Friday, December 24, 2010

Only Santa knows...

Our card perfectly reflects our year with a 2 year old...

Merry Christmas family and friends! We are looking forward to next Christmas as a family of four.

Special thanks to dear family friend Brandi Luig of Muddy Road Productions for the fabulous photography and card inspiration. I now feel a little bit bad about getting her and my sister in trouble when we were growing up...ok, I'm over it.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Coming in May 2011: Lily Jane Robertson

We are thrilled to announce that a baby GIRL will be joining our family in May. We had planned to have the doctor put the answer in an envelope for us to open on Christmas with our family. However, I am not good at waiting for surprises. And Rob wanted to find out before everyone else did, which I understood. So we had the sonographer tell us...GIRL! And then we were so excited we couldn't wait to share the news, so I took Tate to see Santa and made a little sign:
Rob called his out-of-town family and then we used the picture to tell my family at dinner that night. We have known our girl name since we got married. My mom's name is Janet Lillian. Rob's mom is Lillian Janette. Both of their maternal grandmothers were Lillians. And so, not only is it very special, but I also absolutely love the name. So Lillian Jane Robertson it shall be! I plan to call her Lily Jane but Rob is already calling her just Lily or "LJ." We'll see what sticks when we meet her.

And thank goodness it was a girl because Rob was pushing for Archie or Augie as a boy name which meant I was pushing my family to get new pets to name Archie and Augie just to cancel out those names. (How do you think my parents got a dog named "Eddie" three years ago???)

Ok, enough about all that. I have some girl shopping to do....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Talking with Tate

Tate says things that aren't always quite right, but I've started figuring them out.

For instance:

"Old Lady" = Old Navy

"Old McDonald's" = McDonald's

"Vader" = Star Wars

"Frosty the Snowman, was a very hungry tale" = the first line of the song, "Frosty the Snowman"

There are many more, but these are just a few examples from tonight. Also, here's a conversation Tate and I had tonight....

Me: Tate, it looks like you need to go potty.

(Tate hops around with his legs crossed)

Tate: No, I don't wanna go potty.

(This conversation repeats itself several times. Exasperated, I pick up the phone and hold it to my ear.)

Me: Hello, Santa Claus? Yes, you see Tate won't go to the potty. Uh huh. Um. Yes, well, ok, I'll tell him. (hang up phone) Tate, Santa Claus says if you keep telling your mom no, you won't get a present.

(Tate thinks for a minute and picks up phone.)

Tate: Santa Claus? Yes. Uh huh. No, I don't wanna go potty. Oh thank you Santa Claus!!

(Tate hangs up the phone and turns to me, smiling.)

Tate: Santa Claus said I don't have to go potty!

Foiled again by a three year old....

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Turning Three, Halloween and Other Things That Happened While I Wasn't Blogging...

Gotta get things caught up before the holidays are upon us, so here are the updates in sped-up style like the recaps of Glee each week:

So here's what you missed in the Robertson family...

Tate turned three and had his three-year-old doctor appointment. The doctor chewed out Jenny because she said "bedtime is a battle" and told her she was headed for an appearance on "Super Nanny." But that's all OK because Tate got a clean bill of health and has a height of 36.5" and a weight of 30.5 pounds, which means he's a little small for his age, but that's all OK because Rob was small until high school and then had a growth spurt.

Two days after the same pediatrician told me to stop worrying about Tate not being potty-trained and that it would happen when Tate was ready, Tate decided he was ready. And he was. And it was done. Just like that.

Then Halloween was upon us and Tate was a spider because he really, really wanted to be one. Even though Jenny bought a really cute dinosaur costume. I mean really cute. But he insisted on being a spider. So Jenny bought a spider costume and put the dinosaur costume on ebay. And then Jenny put the spider costume on Tate and he said "I want to be a dinosaur." Jenny told him he was three and that she would not reason with him anymore and that he was going to be a spider and he was going to love it. (And Jenny is sure that if she mentions all of this to the pediatrician, he will not only invoke the Super Nanny name again, but he will dial up the producers on the spot.) But Tate did love it.

He also loved passing out the candy more than collecting it, and even though I posted this video on Facebook several weeks ago, it's just so awesome that I'm posting it again.

We also went to a pumpkin patch and Tate rearranged the pumpkins and drove some tractors.

Now that Tate is three, we feel the need to list a few things he does, in threes.

Tate loves cars, trucks and dinosaurs.

His favorite books, which he can recite from memory, are "The Monster at the End of This Book," "How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?" and "Pete the Cat."

His favorite songs are "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Five Little Monkeys Sitting in the Tree," and "Sugarfoot" by Black Joe Lewis.

His favorite things to say, or -- more accurately -- OUR favorite things he says, are "Nooooo thank you!," "Something's missing!" and "I'll be right back. Don't move."

Oh, and in the middle of all that, Jenny announced she was pregnant and expecting a baby on May 8.

And that's what you missed in the life of the Robertsons....

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Baseball mania

Tate had fun with his uncles and Poppy who were in town from San Fran, DC and Jackson for approximately 24 hours for the World Series in Arlington. Go Rangers!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Birthday Par-tee

Tate's 3rd birthday was golf-themed, and my friend Eleanor at Pink Peppermint Paper created an adorable invitation to set the scene for the "Birthday InviTATEtional"

We planned to set everything up outside because October is supposed to be the driest month in Texas, and the temps are supposed to be nice and comfortable. Supposed to be.

It poured all day the day of his party.

So we called a mulligan and set the golf party up indoors. We declared the backyard a Water Hazard:

And set up the first hole in our entry way.

And holes two and three were down our hallway....

We moved furniture out of the living room and set up a kid-size table inside. I made the banner using scrapbook papers, and I found the "golf ball" poofs at Party City for $1 each.

My sister Nancy made "cake balls" which we put in green pails on the table to look like golf ball buckets. I used turf purchased at Home Depot as a table runner, and the cake was supposed to look like a 3-shaped golf hole.

As the invitation suggested, the kids were playing golf for the coveted "Sippy Cup." So each child got a sippy cup...

....which they were able to personalize and decorate themselves.

The cake and cake balls were a hit with the kids...

As was playing golf....

Each kid took home a set of plastic golf clubs, a personalized "Sippy Cup" trophy, and a sticker that said "I played a round at Tate's 3rd Birthday!"

The rain didn't stop us from having fun with all of Tate's friends!

The next morning was Tate's actual birthday, so we got out the special birthday tablecloth, plate and hat for breakfast with Nanny-sippi who came in for the birthday weekend.

Happy Third Birthday Tate!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Three Years

Tate turns three today! I put together a video of highlights from his third year...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Reading the Paper

Before leaving for preschool, I found Tate sitting on the couch like this. I asked him what he was doing and, without looking up, he replied "just reading the newspaper."
He was clearly catching up on important current events...

He also has been busting out with some new words and he said "something smells scrumptious," and when we were leaving my parents' house he said very properly "Goodbye Mia, I had a great time." ???

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Little Slugger

Tate has been obsessed with golf since he could walk, but now baseball is coming in a close second. At my parents' house a couple weeks ago, he started swinging a vacuum attachment at balls tossed to him...and hitting them! We soon found a plastic bat and used the vacuum attachment as a tee (because we were growing tired of tossing the ball) and then it was all over. We couldn't get him to stop, and now all he wants to do is "play ball." Here is some video from the first night...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tate Words


As in, what they had to do to me when I picked up Tate and saw him dressed like this:

I dropped him off at school today in a nice red/navy striped Polo shirt with khaki shorts and Nike sneakers. And THIS is what he looked like when I picked him up. Apparently potty training did not go so well today and I forgot to bring an extra change of clothes. (Outfit courtesy of Tate's teachers. Finger in nose courtesy of Tate.)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Busy Days

With the cooler temps, we've been keeping busy...

We went to the zoo:

Eagerly awaiting the train:

Happy to be on the train!

While on the train, we encountered a sleeping longhorn. Tate kept shushing us every time we'd try to talk because the cow was "sweeping." I got a little bit of the interaction on video. And it kind of makes you wonder who is the adult and who is the toddler....

Then we went to see Nick Jr's Storytime Live show at Verizon Theater with friends Valerie and Hank. The highlight for Tate, though, was wrestling with Hank in the lobby after the show. All the way home he said "Where's Frank?" and when I would say, "you mean HANK?" and he would say "NO, I mean FRANK!!!"

And not pictured from the past weekend are playing miniature golf at Mountasia (I got beat fair and square by Tate!) and hitting home runs over Mia and Big Guy's fence into the wee hours.

It's all enough to make you fall asleep on your feet:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jackson Visit

We had a Robertson family reunion in Jackson in honor of Poppy's 70th birthday. It had been over a year since all of the Robertson brothers and cousins had been together and it was a...


watermelon sharing...









...kind of weekend. Happy 70th Birthday Poppy!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Itsy Bitsy Spider

In Jackson for Poppy's birthday, Tate felt compelled to break into song this morning. More to come on the Jackson visit (and Tate's haircut) in a later post...

And, a faster version....

Monday, June 21, 2010


Some updates on the Tater Tot and us...(for documentation sake):

1. He can fully communicate with us and has no trouble telling us exactly what he wants or how he feels, in words. The flip side is that he also fully understands everything we say and can repeat those things, in words.

2. He loves to dance and won't let anyone else dance until he tells them it's their "tuhn." He ends every dance with a little flourish (I MUST get it on tape) and then takes a bow. We never grow tired of this.

3. He has several imaginary pet dinosaurs, including a baby dinosaur that is usually in his pocket. He also often makes Rob go dinosaur hunting for a dinosaur-that-is-actually-a-globe in my parents' office. They tiptoe through the house and creep up on the dinosaur-that-is-actually-a-globe and then, once they touch it, Tate yells "Let's get outta here Daddy!" and they come running out. He never grows tired of this. (Note I didn't say "we" never grow tired of this.)

4. Speaking of my parents' office, yes, we are still here. We are in the process of buying a foreclosure, so it's taking a while. We were supposed to close last week and it got postponed, so we're now hoping to close this week. In the meantime, Tate has been able to spend a lot of time with Mia and Big Guy, and we have gotten a lot of assistance with taking care of him. We've been spoiled!

5. Oh, and I am now a telecommuter, working remotely and reporting into Memphis. I absolutely love it. I made the change in order to get back the two hours a day I was spending commuting, and also to have more flexibility and time to be home with Tate. I'm grateful to work for such a great company.

6. Because of the telecommuting arrangement, Rob has been doing a lot of the daycare dropoffs and pickups. I learned recently that he has Tate yell something new every day when he runs into his classroom. It started innocently enough with a loud "Hey Friends!" But since then Tate has appeared in the doorway yelling things such as "Waddup Homies!" and "Freedom!" and "Hola Amigos!" I am only documenting this so one day when Tate is in therapy the blame won't all be put on me.

So that's all...a new job, new house and newly independent almost-three year old. We're keeping busy!

And a few pictures...

Getting fingerprinted...

And then getting to sit in the police car...he loves police cars and when he saw one pull someone over one time he asked me why. I said "because they were driving too fast." He then said "Drive fast Mommy! Drive fast!!"

Dancing for a very appreciative audience at the baseball game

Happy Boy! (And no longer a baby...sniff, sniff.)

Sunday, May 30, 2010


So Rob posted this video to Facebook:

And my parents saw it. A few days later, THIS appeared in their backyard:

He's got his grandparents wrapped around his fingers!

Hmm. So what will happen if I post THIS video...

I mean, the kid likes big TVs....I'm just sayin.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Visit from Poppy and Linda

Poppy and Linda came for a visit last weekend, and we had a nice little "staycation" in Dallas that included visits to the new Winspear Opera House to see Moby Dick, the Sixth Floor Museum, the Aquarium, and the house that we now have a contract on (for a design consult with Linda.)
We snapped a few shots at the aquarium...
Tate eagerly shouted "I found Nemo!!" at this tank, which drew several more kids over quickly. We've never even seen the movie "Finding Nemo," so that Disney marketing is some powerful stuff!

Hitching a ride on Poppy's shoulders

Checking out the crocodiles with Linda

Having fun with Dad and Poppy

These pictures all nicely disguise the shiner that Tate got during the trip. We stayed at the Adolphus, and our first night there he was running down the hall looking down at the carpet when he ran smack into a pillar. It sent him reeling and gave him a nice imprint on his face for about a week. When we passed that pillar again over the weekend, Tate wagged his finger and said "no crash!" His teachers told me that when they asked him what happened to his face he just said "I had big crash!" and they worried something much worse had happened.
Thanks for coming to visit, Poppy and Linda!