Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, LaLa!!

Dear Grandma LaLa,

I hope you have a Happy Birthday!
There's only one piece of advice I can offer you:
Forget the healthy food today.
Instead, EAT something yummy.
Like, Pizza!!! (haha)


Happy day to you, LaRita. I hope it's the BEST birthday yet! Thanks for your love, friendship & support throughout the years.

Love from all 3 of us!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


We took Maximus to his very 1st Dentist appointment on Monday. He cried when it came time to getting his teeth brushed and flossed, but it was over in less than 2 minutes. I'm sure most adults wished that their appointments only lasted that long!
His teeth looked good overall. He's got 16 total and is waiting for 4 molars. Maximus still loves brushing his teeth and likes doing it by himself. I have a difficult time trying to "help" him. He responds better to Rob and let's him get in there most of the time to give a quick brush in the areas he misses.
 Here he is before his appointment, having fun in the play room.
I Love this face! It's one of the many close up shots I have of him. When he's this close, it's usually because he wants the camera, or in this case, my cell phone. And by the way, his eyes are not really this dark. They are more of a blueish, greenish, hazel color.
Thanks for your sweet comments about my last post and the photos of Maximus that I took. I plan to get one of them printed on canvas and will keep you posted on how it turns out.
Hope you're having a good week!
Happy day!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Boy in the Hat

I have yet to get professional pics of this guy. I KNOW...TERRIBLE?! Right? But it's not like I don't have LITERALLY THOUSANDS of pictures I've taken of him over the last 20 months., after swimming, I snapped some photos of M against this cool back drop - a high wall next to the basketball court at the playground we visit. It almost looks like Maximus should be holding a paint can in one hand, getting ready to do some graffiti, but I like the look. :)
Okay...I'm not saying that these are professional shots here, but good or bad can I not LOVE this little guy?

I STILL do plan to get some professional pics ONE of these days.

I asked him to dance in this photo!



Happy day!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy Monday

That dimple makes my heart melt!

As a side note, I wanted to tell you if you leave me a comment, I recenty turned off the word verification. Actually, I thought I had removed that a long time ago, but apparently not. more pesky words to read. Sorry for the inconvenience. I DID however turn the comment moderation on, so you won't see your comments appear until I publish them.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Fall is Here

Yesterday I took Maximus out in the stroller and he napped for a bit. I figured we NEEDED to get out and enjoy the beautiful day since the rain was coming,

This is my favorite photo I snapped of the changing leaves. Aren't these colors brilliant? It just makes my heart happy and so grateful for an AMAZING God that has created the most beautiful things.

Well, the weekend is approaching. Do you have any plans? I think it would be fun to find a pumpkin patch to take M to, but I'm not too sure about the weather.

We signed up for another session of swimming again. Whoo hoo!

As a tree gives fruit, healing words give life, but dishonest words crush the spirit.
Proverbs 15:4 (NCV)

Happy day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Boys

Maximus @ 12 months
Maximus @ 20 Months

Sunday, October 7, 2012

20 Months

I do these monthly posts mainly to document Maximus' growth. There's a lot of detail here, so please don't feel compelled to read.
At bedtime, Maximus loves his big blanket that we cover him with. He'll lie down, holding onto one of his favorite little blankies, and will say, "Mmmmm," with the sweetest lilt in his voice. That's not to say that he goes down easy at every nap or at night, but for the most part, he does well.

I love listening to him chatter on his baby monitor. He'll have conversations, saying things like, "dat do" (thank you), "mee mee" (excuse me) and "knee" (knee). Plus there is a lot of random chatter such as nan-oo, nan-o, bee-ah, & one-o.
Maximus is repeating a lot of words we say these days. Some of these words he has been saying a while now, but I don't always record them right away. He'll say "ice" or "i-shhh" and he LOVES eating it. I'm careful to only give him very tiny bits of crushed ice. When he hears me getting it out of the freezer door, 9 times out of 10 he'll be running to see if he can have some.
He can say "hi" as well as "hello," which sometimes turns into the word "Eyore." Ha! He has a Winnie the Pooh phone that talks about Eyore, so that must be where he's learned that.

Elbow is referred to as "bow bow." (just drop the "el" and add another "bow").

He knows and can point to body parts, and everyday objects that we ask him about.

If we're out and about, he usually wants to walk on his own. He'll say "walk" (sounds more like "rock"). If we let him down, oftentimes he's off and running.

When it comes to rocking in the chair, he will say, "rock...rock" in a rhythmic manner.
He sometimes holds up his hand and says, "dop" for "stop." And he's good at recognizing stop signs.
M says, "buh-gar" for "buger."
Some of the things I say, like "ya," or "ya, ya, ya," and "nope," he imitates quite well.
He says, "apple" and "happy" as clear as day.
When he says the word car, it sounds more like someone from Boston, saying, "cah."
Other words he says are: you, me, hot, brrr, pop, hat & back.
When he refers to his toy blocks it sounds like he's saying, "bok."
If we're shopping for something he'll say, "buy you" for "buy." And will even do a little "beep" sound to imitate how they have to scan items at the register. He's always saying "Caw-Co" for Costco and is able to recognize a lot of the items we purchase at home from there. Maybe I shop too much? haha...
One of my favorite things he says now is "la lu" for "love you." Plus, get this...he can say, "Mamma Mia." It's quite funny.
He is imitating a lot of our gestures as well. He recently started the gesture of shushing, by putting his finger in front of his mouth when I say, "shhhh."
And for MANY months now, he will do things like lift both hands up in the air as if to say, "I don't know." The other thing he has done forever it seems, like when I can't find something, (or if I say something like, "hmmmm...what should we do?"), is he'll rest his finger next to his nose and say, "hmmmm" as if he's contemplating the matter.
Maximus REALLY likes to HELP. And help he does! He has fun helping me unload the dishwasher. He pulls out the dishes as I quickly grab them from him.
If I have items such as paper towels or a box of baby wipes that need to be put away, he'll grab the items and hand them to me. (Okay, sometimes throw them, but we're working on that). He does this all with such pride and joy.
He likes to throw dirty clothes into the laundry baskets and washing machine, helps push the clothes into the dryer and puts clean clothes on the bed for me to fold.
I KNOW, this all sounds like I've got him working 24/7, but he REALLY does enjoy it. I mean, if he gets a hold of the vacuum (see post on that here) or a broom, he's in HEAVEN!
He has a very sweet, fun loving personality; however he can be pretty shy in public. One of the comments that I hear a lot from people is that "he's so serious." At times he is, but he studies his surroundings and people. I think that trait will come in handy later on in life, don't you?
But, as I've mentioned before and you can see by the photos that I post, this boy likes to have fun! He's Adventurous, a bit of a dare-devil at times, mischievous and silly.
M is a sweet boy. He has a strong will. Determined. Loving. Kind. Funny. Intuitive. Strong. Cuddly. Independent. Clingy at times. Full of Life. Happy. Smart. And Very Squeezable (said Mama).

Lord, do not hide your mercy from me. Let your love and loyalty always protect me.
Psalm 40:11 (ERV)

Love that boy!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sweetness - Easy Tuesday Blog Hop

The other night I captured this with my cell phone - Maximus sitting by "moo moo." I love how M wrapped one of his favorite little blankies over his head.

I'm linking up with Mary @ merrydotdandy & Renae @ *simple sequins* for Tuesday's E.A.S.Y. blog hop. The letter I'm choosing in this EASY post is "S" for "Sweet" boy.

Happy day!