Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Your Favorite Grandson

This one's for Grandma Sherrie, aka Nana.
We're still working on "Grams," but that G is a toughie.  :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Boys Will Be Boys

Levi and his BFF...
...crazy about anything that goes "Vroom"... electronics, except ones made for babies...

...make each other smell their stinky feet...
 ...and of course, love jumping and climbing the couch!

They are thick as thieves!  So glad Liam's mom and I are such good friends, too.  It's nice to know someone else is going through exactly what you are!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Running in Circles

By the end of the day, baby Levi gets a little cuckoo.  This video makes me laugh.  At the pediatrician, they had me fill out a questionnaire that I think was an autism screen.  One of the questions was, "Does your child ever walk with no apparent purpose?"  I immediately thought about this video.  Haha!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Shots and Stats

Baby Levi had his 18-month appointment at the pediatrician on Friday.  That meant shots (boo) and stats (yay).
28 pounds and 33.5 inches tall.  That puts him in the 75th percentile for weight, in between 75th and 90th percentile for height, and his head circumference was in the 95th percentile (ha). 
Not as gigantic as he once was, but still a big boy!  And healthy all around, which is most important.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hitting the Streets

I'm sorry I haven't been very good about posting to the blog lately!  I don't know why I've been such a slacker.
Today Levi had to go to Orlando to chaperone the youth temple trip, so baby and I were on our own.  I polled my mom friends on things to do, and someone brought up that there was a street painting festival going on.  We decided to check it out.

It was so cool!  I couldn't believe how many street artists there were.  There was probably a half mile of street paintings.  The festival is two days long, so most artists were only starting today.  My friend said if you go on Sunday most of the art is completed.
Alice in Wonderland

Harry Potter

Abbey Road (the crosswalk is an actual crosswalk)

Star Wars Abbey Road
There was good food, live music, art booths, etc.  There was also a fantastic block for kids to make their own street art.
Kids block

Baby Levi hard at work
Baby Levi was really excited.  I thought I would have to show him what to do, but he hopped out of his stroller and started drawing all on his own.  Of course, about five seconds in, his wiped a giant chalk handprint right on his face.  We both left the party covered in chalk.

Baby Levi's work of art
It was a hot day, but it was a lot of fun.  We sipped some mango juice, took a break in a cool indoor art exhibition, and got to see the whole show.

Tortoises on the sidewalk.  Why?  Because it's cool.
What a cool little discovery we made!  So glad we checked it out!  And Levi's definitely jealous he missed it.



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Very Merry Unbirthday!

My baby boy is a year and a half today!!  Where did the time go?  It seems like just yesterday he was turning one.  Before I know it he'll be two!  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


It's been cold here the past few days!  We've had to break out the old musty sweatshirts.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

All By Myself

This is going to make some of you laugh, since you do NOT have these kinds of experiences in your town.
We had some lonely moments this week!
Friday we went to Baby Story Hour at our local library, and NO ONE showed up but us!  But luckily, the awesome librarian held it anyway, just for us!  It was a private session of story hour, complete with all the songs, dances, books, and playtime there normally would be.  I got some time to talk to the librarian about her thoughts on preschool, and we had a very helpful discussion.  It actually turned out to be a really nice time.
Today, baby Levi had his first day in nursery at church!  And again, he was the only kid there!  He did really well.  He played with toys, ate a snack, colored, had a lesson, and practiced his numbers and colors.  His teacher was very impressed with him, and enjoyed playing with him
He can be a shy little guy.  So I think he likes play time on his own more than most kids would.  

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Bye-Bye Baby, Baby Bye-Bye

Another milestone in my baby, scratch that -- my BOY's life.  He got his first haircut! 
I was very resistant for a long time.  He was bald for so long, I couldn't bear to cut that long-awaited hair!  Plus, it was that fine, silky, blond-highlighted baby hair that is so precious.
But I finally gave in.  Levi wanted to do it himself, so Thursday he broke out the clippers and I broke out the tears.

Look at those beautiful locks!  *Sigh*

He didn't mind the clippers at all.  He even giggled sometimes.

My big boy!

"Mom, you're so embarrassing!"

Cutie pie!
It turned out a lot shorter than I expected.  Every time I look at him now, I'm reminded that my little baby is growing up.
I did not save the hair.  I didn't go that far.
It seems like yesterday that his head looked like this!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Party Hearty

Today we had our toddler BFFs Valentine's Day party!   It was a lot of fun.  Tons of food, Valentines for all the babies, a mini jumping castle, playground time, etc etc.

Trying to stand up in the bounce house.  Not easy!
Moms doing the Valentine deliveries.
This is what I brought to the party.  Turned out pretty cool!
My only complaint was that it was HOT outside.  Eighty-five degrees in February?  What is up with that?  Usually I wouldn't mind, but we were out on the playground for awhile, and I started sweating.

These parties are as much for the moms as it is for the kids!  We love spending time together, and starting traditions for our little ones (even if they're not old enough to really "get it" yet).
The gang

Baby Levi's valentines "from" his BFFs (or maybe their moms!)
Holidays are so much more fun with kids, even the non-kid-centric holidays!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

More Snowbirds!

Last Wednesday and Thursday baby Levi and I went up to Orlando.  My old roommate (old as in former, not old as in age:) ) from Washington, DC was in Orlando for a conference, so we met her at her awesome hotel to catch up and have some fun.

Michelle in front of the hotel

She was staying at the Swan and Dolphin hotel, which is right on Disney property, walking distance to Epcot and a water taxi away from Hollywood Studios.  Our hotel room had a direct view of my MOST favorite ride, the Tower of Terror!!
Wednesday we hung by the pool and walked along Disney's Boardwalk, which is designed to look like Atlantic City.
Baby Levi found a beanbag toss on the Boardwalk.  He cried when he had to leave it.

Here he's actually taking the beanbags OUT of the hole, not throwing them in.
Thursday we had lunch at Tommy Bahama's (did you know they have a restaurant?  It was good.) and went to a really beautiful garden to walk around and chat.

Love the Spanish moss on the big trees.


I'm becoming my mother, taking pictures of flowers!

Baby Levi napping in his new awesome stroller.

It's so fun to catch up with old friends!  Most of the time it makes me feel like no time has passed at all.  I can't wait until baby Levi is old enough to appreciate Washington, DC, and we can visit all our friends up there for a fun family trip.
I think this picture is so so cute.