Warm weather makes us all happier! (First weekend of Spring!)

We were busy again this weekend with friends and family and spending time outside!

FRIDAY
Joe picked up a watermelon so after work I came home and the boys were  snacking on that.

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We spent the rest of the evening hanging out and playing.

SATURDAY
I went to sweat circuit in the morning. Then hustled home to pick up the boys and go out to breakfast at the cafe with some friends. It was crazy with 5 kids and only 4 adults but it was great to catch up and hang out.

When we got home Joe was still gone at an appointment so we played dress up.

After nap time Owen, Marley and I went for a walk while Joe and Liam did some work outside.

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It was so nice out! We played outside a lot and brought out some of the outside toys we put away for the winter.

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Liam got to ride his bike and Owen got to drive his car. It was so much fun!

Then it was time to celebrate Miss Ayla’s 11th birthday. She is such a sweet, kind, and loving little girl!

Judah and Liam had a blast playing too. They were in a band and kept marching through the party playing “music.”

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When we got home it was bedtime for the boys and Joe and I watched a movie.

SUNDAY
We were off to church in the morning. Judah and Liam wore their matching shirts. Judah found a lady bug and Uncle Sean gave Liam a rain stick. These two are so funny together!

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Owen wanted to stand right up front during worship. So cute! He would look at the worship team and then back out at all the people and then back again.

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Liam was overjoyed to have Ayla holding him at church. He adores her.

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It was a family lunch day at church so we stayed for lunch and then went home to put the boys down for a nap.

I took Marley for a two mile run. It was super tough but I got it done!

Joe’s mom came to visit after nap. The boys were excited to see grandma and she brought some fun gifts from Hawaii. We tried to go outside for a little bit with grandma but it was a little too chilly.

We spent the rest of the evening hanging out and playing. Liam played the drums a lot and we even had a post dinner “rock out!”

The boys took baths and then it was time for bed. Joe and I were exhausted and went to bed early too.

We had a great weekend and can’t wait for the warmer weather to arrive and stay! Have a great week!

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Haircuts, pictures, friends, and St. Patrick’s day 2019

We had a busy weekend compared to our last few!

FRIDAY
After work we were all hanging out and Liam decided he wanted a haircut (which also means Owen would get one too). I took some before and after pictures. I promise Owen isn’t crying about his hair, he just wanted me to hold him.

We had dinner and then a relaxing evening. We had Joe’s parent’s dog for the weekend so Owen was getting used to having two dogs at the house. I got some nice snuggles from Liam to end the evening.

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SATURDAY
I got up and did my morning yoga followed by heading to sweat circuit. We had a killer St. Patrick’s day themed work out.

The dogs were competing for pets in the morning. So funny!

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When I got home we got the boys dressed up so I could take some 3.5 year old and 1.5 year old pictures. Normally we hire someone to do it but not this time. I think I got some cute pictures!

After pictures Joe went to go cut wood with a few friends. Liam decided he needed to do some work at home too. Then Liam decided to play by Macy so she wasn’t sad about being at our house.

We had lunch and then the boys went down for nap. I cleaned the house during nap time. After nap the boys shared a snack on the couch.

Then I got brave and decided to take the boys and the two dogs on a walk. It started off with both dogs forcing me to basically job until they got the hang of it. Then it wasn’t so bad but not something I would do again I don’t think.

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When we got home we went into the back yard to swing and play. Both boys had fun and so did the dogs.

We had some friends over for dinner to meet their new baby Charlie. Joe and Colin were best friends and high school so it was so good to finally meet Colin and Emily’s baby boy and he is soooo cute! I held him pretty much the entire time.

It was so great to spend time with them. When they left we let the dogs get up on the couch for another sleepover.

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SUNDAY
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! I did my morning yoga and then got ready for the day. When the boys woke up we all got dressed in greed and then went to church.

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I was on nursery duty this week and Owen was the only one in there so we took some pictures together.

Then we went to Joe’s parent’s house, which is on the parade route, and put the boy’s down for a short nap. While they were napping I quick went to say hi to Molly and Ruthie.

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Then it was back to get the boys up from nap so they didn’t miss the parade.My mom and dad met us there and brought Liam a doughnut.

We had fun watching the parade.

Then it was home. We tried to have both boys rest a little bit because they both had short naps, but they weren’t having it. So we did our best to play and keep them entertained to avoid any tired meltdowns.

We put them both to bed a little earlier than normal. I also went to bed early after a rough night of sleep.

Hope you had a great weekend and St. Patrick’s day! Have a great week ahead!

 

Rest and recovery weekend

We had another fairly uneventful weekend.

FRIDAY
I went to work, Owen went to daycare, and Liam and Joe stayed home to give Liam one more day of recovery from a nasty stomach bug he got mid-week.

We had a relaxing evening before everyone went to bed early to catch up on rest.

SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit but had to take it easy because I was also recovering from a cold/asthma flare up.

When I got home both boys were low energy so we watched a movie while Joe went to cut wood with some friends.

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When Joe got home we packed up the boys and headed to my parents. Joe wanted to go look at a house so we had them watch the boys during nap time.

When we returned they were both up from nap. Liam didn’t want me to take a picture of him but I had to capture his amazing outfit he picked out.

We stayed for dinner and then went home to put the boys down for bed a little “early” to accommodate losing an hour of sleep.

SUNDAY
I got up early and did morning yoga for the first time in a week due to being sick. It felt great!

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Both boys “slept in” due to the time change and allowed me time to do my morning routine without interruption (never happens!).

Both boys were sleepy all morning. Church was cancelled due to bad roads so we were able to just lounge and relax all morning.

After nap Liam and Joe went to pick up our groceries. Then Owen woke up and he seemed like he might have pink eye so I brought him to the minute clinic. Of course, they couldn’t take him since he is under 18 months so we scheduled an appt for Monday.

When we got home we all went outside to get some fresh air  while the weather was decent.

We had a pretty routine rest of the day. We had tacos for dinner and then both boys took baths.

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Overall it was a good weekend to recovery and now just hoping Owen isn’t sick and gets better fast! Have a great week!

Dinner time and kitchen clean up

Parenting is super challenging so I am always open to learning ways to make parenting a little bit easier. Following simplyonpurpose on Instagram has given me many ways to view common parenting issues as well as ways to handle those situations (if you don’t follow her on instagram you should!).

DINNER
Dinner time with a toddler can be extremely challenging. Owen is at the age where he will eat most anything that is put in front of him. Liam used to be like that but now that he is 3 years old he has become more selective on what he will eat.

We often were getting into the “one more bite” battle and it wasn’t working.

What I have learned is that children are learning to self-regulate and if we tell them they need to take one more bite when they say they are full, they are not given the opportunity to learn. The same goes for being hungry, if they say they are full after not eating much it allows them to learn that they need to eat more.

Now during dinner, we as the parents make it our job to offer healthy dinner options for Liam (and Owen). He then chooses what he eats and how much of that item he eats. If he doesn’t want to eat something that is okay as he has other options he can eat.

Liam eats most of what is offered at dinner time now and it has made dinner time less stressful not having the battle and knowing that no matter what he will be eating something healthy for dinner.

KITCHEN CLEAN UP
I wasn’t sure it would work but it did and honestly had me thinking why didn’t I think of this sooner (again thanks simplyonpurpose)!

After everyone is done eating we turn on the kitchen clean up song (September by Earth, Wind, and Fire) and get to work.

Owen’s responsibility is to bring his milk to the fridge and to my surprise 6 out of 7 days a week he actually does it. It’s a small task but he is only 1 and it is still helpful. It gives him a “job” and makes Liam feel like both of them have responsibilities.

Liam’s responsibility is to bring his plate and milk to the kitchen. He cleans off his plate into the garbage and puts his milk in the fridge. Then his next responsibility is to spray the table and wipe it clean.

While Liam is cleaning the table, Joe and I do our best to tackle the remaining post-dinner clean up. Owen usually is following one of us around or playing but with Liam cleaning the table it eliminates sibling conflict during this time making it easier for Joe and myself to get things done.

This has made after dinner clean up the responsibility of the entire family rather than just one person.

Dinner time should be family time and these tips have made it so much more enjoyable for our family. 

A weekend of rest and snow

This weekend we laid-low for the most part.

FRIDAY
I left work early to go to the chiropractor and get a 90-minute massage which both were amazing and much needed!

When I got home, Joe had to leave for a work call so the boys and I snuggled up on the couch and watched a movie.

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Joe got home after the boys were done with dinner and baths. Then it was their bed time and shortly after mine as well as I was beginning to not feel well.

SATURDAY
Saturday morning was beautiful outside with the fresh snow. So pretty and everything was sparkling in the sun.

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I headed to sweat circuit but didn’t participate as I was still not feeling well. The ladies who came did great work! And my friend Amanda joined us which was super awesome!

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When I got home, Joe took Liam to go get new cell phones for him and I. Owen was acting tired and sick so he went down for an early nap. I took an epsom salt bath to try to help me feel better as well.

After hours at the phone store, Joe and Liam came home with lunch. Liam just loves Owen so much.

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Then it was nap time for Liam and then second nap time for Owen who was still tired and clearly not feeling well.

I had a girls dinner night so I was feeling well enough to still go to that. I got ready and we took some fun family photos before I left.

We went to Pier 500 which is always delicious. Then Molly and I went home while the others stayed out a little longer.

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I was home before Liam went to bed (my kind of night haha). I went to bed early again to try to get some rest.

SUNDAY
Owen and I were still not feeling well in the morning. We decided it would be best to skip church.

We literally spent the entire day just lounging and resting.

Hopefully you had a great weekend and have a great week ahead! Send healing vibes our way!