Happy Birthday Grandma!

We messed up and didn't send Grandma a card or a gift on time for her birthday today. I try hard to get people's birthday gifts to them on time so I'm disappointed I messed up this year. Things have been a little crazy lately, to say the least. We did ask Tyson to say Happy Birthday to Grandma, and say all of his grandparent's names....



Tyson is a Butterfly

This week Tyson got moved up to the "Butterfly" room. At his school, they move the kids up based on milestones and abilities, not just strictly on age. It's one of the reasons we chose to take him there. The Butterfly room is for kids who are just starting to talk, but aren't 2 yet. He gets to play on a bigger playground now, which has a slides and a sandbox. He was ready to move up.

We got lucky because Ms. Kay, one of the "floater" teachers who used to spend time in his old class ("Ladybugs"), got promoted to a full-time teacher and is now in the Butterfly room! I think that made his transition a lot easier - he's always loved Ms. Kay. His other teacher is new, Ms. Crystal. He seems to have an instant bond with her too. He HAS to tell both of them bye before we leave or... he throws a fit. He gives them both kisses and waves to them when we're leaving. The other day he threw a fit in the parking lot and I finally saw Ms. Crystal walking to her car. So, we had to tell her bye again :)

I have to give a shout-out to his Ladybug teachers, Ms. Ashley and Ms. Rachel. They really made his transition to day care better for him. They did everything they could to keep him happy those first couple of weeks. We could tell he was learning a lot from them and loved being with them. He still sees them since they're next door to his new class. I wanted to take a picture of them with him yesterday, but Ms. Ashley was out. We'll have to sneak one in later and put it up!


Wrestlemania and fits

Four new rituals have suddenly surfaced in the past week that I thought I'd share.

1) Every morning that Tyson goes to school, he decides he wants to take something with him. Sometimes it's reasonable (the lamb/sheep toy), but most of the time it's not (his huge teddy bear that's bigger than him, the video camera...). So, when I tell him he can't take the unreasonable stuff he throws a fit.

2) Every night after dinner now, we have "Wrestlemania." Tyson runs and jumps on us, climbs up our backs and wants to be flipped over. This can last anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. It's pretty fun, but sometimes he pulls hair, which leads into the next one...

3) He purposely runs into us with toys or "hurts" us so he can give us a kiss to make our owie better. But, sometimes instead of a kiss he gives us a head-butt. (???)

4) Every night before bed, we give him some milk and read a few books. He refuses to drink his milk while we're reading, but throws a fit when it's time to go to bed and reaches for his cup. If we give it to him, he doesn't drink it, just wants to hold it. Of course we won't let him take milk to bed with him (yuck), so he throws another fit. I guess we're getting into a fit-throwing stage!

They really do grow up too fast!!


Basketball and funny talk

Today Tyson was obsessed with playing basketball. He was very vocal while he was playing so I turned on the camera. Now you can see some of his dialect in full force :) I swear near the end he says "two at once."

Also, just had to share his guilty face... he got caught checking out a Fredericks of Hollywood catalog!

Fireman's hats are only cool these days if you wear them crooked.

Last thing, an update on the lovies. The teddy bear appears to be a one-time thing, but it looks like the sheep/lamb is here to stay, for now atleast! Now we're trying to come up with a name for it. Suggestions are welcomed!


Too many lovies?

Those of you who have taken care of Tyson for any period of time know that he is EXTREMELY attached to his pacifier and soft blue blanket. Today, I think he's added one or maybe even two more lovies (let's hope it was just a one-time occurrence).

When I was getting Tyson ready for school, he kept pointing at his pile of stuffed animals. He was pretty adamant about wanting one of them. Most of the time, he plays with other toys and just occasionally runs and jumps into his pile of stuffed animals. He went and picked up a stuffed sheep and acted like he does this every day.

I let him take it in the car and figured he will forget about it by the time we get to school. Well - he threw a fit when I tried to leave it in the car. So, we showed Ms. Ashley his new best friend. He kept it through the day and slept with it during nap.

When it was time for his bath tonight, he started looking around and doing his sign language for his blanket (all were downstairs, and so was the sheep). So, I grabbed his teddy bear out of his crib and he decided that was a good substitute. OR, ADDITION. When we got downstairs he also grabbed the sheep and his blanket. He apparently needed all of them to get in the crib with him. I barely made it up the stairs carrying him and all of his new loveys...


Fire truck

Tonight our neighborhood celebrated "national night out". It was really last tuesday, but since the hurricane, er, tropical storm, er, non-threatening rain was blowing through that day, they moved it. There were 4 different "stations" with activities, and one of them happened to be at the end of our street.

We decided to take Tyson down the street to see the big fire truck. He loves his toy fire trucks, but when a fire truck came to visit his school, they said he was afraid of it. Maybe it was just because we weren't there with him, because he loved this one. He doesn't understand the concept of taking turns yet (major problem at the water park in Chicago, lol). He did pretty well with it though. I would just tell him he had 30 more seconds to sit in it when another kid walked up (I'm sure he understood exactly what I meant...)

The firemen even turned on the lights, sirens and blew the horn for the kids. I think he's a fan of them now!


Walking on the stairs

Our big guy is now walking up and down the stairs. He tried it this week and decided that now it's the only way to go. He's been practicing it all week and gets really excited when he does it. This video is a little long ~ he's careful with each step. He's also rapidly picking up on his vocabulary and tells us things all the time, whether it's in English or Tyson's dialect - there's some of that in the video. (We're still compiling pics from the family vacation, then we can update more about that too!)


20 Months

It seems a little silly sometimes to keep doing monthly updates on Tyson. Now that he is 20 MONTHS OLD, he basically just keeps expanding on the things he can already do (talking more and more, being more outgoing and energetic every day (boy did we learn all about that on our vacation ;-)). But, we are just too proud of him so I'll do a post anyways!

Tyson is so independent. He wants to do everything by himself and hates to ask us for help. The only exception is when he's sick or just waaaaay too tired to function. Just last night, we went jogging around the block to get in some exercise before the storm hits. When we got back he had to push the stroller up and down the street to show me he could do it himself. He is finally tall enough to reach the top handle of both strollers (taken with ghetto phone camera)...


His favorite things to do - learn new words, hit (yuck), play in water, give kisses and hugs (he actually gives "clean" kisses, not sloppy wet open-mouth ones like a lot of kids do)
I'm sure I am forgetting something important, but we'll update it later if we remember and we love you Tyson!!


We're back!

We're back from our 8-day trip across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. I don't think we could have possibly seen more relatives than we saw in that short time span. We started out with my mom's side of the family in Minnesota and went to cousin Ben and Audrey's wedding. We hit up the Mall of America before driving to Wisconsin on Monday to start the Moriarty family reunion. We had fun there hanging out with Grammy, Uncle Bruce and Aunt Jacque's family. We decided not to go to Lambeau field because everyone is pretty mad about the whole Brett Favre situation. So instead, we went on a river canoeing trip that day. I could probably write a whole separate post just about that day. Here's a basic summary:

1. The river was WAY too low to let anyone over 120 lbs canoe through it without dragging on the bottom the whole time
2. On the way to the drop-off point, the guide told us "at one point you will go through a lake. Whatever you do, DO NOT flip people's canoes or get into the water in the lake. It's full of leaches and all kinds of other nasty things." Well, Steve and my canoe sunk to the bottom of that very lake. Uncle Bruce said he has never seen me move so fast in my life. It couldn't have taken more than 5 seconds to sink and I was scrambling to get to the shore. Steve toughed it out and stood in the canoe in the NASTY water so he could try to pull it back up (somehow he and Bruce got it out of the water)
3. After everyone had sunk/ capsized too many times to count, Nick and Amber's canoe turned over in the middle of some rocks near the end of the trip. Nick decided to take out his frustration on the canoe. I was around the corner (trying to fix our stupid canoe) so all I could hear was loud cracking sounds. I looked up and there was a guy playing a guitar on the shore close to Nick. I wish I could have taken a picture of that guy's face. He looked like he was watching someone get killed.

Basically, don't EVER go to Dink's Dock in Wisconsin if you want to go on a canoeing trip.

On Wednesday we headed down to Chicago with Grammy and Uncle Bruce's family to meet up with Aunt Lynn's and Aunt Mary Kay's crew. We went to the zoo on Wednesday, went to a brand new water park on Thursday and went downtown to the Aquarium on Friday. I never thought I would appreciate Houston traffic, but now I do. No matter what time of day or night we went somewhere in Chicago, it was stop and go traffic. Unbelievable.

Here's a few pics of our journey. I'll post more once everyone has had a chance to share pics together. I know there are some great ones on other people's cameras.

All of the Moriarty boy cousins (except Brett) and Tyson
Tyson's first carousel ride - Mall of America (he wouldn't ride on any of the animals)

Chicago skyline (most of it anyways)

Nick, Amber, Jammy, Papa, Daddy and Mommy

Goofy guys!!

First time to eat McDonald's

First airplane ride (he loves airplanes). He did really well on both flights. Just didn't want to be close to the window once the plane took off.

Being silly while we were waiting for the rental car people to bring his car seat

First bus ride (also had his first train ride)