Tuesday, October 18, 2011

14 months!

Reese is now 14 months old and busier than ever! She is a big talker, big walker, and loves to get into everything! She loves to play outside and we are grateful that the weather has been wonderful! Our outdoor adventures include touching all the leaves, flowers, and rocks, playing with the dogs, and playing on her new mini jungle gym we acquired from her cousin. She loves to hit the park too, swinging is so fun!
Reese seems to be so aware of everything and constantly watches us to figure out how we are doing things. She figured out how to open the doors in our house now, which is very scary! She loves to go into the bathroom and shut the door behind her to play hide and seek. She also just starting climbing up onto things and tries to climb out of her crib, though she is not tall enough for that yet. Thank God! She is now obsessed with shoes and loves to play with them, put them on, and knows that when I say we need to get our shoes on that we are going somewhere or doing something fun!
She has always been very vocal but I swear this child says everything now! Blueberry, applesauce, and airplane are her newest words but the ones we hear most are "Up, Uh-oh, all done or all gone, Mama, Dada, nana (for Nana, or a banana), this or that, and Baba." She loves to blow kisses, give sloppy wet kisses, and great big hugs too! She is a some-what picky eater these days and one night might finish a plate of something and the next day pretend like its disgusting. She does "sign" by putting her hand to her mouth when she is hungry though, which helps us figure out why she is fussy sometimes.
She seems to be losing most of her sweet baby rolls, and is growing long and lean. Though she still has some pretty chunky thighs and cheeks. Most of her 12 mo clothes are getting too short, it's a good thing all of her fall clothes are 18 mo size! She still has very tiny feet though, and can fit into most 6-12 mo size shoes. Well, I think that about wraps up my random summary of Reese at 14 months...!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Reese's First Birthday... Better late than never!

For Reese's first birthday celebration I decided to throw a "tiny party" with everything miniature. Between working full time and raising a very busy little lady it was hard to accomplish all my "dreams" for the party, but I think it was pretty cute nonetheless. My mind went crazy thinking of all the "tiny" things we could decorate with, eat, and include in the theme! My mom and I made the cutest mini invites and with the she and my Gramma's help we made mini pennant banners, a mini party hat, and a lot of mini party pom-poms. We rented big tables and chairs, along with mini tables and chairs from our favorite rental place, had a mini bounce house, and served lots of mini food! On the menu were mini burgers and buns, mini bow-tie pasta salad, mini veggies, mini crackers and dip, fruit salad, and lots of mini snacks! I also made a mini dessert table with mini reese's pieces, mini gummy bears, mini caramel apples, mini cupcakes, and mini peanut butter cups. Guests left with mini party favors for the kids filled with cute mini toys! I was so wrapped up in the festivities that I hardly took pictures, but here are a few!

{The Birthday Girl, sitting in her new mini chair!}

{The mini favors}

{Mini pennant banners were hing throughout the house, this one in our foyer... It says "Happy Birthday Reese"}

{Mini cupcakes, with mini flags, made by moi}

{Dessert table, and Reese's own mini cake!}

{Mini burgers}

{Attempting an "all kid" picture on the mini chairs...}

{Bday girl in the bouncehouse!}

{Reese eating her cake}

{Reese and her two BF's, Aislinn and Xavier}

I got lots of ideas from other blogs for the menu, decor, invites, etc. and will have to do another post with all the links!

Apple Hill!

Over the weekend we took advantage of the sun and day off (for me), called up some friends, and headed up to Apple Hill. We had lots of fun chasing the toddlers, eating delicious apple creations, and hanging out with our friends. Reese loved people watching, looking and petting the animals, and trying her first apple donut and caramel apple! Yum! It's much harder to snap decent pics now that the kids are on the move, but here are some, or a lot, to enjoy!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Summer Rewind... 4th of July!

This year on 4th of July we continued our new tradition with a 3rd annual family BBQ over the holiday weekend. It was fun having both sides of the family at our house for food and fireworks! We found the perfect little red, white, and blue outfit for our little firecracker too! Then on the 4th we headed over to Mattea's parents house for the 3rd year in a row to BBQ and swim with all the littles! There were lots of kids and toddlers around for Reese to enjoy! Reese loved the fireworks and even fell asleep watching them, it wasn't until after she went up to her room that the noise got to her and it was an intense evening with the baby and dogs all freaked out. Hopefully next year will be better!