Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Owen's 4th Birthday Party

We celebrated Owen's birthday, with friends, a little earlier this year. We had family in town and it just seemed to work better to have it early in the month than to wait. It really did work out for the best. 
Little Owen is obsessed with Mario so I knew without a doubt that his birthday was going to be based around Mario. We had originally planned to have his birthday at Chuck E Cheese but because of scheduling conflicts we ended up having it at the park which made things so much easier to manage. 

As a disclaimer I became extremely ill Friday and Owen's birthday party was when I really started feeling like I might just die. So my pictures are sub par and honestly I don't remember a whole lot because I was just trying to keep from falling over. More on that later.

All Owen wanted for his birthday was a piƱata. That was an easy enough request to fill. 

Kate and Ike enjoying their cupcakes 

Singing happy birthday to the little man with all his friends 

Opening birthday gifts 

Really I think he had an excellent birthday party. The kids played at the park and even got wet form the water park which I didn't know was going to still be on. Oops. I'm so grateful to my Carrollton friends who made the drive over to Roanoke to celebrate Owen. A huge shoutout to my sister-in-law,Vanessa for basically becoming "Mom" to my kids starting on Owen's birthday party because I was just so sick and an overwhelming amount of love to Dan for running the birthday party when all I could do was sit and watch. It was definitely humbling. Owen didn't miss a beat though and had so much fun! I'm looking forward to celebrating his real birthday in just a week or so! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

September Randoms

September always seems to be the kick off to a crazy rest of the year. Once Dan's birthday happens, it always feels like we are completely busy all the time. It's a love/hate relationship. I mean I love all the festivities but it sometimes can feel overwhelming. 
September was a good month. Here are a few highlights...

Dan can never sit alone. If he is sitting on a chair than all three kids usually end up on there with him. 

Kate is my little buddy. My tag along that puts up with a lot of errands. She LOVES books. I can sit her on a chair for a while with a big pile of books and she will be content. 

We have been enjoying the cooler weather and taking our book reading outside. 

I took this picture thinking that we were getting rid of our very first carseat. Thought I would document it. It was a good one to us. We realized we had family coming into town and would need it. So we haven't trashed it yet, but it's getting close to that time. And I'll be honest, it feels good. I'm ready to be done with baby things! 

June and Kate were so cute cuddled up on our bed watching cartoons. 

Documenting Kate's first pony tail. The girl has some fantastic hair! Including the most perfect blonde curls. 

Owen has really really become my best little man. I'm thinking being 4 years old will definitely be his age. He is so helpful with Kate and seems to be so much more understanding. The tantrums are far and few between. 

When the older two are at school that is when I plan most of my shopping. I thought how awesome it will be to just have Kate. She has become a little terror when shopping and throwing her mini m&m's on the ground really seemed to top it off that day. 

Spending our last few days at the pool. 

One morning when I was doing a practice yoga session, June and Kate wandered in. June wanted her own mat so I rolled one out for her. Kate then got upset because she wanted one. So I rolled one out for her as well. We had a fun little morning doing different yoga poses. 

June had her Boost A Thin fundraiser where you pledge money for each lap the child runs. She had a great time doing it and ran all 35 laps plus some. 

Owen and kate both had fevers that morning and weren't feeling well. So they were pretty groggy when I dragged them to June's school. 

When we got home later that morning Owen and Kate fell asleep. Croup hit our house pretty hard that week. It took Owen all week to recover. One day he literally slept all but a couple of hours in a 24 hour span. 

Kate was struggling too. We snuggled a lot that week. She didn't get it as bad as Owen but her cough became the worst. 

I walked into the kitchen and found this one day. It made me laugh. 

Owen wandered downstairs one night while Dan was watching the cowboys game. Owen was very intrigued so Dan and him watched the game together. Owen was asking him all sorts of questions. It was pretty adorable watching those two interact. 

We had Kate's first appointment with a hip and joint specialist followed by a physical therapist at the Scottish Rite Hospital. Nothing immediate was found and everything looks good from a physical stand point. She is making small, very very very small improvements and we are trying to be patient. She isn't walking yet but we have exercises and different techniques we are trying with her. It's definitely a process but I know we will get there. I think.... 
She loved getting the juice box of her choice and a snack of her choice while we were there though. And of course all of the attention she was getting! Haha 

Nothing crazy out of the ordinary for September. Gearing up for fall and all festivities to come our way! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Texas State Fair 2017

Ever since June came home with a fair ticket in her folder she has been begging to go to the fair. Our Octobers are always so crazy and we were a bit worried we wouldn't actually be able to make it. We decided the best time to do it would be opening day. Since it was  a Friday we planned to go as soon as June got off the school bus. That morning we woke up to rain. It rained all morning long and we were panicking a bit. 
Thankfully by the afternoon the rain stopped but the weather stayed cool and it was beyond perfect to go to the fair. I'm so glad we did. We had so much fun! 

We played all sorts of games 

And won all sorts of crapy stuffed animals. The kids thought they were the coolest things ever and continue to still sleep with them. Haha 

I go to the fair for one thing and one thing only. The funnel cakes. 

We saw this ride and were watching the logs come down, when all of the sudden Owen told us he wanted to ride it. We were very surprised and asked if he was sure. With confidence he walked right up to the log line and him and Dan rode it. 

I was very proud of him for being so brave! Thats a scary ride for such a little thing. 

Kate watching on her tippy tippy toes. 

Once Owen and Dan got off the ride June wanted to go. Dan took her too! 

Dan was the main attraction man. The kids only wanted him to go on all the rides. Fine by me, I got to stay behind and eat more food! Hahaha
 One of the fun house's was full of bubbles. Dan said it was pretty intense in there! 

We had so much fun eating, playing games and going on all the rides. I forgot how much fun the fair is. I really thought it was going to be crazy and chaotic but maybe it's because the kids are getting older or we were really in the mood for it, but we had a blast! 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dan Turns 33

Dan had a birthday! 
I love him. I love him. I love him. 
He is simply my everything and I'm so grateful for this man. 
With that said, here is what we did to celebrate this incredible human being's day of birth, 33 years ago. 

We did what Dan loves best. With bands and music. 
Our first night we went to see Modest Mouse at The South Ballroom. It was a fantastic show!  

The next night we geared up again to go see Ben Folds at The House of Blues. I loved the House of Blues. It is so full of Character! LOVED IT! And of course loved Ben Folds. The opening band to Ben Folds was also AMAZING! Tall Heights. They are now on repeat in the house in car. I also made Dan buy their record. Seriously, my new favorite band. 

The day of Dan's actual birthday didn't go quite as planned. He wasn't expecting anything but if you know me, you know I wasn't about to not do anything! Dan went to work and I made plans with our friend and Dan's co-worker to let me up to Dan's office and then I was going to take Dan to lunch. They are high security there and you can't just walk in. So I made all these plans and had a place for the kids to go too. Well Owen ended up being pretty sick, so I couldn't let him be babysat. I thought, Ok well we can still go get lunch and maybe just eat in the car and let Owen rest. I get all ready, kids ready and we head out to the car. IT'S LOCKED! My keys are locked in the car!!!  I went over to my neighbors house to see if they could help me break in, next thing I know I have all these helpers trying to break into my car. Time wasn't on our side and we sadly never got in. So I called Dan all sad and teary eyed, explained what happened and how the surprise was ruined. He laughed because he knows how devastated I get when things like this don't work out. Such an amazing man that he drove back to Roanoke and we had lunch here. He also brought my spare key to unlock the car. This is the second year in a row that I failed to surprise Dan at lunch. Last year he got in a car wreck so I had to change plans and that all failed. Maybe next year? 

Dan went back to work and we got ready for his arrival with birthday dinner and cake.
Dan showing June how to work the record player. 

We celebrated his birthday with just our little family. It ended up being a fun little evening. 

He truly is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I love him with my whole soul. 

Happy 33rd Birthday, My Love.