Thursday, August 10, 2017

Goal: Posting Once A Month


OMG Branson was so much fun!

Hard to even really capture everything in the photos but we were so busy! The highlights were:

  • Ride the Ducks
  • The fish hatchery
  • Talking Rocks Cave
  • TITANIC MUSEUM
  • Branson Mountain Coaster
  • Dixie Stampede
  • Fritz's Restaurant (KC)
Basically it was a non-stop vacation. When we weren't out doing museums/touristy things we were taking naps at the air bnb or swimming at the pool at the air bnb.

Pretty much my take home though is that my kids can survive on just rolls apparently even though we bought them food every time we went out they would only eat the fries or whatever carb was in front of them despite their request for chicken strips *coughNOLANcough*.

It all worked out though and we had leftovers to enjoy at the air bnb which, in my opinion, is the only way to travel anymore. The place was really nice with a king sized bed in one room and two twin beds in the other room. Unfortunately Maxwell wasn't the best sleeper in his pack and play and Brian and I divided and conquered the sleep arrangements by one of us in each room. Maxwell pretty much woke up each night and I just cuddled with him in the king size bed while Brian was slumming it in the twin beds.

One thing that surprised me was on the mountain coaster - which is literally a 1-2 person car that you ride up a hill and then gravity pulls you down the twisty coaster through the mountain - was a thrill for Nolan. I knew I wanted to ride this with him but I had no idea he'd be screaming "faster" instead of just screaming. 


Now the only problem is that I've been bitten with the vacation bug and can't wait to plan our next trip somewhere. Which I guess will be OKC for a family wedding. I'm sure we can find something to do while we're there :) 

In other news, we got some family photos done...














Monday, July 3, 2017

Growing Up!

My kiddos are getting so big!

Of course Maxwell transitioning from infant to full-fledged toddler (ie kind of a stinker) probably has the most updates so here goes:

  • He's starting to talk!
    • Bye Bye
    • More
    • Ball (anything with the I-State logo he also calls "ball")
    • Hat
    • Dog (and he thinks they say "moo" which is so adorable I almost don't want to correct him)
  • He knows where his body parts are when you ask
  • He LOVES playing peekaboo
  • He loves bathtime
  • He has favorite books that he brings us to read and sits on our laps
  • He's starting to eat a lot more "grown up" foods that we don't have to cut into as tiny of bites anymore... yes there is usually a cleanup involved
  • He loves snuggling before bed and wants his butt patted. When you're not patting his butt he'll swing his arm behind and start patting his own butt (so cute)
  • He loves playing outside, especially blowing bubbles and playing basketball
I'm sure there's more that I'm missing but that's the major stuff.

Nolan is:
  • Talking a lot more - there was a time where he was really still hard to understand but now I feel like I can really have a conversation with him
  • Loving going swimming
  • He loves playing with his water shooters in the backyard
  • He picks a new favorite toy about every few days or so that's his toy he sleeps with and then wonders where it is immediately when he wakes up
  • Doesn't mind going on errands and can usually be happy with whatever we're doing without needing to be bribed to behave with a movie (we never did that... *cough*)
We've been keeping really busy playing pokemon go (yes, really... yes, still) and going to parks and the pool or library whenever we can. We've also really enjoyed the farmer's market lately and the Blank Park Zoo etc. 

I'm recovering from strep throat. I have pictures if you want to lose your lunch. 

Anyways here's the cute pictures!
Hello, I'm a ham

Nolan and Maxwell with their Very Scary Monster named "Frank Toot Monster" - Our neighbor is a children's book author/illustrator which features his "Very Scary Monsters" pretty cool to have an author in the neighborhood!

Nolan feeding the parakeets 

Animal Crossing Sign - I took a picture because Nolan was scared that the mouth was suuuuper open. If you look at the loose feather on his neck you understand why. Pretty funny stuff. 

Twisted my arm and he got to go on a carousel ride

Maxwell letting a push pop melt while slowly licking it. I couldn't help eat it because I'm recovering from strep throat. WAAAAT

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Looking Forward To



It's the 2nd day of my work's summer hours! It's soooo nice to leave at 4:00 instead of 5:00. It's one of the many perks of my job :)

Anyways, I'm really excited for summer and the nice weather. I think that having kids has really changed my perspective on what to do with my leisure time. No longer am I content sitting in front of the TV all day, I want to get outside and play! Having kids renewed my joy for things I did when I was little, like going swimming or bike riding, and I get excited for the time when they can do those things with the same excitement as myself!

So here's a short list of my reasons I'm excited:

  • We have a pool membership for the summer. 
  • I bought a bike rack for the back of my car! (Hello finding new trails)
  • Our backyard is mostly thistle free so we can run around barefoot!
  • I'm leaving work at 4:00 (I can't stress this enough)
  • Brian and I are planning our first road trip/family vacation to the Ozarks!!!! (more to discuss on that later)
  • Nolan is turning 4 this summer and I'm taking his birthday off for a Mama/Nolan play day (probably going swimming if we're being honest)
  • We bought a membership to the science museum in Des Moines as well as the Blank Park Zoo - the hidden benefit of these memberships is RE-CI-PRO-CI-TY. That means many other zoos and museums will allow FREE entry! (There's a zoo by the ozarks that does reciprocity)
Ok, the above things that I'm excited for all have the possibility of going down a rabbit hole and talking about the minute reasons that I'm excited for each of the above but I think I want to zone in on the Ozarks vacation. 

I have been SO wishy washy with vacation planning lately. Like I've had dreams of going to Germany/Harry Potter World and did everything except for buying tickets as far as planning but things fell through. To back up, when Brian and I got married in 2011 we went on a honeymoon to Mexico at an all inclusive. I was kind of pushing for a european vacation but he really wanted to do Mexico and I, being a little more traveled than he, figured that he could decide. We made a decision to have a "big vacation" (ie one that's a little more expensive, maybe a week or more, to a destination that you definitely can't drive to) every 5 years. That means we were due for one in 2016 but GUESS WHAT? Wehadababy Itsaboy. So instead of doing the big trips when the kids are so little and, let's face it, still sleep terrorists it makes more sense that they come with us rather than having them stay with family. 

So Brian and I were discussing something to do this summer - and we hemmed and hawwed about Colorado. I mostly wanted to go because I wanted a mountain vacation that was relaxing with some hiking. Something that didn't take a lot of structure because the kids are so little it seems like they (especially Maxwell) won't remember it anyways. But I still wanted to go and do something because we really only have 14 years until Nolan moves away for college... That sounds like a long time but that's, in my eyes, 14 potential vacations as a family if we only do one a year. So what better time than today?

That's my background anyways. So I've started a very pathetic pinterest board and come up with the below ideas for activities during the day:
  • Hiking
  • Zoo visit (fo FREE)
  • Cave tour
  • Water Park
That oughta do 'er. And I'm guessing the kids will be tired when the day is over. 

Anyways I think that the next few weeks/months of planning is going to be really fun and going there will be a fun way to end the summer. More to come? 

Before I click "Publish" I have to share this:

MRW I'm the designated driver
"Hold still... please smile!"
When you turn 1 and grandma gives you the best present of all time. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Big Gulps Huh

#spoileralert

Christian should be getting a package in the mail today.


I'm going to visit my bro in June!!!! I decided to be cheeky and make M&Ms for him as a way to make him second guess allowing me to visit.

This is what happens when you have groupon credits and a bro you love to tease.

Monday, April 17, 2017

From the mouth of babes

Daddy tooted. Nolan heard it and had some notes.

Nolan toots and it sounds like "pbpbpb"
Daddy toots and it sounds like "pbpbpbpbpbpbpbp"
Mommy toots and it sounds like "kaboom"

So there you have it.