Friday, October 20, 2017

fall trip to NC

The boys and I got back last week from another trip to visit my parents in NC!

Keaton and Penn were awesome the entire rock star children. We stopped ONE time for lunch and a bathroom break and that was it!! It was quick, easy, and one of the best trips down that I've had. I'd like to think I did something awesome as a parent to have outcomes like this, but I'm pretty sure it was the DVD player and ring pops.
Rain was in the forecast for we were there except one, so we didn't waste any time on our nice day and headed to one of the boys' favorite places - Pullen Park 😊 
Penn loved the slide and Keaton loved the train, carousel, and boat rides.

 Breakfast at Grammy and Pop Pops...with the look on Penn's face Pop Pop is up to no good 😉
 We went out a lot, but stayed in too. Sunday afternoon Penn was just out of sorts, so we took it easy and stayed at home. Keaton iced his foot...
And then we/I put together this train set. I found it on craigslist and saved it as a surprise for the boys. I thought it would be fun for them to have something new to play with....Keaton LOVED it! He played with it for h.o.u.r.s. {while Pop Pop slept}.
We just loved the change in routine!

And of course our usual trip to Marbles {where I'm 99% sure I got a stomach bug that hit me the day before we left!!} 

The stomach bug was my big finish to the week, but before that my Mom and I got to do a little shopping and take Keaton to Build A Bear {where I cried because it was SO cute!}.

The boys were just as good riding home as when we drove down. Again, ROCK STARS! The most exciting thing that happened was when Penn laid on the bathroom floor in McDonalds and said hi to the woman in the stall next to us. He's a mess. It was 20 degrees colder in PA too!

We love our trips south! Always a little crazy, but always worth it 😀 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

penn liam - 2.5yrs

Penn at 2.5 is starting to get really fun!

He continues to be a small boy with a BIG personality 😍
He used to have long, hard days of crying, throwing fits, and being fairly irritable, but thankfully those days seem to be gone! He's definitely a normal 2 year old and has his moments, but he is just the happiest boy and we're all lovin' it!

At 2.5 Penn is a little parrot. He repeats everything we say...or that he hears. He's starting to come up with his own things, but mostly he just repeats. My personal favorite is when he says "lub you" 💗

P is a little artist! He loves his "colors" and would do art all day if we let him! Markers are his personal favorite, but he settles for crayons most of the time. I've definitely noticed less eating and more actual coloring these days!! haha He's recently discovered and loves the magna doodle - drawing/writing all the time!
As you can see in ↑ he has a hard time sitting at the table. We're working on it ;0) He loves to stand when he works and is a wiggly eater. As long as he's eating I don't mind! Penn's palate hasn't changed much in the last couple of months - he's still super picky and only eats a very small amount. His sweet tooth has definitely kicked into high gear though.
 He loves sprinkle donuts, lollipops, ice cream, gummy bears, and popsicles! Along with cheese sticks, pepperoni, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, yogurt, honey sticks, applesauce packs, and 5 or 6 other things depending entirely on his mood.
 Penn is our little adventure seeker. He goes full force with pretty much everything and doesn't like getting held back! I tried to hold him here and he pushed my hand away. He likes to GO!
 He loves to climb, slide, bump into things, and run at you full force so you have to be ready to catch him!! 
 P loves to play with other kids, trains, blocks, things that make noise, and bubbles.
But his absolute favorites continue to be his bear and blankie :) Oh he'd snuggle them all day! Bear is like his little baby - he carries him around on his hip and it's just adorable. Penn has always loved babies and stuffed animals. They're his one weakness. 😊
 Sometimes I'm afraid of who I'd be without Penn in my life. We all needed Penn! He's the life of the party and a little bright light in our sometimes dull and boring family 🎉 haha Just look at the smile!!
God is going to do big things with Penn! 

Favorite color: orange or yellow
Favorite toy: his bear
Favorite person: Keaton
Favorite animal: Phinley dog
Favorite show: Daniel Tiger & Mickey Mouse
Favorite food: ice cream

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

keaton mark - 3.5yrs

Is my sweet boy seriously 3.5 years old already?!?

Where does the time go??

Keaton and Penn seem to be changing so much these days I thought I'd do a half year update so I don't forget every.single.thing about this age.

I love Keaton at this age. I mean...I love him at every age, but he has been cracking up every day :) 

Daddy's hat ✔ PJ bottoms ✔ No underwear ✔ Daniel Tiger socks ✔
 Right now Keaton is a major talker at our house. He talks all the time and is always asking "but why?" Honestly, I love it. The whining I could do without, but the questions don't bother me one bit 😉
Now. When we're out and about, especially around other kids he gets very quiet and super shy. He doesn't hide behind my legs per se, but gets pretty close. He doesn't like large crowds or loud noises - he's an introvert through and through. His teacher says he's very quiet in class, which doesn't surprise me at all.

K likes to play all sorts of things. He enjoys the park and being outside, but prefers not to use the slide....just not his thing. He seems really into playing trains right now and gets excited about anything Mickey Mouse. Daniel Tiger is still his first love.
 He has been into coloring and drawing a lot! This is his first self portrait....I think it's pretty good! I took a picture because it was erased literally right away. haha
 His favorite things to draw are rainbows, grass, and the sun :) He colors with a bit more purpose and can use stickers like no one's business.

One of the biggest things I've noticed is his desire to do things "all by myself" and HE DOES! I hear the stool being drug around the house more times than I can count so he can get himself a little higher and reach something. He can get dressed all by himself - head to toe. He likes help and usually takes convincing {or threats} to get him out of his pajamas, but he can do it. We haven't attempted him to stand at the potty yet, but soon that will come and he'll be able to do that himself too {hahaha...I can dream, right?!}

 Keaton is a big helper boy! He likes a job and I like showing him how he can be part of our family team 😊
 His sweet tooth is as strong as ever. Now for breakfast he asks for candy corn or a special treat. HAHA Some of his favorite foods/foods that he'll eat are special treats 😜, donuts, ice cream, yogurt, orange cheese sticks, pepperoni, ham, red peppers, ritz crackers, cheez-its, applesauce packs, chicken nuggets, hot dogs {esp from Costco}, pretzels, apples. I think I threw up a little re-reading through that list. He definitely has gotten more picky, but sits at the table very nicely and asks to be excused when he's finished. 
 His heart continues to grow with his body. 

He has a very sweet disposition and likes to make us happy. He can definitely push the "Mommy might lose it" button, but it would be weird if he didn't. Almost every time you ask him how he feels he'll say "I feel...happy." And he almost always seems to be :)
He continues to make me want to be a better person. Love you Keaton!

Favorite color: blue
Favorite food: donuts
Favorite movie: Trolls
Favorite toy: trains
Favorite thing to say: "but why?"
Favorite animal: penguin
Favorite show{s}: Daniel Tiger, Mickey Mouse Club House, PJMasks
Favorite song: this is a toss up...he's always singing something different

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

apple picking - round 1

I'm calling this "round 1" because I'm sure we're going to hit the orchards again this fall :) 

It's going to be a high of 85 here today. That's hot. A little too hot for the end of September, but cooler temps are around the corner and when they show up for good we're headed back to pick more apples and make some a cobbler and pie!!

We went with one of Keaton's little buddies from church.
I wasn't sure how Penn would do, but he followed right along with Carson. Keaton wasn't interested in picking any green apples...he only likes the red 😉

It had rained the day before and so the grass was wet and pretty muddy. Keaton didn't want his shorts to get wet so he hiked they up. I just love kids. haha


Except then it just got too hard to coordinate. HA
Afterwards, we went to the little farmer's market they have and got treats for the boys. Carson had a whoopie pie and the boys split a donut :)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

september happenings

A little lot of this and that from our September so far! It's been a busy month, but we're lovin' it!

I got my hair done a few weeks ago and Ryan took the boys to the zoo and Chocolate World solo. Just look...he's such an awesome Dad!
And then we took them again not that long ago. The zoo and CW are super close by and so we go a lot.
 Everyone is always excited to see the animals and then get chocolate! Penn will walk around the house saying "chocolate. chocolate. chocolate."

We've also gone to the park...

And a Farmer's Market within walking distance...
 We walk here almost every Friday - walk, buy broccoli {Keaton's request}, donut, playground :)
 Penn is still a pretty picky eater, but he likes donuts! He'll walk up to me and say "DONUT! SPRINKLES!" I guess he's hoping it'll just appear?? haha
 A little exploring by the playground.
 When we're home we just do a lot of random stuff.

The boys got to play in the van while I vacuumed it out a week or so ago and it was basically the best hour of their little lives. They LOVED it!
 I got in the next morning and it took me 10 minutes and a little driving down the road to finally get everything turned off and back to normal! They pushed buttons I didn't even know existed. haha
 Speaking of vacuuming, they love to vacuum. They literally fight over it when I get it out. At first it was just getting to push the "on" button, but now they want to control the whole thing. There's one spot in my closet that got very clean last week when Keaton was in charge - poor soul couldn't get it turned so he just went up and back. Up and back. I moved him to the hallway ;0)
 Penn reorganized our Tupperware while waiting for his turn.
We've played blocks...

Colored/painted/danced {a lot}...

And made cookies before Penn woke up from his nap.
Keaton is such a good big boy helper now :)
 I guess he sniffed too much sugar because when we were done he ate this entire tomato. HA
Penn spends a lot of his time doing things only a 2 year old can do and get away with. I told him to go get in his seat to eat and this is where he went. I guess he's technically in his seat, but oh my. He's a stinker. He'll just sit there and smile at me. 
He's also discovered how to get completely out of the dog door. This is NOT good. It's a good thing we can put a solid panel in front so I can go to the bathroom and not worry about him escaping!
The boys and I are running {they're getting pushed} in a 5k this weekend and then Keaton gets to be a mailman at his little buddies birthday party ;) Fun times ahead!
Cheers to September! One more big weekend until October and hopefully some cooler temps!
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