Week of the Young Child

Annie's pre-school celebrates The Week of the Young Child like my high school did spirit week before homecoming where everyone wears random get-ups all week.  These were Annie's:

Monday - Crazy Clothes Day (a cape was all I could come up with.)

Tuesday - Wear Your Favorite Color (Annie wanted Denver in the picture because she was so impressed with his overalls "they are sooooo cute - take his picture too!")

Wednesday - Crazy Hair Day (note to self hair chalk is EXTREMELY hard to get out of very blond hair.)

Thursday - Dress Myself Day (Annie was dying to wear the cape again - she had asked to every day since Monday so guess what she put on??? She added the mask for effect.)

Friday - Crazy Hat Day (such a sweet girl)


Peace, love, & all that other stuff...

To begin here's what we've been up to -

Denver started sitting up in a tripod pose by himself right at the end of 3 months old / first of 4 months.  This opened a whole new world for him & like the Pilgrims, he didn't want to go back.  So now we have a lot less of this:

& more of this:

Laying down or being propped up no longer works for him.  He needs to be upright on his own so he can see what everyone else is doing & grab anything close to him & do a security check on it by putting it in his mouth.

Unless he is doing this:

He assumes this position:

He is smiley & happy 90% of the time but is very vocal with his demands when they are not met.

We've also had a zoo trip per Annie's request.

It was a tad chilly but she didn't mind.

Neither did Denver

Brynn & her mom met us at the zoo so that added to the fun.

In case you couldn't tell the OKC Zoo is very proud of their elephant enclosure & exhibit.

It was at our zoo trip while I carried Denver in a baby carrier on me & worked to find private places to nurse him while Philip stood watch (remember he is very vocal when he has a need to be met) that I realized what a hippy I have become.  

I use to roll my eyes at those people with their babies in packs on them until I had one of my own that felt like they needed to straight up seeing everything all the time. I realized how helpful they can be. Now every time we go anywhere we have the Bjorn & when we get out that's how Denver travels - on either Philip or I.

Hippy identifier number 2 - I've begun making my own laundry detergent.  Why? Well my friend Sarah who watches Denver while I'm at work has done it for years & told me about it & how great it is so I thought I'd give it a shot.  I did & it works great.  Getting stains out of a baby's clothes after a diaper blowout is not an easy task but this homemade laundry detergent does the trick.  Everything comes out smelling sweet & is clean as a whistle (what does that even mean?).

Hippy exhibit number 3 - I use essential oils.  Every day I put them on the kids & me before we head out the door & diffuse them every night while we go to sleep (& some during the day). Why? Well, they are suppose to have some bacteriocidal properties & who wants to be sick or have a sick kid? I can tell you who - no one!  

Anyway, the kids seem to like them, they smell nice, & they aren't harmful so why not?  (Doesn't that sound like a 60's argument by a man with long hair, who hasn't showered in days, & is wearing bell bottoms?)

Annie always reminds me before she puts her shoes & socks on in the morning "Don't forget my oils!"  The Autumn of even a year ago would've been shaking her head at that.

In addition to the above points another granola facet of my life now is that Philip & I are currently adhering to the paleo diet.  (Which would make it not granola at all since grains are out, but I digress.)  

Pretty much you eliminate processed foods & eat fresh stuff.  After 2 weeks of this I have to concede that yes I do feel a lot better & have more energy (after pretty much figuratively kicking & screaming before agreeing to do it with Philip). While we won't always completely eliminate carbs or dairy we are hoping to do it 85% of the time after we do this hardcore for a couple of months.

I guess in the end it's like I mentioned a little while back when I had my birthday - although I'm not sure where I thought I'd be at this point in my life I am certain I would have been laughing at some of the things I am doing now. But in the end that's what makes growing & life fun - watching how experiences, events, & people change you.  That being said I hope I don't read this years down the road & realize I took a trip to a large outdoor concert in the middle of a field in upstate New York... :)


Spring has sprung...finally

So the winter that won't quit seems to be receding which is good because this week was spring break for Annie.  That was reason enough for me to take a couple of days off & hang with my kidlets.

We started it off with a chilly rainy Saturday so we spent the majority of the day at home.  We got out for dinner & to run a few errands that evening though & Annie & I were lucky enough to be accompanied by not one but two heroes.

Then Sunday we went to church & napped.  Let me take a minute to clarify - we went to church & afterward napped. ;)

When we woke up we decided to go see the Thunder play the Mavericks that evening. 

We had a good time.  Denver watched & napped some while Annie cheered her heart out putting her own spin on some of the cheers such as chanting O-S-U instead of O-K-C.  

Sadly our cheering did not help because Dallas soundly beat them.

On Monday we ate lunch at Annie's favorite place Chick-fil-a and found what Annie declared was "the last toy I will ever want." So she spent her Christmas money & proceeded to work on her play-doh skills for the rest of the day.

While Denver tried to figure out how a walker works & met Cookie Monster.

Day 2 of spring break consisted of a car picnic because we live in the state where the wind comes sweeping down the plain. Followed by fun at the park.

I went back to work on Wednesday & Nana came to stay & babysit which is a treat for all of us.

Now we are at the end of the break and there are signs of spring popping up everywhere.  This means the end of the school year and more relaxed pace of summer is in sight.  Yay!


Sesame Street LIVE

Because as parents sometimes you take one for the team...

The kiddos liked it

Well, for the most part.  Annie has always been suspect/scared of people dressed as large characters & Denver crashed early on. But Brynny Bear loved every minute.

It is also worth noting that we were in fact THOSE people who were walking through the streets of Bricktown at 8:30 PM back to our hotel with 2 small children & a baby in tow.

However, there is no need to be concerned about what anyone we came upon thought about our mad parenting skills because clearly the two gigantic Elmo/Cookie Monster helium balloons we were wrangling in the Oklahoma wind sealed the deal on how much we cared about our little ones & how classy we are.


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