Tuesday, May 28, 2013

birthday questions. [owen at 3.]

Happy 3rd Birthday, Owen!

  What is your favorite color? Red.
  What is your favorite toy? My scooter.
  What is your favorite tv show? Girl Cooking. (Pioneer Woman cooking show)
  What is your favorite movie? Cars.
  What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch or dinner? Peanut Butter and Jelly.
  What is your favorite outfit? Red ones.
  What is your favorite game? Superheroes.
  Who is your best friend? Mommy.
  What is your favorite animal? Lion.
  What is your favorite song? 123 Like a Bird I Sing. (Tim McGraw's "Last Dollar")
  What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Waffles. With chocolate chips in them.
  What is your favorite thing to do outside? Baseball.
  What is your favorite drink? Best Lemonade Ever and milk.
  What is your favorite holiday? Easter.
  What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Little Mickey.
  What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't want to be a doctor or a teacher.
  What is your favorite book? The School Bus. (The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body)
  What is your favorite treat/dessert? Marshmallows.
  What do you love about yourself? I love my feet.
  What do you pray about? Jesus loves me.
  What’s your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Play baseball with dad.
  What’s your favorite thing to do with Mommy? Play with toys with mommy.


We had to break these questions up into clumps, as a 3-year-old doesn't have the patience or attention span to answer them all at once. At least not my 3-year-old. :) My hope is to continue to ask the same questions for the next several years, but I make no guarantees.

Owen had a pretty solid day of meals for his birthday: Lamar's Donuts for breakfast with daddy, then the boys met me on my lunch break from work at D'Bronx for pizza at lunch, and finally, some pancakes, chocolate cake, & ice cream for dinner from Cracker Barrel.

The celebration will continue this weekend at his birthday party, which he's been very excited about.

Happy birthday to my favorite 3 year old!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

owen, lately. [3 year old edition]

we're just a couple of days away from owen's 3rd birthday. here's just a glimpse into what life looks like for us now, complete with an owen photo bomb. :)

he sleeps in a big boy twin bed, and does so like a rockstar. but, if bedtime has come too soon (a late or long nap is usually responsible), we get frequent visits outside of his room for a long list of ridiculous excuses that he needs to communicate to us. such as the need to show me where his spine is located? great! GO TO BED.

we make "the best lemonade ever" together, and he asks for it by that very name.

one day he likes the crust of his bread, the next he does not. the same goes for nearly every food. except for chicken. he never likes chicken. a bite of chicken takes approximately 3,942 minutes to chew & swallow.

we've given up naps at home, though he often takes them at school. i think we may become reacquainted this summer with the arrival of pool season. sun + swimming wears a boy out!

"girl cooking," aka pioneer woman (a cooking show on food network) is his most favorite television show. over any cartoon. and movie!

everything is superior when red in color. like shoes. and cars. and straws. it's just the fact of the matter.

superheroes rule. but, we've covered that already.

crocs, though i swore i'd never particpate in that market have become a beloved staple in his wardrobe. the best part? he can put them on by himself. (correct feet optional.) oh, and they're red.

he loves to play cars, and loves to play superheroes. he'd also prefer to do these things with a playmate, when available. we have awhile yet, but i can't wait for his brother to fill that role.

he loves to give my belly/his baby brother kisses. he spent a good 30 minutes one evening taking me from room to room while he would show his baby brother how he rides his scooter, while also teaching him that you don't crash into walls, how to play basketball, and came and rubbed my belly telling him not to be "cary" aka scared of the loud noise that comes from the vacuum. all with such sweet sincerity. i giggled (secretly) at the silliness and was completely in awe of him all at once.

he sings loud, and sings often. anything from his ABC's to his most recent favorite: tim mcgraw's "fly away."

he now is the host of a baby inside of his belly, too, which kicks and moves like the baby in mine. and he's not shy to show ya.

he's officially potty-trained through the night, too. bye-bye pull ups!

he is ornery and naughty and sweet and thoughtful. and really funny, too.

he loves riding his scooter. it's our most common mode of transportation for walks to the park.

marshmallows and chocolate chips are his favorite dessert. over ice cream or cupcakes or candy. and they are treated with very little self control.

he loves water. any excuse to play in water. sink, hose, pools. just don't wash his hair with it. that's usually devastating.

he has learned to draw the letter "o," also known as a circle, and draws them everywhere. our neighbors' driveways and the sidewalk path to our mailbox have also been christened with his favorite letter.

life is fun at almost three!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

prayers with owen.

prayers with owen: my new favorite.

i wuv him SO. MUCH. A. MEN.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

school's out for the summer.

owen's last day of "school" has come and gone. we are grateful to the staff of his current program who have loved him during these past 2 years, and will miss them next year as owen will be moving to a prechool that offers a schedule that is easier for our work schedules.

we said thank you to his incredible teachers with a simple and cute idea i found on pinterest. i had a surge of energy for about 4 weeks that has been suddenly stripped from me, so finding something easy was a priority.

we're excited about summer. (you know, since we have our may snowfall behind us now..) it's definitely going to be a busy couple of months leading up to baby's arrival, but i'm certain the time will be cherished. our summer with owen is bound to be sweet.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

happy mother's day!

being owen's mommy has got to be one of the best jobs in the world. 

[this picture was actually taken easter weekend. i literally had not picked up my camera in 5-6 weeks until just yesterday for some mini photo shoots - yikes!]

happy mother's day! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

a hoosier masterpiece.

a couple of weeks ago, owen came home with a piece of artwork.

it wasn't until just a couple of days ago that i happened to turn the painting on its side and noticed what a masterpiece it really was...

our lil' hoosier, indeed. :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

welcome to trimester 3.

[photo credit to shelly johnson of your family story photography - one of my best friends from high school was so sweet to have taken a few pictures for me during my visit to indiana last month. it was taken at week 25.]


last weekend, i welcomed the arrival of my final trimester of pregnancy with open arms. (wide open.) 

for the last 10 weeks, i have felt relatively well: with very little nausea, occasional leg/foot cramps (a new pregnancy symptom for me), a few occurrences of heartburn, some mild back pain, and the continued potty break interruptions to my sleep. and speaking of sleep, as an otherwise stomach sleeper, the adjustment to sleeping on my sides has been difficult, once again. and my growing belly adds to the difficulty of finding a comfortable position to sleep. not to mention, about twice a night this baby boy decides to have a dance party in my belly, which often becomes so violent that it wakes me. shouldn't this be my time to be getting all of the sleep i can?

but all of these symptoms combined will never hold a candle to the way i felt during my first trimester (and beyond). i'm incredibly thankful to be past that, but i've also resigned to the fact that being pregnant is not "my thing." even during the "honeymoon" phase of pregnancy when i'm feeling my best. my husband would agree. ;-) 

so, bring on my final trimester. and could we step on the gas a bit? i'm anxious to meet our new baby!

oh, and as a "happy trimester 3" gift to me, i went over my lunch break to buy a new diaper bag that i'd been eying for some time now. don't we love it? oh, happy day!