Beyond thankful…

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…that this morning I got to wake up to the sweet face of one of my two gorgeous babies… that the other slept in long enough that I was able to warm up some Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls… that my Husband tolerated my excessive need to start packing up all the fall decor just to litter the house with all things Christmas (the tree was delivered last night!!)… that my in laws graciously hosted Thanksgiving at their home today… and finally, I’m beyond thankful that we as a family have so much exciting stuff to look forward to in the upcoming year!

From my little family to yours… Happy Thanksgiving!


Sweetfields Farm 2017

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Remember when we went to Sweetfields Farm last year?

In case you need a refresher, click here. :)

I absolutely LOVE this place.  The jury is still out as to whether Bennett likes it or not, but I know Remy had a great time!  Bennett is definitely testing us with his two-year-old tantrums and frustrations lately.  He is still learning to communicate what he wants and needs, and sometimes when he <<finally>> decides he is ready to enjoy a moment, everyone else is ready to move on to the next fun thing.  Being a new mom to a toddler is a tough thing.  I haven’t learned the best way to discipline my child yet, he pretty much dictates how things are going to roll… and sometimes this can be pretty embarrassing.  BUT we will get past this, and hopefully I can look back some day and say to myself, “you did a good job, mama!” HA! Hopefully…

Back to the subject at hand, Sweetfields!  This year the treehouse playgrounds were a BIG hit for Bennett.  He must have went up the steps and down the slides a hundred times!  He wanted nothing to do with the horseback riding, nor the tricycles, but the antique tractor was definitely a favorite again, as you can see from the pictures.  Remy enjoyed looking at all the animals & standing in the pumpkins.  Every day he becomes more animated and fun loving!

The weather was much nicer this year, we had a little breeze and it was slightly overcast.  I remember last year being pretty brutal with the heat.  We all enjoyed the fresh popped kettle corn again- so good!  And had some pretty awesome photo ops of course!  This farm is so much fun, and I’m hoping it becomes our little tradition every year!


Remington James :: Eight Months Old

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This little man turned 8 months old on Saturday!  We were in Charleston, South Carolina for the Labor Day weekend, so this post is a few days late, but I would never forget to update on my sweet Remington!

Last time we were at the doctor’s office, he was 30.87 inches long (hundredth percentile) and 20.22 lbs.  BIG GUY!  Remember Bennett at 8 months? Gosh, look how much more hair Remy has than Bennett did at this age… crazy!  Like his big bro, Remy sure does love to eat.  He will try anything and everything.  He loves snacking on the puffs & yogurt bites, anything bread, and has taken a liking to chicken tenders and fries.  He is still eating pureed veggies/ fruit packs.  He especially like anything with sweet potato in it.  He has graduated to a medium flow nipple on the bottle, and soon I plan to let him start trying a sippy cup.  Bennett was drinking from a sippy cup at this age.

Remington is on the move with his crawling, he’s getting so fast!  He has been crawling slowly for a couple of weeks now, but recently he is getting faster and faster.  I gotta start picking up the dog bowls and vacuuming more!  He still loves a lot of interaction and still smiles all the time.  He is so happy!  He follows his brother around in his walker, which I think annoys Bennett a little bit.  He is just so curious as to what Bennett is playing with or doing, he wants so bad to play and have fun.

I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but Remy officially has 4 teeth!  The two middle lowers and the two middle tops!  He has been suffering with the teething so much lately, it seemed like every night for a month he has been needing tylenol to help with the pain.  Poor guy.

He is still sleeping really well at night, loves bath time and long walks in the stroller, still not a big fan of the car seat, loves watching and being around other kids, has been on something like 14 flights, and thoroughly enjoys floating in the pool.  He is just such a joy to have around, and I don’t even remember my world without his precious face!

Remington James, you are such a light in our lives!  I can’t wait to see what the rest of your first year of life holds!  You have been the sweetest addition to our little family, and I couldn’t be more proud to be your mommy!  Love you, my baby!

 


Remington James :: Seven Months Old

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You guys!!  This guy is about to take off!  Totally on all fours, rocking, and just about making some BIG moves!  He doesn’t like the process of learning to crawl, definitely fusses and expresses his frustrations loudly, but it’s for real happening!

This photo session with the rocking chair was certainly more challenging than the past.  He is wiggling, moving, drooling, and lots of boogers!! YUCK!!  I’m not sure if it’s a second child thing, but every time Bennett is sick, Remington is sick.  And it lingers… and lingers… and lingers. Forever.  Such a bummer.  That immune system needs to catch up, and catch up quick!  I’m so grossed out by these crazy snot slingers ;)

Other than that, this boy is just sweet as pie!  He is curious about anything and everything.  He will study a toy for many minutes before moving on to the next exciting thing within arms reach.  He adores his big brother.  Will laugh at anything he does!  This guy is ALL BOY!  Loves a good fart sound!  That reminds me, I need to record him giggling like crazy over a fart sound!

Still only has two teeth, but the never ending drool tells me there are more soon to come. He is starting to eat more things (puffs and pureed baby food), I feel like when Bennett was this age he was eating SO much.  Remy is just going at his own pace with everything, and seems to be much more laid back than Bennett ever was.

We have been staying busy over here, playing in the pool almost every day to stay cool from these hot Florida temps.  We also went to the beach last weekend, so I wanted to share a few sweet pictures that Husband took of me and my SEVEN month old!

We love you, my precious baby boy!

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Colorado

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Colorado was a whirlwind.  Silverthorne, Breckenridge, and Denver, all in about a six day period was a bit overwhelming considering the babies were not feeling well, but we made it!  And we conquered!  We were in Silverthorne for a wedding for a high school friend of Husband’s, that he was a groomsman for.  Wow, what a beautiful setting, nestled in the Rockies!  It was a very sweet occasion, no detail was overlooked, the bride was stunning… it was perfect!

The very next day we were able to hike up to Lily Pad Lake with the kiddos.  I had googled some trails that were “kid friendly” which I assumed to mean that us carrying them on our backs would be a breeze if the hike was as searched, “kid friendly”… but I was wrong… VERY wrong.  This was a pretty tough hike with almost 35 pounds on Husbands back and 20 on mine.  But we made it!  All the way to Lily Pad Lake!  And it was worth it!  Minus the fact that Remy’s little cheeks got wind burned :( poor guy… but it cleared up fast :)

The following day, we trekked to Breckenridge where we had lunch at The Canteen Tap House and Tavern (super yummy!), then we caught the gondola up to the top of the mountain where we thought Bennett would be able to ride the Alpine Slide but unfortunately he was still too young (must be 3, gahhhhhh!!!) so we settled for Dippin Dots (Bennett was a first timer) and some cocktails and just enjoyed the view!

Finally, we made our way to Denver for the Independence Day festivities.  We stayed at a beautiful hotel (Oxford) that was within a block of Union Station.  Husband & I got to sample beers at the original brewery of Denver, Wynkoop, and that evening the Rockies had their Fireworks game which was conveniently seen from our hotel window! Bennett really loved it, he kept saying “Oooooohhh!!
and “Wooooow!!!”. Husband had to leave the next day, but Mama Olson & I got to explore and try some eateries by ourself with the kids.  There was a fun little splash pad close by that we spent lots of time at since the weather was quite warm.  Overall, it was another successful trip with the babies!

** I wanted to tag the Colorado post from a few years ago because it’s cute to see how much Bennett has grown :) **



Remington James :: Six Months Old

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How?  Six months old already?  No.

I didn’t get to take any of my usual rocking chair pictures before we left for Colorado, but last week we got Remy’s six month pictures done with my friend, Laura, and she was able to send me this little “teaser” (as I like to call them) of my babies.  Perfect for Remy’s (now 2 days late) post… whoops!

Well, my little guy officially has 2 teeth on the bottom, he has tasted some solids such as peas, carrots, and prunes, he loves watching big bro, still naps twice a day, has been on 11 flights (12th flight is tomorrow!), eyes are still very blue, and his hair is almost exactly the same color as mine was at his age.

He is still not sitting up on his own but he is getting pretty darn close :), not interested in crawling but he can roll across the floor all day long, and loves long walks in the stroller especially if we are somewhere different than our own neighborhood.

Today we are in Denver and even though my little dude has been teething, not feeling well, AND has wind chapped cheeks from a long hike in the Rocky Mountains on Saturday, he is still just as sweet as can be!  I don’t know how we got so lucky, Mr. Remington, but we are so grateful for YOU!

Love you, my baby!