Monday, February 23, 2015

Ice Day 2015

You can count on Texas for a couple things - winter is always a weather rollercoaster and you will get at least 1 snow (aka ice) day a year.  Today we had just that!  When public school is closed, our kids' school is closed so we get to hang out ALL day and I LOVE it.

 After a little bit of work and nap time, we headed outside for a little bit because that is what you just have to do when it "snows" in Texas.
Our sweet little Texans... this little girl just didn't understand why "the ground was sooo hard!" 
Luke didn't know what to think at first.  It was still raining/snowing/sleeting a bit when we went outside so he got in their playhouse rather quickly to seek shelter.  He warmed up to the weather and threw a good fit when it was time to go in.
Next up... cookies!
And some fort building...
We attempted to play nicely with just one box but of course we had to hunt down another so they each could have their own house.  Oh to be a kid again and get so much joy out of a cardboard box.

My heart is full just watching these two all day.  We had a blast and the latest news is... we get to do it all again tomorrow!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ohhh Muffin

Yep, Muffin came back this year.  It must have been a really long and cold trip down south in that "hot air balloon" but he made it and we enjoyed his company... most of the time!


This year, Addison really tested Muffin's surveillance.   We have a "Happy Jar" that Addison gets a puff-ball put in when she does something that warrants praise.  When the jar is full, she gets to pick something small out from her favorite store (Target) or do something fun.  Well, one day she had a severe case of "threenager" and Muffin didn't like any of it... neither did Mommy or Daddy.  This was the end result... and it lasted a few days...

Muffin returned to some of his original antics this year of wrapping the tree in toilet paper, sledding down the stairs, toothpaste in the sink... etc.  I apparently took the pictures in my head and not with the camera. 
Muffin left this year on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning and went back to the North Pole with Santa after he came to visit the kids.  He left a package for the kids to open and a sweet note...we hope he comes back.  Only time will tell!  

A Prosper Christmas

We live in a small "town" in a big city and we fall in love with it more every year.  Prosper puts on an annual Christmas Festival and we have made it a must-do. 
The event starts with a parade through downtown that lasts all of 20 minutes ...
Then we head to see Santa.  They had these great legos to play with this year in Santa's workshop.  A parent waited in line for Santa and the kids played.  Genius.
We had to wait all of 5 minutes....
Not even kidding, this was as close as Luke got to Santa this year.  He took an immediate U-turn at first sight, belly out and all.   He did not even want to look at him.
Addison, however, was all about it. She knew exactly what she was going to tell him. Christmas with kids is SO much fun.
Prosper doesn't take any pictures for you, you take your own.  Well, I need practice in the midst of Santa chaos. 
Then it was off to the inflatables for Addison... then some face paint...
Some building at the Home Depot tent with Daddy...
Oh the petting zoo... I will never be a fan of the petting zoo.  Ever.
And of course some snacks...
We finished our fun afternoon checking out the fire truck. 
Fantastic December weather and a great event.  We will be back next year for sure!

Celina Balloon Festival

While the kids nap on the weekends, I try to take a minute to sit and blog.  I rarely get a post finished so I have a lot of "drafts" so here is to getting one finished.... from October!

I remember going to the Plano Balloon Festival as a kid and have great memories so when I heard that Celina had a balloon festival, I had to check it out.  Celina is our "neighbor" here in Prosper and our kids are obsessed with hot air balloons.  We had no idea what it would be like, but we invited my family to go with us and check it out and hoping for the best!

And... I am so glad we did!  We now know what to expect and are excited to watch the event get bigger and bigger!  The kids were in heaven and we literally had a picnic surrounded by a dozen hot air balloons.  I was in awe at 31 years old so you can imagine our kids at 3 and 1. 
Here are some pictures from our fun evening under the stars .... and the balloons!

I mean look at that sweet little face... let's zoom in...oh, Miss Harper - I so love you!
We had no idea how this whole event worked but we saw people just claiming some land on the field so we went with it like we knew what we were doing.  And then balloons just start surrounding us ... so neat!
We grabbed a tray of chic-fil-a nuggets to bring with us and brought some other picnic must-haves ... So the way to go! There is food there to buy but I don't like paying $10 for a bottled water.
This little boy LOVED the balloons.  He said "WOW" a  million times.  I can only imagine how big those balloons were to that little boy!

I cannot wait to go back next year!  If you are in the area, you should come too! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

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.