Counting, Cooking, and first view of the new one

Ok it's late, so I'll make this quick. This is totally and completely a bragging mom post with random subjects put together. First off, tonight Tyson counted to 10 by himself, TWICE!!! All the way from 1 to 10! He's done part of it before but never the whole thing without help. He still doesn't do it consistently, but since he did it twice I'm counting it. (get it, counting, haha) btw, if this is normal for a kid who just turned 2, don't tell me that :)

And, he started a new thing during bath time where he "makes dinner" and asks me to eat it. Last night, he made hot dogs and tonight he made grilled cheese. (Really he pours water from a bowl into a plastic basket and wants me to drink out of it). But hey, to him he made mommy a meal!

Lastly... I went to the Dr. today for my once a month checkup. We were going to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time. Well, she had a hard time finding it with the little doppler device so she said "hey let's just do an ultrasound. The machine is right here anyways." YAY! So I got to see the new one for the first time. Everything looked great. No pics yet, hopefully we'll get one next week when we (hopefully) find out the sex!

Torno Christmas

We headed to Corpus on Christmas Eve for a few days. We had fun seeing family, giving and receiving gifts, and getting to spend more than 36 hours there for once. Daddy got to go hunting twice but unfortunately didn't get to shoot anything. There were a lot of good pictures and I had a hard time deciding which ones to include, as you can see...

Until now, mommy was probably the only one who knew about this. Before bath time on Christmas Eve, Tyson wanted to wash his hands. He did, but then put his soapy hands in his hair. He thought it was tons of fun. Since he was about to take a bath anyways, I let him keep doing it. I think he would have used the entire soap bottle if I had let him.

Grandpa read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to Tyson. We also tried to read The Polar Express, but he's not quite ready to sit through that one, so we made up our own story to go with the pictures.

Tyson's big present from Santa... a 4 wheeler! (Or tractor, as he insists)

This had to be the most genuine, happy reaction I've seen a kid have when opening a gift. Hannah was so excited and said "it's exactly what I really wanted!" in the cutest voice. I wish I had it on video. (I think it was a littlest pet shop toy)

Bow head!

We spent Christmas morning trying to convince Tyson that it's fun to press the button on his tractor to make it go by itself. At first he just wanted to scoot or have someone else push the button.

Benjamin sporting his new bike from Santa

Christine trying to show Tyson how to push the button...

Success! It was liking teaching a kid how to ride a bike without training wheels (I think). We were so excited when he finally did it by himself. Now it's hard to get him off of it.

The whole Ray Torno family

Christmas wouldn't be complete without playing in the pool!! (We thought he was going to jump in... absolutely no fear...)


Moriarty Christmas

This was our year to spend Christmas with the Torno's, so we did the Moriarty Christmas before we left on Dec. 23rd. Jammy always has the house all decked out in Christmas decorations and does special things to make it fun. We were lucky to have Nam and Howie (mommy's maternal grandparents) in town from Georgia and Uncle Nick and Aunt Amber in from Colorado!

Mommy got a new camera for Christmas (THANKS DADDY!). I got it a little early so I could use it for Christmas. Thank goodness because I was about to throw my other one out the window.

The famous couch picture - we try to do this every year, sitting in the same order... awww....

He loved this tractor and didn't have time to stop to take a picture, but did it anyways


Tyson's going to be a...

That's right! Mommy is

with kiddo #2!! The newest member of our family is expected to arrive around July 20th, which puts me at 10 weeks tomorrow. So far it's been pretty easy, only a few days of feeling bad. I never actually got sick with Tyson and so far this one has been about the same! I am gaining weight faster though - atleast in the tummy area :) I'm sure all of the holiday meals aren't helping. Ahhhh... oh well.

We're excited, but it's hard to get a read on Tyson. If we ask him if he wants a little brother or sister, he says "no" right away. But, if we ask him if he wants a little friend to play with he says "YEP!" I'm sure he won't fully understand it until he realizes that the new one's here to stay. We have him on video talking about this, but free time is pretty limited these days, so it may not make it on the site for awhile :)

A visit with Santa

This picture was actually taken before Thanksgiving. I just haven't posted it because we wanted to use it on our Christmas cards. (We mailed them on Friday, so if you don't get one in a few days I may have misplaced something, shoot me an email at ginny.torno@gmail.com)

I had Tyson all hyped up to see Santa. We had been reading Santa books at night and that day I kept asking him if he wanted to see Santa and tell him what he wanted for Christmas. He was really excited about it. So we made the trek to the mall, where there was no line. He was really excited until I got him out of the stroller and *tried* to put him in Santa's lap. Then it was freakout time. Santa got him to stand next to him on the bench, but he still wasn't too happy about that...

Oh well. Maybe next year!


Birthday Fun

We had a fun-filled, action packed weekend in Corpus. Tyson had his 2nd birthday party at Chuck E Cheese's with all of the (in-state) family! It was a blast. It'll take me awhile to put it all together, so here's a few of my favorite pics so far. Thanks for all of his fun presents.

He got a Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck toy... this is his reaction when he saw Mickey. Pretty excited, don't you think? He actually did this for a lot of his presents and then got more and more frustrated as his new toys would get taken away so he could open the next one!

First week

Well, we survived my first week at my new job. I sure am a lot more tired than I was the week before. What can I say, I'm a night owl and have a hard time going to bed at a reasonable time. I really like the company and the people there. It's a lot different than what I'm used to, in a good way. The drive wasn't too bad (...like it wasn't more than an hour and 15 one way), except on Wednesday and Thursday when we had the bad weather... then it was horrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible.

Our house is officially on the market now, after weeks of HARD work. Our neighbors have already let us know they aren't happy with our decision to move, but we just can't keep this up forever. It's just too far to drive for both of us and it's not fair to Tyson either. We're in a great neighborhood and have excellent neighbors... hint hint.... :)


A new adventure

Mommy is starting a new job tomorrow! I accepted an offer with Counterforce, a security company, about two weeks ago. I'll be their IT Systems Supervisor. Ever since then, we've been running around at 100 mph trying to get our house ready to put on the market while I was still home. The office is south of downtown so it doesn't make sense for both of us to be driving that far every day. So, if you know of anyone wanting to move to the Spring/ Woodlands area, let us know!

I'm excited about the opportunity so let's hope it all goes well!


Happy Birthday Tyson!!

Can't believe our big/little guy is 2 years old today! I don't have much time so this will be quick. He gets to skip school today with mommy! We started out the day by going to his 2 year well visit appointment (yeah, it was kind of mean to schedule it on his birthday). He actually did much better than normal, much less freaking out. I don't know what we'd do if we didn't have a good doctor. Here's his measurements/ percentiles:

height: 35.5 inches - 75-90% (means he should be atleast 6'0" - 6'1" as an adult - yea!)
weight: 27 lb 10 oz - 50% (it would help if he wasn't so picky)
head: 50 cm - 75%

He started out in the upper 90%s in his first year, but he's still on a steady growth curve so Dr. LaCour is still happy with his progression. He passed all of the "abilites" questions so he's right on track!

Then we headed to Chuck E Cheese to play for awhile and he loved it. They had a huge tube system with slides coming off of it but he was a little too short to climb up it. We'll have to try again next weekend with all of his cousins! He had fun playing a lot of other games.

At home, I surprised him with his big present from mommy and daddy - his own table and chairs! (I know, it's REALLY exciting... !!!)

We'll write more later! Happy Birthday!


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy early Thanksgiving!! Today I went to Tyson's Thanksgiving feast at school. I was in charge of bringing the tablecloths and paper plates. It's pretty sad when the grocery store completely skips over Thanksgiving decorations (I went on Monday!!) and all they had out was Christmas stuff. It was fun - all he ate was his roll, cranberry sauce (which he inhaled), and pie. Ahhh... I still remember the days when he would eat anything we put in his mouth.

Oh, and he grabbed my cup of juice while I was talking to Ms. Kay and spilled it all down his shirt!


Terrible Twos

I started writing this about the first story, then it snowballed, so I'm turning it into the terrible two post. Tyson's getting wiser in his (almost) 2 year old age. He started a new thing in the past week where he tells me (or screams) that he went poo-poo (sorry Amber). He does it because he wants to get out of something. Usually he's in his car seat or high chair when he does it. The thing is, he didn't go. And he's not in the middle of going either, he just wants to get out. Tricky guy.

He says "no" to EVERYTHING. Even things he wants. He says no first and then says yep. Sometimes he also hits when he says no.

We have to trick or "convince" him to get him to change his clothes. Including putting his jacket on to go outside, his favorite thing in the world. He HATES changing clothes. Mostly just his shirts. He's gone to school in his PJ shirt a few times lately. One day they kept him in it until 2:30 because he fought them so much on it too.

Lastly, he runs from us ALL THE TIME. It's funny when he does it while we're playing. Not while we're trying to get him dressed and/or put his diaper on. He's pretty fast too, you have to actually run now to catch him. Here's some examples from tonight. He had decided to take his clothes off after dinner, and ran around in a diaper the rest of the night. This was one of the funny times. My camera was on some funky mode so some of them look strange.

Everything being said, there are plenty of good, sweet and funny things that he does. He is a very sweet, loving kiddo who will always give out hugs, kisses and high fives any time we ask. He volunteers them a lot too. He comes upstairs for bath time the first time we ask every night. He goes to bed, at nap time and bed time, without a complaint, every day. He hasn't woken up in the middle of the night since he was 7 weeks old, unless he was sick. He makes you feel like you won the lottery when you pick him up from school or a sitter. He obeys (most of the time). And much more. We know this is a normal phase and especially normal for boys. We wouldn't change a thing about him and love every minute we get to spend with him. We can't even imagine what it would be like without him in our lives. It's hard to believe it's been almost 2 years!!!


Let there be TRUCKS

I spoke too soon the other day when I said there were no such things as trucks. Now there are!! Finally! They're called "tucks." Now we just have to work on helicopters and motorcycles.


Cowboys and... ???

Before you read the rest of this post, answer this question in your head: "What is Tyson dressed up as in this picture?"

I don't know about you, but my first reaction, especially with Thanksgiving coming up, is to say "an Indian". His class made feather headpieces and drums as part of their Thanksgiving activities. He got to take them home today. On our way out, we went into the office to pick up his inhaler, and the assistant director said "Oh Tyson, you look like such a cute little Indian." The director then said "He's a Native American."

For some reason, the first thing that popped into my head was, "so, in a few years is Tyson going to play Cowboys and Native Americans??" I understand the whole PC movement, but sometimes, just let it go. Sheesh.


Teddy Bears and more words

Tyson has come a long way since Tuesday, when he started taking his inhaler four times a day. It has been a HUGE battle to get him to do it, especially if there's only one person giving it to him. It's almost impossible then. He did much better at school when they gave it to him. He also eats all kinds of food at school that he refuses to eat at home. Nice how they do that. But I digress.

Ms. Kay gave us a tip that she tried to try to get him to calm down during "inhaler time". The tube has teddy bears on the side of it. She told him to hold the teddy bears while she was getting his medicine ready. Funny how that works, it makes him take it really well until about the last puff. He is SO much better at doing it now and even takes big breaths for us. Yea :) Only a few more days of it anyways, luckily.

I also had to share/ document some of the words he says now that would probably need translation, but mommy and daddy know what he's saying:

"ha-sai" = outside
"bike-ick" = bike (ick???)
"toss" = trash
"ha-pai" = airplane
"a-fant" = elephant
"mommyny mouse" = Mickey Mouse
"flawfow" = flower
"wawo" = water
"blbloose", "tattoos", or "bubbles" = balloons (we just worked on this tonight, and we had a white balloon, so I think he thought it was really a big bubble)
"tatows" = tractors (this one needs more explanation. Trucks and tractors are both tractors. There is still no such thing as a truck. There are now only cars, tractors, buses, airplanes, and trains (choo-choos). You would think in Texas, he sees enough trucks...)

We've also decided that he's made an early entrance into the Terrible Two's. But ...that will be discussed in a later post.


Here we go again...

Ok, so we were just kidding about Tyson not being sick when he slept for 13 hours. Saturday afternoon he developed a deep sounding, nasty cough. He sounds like an 85 year old man that's been smoking his whole life. On Sunday, mom and dad started feeling bad too.

Tyson saw Dr. LaCour today and now he's on an inhaler (same meds as the breathing machine we had in April, just a less scary way to give it to him), steroids to open his breathing passageways up again, and a prescription strength nasal spray. So fun. Poor kid. If his nose doesn't stop running by the time his birthday rolls around, it's time for allergy testing. That's supposed to be hard on him so we're trying one last thing before we go down that road. Let's hope he can get some relief soon!


13 Hours?!

It's about 10:15 AM and we were all just woken up about 30 minutes ago by Tyson! That's 13 hours of sleep for him - which shatters his previous record of 11.5! He did cough for a little while last night, but still - he usually automatically wakes up by 8 at the latest no matter what. He's not sick, just needed sleep I guess. Maybe it has to do with his snuggly pj's - we broke out the one piece pj's last night for the first time this season. I think kiddos look so cute in them!

This morning I asked him if he liked his pj's and he said "YEPPPPPPP" (emphasis on the P). That's his new buzzword. It cracks us up, and his teachers laugh every time he says it too. It just sounds funny coming from a little guy.


Regal Ranch

Last Saturday we went to a picnic that Steve's company was hosting. They went all-out - they brought in 2 different inflatable jumping things for kids, a rock climbing wall, the ranch also had a lot of attractions w/o that stuff, and all kinds of activities and food. When we got there, there weren't a whole lot of people yet so we had the "choo choo" to ourselves. Tyson loved riding it. He ended up riding it 3 different times.

First time..

Second time... notice the inflatable thing in the background. It's an obstacle course. Tyson wouldn't go in the "normal" jumpy house but we eventually convinced him to go into this one. He had a blast and it was hard to get him out of it. He had to crawl through holes, climb up a ladder and go down a slide (all inflatable). We were so proud that he overcame his shyness and had fun in there. We have video of it but that would probably only be interesting to mommy and daddy :)

3rd time - this time, most of the management team from Steve's project rode the train together. It was fun. The guys had a hard time fitting into it though. I don't think it's meant for people who are over 5 feet tall. Clayton and Kristina rode with our family - they're getting married tomorrow!! Congrats!


Happy Halloween!

Tyson was really excited when we got his tiger costume a few weeks ago. He wanted to put it on and wore it all night (that night). We should have taken a lot of pictures then, because since then it's been a battle to get him into it. He loves tigers, just didn't want to dress up I guess! His teachers got him to put on the whole get-up, although he wasn't happy about it at first. At night, we only got him into the main tiger suit, and even that was hard to do. Luckily he loves pumpkins so we told him he had to put it on to go see them! He wouldn't say trick or treat, but we did get him to say "bye" to people atleast. I took too many pics to post, so I'm trying this slide show idea. It has pics from his school party and from trick or treating. Maybe next year he'll be more into it :)

NEW... video clip of Tyson learning about our sick little pumpkin!