Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The movers

My family found an apartment to rent for the next year, so we helped them move on Friday. (Read: Tyler helped them, the kids and I distracted them and got in the way.) 

Millie doesn't like this light because it casts a "scary shadow."

This girl and her fears. When the pizza delivery man came, she was scared and kept asking where he was after he'd left. 

We're glad they rented an apartment instead of bought a house. This gives me one more year to convince them to buy a house near us instead of on another side of town! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My sweet boy

I'm convinced Mr. Max is just the sweetest baby there is. I hope he never grows out of the snuggles he gives us!

He is entering that phase of being really attached to me and aware of my absence. Leaving him is hard for all involved!

Poor Max had his first cold this weekend. It started on Thursday and he seemed back to himself on Tuesday. It was so sad to see him so congested - he wouldn't suck on his binky nearly as much because breathing through his nose wasn't working. Sleeping was rough and he preferred sleeping in my arms. That means I didn't really sleep and am trying to fight off his cold now. Silver lining: lots of snuggles for me!

Aside from being sick he is great. He loves to be on his hands and knees and rock forward and back, I feel like he is really close to crawling. He's figured out how to move his legs but hasn't coordinated the arm movements with it so he just face plants a lot. Max can sit up on his own if I'm behind him - he still flies backward sometimes. His best-fitting clothes are his 18 monthers, but I still squeeze him into his 12 month stuff if I haven't done laundry in a while! Our last few times at the pool have been his best - he's starting to really get into it and splash. It's so cute. He is 5 months old (tomorrow) and I can just feel his babyness slipping away - someone stop it!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dog days of summer

Oh man. We are ready for some cooler weather. But I'm trying not to complain because I know that in January I'll be ready to swim again! So we're trying to enjoy all the summery stuff while we still can. We have a few more things to check off our summer bucket list too, so I guess we're not quite ready for it to end!

But when it just gets to be too much (ie Millie is sick of swimming or Max's heat rash gets too bad on his neck rolls) here's how we beat the heat:

We've been going to story time at the library on Tuesday mornings. Millie was nervous about it at first but now she likes it and will participate. She also loves checking out books and has been quite the bookworm lately. I love it!

This picture doesn't really have anything to do with this post, but we were inside and he's just cute.

We also practice being on our hands and knees! He's just growing up too quickly for me.

Millie of course sings "Let It Go" for us and Max loves it!

We find Max in the oddest of places,

And he spends a considerable amount of time eating my face.

We're going to miss these summer days!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Our weekend, pictured and not


Millie loves to go in and be the first to see Max when he wakes up. They're starting to interact a lot more and it's pretty darn adorable! No one can make Max smile like Millie can. I can't wait to watch them grow and be best friends.

I got a little desperate for a treat, and this is what I ended up with. It was delicious! Why have I never done that before? Also, why do I feel the need to take pictures of all my food lately??

Not pictured on Friday: Tyler and Millie exercising together, swimming at the neighborhood pool and being the only ones there, Tyler and I watching "Noah" and not liking it.


Our yard has never looked so good! I mowed, Tyler edged and weed-eated (ate? Weed-ate? Ha I don't know), and then he took his awesomeness one step further and trimmed (hacked) our bushes. It was looong overdue. In fact, our next door neighbor was outside and said, "I haven't seen those windows in years!" So I guess the previous owners let it get bad too. There's so much more light coming in the front room now and I love it.

Nana's birthday party at Spring Creek BBQ was fun, even if her birthday was a month ago! Botz is sure good at planning surprises. She had no idea. Even when we showed up at the same time as they did, Nana thought it all a fun coincidence and asked if we could sit together! But then she saw the rest of the party crew and got it.

Millie loved getting a few balloons after the party. It did lead to a few tearful episodes though. We told her it'd be fun to let one go once we were outside. She did, and then started crying, "Get it!" as if she'd expected it to come back. Poor thing. Max somehow deflated one on his own in the car (without popping it!) so Millie's very protective of the remaining 2.

Not pictured on Saturday: Swimming at Gigi and Poppy's house after Nana's party, going to Sam's Club, Millie and I sharing an Icee but she drank most of it, and Tyler and I watching "Non-Stop." Free redbox codes are just the best.


This cute boy came to YW with me in the third hour and all the girls were dying. I had to pry him out of one girl's arms so he wouldn't be a distraction during the lesson!

Millie is convinced that Max loves her princesses just as much as she does. She always makes him kiss them. 

Not pictured on Sunday: home teachers visit, dinner with the missionaries, and a youth fireside for me. Well, for an hour. Poor Tyler and Millie dealt with a screaming baby as long as they could.

We were sad to see this weekend end!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Little things

He tends to hold on with every body part he can.

So happy in the exersaucer that Sharon let us borrow. He loves it!

Millie has started talking to her turtle. She took it outside one afternoon so the turtle could sit on her lap and they could have a picnic. Where does she come up with this stuff??

I finally painted the washboard I bought for $6 at an antique shop in Lufkin a looong time ago. It now holds our keys! Someday I'll have our house all the way decorated.

I'm going to be sad when summer's over and I can see this boy in his swim suit anymore!

Pineapples were only 88 cents each the other day, so I bought 3. I ate one and froze the other two to use for smoothies. Also, I have a weird talent for picking good ones.

We went on a walk one evening to look at the landscaping around the neighborhood (we're considering having ours re-done) and it ended with no one in the stroller! Funny kids.

Millie was playing with her princesses (what else?) and I asked her if Cinderella was going to the ball with her pretty dress on. She said, "No Mom, she's just pretend. She's not going anywhere." I'm glad she has a good grip on reality!

Monday, August 11, 2014

10 on 10: August 2014

My little man looking so dapper for church! He was killing me with cuteness all day.

Millie asked if she could get in the picture too. I just die every time I look at this picture! Sweetest thing ever.

Post-church activities: Play with the dollhouse for her, and the exersaucer for him. 

Wrestling Daddy.

A little Sunday baking. Can you tell I've baked cookies on this pan a few times?

It rained so we thought it might be cooler and we'd try a walk... bad idea. It was miserably hot, 2000% humid, and no breeze whatsoever. 

There are a few old trees in our neighborhood that are so cool!

A little Google+ hangout with my family.

Bedtime stories. "Bear Wants More" and "Bear Feels Sick" are still her current favorites. I need to find the rest of the series!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Our 5th Anniversary

We are 5 years old!


Now. Look how we've grown!

We considered going away together for a night/weekend for our anniversary, and it would have been great, but in the end we decided against it. Max has been in the throes of teething for a few weeks and we wouldn't wish his current night-time routine on anyone! Tyler just so happened to have the day off. His whole team was off since they had just finished their quarter audit, so it worked out that he didn't have to use a vacation day. So we had what we considered to be the perfect day: being together, going to the Temple, and good food. That's all we need!

We started the day off with donuts, because that's how you start off the best days.

She just nibbles off the top of the donuts, of course.

Max slept the whole time. Angel baby.

She has issues with having messy hands!

After a quick (though not as quick as I'd planned) visiting teaching appointment, we dropped the kids off to play with Gigi and headed to the temple. It was so great to be there and to remember being in the temple 5 years ago together. We're so thankful to have been sealed there, and that we can be together forever.

We stopped in at home so I could feed Max and then we left again, this time headed for City Center for dinner at McCormick and Schmick's! It was fancy shmancy compared to our usual Panda Express or other simple date - thank goodness we had a gift card and it was restaurant week, where they have a special discounted menu. Part of the proceeds go to the Houston Food Bank too, so that's cool. The hostess asked why we were so dressed up (still in the clothes we wore to the temple) and we said it was our anniversary. She said, "Oh that's great! 1st, 2nd?" And couldn't believe when I responded that it was our 5th. She said, "Wow! I don't even have a ring yet! But that's okay, I'm just 21." It was a funny exchange.

Excuse the bad picture - it was really dark in there!

The food was great. We each had a yummy salad (apple salad for me and kobe beef salad for Tyler), I had chicken and polenta (which actually neither of us cared for) and Tyler had beef medallions, shrimp, and potatoes, but the real star was the dessert. When we read the dessert menu a few days ago we both started salivating, and it did not disappoint. Molten lava chocolate cake with ice cream and Heath bar bits on top. I hope no one saw us licking our plates!

After dinner we walked around City Center for a few minutes and then went to pick up the kiddos. Thanks to Gigi for watching them basically all day! It was so nice to get away and we didn't have to worry about them one bit. They had a great time playing with Gigi. We took the kids home and got them to bed, and then we finally watched Divergent. Loved it!

It was a great day. At different points in the day we'd talk about what we were doing at that moment 5 years ago. It was fun to re-live it a little. I feel so lucky to have this man as my husband! I love the life we've built together. Happy Anniversary, my love!