Friday, September 19, 2014

Five On Friday

1. We've had thee most perfect Fall weather this past week. One day I met up with a girlfriend and her three boys at my favorite park...Frog Hollow. And the best part was Levi (my friend's oldest) and Mason played like long lost best friends. This said a lot because for the last year they fought every time we got together. We decided more frequent playdates (this year) were a MUST!!!
Couldn't get either one to look. Oh well.
 
2. After the park we surprised Grandma and visited her at work. She was just finishing up her day so she met up with us again a few minutes later (when she was finished) in the Village II for some fries and a chocolate milkshake. YUM!!!
3. Last week my two littles took their first REAL tubby together. (I say REAL because the one or two other tubbys they took together...Molly was actually in her baby tub within the tub). They LOVED being in there together. And Molly LOVED being out of her baby tub. The next night I gave Molly a tubby alone because Mase was going ba-bye with daddy. When it came time for his tubby (Molly was already asleep). He said YEA tubby...with Molly!!! I said sorry buddy maybe tomorrow night. At least they enjoy being in together...because this dual tubby thing is AWESOME!!! 
 
4. Melt my heart they love each other SO much. Just wish I could take more candids of these moments so I (and they) never forget this innocent love. But of course I rarely have my phone or camera out when these moments occur.
5. Last night after almost two weeks Mason got to play with his bestest neighbor buddies again...
The picture doesn't do justice to how muddy they were. But boy did they ever have fun!!!
And boy was it good to be reunited!!! (Two weeks because we were gone on vacation for a week and then life happened and suddenly it had been two weeks).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ten On Thursday

1. The moment you realize a {red} crayon went through the wash. And that moment happened after the wash went through the dryer. Boo. (Thankfully the load was just towels).

2. And then two seconds later your phone reminder goes off telling you to get the check out of a pair of pants in the laundry hamper BEFORE you do the wash. Only you've already done the wash. Boo again. (Thankfully it was just a check from my MIL). (And in my defense my alarm was set to go off every night starting the Saturday night we returned from the Smokies at 8pm. Only thing is we didn't get home until 8:30 that night so I silenced the first memo and the second came Sunday night after the wash).

3. How daddy keeps the kiddos occupied well mommy is at work...
4. The night before we left for the Smokies my mother-in-law invited us over for dinner. While the kids (and grandma) played...mom, dad, and grandpa relaxed!!!
5. About to head out the door to day one of mom's six week (every other week) Bible study course. Thankfully the kiddos liked/loved the nursery!!! And I'm pretty sure the study is going to be amazing!!! Added bonuses one of my best friend's from middle school led the study. (She did amazing). My best friend from high school (who just moved back to the area) was there and I didn't even know she was going to be. And a blog friend was there. 
6. The study were studying is "Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full." Pertinent to so many right!?! Well after leaving Bible study I drove to a garage sale 5 minutes away, picked up some mums on the same road, and then headed the 15 minutes home. As I turned onto a street very near to my development I remembered that I had never grabbed my Bible from the roof of my vehicle. I almost started crying but with a quick glance in my side mirror I saw that IT WAS STILL THERE!!! I quickly pulled my vehicle over and grabbed it. On the drive home I had decided to check out the garage sales in the neighboring development and it was there I discovered that I had NEVER BUCKLED MASON IN. Talk about feeling sick. Needless to say...this study is right up my alley!!!

7. So last night I was giving Molly a bath when Mason came in to ask me a question. I turned for what felt like only a quick second...and guess what I saw when I looked back. Molly eating POOP. Oh my word I almost puked. She must have pooped without me noticing. (Smooth I know). And the moment I was turned she obviously decided to pick up a toy with poop on it and put it in her mouth. Sorry no picture to share. I was too caught up getting the poop-filled toy out of her hands, washing her mouth, and getting her out of the poop water tubby.

8. Can I just say how thankful I am for my mom. The day before heading home from the Smokies I got an email from church reminding me about the church picnic for that coming Sunday. I had completely forgotten about it. So when my mom called to see how the drive was going I mentioned to her that as soon as I got home I would have to run out to grab some groceries to make a salad and of course milk for Mase. My loving mom said she had just made some chicken salad and that she had plenty of milk and that her and my dad would drop it off when we got home. So blessed!!! Love her!!!

9. Time for another Mason-ism. Every morning before coming into my our bedroom and after every nap Mason turns his bedroom light on and his fan off. One night this week I put him to bed at 8:35 and not a peep was heard so I thought he was sleeping. Silly me!!! At 9:10 I heard some banging so I go to check on him. He had turned his light on, fan off, and was about to open the door. He did open the door and found his momma. I told him to get back into his bed. He asked "why," immediately started crying, and said "mama lay." So of course this mama said she would lay with him and of course we both fell fast to sleep. Oh how I love that boy!!!

10. When we were gone on vacation my in-law's brought over the box spring to the mattress that we had laying on Mason's floor. So I would officially say he is NOW in a big boy's bed. (This picture was taken BEFORE his rail went up)!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Annual UP Trip (Part 2)

After a fun-filled morning/afternoon on the Island. We drove the last 2.5 hours to the cabin. We arrived shortly after my parents, brother, and his son Austin and shortly before my sister and her family. Last to arrive late Thursday night was my other brother and his family. (Sadly one of my sister-in-laws had to work so she and their other son stayed back home). Right away the four-wheelers were put to work...
Cole, Mason, and Cambrey
It was a beautiful evening/night on Thursday but Friday morning/early afternoon brought LOTS of rain. The kids played inside (during the rain) for the most part but did enjoy playing in the rain/mud some too. Finally come mid afternoon the rain stopped and so more four wheeler fun was had...
Kylynn, Cole with Molly, Cambrey (in the back), Easton, Brinley, Addi, Mase, and Austin
Saturday rained off and on. At this point we were just thankful we weren't camping AND that my parent's cabin had (well has) a washing machine. Lots of muddy clothes were washed. We did make a quick (45 minute) trip to Escanaba for a few goodies that we each had forgotten. Otherwise we mostly relaxed, four-wheeled, played cards, ate food, watched movies, read books, and played bocce ball. Sunday was a rain FREE day (yea!!!) and we did much of what I already mentioned above until nap time. At nap time my sister's family and my family headed home. And with that another Labor Day Weekend at the cabin was in the books!!!
Molly getting a tubby UP style.
Glad I remembered Mase's rain boots.
The Vugteveen grand-girls!!!
Grandma and her baby.
Tractor rides with grandpa were a big hit!!!
Note to self...never try to take a picture that you want to turn out at the end of vacation. When this picture was taken we were packed and ready to go. However, just a few minutes prior Mase had nailed his head on an end table and Molly was just plain tired. So obvioulsy neither were all about getting their picture taken. Oh well...lesson learned for next year!
The whole clan (minus Jana and Connor).

Friday, September 5, 2014

Five On Friday

1. My mom, sister, and I did a little outlet shopping (in Howell) a few weeks back. Gets me very excited for the Tanger Outlet that is currently being built just a mere 12 minutes from my house. It will be like a little slice of heaven!!! 
2. Also two weeks ago was the annual Hudsonville Fair. We enjoyed some yummy fair food and then hit up the kiddy rides. Mason had an absolute BLAST this year riding the rides. So much so that he threw a mini huge tantrum when it was time to go.
Lil sis just watching from the sidelines.

After the rides we checked out the tractors and animals.
 His "new" cheese face.
3. Also two weeks ago we went to Holland's Dutch Village. We had never been there before and I thought it would be something fun for us to do as a family. There were rides (the biggest hit), some food, and animals.
Swings with mom and ferris wheel with dad.
Sis just watching again.

The first thing he actually did was go on these little push carts. Only we didnt realize he would have to pump himself to move. Needless to say everyone got stuck behind him. He pumped a little bit but once all the big kids caught up he no longer felt the need to pump...he just let all the other kids pump him along!!! The girl behind him was SO annoyed. Brian and I were just cracking up.
4. Helping daddy wash the vehicles...
5. We were driving past the mall yesterday and Mason says..."the mall!" Brian response...it's a sad day that you know that place by name Mase. We keep driving and Mason starts screaming I need the mall...I love the mall. I was dying. Brian then says...Mase would you rather be in the woods with dad or the mall with mom. He answers very matter of fact...mall with daddy. Lol. That kid cracks me up!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Annual UP Trip (Part 1)

Every year we make the trek Up North to my parent's cabin for Labor Day Weekend. This year we headed up and out a day early to hit up Mackinac Island. We spent Wednesday night in a hotel and headed to the island first thing Thursday morning. Spent the morning/early afternoon on the island before driving the last 2.5 hours to the cabin. 

Mase was obsessed with swimming. He did NOT want to get out. (Yea for those swim lesson this summer)!!!

We had a great time on the island. As soon as we arrived we started the trek of riding our bikes around the island. It took us 2 hours with 3 stops (Arch Rock, to throw rocks in the lake, and for a snack/pictures of the bridge stop). After our ride we grabbed lunch, did a little shopping, and then it was already time to head back to the mainland. 

Riding the ferry to Mackinac Island...
First stop (Arch Rock). Mommy and Molly just chilling at the top.
The best shot we got of the 4 of us...
The kids wheels as we biked around the island...
Second stop (aka...the throwing rocks stop)...
And third stop. At this stop a kind man asked if we wanted him to take a picture of our family. (Brian was snapping a picture of Mase and I). We said sure...(even though it was only 3/4th of our family. Mols was sleeping and I never (well rarely) wake a sleeping baby)... 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{Molly} Eight Months

Stats: When we were at the doctor's office a week and a half ago (Molly had had a fever for three days) Molly weighed 17 pounds 8 ounces with her clothes on. So guessing she actually weighs just over 17 pounds.
(Proof she isn't always happy).
Sizes: Molly is still wearing 9 months, 6-12 months, or 9-12 months. And she is still wearing size 3 (Kirkland brand) diapers.
Food: About a week ago I started weaning and since I was by no means overproducing...we are now down to breastfeeding just once in the morning and again right before bed. I really wanted to exclusively breastfeed until 9 months but my body just tinkered out (around 6 months. It did the same thing with Mase). I was working really hard to keep my supply up the last two months but I just don't think Molly was getting enough from me alone.

So the schedule I have Molly on now is this...she breastfeeds when she wakes or around 8ish, takes two 4-4.5oz bottles (around 12 and 4), and breastfeeds again before bed (around 8pm-ish). She eats a small amount of oatmeal for breakfast (to baby food consistency), 1/2 of a yogurt for lunch, and 1/3 of a 2nd's baby food for dinner. She still dislikes veggies with a passion but likes most fruits and veggie/fruit mixes. Is starting to take to puffs and yogurt melts. (Wasn't a fan of them at first when we started them a few weeks ago). As for big people food she has had honey nut cheerios, strawberries, eggs, and very teeny tiny pieces of bread...(oh and ice cream and popsicles)! When I gave her the egg she kept it on her tongue and would NOT swallow and would NOT take a drink to help it go down. She finally made herself throw up and the egg came out with it. Here's to hoping she gets the hang of (starts enjoying) big people food sooner rather than later. 
But she NEVER turns down ice cream!!! 
Routine: Molly is not one for consistency. She likes to keep things real. (Or just likes to keep her momma guessing)!!! The only somewhat consistent thing about her schedule is bedtime. She goes down around 8:30pm every night. Although if we're outside it occasionally gets pushed back until 9pm. And if we've had a busy day...sometimes she'll go down as early as 8pmA good nights sleep consists of only waking once with her. And that could be anywhere between 3-7am. Although lately we've had a few nights of NO waking!!! Normally she wakes for the day between 6:45 and 7:30am. She takes two naps (a morning and an afternoon). Lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

BOY OH BOY HAVE WE HAD A VERY ROUGH SLEEPING MONTH. And I mean VERY rough. Right at 7 months Molly's first TWO teeth came in (bottom front). For two weeks she woke up every 3 hours throughout the night and would not go back to sleep until I fed her. She was getting motrin around the clock too. Sleep got better for a couple of nights and then she spiked a fever for 3 days. Again I was up at least every 3 hours (if not more frequently). I took her to the doctor...she checked out clean and according to the on-call doc didn't appear to be cutting any new teeth either. Soooo I let her cry it out that night (from 3-4am) because I was SOOO exhausted. And thankfully ever since she has been sleeping better. But FYI she WAS cutting another tooth.
Developmental Milestones: Molly pulled herself into a standing position for the first (and only time thus far) on July 27. She pulled herself into a sitting position (while in her crib) for the first time yesterday morning. She started arming crawling/slithering on her belly on August 11 and took a few REAL crawls on August 22. She can be a slithering machine (when she wants to be) but she most definitely prefers to be carried around. She can also rock on her hands and knees. She reaches for everything and wants everything in her mouth. And she occasionally will hand out kisses.
Loves: Molly loves to giggle!!! Molly loves watching her big brother!!! Molly most definitely loves her mama (and her dada but definitely her mama)!!! Molly loves to pull mommy's hair!!! Molly loves computers/iPhones!!! Molly loves Mickey (Mason's giggling doll Mickey that is)!!! And according to her daddy Molly loves to cry!!!
Dislikes: Still dislikes eating her vegetables and getting her face washed. She also very much dislikes being left alone.

Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • Girlfriend has a set of lungs...and she knows how to use them!!! She has a happy scream and a mad scream.
  • Everything and I mean EVERYTHING goes straight into her mouth.
  • Molly is a stage 4 clinger. Basically wants to be on my hip all day long. And if I get out of her line of vision...oh boy...she is one UNhappy girl. If I come home from being gone and don't immediately pick her up she will scream until I do.
  • First tooth (bottom right) popped through on July 25 and her second tooth (bottom left) followed on July 28. Those were some sleepless nights. I would have to say she is a MUCH worse teether than what Mase was.
  • Helped Mommy celebrate the big 3-1.
  • BEST THING ABOUT THIS MONTH...Molly's eye stopped draining right at 7 months (pretty much to the day). It was crazy. One day it was draining and the next it wasn't!!!
  • Molly made it through her first fever (three days worth).

Happy sick baby girl.
  • Molly is most definitely NOT a professional eater. Sometimes I joke that we're going to have to take her to "food therapy."
  • Molly is always putting her hands down Mommy's shirt.