Iowa for our first overnight. He did great and suffice it to say, Great Grandma was in heaven with meeting her first great grand child! Next stop was Watertown, MN to meet Great Grandma Quinn (or more affectionately G'Mo). She was delighted to meet her newest great grand child.

Here are a couple of pictures...