Friday, August 29, 2014

July/August Oklahoma Trip-Part 2

Jared had to go to Oklahoma in July for work, and we can't pass up a trip to see our family so we tagged along. 
The theme of all of our Oklahoma trips is always Braum's. We were in OK for 10 days and I think we went to Braum's 8 times...
While we were there, a cold front hit in July which is completely unheard of. It was 65 and rainy so we had to buy the boys some jackets. 
We had a lot of fun while we were there. We went to the Omniplex. 
For part of the trip, we got to stay in a hotel downtown. That meant hotel breakfasts which are Paxton's favorite breakfasts. 
And an awesome pool. 
The boys tried hummus...
Porter was hooked. 
We spent some time at Granny's. 
Granny V had some bubbles for the boys (and Regan) which were a big hit. 
We visited Uncle Josh and Aunt Candy. 
We went to White Water! Paxton was begging to go, so we did. 
We went to lunch with Nana/GG and took a four generation picture. 
We spent lots of time with Gramsy and the aunts. 
Porter played with the kitchen I used to play with at my great grandma's house and my mom played with it when she was little too. 
The boys took lots of pretend naps...some under Gramsy's rug. 
Paxton and Porter got to spend the night at Granny V's house one night while Jared and I had some adult time with my mom and sisters. 
The last day came way too fast, so we packed it full. We met my mom and Aunt Teighynne for a haircut for Porter and one last Braum's trip. 
Then we met Granny V, Jessica and Regan at Chick-Fil-A and then went to the pool. 
We visited Aunt MaeMae at Starbucks and I had my first drink with my name spelled correctly. 
After naps, we hung out with Grandpa Mark while we packed our stuff, then we met Granny V for one last dinner of good Mexican food at Pepe's. We headed to the lake house that night to cut down the 18 hour drive. 

The next morning, we hit the road. 
Somehow we ran out of room for the pack and play so Jared had to sleep with Paxton and I had to sleep with Porter...needless to say, nobody got much sleep. 
I think we were all a little glad to be back home in our own rooms and beds, even though we were sad to leave. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day of Preschool

Paxton officially started preschool yesterday. He went two times in May before the year ended, but this was his first day for the actual school year. 
When we got to school, his teacher came out and got him and I told him I'd be back soon. As I was walking away he said "Wait Mommy, I need a hug!" I turned around and gave him a hug and told him bye again. Then as I was walking off he said "Wait Mommy, I need a kiss!" So of course I gave him a kiss. Then he hugged my legs and said "I love you so much" and my heart melted. 

After we picked him up (with a new truck and tractor), we met Ben at Goodberry's for some first day of school ice cream. 
Ben had plain vanilla ice cream, so Paxton shared his chocolate with sprinkles with Ben. 
(Paxton also threw his brand new truck and tractor, Porter's pacifier, Ben's cars, and Emeline's sippy cup in the fountain but we don't have to talk about that.)

I think he had a fun first day. He talked about how he stacked the blocks, played with a monster truck and made the "p" sound so he said we would go back next week if we buy him a fox backpack. 

16 Months!

Another month has flown by and Porter is 16 months old now! 
(Side note: Jared will not let the boys wear this outfit because the last time Paxton wore it he was mistaken for a girl three times in about 10 minutes...but I like it...)
The biggest change this month is that Porter is walking! One day he was maybe taking two steps, the next day he was literally walking across the living room. He LOVES it and it is impossible to keep him contained. He still can't stand up without pulling up so he walks until he trips then crawls to the nearest wall or furniture and pulls up. He walks with his hands up by his shoulders (Jared likes to say he's showing his muscles) and he always has the biggest smile. It's adorable and my favorite thing. 
His vocabulary just keeps expanding. I would guess he has about 25 words now. His newest words are "dooce" (juice), "ju ju" (choo choo), and "I yuh yuh" (I love you). He randomly says "hey" to people when we're out in public which goes right along with his brother saying "hi guys" to random people. 
He is turning into a little stinker. He loves to head for the stairs and try to climb them whenever the baby gate is down, he gets the remote and pauses whatever show someone is watching, he pushes things off the coffee table...he always gets his ornery little smirk and takes off for whatever activity he knows he shouldn't be doing. 
He is also a really big helper. We always make Paxton take his plate to the sink when he is done eating and lately, Porter has been taking his too without us even asking. He waddles over to the sink with his plate and stretches up as high as he can and then throws usually just bounces right back out. He cleans up the toys when we ask him to and sometimes when we don't. A lot of times he will follow the other babies at our play group around and clean up after them. If we give him a rag, he'll wipe off the table or his face. He is also really good at bringing us specific things that we ask for (like his socks from across the room). 
He's still a little cuddler and walks over to me multiple times a day and says "up" for some snuggles. He likes to give kisses too. 
He loves being read to and brings me books all day long. He loves cars, tools, Paxton's tent, his farm animals, sliding and anything Paxton is playing with. The only thing he doesn't like is getting in trouble. 
His little feet have finally grown and he is fitting into the shoes Paxton wore at 12 months. He is quickly growing out of his 12-18 month clothes. 
Porter is at my favorite stage right now. I love watching him learn to walk and realize that he's doing something awesome.