Every Thursday when Rosa comes, Will gets a big sile on his face when he sees all the clearning stuff come out of the closet...especially the broom. You may remember this from my snow day blog post. So today Rosa brought Will his own broom. He seems to understand how it works!
Will loves the park! On a good day, he goes to 3 parks! Loli usually takes him to 2 parks from 12-3p and then I take him to the park around 4:30pm when he gets up from his nap. When we go, he spends most of his time climbing the steps to spin this wheel and get in this tunnel...
Chad's parents came up to stay with Will for 3 nights while we were out of town. Will must have had the best time! Becky took awesome notes - letting us know that Will started saying "All Done", that he got 2 new bottom teeth, and that he took 4 steps. He also took a trip to McKinney to see his great grandparents. He had action packed days - including 3 walks on Sunday before we got home at 12pm!
For his past 2 birthdays, Will got Chad a peanut butter chocolate cake for his birthday from Tart. It is definitely one of his favorites, and I think he likes it more since it says "Happy Birthday Dad" on it. Check out what a difference a year makes! Will was so tiny and sleepy last year (he was only 2 weeks old!), and this year he is reaching for a piece!
My mom makes the best homemade spaghetti. The. Best. She makes these homemade meatballs that are just out of this world. Since Will seems to be up for anything, I thought he should try one of the meatballs. Well, he liked the first one so much that he grunted for more. So I gave him another one....and another one. We had 3 and grunted for more... but we were out.
My mom was so excited to hear that Will has good taste buds that she made him lots of meatballs. They are all packaged up with a few meatballs in each freezer bag that is maked "Will's Meatballs from Lovey". Clearly, these are not to be touched by me and Chad. Will has made a decent dent in the supply - he has been enjoying them for the past week. Thanks Lovey!
We just got back from 4 nights in Oahu. We had a great time - it was truly relaxing.
We flew over on a direct flight - an 8 hour trip from Dallas to Honolulu. We had a little champagne to celebrate our 5 night get-away - the most consecutive nights we have been away from Will ever!
We stayed at the JW Marriot at Ko Olina which is about 45 minutes from Waikiki. We loved our resort, and we felt like we had the place to ourselves.
We spent a day touring the island - visiting any and all LOST filming locations we could find. Since Chad is such a huge LOST fan, this was the perfect way for him to spend his 40th birthday. We celebrated for 3 nights straight, enjoying many free desserts.
We really enjoyed the North Shore... probably our favorite part of the island. It isn't very touristy (I think there is only 1 hotel in this area), but it has a lot of gorgeous beaches and good eats.
Our big recommendation for anyone visiting is to eat at Alan Wongs. It may be the best meal we have ever had (Fearings would be in the running as well). Everything we ate here (including the dessert in the picture above) was just amazing.
We were amazed at how many families travel to Hawaii with kids... plural. As in 4 kids. We saw multiple sets of infant twins with older siblings, and many families of 3 and 4. I just kept thinking how hard the flight is for me... how do these families do it traveling with 4 kids! Amazing... and inspiring. After seeing these families, I feel very confident that we can take 1 baby to San Diego in July!
Big thank you to Granddad, Aunt Leen and Uncle Chuck, and Ahma and Bapa for making this get-away trip possible. We loved knowing that he was having the best time here at home while we were away - sleeping in and just doing whatever we wanted for a few days. Thank you!
Tonight Will had the biggest dinner he has ever had. He ate peas, carrots, hummus, chicken, turkey sticks, yogurt, strawberries and guacamole. Oh, and a slice of bread.
I assumed he was done once he finished his peas, carrots, strawberries, hummus and chicken. I asked him if he was all done, and he shook his head no. I opened the refrigerator and asked him if he wanted grapes. He shook his head no. I asked if he wanted guacamole, and he smiled. So we had guacamole. I then asked if he was all done and he shook he head no again. Having finished the guac, I opened the fridge and asked if he wanted yogurt. He smiled...and then finished a Yo Baby Yogurt. I asked if he was all done, and he shook his head no....again. At this point, we were running out of options. I opened the fridge, and he didn't like what we had left to offer. Luckily he smiled when I offered him a piece of bread. Finally, after devouring the bread, he gave me his "all done" signal. Our fridge is barren.
I loved tonight. It was so fun to watch him commuicate. He knew what I was asking and he knew what he wanted and also what he didn't want. He is turning into a little boy!
On another note, when he was eating the guacamole...he put his fingers in his mouth and pulled out the little piece of tomato. He then pounded it on the high chair tray as if to say "I HATE TOMATOES!" It was funny how he could pick such a little piece out of the mix. I hated tomatoes growing up... I probably did the same kind of thing to my parents. I love seeimg his little personality shine through.
While Will's original trick is stealing peoples glasses right off their face, he has now moved on to hats. For his glasses trick, it is amazing how quickly he can grab on the glasses and remove them from your face. Seriously. It sounds funny, but he is just so fast you cannot stop him! He doesn't smile or give you any hint of what is coming.
Now that that trick is perfected, he has moved on to hat stealing. Note in the picture below, Chad is not wearing his glasses. Will started his hat trick after again demonstrating his glasses removal trick.
For the past few months, Will has been climbing on the first step of the stairs and shaking the gate. He loves it I thought is was cute until today when he started trying to open the gate. He knows where the levers are... we are just hoping he doesn't figure it out anytime soon. (Luckily, I think they are even tricky for adults!)
Will had his one year appointment! Here are his stats:
- Height 31.25 inches (90%)
- Weight 23 lbs 8oz (70%)
- Head 47.5 (80%)
- they dont think he has asthma
- he does have eczema and we are getting a prescription for that
- she warned me that with his activity level that he will be climbing on things in no time...and then jumping off! I'm not sure I am ready for that!
Ahma and Bapa gave Will a water table for his birthday, and it is a huge hit! Will played with it for a while, and then we put him in it which he just loved! I have a feeling we will be playing with this on a daily basis. Thanks Ahma and Bapa!
We had a birthday party for Will on Saturday to celebrate with family and my awesome mom's group.
It was a monkey themed party, so we had monkey cupcakes and we decorated with Will's month by month pictures with the monkey and also some monkey party favors. The party was a lot of fun! Will is so lucky to have such great friends and family to celebrate with him.
Will had a cupcake....which he completely smashed...