Our little boy—we can’t call him a baby anymore—is nearly two years old. He’s a little person! He’s running, climbing, and talking, and he’s a constant source of awe for us.
A Very Mickey Halloween
We took Kellen out for Halloween for the first time this past year. He went as his favorite character, Mickey Mouse, and his cousins, McKinley and Hayden came over to join us. We only let him walk up to a couple houses, but he had a lot of fun walking the streets in his costume with his cousins.
Our First Family Trip
Back in November, we took our first family trip to San Antonio, which included two other firsts—a three-hour drive and an overnight stay in a hotel. Kellen, being the ever-adaptive little boy that he is, handled it all with ease. We spent some time on the River Walk and made a stop at the local zoo as well.
Catching Up With Grammy & Bobo
Shortly after Thanksgiving, we spent an evening at Grammy and Bobo’s (my grandparents). They hadn’t seen Kellen in nearly six months. As you can imagine, he had quite a few tricks to show them. It’s funny—with all the light-up, singing, dancing toys available these days, Kellen had a ball with an old, wood train set my stepfather played with.
Kellen’s been getting into things like stickers, coloring, and painting. We had him paint several little masterpieces to accompany Christmas gifts to his grandparents.
Kellen tried his first piece of candy, a chocolate Mickey Mouse, after lunch one day. Overall, we don’t give him much in the way of sweets—beyond slightly-sweetened cereal and what not. As soon as he stuck the chocolate in his mouth, every bit of his just-eaten lunch came right back up. He recovered and was back to his usual, cheery self right afterward though.
Thinking maybe it was a fluke, we tried again, this time, with a donut, a few days later. Again, every bit of his just-eaten lunch came back up. He’s never exhibited any food allergies. Maybe sweets just aren’t his cup of tea.
We try to get out and do interesting things as a family as much as we can. Around Christmas, we went to the local minor league baseball field, which had been extensively decorated with lights.
A few weeks later, we took Kellen to the Children’s Museum. Aimee had taken him once before (while I was at work), but this was my first opportunity to join them. I think I had as much fun watching him as he had playing.
We celebrated Christmas with our usual assortment of family, and as usual, Kellen was the star of the show.
Perhaps the most special gift we got for my parents was a coffee table book of photos and stories from Kellen’s first year of life—basically, this blog in print—which they loved.
One of Kellen’s big gifts from my parents was his very own slide. He enjoys it so much at his gym classes, we thought it’d make a great addition to his new playroom at home. Of course, after unwrapping it, we immediately had to try it out.
More Christmas back at our place…
More Christmas with more family…
After all the festivities, we were able to get a great family portrait as well.
Now that Kellen is approaching two years old, we’re amazed at where the time has gone and how much he’s grown. He’s getting smarter and more independent every day. He’s picking up more and more words (in English now) and becoming more and more adventurous and inquisitive. He’s not a baby anymore and hasn’t been for a while now.