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

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!