Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Night Photo Dump | October - December 2015

We had such a wonderful fall/early winter season, complete with our anniversary and annual State Fair tripRylan's baptism, WINOS Weekend, lots of holiday fun, and practically perfect weather. This (very large) photo dump shows all the in-between moments…which are really my favorite.

Our little Elsa.

One of Ava's many Lego creations. 

Charlotte and Bru stayed with us after Texas-OU, and we enjoyed a night drinking wine on the porch.

Followed by brunch the next morning. 

The fabulous weather has meant lots of time spent outside. 

Where there is a will, and a toddler, there is most definitely a way.

The night before Rylan's baptism, Josh and I enjoyed a date night at Josephine House in Austin, complete with a delicious paloma cocktail. 

Silly girl.

At the annual Lymphoma Research Foundation fundraiser. These guys clean up real nice.

We celebrated Josh's birthday with martinis and Bond. Shaken, not stirred.
I love this sweet picture of Ava. (What is not so sweet…the fact that she projectile vomited on the couch about an hour after this was taken.) 

"It sounds like they are playing so well together." #FamousLastWords

Helping Daddy clean his car.

I am thankful for so much, including my two little turkeys and my sweet husband…who is also a mean chalk artist. 

My talents, on the other hand, include making cheese boards and pecan pies. 

Thanksgiving at the Lockwood's (poor Kate was sick).

Rylan certainly enjoyed his first real Thanksgiving meal. After finishing everything on his plate, he scavenged for more. (Also, please see the lovely homemade bib.)

Even Elsa needs to nap sometimes. 

Snuggled up with Daddy watching football by the fire. Doesn't get much better.

Her room is still a work in progress, but Ava finally got a real big girl bed (and matching bookshelf).

She is a fan.

The way Rylan smiles at Josh. Love.

And this. I can't handle the cuteness. 

At Abby's birthday party. The girls were just a wee bit excited to meet Elsa.

Ava "borrowed" my phone one morning, and I found literally 244 photos just like this. 

Introducing my Mom and Charlotte to Victor Tangos.

And their fabulous French 75s.

My little Christmas tree at her school presentation.

And with one of her BFFs.

My boys. (photo cred: Av)

Bubble beards make for lots of bathtime fun.

Checking out the fish before Ry's 18-month check-up.

Passing down some favorite things to a sweet friend who just adopted a baby boy. 

My loves.

Bubbles + Chinese take-out + fire in the fireplace + PJs + college football + lingering Christmas decorations + kids and Bunny and Nello's house = practically perfect New Year's Eve.

And with that, I have finally posted everything from 2015. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Rylan - 18 Months

Rylan turned 18 months old right before Christmas, and this is really one of my favorite stages. He is becoming less of a baby and more of a little person...with a true personality, ever-growing communication skills, and desire to be included in everything. 

Ry's vocabulary is not as large as Ava's was by this point, but I attribute that to the fact that he is a boy and that he has been in full-time Spanish immersion daycare since he was three months old (Ava was 18 months old when she started). However, he is learning new words nearly every day, and it's so fun to hear the Spanish words in the mix.

Despite a rough first seven months and a slight regression between months 14 and 16, Rylan is now an amazing sleeper. We are definitely lucky in that department with both kids (knock on wood). 

Rylan is very observant and detail-oriented. And he has great hearing. There will be some sort of sound (usually a bird or some sort of vehicle) far, far away, and Ry will point to his ear and say "what's that?" He also loves music and has some killer dance moves.

And he is all boy…obsessed with balls, full of energy, and so rough and tumble. I never had to brace myself for body tackles with Ava. 

Rylan tends to be really shy around strangers, but is so silly and sweet with family and friends. He is super ticklish and his giggles are the best. While he is a total Mama's boy, Dada definitely gets the biggest smiles when he walks through the door after work.

He follows Ava around like a puppy dog and wants to do everything she does. He loves her so much. And the feeling is long as Ry isn't pulling Ava's hair or hitting her with a toy (as he often does while sporting a mischievous grin). Watching them play together is wonderful.

Although Rylan is not as snuggly as Ava, he will randomly run up to give you a leg hug, offer his cheek when you ask for a kiss, and occasionally let me rock him (nearly) to sleep. And those are some of my most favorite moments.

I mean…how could you not relish every snuggly moment with this little cutie?!

  • Weight - 25.1 pounds (70%)
  • Height - 32.75 inches (90%)
  • First haircut. I wasn't ready to cut the curls off completely, so we started with a tiny trim. 
  • He dropped to one nap around Thanksgiving and typically sleeps for 2-3 hours.
  • His current vocabulary includes (in roughly the order of appearance):
    • Mama
    • Ball
    • Dog/Woof Woof
    • More
    • NuhNuh
    • Dada
    • Uh oh
    • Bye (said with a southern drawl)
    • Ava (Ah-va)
    • Baba
    • No
    • Nose
    • Water (wawa/agua)
    • All done
    • Baby
    • Come on (with hand motion)
    • Mouth
    • Book
    • Dobie (our Elf on the Shelf)
    • Santa
    • Yay
    • Yeah
    • Thank you
    • Bubble
    • Poo poo
    • I love you/Te amo
    • Gracias
    • Apple
    • Balloon/Globo
    • Adios
    • His classmates' and teachers' names (Piper, Dalton, Gus, Caro, Emma)
  • His first sentences have included: "All done, Mama." "Thank you, Mama." and "I love you, Mama!" 
  • He also makes lots of animal noises. Meow may be my favorite...

  • Music and dancing. The boy's got great rhythm!
  • NuhNuhs.
  • Eating lots of food. Favorites include macaroni and cheese, blueberries, carrots, strawberries, spaghetti and meatballs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yogurt, and hummus.
  • Lounging on the couch with a sippy cup of milk and some cartoons first thing in the morning. It is the only time he is truly still, and it only lasts for about 10 minutes. Then he may start one of his other favorite activities...jumping on the couch.
  • Playing outside and swinging.

  • Dogs ("woof woof").
  • Balls.
  • Throwing things. 
  • Books. Although he really just wants to flip through a few pages before moving on to a different book. 
  • Bathtime. 
  • Songs before bedtime. Favorites include "Row Row" (requests by name), "Itsy Bitsy Spider" (requests by tapping on his leg like the spider), and "I See The Moon" (requests by pointing up).
  • Balloons.
  • Bubbles.
  • Playing with Ava.
  • Rough-housing with Dad.
  • Being held by Mom.
  • Strangers.
  • Waiting for food when he is hungry or his milk before bed. 
  • Ry
  • Ry Ry
  • Bubba
  • Bubs
  • Buddy
  • Brudder (Ava)
  • Smilin' Rylan
  • Stylin' Rylan
  • Nolan Rylan
And finally, some of my favorite pics of our sweet boy from the last couple months. 

Oh, those curls! 

He often leans to the side like this when I try to take his picture because he is trying to see my face. 

As you can see in the picture above, Ry's hair finally got too "mulletty," so we had to cut off the curls. I'm surprised I didn't cry.

After his first "big boy" haircut last week...


We love you so much, sweet boy.

About Me

My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; The Bar Method; pajamas; Topo Chico; reading; coffee; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows and podcasts; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; snoring; bad hair days; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and Miracle Whip. That pretty much sums it up.


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