November 2015

November 4 – Spencer is Walking

Spencer took his first steps (more steps than just transferring from the couch to the coffee table or something similar) today! When he walks, he looks like a mummy because his hands are straight out in front of him. He also takes a couple of steps backwards before going forward. When he gets to his destination, he smiles, laughs, and claps.

November 12 – Update on Boys

Nolan is doing very well at preschool. He never has an issue going to school which is great for me. He is learning a lot and especially likes counting. He wants to count everything from food on his plate to piece of dirt on the floor! He also is interested in spelling and can spell his name and Mia’s name. He is constantly asking what letters words begin with and pointing out beginning letters of words. The sense of independence he has gained amazes me every day. He can put his pants and underwear on by himself (still working on the shirt and socks!), he goes to the bathroom by himself, and he gets his own snacks, drinks, and plates. Some days he eats everything in sight and some days he doesn’t eat much at all. He takes a nap around 1:00 that last for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. He loves to play with trucks, cars, and emergency vehicles. He has an incredible imagination and tells stories all the time. He says the sweetest things and makes me smile every day.

Spencer still prefers to crawl, but walks if there is something he really wants to get to. He runs the circle around the living room, kitchen, and dining room with his walker at least 30 times per day. He climbs on the small table and chairs so he can grab crayons and eat the tips. His favorite words are “dada” (he calls everyone “dada”, including me!) and “uht-oh”. He still takes 2 naps, one around 9:15 and the other around 2:00. He eats anything and everything and probably eats more than I do. However, he will not drink cow’s milk. I had this same issue with Nolan and tried everything I could to get him to drink it, but admittedly, I have not tried very much with Spencer (2nd child, sorry!). He smiles from ear to ear when I am taking a picture of him and he laughs hysterically when other people are laughing. He loves to blow raspberries on bellies, pick up my cell phone and say “iiiiii”, and talk to the TV while pointing the remote at it. He sure is a fun-loving, happy kiddo.

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November 25 – Thanksgiving in Easton

Before we headed to Easton, we celebrated Oscar’s 8th birthday with a cookie from Wiscoy.

The birthday boy himself:IMG_3549 IMG_3550

Nolan got to give Oscar his birthday treat: IMG_3552

Yummy cookie: IMG_3554  IMG_3556

We then left around 9:00 AM on Wednesday morning for Easton. Spencer took an hour and a half nap in the car, but even though Nolan was yawning the entire ride, he did not fall asleep. When we got to Easton, we ate lunch and then both (all) boys took a nap. I went with Pop to pick up Uncle Brad’s car from being inspected and when we dropped it off, we stopped in to see Mia for a few minutes.

After nap, Uncle Brad, Aunt Megan, and Mia came over for pizza and french fries from Antonio’s.

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Uncle Nevin meeting his niece for the first time: IMG_3560  IMG_3562

Unfortunately, Spencer was awake and crying from 12:50-2:50 that evening.

Thursday morning, Nolan and I went to Elise’s for the tailgate before the Easton/P’Burg game while Nevin stayed with Spencer so he could take his morning nap. Nolan had a great time talking to everyone, playing with Colette and her toys, and playing with a 3 year old neighbor boy. As always, it was great to see my high school girls even if it was for a short period of time.

“True friends stay with you no matter the distance or time that separates you from them.” TurkeyDayTailgate2015

 

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It was such a beautiful day that we couldn’t pass up a chance to play outside. Pop got out the water table and both boys had a blast. Since they were getting so wet, we took their clothes off.

Underwear and shoes; doesn’t get much cuter than that:IMG_3563 IMG_3564

Spencer loved opening and closing the screen door:IMG_3565 IMG_3566

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After lunch, I laid down with Nolan while Spencer took a nap. When we got up, we tried (keyword) to take some Thanksgiving pictures:IMG_3572 IMG_3573 IMG_3574 IMG_3575 IMG_3576 IMG_3577 IMG_3578 IMG_3579 IMG_3580  IMG_3582

Uncle Brad, Aunt Megan, and Mia came over for Thanksgiving dinner. All Spencer wanted to do was see Mia:   IMG_3586

Nolan and Spencer didn’t eat as much as they normally do, which surprised me, but they still enjoyed sitting at the table with us. Nolan tried some “jellyfish” (cranberry sauce) before we ate:  IMG_3588 IMG_3589   IMG_3592

I wanted Nolan to get in the picture with me, but he refused so we got him in the picture this way instead: IMG_3594

After dinner, Uncle Brad and Aunt Megan asked if Nevin and I would be Mia’s godparents and we, of course, said yes! Since it’s tradition, we watched Christmas Vacation (most of it) and then went to bed. Spencer had a rough night again, but not nearly as rough as the night before.

We got to play outside again on Friday and Auntie Cait stopped by to say hello. Uncle Brad, Aunt Megan, and Mia came over to say bye and we headed back to our puppies around 2:00.

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November 28 – Getting Our Christmas Tree

We went to Tannenbaum Farms again this year and it was raining, but it was so warm (around 56 degrees) that we didn’t mind the rain. We decided to push Spencer’s morning nap back, but he fell asleep in the car on the way there:IMG_3602

When we arrived, an employee brought us a saw and tree cart and asked Nolan if we were going to get our Christmas tree today. He then explained to her that we wanted a soft tree, not a spiky tree, because “when you touch them they hurt and you say, ‘ouch!'”. I put Spencer in the Ergo and we headed up the hill and down a different hill to the Fraiser Firs.

We made it up the hill:IMG_3603

I found a tree then we looked a little bit more, but Nolan was very anxious to cut down the tree, so we went back to the original and that’s just what we did. Nolan wanted me to take a picture of just him. Little did he know I snuck Spencer in the picture, too:

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Selfie with my happy boy: IMG_3610

Watching Daddy cut it down:  IMG_3613

I took Spencer out of the Ergo while Nevin was cutting it down and he enjoyed standing by the tree cart. IMG_3615

This is what he does when I say, “cheese!”:IMG_3616 IMG_3617  IMG_3619

Helping daddy carry it back:IMG_3620

Spencer wanted to help, too:IMG_3621

Pretty view of the trees and fog over the mountains in the background: IMG_3623

On our way down the hill to the barn:IMG_3624

Watching the guy with the “tree cutter” (chainsaw) get rid of the branches near the trunk:IMG_3625

Tying it to the car:IMG_3626

We didn’t get enough branches cut off, so we had to cut some more when we got home:   IMG_3629

Our 8 foot 2 inch tree doesn’t look so big after putting it in our new living room!

Nolan was so excited to decorate the tree. He hung ornaments on it from the time he woke up from nap until the time he went to bed. Before we ate dinner, he said, “I love you Christmas tree.” and gave it a kiss. While we were eating dinner, he said he really misses the Christmas tree. He watched the iPad under the tree and moved his potty under the tree. He loved looking at and playing with all of my “daughter” ornaments.

November 30 – Christmas Decorating

Nolan helped me decorate the rest of the house. He loved looking at all of the decorations as I took them out of the bins. He enjoyed the nutcrackers the most; feeding them pieces of napkin and watching them poop it out was his favorite. His elf, Chippy, appeared and Nolan talks to him, has me read to him, and tells him he loves him. I am so excited for Christmas because Nolan is so excited!

This is the first Christmas tree that Nevin needed to stand on a chair in order to put the topper on:IMG_3632 IMG_3633 IMG_3630