Friday, July 9, 2010

Fourth of July

We had a very relaxing Fourth of July this year. On Saturday, we had a BBQ at some family friends house. Then on Sunday, Drew and Megan came over for dinner and fireworks. Because Kolton goes to bed around 8:30 and it isn't quite dark by then, we had to do our fireworks a little early. Kolton did really well with the fireworks at first, but then after one of them went a little crazy, I screamed, and it scared him. After that, he had had enough of the fireworks and was ready for bed. All in all, it was a great weekend!

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Kolton's First Birthday

Kolton turned ONE on June 28th. I cannot believe it has already been a year! I have truly LOVED watching him grow from a tiny baby to a walking and independent toddler. I always say that I now understand why women have more than one child...he's no longer my little baby boy!! I look forward to the many more years and memories we will have with him. Here is a little bit about Kolton at one year old:

--Weight: 20 lbs. 12 ounces (25%)
--Height: 29 & 5/8' (50 %)
--He has 5 teeth and 3 on the way.
--He sleeps completely though the night (usually goes down around 8 or 9 and wakes up around 6:30).
--He LOVES his bed and will only sleep well in his OWN bed....with it completely quiet and dark. If we are lucky enough to get him to fall asleep while we are out and about, it will only be for 30 minutes.
--He is a very alert and curious child. He LOVES to be outside "exploring". He won't sit still for very long and is ALWAYS on the go. It's no wonder that I can't fatten him up...he burns so many calories during the day!
--He figured out walking right before his birthday and has not stopped since! I'm in real trouble when he figures out running!!
--He is a picky eater (taste buds must have kicked in). He stopped eating vegetables around 7 months. He gags every time I try to give him some. I try to get him to eat new things, although it usually ends in me throwing it all away.
--He does like to eat: yogurt, cinnamon bread, cheese, fruit, gerber cheetos, fruit roll ups, goldfish, and ice cream.
--He LOVES to talk. He will talk forever, and usually gets his finger pointing and shaking if it's something important.
--He can say/understand: momma, dadda, uh-oh ("uh"), no no and night night (which sound the same). He is close to saying shoes and eyes.
--He loves his blankie and paci. If it is nap time and you ask him where his paci or blankie is, he looks around for them until he finds them and gets a huge grin on his face. He has recently started carrying his blanket around the house with him.
--He pushes a little toy car around while saying "vroom", tries to roar like a lion, dances (really shakes) anytime music comes on, and has tried to "fake" snore like daddy.
--When he does something he knows he's not supposed to do, he usually looks for you and gives you a huge grin while doing it. He usually laughs/smiles when we say "no".
--He LOVES wrestling with mommy and daddy. We have had to be careful because when he goes up to other kids, he a little rough. In his mind, he's probably just thinking that he's playing!

I could go on forever sharing things about this special little guy! We truly are blessed to have him in our lives and love him a ton!!

For his birthday, we had a Toy Story themed party with a few family and friends. We had originally planned on having it at a local park, but we moved it to my in-laws due to the fact that it was the hottest day of the year (106, I believe). My mom was able to fly out to celebrate with us!! Here are some pictures of his big day:


Present from Ema and Papa

Present from Grandma and Grandpa Waters

He LOVES his present from Momma and Dadda! :)

What's summer without swimming??

And Kolton LOVES the water!! Here are some pictures of his first time in a "real" pool:

Summer time....

One of the nice things about Ryan being a teacher is that he gets the whole summer off!! To kickoff this summer, we took a mini trip to Monterey. We invited Ryan's mom, Lisa, to join us. The best part was getting out of the central valley heat and enjoying cooler weather! While we were there, we visited the aquarium, walked and shopped down cannery row, enjoyed fisherman's wharf, and made a quick stop at the beach. Here are some pictures of our trip:

Soo tired...he never sleeps well unless he's in his own his momma

Notice his left leg??? The WHOLE time we walked around, this is how he put his leg...weirdo! :)