Sunday, February 24, 2013

21 months

Tucker is now 21 months old...I wanted to do a "Tucker milestone" post since our last one was at 18 months and he won't have another check-up until 24 months.  So, I figured this would be a good in-between.

I don't have any physical stats, but mainly wanted to jot down everything he is saying and doing right now.  Remember this is like our I want to be able to look back and see all of these important moments!

millmew-mailman or when he sees a mail truck
baar-cereal bar
pop pop-popcorn
ongoose-orange juice
mew-cat, meow
woof woof-dog
cuh cuck-firetruck
choo choo
hat- for hats or any helmet
pap pap-pacifier
duck duck- for ducks, birds, pelicans, any flying animal that resembles a duck
sit sit-for highchair or when he wants to sit down
gangee- Granddaddy

Dustin thinks he could have a photographic memory!  He is very good at remembering things.  For example, when someone gives him a toy as a gift, he associates and remembers the person who gave it and says their name anytime he picks the toy up.  Also, he is very good with people and remembering their cars.  When we are driving down the road, he will see a car that looks like Dustin's and will say "dada".  Seriously, Dustin has an fj-cruiser...we see an fj-cruiser, maybe not even the same color as Dustin's, and he says "dada".  It's hilarious!

He also says tells "tell me" "tell me" all the time!  This means he wants you to tell him what something is or who someone is.  It also implies, that he wants us to show him what something is.
He also has recently started taking mine or Dustin's hand and leading us to places or certain things when he wants something.
Right now, he has also started to mimic reading.  He will get a book and in his own jabber, will pretend that he is reading.  So cute!  I also hear him singing sometimes.  He will be walking around saying "lala" or "bababa" with a little tune.  He is still loving to read...we read lots of books daily!
We have also started helping him recognize colors.  The only ones he says so far are red and green.  And for now, he thinks everything is "ree" or red!

He is still eating very well and snacks a bunch too!  Still going to sleep around 7 and sleeping til 7 in the mornings with a long afternoon nap from 12-2.  In this past week, he now has a 2 yr. molar...sigh.

Tucker is still loving being outside!  And with a few glimpses of Spring weather this week, we enjoyed a lot of time outside.  We take long strolls around our block and he can't get enough of the swing in our yard.  He will stop and play in any puddles of water and throw sticks and rocks into the water.  The boy loves mud too!  Recently, he has started playing on the iPad too and getting good with puzzles.

A couple of recent videos...

I cannot believe all of the things he is learning every day.  Literally, it is something new every day.  He never ceases to amaze us.  We are fascinated with how smart he is!  We are also loving seeing the person that he is becoming and are so proud of him :)  I cannot believe we will be celebrating a 2nd birthday just a few short months from now.  Oh how quickly this time is passing...we are doing our best to savor every precious moment!  We are blessed beyond words to get to share every day with this amazing little one.  We love you Tucker boy!!! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Keep It LOCAL!

Ok, first off let me say, this subject is something I feel SO strongly quality.  When I was pregnant with Tucker, I was extremely cautious about the food I ate.  Where it came from, how it's grown, what's in it...etc...and once Tucker began eating food, I have made sure he, Dustin, and I only eat quality, healthy, good food and especially that it meets this criteria when buying and preparing these foods at home!  I will admit it's a little harder to to do when we occasionally eat out.

The most important things to me when buying produce, meat, dairy, etc. is:

1. How it's made/grown and what is in it...and what I mean is, I do not want the food I feed my family to be full of hormones, antibiotics, steroids, grown using pesticides and other chemicals that you have never even heard of before!

2. Where it is grown, raised, or made.  I truly believe in buying LOCAL.  It is so important that we buy from small farmers and businesses.  If we don't, who will?  I don't know about you, but I would much rather support a small, local, farm right here in our area, "the good ole' heart of Dixie", than buy foods that are not even grown here in our on Country!  I, somehow, feel a connection with these smaller farms/farmers and trust them and want them to keep doing what they are doing!  If I could somehow get a green thumb, I would be farming myself...seriously I would!

Soo...when I stumbled upon Purple Pumpkin Produce, I was thrilled.  First off, this is a small, local, business with a mission to bring the Farming industry back to Alabama.  They offer weekly deliveries of fresh produce to your doorstep.  How cool is that?!  You don't even have to leave your house!  The other great thing is that all of the produce is sustainably grown. Not only is the produce local, but it's grown just the way it should be :) We visit the Farmer's Market a lot, because it is near Impossible to buy local produce or meat at the grocery stores.  I am so excited about Purple Pumpkin Produce as they are doing a great job of getting local produce and fresh eggs to people like me and at a great price too.  You can see all of the options they offer over on their website.  Here is a link to their facebook page too...

I received my first delivery today and I couldn't be more pleased!  Literally, I got the box and immediately sat down to write this post...that's how excited I am to share this with all you readers!

Now our fridge is FULL of great local produce without my wallet being empty and I didn't even have to leave the house!

When I find something great, I have to share with all of my friends.  If you have any questions, just email or Facebook them!  They answered all of my questions and are so nice and easy to work with.  I hope ya'll will try them out and support this Wonderful business they have started.
Keep it local people! :)