Snippits of our Awesome Week

Phone in hand, these are some of the pics of the fun we had this past week.  I didn’t have to work very much + Payton didn’t have summer camp = nearly a full week of awesome fun with my cuties.  We had playdates, music class, Kids Museum, fun in the sprinkler, bouncy house, and so much more.  Such a fun little week.
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17 months old!

Another month has flown by.  We have a little dude who is definitely a little toddler now, a destructive tornado of a little boy.
— Ever since he had tubes put in his ears last month…he can finally hear again and is talking up a storm!  I can’t even list all the words he is saying…because he is finally talking..a lot!  He is one opinionated little dude, he isn’t shy on saying “no!”.
— He is pushing the limits and boundaries…he knows right from wrong…but that doesn’t stop him.
— He LOVES to sing and dance.  He has a great little booty shake and even sings the words of some of the songs!  He can sing a few words to Beyoncé “All the Single Ladies” and Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”.  He can hum the tune and sing a bit of the ABCs, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and Twinkle Little Star.
— He is walking down the stairs now.  He completely skipped the belly slide and went straight to walking.  I was in shock.  Payton saw him first and said “Oh my gosh Mom!  Look at Miles!  He is WALKING down the stairs like a big person! Good job little chubber!”.
— He is now a rock star at eating with a spoon!  Sometimes he still prefers to use his hand as a shovel, but at least I know he can use a spoon.  He still HATES veggies unless they are pureed and mixed with fruit.  He currently loves: yogurt, mandarin oranges, bananas, raisins, popcorn, Peanut Butter Lara Bars, chicken nuggets, and humus.
— Found out the hard way that bubbles in the bath…scare him to death!  Poor guy.
— I can no longer get out the water table without him thinking it’s his personal pool to climb in and play.  Turn my back for 3 seconds to put away the hose and in he goes, fully clothed.  Every single time.

Our little dude over the past month:
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Texas or bust…

Spent a couple weeks in Texas to visit family…both sets of grandparents and lots of Aunts and Uncles.  An adventure it was.  I travelled with both kids solo since Byron was pretty sick, and he joined us a few days later.  I spent the first few days sick, then it was Miles turn, and Byron ended it sick again.  Even though on any given day somebody wasn’t feeling great, we still managed to have a wonderful time.  Payton was in heaven…she absolutely loved swimming and was spoiled rotten with attention.  Miles had a difficult time, no feeling well + stranger danger = whole trip spent glued to my hip.  Now if everyone in Texas would move on up to Seattle, that would make life so much easier!  =)  And it is not nearly as HOT here.  Phew, it was hot there.  Crazy hot.  Lots of pics of our visit:

headed to Texas!

headed to Texas!

Payton picked all of Nana's flowers...oops!

Payton picked all of Nana’s flowers…oops!

at the zoo w/ Aunt Rachel

at the zoo w/ Aunt Rachel

pic courtesy of Gpa

pic courtesy of Gpa

pic courtesy of Gpa

pic courtesy of Gpa

pic courtesy of Gpa

pic courtesy of Gpa

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His favorite part of the day, wagon rides!

His favorite part of the day, wagon rides!

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Game night...boys vs girls

Game night…boys vs girls

So much fun with Aunt Rachel!

So much fun with Aunt Rachel!

not too fond of Uncle Mikey yet

not too fond of Uncle Mikey yet

best buds

best buds

his new ride

his new ride

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sillies

sillies

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navigating the zoo

navigating the zoo

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nightly routine with Nana

nightly routine with Nana

silly with Uncle Tuesday

silly with Uncle Tuesday

happy 4th of July from Texas!

happy 4th of July from Texas!

master smoker of all meats

master smoker of all meats

Aunt Leslie  =)

Aunt Leslie =)

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how he spent most of the trip

how he spent most of the trip

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barbies w/ Aunt Hal

barbies w/ Aunt Hal

corn!

corn!

playing with her new chalkboard from GG

playing with her new chalkboard from GG

the princess crown goes to...GG!

the princess crown goes to…GG!

he wears it well!

he wears it well!

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putting her to work

putting her to work

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lots of swimming with Grandpa

lots of swimming with Grandpa

climbed in the water table all by himself...sigh

climbed in the water table all by himself…sigh

a Curious George afternoon

a Curious George afternoon

we celebrated Miss Shirley turning 80!

we celebrated Miss Shirley turning 80!

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16 months old!

Our little dude is 16 months old…I say it every month…so crazy, he is growing so fast!  He is definitely a little man now, a little toddler, a little dude.
–He is starting to finally talk, a lot more!  He had tubes put in at the beginning of the month after dealing with 3 months of chronic ear infections and fluid filled ears.  Finally no more ear pulling and muffled hearing.  Every day he is saying a new work.  And starting to mock Payton with it!  Payton was being silly and fell on the ground, started whining and saying “ouch, ouch, ouch, ouchie!” and right away Miles looked at her and in a mocking whiny voice said “oooouchie”.  She stopped whining immediately after that!
–He is mastering the spoon, he can eat most of his oatmeal now with 80% of it making it into his mouth!
–He still hates just about all fruits and veggies.  Grrrrr.  Still a meat and carb eater. –Sleeping 11 hours at night with a 2 hour nap.
–Sob, sob, sob…just about fully weaned from nursing.  I think this is harder on Mama than Miles.  A bit sad…a baby no more.
–Still running, climbing, and destroying everything.  Going through the awful phase of hair pulling and biting…no fun.
–Loves stacking blocks, throwing balls, digging in dirt, splashing in water, reading books, and singing and dancing. SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

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Schooooools out for summer!

School is out and summer has begun…just some fun with my little cuties:IMG_2847 IMG_2636 SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC IMG_2851 IMG_2865 IMG_2860 IMG_2859 IMG_2858 IMG_2863 IMG_2866 IMG_2853 IMG_2850 IMG_2849 IMG_2848 IMG_2635 SONY DSC SONY DSC

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Off to the Farm We Go!

Took the kiddos to Fox Hollow Farm today.  Was an exhausting three hours but oh so fun!  Last year when we went Payton was afraid of all the animals and wanted nothing to do with them…this time she had a blast!  Wanted to pet them all!  It was Miles that wanted nothing to do with the animals.  Cried around most of them…except for the chickens.  He ran around with those chickens like he was one of them…yelling “bawk bawk bawk!”.  Had a little picnic by the stream and ended at the play houses…one of their favorite parts!
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Last day of Preschool: Monkey Class

I think I am in a bit of denial and shock that this is the last day of Preschool.  We have a cute independent stubborn little 3.5 year old.  I am so thrilled that she is moving on to bigger and better things but a piece of me is mourning the loss of my little baby.  She is growing so fast, I want things to just slow down for a bit.  It feels like we are always moving in fast-forward mode, getting here to there, hurry hurry hurry.  I think this summer we need to hit pause and slow it down for a bit.  I am quite sad that another year of Preschool is done…but also quite excited to spend a warm sunny summer with my two amazing toddlers.

First Day of Preschool and Last Day of Preschool:
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Last day of preschool pics and twinsy pic with her best bud at Preschool:
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