Just one more month until this little cutie is the big ONE! I can't believe it. His biggest milestone in the past couple of weeks is that he has pulled up to standing. He looks so big! He loves our little entertainer table that we have in the living room that has lights and sounds. He will also pull up next to the couches and at the baby gates that we have installed at both stairs. He is also now waving and its the cutest thing ever. And he is starting to love music even more. He will try and do claps and get his hands going when we sing, "Popcorn Popping." Its so cute when we start FHE sometimes. He will be playing with toys in his own world but once we do the opening song, he always stops, and joins in, whether its humming to I am a Child of God..or getting into the motions of Popcorn Popping :) Another thing he loves is the dog toys...and the dogs food. Ew. I have found him in the dog food more than once I hate to admit. People keep leaving the door open to the mud room which is where we have it. And you would think he wouldn't like the taste of it? Wrong. I guess he loves it! I have had to pry many a kibble from this kid's clenched little jaws ;) I've almost lost a finger. Its so gross. It really is.Yet, hilarious. And sometimes he crawls around and has a toy in his mouth like a puppy would(and okay, sometimes it might even be a dog toy). So we've called him our little puppy sometimes. The other day I was talking to Joey about what we were going to do for a theme for his 1st birthday and his idea was a puppy dog cake. I think its a good idea. Happy 11 months to our little puppy! :) We love you! He wasn't feeling the greatest for the photo shoot(little pink nose from a cold!) but I did the best I could...
It was celebrity day at school..and Aubrey was Miranda Sings. I didn't even know who this chick was until Aubrey showed me her videos. She is cuh-razy. And hilarious. And weird. Yet funny. And Aubrey looks a lot like her! I wish I could post a video of her imitating her because not only does she have the look down, she can act just like her too. Aubrey is bold thats for sure. She wore this get up to school and even taped a "haters back off" sign on her tush. Thats my girl! Aubrey always makes me laugh. She has a sense of humor that I "get" :) I'm glad I've passed down some of my crazy...
Oh, my sister. There really isn't anyone more funny and fun than she...we had a rip roarin time when she came to visit us! From sledding down mediocre amounts of snow on our hill(I was bummed a lot had melted! Oh wellsy, we still made snowmen!) to visiting the Bridges of Madison County and John Wayne Museum nearby...to acting like nutsos in the grocery store and the mall..and eating way too much garbage, I would say we had a great time! My kids(and I!) always laugh a lot when she is around. She always is a riot. Thanks Tara for making the trip up north to see us and spend time with us. Lots of memories were made. We love you!!!! Your farts and all...
Oh, this precious boy. He can be found quite often in the windows looking outside. He especially loves to watch the garbage truck when it comes on Thursdays. And the snow fall. Sometimes he'll even play with the curtains and hide behind them(and laugh at himself!). He entertains himself quite well :) Sometimes I slow down enough to just stand and watch him for a few minutes.. and it melts me. Children find joy in the simplest things. They are such an example to us. Its these little quiet simple moments in time that bring me as a mother so much joy.
My mom was able to visit us to have a "second Christmas/New Years" celebration :) It was so fun to have her here for a week. She and my Dad got the kids lots of fun Christmas gifts that the kids were all very grateful for. My favorites were probably the glasses that are also straws. Best. photos. ever. LOL. We also had a fun New Years celebration at our house and actually let the kids stay up late! My mom decorated the house and made it super festive. My mom and Cali made cupcakes in the shape of a clock that were really cute and delicious too. There was even a day when we had a lot of snow and we actually got her to sled down a hill for her first time ever. She was pretty cute :) I was praying she wouldn't somehow hurt herself(since I talked her into it and lots of things I talk her into don't usually go so well..;) But she was safe. Phew! We love you Mom! So glad we could spend part of the holidays with you.
By moving to Iowa, we have entered a whole new world: the Show Choir world. In Texas, Aubrey had zero interest in choir. She enjoyed singing(I honestly never knew how good she was though!), but it just wasn't "cool" to her to be in choir. And show choir did not exist. It just wasn't a big deal there. Telling her about show choir and how popular it was here is something that helped Aubrey get excited about moving here actually. She loves to sing. She loves to dance. And she is good at both. Its just perfect for her. So I was very hopeful and prayerful that she would make it. And she did! I am so grateful for this in her life right now. It has brought her so much happiness, helped her make new friends and has given her something very fun to do that is a great expression of who she is. The first bunch of pictures are from the first show she did-it was the huge Waukee parent show off night and invitational. The crowd was HUGE. Like crazy HUGE. The cheering was the loudest I've heard besides a high school football game(I mean, maybe even louder?) I couldn't believe what a big deal this was! It was freakin awesome. And I was one proud mama to see my little girl out there shining, doing something she just loves to do. The last five pics are from her second show. I did her hair better that day. The first time I watched this tutorial that her show choir teacher sent everyone. It showed that I should tease her hair more than most of the other girls did. So for the next show, we toned down the tease a little ;) Though I will say her hair had the best body out of anyone that first show! Ok, and the second too(I was able to get the girls to be firmer that time). Show choir hair is serious business people. And through the show choir season, I became a pro y'all.
Aunt Tara was even here visiting! That made it extra fun!