Sunday, September 14, 2014

758 & 866

Another special Saturday is in the books. This time we kept the magic going the whole day and as I was tucking Paxton in last night, he said he had a wonderful day. 

We started the day with some McDonald's breakfast. Paxton has been begging for IHOP but I had no desire to try that solo so McDonald's pancakes were the substitute. 
After breakfast, we decided to try a new park. It was cloudy and a little rainy but it was cool!
The boys had lots of fun and we had the park practically to ourselves...which turned out to be a good thing a few minutes after this picture...
Apparently Paxton inherited his dad's propensity for motion I was pushing him he said "I'm gonna burp!" Which I translated as "I'm gonna bump". I thought maybe he was nervous he was going too high...but a few seconds later his clothes, his shoes, the swing and the ground underneath him were...messy...

We left. 

After some lunch and a nap, he was back to normal. 

We went to Pelican's Snoballs for sno cones. Paxton decided he would try green...probably because the giant size on the display is a green one. 
While we waited in line, Paxton helped himself to a seat on the curb and started singing the Little Einstein's theme song at full volume for everyone standing in line. 
We came home and cooked out and watched the OU game on our patio. The boys ate for about a solid hour. I think they're in a simultaneous growth spurt but I'm a little nervous about our grocery budget. 

It was a pretty sweet Saturday. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Columbia, SC

Jared had to go to Columbia, SC for work and when we found out he had a hotel room, we decided to tag along. We left Sunday around lunchtime. We stopped and grabbed a late lunch, but Porter was too sleepy. 
There was an Ikea on the way and we had never been, so I knew I wanted to stop. 

After we checked in, we made the mistake of asking Paxton what he wanted for dinner. Of course we ended up at Cici's. 
Paxton loves hotels so much. He loves taking on the phone, swimming in the pool and eating breakfast there. When he heard there was an indoor pool, he was really excited. 
He has gotten so confident in the water this summer. He will jump in all by himself and go under water and then swim to the ladder. 

Porter thinks he's a big kid and wanted nothing to do with his float. He wanted to jump off the side like Paxton and swim around. 
On Monday, Jared had to leave early for his meeting, so the boys and I went to Cracker Barrell. We rocked...
And played the peg game...
And ate some tasty food. 
It was my first time to take both boys to a sit-down restaurant by myself and it went pretty well. They did great and ate well. 

After lunch, we wanted to go to the zoo but it was rainy. Instead we went to Frankie's Fun Park. They had a playground for kids that we were hoping to play on, but it was closed for some reason so we just walked around and pretended to play games. 
After Frankie's, the boys and I hit the road. We stopped at Target about halfway back to stretch our legs. As we were walking through the toy section, Porter started screaming "baby baby baby" at the top of his lungs. I looked around to see what he meant and saw a little box of dolls. As I tried to walk past, he got really upset and was shrieking "BABY" so he got a baby...
He loves it. 

It was a fun trip and the stop at Ikea made it worth it for me. Paxton said the pool was the highlight for him. It was my first road trip alone with the boys and it was great. They were awesome in the car. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

August in Review

August went by even faster than the last few months and somehow it's already September! 

We stayed busy in's what kept us busy:

Porter had his one year check-up where he was officially deemed short and chunky (80th percentile for weight and 26th for height...). 
We went to the Farmer's Market almost every week. We ate lots of fresh peaches and tried some new foods too. 
Uncle Josh and Aunt Candy visited and we had a blast with them. 
We went to the Science Museum several times...with Uncle Josh and Aunt Candy, with Kristine and Noah, with April, Ben and Emeline, and by ourselves. 
We went to our first Durham Bulls game. 
Paxton started preschool. 
Porter and Emeline hung out. 
We rearranged some things and combined all the toys downstairs to make one play area. Paxton is a huge fan. 
We played at Pump It Up with our mom's group and Paxton asks to go back every day. 
We rescued a kitty from the animal shelter after watching Paxton fall in love with a cat at the lake and start asking for his own almost daily. He named him Norman and both boys are in love. 
Porter finally decided to start walking and we have been chasing him ever since. 
And of course we kept up with our usual summer activities, pool time, cookouts, ice cream and playing outside. 
We had an awesome summer and packed it full of everything two little boys could hope to do in the summer. We have officially filled our house with pumpkins and owls and mums and more pumpkins and are ready to see what all these huge NC trees look like in the fall, and get growing boys some new jeans and find the best pumpkin patch and break out the crock pot and the bread maker and see what this fall has in store for us!

759, 760 & 867, 868

I read an article a few weeks ago that talked about how you only have 940 Saturdays between the time a baby is born and the time he leaves for college. I have been feeling like time is passing so quickly lately, and the season of having little kids will be over before I know it. The article was kind of the straw that broke the camel's back and I decided that I needed to find ways to make these days count. I know that not every Saturday can be magical, but I would like to try to do one special thing each Saturday. Maybe it will be something the boys have been asking to do, a trip as a family, or even just a special breakfast they love. 

Saturday #1 of my new system did not turn out to be my favorite Saturday, but we accomplished the goal so I'll count it as a success. 

Paxton has been asking for donuts all the time recently and Dunkin Donuts is one of his favorite places in the world, so that's what we did. Jared was at his football game so I was flying solo with the boys. For some reason they were grumpy. Porter fussed off and on the whole time and Paxton was just not in the kind of mood where he listens...

Saturday #2 was much better. Jared stayed home from football and we just totally trashed the house making an obstacle course for the boys and then a tent.