Monday, November 13, 2017

7 Happenings Around Here

Miles started a class kids at the gym where I go. The class helps with agility and a little strength training. He seemed to like and went back for a second time today. Darrin said he worked hard.

Family game night with Batman. It was hard for us to keep a straight face. He played like this for a while.

This baby loves his food :)

I know two boys that were happy to have their daddy home this weekend. I had blood pressure issues most of the weekend. It was high and then crashed within hours leaving me feeling terrible. Darrin took the boys to church and took care of them all weekend while I worked on getting my blood pressure back to normal. It finally came up in the afternoon and I felt perfectly fine again.

Carson loves the beginning of Mickey Mouse. He gets so excited and it manages to hold his attention for around 1.5 minutes. No exaggeration.

We had family pictures on Saturday. When the pictures were over, the boys were climbing around on some of the stuff at the park. Carson fell off of a ledge and landed face first. Nothing broke his fall. We really thought his nose was broken. In true Carson fashion, he cried for about 30 seconds and then he was fine. His poor nose was red, swollen, and bleeding from the inside. Thankfully, he looked fine the next morning.

I got a new (to me) car! I've been driving my old car for 8 years and it wasn't new when we bought it. It had zero features and sounded like it could fall apart at any minute. It needed new tires and about $1,000 worth of work, so we decided to unload it. Since apparently we drive cars until the wheels fall off, I wanted to be sure that I got exactly what I wanted this time, including the interior and exterior color. I wanted the interior to be tan leather with black floor boards, and the exterior to be white, black, or champagne. We found this car in Chattanooga and drove 8+ hours round trip to get it last week. We literally prayed as we were pulling out of the drive way that God would help us make it there safely. We had a blow out on the interstate on the way there and ended up rolling into the dealership with a spare on :) They still honored their 'sight unseen' trade in value and the rest is history. I feel like we won at this game. My favorite things are talking on the phone with bluetooth, the heated steering wheel, and how smoothly it drives.

Darrin got a new (to him) truck recently too. We were laughing on the way home from buying my vehicle about the ways we've been impulsive over the years. This actually wasn't impulsive at all, but it was still out of the norm for us. It was actually part of a plan that we devised and we are both so happy with our new rides.

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Carson Update

Volleyball season ended last night so maybe I'll be able to blog a little more than I have been. I've come to the conclusion that two kids is way harder than one, so I doubt I'll ever blog as much as I used to, but at least I'll have a scrapbook for the boys one day. I thought I'd write a few memories about Carson.

He loves to be in control of his snacks. We put snacks that aren't messy, such as marshmallows, Nilla wafers, and puffed corn, on this little shelf and he helps himself. Lately, he hasn't been eating everything, but I think he likes to know that they are there.

He randomly waves at the air and stares off into space....even when it's dark in a room. It's kind of creepy.

He loves to be held and carried. He follows me around and stands at my feet with his arms up, but then often times wants down as soon as I pick him up.

Lately, he doesn't like his high chair. He whined and cried the other day to get out of his high chair. I finally figured out that he wanted to sit beside Miles at the bar. I had to stand behind him, but he was so happy to sit there and eat his breakfast. On another note, he cannot balance himself on a chair or stool yet.

He is a climber! He tries to climb up on everything. He can get on this chair in my bedroom. Tonight, he climbed in the chair and then covered himself with the blanket. Definitely my child!

He does not like riding in the car. Singing the ABCs does not work anymore. I've started pacifying with food and that does work. Not my favorite solution, but I can't handle the screaming in the car. His scream is unbearably loud. I've had a lot of headaches lately and the two just don't mix. As with the high chair, I'm beginning to think he just doesn't like to be restrained.

He likes to read books. Right now, his favorite is a Little People pop up book. We've moved on from Dear Zoo.

He loves his brother! He lights up when he sees him in the morning or at the end of a day. He's also a daddy's boy at the moment. Darrin and I both picked him up from school the other day and he totally bypassed me to get to Darrin. My mom watched him all day on Wednesday and he was quite attached to her too.

Unrelated to the picture, but he is obsessed with shutting doors. He shuts regular doors, cabinet doors, the refrigerator doors like it's his job.

He is oh so sweet and oh so aggressive at the same time. His personality is hard to describe. He's usually always happy and smiles all the time, but then, he screams and throws things in the same breath. I really think he is just frustrated b/c he can't talk and communicate yet. We've been working on words so the grunting and screaming will stop. I think once he starts he will take off, but he is a little ways from it now. I think the best two words to describe him would be lovable and determined. I wasn't sure a kid could be more determined than Miles, but I believe Carson might give him a run for his money.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Master Chief & our little Bulldog.

There is a story behind each costume. I actually found Carson's at a consignment store a couple months ago for $3. Since Darrin's team mascot is a Bulldog, it was a perfect find. This isn't a great picture, but it shows how happy he is in his little costume.

The butt and tail were adorable.

Miles really wanted to be a werewolf. I procrastinated on buying his costume. Apparently a werewolf was a popular costume the year and I couldn't find one anywhere. I checked four stores and there were no werewolves. He saw a Master Chief costume in Walmart, but it was an XL and we needed a medium. We finally came across a small. I convinced him that it would fit just right. It was tight and borderline too small. He didn't wear the mask at all tonight because he said it hurt. It was kind of funny how tight it was, but he didn't know the difference.

Company-wide we had a pumpkin decorating contest at work. I knew I wouldn't win, but it was still fun to participate.

Carson's little class at daycare. I think the Hulk is the only one that is happy to be there.

We were emojis at work. All I had to do was pick out my emoji and wear black. If you text me at all, you know this was right up my alley. I love some emojis :) I only wish I could use them when I'm blogging!

Tonight, we went trick or treating in a neighborhood with some friends.

These boys are all in the 2nd grade and play baseball together. Miles, Nate, Zach, and Tyler...

This is a good way to trick or treat. Their neighborhood was buzzing with people. The kids rode for a while and then hopped out to trick or treat for several houses and then rode again.

We were trick or treating in the neighborhood where Mason lives. Miles was hoping to run into him. I'm actually surprised that we did because there were so many people. They immediately hugged like they always do. I'm pretty sure that Miles had multiple pieces of candy in his mouth in this picture. When I sorted his candy at the end of the night, I was a little shocked at the amount of empty wrappers.

The ladies rode on the trailer most of the time...

While the dads walked behind.

Two of the older sisters of Miles' friends, who have both babysat for Carson before, stayed behind to watch him. I was worried that he would be difficult since he usually goes to bed so early. They said he was great, but he did go get his bag about 20 minutes before we got back to the house as if he was ready to leave.

He hung in there, but enough is enough. He wasn't asleep in this picture, but very close. I feel like Carson now...time for bed!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Less Words Wednesday

Right after dinner, he walked over to the cabinet and started crying because he knows that is where the marshmallows are.

This is one minute later with said marshmallows. Sometimes I put them on this little shelf to entertain his for a while.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

This is actually a fall break & weekend wrap up. We've been super busy, but here are 10 things from the last six days.

Carson climbed in here all by himself. He's a climber for sure. That's not something I ever had to worry about with Miles, but I can already tell that Carson is going to keep us on our toes. Wouldn't you love to know what he's thinking??

We hit up two different parks over the break. I took off three days and had today off for Columbus Day. I took Carson to daycare half of the time, which gave me some time with just Miles. It never seems that he needs that, but I do.

One day while Carson was at daycare, I took Miles and his best friend, Mason, to Chuck E Cheese. I was thinking while we were there that some people go to the beach for fall break and we settle for Chuck E Cheese. I can't say I thrilled with this deal, but Miles didn't know the difference. As long as Darrin is coaching this will be our life.

Marmee came for a visit. She saved me again by watching Carson during two of Darrin's volleyball games.

We celebrated my 41st birthday and our 16th wedding anniversary. As you can see, it was a good day. Miles was almost in tears b/c he didn't get us an anniversary card. I decided to make one, which is front and center below. It says "A Special Day" on the front and "Love mom and dad" and "For the best parents" on the inside. Be still my heart.

Miles had a friend spend the night for the first time. I'm not a huge fan of sleepovers, whether it be at our house or someone else's, but Mason and Miles are just easy. I've only known his parents for a year, but it feels like I've always known his mom and that these kids have always been friends. It's just a friendship that works. They never argue or get tired of each other. I've had such an easy time getting to know his mom too, which isn't always the case. I hope this is a friendship that lasts a long time.

Saturday morning cartoons together.

We painted pumpkins. Miles and I have done this for a couple years. Carson enjoyed it for longer than I expected. Miles and I were both disinterested this year for some reason. Our pumpkins weren't worth keeping or taking a picture of.

We were able enjoy a little time outside while the weather was pretty. Unfortunately, it's back to blazing hot here in TN. I'm ready for some fall temps!

And last but not least, some big news....Carson went to sleep without a bottle tonight! He's been down to one bottle at night for a couple months now. I decided to reclaim my counter space and put all the bottles away and the drying rack. We have enough sippy cups now to put them in the dishwasher, so no more hand-washing bottles and sippy cups every day. Instead of a bottle, he got a sippy cup of milk with just a little less milk, so there really wasn't much of a change for him. I kind of knew that he wouldn't care, but I was the one that was sad. I am glad that he is growing up b/c it means we can do and interact more with him. But, it makes me a little sad that he's growing up so quickly. I am so glad though that we will have a child in the house for the next 17 years, b/c I never thought we'd have him :)