Monday, January 31, 2011

Hi, Doe Doe!

Madeline has gotten alot more vocal the past few weeks.  She tries to say quite a few things that make no sense and will try to mimic what you say.  There are only a handful of words that she'll use in the correct context without being prompted: Mama, Dada, Up, Down, Yes, Hi, etc.  She said her first sentence last week.  Jon was walking up to the car and she said "Hi Dada" and waved.  I was so proud. :)  We say "hi" and "bye" to lots of things, especially Fergie.  When we leave we say "bye Fergie" and when we get home we'll say "hi Fergie".   Usually she'll just wave and not say anything.

We were confused when she started saying "Hi Doe Doe."  It was clearly different than Dada.  When she started following Fergie around and saying "Hi Doe Doe" we realized that "Doe Doe" must mean "Fergie" in Maddie language.  Doe Doe = Dog??? Who knows.  She's been saying it quite a bit lately and it's pretty funny.  We tried to get a good video, but as soon as she knows the spotlight is on the performance usually comes to an end.  I'll take what I can get. :)

Social Butterflies

I know, I know...I've been a major blog slacker!  We've had quite the social calendar lately, with a little illness thrown in.

Two Fridays ago we went to the Clear Creek/ Clear Lake basketball game.  Gabe (Aimee's boyfriend) plays for Lake and we all went/go to Creek.  The entire Noto clan was there to cheer Gabe on.  Not going to lie...myself, Peter and Maria decided that we felt like total losers spending a Friday night at our old high school. Oh, the things we do for our family! Maria was carrying Madeline and one of her old teachers thought it was her kid.  We thought it was hilarious but Maria was not pleased.  We actually did have a  really good time but it made me feel:
a. Old
b. Very happy that I'm not in high school.  Sure, I had fun, but college was way cooler. 

Gabe is 6'5" and nicknamed "Gabezilla" so we had fun being obnoxious with our signs.  Jon had even more fun heckling the Creek players. 



Tuesday at 4 am Madeline woke up crying and had a fever of 102.  We put her in bed with us, and poor thing continued to be lethargic and have a 102 fever for most of the day.  In the afternoon it shot up to 104.0 and then to 104.3 at 7 pm....NOT cool!  We almost had our first trip to the ER but luckily the fever came down with a pediatrician advised adjustment to her meds.  She slept through most of the night and woke up Wednesday morning perfectly content like the day before was a bad dream.  She had no other symptoms and the whole thing was just strange.  We're very happy to have the spunky, wild child back.  She's back to her normal antics, like:

Hiding behind the chairs in our front living room

Climbing up and down the stairs (supervised, of course)

And singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider"

Wednesday night we met our  friend Dave for dinner who was in for work.  I worked with his wife Stacie in Chicago and we all spent lots of time together when we lived there.  It was so nice to see Dave and catch up...we don't see our Chicago friends nearly enough!  After dinner I headed over to my friend Sara's house for "Winesday" girls night.  Lots of wine, sweets, and talking...my idea of fun!

Thursday was my sister Maria's birthday.  Aunt Weasie turned 23 and we enjoyed spending the day with her.  We ate lunch at Blue Fish and dinner at Hungry's.  Madeline helped her open presents and we had yummy Crave cupcakes for dessert.



23 candles in the cupcake...it looked more like a fireball

Friday afternoon was Brock's first birthday party.  The theme was airplanes and his mommy Valerie did such a cute job with everything!  The weather was perfect and the kids had fun playing outside.

Madeline, Laila and Brock in the Bounce House

Happy Birthday Brock!

This is the best picture we could get of all the kids.  The birthday boy was not having it.

My wild child, right after she pulled out her hairbow.

Friday night we drove down to League City to have dinner with the Bekeljas because Kelly and Jack were in town.  Since these 2 have been around I think Kelly and I forget to take pictures of us together and just take them of Maddie and Jack.
(Sangria next to the sippy cup...keeping it classy :)

On Saturday some of our friends came over to decorate signs for the Houston Marathon.  Our friend Sara ran the marathon on Sunday, so we wanted to make sure we had obnoxious signs to cheer her on. :)  Jon and Huntleigh had daddy duty while the girls made signs.  They took Maddie, Hunt and Laila for a walk in the wagon.

Here's the finished products.  The Marathon experience deserves a post of its own, so I'll get to that later this week once I get pics from Valerie's camera!



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lots of the Little Person

I've been a blog slacker lately so this is a random one...
Madeline hit a MAJOR milestone last week.  We can finally put a (very small) bow in her hair!  She ripped it out right after these pictures, but at 13 1/2 months I'm just happy there's enough hair for it!

When I was packing for the hospital before she was born, I purchased 3 different types of pink hairbows, not knowing how much hair she would have: a small one with velcro, a small one with a metal clip (the one in these pics), and a larger one.    I figured she'd at least have enough hair for the velcro one.  At the last minute I threw in a headband.  Whew. 

My mother in law made this dress for Madeline.  Isn't it precious?  I love the looks on her face...

"Hmmm...what do I want to get into next??"

"I would NEVER empty the contents of the kitchen cabinets in 10 seconds!  Not with this angelic face..."

Aimee had her Winter Formal last weekend so we met their group before to take pictures.  She looked so grown up and beautiful.  It made me feel OLD!  It feels like such a short time ago we were obsessing over this stuff and now I'm the one chasing after my kid as she tries to pull sequins off of the girls' dresses. 

                                                         Aimee and her boyfriend Gabe. 

If the weather is nice in the evenings, Jon will take Madeline and Fergie for a walk.  He pushes her in the trike she got for Christmas and attaches Fergie to the front of it.  Sometimes they will both ride in the wagon.  Our human and dog child love these walks and it's funny to watch how excited they get before they leave the house.  They crack me up.


Today we went to the Children's Museum with Kim and Hunt.  Now that the kids are mobile it's a great place for them to burn off some energy.  Maddie's favorite things were the ball pit (so she could throw the balls everywhere) and the big car (so she could honk the horn).  There were 2 baby dolls in the whole place and you better believe she found both of them.  She kept hugging and patting them on the back, and saying "awwww".  



We went to eat at Hungry's afterwards, and as an extra special treat the kids were very well behaved!  They were even holding hands at one point and it was precious.  Go figure, my camera was hidden at the time and the moment could not be recreated, not even with a food bribe. 

Let Me Count the Ways I Love My Cricut

Oh my goodness, I am having SO much fun with my Cricut!  Couple that with a re-discovery of my love for Mod-Podge and I'm in trouble.  I'm blaming it on these blocks.  Our friend Hunt turned one a few weeks ago, so some of our other friends had the idea of decorating blocks for his birthday.  It was such a cute idea and I love how they turned out!  I plan on making a set for Madeline.  One side was for the Aggies.  I painted the blocks white, mod podged the letters and corners, painted the dots, and finished with a heavy layer of more mod podge. 

The other side was for his name.  I'm not crazy with how the stars came out, but I thought his name turned out cute. I cut the letters and maroon circles out with the Cricut, mod podged, painted and more mod podge.


Another current hobby of mine is stalking blogs of crafty people. Eventually I'll get motivated and post all the blog links on here because they are so much fun.  I have no idea how they have time to come up with this stuff.  Most of them have multiple kids and the projects are very impressive.  My goal is just to become a good copy cat. :) The weather was dreary this week so I decided to browse around for some Valentine's Day crafts.  I came across this wreath...made out of cupcake liners.  Seriously, who comes up with this????  This was my attempt.  Deep down I think I just wanted the liners as an excuse to make cupcakes. :) And it was cheap.

Looking for another excuse to use my Cricut, I saw this "XOXO" craft.  I came up with my own version for our fireplace mantle and love how they turned out.  These were made from old frames from my mom and scrapbook paper I had laying around.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Squeak, Squeak!

We recently ordered Madeline a pair of squeaky shoes.  Why the squeakers?

1. It helps teach toddlers how to walk since the shoe squeaks when they walk properly (although we are way past that)
2.  It's a great kid tracking device.  When the squeaking stops we know to go looking for her.
3. Instant entertainment.  She loves these things, and will walk around the house non-stop just to hear the squeaking.  If you have a dog it can also be instant entertainment (or torture) for them too!

Luckily the squeaker is removable...I don't think the other people in church would find them as funny as we do.  Here's a video with Madeline's new favorite accessory:

I bought Madeline's shoes from Itzy Bitzy.  If you have a kiddo you can click the link on the right side of this page to win free shoes.  You all know how much I love a good deal so I had to share this.  May your future squeaky shoe purchase bring you as much joy as it has to my child...we are easily amused around here!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Cotton Bowl

On Friday Jon and I were fortunate enough to go to the Cotton Bowl!  We sat in his company's suite, so it was nice to have free drinks and yummy food.  We drove in Friday afternoon and met up with some of his co-workers, then headed to Cowboy Stadium.



View from the suite. 

While we were in his company's suite we ran into some people who are frequent guests at the Kleckleys' bed and breakfast.  It just so happens that this family used to live next door to Jon's company's CEO!  They invited us down to their suite which was almost field level...

We cherished the special treatment because these opportunities are few and far between!  Although the game did not end in our favor, it made me even prouder to be an Aggie!  Our fans were WAY more classy than those from LSU.  No offense to my Louisiana family, but I am so glad that I'm an Aggie and not a Tiger. Our band is better anyway. :)

Saturday was not any better in our world of football because the Saints lost. :(  After that game I decided I'd cheer for the Eagles, but then they lost yesterday!  Ugh.  At least we have 3 more weeks of football before we head into the dreaded dry spell.  Other than church, we never know what to do on Sundays once football season ends. Ha.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

13 Months

Before I had a kid, it made me CRAZY when people referred to their child's ages in a number where I'd have to do some math to figure out their actual age. "Oh, she's 28 weeks old.  He's 25 months."  Seriously, what's wrong with 7 months and 2 years??  I figured it's either one of two reasons why people do this:

1.  Babies and Toddlers change SO much in the first few years, that calling a kid one when they could be 12 or 20 months doesn't seem right since they are developmentally completely different 
2.  The parent has issues with their child growing up

Alas, I now find myself doing the same thing that made (and to an extent still does) make me crazy.  I fall under reason one.

Long story long, I'd still like to keep up with Maddie's milestones so I'll continue with an abbrevaited version of her monthly updates.  A good picture of her these days is hard to come by but I'll do my best! 

13 Months

  • We made the transition from an infant car seat to a convertible one. 
  • One of Madeline's favorite games is to walk around with her toy phone or a remote control and "talk" on it.  She'll say "hi" over and over, then bring the phone to Jon or I.  We'll pretend to talk on it, give it back, and she'll bring it to the other person (or even Fergie). 
  • She has 7 teeth and working on #8
  • She's now a full walker...no more crawling!  She's bordering on running too...and thinks its funny when she falls
  • She likes to look at things and say "ooooohhhh"
  • She'd rather walk around and explore the house than play with her toys

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Oh, joy!  (sarcasm)  Time to set my personal goals for the new year!

 In all seriousness, I don't mind them too much.  It helps keep me on track.  I think I did pretty good last year so I'm hoping these will stick!  You're supposed to have better success if you write them down, so this is my attempt.  Jon stepped it up and started writing things on our bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. 
  •  Maintain my current weight - I've lost all the baby weight and then some, and I'm pretty darn proud of it.  I've worked hard and don't want to screw it up.  If it wasn't for Boot Camp...I don't want to think about it!  Accountability and having good friends to work out with is awesome, and hopefully it'll continue through 2011. 
  • Keep one junk drawer instead of two in the kitchen - Self explanatory.  There's no reason I should have 2 junk drawers anyway.  Piles of "stuff" stress me out and I just need to take care of it on the spot instead of being lazy and shoving it in a drawer.
  •  Talk less and listen more -  My mom is gasping: Oh no, she DIDN'T!  According to her I was speaking in complete sentences at 18 months and haven't shut up since.  My mouth tends to work faster than my brain and I really want to work on that.  Part of what prompted this:  When we took Maddie to her 1 year doctor appointment, Jon recorded the conversation so we could remember what the doctor said.  Upon listening to the playback, I was embarrassed at the number of times I interrupted the doctor....and the number of times I said "like" would make a sorority girl proud!  (No offense, my Thetas :)  Other people have things to say too, right? :)
  •  Finish Madeline's Baby Book, The Kleckley's Parents of the Year Scrapbook and a photo book from Madeline's 1st year - I'm embarrassed to say that I have yet to start the scrapbook from when Jon's parents were Parents of the Year at Texas A&M....in 2008.   I've had the book, stickers, paper and pictures printed out since 2009.  Seriously, no excuses in 2011!  As far as Madeline's stuff, I've struggled at what to do with all of the pictures we've taken of her.  What do other parents do these days?  Do you print them out and put them in traditional albums?  That thought overwhelms me so I think if I finish her baby book and make one of those fabulous photo books from Shutterfly with the highlights of her first year then she shouldn't hate me too much when she's a teenager...right??
  • Read Madeline at least 2 additional books a day - This child LOVES books.  They keep her entertained more than any toy she's touched.  Right now we read at least 3 a day (before naps and bedtime) but I want to get better about reading during playtime.  I get lazy and just let her flip through them while I read random blogs or something, but I know she would really benefit if I actually read them to her when she's not half asleep.
(update: I forgot these two!)
  • Improve my posture - Self explanatory, and quite possibly the hardest one on the list.  It's hard to break a 28 year old habit! 
  • Meal Plan every 2 weeks - As a wife and stay at home mom figuring out what's for dinner can be a frustrating task when we're trying to eat healthy and avoid eating the same 5 things in rotating order.  I love to cook but hate planning for it!  My hope is that by planning every 2 weeks, it'll make cooking more fun.  Part 2 of this is only going to the grocery store every 2 weeks (yikes!) with the exception of produce that won't last 2 weeks and milk.  I typically go 1-2 times a week, but I'm curious how much money (if any) this will save.   It's more of a personal, creative challenge for me.  We'll see how long this lasts!

The end.

Holidays...Celebrate...

Just because Christmas is over does not mean the fun ends!  We've enjoyed spending time with family and friends this week.  The in-between holidays week kicked off with the Saints game at my parents' house Monday night.  We got Madeline a new Saints shirt and she wore it proudly with her jeggins and furry boots.  Seriously...does it get any cuter than this??


Madeline also got to hang out with boyfriend #4, Jack.

I'm posting this next picture for multiple reasons (kind of like Where's Waldo):
1.  My mom took Madeline on a walk to deliver Christmas presents to the neighbors.
2. My parents won "Most Religious" in their neighborhood Holiday Lights contest.  Since when was this a category??
3. My dad is standing in the middle of the yard talking on his cell.  Unusual? No.  The outfit?  What he wears for Saints games.  Behold a true fan.  Saints pants tucked into Saints tube socks with a Saints jersey.  All capped off with black leather shoes that he considers house shoes, but other people would probably wear them to church.   

On Wednesday it was raining like a hurricane so my mom, sisters and Niki came over for craft day.  The girls made bracelets and I played with my Cricut.

On Thursday Madeline had her first trip to the zoo with Poppy, GiGi and Aunt Aimee. 


The chimps were my favorite.  This one was huddled under a blanket.  Another one was giving kisses through the glass at the exhibit. 

We celebrated New Year's Eve with friends.  Meeting for dinner at 5 still counts as "eve", right? :) 

After dinner we went to the Harris' house for dessert and let the kids play.  We came home at 8:30, rented a movie, watch the ball drop in NYC at 11 pm and went to bed.  It was perfect for us because a certain someone was wide awake at 7 am ready to go!