Tuesday, January 31, 2012

First True Hug

WOW! This was quite the experience. I cannot explain the feeling to you totally, because it is something that you just have to experience. It's like asking someone...

"Hey, I am thinking about going sky diving. I know that you've gone before. What's it like? Like, what does it feel like to jump out of a plane and fall thousands of feet?"
"Well, it's like a rush. The door opens up and the wind is hitting you. It's really loud too. You kinda don't wanna take the step, but then you do and you're just falling. You scream and are scared, but it's really awesome at the same time."

Hmm....but honestly is that all it feels like? I mean you are free falling from a height that no normal human being should be falling from. Is it really a rush? Is it really scary? The only way to find out is to do it. Same with this first real hug experience that I got from Logan the other day.

I came home from work on Friday and heard Logan and Renae playing in the living room. Apparently, he stopped playing to turn his focus on who might be coming into the living room. So I got down on my hands and knees and began saying, "Hello!" and "Logan!" According to Renae his face just lit up and was beaming.  From where I was, on all fours, I could hear his hands slapping the ground and he began to crawl in my direction. I poked my head around the corner and said hi to him and he just went in to an all out sprint crawl. I stayed there for a second and he quickly crawled up my arm, stood up holding on to my shoulder, and with his other hand reached up for my face/neck/shoulder. I scooped him up and stood up and he immediately put both his arms around my neck, nuzzled his head into my neck and squeezed with as much as his little arms could...

Luckily Renae had the camera out and was able to get a couple pictures:

Just for the record...I felt like a million bucks that day!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Logan is 10 Months!!!

It's crazy to think about how time flies by. Honestly, I remember the anticipation of Logan's arrival like it was yesterday. I remember when Renae had her false alarm, and I called out of work and we went in to the hospital where nothing progressed. I also remember telling Renae, which was for selfish reasons, that she should have Logan on a Sunday weekend night so that I could maximize the amount of time off I could take to be with them...that same night Renae also told Logan that enough was enough and it was time to hurry up!

The next day, on a weekend day mind you, Logan Micah Reigner was welcomed into the real world. Luckily, Renae has documented each of his months in our blog that she posts on Life with the Reigner's. She has posted each of his months in detail, documented some of the adventures and gains that Logan made in each of those months.

I was just looking back at some of the pictures and cracking up and just simply being amazed at the changes over the last 10 months. Here are some pictures that I borrowed from her blogs (each picture follows the same order, a shot next to the stuffed monkey for size reference, and then him sitting/trying to sit next to the monkey in the glider rocker):

1 Month

1 Month

2 Months

2 Months

3 Months

3 Months

4 Months

4 Months

5 Months

5 Months

6 Months

6 Months

7 Months

7 Months

8 Months

8 Months

9 Months

9 Months
Now, here is the 10 month old boy! I guess that it is time to start really thinking about his 1st Birthday. We are gonna do it up for the little guy. Renae is on decoration, guest list, invites, party favors, etc And I am on cake...and food...but with a heavy focus on the cake.
Renae was able to get him near the monkey...

But he didn't want to sit "next" to the monkey...

So he got down.

But then in getting him to lay next to the monkey he got a little sidetracked.

Because he found a pen on the floor...

and then his little spinny toy...

and then his sippy cup...

and then his puzzle.
She was able to get him there for a few seconds before the little guy cried and rolled himself away...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Love of My Life

So, I'm taking a break here today to talk about my lovely bride. About 4 1/2 years ago I made the commitment to be her lifelong friend, encourager and lover. It has been great!!! She asked me a question from her women's group on Wednesday mornings the other day, "If there is one thing you could change about me, what would it be?" I laid there in bed thinking for a good couple of minutes, when she said, "Babe, did you hear me?!?" I did hear her, I just couldn't think of anything. When I told her that, she than said, "You can't think of anything because you are tired." HAHA, that is further from the truth. I honestly have thought about the question for almost a week now and cannot think of anything I'd want to change.

Than the the other day I was in the door and saw her book on the dining room table. The title of the book is, What's It Like to Be Married to Me? I simply said aloud, "It's awesome." It took her a moment to catch on to what I was referring to.

So this post is a tribute to the woman that I love. The woman I wouldn't change a thing about. The woman who makes me wish the work day would speed up and the times at home would slow down. The woman who builds me up (and tears me down when needed). The woman that I cannot imagine living without.

Below are some of my favorites photos/memories with Renae:
Wow this is an oldie but a goodie. This was Renae and I about two months before we officially started dating back in 2005.

I have always loved this picture...it was from the same day as the above picture...I couldn't resist ruining the shot!

This was from our first road trip together. I needed a break from school work and so we took the scenic route through VA to visit my family in Asheville, NC

This is from one of our day treks in NC.

This was from our little trip to Gatlinburg, TN. Renae had an obsession with bears when she was younger.

Fast forward to one of the best days of my life.

Picture from our honey moon in Maine, this was taken at Acadia National Park

Another one form the honey moon at Bar Harbor, ME

Enjoying some time in the harbor just realizing that we are going to be together forever.

I miss the summer times and tans.

Posing by the water falls from one of our favorite hiking spots at Glen Onoko Falls at the Lehigh Gorge State Park by Jim Thorpe, PA

A little stroll through the fields of West Chester, PA

One of the few shots of Renae that I have where she is just letting lose and having fun being herself.

Being a Lancaster girl, Renae loved the day I asked if she wanted to play with the cows at her parent's neighbors farm.

I was able to have Renae go to NY with me on several occasions with my class trips, so here she got her first real picture with the Statue of Liberty.

Our family moments after Logan's birth! The other greatest day of my life.

This is one of my favorites because I feel that there aren't too many modern photos of the three Crnkovich kids together. This was from one of our summer beach trips/

This was from one of our other family beach trips this past summer...Logan looks so little compared to now!!!

Yes please...I'll take that!

Our first PSU football game...loving the excitement!

Linvilla Orchards...soaking in the fall experiences for the first time with Logan.

Sharing some of her favorite past times with the little man...Lampeter Fair checking out the moo-moos

Apple picking as a family at Highland Orchards in West Chester, PA

I'll end with this fun fall photo from Valley Forge National Historic Park
I couldn't be happier to have Renae as my wife, and as Logan grows older I am sure that he too will agree that Renae is one of the best moms that anyone could ask for. Renae, thank you for blessing our lives. I only hope that we bless yours as much as you do ours!