Thursday, December 19, 2013

15 Months

You are one FUN toddler!

Your daddy and I love our days with you! You are constantly making us laugh and keeping us on our toes.

The very first thing you ask for in the morning is woof-woof. Adorable. You have quite the little friendship with him. You are very sweet with him 99% of the time but occasionally you want to pull on his ears or tail. He is usually very patient with you.

You are just a little talker/babbler these days. You definitely know what you want. We are teaching you some sign language to help you communicate with us, it's been good so far. You regularly sign please, more, thank you and help. Your favorite word to say is still woof-woof. A close second is "dis, dis" (this, this) while pointing to the object you want to get your hands on.  

You are still a great sleeper and go to bed around 6:30/7 most nights and sleep 12 hours. 

This has been a busy month for teething. You have been such a trooper through all of it. 

You also had your first ear infection this month. You gave us no indication that your ear was bothering you, you just started acting really puny and running a fever. 

We haven't been in for your 15 month appointment yet but I'm guessing you weigh around 23 pounds.  You are just moved into 12-18 month clothing and you wear a size 3/4 shoe. You wear a size 3 diaper during the day and a size 4 nighttime diaper.

I absolutely love this age with you little one and can't wait to see more of your little personality blossom! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Festivities

Lawrence has a variety of Christmas-y events that we decided to take part in this year. (Honestly, I had no idea these things were even going on last with a 3 month old).

We attended the Lawrence Festival of Trees at Liberty Hall. There were probably about 50 trees and 20 wreaths decorated. It's only up for a couple of days at the beginning of December and then they auction the trees to raise money for a local non-profit.

I loved this non-traditional tree complete cardinals and little red berries.

I also loved this neutral toned tree with burlap ribbon.

Next event we attended was the annual Christmas parade in downtown Lawrence. I've never attended a traditional Christmas parade-- lots of horses! 

We met up with some families in our small group for the parade. It was all of 10 degrees outside! I don't believe I've ever stood outside in those temperatures for 45 minutes before. We had on so many layers and it was still SO cold!

My crazy husband without a hat or gloves on!

The parade...


The family...

Group lunch at our new favorite place in town, Merchants. We had 4 children under 2.5 in tow and things were remarkably low key and fun.

Christmas Tea

The women's ministry at our church hosts an annual Christmas Tea. This was my first time to attend and I'm so glad I went. My friend, April, and I hosted a table-- meaning we decorated a table and invited other friends to our table. All the tables are decorated differently and beautifully.

Below is the center table with a variety of delicious desserts!

This is our table-- it had a rustic and gold theme.

I named this the "Fancy Nancy" table-- decorated with pearls and gold accents.

Two very traditional Christmas tables.

And then some other cute tables...

Our table filled with lovely ladies!

A lady from our church spoke to us about the anticipation of Christmas and the need to Be Still during the advent season. I really enjoyed the message shared with us and an afternoon with friends!

Friday, December 13, 2013

MOPS Christmas Party

Our last MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting of the fall semester was a Tacky Christmas Sweater and Ornament Exchange Party. Some ladies at the church where we meet prepared the delicious food for us. The steering committee members each decorated a table with their own decorations which was so fun and festive! The table pictured below was so cute! I forgot to take a picture of my table so this one will have to serve as an example. :)

MOPS ladies

Our wonderful MOPS mentors, Mary and Julie

We played the cutest game after dinner. We drew a room decorated for Christmas (complete with a tree, ornaments, presents, fireplace, and stockings) on a paper plate on our heads. Some of the moms were surprisingly good at this. Mine was just a bunch of jumbled up squiggly lines. 

Sarah was one of the talented artists.

Here's a "good" picture. See the tree and the star floating above it? And the present off to the side and the mantel with a stocking hung?

Here's mine. I think I see a star and that's about it. :)

The games were fun and the fellowship of the other mommas was great! One of our mentors shared her testimony during the evening too. 

This is my second year involved with MOPS and it has been such a great experience. I am thankful for the friendships I've made and for the community of moms to share motherhood experiences with! 

Kansas Thanksgiving: Part 2

While my parents were here we all went to pick out our Christmas tree. Eliza picked out the perfect tree for us!

Our little family.

Will and Poppy got the tree in the stand while Eliza and I got the lights ready to go up.

Eliza liked the idea of decorating her chair (throne).

Little-bug was excited to get her hands on this KU Jayhawk ornament (of course she wanted the breakable one).

After we got the tree decorated we put the sweet little one to bed and we took my parents out to dinner at a new restaurant downtown. It was a very fun and relaxing night out with my parents. 

We are so glad they came to stay with us! Can't believe that their next visit here will be when Weldon is born! 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kansas Thanksgiving: Part 1

I'm a few weeks behind on blogging so the next couple of posts will re-cap what we've been up to.

My parents flew out to Kansas to spend Thanksgiving with us. It was so much fun having them here! So often when we see my parents we are in Greenville or at the beach so it was nice to have them here in Eliza's home environment. She was thrilled to see her Gigi and Poppy! (Notice the spatula? She was helping her momma cook.)

Eliza showed Gigi how much she loves her woof-woof.

And her baby doll.

Eliza also helped her daddy build a fire. Can you tell she's a toddler? She is so curious about everything. :)

Well, one thing Eliza wasn't too curious about was her daddy's dead deer. She looks a little less than thrilled to be standing on the deer. (I don't blame her.)

Thanksgiving day was super low key and fun! It was my first holiday to make all the food and it actually went really well! I made a few things ahead of time so I could relax and hang out.

I am so thankful for these two! 

Look at Eliza loving on her daddy! So precious! 

Eliza and Winston enjoyed some outdoor playtime.

And then her daddy and Poppy got ahold of her! She was loving it!

Love this one!

As for the food, it was simple and delicious! Will was our turkey carver.

My plate. :)

And Eliza with her feast! 

Several hours later we enjoyed our dessert, an apple pie!

We wrapped up our low key day watching a movie by the fire. A perfect day to me!

More fun with Gigi and Poppy to come...