Thursday, January 31, 2013

January phone pics

Here are few pics from my phone that haven't quite made the blog yet.
Ben and I did get to celebrate our anniversary overnight at the Gaylord one night. We had a great time.  It is just fun to get away now and then.  And, isn't he cute!??
We have been playing doctor alot lately and Kinley is solving Medical miracles and looking like a pro.
(notice the pager and nametag)
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Kinley is still obsessed with constantly changing clothes and picking out no less than 10 outfits a day. 
She is obviously getting so good at posing too.
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We took a trip to the pet store one day. For some reason my kids consider this a fun outing...just staring at the animals in glass cages.
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and for some reason Kinley put an 'M' sticker on her for the day???
(here's a self-picked outfit and the pose again)
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We had a fabulous play date with Allison, Ella, and McKenna when they were in town. It was so much fun to see them and just hang out and play. I wish they lived closer so we could hang out constantly.  Everyone plays so well together.  And, I always feel cooler after she leaves because she shows me something cool like how to wear denim on denim like a pro.  I think this time I might have convinced her to become a juicer though.  We are still juicing daily around here.
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There were lots of princesses... IMG_3487 IMG_3475
riding cars...
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and a pizza lunch.
And a few princesses even tried to tattoo themselves like their moms :)
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This is a big reason I like to do these phone dumps because even though these aren't really interesting enough for an entire post on their own, I love catching everyday moments like this.
Snacktime in the kitchen with a fairy and her little brother. IMG_3467 IMG_3468 And Cinderella at breakfast before school...which is why we are usually late. IMG_3405 IMG_3402
January was good to us...yay for February!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Western Day

Yesterday was Western Day at school.  And as luck would have parents happened to go to the Fort Worth Stock Show this weekend and bought two brand new pairs of boots for my kids.
They were so, so excited to get these boots. They have not taken them off for days. Ty's are definitely a couple sizes too big and fall off constantly but, every time they do he brings it back to me and says "boo" for me to put it back on. I never dreamed they would be such a hit but, I love that they are.
So, since Kinley got to wear her boots at school today, Ty was immediately jealous and went to get his. It was prime opportunity for some cute western day pics. I just love that we live in Texas and cowboy boots everyday are totally acceptable. I remember both of my brothers wearing their boots as toddlers obsessively and I can tell already that Ty will definitely be that way.
Before school, Ty would not hold still for pictures to save my life. Kinley tried her best to reign him in...but, to no avail.
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I tried on a whim to french braid Kinley's hair and was so excited when I could do it. It's a big day for us when we have enough hair to try a new hairstyle.
After school sheriff Kinley and her deputy ran around outside in their western gear again.
love her.
trying to squeeze him to pose again.
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Happy Western Day....

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ty - 15/16 month update

I totally had intentions of doing a Ty update after his 15 month well check but, now he is well past 16 months and I am finally getting to it.
 SO, SO much has changed since his 12 month update.  He has truly sprung into full on toddler mode.
- 25 pounds 50th percentile
- 31 inches 80th percentile
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It is still crazy to me that he is only 50% in weight because he has the biggest belly lately. He just follows it around and it reminds me so much of my brother Matt. He used to do that as a toddler and I just love it.
The biggest change obviously, is that he is walking...more like running everywhere! It took him a while. He was definitely into his 15th month before he started walking. Only about 6 months after Kinley walked but, he got there. And now, only a few weeks later I cannot imagine him not walking. He is so happy being able to go everywhere Kinley goes. When she goes room to room, he is not far behind. It is so sweet to see them play together everyday. They are truly best friends. It is a huge joy. IMG_3188
He is also a major climber. He climbs anything. He climbs onto the kitchen table, my bathroom counter, on top of the car...anywhere he can. I have no idea how he hasn't figured out how to climb out of his crib yet but, I cross my fingers everyday that he won't.
Ty's personality is still his completely sweet, cheesy self. His smile can melt your heart and he smiles the majority of the time but, he can definitely throw a tantrum these days. I remember this with kinley too...but, his frustration is mostly about not being able to completely communicate with me. He knows what he wants now but, can't always express it and it is frustrating to him.
He is also talking up a storm. He is so, so, so much more verbal than Kinley was at this age. It is crazy what I actually can understand. He can pretty much repeat almost anything. On a regular basis he can say (in his little toddler-speak) mama, dada, tyty, bubble, up, apple, ball, all gone, down, more, balloon, and I know more that I can't think of right now.
His favorite activity is still, hands down, to read. We read no less than 10 books a day. He loves us to read to him. He does NOT like tv. The only thing he will sit in front of for more than 1 minute is a Praise Baby DVD. That is only because he loves music. As long as music is on tv he is happy. He will pay close attention to a show's theme song or a fresh beat band commercial but after that, he's out.
He loves being outside and is getting the hang of hitting his baseball off the tee and driving his little camo car but, he mostly just chases Kinley around when we go outside.
He still eats like a champ. He loves any fruit and loves any juice from the juicer. He really likes velveeta shells and cheese and chicken nuggets (like any kid) but, he also will try pretty much anything Ben and I eat at night too. The biggest challenge I have with feeding Ty lately is that he ONLY wants to feed himself. He does not want me to spoon-feed him anything. He wants me to stab it or spoon it up for him to feed himself. He does not have the best aim everytime so every. single. meal. ends in a total mess.
I am thankful that Ty still sleeps like a champ. Usually 12 hours at night and a 2-3 hour nap once a day. Praise God for a good eater and sleeper. It is a huge blessing.
He has almost all of his teeth now, sans 2 year old molars. He is currently getting his last couple vampire teeth (or that's what I call them) on top and once he is through that, we will be home free for a while.
He still takes his paci and is truly obsessed with it. I think he likes it more than Kinley if that is possible. I was so much more strict with her about when and where she could have them at his age but, she already had all her teeth and he doesn't yet. Soon, I will have to toughen up and get stricter with him.
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If you are still reading this you are a champ. I just really want to remember all this little stuff with my kiddos. So, thank you for getting through the details.
Ty, you are just a precious angel to us. My heart skips a beat everyday when I get to wake you up in the morning. Your smile can turn any worry I have into joy in a second. God has given you the ability to win over anyone you meet. There is not a day that you don't make us laugh and want to squeeze you tight. I am so thankful that I get to be your mom. I can't believe you are almost a year and a half...time is flying by so fast. I am so glad I get to take a front row seat to watch you grow and learn and change and become the man God intends for you to be.
 I love you so much!