Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Kate's 6th Birthday

Kate turned 6 this year.  I can't believe how grown she is getting.  Comparing pictures from last year to this year is just crazy - she looked like such a baby just a year ago.
 She has grown over three inches and her feet had a HUGE growth spurt, almost skipping an entire size.  She is doing great in first grade and has a new love for writing and reading.  She still loves to cook and loves playing outside.  She hasn't really latched onto any certain extracurricular activity - which is fine but a little too "jumpy" for me.  Ha!  She is also very compassionate and wants to help other people.  She loves to laugh and smile and sing.  She loves her brother so much and is the sweetest sister to him.  We are so thankful for her tender and gentle and giving heart.

 She decided that she wanted a Jasmine party this year.
 Again - why does my family pick themes that has no/limited ideas for food and decor out there?!  Hat for Caleb and Jasmine for Kate.  Alas!  We had her party at the same place as last year and the kids just played and played.
 Kate spent the week prior to her birthday in AL, and Kate-O brought her back and stayed for the party.
It was so much fun!  Kate got lots of fun gifts but one super cute thing was this card Luke made for her.  So sweet are those long-time friends!
For snacks, I made magic carpet sandwich rolls (which ended up being a hit!).  It was just soft sandwich flatbread spread with cream cheese and with carrots out the end.
We also had cheese, hummus and carrots, and grapes.  Kate wanted marble cake.  So, I decided that was appropriate due to Jasmine's tiger Raja.
 I decorated it as the Genie.  Not exactly how I wanted it to look but not too shabby.
Such fun to celebrate birthdays with friends and family.  Happy birthday ( a little late) sweet Kate!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Hats Off to Caleb - The Party

Y'all, I just have absolutely no time to post these days!  By the time my day stops, I'm so tired and only have about an hour until bed time.  Anyway, we decided to have a hat theme for Caleb's party.  We have thought about dinosaurs or trains but since we think he looks really cute in a hat, we settled on hats. 
Oh my!  There is NOTHING hat themed out there.  I found some examples of hat cakes (which I used) but no themed snacks or anything.  Oh well!  We had the party the weekend of his birthday; I was on service at the hospital, so had to work. 
But it ended up being fine.  We just had family, some close family friends, and one of Caleb's school/church friends over.  It was simple and fun!  I did a little decorating with chalk banners. 
The one for the door said "Caleb is one."  Then I put a picture for each month on the other one and hung it over the fire place (it's still there! HA!).

 I thought it turned out cute.  For the snack table, we just put several of Caleb's little stuffed animal friends around wearing hats. 
Everyone snacked and then we pulled out the cake.  The big cake was a two layer cake that I carved into the shape of a hat and decorated with fondant (this is actually a pretty tasty buttercream fondant). 
I thought it turned out really cute!  His smash cake was a "party hat" that I baked in sno cone cups.
  First we sang to him (and he tried to grab THIS cake). 
Then, when I gave him his smash cake, we had to put the first bite of cake in his mouth but after that he was a fan...and at the WHOLE thing!!!
He just kept going and couldn't even stop to take a picture with Doc and Allie!

Can you tell he wanted more?

We opened presents after that.  Caleb did a pretty good job but had a short attention span...and ended up doing this:
  He liked the hammer toy the best but has since branched out to some of the other toys as well.
 We had such a fun afternoon and are so thankful for all of our friends helping us celebrate. 
I can't WAIT to watch these two grow up together.  :-)

Friday, October 09, 2015

12 Months - One WHOLE Year

My baby boy is a year old. 
How can that be?!  This year has gone by so quickly. 
We have had such fun watching Caleb grow and are excited to watch more.  This month Caleb had a lot of fun. 
We had a visit from Allie and Doc at the beginning of the month and Caleb got to go to his first football game.  Then he had a taste of his first popsicle.  He really wasn't a big fan of that.
He has learned to climb, as I discovered one day when he made his way onto the dishwasher.  We have not allowed him to repeat this but it was definitely a camera worthy moment!

Then we visited the zoo
and Caleb got to play in the splash pad.  He was a little unsure at first but then ended up really enjoying it.

Unfortunately, he had another fever virus this month. It only lasted a day but that just meant he got to hang out with mom all weekend.  By Sunday he was fine and ready to play hats with daddy!

Stats: He is a healthy boy! 
He weighs 22 pounds 5 ounces (65%), is 30.5 inches long (75%) and his head is 48 cm (95%).

Food: He loves food!  Favorites are still banana and yogurt.  New foods this month include popsicle, fish, goldfish, string cheese, hashbrowns, biscuits, peanut butter...and cake!
He really likes it all.  Recently he's been refusing fruit (except banana).  Not sure what's up with that.
Clothes: It depends - he is in 12 month and a few 12-18 month clothes.  the 18 month pants are still too long (he has short legs!).
 Solidly in a size 4 diaper.  I really have no clue what size shoes he wears...he doesn't wear them!

Sleep:  Well, at the point of turning one year, he had gotten into a pretty good sleep pattern.  He would go to sleep around 730-8 and wake up around 6-615.
 And he WAS sleeping through the night...he's not currently but hopefully he'll get back to it soon.

School:  He loves his teachers...and they love him.  We moved up to the duck class a few months ago and he has learned so much in there.  I just love watching him. 
Sometimes I'll see him playing with his little friends on the video camera.  They get to go outside and play on the little playground.  I'm sure it's his favorite.  Just before he turned one, they had "Dress like a farmer" day.  Isn't he cute?!

Milestones:  He can balance for a few seconds without holding on.  He is definitely getting better at cruising and walking assisted.  In fact, he gets SO excited when you put him behind his walker.  He just grins! 
He has figured out how to turn on the water in our bathtub, thankfully the hot water is where he can't reach it.  He is also apparently a climber.  He loves climbing up stairs. 
He has tried to climb his lion and actually did climb the swing. 
He discovered the toilet and thinks it is a fun toy! 
He's also getting pretty good at opening the cabinets and getting things out. 
The other day he got a bag of chips out, pulled off the clip, dumped it all on the floor, and started trying to eat the chips.  What a stinker!

He really wants to stand on his own and has taken to getting on his feet and hands, frequently in a downward dog-like position!  Ha!

Words: he says "di-dee" (Daddy), "yaya" (mama), "daaaaa" (bye), "eh" (hey).  He will also say baba sometime when he should say mama.  We're thinking this may be because I call him Bubba a lot.

He has gotten REALLY good at signing "eat." In fact, it's almost the first thing he does once he really wakes up in the morning.  He can sign all done and has actually SAID all done 2-3 times.  It actually comes out "ah dah" but it is in the right context! 

Loves: eating, walking, OUTSIDE,
sissie, baths  we have now moved from the duck tub to the real tub; he was starting to stand up and jump in the duck tub!  Doors are still a favorite as well.

Dislikes: getting diaper changed, having his face cleaned, being squeezed (unfortunately this is usually something sissie does)
I love this little boy so much!  It is bitter sweet that he is now one.  In so many ways I want him to remain my little baby (and he ALWAYS will be!) but it is such a joy to watch his grow and learn.
 We are so thankful for his happy personality and that he just loves so much!  He's really starting to look like his daddy these days...and I'm ok with that!
  If he grows up to be like his daddy in looks and actions, this mama's heart will be thrilled and thankful.  We are just overwhelmed with the responsibility of raising our children and humbled that God would give them to us.