Friday, June 20, 2014

Father's Day Fun 2014

 After rounding up our big fun filled day with Thomas the Train we decided to pack up for the lake...what's a couple more hours of driving in a day?  The trip was well worth it as we enjoyed family time together, pajama boat rides, bacon and pancakes for breakfast and Henry's very first Sea-Doo ride with Pop. 
 On Father's Day the houseboat was filled with extended family and even more smiles from all, as we enjoyed the blessing of good weather, great company, and yummy food.
Ahhhh this is the life.
Time with my boyfriend is always appreciated too. 

Time with Daddy is oh so sweet.  I love watching these two play together, it's a serious love fest between them! 
 We are so thankful for this daddy.  He loves his family oh so very much.  We couldn't be more blessed with a provider and God loving man in our home.  
I felt like one lucky girl, celebrating Barry, my dad and grandfather all on the same day. 

Thomas and his friend Henry.

Our Father's Day weekend  began with a train.  You may recognize his big smiley face as Thomas the Tank Engine.  We took a trip almost 1.5 hours away to see this big blue steam engine, and boy was it worth our while. 
When I came into his room to get him Saturday morning, the first words out of his mouth were "I'm going to Thomas da twain today!"  The excitement became a true reality as we walked towards the station and he laid eyes on his cartoon hero who had come to life.  A joyous and grinning AHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! exploded from his mouth as we got closer.  A very serious Henry took his ticket and boarded the train for a ride.  He wasn't quite sure what to think at first, barely cracking a smile and taking in the sites both in and out of the car.  He warmed up to it all as he kicked his legs to the familiar tunes of Thomas the Train and enjoyed the ride. 
Then it was off to participate in some activities, mainly a random yet loved put put golf area.  He was thrilled to give high fives to the Sir Topham Hat, and to shake hands with the trains conductor.   It was a blast to watch him enjoy such a special day for a little boy. 
If A Day Out With Thomas comes to a city near you I would definitely recommend taking your little one too!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The twists and turns of 2.

No one can say you enter the two's blindly; it's the age most affectionately called the terrible 2's.  To say I fully understood what that meant before now would be a lie.  It's not all terrible.  In fact most of it is glorious as I am watching this little person develop and learn about the world around him; but it's the moments of tantrums, screaming, or rotten mischief that cause you to feel a wee bit like a crazy person.

As each day passes he learns more and becomes more like a little person who I get the pleasure of hanging out with everyday.  He entertains us to know end, whether it's watching him play one of his 90 games of baseball a day, listening to him sing,  or watching him enjoy a treat.

This kid has pizazz and a zest for life that apparently causes him to dispise sleep.  Lately he has been fighting the necessary activity in the form of spastic crying, blood curdling screams, or ploys to get out of said sleeping activity by telling us he is hungry or thirsty.   This can be weary for a mommy and daddy.  (and worrisome with a newborn on the way)  As with everything a child goes through I'm hoping it's just another sleepless phase, and that it will pass quickly.

Yesterday he fought his nap, as he does any form of sleeping; only this time it lasted an hour......and he won.  No nap at all for this little ball of energy.  When I finally went in to save his tonsils from caving in on themselves, I told him we were going for a walk.   I needed to get out of the house and I thought he should too.  While on our walk I asked him, "Henry why were you crying so much about not wanting to take a nap today?"  His quick reply, "because I missed you mommy." 
There you have it in a nutshell.  The ups and downs of a toddler, and the moments of sweetness quickly wipe away any of the frustrations that it brings.  We spent the remainder of the walk holding hands as I pushed he reached up for my hands while in his stroller and we pushed on down the road enjoying the day. 
The things we are currently loving to hear him say:
 Our favorite thing said lately: (Mommy/Daddy) "you my friend!"  
  • "Come ON guys!"
  • Taking a big bite of food you commonly refer to them as "Bubba Bites" or "Mickelson Bites" (golfers to anyone not familiar, that he loves to watch play)
  • When wearing his Reds hat and Votto shirt he apparently goes into character.  We were greeted by a man in the grocery store who said "Hi there little Buddy!"  Henry looked at him with a completely stone cold expression and said  "I'm Joey Votto!"  He has since referred to himself as Joey whenever he is feeling extra fine.  
  •  "That sounds ridicuwus!"
  • While taking a bubble bath, he plunged his plane into the water while asking "Where did it go?"  then realizing he was also squatting down with his little bum in the bubbles to he began to ask "Where did my rumpatump go?"   **dying laughing
  • While swinging his bat outside while we played he started to spit on the grass.  B and I looked at eachother grinning and asked him, "Why are you spitting?"  and he said "Cause I'm getting ready to be a batter, and spit like da Cincinnati Reds do."  *bahahaha
  • After he had taken a bath I said goodnight to him and told him that I was going to go take a bath too.  He asked me if I was "going to play basketball,  play with buckets, and have bubbles, and pee in their?"  (Guess we know what he does in the bath now.) 
He has been prepping for the role of big brother quite well lately.  Asking, if he can feel, hug, and kiss MLC.  Telling us "I love my sister" and how he will "learn her to play golf and baseball" someday.

The trials and tribulations of the two's may seem rotten in the moment of it all, but how terrific it is to watch this little human become who he is in this world.   To see delight in the small things, and to enjoy everything with a gusto and passion we all could take note of.  

Thursday, June 5, 2014

22 Weeks - MLC

These past two weeks with you have been the best yet.  We had our big 20 week appointment and were able to see your sweet little face.  You are such a pretty little girl already, and yet you look a lot like your brother too!  Your growing at serious speeds too.  I feel like you've become a mini giant in the past week, making all your moves and wiggles even more apparent.   I would like to believe you already love to read.  You seem to move a lot whenever I read a book to your brother.  I can't wait to cuddle you in my arms while we all enjoy story time together.
5 1/2 months down.  Time is flying by, and our love for you is growing each day.

Muah!  Love you dearly sweet baby girl.

Love, Mommy

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hello summer

hello summer
It's time to put your ice cream bowl on your head like a hat while you wait for your Pops to serve you homemade ice cream. 
 It's time to climb in the pool bag. 
 and meet your pals at the pool. 
Submerge yourself in the water.
 Get outside and dig in the dirt.
 Grab your favorite partner in crime and play some ball. 
 Because it's summertime, and around here that means the fun has begun.  It's our favorite time of year, the months where you make memories that will warm you through those cold winter months.   Where the days are long and oh so fun. 
 So soak it up.  Dive right in.  It's sweet summer time. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

20 Weeks -MLC

 Sweet baby girl, we are half way to our meeting point.   Your time inside me growing and moving has gone like a flash thus far.  Your daddy and I have had so much going on that life could seem heavy if we let it.  But there is so much to be happy about and so much to be thankful for and you are our little bright shining star in it all accompanied by your big wonderful brother. 
You have become more forceful with your kicks and punches, and have become quite the acrobat this month.  We had a little trip to check on you this week and boy was it wonderful to see your precious miracle body waving to us!   With every move you make you remind me of all that is good and wonderful in this God given life. 
Your big brother has sure been interested in you lately.  Asking to kiss, touch and even pick you up….(he attempted to pick up my belly, but told me I was to heavy) J
He can’t wait to see you and to show you how this big world works. 
We love you so very much MLC.  You’re a little sparkle of sunshine, now and always. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A big brother in the making.

You're already up for brother of the year award in my book.  You show all the care and concern a brother of a little sister should.  Recently your questions about where MLC is have become more frequent.  You request to feel her, and usually proceed with a hug or a kiss; you tell her goodnight in the sweetest of ways. 
You're learning to sing every song that you hear frequently, and I can just picture you serenading your sweet baby sister while rocking her in her bassinet.  (supervised of course). :)
You care for others, when I say ouch you always ask "Are you O.K. mama?".
By being your two worthy self your learning all the things I'm sure you'll tell her not to do; no doubt keeping her from the same fate you once endured of daily time outs.  (*wink and smile)

Yes you will be the older wiser big brother.  The one who picks flowers for her because you know the happiness they can create.  The one who tells her it will all be O.K. with a kiss.  You will be her playmate, her protector, her role model and entertainer. 
You corrected a passing stranger in the store the other day who commented that you were not a baby but a big boy; saying "I'm mommy's baby."  What an answer!  Yes it's true, and that you will always be.  My first born baby will soon take on a new role, and I think you will wear it well.