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!

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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!

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

Just another weekend

We had another really good weekend. We weren’t too busy but just the right amount of busy. It was nice!

FRIDAY
I was able to leave work a little early and spend some extra time with my little ones and Joe. We were fighting fires and it was awesome! I love Liam’s developing imagination.

Liam is also learning how to take pictures on my phone so he snapped a keeper of Joe.

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We had a relaxing evening!

SATURDAY
We were up nice and early. Liam loves snuggling his little brother (sometimes a little too much).

After some morning snuggles I was off to Sweat Cirtcuit. Small class but good workout!

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Joe went to help a friend when I got home so it was just me and the boys. Owen practiced sitting some more, he is getting really good.

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The boys were on opposite schedules so when Liam napped Owen was up and when Liam woke up, Owen napped. That always makes it hard to get anything done.

I had promised Liam a post-nap sucker and boy was he happy about it.

Joe’s mom stopped over to visit once both boys were up. Liam took some pictures of Grandma and of mom and dad with “mean faces.”

We decided to go to Ready Randy’s for dinner with Joe’s parents.

After dinner we picked up our babysitter Brogan. I fed Owen and put him to bed so all she had to worry about was putting Liam down. Then we were off to our friend Seth’s 30th birthday party. It was nice to go out without any kids and just hang out.

We didn’t stay out very late but it was still fun!

SUNDAY
Both boys actually slept in, which at our house means slept a little past 6am! It was great since we were up a little later the night before.

I love how much Liam likes to be by Owen and how much Owen adores Liam. Liam even did some morning yoga for Owen.

Liam had found one of my purses and now it is his. He uses it to “fight fires.” He just cracks me up!

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Liam got a haircut in the morning for pictures.

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We had Owen’s 6 month pictures as well as Liam’s 2 and a half year pictures and family pictures. To my surprise they went really well and I can’t wait to see them!

After pictures Liam wanted to wear his buck hoodie. He ran around being a little buck while Owen laid around just being cute!

Look at all the love! My heart!

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Liam and Joe had some “sumo pillow fights.” Liam bounces right off and flies back. He thinks it’s the greatest.

Both boys napped at the same time so that meant me and Joe napped also. Owen woke up early from his nap and was clearly still tired so I gave him some snuggles and he fell back asleep.

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He woke up happy and loving his mama!

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We had some snapchat filter fun after nap while we played.

I had an after dinner scoop of vanilla almond butter (so good) and Liam caught me and insisted he have his own spoonful. Yum!

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Once the boys were in bed we relaxed and headed to bed ourselves.

It was a great weekend! Hope the week treats you well!

 

Birthday, St Patrick’s Day, and a relaxing Sunday

We had a busy but good weekend!

FRIDAY
After work we hustled to my brother’s house for my niece’s birthday party.

She is so adorable and sweet.

Then we went home, put the boys to bed, and headed to bed early.

SATURDAY
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Owen had his adorable shamrock jammies. Then….he had a blowout so he got an early morning bath.

Joe got some snuggles with my TWO blanket suckers! Owen has just started sucking on his blanket occasionally just like his big brother.

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All this before Sweat Circuit/Zumba. We had a great class and some of us dressed in green.

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When I got home Liam was doing some “yoga” with Joe. Seriously adorable! And I got some Owen snuggles.

The parade was at 2 so we put Liam down for a short nap. I got me and Owen ready in our green gear.

Then we headed off to Joe’s sister’s house for the parade and a party. The parade goes right in front of her house so it was perfect.

Liam was totally into the parade but expressed no emotions about it. He was likely still a little tired.

My bestie Annie was in the parade so it was fun to see her and all the other great floats and costumes.

After the parade we quick ran home to feed Owen and Joe ran to the store to get a few things. I tried to get a picture of the boys in their shirts.

I had some fun with snap chat as well. I love the filters!

Then we went to my parents house where Joe made bacon and bleu burgers for us. So good! We had planned to leave the boys their for a sleepover but as the night went on I felt less interested in hitting up the town and more interested in lounging at home.

We left Liam because he was excited for a sleepover but we took Owen home and headed to bed early.

SUNDAY
I grabbed Owen when he woke up in the morning and snuggled him in bed. I didn’t think he would fall back asleep but he did and I was able to get some extra rest.

My mom ended up getting sick so Joe ran to get Liam right away in the morning.

We spent the majority of the day lounging around and playing.

It was really relaxing to just hang out at home after 2 busy days.

Then we quick went to look at a house (for fun) and pick up Jersey Mike’s subs for dinner.

We then went home to eat our subs and have a lazy evening.

I hope the luck ‘o the Irish was with you this weekend and you have a wonderful week ahead! 

 

A fantastic weekend!

We didn’t have many plans this weekend but ended up doing a lot of fun things!

FRIDAY
It was a typical Friday for us filled with play time and relaxing. Wouldn’t trade it for the world!

SATURDAY
I had some snuggle time with the boys and then it was off to Sweat Circuit. It was a killer workout again and lots of people showed up. It was very motivating.

After workout I rushed home, showered quick, got Owen dressed and headed off to Bible Study with my friends. It was our second session.

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Owen and Raelynn got to hang out while we discussed the readings.

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When I got home both boys went down for nap. Joe left to help his friend chop some wood so I was left with a quiet house. I took advantage of it and made some laundry soap and cleaned the kitchen.

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Owen was the first to wake up and then Liam. Shortly after the boys woke up Joe came home.

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We decided to go out for dinner and headed to Rusty’s. We hadn’t been there in a while and it was really good! Both boys were on their best behavior too which makes the experience more enjoyable.

We hustled home to lounge for the remainder of the evening.

SUNDAY
I was definitely feeling the loss of that hour even though I still think I got plenty of sleep. Must have been a mental thing.

Both boys woke up super happy. Liam was using his binoculars to look for bunnies and then also found a gaming headset where he said he is “uncle blake.” Too cute.

After hanging around for a little bit Joe and I decided we should go to the zoo!

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Both boys slept on the way there.

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We had so much fun once we got there. Liam was so excited to see a shark and a sea turtle.

He thought the monkeys were being naughty because they were chasing each other. We told him that’s how they play.

It was so much fun showing him all the animals. He said his favorite was the bear.

Owen was tuckered out after a long morning at the zoo. It took Liam a long time to fall asleep for nap.

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After nap my friend came over to look through some maternity clothes. So happy to share them with her because they can be so expensive and are so temporary!

Liam decided we should have breakfast for dinner so I made scrambled eggs, pancakes, and bacon.

Joe had to go to a work meeting so me and the boys wrapped up the evening with play time and snuggles. They were both so well-behaved which I was thankful for.

I was exhausted so I watch New Girl on Netflix and then started getting ready for bed just as Joe was getting home.

We had a really great weekend. Hope you did too! Have a great week ahead! 

A weekend of family fun!

We had a fun weekend filled with lots of family time!

FRIDAY
After work, like always, we had a nice relaxing evening. Liam and I had some fun looking at “sillys” (snapchat filters).

Other than that it was a quiet night.

SATURDAY
The boys were up nice and early so we got to have some play time/snuggle time before I was off to teach class.

Sweat circuit and zumba were great! I made a pretty tough sweat circuit and I could tell I really pushed myself. Love workouts like that!

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After exercising I quick ran home to rinse off and then we headed to Kids Oasis in Stillwater for some indoor play fun!

Joel, Kameryn, and Luke met us there to play too. The kids had a blast. There are so many different toys there.

We went home for lunch and nap time after Kids Oasis. While the boys napped I tried to get a few things done around the house.

After nap it was so nice out we decided to go for a walk. Owen’s first walk outside and our first time using the double stroller. It was a little breezy but still so nice to be outside.

Liam was helping Joe cook and then had to make a phone call with his “baby” bear. This kid just cracks me up!

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We spent the remainder of the evening lounging at home and playing.

SUNDAY
Again we had some bright and early play time. We are raising some early risers!

We then were off to church. After church we went to Tin Bins with Joe’s family. I am sweets free for March so I had to have some strong will power to avoid the cinnamon roll Liam was enjoying. It looked so good!

After Tin Bins it was home for nap time! Owen was dressed super cute but then he had a blow out….it tends to happen quite frequently. So then it was outfit change time.

Owen decided he didn’t want to nap at the same time as Liam. He also decided he wanted to be snuggled and not in his crib.

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After nap we headed over to my parents to hang out and have dinner. Liam was so excited that “Bumpa Mite” was going to be home.

Both boys had fun playing.

After that it was home for lounge time and bed time.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Stay warm!

Owen is 5 months old!

My tall and pasty white little one is 5 months old today. He is such a joy to be around and has been so easy on mom and dad. We are very thankful for his constant smiles and regular sleep schedule!

GROWTH
Owen still seems so long to me. He had his last appt at the end of January and measured at 25.75 inches for length and 14.37 lbs for weight. His head size is 42 cm.

Owen was diagnosed with severe eczema in January and we really are having a hard time finding relief for him. Right now we are trying goat milk soap and lotion. It doesn’t seem to be bugging him as much but the rash and dryness are still very present.

EAT
Owen is still only drinking breast milk. He is still at 6 oz when he has a bottle. He will eat about 4-5 times each day.

SLEEP
Owen’s sleep has been thrown off since he was sick. He has been getting up at least once every night only needing his pacifier. He more frequently is up several times a night. However for the past week he has been sleeping through the night again for the most part. (and mama is super happy!).

TEETH
No teeth as of right now however there is A LOT of drool.

DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Owen can still roll from belly to back 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 appears really close to rolling from back to belly. He gets all the way on his side and just needs to move his one leg over but then he stops before he actually does it.

He likes to be upright and so he likes to be sitting up (assisted) as much as possible.

He is very interested in his toys and his figuring out how to grasp them and bring them to his mouth. He isn’t all that coordinated yet but he is getting there. He loves his exersaucer and being able to look around and discover his toys.

His hands are constantly in his mouth and he is drooling like crazy.

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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 has been doing this cough/laugh lately. It is so funny. If you do it back he will repeat.

Owen is obsessed with is big brother Liam. He scans the room to see what he is up to and thinks he is the funniest person ever. It’s adorable.

Favorites:

  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Being rocked
  • Mama milk
  • Dad’s singing
  • His pink chair (Liam loved this too)
  • Jumping in his exersaucer
  • 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)
  • Having a dirty diaper (he demands to be changed almost instantly)

February winter wonderland!

We had a pretty great weekend and were able to enjoy some time outside in the fresh snow!

FRIDAY
After work I was lucky to get snuggles from both my little guys.

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Then Liam decided he wanted to lay on the floor with his babies. So cute!

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Fridays are always just relaxing evenings for us. We are winding down from the week and gearing up for the weekend.

SATURDAY
Sleeping in is a thing of the past for Joe and I. The boys like to get up early and honestly I don’t mind. We had morning play time and hockey too.

Then I went off to sweat circuit/zumba for a good workout…although my knee is still giving me a little trouble.

It snowed on Friday so while I was outside I took some pictures of our beautiful scenery. So white and so pretty.

After nap we got the boys ready to go to my parents so Liam could go sledding with Uncle Blake.

It was so nice to get outside! Owen struggled to keep his eyes open for the pictures haha!

Liam had so much fun sledding with Blake, but after about 3 times down he was ready to be all done. The breeze was a little chilly so his face was getting cold.

I made Liam so hot chocolate in a coffee mug which he loved!

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We hung out and had pizza for dinner before heading home. It was snowing so it was a slow drive home for sure.

The boys played a little more once we got home and then it was off to bed.

SUNDAY
I forgot to take many pictures…I actually only took one of me and Owen snuggling in the morning. We had a lazy morning and stayed home because of all the snow.

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Joe had to go plow for his mom and my grandparents so he picked us up some donuts on the way home.

We played all morning and then everyone took a nap at nap time.

After nap we went to visit Joe’s grandma. She was so happy to see the boys.

We made a quick run to the grocery store, then home, and then had dinner.

After dinner Joe’s parents stopped by to see the boys. Then it was bedtime routine for the boys.

We had a great weekend and the snow was so pretty! Hope you had a great weekend as well and enjoy the week ahead!

 

A long weekend

Well I am super late to post this but better late than never. Our weekend was pretty uneventful and filled with lots of Olympic watching.

FRIDAY
Owen has been exhausted after daycare lately so he has been falling asleep in the evenings. Liam was whispering, “Owen, buddy, gotta wake up buddy.” It was quite adorable!

SATURDAY
Owen wakes up so happy every day. I decided to snap a quick picture because he is just so darn cute and happy!

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When everyone was up it was straight to the couch for the Olympics.

I had sweat circuit but my knee was really bugging me so I ended up taking it easy.

When I got home Joe had both boys hanging out in Owen’s crib. Again, it was so stinkin’ adorable!

The rest of the day was spent playing and lounging. We had no plans and it was super nice.

I soaked up some sleepy Owen snuggles and it was amazing.

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Owen did some “reading” Saturday evening while Liam and Joe did some “wrestling.” LOL

That pretty much sums up our Saturday!

SUNDAY
I tried to get a cute picture of the boys before church. They were not interested.

After church we went home and Owen and I got ready for my cousin Matt’s fiance’s baby shower.

The baby shower was super cute! So excited to meet their little boy!

The rest of the day was spent relaxing and hanging with the boys (and of course watching the Olympics).

MONDAY
I had Monday off. Joe had a day trip to Chicago for work so it was just me and the boys. They both had a terrible night of sleep so it was a super lazy day for us.

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend, had a great week, and are ready for the weekend ahead!