First time out. He didn't get it. And pulling out my camera sure didn't help.
First time coloring.
Some firsts that were not captured with the camera . . .
-His first Thanksgiving feast! Last year he only had a bottle. This year he enjoyed: turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, traditional mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, bread and green beans. He thought it was delightful. And he EASILY out-ate his older brother.
-Mr. Pax took a fall on a toy Saturday and gave himself a bloody mouth. I immediately worried about his teeth. But we quickly realized that his teeth were fine and that his gums had somehow gotten cut. It continued to bleed throughout the day when he would eat. Poor guy. He's clumsy and falls ALOT right now.
I have a 15-month post coming soon. We go to the doctor tomorrow and so I'm waiting for that visit. This age is so much fun!
Monday, November 29, 2010
First time out. He didn't get it. And pulling out my camera sure didn't help.
Anyways, when we moved into our house we had this wonderful new space upstairs outside of the bedrooms. Obviously, because of the stage of our lives, we made it a toy/playroom. It has been a wonderful place, just highly disorganized. Typically toys were all over the floor and the boys were probably completely overstimulated sitting and playing in the mess. I'm quite embarrassed by the amount of toys we have. But I will blame it on everyone else, because we RARELY buy toys for them! :)
Back to my point . . . I had been looking for toy storage but I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted. Just something to get it all off of the floor, but where the boys can get to it. I wasn't thrilled at the idea of a toy box. I scoured CraigsList for months and finally found 2 tall matching bookshelves for $40 total. They were in great condition and were 5 miles from our house. So Jeremy loaded them up and brought them home about 2 months ago. Since that time they have just been sitting in the garage waiting for a fresh new coat of creamy white paint. They came to us in a blondish stain. Well, my dear husband finished painting them this weekend and they are perfect! Now, walking through the playroom makes my heart go pitter patter. And all of the toys fit on the shelves! And there is hardly anything left on the floor! And the room looks so much more spacious now! I could go on and on. And now a picture of organization . . .
Speechless aren't you? :) Ignore the blue curtains, they came with the house. I don't think they're staying. And ignore the khaki walls. I don't love khaki. I think a soft yellow is in their future. Jeremy worked his little tail off this past weekend and this was just one of the projects. Did I mention that he carried these up the stairs all by himself yesterday? And they are HEAVY! Yep, he's pretty incredible.
I seriously can't get enough of these shelves. $40. I think we got a steal.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Our sweet little caroler boy that I bought in December of 2008. Thank you Cracker Barrell. This might just be my favorite of them all!
Our black angel that I bought last year after Christmas. Thank you Target. There is not much I can thank you for because your return policy SUCKS. Most would probably agree with me there. But thank you for carrying not just white angels, but black ones also.
Our little brown sweet pea that we bought last December for Paxton's first ornament. We are getting each child an ornament each year. Thank you Hallmark.
And last but not least, my black Friday deal of the day. I am 30 years old and finally have a full nativity set. I know, I should be ashamed. But I was looking for something specific, which I never found. I imagine Jesus and his crew were dark-skinned. But they don't seem to make nativities that resemble this. Believe me, I've checked the stores, the internet and every place in between. In fact, while in San Antonio this month I found a dark-skinned nativity and they were all wearing panchos and sombreros. I was up for buying it since they were brown. Jeremy wasn't feeling it, so we didn't make the purchase. :) And last year, when I had no luck in this area, I bought the Veggie Tales nativity. I told Jeremy, if they're all going to be white, they might as well be green vegetables. Just a little humor for you. Anyways, we ended up with this one on black Friday. They're black. It's closer to the picture that I have in my head, rather than the blonde haired, blued eyed Jesus' we normally see. So, thank you to Kohls!
Hanging his first ornament. He seemed to put all his ornaments on the same branch. Yes, I did have to rearrange when he wasn't looking. I'm sure many of you moms out there would have left them alone. Props to you all. I just couldn't do it. Sue me. I want it to look PRETTY!
Holden showing off our black Santa. I have another post coming on how we are diversifying our decor. It gets a little more diverse every year and we are loving it!
Pax hanging his special ornament that we bought him last year on his first Christmas.
The boys in front of the finished tree. Someone is always in motion when I'm trying to get a picture. Obviously, this time it was Pax.
And you'll notice our Advent calendar in the middle here. I bought it on sale after Christmas last year. I had wanted one since Holden's first Christmas when he was 6 months old. Which would have been a ridiculous idea at his age. But I have been racking my brain for the last 3 weeks trying to come up with 24 creative things as we count down the month of December. I am going to attempt to blog each idea as we do them. I still only have 20 ideas, so feel free to leave a comment if you have a suggestion. Some are fun traditions we always do. And some will take us back to the true meaning of Christmas. Too say I'm excited about the Advent calendar and doing some special things with my boys, is a huge understatement. It should be some fun memory making for this family.
And one last picture of the boys in their matching Christmas jammies. Occassionally, a little matchy-matchy is fun fun fun!
Monday, November 22, 2010
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Pax sharing his raisins with Holden. For some reason, Pax thinks its hilarious to feed his older brother. And Holden finds it pretty stinkin' funny too.
Here Holden is helping to get Pax dressed for the day. Notice he is attempting to put pants on over the footie pajamas. Aren't these 2 such a helping hand to one another? What would I do without their assistance! :)
Monday, November 15, 2010
See how excited I am to be going? Well, I'm faking it. This little adventure was Jeremy's pick. And since Jeremy took about 40 pictures, I will show you a few.
After an afternoon of history and science, we went back to the hotel, cleaned up and headed to downtown for dinner, here:
And because we are so "thrifty" (some might call us cheap), we didn't really eat dinner at the Tower of Americas. We headed to the lounge during happy hour and enjoyed $5 drinks and appetizers. I thought it would be a fun place to eat and enjoy a nice view of the city. But we didn't want to pay $40-60/plate, so we went the happy hour route and it was perfect. Afterwards, we walked down by the Riverwalk, which is a magical little place at night. The live music, the twinkling lights, the crowds, the restuarants, the river boats. I love it! Which is why we spent the entire next day there. So Saturday, after sleeping in, we headed back downtown. First we went to visit the Alamo. How do you go to San Antonio and NOT visit the Alamo?! Jeremy brushing up on his Texas history facts.
We ate a huge lunch at Mi Tierra's, which was my favorite restaurant of the weekend. We did a little shopping from the vendors on the streets. I bought a cute little yellow and black plaid military hat, that I think I left in the hotel room. Somehow, I didn't get home with it. Bummer. We rested our feet by watching a movie. And then in the early evening we headed back outdoors to the Riverwalk. And as soon as darkness set in, we headed for the Riverboat tours. Jeremy wanted to ride the river boats once it was dark. I'm pretty sure that was so he could put the moves on me. ;)
And this was our tour guide, Jake. Quite possibly one of the funniest guys ever. See for yourself at the blonde lady cracking up at his jokes.We had dinner at Casa Rio, which was recommended by my parents, my sister and Jake, the tour guide. We pretty much cleaned our plates. As a random sidenote: did you know I spent some years living in San Antonio? From the ages of 1-3. As you would imagine, I don't remember anything about it.
After a fun day in downtown San Antonio, we called it a night. Sunday we started making our way back home. But we first stopped and spent several hours at the San Marcos Outlets. Well, it was us and half of the country of Mexico. Apparently, today is Mexico's Independence Day. So many people from Mexico were vacationing right along with us. I'm not sure what a typical Sunday at those outlet malls look like, but the lines were out the whazoo. There were a few times that I told Jeremy that it wasn't worth the wait. But since he is a hardcore shopper (not exactly), we waited out the lines. And lucky for us we did because we got some matching Puma's (even though they are far from matching)! Buy 1, get 1 60% off!
Cute. What better way to end our anniversary celebration than with matching (or not so matching) Puma's. :)
Sunday, November 7, 2010
And since we are on the topic of adoption, today is ORPHAN SUNDAY! If you think God is calling you to adoption or foster care, he probably is. You'll love it. Just do it. :)
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I let Holden add about 1 cup of water, 1/2cup of sugar and some apple pie spice. He loved helping me with the "cooking". We left the crockpot on low and periodically stirred the mixture. Once the apples were going, we worked on another little craft. I had cut up some green squares. He told me he wanted to make a green apple rather than a red one. His favorite color is green right now. So Holden's job was to glue the squares inside the apple. I have tons of gluesticks, but Holden's favorite is the real deal glue. The messy stuff. So that's what we use for our crafts involving glue. It's so easy to clean up. It's cheap. And he just loves it. So we made a glue-y mess and he had a ball working on his apple.
Next, he made a painting using an apple as a stamp. I didn't get creative and cut out a shape with the apple. Basically, I just let him have fun using the apple to paint. Again, he chose green. :)
Eventually it turned into finger painting which is always fun! Amazingly, he wore the same clothes all day and I never noticed a drop of paint on him. He stayed super clean. I'm still not sure how we managed that.
Pax woke up during all of the fun and was completely content to sit in his chair and watch.
After painting, we cleaned up Holden and ate some lunch. Then I let Holden mash the cooked apples until it became a chunky sauce.
I dished up the boys a small bowl of applesauce. Pax wasn't having it, so instead he ate some plain apple. After Holden's little bowl had cooled off, he enjoyed the fruits of his labor. And I do have to admit, it was delicious!