The Happenings of Autumn

How can one teeny tiny little munchin have so SO much personality?! She cracks us up! These are probably only things that interest a mother but I just wish I could bottle up every moment with her and this is the only way I'll remember. What Autumn has been up to lately (at 2 years, 3 months)...
She loves playing in her room alone, says 'Mom, go in there' then closes her door. She'll play in her tent, closet, etc. Then she'll come out and grab ALL my books from the bookshelf and takes them to her rug and reads things like technical writing and modern architecture books. Einstein.

She hates the wrapping on crayons. It must be taken off at once!
Speaking of doors. She has to close all the doors or the world will end.  She doesn't just close them. She slams them shut and says 'there!' Both proud of herself and as if she's saving us from some terrible creature and has just done her job.

Everything is 'that' right now. 'Mine that. What that? Where that go? Why that?' And the inquisitive age begins.

Books. Oh this girl LOVES her books! We read a minimum of 5 books before bed. Mind you, most are read 2-3 times. Each. I asked what she was asking Santa for for Christmas and she said 'a tree and a book'. Thankfully we got a few new ones. She has to take her books to bed with her too. You can hear her reading her book here. I just love her tiny little voice!

Mac and Cheese. The answer for everything. Autumn, you want to take a bath? Eat mac-n-cheese? Some days she eats really good, most days not. Toddlers. To supplement her frat boy diet, I bought her some Honest Co. fancy organic, natural, nothing added vitamins and she spit them out. Twice. So I tried it to see if she was just being dramatic (which sometimes, she just is) but they were awful! Dammit.

She is a little dance and singing machine. Especially with Ernest. They have the cutest little dance parties and I'm in charge of the camera. Love it. Frozen songs are constantly being sung 24/7. And if you dare try to steal her show it's 'no, you don't sing. Lalalala!'. Bossy britches.
10 to 1 she would rather be outside than anywhere else. And gets seriously pissed when we say it's time to go in.
Autumn is just the most polite little girl (when she's not saying 'gimme, gimme'). If we're at the store, restaurant, anywhere she always says 'thank you'.

Delicious is her favorite word.
Girlfriend remembers absolutely anything and everything...stuff we say, stuff from shows, from books, wherever! Total sponge. Her new thing is 'all day'. Everything is 'I played princess, all day'. We finally figured out where she got this from...her Daddy!! lol

She runs around with her amulet and a princess dress. She's usually Sophia and I'm Amber. Or Daisy, and she's Minnie. All day.

 The other day I asked why she didn't take a nap. She says 'huh?' I asked her again 'huh?' with a sly little grin. After the third time I got that she was just being a little smart ass and pretending she didn't know what I was talking about. Ugh, SOOOO my child! huh?

Rings the door bell (or as she calls it, 'play trick or treat?') says 'hello, it Autumn Jane'
LOVES laying in our bed in the afternoon and insists on laying under the blankets and watching TV.

She asks for an Elsa braid everyday.

Speaking of Autumn, last night she gave me a lesson in the proper way to pronounce her name. She pronounces it 'Auu-uuumm'. I said, no it's 'Au-tu-um'. 'No Mom, it's Auuu-ummm. NOT Au-T-um'. Ohemgee!

Above all, this little girl is just so happy and full of life. She is sweet, kind and loving. She gets mad if you don't give her a kiss (and a hug!) if you say goodbye. Autumn is such a little sweetheart! We won the lottery with this little gal!



I've been MIA enjoying the holiday season and soaking up every last bit of it! We've been to countless family events, played in the snow and everything in between. Rather than update every last bit, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking typing...

Autumn had a blast on Christmas and the days before and after it. Errr, except the cold she caught and subsequently gave to us. While we still had a great time, we were all a bit under the weather.

She loved all her Christmas morning presents and playing with tons of new stuff.
This takes the cake for awkward family photo! lol.
Especially her bouncy house from Ernest's parents! Totally normal to have this in the living room right?! Good thing it goes up and down quickly.

NYE we had a little party of 4. Pizza, appetizers and lots of sound makers and hats. We all stayed up until East Coast new years. We technically we were awake too but already in bed, still counts right? Right.

The weather put a little damper on our new years day plans of sledding so we had Chinese food and went shopping instead.

Then the real fun started...potty training! I started Friday while Ernest was at work. We did the 3 day no pants method. Not gonna lie, Friday was rough. The worst day, by far. It was worse than having a newborn, lol. There were many accidents, tears and frustration had by all. Saturday was much MUCH better and she did really great. By the end of the day telling us when she had to go. Sunday we went to breakfast and to play in the snow. Because of this, I think Autumn got overly tired and annoyed with going. So while I don't feel I can say 'she's potty trained!' (like I thought would happen by day 3 of this method), I think we are headed in the right direction. She did SO well and we're so proud of the big girl she's becoming!! It's a huge milestone and will take time but she is getting the hang of it, and so are we :)

Sorry, no pictures here. I have some good ones but I figured Autumn may hate me for posting them someday :/

This is probably not blog appropriate but I think it's cute/hilarious. Girlfriend already has a bathroom routine. She puts her stool in front of her, feet on the stool, book in her lap. Then she say's 'you go in there' and closes the door so she has privacy. We usually stand right outside her door and can here her reading 'mouse, mouse go to sleep. Sleep tight. Little bird, little bird.' It is the absolute cutest thing! Then she'll call us when she's done. 

Back to the fun stuff. Snow! Ernest's fam got about 6-8" of snow (and we got 3 flakes)! It was tons of fun! Autumn went 'sledding' (us pulling her on the sled, talk about a workout!), made a snowman and ate lots of snow. This kid loves the outdoors and especially the snow (what kid doesn't?!)!!
In totally random news, we have watched Frozen approximately 2,000 times just this weekend alone. ALL the songs are sung non-stop at our house. Last night, Autumn was reaching up to her door knob and singing into it saying inaudible things and going 'snowman, snowman'. At first I was thinking, wtf, toddlers. And shrugged it off. Then I remembered the part where Anna was singing into the keyhole singing 'it doesn't have to be a snowman'. LOL, I just about died laughing! If you haven't seen it, you have no clue what I'm talking about. If you have, I hope you're laughing too :)

I've never been big on resolutions, but this is one goal I'm going to adhere to. More 'treat yo self' time for me. So Sunday I started with a mani, tea and a stop to Barnes and Noble. It was glorious!

While 2014 had some great times, I'm definitely not sad to see it go. I'm ready for 2015 and all the possibilities it has in store for us! Bring it 2015!