Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lotsa

So I have two little sisters. Kathleen, the baby...a young almost-27 years old, is the one on the left. Christina, the poor misunderstood middle child is on the right - she'll soon be knocking on the milestone birthday of 30. We look nothing alike. Seriously, I'm like 5 inches taller than them. I have curly brown hair. They were blondes as children...now their haircolor varies with the seasons. And between the three of us, we have graced my mother with a plethora of grandchildren.

Seven grandchildren. Ranging in age from 20 months to almost 6 years. Yeah, that is a lot of children.

My little tater head is the youngest of the group. He is also the third largest in the group. Maybe it has a little something to do with those Cheetos he has a firm grip on.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Skillz

Nolan's new favorite thing is reading a lot of books. He's pretty much always enjoyed reading, but these days we spend at least a couple of hours each day immersed in story time. Here are the boys at Mimi's house sporting very similar hair styles.

Special Edition White Chocolate Covered Oreos are a huge hit.

And the skills. He got two more blocks stacked up before the tower came tumbling down.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Breakfast (of Champions?)

A typical doll baby breakfast around here is oatmeal with fruit, applesauce and yogurt. That requires a little prep on mom's part. So I have to stall with a bit of a distraction. Healthy? No way. We start of with some Cheerios, Trix and the always popular Pringles.

Then we dump out all of the granola bars.

And finally, we finish it off with the Halloween candy leftovers.

About 10 minutes later, we get around to eating our real breakfast.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Listening to some tunes

Give a toddler an ipod and this is what happens. Probably not good for his hearing. Good thing the batteries are totally shot.

This is what happens after every time we take a picture. He wants to see what he looked like. So he turns his head and makes this totally awesome face. Our little contortionist.
The boys.

So cute.

And a little mischievous.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jake

We have a mule in the field near our house. Nolan asks to feed him on a daily basis. His name is Jake. Nolan just loves Jake. Almost as much as he loves Greyson. Oh, and isn't his little hat adorbs....maybe we have a future snowboarder on our hands.

He had fun pushing his toy around the backyard on an unseasonably warm day.

Mini-Ben

His developed an obsession with having a variety of water cups. Today after naptime, we got out three different ones. He decided to finally drink from the 'baby' one. After dinner we got out two more - bringing the daily count to five. I'm thrilled he's drinking all of this water...not thrilled about washing all of the dishes.

Friday, November 5, 2010

18 Months Old

Nolan turned 18 months old last week. Seriously, he's been here for a year and a half. So, here are 18 facts about the nugget:

1. At his well-baby visit he was 34 inches tall.

2. He also weighed 27 lbs and 3 oz at his well-baby visit.

3. He wears a size 5 diaper and 18-24 month clothes.

4. His vocabulary has expanded to include: Ben, I don't know, globe, whoa, chip, cheer (cheerios), up, down, water, What's this?, and he will repeat about 25% of what I say (so I really have to watch it - I will never say gosh around him again).

5. He still likes his fruits and veggies to be pureed, but he will eat chicken, cheese and crackers like it's going out of style. He will try anything that Ben and I are eating.

6. He likes to make the number one on his right hand.

7. He likes to help. He will help me fold clothes (actually try to unfold everything that I have already folded), unload the dishwasher (try to lick the silverware before I have a chance to get it out), feed the dog (he may have eaten dog food once or ten times), etc.




8. He still rides rear-facing in his car seat.

9. He likes to watch the intro to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Imagination Movers, and Choo-Choo Soul on the Disney Channel. He also likes most any music channel.

10. He's a great dancer.

11. He loves all of the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen. He unloads all of the ones he can reach on a daily basis. He has his own special drawer that he can put stuff in and a cabinet that he likes to hide in.



12. He has started giving me kisses on my cheek (as opposed to open-mouth ones he was trying to give me a couple of months ago) and he still gives the best hugs.

13. He has no fear. He has gotten in trouble many times for tearing off down the sidewalk. Usually, we have to go and retrieve him.



14. He loves water.



15. He has started laying down his belly in random places....the bathtub, in a pile of pine straw in his grandparents backyard, in the lobby of a mexican restaurant.



16. He tackles the stairs with reckless abandon. This really freaks me out when he heading down the stairs. I see a trip to the ER in our future.



17. He loves the computer. And is reminded that it is OFF-LIMITS no less than 20 times a week.



18. He is more than we could have ever imagined he would be.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Phew

Last week was a busy one. In addition to all of the Halloween prep (i.e., me eating the Halloween candy we had already purchased and having to buy more), Ben was in San Antonio Monday through Wednesday, Nolan turned 18 months old and we had our fifth wedding anniversary.
Here's the little nugget rolling around on the guest bed upstairs. How he got up there, I will never know. He's always into something these days. The word used to describe him most is cute. After that - busy. Fortunately on this occasion, I got off the computer to see what he was doing and he didn't have time to injure himself.
We had a fall festival in our neighborhood on Sunday afternoon. Here Nolan is riding a pony. He didn't make it all seven times around. But I think he enjoyed it.

I guess he was looking for something in particular in the candy bucket. The best way to find that. Dump all of the candy on the floor. Still didn't find what he was looking for...probably something sugary with an extra kick of caffeine.

We did do some trick-or-treating. We only went to about 10 houses and took the wagon with us. Nolan did some running up and down the sidewalk and was rarely still enough to let anyone put candy in his pumpkin. He also through the pumpkin on the ground at least 10 times sending candy everywhere. We decided on the shark costume because we call him Sharkbite or Little Chompers (among many other nicknames). Adorable.

His last stop on the candy tour was Mimi & Poppy's house. Not content with just getting candy, he figured he would turn it into a geography lesson...thus the globe. He's finally calling it a globe and not a ball.

Then we came home and got our bath. Sunday was a busy day. But on the bright side, he was only up once last night around 3 a.m. (down from the 4 and 5 times a night on Thursday and Friday).

This week we have our well-baby visit. I'm hoping for some resolve with a couple of issues he's been having. And of course, getting those stats. Wonder if they can do a percentile on busy-ness?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hi Pumpkin

Almost two weeks ago we went to the Pea Ridge patch at McGarrah Farms. That and the battlefield are probably the only reasons you would head over to Pea Ridge...well, and they have a Fred's. I hear he's giving the place away. Back to the patch. We met our friends Kacy, Wells and Davis. Wells is about a year older than Nolan and Davis is the sweetest little baby (about a year younger than Nolan). And boy are they C.U.T.E. It's fun to see how Davis is and remember how Nolan was that little and then see all of the things that Wells is doing and know that I get to look forward to those things.

Nolan was somewhere between the ladybug and butterfly in height. (We'll find out his real height next week at his well-baby visit).
Picking up pumpkins was so much fun.

He finally figured out why there was a whole in the piece of plywood. Adorable.

We jumped (with mom's assistance) from haybale to haybale.

And before we headed home, we hopped in the train (but didn't take a ride).

Now I'm off to carve our pumpkins.

On another note, please pray for my nieces. Mady and Maci are both sick with ear infections and viruses (I can't remember which has which) and they are testing Marlee because she has lost a lot of weight (down to 15 lbs from 20). They tried to do a sodium chloride test yesterday but couldn't get enough sweat so they are going to have to go another route. They are just the sweetest little girls and I don't see how their mom does it.
This is an picture from the summer (so obviously, they are bigger now) - but aren't they just adorable?

Friday, October 15, 2010

More Greenville Fun

I mentioned in the previous post that the 4-wheeler was a different story. Nolan loved it. My dad drove him around the yard a couple of times. Here, Ben couldn't even start the thing. Ha!

This is Sunday morning as I was packing our bags. Looks like someone wasn't ready to leave a certain something behind.

Did you know Stein Mart began in Greenville? The store is pretty awful now. And now Frostop and Pasquale's are moving in next door. It's a shame they weren't open when we came through town. I really wanted a roast beef sandwich from Pasquale's.

Mischievous. Poor Chester couldn't escape Nolan.

And Nolan made a new friend while we were there. This is Fluffy - Daddy and Cathy's outdoor cat. We will never have a cat because Ben hates them and I am not exactly fond of them (though 11-year old Shelley loved cats). Nolan is clearly aware of this and got in as much QT as he could.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Dirty

We ventured down to the Delta this past weekend to see my family. It was a trip that was long overdue. We've tried to make this trip since June and finally got around to it. I know my family was excited. It was too short, but we had a good time.

Greenville is an exceptionally flat place...thus the pooling water. Okay, it might have something to do with a poorly designed neighborhood street with not enough stormwater inlets. Either way, Nolan had a blast.

My dad has a lot of outdoor stuff. Here Nolan is standing on the lawnmower. He wouldn't ride on it. It was too loud. 4-wheeler = different story.

And playing with his sweet cousin Stella who was down from her house near Memphis. She is over a year older than him and running around dad's house playing, they looked like they were the same age. Proof that they grow up too fast.

We got take out from Doe's on Saturday and ate at my grandmother's house. Nolan was content to play with the acorn squash. It's hard to eat a steak when you only have 10 teeth.

And on our way home we stopped at McAlister's in Conway. Nolan's 'dessert' was this super yummy pickle. Have you ever seen a cuter face?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nolan's in Jail

This past weekend we got a nice little cool spell. I just love it when the weather is cool but everything is still green.

Nolan had fun playing in the backyard. Here he is supporting his Bulldogs in his finest pair of maroon pants. I might also add this is his only pair of maroon pants.

Holding dog's bone. Now that I've typed those words, they sound so dirty.

At Ben's parents house yesterday evening. He loves to pretend he's in jail whenever he gets behind bars. Let's hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

And spying on the neighbors. I hope no one was home.