Sunday, January 04, 2015

 opening some Christmas presents with Mimi and Granddad
 playing with the tool set he got from Vivi and Poppy

 Bubble Guppies birthday cake made by our neighbor Becky

 Flower Mound pumpkin patch
 Charlie Brown Halloween costume

 Haunted Trails event in our neighborhood
 eating pizza at Grimaldi's after the Haunted Trails
 playing with Duke at Mimi and Granddad's house
 having dinner with his cousins

 Father and son matching

 sick at home with RSV

 at the Shops of Highland Village
 hanging out in his Elf pajamas

 cuddling with Poppy over Christmas break
 Meeting Santa at school...he loved it.  :)
 Looking at the Christmas decorations at the Gaylord Texan
My favorite family picture this year...and the one we used for our Christmas card.


I have been really bad about blogging the past few months and my goal in 2015 is to blog at least once every two months...especially since I am using this as a baby book of sorts for our family.    

In October, we had Cameron's second birthday which consisted of my parents, Nathan's parents and sister's family, and a few close friends..the Zipsers and the Lewis's.   We pretty much wanted to do the same thing as last year so Nathan smoked a brisket and some ribs, I made some side dishes, and my neighbor made his birthday cake.  We all had fun and loved that we kept it low key.   I'm not sure Cameron understood what the party was all about but he did enjoy singing "Happy Birthday"!   We had a theme of Bubble Guppies since that has been his favorite TV show on Nick Jr for some time.   Towards the end of the month, we went to the Haunted Trails event that our neighborhood puts on each year and the Zipsers joined us.   It's perfect for the little kids because they get candy without having to walk too, you get to dress them up in costume!   Cameron was Charlie Brown this year...I wanted to dress him in something comfortable and I knew he wouldn't wear anything on his head.  He didn't really know what Charlie Brown was until we recorded "The Great Pumpkin" in October and then he watched it obsessively all month!   We took him around our neighborhood for a little while on Halloween but he didn't last too long.   I'm hoping he'll be more into next year.   He liked the idea of candy but didn't understand that to get more candy, you have to go to more houses.  :)

In November, I went to my parents' lake house for a day and night with Sarah and Catherine as a short getaway and on the morning I was due to come home, Nathan called me to tell me Cameron was diagnosed with RSV for a second time.  Ugh.   That meant breathing treatments for a week and no school for a week.   We had to take turns on who stayed home from work and also had to call my mom to come watch him the one day that neither of us could take off.   I'm so thankful that we both have flexible jobs...mine more so than Nathan's but still.   I'm also thankful that my mom is nice enough to come help us out when we need her!   For Thanksgiving, we went to Steve and Luan's lake house in Conroe and they parked their RV in the driveway for Nathan, Cameron and me to sleep in--which was nice because it was private!   Nathan caught a bad cold/sinus infection and didn't feel well the whole time unfortunately.   But overall, we had a good trip and Cameron had a lot of fun being around everyone especially Peyton.   

In early December, my sister babysat for us so we could go to dinner and a movie for our 4th anniversary.   We went to eat sushi and saw "Interstellar" which was a great movie!   We tried to make the most of the holiday month since Christmas is our favorite time of the year.   My parents came up one weekend in December and we went to eat at the Shops of Highland Village...and we enjoyed driving around looking at Christmas lights.  Nathan's parents got into town in mid-December and we tried to see them every weekend since it's a little tough to do much during the work week.   Nathan and I both have jobs that shut down from Christmas Eve to New Year's...and we each took a couple of days extra off so we had about two weeks off total.    Tomorrow will be the first day back at work and we are not looking forward to it!    My parents were supposed to be here for Christmas Eve but my mom got sick and they couldn't come.   We ended up having Nathan's parents over and then we went to Celeste' house on Christmas Day.   We made our homemade cinnamon rolls per tradition and really had fun with Cameron this year for Christmas.   He loved opening presents and playing with the toys.    I think next year will be even better when he starts to understand Santa Claus.  

We are looking forward to an awesome 2015 and look forward to seeing how much more Cameron is going to grow.   He speaks in full sentences now and is very chatty at home.   He can be a little shy when he sees someone at first but then warms up quickly.   As every two year old does, he can throw a good fit but overall he is such a good kid.   He still goes to bed at 7:30ish and wakes up about 7:30 although we don't get him out of bed until about 8AM.   He is still in his crib but I know we will have to transition in the spring...we see no reason to rush it since he isn't trying to climb out.   He isn't interested in being potty trained yet but we talk about it a lot.   :)  He is still very picky with veggies but we put spinach in his smoothies each morning so at least he gets that.   His favorite food is Chick Fil A nuggets and fries...and he appears to have a sweet tooth like his mom.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

 Sitting with Addison at the Lake House
 Playing a little baseball in the front yard of the Lake House

 Fell asleep on the way home...a rare sight since he hardly ever sleeps in the car
 Sitting with Vivi, Poppy and Mama in Vivi's outdoor kitchen

 Having conversation over dinner

 With Peyton in Destin
 With Dada at the HV Balloon Festival
 Giving Elmo and Big Bird hugs
 With Poppy and Peyton in Destin

Giving Addison hugs


At the end of July, we took our friends Jason, Megan and Addison Lewis to my parents' lake house to hang out for one night.   We left on Friday morning and got there around lunchtime so the kids could nap before we went out on the boat.    We had so much fun especially since after the kids went to bed, we got to enjoy Jason and Megan's company for a long time....probably the longest we've been able to have adult conversation since before Cameron and Addison were born.  :)   We also loved that it was very low key....we didn't wear makeup, we cooked at home, we went on the boat for a couple of hours and we just laid around after the kids were in bed.   The Lewis' headed home after lunch on Saturday and Nathan, Cameron and me went to MP to spend the afternoon and night at my parents' house.   

The first week of August, we went to Destin with my family for our annual vacation.   Instead of going Saturday to Saturday as usual, we decided to fly out on Monday and come back on Friday.  We were having a great time for a couple of days despite Cameron still hating the sand.   The house was much better suited for all of us and Cameron seemed to be really enjoying time with his cousins, my parents, and his aunt and uncle.   Cameron had the stomach virus the Friday before we flew to Destin but since he had been fine the rest of the weekend and Nathan and I literally wore surgical masks all weekend, we thought it would be safe.   I was very anxious about going and probably should have followed my gut...lesson learned.   On Wednesday night, the stomach virus got me and then on Thursday, Nathan became a victim.   We made it home on Friday but we were both completely zapped for several days.   It was absolutely horrible.   Nathan and I have decided that it is just not worth going on airplanes or long vacations with small children....we'll be taking a break from both for a few years!

Cameron is really turning into more and more of a little boy each day.   He's so cute but can also throw some really good fits that truly test my patience.   I am sure God smiles when that happens.  :)  He is starting to show a little imagination and will make noises for trucks, trains and cars when he plays with them.   He still loves balls and will ask to play catch.   He has an obsession (and I mean obsession) with fans and lights...he would turn them on and off all day everyday if we would let him.  His second obsession is probably Bubble Guppies.   I have seen every episode a dozen times and he never gets tired of it.   I have to say I would rather be able to watch episodes of the same show over and over versus the same movie over and over like some of my friends have to do with their kids.   

He is still hard to please when it comes to food.  I have given up trying to get him to eat vegetables for's not worth the battle or the waste.  We put spinach in smoothies and he'll eat the toddler pouches with veggies so I figure that's good enough for now.    He really won't try anything new so he has a lot of the same things over and over:  hummus, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, fish sticks and fruit.   He still appears to be one of the only kids in the world who won't eat spaghetti. :)

He is talking more and more each day...not so much more words but more sentences I guess.  He is a chatterbox at home but he can be a little shy at first around people he doesn't know.  They tell us at school he is really growing into his element and talking more...which makes us smile.   

More pics from Florida to come...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

 We took Cameron to the splash pad at the Shops at Highland Village...he loved it!
 Grandad, Mimi and Cameron looking at the iPad in South Carolina
 Sitting in Grandad's rocking chair in his study
 Walking back from the beach with Mama and Mimi
 Sitting on Mimi and Grandad's back porch
 Donuts with Dad at school

 All ready to go to work and school
 Driving the new boat with Meg Meg
 On the lake with Poppy
 Running around at the lake house with Bella (or Be Be as he says it)
 Eating at the lake house
 Family hammock time at the lake house
 Watching "Daniel Tiger" with Meg Meg
 Trying on Dada's shoes
 Absolutely loves ice cream like his Mama
 Learning to drink water from a cup after brushing his teeth
 In the bubble bath with Mama

With my sorority and pledge sisters at Bennett's Bash in honor of Bennett Coleman, my pledge sister's 21 month old son who died of cancer at St. Jude.

20 and 21 MONTHS

I know that every time I post I say that he is more and more fun but I can't help's so true!   He is a chatterbox these days and for the most part, we can understand what he is saying.   He's getting much better at saying small sentences...two or three words.   90% of the time, he is happy, affectionate and a great sleeper which is more than we could ever hope or ask for.   There is the 10% of the time when he is fussy, frustrating, or a handful (or all three at the same time), but that's to be expected with a toddler.   I'd say the 10% usually happens when he is over tired or really hungry....there are times when he just gets really mad if he doesn't get what he wants when he wants it though for sure.   During those times, I just ask the Lord for patience and strength.  :)   

We've been taking him to swim lessons since the end of March and I think he is getting a little tired of it.   He loves to swim but he is not a big fan of having to follow a certain routine.   For the past couple of sessions, he has started getting fussy about halfway through the lesson so we're going to try it one more time and if it goes the same way, we're dropping out with 4 lessons left to go.   We'll just focus on the technique in our own pool and then enroll him for swim lessons again next year in the spring only.   With us having a pool, we don't want to take any chances.

He is a great eater when it comes to foods that he likes but he is in a "I hate all vegetables" stage that is one of the most frustrating things for me.   I've tried disguising veggies in pasta, mac and cheese and mashed potatoes with no luck.   The only way we get veggies in him is spinach in a smoothie or with the toddler pouches that we get at the store.   He'll eat any kind of fruit....he doesn't seem too crazy about watermelon but he'll eat it.   His favorite foods are probably mac and cheese, hummus, avocado, sweet potato (if I put a marshmallow and a little brown sugar and cinnamon on it), and fruit.  He likes pasta too but lately he's refused to eat has to be rotini or elbow macaroni.  Ridiculous, I know.  What kid doesn't like spaghetti?!

He has transitioned to the next class at his school...a few months early due to his other class getting more younger kids transitioning from the infant class.   He has been a little hesitant but I think he'll get used to it.   We were a little sad because we loved his Young Toddler teachers....haven't made a decision on the Early Preschool teachers just yet.  

He would spend all day outside on the playground if we would let him....he LOVES slides and swings.   He loves to run around and play with any kind of ball.   He also loves when we push him in his Cozy Coupe on the driveway...again, he would do it all day if we could.  He has recently become very interested in trains and the small one we have in the playroom is a big hit.   He knows almost every sound that an animal makes and can recite them for you.   He is still obsessed with Bubble Guppies and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

We went to visit Nathan's parents in South Carolina the first week of June and while we had a good visit, Nathan and I both agreed it is NOT fun to fly on a plane with an almost 2 year old.   When we told other people about our experience, they all said that the age of 18 months to about 3.5 or 4 is the worst time to fly with, lesson learned.    Lesson learned.   Once we get more pics from Nathan's dad from the trip, I will post more....