Sunday, April 28, 2013


let's take a moment to talk about superheroes.

and how they rock way more than barbies and princesses.

and how my world revolves around captain america, spiderman, the flash, batman, superman, & green lantern.

the number of superhero shirts and PJ's that are in owen's wardrobe is a little bit silly.

my husband has always been a big superman fan, with aquaman a close second. this was very evident even in my first few weeks of meeting him. he pushed for a superman themed nursery when i was pregnant with owen. so this superhero love is certainly doing his daddy proud. (though, he tends to show more favor to captain america, spiderman, and batman - depending on the day - over daddy's beloved superman.)

living in this boy world has really tickled me. and the superhero phase that we are currently amidst is a really fun one.

you know you might have some exposure to superheroes when our flashlight's have now been shortened to a "flash," and american flags have been lengthened to a "captain america flag" by our almost-3-year-old.

as always, it's "super" fun to be your mom!

Monday, April 15, 2013

potty... trained.

perhaps our biggest news from march that i haven't gotten around to share...
owen is officially potty-trained! 

it was a bit of a roller coaster since our second round of potty training bootcamp, but we're finally there.

our biggest obstacle was convincing him to tell his teachers, nana, aunt em, etc. when he needed to go potty when he wasn't at home. this was challenging and frustrating for us at home because, rather quickly at home, we were able to trust him to come to us even without checking with him when he needed to potty. but as soon as we'd send him off to school, or to someone's house, he'd get tied up in whatever activities he'd be doing, and even deny needing to go, and would ultimately result in an accident. each day was the host to many successful trips, but also to an accident or two.

a couple of weeks had gone by, and the accidents were becoming less frequent. i was certain we were almost there. but about a month out from full time underwear-wearing, owen regressed. i'm uncertain what may have caused this - although, i've been told it's quite common in the process - but i wanted to reverse it ASAP. fortunately, this was about the time of colby's spring break. it gave us the chance to regroup, and to give owen a week of 1-on-1 attention and time with his daddy to encourage and keep a watchful eye.

and since then? it's been a walk in the park. i think 1-2 accidents total since the end of spring break a month ago.

he's still in pull-ups at night, but most nights even those are dry. (and we haven't even bothered putting any stress on keeping dry at night. honestly, i couldn't have cared less about nighttime. daytime potty training was a priority, so i wanted to master that before we started working on nighttime.)

it was really great to be able to take our weekend vacation to indiana without packing any diapers - without worry of diaper changes or accidents on the plane, etc. it won't hurt my feelings any to have a break from buying diapers for the next few months. and i'll just take everyone's word that life with one child in diapers is way better than life with two in diapers. :)

do you want to know my favorite part? little boy underwear is the cutest. there's not much in the way of little boy wardrobe shopping that can trump little girl wardrobe shopping. but i must admit that little boy briefs and boxer briefs definitely take the cake to little girl undies. 

so incredibly proud of my potty trained little boy. yeah, owen!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

our indiana weekend.

last weekend, owen and i embarked on our final 'just the two of us' trip to indiana together. this was his final visit to grandma and grandpa's without the need to share their undivided attention with a baby brother.

i am never able to tell who enjoys who's company more - grandma or owen. :)

we had unusually nice weather for our springtime visit. it seems it's usually cold and/or flooded & rainy when we go back this time of year, so it was a pleasant surprise to have sunshine and dry ground.

a couple of months ago, one of their sheep had triplets(!), so we were able to feed the babies with bottles this time. owen has become a bit more timid of the sheep as he's gotten older, but really enjoyed the little ones.

of course, no trip to indiana is complete without a trip to pizza king. it became extra special with one of my very best friends from junior high and her daughter joining us. i held riley in the hospital a day after she was born at 4 lbs! it's hard to believe how much she's grown.

one of our most anticipated activities planned during this visit was a trip to the indianapolis children's museum. after paying a visit to kansas city's children's museum, i was a bit disappointed by comparison to the one i'd grown up visiting with my grandparents.

as it turns out, i was just fortunate to live so close to indy's. after some internet research, i quickly found that the indy museum is ranked top 10 - and quite often ranked 1st - in the country for children's museums.

it really is an incredible museum. there are 5 or 6 levels, and each with so much to see. we didn't get to see everything; there's more than an almost-3-year-old can squeeze in during one visit.

they had a temporary super hero exhibit in town during our visit - perfect timing for my super hero lovin' little guy.

there were some ladies who made my visit extra sweet. always love getting to see my hometown loves.

grandma is a really good playmate.

we attended a birthday party for norah and liam - who both are turning 2! loved having all of the kids together to give owen a chance to play with his cousins that he doesn't get a chance to see very often. 

owen loved spending time outdoors. grandma and grandpa's outside space trumps ours. big time.

Monday, April 1, 2013

spring break.

bear with me while i am still trying to catch up with a few things i had planned to blog about in march. in addition to easter and march madness, we also had a couple of boys who had a week off of school for spring break.

last year, spring break looked like summer.
this year, spring break looked like winter.
and that's pretty typical of march.

so while i wasn't the least bit pleased with yet another 10 inches of snow, i wasn't at all surprised, either.

but there were a couple of housemates of mine who didn't mind one [hopefully] final opportunity to get out and play in it.

but i couldn't let dad have all the fun. i had the unusual opportunity to have a day off with just owen, so i took he and his cousin, nathan, to owen's first movie. the two of them were all sorts of silly together while waiting in line for popcorn, but were superstars during the movie. we loved having nate along for the fun!


it was a really, really fun season for our indiana hoosiers. their basketball team, that is. football season is seldom exciting or noteworthy, though colby would beg to differ. but oh, my heart sings when indiana basketball is thriving.

they were ranked #1 going into basketball season, and dropping back numerous times, and landing back on top a handful of other times, thanks to a crazy year for the #1's kept us on our toes. owen even took some interest in the games by showing us which team member was him, and then would root for "himself." 

we were disappointed to see such a promising season end too soon with a loss in the sweet 16 to syracuse, but this year will definitely go down as my favorite hoosier team to watch to date. what can i say - i'm smitten over victor oladipo.

proud to be a hoosier, and love sharing that love with my other half!

(a throwback from college)