Monday, December 25, 2017

merry christmas!

this is a christmas that will be hard to beat!  lots of family to celebrate, white christmas, bowie was so excited over the presents, it was our 1st christmas in our home, we didn't have to travel and we got to share the news about our baby boy!  we sure did miss jamie and ryan, and i get emotional at the thought of holidays being hard to plan to be all together with us being in washington, but we will take this one year at a time! 

unfortunately my mom came down with the stomach flu the day after they arrived but luckily she was a 24 hour bug and no one else got it.  but we all did get a nasty cold.  it was so special to watch my baby cousins bond with their baby cousin!  having all 8 of us together around our dinning room table was something i will cherish forever!  it means the world to me that my family traveled to be with us!  here are some of the many memories made over that week!  and be sure to watch the video of our white christmas, even wilfred enjoyed it!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

christmas eve!

the family is here and some of them went out sight seeing during the day.  they got home just in time for some snow!  we were going to head down the hill and take a tour of jarad's office, but with more snow expected i think we will be in for the night.  hoping this is the start of a "white christmas."

Saturday, December 23, 2017

snapchat fun with my cousin...

bowie had such a great time with her big cousins, here are some fun pics with belle's snapchat.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

20 & 21 months old!!!

i can barely wrap my head around the fact that this little spitfire is going to be 2 in a matter of months!  this time last year i was planning her first birthday party, which was more for us parents than her.  but this year, i want it to be a theme she likes and all about her!  my sweet bowie blows me away everyday with her sense of humor, curiosity and how quickly she is growing up.  the last couple of months have blended together, but she is a sponge with new information and evolving everyday!

i have found myself being overly emotional at the thought of her not being an only child for much longer, and savor every sweet moment with her.  we have had a busy schedule post holidays with lots of play dates, toddler time and starting a organized class at the little gym.  the winter months can be kinda rough with littles cause they get cabin fever too!  we have been taking advantage of indoor play areas and get outside anytime the weather allows!

here are some of the many bowie milestones over the last 2 months...

~size 6 shoe, size 2T pant, size 4T shirt, size 3T pajama, size 6 diaper
~shows empathy towards others and animals
~vocabulary is building everyday, too many to count, but well over 100 words
~starting to put together 2 & 3 words, for example "daddy book please"
~bedtime between 7:30-8pm, sleeps 12 hours at night
~down to one nap during day, usually 2 hours but can be as long as 3
~loves books!!!!  she will sit down and look at them all and pretend to read them
~bedtime routine consists of reading 3 books with daddy, always finishing with "llama llama i love you"
~officially off of bottles as of 19 months!  loves her sippy cup and milk!
~not a great eater, the only food she wants to eat are "nunees" which means noodles.  that can be spaghetti, mac n cheese or cottage cheese noodles.  likes fruits, but not into veggies so much
~knows all animal sounds
~shows interest in potty training
~hair is super long and she will now allow me to put her bangs in a clip
~loves mickey mouse!!!
~has a bear stuffed animal that is her primary comfort item
~has to sleep with minnie mouse (which she calls mickey), daisy (which she calls donald), elmo and bear in her crib!
~likes to line up her toys
~can begin to count or say ABC's
~eyes are dark hazel and hair is light golden brown
~weighs probably about 33-35 pounds
~loves to play with her doll stroller and baby and push threw the house, her disney figurines, mega bloks and her little people house and camper
~can identify some colors, but has mastered "yellow & purple"
~is learning to share, this is a hard one!
~has become increasingly attached to her binky after being sick
~if asked what her name is, she will tell you "bow bow"
~any female or male figure is referred to as "mommy" and "daddy"

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

back up!

bowie is obsessed with her bear stuffed animal!  the time has come for this mama to prepare herself for the dreaded day in case we lose it.  i posted on my buy nothing group to see if anyone had one.  they came from kohls a couple of years back.  this lady found one at a thrift shop and bought it for me along with a smaller sized beanie baby version.  it was so sweet of her to see my post and remember us when she was shopping.  of course i paid her the whole $3!!!  this will be priceless in case we ever lose it!

Monday, December 18, 2017

work holiday party...

bringing back one of his favorite looks. this was us on our way to the blue christmas party last saturday!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

potato pancakes...

feeling in the hanukah spirit this week and decided to make potato pancakes!  these are my absolute favorite!  we grew up celebrating both hanukah and christmas and as we got older hanukah was celebrated less and less and we started to incorporate eating potato pancakes on christmas morning.  there isn't much to the recipe; potatoes, onion, flour, salt and pepper.  but my family has one secret ingredient that i have never seen anyone else use.  it is cinnamon!  it is very subtle and hard to taste, but the addition of it makes them perfect! and of course they need to be eaten with sour cream and apple sauce!  bowie approved!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

holiday cheer!

thank you to our dear friends bob and cheryl for the special holiday delivery this morning!  my door was so naked and i look forward to these chocolate covered oreos every year!

Friday, December 15, 2017

christmas cookies...

we had a fun playdate at a friends house baking christmas cookies!  baking and decorating cookies with toddlers can sure get messy. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

toddler time...

bowie is funny about toddler time, some days she spends most of her time in the snack room but days like today she took full advantage of the place and had a ball.  she loved dressing up as snow white (this is 1st for her with the dress up) and had fun making christmas ornaments.  she didn't even want to leave.  hope this means a good nap for her!