Dylan's Book Time

Friday, September 18, 2009

Dylan is now old enough to enjoy a little night time reading before bed without actually spending the entire time trying to eat the books.  Ok, he does spend about 1/2 the time trying to eat the books, but enjoys the story in between gnawings.  Kyla likes the big sister job of picking out DJ's books and helping with the stories.  

That Darling Bum

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hallelujah!  We are on the road to successful potty training ever since Kyla's first day of preschool a week ago.  She came home and announced she needed to use the potty and wanted to wear her big girl panties.  She's got a collection of the Disney princesses (Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle) and Tinkerbell that she loves and is very particular deciding which ones she wants to wear.  I couldn't resist taking a picture of her new tiny silhouette sans diapers and the cutest little bum!

Dylan's 8 Month Pictures...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

...a little late.  

As predicted, at 7-1/2 months he was crawling everywhere, so it's hard to pin this kid down to take a picture.   He's also started pulling to standing on everything he can get his hands on.  Miss Kyla is having to move her "precious" things to higher ground.  And lastly, he's getting 2 more teeth - top center ones.  

Couldn't keep him from the sign for long
Pulling Up

Couldn't resist taking one of him sleeping so soundly

And here are some from his room finally finished.  One note - never purchase a huge chair while it's in a large room vs. a small child's bedroom.  It's HUGE in there.  At least it's super comfy!

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Monday, September 7, 2009

A 3-day weekend is perfect for getting out with the family for the best BBQ in Texas - Salt Lick!  Those of you addicted to their sauce, know what I'm talking about!  We had our wedding rehearsal dinner here, so it's so much fun to go back now as a family!  Hope everyone had a great end of summer weekend, too (although here in Texas it will feel like summer for another month at least)!

Our Mermaid

Kyla has graduated from "Waterbabies" to "Extreme-Waterbabies" at her swim school.  She went from tentatively putting half her face under to diving in and swimming under water within 2 classes.  To be fair, mostly it was due to another little girl who Kyla just adored and wanted to imitate.  This little girl was swimming under water for 9 seconds at 18 months!  Well Kyla saw her and that was that!  Gotta love peer-pressure at 2 years old!

Now Kyla is swimming 7 seconds under water and Miss Britney her swim teacher said they'd increase that each week or so.  Our little mermaid will be swimming on her own in no time!

The Hazards of Crawling...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

...and a big sister who likes to see him "roll-over."  Which means she sweeps his hands out from under him, making his head hit the floor - usually the tile one.  Miss Kyla has been in time-out a number of times for that one.  But our happy little guy just keeps chugging along.  

Notice the black-eye and forehead bruise

Riding The Bus

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happily On the Bus

Looking Out the Window

Waiting At the Return Bus Stop

Every time we are out in the car and Kyla sees a bus, she asks to get on it.  So, as a special treat for going on the potty the last few days - we ventured to the bus stop today (with Dylan in tow in the sling).  Kyla was SO excited to sit in the chair in the back and look out the window.  Here's how the dialogue went:

Kyla:  I can see lots of people
Me:  yes, lots of people out there
Kyla:  there's a school bus!
Me:  yes, that's a great school bus
Kyla:  on school bus next?
Me: sorry honey, only this bus today
Kyla:  ok
Kyla:  what's that man (on the bus) doing?
Me:  he's dancing (only thing I could come up)
Kyla:  Oh.

Then back to looking out the window.   We basically went down a big avenue, then got off to catch the bus back up it again to our car.  The minute we got off she said "again?"  :)

Kyla's First Day of Preschool

Thursday, September 3, 2009

First Day of School Picture
(she insisted on sitting like this)

She was so excited this morning and ran right in to see her teachers and hug her BFF Sophie.  I was a bit teary-eyed seeing my baby, my first born as such a big girl now.  It's so wonderful, yet bitter-sweet, you know what I mean?  I tried to snap picture after picture of her to memorialize the moment, but Kyla only allowed so much before she was off playing - and frankly who can blame her.  

And yes, we do match but that's because my independent child has a "matching" obsession right now.  She has to match what I'm wearing, what Dylan is wearing, what a girl she sees is wearing or what someone on TV or in her books is wearing.  We go through multiple outfits a day and it's a bit exhausting.  But hey, I think it's payback or something from the Universe, because it sounds like something my mom used to say about me! :)  Oh, and don't get me started on the hair accessories or how it has to look.  Right now we are in the "Tinkerbell/Cinderalla" phase of needing our hair in a ponytail.  


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I was putting up the September calendar and suddenly realized my toddler has an almost full week's schedule - at 2 years old!   These are just Kyla's plans, I hadn't yet written in John's or my appointments.  And this is just her scheduled activities, not just the fun things we do on different days, like the library, book store, park, pet store, etc.  It's just crazy how early the scheduling of our kid's lives begin.  Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled she has things that she loves to do and that keep her mind and body active, but it's a reminder how quickly the baby stage goes and to embrace every last minute, before true independence begins.