Baby K Maternity

Baby K Maternity

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Milestones; From Driving to Sleeping

Wow have we done a lot recently! Where do I start? We packed up Grandma Glenda's minivan last Thursday and spent 12 hours in the car heading to Camp Legeune for Uncle Scott's retirement ceremony.
We are so proud of Uncle Scott, aka Gunny, and his 20 years of service in the Marines. The ceremony was very nice, and the rain stayed away long enough for everyone to enjoy themselves. Connor boy didn't want to sit in the comfy seats provided, so we walked in the back to watch the amazing program.
We also did a little exploration of the base and found the very cool tanks. Connor couldn't get enough of the "trucks" and kept banging on them, and patting them. If he could have pushed them around he would have been on cloud nine, but sitting on top of them was just as cool.
After the festivities we spent Friday night driving 5 hours to Virginia to pick up Casey for his Spring Break. It gave everyone the excuse to spend Saturday morning on Liberty's campus to see all of the changes. How is it that every time we are there something is new? By the time Connor goes to school there (no pressure) it will be an entirely different University. We left LU around noon which meant of course we had to stop for lunch before leaving. Connor had his first meal at Osaka, and I will say he liked it. How could he not? After stuffing ourselves with as much yum-yum sauce as we could, we loaded up the minivan again and headed back to Florida. First stop Orlando to do "research" for Casey's Thesis. Have you ever spent 3 hours on Main Street USA? We have, and it was fun!
The last time we were there in December Connor desperately wanted to ride the Speedway but was just a hair too short. He was so upset, and I knew we would certainly ride it the next time we were there. To say we were excited when we put his little head up against the height bar and it hit, would be an understatement. We were thrilled, and Connor didn't understand why he couldn't just walk on. What's a line to a toddler? He loved watching the cars as they went by and when it was finally his turn we got a cool blue car, and he sat in the driver's seat. He couldn't even see over the wheel but he really tried to move the car back and forth. He loved it! I'm so glad!
We spent 2 days at Walt Disney World and had a lot of fun. I'm not sure if we tuckered the Connor boy out but we've had a miracle happen in this house. At 17 months old Connor has slept through the entire night 2 nights in a row. We are beside ourselves. Time to throw the Sleeping Party!!! This of course had to be documented. Even if it doesn't happen for the rest of the week, the fact that he made it through just one entire night is a HUGE milestone. Go Connor, Go Connor, Go Connor!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Connor's Book of ABC's

I love creating photobooks of the oodles of pictures we have of our little wonder. I especially like creating photobooks that Connor can enjoy as well. I get emails for creating free books on shutterfly quite often, and I love to see what I can come up with, or what big event took place last. The program is so easy to use, and I can even customize each page to be exactly what I want. I've made simple books to show him the members of his family, there is a book of his 6 month photoshoot, and even one for his birthday party, but this past creative book has been my favorite. I made a book of ABC's that pertain to all of the things in Connor's life. It was so much fun to find pictures that would go along with each letter, and the book is a big hit. He has his very own book of ABC's, and from this previous kindergarten teacher, I think it's pretty great. I chose fonts that would be clear for him to read, once he gets there, and on every page there is capital and lowercase version of each letter. I am so excited to use this as he grows.

Here are a few examples of the pages I put together. Tim and I first made a list of what each letter was going to stand for, and then I scoured my computer files to find the perfect picture for each word. It was fun going back through months of pictures, and little hard too. I can't believe how perfect this turned out. Connor loves looking at each page and points to the things that catch his attention.
Some letters were easier to come up with than others, but I'll list what we used.

Connor's Book of ABC's:
A is for Aunt Kaitlyn
B is for ball
C is for Connor and cars
D is for daddy
E is for eating (great messy pictures)
F is for family
G is for Grandma Glenda
H is for hug
I is for ice cream
J is for juice
K is for kiss
L is for Liberty University
M is for mommy
N is for night night
O is for ocean
P is for pool and Papa
Q is for quick
R is for Red Sox
S is for slide
T is for trucks and teeth
U is for Uncle Casey
V is for VeggieTales
W is for walking and Walt Disney World
X is for xylophone
Y is for yell
Z is for zoo

Our new favorite book!