Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Decorating Cookies

Harris Teeter had these cute Halloween cookie decorating kits.  It has the frosting in a little bag to pipe out the icing, sprinkles, and the cookies.  I decided to pick one up to do with Hunter.

Hunter had a great time spreading out the icing and eating it off of his kid "knife".  I let him spread my icing, too.

I didn't get to take any pictures of the sprinkles.  I had cut a little hole at the top of the sprinkles and let him shake the container.

He enjoyed the last part.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Little Gym Boo Bash

This years' Boo Bash was the biggest turn out I've ever seen at TLG.  It was amazing how many people attended!  Hunter was pretty overwhelmed with so many faces, but had a good time.

The amazing staff... love them

He is really into the balance beam

Having a snack

Phone Thief

At least he leaves proof he had the phone (and then hid it between the wall and couch).  These pictures do make me smile, though.

Friday, October 28, 2011


So, my software update ate my photos (probably something I did wrong), so these are almost a week late.  I figure I won't have just one iPics post this coming week because we have a ton of Halloween related things to do this weekend (but don't worry, they will be titled different things).  Here are the photos I've taken since the software update.

We headed to the park this past weekend and brought Koal along.  Hunter thought it was so funny watching Koal go down the slides.  He also had lots of fun climbing, sliding, running, etc.

And we visited this sweet little girl (oh, and her mommy, daddy, and sister). 

We practice good oral hygiene in our house and we also multitask.

Good thing he hasn't figured out the correct remote yet.  I'm in trouble.

Enjoying a slurpee

Checking out the giraffes

Hunter decided to get in the toy box when we were at the doctors.  This was not a visit for him, haha.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

16 Months

On October 22, Hunter turned 16 months.  Almost a year and a half!  Time sure does fly!  He is such a joy to have in our lives, even when he is being a little stinker.

Playing at the "farm"

At 16 months...
-he is throwing some temper tantrums.  And he is starting to get an attitude.  Yesterday I had to stick him in time-out twice.  He is to say he is sorry, give me a hug, and he can get up.  He is pretty stubborn (a trait I have) and will sit for a while until he apologizes.  The whole time he is sitting, I explain why he is sitting there (you hit me and that hurt so you need to take a break).  It breaks my heart because he just cries and cries with these crocodile tears, but I've been standing my ground.
-but for every "mean" moment, he has at least 10 sweet moments.  He is just so lovable and finds everything funny.  We know exactly how to make him laugh.  He is also curious.
-loves stacking and knocking things over.  Putting things in and dumping them out.  He could do that for hours (that might be a little exaggeration).  He is still loving animals.
-he has moved up to size 5 diapers and has outgrown some of his 18 month clothes.  It was probably a bad idea to buy him 18 month winter clothes near the middle of summer.
-is saying soo many words.  Following along nicely with his language and intelligibility milestones/guidelines.  His receptive language is great.  He is following two-step directions.
-has 16 teeth... it is just crazy to see all of those teeth in there!
-can almost do a forward roll by himself, he flops forward-sideways (if you understand that).  He is also kicking one leg up doing a donkey kick (a lead up to a handstand, but typically with two feet coming up) while saying, "Eeh Haa!"  Love it.
-is saying more two word phrases.  Tonight when we were rocking in his chair, he sat up and said, "Dada eat."  I asked, "Daddy went to go eat?" and he said, "Yeah."  It was so funny.  Agent-action phrase for all my SLP friends!  Woohoo!
-he loves going outside and play.  He always has to pick up two rocks (one for each hand) as we are walking around.  He usually tries to hold lots in his chubby hands.  It cracks me up watching him try to fit just one more rock in his hand.
-he copies us, knows his routine (we get in the car after Mrs. Cathy's and he says "nack... juice!"), and loves his friends (he loves to say their names and Mrs. Cathy (Cah!)!  He is finally responding to people on the phone by saying hi and bye rather than waving.

I could go on and on about this little guy.  If you want to see more pictures from our day at the farm (aka Brown Wren Acres) you can go to Ashley's blog.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Welcome Baby Alyssa!!

Since I don't think Kelly is going to get around to blogging (slacker), I'm just going to post the basics.  I'm just too excited about my new "niece".  She is adorable and I love her chubby checks!

Kelly delivered little Alyssa early Monday morning (1:33 AM).  She weighed in at 9 pounds, 7 ounces and 21 inches long.  Oh, and she did it without an epidural!  Way to go Kelly!

Here are some pictures of her (I stole the one of her and Kelly from Facebook... I like to hog Alyssa when I visit).

So in love with this little girl

Well... I only have a few pictures.  I decided to update my phone's software and somehow some of my pictures from a certain point in September (along with contacts and text messages) disappeared.  Ugh.  Luckily I had uploaded some to Facebook and had sent some to Carl.

Monday, October 17, 2011


When Daddy's truck isn't in the driveway (and it is a nice day), we take the chalk outside. I was amazed when I saw Hunter had drawn this.  Haha... just kidding.  I wanted to take his picture, but he didn't cooperate.

I found this lovely piece of glass in our spaghetti sauce.  This has convinced me to find a good, homemade recipe.  If you have any suggestions, I will gladly try them.  We are apparently getting very nice coupons and a refund from the company.

Eating some pizza, the correct way.  I was pretty impressed.

Hunter and I got to take a little snuggle Friday afternoon.  He wanted to come snuggle on the couch with me while watching "Peep".  I enjoyed every second of it.

He loves sitting on the balls at TLG.  Or laying on them.

Enjoying Sweet Frogs.  He loved the strawberries and kiwis I put in.  He also requested sprinkles.

He ran up to the hose and yelled, "Water!"  Smartie pants.  Oh, please don't mind that "flower bed".  It is still a huge work in progress.  We've been worried about the inside and the porch.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

All Work and No Play

makes Hunter a dull boy.  Good thing he likes to have lots of fun...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Kelly's Baby Sprinkle

I realized I never posted a "real" post about Kelly's baby sprinkle.  We had a nice girls' dinner (plus Kelly's adorable newborn nephew) at Olive Garden.  We got to watch Kelly open adorable gifts.  And we had some delicious cupcakes.  I cannot wait to meet little Alyssa (who should be making her debut any day now... if only she knew that!) and snuggle her.

Here are some pictures:

She wishes that glass of wine was actually hers...

Tiny little hat

And as a comparison of Kelly pregnant with Emma and then Alyssa...


This is what it looks like in reverse
And just as a funny... Michelle tried to record rather than take our picture with my iPhone, haha.