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Holiday Time!

December 22nd, 2011

It took awhile to recover from the big birthday and turkey day, but now we are in full Christmas Mode!

vannyB was a trooper seeing Santa this year.

You wouldn’t know from his photo though.

It took a mere HOUR and A HALF of waiting in line to see Mr. Claus, but that didn’t phase vanny.  As soon as we got close enough for van to see him, he had the biggest grin on his face!  He squealed and laughed and even walked right up to Santa, BUT sitting on the lap was a different story!

And here are our Holly Jolly Decorations!

We decided on a mini tree this year partly because the ones we normally get {tall and lanky} were not available, but also because we weren’t sure how Mr. Go-Go Gadget Arms would be with the tree and ornaments.

Here’s our beauty! Short and Sweet!

van LOVES turning the lights on and off with the remote.

Every morning we count to three and turn the lights on with a big grin!  It’s my favorite!!

Here’s the Mantle..

I’m LOVING the gold wreath over the artwork.  {Wonder if it could stay up year round?}

I also love our Christmas stockings…

And here is what the outside of the house looks like!

the rope lights are back!!

and so is the painted pumpkin stack!

Maybe next year I’ll actually get ALL the xmas decorations up prior to the week before Xmas.

Who am I kidding?!

Happy Holidays!- the vB’s

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12 Months!

November 29th, 2011

On November 18th at 6:32 {am} my boy officially turned 1!  I was so excited that I woke Mr. vB up and we did this…

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Good thing we got up early, cause we had a lot of celebrating to do!

We hosted a small get together at a local venue called Cartwheels and Coffee, which is pretty much an indoor playground with a Barista.  {yes-awesome concept!}

The birthday boy was dressed to impress!

{thank you CeCe and Martha!}

We played, we ate and we sang to the Birthday Boy…

What a great party!  The birthday boy was exhausted by the time it was over.

And so was I!!  I’m working on a post now about the DIY’s sprinkled throughout his party and things I did at home.  I didn’t get everything done that I wanted to, but was very pleased with what I did get finished!

I just kept reminding myself that all that really mattered what that this little dude had fun!

Mission Accomplished!

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And we celebrated!!

November 21st, 2011

Our boy is officially ONE and what a blast we had helping him celebrate!

I’m working up a full post with photos and details… stay tuned!

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And he’s off!

November 3rd, 2011

and yes daddy is saying, “can we wipe that blood off your face?” A face plant 5 minutes earlier left baby boy with a bloody lip.  Comes with the territory I guess.

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Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2011

Could these 2 guys be ANY CUTER??

Sheriff vannyB and his Deputy Daddy

van seemed a bit concerned at first,

but quickly got into character..

We had a fun time trick or treating with our cousins tonight.  We also spent some time with them this weekend carving our pumpkins.

First we had to pick one out at the patch..

Then we had to get a’carving!

van helped his Daddy with the hard work.

Apparently I forgot to take a picture of the finished product.  Oops!  Oh well- there’s always next year!

Hope everyone had a Safe and Happy Halloween!

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11 Months!

October 28th, 2011

People, when I say we are moving and shaking over here, it’s a bit of an understatement.  vannyB is B-U-S-Y from the time he wakes up till the moment he goes to bed.

His current fav’s are 1) WALKING ON HIS OWN!! 2) walking while holding onto my index fingers 3) throwing whatever he may be carrying at the moment 4) pointing at things and 5) reading his books

Just yesterday van was playing on the floor and went from a sitting position to a standing position all on his own.  And then once he was stable, he walked across the room. Mr. vB and I just looked at each other and grinned from ear to ear!

The Lil’ Dude’s Personality is also starting to shine through!  He can be very serious at times {just like his daddy} and then bust out with a grin and a giggle {like his mommy}!  His laugh makes my heart melt…

And in-case you want to know, Current Stats are 25 lbs and 33″ tall.

We {ok, mostly me} is getting quite excited about the upcoming birthday festivities.  I already teased you with photos of the balloon birthday wreath and the high chair.  I’ve got a few more DIY’s up my sleeve, but I’m not ready to reveal them just yet.

I know, I know.. what a tease!  But I WILL share what van is going to be for Halloween!

Giddy Up!

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The Pumpkin Patch

October 6th, 2011

Last weekend we headed out to the pumpkin patch with our good friends the Hansen’s.

{Parker, van }

{and Taylor}

We had so much fun finding our way through the hay maze..

And played in the pumpkins..

There was also a tractor..

And a swing & slide..

Let’s just say we all had a blast.

And vannyB was sound asleep in his car-seat before we even pulled out of the parking lot!

**UPDATE**

Per Request- Please see the below picture of me this time last year at the Pumpkin Patch!

This one’s for you Amy Cox!!

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10 Months!

September 26th, 2011

Here we are another month closer to the Big Day!  10 Months Down, 2 Months to go!

Mr. Butter-Bean, as I am affectionately calling him these days, has busy cruising along any and all vertical services at full speed. I even got to witness his first 2 steps last week! {and by the time this went to press several more steps have been had!} They were super wobbly, but steps none the less!

vanny is also chatting up a storm!  His newest word is “arf” and specifically says it after boots or bailey barks!  He also loves to say bye-bye and has started waving {at himself}.  We are working on that.

ButterBean also likes to “pat his momma” which melts my heart.  He loves to pat me on the back/shoulder with his left hand when I carry him around.

Last but not least, van started back to daycare last Thursday after being out for 5 weeks.  Our beloved daycare provider, Ms. Sutton, needed hip replacement surgery so Mr. vB and I had to “wing it” while she was out.  And let me tell you- THAT WAS STRESSFUL!! But I loved every extra minute with my boy!  Just look at this face…

I LOVE LOVE LOVE him!

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9 Months!

September 6th, 2011

{yes- you are correct. By the time you are reading this, van is days away from being 10 months old.  I better get to recap’n his 9th month.}

stats: 23 lbs 14 ozs, 31″ long

milestones: 2 more teeth coming in makes a total of 6 now.  Has also been caught standing on his own.  Is in to everything and does not like it when he is told he cannot do something.  Definitely becoming more and more independent.

likes: crawling up stairs, bath time with dad, feeding himself, carrying around remote controls, putting EVERYTHING into his mouth, and cruising around the furniture

dislikes: diaper changes, being fed with a spoon, and when he is told he cannot play/do something- gets very upset!

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so Pitiful!

August 22nd, 2011

I was hoping to have vannyB’s 9 month photo shoot today, but he is under the weather.

His 9 month well-appointment this morning turned into a sick appointment.  Poor Dude has been fighting a 103 fever all weekend.  Hopefully he is on the mend, but in the meantime we’ve been doing a lot of snuggling.

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