Will started his tennis lessons yesterday. I'm not sure who had more fun - me or him. He is taking lessons with his buddy Armando and two other kiddos - Savannah and Brooks. Brooks wasnt there today, so it was 3 toddlers with Coach Matt.
Coach Matt is awesome. He is fabulous with the kids. Will got the hang of it pretty quickly and hit a few balls over the net. I hope I can go to most of his lessons - it is a great break from my work day.
This little girl said "Mama"! I missed it, but I think that is actually better because it makes it more believable. Bill and Becky graciously watched the kids this weekend while Chad and I went to Vegas. Katie said "Mama!" and Bill and Becky both heard it. I like to think Katie missed me, looked around the room for me and called my name.
Katie also says "aqua". Loli was asking her in Spanish if she wanted water, and I heard Katie repeat "aqua" no less than 3x today.
Katie is clapping up a storm these days. She just mastered her skill over the weekend, and she claps all the time now.
(For those of you who know Maggie, that little black patch on her back is from some surgery she had a few weeks ago. She had to have her adrenal gland removed, so the patch was where they had her epidural. She is doing great and is totally back to her old self.)
today was a big day - there was hair to actually pull back to a bow!
Our house is no longer baby proofed. Will figured out how to open all the cabinets and draws that were baby proofed almost 2 years ago. Today he opened up the cabinet with all the cleaning supplies, took out the windex and he wanted to clean the floor. Looks like it might be time to relocate those goods.
At a party recently, he loaded up a nerf gun, looked at me and said "I want to shoot somebody." There is something hilarious about watching a little almost 2.5 year old say this. I assume this is in the boy DNA. He loves to watch me and Chad fall over when he fake shoots us, so I guess we have encouraged it.
I went to Chicago last weekend to celebrate my friend Demi who is having a baby girl in December. When I came home, Will gave me a big hug and said "I love you Mommy. I missed you." Totally made my heart melt, and it made me never want to leave him again but also made me want to leave him again so I can hear those sweet words!
Last weekend Katie and I stayed in Dallas while Will and Chad went to Austin for the UT BYU game. Chad was so excited to take Will to a game and have Will hear all the fans sing the Eyes of Texas together. Chad sings it to Will every night - he has Will put his horns up (which means Will puts one finger in the air) and they sing together. They met Bevo and had a blast. I think the image of Will with his backpack on walking away from the car towards the airport while holding Chad's hand in forever etched in my memory. It was so cute to see them off for their first boys weekend.
Katie and I had a great time together - it was so special for me to get some one-on-one time with her. We had our first park playdate with Cousin Andrew, and then went for a walk in the cold (64 degrees!) on Saturday morning, met a friend of lunch, and then visited Andrew and his parents in the afternoon. Katie and I went to church on Sunday morning for the 9/11 service. We did a lot with our 48 hours, but really the best times were the times we spend lying on the floor in her room playing or the time we spent swinging the park. It was great to give her my full attention - something that probably hasn't happened since my maternity leave.
My only complaint is that our house was SO quiet. It made me realize that Will and I are in constant communication with each other - we are always talking about something. With him gone, I found myself turning on music or the TV for some background noise. The quiet was a good trade off to really spend time loving on Katie, but I was also so glad when our family of four was back together.
It was so fun on Saturday to wake up and put the kids in their game day clothes. We made the pilgramage to the Co-Op a few weekends ago to get everyone something to wear for the games. I am hoping this will be an annual tradition.
The irony of this first game was that we could not watch it! U-verse does not carry the Longhorn Network, so we had to hear about the Texas-Rice score from the internet.
The good news is that Will is going to experience a Longhorn game in person next weekend! He and Chad are flying down to Austin for the game. I am looking forward to a girls weekend here with Katie. I have no idea what we are going to do, but it will likely involve quite a bit of R&R. I am also hoping to make this an annual tradition as well!
Katie is 7 months old today! I forgot how much I loved the baby stages. We are having so much fun with Katie - she is such a sweet and content little baby who loves to be held and bounced.
This month Kaite:
* enjoyed standing at the coffee table with help. She can stand on her own while holding on for a few seconds.
* ate all sorts of things. If you are eating around her, she wants what you have. She has some of my shake every morning (strawberry or mango with yogurt, almonds, and bananas), she has tried a chick-fil-a nugget, nilla wafers, banana bread, and more. She eats pureed baby food 2x a day and hasn't tried anything she didn't like.
* Sleeps from 8p-7a. Takes 2 cat naps in the morning (about an hour each) and then naps for 2-3 hours in the afternoon.
* Loves her time at the park. When Loli puts her in the stroller, she is ready to go. If Loli waits too long, Katie lets her know it is time to go!
* Loves Maggie. She loves to pet her and even enjoys just watching her.
* Can play in her exersaucer for up to 45 minutes and stays completely entertained!