Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Closing 2011

I've really neglected this blog and I am a little upset that I have because this blog is the journal for my kids. I really have high hopes that this year I get on the ball and keep it updated more (yes, I know that it is already the middle of January and I haven't been updating this!).

Let's finish up the 2011 year!

In September the family took a trip to Europe! Our really good friends Crystal and Sam were getting married in the Czech Republic (where they live) and of course we could not miss that! The boys were incredible travelers and I couldn't have asked for better kids. Every flight we would have people come up to us telling us how good the boys were. When we would sit down I could tell the people around us were not happy when they saw that they were seated by two kids, but I think that they were pleasantly surprised!

We were in Cesky Krumlov for a week and we stayed at the coolest place called Moletin. We had a bunch of friends staying with us, which was extra cool! There was also a lot of space for Nathan to run around, which was what he needed!




Crystal and Sam's place was amazing and made me wish I had as much property as they did. The wedding was a ton of fun and Crystal looked beautiful. Nathan also ended up being in the wedding because he could not be separated from his friend Ziah (he told me in December that he wanted to marry Ziah when I asked him if he wanted to get married when he was older!).



Anderson passed out from all of the fun!


Nathan and Ziah with the goat Crystal and Sam got as a gift :)


After the Czech Republic we went to Salzburg, Austria. We loved this city and I would love to go back. After Salzburg we headed to Ljubljana, Slovenia. This was the most beautiful train ride I have ever been on! Where we stayed wasn't the best part of town, but the Old Town was beautiful. After Slovenia it was back up to Austria, but to Vienna. By Vienna we were all tired of traveling (it is hard with two kids and all of the luggage!) and we decided to skip London and catch an earlier flight home, which worked out well for us! I do still want to go back to London one of these days.

October was all about Anderson! He turned one and I can't believe that a year passed by so quickly! Here are is stats:
Weight: 23lbs 3 oz (50-75th%)
Height: 30 1/4" (50-75th%)
Head Circumference: was in the 95th percentile. Kid has a big head!

My parents came down for his birthday and the week of his birthday we had a small little party for him. He never managed to eat his cake at his party and it was pretty funny watching him handle his cake before having a complete meltdown and not wanting it at all!



Anderson is Mr. Teeth! By the end of the year he had 14 teeth and one that came in on 1/1/12. Anderson also started walking at 13.5 months in November and has gotten very good at it! He started signing a lot more and knows, "eat," "more," "all gone," "water," "bye," "diaper change," and I can't think of what else, but a couple more. He says, "Ma" for Mom and Dad, which is pretty funny. He loves playing outside, especially in the dirt. He likes to eat chalk and I have to keep a close eye on him whenever he is by the chalk. He knows how to hit and throw things courtesy of Nathan. He is a pretty chill kid, but he is more adventurous than what Nathan was at this age.

Mr. Nathan is quite the handful! He went through a big growth spurt and looks so much taller and thinner than what he had looked like. I think that he also looks bigger because Anderson is smaller than him. He still has a hard time with Anderson and hits and throws things at him. Lately, there have been a lot more moments where Nathan is being nice to Anderson and it is so awesome to see! Nathan is still going to the Spanish Immersion preschool and is doing alright with it. He never likes to be dropped off, but at the same time he doesn't want to leave when we go to pick him up.

Right now all he ever says is, "Why?...Why?...Why?...Why?" I know that kids his age say this all of the time and they are just trying to figure things out, but boy does it get a little frustrating! He is also into time and asks us frequently, "What time does..." It cracks us up!



Back to the months: October: For Halloween Nathan was a Garbage Man and Anderson was a shark (Nathan's past costume). Nathan is obsessed with garbage trucks and when you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up he says, "A Garbage Man."





November we had Thanksgiving up in Sacramento and the drive there and back was one of the worst drives yet! Thanksgiving was fun and it was nice to see family. Like I mentioned before, Anderson started walking this month and did a lot of it during Thanksgiving.

December we went up to my Parent's for Christmas. This was the first Christmas with the boys where it didn't snow on Christmas and there was no snow around. Christopher and Nathan had to trek up into the mountains to find a little bit of snow. We really wished there was snow because Nathan was really looking forward to it. It was fun and I enjoy being up with my parents.

This was the first year that Nathan kind of understood Santa Claus and Christmas. The only thing Nathan wanted from Santa was a belt! Hopefully, his requests stay that simple :) Anderson visited Santa at the mall for the first time and he was not a happy camper :(.

I splurged on food and sweets in November and December and gained 2-3 pounds and decided that in January I needed to start eating better. I made some resolutions that I hope to stick to.

Christopher started a new job (I don't know if I wrote about this before) and he loves it. It seems like it is a great company and there is a lot of potential for him. Plus, they all seem to love him. He also finally finished his flying lessons and passed his flight tests and is now a private pilot! I just now have to get up the nerve to fly with him!



New Years I was sick so I was in bed by 8 and Christopher didn't stay up too late either. Overall, 2011 was a good year and I hope that 2012 will be just as good or better!

-Heather

1 comment:

Karen Brooks said...

My boys are so cute!!! Now you just have to write about how awesome it is that Aunt Karen visits every two months and how much Nathan and Anderson love seeing her! If I could just convince my family how great it would be to live in California. Hopefully, Danielle will look for a job there when she graduates from college next year, and maybe Natalie will GO to college there, and then Matt won't be far behind since he's in the middle, right? Now, I guess, I just have to get Bob on board...