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!

 

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Finally healthy and making the most of it

We finally have a healthy household so we decided to get out of the house for a little bit this weekend and get back to “normal.”

FRIDAY
I ended up leaving work a little early after a super busy week. I missed the boys and wanted to spend some extra time with them.

Then it was off to my first Bible study with my best friends! We decided to start a new journey together and I am so excited. Looking forward to this group moving forward. And I got to hold little miss Raelynn.

After Bible study I hustled home to get Owen to bed.

SATURDAY
Both boys were up bright and early and ready to play. It is so adorable how much they love each other.

Then it was off to workout for me. My knee had been bugging me for a couple days so it ended up being a shorter than normal work out but still felt good to do a little bit.

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After workout I quick fed Owen, rinsed off, and got ready to head to Sean and Libby’s to visit. Brynn is just the sweetest little thing! The boys always have fun together (even if they ALWAYS want the same toy).

Liam was so happy to hold Brynn for the first time. He loves her.

Brynn stayed awake for a little bit of our visit. She is such a doll!

We picked up some Subway on the way home and had that for lunch. Then it was nap time for every one.

After nap we had some snapchat fun and I even got some snuggles from Liam.

We spent the evening relaxing and watching the Olympics.

SUNDAY
I end up pulling Owen into bed with my and snuggling him back to sleep after he thought waking up super early was a good idea.

Then we all got ready to go to church. After church Liam and I ran to the store to get some valentines for him and Owen to give out at daycare on Wednesday.

Then it was lunch time and nap time by the time we got home.

We spent the majority of the day watching the Olympics. Joe did a lot of cleaning which was super nice. I did a little but he is the rockstar who did a lot of it (thanks Joe!).

We did a lot of afternoon lounging and relaxing.

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We invited my parents over for dinner which was super nice. We had lasagna, salad, and bread. Super delicious!

After they left it was time for the boys to go to bed.

Joe and I relaxed watching some snowboarding on the Olympics before calling it a night.

It was a great weekend having everyone healthy and being able to spend time with family! Have a great week!

 

 

Weekend of rest and football

Slowly but surely our house is on the mend!

FRIDAY
After work I was exhausted. It had been a long week of interrupted sleep and work with both boys recovering for their illnesses.

I went to bed early in the hopes to catch up on some rest.

SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit and zumba in the morning. I did a lot of core work and it was tough!

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After I got home I really wasn’t feeling the greatest. I took a nap at nap time.

Liam took a few blurry pictures on my phone after nap. Other than that I really didn’t have the energy to do much.

Liam ended up in a time out and was crying and below you can see how Owen reacted. He almost always cries when Liam is sad. It’s so cute and sad.

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I went to bed early again to try to feel better.

SUNDAY
I ended up feeling a little better after getting some extra rest but still wanted to take it easy for the day. Liam wanted to hold Owen right away in the morning. So cute!

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I even got some morning snuggles from Liam which rarely happens.

 

We had some morning snapchat fun too.

Owen and I spent our morning in our Christmas jammies! 🙂

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Then we all go dressed in lounge clothes. Owen was ready to watch the Superbowl in his football gear.

We watched the Superbowl and were impressed with so many funny commercials and a really good game and halftime show!

Then it was off to bed.

We had mostly an uneventful weekend which was just fine with us. Hope you had a great weekend and happy monday!

 

 

Owen is 4 months old!

Owen continues to amaze me every day. He is growing and learning so much. He is probably the happiest baby ever and so super mellow.

Owen had a flare up of eczema this month. He has crazy dry skin and it got really bad so we brought him to the doctor and got some cream that helped a lot. Any suggestions for how to keep his skin moisturized would be appreciated —we have tried many things! Now he is ending this month with a cough, fever, and ear infection. Poor little buddy is having a rough January.

GROWTH
Owen seems to be growing like crazy. He still seems super long. He recently weighed in at 14 lbs and 6 oz. We will find our more details of his growth at his 4 month appt.

EAT
Owen is still only drinking breast milk. He makes it all night without eating and then eats 4-5 times throughout the day. Typically it’s 5 but sometimes he takes an extra long afternoon nap and will only end up eating 4 times. He is a good eater and will drink about 6oz at a time (from a bottle when he gets one).

SLEEP
Owen has continued to sleep really well. He has been sick a few times this past month which has been disruptive to his sleep but other than that he sleeps about 9-10 hours at night. He has been breaking free from his swaddle sack so we are starting to consider our next options and when to transition him.

We still don’t really have exact nap times and bed time but general ranges. He will typically nap 3 times throughout the day.

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 but I know it can seem that way for weeks before they actually do 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.

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.

Favorites:

  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Being rocked
  • Mama milk
  • Dad’s singing
  • His pink chair (Liam loved this too)
  • Being held upright
  • wubbanub
  • 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)

My sick little ones

Our little boys were both sick all weekend long.

FRIDAY
I got off work early for a chiropractor appointment. When I got home Joe said Liam was coughing a lot and Owen had a fever so off to Urgent Care we went.

We were there for about an hour. Both boys had an ear infection in one ear. She thought their lungs sounded okay but Owen did have a fever. She prescribed both boys an antibiotic (which I hate but the both needed to get better). Normally for ear infections I would bring them to the chiropractor but since it was Friday it wasn’t an option.

We stopped at the pharmacy on the way home to pick up their medicine. Both boys had their medicine and went straight to bed.

Joe and I had a 7:30 spaghetti dinner. You see below both monitors and our dinner. Quite the Friday night!

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SATURDAY
Both boys had pretty rough nights so it was a sleepy morning. Owen was in a great mood despite not sleeping well and feeling crappy. Liam too!

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I was off to Sweat Circuit and Zumba for the morning. We had a great work out so that felt great. Then on my way to my vehicle after I realized I locked my keys in my car. My spare was at home and Joe couldn’t pack both sick kiddos up and bring them to me. Thankfully I have an app that can unlock my car but it currently wasn’t working so I made a call and got that figured out just in time for my dad to bring my my spare. Either way I finally got into my car!

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We literally did nothing all day long. We watched a bunch of movies, snuggled a lot and relaxed.

Liam was so tired all day and you could tell he had super sick eyes and wasn’t feeling well.

Owen didn’t look to great either but he was a trooper and still gave us lots of smiles throughout the day.

It was an early bedtime for everyone.

SUNDAY
The boys slept a little better but not great. Liam woke up seeming much better than the day before. Owen still seemed about the same.

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Liam insisted on holding hands with Owen while they watched a movie.

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Owen loves listening to his daddy sing. My heart!

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I was able to sneak away for a little bit and go see sweet Miss Brynn. I have been dying to hold her since last weekend but she has been in and out of the hospital because of her bilirubin numbers. So thankful to have her in my arms for a little bit.

Also! Owen turned 4 months so we did a little photo shoot.

Then it was more time relaxing the rest of the day. Liam took a turn for the worse after nap and seemed just really sick again.

He had a little energy to play and give me a big smile.

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I hope everyone had a great weekend and can stay away from whatever nasty bug it is the boys have!

Meeting Brynn and other weekend fun!

We had a wonderful weekend!

FRIDAY
We found out my sister-in-law, Libby would be induced in the evening and we would get to meet our nephew/niece very soon! We were super excited!

After work we all just spent the evening relaxing and hoping to get an update on baby.

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I ended up in bed by 8:30pm. I guess I was tired.

Around 11pm we got the text that baby was born and everyone was healthy! YAY!

SATURDAY
We were all up early and ready to take on the day. Liam said it was too early for pictures haha!

I taught a super quick (and super tough) sweat circuit and then hustled home to take a shower and get ready to head to the hospital to meet baby!

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Once we got to the hospital we couldn’t wait to find out baby’s gender and hold baby. They announced “It’s a GIRL!” and her name is Brynn Carolyn. ADORABLE!

She was just a little peanut at 7lbs 1oz. And she made Owen look huge!

The big brother and big cousin had fun playing while we visited with Brynn. Judah made sure Liam knew it was his baby and not Liam’s baby. They are so funny!

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I’m so excited for their family and their new little addition. She is the cutest and I love her so much already!

We went out to lunch with everyone (except baby Brynn and Libby) after our visit. We went to Old Southern BBQ in Hudson and it was super good!

Then we went home and everyone took a little nap.

We spent the rest of the day at home just hanging out.

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Owen was super tired and fell asleep in my arms on the couch. I soaked up those snuggles.

It seemed like a long day so I was ready for bed again.

SUNDAY
The boys were up early (like always) so we had a nice relaxing morning together.

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We are trying to find a church that is right for us. We like our current church but it doesn’t really meet our family needs. I want a church that has Sunday school for Liam so that he can learn while there too. Joe and I admit we are both feeling a little lost right now as far as a church goes so we are trying some new options and hoping to find one that fits our needs. We decided this week to try First Lutheran Church in New Richmond.

We enjoyed the service. It was at 8am which was really nice because there was a lot of day left after. It was a traditional Lutheran service. At 9:15am they have a contemporary service. We are going to try that one next weekend and see what we think. Liam was so well-behaved, and Owen too. I’m looking forward to learning a little more and getting involved in a church again.

After church we made a quick trip to Aldi to get a few things. Then we went to Stillwater for breakfast at Tin Bins with Joe’s parents and his sister’s family. It was super good like always.

When we got home it was nap time. I ended up taking another nap. I have just been super tired lately.

After nap we had plans to visit little Brynn however those changed early in the morning since she is having to stay at the hospital a little longer due to some jaundice and other things. Please keep her in your prayers for quick healing so she can go home and be with her family.

My mom invited us over for pizza and the Eagles vs Vikings game so we decided to do that instead. My brother and nephew, Judah were there too so Liam had a lot of fun.

We watched the game until half time when we headed home to get the boys to bed. We finished watching the game and then settled down for the night and got ready for work the next day.

It was an amazing weekend meeting sweet little Brynn! We love her so much and are praying she gets to go home soon. Hope you all had a great weekend too!

 

 

 

Finally some time outside!

Our weekend as always was too short but filled with lots of fun and family time.

FRIDAY

After work we spent the evening relaxing. Joe’s mom stopped by to see the boys for a little bit. Joe made some amazing french onion soup in the instant pot. So good!

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SATURDAY

I had Saturday morning Sweat Circuit/Zumba like always. I was dying the whole class, which is good. Love getting my weekend workout in.

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Once I got home it was a quick rinse in the shower and then off to Costco as a family to get a few bigger items that we needed. Liam loved the samples (I did too haha!).

When we got home it was nap time for Liam and Owen was napping too. I grabbed a few toys from the basement and cleaned them up for Owen.

How is Owen big enough to use the exersaucer already?? He is growing way to fast. Liam was pretty amused with it as well.

We had another relaxing evening at home. I love our “wind-down time” on the couch.

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SUNDAY

The weather turned for the better and we actually had plans to get outside and enjoy it.

Owen was up bright and early (5am) to start the day. He was ready to play with all his new toys that I cleaned up the day prior.

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Once Liam woke up he needed to make sure Owen had enough toys to play with so he brought him pretty much all of his toys.

Then once it warmed up a little Joe fired up the snowmobile and took Liam out for a very slow ride. He loved it of course. They then played on the swing set for a bit and played outside for a little while. He loved it!

While the boys were outside Owen and I got dressed for the day. Aren’t we cute?

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Then we met Joe’s sister and family and his mom at Tin Bins in Stillwater for breakfast. They have super yummy caramel rolls. It was really good breakfast and coffee and it wasn’t greasy. We enjoyed it.

Once we got home it was time for nap again. Owen was already napping from the car ride so we just had to put Liam down. I ended up taking a nap as well.

After nap we got ready to head to Joe’s sister’s house for some sledding and ice skating. It was Liam’s first time on his new skates from Christmas.

I held Owen in the ergo while the others went sledding. They had a ton of fun.

Then it was time to go skate. Liam was super excited and so were Joe and I. The kids all got there skates on and hit the ice.

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Liam was not amused. He wanted to be able to stand and go all by himself and when he realized he couldn’t he got upset. He tried it for a little while with his skates.

We ended up putting his boots on instead and letting him walk on the ice to get used to it. He really liked that a lot.

All the kids had fun out on the ice! Hopefully next time he does a little better on his skates.

I had to get a Sedona and Owen picture of course.

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We hung out for a little while and then went home to make dinner.

The boys were both exhausted after the fresh air and exercise outside.

It was a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to spend more time outside!

Christmas Eve and Christmas day

We had a busy but wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas day

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We started off our Christmas eve with some snuggles in bed followed by a delicious breakfast made by Joe.

The morning was filled with getting ready for our first Christmas celebration at my aunt and uncle’s house. Owen was looking quite dapper in his bowtie and hate. I had to get a picture of him by the tree.

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We put Liam down for nap as soon as we got there because it was his nap time. It took him a little while to fall asleep but he did eventually.

Lunch was delicious and the company even better!

The boys both stuggled waking up from nap…those faces!

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It is always fun getting all the cousins together. We have a tribe of kids now so it is extra fun and special. My grandparents sure are proud of their great grandkids.

Liam had fun opening some gifts.

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It was a great celebration with family!

After gift opening we headed off to church. We all go as a family. The boys were so well behaved while there. They definitely made me proud.

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After church we quick ran home to change our clothes and then head to Joe’s dad’s side Christmas. The theme was dazzle but since I didn’t have anything dazzling to wear I decided to wear a Christmas dress instead. Without realizing it right away I matched Owen!

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Owen met some family members for the first time and he got lots of snuggles.

Things tend to get a little rowdy at this Christmas 1. Because there are a TON of people and 2. Drinks! It was super fun seeing everyone and catching up!

Then it was home to get the boys to bed before Santa came! They got their Christmas jammies on, we put the cookies out for Santa (and water because we were short on milk —insert shrugging emoji as well as palm to face emoji).

As soon as both boys were asleep, Joe and I got to work on putting presents out, filling stockings, and “eating” the cookies.

Then it was bedtime for us!

CHRISTMAS
Okay….whose kids “sleep in” Christmas morning?!?! Apparently mine do. Joe and I waited not so patiently for Liam to wake up. Santa got him so new slippers and a book that was placed next to his bed while he was asleep.

Once Liam woke up we rushed in.
I said “guess who came last night?”
Liam “what mama?”
I said “Santa!”
Liam, “I’m so excited!”

Santa left a book and slippers next to Liam’s bed so he opened that and we read it. I said “let’s go see what Santa brought!” And Liam being my child and a child who thrives in routine said after he goes to the bathroom and gets underwear on. Seriously this kid cracks me up!

Owen was then waking up too so while I nursed Owen on the couch we all opened our stockings. Liam was beyond thrilled to find gifts inside.

Santa even brought Marley a gift!

We took pictures by the tree before opening the presents.

Then we opened. Liam was so patient and took turns. He loved all of his presents. Especially the blankies Santa brought him. He had to “try them out.”

Owen seemed to like some of his gifts too. Most stayed in the packaging though since they are for 6+ months. He has plenty of toys now for sure (as if he didn’t before lol)!

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Liam was super excited to get his first pair of hockey skates.

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After presents I made Santa pancakes and sausage links for breakfast. Liam’s pancake turned out super cute! I can’t wait to carry on the tradition.

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Liam played with Owen a little and then after breakfast and a little rest time we headed to Joe’s parents for Christmas and more breakfast.

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Liam again was a super patient boy and took turns opening presents. He was super excited to get a new hockey helmet.

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Joe’s sister Erin, his brother’s girlfriend Kat, and I had matching pajamas so we HAD to take some fun pictures by the tree.

Also Erin’s family got a puppy for Christmas. So of course we had to get a picture of Owen and the puppy. Seriously my heart is melting!!! So cute!

We then went home again to get dressed and head to the next Christmas. We had Christmas at my parent’s.

We put Liam down for nap when we got there. We spent a lot of time just lounging and enjoying the company, including a classic massage train.

Liam was excited to get tickets for Paw Patrol (although he won’t really know what that means until he is there) and a fun tool kit with a chainsaw. Liam and Judah were “cutting” grandma’s tree.

My parent’s also got us a sled so hopefully one of these weekends that isn’t so darn cold we can get outside and use it. I know Liam will love it.

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After two super long days it was great to get home and relax a little before putting the kiddos to bed.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday!

 

Owen is 3 months old!

Owen continues to grow and learn every day and it is so amazing to watch him. He is the happiest and most content baby!

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GROWTH
Owen had his 2 month dr appt a week late. He ended up weighing 12lbs 5oz (34%) and his length 24.5 inches (91%). He is long and skinny! His head circumference measured at 40.5 cm (77%).

He seems so tall to me, which I now know is because he is. He might be a tall boy!

EAT
I have continued breastfeeding Owen. He does really well with this and I am very thankful! He has now transitioned to eating every 3-4 hours during the day. He goes longer stretches at night which is super nice for me.

SLEEP
Owen decided to kick off this last month by sleeping through the night twice! (YAY!). It was hit or miss on him making it through the night for the first 2 weeks of this month but now for about 2+ weeks he has slept through the night (about 8pm until around 6am). He is so amazing and I am so thankful for a good sleeper especially now that I am back at work.

He transitioned to sleeping in his room during this past month. There were no changes good or bad with this move so he has continued to stay in his room. We are working on a transition to his crib since he sleeps in his rock and play at night and typically in his swing during the day BUT what is working right now is much easier than dealing with 10 minute naps! So we are taking it one day at a time.

DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Owen smiles and coos a lot now. He is super responsive to social interaction and it is beyond adorable. He loves being talked to and will “talk back.” He loves any and all attention but especially attention from mama. He also loves when Liam tells him stories.

Rarely does Owen cry. When he does it is just a soft cry when he is getting tired, is hungry, or needs his diaper changed.

He loves kicking his feet and moving his arms. He loves being upright. He is getting better at holding his head up too. We try to practice tummy time when we can and Owen does really good with this. He has rolled over now many times.

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He is beginning to be able to “play” with toys. He kicks the toys dangling from his activity mat. He also can bring toys to his mouth if they are placed in his arms however he doesn’t hold on to things yet.

This past month we have struggled with cradle cap, dry skin, and now his first cold!

Favorites:

  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Being rocked
  • Mama milk
  • His pink chair (Liam loved this too)
  • Being held upright
  • lights/shadows
  • wubbanub
  • 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

Holiday weekend

Well we had a super busy fun weekend!

FRIDAY

I had my second day of work and then hustled home to see the boys.

I quick got ready and then Owen and I went to a Christmas party with my best friends.

It was our 11th annual ugly sweater Christmas party.

We do an ornament exchange with a fun game.

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I had a super cute ornament made with all our names on it. It’s so fun!

Then it was home to get Owen ready for bed.

I was exhausted and went to bed shortly after.

SATURDAY

We all lounged in the morning before I went to sweat circuit.

I did circuit and Chirstmas Zumba combo and it was sweaty! It was great!

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Owen was happy to see me after class. Owen got a bath and then was dressed in his packer hat that was my younger brothers when he was a baby.

I had to run to the store quick after I showered which was a huge mistake. It was so busy! I had just a few groceries to grab so it wasn’t all that terrible but there were tons of people out and about.

Liam is so sweet to his brother. He was telling him stories and Owen was giving him big smiles.

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Then I was feeling chilly so Liam and I enjoyed some hot chocolate…although he just ate the mini marshmallows (smart kid haha!).

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We were invited to enjoy snacks and the Packer/Viking game at Joe’s cousin Natalie’s house. We said we would stop over for a little while but since it was a late game we had to get home and get the kids to bed.

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Liam had fun with his cousins in the bounce house and enjoyed testing out some workout equipment.

When we got home Owen was so smiley. Liam was super tired and went right to bed.

Joe and I spent the evening wrapping gifts and watching some of the football game.

SUNDAY

Christmas Eve!…post to come including our Christmas celebrations!

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!