Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Picasso

While Charlotte hung out at home this morning with the babysitter, Trenton and I went to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News. Today was Paint Day in the Hands on for Kids Gallery.

This was Trenton's first time painting. I think an art easel might just have go on his Christmas list! He loved it, and I was surprised that he didn't make a huge mess. He also had fun playing with blocks, writing on the chalkboard, coloring, gluing, and playing with magnets.

Trenton can't wait to go back to the PFAC to make more art!





Sunday, August 29, 2010

Look Who's Rolling Over!

Charlotte has finally decided to roll over (back to belly)! She's been trying really hard the past few days, and I just knew that the first roll was going to come today. I camped out on the floor with my camera in Charlotte's face for about 45 minutes this afternoon.

She got really close...

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Getting Charlotte to roll over was a family affair. Trenton loved helping Charlotte out!

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Trenton was getting hungry, so I put my camera up and took two minutes to get Trenton's dinner out for him. This is what I found in the living room after putting Trenton in his high chair...

Yep, that's right - Charlotte rolled over as soon as I was out of the room and had the camera put up! She still had her arm caught under her, but she had done it. Way to go, Charlotte!

Friday, August 27, 2010

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The weather has been BEAUTIFUL here the past few days. Bye, bye to temperatures in the 90s and 100s, and hello to the 80s! We decided to take full advantage of the wonderful weather this weekend because it will be back up into the mid-90s this week.

Friday morning, the kids and I walked down to the neighborhood playground. Trenton had a blast on the swing, but Mommy wasn't too fond of the un-toddler friendly seat. There were a few times Trenton wanted to look at his feet and almost did a flip over the chain! Charlotte hung out in the stroller taking everything in, wishing she were a little older so that she could play too.






We had planned on meeting some friends at Bluebird Gap Farm on Saturday morning, but since Friday night turned into "Slumber Party in Mommy's Bed Night," we wound up staying around the house all day to rest.

We rescheduled the farm date for today and had a great time with Kim, Jarrison, and Kendall. Kendall loved giving Trenton hugs and holding his hand. The kids burned off a lot of energy running around on the playground. Then we walked over to the barn where some of the animals were being fed. The kids took a break over by the deer area, and then it was back to the playground! This playground had swings that were much more toddler friendly. Too bad Mommy didn't realize that her camera was out of focus!





Hopefully next weekend will be nice too so that we can have a fun Labor Day outdoors! ...Oh, and Earl....STAY AWAY!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Charlotte Starts on Solids

Because of Charlotte's reflux problems and her allergy to cow's milk, her pediatrician told us to hold off starting solids until we got both of those problems under control. Charlotte's been doing pretty good for a few weeks now, but we decided to wait to start solids until we got back home from our trip to Texas.

We tried rice cereal on Friday. Charlotte didn't want to open her mouth at first. She then took a couple bites and liked what she tasted. She wasn't too hungry though, because she didn't want more than a few bites. After a few days though, she's at the point where I can't shovel the cereal in fast enough! We'll let her get used the cereal and the newness of eating off a spoon before we start with messy orange veggies next week!


Don't let the smile fool you. The bib says it all!

"What? You want me to open my mouth? Why?"

"Okay. That's why. This stuff is pretty good!"

She could have just said, "No more, please!"

Love

I thought that this picture deserved it's own post. I was glad that I was sitting in the backseat with the kids on the way to the airport so that I could snap this photo....even if it is a not so good quality cell phone picture.

More About our Trip

Since I've already posted about the Farmersville portion of our trip back to Texas plus a few other odds and ends, I thought I'd post about everything else.

We flew out to Houston on Tuesday, August 3rd. Our flight was REALLY early. The taxi was at our house to pick us up at 3:15AM! We flew U.S. Airways out of Newport News. This was my first time using this airline, and they were great. They offer all active duty military up to three bags free! Other airlines give military traveling on official orders three bags free, but this was the first I'd heard of an airline extending this to non-official travel. We had a layover in Charlotte, North Carolina. What a wonderful place to have a layover! This was one of the nicest airports I've been in. The kids were pretty good on both flights considering that they were up so early. Since they were both flying as lap children, Jarrod and Trenton sat together, and Charlotte and I sat in the row behind them on both flights. Mimi and Pops picked us up at the airport in Houston and were very excited to see us!

While back in Texas, my cousin Leslie got married. We traveled up to Magnolia for the wedding. Thankfully it was a short ceremony because Trenton was NOT a happy boy. I guess that Happy Meal I gave him before the ceremony didn't live up to its name! The bad part was that the wedding coordinator told me to take Trenton into the room where the girls got ready. Well, I don't think she knew how loud this little boy can get! I figured that they could hear him out in the congregation, but I knew if I opened the door to walk him outside, it would be even louder. I'm hoping that he wasn't loud enough to make it on to Leslie and Gary's wedding DVD, and that if he was, it can be edited out! We had a great time catching up with family at the reception. Trenton even found himself a girlfriend (a bridesmaid who is my age). Too bad she's just a tad too old for him!

We were excited that the church picnic was scheduled for while we were back in Hillje. I helped Mom out at the country store, and Jarrod took Dad's place working at the auction since Dad was in the field. Jarrod donated an American flag that he had flown on the base in Afghanistan to the auction. We were all really excited when it brought $1,000! Trenton won a plumeria tree for Mimi at the plant wheel. He also got to meet Rainbow the Clown and go fishing in the "fish pond." Maybe Aunt Courtney will take him fishing for real with the new rod and reel she won in the raffle!

The kids had fun living the "country life." Pops brought the four-wheeler to the house one day. Trenton was scared when Pops first turned the four-wheeler on, but once Mommy and Charlotte went for a ride, Trenton figured he could man up and go for a ride too! Pops was also really excited that Charlotte and Trenton came out to the rice field while they were harvesting. Daddy and Trenton rode on the combine with Uncle Greg. Trenton LOVES tractors and combines, so he was very excited!

We flew back to Virginia this Thursday. We thought that Charlotte had missed out on the fun of the stomach bug, but the bug just decided to make a delayed appearance. We had to stop on the side of the road on the way to the airport to change Charlotte's diaper and clothes. I don't think I need to elaborate any more on that. Jarrod decided to take Charlotte on the flight, and I took Trenton in the seat behind them. Charlotte was an extremely happy, smiling baby....and then she projectile vomited! She went right back to being happy and smiley.....and smelly (we had already used her spare set of clothes when we changed the diaper in the car). Never a dull moment with the Smith Family!

Charlotte's Five Months Old!

Charlotte turned five months old last week. Here are some new updates of what's going on in her life.
  • Charlotte loves cooing and making all kinds of noises.
  • She can roll from belly to back. We're still working on back to belly.
  • She is still fitting in most of her 3-6 month clothes although some are getting a little tight on her. She is most definitely a chunky monkey!
  • 4AM feedings are a thing of the past. Charlotte still wakes up a few times in the early morning hours but only needs her pacifier to get back to sleep.
  • We have stopped breastfeeding, and Charlotte is now on soy formula.
  • Reflux is pretty much under control with the help of medication. She still spits up occasionally but nowhere near the amount she used to.
  • Charlotte is a super smiley baby and it's contagious to all those around her.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Charlotte's Baptism

We had Charlotte baptized last Saturday after the 6pm mass at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Hillje. We were so happy that Father Clem was able to fit us in before he left for his yearly trip back to Ghana to visit family.

Charlotte looked so pretty in her baptismal gown. She wore the same gown that Bradley, Trenton, and I all wore. Nanny made it. Since Charlotte's older than we all were when we were baptized, the gown was a little small on her. Her fat arms barely fit through the arm holes, and we had to leave one snap undone on the back of the gown so that the neckline wouldn't choke her. She also wore the crocheted booties that my mom, her sister, and her three brothers wore for their baptisms. They didn't stay on her feet long since they were too small too. The gown had a matching bonnet, but even though Charlotte has a really small head for her age, she still didn't fit into it.

Charlotte was a wonderful, smiley, happy baby all day....except for at the baptism. She cried the whole time. Jarrod held her. I held her. We gave her the pacifier. Nothing helped. Father always tells Nanny what a great baby Trenton was at his baptism. I wonder what he'll say about Charlotte???

After the baptism, we all went over to Nanny and WaWa's house for a wonderful dinner that Aunt Carol made.

Thanks to everyone that made the trip out to the baptism. It was great seeing all of you!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Trip to Farmersville

We drove up to Farmersville to visit Jarrod's side of the family last week. It was great getting to see them.

Our niece Brynn celebrated her fourth birthday with a hula themed pool party our second day in town. Charlotte was awake for the meal, birthday cake, and opening presents, but fell asleep when it was time to head down to the pool. Luckily Pa-Paw was happy to volunteer to stay in the air-conditioning with her while she slept. Trenton loved the pool, but once again wanted to be Mr. Independent. I think swimming lessons are going to be in the near future for this little boy.

We visited the Heard Museum with JJ (Jarrod's mom). It is a really neat museum with a lot of hiking trails. We didn't know that the place had hiking trails, so we didn't have sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and we were all wearing flip flops. We went outside to walk through the animals of the world exhibit and the butterfly garden. Since we weren't prepared for hiking, we didn't even try the 2 mile+ trails. The inside of the museum was nice too. They had an exhibit with robotic ice age mammals that was really neat.

In addition to meeting up with family, we also got to meet up with friends. Curt, Amy, and Rylee once again opened up their home for a reunion for all of the high school buddies. It was great getting to see everyone again and to meet Anna (who was VERY pregnant the last time we were in town and didn't make it to last reunion) and Baby Alli.

Our trip to Farmerville wasn't without it's bumps though. After a family dinner Tuesday night, Trenton got sick in the middle of the night. It was the first time he'd ever thrown up, and the poor little guy was just shaking he was so scared. Jarrod got a little stomach bug too, but not as bad as Trenton. Luckily, Charlotte and I didn't catch the bug and we were able to make our drive back down to Hillje on Thursday.

We had a great time in Farmersville and can't wait to get back to see everyone again!

Snack Time Lessons

My favorite grade in school was 1st grade. One of the things that I loved were our spelling tests. Yes, you read that right - I loved spelling tests! We regularly took our tests with foam desk cleaner. Our teacher would spread the cleaner on each one of our desks and then come around and ask us to spell words in the foam. One time, the mother of the other first grade teacher in our school made chocolate pudding for all of the first graders. We each got a big glob of chocolate pudding on our desks (which we cleaned first) and spelled out our words in the pudding. I decided to try the same idea with Trenton just using letters. We drew out each of the letters in chocolate pudding. After we got through the whole alphabet, he got "free draw" time. He loved his snack time lesson!




Sunday, August 1, 2010

Downtown Hampton Street Fest

We decided to go for a little outing last night after church and hit up the Downtown Hampton Street Fest. We didn't spend much time in the adult area - just walking through on our way in and out - but they had live music, drinks, and refreshments. Most of our time was spent in the designated Kid Zone which the kiddos loved! Charlotte enjoyed cruising around in the stroller smiling at everyone who passed by. Mommy and Daddy took turns jumping with Trenton in the bounce house. Trenton a blast chasing after bubbles at the bubble table. He even got to make a few! He also got a balloon sword. What a great way to spend a beautiful evening!