Mother’s day weekend 2018

Another wonderful weekend spent with people we love! Aside from me being sick, it was the perfect weekend.

FRIDAY
After work we had dinner and then Joe went to shoot his bow. It was just me and the boys. We played some games and Owen was determined to play with whatever Liam was playing with. It was great.

 

Then it was time to watch a movie where Owen fell asleep. I then got him ready for bed. Joe then came home and we got Liam into bed. I wasn’t feeling great so I went to bed early.

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SATURDAY
Liam had big plans in the morning for cutting wood. He made sure I was ready.

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Then I had workout class. No one ended up coming so I was off to the store to get some groceries before returning home.

We took the boys outside for a little bit after lunch. It was pretty nice out and Liam wanted to play with his bubbles.

 

After nap Joe had Liam help him cut some wood. Liam was in his glory. I told him to show me his chainsaw and he lifted it without even looking at me. He was so interested in what Joe was doing.

 

Owen and I played inside while they played outside.

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Then my niece Brynn and nephew Judah came over while my brother and sister-in-law went on a date.

I took on the babies while Joe took the bigger boys outside.

All of the kids are so darn cute!

For dinner we got pizzas for the boys to make their own. They had fun putting the pepperonis and cheese on. Judah liked eating the pepperonis instead.

They gave two thumbs up for the pizza and both of them finished their entire mini pizza!

We had some more fun playing and soaking up baby cuddles.

Sean and Libby hung out for  a little while before going home.

After they left we put the boys to bed and I went to bed early because I was still not feeling well. My cough was getting worse so I was hoping some rest would help.

SUNDAY
Happy Mother’s Day! I woke up feeling worse than I had all weekend which was a bummer but the boys were super cute! Liam likes to get in Owen’s crib with him once he is awake. They are adorable!

Joe took Liam to Menards so that Owen and I could relax and snuggle.

After Owen’s nap he was ready for some breakfast. Seriously such a big boy!

I suddenly remembered we had a fun car toy in the basement that I decided to bring up for Owen. He loved it!

Joe picked up bagels on his way home so we had that for a late breakfast early lunch. We put Liam down for nap early. Owen was napping too. I decided to take a bath and then take a nap also since I wasn’t feeling well.

After nap we went outside to take some pictures. Bribery was involved and I felt like crap but I think we got some good ones.

Then it was off to my parent’s house to celebrate Mother’s Day.

The kids all went in the hot tub and had a blast.

After my parent’s we went to Joe’s parent’s for a little bit. Owen ended up sleeping the whole time we were there and I wasn’t feeling well so we didn’t stay too long before heading home.

Once home I rested on the couch while Joe played with the boys outside.

Once the boys were in bed, so was I.

Shout out to my mom and Grandma! Two of the best women I know! Love you both!

Happy Mother’s Day to those who celebrate! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Sunshine and Family Time!

The weather was perfect this weekend! We spent a majority of our time outside and the other part of our time at my parent’s house.

FRIDAY
When I got home from work Liam was so excited because Joe said he would get the water table when I got home. Joe cleaned up the water table while I took the boys on the swing set.

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Owen enjoyed being outside too. We tried out the little tricycle but Owen seems a little too small still. Maybe another month and he will be able to hang on better.

Once the water table was clean Liam was glued to it. He had so much fun dumping the water all over the place. He was soaking wet come dinner time.

After dinner we relaxed and Owen ended up falling asleep. Tired little boy!

We had a lazy remainder of our evening before heading to bed.

SATURDAY
The boys both slept until about 6am which was nice. I had workout class but no one ended up coming due to other commitments so I pushed myself extra hard on my own!

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As soon as I got home Liam was ready to play outside. So outside we went to enjoy the sunshine. My mom stopped by with some things she got at some garage sales. Then it was lunch time and nap time for the boys.

During nap I showered and started getting myself ready for family pictures we had scheduled with my side of the family.

After nap Liam and Owen were playing together. Liam can make Owen smile any time of the day. They then got baths and ready for pictures as well.

As we were leaving to go to my parent’s my mom called and said my brother Sean got in an accident on his motorcycle. She said he was okay but didn’t have many details and would call me back. I told her we are heading to her house anyway so we would be there shortly.

Once we got to my parent’s my mom said Sean was going to the hospital and that we would need to reschedule pictures. I told her that would be fine to reschedule. We can make it work.

We took a few pictures since we all looked so nice and waited to hear more from Sean.

We then changed out of our nice clothes and headed outside to play. We had planned on hanging out after pictures for outside fun and tacos.

Liam was so overwhelmed with the amount of toys for outside. He kept going from one thing to the next with so much excitement.

Owen had fun playing inside.

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We all then had the amazing Higgins Tacos my mom makes for Cinco de Mayo. They are so good! After tacos we headed home to unwind, put the kids to bed, and relax.

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We started watching the Adam Sandler movie “The Week Of” on Netflix but ended up stopping it because it was terrible! Then we went to bed.

SUNDAY
Liam has been wanting to hold Owen a lot lately and it is so cute!

We decided we wanted to go out for breakfast and invited my parents. We got ready quick and Liam decided he wanted to wear his bow tie. How cute!

We went to Not Justa Cafe and it was super good (like always).

Then we went home. Owen was ready for a nap and Liam was ready to play. We got his “new” balance bike out that my mom got at a garage sale and got the chalk out too. He had a blast riding his bike and playing hopscotch.

The fun ended quickly when Liam tripped chasing Joe and scraped his knee. We headed inside to calm down and relax. He had a light lunch and a few more minutes outside before going down for nap.

Joe then left for work and then the airport for a work trip. He was going to Las Vegas for a couple days.

Owen was awake once Liam went down. They were on opposite sleep schedules. I gave him lunch and he watched me clean the house a little bit. Then he was ready for a nap too.

Liam and Owen’s naps ended up overlapping which gave me some free time. I decided to lay out in the sun for a little bit and then head back inside to do a little more cleaning.

Then Liam woke up. He was pretty grumpy so I let him rest on the couch and watch cartoons while he woke up a little more.

After Owen woke up we headed to the park for a little bit. Liam cautiously explored. He didn’t want to go down any slides and was skeptical of all the other kids at the park.

He had fun “driving” the play set around.

He also enjoyed the T-Rex he was able to ride.

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He helped push Owen on the swing before we decided to head to my parent’s again for play time and dinner.

Liam and Owen had fun outside at my parent’s playing with all the toys.

We then had tacos and ended the meal with a delicious ice cream sandwich. Liam wasn’t sure about it at first but quickly realized how tasty they are.

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Liam went for one more quick ride with Grandpa Mike before we called it a night and headed home.

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I put Owen to bed and then Liam. I cleaned a little bit but was exhausted and headed to bed.

We soaked up the sun as much as we could this weekend and are so excited for more weekends like this!

 

 

 

Washington DC

I took an extended weekend to go to Washington DC to visit my friend Amanda. I decided to bring Owen with. This was my first time in DC so I was excited to see Amanda and do some exploring.

THURSDAY
I decided I wanted to get a quick morning workout in since I would be missing my evening Zumba class. I got up early and went for a slow run that ended up being just over a mile but felt like 3 miles haha! I haven’t ran in a long time but overall it felt good to get outside, it felt good to run, and it felt good to get some exercise in before starting my day of travel.

 

My flight was at 12:25 so Joe, Liam, Owen, and I spent the morning together. Then we brought Liam to daycare and Joe dropped Owen and me off at the airport. We went straight to the security line and waited. It was a pretty long wait but Owen didn’t mind.

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Once we finally got to our gate there was about 8 minutes until boarding. We had made it just in time. However, there ended up being some maintenance that needed to be done so the flight got delayed by 30 minutes. Owen got a little fussy waiting (he was hungry and tired) but overall did great.

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They gave me a row to myself (they were 2 seat rows) which was so nice and let me bring Owen’s infant seat on. This was so nice because he ended up falling asleep and staying asleep the whole plane ride since he was in his seat and it gave me free hands.

 

Owen was awake once we landed and happy as could be. Amanda met us at the airport and we took a Lyft ride back to her place.

 

Owen was happy to not be travelling anymore (and me too). We decided to take a stroll outside to go to Sweet Greens for dinner. It is basically made to order salads and it was super good!

 

We headed back to Amanda’s place to put Owen to sleep and spent the rest of our evening chatting and catching up.

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FRIDAY
We had a pretty uneventful morning. It was a little rainy outside so we just stuck with Owen’s morning routine until things cleared up. He went down for his nap and we decided after his nap we would go see some of the monuments. Well he decided to sleep for over 2.5 hours. What a stinker, but I suppose he needed the rest!

 

We walked towards the monuments and saw some beautiful tulips, the Capital One Arena, and got some coffee at Compass Coffee.

 

We decided to stroll through the sculpture garden on our way. It was pretty neat.

 

We made our first stop at Washington Monument. It was pretty cool to see! We couldn’t get too close because of construction but what a neat monument.

 

From the Washington Monument we could see the Jefferson Memorial. It would have made our travels extra long to walk to it so we just admired from afar.

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Then we made our way to the World War II Memorial. Another really neat memorial with a lot of details to the structure. Such a cool thing to walk through.

 

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We then made our way to the Reflecting Pool. Owen was such a trooper and enjoyed getting out of the stroller to take a few pictures.

 

There were quite a few ducks swimming around in the Reflecting Pool. It was really a peaceful area and not too crowded with tourists.

 

We then walked over to the Lincoln Memorial. There was a beautiful view of the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool from the stairs leading up to Abraham Lincoln.

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I decided to just head up the stairs on my own to get a close up of the Lincoln Memorial. It is a large structure and the columns were just beautiful. Amanda stayed with Owen at the bottom of the stairs.

 

We took a quick glance and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

 

Then we headed towards the White House. On the way there we saw so many colorful trees and Constitution Hall.

 

We got a side view of the White House on the way and saw the snipers up top keeping an eye on everyone.

 

Then we made it to the front of the building. There were many pretty and colorful flowers. Owen fell asleep on the way there.

 

We were starving after our 6.2 mile walk around the monuments. We decided to pick up some Mediterranean food. We got it to go and walked by Chinatown (Amanda’s apartment is in Chinatown) and saw the Chinatown bridge.

 

We spent the rest of the evening at Amanda’s and were exhausted from all the walking we did.

 

SATURDAY
Little man turned 7 months old so we did a little photo shoot in the morning.

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Amanda had to head to the yoga studio for a few hours so I lounged with Owen. Once he went down for nap I did a quick at home body-weight workout and then showered and got ready for the day.

Before Amanda returned she picked up Sweet Green salads for us to bring with for out adventure of the day.

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Once Owen woke up for his nap we scheduled a Lyft driver to pick us up and headed to the United States National Arboretum. Owen was a little cool dude in his hat and sunglasses.

 

It was a beautiful day to be outside and the flowers were stunning!

 

We went to see the Bonsai trees first. There was the Chinese Bonsai tree exhibit and the Japanese Bonsai tree exhibit. They were all really fun to look at and one was from the year 1625!

 

Shortly after we arrived Owen fell asleep. There were some more flowers and just great landscaping we enjoyed before sitting on a bench for lunch.

 

After we ate we headed over to see these columns we could see in the distance. They were from the United States Capitol. These columns provided the backdrop for presidential inaugurations from 1829-1957 and were the site of many speeches, protests, and rallies. In 1958 the columns were dismantled to make way for the east front extension of the Capitol.

 

After the columns we went to see the Azalea collection however, it really wasn’t stroller accessible so I sent Amanda on her own while Owen and I stayed in the shade (and he continued to sleep).

 

We were able once she came back to walk along the edge of the trail and see some of the beautiful azaleas.

 

We then headed back to Amanda’s apartment to feed Owen and rest. We decided to go to &pizza for dinner. There was an interesting pizza call The Blueprint that I decided to try and it was super delicious!

 

We headed back to Amanda’s apartment for the remainder of the evening. I did some packing in preparation for our travels the next morning.

SUNDAY
It was a quick morning. I scheduled a Lyft driver for 8am for our 10:05 flight. It was a breeze getting through security and we had plenty of time before it was time to board the plane. I stopped and got a coffee from Dunkin Donuts and then sat and waited at the gate.

When it was time to board they let Owen and me on first which was super nice. We were the only ones on the plane for a while so I didn’t feel rushed to get the stroller folded and settled into our seat while others waited.

We had an amazing flight attendant who helped me out while I put our carry-on away and got all things ready (and went pee quick before take off). She was super nice and I am so thankful for her help.

 

Shortly after take off Owen fell asleep. I didn’t get to bring my infant carrier on this time because I didn’t know I would have the 2 seater row to myself again but I did. So I had to hold Owen during the flight which caused for some disrupted sleep for him. He was a really good flyer again.

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When we landed Joe and Liam picked us up. Joe had packed me a lunch which was so nice!

Liam ended up napping on the drive to pick us up so once we got home and put him down for nap, he wasn’t having it. We decided to let him get up. It was nice out so I took both boys for a quick walk outside.

Then we decided to go visit my parents. My brother and his two youngest kids ended up coming over too so we were also able to see them.

 

Then we headed to pick up take out at a new food place in town call VuDu Street Food. It was definitely greasy and some things were better than others. Not something I would crave in the near future.

After dinner we relaxed, put the boys to bed, and then being exhausted went to bed shortly after.

Owen and I had so much fun in DC. Thank you Amanda for letting us crash at your place and bringing us all over. 

Owen is 7 months old!

Okay so basically since Owen has been born we have given him a nickname and I keep forgetting to post about it! We call him several things but his main names are: Owen, Opie (his initials O.P.), Op (Oh-p), and several others. Occasionally Liam will call him Owie (Oh-wee) as well.

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GROWTH
Owen is continuing to grow and seems long and skinny still. He had his 6 months appt in early April and I think she may have measure his length a little off. She measured him at 29 inches (which is 99th percentile). I didn’t believe it so I measure him when we got home and I measured around 27.5 inches (which is still pretty tall).

Owen weighed in at 16lbs 8oz. He is a tall and skinny little boy.

Owen’s skin has still been bugging him but it goes through stages of flare up and then better. We are using Aveeno eczema lotion and that seems to be helping.

EAT
Owen is still drinking breast milk. He is nursing or having a bottle about 4 times a day now.

Owen has been eating solids for over a month now. We have been giving him rice cereal mixed with breast milk which he likes. He has tried peas, carrots, green beans, apples, bananas, pears, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and peaches. We also moved on to some of the combo foods. He loves them all. He is a great eater. He started eating about once a day and now has quickly progressed to having “meals” 3 times a day.

SLEEP
Owen has been sleeping through the night. We are also at about 2-3 naps a day. We are still not into a specific nap pattern yet but for the most part he takes a short morning nap, a long afternoon nap, and then if needed he takes a 3rd short nap in the evening.

Owen sucks on his swaddle blanket for comfort just like his big brother Liam did/does.

TEETH
Owen got his first tooth! It popped through mid-month. That is all he has for teeth right now but he continues to drool a lot so another one will probably pop through soon.

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DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Owen can still roll from belly to back and from back to belly but doesn’t do it all that frequently. He is able to spin himself in a circle to get toys. He can scoot a little backward and launch himself a little forward but nothing more. He is doing a lot of rocking back and forth on all fours. He is going to be crawling before we know it.

He likes to be upright and so he likes to be sitting up as much as possible. He is able to sit on his own now and often times will go from sitting to laying on his belly. It is quite a dramatic transition and he thinks it is so funny once he is on his belly.

He is very interested in his toys and is figuring out how to grasp them and bring them to his mouth. He loves his exersaucer and being able to look around and discover his toys. We recently brought up his jumper too and he loves jumping.

He has gotten really good at throwing toys off his high chair and getting us to pick them up.

He smiles, coos, babbles, and giggles. He is making a ton of noises now and learning how to use his voice more. We are working on “mama” and “dada” but nothing so far. When he cries it is typically quite weak and is only if he is hungry, tired, or needs his diaper changed. He is the happiest baby!

Owen still adores Liam and wiggles and squirms to get into a position where he can see his brother. Liam is constantly making Owen belly laugh.

Owen went on his first plane ride right before he turned 7 months. He did amazing!

Favorites:

  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Mama milk
  • Swaddle blankets
  • All toys he can chew on
  • Jumping in his exersaucer or jumper
  • Being naked -used to hate it now he loves it
  • Bath time (in the big tub) -he used to dislike bath time but now that I learned he likes the freedom of a big tub he loves it (but does not make it an easy task)!

Dislikes:

  • Being cold
  • Waiting for milk (especially in the morning)
  • Waiting to be spoon fed —he is bossy!
  • Having a dirty diaper

Finally Spring!

We had a busy and fun weekend! We we were finally able to get both boys outside and enjoy some much needed sunshine!

FRIDAY
After work we brought the boys to my mom and dad’s for a sleepover. Then Joe and I went to Table 65 for dinner (street tacos = YUM!) and then to the high school to watch Kameryn’s dance recital.

I love watching recital but it sure was a long one! 55 dances total! After it was done we hustled home and headed to bed since it was way past our bedtime haha!

SATURDAY
I attempted to sleep in without the boys home but since I am nursing my boobs had a different plans. I ended up getting up around 6am to pump.

It was a very quiet morning before heading to the gym. I ended up not having class because people weren’t going to be able to make it and I have a cough so I did a light workout. Since I got done early I went to the car wash before heading home.

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I made my smoothie and then Joe and I were off to pick up the boys! Owen gave me some really good snuggles. I sure missed them!

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Once we got home Owen was sleeping and so Liam and I went outside for a little bit. Liam had fun playing hockey. He is such a character!

We had lunch and them Liam went down for nap just in time for Owen to wake up from nap. Owen and I then went outside. It was such a beautiful day and the sun felt so nice and warm!

Liam woke up from his nap while we were outside. Since Owen was outside too we had to pretend shoot bow. We also had snack outside.

It was a fun filled day outside. I put Owen down for his second nap and then I was off to a movie with my friends Annie and Jordan. We went to see I Feel Pretty and it was really funny. I haven’t been to a movie in a long time so it was fun to go to the theater.

Once I got home we threw the boys in for a bath quick and then bedtime.

SUNDAY
We all relaxed together in the morning and then started getting ready for church. While I was getting ready Owen ended up falling asleep. We went to church and he woke up when we got there and stayed away most of the service but fell asleep at the very end.

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Once we got home Owen was still sleeping so we put him in his room. The neighbors had asked if they could take their stand up jet-skis on the pond so when we got home they were out doing that. They are crazy!

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I made breakfast for lunch and ended up making really delicious french toast. Joe, Liam, and I all had 2 pieces!

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After lunch Liam went down for nap and I ended up waking Owen up. He had been sleeping for over 2 hours and needed to eat. After feeding him I packed him up and headed to my parent’s house. I needed to bring some clothes for a group picture we are doing in May to make sure all our outfits coordinated. I got Owen these adorable shoes for the pictures. So cute!

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We went outside for a bit once we returned home. When Liam woke up Owen ended up going down for a nap.

Liam and I wandered around the yard while Joe did some food prep for dinner.

We went to Joe’s parent’s for our first “poolside” dinner even though the pool is still cold. Liam had so much fun running around outside.

Joe and the boys were having fun throwing snow balls at each other. Seriously so cute!

We headed home after dinner and got the boys ready for bed.

We were exhausted and lazy and rested until bed time as well.

Hope you enjoyed some of the sunshine this weekend! We sure did!

 

 

Kale Chips

Okay….so I’ve tried kale before in a salad and I’ll be honest….I didn’t like it one bit. However, we recently were watching a YouTube video for a channel we are subscribed to where they were making kale chips and we thought….why not give it a try.

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We really enjoyed them. They were crunchy and salty. The perfect afternoon snack. Liam liked them too!

Kale Chips Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • Seasoning of choice (we used salt, pepper, and garlic salt)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees
  • Remove any stems from Kale
  • Toss with olive oil
  • Season with whatever you would like
  • Lay on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Flip chips
  • Bake for another 10-12 minutes

**you want chips to be crunchy

The amount of seasoning is going to make all the difference in the flavor. I also want to try with Parmesan and garlic salt in the future.

If you are having a salty craving….these will do the trick for you. Let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Lots of snow and a birthday

April showers bring snow plowers?!? It was a super snowy April weekend but we managed to survive and soaked up all the family time we could.

FRIDAY
Like every Friday, after work we spent the evening relaxing and playing.

We really didn’t do much of anything which was really nice!

SATURDAY
Liam had some snapchat fun (dreaming of warmer weather) before I headed out in the snow to Sweat Circuit. The roads weren’t too bad just yet but there was definitely some ice and snow out there.

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We had some morning play time when I returned home. Once the boys were down for nap I cleaned a little and made some yummy protein balls.

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After nap time Liam and I had some more snapchat fun. He is so funny. I can’t wait until it gets nice outside and we can play outside more….but for now snapchat filters for the win!

Joe’s parent’s braved the snow and came over to drop off his birthday present and see the boys.

After they left we had dinner and then played some more before movie time and bed time.

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Joe and I rented Pitch Perfect 3. We started it but it wasn’t loading all the way so we couldn’t finish it before we went to bed.

SUNDAY
Not as much snow as I thought but definitely enough….and more was coming. Today we celebrate Joe! Happy birthday! 🙂

We had our regular morning snuggles and play time.

Marley even got in on some of the snuggles with Owen. She just wiggled her way right up next to him.

Liam wanted some Owen snuggles too (he is pretty popular for snuggling lol).

Owen went down for an early nap and when he woke up Liam wanted to snuggle him in his crib. My heart!

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Owen is soooo close to cutting his first tooth. I can see it but can’t feel it yet.

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We spent the morning being lazy. At nap time Joe and I finished our movie which wasn’t as good as the first 2 but I still liked it.

When the boys woke up we played some more. Joe made us some kale chips and they were surprisingly delicious!

Joe wanted to cook his birthday dinner. He made an amazing meal that I didn’t take any pictures of. It was so good.

We relaxed the rest of the evening. Once the boys were down we watched some of The Office and then went to bed ourselves.

It was a snowy weekend stuck indoors but we tried to make the most of it! Have a great week!

Owen’s dedication and other weekend activities

We had a truly blessed weekend filled with so much love and fun.

FRIDAY
After work we had family over for dinner and to celebrate the dedication of Owen to God. Joe did so much prep work for the party. What a man! He is amazing.

Owen was intently listening to my brother Sean as he put blessings on him and spoke of his journey with Christ.

Owen’s Godparents are my brother’s wife, Libby and Joe’s sister’s husband, Joel. We trust they will be great leaders and role models of faith to Owen.

It was so beautiful and I am so blessed to have a so much family that are going to guide Owen in faith.

Sean had us all wish characteristics on Owen. People said wisdom, love, happiness, strenghth, patience, honesty. Sean spoke generousity on him. I am terrible on the spot and said creativity. And I do wish creativity on him but after some thought the two characteristics I wish upon Owen are humility and perseverance.

The party was wonderful, the food was great, and the company was even better.

And seriously Joe cleaned everything up before the party was even over. Shout out to my amazing husband….and yes I know I am one lucky woman! 🙂

SATURDAY
Saturday morning snuggles are the best! Both boys slept in later than normal so that was really nice.

I had sweat circuit and Zumba. Small group but still my favorites workout of the week.

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I made a side by side comparison picture of the boys. Same age, same outfit, same amount of hair? That’s about it! Genetics are amazing!

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I decided today was the day I commit to healthier eating again. I am shooting for more vegetables and less/low carb. We will see how it goes! I’m ultimately just trying to be more mindful about what goes into my body. Lunch was salad, veggies, and a hard boiled egg.

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After nap we decided we wanted to take Liam bowling for the first time. My mom met us there.

It was a lot of fun. We are all terrible bowlers but in the end I won!! It was the perfect cold weather activity to get us out of the house for a little while.

We picked up take out at a local cafe and brought it to my mom’s house. Both my brother and dad were gone so we spent time with my mom and brought her dinner.

Then we went home and put the boys down for bed.

SUNDAY
The boys slept in again! They must have needed the extra rest.

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We all got ready and went to church in the morning. After church we met Joe’s sister and family and his mom at Tin Bins in Stillwater for his sister’s birthday.

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We then went home, put Liam down for nap, and did our taxes with Owen playing for a little bit and then putting him down for nap too. Felt good to get our taxes done.

Owen is starting a tradition of Sunday evening blowouts….Liam was gagging this time and the whole ordeal is just too funny! (No pictures of it this time).

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We spent the evening hanging out and playing.

After the boys went to bed I did some veggies snack prep. Ready to take on the week!

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend and hoping warm weather comes our way soon! We can’t wait to get outside!

Easter weekend 2018

Happy Easter all! We had a wonderful Easter weekend filled with just the right amount of busy and lazy.

FRIDAY
My co-worker Leslie start a flannel Friday trend at work and so this Friday I decided to get the family on board too.

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After work I met Joe and the boys at my parents. We had dinner and colored eggs. Liam had so much fun!

Then it was time to head home to put the boys to bed.

SATURDAY
Snow??? It’s supposed to be spring! We got some snow over night and I decided to cancel Sweat Circuit and stay home!

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Liam serenaded me bright and early with his “drum” Grandma and Grandpa brought back from Mexico. Owen joined in with the rattle/maraca he got.

We had some morning snapchat fun….I just love the filters!

After having a lazy morning the boys went down for nap and so did I. I snuggled Owen during our nap and it was glorious (sometimes snuggle naps have to happen).

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Joe and Liam enjoyed a spoonful of peanut butter after nap.

Then we were off to Ben’s farm to see his baby goats. Liam was a little shy about the goats and not fond of the smell but he had fun.

After the farm we quick ran to the store, picked up Jimmy John’s for dinner, and headed home.

We had a lazy evening and then put the boys to bed.

I did a little cleaning and prepping for the Easter bunny’s arrival.

SUNDAY
Both boys slept in which was really nice. Once they were awake Liam found Owen’s basket and his own. He was so happy and excited.

We lounged around for part of the morning but then also started getting ready for church.

After church we went to Joe’s parent’s house for Easter brunch. Liam found his basket there too.

We got a few good pictures of the kids. It was hard to get them all to look at the same time but they sure are cute!

We got a family picture too. Love my boys!

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Then it was off to my Aunt and Uncle’s house for an Easter egg hunt and Easter lunch. Liam didn’t fully understand collecting eggs. He did search and find some but since we were inside he was more interested in playing with the toys.

Owen found an egg too! 🙂

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I spent some time snuggling up little Brynn and Owen spent some time with Great Grandpa.

After eating we had to head home to get both boys down for a late nap. Joe and I started watching American Vandal on Netflix during nap time.

Liam decided he want a treat from his Easter basket from my parents for snack. He chose this ring pop….but it is not your normal ring pop. It’s a “tongue painters ring pop.” #thanksmomanddad #sogreen

We all were feeling really exhausted so we had a lazy evening. Owen decided to add some excitement (?) to our evening with a major blowout! I took baby duty, Joe cleaned up the exersaucer, and Owen went into the tub. It was a mess and disgusting but also so funny!

After the boys went down we ended up staying up and finishing American Vandal. It was quite funny.

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend and enjoy the week ahead. Wishing for warmer weather here soon!

Owen is 6 months old!

Well that flew by! I can’t believe Owen is already 6 months old (halfway to a year)! It seems like it happened so suddenly.

GROWTH
Owen is continuing to grow and seems long and skinny still. He doesn’t have his 6 month appt until next week so we will see what he measures in at.

EAT
Owen is still drinking breast milk. He is eating about 4 times a day now.

We also started some solid foods in the past couple weeks. We have been giving him rice cereal mixed with breast milk which he likes. He has tried peas, carrots, green beans, apples, bananas, butternut squash and sweet potatoes. He seems to enjoy them all. I’ve expected some kind of reaction to at least one of the foods above but he doesn’t react at all. He literally has been acting like he has been eating solids for months. He loves it!

SLEEP
Owen has been sleeping through the night again. We are also at about 3 naps a day. His naps aren’t very consistent yet so we are working on getting a schedule figured out.

TEETH
No teeth as of right now however there is A LOT of drool. His hands and toys are constantly in his mouth.

DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Owen can still roll from belly to back and from back to belly but doesn’t do it all that frequently. He is holding his chest up better on his own now and not needing his arms to assist.

He has gotten really good at throwing toys off his high chair and getting us to pick them up.

He smiles, coos, babbles, and giggles. When he cries it is typically quite weak and is only if he is hungry, tired, or needs his diaper changed. He is generally a super happy baby and we are very thankful.

Owen still adores Liam and wiggles and squirms to get into a position where he can see his brother.

  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Being rocked
  • Mama milk
  • Dad’s singing
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Jumping in his exersaucer or jumper
  • Wubbanub
  • Zippadee-Zip sleeper
  • Being naked -used to hate it now he loves it
  • Bath time (in the big tub) -he used to dislike bath time but now that I learned he likes the freedom of a big tub he loves it (but does not make it an easy task)!

Dislikes:

  • Being cold
  • Waiting for milk (especially in the morning)
  • Waiting to be spoon fed —he is bossy!
  • Having a dirty diaper