Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Vivian Elise is 9 Months Old

Vivian has now been living in the outside world as long as she was in the womb! It's hard to believe it, but we cannot imagine life without her. What a joy!

She has her 9-month check up next week, but all indicators still point to her being a petite little thing.  She's not scrawny by any means. Just compact :)  She's wearing 9-month sized clothes (which I"m pretty sure Oscar skipped altogether), has figured out how to remove her bows, and typically eats her shoes.

Milestones: Viv is not mobile yet. (Thank goodness!)  She can spin herself around while on her tummy and sometimes she scoots herself backwards, but no getting up on all fours. I'm so very much ok with this. She can stay put for the next couple of years if she wants.

She does like to pull herself up on things, which makes me wonder if she will skip crawling all together. I mean, how inefficient is that?

Eating: Tiny she is, but boy can this girl eat! They even tell me at daycare that she gets so mad when her food is all out or other kids are eating and she's not. We've moved into some soft solid foods (not purees) like peas, green beans, and her favorite: avocados.  Last night we tried some raviolis and I couldn't cut them up fast enough for her.  She reminds me a lot of Oscar at this age, but even Mr Chunk didn't eat this good! She is also easily entertained by a plate full of puffs.

Playing: Viv is still super content playing anywhere as long as she can see someone (like me, Daddy or her brothers).  Bentley continues to be her favorite. Vivian is an expert clapper and has begun to clap at appropriate times. She also has begun shaking her head "yes" and "no". I'm working on teaching her when is the right time to use it.

Vivian has also found her voice (boy, is she gonna need it). She continues to babble with "dadada" despite all of us trying to get her to say "mamama", but she sometimes throws in "lalala", which gives me hope. She usually speaks up when she's in her carseat just to make sure you know she's still there.

This last month - Viv did some fun stuff:

She got to hang with her fellow-blue eyed cousin, Cassie. 

She's playing happily in her "Circle of Neglect"

What a sweet snuggle bug.. Hanging out with mommy after I had been out of town a few days. 

Just to prove that she's not malnurished - check out this chubby princess.
We love you, Ms Vivian Elise! I guess it's time to start planning that first birthday party!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kinder Field Day 2017

I love my job. They are so amazingly flexible to my working mom status. They also present me with great opportunities to spread my wings.  I stopped traveling for the better part of the last 10 months while having Vivian and then having a newborn at home and all that comes with it (read: nursing and pumping). While I miss almost nothing, I did have to miss Walt's first Field Day.  Sad as it was, I'm not the only one with a flexible job :) Chris is right there with me at every school event, teacher conference, and volunteer opportunity.  In fact, he was Walt's regular lunch buddy for much of the fall semester! I knew I'd get a good recap of the day from Chris. Lucky for the parents, the 4th and 5th graders help run the Kinder Field Day, so he truly just got to be a spectator.

Walt waiting his turn to jump rope

This proud boy doing all the things he loves! Running, playing outside, etc

Capture the flag
Chris said Walt's teacher told him that Walt is so mature. This I believe. Walt is a helper and is so good at helping others (adults and other kids alike). He has such a kind heart. Even though he loves sports beyond belief, he is not so competitive that he doesn't care about the other kids. In fact, Chris said a kid got kicked in the face during Capture the Flag and Walt was the only one to go check on him. I love this sweet boy!

And finally, enjoy this hilarious potato sack race video:

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Another Mother's Day in the books!  This year, I was so thankful to host my mom and sister (and family) at our house.  My mom has been through quite a year between hernia surgery (2x) and a replay of the vertigo she had a couple years ago.  My mom is a trooper and doesn't like to miss out on anything (I have no idea where I get that from). We had a nice, low-key brunch which included great conversation then watching all the kids hit baseballs in our backyard.

I love this throwback pic of my mom and my sisters. This is probably 1980. 

Jaelyn is a beast! She was launching baseballs into the neighbor's yard like nobody's business. 

All of us sitting around in our very fancy patio furniture just enjoying each other. My heart was full!

Kathy had this amazing window made for my mom that has all of the grandkids listed on it. She's amazing!

Miss Viv is so social and friendly. She even got Jameson to smile. How can you resist!?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Muffins with Mom

Y'all. I love Muffins with Mom. Maybe this is my most favorite school day of the whole year.  This time, I got to spend it 1-on-1 with my sweet little Oscar man.  His class sang us some songs, then they all thanked their mommies for something.  Talk about heart melting.  Oscar is animated beyond belief and has no problems performing. He was the first to orate his thank you and totally nailed it. Take a look:

Oscar did all the muffin eating, but afterwards we read some books. When it was time to go, he gave me a big hug and shoo'd me out the door so he could get back to business.  I love the BIG personality on Oscar. He makes us all laugh!

Reading books

This is Oscar :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Summer Hair

In a surprise, coordinated attack, the boys tricked me into getting them $20 haircuts (each) that should have cost us nothing at all.  Someone in Walt's class had lice and shaved his head. Walt decided that he too wanted to be bald.  I thought I had the situation contained to just the big one, but right when Oscar was climbing in his chair, he declared that he wanted a shaved head too.

I now present the world's most expensive buzz cuts:

Walt - before

Oscar - before

This little stinker!

My boys look like they are straight outta 1955
So, now we are ready for summer!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bruns-Buford Visit

This week was a tough week. We had an unexpected death in the family that was very difficult for everyone. But, as the universe usually works, it dealt us some pretty cool surprises to offset the sadness. We were able to host Chris's Aunt Bernadette and Uncle Bruns (from Austin) along with his cousin, Allison, and her two adorable girls, Avery and Elizabeth (all the way from Brooklyn, NY).

Avery and Oscar are 9 days apart, so it was super fun to watch them play with each other.  Elizabeth, who is just shy of 2, is coming into her own personality and was adorable to watch toddle around. The boys loved playing with the girls and were super stoked at the 2-night slumber party.
Group story time was the best. Clearly, Ryan is the king storyteller...
Lots of love for Peter Rabbit

Oscar and Avery hugging it out after a super fun trip
Don't let those sad faces fool you. These girls had a blast. They traveled all over the state of Texas in the last week and might have been a little beat.

We were so happy to host family and have plenty of space to do it!  Those Buford girls are welcome back anytime (next time, bring Turner!)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Morris Crawfish Boil

Every year, my sister, Michelle, and her husband, Rusty, host a fabulous crawfish boil in Houston.  Every year, for the past 6 years (it feels like), I've been pregnant or had a small child (or was overrun with sports). As luck would have it, the stars aligned this year and I took the boys down for some fun with their Aunt Big and Uncle Rusty.
Four hours is a long time for little boys in the car, so we took a silly break at DQ

We got to see the live crawfish before they met their boiling destiny. Walt was not about it.

Uncle showed Oscar how to hold them and not get pinched...

And Oscar picked up on it very quickly!

The Morris Pool was open which was great for the boys and terrible for this mama. The pool was way too cold and I was a nervous wreck trying to keep an eye out for drowning.

The World's Pickiest Eater decided he would try a cooked crawfish (insert wide-eyed emoji). I was SO proud of him for peeling it and actually putting it in his mouth. That was good enough for him. 

The boys also got to see their cousin, Louie.  
After dinner, I got roped into some crazy game with my nieces and nephew and their friends called Secret Hitler. Yes, it was just as messed up as the name implies.

 The boys were so excited to sleep in a hotel room. Walt was so overly tired that he kept waking up thinking crawfish were pinching him. Yikes!  But they were super troopers and I got to see what amazing buddies these two are. They are built-in best friends when there isn't always someone to play with. My only regret was not getting more pics of the boys with their Aunt and Uncle and cousins. Next year!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Vivian Elise is 8 Months Old

Our sweet, chunky baby sister is 8 months old!  Here's what the little lady is up to these days.

 Eating: Don't let her size fool you.  Mama likes to eat.  I nurse her in the morning and she's doing 3 bottles (6 oz) the rest of the day. We are closing the breastfeeding chapter as we speak. I actually thought I had cut the cord a couple days ago, but needed to let some air out of the tires, so I foresee a couple more random nursing sessions.  Am I sad? Not really :) I'm sad that this part of the book is done and we certainly had moments that we enjoyed. Will I miss being tied to a clock or a pump all the time? NOPE!

Viv is also a big fan of baby food. She likes everything from fruits to veggies and even the nasty pureed meats.  We're trying to give her some more chunky stuff. She only has two teeth, so we have to practice. She does love her some puffs, though!

Sleeping: She's a champ. The end.  Nothing much has changed, though I think she's settling into a 2-nap routine. She still naps all over the place at school (usually 3 shorter naps), but at home, she gives us two 90+ minute naps.  Night time is still a cinch.  She only cries in the middle of the night if she's not feeling well, and only on rare occasions do we need to get her out of the crib.

Playing: Vivian learned how to wave AND clap this month! If you see her wave, it's bound to make you smile. She waves at you like she hasn't seen you in months.  A very big and vibrant "hello!"  Her clapping is very dainty. More like a golf clap. 

Loves: This one loves her brothers. She constantly follows them around with her eyes and giggles.  Walt is a great big brother and lets her do anything she wants to him. She loves to pull his hair and smack his face.

 Hates: Being sleepy. She'll let you know. Also, hungry. Don't dare eat something in her presence without planning on sharing or at least giving her her own food. She's also not a fan of being alone for too long. I can't blame her.

We took some family pics today, so we're really excited to have some updated family portraits. The last ones we did were when Viv was a newborn and I'd say she's changed a bit since then.

Viv is such a fun, social and playful little baby.  She's happy in a stroller, outside, carseat, being held and generally where the action is. Her brothers love, love, love to make her laugh and Bentley loves to give her kisses.  We are so lucky to have our Vivian Elise!

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Happy spring, everyone! By happy, I mean terrifying.  I've lived in North Texas my entire life and have become very accustomed to the stormy spring.  I'm not above grabbing a bottle of wine and waiting it out in the bathtub.  Tornadoes and hail are our biggest threat, however despite countless tornado sirens, we've never come close enough to one to really cause damage. Thank goodness!  Don't worry, I still act like a tornado is coming anytime I see a wall cloud. And don't get me wrong, it doesn't have to be a full-fledged tornado to be damaging. Straight-line winds will take a full-grown oak tree down, no problem!

On Friday night, we had a typical storm... just kidding, this storm was the weather apocalypse.  It started out with wind and lightening and thunder. #typical.  Then the hail started.  Also, not atypical. But what started as a cute little peppering of funny little ice pellets, quickly turned into a full onslaught of frozen baseballs ALL OVER OUR NEW HOUSE.

Anyone who has experienced hail knows it's pretty short lived.  We're talking 3-4 minutes.  Much like a tornado - it comes, destroys, and leaves.  This little ambush lasted well over 10 minutes.  I just kept waiting for a window to crack.

After examining the damage this morning, we were extremely fortunate not to have a broken window. Turns out, every single house around us had one. What we do have are several cracked and shattered roof tiles, chipped stucco, beat up gutters and one patio table victim.  For your viewing pleasure:

Covered in hail

A sampling of the ammunition

Chipped stucco (and a spider friend)

Just some cracked clay tile - NBD

A direct hit!

and bye, bye conversation table
I have to say, we are SO grateful to all be safe a sound. Just a little rattled and cringing at the home insurance claim.  Until next spring....

Friday, April 7, 2017

Walt Gets Glasses

I'll be honest. I saw this day coming from a mile away. How's that for a near-sighted joke?! It seems I have passed along some pretty amazing genes to my kids. First the asthma and allergies, and now terrible eyesight!  I started wearing glasses at the age of six.  My mom and my sister's eyesight is so bad. Like, what you think is bad, but way worse than that.  My current contact prescription is a -8.00 and I think I have the best eyes in the family. It's not good!

So, when the school nurse said Walt was having trouble with the eye test, I booked him an appointment stat.  Walt was actually super excited about it. Glasses have made a pretty awesome comeback in the last several years, so the notion of having glasses was cool, rather than terrifying.  Walt did amazing at the doctor and we learned what was causing his blurred vision was a slight astigmatism (no near-sightedness yet!)

Getting super space-aged pics taken of his eyes

3-D vision test

Ready to see the doc!

Option 1 or 2.... A or B...

Here are the specs he chose! Ray Bans like daddy :)