Time flies when you’re having fun.

We have definitely been having a busy summer. I can’t say we’ve done a bunch of big things but we’ve been doing lots of little things here and there. Miss Cameron has been a busy girl that’s for sure. In early July we had her 18 month portraits taken by our favorite photographer, who also did her newborn photos, Kelli Saunders. You can see her website here, www.kellinicolephotography.com . And in case you missed Cam’s newborn pics, this is a link to a few of them. Click here.

Kelli is so busy with her work and does such a great job that we just received our proofs back. We’re going to be purchasing the digital rights to all of the pictures but this is just a screen shot from her site so you can see a preview. She did a great job and I can’t wait to share the rest on here.

Happy 87th Birthday to my grandpa, Pappy!

We celebrated his birthday at my parents house last weekend and had such a great time seeing all of our family. Pappy is such a blessing to have in our lives. Cameron loves to play games with him.

Here’s the family on his birthday. Doesn’t he look great for his age? He still gardens, walks every day, mows his own grass and he and my grandmother have a full house cleaning every single Wednesday. They make the rest of us look like slackers :).

My dad cooked burgers and dogs and after eating, we all went out to hang out by the pool. Cam of course loved the opportunity to swim. She wouldn’t stop saying “water” once her swim suit was on until she was in it and splashing around.

We tried to keep her shaded from this awful Texas sun as much as we could. This float did the trick for a while.

But soon she was ready to get out and splash with Tay Tay. Taylor had just come back from touring Europe with friends and was more than eager to spend time with Cameron. Cam adores her and wants to be held by her whenever she’s around. We’re sure going to miss her when she goes to college at Texas A&M in less than a month. We’re so proud of her though.

After the party that day we went to visit Grandma, Grandpa and Nana. Cameron looks forward to this and starts saying “Baba” (grandpa) as soon as we enter their neighborhood. She’s very observant. She knows there is lots of love at Grandma and Grandpa’s house and lots of fun things to do.

During this visit, while outside playing with their dog Angel, Cameron discovered a nice step which is just her size in front of Grandma’s rose garden.

A very rare photo of Mommy and Cam in front of Grandma’s roses. (baby sister too) As you can see, Cam wasn’t too excited about being picked up from her little step.

Grandma gave Cameron a flower. She carried it with her until she fell asleep in the car on the way home (probably 2 hrs later).

And speaking of baby sister, she’s 32 weeks tomorrow! Next week is her ultrasound yay! I’m feeling pretty good though experiencing back pain for the first time in my life. I don’t know how people with chronic back troubles (or any pain) do it.

31 weeks

31 weeks again.

Cameron got to play with her friends Kennedy, Kaitlyn & Jillian last week. They came over for a visit and pizza. Cam hasn’t had that many play dates with other children and was more than thrilled to have 3 girls (the twins are 5 and Jillian is 2) over. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen the look of excitement on her face like it was when she was playing ring around the rosie with them. She wanted them to pick her up, hug her and run around with her. It was so nice to watch her have so much fun. And reassuring as the school countdown has begun and mommy & daddy are getting quite nervous. I’m pretty sure the transition will be harder on us than it is on her.

This week, Forrest is over visiting us. Cam calls him “Bor” and loves him like crazy. Today, we went shopping to find some new school shoes for Forrest. He’s going to be a senior at Bellaire High School this fall. First stop was at Academy. Lately, shopping with Cameron has proved to be quite a task. She’s learned that she can have way more fun in a store when she is down and not strapped into a buggy. Sometimes we can keep her distracted enough to make it through the trip but not today. She spotted the bikes in Academy and we agreed to let her look at them if she was cooperative while Forrest looked at the shoes. When we went near the bikes, we saw some little kid bikes and I figured there was no harm in letting her ride on one. Hard to resist those big brown puppy dog eyes that I love so much. This was a mistake.

Not quite big enough for this big girl bike but one day she will be. She thought it was still the coolest thing in the world to ride on though.

She pointed at the helmets and said “hat” so we figured why not.

The problem came, however, when it was time for her to get off the bike. I got my very first glimpse at what it might be like to have a 2 year old. Holy smokes. I swear the entire store could hear her and was staring at us as we quickly exited the store while she screamed “biiiiikkke!!!” “my biiiiike”! She continued to scream and cry as we drove all the way to the next store, a shoe store.

If there are two things that Cameron is absolutely crazy about in the recent weeks it’s bikes and shoes. You can see where this is headed.

The shoe store started out relatively peaceful. There were no buggies so she got to walk around like a big girl. She spotted some familiar shoes while we browsed…

She picked this one up and said, “shoes DeeDee”. She calls my dad “DeeDee” and yes he wears shoes nearly identical to this all the time. I was shocked that she ever even noticed that about him.

And then she picked up this one and said “Shoes Nana”. Yep, Nana wears shoes very similar to this a lot. I guess the girl is more obsessed with shoes than we even thought. She’s got it all figured out. And you can see her new big girl shoes in those pictures. She is such a big girl now that she can put them on and “tie” them all by herself. She found the little girls shoes and was immediately drawn to the crocs and light up plastic flip flops. So cute.

Anyway, as you can imagine, a little girl in a world of shoes having the time of her life… and now it’s time to go. Yep, another tantrum. “Shooooooes Shoooooes!” Yikes, what do I even do? I can’t just give in and let her get her way by turning around and letting her play with more shoes. I felt so bad but we can’t stay in the store forever. Time for me to start reading some parenting books.

Ok now I’m going to brag on her a bit. I feel bad for talking about her little tantrums.

I mentioned in a previous post that Cameron got her new big girl bed and we would let you know how the transition went from our bedroom to her bedroom in her bed. She was not a fan of sleeping in her crib and began sleeping in our room exclusively at 15 months. First she was in our bed and then in a pack n play next to our bed. We dreaded the “transition” out of our room for several reasons. 1) her room is upstairs and away from us 2) she could technically get out of bed at any time and 3) we figured she would kick and scream at the thought of being left alone in her room at night. We were totally wrong about #3. Cameron has proved to us that she’s an awesome kid yet again. She goes to bed in her big girl bed all by herself. We say our prayers, give kisses and then tell her night night. She says “night night” and rolls over to go to sleep. We can walk out of the room while she’s awake and she puts herself to sleep. She sleeps all night long and then around 7:30 am we hear a sweet voice over the baby monitor “dada” or “mama”. She waits IN HER BED for us to get upstairs and then greets us with a huge smile. Lately she’s even been wanting to go sit on the potty as soon as she gets ups. What in the world did we do to deserve this? She’s so good! I am so proud of her and love her so much. Brian and I missed her a lot the first few nights but are so happy she’s getting good sleep on a nice mattress now. Plus it’s darker and quieter in her room as we don’t go to bed at 8pm like she does. She seems more well rested since she’s started sleeping in there. And yes, pics will be coming soon. 🙂

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