Friday, September 7, 2012

Where We Are Now

It's been a while since I took the time to write in length about where the kids are now. I realized that early on this is really the only place I logged any milestones. So I figured I should update it more and maybe later on have it printed so they have some sort of baby book.

August was the official 2 1/2 year mark. Everyday I am amazed at what the kids are doing and saying.

We'll start with Vivienne, since she is the oldest by 6 hours.  If I had to describe her personality in one word it would be, sassy. That's actually what we call her a lot of the time, Sassy Pants. She will cuddle with you one minute and give you the silent treatment the next. She is such a woman, full of attitude. She's very smart and I believe she has inherited my mom and brothers artistic abilities. I have always been able to distract her with coloring. Lately, she has start drawing as well. The last few weeks, she has moved beyond the normal scribbled lines to drawing faces. At first I was like, wow, that is pretty good. But, her details are pretty outstanding for a kid her age. Ever since she was little she has loved music and I'm sure I've written about it before. But, if she hears music, she stops and listens, sometimes she'll even dance. Now, she sings along to songs as we drive down the road. If I try to change the station, she yells, "Hey! That's my song!" This girl talks all day long but is very shy when we go out. Except for once, about a month ago, we were in church and an old woman bent down to say how cute they were and Vivi exclaimed, "Hi, my name is Vivienne." Unfortunately, the old woman couldn't hear her but it was SO CUTE!

What she is saying now:

"Hey, what you guys doin'!?"
"What's goin on in here?"
"I luuv ...."
"Fine! I be right back."
"Ohhh-kay" in sad voice when I ask her to do something or stop something. 

From our road trip

Roman, my little man. He can be a bit crazy sometimes but he is really such a sweetheart. I can always count on him for a cuddle and he has the softest baby skin EVER! Sometimes, when I'm laying down he'll come over to "fix" me. He pats my face and looks at me really close and serious. I die every time he does it. I believe Roman will be our comedian. He always makes silly faces or does something to make us (or maybe just himself) laugh. He is not shy at all, over the last weekend in Pinetop, he quickly ran to the fence and made friends with the little boy next door. His new thing is growling. With us, he does it when he's in trouble. But, if he's embarrassed when we are out, he'll growl at strangers too. Sometimes he says he's a tiger other days he's a bear. Cute and also embarrassing. He is very sensitive and a huge daddy's boy, but he still lets me hold is hand when we watch a movie. Even though he is sensitive, he's all boy. Very adventurous and busy. He is constantly running from one of end of the house to the other, not to mention, jumping or climbing, no fear in him, (unless it is the opening scene from Finding Nemo). He loves to examine things. He will take his toys, and turn them over and poke at them, or take them apart. Besides fixing his mom, he is always trying to fix the stroller or fix his sister's toys. If you want to get him to do anything for you, just tell him you need his "help." That's the key word in getting him to clean up after himself.

What he's saying now:

"Daddy! What you doooo!?" usually when he's been scolded.
"What's that?"
"Uno mas"
"Be nice to Moman" (he can't quite get the R right)

Showing off his muscles
Both kids, since right before turning 2 were able to recite their ABC's, count to 12 (now 20), recognize shapes, and colors. Roman sprouted above Vivi and it lasted a couple months, but she is again the taller kid. Roman is much heavier though, but not chubby, just solid. She is very dainty and girly. They love to read books, sing songs, and hide under the blankets. Although, they are horrible hiders due to the constant giggling.

Their favorite pastime

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