Monday, July 28, 2014

This is What Eight Looks Like

Today Bryan and I have been married 8 years.  We dated for 5 years before that.  Making this collage was such a fun way to look back.  We have moved three times, added a dog and two kids, and lost an incredible father and three grandparents.  The transition to parenthood is hard but I can't imagine a better partner on the journey. 

Bryan and I met at Summer Welcome at Mizzou.  He had some cheesy pick up line about marching band but it did get us talking.  We had so much fun the first day and said goodbye at the end of the night.  The next morning I got up early to take my Spanish placement test and I looked up and he was sitting at the computer across from me.  We laughed about it and said bye again.  A couple hours later I arrived to the bookstore to get my ID to find that Bryan and his parents were the last people in line.  We talked some more in line and said goodbye again.  After some other stops along campus and lunch we went to the dorm I would be living in to see the sample room.  Guess who was in there!!  We walked in the dorm room and there he was again.  We said goodbye for the final time and he went back to Cincinnati and I went to Blue Springs.  On Move In Day in August we were waiting for the elevator to check in the dorm and, of course, Bryan and his parents were in there when the doors open.  Needless to say, I knew there was something special there.  We were officially dating a couple months later.  I love that part of our story!

We have been so blessed as a couple and we are looking forward to so many more years together.  I love you, Bryan!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Caroline Jane ~ Twenty Four Months

I'm not really sure why I never posted Charley's final monthly update.  This is the last of FOUR years of monthly updates between the two kids.  I know I will be so glad to have these to look back on in several years when all of this is a blur.  Now it's just updates every 6 months.
Caroline Jane, at twenty four months you:
  • weigh 28 pounds and 9 ounces which is the 83rd percentile.
  • are 34.5 inches tall which is the 62nd percentile.
  • wear a size 6 shoe, 2T clothes, and a size 4 diaper.
  • have developed quite the personality.  You let everyone know if you aren't happy and have developed quite high standards for what makes you happy.
  • love playing with Jackson and copying him.  You don't love sharing with him and have no shame in blaming him for every little thing.
  • call Jackson "shaksie."
  • have become a much better communicator after your tubes were placed. 
  • wake up talking about your friends at school, Holly and Thaddeus.  You said, "Holly,  Fun.  Thaddeus, Fun."
  • are still an incredible eater.  You eat so many fruits and vegetables.  You really aren't much for sweets which is okay with mommy.
  • mostly want white milk and water.  You don't like most juices or chocolate milk.
  • have started showing a lot of interested in potty training.  You have even had several successes in the toilet.  You like watching everyone and you want to be fully naked to sit on your little frog potty.
  • are such a snuggler and have the squishiest, most kissable cheeks!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Zoo Day

Last Tuesday was a perfect day for a zoo trip. It was only going to be 63 degrees at noon so we even got to take cozy sweatshirts!  The kids had a blast!
We went with our friends Andrea, Jacob, and Tessa.   Jackson and Jacob loved running around together.
It was a fun day at the Sea Lion exhibit because the trainers were there.  The kids thought it was great to watch the sea lions play with their ball and eat fish from the pail.
The boys were excited to ride the wolf.
All of the animals were so active because of the cool weather.  The kids were exhausted by this point and were happy to have the rail to lean against.
We have season passes so I am hoping to get to the zoo at least a couple more times before school starts.  The summer will be over before we know it.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Birthdays For Both!

Summer has been busy, busy, busy!  In the nearly 3 weeks it's been since the last post, both kids had their birthdays.  Charley turned two on June 22 but that day was spent in the car driving home from Nebraska.  Since the kids birthdays are only a couple weeks apart we to do a combo birthday party.  Throw the Fourth of July in there and we had a busy weekend!  We have gone to the pool every Fourth since I was pregnant with Jackson so it's a fun tradition to continue.  It was great to have an extra set (or three) of hands so Bryan and I could ride some slides.

 The kids both love their Puddle Jumpers.  These are so great because there is more support than just arm floaties give but it's not as cumbersome as a life jacket. 
 Even with sunscreen this girl started getting a little pink so we headed home for naps.
 After nap time we had our neighbors over for a practice run with our new inflatable water slide before we used it for the birthday party.  We had hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill as well. 

 The next day was party time.  We had about 10 families over and the kids had a blast.

 This is as excited as the kids got for their cakes.  I was so excited for them and even during the whole song, these were their faces.  Oh kids.
 On Jackson's actual birthday we had a packed day.  I felt bad about spending Charley's whole birthday in the car so we went all out for Jackson's.  We got donuts when we woke up, then met friends at the small zoo near our house, and after naps we went to the pool.  They were exhausted by the end of the day.

As I was sitting across from them as we ate at "the restaurant" I couldn't believe how big my kids are now.  I have a TWO and FOUR year old.  Whaaaat??