Sunday, September 29, 2013

September

This really isn't in any particular order...
 
I realize there's one more day left of September, but I really don't see me taking pictures on Monday since that's the busiest day in our house, and I'm lucky to even have dinner ready, so here is the month of September...
 
Lilia turned 11 months!
 

 
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She decides sometimes to try new things...

 
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She like to give me "loves"...


 
(Tried to catch it on video, but she got distracted, so just fake cried the whole time, but it's still cute.)
 
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She found something new to play with:


 
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She still loves looking at herself!



Beautiful baby girl!
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And, Lilia mastered going down the stairs!!
 
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She has also mastered mimicking...
 
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Porter threw a huge fit after school one day.
 
His backpack wasn't "right" and my hands were full, so I told him we would fix it in the car.
 
Well, he didn't like that idea, and screamed for about 10 minutes while fighting me on the way to the car and then continued screaming the 30 minute car ride home.
 
It was so pleasant.
 
So, when we got home (since this is not the first time he has done this to me), I had him sign an agreement after he took a nap (which, let's face it, exhaustion was probably the real reason he was flipping out in the first place):

 
It reads:
 
I will not throw a fit in front of my teachers or my friends again. I also will not throw a fit in Walmart or any other store I may be shopping at with Mom or Dad. If I do, Mom or Dad gets to punish me in front of my peers and the surrounding adults.
 
Then it's signed.
 
So far, we haven't thrown a fit like that since.
 
Except at church.
 
And, I didn't specify that one.
 
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Porter started swimming lessons!

 
He LOVES it, and is always excited when he gets to go.
 
If you can't spot him in the picture, he's the scrawny albino-redhead.
 
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For LaRene's birthday, we all went to the Field of Dreams Corn Maze!
 
There, we raced ducks...

 
...and got lost! 

 
 

 
Once we found some bearings, Seth and I started searching for specific parts of the maze.
 
When we found them, we took some pictures. 

 
I have the maze, but I'm too lazy to scan it, so you'll just have to take my word for it that we are in the middle of the sun on the left and along the side on the right. 
 
After about an hour, we found our way out!

 
Then all the kids, and some big kids, played in a corn pit...

 
Many got "buried"... 


 
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...and we all had a great time!

 
 
 
(except for Lilia at the end, because we found out she has hay allergies once she couldn't breathe)
 
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How to tell if Lilia is sleepy...


 
Hand to the ear.
 
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Four days after the official start of Fall, we had this:

 
Not gonna lie, I wasn't exactly happy about this.

 
 
It was pretty.
 
But it's FALL, dang it.
 
The leaves hadn't even changed color.
 
 
Our poor baby tree.
 
One good thing about the early snow?

 
My adorable baby girl in her puffy coat.
 
Made it all almost worth it.
 
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Seth is a burger connoisseur.

 
This burger was called the Kardiac Arrest.
 
For good reason.
 
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Monday, September 23, 2013

August

 
Lilia turned 10 months!
 
 
And, she decided that she wanted the camera instead of me... 



 
And, this is why the majority of my pictures are now taken with my camera.
 
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We don't live near a beach, but this lake is close enough.
 
About two weeks before school started, we decided to take one last family hurrah, and go to the lake.


 
Swimming,
 
learning how to roll in a kayak,

 
trying to beat the thunderstorm,

 
and, wind-surfing (pretty dang good in Wyoming with all the wind.)

 
Lilia had more sand in her mouth than on her toes.

 
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Lilia and Jovie trying out each-others' binky.

 
These two are so cute together.
 
Cousins and friends.
 
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A few things that happened at home every day...

 
We had some impressive storms almost daily.

 
Only thing is, you could see them coming all day, then they would hang around for about a half hour before moving on.

 
I love having a backyard.
 
Here's a video mash-up that I put together to give you a peek into our lives with Lilia:
 
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In preparation for school starting, we went to Kindergarten orientation where Porter got to practice getting his lunch for the first time.

 
He's the one in the Waldo shirt.

 
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We don't own proper chairs or even a proper dinner table yet.
 
You don't get rich right when you get a job...sadly.
 
So, I had Lilia's space-saver high chair on top of the table.
 
She decided one day that it was a good idea to try to get out...

 
Needless to say, we got a foldable chair that we could strap the space-saver to so as to avoid a repeat.
 
First bump.
 
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Capitalism at its best... 

 
Only in America.
 
Spotted this on our way down to Utah for family pictures!
 
I'll post them when I finally make some decisions on my favorites...
 
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Porter's first day of Kindergarten!

 
Nervous and excited...

 
...and super smiley at the end of the day!


 
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Seth and I were pretty popular that month...

Well, mostly Seth was...
 
But, we were in the paper,
 
 
on the radio,
 
 
and on TV!

 
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Lilia loves phones!! 

 
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I don't even talk on the phone often, but she now makes everything a phone...

 
 
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You can hear her chatter at the end of that video...love it.
 
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We boycotted a boycott at Starbucks that month.

 
We aren't even Starbucks fans.
 
Just anti-boycott.
 
Especially when it comes to the 2nd Amendment.
 
Porter even brought his gun.
 
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Can you spot Lilia?

 
She likes to explore.

 
She still hadn't figured out how to go down the stairs quite yet.

 
So, I would follow her around some more.

 
She's not a fan of the gate when I'm on the other side of it, so that didn't really work.

 
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You basically had a tour of the house from Lilia to get a little peek into what we've been doing since moving in!
 
(Painting, if you didn't catch it.)
 
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Lilia is a bit of a kleptomaniac...

 
But, she sure loves George.
 
 
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And, college football season has started! 

 
 
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That's August!!
 
(I kinda like this whole month thing in one post, but it's super time-consuming, so now that we're a bit more settle with a schedule, we are going to try to update much more than once every three months...after I post about September.)