Monday, October 19, 2015

Walker at 22 months!

I truly can't believe our little guy will be 2 years old at the end of this year!  It seems like just yesterday that I was pregnant with him, and shortly thereafter carrying his happy self everywhere!  As I have eluded to in previous posts, Walker has turned into our terrible two year toddler the past several months with no signs of letting up.  Now don't get me wrong, he can be the sweetest, funniest boy, but that typically occurs when he is getting all of the attention, has had plenty of rest and has a full belly.  So we can have really good days, but it more difficult to control with the other two kiddos around.

I love periodic updates to document his personality and milestones, so I don't forget, and he knows how he was at this age.  So here it goes:

Walker LOVES his family!  He is very attached to Bennett, or "B-B" as he affectionately calls her.  However, he and "Pess" have a special bond too, as they are our two early risers.  Since Walker was very young, Preston has climbed into his crib to play with him, and lift him out before anyone else is awake.  Lately he likes his morning OJ, so I put two sippy cups in the fridge each night and Preston gets them out for each of them (before we even wake up).  Nothing makes us happier than seeing the three of them interact and genuinely love each other. 

Walker has spent more time in timeout at 1.5 years old than either of our older children.  Initially he would just walk away, but he has gotten better about staying put and looking into the corner of two walls.  He cries most times he is put in timeout, but other times he will just look at us with the "whatever" face.

This pitiful face used to cause all of us to give in, but now Bennett is the only one that comforts him anytime he cries.  Thank goodness for my little mama.

Walker still doesn't talk a lot.  He really tries, but much of what he says is still difficult to interpret for non-family members (even us sometimes).  I am hoping his love of being read books helps him talk more clearly soon, as it should help cut down on his frustration.

reading "Stinky Face," his favorite book
Walker LOVES music!  For the most part, he prefers current pop music, and can't even help himself from dancing.  He shakes his hips, throws his arms up, hops a little and twirls around.  Nothing makes me smile bigger than watching him carry around a phone or iPad listening to music.  Only a video does this justice.

Walker LOVES sweets, particularly donuts!  Overall he is a pretty good eater, but when he is full or isn't feeling something - he pushes it away, or feeds it to Beckham.  On average he eats one really good meal a day, typically lunch or dinner.  He loves his milk and orange juice, but mainly drinks water like our other two.  Like our whole family, he enjoys his Mexican food...chips, salsa, cheese dip and anything else we put in front of him.

He can eat healthy though

Other random things....Walker is obsessed with his blanket and carries it around like Linus.  It is always filthy because it goes outside, it is at the dinner table, and walker rubs his dirty face on it all of the time.  He loves to "col la," especially since his artwork on our furniture several weeks back.  We have hidden all of our markers and pens, but he doesn't discriminate with pencils and crayons.  We just make sure to hand him the writing utensil WITH a coloring book or paper.  He has a mouth full of teeth, 12 to be exact, with 4 more coming in a little each day.

I give Walker a bad rap because he tires me out each and every day, but he is my baby.  He really is everyone's baby....he is spoiled rotten.  And thankfully for him, he is a beautiful boy with those blue eyes, pouty lips and very blonde hair.  And when he smiles....we all melt!  We love you buddy!

Walker at 21.5 months old

Saturday, October 17, 2015

A Beautiful Fall Day at Its Best!

George, Pres, Brooks and Ty
While Steve is away hunting, I am holding down the fort.  As most Saturdays are, we had a very busy day.  We started off in West Homewood watching Preston play flag football.  Sadly Bennett and I had to leave for her volleyball game and missed the two touchdowns he made for his team which led to their FIRST win all season!  Thankfully Mimi and Papa were there for his great game!  To say that Pres was excited about his performance is an understatement.

Meanwhile, over on the other side of Homewood, Bennett played volleyball.  She had a great game too, but it wasn't enough.  The poor lima beans lost another game.  But her spirit and love for the sport haven't waivered.

After lunch, the kids played outside until we headed to a friend's party at her family farm.  It was a beautiful fall day with 70 degree temps....perfection!

The kids each had friends there, so they immediately found them.  Pres started throwing the football, and Bennett did crafts.  Shortly thereafter, we took a hayride to the pumpkin patch.  Of course all of the older kids wanted the huge pumpkins, and Walker just wanted one that he could carry.

Jennifer did a great job planning this party with games like needle in the haystock, bobbing for apples, and lots of tasty snacks. Fun was definitely had by everyone, but I can only chase Walker for so long, so we packed up and drove home.

kids with their pumpkins
Chrissi, Nicole, me, Jennifer and Shannon

Sunday, October 11, 2015

SCE Owl Prowl!

Every Fall at Shades Cahaba, the kids participate in a fun run.  The older kids run just under a mile, and the Kindergartners and 1st grades run 1/2 mile. 
Though Preston didn't care if I ran with him or not, I elected to do it just to pace him.  The kid takes off like a bullet, and then peters out.  Sadly this day was no different.  He is so competitive, there was no way he was going to let one of his little friends get an early lead.  So he shot off, and left me in his dust.  I didn't catch him until he made the turn (all of the kids look the same wearing their school shirts), but as soon as I saw him I could tell he was upset.  I asked him if his asthma was bothering him (it wasn't), and he finally admitted that he wanted to win, but knew that there were a couple of kids ahead of him.  So we put it into high gear and booked it all the way back to the school and down the small hill into the finish line.  Sadly he didn't place (they give awards for the top 3 kids in each grade), but he was definitely in the top ten....but that wasn't good enough.  I love Preston's drive, but if he doesn't win - he is not a happy camper.

with Jon David (P crying because he didn't win)
B and her 3rd grade girlfriends
Bennett, on the other hand, would have been as happy as a clam to just cheer on her friends and brother from the sidelines.....but she ran too.  She loved having me run with her to keep her going.

Thankfully it was a perfect day, sunny and not too hot.  In addition, every child walked away with a ribbon, regardless if they placed.

Bennett right before she started
Tate and Bennett did it!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Our Cute Lil Lima Bean

This fall Bennett decided to try something new....volleyball!  She plays for the YMCA, which is a great motivating environment.  She practices twice a week, and has games on Saturday mornings.  So far, she loves it!  Thanks to Aunt Shell, she can now serve the ball over the net.  She, along with the rest of her teammates, are still a little shy when it comes to hitting a serve or volleying the ball though.  Therefore they haven't won yet, but they have a few more games, so maybe they will get the big "W" before the season is up.

We are thrilled that she is having fun and enjoying it though, and hoping that she chooses to continue playing in the spring.  We don't know that much about volleyball, but we are slowly learning alongside of Bennett!

We especially love our lil lima bean, and her darling uniform!