Monday, August 10, 2015

Brynn Roslyn || Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)

         Our Brynnie Ballerina is not only turning FIVE in just under two months, but she is also starting VPK in a few weeks! She is just growing up too quickly... and growing ever the more fiercely independent by the day. As a matter of fact, I had to do some major negotiations - that would make even the District Attorney proud - to even get this photo session in during Luc's nap! She drives a hard bargain, but in the end, she got to skip her nap AND watch ballet videos on youtube... Honestly, I didn't really stand a chance.

Here she is... Our VPKer.





My favorite color is : PINK
My favorite food is : CHOCOLATE
My best friend's name is : BROOKLYN
My favorite song is : "'BOUT DA BASS"
My favorite thing to play with : MY BALLET SHOES, MY DOLL HOUSE
My favorite animal is : LION
My favorite movie is : "Aurora" aka SLEEPING BEAUTY
My favorite book is : the ELLA BELLA BALLERINA BOOKS
When I grow up, I want to be : A BALLERINA (I know you all are shocked...)







Daddy and I are so proud of you, Brynn. 

Go get 'em, sweet girl!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

LUCAS | 17 MONTHS + EASTER

Our boy is 17 months old. I feel like I can't even look too far ahead with him, because I know his second birthday will be too close for comfort. He is growing up so fast. We won't get any stats on him until his 18 month appointment, but I'm quite sure he has surpassed the 30lb mark. We have affectionately started calling him "Bashy"-- short for "Basher"... It fits his personality quite nicely.


We had a pretty lazy Easter around here. They got to enjoy their baskets, and we all enjoyed our time together. Weekends have been so busy lately, so it was nice to have a day just to reflect on the meaning of Easter and all of our blessings. We also attempted a photo session, since it has been awhile... the cooperation we had is pretty evident in these shots. The only ones I didn't post are the ones of Lucas screaming and hitting at Brynn for hugging him too tight. Can't you feel the love?






the crooner || this boy could not be more like his daddy. he is constantly singing... if he hears a song, he tries to sing it. lately, he has the all of the faces to go along with it. below, you see "the crooner" look, which I've been trying to get on camera for weeks! I can't even handle those brows...


 blowing kisses to grammy and grandma janet!

our dancing beauty || Ballet is going well so far. She has two productions this year; a small one in April, and they are also doing Alice in Wonderland in June. I'm still trying to figure out what to expect for their big production, and I'm just praying that she has a great experience. :)
She will begin swimming lessons for the first time next week, and she is registered for VPK at her current preschool for this coming Fall. So, this girl has a lot going on lately! She is still the best big sister-- so selfless and helpful to her little brother. Her daddy and I are so proud of the sweet, extremely bright, and caring lady that she is becoming.

LUCAS UPDATES || Not much has really changed in the way of his eating and sleeping habits, so I will just update the milestones that I can manage to remember.

He now has 9 teeth, all but one of his molars. The last molar and his canines are well on their way, so things have been fairly traumatic around here lately. Lots of pain and suffering.

He still isn't saying many words. He likes to mimic the sounds, but he isn't saying the actual words yet. We have been working on animal names and sounds, because he really enjoys it.

His favorite book is Little Blue Truck, which he is constantly reading. Favorite shows are Little Einsteins and Handy Manny (he watches TV in the car due to his motion sickness issues, since he is still rear-facing in his car seat). He loves to try and put on his own shoes. He will only eat when he has utensils- if he doesn't have them, he will "ask" for them, and by "ask", I mean grunt... He adores watching the planes fly over our house. He could sit out there all day and watch them fly by. He is getting really big into dump trucks, which I'm sure is just a gateway drug to the lot of the construction equipment phase. He loves to "count" to five with his sister... He pretty much does anything and everything that she does or wants him to do. He has figured out how to tackle her, and they both think it's hilarious for her to run from him and for him to tackle her like a linebacker! Yet another thing he gets from his daddy. :)
When I asked Allen what he wanted to remember about Lucas at this age, he said his "kick hugs"-- which I will admit are one of my favorite things too.


Happy 17 Months, Bashy!
We love you so much, sweet boy.

Friday, February 6, 2015

LUCAS | 15 MONTHS

Missing: Baby boy. Goes by Lucas. Mother is desperately searching for him, after she found a toddler boy in his crib while getting him up from his latest nap.

No, but seriously... How did this happen? Wasn't this supposed to last longer than the hot second that it did? I mean, is it not okay to ask that they never, ever, ever grow up?

video

Or how about these little baby bugs from this time last year?


Nevertheless, here I am... Getting ready to document all things about my 15 month-old little boy these days. I'm a little rusty with the camera, since I hardly have time to pick it up anymore. Hopefully, I'll have time to do another post with both of them for Valentines Day again this year. :)

Height & Weight: This boy is the picture of health-- in terms of healthy eating and all that goes with that. He is tipping the scales at 28lbs, 11oz (93rd percentile), and measuring 32.5 inches (87th percentile -- tall like Daddy). His favorite foods are banana+avocado sandwich rolls, pasta with alfredo sauce, carrot souffle, and he will even drink the green smoothies that I make for him! He practically stole my kalicious smoothie right out of my hands in the checkout at Whole Foods the other day... and then had a little tantrum when we had to pass it off to the cashier for those extremely long and traumatic three seconds.

Sleep: We are still thinking about transitioning to one nap. He's not quite sure if he's ready to commit... I try very hard to keep him awake into the afternoon, but he's usually about to go out of his mind at 10am-- which means that I'm about to go out of my mind too. He will not go to bed any later than 7pm still, but he still sleeps for 12 hours through the night. The past week has been rough due to the arrival of his molars, but it usually doesn't warrant us going into his room at night. He will wake and fuss for a minute and then find his pacifier and blanket and soothe himself back to sleep fairly easily.


Lo and behold, this is his "Hey, Mom. Watch this!" look...
 ... and then he decides to walk up the wall behind him. Spidey-style. 
Never a dull moment.

Diet: He is getting more picky these days, but he's sticking with most of his healthy favorites. He is developing more of a sweet tooth, but I love that he enjoys a green smoothie as much as a cookie. He is not too big on fruit, except for bananas. He is more of a vegetable guy, which is great, but I do wish he were into the same fruit that Brynn loves-- grapes, apples, and pineapple. Brynn is not a vegetable lover at all, so the combination of the two makes for a produce-packed refrigerator. They both loooooove their yogurt, and we recently discovered belVita Bites (mixed berry), which were a big hit with both.


Clothes: Well, it's mostly 24 months or 2T stuff around here. Not much has changed.


My attempt to catch him "jumping" on the bed.
He likes to say "jump, jump, jump!" as he bobs his little head. Cutest thing ever.

.... and then this is what it looks like when I inform him that he will NOT be 
jumping off of the side of the bed from a standing position. Twice.

Death by drama. And it shall read on his tombstone, "Because my mom told me 'No'..."

Comparison to Big Sis:
Oh, 15 months. The age of independence. It's bittersweet.
B was 21 lbs, 4 oz. She was wearing 18 month clothes and size 4 shoes.
Lucas is wearing size 6 shoes. Ha!
B's vocabulary was a little more advanced, but I think Luc is really starting to catch up.
Lucas still only has 6 teeth - 4 on top and 2 on bottom.




Peekaboo! 
His favorite game during bedtime, because he knows he can make us laugh every time.
He is such a joker, like his daddy.

Luc's Likes: Cooking with Mommy or Daddy, climbing (he has managed to figure out how to climb up on the guest bed in the playroom via the Hope chest at the end. Uuuuuuggggghhhh.), possessing the remote control, watching the mowers, Little Einsteins, taking baths, his passy and blankie, being chased, playing in his Sissa's room, FaceTiming or talking on the phone with people, waving and yelling "Hi!" to every elderly person in the grocery store, pushing the buttons on the humidifier or the space heater- or any button that he can find, and banging his head on everything within 5 feet of him.

Dislikes: Being told No. Diaper changes.




Happy 15 months, sweet Luc.
We love all of the adventure you have brought to our lives...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

LUCAS | 14 MONTHS OLD


I can hardly believe that our boy is growing as fast as he is. What a difference these last few months have made... His momma can hardly keep up anymore! Hence the reason there was no 13 month post.


 Catch Up | Lucas at 13 months.

 Such a big boy!
... and so much like his daddy, more in personality than looks ;)

Height & Weight: Not sure of stats right now, but he is currently coming up to his sister's shoulder blades--- and his sister is in the 76th percentile in height for HER age! He definitely got the Weinzapfel body length, so he has a 99.9% chance of being over 6 feet tall by his high school years. ;)

Sleep: Ever the fabulous sleeper-- He's still going about 12 hours every night. He is also still taking 2 naps every day, but he's starting to give one up.




Diet: Anything and everything. There isn't much this kid won't eat, which is fabulous because Brynn is on the picky side with her food. His favorites are banana'cado "sushi" or toast, pasta with alfredo sauce and shredded mozzarella, carrot souffle (Weelicious recipe is super easy), white bean mashed potatoes, and sauteed zucchini bites. He will eat ANYTHING with cheese on it.

Clothes: This boy is wearing 24 month and 2T stuff already... At 14 months old!! I certainly don't get too attached to clothing anymore because he has outgrown everything so quickly. Luckily, we know two adorable little boys in Ponte Vedra who will be glad to have lightly worn clothes. ;)


 ... that smile is not even fair!

Comparison to Big Sis:

 Honestly, there isn't much of a comparison anymore... They are just so different.
 Different builds, different personalities, different worlds.
B is as girly of a girl as you can get, while Lucas is ALL boy (although he does like to throw the occasional tiara on... Shhh! Don't tell.)  They do manage to get along fairly well, even though Brynn is quite bossy around here. Of course, Lucas has discovered that he can be as independent as he wants to be... They will butt heads over your typical sibling things- like sharing toys and invasion of personal spaces. Brynn is such a big helper and protector of her baby brother, though. There isn't much that goes on with him that I don't know about. She knows that he is, under no conditions, allowed to have small objects, eat paper or stickers of any kind, pull down decorations, or go into her room-- So, I will frequently hear, "Mooooommmm!! Lucas is (fill in offense requiring intervention)!"-- then I'll hear-- in the sweetest little maternal "baby-talk" voice that she does-- "No, No, Bubby. You just can't have this because you are too little right now." At which point, I know she takes it from him because I hear a blood-curdling scream. Haha. Siblings are so much fun!


Lucas' Likes: COOKING! This boy demands to be in the kitchen if there is anything on the stove or being prepared. He loves his kitchen gadgets, just like Daddy! He can flip pancakes with the best of them already! He also enjoys --- playing "Light Wars" with his sister-- he turns them on, and she turns them back off. They think it's hilarious. ; eating, playing with blocks or his trucks, dancing (a frequent activity at our house, no doubt), anything Mickey Mouse, snuggling with pillows or blankets, and pretty much anything his sister is doing...

Dislikes: Being told, "No." or that he can't do something... Yep, that's pretty much it. Actually, he's still not the biggest fan of his car seat. We've had some major issues with car sickness lately... Still trying to get that figured out, but it explains why the "car seat" has been on his list of dislikes since the beginning... He obviously suffers from severe motion sickness. We're already making a few changes so that we don't have to clean out backseats full of vomit anymore, but any suggestions are appreciated!


Latest Linguistics: His list of words is growing by the day! Most of the time, he can repeat a word once or twice, but he won't attempt it again after that... These are the words that he says regularly, usually without any prompting.

Daddy = Daddee or DaDa
Bath = Baff
Santa = Saaaan-Ta
Sissy = Sissa or Issy
Mommy = NaNa (but he usually just grunts and points at me)
 Oz = Oooosszzzz
Bottle = BaaaaaT


He can do a few animal sounds too, like
Raaaawwwrrrr (lion)
Baaaaah (sheep)
Oooh-Oooh-Ahhh-Aaah! (monkey)
Meooooow (cat)





Happy 14 months, Lucas Wilson Weinzapfel.
You light up our lives in every possible way, sweet boy!

Monday, November 3, 2014

LUCAS | Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday

It's official! Our sweet, little boy is no longer a baby... And he certainly has made no secret of his transformation into a toddler. Bumps, bruises, and reckless bravery are all alive and well in this house! But that constant smile cannot be denied--- it's what makes him our Lucas.


I wish I could say that this "small, simple" party went off without a hitch, but, well... It didn't.

With all of the hustle and bustle trying to get everything ready, Lucas wasn't as closely supervised around the furniture as he usually is (not that it matters, most of the time)... So, we ended up with a face-plant into the coffee table. And then, five minutes later... Another face-plant into the coffee table. The complimentary bruise and swelling on his nose told us that it would probably be a good idea to get a few photos of the birthday boy before blood was drawn.

There's just never a dull moment with our rough and rowdy guy!



 Big Sis was on hand to offer some hugs and love.
My favorite thing in the world is watching them together. :)


 We were lucky enough to get some photos with Dad & Mom too. Our little man doesn't like to stay in one place for very long-- the classic symptom of toddlerhood.


Lucas' Mickey Mouse Highchair Banner | LaLaLolaShop on Etsy
Lucas' Personalized Mickey Mouse Birthday Shirt | SewingByGrace on Etsy
All other decor by Mom.

Unfortunately, this is the only photo of the cake. ;) 
After working for hours on it, I completely forgot to snap a photo 
before turning it over for the smashing!

 Big Sis helps.

 Big Sis smooches.

After cleaning up a bit, it was time to bring out his birthday gift.
This was his reaction when he saw it...
 I think he might have been a little excited. ;)



In true Lucas-fashion, he found the most dangerous way out...
He also tried to sneak out of the bottom a couple of times! Crazy boy.



happy 1st birthday, lucas!
you have brought so much joy into our lives, and also a little fear, but we couldn't imagine our life without you in it. you will forever be our sweet and fearless baby boy.
 
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