So I kept putting off posting because I had a bunch I wanted to post about and I wanted to play catch up. Well, that project became too big and I was overwhelmed. I decided to post a quick summary of what we did this summer and early fall. I do have a bunch of pictures posted on facebook if you are on there, and I still might post some of my favorites. Our family has experienced a lot of changes since my last post in May...sorry.
The kids and I drove out to Cali with a friend in June to visit everyone and help mom with the house, as she was retiring and selling the Cerritos house. We had a great visit, we went to Disneyland, spent time with family and friends, and shared memories about growing up in that house. We got back in time to celebrate the 4th of July with the Andersons' in Georgetown and celebrate David's (my nephew's) birthday. Mid-month my mom got here, she is building a house in Buda, and until it's ready will be staying with us. I welcome the help and company, the kids are loving having her around. We also got to spend a few hours with my Aunt Deanne who had driven out with her from CA. Thanks! At the end of the month we went to Sea World with my niece to celebrate her birthday...all I can say is that we ended up having a great time, but man the Texas heat kicked my butt that day.
August started great as we went out to Brenham to participate in Brittany's (my niece's) baptism. It was a great weekend and I'm glad that we got to go. The next week we had a visit from my brother Christopher and his wife Victoria. Orson and I took them out and we did some Austin sightseeing via the Duck tour. It was a ton of fun and we learned a ton about our city. After sending them off Orson and I ran away to San Antonio for the week. My mom was nice enough to watch the kids for us. That weekend a few of my girlfriends met me in San Antonio and we had a blast.
September was kinda quiet around here, we played and played and played. We were sad to say goodbye to Fridays at the pool with our playgroup.
October though made up for the lull, birthdays, birthdays, and more birthdays. Orson started off the month...we celebrated at home and he had a rice crispy cake. Orson and the kids then went camping with Daniel and Lisa and had a great time. Savannah's birthday came next with a little party at home and some great one-on-one time with each of the grandparents. I can hardly believe that she is really two. The next weekend was Seth's first birthday party. We had a BBQ at the house with a monster theme. He was spoiled with attention and gifts. Thanks for all those who came to celebrate our little guy's first birthday, it was GREAT! Of course by then it was time to get everyone dressed in their adorable little costumes. This year we decided to go with their nicknames meaning, Savannah was a monkey and Seth was a monster. I loved each of their costumes so much and we had a lot of fun. We got to wear them three times, the ward trunk-or-treat, playgroup, and of course trick-or-treating. Halloween morning we also went to visit the Elgin tree farm. It was a fun day spent looking at animals, hayrides, swings, having rubber duck races, and of course pumpkins. I also introduced the kids to those big round suckers. They loved it.
A few weeks ago, Savannah finally started Nursery at church. She came home the second week singing. Her favorite one is "Ring Around the Rosie." I heard her the next day mumbling a few words and then saying something really loud at the end. It was really cute, so I started actually listening and realized that she was singing Ashes, Ashes...DOWN!. SO here is her debut, she loves to do the actions too.
We also started singing "If you are happy and you know it," My favorite thing is that she does this squishy face thing when we get to "your face will surely show it." So now that she is getting to the talking stage we are having a ton of fun with songs.
I can't tell you how many times I a day I used to try and uncover his poor little face only to come back to it covered again. I guess he is like his dad in that way. They like it dark when they sleep. I have finally given up trying to uncover him, I figure if he needs to breath he will move the blanket. He's a funny little man.
Can you believe it, my little girl is already a year and a half. We celebrated Sunday with a few friends, and cupcakes. She went to nursery for the first time by herself and did great, she has never been a clingy girl. She is starting to really talk with her words along with her signs. She can sign, more, thank you, please, and cup. She says "more," "baby," "daddy," "mommy," "shoes," and "sit." She can show you where these are, her hair, her feet, her nose, her mouth, her hands, her tummy, and her tongue. She climbs on EVERYTHING...hence why I call her monkey. She is becoming a big girl very quickly. She still loves to eat but is becoming a bit picky which for most of you is a big surprise. I tried to get a few pics the other day but she was pretty squirmy, so I didn't get many great ones. Here are a few of my faves though.
So I am so in love with Photoshop right now. My husband bought me photoshop elements about a month ago, and I have been dabbling here and there, trying to learn the program. Here are a few of my new creations.
This one is my new desktop.
This one I actually took out the background, it had a crib, toys, and daddy in the back...not any more though!
This one I merged faces from three different pictures to get the perfect family photo.
I promise to post a real update soon. I have tons of things to blog about, I've just been lazy when it comes to posting.
So I know that I haven't posted a bunch about Mr. Seth lately, so here is my attempt at an update. We went to the doctors the other day, he said that he is looking great. He weighs 13 pounds 10 ounces, he is 25 inches long, and his head is 40 cm. He is so funny, he squeals and talks all day...well at least when he's awake. he is starting to try and roll over, although he doesn't get much practice time because his sister thinks that sitting on him is a good thing. He LOVES to sit up. If you try and lay him down he will do constant crunches trying to sit himself up. He is eating well, he takes his bottle and we have just started him on rice cereal and baby food. He likes bananas although the first bite is always accompanied by a funny face. He had sweet potatoes for dinner tonight and had no problem wolfing them down. Here's some pics we took of him while Savannah was playing at the park.
Today my little girl found the joy in slides. I have taken her to the park here in our neighborhood several times and she has gone down the slide, but ONLY if I helped her. Today she did it on her own and actually enjoyed it. She would climb up the stairs and slide down, over and over. It was fun to watch. She's so funny when she is up on the playscapes though. She kinda just scoots her feet, I guess she is afraid of falling or something....I don't know.
I must say that I am more than happy that my daughter has inherited my love for the water. She's already a fish and she hasn't even gotten to be in a pool much. We went to the park at the shopping center across the street and had a great night. We ended our play time with a few minutes playing in the water feature there.
She is such a nut....she was drinking the water! Goofball!!!
We had some free time this past weekend, so we decided to head up to Georgetown and bug the grandparents. They have been called on a two year service mission, they are serving in the new Bishop's storehouse/cannery here in Round Rock.
Orson hadn't gotten a chance to see it yet, so we packed up the kids and went to visit. Savannah had a great time "helping" out. I think she would be a great asset, I'm gonna attach this video to her resume in the years to come. "Warehouse trained at a very young age." She really did have fun though. Phil and KaeLynn have really done a great job getting it all set-up. They only have a few more days until it officially opens on the 17th.
So I seriously found our dream property.....this area is amazing. We went out to Branson last May and Orson fell in love with the land there. This house is HUGE, and amazingly well priced for what it offers, I feel. Now for the ever present phrase....."if only we had the money." Maybe my mom will buy 3/4 of it, and Orson and I will buy the rest. Anyone else want in on the deal. I'm sure we could all fit happily.
Lately the weather has been so great here in Austin. Nice and cool, beautiful blue skies, minimal bugs biting me. The kids and I have been spending a good amount of time outside enjoying the great blessing. Here are some pics of the kiddos you might enjoy. Some of you reading my blog who have been around me in Austin a while might recognize this little beauty from a long while ago. Savannah just loves playing in it.
My ABSOLUTE favorite place to be on a spring day...my HAMMOCK! You must agree that my little ones look awfully sweet in it.
Later that night Savannah was outside playing as I was making dinner. All the sudden I noticed that it was pretty quite, so I peeked outside to have a look. Daddy and her were having some time just talking together. I love moments like these, the really do take your breath away. I am a lucky lady!
I loved how his legs became hers in this one.
My daughter has a new talent...climbing. She climbs everything, especially our kitchen chairs, to get whatever happens to be on the table. We had just had a baby shower at the house, and Savannah thought she would help clean up the rest of the cake. What am I gonna do with this girl.
She also loves to EAT, but most of you already know that. Luckily for me she will try just about anything. These are a few pics from our shopping trip this past weekend, a local farmers market of ours had some local grapefruits to try. I think the pictures speak for themselves.