I am going to try and keep this as short as possible, since I am so far behind. I actually started writing this over a month ago and time just keeps passing by. Sorry that I am not going to go into much detail about all the fun we have been having, but hopefully the pictures capture the joy my family brings. I really have to do a better job on keeping up on this… I know, I know, I always say that!
So it has been since right before Halloween that I updated you on our family life. We have been very busy. First, let’s talk Tucker’s (or Toot-Toot as Porter calls him) growth. At his 2 month check up in November, he was 23 1/2 inches long (75-90th%) and weighed 13 pounds 8 ounces (90th%) and at his 4 month check up in January he was 25 1/4 inches long (75th%) and 17 pounds 3 ounces (90th%). He is a little shorter and a little heavier than Porter was at the same age. Porter had his 2 year check up in November and he was 38 1/4 inches tall (>95th%) and weighed 36 pounds 6 ounces (>95th%). Let’s just say, he is a big boy. I love that he got his Daddy’s height, but I hate that everyone thinks he is 4 years old. It just makes him look like a very delayed 4 year old, when really he is a very smart and athletic 2 year old!
Halloween seems like ages ago, and with Tucker being so sick right before I felt very protective of him on Halloween. Porter was The Cat in the Hat and Tucker was a banana. We didn’t go trick or treating this year since we were in the apartment, but instead went “trunk or treating”. Porter’s school has an event called Trunk or Treat on the Sunday before Halloween where people dress up and decorate their cars and hand out candy in the church parking lot. They have food, games, and bounce houses. We had fun with Jared, Jennifer, Harman and Madeleine too!
On actual Halloween night, we went to our new neighbors’ house for a party. They had drinks and chili and handed out candy on the front lawn. It was nice of them to include us and fun to meet our new neighbors.
On November 13th, we took the boys to a place called the Heard Mueseum in Allen, TX. They had a Dinosaur exhibit with electronic dinosaurs that moved and roared. Porter was really into dinosaurs at the time (still is, but loves trains a little more) so it was a hit! We thought it may scare him, but no way! He loved it, and we had fun too!
We celebrated Porter’s 2nd birthday in November. We had a party for him with all our family and friends at a farm about 30 miles outside of Dallas called the Gentle Zoo. It is a great place and nice to get out of the city every once in a while. We got to feed the animals, have a tractor “train” ride, play on the bounce house and play ground, and cousins Kennedy and Brayden shot the air cannons! I made barnyard animal cupcakes and we had a blast. We definitely plan to go back when Tucker is a little older and can enjoy it too.
We also had a little celebration playdate with Porter’s friends from school.
On Porter’s actual birthday we opened presents at home before heading to Houston for Thanksgiving with my parents and brothers. Porter had fun with Uncle Grant!
On December 3rd, we went to see Yo Gabba Gabba in concert. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is a show on Nick Jr. Not only does Porter love it, but I do too. (Not to mention that I think Zach secretly likes them too!) The weather was very rainy that night and we were running late, but we made it just in the nick of time and had a blast!
Like last year, we went to North Park Center to see the giant model trains. Unlike last year, we decided to for-go waiting to see Santa. Porter was terrified last year and we didn’t have the energy to do it this year. Porter is really in to trains right now, so he really enjoyed watching them. Hopefully Tucker will enjoy them next year.
Jared and Jennifer hosted a pre-Christmas lunch at their home in order for us to get together and have the kids open presents. It was fun having the cousins all together.
One of my favorite traditions at Christmas time is driving around and looking at Christmas lights.
Another favorite Christmas tradition is making cookies…
Christmas was in Longview this year with Mimi and Papa John. We had a wonderful time with them and having them spend time with the boys was fun! Jimmie, Andrea and Brayden were there too. Porter loves his Uncle Jimmie and Aunt Ee-ee, and absolutely had a ball with Brayden (no pun intended… See pictures).
After feeding the reindeer, Porter decided to jump in a big puddle. We had to put his pants in the dryer, hence the diaper bottom in the next pictures!
Brian and Kelley had their annual New Year’s Party. It was so fun seeing all the kids together. It is just crazy how different our parties are now compared to a few years ago…. A very good different!
And finally, Tucker was baptized on January 14th. We asked Brian and Kelley Christian and Jared and Jennifer Pope to be his God Parents, like they are for Porter. This time Jennifer and Brian stood up with us. It was a very special day with our families all together. Brian and Kelley graciously had everyone over to their beautiful home afterwards for a little party, since our apartment was not ideal for so many people.
And here are some fun pictures that we have taken over the last few months, prior to moving. You can see we have a lot of fun with our silly Porter and sweet Tucker!
So there you have it… The boys have been sick on and off for weeks with sinus infections, ear infections and colds. They can’t seem to shake it. Other than that, we have been mostly focused on the house, ordering furniture, and getting moved, which we did a litte over a month ago. We are so happy to be in our new home. It was stressful trying to get settled, but our families have really helped out. My mom came and watched the boys while the movers were here and was a huge help getting things organized. Sharon and Richard helped out, as well as Jimmie and Andrea. We are so thankful to them all. It is so great having so much family around for helping and for playing!
We are all so much happier now that we are out of the apartment, but I really think Porter was affected the most. He is so much happier to have his own space. He has lots of room and a backyard to run some of his energy off. His language is really blossoming too. He is talking all the time and tries to say new words. Potty training is next on our agenda… But I will wait for summer. I will try to update soon on all that has been going on since Tucker’s baptism. We had our St. Patty’s Day party, family and friends over to visit, first trip to the Dallas Zoo, Easter, Zach’s confirmation, Tucker is sitting up and starting to crawl, and this weekend we are going to ride on Thomas the Train! Check back for pictures!