Friday, January 19, 2018

Dear Elijah,

Two. Years. Old. My baby! You hardly have baby tendencies left, you are getting so big. I apologize in advance writing this letter so late after your birthday. I was hoping to take some semi-decent photos of you before writing them, but I will just have to add them in later as well. I cannot wait any longer to tell you what an amazing little boy you are!

You haven't gained much weight in a year, but you've gotten taller. People comment on how tall you seem (but really you are right where you should be). You've gone from a decent eater to a bad one! It's not that you refuse different foods, you just refuse to eat in general. There are foods you do not refuse if offered to you, they just tend to not be nutrient dense and sugar-filled. Your favorite foods are chocolate milk (you ask for it every day), cereal, hamburgers, and yogurt. Maybe when you hit a growth spurt your appetite will increase.

You always been a pretty happy guy, and for the most part you still are. Now, however, you know how to throw a mean tantrum when told no or when Joey takes a toy away. I understand, it's hard to communicate when you don't have a lot of words, or when no one understands what you are trying to say. At times, you do get upset over petty things and it's hard to have patience, but I'm trying, little guy! You are starting to say more words and repeat words, but few are discernible to ears outside our home. Words said include car, spaceship, boat, plane, choo-choo (for train), muau (milk), chaw-et (chocolate), bowl, cer-o (cereal), da-ee (daddy), mama, Jo-eh (Joey), shoes, beanbee (binky), dow (dog), Pawtrol (Paw Patrol), poop, show, heh-o (help), hur (hurt), ow, go, nose, and pizza. You can also say cute animal noises.

Some of your favorite things to do include whatever Joey is doing, running around, giving kisses, watching Paw Patrol, and being outside. It has been cold lately in Texas, so we haven't been going out as much. Instead, I just sign you and your brother up for a gymnastics class. You like a lot of it, but since you are in a different age group, you want to follow Joey around but can't. I hope you still share that desire to be with him and play together. I think both of you are getting along better (or I just turn a blind eye more often and let you guys figure things out yourselves). You can hold your own a lot better than a year ago.

You love nursery at church and it's such a shame you turn three right before the New Year this year so that time is cut short. I feel bad that we don't have a lot of time with other kids, but you can get a little rough and randomly hit kids (for fun, not because you are angry). You're brother is your best friend. Maybe that will change because you will become a big brother this year! I hope you learn how to be more gentle with this new baby coming. You have to learn to share your mama at least.

I have a feeling you will grow so much this coming year! I already see the new things you learn each day and the new independence that you try to show. Hopefully we can channel that new independence in more productive things instead of refusing naps. This mama is not ready for that. You are a beautiful son of God and I love your sweet kisses and cuddles. Always be your happy self! I love you so much!

Love, Mama

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Halloween Extravaganza 2017

This is actually Kiley posting, not Sam. Some catching up to do, so this post will be a little long! We had a blast here in Texas and never celebrated Halloween with such vigor. It even lasted beyond October! I'll let the pictures do most of the talking and caption all the stories.

Grandma Hobbs sent a Halloween care package in the mail
 and the boys had a field day over it. Here they painted Halloween crafts.

Left:Making a pumpkin snowman. Right: Joey's new Halloween socks.

Joey broke our mirror on Saturday the 14th (a day too late, haha).
 Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Patching, 10/14/17
We went to Braune Farms to pick our pumpkins out. We rode in on a tractor (not the one pictured).

We always spend the most time in the corn pit.

It was a hot day! One of those times you try to will Autumn to come faster I guess.

Hay bales to climb! Eli's in heaven!

And slides to slide!
Goats, sheep, and pigs, oh my!

They muddied up really fast!

Other activities included golf, bouncy castle, face painting,
 and purchasing candy apples and other goodies.

Is it a sheep or goat?

Joey always picks a half rotten pumpkin every year and refuses to switch it out.
Sam chose an expensive size, and Eli doesn't care as long as he has one.
 Neighborhood Party

Police doing a demonstration at our Neighborhood's Fall Party.

Joey wanted to be a firefighter for Halloween, so he was in heaven.

Most of the food was gone when we got there, but there was still some popcorn.

This and the Bouncy House were Joey's favorites here.
 Cookie Time

Joey in heaven decorating pumpkin cookies. Not a bad job on his part!

Sam came out with the best cookies this time round.

Finished Products.

We dropped some off at our neighbors' house and got asked for the recipe.
Successful batch this year!
Elementary School's Carnival

Joey's school hosted a carnival and it was so fun. This time the weather was very windy,
but Joey loved it (especially that root bear float!)

The school's spirit squad. They are so cute I had to snap a shot.
I really like Joey's school and his teachers.
(Can you spot the girl that's taller than me?)
Zoo Boo

This one we just happened upon. We were getting Halloweened Out, so I wasn't
looking for something to do, but going to the zoo proved to be extra fun! 
Pumpkin Decorating 

I decided to try something different on my pumpkin this year, and it turned out so beautiful. Crayons, hot glue, and a blow dryer (it does get messy!)

Eli scooping out the guck.

My pumpkin was done, so I had camera duty!

He looks so old in this picture! Joey went for a traditional face.

Sam wanted to make Joey's favorite character off Paw Patrol.

His definitely took the longest.

The result!

Hallow's Eve.

Day of the Dead/Halloween/Book of Life Ward Party 11/3/2017

"I'm David Pumpkins!"

"And I'm Part of It!"

Recycled Yoda costume.

Joey the Firefighter

Amazing decorations!

"I'm going to scare the heck out of you!"

"Any questions?"
Other notes:

We went to Sea World to go trick or treating but we didn't take any pictures! Bummer. It was really cute, but I think they pulled out their big guns for the adults (which happened after our bedtime) so we didn't go see the haunted houses and such.

On actual Halloween it rained cats and dogs. We went out during the wrong part of the night because it cleared up after we finished. It was nice meeting some of our neighbors. One house we were about to walk up to had a skunk cross the porch. Um, no thanks!

The ward party was the only time Sam and I dressed up. We showed up a little late, but it took a while before dinner was served, and by the time any other activity was going to start, we had to go home for Sam's bedtime. It was a bummer for us, but it was a really cool theme otherwise! They had the Family History consultant talk, a haunted graveyard, and a pinata filled with candy, along with a chili cook off. Oh well!

We'll see if next year comes close to what we did this year!