Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I have mentioned before that I'm not much of a holiday celebrator, but I am trying to get a little more into it for Harper.  I decided that I was going to make Harper and Jonah's costumes this year, and it really helped me get into Halloween and I have been so excited to get the kids dressed up.

Last night we went to a party at Tom's office.  I failed to take any photos, but we had a good time trick or treating around the offices and chatting with Tom's co-workers.  I think Tom enjoyed showing off the kids.

Tonight we went to our ward's Trunk or Treat.  Here is Harper in her Dorothy costume:

And Jonah in his Superman costume.

My favorite thing about Halloween is the candy, but I have been doing a Healthy Habits challenge with my sister and some friends (I will make a blog post about this another time).  I have a cheat day, which I used yesterday, so I am currently staring at a bucket full of candy that I can't have.  It's probably for the best.

Also, Kimora Lee Simmons was at our Trunk or Treat.  Tom didn't know who she was, but I have a small interest (maybe a little more than a small interest) in celebrity news so I used to watch her reality show.  Her little boy Kenzo comes to Musicmakers (a music class some women in the ward do once a week at our chapel) with his nanny, but I never realized that he was her son.  This makes the third celebrity citing I have had a church, since I have also seen Larry King's wife Shawn and Dr. Rey from the show Dr. 90210.  They are both in one of the other wards in our building.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

that's a spicy meatball!

Harper is officially in the copying phase of her life. She repeats new words as soon as she hears them, and she loves to mimic what you do as best she can.

Today Erica was in the kitchen making some lasagna and Harper was eating some grapes. All of a sudden she started yelling, "yucky grapes, yucky grapes!" It turns out that she had grabbed our container of Tony Cachere's Famous Creole Seasoning, poured it onto a measuring spoon, and then dumped it on her grapes, just like Mommy. Now I love me my Tony's, and I like to put it on a lot of foods, but I think the spicy red pepper and the sweet grape flavor were not the best match for Harper.

Not even water could remedy the situation. Luckily we have an endless supply of gum on hand and the disaster was contained.

I hope this isn't a setback on Harper's willingness to try new foods...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Two and a half

Harper is now 30 months old.  We have just been hanging out at home this week as Harper recovers from a cold.  Poor girl had to lounge around eating candy to celebrate.
But since she was doing better today, we spent some time at the park this afternoon.   Here are a few things about Harper.
  • She is a wild child, but she is also incredibly sweet.  She is very empathetic and likes to give lots of hug and likes to snuggle.  Sometimes if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she will yell from her room, "Mommy, Daddy, snuggle."  We have a hard time refusing that. (Also, notice my grey hair in the photo below!)
  • She knows all of her colors and a few letters.  She can also recite the alphabet and count to 15.
  • She is currently obsessed with Super Why, which is a show on PBS.
  • She enjoys going on our afternoon walk and always asks to make sure that Jonah is doing ok (he is behind her in the stroller and she can't see him).
  • She LOVES oranges.  Her dermatologist recommended that we avoid citrus fruits, but she likes them so much and she is so picky that we have a hard time turning her down.
  • She is very particular.  She likes to have things a particular way and does not like when her room gets messy.  In fact, she frequently complains that our room is too messy.  Oops.
  • She also likes to help clean up her room (yay!) and while she puts things away she will say, "I'm Mommy's helper."  
  • She is currently taking a little class at our local recreation center called Fun with Fitness.  There are several other kids around her age in the class and Harper is definitely the most enthusiastic.  She runs around like crazy and loves every minute.
  • During the week she will occasionally ask if we can go to Costco.  She is a child after my own heart.
  • She has recently become very opinionated about what she wears every day.  She usually wants to wear pink.

 She is just the best.  And so are these two guys.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

4 month appointment

We took Jonah in for his 4 month appointment today.  Here are his stats . . .

Height: 28 inches, 99th percentile
Weight: 17 pounds 5 oz, 86th percentile
Head: Very big, I don't remember what they said

So it looks like he has dropped a little bit in the weight percentiles which is great because I am already having trouble lugging him around.  Harper was 27.5 inches and 17 pounds 9 ounces at 9 months old.  The nurse actually measured him twice because he didn't think that 28 inches could be right.

Harper got her flu shot while Jonah was getting his vaccinations.  It was weird because she and Jonah have very similar sounding cries and it sounded so funny that they were crying in unison that the nurse and I started laughing.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fun with the Pedrozas

John, Denise, and AJ were kind enough to come visit us today.   Harper and AJ had a blast together.
We ate lunch at Pitfire Pizza.
 And then went up to the Getty with hopes of enjoying some beautiful views.  Unfortunately, this is what we found:
But we didn't let the fog stop us from having a good time.
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 15, 2010

4 Months!

The little bugger is four months now. He is still just as jolly as ever.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

recently . . .

I have been lazy about posting lately because 1) we haven't been doing much, 2) we are currently without our normal camera (we sold our old one and are waiting for our new one to be released), and 3) Tom has been coming home earlier so even though we've still just been our boring selves, Tom has been home so I have been spending time with him instead of updating the blog. 

We did go to Bakersfield on Sunday to spend today with Tom's parents. Yesterday Harper kept saying, "Grandma's house, YAY!"  I did take a couple of pictures but they are upstairs and I don't want to wake up Harper from her nap so those will have to wait.

Jonah has been going through a rough phase.  He is normally so happy and smiley, but for the past few days he has been very clingy and starts to shriek if you set him down.  That made for a very interesting experience at Target today.  He is still big, and I just boxed up most of his 3-6 month clothes.  I weighed him on our scale the other day and he weighed 17 pounds.  We go in for his 4 month appointment next week so we will see how much he actually weighs. 

Harper is hilarious and Tom and I are always laughing at things that she says or does.  We are still struggling with her eczema.  She will just go crazy scratching her feet sometimes.  She gets upset, we get upset, and we don't know what to do to help her.  We are taking her to the dermatologist again in a couple weeks so hopefully he will have some answers for us.  Right now she is obsessed with grapes and wants to eat them all of the time.  She will come in our room every morning and say, "Okay, it's grapes time."  This is the face Harper makes when I ask her to smile and say "cheese." 
I will post 4 month and 2 and a half year updates for the kids soon, but I know that our parents were anxious for updates!