Saturday, May 5, 2012

Life Lately

Although I need to post about all the many things that have happened to our little family over the past four months, I am just going to start with our recent happenings so that I don't put off updating the blog  anymore.

As of Sunday, April 29th, the Utah Crisantos are actually part of the Oregon Crisanto clan.  We "moved" up to Salem in order to spend the summer here while Ben does summer sales for Dish 1.  The opportunity came up and it just seemed like a good move to come spend time with Ben's family and have Benson get to know his Crisanto family.  We have moved from living with one set of parents to the other.   We are lucky to have families that are so supportive and willing to allow us to live with them.  We are pretty sure they are just doing it to spend time with Benson. He is too hard to resist.  I know my parents were very sad to see him go.  Honestly it made me a tiny bit sad when I realized that my parents have been with him pretty much every day since he was born, but it's only fair that both sets of grandparents get this kind of time with him though.  My other family members were also sad we would be away for four months.  Everyone loved having Benson around and it's so fun to be so close to family.  We will miss Sunday night dinners and playing games until all hours of the night with the fam.

After 2 days of driving, stopping to see friends and family along the way and then spend the night in Boise, we finally arrived on Sunday night.  We took our time driving, stopping often, in order to get Benson out of the car and give him a break.  He is not a huge fan of his carseat when he is awake, so we planned to be stopping a lot.  It was fun for us because Ben and I really enjoy road trips together, but if anyone else had been with us I think they would have wanted to kill us for stopping so much.  Sunday was my 35th birthday and was spent traveling.  We did get me a Dairy Queen blizzard to "celebrate" but that was about it.  Lolo and Lola were so excited to see Benson again and he was so excited to be out of his seat and with people who love him.  He met his aunt Elisha and then talked and cooed and screamed of happiness while hanging out.  He pretty much hasn't stopped since.  He has had so much fun being loved and cuddled with all week.  Uncle Archie has been playing his guitar and singing for him and Benson loves it.  He also loves to have his Lolo sing to him.  He is just very very loved.

I have been working from home for the past month and therefore me working from here or working from Utah, it's all the same.  Going back to work was really difficult, even though I am lucky enough to work from home.  It's been a big adjustment as well as just a large effort to make sure I am spending enough time with Benson, taking good care of him and making him a priority while getting my job done.  Living with family makes it a lot easier, but it's still hard.  I am a little nervous about how we will make it work now that Ben is going to be working full time.  While he was in school, he was home all afternoon and taking care of Benson which made my life much easier.  I am sure it will all work out, but it's a little nerve wracking to think that it's going to all be on me now.

Benson is 4 months old today and such a bundle of joy.  He really is such a happy, smiley baby.  He LOVES people.  He loves to just sit in a group and listen to us talk to each other.  He will sometimes join in with his chatting and cooing.  He smiles SO big and giggles at the funniest little things.  He is calm and easy and sweet.  He does this adorable thing when he gets really excited where he scrunches himself up and pulls his hands up to his mouth and smiles huge.  It is so very adorable.  It reminds me very much of Sierra's sister Carmen.  She did the same thing.  He loves playing on his floor mat.  He is starting to actually enjoy tummy time now that he can lift his head and reach for toys.  He loves anything that is bright and colorful.  He LOVES sleeping with daddy.  He does not sleep well with mommy, but can sleep nuzzled in Ben's "armpit" for hours.  He is extra cuddly when he wakes up from his naps and it is the sweetest thing to have him cuddle up into my neck and just lay there.  He is really getting to know mommy and daddy and smiles so big whenever one of us walks into the room.  We have decided he can say "hi".  I know you all think I am crazy, but it seriously sounds like he says hi and it is so cute. He has started sleeping with his toy monkey.  It is the cutest thing to watch him as he is falling asleep reach over to touch his monkey and as soon as he feels it his whole body relaxes. He is starting to really enjoy watching Archie the dog.  Now that we are with Ben's parents, their dog teddy is very entertaining for him.  Teddy is NOT happy about Benson, but Benson loves Teddy.

Life is great and I am going to do better at recording what's going on in our lives, cause it's a lot!


Amy Sue said...

I love ALL the pictures! Benson is definitely loved! Blog more often, especially now that you aren't in UT anymore! Love the updates!

Susie said...

Hey Carmen, WE live in Boise! Did you stay with family or friends? I will be ticked if you booked a motel room when you have a free place to stay... with us! :) Call us if you want to stop in Boise on your way back. Until then, enjoy the summer!

Financially Empowered Families said...

Yes, please blog often because it is awful not to be able to see you guys(Benson) everyday.

The Staheli's said...

Yay!!!! We love new posts! Great pictures. :)