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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Month Five

Month five has been wonderful! I have so much to be thankful for. Work finally started to slow a bit (still busy, but definitely more manageable), which has allowed us to be more social -- something I have rather missed! :)

We started October by visiting the Food Truck Festival in town. So fun! There were about 25 local food trucks lining a downtown street.

We tried several different places, including this Baja hotdog, which Silas had his eye on. ;)

Bo, Bess and John met us for a bit. John and Silas especially loved the bonding time.

The next day, one of my favorite families came in town to visit! Whitney, Andrew, Eden and Cade all made the trip to visit us for the day. It was so much fun! We ate lunch at All Aboard (a fun kid-friendly restaurant where trains deliver your food), went to the park, played with the pups (which I think the kids may have enjoyed more than the dogs. haha!) and met some more friends for dinner. It is so sad how long it had been since we had all gotten together! 

All the kiddos. Cade was rather proud of himself to be holding Silas. ;)

Such a sweet pic!

So incredibly thankful to have had some good quality time with my bestie!

Not that this is incredibly important, but Silas had his first spirit week at school. I couldn't help but dress him up when I could! This was pajama day. I mean, come on. The cuteness is simply overwhelming.

Silas had his 4 month shots, which went MUCH better than the first time. I immediately followed his appointment with some Tylenol and I can't help but think that made all the difference. This picture is pre-shot at the doctor's office.

Another cute outfit that I just had to get pictures of. He obviously loved bathtime -- he is so happy during and after!

My small group girls had our annual Traks  night. We dressed as Rosie the Riveter, and if I do say so myself, I thought we looked rather adorable!

Another spirit day at school -- rainbow day. Tyler didn't see this outfit until a few days later when I showed him a picture. Let's just say this wasn't his favorite outfit.

The next weekend we had another group of visitors. Josh (Tyler's best friend) and Natalie came to visit while Josh visited UAMS for school. It was so great to have them in town. I just totally forgot to get any pictures! 

They left and my parents showed up about 20 minutes later. Haha. My parents hadn't seen Silas in a few weeks and I don't think my mom could handle it any longer! They had so much fun seeing all the changes that Silas had made. He's quite the pro at his bouncy chair now, as you may be able to tell from this pic of Silas and my dad. 

Annie also made the trip down for the afternoon, so Silas was definitely not starving for attention!

After church on Sunday.

Silas was still dealing with some congestion and the following week it picked back up again. This makes everything more difficult -- eating, sleeping and keeping clothes clean (I never knew such a tiny person could create so much snot!) Anyway, things started to FINALLY improve. Thank goodness too, this momma was about to lose it. 

That week was also crazy because we finally, finally, had everything finished with our house and were ready to put it on the market. We listed the house Wednesday night and it sold Friday morning. (More scoop on that later!)

That weekend, since we didn't have to worry about any surprise house showings, we had a bit more free time than expected. So we made a trip up to Searcy to watch the HU men's soccer team! Way to go Coach Odie! It's always great to see his team in action. 

I was excited for a chance to bust out the black and gold. ;)

We spent the afternoon with April and Odie and ending up going to dinner with several other people as well -- such a fun day! Boo for no pictures.

I ended up getting a little sick that weekend so the rest of the weekend was pretty low-key. 

I received this picture from one of Silas' teachers. No doubts that he is a happy boy at school!

The next week was Halloween. I finished Silas' Halloween costume and immediately had to take pictures! Although his costume was completely DIY (made mostly of torn fabric and fabric glue), I think it turned out pretty great!

Dobby, our little house elf!

As soon as I put Silas in the chair, he proceeded to spit up ALL over! ha! So typical.

Cute little booger.

Tyler and I spent October 25th weekend making a quick one-day trip to NWA. A family friend had a death in the family. So we left early Saturday morning, went to the funeral, spent time with family and came back that night. All with a 4 month old -- WHEW!

Needless to say, Mimi wasn't too upset with the surprise visit.

Silas meeting his great-aunt Kay.

Brooklyn and Silas

Mal and Silas.
On Sunday, Fellowship had their Family Fest. Since my last work event of the year was scheduled for November 1 (the day after Halloween), I knew we probably wouldn't get out on Halloween night. So we went out to the festival. Although Silas was WAY too small to enjoy everything, I still loved walking around and seeing all the kids in costume. Of course, I had to dress him up as well!

We ran into Ann, my FMS small group co-leader. She makes a great Dorothy!

Sweet little dinosaur and Dobby!

I convinced Tyler to "participate" in the costumes. I'm actually rather pleased he was willing to let me put a scar on his head! Our sweet little Harry Potter family! Seriously, can there be anything better?!?!

I finished up the week of Halloween working towards my final event of the year. It was a great success, but meant that nothing very exciting happened.

Silas refuses to roll over. From his belly or his back. I actually think he may roll from back to front before the other. Or he may just get up and walk :) Who knows!
We also started eating oatmeal cereal. He was NOT a fan at first! It took a few tries before he could somewhat tolerate it. Now, he's eating it like a champ!
He is definitely a messy eater. It ALWAYS ends up all over him and results in an immediate bath.

After my gala for work, my parents let me know that my grandmother was not doing well, and they expected her to pass soon. Sure enough, my dad called me back later that day. My grandma passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Although it was sad to not have her here on earth, I was overwhelmingly happy to know that she was at peace. She is now in heaven and feels no pain. How wonderful that is!!

We all packed up and spent Silas' 5 month "birthday"celebrating the incredible life of Viola Williams.

Harry LOVES his boy cousins! It's so fun to see him be so sweet and gentle with Levi and Silas!

Boy cousin love!

Brooklyn, Harry and Silas

I LOVE this picture! This is one of the only pictures I have of Silas' pitiful cry face! It's so heartbreaking! (And I promise he loves his JoePop!

I love this picture of me and my grandma. She was an incredible woman! Another post will come soon!
Things to remember:
-Silas really got the hang of his bouncy chair. Which means he knows how to use his legs a lot better. This means that while he's eating, trying to fall asleep, or really doing anything, he kicks his legs like he's bouncing.  Makes feeding him super interesting. 
-Silas is a multiple-personality sleeper. Some nights he only wakes up once or twice. Other nights I see every house of the night. Literally. It's kind of like a game of roullet at this point. 
-He still isn't close to rolling over. I think he will be potty trained before he knows how to roll over. Haha!
-He is getting fairly close to sitting up. He can prop himself up. But only for a few seconds before he falls over. 
-Silas has "discovered himself." I mean, seriously??? I thought I would make it until at least the first year without having to deal with this. So what starts at 4 months will probably last the rest of his life. Geez...ting
-He has started hitting with his right arm. Sounds strange -- it's just hard to explain in text. His right arm basically is never at rest. He swings it and hits whatever is around him. But mostly he beats his chest or my arm as I hold him. :) It's super cute. 
-Silas has started belly laughing! Oh how I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
-He definitely loves his Daddy. Tyler can get him to belly laugh more than anyone.

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