Monday, November 4, 2013

13 months and other happenings

Reese is 13 months TODAY!

Reese has recently started cruising along on everything. Even the walls which is kind of funny to watch. She's not confident in walking by herself yet, but she loves her new stage of mobility. Maddie was about 15 months before she was walking independently, and I suspect Reese will be about the same. I am not in a hurry.

I have also started teaching Reese sign language for "more" and "all done". Its very helpful to have this new mode of communication as simple as it is. She's pretty good at it, but she doesn't like to be "all done" so she favors the "more" sign. Even though I can see that her tummy couldn't bulge out any larger she still asks for "more".

Reese's food variety has also been growing. I have been giving her more of the food that I make for the rest of us for dinner. I think I am finally ready to put away my baby food processor. If I cut up the pieces real small and mash them with my fork, she seems to eat whatever it is very well and so far, there really isn't anything she doesn't seem to like.

Reese understands a lot and her personality always makes us laugh. She is such a sweet girl. I love my Reese's to pieces! (this will never get old) 

This past month we had good friends that drove up from Houston come stay with us for a weekend and we went to the TEXAS State Fair which is a tradition we try to keep up with.

 We also had Halloween this month. For the kick off of this sugar infested holiday we walked down Ballard Street in Wylie for their special event called "Boo on Ballard". Several of the store and shop owners gather on the street to pass out candy. They also have a live band and the Wylie fire department come out with their fire trucks to pass out candy as well. Maddie had fun, but I think I had the most fun, because I wondered into a store and bought this:

I could not be more excited about this china cabinet. Its an authentic vintage piece and it has my name written all over it. We are slowly trying to furnish our house so finding this gem was awesome. I know this will be a piece I'll keep forever.

The girls at Boo on Ballard

After we came home that night from down town Wylie, this happened:

My big girl lost her first tooth! It was an ordeal, but she was excited when it finally came out. It was hanging on by a thread, but it took some working to get it completely out. Brian played the surgeon and at last we have a spot where a tooth should be. The tooth fairy visited that night and all was well with the world again. I had mixed emotions though. I think I will always be a little sad when my girl hits a milestone from now on. It seems like from the point of entering kinder and on, these milestones signify that my big girl is truly getting older and no longer in the little girl faze.

After Boo on Ballard we had Trunk or Treat at church (which I forgot my camera so I only have phone pictures) and we also did this to our kitchen:

We painted! We will be picking up the china cabinet on the 15th this month and it will go on the wall behind the table. I have also started chalk-painting the kitchen table and chairs. I'm really liking this chalk paint. I think I'm also going to paint the tables in the living room. Since most of our furniture is what we had in college, its nice to give it a fresh new look.

After that, we had our first Halloween in our new neighborhood. Maddie had a lot of fun trick-or-treating and we will have candy to last us all year long. Brian dressed up as Gumby and stayed home to pass out candy and I took the girls in the wagon and we went around the neighborhood. Maddie was Izzy from Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Reese was a Reese's Pieces. But it got cold so I changed her into her pink glow-in-the-dark skeleton shirt.

Earlier that day I carved a pumpkin and Maddie watched because it was too "gross" to do anything else. She picked out the Hello Kitty for me to carve. I however, have never carved a pumpkin, (I grew up in Brazil, so don't judge) so I didn't know there were actual carving kits and what-not. I'm pretty sure I'll develop carpal tunnel after this endeavor, but I made memories, and that's all that matters. Right??

That was October in a Nutshell. I have a feeling November will be just as crazy.