Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Farm

I LOVE SPRING! Its the type of weather and scenery that makes you feel alive. I just want to run and jump and frolic and sing. Unfortunatly, we havn't seen too much spring just yet. So when I saw the forcast was going to be in the 60s this weekend I KNEW I had to put housework aside and do something outdoors. Then my parents mentioned they were going to take a day trip up the farm and I jumped at the chance to go.

The Farm has been a part of my life as long as I've been around. Its not really a farm at all, but it once was. Its land that has been in the family for probably over century. This is the land that my Grandmother was born on. She was raised in the 3-room homestead. She picked cotton in these fields in the depression. She went to school in the one room school house that was once there on the corner acre. My Grandfather went to school there too. My Grandparents lived there for the majority of life. I have many memmories of entire summers spent there; running barefoot through the grass and walking all over the hollers and hills. I've spent many hot July afternoons waist deep in Big Creek, many slow sunny mornings in a hammock, many nights shooting fireworks, many walks, hikes, 4wheeler rides, hunting adventures, fishing, camping, and front porch swinging. I could go on an on.

I've always dreamed of taking my kids there. Unfortuntatly, I havn't spent as much time there in recent years as I'd like. We've moved 4 times in 5 years and Scott works every weekend so there hasn't been much time to go. We left daddy behind and went anyways. Bryce absolutly LOVED it! I've never seen him so happy! It was like a little boys paradise!

When we got out of the car he just ran and ran and ran. I dont think Bryce has ever been in such open space before. He was busy checking out every rock and tree and flower. He wasn't scared to get on the four wheeler though! I was nervous about letting him ride, but we never took it out of 1st gear. He loved the 4 wheeler ride through the woods! I would rev the engine and he would say "Go momma!"

We rode down the spring and spent some time there just sitting and enjoying the view. Bryce of course wanted to play in the water and almost fell in a few times. He helped Papa move rocks.

Then we rode down through The Bottom to the Creek. I've never seen the Creek so full before! The water was really rolling. Bryce was so good staying away from the edge of the water. He just walked along the sand bank picking up rocks and throwing them in. He drove his toy car through the sand. We hung out on the banks of the creek for a long time just watching him play and enjoying himself. He fussed when it was time to leave.

We rode back to the house, ate some dinner, cleaned up, and then headed back home. Bryce was so worn out, he was asleep before we got to Cave City.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

2 years old!

So my baby has turned 2! 

I haven't done a milestone post in awhile.   I guess bc he learns something new everyday so it's too hard to keep up with. Here are some if my favs! 

Like most 2 year olds, everything is "mine". Heaven forbid you try to carry his jacket for him, he wants to carry it. "MY jacket momma!" He reminds me that anything that belongs to mom and dad is also his. My toothbrush, hairbrush, pillow, my spot on the couch, anything I'm eating or drinking- all his. We argue a lot!

Again, like most 2 year olds he wants to be so independent. Most mornings he will start screaming at me when it's time to put on shoes and socks bc he wants to put them on. "I do it" is his mantra. 

He loves to clean up! Just start singing that cleanup song and starts putting his toys away!

He loves to help me do laundry! I hand him clothes and he tosses them in for me. He loves to hold the "heavy" wet clothes and throw them in the dryer. He meticulously pushes the edges of the clothes into the dryer so the door will shut. He slows me down, but I love my little chore buddy. 

He poops in the potty inconsistently. He goes through spurts were he doesn't want to have anything to do with the potty and others where he's really into it. 

His favorite foods right now are cheese cubes, yogurt, grapes, donuts, pizza, Mac and cheese. In that order. At least the first 3 are healthy right? You know you have a problem when you drive past Little Caesars and your kid starts screaming "pizza!"

His language development has grown by about 9 months in the past 3. At Christmas his vocabulary consisted of about 20 single words and no phrases. 
We were just happy he was finally repeating words. The week and half we were at home for Christmas break its like he magically started talking. Then after he got tubes the first week in January, all of the words sounded much clearer and new sounds were emerging all the time. If I had to guess, I'd say his vocabulary probably is around 100 words or more now! He has many 3 word phrases he uses consistently. I feel like I can finally breath a sigh if relief! He's been behind in the language department since day one. He does have a lisp and is a tongue thruster so I guess we will see if he outgrows that or if we need speech therapy. I wouldn't be surprised, I was in speech as a kid for the exact same thing. 

I think the thing I enjoy most about his new language skills is he can actually tell me things now! He used to stand at the fridge and scream when he was hungry. Now he comes to me and says "snack momma?" When I ask him what he wants he can tell me "applesauce" or "yogurt" instead of me guessing what he wanted, which was usually wrong, followed by more screaming. 

Here are some of my favorite things he says: 

Where did it =where is it?

I get it!

Quick! No do dat!= Quit! no do that!


I coming

 Ok mommy- he says this with the thickest southern accent it makes me so happy. His "ok" has like 3 syllables!

Zeus = horse (he can say it correctly with prompting)

Dih-naw= donkey (I think he is combining heehaw with donkey)

He-cop-dee= helicopter  



Counts  one, dos, four, five, gicks, tebin, eight, nine, ten! He leaves out numbers all the time. Last night he counted my toes "one, five, three, five!" And the "dos" for two cracks me up every time! 

Can name all the characters from Mickey Mouse clubhouse: Micky, Goopy, Minnie, pootoe, Donna duck, daisy.   

Overall, he has grown and developed so much I've the past year! 
Love this kid boogers and all!