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!)