Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope that everyone is with family and enjoying this time of year. Have a Merry Christmas!

Love and warm wishes, The Williams Family

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!

Dad had a birthday on Sunday and accordingly we took him to get wings, gave him a gift (the Red Sox shirt he is wearing), and had a cupcake to share. It was a big cupcake.

Tyler thought it was a lot of fun to sing and blow out the candle so we did that twice.

Then we dug into that wonderful cupcake. Tyler didn't hold back he dug in fingers first.

I think Dad had a pretty good birthday and he loved getting to spend the day with us. Tyler loved the candy dots that were on top of the cupcake, and he did not finish until he had ate all of them.

Happy Birthday Dad! We love you so very much!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Boat

We were preparing to go to the hospital to visit Papaw and I was busy getting coats and shoes out of the closet. Tyler dug into the closet too and found something that Tony has the hardest time finding when needed.

Tyler found Tony's cup. Thank goodness he did not use it as a mask or a drinking cup like kid's usually do. Instead, he found a new use for it, a boat for his animals.

I didn't even realize he had it. I asked him what he was playing with, he held it up, then informed me it was a boat.

I know he has no way of understanding its true use at this point, but he has a great imagination.

I also find it funny that in each of these pictures he is concentrating really hard on keeping the animals in their proper place. He is consumed with play at this point in his life, so much fun.

Friday, December 16, 2011

He Likes the Bubbles

I needed to mop the floor before dinner. I also needed Tyler to stay busy for a little while, so I grabbed a bucket and filled it with dish detergent to make as many bubbles as possible. I grabbed an old bottle brush and set Tyler to work in the open spot in our kitchen to clean the floor.

I left his socks on so he would not slip and fall and he had a blast. He slapped the bubbles on the floor and occasionally I would come through to mop up any larger puddles. Then I would continue on my mission to mop as much of the floor as I could before boredom set in.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much time he spent playing with this and then a protest of not wanting to stop. I can't say I will do this every week when I mop but it is something I think he will look forward to doing again.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What Christmas is About

I am trying to teach Tyler why we celebrate Christmas. I go all out with decorating and Christmas music, I have since I was very young, but I just don't want him to think this is it, this is what Christmas is about. Learning the history and him picking up on it has been a little tough. It is hard to describe to a 2 year old angels, the Star of Bethlehem, a manger for a bed, or a virgin birth. Basic is best for this age.

I have tried reading him how Jesus came to Earth but books and simple illustrations help only so much. I talked with Tony and we decided it would be nice if we could find or make a nativity scene that Tyler could put his hands on. A visual to learn the key people and places. We ran across such a tool at O.P. Taylor's Toy Store, and it was half priced. It has small pieces so Tyler only gets to play with it while he sits at the table with Mom or Dad.

 
It interests him and he takes special care of baby Jesus. He does not get to play with it often, but we keep it on the table so that he can study on it and it be a piece for us to talk about during meals. So far I feel it is a success and I look forward to him playing with it in the future too.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Present Obsession

Tyler received an early gift for Christmas from his Aunt Gaynell. He calls her Dale. While Papaw is in the hospital she is his current babysitter in the morning.

He was so excited to open his gift. This is the first that he has really understood that he can rip into a gift like this. I kinda dreaded the repercussions of this knowledge. Would he tear into all the gifts under the tree now?

Luckily he has not shown much interest in the other gifts, but this gift has been very exciting. It is the first thing he wants to do in the morning and he feels like such a big boy getting to sit at his desk and color.

Here you see him back home after a day away from his desk he is about to burst with joy. She also got him paper, crayons, and markers. I am saving the markers for another day but for now the crayons and paper are being used multiple times everyday.

He works very hard on his pictures and asks for input and sometimes for one of us to draw something for him. He has also figured out that he can draw on the desk, floor, and cabinets.

Thank goodness I have a Magic Eraser and all can be cleaned up easily. So that he can draw me puppies, sun shine, flowers, and monkeys. Hanging his beautiful pictures on the wall is what brings me joy.

Friday, December 9, 2011

My Big Boy

Please check out this picture. My kid can properly hold a broom. Can he get it in the dust pan, no, but in this picture he looks completely capable of doing so.

He has turned into a little MacGyver too! Watch as he attempts to turn on the lights with his broom. He was not successful here but he has been in the past and it blew my mind.

He is inches from reaching those light switches. I don't know how I feel about this? Relieved, panic stricken, in awe? Yes I think I am panic stricken. Where has time gone?

The boots are cracking me up. They just make me want to follow him around and take pictures of how cute he is in them. He just runs from me but I don't care.

I beg him to smile for me and he does and it melts my heart! Look how big he is getting. He is growing so long and lean and his face is losing that baby look. I ask again, where has the time gone?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Exasperation: Words & Identity

Tyler is trying so hard to be a part of conversations and to be understood when he speaks. Sometimes his words sound very similar, or just off enough that I am left clueless as to what he is talking about. Before, I could make up a conversation with him. The jabber was entertaining and he didn't mind that I lead the conversation where I wanted it to go. We were completely happy not understanding each other.

Things have changed within the past few weeks, and last week it became even more apparent to me that I no longer get to choose what he is telling me, sniff-sniff it is no longer baby jabber. Well… actually, it is jabber but he can talk to me and tell me things in broken conversation. He understands what I am talking about, but I don’t always understand what he is talking about. It’s like we speak 2 different languages and he is more fluent than me. This frustrates him so much.

On Friday, last week, we were talking on the way home. I was telling him that we were going to pick up Tucker and we would play with him when we got home. Tyler hopped in the conversation, yet I could not understand what he was telling me. I guessed over and over again, but each time, growing more and more frustrated, Tyler would tell me, “No… shut.” It‘s funny that he repeats the word as if I don’t understand but I should. I had no idea what he was talking about and I finally just agreed, nodded my head, and acted like I knew exactly what he was talking about.

Of course I was still repeating it over and over in my head trying to figure out what he was talking about. In my defense I was driving and it can be a little hard to understand him from the back seat, but I had to laugh at how frustrated he was with me. When we got to the house to pick up Tucker from Memaw’s fenced in yard, Tyler repeats his self again. “Oh!” I said, “You were telling me I had to shut the gate.” He then answered me with a sort of exasperated, “Yeah.” Believe me he has facial expressions to match his tone, and he was so relieved I finally understood.
The exasperated tone shows up as well when I try to lead him along with what he wants to do. He has priorities and they are play, play, and juice. For example, just the other day I wanted to take him outside for a walk. He wanted to stay inside and play with his trains and cars. I tried over and over to get him outside. “Tyler would you like to go outside and play?” I would ask in an excited way. I know after the seventh time of my asking he probably thought that I was not listening to him because he became more and more dramatic. He would point to the ground where he was standing, frown and wrinkle his nose, and say “Play!” or “Stay!” in a very frustrated tone. This went on for a while and sometimes I ask multiple times because he will change his mind and be very excited. I just wanted to make sure he knew the option was still available, but I guess I need to learn that he will let me know if he changes his mind. It does not hurt for me to suggest, right?

He also makes sure we know who he is, Ty-Ty. He is very aware of his name now and when we call him pet names like Booger, Mommy’s Baby, or even sweetheart we get corrected. He will first tell us ‘No’ then quickly tell us ‘Ty-Ty’ nice and slowly so we understand. Believe me the more we fight it the more serious he speaks and sometimes with tears. I don’t think he understands that we know his name we just want to give him a nick name. Maybe he just likes correcting us already.

His words are still hard to understand even for his mom and dad and his sense of identity is becoming stronger and stronger. This all makes for some pretty funny responses back and forth and I know that sometimes we both want to give up, but he comes so far each and every day with new words and intonation. It will not be long and he will be speaking in complete sentences and it will be even more evident what is on his mind. I already miss the stages we have come through but every day is so exciting to get to talk with my family.




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Oddness

Tyler decides certain things should be certain ways and that they must stay that way. What do you think in this picture is odd?

It is not the obvious. It is not using the rug as a blanket, although this is a first and kinda odd. It is actually the tricycle and three wheeler turned over. He has started wrecking them and he does not like for me to put them back upright. I tried a couple times each time I was met with a fierce resistance so I gave up.

After I left the room to get my shoes to leave things got a little too quiet. I always get a little scared what I will find when I return. Luckily nothing was destroyed and this is what I found. What makes him think of these type of things? He was not happy when I told him that he needed to get his shoes on, that meant that I needed him to get out from under his odd cozy spot.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Baker Ty Ty

Aunt Gaynell sent me this picture with the message, "Enjoying the fruits of his labor." Tyler helped her make cupcakes even though he was a little fussy and had a slight fever. He deserved this yummy treat.

Friday, December 2, 2011

YEE-HAW

I have introduced this bear before. If you have not met him, his name is Teddy. Tyler loves this bear. When he wakes up in the morning Teddy goes wherever he goes. Tyler now likes taking him with him everywhere too. At night Teddy is our story time companion and then once I tuck them into bed I find that Teddy sleeps right next to Tyler's head and sometimes he is snuggled right on top of Tyler's ear and next to his cheek.

Tyler showers this bear with love in the form of hugs, kisses, and sweet toddler jabber. He takes Teddy for runs around the house and hangs him upside down just how Paw hangs Tyler upside down. He has turned Teddy into his own baby. He will make Teddy call out for me too, "Mama." He will come running to me to burp Teddy or give him kisses and love. The sweetness that I have watched over the past few months is just about too much, yet somehow my heart swells and I survive.

This is another thing that is funny to watch. Tyler making Teddy do funny stuff like wave, nod his head yes, shake his head no, walk, fall, cry, clap, or throw his hand up and say YEE-HAW! Where could Teddy have learned all of this?

Oh yeah. He learned it from Tyler who will run around the house only to pause, throw his arm in the air, and say, "YEE-HAW!" Then take off running/skipping to the next room. Tyler incorporates his bear into all that he does.

Teddy is a part of this family and it is incredibly natural to all of us. We about forgot Teddy at Mimi's house on Thanksgiving, going home without him was not an option. It actually brought just as much anxiety to me as it would have to Tyler once he realized his buddy was not with him that night. Tony did not even think twice once I realized that we were missing one of our family memebers. He turned around immediatly retrieved him so that there would be no tears for any of us.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Meeting Santa for the First Time

Last year I wrote this off, and I'm kinda glad I did. I was scared of a bad experience being remembered and it being years until he was ready to see Santa. Tyler was not happy about this situation, you can see my hand in the photo, and I promised him that we would go play afterwards if he would just smile. I wanted one good picture so the photo people could charge me an arm and a leg for it, and then I could post it here. I think Tyler is kinda giving me a smile begrudgingly here? What do you think? Regardless, I love my picture. 

Santa was great and very patient. Once I was holding Tyler things went a whole lot better. Santa asked how old Tyler was, what he wanted for Christmas, he gave Tyler a little coloring book, and when I told him we had a Santa doll at home that sang... Santa broke into song for us. I was a little tingly all over hearing Santa sing Jingle Bells to us. I kinda wished he would have sang Santa Claus is Coming To Town, but I might have died from pure joy.

Now that I think about it... I didn't tell Santa what I wanted! Santa if you are reading my blog... I want a Kindle, I don't care which one!

When we left the mall an hour later Santa waved bye to us as we passed by, and Tyler smiled and waved right back. There are no words to describe how happy I am that Tyler did so well and had a good experience, and thank you Santa for making it so special!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Creation of a Mess

I used to love making forts, tents, and houses out of anything and everything. I also received recent inspiration from a fellow blogger, Allison of All for the Boys. She does a Fort Friday post and it is amazing to see what others come up with. Now this is my first time in a while so please hang the bar low, but I hope that you see that I have not grown up too much. This day was all about having fun and spur of the moment ideas.

The round whole in the back of the Thomas tent is our entrance

This was right before Thanksgiving. Cousin Adam had stayed the night with us, with the wind howling outside, we decided it was the perfect day to have fun inside. I pulled out all of my scarves, blankets, mops and brooms, plus Tyler's Thomas Tent. Then we proceeded to build this awesome tent that made it impossible to reach my bedroom.

I created a comfy spot for the boys to enjoy inside. Adam spent his time playing with flash lights and his DS game (I think it is a DS?). He suggested next time we use something bigger to prop up our tent roof, like our basketball pole. I told him that maybe he was thinking too big, I only have 8.5 foot tall ceilings.

We soon grew bored with this and decided it was time for a new activity and so we drug out the crayons and the paint. I know! I went temporarily crazy!

Adam painted with watercolor paint and I prepped our next project.

Tyler nibbled on animal crackers and sipped on orange juice. Tucker was not in any mood for any of this but he stayed close just in case Tyler got generous with some food. 

What we created next was so beautiful, and we used our hands and feet. It was a little crazy. I should have set up a tripod to capture everything that went on, but I was being lazy that day and I was still in my pajamas.

We got messy and it took a lot of scrubbing to get all the paint off of our hands and feet but the result was really great.

We made a turkey. I was in such a rush that I turned our feet the wrong way but it still turned out pretty good. We made these for each of the grandparents.

Now let me get side tracked here and tell a funny story that happened while I was cleaning up the paint supplies. Tyler had been climbing all over the deconstructed couch and in and out of the tent. I had forgot that I had left my coffee propped against the wall on the back of the couch. Tyler ran up to me a few times and mimicked how Papaw sounds drinking coffee. He would tilt his head back and say, "Ahhh." I would laugh and agree with him that he sounded just like Papaw. He did this twice running back and forth from the couch. On his third trip back to the couch he dropped the coffee mug. That was when I realized he really had been drinking my coffee! Let's just say it was not decaf and he was plenty hopped up with energy after that.

In this picture is Adam right after he jumps into the tent, Tucker standing on the edge of the chair while watching Tyler jump next to Adam's feet. They had fun.
Then we went and destroyed the tent because that is part of the fun right? Making the mess, deconstructing, to get to the really fun part... cleaning!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Play Day With Mom

Below Tyler is hiding. Can you find him?

He was upset that I brought the camera, but I can't help it. I needed to capture his favorite hiding place beside the chair.

He is trying to get the hang of hiding but he wants to be found so much. This I am thankful for. I have been warned by friends that kid's can ruin your afternoon by hiding and scaring you to death when they don't answer you or can't be found. My boy just loves to play this game but he only has this hiding spot and he is usually smiling, pointing at himself, and whispering, "Here... Ty-Ty." I love this sweet innocence so much. It is precious.

This is not precious. This is a mess, and even Tyler says it is as he shakes his head in disgust, yet he enjoys making this mess so much. I try to encourage using his imagination, playing with all of his toys, and even making a mess like this.

It's just... it can get overwhelming. Tyler loves it though. He relishes each little minute that he can make this kind of mess.

Honestly it is good for him I think to make a big mess. As long as he know he has to help clean it up. He was not happy to pick it up and when he is tired it makes it even worse. I can not take away these simple joys of sitting in a huge pile of toys, looking around, and finding a long forgotten toy that had been buried. These are just simple joys but they are very important to have as a child.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Rundown

Below you will see a quick glimpse into our life on Thanksgiving. It is not as detailed as I would like but I have added small descriptions to let you know what is going on.

We started our day by packing up the truck and driving to Mimi's house too cook everything. Here is Tony prepping the turkeys to be deep fried (we had to cook two birds).

Here Tony is being thankful while his hand is inside the turkey. Strange place to be thankful, but I am sure it is not the most strange. We did have a lot to be thankful for this year.

This was the first turkey to go in the fryer. We forgot the second one in the fryer and it cooked longer but it was still delicious.

The aroma coming out of this cooker was heavenly. Once Tyler got one bite of the turkey he was demanding more. We did good!

A Thanksgiving tradition for me growing up was watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here is Tyler watching the parade and the tradition lives on.

Our first stop was to visit Mamaw and Papaw for lunch. Tyler delivered his turkey painting and we proceeded to eat lunch with the family.

After a quick lunch we went to the hospital to eat with Memaw and family. Papaw is still in ICU, so we wanted to be as close possible to him.

The coffee shop of the hospital was closed for the holiday so we took over that section with our spread of food. We shoved the tables together, but later could not remember where they were originally. This will be one of our most memorable Thanksgivings.  

Tyler loved the whipped topping on the pies and decided he wanted to eat it instead of the pie.

Memaw got to visit with family in our make-shift living room, which is really one of the main waiting rooms in the hospital.

We made the best of it though and had a wonderful meal.

We ate a wonderful meal and enjoyed each other's company. Because Papaw is in ICU we can only visit at designated times for 30 minutes. We got to visit with him twice before we had to leave.

Later Tyler provided us with entertainment.

Aunt Kim had a turkey on her phone that danced to a funny song. Tyler loved it and made her play it over and over again.

He laughed and laughed. Which made all of us laugh and laugh.

I think he knew that he was being our entertainment.

He would study the turkey's dance moves.

He would try to restart the dance, but usually needed Aunt Kim's help.

The joy of such a simple thing.

He would laugh so hard and put his head down. He was kinda mocking everyone else like they laughed.

"Uh Oh! It stopped Aunt Kim!"

And she started it again! This was so much fun to watch. All good things had to end. Tony did his last visit with his Dad and we left to go to Nanny and Papaw's house for our last meal of the day. If you are counting we ate turkey and all the fixings 3 times.

We were so tired by the time we made it here, but I could not miss Thanksgiving with my family. I also could not eat another bite, and I am pretty certain that I will not eat turkey again for a while. Thank goodness we usually do ham for Christmas.


~This Post is dedicated to Papaw Warren Williams~
I am so thankful for everything that God is doing for our family. Please continue to remember Warren (Tyler's Papaw) when you pray. He is still in ICU and he is going to have a slow recovery. Not everyday is good, but we still have Papaw with us. That is a miracle and it makes everything that we go through worth it.

We love you Papaw and we can't wait to show you this post so you will see all the yummy food you missed out on, but don't worry we have a turkey in the freezer and we will cook an awesome meal when you come home to celebrate!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
2011