Wednesday, August 24, 2016

oh what a day it has been

Yesterday the stars aligned and we had the best good day ever. It went a little something like this...

- no preschool = sleeping in.
- woke up to raaaiiiinn
- ate breakfast with doors & windows open
- rain stopped, & we went for a walk / scooter ride around the neighborhood
- jumped in the car, drove to the "castle mall' in Scottsdale
- a little b-day shopping for Johnboy
- a little Shake Shack for lunch (!)
- a few Sprinkles cupcakes for dessert (!!)
- dance party on the drive home
- N A P  T I M E
- G/Dad got home from work
- new recipe for dinnnah
- playtime
- bedtime
- movietime 
- pillow talk w/ my love
- S L E E P

See what I mean?
I was heart-eyes all day long.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Zoo Day! (throwback)

Back in February, Rae's preschool had a field-trip to the wildlife zoo. It's kind of their 'big event' of the year, so all the kids were super excited for it! Garrett happened to be leaving for a little guys ski trip later that afternoon, so he took the whole day off to come with us! We had so much fun spending our morning walking around the zoo, seeing all the fun animals, riding rides, and just spending time together....I mean, I can't remember the last time I spent a Thursday morning with that guy, just hanging out! 
The highlight of our morning was definitely feeding the giraffes. Yes, I definitely lifted Rae up over the fence to get her closer. There was a zookeeper right there who didn't seem to mind, and Rae was absolutely thrilled!!! 
Rae's sweet little class!
I know this was only like 5/6 months ago...but I can't believe how little Rae looks. She's grown so much since then!
Love this shot!
literally nothing gives me the creeps more than crocs & alligators!

It was a perfect morning, and for real gave me the boost I needed to survive the next 6 days while G was off skiing Vail with his buddies. 

Thursday, August 04, 2016

First day of Preschool (year 2)

Yesterday was Rae's first day of school.
She's doing the older class at the same school she attended last year.
She has such a great teacher and they really do amazing things.
There's a huge garden where they plant and harvest vegetables, and then a little barn-yard with chickens, goats, and a pig!
We sent her last year, just for a few hours a week, to help her with her independence and coping skills.
It really worked miracles, and she was ecstatic to up her attendance to 3 mornings a week.
Johnny and I also love the solo-time.
For real, it has been a game changer. And it has given us the sweetest bonding time that we otherwise wouldn't have gotten.

Tuesday night we got her all bathed and cleaned, set out her outfit and backpack, and her Daddy gave her the sweetest back-to-school father's blessing.
It was such a special night talking about all that was ahead of her this year!
I'm so excited to see all the fun she has!

So Wednesday morning we pulled up to her preschool...Rae was squealing with delight, and Johnny literally lost it.....begging to get out of his carseat and go inside with her.
Since we were walking her in anyways, I brought him along.
We went inside, dropped off her classroom supplies, and took her to the classroom to get settled (it's just in a house, but she's got a full-blown classroom built-in).
This whole time, Johnny was fine-and-dandy, but the second I mentioned we were leaving, he literally broke down in sobs.
Like, just devastated that we were leaving Rae Rae there....and that he couldn't stay as well.

It may have been the cutest/sweetest/saddest thing I've ever seen.
I know this is blurry, but still, I love it. 
We gave sis big hugs and kisses and made our way back to the car, and I kid you not, Johnboy bawled for like 15 minutes.
And just kept saying "RaeRae! RaeRae!" in-between sobs.

He helped me run errands, and a lollipop c/o the bank seemed to cheer him up.

Three hours later, we were back picking her up, and Johnny couldn't have been more thrilled!
We came home to fresh-baked cookies to eat while she told me every detail of her first day of school (a tradition I grew up treasuring).
Most days I still can't believe my baby girl is big enough for school! 
Technically, she's old enough for kindergarten next year, which truly blows my mind (although we might add in another year of preschool). 
I'm so glad to have such a sweet girl, who loves learning and playing and just being happy. She brightens my day every day. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Johnny @ 19 months

Poor Johnboy. I've done hardly any monthly updates on that kid.
He's already a little over a year an half and he makes us smile every single day.

He's pretty big for his age, but he's still a baldy Lou, so I feel like he looks like this big giant baby. Just today I looked at him and couldn't believe how looong his legs are. The kid must've just gone through a growth spurt, because all of a sudden he is so tall! I'll be so sad to see his chub thin out as he gets more of a little-kid body and loses his baby body. I love that chubby boy.  (Don't worry....I just checked, and his cheeks still jiggle when he runs. Phew!)

He loves balls and cars and books. He has those three words on repeat, all day, every day. He'll eat anything and everything, but his favorite food by far is Bananas. "Nana" is the first thing he says when I come in his room every morning, and he sign's "milk" at the same time...quite efficient.

He's not as cautious as Rae was/is, which has it's pro's and con's. He gets hurt 80 times a day, but rarely cries or even has time for me to make sure he's okay.

His vocabulary has exploded in the last month, and now he talks so much. "Luh yooou" is by far our favorite, but "back-et-ball" and all his animal sounds are a close second.

He's a content little boy, always good to chill...except at church, he's horrible at church. In public he doesn't have many expressions, he just kinda looks around with his big eyes and droopy cheeks (which I die over). But at home, around those he loves, he's hysterical....always trying to get us to laugh and play. He gets the most joy out of making Rae laugh (and it is SO cute when he does).

Rae and Johnny have become such sweet little buddies. I've always wanted them to be close, but they are SO different that I always kinda thought it was a long shot. But in the past few months those two have played like the best of friends and it feeds my mama soul. Somehow their opposite personalities complement each other and stretch each other at the same time. They are so good for each other. I'm certain that they were meant to be.

Johnny's favorite person in the whole world is his "Dada!" He calls out for him a million times every day, and anytime I'm talking to anyone on the phone, Johnny is at my feet yelling up at the phone, "Dada! Dada!" Over and over and over. When G comes home at the end of the day, John drops whatever he's doing and runs full-speed into his arms. They are the best duo.

Baths and pools are Johnny's happy place, and he is constantly drowning himself in both. Seriously though, it's super scary. We can't take our eyes off him because he goes crazy in the water. We gotta get that boy in some swimming lessons asap. I have a feeling he got a few of his Dad's genes when it comes to swimming and maybe he has a bright future in the water. I hope so!

My absolute favorite thing about my Johnny is the way he cuddles. Most of the day he is busy and active and into everything. But as passionate as he is about exploring, he's equally as passionate about reading books. He LOVES to read. He brings me easily 30 books a day (plus repeats), and then climbs on my lap and snuggles right in. He goes totally limp and just melts into me as soon as I open up the cover and start reading. It is often the highlight of my day.

Switching gears a bit...that kid will not watch TV. Like, at all. We aren't big TV watchers over here, but now and then I need a quick 20-30 minute break to work on something, so I'll start a show for the kids. And Johnboy will not watch. Grrr. It would make my life so much easier if he would seriously just watch one TV show a week, that's all I ask! Or at least just stay outta trouble for that little period of time. I swear every time I look away he's into something he shouldn't be.

We're still managing a few allergies with him, luckily nothing major. Right now I'm a little suspicious and hesitant with dairy eggs. I have to be pretty aware of his skin because his eczema flare-ups can be pretty uncomfortable for him. We've gotten into a pretty good routine that keeps his skin smooth and healthy. The latest concern is mosquito bites....is it possible that he's allergic to those?

Anyways. I know this is super random, but we just love that boy. Like, we love the heck outta him. He is a really really good one. And we are so lucky to call him ours!


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