Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Pumpkin Patch & Petting Zoo

Fall is in the air (in Vegas that means that it has stayed below 100 for a few weeks now), the pumpkin candles are burning and it was time for our yearly trip to the pumpkin patch.  Last year Connor was just 4 months & barely sitting up on his own.  This year he was running around the pumpkin patch and even got to visit the petting zoo!  We had a great time & left with our three family pumpkins & a few photos of all the fun!

 Connor was making the rounds, wanted to make sure he picked out the perfect pumpkin!

 How about this one, dad?

 Maybe this one?

 This might make the top three...

 Off to the petting zoo while we think the final decision over...
 Connor loved seeing all the animal we sing about & read about in books

 He LOVED the goats & since he has learned to "pet nice" with Madison at home, he did a great job with the goats too!

 Now back to business finding the perfect pumpkins!

 On the hunt!

 One in the wheel-barrel, two more to go!
 Connor found the perfect pumpkin, just his size!

 Heading to the wheel-barrel with his pick...

Connor wanted to take this pumpkin home too, but since it was bigger than him we decided on a slightly smaller version for our third pumpkin.

We had a great time & might even be back one more time to check on the animals before the end of the pumpkin patch season :)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

August & September 365 Project

So, behind on blogging does not even begin to describe how far behind on blogging I actually am.  Connor has been keeping us on our toes these past two months and I am just not sure how we are already half way through October.  I swear I just posted yesterday...but better way late then never right?  Which brings us to the August & September 365 Day Project Post.  Thank goodness I have managed to keep up with this project, as I would not have any photos of Connor otherwise!

August was a fun month & watching Connor grow a little bit more each day is amazing.

Connor loves his books (see August 8th).  He will go get a book & bring it to us to read to him or often time he will sit to read through the book on his own.

I took my first work trip in August for a convention, leaving Blair in charge of Connor for 4 days.  Connor helped me finish packing on August 11th & Blair was nice enough to send me photos while I was gone (see August 12-14)...I think he wanted me to know they were surviving without me.  Aunt Rachael came with helping hands, as well!

This month we officially took out the bumpers of the bath tub & Connor had free reign over the entire tub - see August 20th

On August 24th Connor graduated from his Baby Classroom, saying goodbye to his favorite teacher Ms. Yvette.

On August 25th GMa Shiplett came for a visit on her way to you can see Connor loves bath time with GMa & on the 26th they posed for a quick photo.

This month Connor also graduated into his big boy convertible car seat.  We took it out of the book on August 5th & Connor thought it was a new chair.  We actually got it installed a few weeks later - see August 27th - he seems to think it is just as comfy & easy to fall asleep in.

On August 26th Connor started his first day in the Toddler Room.  I have to say dropping him off in his new classroom made me sad & happy all at the same time.  He was ready to move up to the next room, but it only made me realize Connor is not a baby anymore.  He is loving his new room & new friends!

We celebrated his graduation on August 31st with a BBQ at the Terrones Residence.  Chase was nice enough to let Connor ride shotgun in his jeep.  Connor was strapped in tight & Chase was an excellent driver...Connor LOVED it!

September brought us some new adventures, as Connor really has developed quite the personality and some new skills.

September 1st was Connor's first visit to an indoor playground - Tikes & Tots.  Blair was enjoying his fantasy football draft & I thought it would be perfect date day for Connor & I.  He LOVED the ball pit!

September 2nd Grandma & Grandpa Bordwell came for a visit & to help babysit for the afternoon while I was able to enjoy a day at the theater.  Aunt Rachael & Luke came over to visit too & helped put together Connor's tricycle!

September 3rd we finally moved Connor's excersaucer to the third level...a little play station.  He really likes hitting all the buttons on the attachments, almost like a new toy!

Connor still loves to play in his duck...see September 8th

This month Connor also learned how to climb on the furniture.  He favorite seats are on our sub woofer (see September 9th) and my bathroom vanity chair (see September 10th & September 27th).  We would not mind him climbing to sit in his new favorite spots, but as you can image, he really would prefer to stand on the chairs.  We are still working on that....we sit in chairs & stand on the ground.

Connor still loves to help us sweep...he loves the swifter, mop & brooms....see September 4th & 14th

Connor took his first wagon ride on September 18th.  He likes to switch up his mode of transportation on our walks. 

Connor still loves the water & we decided a park day was just the ticket on September 22nd.  They have a great water feature the kids can play in.

On September 23rd Connor got to meet his first firefighters & see a fire truck in person, thanks to a drunk guy at Egg Works on a Sunday morning.  He had fun & was not scared at all...gotta love the unplanned photo op.

Connor has also had lots of visits from Aunt Rachael this month.  She tries to visit every Sunday & Connor really looks forward to seeing his Aunt (see September 16th & 30th).  I really also love the extra set of hands..especially now that football season in back in full force.

So as you can see we had a very busy September.  Connor is constantly on the move & turning into a little man more each day!  Crazy!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

July - 365 Project

So surprise surprise I am behind on my blog posts...I have to be honest I do love blogging about Connor and what is going on, but generally after he is tucked in bed, we have had dinner & dishes are done, the last thing on my mind is opening the computer and blogging.  It is still a goal to get better!

July was such a fun month.  On July 1st, we celebrated Connor's 1st Birthday with a wonderful pool party at Anthem Country Club.  All the grandparents were in town that weekend to celebrate the big occasion.  I have to thank GMa & Papa Shiplett for hanging around after Connor's birthday to babysit for the weekend.  Blair & I were able to enjoy a long weekend in Park City, UT for a good friends wedding.  Connor had tons of fun with GMa & Papa Ship and they snapped the 365 photos for me :).  

On July 13th, Connor had his 1-year check-up weighing in at 23.6 lbs...our big boy!  He is in the 50th percentile on all fronts & a healthy 1 year old.  

Papa Ship came for another quick visit while in Las Vegas for work - see July 23rd. And Grandma & Grandpa Bordwell came at the end of the month to help celebrate my 30th Birthday - see July 28th.  We love that all the grandparents have gotten to see Connor grow first hand & Connor loves their visits!

I am truly lucky I am able to capture any clear photos these days, as Connor never stops moving...he is such an active little guy.  I would say running versus walking most days!  We LOVE watching him explore his world.  

I honestly can not believe we have a 1-year old and officially a toddler.  His smile melts our hearts and we are loving the adventure!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Connor's 1st Birthday Party!!

 We celebrated Connor's 1st Birthday on Sunday, July 1st at the Anthem Country Club Pool.  We figured Connor might not realize it was his birthday and that all this celebration was for him, but we do know how much he LOVES the pool, so a BBQ & Pool party was a perfect way to celebrate his big day!  I will let the pictures speak themselves on all the fun we had!

We will start with the fun decor pictures...thanks Dalisa for helping me with the photos!

The centerpieces were photos of Connor throughout this past year.  I loved looking through all the photos trying to find my favorites!

  Yum Yum cupcakes...we had to take a quick photo before they all melted in the
 100+ degree heat!

 Edible Favors - I best kind I think :)  Delicious Kettle Corn!

Connor was one lucky boy, the present table was full of great gifts.  Thank you to everyone, he loves playing with his new toys!

Pool Time!  
Everyone had fun playing in the pool, but I think the birthday boy enjoyed it the most! 

 Connor loved walking around in the water -
 they had a perfect water deck for the little ones to play.

 The Terrones Family loved the water too!

 Zane & Connor loved playing together :)

 I even got to get in the water & splashed around!

 There is no doubt Connor is his father's son!

Two of our favorite people - The Pulliams getting in a little sun :)

 GMa & Papa Ship, thank for traveling from FL for the party!!

 Relaxing in the shade was a nice option too!

Time for Birthday Cake!  Connor was not really sure about the cake & why everyone was watching him try to eat it, but cute none the less.

 Connor got his very own giant homemade cupcake for the occasion!

 Dad & Connor waiting patiently..

 Digging In...Kinda
Guess I have to be happy he did not to eat the whole thing!

 Giving Mom a Taste Test!

The Aftermath :)

A few more fun party photos...

So big!!

 Connor with his leading ladies...Mom, Grandma Bordwell & GMa Shiplett!

 Post pool play time with his new friend Zane!

 The bubble bottles are almost as fun as blowing actual bubbles!

Such good sharing :)

Thank you again to everyone who was able to join us at the party & for those that were there in spirit.  Connor is so lucky to have so many people that love him and we are so lucky to have such a wonderful support system.  The 1st birthday party is officially in the books!