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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Choo! Choo!...

Guess who's turning 2?!

This kid!!

I seriously CAN NOT believe that he's turning 2.  I know I said that when he turned 1, but time really does fly!  I feel like he should be turning 1 again!!  Can we make that happen?!    We can't?  ::Sigh::  Well, then can someone PLEASE tell me when the terrible 2's stop?  He's been in them since about 15 months and they are intensifying the closer we get to 2!!  The boy has been swinging on my very last nerve lately!!  Buuuut...then I look at this sweet face and forget all of that.  Good thing for him he's so darn cute!!

See?  He's so darned cute!!  

I can't really tell if he's enjoying this or wants it to be over!

The party planning is if full gear for his 2nd birthday.  I decided to do a train themed party (hence the title of this entry).  How can you not smile when you hear/see "Choo! Choo! Choo! Look Who's Turning 2!"  So cute!  Plus, one of his favorite things is a train.  We have some that through the city we live in and he loves to mimic them.  However, do you KNOW how hard it is to find train themed party supplies that isn't Thomas the freakin Train?!  No offense to anyone who loves them some Thomas, my brother used to love him, but MAAAN!!  I decided to do my own decorations.  Ambitious, I know.  I've scoured Etsy to try and find some already made banners/decorations, but they are way out of my budget.  I really wanted to try and do something like this (scroll down for the orange/blue theme) or maybe this, but I don't know how artsy I really am.  These would take a lot of work.  Plus, I'm not having a big blow out like his 1st birthday.  Just family.  I know they won't care what it looks like.  I am going to try and make a banner, his cake and maybe a couple of other things.  That being said, I guess I should try and work on some things!


Monday, October 3, 2011

As the leaves change...

Can I just say how excited I am about it being October?!  It is the start of my favorite time of year!!  October through December = AMAZING!!  What's so great about it?  Let me tell's the changing of the seasons, the colors the leaves turn, sweatshirts and sweaters, hot chai tea, decorating for the holidays, snuggling with the wee one (although, I don't need cooler weather for that), baking, cooking, spending time with family, the crisp smell the air takes on as the weather cools, the color of the sky right before it starts to snow, my son was born in the heart of fall, the list of all things to celebrate goes on and on!!  I know some people feel that it's such a dreary time and nature starts to die...etc.  It does...but look at all of the fun stuff this time of year has to offer!!  I'm going to relish in my delight until January 2, 2012!  To me, that's when it gets dreary!!

Everything has been going well since the last time I wrote.  School started back for Doug (I think I mentioned that before), I got a "promotion" at work (I think I mentioned that, too), I'm planning for my child's 2nd birthday...2nd!!  HE'S GOING TO BE 2?!?!  I swear!!  Where does the time go?!  I feel like he should still be that little 7.5lb baby that I brought home from the hospital, not a toddler running around telling me he wants "dot dogs" for dinner instead of lasagna and "nacks" (aka fruit snacks) from breakfast instead of something more nourishing.  However, now he's able to run to me when I come home from work and wrap his arms around my legs and squeal "mommaaa!", he can tell me he loves me, he gives me kisses when he wakes up, and he asks me if "I o-tay?" while I'm coughing and he's patting my back (I'm currently fighting a cold).  While I miss that little bundle of baby boy, I'm loving the bigger baby boy he is becoming.  Just look at him...isn't he gorgeous?!

Zach's day care picture.  Fall 2011.

About a week ago we went to Northern VA to celebrate my cousin's 1st birthday!  Again, why are these children growing up so fast?!  Her party theme was based around a lemonade stand.  Sooo cute!  The weather called for rain aaaall weekend and for the most part, that's what we got, but it cleared up and was beautiful for her party.  My aunt Tara (her grandmother) was able to fly in from TX for the big event!  
Apparently the balloon makes a good seat.

Auntie T and the birthday girl, Audrey.

Lemonade!  Get your lemonade!

My future baseball star!

Zach and his auntie T.

Cake time!

Pretty birthday girl

Hey!  I got a car for my birthday!!

While we were up there we were able to visit with my brother and his family.  I can't believe my nephew is 4 months already (almost)!  Again...see above!  He's not so sure about me yet.  I'm just going to attribute that to him not seeing me everyday.  I will try not to take it personal!  It is so crazy how much he looks like my brother when he was little.  A ton of dark hair, bright blue eyes, chubby cheeks...meeeemories, light the corner of my mind...ok...I digress.  By the way, my brother and his family (his dad included) just bought and moved into a bigger house up where they live.  It's about time!  My brother has lived in the same rental town-home since he was...not even 1.  So, about 20 years.  From what I hear, this is a much bigger home (a duplex) with about 3 or 4 bedrooms and a HUGE backyard.  Hopefully next time I go up I'll be able to see it.  Check out my brother's twin below!

Braiden and his momma, Jessye.

Mmmm...yummy pasta!

And who is this big boy?!  It doesn't even look like him!!  (This is Doug's twin)

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the fall weather we are having!


Happy Fall!