Monday, December 5, 2016

AveryAnn's First Thanksgiving & The rest of the weekend

I actually got my real camera out for Thanksgiving.  I've been so mad at myself for not taking more pictures of AveryAnn with my real camera.  (I'm even more upset that a lot of the pictures I've uploaded to my blog from my phone are no longer there.  Hopefully there's a solution for this.)
Anyway, I tried to get some pictures but I'm way out of practice. 
For lunch we went to my Grandmother's house.  It was a beautiful day so after we ate, we sat outside and let the kids play.   

AveryAnn just wanted to eat leaves.

But she was so cute while doing it.


Sweet Madelyn.

These two are starting to interact more and more and it is so sweet.  We don't get to spend nearly enough time together.


Barrett just wanted to jump in the leaves.


My Grandmother kept raking them up and Barrett jumped right in.  He had the best time.


We went to Patrick's parents house for dinner and had a nice time there too.  His mom always makes a feast and we all eat until we can't move and then it's time for dessert and we're really hurting by the time we leave. 
Friday, was the release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.  I was so excited for this but it was also the annual Maxwell Family kickball game.  So we headed to my brothers house to play kickball.  My team won one game and lost one.  After kickball we came home and I watched all 4 episodes of Gilmore Girls.  It was so nice to spend the evening in Stars Hollow. 
Saturday, Patrick and I got up bright and early to go to the Iron Bowl.  We've never been to a college football game together and we were fortunate enough to get tickets so we went.  It was a fun day!
Sunday we went to church.  After church we came home and my sister came over and we watched Gilmore Girls again.  It was the perfect ending to the weekend. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

9 Months

Nine months old.  I know I say it every month but I just can't believe how fast this year is flying by.  I feel like you do something new every day.  You've definitely found your voice and aren't afraid to use it.  You love to laugh and it's the sweetest sound in the world.
  • You weighed 16lbs 12oz at your checkup today.  Still in the 5th percentile for height and weight but Dr. Farr is happy with your progress.
  • You are 25.5" long.  They had to measure you twice because you haven't grown much. 
  • Still wearing a range of sizes.  Most of your pajamas are 6-9m.  I'm mostly buying 12m but you can still wear 6m. 
  • Size 3 diapers.  You wear 5-6 a day.
  • You sleep 12 hours at night.  Usually 7:00-7:00.  You have always been a great sleeper.  I just lay you in your crib and you go right to sleep.  But you also don't mind being rocked or held which is nice too.  You are so snuggly and I love it. 
  • Still taking two naps most days.  One around 9:00 in the morning and the other around 1:00 in the afternoon.
  • You're still not crawling but you're so close.  I feel like you'll be everywhere by Christmas.
  • You're trying to pull up on the side of the pack and play.  I'm still using the bassinet part because you like being able to see out but I'm going to have to move it down soon so you don't fall out.
  • You're still nursing really well.  We try to get in 5 times a day but sometimes it's only 4.  You don't seem to mind.  You usually nurse for 15-20 minutes every 3 hours.  You will also take a bottle of formula with no problem.  You aren't picky. 
  • You're eating table food at least once everyday.  You want whatever we're eating now that you know what it's all about.  I can't even remember what all you've had this month. You had spaghetti for the first time tonight and it was a mess and you loved it.
  • You still suck your thumb and I'm sure I'll hate it soon enough but right now I think it's adorable. 
  • You got two teeth this month.  Both on the bottom and you are so proud of them.
  • Your hair is thinning and lightening up.
  • Eyes are still blue. 
  • You've said "Mama" a few times.  You won't say anything on command these days. 
  • You started clapping you hands and it's so cute.
We are so excited about the holidays this year.  You and your brother just make everything more magical.  You are already so excited about the Christmas tree and all the lights.  You are the easiest baby ever.  So laid back.  You were fussy the week your two teeth came in but other than that you usually sit and entertain yourself.  You smile all the time and I can't get enough of it.  We love to take turns making you laugh and smile.  You're so smitten with your brother and he can almost always make you smile.  It's so special.  Happy nine months baby girl! We can't imagine life without you.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Halloween 2016

AveryAnn's first Halloween is in the books.  It was my favorite one yet.
AveryAnn was Snow White.  I'd bought this little outfit for her to wear in Disney World and she never did so it became her Halloween costume.  I wanted her to be Belle and Barrett to be the Beast but he wanted no part of it.
He had his heart set on Chase from Paw Patrol.  He was the cutest Chase ever.  His costume arrived Friday and he wanted to wear it every minute until Monday night.  It has a tail and he thought it was so funny to make his tail wag.
She thinks he's pretty great.
I can't get enough of these two.  They are just the sweetest.
When Barrett decided to be Chase, Patrick decided to be Ryder.  Barrett was so proud, it was so cute.
Early Monday morning Barrett woke up sick, so he had to miss school on Monday. We were so upset that he didn't get to enjoy the festivities.  We stayed home from work so if it was a bug we wouldn't expose anyone else.  We had invited some friends to trick or treat that night and they decided to come anyway.  I'm glad they did because we had so much fun.  We didn't fool with the hayride this year but the kids hit more houses than they ever have.  Barrett ran right up to every house and said "trick or treat" so proudly.  I couldn't believe the difference from last year. (Last year he refused to go to a single house).  I think 4 is going to be a fun age with him.  He's finally not so scared of everything.  I'm really looking forward to the holidays this year!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Eight Months

EIGHT MONTHS!!
I'm a few days late but you're eight months old.  We've had so much fun this month!  You are quite the chatterbox these days.  You seem to always have something to say.
  • You weigh 16.6lbs according to the shipping scale at work.  You've been slowly gaining and we're so thankful.
  • My best attempt to measure you puts you at around 26". 
  • You're wearing a wide variety of sizes these days.  Mostly 6-12m clothes.  But you've still got some 3-6 things you're wearing.  Most everything I've ordered for Fall and Winter is 12 month so it's a little big but we're making it work.
  • Still in size 3 diapers.  You go through 5-6 a day.
  • Sleep 10-12 hours at night.  You've been fighting going to sleep at night lately, I'm really hoping it's short lived.
  • You usually take two good naps each day.  One in the morning for around an hour and one in the afternoon for 1-2 hours.  I think you'd sleep longer if we were at home.  Sometimes you sneak in a little cat nap in the evening.
  • You aren't crawling yet but you're getting around.  You will roll and roll to get across the room and then you push yourself backwards across the hardwoods.  You usually end up stuck under something.
  • You still nurse pretty well.  You get distracted more easily.  You still nurse 4-5 times a day.
  • You usually get one bottle of formula a day just to make sure you're getting enough.
  • You eat food for dinner.  So far you've had apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, French fries waffles and cake.  You're doing great and love feeding your self.  We started with puree's but you're also just eating table food too.

  • You still suck your thumb and it's still so cute to me.
  • You're hair is turning lighter.  It's falling out and I thought it was getting so thin but I think it's just getting lighter.  It's laying down now too.
  • You're eyes are still blue.
  • You said "Dada" just as plain as day.  She only says it when prompted but I really think she knows it's Patrick.  Anytime anyone says it she starts looking around for him.  It's so sweet and of course Patrick was just smitten.
  • Your laugh is absolutely contagious.  It is the sweetest sound in the world.
  • Our park got some new swings where you sit in a swing facing an adult swing and you love it.  Barrett loves swinging with you and its the cutest.
I can't believe how quickly eight months have passed since you joined our family.  You are growing and changing every day it seems.  It's all too fast.  I want to bottle up this age because you are just so much fun.  You love Barrett so much and laugh and laugh at him.  He loves you so much too.  I love that y'all have each other.  I hope y'all are always friends and really love each other.  We are so looking forward to the holidays and all the fun things that brings.  We love you so much baby girl! 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Disney World- Hollywood Studios


Our last day was spent in Hollywood Studios.  I'd also never been to this park.  We got there at rope drop.  Our plan was to head straight to Pixar Place so the boys could be meet Woody and Buzz.

We waited maybe 10 minutes.

Barrett was a little nervous so he stuck close to Patrick. 

Green Army men.  I'm not sure how they weren't suffocating in those outfits.  It was so hot.

After we met Woody and Buzz the stand by line for Toy Story Mania was 10 minutes so we did that really quick.  We had a fast pass for later in the day but we knew the boys would want to do it again.  It was a lot of fun!  I liked it more that Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom.  It was 3D and I thought the different games were fun. 
Then we went to ride Tower of Terror.  Just Jeremy and I rode it and it was so much fun.  I wanted to ride it again but I never did.  After that we went to see the Disney Jr Live show.  It was really cute and all three kids really enjoyed it. 
Then we went to lunch. Jeremy and Jessica, Jackson and Barrett watched some sort of Star Wars thing while Patrick and I went ahead and got started on lunch.  We ate at Dockside something and I had a foot long chili cheese dog that was delicious.
These ducks were walking on the bushes and then they would fly at your table wanting food.
After lunch we walked around a little more and it was just so dang hot. 
I'm going to go ahead and say it, Hollywood Studios is my least favorite park.  I loved the rides they had but there just wasn't too much else to do.  I guess I should say there wasn't much else we wanted to do.  Barrett was not a fan of the shows so we didn't do any of those.  We probably should have tried to do more of them, if only so we could sit in the air conditioning.  We rode Toy Story Mania again.  Everyone except me, Barrett and AveryAnn rode the Great Movie Ride.  There was a point after lunch that I was over it.  I was so hot, AveryAnn was hot.  I needed to feed her but I wanted to sit in ac.  We finally found a little coffee type shop.  We got drinks and just relaxed for a bit.  We were trying to figure out our fast passes.  The night before a man had given us 4 fast passes for anything and a rider swap fast pass for Rockin' Roller Coaster.  So we were trying to figure out how to use them.

We worked it out to use fp for Indiana Jones.  Barrett thankfully fell asleep because he wouldn't have liked the loud explosions.  But overall it was fun.  I feel like it was so iconic from my childhood I knew I wanted to see it. 

After Indiana Jones we decided to use the fast pass for Rockin' Roller Coaster.
It was so much fun!  I wish we could have rode it again. 
It started raining as soon as we came out and sprinkled so we sat under a cover.  Then we headed to where dinner was.  It started pouring again.  I was so hot that I didn't even put on my poncho.  Which was fine until we sat down for dinner and my shirt was soaking wet. 
We had dinner at Mama Melrose and again it didn't disappoint.  We laughed so much at dinner. 
After dinner we went back so the boys could ride Toy Story Mania one last time.  We also promised the boys we would get them Slinky Dog toys.  Well of course we get to the little store and they only have one slinky dog so Barrett got Rex and Jackson got Slink Dog.
Oh and they also got light sabers.
Can you tell their parents are suckers?
Our last picture.  We're all still friends so I consider this trip a success. 
My thoughts on Hollywood Studios.  It wasn't my favorite.  Maybe if it hadn't been so hot I would have enjoyed it more.  I think for girls that like Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid and Frozen it's probably a lot of fun or if  you like Star Wars.  We should have done Frozen Sing-a-long but we didn't.  I think it will be better when they finish Toy Story Land.  It's a half day park for me right now.  I wish we would have planned to spend half a day there and another half day at Epcot.  Also it's hot and there aren't many indoors quick service restaurants so I didn't feel like we ever got to really cool off and there didn't seem to be as many places to get free ice water as in other parks.  If we go back before Toy Story Land is finished I would just do this park as a half day.  I wouldn't want to miss Tower of Terror, Rockin' Roller Coaster or Toy Story Mania but I wouldn't want to spend all day there either.  We were sad to leave the park because it was our last day. 
We got up Saturday morning and started getting packed to head home.
We truly had a wonderful, magical vacation.  We can't wait to go back.  I was honestly shocked that Patrick had as much fun as he did.  I think Barrett was at a perfect age he really loved it.  He still talks about the Magic Kingdom and Buzz.  He says next time he wants to go inside the castle.  I can't wait to take AveryAnn when she's closer to Barrett's age and see it all again through her eyes! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Disney World- Magic Kingdom again

I was looking forward to day 4 the most.  This was the day that I scored reservations at Be Our Guest.  Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite Disney movie so getting to eat in the beast's castle had me absolutely giddy.  (Spoiler alert: it did not disappoint!)

AveryAnn did not sleep good Wednesday night.  I don't really know what was going on but she woke up several times and I ended up putting her in the bed with me and then I didn't sleep because I worried about her being in the bed with me (and Barrett).
We were trying to make rope drop but we were all riding the struggle bus.  These two did not want to get up.  I was dragging I was still so tired.  We got there just a little after rope drop but the line for the 7 dwarfs mine train was already more than we wanted to wait.  I can't for the life of me remember what we did first. 
Our first fast pass was for Buzz lightyear.  Jeremy and I rode Space mountain before and it was only ok.  After Expedition Everest, all the other roller coasters were only ok.
Barrett looks terrified in this picture. Patrick looks so intense.

AveryAnn and me.  I didn't do great on this one.  I'm blaming it on the baby being in the way.


I love this picture of Patrick and Barrett.



We also rode the Astro Orbitor.  I thought it was like Dumbo, and it is except its really high and a lot faster.  Barrett wasn't a fan.  He rode with their rocket all the way at the bottom the whole time.  I think we rode Dumbo and Haunted Mansion.  Patrick, Barrett and AveryAnn did not ride Haunted Mansion.  We ate lunch at Pinocchio Village Haus.  It was good.  We rode Prince Charming's Regal Carousel.   The wait for Winnie the Pooh was short so we hopped in that line and it seemed like it was forever.  We had a fast pass to Meet Mickey around 1:15 so we did that next.
This Mickey talked and Barrett was not as excited about him. 






After we met Mickey The Horton's headed back to the room for naps, while the Moore's stayed in the park since Jackson would nap in the stroller.  We had late reservations and I did not want Barrett's exhaustion ruin it. He ending up falling asleep on the bus and then wouldn't nap when we got into the room.  But it was better than nothing. 
I changed them into these cute outfits.  I ordered AveryAnn's outfit before she quit gaining weight so it's a little big on her. 
I got them these monogrammed ears before we left the park earlier in the day.  Barrett was so excited.
When I put this shirt on him he goes "Hey, who's this guy?"  So I told him he's the beast and we're going to eat dinner in his castle.  I was definitely more excited than he was.

We headed back to the park around 6:00.  We rode the tea cups, probably Buzz Lightyear again.  (we rode it so many times I lost count)  We were doing whatever we could to pass the time before our dinner reservation. 






Then it was finally time for our reservation.  This restaurant is absolutely beautiful. 


It really feels like you're walking right into the beast's castle. 

We ate in the ballroom.  It was perfect.  It looks like it's snowing outside the windows.  Barrett looked up and Patrick and was so excited and said "daddy it's snowing!" then he said "Santa Claus is coming!" ha!  The Beast walked in and everyone claps. 


I had the shrimp and scallop pasta and it was so good. 



For dessert I'd read that the grey stuff was delicious, but that the brownie it is served on was only ok so I knew I wanted to try it but because I love food, I knew I wanted to actually eat the strawberry cupcake. So I convinced Patrick to get the grey stuff and I got the strawberry cupcake.  So everyone was happy.



After dinner the Beast was receiving guests in his office so AveryAnn and I went to meet him.  (Barrett was scared and Patrick did not care)  I love this picture of me because I was so ridiculously excited to meet him.  I was a little star struck.

He is huge!!!

AveryAnn couldn't have cared less about him.  But it was one of the top moments of the trip for me.



After dinner the wait for the 7 dwarfs Mine Train was 10 or 15 minutes so we decided to try to ride it really quick.  Jackson was just barely too short and he was so upset.   But the cast member gave him a little card to go to the front of the line when he comes back and is tall enough.  It was so sweet, I cant wait for him to cash it in!  It was fun but not exactly a thrill ride to me. 


We were able to watch some of the electrical parade as we were walking out.  I'm a little sad we didn't see all of the electrical parade since it's leaving but we were able to ride so many things during the parade and still see parts of it.  I was sad as we were leaving because it was our last day in Magic Kingdom and we only had one day left of vacation.  I also knew it would be a few years before we were back and I wish I could bottle Barrett's enthusiasm for the magic at this age because I know it will probably be long gone by the next time we visit.