Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ty's 2nd Birthday

It's hard to believe that our little boy is already 2 years old!  It seems like yesterday that people were standing on my pelvis to get him out {yes, they really were!}.  
He has been a stinker from the moment he was born, and boy is he a tough one {hardest child by far}.
Even though he is quite a challenge {ask anyone in our ward who heard him today (sorry nursery leaders, you're the best!)} we love him and are thankful that he has completed our family.

We had a joint celebration today, even though his actual birthday was yesterday.  He didn't know/care!
It was fun seeing him open his presents.  It's amazing to see how much his present-opening skills have grown just since Christmas.  He totally got it today!!

 See, he gets that there's something in a bag this time around.  
Yes, totally proud mother ;p
 The "Handy Manny" hat went straight to his side-kick, Mickey.

 He has not left this toy alone.  It's great because it's got a button that he can press and they tools will sing to you.  Can you sense the sarcasm?!

 It's not enough that we have a butt-load of Thomas trains in our house.  The next generation of "cool" trains is Chuggington.  Now the new collection begins! Yay!! {sarcasm anyone?}
 My mom made him the coolest quilt.  He loved it, can you tell?!  It's a Noah's Ark quilt.  Every square has a letter and an animal to go with that letter.  It is totally adorable! {Thanks Mom!!}
 The loot.  Can you see a theme here?  If your brain is not working I'll give you a hint:  It rhymes with wisney.
 G-H-E-T-T-O cake :(  I'm sorry boys.  I'll do much better next year, I promise!!
It was awesome because he actually understood how to blow out the candle.  Adorable!!

A few tidbits about Ty:
* He S-C-R-E-A-M-S!!!  And I mean ALL day.  If he doesn't get what he wants it's an ear-piercing scream that comes from that little guy.  I shouldn't be surprised, though, because he has had that same scream since the moment he came to this world.  It has just gotten significantly louder!!
* He loves playing with his brothers.  He is a great wrestler, and Cole is brave enough to get taken down by his little brother.  Logan is so sweet and will talk and play with him when Ty is interested.  It's really cute.
*He has this little bear that he has cleaned the stuffing out of.  He just dug his little finger in there and gutted it like a fish.  I'll have to take a picture and post it one day.  We literally find the bear's stuffing everywhere, and in the darndest places!
* This kid will eat anything.  Can you tell?!  Where Cole lacks in the eating department, Ty makes up for it tenfold.
* His favorite shows are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Oso and Chuggington.  Whenever his TV time is up he pitches a fit, but he gets over it fast.  {He kind of pitches a fit for everything he doesn't want to do, which is often.  Does anyone feel sorry for me yet?}
* We can't take him to the park anymore because he likes to walk off the openings that are in the second story.  Still doesn't get that yet.  Hopefully he will soon.  Park time is NOT relaxing for mom!
* Everyone thinks he is the cutest thing.  I tell them all that looks are deceiving.  
* Since Ty has started to talk it has been really cute.  Not everyone can understand him, though.  Usually Cole and I will have to translate for Alain or other people. 
*Even though he can't talk, he for sure knows what he wants.  He will say the same thing over and over until you finally get it :)
* He has started doing this little shoulder slump when he gets in trouble or does not get what he wants.  It's quite cute. 

We have thoroughly enjoyed having our little Ty-guy in our family {even though I often want to give him away ;)}.  
We love you Tyler Tre!!

Cole's 5th Birthday

Unfortunately, Cole turned 5 while we were on vacation in D.C.  Luckily my lovely parents were here to celebrate with him and make his day special.  After we got home we had a joint celebration with Cole and Ty since their birthdays are only 6 days apart.

Here are some photos of the celebration:
 He had already opened some of his presents on his actual birthday, but I had to have him open some for me to witness :)
 He has been asking for a gumball machine for as long as I can remember.

 Spiderman DS game (one of his fave superheroes).
 Had to get right to it!!
 I went a little ghetto for cakes this year. 
{Can you tell?!}
He knew just what to do.  ;)

Now for some reasons why we LOVE Cole:
* He always wants to help, especially with his little brother.  He shows so much love for him and for all those around him.
* He is our only child who will cuddle, snuggle, and give me loves.  I love it!
* His nighttime routine has not changed in over a year, maybe more.  He has to have tickles, loves, and kisses.  It is so adorable and endearing.
* He is our pickiest eater by far! If it's new he definitely will not touch it.  An example: Just last week when we were gone Grandma and Grandpa took the kiddos to McD's.  I didn't tell them that you had to order a plain cheeseburger.  So what did Grandpa do? Wiped that sucker clean until there wasn't a trace of onion, ketchup, or mustard.  It had to meet Cole's seal of approval.
* All video games are a piece of cake for Cole.  Uncle Michael introduced them to him a little over a year ago, and we are sad to say that he excels at them.  The second Alain gets in the door, he asks to play "Black Cops" with him.  He eagerly waits for Alain to get home every night! {Yes, we get the Parents of The Year Award for letting our 5 year old play Black Ops.  Thank you very much!}
* He never wears pants at home.  It's underwear 24/7.  When I tell him to go put pants on he gripes and complains.  What am I going to do when he goes to kindergarten?!
* He has been reading for a while now, and truly enjoys it.  We especially enjoy the spit that flies on us when he's very carefully sounding out a particularly hard word.

We love having Cole in our family.  He has been such a joy and blessing since the day he was born.  
We love you Cole!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Flower Necklaces

I just put up my flower necklaces in my etsy shop.  

{Sorry it's taken so long (to all those who have been asking).}

Please feel free to order through my etsy shop, but if you'd like a discount {or if you live in ABQ and don't want to pay shipping} please just email me at hautedebdesigns [at] hotmail [dot] com with your order.

Here are the specials I'm running:

*BOGO 1/2 off {discount off lowest priced item}
*Buy 2, get a third necklace free {lowest priced item}
*Buy 3, get a free subway art {of your choosing} free
*Refer a friend {and they make a purchase} get $2 off your next order 

I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of your support and accolades.  I have such a fun time doing all of this.  And you know what makes it even more fun?  Doing it for people like you :) 

**If you find fabric that you'd like a necklace made out of, I'll make each one for 1/2 off** 


I Love Days Like This {psych!}

So for the last many, many, few days this is what I get to deal with all day:

Isn't life so hard?!

{Maybe for the mom!?}