It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I can’t believe Christmas is 10 days away!  Payton had her Preschool Christmas Concert last week…it was adorable watching all the little munchkins sing and wave to Mommy and Daddy.  =)  We attempted a Gingerbread house…haha…total fail…but Payton had fun, so who cares!?  And she painted a snowflake masterpiece which she is oh so proud of!  Oh…and we visited Santa!  Also a fail!  Payton still thinks the dude is super creepy…and well Miles…he is going through some stranger danger right now…the picture says it all.
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Just put painters tape on a canvas in the shape of a snowflake, use lots of different shades of blue paint and some white paint, let the munchkin paint away, add glitter or sparkles if you want, let dry half way, then peel off the tape.  Easy peasy!

Just put painters tape on a canvas in the shape of a snowflake, use lots of different shades of blue paint and some white paint, let the munchkin paint away, add glitter or sparkles if you want, let dry half way, then peel off the tape. Easy peasy!

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Book a day Advent Calendar

I loved this idea that my Mom shared with me…1 Christmas book a day to count down the days until Christmas.  Payton loves having something to open every night and I love that it is a guaranteed book to be read (especially since Payton is not loving holding still long enough to read a book these days).  I think this is something definitely worth repeating each year while the kids are young.
She also got an Elf on the Shelf that she has a blast finding each morning.  Her name is…Sprinkles!  We don’t take it too seriously since 1) it is kind of creepy that she is always watching you, 2) Payton is already freaked out that a fat old man sneaks into the house at night (Yes, she actually said she didn’t want Santa to come!), and 3) I just don’t have the energy to come up with something super creative each night.  Luckily, Byron took the lead and has been moving Miss Sprinkles around the house…and Payton has had an absolute blast finding her each morning.
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Little dude is 9 months old!

Our little guy is 9 months old…I can’t believe we are 3/4 of the way through his first year!  He is for the most part, a super fun, mellow, and happy baby, just a bit of separation anxiety kicking in…especially at the Doctor’s office yesterday. Walk into the room and instant tears. Was clinging onto my neck so tight that I let go of him and he was just hanging there…broke my heart.  So what’s it looking like at 9 months?
–Height: 30 inches (97%), Weight: 23 pounds 5 ounces (95%).
–4 teeth!  2 on the top and 2 on the bottom…with 4 more at the gum trying to break though!
–He HATES his car seat. As soon as we get to the car door he clings to my neck and won’t let go.
–He laughs hysterically at his big Sissy. They are already best buds and chase each other around with non-stop squeals of laughter…it’s my favorite part of the day.
–He claps!  And taps!  And shakes his little booty to music!
–He is STRONG!  Strongest baby ever. And SO fast.  He tears apart toys, dumps out buckets of toys until not one piece remains inside, climbs up several flights of stairs, and the best part is his war cry…we know he is about to conquer the stairs by the roar he lets out on his way over.
–He is still pulling up and cruising on everything. Everything.
–He points at everything!
–He loves Cheerios. They are his fave. Otherwise he eats everything he can get his hands on.
–Sometimes it sounds like he says “hi”, “roar” like a lion, and “grrrr” like a bear.  But it may just be Mommy’s selective hearing.  =)

Some of our favorite pictures from the past month:
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toddler talk and picture catch up

One of my favorites...my little angel.

One of my favorites…my little angel.

Well, she’s 3 now, no longer a toddler but a little lady. A little preschooler if you may. Some of the sillies Miss Payton has said over the last month, along with lots of pictures I forgot about!
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In her mind the work “so” still means “because”.   And yes, we are very bad parents for not correcting her because so it is just too darn cute!
–I made the mistake of giving her a kid sized spoon… “Mama I need a big big bigger spoon so the little one doesn’t work for me, it’s too little.  Ok?  Do you understand?”
–After nap time/quiet time she gets to watch one show (she usually picks Curious George).  Byron wanted to snuggle up and watch with her one day and her response: “No Dad, you can’t watch it. No you can’t watch it so you didn’t take a good nap Dad!  Ok?!”
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Payton tooted so I shot her a look to say excuse me, instead she says “Miles tooted! Ewwwww!  Miles!”
Me: “Payton, Miles is in another room, he’s not even here.”
Payton: “Oh. So it still wasn’t me. Ok?!”
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We are slowly working on potty training.  When she does go, she wants to fully do it on her own.  So walking to the bathroom:
Payton: “Dad don’t come in here, I will do it all by my self!!  I’m going to shut the door, so stay out Dad!  Ok?!”
Byron: “Ok Payton, but let me help you get on and
Payton: “No Dad!  I need to do it by my self!  Do you understand?!  I need to shut the door so Miles likes to come in and I need to shut it.  Ok Dad!  Go away!  Do you understand?!”
…A glimpse into our near future?!  Ahhh!
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Fun with Nana.

Fun with Nana.

My Mom, Nana, was here visiting from Texas for Payton’s birthday.  After a few days her usual tantrums were back and the novelty of Nana had worn off.  So as Payton was whining and crying, Nana was trying to help her…
Payton: “Nana go back home!”
Nana: “You want me to go back to Texas?”
Payton: “Yes!  Are you going to walk back home now?!”

Watching the chickens.  =)

Watching the chickens. =)

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After riding bikes outside with Byron and heading back in the house to warm up:
Payton: “Daddy, you can’t come in!  There is NO more space for you!”

And my personal favorite tantrum of the month…it was my mistake entirely, how dare I eat her last pretend chocolate chip cookie!?
Oh, and also, we have entered the “why?” phase.  Her response to any and everything: why?  Yay.
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My Halloween cuties…

Some pics of our Halloween.  Luckily the rain held off long enough to run over to Gilman Village so Payton could trick or treat.  She was so excited to be princess Elsa…and what a gorgeous Princess she makes!  Little dude Miles was  super scary Monster!  Payton also had a little Halloween party at preschool…2 princess Elsa costumes…no way!  It was pretty cute that Payton and her best bud were both Elsa…as was a majority of most little girlies this Halloween.  =)
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making crafts at school...i thought this was super cute!  her little mummy.  =)

making crafts at school…i thought this was super cute! her little mummy. =)

best buds!

best buds!

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Getting into the Halloween Spirit…

Just some pics…all ready for Halloween!
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8 things…8 months old!

I am 8 months old!  Little Big ole me is 8 months old!  So…more about me:
1. I like to be naked!  These chubby thighs don’t like to be stuffed into pants.  I have to let my big belly breathe!  Speaking of…
2. Payton calls me “little chubber” still!  Doesn’t she know that hurts my feelings??!  She wakes me up in the morning saying “Oh hi!  Good morning little chubber!”.  Oh, just wait until I can talk back!  For now I just rip out fistfuls of her hair.
3. My top 2 teeth are starting to push at the gum and it is ruining my perfect sleeping schedule.  Shorter naps and a late night here or there.  I seem to be eating just fine, so are teeth really necessary?!
4. Yes, I eat just fine.  I am getting really efficient at shoveling food into my mouth!  My favorites: sweet potato, butternut squash, banana, and my favorite oatmeal is a mix of spinach, blueberries, and banana.
5. I have perfected the art of pulling up onto anything and everything…I’m even cruising around now.  Learning how to walk is hard work!
6. I can almost clap!  So what if I do it with 2 closed fists?!  I love to tap and try to clap to music…
7. Oh…I love music!  All sorts of music!  Especially one of Payton’s jammin toys. It plays songs when you push a button…so I push it over and over and over again.  And over again. It goes a little something like “ba ba ba billy beats! Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. Billy beats!…”.  Mom and Dad love it!  Right?!
8. I also gotta rock out to my “Billy Beats” by shaking my booty and dancing!  Payton’s teaching me all the latest dance moves!
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