Tuesday, November 29, 2011

kissing grandma goodnight

My mom sent Tristan a post card last summer and she attached a picture of her and I to the front of it and wrote a letter to him on the back of it. Well, it's a recordable postcard and Tristan loves it! He loves saying goodnight to Grandma Kems every night before he goes to bed. My mom recorded the following line on it: Goodnight Tristan, Grandma loves you!

Every night he plays the recording while looking at Grandma and then kisses Grandma before he puts back on the shelf. Every night he is very happy because he knows his Grandma loves him. XOXO

gro gro

Gro gro?

No, Grover's at home and we are going to school now.

Gro gro?

Grover went night night because he knows it's night night time for you. Let's go take a bath and get ready for bed.

Say, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H (as he repeats them all back to me), say I....Gro gro?


Tristan is so fascinated by the new interactive book on the iPad called, "The Monster at the End of the Book" starring Grover that he wants to include Gro gro in everything he does.

He loves his Gover. ...but we really think it's the iPad he's infatuated with. :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

thanksgiving in maui

Yea! It was Nathan and my first time away on vacation without Tristan. The Maui Invitational was going to be fabulous - we were staying at the Maui Westin Resort and Spa - which was the same hotel as the KU basketball team, coaches, AD, and their families were staying. We planned this trip last January and fully expected to want to be away from Tristan and have time to ourselves. Even when we went to the Dominican in June (where he was teething pretty bad and in a not so good mood most of the trip) we were really thinking of this grand 'ole trip by ourselves to Hawaii.

So we fly to Kansas and drop Tristan off and Grandma and Grandpa Davis' house while we galavant onto an "adult trip" of our own. We get there, day one, and can barely keep up with the time difference. Ha! Tristan's not only on a schedule, he's got us on one too!

The next day we explored the resort, relaxed, tanned, played with Alex, enjoyed some food, and watched KU win! Then when it came time to Skype with Tristan, it was kind of a downer. He was happy to see us, but then sad when we said goodbye to him. Grandma and Pa Davis said he cried a little bit for a few minutes, but then went onto playing. We sulkingly walked back to the pool and looked at each other stating, "We really should have brought Tristan with us. He would have really liked being here." We couldn't help but continue to tell ourselves this for the rest of trip. We missed our little man.

All in all, we had a great time with Steve, Sarah, Alex, Michelle, Jordan, Nancy and John Miles, watching KU play, relaxing in the warm sun, working out on the beach (that was a tough workout day), shopping at the mall, drinking a few beers (we barely had 4 each the entire trip), getting in a massage and facial, and eating some good food. The trip was really fun and relaxing, but we were sure glad to get back to Grandma and Grandpa Davis' house on Thanksgiving afternoon to be welcomed with smiles and hugs from Tristan. He missed us and knew we had missed him too. Kisses all around. :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Tristan sure does love his Grandma and Grandpa Davis very much. He skypes with them practically every week and has since he was about 5 months old. For the most part, since we live in separate states, he knows Grandma and Grandpa as the laptop. For the past week, he must have missed them a lot or knew he was going to see them over Thanksgiving becuase everytime he saw the laptop, he said pa-pah.

He sure does miss them and can't wait to see them soon. :)

Check out this year's school pics...he was so proud of how he was dressed that day.


Now that Tristan understands what the word meas, he tries to say it all the time so that he can go play.

That's what Tristan says when he wants to go do something different than what is doing at that very moment. What was really cute was when he woke up this morning and the first thing he said was, "Payeeeh!" It's like he was dreaming all night of trucks, balls, bikes, books, and kitty cats that he wanted to payeeeh with when he woke up. :)


My Aunt Sherri always told us the story about my sister Brooke being so excited for pizza, that she'd say, peet-zee Sherri, peet-zee! It was always such a cute story. :)

Tristan had pizza for the first time this past weekend while we were at Aunt Brooke's for the weekend and he did the same thing! Well, almost. When I asked him if he wanted some more pizza, he said, "peet-zee?" It was too cute. Now when he refers to pizza, he inquisitively says, "peet-zee?"

Monday, November 7, 2011


Yes, that's how he says apple...apppp-paul? I don't know how he learned it because I don't think it was one of those words that I was repeatedly trying to get him to comprehend. Maybe he picked it up when we asked him if he wants an apple? Or could it be my increasing desire to want to cook everything under the sun these days (sort of a new hobby since I finished my doctorate). I know one of my latest creations was baked suffed apples with sausage and brussel sprouts....I didn't care for it too much because the apple cider made the dish a little too sweet for a dinner dish (for me anyway)....but Tristan really enjoyed it! If you'd like to try it, recipe is below:

Perhaps, but regardless, it is cute as can be how adorable he is when that word comes out of his mouth - appp-paul? (And yes, it is always phrased as a question.)

1 pound sausage
1/4 cup chopped onion
6 medium tart baking apples
1/2 cup of rice or quinoa
1/2 cup of broiled brussel sprouts
2 TBs of olive oil
black pepper (enough to your liking)
1/2 cup of apple cider

Turn oven to 350. In a bowl, combine brussel sprouts, olive oil, and black pepper. Crumble up sausage and add to the mixture. Dice up onions and add to the mixture. Spread the mixture on a cookie sheet and place in oven. Cook for about 20 minutes or until brussel sprouts are soft and sausage is no longer pink. Remove and set aside to cool. Keep oven at 350.

Cook rice or quinoa according to directions.

Now, cut enough off the top of the apples to be able to core out the center of the apple and enough off of the bottom of the apple to ensure that the apple can stand on its own in the baking dish. Core the apples - I used a melon ball utensil which worked really well. Save about a 1/4 cup of the cored apples to add to the sausage and brussel sprout mixture. Dice up the apples so they are smaller pieces. Take the cooled sausage mixture and poor it into a bowl along with the rice/quinoa and cored apple pieces. Mix well. Spoon into apples.

Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Poor apple cider over each apple so that it is in the mixture. Bake 25 minutes or until apples are tender. Yield: 12 servings.


I'm going to preface this blog with the following: Now I know I'm the "first time mom who loves everything about their child"....but hey, everything is new to me, so yes, I am going to love everything he experiences. :)

With that being said, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when he gets excited! I know he definitely is watching and copying Mommy when he says the latest word - YEEEAAAAHHH! (...and he even says it like I'm writing it too.) We will pull up to his school and I'll put the car in park and he'll say, YEEEAAAAHHH! He'll be in the bathtub, slashing around, and taking the cup and pooring water over his head and he'll say, YEEEAAAAHHH! The best is when he wants some blueberries, pulls them out of the fridge, and brings them to me all the while making a grunting noise for "I want some". I say, do you want some blueberries? Tristan says yes (I mean, grunt)and I get him a bowl and start putting some blueberries in there for him. He gets so excited for the blueberries that he says, YEEEAAAAHHH! I just love it!



Tristan has recently discovered this word and has been saying it a lot lately. Usually he says it when he's carrying his "B" around and he twirls around with it and almost loses his balance....whoa, he says. Well, I'll tell you what, it's pretty cute. It's pretty cute that he understands the word and how to use it - especially when he's off balance. But when I was driving this past weekend with him in the car, I took a turn and he said whoa. Really? Did I take that turn too fast....I know Uncle Daniel and Nathan like to make fun of me quite often for my driving....but honestly, would my company really give me a company car if I didn't have a stellar driving record? Which I do, by the way. Of course they wouldn't. So I always dismiss their comments as just wanting to playfully poke at me about my driving....

However, it was at the very moment when I was driving over speed bumps that Tristan said whoa again that made me realize that he, indeed, thinks the same thing!! He is saying whoa because I'm going "off balance" with the car....I couldn't stop laughing when I realized that he, again, was using the word correctly. :)