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things i’ve learned…

1.  DO NOT dress your child in white shorts when eating a popsicle on a hot summer day.

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2. Better yet, it’s probably smart to just let the kid run around in a diaper while eating!

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3.  Spray ‘n Wash with Resolve Power is amazing stuff!  (Yes, I got every single last drip of red popsicle out of these shorts!)

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babies everywhere!

That’s how it seemed this past weekend in Kansas City, and it was GREAT!  After leaving my mom and aunt in Oklahoma to continue working on my grandma’s house, I took the kids with me to meet Travis in Kansas City for the weekend.  We were excited to meet the newest additions to the family:  Noah and Gavin!

You might remember this picture from a post I did about our time in Kansas City this past Christmas:

ladies

And 6 months later…

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…the babies are here!  We were so excited to meet Casey and Brad’s son, Gavin, and Luke and Amy’s son, Noah.  It was so fun to have all the babies around.  I’m excited to see these little ones grow up together!

Here’s a shot of all three babies together (Noah–3 weeks, Molly–2 months, and Gavin–4 months):

babies

Can you believe how huge Owen looks in this picture??

o and babies

Owen has been used to being the center of attention at family gatherings for the last 2 years.  He now has to get used to sharing the limelight with those three other cuties!  He did his best to keep the focus on him by entertaining us with his latest favorite activity:  sword fighting!  He loves to pretend he’s fighting the bad guys and rolls around on the ground swinging his sword.  It’s pretty intense.  Here’s a shot of our warrior in action:

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When we weren’t watching Owen defend us against the bad guys, we enjoyed catching up with Travis’ cousins.  Here’s a shot of Travis and Owen with Don, Luke, and Luke’s son, Noah.

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We also got to spend a lot of quality time with Aunt Kelly.  Here she is cuddling with Molly:

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We also loved spending time with Travis’ parents, Nana and Bubba!

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We had lots of time with the cousins and babies while we were in KC, but we also got to spend some good quality time with Travis’ grandparents, Lane and Sue (or Yane and Tu as Owen calls them!).  I love this picture of Great Grandpa Lane holding his great granddaughter:

lane and molly

We had a great weekend visiting family.  We wish we lived closer so we could make it a more frequent thing!  We miss you all already!

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seriously???

Yesterday Owen threw a temper tantrum for an hour.  Yep, that’s right folks.  ONE.  FULL.  HOUR.  I timed it.  It started at 11am and ended at 12pm when I decided it was time for bed.  Here’s why.  Owen wants to carry his balls like this:

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(Side note…he’s watching High School Musical in this picture.  He loves this movie.  Goofball.)

In the above picture, he’s carrying two playground-size balls.  Much easier than the two basketballs he was trying to carry around yesterday.  (Yes, real basketballs.  He’s obsessed with them and wants nothing to do with kid-size balls.)

He got so frustrated because every time he would manage to get both balls into his arms at the same time, this would happen:

balls 2

I’ve got to give the kid credit for his perseverance.  He was not going to give up.  For a full hour he attempted to pick up both balls…the whole time screaming, crying, snotting, yelling, sobbing.  Try as I might, I could not deter him.  Anything I suggested or tried to distract him with evidently was just not as fun as holding two balls at once.  Who knew?

One full hour.  Seriously???

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my last trip to grandma’s

This is my grandma’ s house.

gma's house

I love this house.  I’ve visited this house multiple times a year since I was born.  It has so many good memories.  I visited it for the last time this past weekend.

My grandma moved to Dallas a year ago and is in an assisted living facility there.  Her house in Bartlesville, OK has been for sale for several months and has recently sold.  My mom and her sisters now have the huge job of getting the house ready to sell.  In order to do this, they need to go through all of the things in this house and either bring them to my grandma in Dallas, divide them between the sisters and the cousins, or sell them at an estate sale.  Because the closing on the house is July 31, there are only a few short weeks left where the house is still ours.  I wanted to see it one more time.

Not only does the house hold special memories of my childhood, but the city of Bartlesville does as well.  I wanted to take Owen and Molly to do some of the things we did every time we visited my grandma.  First, we went to Woolaroc.  Woolaroc started out as the ranch of Frank Phillips (as in Phillips 66).  It is now a huge wildlife preserve where you can see buffalo, longhorn cattle, ostrichs and many other animals.  There is a museum where you can learn about Native American history, and there’s a great petting zoo for the kids.  I loved being able to share this special place with Owen.  Here are some pictures of him petting the animals.

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Outside of the museum is a beautiful mosaic tile wall.  My cousins and I have had pictures taken of ourselves standing in front of this wall every year since we were babies.  Here’s a picture of my kids and me in front of this wall.

woolaroc wallAnother place we always visited (well, until we got too old) was the Kiddie Park.  I remember riding all the rides with my cousins countless times, getting cotton candy, and thinking the rollercoaster was so big (even though it really wasn’t!).  We thought it would be fun to take Owen there and let him ride some of the rides.  I chose the car ride for his first ride experience.  I figured that, with his love of cars, it would be a good first choice and hopefully not too scary for him.  Here’s a picture of me getting him strapped into his car (which he chose because it looks like Doc from the movie Cars):

ride 1

He looks pretty excited, right??  He was…until the cars started moving!

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Poor kid!  He started screaming the minute the ride began.  The kid manning the ride couldn’t have been over 13 and was oblivious to the fact that my kid was freaked out.  I stood on the sidelines cheering for Owen every time his car passed by.  Maybe this helped…the screaming subsided after a few times around the circle, and this was the face that he maintained through the rest of the ride:

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He was trying to be brave, but was still pretty scared!  After the ride was over, I rushed in to get him.  I walked up to him and expected him to keep crying, but he immediately started saying “Owie ride the cars!”.  He was so proud of himself!!  Goofy kid!

After his experience on the cars, we decided to stick to rides where an adult could go with him.  My Aunt Suzi and I took him on the train, and it was a huge hit!  He loved every minute of it.  Throughout the whole ride he kept saying “Choo Choo!!  All aboard!”.

train

After the train, we headed to the carousel.  Owen loved getting to ride the “neighs”.  I love this picture of him and my mom after the ride was over:

carousel

We had so much fun in Bartlesville.  I’m so glad I was able to spend some time in such a special place with my own kids.    I will cherish these memories.

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2 months already!

molly 1

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2 months old…

Today we went in for Molly’s 2 month check-up.  Here are her stats:

weight: 10 lbs, 11 oz. (50th percentile)

length: 23″ (75th percentile)

She continues to be SUCH a happy baby.  She is very social…she loves looking at people’s faces!  She is constantly trying to interact with us through her precious smile and her sweet little coos.  I know that I will make some other new moms very jealous by saying this, but Molly is now officially sleeping through the night!  She eats for the last time around 10 and sleeps until 6:30 or 7am!  It’s fabulous!  (And just in case you’re thinking “that’s not fair”…Owen was SO high maintenance and didn’t sleep for the first several months of his life.  We were sleep-deprived zombies around here.)  Not only is she sleeping through the night, Molly is now back to being breastfed 100% of the time!  I have totally eliminated dairy from my diet and worked to slowly increase the amount of breastmilk Molly took in per day and decrease the amount of formula she was drinking.  She’s doing great!  I have learned how to eat dairy-free.  It’s not as bad as I thought, but I am really excited for the day that I’ll be able to have ice cream again!

I feel like life is getting back to normal.  We are out and about all the time.  I’ve figured out a system for grocery shopping with two kids (The Baby Bjorn has saved my life!), we are back at play groups, and I’m realizing that I couldn’t live without my double stroller.  I still look forward to the days when Molly and Owen take naps at the same time (or at least partially at the same time), but I can’t complain because at least I’m getting a full night of sleep.  Anyway, we’re adjusting to two kids well!

Switching gears…

Even though after the age of 2 most people pretty much stop counting kids’ ages by months, I’m still going to post a monthly pic of Owen in his chair.  I like to see how much he grows/changes every month and the chair really shows how big he’s actually getting.  So here’s Owen:

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This picture pretty much represents Owen’s attitude lately…”I’m not going to do anything you want me to do simply because I want to tick you off.”  Yep, he’s fully embracing the terrible twos and making me want to pull my hair out!  I feel like all I do all day long is discipline him, talk to him about why I disciplined him, and then do it all again.  Here’s a typical conversation:

Me:  “Owen, you’re all hot and sweaty from playing outside.  Would you like some water?”

Owen:  “No!  Not!  Juice!”  (Owen’s big into the double negative…”No not!” is his signature answer.)

Me:  “Owen, juice isn’t a choice right now.  You can either have water or no drink at all.”

Owen:  “No water!  Juice!  Milk!”

Me:  “I’m sorry, Owen.  Juice and milk aren’t choices right now.  You can either have water or no drink.  Here’s your water cup if you change your mind.”

Temper tantrum ensues.  Screaming.  Tears.  Kicking of feet.  Slamming of body onto floor.  This lasts 15 minutes while I go about my business…and then go back to taking care of Molly because Owen’s tantrum has officially ended her nap.

I’m mentally exhausted at the end of every day.  I’m constantly trying to put myself back in “teacher-mode” by giving him choices so that we avoid the power struggle, and I’m also trying to give him positive reinforcement for the things he does that are good.  Who knew hanging out with a 2 year old all day could stretch your brain so much?!?

So, mom’s who’ve been there, how long do these terrible twos last??  I mean, I’m only a month in…is it really going to last for 11 more months?

The kid drives me crazy…and then I hear him singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” over the monitor when he’s supposed to be going to bed and he melts my heart.  Thank you God for those sweet little moments that remind me that Owen is still in there…even though it seems like a little devil child has taken over his body!

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a perfect summer evening

Just me, my little man, and a bottle of bubbles.  Times where it’s just the two of us are few and far between these days.  I treasure these moments.

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haircut #2

Owen’s hair was getting long…way long.  It was hanging over his ears and looking like girl-hair in the back…all one length.   Here’s a pre-cut picture of the back of his head:

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As you might remember from this post, Owen’s first haircut happened at SportClips the day before Molly was born.  The girl did a good job, but my friend, Emmie, cuts her son’s hair and offered to cut Owen’s hair, too!  I loved the idea of an in-home haircut and a fun playdate with friends.  This morning Emmie and her sons Chase and Luke headed over to our house for the big haircut.  We set up in the basement, stripped Owen down to a diaper, put a Thomas movie in the DVD player, and Emmie set to work!  Here’s an action shot:

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Owen did great!  He loved watching the Thomas movie, and he sat still for Emmie during the entire cut.  Emmie did a great job!  We’ll be “hiring” her again for his next cut…if she’s willing!  Here’s one final picture of the stylist with her client:

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