Sunday, July 23, 2017

Vivian Elise is 11 Months!

I'll spare everyone my sappy nostalgia, but I cannot believe our little baby is already 11 months old! They say time flies...

Our little sister shows us incredible amounts of joy and we just love her so.  

Here are some of her new tricks:
  • Standing without holding on (YIKES)
  • Touching her head when asked, "Where's your head?"
  • She shakes her head no (both for yes and no)
  • She loves being chased and playing hide and seek
  • I'm officially retiring the 9 month clothes for 12 month
  • She now realizes when mommy or daddy leave the room and usually cries

Vivian has a quiet curiosity about her. She loves exploring, but also likes to sit with what she's found and examine it, taste it, shake it, then move onto the next thing. While she doesn't seem as "busy" as the boys were at this age, she's still on the go most of the time. She also is completely content being held. Oscar was too, but Walt was never ok with that.

Other differences between her and her brothers is Vivian often doesn't finish her bottle. And, she only drinks 6 oz bottles. Her brothers were both drinking 8 oz bottles by the time they were four months old, and never once left a drop behind. Viv finishes 1 out of every 4 bottles. Others she either leaves an ounce or two or just refuses it all together. She also continues to be a pretty stellar solid food eater, so maybe that's related.

A few observations about Viv -- I think we have finally admitted that she has blue eyes and they are here to stay. It's still crazy to think this! Both Chris and I have brown eyes, so we really never saw this one coming. Also, Vivian's hair is the darkest of all the kids.  Walt had super blonde hair until he was 2 and Oscar was born with really dark hair, but it fell out and came back golden brown.  Viv's is closer to Oscar's, but leans more brown than golden. Speaking of her hair, it's now getting long enough to see some texture. I do not think she has the stick straight hair that belongs to Oscar. You can see her little wings sticking out. The ends of her hair are definitely wavy.

Here is Vivian's best friend, Bentley.  That dog would crawl in her crib if we let him. He follows her everywhere and often licks her along the way.  Vivian loves it. She happily returns kisses to him. She also has no problem crawling on B, pulling his tail, or grabbing his beard.  Bentley never even whimpers. He usually just licks her.

Some of Viv's FAVORITE toys are cars and balls. She will roll a car all over the floor. She also is fully entertained by watching her brothers throw a ball around. You can tell this girl has brothers :)

I know there are even bigger milestones on Vivian's horizon (walking, talking...), but I just LOVE where she is right now. I am thankful I can memorialize these moments, because I'll blink my eye and she'll be grown.  

Now, off to find more glitter tulle for a very special day next month...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Staycation - Gaylord Texan

This summer we chose to pack it full of local activities. After moving into a new house with an infant in tow, we knew we needed to keep things simple. Simple they are not, but fun they certainly are.  So, for our summer vacation, we chose the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. It's a huge hotel with several restaurants, a pool, a water park... and alcohol. Thank goodness for adult beverages. Chris likened it to a Vegas resort without the casino. Accurate.

We went for 2 nights and made the most out of every minute. We also had guests! Nana, Papa and Maddie joined us for fun in the sun.
Family of five packed up and ready to go!

Having a great time at the Gaylord pool

Me and my girl at our favorite time: meal time

Nana, Maddie, and Papa all ready for the water park!

Do you think these boots will fit?

The best way to wait for food is silly faces...

Even Nana played along

During our stay, we did a scavenger hunt to find a bandit. These two played along nicely.

More time at the water park. These boys did awesome on the slides.

Viv getting daddy's nose

Viv and I strolling through the (air conditioned) Gaylord while the boys went to the water park yet again!

Getting a pic of all five of us is nearly impossible. So, just the four of us will do for now.
This was an outstanding way to spend some time together as a family and not stress too much about travel logistics. We will definitely come back!