Halloween, Twenty Thirteen!

This year was fun. Ephram got to experience the anticipation of trick or treating and I had enough energy to put Alwyn in costume (this was not the case last year). We went to about 15 houses, double what I did with Ephram last year. So glad our neighborhood is growing at such a rapid pace. The Costumes: I really wanted Ephram to pick his costume this year since it was the first year he understood what Halloween was, but it still took awhile for him to settle on something. When he finally said Firefighter and I knew right away I'd have Alwyn be a Dalmatian, and we were locked in. Of course he changed his mind to a princess a few times after that, but he didn't push it too much.

Since both boys are a little sick this week we settled for front step photos this year. Did the Photo Tips help you with your Halloween photos this year?

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I'm sure the "cute" costumes will end in a few years so I'm grateful that they are still at an age I can make their costumes and have them be sweet looking.

Getting Back Outside

Aaaaahhhh... The cooler, enjoyable weather is here and I am determined to enjoy it. (Sorry Minnesota friends, I know you're hating me right now, but you had all Summer to enjoy the outdoors.) For my Houston friends, we're just excited to have temperatures below 90 degrees! And the fact that I slept with the windows open last night is icing on the cake.

Frequent trips to the park, walks around Brazos Bend State Park, and evenings relaxing in the backyard.  Yes, please!

Are you headed outdoors this weekend?

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Alwyn : 12 Months

The birthday boy! A few things about Alwyn now:

- Sleeping... of course it's still awful. I'm afraid this poor boy has inherited his father's sleeping habits and is always tired but has a hard time sleeping. Still hoping he'll grow out of it. One particular night this month he slept 10 straight hours and it was a big deal.

- Naps... the good news is that he continues to nap well. A few days I've pushed him to have just one since we were out and about in the mornings, but generally he still takes two naps, 1-2 hours each.

- Eating... I swear he eats double what Ephram does daily. And I think he's chubbed up a bit in the past month too! His favorites are string cheese, meat, and bananas.

- Still loves to sing and dance, though it was happening a lot more at the beginning of the month. I recorded this sweet song one day.

- Explores the kitchen a lot these days. He likes to unload the dishwasher with me and rummage through a couple of drawers and the cabinet I keep the kid plates/cups/utensils in.

- His first words other than 'mama' are 'hi' and 'bye' and he does the cutest wave with each.

- Gets super excited when daddy comes home from work.

- Wants to draw (& will if I give him a crayon), but keeps putting the crayons in his mouth. But he does draw on a magnetic sketch pad.

- Follows his brother around a ton. If Ephram is napping and he's not, he loves crawling to his room to check on him, and usually wake him up.

- Would be content in my arms all day if I let him.

- Loves his blankie and will crawl to his crib to pull it out occasionally. He likes to play peek-a-boo with it and occasionally wear his around his neck like a towel.

- Has 8 teeth now and has showed signs of teething for the past two weeks.

- No walking yet, but is becoming more brave about standing up on his own.

He has really grown to love this chair and will crawl into Ephram's room and climb into it to look out the window frequently. I see a trip to Ikea to get him his own in our future. ;)

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And the whole year together.

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