Saturday, November 28, 2009

Birthday Celebration #3

We woke up from our nap today to find Gigi and Pop Pop's kitchen all decked out in Mickey Mouse decorations. It turned out to be for Lily and my second birthday, and most of our family from Illinois joined us to celebrate the big event. How great to have another party a month after turning two! Lily enjoyed every moment of the celebration, as did I, except for that brief moment where everyone sang happy birthday to me. I recovered quickly though once it came time for me to blow out the candles. Lily also loved the Mickey ears and was a natural in front of the camera. Opening presents, eating cake and ice cream, and playing with the balloons are tied for the best part of the day in my book. After a fun party Lily and I played a quick game of hide and seek with Mom before driving back to Milwaukee. You can see from the last picture that our hiding place right in front of Mom on the floor was pretty good. At least we got a good laugh out of Pop Pop for our creativity. We're enjoying being two in our world!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

Today we drove down to Illinois to spend Thanksgiving with the Rivera family. Everyone was there including our cousin, Marcus, from Texas, our other cousin, Ava, and Great-Grandpa and Great-Grandma Ruiz. For the first time ever I can say I didn't enjoy all of the food because I am feeling a bit under the weather, but Lily made up for it by trying everything on her plate. Mom tried her best to get a picture of the four cousins, but I never did cooperate. Lily enjoyed giving Great-Grandma knuckles and tons of hugs, and I enjoyed playing with all of Ava's toys. We have lots to be thankful for in our world!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Welcome Home

We had a great time last night with a ton of friends. Mom and Dad had a welcome back to Wisconsin party and six of our friends (Lacey, London, Brady, Tyson, Jack, and Manny) decided to come party with Lily and me too. As you can see from the picture, the dinner table seems to get more and more crowded every time we have people over. We love hanging out with friends in our world!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

2 Year Check-Up

I had the pleasure of meeting our new doctor, Dr. Hagerman, today for Lily and my two year check-up. My exact quote upon entering the office was "Don't like doctor", but Mom said I had to give the guy a chance before I said something like that. In actuality, he wasn't all that bad until he convinced Mom and Dad to give us the flu and H1N1 shots. Don't they understand that shots hurt and I don't like stickers (aka band aids). As for our stats, I rang in at a whopping 31 pounds 13 ounces (85%) and I'm 34 inches tall (35%). Lily came in at 27 pounds even (55%) and she is 33 1/4 inches tall (30%). From the looks of it I think we are following in Mom and Dad's footsteps in regards to our height and weight. Dr. Hagerman referred to Lily as following a fairly average growth curve, and I think the term he used for me was "linebacker". He said there isn't much fat to be found though which I must say I'm pretty proud of. We're turning into big kids in our world!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Arizona Visitors

Uncle Larry, Aunt Pam, and Braden flew in from Arizona to spend a long weekend with us. We think they brought the warm Arizona weather with them because it was in the 60's all weekend which is unseasonably warm for this time of year. We didn't mind though because it meant we got to spend more time outside. Mom cooked chili Friday night to welcome them, and our friend, Jack, and his parents joined us. The table looked kind of funny with us four kids taking up a whole side. Saturday was spent enjoying the outdoors. It was our job to teach Braden how to jump in the leaves, but I'm not sure we succeeded. I also helped Dad do a little yard work, and I discovered that if I drive my cozy coupe while holding my lawnmower I now have a riding lawnmower. Dad should try that sometime in our yard, it would make things go so much faster. We spent the evening in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, taking in the sites and doing a little shopping. After an action packed day, Lily and I were dirty so a hot bath was in order. Braden decided to join us, but I'm not sure that was such a good idea. He must have thought we took up too much room because he peed on my leg. Eeew! Sunday we headed to Illinois so that the adults could go to the Bears game. We kids hung out with Gigi and Pop Pop, but we almost didn't make it there thanks to Lily. She decided to throw up in the car on the way there. It must have been a big deal because a police officer pulled up behind us with his lights on to make sure things were okay. Apparently they were since all Lily did was jump up and down and wave at him...I guess throwing up does her body good?!? After all of the excitement we headed home last night and then took it easy this morning. We took Braden on a tour of Marquette's campus and he and I both scored basketballs from the gift shop. We are definitely pooped out and we are wearing our cool new pj's that the Riveros gave us for our birthdays to bed tonight. We love visitors in our world!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wild Animals

We have all sorts of wild animals in our backyard at our new house, but our favorite by far are the deer. They visit us at least three days a week and at all different hours. They are quite daring and often come right up to our back porch which is really cool. Wrigley doesn't like it so much, but we love it!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween in Detroit

We made it to Detroit around dinner time Friday night and we have to apologize, but Mommy wasn't able to get a picture of us on our birthday. We took plenty of pictures on Halloween though, which just happened to be the same day as Zee's wedding. We stayed at a really cool hotel where one whole wall of our room was windows that looked over a river and this place Mom and Dad kept calling Canada. We made it through the wedding ceremony with a little assistance from Mom and Gigi, and I made sure to borrow Lily's video camera so that I could tape the action. After the ceremony we went to this huge party that was 72 floors up in the air with lots of food and dancing. That is definitely our kind of party! The carrot sticks with ranch dressing and the gelato were a hit with both Lily and me, and we even tried eating a lemon. Everyone cheered us on, but everyone failed to mention it wouldn't taste very good...thanks guys! Of course we didn't forget about Halloween itself. We each received a huge pumpkin full of treats that will probably last us until next Halloween, and we changed into some pretty cool pajamas. We made it until 10:30 Saturday night, and passed out as soon as our heads hit the bed. Birthdays, Halloween, and a wedding made for an exciting three days in our world!