August 15, 2016

Ocean City Friendcation

Did you know that "Friendcation" is a thing?  Well it is.  And we went on one.  Get ready for a photo overload because I couldn't narrow them down.

We went with our friends to Ocean City MD for a week at the beginning of June.  We stayed in an oceanfront hotel and it turns out that we went at kind of the ideal time of year.  It was just after Memorial Day so everything was open for the season, but schools weren't out yet so during the week there were very few people around.

We had one really awesome beach day.  The weather was perfect.

We also spent time on the boardwalk, playing at an arcade, and going to a little indoor amusement park for the kids.

We also swam in the hotel pools, ate all kinds of goodies along the boardwalk, and spent a little more time on the beach.

Not pictured: our evening games of Settlers of Catan after the kids went to bed and Morgan being "rescued" by a lifeguard (twice).

It was a really great trip and I'm so glad we did it!

June 20, 2016

Andrew is 3 1/2!

As usual, I feel like this has been a big six months in my little man's life.  He is now officially old enough for the preschool he's signed up for in the fall!  My baby really is a big boy now!

Since his third birthday Andrew has started Sunbeams at church, instead of going to nursery.  He is one of the youngest in his class but he's also one of the most attentive- he is just such a good listener and a rule follower.  He also aged up to the next class at My Gym.  He's now in an independent class, which means I don't actually go on the gym floor with him (which is great because Brandon is too active to continue sitting in the Ergo for that whole hour) and he's doing so well.  He has started actually talking to his teachers and participating without needing to look to me every time.  And he loves going!

He had his first Valentine this year.  His best friend is a girl and if we ask him if he loves Addie or if she is his girlfriend, he always says yes!  So we made her some hand painted paper flowers for Valentine's Day.  These two are so cute together!

Andrew loves to sing!  He's starting to learn songs from the radio now, especially ones that Aaron and I sing along to, like Stressed Out (21 Pilots) and Hello (Adelle).  He also sings along to our ringtones (Airplanes by BOB and Brave by Sara Bareilles).  That is, of course, in addition to his usual repetoire of the ABC song and other kid songs.  And he sometimes even breaks out singing songs from primary.  He just loves singing!

We finally got Andrew to stop sucking on his fingers at night!  I thought this was going to be super difficult but I got him to sleep with a mitten on his right hand for a while and that broke the habit!  I really wanted him to stop since things like that can start messing with teeth and bite once they get to be three years old.

I know people talk about the terrible threes (and we've definitely had some rough times, especially since he stopped napping) but in general I'm loving this age! Andrew loves being a little helper and he is a great big brother. He loves planes, trains, cars, monsters, dinosaurs, and riding his bike. He has even started voluntarily eating vegetables! I sure love this boy of mine!

February 29, 2016

One Year Old!

Brandon is a whole year old! Time sure passes quickly sometimes.

Just a couple days after his eleven month birthday he walked across a room and hasn't stopped walking since! He's such a determined kid, I'm not too surprised that he just took off.

Other than that Brandon hasn't had a lot of new experiences this month.  We were cooped up for a while because of snow, and we've otherwise been busy with normal life stuff.  We're working on phasing out the bottles in favor of sippy cups and getting ready to replace the formula with milk. He's measuring at the 50th percentile for weight, 80th for height (what?), and 30th for head circumference.

We just did a small celebration for Brandon's birthday with our little family. We went out to dinner, where Brandon got his first free birthday meal, and ate cake at home, which he devoured.

We love our little boy and are loving watching him grow from baby to toddler.  He's had a great year!