Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I cannot believe that October is officially almost over... Tonight we dressed up our sweet little Prince as... *drum roll please* ...a Dragon! He looked so stinking cute in his costume. Last year Amari was a little too young to go trick-or-treating, so we pushed him in his stroller while Luke, Ness, and Olivia went around Ken Lake. He was a spooky little Spider last year. This year he walked from door-to-door with his bucket in hand yelling, "Meow!" instead of trick-or-treat whenever someone opened the front door, LOL. =D Little goofball. We only took him to five house; however, his bucket was pretty full for his first time trick-or-treating.

Amari's first stop was Great Auntie Pam and Baylor's house. It was so cute watching him hold his bucket while he waited for his Auntie to open the front door. He made one darling little Dragon I must admit! XD When she put in his first piece of candy and he realized that he was going to get treats so he held up his bucket so she could put more candy in it for him. He insisted on six candy bars and three Laffy Taffy before heading inside for a photo opt.

His second stop was Nana and Papa's house (even though they are in Hawaii at the moment relaxing in the sunshine and warmth). Grammy B, Poppi, Auntie J, and Ness were there handing out candy this year. The fog machine intrigued Amari and he insisted that Grammy put three pieces of candy in his bucket before yelling out "Poppi" and running into the house to find him. He loves his Grandpa very much. =)

The third house that he graced his presence with was Todd, Michelle, and Henry's. They had made him a special treat bag with yummies and gave him a Halloween book which pleased him very much. He loves books. He kept showing off by clapping, smiling at baby Henry, and kissing Towlie their dog (cause Nemo doesn't allow Amari to give him kisses). Before heading back to Papa and Nana's we stopped at Judy's across the street and next door neighbor before going back inside for the evening.

Our Halloween was a simple one, relaxing, and the three of us got to spend some time together cause Trevor didn't have to work.

Happy Hallow's Eve!

 Little Dragon & Gangsta Ness

 Luke, "The Bum"

Amari's Jack-o-lantern

20 Months and A Day

I swear, October has gone bye so quickly...its already October 28th, and guess what that means? It means that Amari is 20 months and one day old today. My little prince is growing up so fast! Its hard for me to phantom that in four short months, he'll be turning 2. He is such a sweet little boy, very independent, loves to read and destroy his books (which makes me want to cry cause I love books and don't understand his logic at times), and he loves to dance dance dance. Cookie Monster and Elmo are his favorite Sesame Street characters and milk is one of his favorite things to drink. He is 100% boy, wild and crazy at times, a stinker when he wants to be, and has an attitude when he doesn't like something. He has no issue with making it known. He loves to give kisses and snuggle; Amari is definitely a Pieces through-and-through.

Happy 20 months Amari James! 

Mommy and Daddy love and cherish you.  

Little Dragon! 

Wordless Wednesday - Fun in the Leaves with Auntie J

Our Trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

Yesterday morning the Durant families headed to Lattin's Country Cider Mill and Farm to pick out our carving pumpkins for Halloween. Like an idiot, I forgot my camera. Usually I keep the crappy Olympus one in the car but I took it out on Thursday when cleaning out the car... Merde! Thankfully, Betsy brought along hers and I managed to get trigger happy and take lots and lots of pictures of our adventurist outing to the pumpkin patch.

Amari loved the petting zoo! He got to pet a goat and look at sheep. He was in animal heaven. Trev kept cracking jokes and making fun of Ness by saying that he could smell her from five feet away when we were near the goats. *sigh* Why must big brother's always be so mean to their sweet little sisters? After spending a few minutes at the zoo we went to check out the birds. While we were looking at them, we saw a man that looked just like Poppi Steve, only he was wearing black jeans instead of blue ones. Steve and Betsy went to get apple fritters and cider but Trev, Ness, and I were cracking up and went on a mission to find them! Amari was more than ecstatic that Grammy and Poppi had bought him a fritter and chowed down on the most delicious apple fritter made in the Olympia area. We told Steve about his twin and had to go and find him, LOL. Both Betsy and Steve didn't think that he looked like him though.

We headed to the pumpkin patch with Amari after enjoying our yummy fritters. =) He loved trumping through the patch with his Auntie and trying to pick up every pumpkin (even the yucky moldy ones!). He kept calling the pumpkins "balls" and trying to throw them. It was pretty precious watching him trying to pick up pumpkins that were the size of him. He had a blast, threw a few fits when we would take a pumpkin away from him, but eventually he found his pumpkin and I cannot wait to carve it with him in a few short weeks. We had a wonderful time at Lattin's Country Cider Mill this year. =D

Sweet boy playing with pumpkins. 
Apple Fritter time!
Sweet little Ness. 

The Durant's and their pumpkin.
Amari wanted this one, but Daddy said "no," LOL.
Unhappy because he couldn't throw "balls" also known as pumpkins around the patch.

The boys and their pumpkins.
Note: Steve's twin is behind him in the hat, glasses, and black jacket. LOL
Everyone else is happy but Amari.
He wanted to hold his pumpkin.
The Durant family and their pumpkin. 
Amari picked it out. =)

What's New with A.J. - The Month of October

I am amazed by all the development that Amari has had in one month. He is such a smart little boy and he is such a blast! He makes more messes than he does anything else but we are trying to teach him to pick up after himself. We ended up borrowing a large basket from Great Auntie Pam for in the living room. Amari  is slowly learning to put his toys away in the basket (most of the time be puts one toy away and runs to his room to grab another). He still loves helping me put away clothes by handing me hangers. He loves it and it is also nice being able to occupy his restless little mind by tossing some hangers on the floor or on the bed and let him help me clean up the house.

- Amari knows where his ears, toes (also known as piggies), and belly button and/or tummy are. Recently, he has learned where his mouth, eyes, head, and hair are. When you ask him where his head is, he hits is forehead and if you ask him where his hair is he strokes his hair and smiles.

- He has started to say, "Bye" and waves when anyone leaves.

- Instead of saying the formal, "Hello," Amari has replaced it with "Hi," instead.

- He loves to scribble with crayons and has made lots of Thank You cards for people he loves.

- He has officially mastered the somersault and does them all the time on the bed or on the floor.

- Baths are his all time favorite. If he hears the water running in the bathroom he runs inside and jumps up and down until you pick him up and put him in the tub (after taking off his clothes and diaper of course).

- He enjoys reading quietly to himself or picks out his favorite books and brings them over for Trev or myself to read. Lately, he has been wanting to read all day long. =] I think we may have a future book worm on our hands.

- He has learned some of the potty words! Sure he doesn't use them in context, but we are trying to teach him. He now knows how to say "pee-pee" and we tried teaching him "poop" but he ended up learning how to say "doo-doo" from my brother, LOL.

- Amari has started repeating words that you say to him. He has repeated blue, squirrel, and a few other words but I am drawing a blank on some of them.

- He also sings along to Black Sabbath's "Iron Man Tribute". He sings the, "I-I-I" part thanks to the commercial on T.V. =D

- He love, love, loves football! When we are at Baylor's football games he cheers when the crowd cheers for the Cougars and dances along to the band.

- He loves Great Papa's cuckoo clock and makes him play it every time he goes to Papa and Nana's house. As soon as he walks through the door you will hear him say, "Papa... cuckoo!" =D

And pretty much that is what's new with A.J. these days!

 Amari and Great Papa
 Trying to get Papa to re-do the cuckoo clock.
 Mmm, cheese burger.
 Nothing better than milk and "Sid the Science Kid"
Sweet dreams little prince.