Monday, January 5, 2015

Luke: 1 1/2 Years

Our little man!  You are 1 1/2 years old (okay, 19 months) and so proud of it.  You make me smile everyday more times than I can count but with your 2nd birthday fast approaching, I think we may have our hands full.  Your little personality develops more and more each day.  You have "the look" down to an art...when you are told "no" that bottom lip pops out, your brow turns down, eyes just gaze up at me, and you smirk in a "I am trying to act sad but want you to remember how cute I am" kind of way.  It takes everything in me not to give in and just run up and kiss your cheeks. 

Here is what you are up to these days.  You....

- LOVE food.  Particularly hot dogs.
- do not like long car rides, at all.
- are 1 pound shy of matching your sister's weight with 2 years difference... 32 vs. 33 lbs.
- have 15 teeth.  15!!  You are working on your bottom canine teeth, the top ones just popped down.
- LOVE to play peek-a-boo
- like your baths and get very excited for bath time.  It is a special treat when you don't have to bathe with your sister.

- your favorite place is the pantry.
- are really working on your words. Your newest words are apple, football, all gone, all done and bath time said like "appull, foobawl, ahh gahh, ahh dunn and baah iiiimm"
- Had tubes put in October 30th.  You have already had an ear infection since then and they are working just like they should.  We are loving listening to your expanding vocabulary now that you can hear.
- love to dance.  Your sister has taught you to twirl very well.
- don't like dogs.  You must be my child.

- love to wash your hands
- like to read but only if it is a book with flaps/pop-ups/etc.
- search for animals out your car window in hopes of spotting a cow
- are really good with your fork and spoon at meals.  You even dip your hot dog or chicken into ketchup all on your own.
- LOVE cereal with milk and you love ketchup.  Not together but it is an equal amount of love.  Mandarin oranges are close behind along with any kind of cracker.
- are FIESTY

- would live outdoors if you could.... or in the pantry.
- your favorite toy is anything sister is playing with or anything that resembles a broom.
- are doing so great in the morning with school.  Walking into your class like the "big man on campus".  Church is a different story.  You still cry every Sunday morning at nursery drop off.  Same room, same teachers, still tears.
- like to move slow in the mornings.  Love routine but don't like to rushed.
- are in bed between 7 and 7:30 am and usually have to be woke up in the mornings around 8 am.
- take 1 nap a day, 2 hrs on average 
- are very good at saying "mine".  We are working on that along with the pushing when someone is in your business.

18 Month Stats:
31 lbs 12 oz (> 99%)
34" tall (89%)
size 6 diapers
size 2T clothes

I want to always remember...

- your eyes.  Oh those eyes and the many expressions you make with just those two little blue eyes.  Your looks make me just want to eat you up.
- your walk.  Your strut.  Oh my goodness.

- how you hold our hands at dinner for prayer.  Sometimes we get both, sometimes just one and you proceed with your meal with the other hand.
- how you still let me rock you to sleep at least once a week.
- the way you hug your sister and how wide you throw your arms on your approach.
- how you wave that little pointer finger with defiance and say in your own little language something that sounds very bossy.
- your laugh... your deep, from-the-core-of-your-belly laugh that makes me chuckle every time I hear it.
- the way you lay your head on our shoulder when we carry you up for bed.  It is the best cuddle in the world.
- your belly, your thighs and those rolls.  
- how you love to have your back scratched when you first wake up.  You stay on your belly in your crib and give me the look just waiting for your back rub.

Sweet boy, you are the perfect addition to our family.  You gave me a run for my money your first 4 months and countless sleepless nights but I wouldn't change it for the world.  Your big sister loves you more than you know and you hold such a special place in our hearts as your mommy and daddy, our little man. I cannot wait to see what is to come for you.  Keep smiling, keep laughing, and keep giving the look... you are going to do big things buddy.

Arboretum 2014

Fall isn't fall without a trip to the Arboretum.  We went in early November.  The weather was perfect and the little ones had a blast!  We are big fans of the Children's Garden.  It was our first time but we will definitely be back.  Check out some pictures of our fun day ... warning, picture overload!

Nana with her grandbabies... missing our Georgia 4!  I promise Aiden had a good time (far right).

Sweet brothers!
Miss Sassy Pants

These two are becoming the best of friends (Aiden 5 yr and Addison 3 yr).

This little guy LOVES his Uncle B!

Such a fun day with a lot of smiles, laughter, and controlled chaos! 
A trip to the Arboretum always results in some really good naps for the kiddos, an extra perk!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Addison: 3 1/2 Years

Addison Leigh, you are 3 1/2 years old and I just can't believe it.  Only 6 months and you will be 4.  You are the most adorable, loving, and smart 3 1/2 year old who challenges us daily with your attitude, independence and strong-will.  Here is a bit of what you are up to these days...

- love the planets.  Seriously obsessed.  In a "that's not normal" kinda way.
- are so inquisitive 
- LOVE to sing.  ALL day long.  EVERY day.
- like to take showers (aka play in the shower)
- are getting so good at brushing those teeth
- can write your first name!
- are definitely a lefty
- are FULL of sass!

- LOVE to color.  The first thing and last thing you do pretty much every single day is wiggle that crayon on your current coloring page and you color in the lines so well.  Your Momma is so impressed!
- have MASTERED the potty.  You turned 3 back in May and it was like a light switch.  We haven't had any issues since that very day.
- know your days of the week, especially that Friday means it's the weekend!
- haven't quite mastered other concepts of time.  Everything is "next week, next year, last year..." when you may just be trying to tell me about something from yesterday or tomorrow.

- love tacos, yogurt and oranges.
- you are a creature of routine (can't blame you!).  You know once your brother goes to bed, you get a snack, a drink, and can color/watch tv/read.  Then, it's bed time.  And, don't rush you in the morning or your boss will pay for it.
- would TWIRL constantly if I let you.

- are a princess at heart.
- are still a girly girl with the exception of being a bow-lover.  You would rather wear 4 headbands than a big bow.
- love to pick out your own clothes that "match" in your opinion.
- LOVE your cousins and get so excited to see them!
- do not like to ask for help.
- are still obsessed with anything Frozen. 
- are really anxious to turn 5 and go to kindergarten.  You would skip 4 if you could.
- play extremely well by yourself with an amazing imagination.
- you are a collector of anything and everything in sight.  If we can't find something, you are the first person we ask.

I want to always remember:
- how you pray.
- how you are afraid to fail, especially when it comes to writing your "S"
- how motherly you are to your brother in one moment and how he is your worst enemy in the next 

- how you randomly tell Daddy and I "I love you" throughout the day.
- how you still like to be carried to bed.
- how you sing along to praise and worship music in the car
- how your Daddy is your hero.
- how you hold our face when you give your sweet kisses.

Sweet girl, you are amazing.  You are unique and special and in every way, perfect for our family.  We are beyond thankful God chose us to be your Mommy and Daddy and chose you to make us parents.  Luke has a big sister that I know will take care of him always.  You are teaching me patience every single day and making sure I remember to "just let you be little".  These are moments  I will cherish always and hold so close to my heart.  Love you baby girl!

*Images by Milano Photography.  Check them out!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween gets more fun each and every year as the kids get older.  Addison was so into it this year and we look forward to many more years with her having her parents in tow and it still being "cool".
Here is our Halloween in pictures with our favorite Sooner Cheerleader and Linebacker. 
 These two were not quite sure of some of the costumes.  I pray my kids never want to be a "Dead Chearleader" or "Zombie".  They are not fans now and I hope it stays that way!
Sweet boy getting a little chilly and waving to every passerby.
We spent 2 hours going door to door... these two kids loved every second of it.  A lot of the houses in our neighborhood just put bowls out on their porch.  Addison would always check for a sign to see if it said she could take more than 1. It was hilarious and precious at the same time.
As soon as we got home, Addison changed into Belle to pass out candy and anxiously awaited for a knock at the door.
Halloween with kids is the BEST.  We cannot wait until next year!