Monday, November 18, 2013

16 months!

Little lady, you are learning so much these days. We absolutely love being your parents and getting to watch you grow and experience new things. You are talking and repeating so much more. It is now near impossible to list out all the words that you know. A new favorite of mine to hear though is rillo for your gorilla that one of my students bought you when we took a field trip to the zoo. You've become quite attached, and he has now joined Minnie and PupPup as a part of your nighttime friends.

I think you might know the color yellow. Why yellow? We concentrated on that color because the way you say yellow is so stinkin cute. You aren't 100% successful on identifying yellow things but overall it is pretty good. You also try to count, although your numbers still all sound like two. Your favorite time to count is when we are holding your hands so we will swing you.

You have this fake, deep laugh that is just too funny. And the more we laugh at it, the more you do it. You also like to say "Ohhhhhhh!" in a deep voice with your mouth wide open, showing you are shocked at something. When you see a mirror, you think it is meant for you to play peek-a-boo with yourself. And a favorite trick of ours is when your dad is leaving for work in his truck you point at his lights and he flashes them. You think that you're the one that makes it happen. Oh my. It reminds us of the Volkswagon SuperBowl commercial from a couple of years ago. Here it is if your viewing enjoyment. 

You can now find and open your own folder on my phone. And you know which one will take you to watch Mickey. Here you are dancing to the Hot Dog dance. And you love dancing. You bounce your head back and forth and you've just learned how to spin. I see many more dance parties in our future. :) 

You still love reading books and will sometimes try to read them yourself. You've brought back out your Pretty Pink Alphabet Purse book and can "read" A though E pretty successfully. Sweetness.

 And while we couldn't be happier about the joy it is to be your parents, things aren't always sweet and wonderful. You have started to hit, and that has become tough stuff for all of us. You are trying to learn to not hit, and we are trying to learn how to discipline and teach you right from wrong. We say lots of prayers to God for help on that one. Some days you've been in time out 5 times for hitting...and I'm only with you for half of a day. You know exactly what time out is, and you aren't a fan. You stay right where you are supposed to though, and then when it is over we tell you that we love you and you give us a kiss. Most of the time it is me that you hit (after I've given you an answer you don't like), but the other day you hit 2 of your friends at Mrs. Stacey's (once because your friend got too close to me and I think you were getting a bit possessive). And I cried that day...and prayed to God for wisdom on how to teach you not to hit. Everyone says It's just a phase, and while they are probably right, this is certainly not our favorite phase. You've been a lot better after that day. In fact, the next day when I picked you up you were laughing and playing with your friend EllaKate. It made my heart so happy to see the two of you laughing and giggling together as you played. And then you went right over to her and gave her a hug and a kiss. And did it again 2 more times. It was just what this little momma needed to see after the day before. 

Your feelings have started to get so hurt when we lay you down for your afternoon nap. You still do really well for your morning nap and at night, but when we leave you for your afternoon nap you just hold so tight to me, not wanting me to leave you. And you don't even want to play, you just want me to hold you as you snuggle into my neck. It is so hard to tear myself away from those snuggles, but I know that staying will only start something that will be hard to keep up. I do stay for a while and snuggle and rock you, eating up as much of it as I can. But when I do leave, the tears start. I figure this is just another phase, so when I set my timer for 5 minutes while you cry. Those five minutes feel like forever, but normally near the end you settle down and fall asleep. Oh my. It crushes me. 

Here are some pictures and videos from the last month...
We took a trip to the pumpkin patch
 You love planes, and we finally took you to the Peachtree Dekalb Airport that is just minutes from our house. It has a little playground there, and we got to watch planes take off and land. 

 You love playing in the rain. 
 We went through our first lost stuffed animal. We lost Minine in a parking lot. {And I cried.} And then you were reunited the next day after I called around and found it. Some nice man found it in the parking lot and turned it in to the doctor's office. Lucky us. You didn't actually realize she was gone yet...but you squealed when you saw her and gave her big hugs. It was a sweet ending. {I know, we deal with some big stuff at 15 months.} 
Playing outside with the neighbors. You two girls like to copy whatever the other is doing. And laying down on the concrete driveway seemed to make the most sense this day. 
 Trying out Neil's bike. You think you're such a big girl and you love it. 
 This is what I got to see at a redlight one afternoon. Oh my word. My sweet little snuggle puppy playing peek-a-boo with me. 
 The last Food Truck Thursday of the year. And you just look like such a big girl holding your lunch box. 
 Your first time trick-or-treating
 You wanted to read your Aunt Hea's blog post about Tally (the original PupPup). 
 Just 2 cousins reading in their reading corner. 
 What you wanted for breakfast one morning. 
 When I told you that wasn't happening.  
 You are still rockin the crazy morning hair. 
Here's a flash back to an earlier one...
Family trip to vote...for Dunwoody City Council. Your dad loves local news/politics. 
 Brushing your teeth on your new stool that your Grammy Pam and Papa G made for you. You now climb up it yourself when you're ready to brush your teeth. 
 Your dad has been wanting to get your a golf set, and he finally did. You two get so excited about playing this together. 
 We took a last minute family trip to the mountains. 
 You love apples! And if you see one, you want it! 
 Making your pouty face while looking at a picture of yourself that Aunt Hea snapped earlier of you making it. 
 You and your dad decided it was "lots of dots" day. Regardless of the dots matching or not. 

Little one, you bring so much joy to our lives. With the good and sometimes more difficult times, we still love every single second of getting to be your parents. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Our little mountain getaway

We decided last Thursday that we wanted to head to the mountains for the weekend. We thought a little trip to the mountains with the beautiful changing leaves, crisp air, and morning coffee with a sunrise would be a perfect fall treat. {So maybe that wasn't exactly Patrick's train of thought, but he was definitely all for a trip.} Patrick found a deal on Travelzoo, and we headed out Saturday morning. We stayed just one night at the Ridges Resort and Marina in the Blue Ridge. The drive was gorgeous, and the place was all decorated for Christmas. It was a perfect little getaway. Here are some pictures...I could kick myself for forgetting my nice camera. But when I remembered after sitting on construction traffic on 400, there was no turning back.

This always makes for a nice, quiet trip. Even if it only lasts for 30 minutes. ;)
 We're here! 

 my handsome hubs enjoying the cider and cookies they had for us

Good grief, I love these two. 
 Because when there is a cannon, you have to take a picture with it. duh. 

 So after only a 30 minute nap in the car, T was just a little on the grumpy side. We put her down for a nap and had ourselves a little date night while she slept. Our door led out to an open field with ladder golf and corn hole, and lucky for us the monitor reached. We enjoyed some wine and time together. It was so awesome. 
 love a sunrise. 
 "The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawn, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy." Psalm 65:8

Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy Halloween!

This was Teagan's second Halloween, but the first one trick-or-treating. And I think she might have liked it. :) We decided she could dress up as Minnie Mouse shortly after her obsession started. And her squeals at the sight of Minnie when we were in the store looking at costumes confirmed that. My sister had a few days off of work and decided to come to Atlanta to visit, bringing my niece and nephew along for the cousins to trick-or-treat together. So with that, Caroline would also dress up as Minnie. We love any opportunity to get these 2 girls matching. We also had my aunt and uncle (Grammy Pam and Papa G) come over to see the kids and have dinner together.

Getting ready to walk to Brier's North, a neighborhood near us that goes crazy over Halloween. 
 I might have stolen my outfit idea from a little girl I saw earlier in the day when my class was on a field trip at the zoo. I never dress up for halloween, but every Minnie needs a Mickey, right? 

 Happy girl on the walk back to our neighborhood
 Papa G came to help celebrate and give out the first treat of the night. :)
 ...and to bring Cayden's "horse" to complete his outfit. 
 Family picture...T is killing me in this one. 
 off to do her very first trick-or-treating...

 love this picture. She was a little more interested in the goods than taking a picture. 
getting the hang of this...and liking it! 

Papa G and Grammy Pam with the kiddos.
 One of many breaks during the night (in the middle of the street) to search the candy bag. I let her take a bite of a candy bar after leaving one of the houses, so after we left every house she would look up at me and say "bite? bite? bite?"  .love.

...and now back at the house to relax in her new Minnie slippers her Grammy Pam got her :) 
 This is where Caroline practically stayed all weekend. She loved her little stair landing turned reading nook. 

From all the pictures, it looks like we're huge Halloween people. We really aren't. In fact, I think it has been over 10 years since I've even attended a Halloween party or dressed up. And I'm not into much of the hoop-la that comes along with Halloween. But seeing a sweet little Minnie Mouse get candy after saying her version of trick-or-treat was awesome. Love seeing holidays through her eyes. I look forward to experiencing more holidays through them.  

Now onto my very favorite time of year...Thanksgiving and Christmas! And I might be okay with starting to celebrate them starting November 1. The best time of the year needs to last as long as we can make it, right? :)