Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!!

Landon has been talking about trick-or-treating all day today.  He was pretty excited after he had his nap today to get dressed up and go out and get candy.  He repeatedly told me "trick or treat" until it was time to go.  I snapped a couple pictures of the kids before Landon and Braydon took off for trick or treating.  (Sydney and I stayed home around the fire pit and handed out candy.)



* Just FYI...Landon loves his "red bird".  He carries it with him a lot.  "Red bird" went trick or treating tonight...in Landon's bag. :)



Sydney got a hold of Landon's hat and he just kept saying "uh-oh" over and over.  That's what he always says when Sydney has anything of his.

When Landon got back, he had a bunch of candy that he wanted to get into.  He unloaded it right inside the front door and started checking out what he got.  He found some M&Ms and immediately wanted me to open them. :)  He LOVES M&Ms.  


"Smiling" with his stash



Sydney's got M&Ms!! :)



All of Landon's treats with the "red bird" guarding it from grabby hands. :)

I can't believe that this year is almost over.  Tomorrow is November...where is this year going??  I already started talking to Landon about Thanksgiving tonight.  It's pretty crazy how fast time goes.  Soon it'll be Christmas and then Sydney's 1st birthday.  Wow.  That's crazy.

I hope everyone had an amazing Halloween!  I know I'll be snacking on some yummy candy tonight. :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin guts!

Last year I thought Landon would totally be into carving pumpkins and pulling out the guts.  He is a boy after all!  No.  My kid did other things.  This year, Landon was totally into it.  We had so much fun the other day pulling apart a pumpkin and carving it.  Landon painted his own pumpkin (green of course) and was pretty proud of it.




He was helping me scrape the sides with the scraper



And he laughed so hard when I pulled out the guts and said "EWW!"


Painting his pumpkin...I'm not sure why I buy any other color besides green...




Icky hands mom!!!! :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

9 months down, 3 more to go...

I took Sydney and Landon in to get their flu shots this year.  I disguised the trip to Dr. LaCroix's office by scheduling Sydney's nine month appointment at the same time.  Landon didn't really see the shot coming...which is good.  He got over it quicker and he didn't have time to get upset about it beforehand.  Worked out very nicely.  Landon sit and played on his iPad while I talked to Dr. LaCroix about Sydney.

She's doing really good with eating baby foods.  She normally would eat a couple of jars for every meal except for dinner where she would get a larger jar and a regular jar.  I thought that was a lot for a baby her age, but that's what she seemed content with.  And trust me, she lets you know if she's still hungry!!

When I was talking to Dr. LaCroix, she gave me the go-ahead to start giving her pretty much any table food that will be soft enough and be somewhat dissolvable.  I bought some Cheerios that day to start with and started her with them.  She inhaled them like a champ!!!  This girl does NOT mess around with her food.  I've slowly given her new things and she eats SO much!!!!!  Today for lunch Sydney ate 3-4 vienna sausages, a handful of these dissolvable freeze dried yogurt bites, some peas, a jar of baby food squash, and some Cheerios.  Then for dinner she had some chicken and mashed potatoes, mushy carrots, a jar of baby food apples and blueberries, and half of a small container of mac-n-cheese.  She's a hungry girl!!!  I'm not sure where it's going since Dr. LaCroix informed me that she only weighs 16 lbs and is in the 10th percentile for her height and weight!!!!  I couldn't believe it!  I'm really not sure where she puts it all.  She's not crawling yet, so she should be packing on the pounds!  Nope, she's just a little bitty thing.  We've started to call her the little garbage disposal.  She just gobbles everything like she hasn't eaten all day.  I swear I feed her.


Also, this month Sydney has gotten four more teeth!  She started the month with only two!  This cute little girl is getting big right before my eyes!   There is only 3 more months till she turns one!  YIKES!!!  Time sure does fly when your having fun!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

There's a baby in the sink!

Sydney has really outgrown her baby bathtub.  I thought about just putting her in the tub, but that idea makes me a little nervous.  It's such a big bathtub and such a little baby.  I think I'll wait till she's a little older.

So, I've been putting Sydney-bug in the sink.  I took some pictures of the first time she was in there.  She didn't seem to mind it very much.




She learned right at the end how to splash in the water...thank goodness it was when we were getting out!





Sunday, October 16, 2011

Is this sharing I see???

Landon still loves playing games on his iPad when we don't have much going on.  We've been good about getting him a variety of games that teach him numbers or how to write.  There are a few fun ones that he enjoys including the ever-famous Angry Birds.

Landon's old speech therapist, Ashley, sent me a message via Facebook the other day just seeing how we were doing.  She mentioned to me that she thought of Landon while playing a game called "Ant Smasher" on her iPhone.  So I downloaded it onto Landon's iPad to try it, and Landon LOVES it!  It's just a game where you squish bugs and it makes a funny sound....such a boy game.  It is pretty cute though and Landon loves the sounds the bugs make when you squish them.  There are bees on there that you aren't supposed to touch and he'll laugh when he accidentally touches one.  I took a video of him playing to show you how much he loves it.

video

Then the other day, I was entertaining my children and noticed Landon wanting to play the ant game.  He set the game down and played the game with Sydney on the floor.  They were so cute and Landon would laugh if Sydney got "stung" by the bee.  Normally Landon is really protective of his iPad, so it made me smile that he shared with Sydney.


Sydney and Landon playing the ant game together.  Everyone say "awww"! ;)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Baking with Dad

Landon has become a fan of sweet treats.  While potty training, we have been giving him M&Ms when he goes.  This has started a snowball effect with having yummy treats.  He's grown to be a fan of (of course) M&Ms, cake, cookies, ice cream and even frosting (which he used to hate)!  He's got his Daddy's sweet tooth. :)

Braydon decided to bake cookies with Landon the other day.  They had a little fun, although Braydon did the majority of it while Landon enjoyed the fruits of his labor. :)


A little stirring...


Dad's help with putting them on the baking sheet


Landon's thinking really hard about how exactly those will turn into yummy cookies...


Enjoying his cookie


Landon and Dad's "cookie cheers" :)


Silly Dad with his cookie

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lunch date

Sydney and I went on a lunch date with her friend Mason to a nearby park.  I put Sydney in a swing for the first time, and tried to get some pictures but my camera on my phone wasn't fast enough.  I got a picture of the side of her head and another picture of just the ground.  I gave up.  I did, however, get some cute ones of the kids on the blanket.


Enjoying a drink on the blanket with their matching sippy cups.


Sydney really wanted Mason's drink...


And he really wanted to eat her shoe! :)


Checking out her name on her cup. :)


Cute little Mason. (I wish this one wasn't so dark, but I thought it was cute anyways.)

Mason's mommy, Beth, and I had a nice lunch on the blanket among the gnats and the kids played without a care.  Mason is already crawling and I could tell that Sydney was taking notes.  Now she's more adventurous about trying to pull herself up into my lap, and reaching for toys really far away.  I think she'll get it soon.  We just need to be hanging out with Mason more often. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Zoo outside of the aquarium

FINALLY we've gotten Landon out of the aquarium at the zoo!!  We took him a couple of times when he's had time off of school.  We were walking through the aquarium the first day and a nice lady came up and told us that they were closing it for renovations for 6 MONTHS!!  Initially, I thought "oh crap!" but then I got to thinking about how it might be a chance to get Landon into other things.  All he's ever wanted to see was the aquarium.  

We went two different days, the first day was me, Landon, Sydney, and Heidi.  The second time we went we brought Theresa instead of Heidi and Megan and Nevin joined us.  We had a lot of fun exploring new things.  Landon was kind of hesitant at first, but warmed up to the jungle and the sea lions.  He even liked feeding the koi fish and swans. :) 

 Day 1 was spent in the aquarium:


Landon is in between the size of a King penguin and an Emperor penguin. :)


Landon and Sydney in front of the fish tank on Day 1.  You can tell they are siblings in this picture. :)


In the jungle, with Landon's "smile". :)


Heidi and Landon exploring the jungle.


Me and Landon


Landon in front of the waterfall.  He liked it till he got wet. (You can't really see the water...it's behind the bamboo.)


Looking at the pretty birds




In the jungle on Day 2 with Theresa.  We were trying to find him some fish and they had a pond over the side of the bridge with a few fish in it.


Megan and Nevin found some fish too.



Pretty bird I found just hanging out


Megan and Nevin


We went to visit the sea lions.  I thought maybe Landon would like how they barked.  Thankfully, they were active and one of them was throwing a toy around.  Landon enjoyed watching him throw it around and chase after it.



Watching the sea lions with Ms. Theresa


Nevin was a wiggle worm and wasn't all that interested.


So he found a bench to sit on.


Me and my little kiddies.

Now Landon loves the zoo.  Every time he has a day off from school he wants to go there. :)  He tells me "Mama...zoo...Monday" (that's normally the day he has off from school).  He's a smart little booger.