Sunday, November 12, 2017

Russ 5 months+swimming

Russ is five months old and I can't believe it! Four to five months has been the change from a tiny little infant that mostly lays still and content to a much more alert and awake and busy baby. Poor babe has been teething so he has definitely been fussier the last few weeks. He has one tooth in, and after today I hope the next one is not too far behind--he's hurting, poor boy. He eats his toes all the time now, which is one of my absolute favorite things of babyhood--it's just so adorable to see that little ball of chub all rolled up! He sits up in the bumbo and his walker. We started real food and he pretty much only likes applesauce, pears, and bananas. Sweet tooth already! He does NOT like squash or peas, but he will tolerate sweet potatoes if he's in a pretty good mood. He may or may not have tried ice cream just tonight (we were trying to help his teething haha) and he was a huge fan. Ha! 

He smiles so big and has rolled over a couple of times now. He grunts a lot, especially when he's getting dressed and something goes over his head--he hates that. He's pretty serious, but we can get some full on belly laughs if we tickle underneath his chin with our chin. He thinks that's the best! He also has the TIGHTEST and STRONGEST grip of any baby I've ever known. I love it. He holds on tight to my hand while he's nursing and it is my absolute favorite. He has also lost all of his thick hair and it is blond underneath, which is typical, but so sad. He had some great baby hair--and I'm sure it'll come back eventually. Luckily, he has a nice round head that everyone comments on now, haha. He hasn't had a dr. appt recently but he seems SOOOOO long to me. Definitely slimmed down a bit and lengthened out. Oh I just love our sweet baby Russ!

Our nice little cold spell of 75-80 degrees ended (and was super random, it has never gotten chilly in all the other Octobers we've lived here) and it's been back up in the 90s. Warm enough to warm up the pool again--and so we are back at it!

Luckily for us, all things swim-related just went on end-of-summer clearance so we stocked up on goggles and baby floaties!

This day was especially gorgeous and I did not want to leave. But this was after biking around our neighborhood for at least two miles (Will has learned to ride without training wheels, I'm sure I"ll post about that soon) and I was exhausted. We needed to get home and get to bed so I could sleep!)

We have been on bikes nonstop since last weekend when Dad picked up a bike for Will off craigslist (I had the flu so Sterling occupied everyone for a good five hours on Saturday. It had been a LONG week of no husband and lots of throw up and flu with the kids and I slept a lot to recover.). Will has been riding without training wheels at Aunt Kayli's in Pittsburgh and a few other opportunities, but I was too lazy to take off his training wheels because I knew he desperately needed a bigger bike, and then his bike would be Molly's and she'd need the training wheels. I don't know if it was all the years of a balance bike---but this kid was amazing. Within a few rides around the block he was stopping, starting, turning, not wobbling, and cruising around without training wheels. And he will not stop. Actually, I have noticed how exhausted he is when he throws a tantrum...and then goes and falls asleep on the floor. He literally wears himself out riding his bike around. It's so awesome. We've been riding bikes to Ruth's school in the mornings, I wear the baby and then Molly rides in the baby seat behind me (she has zero excitement for bike riding) and it works pretty awesome. They are loving it--and the only thing I don't love is the 90 degree weather we ride in. 


We had such a great time at our Bexley Park (neighborhood) July 4th celebration, that we were excited when we got a flyer for the Halloween celebration. As it turns out, two of my kids were puking all day on Halloween, so only Ruth and Russ got to come and see the festivities. But it was still really fun. I took a lot of pictures of the houses because there was a contest on the best decorated house and it was so much fun to see them all month long!

Congregated, listening to blasting music, waiting for the trick or treating to start. There was a food truck and photo booth and the fire fighters were handing out candy.

On the main street of Bexley Park the road was blocked to traffic and all the owners just sat out on their porch so the kids could walk to each house and trick or treat together. It was so awesome. And the decorations were awesome. And even the people handing out candy were dressed up. And some gave out fresh krispie creme doughnuts and that was my favorite.

My favorite decoration.

See that gollum in the window? Ruth wouldn't go get the candy by herself--HAHAA.

I was sad this one didn't win, because all month it was my favorite, although I should have stopped to take a better picture. The skeleton is hung upside down by a spider. It was really cool in real life.

I need to upload the photo booth pictures, Ruth and I rocked it. We had a good time. Our next door Creole neighbors had a special bag of treats for Ruth with crayons in it--because they watch her color with chalk so much, so sweet! It was fun to get out and see all the neighbors, I only know the ones that hit up the park and pool the same time as us and walk their kids to school at the same time. I love living here and I love Bexley Park and I love Delray Beach. It was an awesome Halloween.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

This Is Halloween-Everybody Scream

I really loved our family of witches and wizards this year! It felt very Halloween-ish and traditional and I like that. Russ was a bat because I didn't want him to die of heat in those sleeping-bag type baby costumes. As it turns out, it was the first Halloween since moving here that we weren't red-faced and sweating under our costumes, but it's still probably a good thing he had less layers. Poor little man has been teething and teething (got his first tooth on November 1st and the second one is *right* behind) so he mostly just munched on his little bat hands.

Ruthie loved her costume! And do you see the cute green wand in her hand? Thanks to the hurricane debri, we picked up SEVERAL perfect wand sticks one day while walking Ruth home from school and I let them pick a color to paint it. They thought they were awesome and went around saying "Iggety Ziggety" like Room on the Broom. She got to wear her costume to school, but due to other puking children, I didn't get to see her costume parade, but she said it was a lot of fun.

I feel like her costume could not have been more perfect. Those little stockings on her tiny little legs were just all the heart eyes!!!

He was VERY happy with his wizard costume! He's such a great sport! He wore one of my plain grey t-shirts as his tunic to be tied around the waist and he came up to me at one point and put his arms around my leg and said "I really love your grey shirt mom. It's the best." I just love him.

Mom sent me the wizard costumes that Ethan and I wore when we were in something like 4th and 6th grade (we couldn't have been any older because it was in North Dakota) and so Sterling and I both used those capes and I used that tunic/dress. I really feel the need to dig through my closet and unpack my scrapbook boxes to find that picture of Ethan and I wearing these. Good times.

The boys.

Sleeping bat.

Angel bat.

This lady had a Jurassic Park trunk and my kids almost wouldn't go and get their candy.

Bro and Sis Grua did an UP theme. They are very enthusiastic and went ALL out (my kids LOVE her in primary). She was the bird, he was the old man, and they had their dog their to be the dog. This picture does NOT do it justice, but they had the balloons and the UP movie playing on a white cloud and the decorations were just insanely clever. Too cute.

This is my favorite Halloween picture. Sterling is passing out candy from our cobwebbed van and the kids are happy and tired and cute.

This is Mikey, our Delray Beach grandma. We collect grandmas everywhere we go, but Mikey has to be my favorite. She brings chocolate (usually donuts) to every single Relief Society meeting on Sunday, holds my baby when I teach and when I don't teach, spoils my kids with treats, and always gushes about how adorable my children are.

They had a professional photographer there and it was not easy making my hubby and kids wait in line for a picture, but I am glad we did. The cutest!!!!!
Happy Halloween!