A birthday party and family time

We had a great weekend that wasn’t too busy.

FRIDAY
We spent the evening at home relaxing after a week of work and daycare.

SATURDAY
Joe went hunting in the morning so it was just me and the boys. Then my mom came over to watch the boys while I went to sweat circuit class. It was a killer workout!

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When I got home I made the boys breakfast, my mom left, and Owen went down for nap. While he was napping Liam watched cartoons while I showered. It is wild trying to get ready with 2 kids!

Joe came home from hunting and we all got ready to go to Raelynn’s birthday party. Her party was at Chaos Water Park in Eau Claire.

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We all got our swim suits on. Both boys were super cautious but curious. I took Owen up to go down a small side and just as we reached the top a big bucket of water dumped right on us. He freaked out and did not want to swim any more.

Joe took Liam around the lazy river while Owen and I dried off.

We then had pizza and chicken strips followed by cupcakes and ice cream.

Then we watched Raelynn eat her cake. What a cute birthday girl!

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It was way past nap time and the boys were ready so we had to leave before gifts got opened. Both boys fell asleep on the car ride home and took naps once we got home too.

We all were exhausted after a fun time at the water park. We spent the remainder of the evening relaxing and playing.

SUNDAY
We had an early morning dance party, play time, cartoons, and fun. Liam has been taking care of his “baby” lately and it is so cute. He feeds her and cuddles her.

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When Owen went down for nap Joe went out to the woods for a little bit. Liam decided he wanted his nails painted. So we painted them. He things they are awesome and so do I!

Owen is our climbing child. He climbs and stands on everything.

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Both boys took afternoon naps and then we went to my parents for the Packer game and dinner.  It was fun hanging out there.

Then it was home to put the boys to bed and relax after a fun weekend.

Hope you had a great weekend and enjoy your week!

A weekend of being sick and just trying to get by

This weekend was a rough one for me. I came down with some kind of terrible cold. I also ended up losing my voice so that creates a lot of challenges when trying to talk to children.

FRIDAY
I ended up staying home from work after a rough night that included coughing, chills, nausea, and a headache. Thankfully the chills and nausea were just in the middle of the night and went away quickly but the cough lingered.

I got up at 5:30, helped get the boys ready and out the door, and went back to bed a little before 7am. I ended up sleeping until 10:30! I tried to get some food in me and rest. I ended up going back to bed at 1pm and slept until 2pm.

Once the boys got home I had to be on my toes a little bit more but was still able to rest quite a bit.

Once the boys went to bed, I took a nice hot epsom salt bath and went to bed too.

SATURDAY
I still wasn’t feeling the greatest but was able to get some good sleep. Joe went out hunting in the morning so it was me and the boys for a while. They did good playing together and individually while I laid low. Liam even did some “hunting” of his own.

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When the boys went down for nap, so did I. I ended up sleeping for over 2 hours.

Then Joe was heading back out to the woods. The boys weren’t as well behaved in the evening as they were in the morning. Honestly, they both got away with more things than usual since my voice just wasn’t working and the energy wasn’t there. But we survived!

We tried to keep the boys up a little later because of daylight savings, but not matter my plan it never works. Owen was exhausted and only was up about 30 minutes longer and same with Liam.

I was off to bed shortly after them.

SUNDAY
Joe stayed home from hunting and got up with the boys bright and early. Liam was up at 5 and Owen 5:30 (thanks a lot daylight savings!). I was able to sleep until 6:30am which was super nice.

I was going stir crazy so I ended up cleaning the house quite a bit during Owen’s first nap.

I also needed a refill on my asthma medicine. I ended up going to urgent care to get a prescription. It took FOREVER but I was able to get my medications and will hopefully kick this cough soon!

Liam went down for nap early so he was up shortly after I returned home. Joe was going to take him hunting for the first time at the hunting land in Cumberland. Liam was so excited. His cousin Luke and Uncle Joel were going too.

They left and Owen was still napping. I did some laundry and then sat down and watch The Holiday Calendar on Netflix (typical Christmas movie). Owen continued napping the entire movie! Tired boy!

When he got up he was confused about where everyone was but quickly adjusted to having free-reign of all the toys. He and I had a lot of fun hanging out together one-on-one.

Joe and Liam got home and Liam told me about all the fun they had hunting.

It was a very restful weekend for me and although I am not 100% I am on my way to feeling better! Have a great week!

Temporary leave from Facebook

I have decided to take a leave from Facebook and see how I feel about it. I may only leave for a week or maybe forever but I want to try and see what happens. I have already deleted the app from my phone and that will be a permanent decision.

If you want to continue seeing my blog posts you can follow my blog at https://dandelion-wishes2.com/ and subscribe to get emails or just check in every once in a while.

I will continue to be on Instagram as alisha.hailey and can be followed there as well.

I’m excited to see how this goes. I’m looking forward to stopping the mindless scrolling and to step away from my phone for a little while.

Halloween 2018

This year Liam decided he wanted to be a pirate (after changing his mind many times). Owen was going to be a monster (costume from Liam at his age) but I couldn’t resist the idea of dressing the boys up together. I knew it would be only a few years that I may be able to do this so I decided to go for it and made Owen the parrot to Liam’s pirate.

Joe and I decided to dress up too!

We got the boys dressed at daycare where both my friends Molly and Katrina were hanging out (Molly’s mom is our daycare provider). We got to see sweet Ruthie dressed up as a Baby Ruth candy bar. So cute!

We started at my grandparents. They were very excited to see us. We stayed there for a little while before heading to our next stop.

We went to Joe’s parents. The boys were in great moods by the time we got there. We hung out for a little while and helped hand out some candy to other trick-or-treaters.

We stopped at Joe’s sister’s house quick as well. We were going to walk from his parent’s to their house and stop along they way (they only live a few blocks apart) but the boys weren’t up to it so we didn’t.

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Then we went to my parent’s house for dinner. The boys almost immediately got out of costume and started playing with toys and relaxing.

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We had a fun Halloween and hope you did too! Happy Halloween all!

Some Halloween fun and more

We had another fun and low-key weekend.

FRIDAY
We spent the evening relaxing and hanging out as a family.

SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit in the morning and then it was home to shower quick. We were going to visit Joe’s grandma but Owen ended up taking a longer than expected morning nap.

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We hung out at home and then after nap went to Stillwater to Trick-or-Treat at Joe’s aunt and uncle’s house. Joe’s cousin Grace made the boys the cutest Halloween baskets.

We ran to Target quick after and then hustled home for a later than normal dinner and a relaxing evening.

SUNDAY
Owen and I were able to sleep in a little bit while Joe and Liam got up a little earlier. We decided to go see Joe’s grandma before nap time for Trick-or-Treating. She was happy to have visitors and made the boys some yummy cookies.

We dropped Joe and Owen off at home for nap time and Liam and I went to visit Molly and baby Ruthie. She is so cute!

Liam decided he was ready to hold her and it was sooooo sweet!

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We went home for Liam’s lunch and nap time. I ran a few errands during nap.

Joe then went out hunting and the boys and I hung out at home. We made homemade pizzas and I made cauliflower crust pizza for me and Joe. It was pretty good.

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Liam dressed up as a little hunter with his “hunting hat,” buck call, and standing in his “tree stand.” His imagination is awesome lately.

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It was a fun weekend filled with just the right amount of busy and relaxing. Hope you have a great week!

Friends and babies!

This weekend was filled with seeing friends, meeting a new baby, and celebrating a couple and their bundle of joy to come. It was a great weekend!

FRIDAY
Our friends from Oregon were home for a wedding so we stopped over to see all the kids and Chelby (Tyler wasn’t home).

Liam was being a total “threenager” and would not take a picture for me so we took it without him (after his major meltdown).

As always it was fun to get the kids together and see the little ones. We love them so much!

Then it was time to head home and get the kids to bed. Owen kicked back in his crib and fell right to sleep.

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SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit in the morning and it was killer! Then it was home to relax and get ready for the day.

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We brought Liam to nap at my parent’s house with my brother. Then my sister-in-law and brother took him to Sky Zone Trampoline park for his birthday present. He ended up crying for the beginning of it and then had fun the rest of the time.

While he was gone, Joe, Owen, and I went to a diaper party for Joe’s friend Colin and his wife Emily. They are expecting a baby boy this winter. It was fun to catch up and celebrate their little family!

After the diaper party we stopped by to see Tyler since we didn’t get to see him Friday. It was good to see the kids and Chelby again too. They are all just too cute!

Then we went home and waited for Liam to get home. He came home and said he had so much fun. Then it was bed time!

SUNDAY
In the night my bestie Molly had a sweet baby girl, Ruthie Jo. Liam and I ran some errands quick in the morning, we had lunch, and then we were off to meet Ruthie.

She was so alert and content. Such a sweet and precious baby girl. Love her so much already.

Then we put the boys down for nap and I ended up doing some cleaning and baking. I made Healthy Pumpkin Spice Protein Muffins.

We spent the remainder of the day hanging out at home and relaxing.

It’s so wonderful to spend time with friends! Hope you have a great week ahead!

Family, friends, and a baby shower!

We had another great weekend. I tried again to limit my desire to “capture the moment” via camera and just enjoying it. I think I did pretty good!

FRIDAY
Low-key evening spent with my family. The perfect way to end the week.

SATURDAY
I started my morning with a challenging Sweat Circuit class and then met Joe at my parent’s house with the boys. Brynn and Judah had a sleepover there so the kids were all playing when I got there.

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After visiting we went home to put Owen to bed and I told Liam we were going to take his “3 year” pictures since he didn’t cooperate for our professional ones. Seriously they turned out so cute! I didn’t even have to bribe him!

Then I took Owen outside later when Liam was napping and tried to get some pictures of him….he didn’t like the leaves much.

We had a fun evening hanging out at home and once Owen was in bed for the night I went to my bestie Annie’s house to help her get ready for Molly’a baby shower Sunday morning. She made me some hot apple cider and I watched her and her dad hang some floating shelves while I assembled a cupcake holder. It was fun to just relax and hang out at her place.

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SUNDAY
We had a fun morning hanging out. Owen got some cute clothes for his birthday so he got dressed in his “lazy days’ outfit.

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Then I was off to help Annie set up for the baby shower. It was donut themed and super cute!

The mama-to-be was glowing and the party was super fun. Also, so many babies at the party.

It started snowing during the party. It’s too early for snow!

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We spent the rest of the day playing, having dance parties, going outside for a little bit, and just hanging out as a family.

We had a great weekend! Hope you have a great week!

 

Family time

This weekend was all about time with my family. I spend a lot of time taking pictures and focusing on “capturing the moment” that this weekend I decided not to take many pictures at all and just soak up the time at home.

FRIDAY
It was a pretty uneventful Friday night. We had dinner at home, played some games, and relaxed. Annie stopped by to pick up a few things and show Liam her awesome headstand. He was impressed (and so were me and Joe).

SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit in the morning. My mom stopped by to see the kids around lunch time. We spent a little time outside and a lot of time snuggling.

Joe went out with a friend to watch the UFC fight after the boys went to bed so I decided to watch a movie. I landed on P.S. I love you (which I thought was Definitely, Maybe) and ended up crying all night! That movie is so sad and I never want to watch it again.

SUNDAY
Joe and I were both so tired from staying up later than normal but that didn’t impact Liam. He decided to get up even earlier than normal.

We went outside for a little bit but it was quite chilly. Then we watched the Packer game while the boys napped. I also ended up sleeping a little bit.

Owen had a really off day. He spent a lot of time walking around and crying. He wanted to be held all day but also didn’t want to be held. He was in a mood and probably has some teeth coming soon.

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We had a lot of fun playing hide and seek before dinner. Liam can’t stay quiet and it’s hilarious.

It was a great and mellow weekend. Have a great week!

 

Owen’s 1st birthday, meeting baby Veda, and Owen’s birthday party

I was able to have a nice 4-day weekend at home with my family. It was so nice to have the time with them and to just relax.

FRIDAY
Happy birthday to Owen! We let Owen open his gifts when Liam and him both woke up. Liam might have been more excited than Owen was but it was so cute.

There were many photo shoots throughout the day starting with Owen in his birthday bear shirt and “one” banner. Brother bear Liam wanted a picture too.

We spent the morning playing and relaxing. I had a chiropractor appt in the morning and so did Joe shortly after me so we swapped kid duty during that time.

Then it was lunch time and then nap time for the boys. After nap we went to Brogan’s tennis match (she is the boys’ daycare provider’s daughter and also my bestie Molly’s sister). Molly coaches tennis too so we were able to see her in action. We met Annie at the tennis courts. It was chilly and windy. We stayed as long as we could but Owen started getting fussy so we left before the match was over.

When we got home photo shoot number 2 happened with Owen in his final monthly tie.

Liam found his old Halloween costume (which will be Owen’s costume this year…I think). He had to put the monster hat on and he thought it was so funny.

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We had dinner and then hung out as a family the remainder of the evening. It was the perfect day celebrating Owen.

SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit in the morning and then hustled home to be with the boys and Joe. I had A LOT of cleaning to do before Owen’s birthday party on Sunday. I started with some of my laundry and then started working on other areas of the house.

We had lunch and then at nap time I did some more cleaning. After nap me and the boys packed up and headed out to my friend Laura’s house to meet her new baby girl Veda. Joe went out hunting.

When we got to Laura’s Liam was really quiet and shy but he and her oldest daughter Aria went to her room to play and he seemed to have fun. I was able to hold sweet baby Veda who is tiny and adorable and just so sweet!

Liam was pretty quiet most of the visit but when we left he said he had so much fun so that is good. He is just too funny.

When we got home I made dinner for the boys quick, we watched some of a movie and then I put them to bed.

Joe got home shortly after I put Liam to bed. I had to bake Owen’s smash cake and cupcakes before calling it a night.

SUNDAY
Birthday party day which meant getting up to clean and frost the smash cake and cupcakes. I think I did a pretty good job on his cake!

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Joe and I did some power cleaning throughout most of the day.  We got the house all cleaned up and decorated for the party. We watch the Packer game while both boys napped and we continued to get ready.

I got some quick pictures of Owen’s birthday shirt before the party started.

He wasn’t so sure he wanted a birthday party. He wanted me or Joe the whole time. We did his smash cake and he was not showing off for anyone. He did end up eating some of it but Liam helped him a little.

We are thankful for all those that came and celebrated with us. It was really great to have ALL of our family there (just missing my two oldest nieces).

My brother gave Owen a birthday blessing and then everyone was on their way. We had the remainder of the evening to relax and do post-party clean up.

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Owen got matching jammies with Liam and the two of them together are adorable!

After the boys went to bed I was exhausted and Joe and I just lounged and watched Netflix.

MONDAY
So thankful for another day off to do nothing! I finished party clean up and enjoyed the day with my kiddos and Joe. Annie stopped by to say hi and drop off Owen’s birthday gift.

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Later after nap we had Owen’s 1 year appt which went well and he is a healthy growing little boy.

Have a great week everyone and happy October!

Owen is 1 year old!

It is so hard to believe that our baby is 1 already. This past year has gone by faster than ever. We are so blessed to have had Owen as part of our family for a year now and can’t wait to continue watching him grow and learn.

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GROWTH
Owen just seems to continue to grow so much. At his last appointment he was 18 lbs 12 oz and 30 inches long. He is still so long!

EAT
Owen has now transitioned to milk, however since he needs to be dairy-free we are having to try alternatives. He is drinking almond milk throughout the day. In the morning I am mixing almond milk with Ripple milk which has a higher fat content and more nutrition than almond milk. We are also giving him foods higher in fat to make up for what he is missing from whole milk.

Owen is regularly having 3 meals a day and loves real food. We try to give him what we are eating unless it has dairy. He is a really good eater and demands his food when he is hungry.

Owen loves using his sippy cup and uses this during the day. He does still use a bottle for his milk in the morning but that is all.

SLEEP
Owen has been sleeping through the night. We are also at 2 naps per day. We have a general nap pattern now that consists of a morning nap around 9 for about an hour and an afternoon nap usually around 12-1 ish for about 2 hours.

TEETH
Owen has the four teeth.

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DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Owen has started walking! He started with a few steps here and there but just last week he decided he wants to walk more. He has taken up to 10 steps in a row and will bring himself back to standing after falling and start walking again. He is getting better and better every day.

He is still crawling when he is in a hurry and can’t walk fast enough. He cruises when he crawls!

He babbles a lot and enjoys yelling and growling. He says mama and dada but other than that hasn’t really said any recognizable words.

Owen has learned so much and will imitate most things you do. He waves “hi,” gives kisses, lays his head on your shoulder to be “so nice,” does “so big,” claps his hands, fake laughs, cries, and coughs, and new to this month is blowing kisses.

Owen and Liam are interacting more and more as Owen grows. Owen wants everything to do with Liam and will follow him around the house.

Owen is definitely a mama’s boy.

Favorites:

  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Crawling and walking
  • Being “scared”
  • Being chased
  • Making loud noises
  • Being naked -used to hate it now he loves it
  • Bath time

Dislikes:

  • Being cold
  • Waiting for food
  • Getting dressed/undressed