Monday, May 29, 2017

15 Months

AveryAnn is 15 months old.  I can't even believe it!  She has changed so much the past few months.  She's busy and loud and adorable and we love her so very much!
We got a great report at her check up.
  • You weigh 24lbs 2oz. 
  • You're measuring 29.5" tall.
  • You're healthy and you'd never guess this time last year we were worried about you gaining weight.  
  • You wear mostly 18 month clothes.
  • Size 3 shoes although you rarely wear them.
  • Size 5 diapers and we're still going through 5-6 a day. 
  • You are eating three meals a day, you are very picky.  You prefer carbs.  You will eat chicken sometimes.  You're not a huge fan of fruits or vegetables.  We're not giving up though.
  • You love your milk and drink 24-30oz a day.  You also stole a sip of my sweet tea and really enjoyed it.  Now you try to drink anything I'm drinking out of a straw because you think it's sweet tea.
  • You're still a thumb sucker.
  • You're hair is light and wild.  It's coming in like crazy but it's still wild.
  • You have 8 teeth. 
  • You're still a great sleeper.  You sleep 12 hours at night.  You will sleep late in the morning to get your 12 hours.
  • You're transitioning to one nap.  If we're at home you'll sleep for 3 hours.  At work you only sleep for an hour. 
  • You're cruising around all the furniture.  You're taking a few steps here and there.  While we were at the lake for Memorial Day you took about 8 steps, several different times but you still would rather crawl everywhere.  I feel like in about a month you'll be walking full time.
  • You wave "bye bye" all the time.
  • You've said "mama", "dada", "Bubba", "Uh-Oh", "Hey", "doggie" and "ball" but the only ones you say consistently are "uh-oh" and "hey".   
You are so sweet.  If I tell people you've been fussy they just laugh at me because that usually means you whined for just a minute and then you were over it.  You think your brother hung the moon.  I hope you always love each other.  He can make you laugh like no one else.  I love getting to be your mommy so much!  I can't believe how fast you're growing and changing. So often I find myself caught between wanting to freeze time and waiting eagerly for your next milestone.  You are such a joy!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Weekend Review

We've had a fun week.  Patrick was on call so he worked a lot and the kids and I just got to hang out. 
Monday was our last ragball practice.  Barrett was excited to go and did great.
He played a little first base.  They don't really play positions in this age group but it was fun for him to start to learn a little more about the game.
Tuesday was Ally's 9th birthday.  I'd told Barrett on Monday that Tuesday was Ally's birthday and he got so excited and said "Is Jackson coming?"  Apparently we don't celebrate a birthday without the Moore family.  Anyway, I didn't think anything else about it until we got home Tuesday afternoon and Barrett asked where was the cake.  Patrick wasn't home yet so I texted him to pick up some cupcakes.  He thought I'd lost my mind and said no.  So, Barrett called him and convinced him we needed some cake.  Patrick came home with cupcakes and a balloon.  Barrett was so excited.
Thursday night, Patrick worked late and I let Barrett stay up to see him. Well, he was spinning in circles in our room and lost his balance and hit his face on the footboard.  He's got a nice bruise across his cheek.

Sunday before church.  I thought Barrett looked so cute.  When we got to church Babo asked him where he got his pretty shirt and he said "my mom made it." ha! 

Sunday afternoon, Brittany and I were helping a friends husband throw her a surprise 30th birthday party.  It was so much fun.  We had it at their house and everything turned out so pretty. 

Amy loves and appreciates a good party so we went all out.  It was so much fun and the kids had the best time.  Barrett played in the yard with all his friends for hours and AveryAnn was held nearly the whole time by different people and begged for no telling how many pieces of cake.  I hope Amy wasn't too mad at us for convincing Sean to have the party at their house. 

The most fun friends.  I love getting celebrate life with them. 
Monday, Barrett had a game and he was so excited that Tripp came to watch him.  (And Allison and Ashlyn even though he wouldn't have his picture made with them)  Plus all the usual crowd.  Barrett is rotten.  He seriously loves his "fan club" so much.  We laugh so hard at him waving and giving us a thumbs up every chance he gets.  Such a fun weekend.  We've got one more game this week and then we're done with ragball.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Park Day

We've had a fun week around here.  I want to blog more than once a week but truth be told there just isn't enough going around for more posts.
For Easter, Patrick's mom gave us these popsicle molds.   Barrett was so excited to try them out. (and then I didn't even get his picture enjoying one.)  Sister thoroughly enjoyed hers.

I can't handle the cuteness here.  Those glasses own me, too bad she won't keep them on for more than two seconds.
This big boy loves his glasses and needs them every time he's outside.

Donut Friday!! She nearly jumped out of my arms to point to that sprinkle one in the case. 
Saturday was "Park Day" at the ball park and our game was at 9:00.  Sister was not thrilled with the game time.  I had to wake her up at 8:15 and she mean mugged the whole time we were there.

This boy did so good.  He asked everyday last week if it was time for his game.  He has really enjoyed playing and he's already talking about next year. 

Something that I never expected is how much I enjoy watching Patrick with the boys.  We have a parent "coach" each base at this age and he's usually out there on second base and it is so sweet watching him high five each player as they come around. 

After the game we went over and let Barrett play games and bounce in the bounce houses.  We grabbed some lunch from the concession stand before we headed home. These BBQ nachos were so good.  They weren't as good as Big Bad Wolf in Tuscaloosa but they were good.  We came home and put AveryAnn down for a nap.  I had to head back to the park around 1:00 to work our team booth.  It was a hot, fun day.  We've only got 2 more games left this season. 
Sunday we got up and went to church.  The weather was supposed to get bad so we came home and watched movies.  Barrett asked to put on pajamas when he took off his church clothes.  I'm not sure if I should be proud or not.  We've watched The Secret Life of Pets 3 times in 24 hours.  It's Barrett's new favorite movie.  Tonight AveryAnn said "Mama", "Dada" and "Bubba" when asked.  She was so proud but I think Barrett might have been the most proud.  He really wants her to say Barrett but we told him that was a little hard for her to learn right now so we started with "bubba".  It's been a great weekend.  We're ready to tackle another week!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

All American Weekend

We've had a long, busy weekend and it's been so much fun!
Friday night, Barrett had a game and he had quite the fan club.  That's one perk to a big family.  My older brother and his 4 kids have been coming to all the games along with my parents and Patrick's parents.  This week my sister and her husband got to come too.  So counting Patrick and me there were 13 people there to watch him.  Ragball is so much fun.  We were in the field first and the first four balls came right to Barrett.  He was so proud.  I love seeing how much they've improved in just a few short weeks.
  The Magnolia Festival carnival was going on and Barrett saw them setting it up on Monday and has asked everyday if we could go.  SO we promised we'd go after the game.  It was so crowded by the time we got there.  But they got to ride several rides and had the best time.  AveryAnn was a trooper the whole night.  It was already her bed time while we were at the ball park but she rallied and made it through the carnival.  She loved looking at all the lights and people watching.
Barrett asked at least once a day this week when he could ride the dizzy dinosaurs.  He was so happy to finally be riding them.
She slept until 10:30 Saturday morning to make up for the late bedtime.  Saturday we went to Patrick's nephew, Nathan's birthday party.  We had a nice time visiting with everyone.  We left AveryAnn with Patrick's parents because we had tickets to go to the Barons game with Jeremy, Jessica and Jackson.

The game was supposed to start at 6:30.  When we got near the stadium it was raining and lightening so we decided we'd go get something to eat first.  The radar didn't look promising and we really thought the game would be called.  We called and they said they were going to try to start at 7:20.  Well we somehow ended up at Chuck E Cheese.  I'm still not sure how this happened or why we let this happen.   

We let the boys play, ate our pizza and then decided to head back to the game.  It was already the 7th inning and the game was tied.  We'd already bought our tickets so we thought we might as well use them even if it was only two innings.  

Barrett insisted I carry him on my back.

They were so cute watching and playing. 

This was my first time at the new Regions Park and it's so nice.  We just did general admission and the boys loved being able to run and play on the grass.

Their personalities are so different but they are the best of friends.

The Barons hit a grandslam to go ahead in the 8th inning and brought home the "W". 

We sat and rocked waiting for them to shoot the human canon ball after the game.   Barrett was terrified it was going to be loud and Jackson ended up down right at the fence to watch it.  After the man was shot out and went flying both boys turned around and ran towards each other yelling, "DID YOU SEE THAT!!!"  like it was the coolest thing either of them had ever seen.  It was so funny.  After the game I asked Barrett what his favorite part was and he said "The shooting."

The top picture was done 10 years ago at my niece's birthday party.  We were so young.  The bottom two were Saturday night.  Time flies when you're having fun.

After another late night everyone slept late this morning and then the kids and I went to Mass.  We came home now we're relaxing and watching Trolls.  We had so much fun this weekend, I don't want it to end.  Although my kids definitely need to be in bed on time tonight. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Weekend

We kicked off Easter weekend Thursday with Barrett's Easter party at school.  They made these adorable bunny shirts and he was working that tail.  It was so cute!

He was so excited we were there. 

Sister got a cookie and she was very happy.  (She was pretty cranky other than this moment.)

My friend Cristi took this one.  He's already learned that chicks dig babies.
Bunny on a bicycle.  He insisted he wear his bunny shirt again on Friday.

Saturday was the annual Egg hunt at church.  This used to be the highlight of the weekend for the Maxwell kids.  It's so much fun getting to take my own kids now.

AveryAnn isn't walking yet but she didn't let that stop her.  She got two eggs, one for each hand, and she was so happy.  Hope and Madelyn came to hunt eggs.  I'm sad we didn't get a picture of them together.  They were so cute!

Patrick took Barrett to his age group area and they found them all in record time.  By the time I got over there they were all done. 

Barrett was a little upset that he didn't get the Golden egg. 
We left there and headed to my Grandmother's house for lunch.  AveryAnn took a little nap in the car but she was a little whiney.  Madelyn will give hugs now and it's the sweetest thing ever.
I don't even know who took this picture but it was on my camera and its so sweet. 

The Easter bunny made a stop by the Horton house.  We don't do big baskets.  Our kids are rotten and get baskets at each of our parents houses too so we keep it simple. 

I love these of them together with their baskets.  They have both grown so much since last Easter.  It makes me happy and sad.

She adores her big brother and I hope they always love each other.

Best one I got of them both in their dress clothes.  Barrett has gotten so much better about taking pictures.  He just hams it up for the camera these days.  After Mass we went to my parents house for lunch.  It was nice to visit with everyone. 

This is the best it got for the family picture.
I look 45 and Barrett looks 10.  AveryAnn's smile is adorable.  She was trying to get Barrett and he was not having it.  I'm so thankful for my little family. 

We left my parents house and headed home for AveryAnn to take a nap.  Barrett wanted his picture made in front of the blooming azaleas we planted a couple of months ago.  They are still small but had so many blooms this year.  I was kind of shocked.  After naps we went to the Horton's for dinner.  AveryAnn was over all of it and wouldn't eat anything.  Then she wouldn't even sit in the highchair so Patrick and I could eat.  She finally calmed down and was pleasant enough for us to stay and visit for a while. We were on our way home and Barrett saw the big cross at GFBC or his old school as he called it, and said "That big cross looks just like the cross Jesus died on."  I guess he is listening sometimes.