Monday, April 24, 2017

Three Things

JAXEN

1. Saturday afternoon Jaxen, Zane and I walked to McDonalds for a snack. Jaxen’s choice was french fries and ice cream. It took him awhile but he ate the whole cone! Zane’s choice was french fries and apple slices. Mine was a coke. We spent a very long time there - but it was nice to get out of the house and do something a little different!


2. Jaxen has decided he does not like almost all food, “anymore”. His words. He has always been a bit picky…but it has gotten so much worse! I force him to eat (a version) of what we fix for dinner but it is like pulling teeth every night. And even when I made his lunch for school this morning - he hardly wanted anything. So frustrating. But I have learned not to put things in his lunch that he says he won’t eat - because it will go to waste. I bought some “Lunchables” today - we will see how that goes. But blue gatorade, he likes :)




3. Jaxen has recently become very afraid to be by himself. It’s gotten pretty bad. Not sure where that is coming from but we are trying to work through it. He even asked if we could take his bed frame out (because he thinks it’s too tall and scares him) so we did. Then the next night, he wanted his box spring out of the room (again, it made his bed too tall). So - he is sleeping with a mattress on the floor - covered in all his stuffed animals. It’s actually kind of cute!



ZANE

1. I feel like today, Zane really started walking more. Before he would take a few steps here and there…but today… he was just walking all over the house! He is such a big boy…and so so adorable. I know Jaxen was too, at this age, but seriously - this little man has my heart!


2. Zane has discovered “outside” and loves it! He wants to be outside all the time - it’s a whole new world and he is having the best time exploring it. I am trying to make sure we spend a little bit of time each day outside and tonight, we even had dinner outside again (which I love).


3. I am officially weaning Zane from nursing. I nursed him an entire year and am so glad that I did - but man, that was one of the hardest things I have done. About 2 weeks ago, I slowly stopped nursing him during the day, and that went fine. And then 2 nights ago I stopped nursing him at bedtime. That has gone ok…he really throws a fit at first, but calms down pretty quickly. I have not been able to drop the morning session of nursing…but am working on it and hope to have it dropped in the next few days. 



BONUS

I know I have said this before, but seeing my cutie husband loving on our kiddos is one of my very favorite things! And Zane has really started taking a liking to Nik. He has always been all about his momma - but he is starting to realize how fun his daddy is - haha!




SUNDAY SELFIES



 I tried to take a few picture of the boys outside and these crack me up :)




 And here is my favorite!





Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Break Week

Well, it’s Spring Break over here!

Monday was pretty low key. I wanted to go outside and start getting our lawn ready for spring (pick up all the big sticks, rake the leaves and spread mulch) but it was so muddy. So I decided to pull some weeds instead. And then that lead to collecting worms with Jaxen. So we caught all kinds of worms, and put them in a jar with some dirt. Not sure what to do with them now…they are still in the jar.

That afternoon I did grocery shopping and then we pretty much laid low, ate easter candy and played with the boys.

Tuesday, I took the boys to the park to meet up with some friends and we had the best time!

Jaxen and I all ready to go - sucker for him, hot tea for me :)


It was a bit chilly…maybe 40 degrees (the wind was what was cold)...
but we ended up staying for about 2 hours and had the best time!











That evening, after I did baths with the boys, 
I went to a meeting while Nik hung out at the house. 
He texted me this picture “all I need to be happy is some chips and a drink!"


Wednesday, Nik left for some field meetings in Boston so the boys and I took off on a trip on our own! We headed to Watertown…no place too exciting, like a beach down south would be. But we did meet up with some friends for lunch at McDonalds and ended up being there for 3 hours! It was crazy and hectic and fun and loud. But it was cold and raining all day…so that was the best place for our littles to run out their energy!

Later that afternoon we ended up at a friends house where we stayed the night. They have 3 girls and those girls and my boys had the best time ever. The oldest had the greatest time taking care of Zane. And the two younger ones and Jaxen just played and played non stop. And at bedtime they all slept in the same room in bunk beds (minus Zane) and Jaxen thought that was the coolest thing ever!

It was still cold and wet on Thursday so the kids went swimming (indoors) for a bit and then just played their hearts out. It was fun for Jaxen to have new toys and friends and fun for Zane to basically have 3 little girls at his beck and call. And boy did they spoil him! Haha! I even got away for about 2 hours to run a few errands in the “big city” without kids. Very nice! And yes, a vanilla coke at Sonic was one of my stops - haha!

We took off Thursday, around 4pm to head back home and by 4:15 Jaxen was passed out. Zane was not far behind. They had a great nap and I enjoyed some quiet on the way home.

And I did not take one single picture. Bad blogger, I know.

Today (Friday) I starting spring cleaning…or should I say spring purging! Basically, I’m starting in one room and working my way through the house putting all our winter gear away and trying to find, wash and put out summer stuff. It’s a process, for sure…and sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. I’m in the “worse" stage at the moment!

Nik will be home tomorrow and I’m hoping all this rain will stop and the boys and I can go do something fun outside. We shall see. If not, Red Box will probably be calling my name - haha!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekend Highlights

Here is a look back at some of our highlights from the weekend…

First, on Friday, we had a Good Friday service at church.
I had both the boys with me (which makes concentrating a bit difficult at times)
but when it came time to go up front for communion, Jaxen wanted to go.
We have talked many times (and earlier that day) what Good Friday was all about.
He understood it, and could tell me about it in his own words…
so during communion I took him up front and we talked about
the elements and what they meant…we thanked God for sending Jesus
to die on the cross and then we took communion together.
It was such a sweet moment with my big boy.

That night when we got home Nik fulfilled his promise he made the day prior,
to sleep with Jaxen in his bed.
I asked why Nik was doing that, and he just thought it would be fun for Jaxen,
a good memory.
So - they went to bed together and it was pretty sweet. 
I love Nik for many reasons, and I’ll just add this to the list…
sleeping all night in a twin bed with our 4 year old, just because.


Saturday we had to head out to Rochester for some errands.
It rained the bulk of the day, but we had a great time together as a family.

Then that night….
Nik trimmed his beard!
I made him take before and after pics.
Crazy, right?!


Sunday morning…
Easter!
We started off the morning with a few little things in the kids Easter baskets.
Nothing big…but Jaxen was so happy for a pack of gum that is all his.
And sticky notes (like mother like son).

Then I finished up the frosting for a carrot cake and we rushed out the door.

I did not get pictures before we left for church (no time)
and never got a picture of Nik and I…
but honestly, the kids are way cuter! Haha.

Here is our official kids Easter picture.


Pretty good, huh?! Ha!
Zane would not sit still!

So I left him alone and asked Jaxen if I could take his picture.
How adorable is this?!


We had a great Easter Service, worshipping with our church family!


After church Nik grilled us steak for lunch. Yum!
And we even got our tables out and sat on the deck for the first time this season.
It was so nice outside!!!
Jaxen and Zane enjoyed their table too.


After lunch Jaxen and I colored some eggs.


Zane went down for a nice, long nap that afternoon
and so did I!


For dinner, we decided to do homemade pizzas and I had a little helper :)


We had a lot of fun with the dough (and making a mess with the flour)!


It was a very nice day (and weekend) and I even sat outside for a few minutes
(before it got too cold) and enjoyed the sunset.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Birthday Celebration

Thursday evening we invited a few friends over to celebrate Zane turning ONE!

That afternoon I made some eggless-cupcakes.
The flavor was good…but the consistency was more muffin-like than cupcake-like.
But our little one was able to eat it, so that’s all that mattered!


I had a few that I did not frost, so I gave Zane one to eat that afternoon and he loved it!

I decorated just a touch…
our kitchen windows and this big 1 balloon.


I hung a sign and put his gifts on this little table.


Once everyone arrived, we ate dinner (Taco Bar), played, visited,
opened presents and then ate cupcakes.

Zane loved all his gifts…especially the couple of balls he received!


He got a few new clothes, a hat, sippy cup, some cars, balls
a Fisher-price iPad, some bath toys and some beach toys!



We sang “happy birthday” and then he attempted to eat his cupcake,
but did not like the frosting on his fingers. Haha!


He enjoyed his milk way more. And then he wanted down to play.
Very anti-climatic - haha!


But he had a great time with his friends over
and we enjoyed celebrating our little ONE year old!