Monday, September 1, 2014

A disappointing (for me) trip to the park

I planned all weekend to take the boys to a park near-ish to us that has a little animal farm/petting zoo, a splash pad, and a decent sized playground to play on. Last Monday morning we got dressed, ate our breakfast and got all ready to go.

I got a tiny bit lost on the way there but we made it eventually.  I wouldn't have minded getting lost so much if things had gone the way they were supposed to.

Anyway, as soon as we pulled in I see a sign below the big sign for the animal farm that says, "Closed for the season". Boo!

I was really bummed about that but I was still determined to have a good time at the park and splash pad so we headed over to the park. Of course, the first thing Dragon wanted to do was swing. Unfortunately, I had to attend to Colt's needs for a few minutes so I got to listen to Dragon saying, "swing, swing, swing, swing" the entire time, despite there being a HUGE playground for him to enjoy.

Well, eventually I was able to get him in the swing and, as always, he was happy as long as he was going "High!".

The best part about our trip to the park was that it was Colt's first time in the swing:

After 15 minutes on the swings I tried to convince Dragon to play in the water at the splash pad or at least try out the slides on the playground but he was content with the swings.

I wouldn't have been annoyed with this if I hadn't driven 15-20 minutes to get to this park since there is a park in our neighborhood that has swings at it!

Of course, as soon as I told Dragon it was time to go home, that's when he wanted to finally play on the rest of the playground. Silly guy.

Ugh. Anyway, it was still a fun outing I'm just bummed it didn't turn out the way I'd hoped it would. Maybe next year, I guess!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A visit to the farm

This farm isn't your average farm. It's actually a farm with a mini-amusement park that's meant to have a "county fair" type feel.

We got Dragon really excited the day before telling him we were going to be a having a lot of fun when he woke up.

He kept saying "FUN!" as we were driving to our destination. He was so excited even though he had no idea what we were going to be doing.

Once we got there he went into towel mode. Towel mode is a mode Dragon has had since he was born. It's his super serious, taking everything in so he doesn't have anything left to smile and sometimes he doesn't even move.

Despite his face in most of these pictures, he really is having an awesome time!

First stop, the train. He went straight for the conductor's spot. I tried to tell him how to ring the bell but he just held onto it like this the entire time.

Post train/pre-flying-corn ride:

He was so anxious about getting on this pony. He was trying so hard to get away as I lifted him up onto it but once he was on it was all good. 

As you can see in this picture, the person guiding Dragon's pony was a real delight. (I hope you can sense my sarcasm!) Although, I suppose, in her defense it was REALLY hot that day. 

And he was off to go around the little path!

Then we made it to the boats.

After the boats we hopped on a train that everyone could ride.

On the train we saw alpacas and cows and chickens and ... some other animals that I can't seem to recall. 

The train was the perfect spot for Colt to take a nap. 

As we got off the train Dragon saw this and made a bee-line for the steering wheel, despite other kids being on it already. 

After the tractor he made his way onto the bus.

He climbed in and took a seat all on his own. When I peeked in the bus this is what I saw:

He was just giving the bus driver instructions. I think he was a little bummed that it didn't drive anywhere but he got over it pretty quick. 

While Dragon was busy playing in the school bus, Colt was sleeping in front of the "Cool Bus". I just needed an extra reminder that he was indeed with us the day we visited Remlinger Farms! The sweet kid was an angel. It was so hot but he just hung out in his car seat in the stroller sleeping or looking around for most of the day. He barely made a peep. 

After I spent some time staring at my baby boy I peeked back in the bus and found Dragon driving. 

"All aboard!" 

Next, he found his way to the "wee-ooo". 

This place seriously had all of Dragon's favorite things! It was like a two-year old boy's dream land.

After pretend driving the bus and fire truck he got to steer a car while the rest of us sat back and enjoyed the ride!

Up until this point it was pretty much non-stop from one thing to the next. We stopped for a bit to eat some food but even that break didn't last long. 

When we made it to the next ride Dragon just walked right up to the thing and climbed on without any help from his parent's. 

This was by far my favorite ride to watch him on. He looked so big when he was climbing on and off.

And, while the ride was going, he sat perfectly still, with his perfect posture, looking straight ahead.
I don't know what it was about the image but it just made me giggle. I could have watched him doing this all day long.

I got to ride alone with Dragon on a barrel spinning ride. I know how much he loves to spin in circles at home but I was wary about how he'd do on something like this. Turns out, like everything else, I had nothing to worry about. He loved it just as much, if not more, as everything else. I even got a few pretty good laughs out of him as we spun in circles "so fast!"

One of the last rides of the day was on the Flying Pumpkins! By this point, I was seriously dying of heat and was more than ready to get home but Dragon was having so much fun that I didn't want to drag him away. Luckily, Ben was getting ready to go as well so we re-rode the small train ride and then headed back to the car.

I was certain after all his fun that Dragon would crash in the car a few seconds after we got driving but I think he was so wound up from taking everything in and having so much fun that he couldn't sleep.

Needless to say he was a really sleepy little boy by bedtime but he'd definitely had a day full of fun!

One thing I was really surprised by, was how well he did with waiting in line. I saw a lot of kids having meltdowns about having to wait but Dragon took it in stride. I wonder if he'd be as patient if we went again next year.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Us! (A few weeks late)

In the grand scheme of things 7 years isn't much, but it's a big deal to me. A lot can happen in 7 years.

In 7 years we've lived in 6 apartments/homes. We've lived in 2 states. We've visited 10? states, 3 countries, and ... a lot of cities. We've gotten a total of 3 degrees. We've had 2 cavities. We've gone to the dentist 5 times (uncle Brett and Bart just pretend you didn't see this number!). We've been in 1.5 car crashes (the .5 is when we skidded off the road and got stuck in the median in the snow but no damage to our car). We've had 4 nieces/nephews born in the past 7 years. And most importantly, we've had 2 beautiful boys.

Okay, we've had a lot more happen than just the stuff above but those are just the random numbers that came to mind. 

It's been an amazing 7 years and I can only hope the next 7 are just as great. 

Family anniversary photo at Cafe Rio! 

I love Colt's face in this picture. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Conversation with Daddy

Colt has been a lot more social the last few weeks. He even started laughing at us laughing so we tried to catch it on video and failed. And failed again. And again.

We finally got ONE video of him laughing two or three times ... sort of. His laugh is the cutest thing I've ever heard and I just wish he'd cooperate with recording devices so I can go back and listen to it when he's sleeping!

Oh well, this video will have to do for now:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Potty Training 101

How to potty train your kid: Do absolutely nothing.

Dragon was running around the house today without any clothes after his bath. At some point I sort of noticed I couldn't hear him playing with his toys in the next room but I didn't think much of it until I hear him yelling from our bathroom upstairs, "Pee! Pee!", over and over again.

Ben and I went to investigate and, sure enough, he'd used his potty all on his own with no prompting from either of us.

... I suppose I should probably start being proactive about this potty training now.

On a completely different note:

What could possibly hold both of my children's attention so thoroughly and  for so long?


They find the TV absolutely fascinating. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

3 Months Old

I cannot believe 3 months have already come and gone but apparently it's true. 

Our little Colt is all smiles. In fact, he's even laughing now! It's the cutest sound you'll ever hear. Well, besides when he tries to sing along to any song you might be singing him. He especially loves to "sing along" to his bedtime song each night: I Am a Child of God.

He also loves sitting up now, not that he can do it on his own. 

He loves it so much that the only time he really cries is when he is left lying on his back for too long. Because of this he spends most of his day sitting on my lap or in his new Bumbo.

He is absolutely adored by his family. ... Except for when his brother doesn't acknowledge his existence. And in those cases he still makes a great mountain for jumping over.

Although, today Dragon just decided to share his fire truck which, if you know how much he loves his 'wee ooo', you know what a big deal that is.

I really cannot believe how fast he's growing. He'll big as big as his brother in no time!

Sending you all smiles from the Pacific Northwest. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Little Brothers are Great!

Little brothers are great! 

If you pretend to be nice to them for a few minutes while they're taking a bath, you get to splash in the water too!

And they make great mountains for your dinosaurs to climb ... 

They are great company when eating breakfast in bed and they never try and steal your food. (at least not when they're really little)

and they're pretty fun to kiss on the nose too.

They make great traveling buddies

and best of all, they're great at distracting parents so you have time to add a bunch of sugar to your German Pancakes!

Yep, little brothers are pretty great.