Thursday, February 25, 2010

Our trip to NC

After weeks of trying to head to NC for a visit, the weather finally cooperated for us Valentine's Day Weekend. We have been trying since the last week of January to get there to celebrate our cluster of birthdays...which include, Popi, Nona, Daddy and Emily! What a busy month of birthdays we have.

I had such a blast playing with my Nona's brooms...she even had a little one for me to sweep with. That is one of my favorite things to do! I always want to help my mommy at home clean.
My very own, perfect sized broom...

Emily & Graham got to come over and play with me too! We had yummy BBQ and daddy made his famous mac -n- cheese. I really enjoyed my dinner...
I also helped my mommy make a cake while there. My nona and popi always like for my mommy to make something while she is there. She likes to do that kind of stuff!

Here is the final product...German Chocolate and it was so yummy!

I had such a fun time while hanging out with my NC family. We even got to see a little bit of snow while we were there! I didn't go out to play in it though! I stayed nice and warm inside. I played so hard all weekend that I slept almost 4 hours of the ride back home. Mommy and Daddy thanked me for that!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Peyton and his Beanie

Last summer when Peyton was 1 year old, I tried all summer long to get him to wear a hat while at the pool. It was a battle that I never won!

Fast forward to winter time...Peyton wants to wear any type of beanie that he can find!

Even if it is his mommy's...I guess real men do wear pink!
Or maybe even looking adorable in his own!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Happy Wednesday

Let me first take a minute to thank my wonderful wife for working so hard on finding a background for the blog. I love the current one with the pirate. Argh!

If you have followed our blog or lives since Peyton arrived on May 15, 2008, you know that we have struggled with getting him to sleep through the night. I know that we broke pretty much all of the rules, but he was our first child and didn't want to hear him cry. We read books and struggled to find a method that we liked. We are definitely not Cry it out fans. It works beautifully for some, but we didn't want to go through it. Finally over the past couple weeks, we have seen a huge improvement. I still put him down each night. We sit in the chair in his room...he drinks a little juice...I say our prayers...he finishes his juice...he hands me his cup...we snuggle for a minute or so...I carry him over...kiss him...put him in his crib...he rolls over...grabs his blankie (or Sissy as he calls it)...I walk out and close his door. No crying, No calling for Mommy or Daddy. It is ecstasy. And I hold my breath all night--can you blame me after 21 months of not sleeping through the night? He has been going down around 9pm and waking up each morning around 7am. A couple nights were interrupted after he peed through his diaper. We figured out we needed to use Fuzzi Bunz instead of Bum Genius diapers at night. So here I sit, Peyton sound asleep in his crib and I have a great feeling that I will get a full night's sleep again.
Now comes the greed...we have been begging him to sleep until 7:30 or 8am. When he wakes up at 7am, he is still tired and cranky. Can we never be happy?
Good Night!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jonah's EB Auction

Will you take a minute to visit Jonah's EB Auction site? Take a minute to learn about the Williams family and you will certainly want to take part in this auction. So head on over now...there is an Auction Button on the side of our blog. Help support Jonah and all others with EB! You can also help spread the word by becoming a Fan on Facebook.

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Daddy Blogging Wednesday is Back

Sorry about the leave of absence. There is no excuse, but in my defense I have been very busy at work.
I was sitting at dinner tonight thinking about parenting and how each parent and parenting style is different. Before Peyton was here, I often thought about how I would parent. Once Peyton arrived, all of those ideas began to take shape. Some of them I changed--some by choice and some by necessity. One of these that changed is how I get Peyton to do things. Over the past few months I have realized that toddlers do what they want to do. They play with what THEY want to play with, they eat what THEY want to eat, they say what THEY want to say...get the idea here?
As I sat in our kitchen with Peyton as he ate dinner, I caught myself doing something that has become second nature over these last few months...I turn those things that may not interest Peyton into a game to get the results I desire. As he sat there eating his Mac n Cheese (his favorite meal by far), I could see him slowing down and I wanted to make sure he got a good dinner in his tummy (for my next post, I am going to try to write about how I have changed my vocabulary to a toddler-friendly vocabulary...can you say Poopie, Pee Pee, Tummy??). We were watching Elmo on TV (thanks to my grandparents for turning me onto Netflix so we could watch Elmo any time) so I started the game. I would load up the fork and say "Show Elmo how you eat your macaroni and cheese". Then i realized, I use this same game for a lot of things in life. Show Mommy how you go Pee Pee in the potty...Show Bailee how you can sit in your car seat. Now I just wish that I could play this same game with sleeping at night (he is much better now, but still not sleeping through the night regularly.
So now, i need to ask you a question. We are still working on potty-training and Peyton is doing great at going pee-pee in the potty when he needs to go (while at home...we still haven't tried it outside of the house). The problem is when he needs know...poo poo. He knows when he has to go, but does not want to go on the potty and there are no games fun enough for him to show anyone or anything how he goes poo poo in the potty. He asks us to put on his Ahdee (that is what he calls his diaper). Then he proceeds to do his business.
So how do you get a toddler to do this business in the potty?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

More Snow Pics...

Sunday I really wanted to walk down to the beach and see what it actually looked like with snow on it! Well, we all got dressed and went outside but it was way to cold for myself and Peyton! So Kevin decided he would brave the wicked cold and take a few pics for me to see! This is what he came back with!

I thought is was beautiful...
This is what was left Sunday had all blown up to the streets!
The dunes..
Really pretty with all the snow blown up around the sea grass...

And our other big news...THE FOR SALE SIGN IN OUR YARD! Yep, we have decided to list our house...We shall see what happens...
So pretty...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Dada!!

Happy Birthday to my Daddy today! He turns the big 32! We are going to celebrate with everyone tonight at Nana's house. Mimi is making her infamous fried chicken and all the fixins to go along with it!

We love you so much daddy! We hope you have the best birthday ever...maybe I will sleep through the night for you as my gift...we will talk about that!

Peyton & Mommy

Monday, February 1, 2010

Snow Day~January 2010

Wow...we woke up on Saturday morning to SNOW!! What a treat it was for us to actually see it falling. We moved the curtains in our bedroom and asked Peyton what he saw out the window and his reply was "NO." This is how he says SNOW. All morning he was running around looking out the windows saying No, No, No! It was so cute. This was the view from our front door...the wind was blowing so hard that it kept the street in front of our house clear. Beside our house was another story...there was a pile probably 3 feet tall where the snow piled up. Amazing to say the least!
We attempted to take Peyton out in the snow but seeing that we never get weather like this around here, we did not have the proper snow gear!

This is Daddy trying to show how deep it was in our driveway...His foot disappeared!
Peyton was not a fan of standing in the snow so he thought he would like to take a ride in the wagon....It was fine until the snow and wind came into the wagon! Then smiles turned into this...

Needless to say, after this we went inside turned the fire on and enjoyed the snow from our warm and cozy house...