Well, it seems I just can't seem to learn my lesson. So here I am again, catching up on 2 months of photos and nearly forgotten memories. But on the bright side, Blogger has really improved their system for uploading, and I may not need all evening to get this up to date!
So away we go...
For the longest time Vinny refused to wear his helmet, despite our best efforts and encouragement. Until one afternoon that he out of the blue said he wanted to wear his "cool helmet." And so he did...all afternoon, even to eat his breakfast the next morning.
And this is my latest cupcake bouquet. I made it for the birthday teachers at work.
Early in March we traveled to Sonoma Valley with the Prathers for barrel tasting. Here we all are with one of the winemakers we met.
The wineries and caves were really crowded, but looked so pretty. We quickly learned that barrel tasting is no more than a good deal on tastings and a ploy to get you pre-order wine that won't be ready for another year.
Visiting The Rock will have to wait for next time.
Meanwhile back at the ranch...
Here's Vinny at our preschool, or as he calls it "Mommy 'n Ninny Cool." Here he is with a couple of friends and his new teacher Miss Jacky. I'm happy to report she is a great addition to the preschool, which is a weight lifted off my shoulders. It's been a challenge to say the least to whip this school into shape!
We traveled back to Arizona for Joan's Memorial the week after Sonoma. It was a wonderful evening, and I am so grateful to Louise for putting it all together. We gathered to have Joan's ashes blessed and share our favorite memories of her. Always a good distraction, Boppo spent some time with Vinny at the park.
Big Boy Bed and Company!
Well, in it's final conversion stage. It's been a crib, a toddler bed, and now....drumroll please...big boy bed. He's taken a few tumbles out of it already, but despite Gramma's worry, he's ok and just loves it!. Here he is on his maiden voyage in the big boy bed
And then on to Mulholland Drive. Once again, no celebrity sightings, but the views were amazing!
I hate to sound cliche but seriously, these 3 years have flown by! Gramma and Papa come out every year for Vinny's birthday and this year was no different. After changing his mind several times (he's been pushing for a Lightning McQueen cake since Gramma was here for her birthday back in October!), Vinny finally settled on a Rocket cake from his favorite show Little Einsteins. I'm pretty sure I outdid myself this time. I was so happy with the results, and Vinny loved it!
On his official birthday, Gramma, Papa, and I took Vinny out for a chocolate cupcake at our old town bakery.
And later we went to eat at the famous Derby down the street near the track. I'm pretty sure no 3 year old has ever had a fancier birthday dinner...or bigger slice of chocolate birthday cake!
Vinny promised that when he turned 3 he would try the potty. And so, on his birthday, he did just that. Of course, now that Gramma is gone and his birthday is over, he insists "I already sit on the potty, 'memer?" We encourage it, but have given up on pushing him...apparently he's a late bloomer.
Vinny and I worked so hard making this bunny cake...only to have Boomer get his slobbery chops into it. Oh Boomer!
As we colored eggs, Vinny would remark "oh look at dis egg Mommy, isn't it so bootiful?" So naturally I tried recording him on my phone. And what does he say while red light is on an I ask how they look? "Good."
Not sure where we were headed, but one again just had to capture a cute moment in time. Similar to his helmet, Vinny has been opposed to wearing sunglasses. But for whatever reason, when he got a new pair from Gramma, he complied happily, like it was the best thing ever. And now he wears his "cool sun-gwasses" all the time, even in the house!
And here, a special treat one afternoon after preschool. We went out to our favorite frozen yogurt shop, Cherry on Top for a dish of chocolate "ice cream." Notice that the apple does not fall far from the tree. Just like Daddy, Vinny is not a fan of foods touching. So the fresh berries must go in a separate bowl. Not to mention, this place has a toppings bar a mile long, fully loaded with every candy, cookie, nut, and sauce known to mankind...and he wants berries??? Wish I had that kind of control!
So just a few stats from his 3 year check up (which did not go well by the way...complete meltdown...uncooperative puts it mildly): Vinny weighs in at 38 pounds and about 39 inches, so he's in the 90-95th percentile. His doctor says he's about the size of an average 4 or 5 year old. He suspects we will no longer get away with the "baby" price at the movies.
Other developmental milestones: He is talking, playing, solving, building, climbing, jumping, riding like a maniac. Still not interested in using the potty, and we're ok with that...for now. But our proudest moment came this week when we discovered that Vinny CAN READ! Of course, it's by rote memorization, but that is STILL READING!!! He has a favorite set of books about all kinds of vehicles and we read them so much, he reads along with us. Then last night while in the tub, he grabbed his fishy bath book and read the whole thing all by himself without any prompting!!!! And even punctuated it with a "The End."
He is amazing.