Friday, November 4, 2011


We started off the month of October with a birthday party for Maddie, our friend Jenn and Keith’s little girl, who was turning one. The party was the day after the Panic concert, so Justin and I drove back from Tuscaloosa, picked Austin up at his grandparent’s house and then went straight to the party. Austin had a good time and Maddie loved her cake and gifts! It’s funny because Jenn and I have been friends since we were really young, and she was there the day Austin was born. I remember her telling me how badly she wanted to get pregnant, and went straight home to beg Keith to start trying. Exactly nine months to the day that Austin was born, Maddie made her way into the world!

We were supposed to go to another birthday party the next day, but after two full days of going non-stop, we were exhausted. Being out in the cool air Friday night got me kinda sick, so we were very sluggish come Sunday. Austin wasn’t cooperating, probably because he was tired from all the excitement of the weekend, so we ended up having to skip it.

The following weekend, we had yet another birthday party on Saturday! This party was for Alex, our best friends Marsha and Jeff’s little girl who turned two. The party was at the park, so the kids had a great time! Austin ate pizza and a cupcake, which of course he couldn’t sit down to eat. He was walking around carrying a piece of pizza, which was just so cute. When it was time for his cupcake (or “muffin” to him), he basically licked the icing until it was melting off. Then he was pretty much done with it! He really loved playing with Alex’s tricycle that she got (hmmm, Christmas or birthday gift idea?). The party was a lot of fun, and Justin and I actually left Austin with the Hand family at the park and got to go to Tuscaloosa for the Vandy game. My first game since 2008 and Justin’s first game since 2009. Can you imagine how excited we were to be there?! We had a great time and Austin had fun with the Hand’s.

Around the first of October, Austin started wanting to give goodnight kisses to his stuffed animals that are on shelves on the walls of his room. We had started an elephant collection for him before he was born, so most of his animals are elephants. But it started with a small teddy bear that was given to Austin as a shower gift. He has on a crimson blazer and a houndstooth hat. Appropriately, we have named him “Bear”. One of his elephants is from a stuffed animal line called “Lubie”, so naturally we have named this elephant “Lubie” (or “Lulie” to Austin). It is SO cute to hear him say “night night Bear” or “night night Lulie” and then give them sweet little kisses. Once we’re done, we turn around and say “night night animals!” to all of them, but it comes out “nigh nigh aninals” instead. It’s a cute little struggle for him to say animals properly but I think I like his version better :)

He’s now using four word sentences, which I didn’t even realize he was doing until one afternoon when we were playing our version of hide and seek. I had hidden around a corner and when I peeked around it, Austin said “I see you Momma!!” It was ridiculously cute and I was so impressed with his vocabulary and the way he created a sentence like that, seemingly out of nowhere. He’s also wanting to walk out from daycare on his own, rather than letting me carry him. This definitely hurt at first. It made me realize that he’s growing up and I didn’t like it. I’ve gotten used to it now, and we have fun walking/running out together. He still will come up to me and say “Hold me Momma”, so at least I know he still likes to be held. But this just shows that he’s becoming more independent, which is awesome, but a little bittersweet for me.

We are still in a Mickey phase, but now he actually says Mickey Mouse instead of Mickey. I love that he has added the Mouse to the end. He also requests Spongebob Squarepants by saying “bob-bob”. Too cute! Around the first of the month, I started blowing bubbles while he was in the bathtub. He LOVES bubbles and gets so excited, so we had a lot of fun with this for the first few nights. While we were at the Vandy game and our friends were over baby-sitting, Austin and Alex took a bath together and one of the bubble containers spilled in the tub. No worries, Austin has just as much fun playing with the empty bubble bottle. If you put it in the water just right, it makes a bubbly pooting sound. The first time it happened, Austin said “Eww bubbles pooted!!!” I thought I would die from laughter!! He also loves to say “eww nasty” when he sees something that looks gross and he also says “mess” if he sees what he considers to be a mess (like the floor under his highchair after he eats!).

Over the last few weeks, he’s gotten really good at telling you “thank you” and “please” without being prompted. Honestly, it kinda blew my mind the first time he said “thank you momma” without me having to remind him. He’s gotten to where he says please sometimes instead of signing it, and sometimes he says it and signs it at the same time. He has also learned “I’m sorry” and understands when it’s necessary to say it. He has a problem with “hitting” me when he gets excited. I know he doesn’t mean to, and it’s not out of aggression but out of excitement. Either way, he needs to learn that hitting is not okay regardless of why. So we were sitting in the chair and he was in my lap facing me and we were messing around. He happened to swat me in the face, which of course I got onto him for. I said, “Do you have something to say to me?” His response was the cutest, sweetest “I’m sorry Momma”. And then he hugged me. Trust me, it was ALL GOOD after that!! I literally cried because it was so sweet. You could tell he meant it, and the fact that he hugs you after he says he’s sorry just melts my heart. He does it every single time he has to apologize, and he does it on his own without being told! It is really hard to stay mad at him when he does that!

We also took Austin to his first Mexican restaurant. He’s been out to eat with us before, but this was the first time we had chanced Mexican. He LOVED it! He loved the atmosphere first off. There was a kid at every single table, not to mention all the lights, music and waiters who were awesome with the kids. He loved chips and salsa, he loved chips and cheese dip even more (that’s my boy!) and when his chicken quesadilla, rice and beans came, he dug in. He ate every single bite except for about ¼ of the quesadilla. He absolutely loved the beans, which for some reason just really shocked me! I guess because I’m the weird one who hates beans. Not to mention, re-fried beans. What does re-fried even mean?!

Oh, and how could I forget – we went to the Tennessee game too! My mom came in town and spent the day and night with Austin and they had a blast together! This was an awesome game experience for us, and we had such a good time. The weather was awesome, we were with great friends and had some very tasty bourbon. And we won of course. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Halloween weekend, Austin dressed up as a pirate and had a party at school on Friday. That night, we enjoyed our first Fall Festival at Austin’s school. We had a great time, even though we weren’t sure we were even going to make it. After some interesting developments in my day that I have to keep off this blog, Justin and I were a bit on edge having to deal with the situation. I had picked Austin up from school early so his whole routine was thrown off. Combine that, plus him being hungry and tired, plus the frustration Justin and I were dealing with, and we were one cranky family. But we got him in the car and headed back to school anyways. Once we got there, Austin did great. He played on the playground and even slid down the huge blowup slide a couple of times with us. It was freezing cold (we even had snow flurries) so we went inside to eat hot dogs and chili. Austin enjoyed his very first hot dog (well two actually!) and his very first sucker that he won after playing a ring toss game! He also attempted to get his face painted, but that didn’t go so well. We stayed until the very end and Austin didn’t go to bed until 9:45!

The next day we went to Justin’s parent’s house to spend time with them and his grandparents who were in town from Mississippi. Justin’s parents have this clock that I really can’t even explain. Basically it’s like a new age cuckoo clock, and instead of the bird coming out, the entire clock turns around and these little Chinese kids sing a song and do a little dance each hour. Austin became obsessed with this clock! He kept calling it “clock clock” and every time the song and dance would finish and the clock would turn back around, he’d say “bye bye clock clock”.

We didn’t take Austin trick-or-treating this year. I just couldn’t see taking him around the neighborhood trying to get candy that he most definitely would not be allowed to eat, plus it was cold and I didn’t want to risk having him out in the cold night air again. So next year will be his first trick-or-treating experience.

Here’s some pics from the month!
Playing at Maddie's birthday party
Maddie checking out her cake!
With Alex and Jenna at the park for Alex's party
Coming down the slide with Jenna
Alex jumping off the rock
Cupcake Time!!
So much for the icing!
How cute is she?!
Austin loves Uncle Jeff!
And his hats :)
Love this picture!
So silly :)
Not sure why he did this?! It was funny though!
This picture cracks me up!
At Austin's Fall Festival
This is the best picture that shows his pirate costume
Austin's BFF Baylor
Coming down the slide with Daddy
We should have taken his jacket off to show his costume!
Austin and Nana
It LOOKS like his hand is down her shirt but he's just holding on!
Austin and Gran Gran, his great grandmother
Three generations of Vinson men wrestling on the floor :)
Justin, Austin and Grandad

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