Z is for Zander

HA! The benefits of naming my kid with a Z name! But seriously, I am excited to do this post. With Kyrie’s 1st birthday, I feel like the spotlight has been all on her lately. I wanna give some love and attention to my little boy too!

Zander:

  • Knows that a “snack” is something yummy, and “lunch” means real food. SO he will say “unch? No.” but “nack? k.”
  • still loves his blankies…. I should prolly wash those sometime soon.
  • has decided that playing the run away and crawl under the table game is a blast! especially at bedtime or when his diaper needs changed.
  • loves playing outside. He will just wander around our backyard all day.
  • can jump SOOOO well on the trampoline. It is crazy to watch that kid go crazy up there.
  • is slowly learning how to share.
  • recognized Gannon theother day!!! YAY! He came running outta his room to find him. “ANNON!!!?? play!” and then proceeded to hand him as many toys as he could hold.
  • cuddled with me tonight! it was nice!

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  • Still loves TV. Man oh man.. .does he love TV.
  • Loves to play with all of his sisters new toys. All of them. All at once. seriously…
  • sometimes he turns to me and just launches into a serious “conversation” that makes me wish I really understood what he was saying.
  • Is getting really good at brushing his teeth instead of just sucking the toothpaste off.
  • has crazy hair! if it gets messy, it is not smoothing down till you give him a bath. (Thanks Daddy, for THAT gene)
  • loves to sing along with the radio. But everytime I wanna record it I am either driving or he stops as soon as I hit record.
  • always eats his meals at the table like a big boy now. even at restaurants!
  • can drink out of a big boy cup when supervised
  • knows how to work a touch screen on a phone to play games… how he can do this at 2 years old is unknown to me.
  • is growing up way too fast…. SLOW DOWN!
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Just born!

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He used to sleep in the strangest positions.

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Look at how little he was!

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And then he got chubby! =)

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Food stache… still very common.

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First birthday party! CAKE!!!!!

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Still growing up!

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I just can’t believe how big he is now… where did the time go?

Y is for Yearly Photoshoot

Without intending to, we started a habit of doing a family photoshoot every March. Here is few shots from every year, starting in 2012, right after Zander was born.

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Then there was 2013, a little before miss Kyrie was born.

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Followed by 2014, our family, FINALLY, complete!

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We do more photoshoots throughout the year, but I really like having a set month to take pictures every year. Up until now, it was a crazy coincidence, but starting next March, it will be planned. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

X is for….

I love words. Word puzzles, word games, finding meanings to words I’ve never heard before. SO I actually already know of some X word I have found and love.

Xenophile: a love of foreigners or foreign things. I don’t know if I necessarily LOVE foreign things, but I certainly enjoy going new places and discovering new things.

Xenodocheionology: love of hotels. I love traveling more than I love hotels really. But what is not to love about hotels? Room service, maid service and maybe even a pool or breakfast in the morning. I can’t wait till we take our first family vacation.

Xenodochial: kindly to strangers. I don’t really see the point in being mean or rude to people you don’t know. Kill them with kindness, spread a little happiness, it is far more effective than negativity.

 

W is for Wreck This Journal

There are so many things that this letter could have been for; weary, worried, Wild World of the Williams’ (http://bowkill36.wordpress.com/), worn out, whisper (Zander is really getting the hang of it now!), the list could go on and on. But this is one of the very few (maybe even only one) of the blogs I already had an idea for as soon as I started this A-Z Challenge. I love my Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. It is the perfect outlet for my creativity, and caters to every whim possible. I helped a friend with one back in high school, and finally bought my own sometime last year. I plan on owning many more. The possibilities with this book are endless! To give you a taste, Imma post some pictures of the pages I have “completed.” (I put that in parenthesis because I can’t guarantee I won’t add more to it later! That is the beauty of this book!)

 

This is my journal. "Where Destruction Can Be Beautiful!"

This is my journal.
“Where Destruction Can Be Beautiful!”

This is the acknowledgements page, with my doddles all over it.

This is the acknowledgements page, with my doodles all over it.

 

My revised edition of the materials page!

My revised edition of the materials page!

Crack The Spine!

Crack The Spine!

Still trying to find the best way to attach these to the page without ruining them.

Still trying to find the best way to attach these to the page without ruining them.

Rip Strips. I used help lines, unfortunately my kids took this literal and ripped them right outta the book. Oh well, the journal WAS meant to be destroyed.

Rip Strips. I used help lines, unfortunately my kids took this literal and ripped them right outta the book. Oh well, the journal WAS meant to be destroyed.

 

Write one word over and over. MUSIC.

Write one word over and over. MUSIC.

Tongue Painting. I did this with some Crayola taffys that changed the color of your tongue. You can't see the colors that well here, but it actually turned out pretty cool.

Tongue Painting. I did this with some Crayola taffys that changed the color of your tongue. You can’t see the colors that well here, but it actually turned out pretty cool.

A test page for markers, pens, etc. My next page bled through to this one, but you can still kinda see the majority of it.

A test page for markers, pens, etc. My next page bled through to this one, but you can still kinda see the majority of it.

Drip something here, close the book to make a print. I used food coloring. LOVE IT!

Drip something here, close the book to make a print. I used food coloring. LOVE IT!

A page for good thoughts. =)

A page for good thoughts. =)

Infuse this page with a smell of your choice. Sweet Pea, still smells good!

Infuse this page with a smell of your choice. Sweet Pea, still smells good!

Hang this book in a public place and invite people to write in it.

Hang this book in a public place and invite people to write in it.

A space for negative comments: what is your inner critic saying?

A space for negative comments: what is your inner critic saying?

A page for 4 letter words.

A page for 4 letter words.

A list of other ways to wreck this journal.

A list of other ways to wreck this journal.

Stain Log: this one is still a work in progress.

Stain Log: this one is still a work in progress.

I filled the inside of the back cover with words to live by.

I filled the inside of the back cover with words to live by.

 

There is a page that says let a friend do something destructive to this page, don't look. I changed it to book instead of page. Mariesa chose this page: Color this entire page. I love the outcome.

There is a page that says let a friend do something destructive to this page, don’t look. I changed it to book instead of page. Mariesa chose this page: Color this entire page. I love the outcome.

Seriously, if you don't have one, I suggest you pick one up. Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Seriously, if you don’t have one, I suggest you pick one up. Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

 

 

V is for Variety is the Spice of Life

This statement is perhaps why I feel so overloaded most of the time. I love to keep things mixed up. I hate the thought of doing the same thing day after day. Of having every little detail planned out. Now this is not to say that certain routines do not have their place in life, afterall I DO have kids. Zander knows that every night before bed he brushes his teeth, reads a book and chooses one or two toys to take to bed with him. He then happily settles into bed with his two blankies and rolls over on his side to go to sleep. Same goes for planning. Yes, I like to have things going according to plan, but I don’t like everything being perfectly planned out. All that makes for is more stress and more things to go wrong.

I enjoy waking up and planning the day as it goes. I enjoy deciding at the last minute that the weather is nice enough that maybe I will go to the park with the kids today. Or deciding on a whim to find a sitter and go for a night out with Josh.

This is maybe why I love my job so much. It’s constant state of chaos, despite the amount of planning that goes into each and every minute of the day. The necessity to adapt to change, to be able to take disasters in stride and keep going. Dealing with stress is an everyday thing for me, but if anything it simply makes me better equipped to deal with the hurdles life will make you jump. 

 

Variety is the spice of life, and honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

U is for Unsual

I love to take snap shots of the most random things, often at odd angles and/or very differing zoom ranges. I try everything from zooming clear in, to taking the photo from an entirely different spot, to tilting it just a little bit, to snapping a picture of something that just makes me smile.I like to think of it as abstract photography, but in all honesty it is just me expressing my creative side in any outlet I can. Here are a few of the shots I have gotten that I love, even if I can’t tell you why.

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T is for Talking Toddler

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Zander has quite the vocabulary now, and I am expecting Kyrie to be chiming in with a few words here in the next few months. Right now she has only mastered the high pitched squeal and constant babbling of mostly ba ba bas and na na nas.
As for Zander, here are a few of his most used phrases and/or words:

  • “Tank you.”
  • “I’m Welcome.”
  • “cookie”
  • “candy”
  • “oclate” (chocolate)
  • “NO KYRIE!”
  • “LEXI, NO!”
  • “nack” (snack)
  • “k.” (This is a response for anything and everything, from a question, to I love you)
  • “book.”
  • “teeth” (brush my teeth)
  • “blankie”
  • “help!”
  • “mama, I’m ungy” (hungry)
  • “mama, I’m tirsty” (thirsty)
  • “I wan milk/water/ juice”
  • “cup”
  • “voom” (vroom, an occasional alternative to car)
  • “play”
  • “I uv you” (this one is rare)
  • “stinky” (poopy, bubbles is occasionally used as the word pee, since my husband pointed out the bubbles in the toilet while Zander was watching him pee)
  • “amimal” (animal)
  • “ya go” (here ya go)
  • “Walker, Ally, Kyrie” (siblings names)
  • “pwease”
  • “stop”
  • “hi”
  • “all done” (occasionally all gone is used too)
  • “I wan some pwease”
  • “I’m comeen” (I’m coming)
  • “I wan down/up” (he occasionally still gets these two mixed up sometimes)
  • “see?”
  • “I drop it!” (I dropped it)
  • “this fun!”
  • “two, GO!” (I usually start with “one”, and he finishes it for me)

 

 

His ability to put sentences together is growing everyday, as well as the words he understands and is able to use. There are still occasionally some I just can’t understand, like the one he has been using lately that starts with an F and has to do with something in the pantry. (Not food, it’s two syllables) Last night he said owie for the 1st time and that was heartbreaking.  I look forward to hearing new words come out of his mouth and watching him learn to communicate what he wants, needs and feels… I just love hearing his little voice, especially when he sings.