I cant believe 2006 is almost over. This time last year I was still pregnant...Pierce was just now of out his crib and into a big boy bed, and no where near ready to be potty trained. Now, it seems like Mallory has ALWAYS been here and Pierce is more and more "little boy" and less toddler every day. The new things that come out of his mouth like "Check this out" and "Well actually...." keep Joe and I in hysterics. The boy talks non stop from SON up to SON down. In about 2 weeks Mallory will be 8 months old and that is only 4 months away from her being ONE. I can''t believe how quickly the time has gone with her. In addition to the big slobbery kisses that she loves to give she has also learned how to wave. She does not do the typical open/close hand that most babies start with....she goes with her entire arm. Pretty cute. Still shows no interest whatsoever in crawling...or getting a tooth for that matter. But that is okay...keeps my last baby a baby for just a little bit longer.
Wow, what a busy (and tiring) few days! The Onesto family had a great Christmas! Sat evening we headed out with the Onesto side for our annual Chinese dinner to celebrate Bumma''s birthday. Last night we headed out to my sister''s to celebrate Christmas with my side of the family. Pierce had tons of fun playing with Christian and Mallory had a lot of fun staring at Levi and vice versa. The kids both received a lot of nice presents from maw maw and paw paw and Aunt Lee Lee and Uncle Mitch. Pierce loves his new laptop that my mom got him! Today we spent the day with Joe''s side of the family and again chaos rules with 7 grandkids all playing together. Pierce loves his cousins and LOVES his Uncle Dave. They were spoiled again by grandparents and aunts and uncles. Pierce FINALLY got his Buzz Lightyear! I think the best part of Christmas for me this year was BEING Santa. We left cookies and carrots out (and ate them leaving behind some crumbs) and just seeing the look on his face when Pierce realized that Santa had came. Mallory just enjoyed eating the paper and playing with the bows. I will get the pictures downloaded as soon as I can...but not until Im done putting all my music on my new iPod!!
If you look in the Dec album there are 2 pictures of Mallory chewing on a little rubber fish. This is her most favorite posession in the entire world. When she sees it, she freaks out, laughs, squeals, ect. This little fish was an Easter gift from Bumma and Pa before she was even born. It came in a little set of squirty bath toys. It is so funny to see her go nuts over it.
I''ve been telling Pierce for a few days now that Christmas is not just Santa coming but that it is also Jesus''s birthday and that is why the day is special. Im also trying to teach him that it is also special to GIVE presents as well as receive them. So last night I got brave and was wrapping some of the gifts for the other kids in our family and he keeps asking me...."are those mine?" And I would say "No, this is a present that we are giving to so and so" I could tell he was trying to digest that not every gift in the world was not for HIM but that he was not too sure if he liked that idea. I guess the nature of a toddler is that the world revolves around them. Seeing as I''ve drilled "Happy birthday Jesus" into his head we can work on the other stuff next year.
We had a pretty busy weekend! Saturday night we headed to the zoo with Bumma and Pa to see the Christmas lights...a first for me too! It was SO pretty and amazing to me that they can get that many lights up and so high up in the trees! Pierce loved it, he really enjoys the zoo and thank you to Aunt Jen, Uncle Jay and the kids for getting our family the membership for Christmas! We bundled Mallory up so you could only see her little face poking out. She was an angel the entire time we were there! Sunday, Pierce and I headed to my sister''s house to do some holiday baking with my mom. We made a lot of the same things that she made us when we were kids so it was a fun trip back for me too! Pierce and Christian got to cut out cookies, and help ice and decorate them. He thought it was cool to put the coloring in the icing and watch it change colors. He also thought it was fun to lick the icing off of his fingers. I took quite a few pics over the weekend and I will try and get them downloaded soon. I keep trying to get some new ones of Lola but every time the camera comes out she tries to eat it.
Last night was State Farm''s kids Christmas party. State Farm does this every year, and they really put together a great event for the kids complete with a Santa visit and a really nice gift for each kid. To put it into perspective...I heard that about 700 kids went through last night and they all received a gift. Mallory got a peak-a-blocks set and Pierce got some action figure type toy. The kids both sat on Santa''s lap, no worries. Though I did get a few cute Mallory expressions that were like..."ummm, what''s with the beard" They also had there picture taken with Frosty....this year the role of Frosty was played by none other then my mother. So when Pierce was giving Frosty a hug and she whispered in his ear "Hi Pierce" He looks at me with big eyes and said.."It''s maw maw!!" Since he just recently dressed up for Halloween I was able to explain to him that Maw Maw was dressed as Frosty for the other kids. He thought that was pretty cool. Be sure to check out the look on Mallory''s face in the Frosty pic...again...she is saying "What''s with the big orange nose?"
I generally dont mind winter that much. Im not a big fan of cold and snow but I can deal. What I cant deal with is never ending sick kids. They seem to be just swapping it back and forth. One will get better, the other starts up again. So add that to a first year in daycare (thanks again for that Joy...HA) and we get non stop ickies. Im home with Mallory today. She has a fever, she is snotty, and just all around not so happy. She is still trying to fight off her cough. Can I please get some get well prayers for my babies? I just want everyone healthy for all of the fun holiday stuff coming up for our family! In happier news....We have a new addition to our family! Lola is an almost 7 week old beagle mix that we got last weekend. She is sweet, ornery, and rotten all wrapped up in the great smell of puppy breath. The kids love her, she loves the kids. She is learning that Scarlet is still in charge and that is actually going better then expected. I will add some pics of her over in album section. Try not to faint from the cutenes...
Last night Pierce "read" a story to Joe and I. His current favorite book is called There''s a Nightmare in My Closet". It is about a little boy who realizes that the scary things at night time sometimes are not really that scary after all. We''ve read this book so many times that Pierce has the pages memorized. Last night he sat between Joe and I and "read" the book to us. He got almost every word right! It was a very sweet moment for Joe and I. Who knows, maybe he will be an early reader and lover of books just like his mommy!