breakfast with Santa

There are surprisingly no Santa photo ops at our local mall, so our only opportunity was to go to "breakfast with Santa" yesterday at our neighborhood clubhouse. I'm glad we went, but Santa was a little marginal as far as friendliness, and we were there only 30 minutes after it opened.

Of course Tyson did great...

Hailey... not really!!! This is as close as she would get. Santa didn't offer any help though (huh? He should atleast grab her so I can take a pic of her screaming...)

Loved the train ride, surprise, surprise!!

Well, at least she liked the playground!

Still trying to figure out how we're going to get a family pic for Christmas cards....


Tyson is 4!!!!

Tyson is 4 YEARS OLD today! Wow. He has made some pretty big changes in the last 6 months or so. We finally kicked the paci habit, he doesn't get upset when I drop him off at school anymore, his imagination and sense of humor have reached extreme heights, we can trust him to do a number of things on his own that we couldn't before (bathroom, play in the backyard or anywhere in the house for that matter, be good at school even when his favorite friends are acting up), are the first that come to mind.

We had his party yesterday at the zoo. It's a little nerve racking to plan an outdoor party in December, but thanks to cold weather being RARE (except last year, when we had to reschedule his indoor party due to SNOW), we were blessed with a beautiful day, and perfect weather!

All of the immediate family was there (except Amy and Benjamin - poor Benjamin came down with strep throat - we missed you guys!), Aunt Lala, and friends Charlie, Peyton, Jackson, Rebekkah, and Maddie from school came too!

As usual, I didn't take as many pics as I'd like to. It's hard to do when you're trying to keep everything running. Luckily Amber took some for awhile but I still missed some people.

The kids played in the childrens zoo for the first part of the party, after pigging out on donuts and kolaches!

the cake... Ice Age was the closest theme they had to a zoo... is it me or is that weird. it worked though.

The birthday boy!

The loot
We tried to get all of his friends, and his cousins closest in age by him for cake and presents.

This is him while everyone was singing Happy Birthday to him

Okay, so at 4, or close to 4, some kids still have a hard time letting the "birthday kid" open their gifts. Oh well, it all worked out in the end.

Our attempt at a family picture... nice huh? Maybe it will be on our Christmas card this year. Or not.

After the party everyone did their own thing, our friends and family hung around and we went to the carousel and saw some animals for awhile.

We expected this at some point. She threw a tantrum the whole way in when we first got there(wanted to walk, but would just sit down when I let her try), and on the way to the carousel. Other than that she did very well.
We loved the zoo as a party place. Great weather always makes it that much better too. Thanks to all the family and friends who came and had fun with us! Tyson had such a great time. We can't wait to see what this year has in store for him. Such a great kid and a joy to be around.


failed holiday pics

The kids had their holiday pics at school the other day. I usually don't feel like paying the premium to get their school prints, so I was trying to cheat and take a cute pic at home in front of our tree before we left for school. Ha. Ha.

(This was actually a few days before, she wanted to only wear the Santa hat if it completely covered her head... ha)

Hailey was in this picture when I was bringing the camera up to my face...

This was attempt #2... LOL. Can you tell she wants to be held and not stand away from Mommy for a picture? Thanks Tyson for doing such a great job!

Finally got her to stand there, but of course she wasn't thrilled about it. I love the way Tyson is looking at her in this pic.
Well i guess there are advantages to having other people help you take pics of your kids. lesson learned.

November's gone?

We were apparently really busy, or really boring in November because I only took a total of 12 pictures. Here's the best of those...

After storing a baby swing in the garage for 1.5 years, we finally put it on the swingset (took 30 seconds). This may be Hailey's only ride in it. She loved it the first time, but won't get back in it since. ???

Went to the Texans - Chargers game. Krista is a huge Chargers fan. Atleast she was happy about the outcome of the game!

We went to Corpus for the beginning of Thanksgiving week, but I forgot to bring the camera (one reason for so few pics). We were at my parents for actual Thanksgiving. Hailey was helping us cook as you can see.

My Uncle Bruce & Aunt Jacque gave this Packer gear to Tyson a year or so ago, and we finally got cold enough weather for him to wear it! Had to grab a pic! And... GO PACK GO

Black Friday... none of us went shopping, but everyone came to our house and we took turns going to see Unstoppable. Of course it was great, every Denzel movie is.

Tyson was a little worn out after the holiday fun. I'm sure our December will be more eventful than our November!


ballerina boo!

Finally getting around to posting our 2010 Halloween pics! Hailey was a ballerina and Tyson was a ghost.

Hailey wanted to stay in the stroller for a pretty long time. At first I was a little bummed because you couldn't really see her costume, but once she got out I was grateful for the time she stayed in the stroller :)

Both kids did really well and got plenty of candy. Once Hailey got out of the stroller she was still fine, she just didn't get it when we'd try to move on from house to house and wanted to randomly roam around. So after a few houses Daddy took her back home while I finished the night out with Tyson.

Our jack-o-lanterns, designed with the help of Tyson!


Happy Halloween everyone!

bike riding and first dentist visit

Tyson has had some major events in the last week! We got a bike for him back when we lived in Spring, and quickly discovered he was too short for it (Mommy got it without him there)... we've been trying it every once in awhile for the past 1-2 years and he'd try and get frustrated. We FINALLY had a break through and he learned how to keep going when he gets stuck! Yea!

This was actually after bike riding, both kids playing in their cars

So proud of himself :)

Here he is in action! Of course, right after I say he doesn't get stuck he gets stuck... ha!

I also took him to the dentist for the first time. I wasn't really sure what was going to happen, but the place was AWESOME. And Tyson was GREAT!! He was such a good boy for his cleaning and x-rays. They usually can't get bitewing x-rays on 3 year olds but he just cooperated like a champ. Good job Tyson! He was such a good boy and had no cavities or any problems AT ALL!


15 months

Hailey, now that you are closer to 16 months I am finally getting around to your 15 month post. Here are your stats:

Height: 2'7" (75th percentile)
Weight: 23 lb 2 oz (55th percentile)
Head: 18.5" (75th percentile)

You passed your developmental tests with flying colors. You had a harder time with your shots this time, but luckily we had spaced them out so you didn't have to do all at this appointment.

You are so funny. You "talk" to us all the time, but you are most talkative right when you wake up in the morning. You can say mama, dada, bobo (your name for Tyson... adorable), and baby. You do baby signs for more, all done, hat, dog, and baby.

Everyone thinks you're cute and you know it. You love to be the center of attention and get very jealous when Tyson has our attention. You throw tantrums but we've learned the best way to deal with those with you.

Your hair is so blonde it's white. Dr G asked if it could be any lighter when she saw you. You still have your beautiful bright blue eyes. I think they may be here to stay after this long! You can walk like a champ and like to run away from mommy after your bath :)
You wear size 4 diapers, size 24 month clothes, and size 4.5 - 5 shoes. Mommy finally decided to break you of bottles last weekend and you're doing well, except for your pre-nap bottle. You aren't wanting to give that one up AT ALL. Hopefully we will get better at giving that one up this weekend!
You figured out that Mommy LOOOOVES hugs and you know how to give real ones now! You still give us big, open mouth kisses but less often than a couple months ago. You love your brother but you have also learned how to pick on him!
Happy 15 months baby doll! Love you.

Howie is 90!

We celebrated Howie's (my mom's dad) 90th birthday on October 23rd. Family flew in from New Jersey, Illinois, Minnesota, California, and Wisconsin to celebrate. Howie and Nam moved to Houston earlier this summer from Georgia, so we got lucky and only had to drive 45 minutes to come to his party!

Howie and Nam have always been very involved in their grandkids' lives, and provided the family with our favorite getaway growing up (the SHACK - a lakehouse in Wisconsin).

It was a fun party with lots of love poured out towards Howie. Unfortunately I didn't get many pictures because of certain little people who were there...

Luckily Jammy brought some enterainment for Tyson, that kept him entertained most of the time!
They did well most of the party. Then their "best behavior" started deteriorating a little so Daddy and Aunt Amber took the kids into the hall while people were telling Howie stories.

We love you Howie! We are so glad that you're close to us now! Happy 90th!