Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving and Galvestion

For Thanksgiving this year, we snuck away to the Texas coast. With Otto being in school, our schedule has really changed. The littles and I really miss him during the day, and day trips out of town just don't happen. It was so fun to spend time with just our little crew, no schedules.
We began our adventure in Waco, stopping for Chris to attend class. The kids and I toured the campus, and even saw the bears.
And then to Bryan for dinner with three of my favorite siblings!

After arriving in Galveston, we briefly stopped to wave at the beach, then headed to bed. The next morning we hit the beach, weather was in the low seventies, and we pretty much had it to ourselves. Perfect!
These two were thrilled, and filthy.
We spent a day exploring Moody Gardens. The aquarium was by far the favorite, Ned especially loved it.
It was adorable how excited he was over the exhibits. And it didn't hurt that his bestie was there to carry him where ever he wanted to go.
We also walked ran through the ICE exhibit. SO cold! Chris zipped Ned inside his coat, and sweet Meri was so bundled up that she could barely waddle. The sweet man who offered to take a family photo didn't realize the importance of capturing that cuteness, sadly.
 Otto braved the cold for a quick run down the ice slide and to pose with SpongeBob, but then we were out the door to defrost in the sun with hot chocolate.
The theatre was showing RIO 2 in 4D, which was amazing to the littles. Meri and Ned's first big screen experience. 
We adventured out to the end of a levy after dusk, waves crashing all around. Otto was ecstatic, Meri was worried her new boots were going to get wet, and Ned giggled like a loon. Loud noises and dangerous things THRILL him.
On Thanksgiving Day, we ate out. Which, I have to say, was fantastic. No dishes or prep, lunch on a dock over the water, and we still got to eat turkey!  
Nedlet!
That afternoon, in honor of Abbey's birthday, we grabbed some ice cream and went to the beach to dip our toes in the water.
For Otto, Meri, and Chris it turned into a full out swim. Poor Otto got rolled by a wave or two, but it didn't slow him down.
It was a bit brisk, but they didn't let that stop them.
Sweet Ned napped through most of the swimming, but woke up in time for a quick dip with Chris.
 Clearly, he hated it. The ocean is just the worst.
Our last day was grey and cloudy, but beautiful just the same. Wonderful trip, quite redemptive after the ridiculousness that was Memphis. We need to make it a goal to spend more time near water.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Baby Ned: Ten Months

Look who is ten months old today!  I've started working out first birthday themes in my head, because dang, this is happening fast. 
Ned is all over the place. He is quick, loves bathtubs and chasing his siblings. Daddy is his favorite favorite; he lights up when Chris walks in at the end of the day. It's the sweetest thing, and I'm only a tiny bit jealous that he will choose Chris over me. 

He is really slimming down. Partly due to being so busy, constantly pulling up and attempting to cruise the furniture, but mostly because he seems to have given up on nursing. He nurses 1-2 times a day, and occasionally at night. But that too might be coming to an end, in the last week and a half he has slept through the night three times (in his own bed!). I've been pumping and keeping a sippy cup out for him, hopefully we can make it a little closer to a year before dropping it completely. 
He claps, gives high five's and hugs, loves kisses, waves, and is ticklish on the bottom of his feet. 
His hair is a mess, definitely party in the back and there's not much in the front at all. Humility makes it curl, we will see if it stays that way in the future. 
He is such a happy guy, full of joy. I think we'll keep him;)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Happy Birthday (Baby) Michael

Our sweet nephew Michael turns one tomorrow! We celebrated with him at his party a little early last weekend. Hard to believe a year has already passed, why do babies grow up so fast?
Birthday boy with his mom and dad:)
 Cutie covered in cake!
 Big brother Steven, so close to being three.
 Meri is a fan of cake too:)
 Ethan!
Lily:)
Little Conner.
Chris is such a sweet Dad, he hung out with Ned most of the party. Daddy is Ned's BFF, and he was very happy to snuggle up on his chest and take a nap.
These two do love each other, and play so well together most of the time.  As Meri says, "Besties before the resties!"
 Michael started out opening presents by himself...
...But was quickly joined by the entire crew.
 Sweet birthday boy post cake.
Conner just couldn't hang with the party crowd and crashed on his grandmother's lap.

Happy Birthday Michael Man!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Making Tamales!

A sweet friend, Dena, offered to teach Meredith and I how to make tamales recently. She didn't have to ask twice, learning has been on the todo list for awhile. 
 So much fun! And now we have a freezer full! Meri was a terrific help, but made sure I knew "I am just making these for Daddy, not me.".