Thursday, December 23, 2010

First Hair Cut...Ever!

I finally had to admit that my son's adorable little duck tail curl in the back of his head was officially turning into a rat tail, sigh. So we were off to our first hair cut at Cool Cuts 4 Kids in an attempt to set ourselves up for success. Since he'll endure a lifetime of these things we didn't want him to be terrified after his first experience. Not to mention his dad was not a fan of his first hair cut and we have miserable pictures to prove it, I'm still looking for those to scan in.

This place was awesome, fixed with every distraction device you could think of to get any kid to sit still. Marshall was strapped into a fire truck chair with Elmo playing on a TV in front of him. Truly the only distraction was the movie Cars playing in the chair behind him, not the scissors or trimmer cutting around his ears...these people are genius! Marguita did a great job and we left with all smiles, a cute little certificate and a small baggie of hair. Now Marshall looks like a little boy, sniff, sniff....
Before...with the duck tail

After...adios ducky.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Fall Festivities and Halloween

We had a very busy October this year...lots of festivals and parties, so here's a recap of them all!

Marshall with his cousins at the local pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins. Don't they look excited!?!

Miss Mia hosted a super fun Halloween themed playgroup and her mom Jennifer did a ridiculously adorable job on the food and decor. We even made a paper bag pumpkin craft, and by "we" I mean, mom did the craft while Marshall ran a muck.
Marshall sporting his Halloween apparel. (BTW, the new blogger format isn't compatible with my Cannon camera so it won't let me flip the pic...annoying!)

Another futile attempt at a group picture
The city of Richardson hosted a "Lil Punkins Fall Festival" in one of their Rec Centers. It was super fun for the kids with a petting zoo, bounce house, hay bale maze and other games. Our playgroup made an outing out of it and it did not disappoint!

Poor bunny was so patient with all those kids invading it's personal space.

Marshall got the pleasure of going Trick or Treating for the first time with his cousins, aka Darth and Birthday Present. He had a blast although the overall concept wasn't quite grasped. He had more fun walking up to each house and saying hi, then actually getting any candy.

Again, sorry about the picture orientation, this was his 1st house to visit, he did great!

He wasn't scared of any of the decorations, and his "trick or treat" was more like "trweee"

The zoo keepers with their little elephant

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

20 Months Old

Seriously, he CANNOT be two yrs old in four is this possible!?! It's been a fun month watching him become more aware of all the holiday festivities surrounding him. We attempted to take some Christmas pictures and as you can see, there wasn't a lot to work with in the end! :)

I would describe Marshall these days as busy...very busy! He is a snugly little bear in the morning (which is oh, so sweet) and a wild man by night, especially when daddy gets home. Running, wrestling, dancing, pushing toys, throwing balls, annoying name it, he's into it. He keeps us on our toes and we wouldn't have it any other way. 

He did get a new tooth (bottom front) so now we're up to 7 teeth, poor guy can gum through a cheeseburger without skipping a beat! He's added a couple of new words to his vocabulary but we still can't understand a large majority of his speech...thank goodness for sign language, it's a life saver for all involved!

He continues to steal our hearts with his sweet spirit, love for others and constant shenanigans. It is such an honor to watch him grow into the little boy that God so fearfully and wonderfully made. These blessings are most definitely not lost on us!   

The tongue seemed to make a frequent appearance during the many photo attempts.

Naughty or Nice!?!

Watching the Wylie Christmas Parade, while enjoying a banana and strapped to daddy's back! Making memories people, making memories!

Although it may not look like it, Marshall really did enjoy the NorthPark Train Exhibit!

Really cool Texas State Fair section of the train exhibit
Playgroup shot at the Trains

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Kitchen Remodel

This October we celebrated our 4th year of living in our home! We just love it here and although it's not our forever home, it has been such a wonderful blessing and we are so thankful for all the memories we have made here and all the more to come. Our house is 14 years old and although she's really good about not showing her age...there are some dead giveaways, like all her brass accessories and most obvious...the kitchen. That's always been on the top of our "need to remodel" list after we took care of all the wallpaper when we first moved in. So this was our first major remodel and I couldn't have been more pleased!!!

Creighton and I learned early on that the Lord didn't bless either of us with the DIY spirit so for the sake of our marriage we hire those that have been gifted in such areas to tackle said projects. In this case, we have Tristan at Lowe's to thank! We kept the cabinets and floor as is, so it was more of a face lift. The countertop is Autumn Harmony granite and the backsplash is Indian Autumn slate with travertine accent tiles. We updated our appliances and sink to stainless steel...the sea of white is no longer! My favorite part is the backsplash above the stovetop, the slate tiles they used there are so unique and colorful, it's exactly the look I was going for. We are so happy about how everything turned out and can't wait to have everyone over! Below are a couple of before and after shots...enjoy!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dallas Arboretum - October 2010

Before Halloween, our playgroup made it's annual trip to the Dallas Arboretum to let our little punkins explore the thousands of pumpkins there...or balls, as Marshall is determined to believe. As always it did not disappoint, but this year it was a little more challenging to get the group shot now that everyone's on the move. Marshall was an elephant for Halloween since he makes a fabulous elephant sound, with a trunk hand gesture to boot! (I'm trying out a new Shutterfly album since I had so many pictures to share, so please let me know if it doesn't work.) Halloween night pics soon to follow!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Like spoon feeding a baby...

Marshall's been practicing his feeding skills lately, so I shot this video a couple of weeks ago when he was in the beginning phases of figuring this whole "feeding yourself" thing out...enjoy!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Toddler Tornado Class

My gym offered a "Toddler Tornado" class this fall and the name is spot on! Because when you put toddlers in an open gym, with balls...a tornado ensues. Miss Regina did such a wonderful job with the kids, but I now know that my child has zero concept of waiting in line for your turn and following instructions for an obstacle course or any other course for that matter. Sigh...we'll get there some day but that won't stop me from trying! Enjoy!

Dancing with streamers

Nothing says fun like a streamer hat!

How Marshall spent a majority of the classes...chasing balls.

Pure unadulterated joy

Going through the obstacle course tunnel

These two videos do a perfect job of capturing Marshall at this age, just living the dream and dancing!

Monday, October 25, 2010

18 Months

Our little guy is 1.5 years old and we just can't believe it! He continues to make us laugh and keep us on our toes. He still gravitates to animals more than anything else and loves to make their sounds...but if there's uncertainty about the sound it makes, a growl usually suffices. We took a trip to the zoo last week with Creighton's family and he had a great time, although the squirrels running around and all the acorns on the ground were maybe a little more exciting to him. More pictures from that trip to come later.

His vocabulary is growing with each day, I admit I probably understand him more since I'm around him the most. But the constant jabbering is just classic and hilarious to listen to, such inflection and passion...if only we knew what he was saying! I think the funniest is when he says a "p" word he says it in a whisper...because he thinks it's funny and he knows he'll get a laugh. Every time he says Papa or Piper it has to be quiet enough to hear him...just adorable!

Dislikes...first, the boy that would eat anything is getting a little pickier these days. It's any one's guess which vegetable he'll eat each day. I think it's part age and part boredom, but it's keeping me on my toes. Second, not getting picked up from the church nursery first. He really gets beside himself if we're delayed and other kids leave before him, poor guy. Third is hitting...this is more of a mommy dislike, but Marshall's hitting problem is rearing it's ugly head again. Because his vocabulary is limited I think he feels like hitting will help get his point across that he no longer wants to do something or doesn't want to do what you're asking him to do and it's little bit of a temper tantrum. Regardless, it's not fun and I've really been struggling with how to react properly when a child's slapping hand is coming at your face. Lots of prayer, scripture memory, patience and discipline have been my go to's. But I'm hoping this phase is short lived.

Likes...first, shoes! He loves to say and wear shoes, he's like his Papa and Grandpa and likes to wear shoes when he's inside the house. He gets very mad when you try and take them off. Second, is dancing...this boy can boogie! I have tons of video I need to post of Marshall cutting a rug...the slightest music anywhere, even in a commercial on TV will send him into a dancing bounce. You cannot help but smile when you're watching him and he has no shame...the world is his dance floor! Third, is throwing...anything he can get his hands on. We're working real hard to teach him that he can only throw balls...but that rule is often broken. The baseball park across the street just opened and we went to watch a game and he's been imitating the pitcher ever since. He's got a pretty good arm...but beware he doesn't always throw straight. Aim is always TBD!

We love you little man, you mean the world to us!

18Mo Stats: (he's still a bean pole with a pea head!) :)
Height: 32-7/8" - 75%
Weight: 23lb14oz - 25%
Head: 18-1/4" - 15%

Hangin' with cousin Austin

Too busy playing around to pose

Can we talk about how tall he's getting!?!

Playing around at the park

Gana and Papa with the grand kids

Wrestling with Papa