Saturday, November 17, 2012

18 Months Old

Dear Will, 

A few weeks ago you turned 18 months. It seems like it was just a month ago that we were celebrating your 1 year old birthday. You have always been fun, but you are really, really fun now. You understand so much of what we say and are trying to repeat lots of words. 

You weigh 24.4 lbs (26%), are 32.25 inches tall (45%) and your head is 19.25 inches in circumference (78%). I can already tell you are going to be skinny like your daddy. 

You can say dada, mama, dog, duck, woof woof, eyes, boys, hello, hi, nana (banana), please, yes and rice. You can sign more, done, milk, eat, crackers, grapes, thank you, please, and yes. You are blowing kisses, giving hugs & kisses, giving high fives and fist bumps and shaking hands. 

You love to read. You have tons of toys but you mostly read books. We are so proud of you! You definitely want to be like your Daddy and are completely obsessed with him. You follow him around and are so happy when he gets home from work. I'm so glad I stay home with you during the day or I might not get any attention from you. 

The following pictures were taken by Margaret Woodul for a school project. 

You also like to pretend to talk on the phone. Anytime you hear a phone ring, you put your little hand up to your ear as if you are holding a phone and say "Yeah!" or "Hello!"

Getting a haircut

You are such a good helper! You love to get out the mop and the broom and pretend like you are cleaning the floors. I can't wait until you can really help me clean. 

You are very bossy. You like to get our hands and lead us around to do what you want us to do. You love to push buttons, particularly the ones on the washing machine and dryer and the button that unlocks the car. You love being outside and it is finally cool enough to go out and not be bothered by mosquitoes. 

You are getting tons of teeth, so your shirt is usually soaked from drool. You have 12 or 13 teeth now.

You love to watch kid's Spanish videos on YouTube. You are constantly demanding that we watch more videos. I would love for you to learn Spanish, so I try to speak Spanish to you everyday. 

We love you so much Will! It is hard to imagine life without you and all the joy you bring. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Christmas Decor

You know how it is. You change the decorations in one room of your house and it starts a domino effect where every other room seems outdated or out of sync. I just changed the curtains in my living room and now I don't feel like my house will be complete without a new curtain and light fixture for the kitchen. Now that Christmas is upon us, I think that all of my old holiday decor will clash with my new living room decor. All of this is such silliness, but I'm really excited to create some new Christmas decorations this year. For the past seven or eight years I have decorated with jewel tones and golds, but now I'm going to switch over to silvers and blues.

If you have a Pinterest account, I'm sure you have seen these pictures, but I am really inspired by these links.

I think I'm going to use my old ornaments and decoupage old book pages over them so that I don't have to buy an entire tree's worth of ornaments. 

I love the burlap banner. 

These snowflakes are from West Elm, but I think I can recreate them with a little felt and some scissors.

Pipe cleaner tree topper

Glittered reindeer

Aunt Meredith's Reception

Matthew's sister, Meredith, got married a month ago in a small wedding, so this week she had a reception to celebrate with all of her friends. It was held at the Swenson House in Abilene which is absolutely gorgeous! I had never been there before the reception, but I fell in love with it. It was built in the early 1900's and was still decorated in that classic style. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Zoo, Halloween, & More

We had a busy week last week. Last Thursday, we took Will to the zoo. Last Christmas, Matthew's sweet Aunt Debby gave him two tickets to the zoo and we are just now finally getting around to using them. Will went to the zoo when he was an infant, but this was his first time as a toddler. He loved it! 

Will wanted to ride the carousel at the zoo, but once it started going he got wide-eyed and started shaking his head no. He was clutched onto me for dear life. After it was all said and done, I couldn't tell if he loved it or hated it. 

Then, on Saturday we had the Greenlee Family Reunion to attend. Will loved getting to see his grandparents, aunts, and cousins. 

Walking up and down the stairs with G.G.

Will and Cousin Paige
My mom decided to stay with us for a few days after the reunion. It was so nice to have here. She gave me a much needed break by chasing after Will, helping feed him and change his diapers. We loved the zoo so much last week that we had to go again. 

Picnic at the zoo

He did not want to get out of this little car

For Halloween, our church did a Trunk or Treat. Tons of kids showed up and we quickly ran out of candy. I love seeing all of the kids in their costumes. The Kiles brought a scary skeleton that lit up and made spooky noises. Will and I went over to check it out. Whenever they turned it on, you could tell that he was really scared and would shake his head no, but as soon as it turned off, he signed "more, more."

Will the Pirate and his cousin Henry the Lumberjack (isn't he so adorable?!)