October has been a crazy month for the Miller household. We had the wonderful delight of hosting Teri and Marie on the first week (which has already been blog documented), the Gully family the second week (which will be bogged here), and the third week I had a stomach bug (which will not be documented, but it still knocked a whole week out). Now we have a week of Halloween activities to look forward to.
So much has gone on, and I haven't had time to write about it. So here is a dump of lots of cute pictures and stories. I wonder if I'll ever catch up with the events, and be able to write about my thoughts. The world may never know.
These little cuties were friends before they knew how to walk...
And here they are years later, still so cute and such good friends!
Of course, they are not as easily kept in place, now that they can jump off and run away, voicing their opinions on sitting still.
We absolutely loved having the Gully ladies here. Leslie was a brave woman, and drove a six hour day with two adults and three kids under three in the car. The second day, she did six hours with only her and her cuties. I feel so honored that she would make that sacrifice to come visit us here in Ithaca!
We had such fun times together. It blew my mind to hear Ava so articulate and silly. And it was great to meet Savannah, and share Ruby with them. It was party USA for four days!
We went to the Sciencenter, berry picking, and the park. The Gullys ventured off to visit old friends.
Leslie and Ruby were instant friends. Savannah is 11 months, Ruby is 2 months, and they were only a few pounds different in weight. I think Leslie enjoyed snuggling this "stack of baby marshmallows," to use her own words.
I loved how relaxed it was, even with all the chaos of children running around. It was like no time had passed at all since they were last in our presence. While I'm happy that the Gullys are grown ups with a house of their own, etc, I miss having them just upstairs to commiserate with and pawn off crying children. It was great having her here to share in poopy diaper messes and have an extra adult around when one of us wanted to shower.
These kids got along famously together. Theo loved having constant playmates. We loved having them here, and we miss them!!
While Theo was off somewhere getting into trouble, Miya was busy "feeding" Ruby with our little play spoon and pot. Miya has an American daddy, and a Chinese mommy, and they mostly speak Chinese at home. There were times when I couldn't tell if she was just toddler babbling, or speaking Chinese. Either way, I couldn't understand her. But I know she loves monkeys!
We finally got rid of Theo's pacifiers. He only had them for naps, and I meant to get rid of them all-together in December. But being pregnant, then having a newborn, I needed insurance to make sure Theo would sleep during the day, so that I could too. But now that Ruby sleeps through the night, the need for insurance was gone. So I cut the nubs off his "papass" and let him discover them. He threw them away himself, and hasn't asked for them since.
However, nap time has been rough. The second day, I put him in his room and shut the door like always. Instead of screaming and crying, he started cleaning his room. He put all his stuffed animals in the bin, and would open the door a crack just to stick his hand out holding a toy. He'd call for me until I came to get the toy so I could put it away in the living room, then close the door again.
When he was done cleaning, he decided to build a beautiful tower with his blocks. That stinker never took a nap, but his room looked great.
He was eating his sandwich, and he stood by Ruby and said, "take mine picture, Mommy! Get your cwamwa."
Sometimes he'll go next to Ruby and request a picture. And could I ever say no?
Theo has taken to playing a trick on us. When we go to unbuckle him from his car seat, he'll rest his head on the side and pretend to be "asleep." Of course, after Corbin and I voice plenty of shock at his falling asleep, and talk of having to carry him to his bed, he looks up and screams as loud as he can with a huge smile on his face. It usually wakes up his sleeping sister, but I find it totally worth how cute it is.
We have a pool noodle that was cut into thirds that we use as swords. They're a much better alternative to the wooden sword he would play with before. Corbin, Theo and I each had one, and we were pummeling Theo. As he was screaming and laughing, he paused and said, "I love you guys," and got back into the fray.
We went to a play group at the Tot Spot, where there are riding toys and climbing structures. A little boy was pulling around this wagon. Theo took the liberty of filling the little caboose with balls, then jumped in while it was still moving. The little boy pulling didn't even slow down. Theo somehow got several little boys and a mommy to take turns pulling him. What a love.
This week we had a Visiting Teaching dinner, and it was wonderful to meet with lots of the lovely ladies from Church. I love getting together with these fine women, talking about Jesus Christ and sharing the glow of the Spirit. The food wasn't bad either. And I always love an opportunity to take a break from being Mom. Granted, Ruby was there, but the only time I was holding her was while I fed her.
I'll never get over this Y bum! Fourth BYU baby!
Theo likes to wake up at 6 for some reason, and it feels like the middle of the night because it's still so dark. He's usually in a bad mood too, because he's still tired. But one thing works ever time- Scooby Doo cereal. It's a cereal that is litterally called Scooby Doo Cereal, which is pretty much Kix shaped like dog bones. Theo LOVES it. And he insists on eating it out of a bowl like a doggie does, pictured above.
Flimming Plool = swimming pool
Blue Fish Blue Fish I Love You= One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Big Bad Full= Big Bad Wolf
Mickey Clubhouse Clubhouse= Mickey Mouse (He took the name of the show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to mean that his name was Mickey Clubhouse. We tried to clerify that it was Mickey Mouse, and the show was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. So now he calls him Mickey Clubhouse Clubhouse, because he knows there are three words to be said)
We had a play date at our house with Bekah and Baby E. He and Ruby are officially BFF.
Look at this beautiful baby socialization. We were dying of cuteness.
Transition time!!! Theo moved out of his crib/toddler bed and into a big boy bed! Well, it's only a bed frame with a foam mat until we get a real mattress, but it's a start! He was so excited about his Spiderman sheets! I was worried he would be sad about Ruby moving into the crib, so I was going to wait a while to convert it back into a crib and put her in. But Theo was so excited to share a room with her! We fixed it all up and Ruby slept in it only a couple days after Theo's first night in the big boy bed. I'm so glad he loves his baby so much.
Bonus pics of Grandma Teri's visit