Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fall Fun

We've had lots of fun with various fall activites and sibling photo ops.  All I have to say is the giant pumpkin we bought for $10 from Sams was worth every penny!

First up was a cookie decorating party with friends who live in our neighborhood.

 
The week of Halloween we took pictures by the giant pumpkin...

 
 
and carved our "medium" pumpkin.

 
Thanksgiving brought about some goofy looking smiles...

 
 ...and the cutest little turkey hiney I've ever seen!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy 10 Months Andrew!

  • He weighs 22 lbs (85%) and is 29.5 inches long (80%)
  • He wears size 5 diapers and 12/18 month clothes
  • He takes a sippy cup of formula in the morning and 4 6oz bottles a day.
  • He has become a pro at feeding himself, and he's a great eater.  He loves turkey meatloaf, sweet potatoes and bananas.  He's started saying "nana," his favorite. 
  • He sleeps from 8pm-6/6:30 am. He naps for an hour in the morning and 1.5 hrs in the afternoon.
  • We switched him to a convertible car seat.  He is not a fan of riding in the car.
  • He's also not a fan of getting dress and cries whenever we try to change him.
  • I started working with him on baby signing.  When I ask him if he's done eating, he'll make the "finished" sign.
  • Andrew loves to follow Madeline around and tackle her.  She's been tackling him since he could sit up and now he's getting his revenge.  The problem is that he does it ALL the time when she's playing on the floor, and tackles other kids his age.
  • He is into everything.  Just when I think I've baby proofed the house, he finds something else to entertain him.  Tonight we caught him eating dirt out of a plant.  He doesn't like to be contained in the baby fort we created
  • He loves to splash in the bathtub and thinks it's hilarious
  • He likes to "dance" to music by bouncing his knees
  • I've caught him repeating words right after I say them: jump, no and yay.  He'll only say it once but he's done it enough that I know I'm not hearing things. It freaked me out at first! 
  • When he gets bored I pull up the blinds in the living room and he loves to look outside.  Not that there's alot going on in the backyard, but it's still entertaining to him.
  • His favorite toys are the cozy coupe, pulling wipes out of the wipe box and anything that makes noises

Confessions

I wanted to watch Kesha perform on the Today show.  Madeline was pitching a fit because she didn't want to watch it.  I told her Kesha was a princess.  Problem solved.

Madeline loves to "share" her food with Andrew and trade sippy cups.  Most of the time I just watch and let it happen.  Germs are germs, right?

On Monday Madeline went an entire day without asking to watch TV.  She was so well behaved, but by 4:00 pm I was tired of her wanting to "help" with everything that I begged her to watch Dora.  At least she was learning Spanish....

I hid all of Madeline's Halloween candy and I've eaten all the good stuff.  I can't decide if I should throw away the rest or actually give it to her as potty rewards.

Having a messy car makes me more batty than having a messy house.

Although we've cut out bad language and other negative words in this house, occasionally Jon and I  spell things out.  This morning I spelled out a four letter word that wasn't very nice, and a certian someone decided to repeat what I said, spelling it multiple times.  Can't wait for that one to get back to her teacher.  Lesson learned.

My 10 month old and almost 3 year old share socks.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. For real.

Warning: Vent ahead. Read at your own risk. :)

This past week I've had a sinus infection and migraine like headaches.  Andrew has been fussy for 2 weeks, and after taking him to the doctor today, I found out he has an ear infection.  Not teething like I thought.  My mind has been spinning with holiday prep. Couple that with our busy fall schedule (out of town 9 out 13 weekends since September) and our share of sickness/trips to the doctor and I feel like my head is barely above water.

Oh, and Birthdays! Madeline's birthday is December 4th. And Andrew's first birthday, which is January 18th.  Not the best timing, but in my defense he was supposed to be a February baby. Instead he chose to show us who rules around here. Which reminds me...he was 10 months on Sunday and I forgot to take his picture and post his milestones. Again.

(I promise, I'm not whining. There's a point to this.)

We're leaving to go to New Orleans for 5 days on Wednesday.  We haven't packed a thing and my house looks like a tornado hit.  So what do we do? 

Time to decorate for Christmas, DUH!  What else do you do when your plate is full?  It's almost Thanksgiving, which means it's perfect timing for self-induced panic attacks over all things holiday! We pulled out all the Christmas decor yesterday and I started to decorate this afternoon. First up: fire place mantle. I must say I was quite cheery until I realized we've added a child since last year and I had to get another stocking.  And then I realized how much I can't stand 75% of our thrown together Christmas decor, most of which was purchased in college or at the Sears sample store when I worked at the corporate office in Chicago.  I've been too lazy each year to upgrade.

 This also reminds me that I haven't found coordinating outfits for Christmas cards that I want to take under the big oak trees in New Orleans. (In 3 days.  The trip I haven't packed for...)  I have THE vision and you DON'T mess with THE vision.  So what do I do?

Jon got home this evening and I sent myself on a super shopping trip to find outfits for Christmas card pics and Hobby Lobby, because ALL Christmas decor is 50% off until Wednesday.  No brainer, right?  I do the near impossible and get matching outfits for all of us in an hour.   Bless you, Pearland Town Center.  Up next: Hobby Lobby.  I should have left when I saw every checkout line had 15 people in it.  I spend the next 45 minutes trying to put together the perfect dining room table centerpiece.  Because that's the seceret to eternal happiness, right?  I must tap my own creativity, which has dried up since Pinterest came into my life.  And Pinterest was NO help in this endeavour.  I come up with an idea and tear apart the Christmas candles looking for a matching green one.  Another self-induced panic attack.  Then I realize I already have one in my basket.  I get in one of the super lines, and then I get THE vision for the dining room, which involves nothing that's in my basket.  Awesome.

And then I had a realization.  For the 4084846468th time since I've become a parent, I have a new appreciation for my mother and mother in law.  Being a mother is exahusting on its own.  Being a mother during the holidays is a whole new animal.  Growing up I never remember my mom being frazzled during the holidays.  From my reccolection our house was always perfectly decorated.  Christmas music was playing and holiday treats were made.   I'm sure this wasn't always the case, but the important part is that as a child I have nothing but happy memories about the holidays.  Maybe that's why we try so hard. We want the same positive things for our children that we had.

 I absolutely love this time of year: fall, football, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It's just taking some work transitioning to do it all, joyfully, with multiple children.  The smiles make it all worth it, though.  Today Madeline told the doctor, "Happy Thanksgiving! Eat some turkey!"  When she woke up from her nap she couldn't wait to go through the boxes of Christmas decor.  And she didn't care that one of our little trees is bent in half or that all of the ornaments don't match.  She couldn't wait to get her little hands on them.  And that is why I refuse to have any more self-induced panic attacks in Hobby Lobby, or anywhere else, this holiday season, because chances are the things I'm stressing about are NOT things that matter.  So what if I can't re-find the same Thanksgiving dessert recipe I forgot to bookmark two days ago?  And if someone judges me for lack of ornaments on the bottom half of the tree because little people have removed them,  then I don't want them in my life anyway.    Life will go on.  Unless I forget to hide the "Elf on the Shelf" one night and dissapoint a toddler. Just kidding.  I have SO many good Pinterest pins to take care of that one for me. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Parent Rap

Yet another You Tube video that my fellow parents can appreciate. Except replace the mini-van with an SUV.  I will NOT concede that one!

The Parent Rap

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Halloween

For Halloween this year we had our very own Tinkerbell and Peter Pan.  She was so excited about her Tinkerbell costume and sparkle shoes. 
 
Notice her hair??  My child who refuses to wear her hair up wore a pony tail on Halloween.  The kicker?  Jon told her that Tinkerbell wears a ponytail so she needed one too.  For the next week she asked for a "Tinkerbell pony" 
 
Cutest Peter Pan ever.
 

Our friends the Karlsens invited us and some other friends over for a Halloween party.
 

The kids

 
Pretty princesses...it's funny how their interests change from year to year. 

Andrew loved riding in the wagon while the big kids collected candy.  He was such a happy boy.
 
 

 
Madeline had such a great time.  She really understood the concept of Trick or Treating this year, and still asks if she can dress up like Tinkerbell and get candy!

Need a Laugh?

If you're like me a need a good laugh today, check this out:

Quadruplet Babies Laughing

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Happy 7th Anniversary to my partner in crime, baby daddy and best friend!  I'm proud to say that the seven year itch does not exist, at least in this marriage.  We spent the past three days in Chicago and away from our kiddos, so we will be having a family date night tonight. :)


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Geaux Aggies!

Two weeks ago was the highly anticipated Texas A&M vs LSU football game in College Station.  Peter and I graduated from Texas A&M.  Aimee is currently a freshman at LSU, my mom got her Masters there and my dad bleeds purple and gold rather than maroon.  Needless to say it was a house divided weekend.  Aimee and her friends drove in from Baton Rouge and we had so much fun tailgating!  As usual we had a ridiculous amount of food: jambalaya, seafood gumbo, meat bombs, Italian sausage, 150 cake balls and probably 10 kinds of cookies. 

 
How do you display fruit at your tailgating events? :)

 


Check out the outfits.  I'm glad they decided to represent both schools.

My mom bought this stuffed tiger and band-aids for Madeline so she could repair the tiger from the butt-kicking the Aggies were supposed to give them.  Ironically, about the time the Aggies were losing their lead, she started taking the band-aids of the tiger and putting them on herself.
 
While Madeline was repairing her battle wounds, Andrew decided to sleep.
 
Sisters

House divided!

Gig 'em!  Aggies all the way!
 
Although the loss was hard to take, it's been so much fun to watch the Aggies WIN this season...a much welcomed change from the past few years!
 
On a (semi) related note:  Last weekend we went to my parents' church for Mass.  It was also the weekend of the church festival.  We pulled up and saw a bunch of tents set up.  Madeline says," It's an Aggie tailgate!  I want to go tailgate!"  We told her it was a party, not a tailgate.  She couldn't contain her excitement.  Toward the end of Mass, she starts saying loudly: "Mommy, I want to go tailgate.  I want to leave church and go tailgate."  Slightly embarrassing, but at least she likes to have fun!