Friday, March 30, 2012

Hi! My name is Dalton

Hello World! My name is Dalton Joseph Cecil and I am so excited to share with you how things are going since I was welcomed into the world on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm. I am sure many of you already knew about my arrival. Mommy and Daddy shared the news with lots of people last Saturday through phone calls, text messages, emails and Facebook. If they missed you, they are so sorry. It was not on purpose.

Mommy said if I wanted to post this message to our family blog I needed a few pictures to go along with it. My Big Brother Clayton said to just get used to the camera because Mommy never leaves home with out it. So I stayed awake long enough for her to take about 50 pictures this morning. She ended up with these four. If you know my current eat, sleep, wake pattern, you will know that staying awake during the day is quite the challenge but anything for Mommy.

Dalton Joseph

I apologize for the lack of smiles missing in these pictures. I'm still not quite sure how to use the muscles in my face that produce smiles. I can tell you that I have mastered the muscles necessary to eat. After all when you are born with a 9lb, 13oz physique, you have to keep it up and they only way I am going to do this is by eating every 2-3 hours and Mommy and Daddy will tell you I have not missed a beat.

I did have my first visit to Dr. Stanley this week. He said I was cute and that Mommy and Daddy had nothing to worry about. Feeding me like they are doing is working since I had only lost five ounces since I was born. I guess this is acceptable since everyone was happy with the news.

We have had lots of great visitors this week who have come to meet me. Ava and Avo Aguiar spent a few days and helped Mommy and Daddy with me and Clayton. Auntie Amanda and cousin Trevor were also here as were Aunt Christine and uncle Tim. Tim and Judy Merrill and Jason, Jordan and Baby Taygen all came by the hospital to meet me too. And even more people have stopped by our house including Rachel and Tom, Auntie Amy, Nicole, and The Ernandes Family. Needless to say I have spent lots of time being cuddled and hugged. This is a great life!

I should probably wrap this up since its time to eat again and when I get hungry I let everyone know just as I modeled in the picture below.
I'm hungry!

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more pictures and hopefully more posts. And if you are in town, feel free to stop by. Mommy and Daddy would love to introduce me to you in person. Thanks for reading! ~Dalton

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

He's Here! Dalton Joseph Cecil

Introducing Dalton Joseph Cecil. Born on Saturday, March 24 at 3:01 pm. Dalton Joseph tipped the scales at 9 lbs, 13ozs. and 21 1/4 inches long. Yes, he is a big boy and no, we had no idea he was going to be that big.

Just minutes old!
My favorite picture - Proud papa!
Dalton Joseph Cecil
Born March 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm.
9 lbs, 13 oz and 21 1/4 inches long.
Mom and her boys.
Big Brother's giving him a kiss too.
Everyone is home, healthy and of course very happy. Stay tuned for more updates and pictures. Here are a few of my favorites from the hospital. And if you are in the neighborhood, feel free to stop by. I can honestly say my calendar is wide open and I kinda like it.

Thanks for stopping by. ~mrs. c

Sunday, March 11, 2012

38 1/2 weeks but who's counting?

The Dr's. have told us any where from March 15 to March 22. My "official due date" is March 21 but I'm confident this day will come and go and we will still be waiting. That's okay right? Good things come to those who wait.

Only because Katie Pinke asked for another belly picture, here you go. Taken today, March 11.

Kinda of a pointy belly. I think its the dress. Comfy for sure. I wonder if I can wear it for the next two weeks without anyone noticing?

Stay tuned for baby pictures (soon I hope)! ~mrs. c

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Guess how we are celebrating National Ag Day?

Agriculture is woven deeply in our life and our day to day activities. I work for the Farm Bureau and Jake works in California's walnut industry. We both come from families with deep traditions in agriculture. Probably the most obvious way agriculture is important to us is the three meals a day we eat like all of you.

Today, however for National Agriculture Day, Jake and I are sitting in the final day of a workshop series for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers sponsored by the Glenn County RCD. While Jake and I both work in agriculture, it's our family hope to have our own enterprise someday; "our own piece of dirt," as Jake would say, where our kids will have a chance to run around, learn the values of hard work, and live the lifestyle that Jake and I were afforded as kids.

We are working hard here.

The workshop has been great and has given us a chance to take everything we always talk about doing for our family and putting it down on paper into an actual written Business Plan that we can take to the bank. The class was full of people just like us with the entrepreneurial spirit with the determination and drive to be part of our their farming enterprises.

We graduated!
 I have to say my favorite part of the workshop was the chance to take it with Jake. We are married but we are also a really good business team, with the same goals, of creating a rural lifestyle for our family. Some might ask, "how do you write that into a Business Plan? Good question. You don't. The bank is not going to approve a loan because you want to raise your family on a farm. For us and for many others in farming, you do what you do because its what you love to do and for us a family farm is our goal. At the same time, it has to make sense financially. Anything else is irresponsible. This was an important message we learned from our workshop.

This is our whole class.
So what's next? We hope in the very near future to buy that piece of dirt. Stay tuned, I'm sure I will tell you about it when and if it happens. Depending on the size of the property and what is already there will dictate what we do with it. Ultimately we want to have a walnut orchard; after all this is what Jake knows how to grow. If we do buy a piece of property, it doesn't mean we become instant farmers either. Jake and I will both keep our day jobs to support our farming lifestyle and get our family fed and clothed.

I do want to thank the Glenn County RCD - Claudia Street and Liz Brackmann and of course Rod Carter with Northern California Farm Credit for their guidance and knowledge in helping us put our goals and dreams down on paper in an organized fashion. Now the hard park - putting it all into action but I know we will make it happen!

Now you know what we did today. So how did you celebrate National Agriculture Day? Thanks for reading. ~mrs. c


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