Thursday, December 15, 2011

Quinn's "Bear Party"

 We celebrated our Q man last  Friday night and had a great time.  The theme was Camping/Bear.  Quinn has a bear that he LOVES, so we somehow settled on a "bear party" but for fear of it becoming a baby-ish teddy bear party....(no baby stuff for this big boy!) We went the camping/bear route.  The days leading up to the party, he just kept saying "bear party" all the time. And now he calls all cakes "bear cakes" or, as he often said, "cake bears".  My fam came in to town and our cousins/aunt and uncle that live here came over and we had a great time.  The weather was PERFECT so the outdoor camping thing worked great!  

He's holding "THE BEAR" that started all of this in the picture.  

Helping paw paw get the fire started.  We borrowed my aunt and uncle's fire pit, set up a tent, and roasted hot dogs and s'mores.  It was fun.  

Cousins in the wagon.  Sucker Paw Paw pulling them all over the yard.  

This was the first time I've ever done any sort of treat or favor (I guess I'm a lame party thrower).  But I saw these ideas online and thought they were too cute.  Little s'more treat bags. Marshmallows, Golden Grahams, and Chocolate Chips.  The favors were flashlights (what kid doesn't LOVE flashights) and bear shadow puppets. I saw the shadow puppet idea somewhere and had to search a little bit to find a good bear to use for the cutouts.  They had fun doing the puppets in the tent and of course the flashlights were a hit.  And, again, the beloved bear is in the picture. 

Singing to the Birthday Boy!  He was bashful but thrilled with the singing! :)  

He did great trying to blow out the fire/candles, but after a little drool dripped on the cake....

I decided I better help him. :) 

Big Brother was loving all the cousin fun and since the boy could live outside, he was in heaven.  More on the butterfly bandages later.... :(

My little fit thrower.  SHHHEEEEESH!  He didn't want his picture taken.  That only made me take more. 


hahahaha!!!

The marshmallow and chocolate/ketchup face only adds to the greatness!

Paw Paw, klp, and KLP chillin' by the fire. I think they were the last ones to come in....somewhere around 10:00!! 

When we all got in, the cousins that had to drive back to Paris got their PJ's on and we opened presents they brought. Its always funny and cute to watch them ALL be SOOOOO EXITED!  We got Quinn a baseball tee, so we're excited for him to get to hit the ball off of the tee instead of KLP's hand! 

I wish I had a picture of his face! He would open his mouth real wide and gasp when he tore the paper open.  He could barely even see the present in the crowd of excited "helpers" but he's definitely got the exaggerated reaction down! 

Gay Gay and Paw Paw got him a new belt buckle just like klp's to go with his new boots Gram and Chief got him.  He's been in between sizes in boots, etc. for a while, so he's excited to have them again! 

All the girl cousins have matching PJ's and we were trying to get a picture.  Mom took a picture of us trying to get them to look and smile.  Aren't we sooooo cool and funny.  Sheesh....embarrassing.  


It was a great night....in fact, so great that it was 11:30 before my kids went to bed! :)  Happy Birthday Quinn!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quinn is 2!

December 8th our Quinn Man turned 2.  He's been cheating and saying he's 2 for a few weeks because he started making a 2 with his hands so I went with it.  Of course, since turning 2, he only makes a 1 or a 3 with his fingers.  Oh dear.  

He's talking more and more and it is cracking us up!  We love hearing things just pop out of his mouth that we had no clue he said.  He's done awesome with the Potty training and in the last 2-3 weeks, I'd say he just about has it 100%.  We still have our moments, but they are few and far between.  He's healthy, strong, and energetic....all the things a little boy should be.  He can spot an airplane or a pump jack (what a good little East Texas boy) from a long ways away and loves to identify sports fields.  He's relatively obedient, but doesn't take NO for an answer (at least not with a good attitude).  He's hilarious, wild, loud, and cautious.  He's the best 2 year old I know :)  


Here he is the morning of his birthday showing (and saying) "tattoo" and pointing to his tattoo Gram sent him.  


He may be big now that he's 2, but his Fruit of the Looms are still baggy and Daddy's boots are still too big! 




































Trying to give me the stink eye, but cracking a smile instead.  

It seems silly to try to describe how great I think he is because he's too great for words.  Instead I'll share a COUPLE (get it....2) things about him

Favorite Books:
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?
 Here Comes Santa Claus

Favorite Food:
Fruit (particularly "chawbees"/strawberries and "Oor"/Oranges
Sweets...ANYTHING sweet.

Favorite activities:
"writing"
playing with any kind of ball

Funniest words:
Unnerwear (underwear)
I would say Buttball (football) but he DOESN'T SAY IT ANYMORE!!! BOOOO!!!

Personality Traits:
Nurturing and sweet (he pats, rocks, kisses, etc. all his stuffed animals)
Fussy and LOUD (he cries LOUD at the drop of a hat.  Work in Progress.  WORK.IN.PROGRESS)

Quirks:
He still kicks his legs when he's going to sleep. He's literally done this his whole life
He knows where the Donut shop is and says "Don Don" every time we pass it. Oops.

Favorite Songs:
Take Heart (from Seeds of Worship series)
"Jesus" not sure what specific song he's talking about, but every night when I'm rocking him he tells me to sing  "Jesus". So i just think of a song with Jesus in it.

Size info:
95% for both height and weight.
Maybe this size is what contributes to this, but he is the OPPOSITE OF NIMBLE.  I'm not sure what he word is, but he is SO NOT NIMBLE.  He makes everything he does look so hard.  Like climbing, stepping up, rolling over something, ANYTHING.  He just isn't smooth and quick like that.  Its funny to watch him around other kids his age because he's bigger than a lot of them, but they would beat him in an obstacle course for sure! hahaha! Its pretty funny!

Favorite People:
Daddy
Paw Paw
(sure, he loves me, but if either of those 2 are around they are #1 choice)

Biggest Joys:
Singing (he gets in his own world and sings loud all the time.  He's gonna be that kid in Kindergarten that goes to the bathroom and forgets everyone can hear him and just belts out singing in the bathroom)
Reading (he loves for me to read to him. He goes and picks out a book, sits in my lap, reads, then goes and gets another one....over and over and over.

Biggest *ahhheem* Challenges:
CRYING
Deleting the word "no" from his vocabulary.  He says it because it gets a reaction out of Kanyon....so he keeps saying it. Oh dear.

Favorite animals:
"ping pong" (penguin)
bear

Nick Names:
Cheeky Bull (that goes all the way back to his newborn days)
Bubba (said a million bajillion times by Kanyon)

We love him to pieces and we're so proud of him.  Happy Birthday Quinn Spencer!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Kanyon's new bike

I mentioned it before, but klp just got a new bike! He had outgrown his first one, so his PT brought us a bigger one. This one is a little different and it is so great.  Best of all, klp can do most of the work himself.  We live on a hill so our driveway and our street is slanted. That makes it harder, but he LOVES his new bike.  He says, "I wanna ride me bike" all the time!! Here he is the first time he took it for a spin.  His PT was holding on with a dog leash, but we have since added a bar to hold.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Budding Rock Stars

I never thought I'd be the parent of rock stars, but I've recently learned otherwise.  We have these magnet toys that the boys were playing with and KLP showed them how to use them like a microphone (first he announced the "basketball team" then he sang the national anthem).  The microphone thing really took off with these two and they've been "building" microphones and rockin' out ever since.

This picture kills me...it looks like klp is soooo IN TO his song.




And here's a little clip of the insanity..... I mean concert.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Good Morning!

qsp wakes up happy! He always has and I just love it.  This particular morning he was going BONKERS and I tried to catch some of it on video on the monitor.  Its kinda boring, but its kinda funny when you consider this was him immediately after he woke up :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November so far....

I lied...the first two pictures are from the week Q was potty training back in October. I felt like we were doing so much "bonding" that we needed a self photo.....



I was able to coax his thumb out of his mouth with a "CHEEEESE!" 

Poor klp.  Sometimes he just gives up on keeping his pants up when he's scooting around.  We were playing at a friend's house the other day, we looked in playroom and busily playing in the kitchen was Kanyon with his pants at his ankles.  

This pic makes me laugh out loud. He lookes like a grown man doing the Reader's Digest crossword puzzle.  

I usually save the boys' "MOOMEE" (movie) time til I'm cooking dinner.  They watch a little Praise Baby or Sesame Street (they think all movies are only 20 min!!). I  just think they are so cute watching TV. I mean on the one hand, I'm saying its cute that they're brains are turning to mush (haha...I'm being dramatic) but on the other hand, its just so sweet that they are so tuned in to it.  

q man lounging in his unders.  These are NOT boxer briefs, they are just undies that are TOO BIG! heee heee

klp had an eye Dr. check up the other day and he sat in the chair all by himself while the tech did the exam. He was so brave :)  Look at this big boy...

waiting on the Dr....playing with the phone....

While we were at the eye Dr., Quinn played at Chandler's house.  When I drove up, they were playing out in the drizzle and he was sporting this sweet lady bug raincoat! :)  So cute...maybe not his manliest look, but I about melted right then and there.....

klp, Quinn, and Chandler all on the tricycle.  

Our friends Cole and Ryan let Quinn borrow some cowboy boots until he gets his for his birthday.  He was SOOOOOO SOOOO proud to have these on.  He was lovin' it! 

KLP was hiding behind the counter the other night when he got in from work and couldn't make it til supper without some Cheetos. I said, "You BETTER NOT let those boys see you eating those!" So this was his solution.  He hideout worked.  

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Phillips Phamily!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Big Boy Quinn

I took the plunge with Quinn!  I NEVER thought I would potty train my kids by 2.  I just wasn't in a hurry and thought it would be way harder than waiting til they were older.  But for some reason a few weeks ago, I just thought to myself, "I really think Quinn could potty train".  So the last week in October I decided to give it a shot. I wasn't dead set on it working, I just thought I'd give it a good try and if it didn't work that was fine, I'd wait til later.  No pressure at all.   The first couple of days it was accident after accident but he got better and better.  He still has some accidents and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little potty trained too....meaning I have to watch how long its been and take him sometimes because he doesn't always tell us until about 1 second before he REALLY needs to go! :)  All in all I'm really proud of him!  Not having to buy him diapers is not the only great thing about being potty trained....here are the other things I love about it...

His unders sticking out of the top of his pants....







whitey tighties and a wife beater....maybe my favorite combo ever!  (he's jumping off the couch, thats why he's blury!)


whitey tighties on little ones may be the CUTEST THING EVER! The big belly and thumb/blanket never hurts the cute factor.  


I have an embarrassing amount of pictures of him on the toilet because of the random things he takes with him to the bathroom.  He cracked me up sitting there with his gun!


underwear wedgies! 


We also LOVE LOVE LOVE how he says "underwear". I have GOT to get it on video...if I do, I'll put it up for you to hear because it will make you melt.

**I hesitate to say potty trainED. I think he's still potty trainING.** We don't have 100% trust in him yet and I think I'll have to trust him a little more before I say potty TRAINED.

We've been busy

We've been pretty busy around here.  Busy doing lots of things: 

Like playing with our hand me down train set that we LOVE.  


sweet sweet brothers  

klp has been busy reading.  

And at any given point, one of these boys is busy "writing".  They take it very seriously!





We've been busy eating with friends!

And eating the tops off of cupcakes!

We love being busy with our friends!  I love this picture of Mindi swinging with Kanyon AND Trent! Contrary to what it looks like in the pic, klp was NOT choking little Trent.  

Kanyon has been busy riding his new BIKE!!!! He outgrew his other one and he is loving his new one. It is a little bit different, but still an Amtryke.  We are thankful for their generosity! We passed our old one on to hopefully find a good home with a little one ready for their first bike! :)  He is good at pedaling it and is even learning to steer it pretty good.  



We don't have the bar yet for us to hold, so Celia (our PT) used the dog leash! I'm tellin' ya, these home therapists are creative and resourceful! 

Busy busy tending to our loved ones.....brushing bear's teeth. 

And we have been busy lately building lots of cool towers!  

We're never too busy to have an Oreo!  (this was qsp's first one ever and he LOVED IT!)

Quinn was too busy riding his alligator to even look at the camera.  Notice the little one beside him?  Right after I took this picture, he moved and tried to sit on top of the little one.  hee hee.  Silly boy.