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.
BUSY FALL AND HOLIDAY SEASON
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 far...plus, 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.