Monday, October 24, 2016

3rd Week of October

All of Gainesville shuts down for UF's homecoming so Austin didn't have school that Friday. The school's homecoming parade was that afternoon and I decided to turn into a play date and embrace the fact that we live in Gator Country and we need to celebrate too.
We car pooled with some friends and got there early to find a shady spot and enjoy a snow cone. The parade was really fun for the first hour. My boys loved all the sounds, trucks, and waving they got to do. However, it started to get really hot and we were all done and the parade was getting really slow. So we ditched out and went home for afternoon naps, I felt like we gave it a good shot.

Gary and I attended the football game the next day and we got soaked. I tried to be a good sport about it but after the 3rd quarter of getting rained on I was done and wanted something yummy to eat and to be dry.
The whole next week consisted of going to the gym, school, and sleeping (repeat). We pretty much do the same thing everyday to stay busy. We also went to the library one day and the splash pad another day. We also go to go swimming!!! in OCTOBER! I could have never said that in Iowa. 
Saturday Austin had T-ball. He loves it. He has a huge smile on his face for the whole hour. The whole hour is comical to the parents because the kids are uncoordinated and have no clue what they are doing so we all have a good time. Even Lennox is a good sport about it and will walk around and watch. After T-ball we went to Coon Hollo. It is a pumpkin patch, kinda. It doesn't grow pumpkins but has all the other stuff pumpkin patches have. The boys loved it all. Lennox's favorite part was the tractor rides. Austin's favorite part was the slide. Gary and I even split up so the boys could do their favorite thing over and over again. They had a swing thing, pony rides, feed the cows, and pig races. It was a fun Saturday with our little family that we hadn't had since September with Daddy working. I will say Iowa knows how to do fall and pumpkin patches a lot better then Florida and we were all missing it that day. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

1st half of October

The cooler temperatures have been so nice, it is only 10 degrees less but you can tell!
We've been playing outside more and getting way too many mosquito bites to count (zika!!!).
I am bound and determined to clean up the back yard so I can start planting things and maybe put a garden in. The boys are loving being outside and playing in the dirt (really it is sand) and when it is time to come in I basically have to hose them off. 
Gary is working a lot. This has been his hardest rotation and thankfully, we only have little less than a week and half to go. Unfortunately, he has the rotation 3 more times.
I got a job sewing pillows for an etsy company and I am enjoying doing something I love and making money. This job has also kicked in my gear to start sewing blankets again and it has been fun finding new things I want to make.
Austin is still the same boy. BUSY BUSY. The moment he wakes up until the minute he closes his eyes he does not stop. On the days he doesn't have school are tough. He wants to be entertained and be told what "fun" activity are we doing next that I am exhausted and truthfully, done with him. He has the sweetest heart and I am always impressed on what comes out of his mouth. The boy has never met a stranger. The neatest experience is realizing your son is color blind to the human race. I always made it a point to never describe someone by the color of their skin but I didn't think that would stop him from noticing the differences. He doesn't have a clue. One day at the gas station he was being Austin and started up a causal conversation with with two African Americans about why he got to pick out a treat. As they were leaving they both came up to me and told me that I am raising my son to be an upstanding man. This isn't the first time I've been told this by someone of the different race, the first time was back in Iowa when he was a year and half and waved to man getting his mail. I feel like I haven't contributed to Austin being that way at all (I'll still take the credit though, wink wink) but he was born this way! I hope and pray he remains color blind for the rest of his life. On a funnier note, he says some funny things like- I've got to put bug spray on him and he stands up straight with his arms wide out and says "stand like Jesus on the Cross" and then lets me spray him.
Lennox is such a cute little boy. He is slowly becoming less and less baby. He has a favorite TV show (paw patrol and says it like pa, pa), books, and toys. He does not like his brother's affection and honestly, Austin is a little over board with it. He started interlocking his fingers for prayer. He only lets Mommy put him to bed. He is going through the stage where he fights getting into his car seat EVERY TIME. He will give me kisses if I ask for it. He loves to help with chores, especially putting the laundry away. He is either happy or grumpy, no in between.
Well, that's about the best update I can give since there is no way I will back blog so here is to hoping I stay on top of it!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits

1. You just finished your first week of VPK (volunteering preschool) and you absolutely love it! You wish you could go on the weekends too.
2. You still ask more questions than any 4 year old I know.
3. They say at the gym that you are a great older brother and watch out for Lennox.
4. We keep practicing your swimming and your getting more confident.
5. At of the blue you will tell me you love me and it always is such a wonderful surprise.
6. Your imagination is going wild!
cuddles with mom

first day of pre-k

1. Right now is a tough age, we are both frustrated with one another because the lack of communication.
2. The best thing to come out of this right now is that you have not learned to say "NO" but can say "ya". However, you are very good at letting us know "no" regardless without having to say the actual word.
3. You give the best 2 second cuddles and will lay your head down and Dad and I love it.
4. I was looking back at what Austin was like at this age and Austin was in love with trains and Thomas the Train! You like trains, and trucks, but do no have infatuation like Austin did with Thomas the Train or any T.V show for that matter.
5. You started going to nursery by yourself and you do not approve. You always say "ya" to nursery but when it comes time for Dad to skip out than you want nothing to do with it. I think the gym child watch has gone well is because you have Austin to help keep your happy.

the beach was too exhausting to stay awake for dinner

first day of nursery

being a cute little stinker and wont hold still

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits

1. You started swimming lessons and you are rocking it!
2. You've gotten really into telling long made up stories and teasing people in a funny way.
3. You told swim teacher that you were tooting on her and that just describes your personality right now... just a big tease.
4. I am having a really hard time getting anything done outside the house these days because you detest any type of errand.
5. They say at the child watch that your a good big brother.
6. Grandma Kaye and Grandpa Brady took you to Disney World and it was quite magical and hotttt.

1. You and I are very frustrated right now. You can't communicate and we are both struggling because of it. This age is hard. 
2. You have learned a few words like: belly button, car, bird, fish, push, teeth
3. However, you do understand a lot more words.
4. We always new you were an animal, loving boy but you really have no fear on when it comes to dogs... you love them!
5. You are still a good little sleeper and I am SO grateful for that!

it is very rare that you do not have a goose egg on your head

you love smoothies and....

feeding yourself

lining up the trains and be so proud

carousal at Disney and being very tired

looking at the animals

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits

1. You ask about going back to Iowa multiple times a day. The other day you said, "Momma, I miss Iowa"
"I miss Iowa too"
"I miss Emma"
My heart shattered and any time I think of that comment I wish more than anything to go back.
2. You want friends and you've had to rely on Lennox and that has become nice for you to recognize him more.
3. Pre-School can not come soon enough. You want to start NOW! And you ask me several times to go see it.
4. You won't let me teach you how to swim and refuse to take your floaty off. 
5. We went to the beach on Saturday and you were in HEAVEN! I am so grateful you loved the beach and everything about it. You loved the ocean and wake surfing. You also loved playing in the sand.
1. You loved the beach too! You loved the ocean and how it would come up and down at your feet. You also liked putting sand and mom and into your bucket.
2. Communicating with you is growing every day. You understand a good portion of what we say to you and you are using new words every once in awhile. However, you still call me "dada"....
3. You are not a huge fan of the pool but I can keep you entertained for 30min and then you want a snack.
4. You love Austin and playing with him... but only if Austin doesn't invade your stuff and space.
5. You always come and bring me books to read but I am lucky in I can through the first page without you jumping off my lap and grabbing another book.

This is the group we went to the beach with, this isn't even all the resident families.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits for March and April

1. You loved dyeing Easter Eggs with your friend Emma this year. I still had to be very cautious because of the carpet under the table.
2. You got your first stomach bug of 2016 the day of the community Easter egg hunt and you are still sad that you missed it. 
3. You loved when Grandma Allen came and stayed for a few days and you cried when we dropped her off at the airport.
4. We had to sign you up for ear tube surgery again and I was anxious that it would be a traumatic experience. Thankfully, you handled it a lot better with minimal crying. The anesthesiologist even came and told us after the surgery that you were so brave and a great 4 year old and he was impressed that he could reason with you. Your favorite part was getting a popsicle.
5. I got to attend parent teacher conference and the teachers only had awesome things to say about you! They said you loved your friends and always has a smile on. They said you will play with anyone and everyone. You love outside time too.

1. You started taking steps the Sunday before my birthday but did not take off walking until I left to go to Florida for a few days. I came home to a Lennox that only walked!
2. You are getting picky with food.
3. I transitioned you to only taking one nap at the end of April because it was just getting too hard trying to get that second nap in and you were never very happy waking up from it.
4. You love to hit the ball of the tee.
5. Since it has gotten warmer you have found that outside is a lot more fun then inside. You love the park or even stroller rides. You let us know that you disapprove coming inside.