^^ This guy keeps the Daddy bar set pretty darn high! ^^
On Friday, Husband had his first invite to have Father’s Day breakfast at Bennett’s school. Oh! I don’t think I have mentioned on here that Bennett had started school… here are a few pictures of him on his first day, and then I will get back to the post dedicated to Husband ;)
That’s Bennett’s teacher on the far right, Ms. Tracey. He really seems to like her and seems to be really enjoying school as a whole! No tears, always happy when I get there to pick him up and it’s not because he sees me, he is just having a good time! Anyway, back to Father’s Day… So, Husband had the Father’s Day breakfast. They got there and everyone ate muffins and waffles (and I think there was some other stuff but I forgot). No mom’s were there at all :( I thought for sure he would send me a text saying all the moms were there and for me to come join them… whaaaaahhh!! After breakfast they handed out the presents- Husband got a new grilling glove custom with Bennett’s handprints, name, and year, he also got a paper tie with coloring artwork that Bennett did himself, inside the tie was a Snickers bar! He also got a card with the sweetest Father’s Day poem in it! Too say I was a tad bit jealous would be an understatement, but boy, does this daddy deserve all the love!
Husband, you are the best father for so many reasons, but the top three that come to mind are:
1. You are a great example for these boys! You are a hard worker, you love their mama, you spend every free moment with them… if they grow up to be just like you, I will be so proud!
2. You provide for these boys far and beyond what is expected of any father. These boys will never have a need that will not be met because you make sure that they are taken care of.
3. You light up the room when you walk in! You never let the stress of the day come home with you, when you walk in they are your only priority and they love it! Their eyes get big and they get a grin from ear to ear! They just adore you!
Husband, the boys & I are so lucky to have you! We love you!
Happy Father’s Day!
I have so many mixed feelings about Father’s Day. I love celebrating my husband who is such a wonderful daddy to our two boys, and I love celebrating the amazing father that I had growing up, who was becoming just as wonderful of a grandpa to my boys before his sudden passing. But at the same time, I will never be able to spend this holiday with my father again, and that realization is hard to accept. The other day I was cleaning up some clutter in a decorative box that I keep on a table in our hallway, and I came across a card that my dad wrote to my husband. This was given to my Husband for his first Father’s Day, and, unfortunately, it was my Dad’s last. The sentiment in his words are so honest. He really wrote it from the heart, and I want to share it with you guys…
“Dear Doctor Andy,
Happy Father’s Day from Kim & James! Thank you for giving us such a beautiful grandson. Being a father is the greatest gift God gives us. They say the greatest treasure a man has is his SON. Time is the greatest thing you can give him. Spending as much time with him gives you priceless quality enjoyment, that memories will be made forever.
You are a great Father and this child will be happy and loved his entire life. Thank you for being a wonderful man. You treat our daughter so well and we are truly blessed to be in you all’s life.
We respect and love you,
James & Kim Olson”
I miss all the time he generously gave to me and my brother, that I naively thought would last forever… Love you Papa Olson.
Short and sweet, Remy’s first beach experience was a huge success! Lots of sunscreen was lathered, fists full of sand was ingested, and never ending facial expressions telling his exact feelings… perfect! We had a lovely time just relaxing and appreciating our time in the sun. Hope you enjoy the pics!
Also! One of my dearest friends, Sarah, came to visit from Ohio with her husband and kiddos! So thankful for her and our friendship which has stayed strong even while being far apart! Her kids are so well behaved and got along great with Bennett! They are so lucky to have her as their mama- she’s truly the best!
Love you, Sarah- I know you are reading this ;)
Yesterday, this guy turned five months old. We were so busy I didn’t have time to write a post but I did get the pictures done! (Patting myself on the back)
Husband & I were just reading Bennett’s Five Month Old Post and I wish I would have read it before I wrote Remy’s four month post because their height at four months was exactly the same and Bennett weighed only one pound less. When I was re-reading all the things that Bennett was doing at five months, I couldn’t help but compare it to what Remy is doing… Bennett was almost crawling at five months! Remy really doesn’t even push up on his forearms yet. He’s trying but not quite strong enough. And Bennett was sitting up on his own with ease, where Remy is not. Again, he is trying and he is almost there, but not quite.
My sweet and smiley Remy has lots of social outings (just like big bro did) just his is usually with his big bro and big bro’s friends ;). He has started going to some of his own mom group outings, but we have been so busy traveling that it makes it tough to go to all of them. Remy just flew on this tenth flight last week on our way home from Chicago, so he is traveling a lot more than Bennett was at this age. He does so well on the planes!
A month from now Remington will be starting swim lessons at the same place that Bennett goes (hopefully at the same time too!). He really loves the pool and floating around. He usually can stay in the water with us for up to an hour without fussing at all! And next week he will be going to music class with big bro- I’m pretty sure Bennett started music class a little later but since Remy doesn’t cost anything right now, I thought why not let him tag along, I just know he is going to LOVE it!
Right now, Remy loves to find his feet and put his toes in his mouth, he is drooling like crazy (just like Bennett was), he’s not as interested in real food yet… still very happy with his bottles, hates the car seat, completely sleeps through the night- even when we are traveling and he is in random cribs, loves lots of eye contact and is just the most angelic little… ugh… big!! baby ;)
We love you, Remington! Keep being the precious gift from God that you are to me!
Oh, Chicago! You were so good to us! We seriously had the best time! The last time I was here I was barely pregnant with Bennett. First stop was The Navy Pier. I think Bennett really enjoyed himself until he had a meltdown in the Fun House. Then he screamed while trying to Houdini escape the stroller… getting crazy stares from every single person we passed who were probably secretly (or not so secretly) telling me to get my kid in check… but nevertheless, we got some cute pictures before the terrible twos took over.
The condo we rented had some pretty incredible views…
Impromptu photo shoot with my boys in their matching lobster jammies.
Saturday was spent showering the bride-to-be! My cousin Kelly is getting married in July so we decided to do her shower and bachelorette party on the same day, and sure enough it was the most perfect day! We showered her with gifts and love at Orso’s Italian. The setting was so beautiful out on their pergola covered patio, saturated with vines and vividly colored flowers. About 30 of her fabulous friends joined us, it was such a success!
That night we went out on the town with something like sixteen of Kelly’s closest girlfriends, checking out a drag show at The Original Mother’s… absolutely hysterical! So much fun! Then we moved over to The Rec Room, which only played what my mom would call “my generations music” or “music from my day”. Again, us ladies had a freakin blast!
Remember the first time we visited Millennium Park? It was freezing!! This time the weather was absolutely perfect! And having our boys with us made it so much fun! We checked out Maggie Dailey Park with one of the biggest playgrounds I have ever seen & the “Enchanted Forest” which had a mirror maze and balance beams throughout. AND the Play Garden had one of the best views of the entire skyline! Highly recommend for all families visiting Chicago to check this place out, it’s incredible!
Thank you, Chicago, for treating us soo well! The weather, the food, and the kind people were all a lovely treat for Memorial Day Weekend!
Happy Mother’s Day to two of the best mothers & grandmothers I’ve ever known.
You both are such great role models, and I strive to be the perfect combination of the two of you.
Thank you for loving and adoring my children just as much as I do!
I was reading the post from Bennett’s four month update, and as I was catching up, I could not believe all the similarities. Remy is rolling from front to back, back to front. He is giggling and coo-ing for anyone and everyone. He’s a great eater (at least 32 oz. a day!). By this age, Bennett was already playing in the Jolly Jumper, but I haven’t felt as confident putting Remy in it yet, only because he doesn’t hold his head up quite as well as Bennett did. But he is getting there. We have been doing much more yummy time and he is lifting his head much higher than before. Maybe within the next week or so he can try some of Bennett’s old activity toys.
According to his measurements from the pediatrician, he is 16.13 lbs and 28 inches long. The medical assistant couldn’t believe how long he was, she made me lay him out again so she could remeasure. Sure enough she was accurate. 28 inches! Gonna be a tall dude! Remy has officially found his toes and loves to play with them. I haven’t caught him with his foot in his mouth yet, but I’m sure it’s going to happen soon!
This little guy loves looking at himself in the mirror, can grab things that are in front of his face, he is starting to sit in a bumbo for small periods of time, and enjoys hugging a lovey. He loves to kick his legs as hard as he can, enjoys listening to music, and finds the water features of the pool soothing enough to sleep to. He is so precious!
In the middle of our little photoshoot this afternoon, we had an unexpected photo bomber! Good thing he’s cute ;)
Gah! I love these babies! So freaking much!