Saturday, November 01, 2014


We made full use of our costumes this year.  We visited a corn maze prior to Halloween, then Halloween proper (including school and trick-or-treating that night), then a Halloween party the next day (today), and finally we're going trick-or-treating at our favorite neighbors' tomorrow as they were at the football game last night.

We all dressed up as characters from Frozen--some of us more low-key than others.  Even our pumpkin joined in the fun.  I imagine it's the only year we'll be able to do this as the kids are starting to have opinions of their own.  She already had the Elsa dress for, you know, dressing up.  But we did make her a cape and jazzed up some Cinderella shoes.  Her hair got a few snowflakes and she had a crown that she has misplaced.  He was Sven as I couldn't get him to be Olaf but I think this turned out better.  Whipped up Daddy's costume in about 5 minutes, and I did a quick-n-dirty job on embroidery for mine.  The Olaf pumpkin was pretty fun but he barely lasted till Halloween.  Now he's just a head.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

two years (the boy edition)

Buddy Bear! Happy birthday! I can't believe my baby is two. I'm not sure how that happened. We've all been very busy; I guess life just sneaks up on you.

So what are you like at 2? Pretty awesome. You still have strawberry blonde hair but it seems very blonde underneath. We're letting you keep it a little long these days. Daddy shockingly said it suits you. I thought he'd want to give you a business haircut as soon as possible. I am taking you and your sister for a trim on Saturday so maybe we'll go slightly more dramatic then. You're still a skinny minny. I think you're going to take after me in build except that you'll have your daddy's long torso. My big head, though. And my long fingers and toes. You wear size 7 shoes and still fit best into 18-month clothes. Your well visit isn't until next week so we'll see how you're doing then. (Yep, you're a little thing--34" (48%) and 25 lb 9 oz (20%). But you seem to be following this pattern where you spurt and then level off and right now you're in a pre-spurt phase so we'll see.)

You are super happy most of the time but you do pitch some fits. You're so smily and laugh a lot and are still quite cuddly and affectionate. You still have your deep voice but sometimes you purposefully make it high. You get along well with your sister. You will spontaneously hug her. You tell me you love me, which is amazing. You are also very excited to see me when I come to pick you up at the end of the day. Or if we've been apart for an hour on the weekend. I like it. That being said, you definitely love Daddy. You probably prefer us pretty evenly these days. You call us Mommy and Daddy even though you did say "Mom" the other day. My heart. It can't take it yet.

You love water and being outside. You're in swimming lessons and you generally seem to have more coordination than your sister currently has. You live for walking Maggie. You really like reading books these days (dinosaur bone!) and have recently taken to cars a bit more. You also like trains, alligators, "dinodoors" (your word for dinosaurs), the iPad, watching a bit of a movie, being pushed in this teeny tiny doll stroller that clearly says it's not for real children... You are ok with getting your nails trimmed but now dislike brushing your teeth (still no 2-year molars but it's increasingly difficult to check for those). We're going to celebrate you tonight (with the grandparents and your aunt) and then the big party is Saturday. It's an alligator party since you love them so.

You're a pretty good eater. You like a lot of sweets--gummies, chocolate, etc. but you're less of a fan of ice cream. And, like Mommy, you prefer the cake to the icing. You eat a lot of meat and like pre-packaged fruit cups, bananas, raisins, breakfast bars, cereal, pancakes. You're not a big vegetable fan and really don't eat many fruits that don't come in cups. Interesting how you and your sister are so different. You use utensils and drink out of real cups, although sometimes we use sippies because you intentionally make messes sometimes.

You're still in diapers but (knock on wood) we're past the diaper fail stage. You have recently shown interest in the potty and even pooped in it once. Seriously? You're probably the only kid in the history of the world who did that in the potty first. Ah, my little Buns. I hope the end is in sight for getting rid of diapers although I think it's just a hope at this point.

You sleep very well these days (more knocking...)--ever since you and your sister started sleeping in the same room. First, you started sleeping in the same bed (at opposite ends). Then we got y'all a bunkbed last weekend. You take the bottom, and y'all have been doing great. You usually wake up too early but I think you've been tuckered out from the long days lately. Rarely do you wake up in the middle of the night these days. One day you will know how happy this can make a person.

It seems like you enjoy school and you love your teachers. You and one little girl really like each other. I like her, too. It's funny how you and your sister both had a little boy/girlfriend in Toddler 2. You moved out of the infant room around the beginning of the year and you'll be here for awhile still. You are learning so much! You can count to maybe 10 now, know some of your colors, know a TON of words. You talk SO MUCH. In sentences. So many people warned me that boys are slower but not you.

We recently went on vacation and you were a champ throughout all the driving and flying and more driving and sleeping in strange places. It's nice that y'all just sleep in a normal bed now. Oh, speaking of, when we got the bunkbed we also took down your crib. So sad.

Well, Buns. It's been a big year. So much mental and verbal and social development. I love seeing you and your sister interact and listen to you two chat before bed. You're such a sweet little boy with such an endearing personality. I can't wait to see you grow up. Scratch that. I totally can; it's already going by much too fast.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

three and a half

Oh, little girl. I can't believe time just keeps flying by. You're 3 1/2. As we're planning your brother's birthday party, you tell me that you want a princess party yourself. That is not at all shocking but we'll see what happens over the next six months. I'm also excited because there is a very high probability of a new baby being born today and he'll be exactly 3 1/2 years younger than you. I can't wait for him to get here!

What to say about you? You're a pretty awesome kid. You're so smart and verbal. And very, very chatty. You have such empathy and are really kind to the younger kids. You're going to make a great momma one day since you mother your brother. Sometimes too much but we're working on that. You're really well-behaved and people seem to enjoy you. You do whine more than I'd like and pitch a few fits but those are way down. You are still not the most athletic but you're really enjoying the pool these days. The other day you used the floaty but kicked yourself back and forth down the length of the pool several times. I was tired trying to keep up with you. You're also doing swimming lessons at the Y again and hopefully we'll get you into some year-long ones after that.

You're doing great in school. I had a meeting with your teacher to go over your skills tests. You really love books and you participate well in class. You can do really simple math and have a huge vocabulary. And are super inquisitive. Sometimes to my dismay. You're doing really well with everything except for your handwriting. We hadn't been working with you on that enough, and I think it's particularly hard since you're left handed. But we started focusing on it more and Grandma has been a big help. You've really improved in a short time. You'll change classes in August--Pre-K 4. Holy moly. But I guess you have 2 years until Kindergarten proper. I think you already know more than I did when I started school. Times, they are a changin'.

You're really a girl now. You've thinned out quite a bit and have had a growth spurt recently I think. You're finally into size 9 shoes. You mostly wear size 4 clothes. It's the length that's the limiting factor. Your hair is super long--down to your waist. People can't believe we have, in fact, cut it. You need a haircut now, though. I think you're slightly less blonde and won't be surprised if you have brown hair as an adult. Although, I'll probably still think of you as blonde.

As I alluded to, you love all things princesses (Frozen, especially). And anything girly. Although! You came to me the other day and declared that you like pants again. Crazy. After almost a year and a half of NEVER wearing them, you can now sometimes be found in pants--long or short. You like fancy hair styles which is super fun for me. I've found some pretty impressive things on Pinterest. I'd say you still like pink the best followed by purple. You and your brother also have an interest in dinosaurs and alligators and "nature walks." You do enjoy watching movies, going to the park, walking Maggie, playing dress-up. I think I'm your favorite but I may be just eeking out your brother. You two are good friends. You even sleep together--heads at opposite ends of your twin bed. We may need to make some adjustments to that.

Speaking of sleeping, you are at a stage where going to bed or going down for naps (which you still take--yea!) is pretty easy. Bedtime is usually between 8:30 and 9. You mostly sleep through the night but wake up altogether too early. You had one weird incident of sleep walking. You had made it halfway down the stairs so I'm glad that didn't end poorly.

I think we're finally at an age where I have no pottying updates. You use it. The end. Wee!

You eat ok. You love sweets--candy, cookies, cupcakes, icing, ice cream. Chocolate milk and juice are your preferred beverages but we limit them. Still love fruit, yogurt, cheese. Also really enjoy corn on the cob which is kind of fun to watch.

I'm even busier than normal these days but I'll try to add some pictures to this soon. I love you, Chicken. You're a good egg. Haha. Ha. Um, yeah. This won't be the last time I embarrass you. Looking forward to doing that for many years to come.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

sibling love

My kids get along pretty well. She looks out for him, and he's sometimes helpful. They're really interacting a lot more these days as he's a legitimate toddler and no longer a baby.

On the weekends, they have started napping together. First, let me say that this is awesome because they nap AT THE SAME TIME. When he was still taking two naps, he'd wake up as she was going down and she'd wake up as he was going down again. Now? Family nap time! Or we sometimes are productive. Whatever. But now they nap at the same time, in the same room. He sleeps in his toddler bed and she has a pallet on his floor. Works out well. Sure, they're chatty sometimes before they fall asleep but not too bad.

I found out that when they nap at the grandparents' he will usually wake up first. He gets out of his bed and goes into the room she sleeps in and crawls up on the bed. Yesterday he was sick but she was not. She went to school and he went to the grandparents'. He still went through his same routine and was calling for her. Aww.

Well, last night we put them to bed. I was brushing my teeth and heard her yelling, "Mommy! Mommy!" I went down the hall and noticed her door was open. I expected her to say that I needed to close it after she hadn't. Nope. She's sitting up in her bed and he's sitting up in her bed facing her. "Miles is in my room." Um, yeah.

I tried to get him back into his room. He would just lay there and say, "Bye, Mommy" and wave. I was unsuccessful. I ended up pulling his mattress into her room and he slept there. Went right to sleep after I put him on it.

Now, I do a lot of things wrong but last night? Made me feel like I've got this parenting thing down. Love seeing them love each other.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

life list: ride a gondola

Hubby had a work meeting in Vegas this week and we decided to capitalize on that. We went out on Saturday for a few days of kid-free leisure. We stayed at the Encore, which was just as nice as the Wynn. There was some napping, some tv watching, some reading by the pool. We also stuffed ourselves with good food and wandered around the strip. Went to the wax museum. Saw David Spade--Kevin Farley was one of his opening acts. All three guys were quite funny. And saw the phenomenal Elton John. So, so good.

And we squeezed in a gondola ride at the Venetian. Yea! We had a real Italian scoot us around and sing lovely songs to us. It appears I'm on a Life List roll. Who would have thought?