Sunday, June 29, 2014

my weekend in photos.

A full weekend has made for one tired old lady.

I lunched Friday afternoon with the cutest lil' lady and her momma. Little P is 2 months (to the day) younger than Brooks, and it had been quite some time since I'd seen her last. She's gotten so much bigger (and deliciously rollier) since I'd last seen her.

Then Friday night was a family date night. We tried a new spot downtown - one I'd certainly revisit. It was a beautiful night to sit outdoors, and love family nights out so much!

We had a wedding to attend on Saturday evening, as did the other two sibling-in-law couples, so our boys heading to Nana & Papa's for their first Cousin Camp.

Meanwhile, Colby & I got our weddin' on, and I danced the night away with some of my fav ladies. (And also pulled a muscle and am feeling it today? Yet another sure sign I'm getting old.)

We took advantage of our kid-free morning and joined a few people for brunch. I thoroughly enjoyed my spread.

But, we sure did miss our little crew. And bless Nana & Papa's hearts for surviving a house full (9 kids, 10 & under) of grandchildren.

 We then headed straight to Owen's t-ball game where Brooks broke into claps sporadically throughout the game to cheer on his big bro.

Bedtime couldn't come soon enough. Looking forward to our upcoming low-key long holiday weekend already!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

owen, lately. [4 year old edition]

I'm about a month late, but wanted to reflect on a newly four year old.
(You can see our 3-year-old Owen here.)

Up until this last week or two, his current obsession had been basketball. I think this came, in part, because we were able to play this indoors before the weather became nice. And it's one of those sports that is a little easier and more enjoyable to play by yourself. We have a Fisher Price goal - all the way up that's way too small for him that he plays hard on daily.

With the recent soccer hype for the World  Cup, he has since taken up soccer as his outdoor play choice. He even fell to the ground and stood up saying "yellow card" to his dad.

This is all very ironic since we began t-ball at the beginning of summer. Which, by the way, has been a really terrific experience. He loves to play. He loves game days. And he sports his new birthday cleats, letting everyone know they are the same as Eric Hosmer's (KC Royals reference for any non-baseball, non-KC folk).

He loves to write. Made-up words intertwined with the handful he knows from memory. And he has pretty darn good penmanship for a 4-year-old. His most often go-to words from memory are the names of his family and this past year's classmates.

He picks a book to read each night, and we often end up in cycles of reading the same book for a couple of weeks until we force him to make a new selection. And the cycle continues.. For such an antsy little guy, he is super attentive during story time.

He's skinny. I've found myself for the second summer in a row switching him back to whole milk for some time to try to put a little extra meat on his bones. Just today, he wore size 18-24 mo. swim trunks to the pool that hung from his waist, bottom crack out for all to see.

Yet, this past year he has blossomed into a "decent" eater. This is a huge milestone in our household, 3+ years after being introduced to food. While he is still picky, he's not as picky. And we're able to ask him to eat a few bites of things he may not otherwise enjoy without expecting it to be heaved back up at the dinner table. And with significantly less resistance. Huge.

Speed and strength are of utmost importance, and high values of either are the best compliments one can give to Owen.

We can still get the occasional nap out of him - but only after a really active morning.

Television and movies seldom hold his attention for long before whining follows.

Most used whiney phrase: "I'm huuungrryyy," which actually means "I'm bored," and neither phrase - especially in a whiney voice - get much sympathy.

He's not a fan of bugs. Frightened by all kinds. We're working hard to teach him that flies are just pesky, ants are not scary, and bugs are just a part of life.

He loves to ride his scooter, and this just in: his bike! Hills and bumps are a thing yet to master, but riding circles around our garage is now a piece of cake.

With another summer off to a chilly start, we've only just recently started getting in decent pool time. But once again, going to the pool seems to be one of his most requested activities.

He's curious and thoughtful. He has a serious side. And he's really funny. He's athletic, determined, and sometimes easily frustrated. He loves his family well. He's growing up. We're just so proud of this boy.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

my weekend in photos.

 Friday family fun night! We don't make it to the pool a lot as a family, so it was nice to have tag-team parenting for our evening pool visit.

Some time had passed since I last did this, so my Friday night solo visit to Target came highly anticipated. And if spending a Friday night wandering the aisles of Target by myself being my idea of a perfect evening doesn't make me feel old, then the fact that I was seriously bothered by the herds of teenagers who also were spending a part of their Friday night at Target. I found them to be too loud, and rather obnoxious - a sentiment shared by old cranky people like me. Kids these days. ;-)

A t-ball filled weekend! We had a game on Saturday and Sunday - both super hot days spent at the ball fields. 

We made a day of supporting our cousins - a swim meet in the morning before Owen's game, then two more softball games later in the day. Cousins rock.

I managed to sneak in a shower after a sweaty, stinky afternoon to go out to dinner with this guy. We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary a tad early, taking advantage of a rare Saturday evening off work for Colby. Love this man.

I headed to Sunday morning brunch bunch while Colby took the boys to the pool.

Game # 2 of the weekend.

We finished off our busy weekend with yet another trip to the pool.

Whew! I'm exhausted just reliving it all again. There wasn't much time spent at home, so it looks like our usual weekend cleaning will have to find its way into our week since we have another busy few days in store next weekend! Hope you kept cool during our hot, summery weekend!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

my weekend in photos.

 Friday night I came home to my first Nature Box delivery, gifted by my dear BFF for my birthday.

This little one - we all just love him.

Owen and I went to cheer on cousin Ella at her swim meet on Saturday morning while Colby stayed home with a napping babe.

Cousin Ella then returned the favor by coming out to cheer on #6 on the field.

Legos are the newest addition to toys that come with a bazillion pieces to Owen's lineup. He loves building his own creations!

I was brave and took Kirkwood along on our walk to the park. I put Brooks in charge while I shot a few baskets with Owen.

There were some made baskets, and there were some tears after some missed baskets. And when told he needed to take a break to regain composure. And when told it was time to go home. 

After church and Colby's shift at the pool, these 3 splashed around in our baby pool out back while I worked hard in the kitchen on some homemade pizzas and mini peach crisps to celebrate this daddy.

This ensemble was sported on our Father's Day stroll. He rode his bike, which is a huge milestone at our house. Running shoes, swim trunks, and bike helmet - he's all set for a triathlon!

Hope you all had a nice Father's Day weekend!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

brunch bunch: rye kc

Memorial Day weekend was our much anticipated brunch bunch gathering at Rye KC. It was my second time dining there, but my first time at brunch. 

Rye is another local joint that prides themselves in using local farms and fresh ingredients. It's one of two KC restaurants owned by husband and wife chef duo named Colby &  Megan. (They also have two young children, but it seems like I had read somewhere that one was a girl.) 

We sat on the patio, despite the soggy weather and cool temperatures. I would imagine it's quite delightful on a warm summer evening, but the ambience isn't quite there when everything around us was damp and I was sitting on my fingers at the end of my meal to keep warm. 

The food, however, was splendid. Of course, I ordered a mimosa. It was delicious, though maybe second to the one I enjoyed at Blue Bird during our last brunch. My sister-in-law ordered a bloody mary [which I'd normally turn my up my nose, but curiosity got the best of me] with an interesting barbecue flavor, which I surprisingly enjoyed. And my crepes were outstanding; too outstanding to share. I have a soft spot for sweet crepes. The honey and sweet cream atop my fruit and crepes was just heavenly. And in case that wasn't enough for my sweet tooth, I ordered one of "Meg's daily pastries" - another long time love of mine: a cinnamon roll. It didn't disappoint. The dishes surrounding mine were lovely, and they seemed to be enjoyed to the same degree.

Lasting impressions: Friendly and punctual service.* (However, I was carded for my mimosa. And I was the only one carded in my group of three - awkward and not their most professional decision. But to their credit, the gal was in training.) And they served some great food and drinks. The price point was only a little higher than our last, but certainly worth it for the quality of food. I'll definitely be back for another brunch (and other meals!) - and I'll be bringing my hubby along. He'd die over that bloody mary!

After only two visits, this place is quite easily raising to the upper ranks in favorite KC restaurants. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

my weekend in photos.

We gained a houseguest at the beginning of this past week: GRANDMA! Quite a bit of time has passed since she has been able to make a visit our direction, so it was extra special to have her in town. 

I started my weekend a few hours early with our first trip to Deanna Rose (a children's farmstead) with my mom and the boys. Owen refers to it as Indiana Rose, and I've given up correcting him for the weekend.

And while we were out and about, we treated (?) my mom to her first visit to Sonic, followed by my nephew's baseball game before heading home for an evening on our porch. After many days of delay, we finally cut into a tres leches cake (that I had previously said I didn't want and fought with my husband over purchasing) from my birthday. It took my a few days, but I finally caved to enjoy it.

A rainy Saturday morning resulted in a cancelled t-ball game for Owen, but an early Okie Joe's bbq lunch, and sneaking out with my mom to get our toes did - my first (and long overdue) pedicure of the year. 

The weather cleared up, and we spent some time outdoors both at the park shooting hoops and at home enjoying the porch while Colby headed into work.

Oh, and we made some lemonade. Er, excuse me, "best lemonade ever." 

Sunday was a perfectly overcast, 70-something day made for a lovely day to spend meandering about the zoo. 

 Oh, and this guy is finally sporting some top teeth! Since his independence is suddenly taking priority at mealtime, I'm anxious to have a few more teeth on the way - you can only gum so many kinds of food. He no longer wants to be fed baby food, but would prefer to feed himself in the form of finger foods.

Grandma flew out last night, but it sure was nice to have her here with us this week. Already looking forward to our next visit!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

my weekend in photos.

We had a busy weekend around here. We started off Friday night with a work co-shower for a bride-to-be, and mama-to-be themed "Nappies & Nighties." Diapers and lingerie - clever, huh? 

Saturday morning we were so thrilled to have Owen's first t-ball game. He had a big first day, playing both "pitcher" and catcher - so he got a lot of ball action. My little guy rocked his first game! 

And his second, which was played today.

We also had some special visitors during his first 2 games - one of them being our most favorite teacher! He loved having a cheering section. :)

We had a couple of cousins with their first games this weekend, too. So after grabbing a lunch on the go, we caught the last part of one until a sudden rain ended it early. Owen giggled nonstop while it poured as we ran to a covered area.

The weather moved out quickly, and we were ready to get wet all over again. We headed to our neighborhood pool for our annual pool opening party.

I love when summer comes around to expose those sweet baby arms. Stick a little boy in swim trunks with that soft baby skin and the smell of sunscreen.. just perfect.

75% of the time he spent chewing the green side. Whatever.

With the exception of this morning's t-ball game and a trip to Target, Sunday was a little slower paced, which was necessary following my full Saturday on 5 hours of sleep. I'm getting too old for that business. Looking forward to the upcoming week - my momma is coming for a visit!