Monday, January 30, 2017

Harlem Globetrotters

For the past several years, we've treated my dad to "experiences" rather than presents for his birthday and Father's Day. However, he's gotten sick almost every. single. time.  Not scary sick. But, sick enough that he can't go. My sister, Kathy, and I were hesitant to buy yet some more tickets for his 74th birthday last December. But, we did it anyways.

We bought tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters and thought it would be fun to make a family day out of it! Luckily, Dad was healthy!

Nothing says baller basketball like...a mimosa #sisters

These boys!  Kathy's oldest, my oldest and Papa Chuck ready for some Globetrotters

I got to ride with these handsome fellas!

Spending special time with Walt makes me happy! Cotton candy makes Walt happy.

Really cool tricks!

These guys had a blast! Jameson and Papa Chuck need to work on their excited faces.

Walt and his Aunt KK
This was such a fun outing. We need to make it an annual thing and might even include our 2nd oldest kids :)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Vivian Elise is 5 Months Old

What a month for this little peanut! Our petite little one had a great month.She is absolutely thriving at daycare and her personality is really starting to flourish.

Sleeping: She's still a total stud in this department. Bottle or nurse at 6:30pm and not a peep until 7/7:30 am. She is still napping 3 times a day (sometimes 4 if daycare is in charge)

Eating: Still just breastmilk. We'll look to trying some cereal in the next few weeks. We are keeping it simple for now

Milestones: She can ROLL!  She was in no hurry to do this, and we actually haven't really witnessed it completely with our two eyes. But she's flipping in her crib and if we walk away from her playmat and come back, we find her flipped.Here's a video of her (desperately) trying:

Viv is also still drooling all over the place. She goes through 5-6 bibs a day! Both Walt and Oscar got teeth before 6 months, so we'll see. I personally just think she's drooly. She's far from unhappy.

Vivian also is practicing sitting. She has a lot of great balance.  She can hold a sit for a few seconds unassisted, but she's definitely not sitting yet. In fact, for this photo shoot, I just sat her against pillows and she never even teetered.

 Vivian LOVES her brothers and Bentley. She immediately smiles at all three of them. Come to think about it, she loves Chris and I too :) She no longer gets completely pissed in the car when it's not moving. She's less of a ticking time bomb when we run errands.  She's also so freaking happy. When she wakes up in the morning, she happily plays in her crib. When she hears our voice enter her room, she starts talking and smiling. She also loves baths and eating.

To be honest, there's not a whole lot that Vivian doesn't like. She gets mad when she's tired, but happily goes to sleep. She rarely cries when you change her diaper, and she's just generally happy. She doesn't like to be startled much.

Here are some fun pics from the last month:
Showing off one of her Christmas outfits

The happiest, chubbiest little baby! 

Watching her big bro <3

She LOVES bath time. I realize she looks chubby and huge, but in person, she's still a tiny peanut

Viv is a great snuggle bug. This is after a bedtime feeding and she's so happy to be going to bed.

Big girl in her crib

Friday, January 20, 2017

House Update #4: Almost Done!

It's been about a month since the last house update, but a lot has happened in the last month (despite the holidays).  It's looking like we'll close the first week or so of March, so we're really just putting the finishing touches on at this point.
We have landscaping! The exterior is nearly complete. Just some rod-iron gates and the fence.

The family room looking into the eating area/kitchen.  The fireplace surround is shiplap, but will be painted white (we kind of like the natural wood look!)

Closer up of kitchen/dining. The house has one eating area (not a separate formal dining). This is one of our favorite features.
The t-shaped island with room for 5 chairs. Perfect!

The staircase...I see lots of future prom pics here!

The front courtyard with wood-burning fireplace. Who's ready for wine by the fire??

Master bath vanity #1

Powder bath with pedestal sink

There are so many other things to show, but I think I want to wait until it's all done now... hopefully just a month away!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Walt is SIX

It is wild to me that for one of our kids I'm giving monthly updates and this big boy is already six years old! It seems like yesterday that I was doing monthly updates for him.  I remember all that free time I used to have :)

Walt had a whole weekend full of birthday activities.  We started off going to his school for Friday Morning Live, where he got to go on stage and do the birthday dance and the movement song (which just so happened to be "Can't Stop the Feeling" from Justin Timberlake).

On stage far left. He even wore a sweater!

This big 6 year old was so happy to have us there! (thank goodness!)

Now on to his actual birthday! We got to have his party ON his actual birthday. It was so fun, but a very crazy day. Walt's party was at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center and they did a Blast Lab theme. Walt had a bunch of new friends from his Kindergarten class along with soccer buddies and some other close pals.

Walt and his buddy, Reed

Happy Birthday to our big guy!

Ready to blow up some stuff!

Walt, Jaelyn, and our silliest guy, Oscar

Walt with Jack and Thomas and Reed

Flying our rockets!
Outdoor blowing up - very messy!

The ol' Mentos in a Coke bottle trick....

Learning about the physics of wind

Walt getting some grief from his buds

We came home and had our family over to celebrate Walt one more time. 

So, what makes up our six year old?
  • SPORTS - Walt loves sports. All sports. He's constantly asking us to try new sports (like, say, hockey, karate, and most recently, football. YIKES). He just loves athletics.  I definitely wouldn't categorize Walt as the best on any of his teams (he's going to read this someday and think I'm a terrible person), but he's got some natural talent. His size helps. He's a head taller than most kids his age, and he WANTS to be good. He watches sports on TV and asks a ton of questions. Currently he plays soccer, baseball, and basketball. The sport he's probably the best at? Golf. Luckily we'll be on a golf course at the new house and hopefully we can get him in some lessons.
  • Kindness - Walt has a very high EQ. I don't know this for sure, but just from watching him and observing him, I think he's very aware of other people's feelings. He generally always wants to be a helper and loves getting a task that allows him to help out. There are some exceptions to this, of course. While I think he's a fabulous big brother most of the time, he certainly plays the big brother power card sometimes. He is also working on behaving well at school (but that doesn't mean he's not being kind!)
  • Learning - Walt is a little sponge. He's always asking questions and has a real desire to learn. What we are working on is his learning environment. Walt gets in trouble (often) for having trouble controlling himself. I know that he gets excited and acts out and literally cannot stop himself. His folder gets signed at least once a week. The do-gooder in me is learning to accept this!
Walt no longer negotiates things at bed time (one more hug, i need to pee, can I have water?) and he's completely autonomous getting ready in the morning and at night. He's also an electronics master (as most 6 year olds these days are). He can navigate our TV/Netflix and he can also search the Guide (using reading for good, not evil!). This little trick is super handy on Saturday mornings so Chris and I don't have to fly out of bed.  

We love this first child of ours so very much! He's such a super awesome kid and he teaches us new things every single day. Welcome to 6, Walt!