Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lincoln James: Two and Half

It's been a few months since Lincoln's last update. Since he will be two and half on January 31st (time goes by way too fast!) I thought it was time for a little update.

My favorite things about two and a half include...

baking cookies with my little man...and his inability to keep his tongue out of the cookie batter! (rest assured any cookies you receive from us are made with a little extra love!

that any older gentleman with a beard is referred to as "Ho! Ho! (Santa)" 

how every single game of play or pretend involves him coming to "save the day" with his firetruck, police car, helicopter or garbage truck. 

that he takes his fire truck, garbage truck, teddy bear, lovey and new dinosaur from nana to bed with him every. single. night. (thank goodness for double beds or I don't know how everyone would fit!) 

that every time we play "hide and seek" he feels the need to giggle and talk loudly so whoever is "seeking" will be sure to find him! 

his genuine concern when he thinks anyone is hurt or sad and his immediate response of "no cry" followed up with a kiss to make you feel better. 

his excitement in helping daddy with any home improvement project that we may be working on (and daddy's amazing ability to include him on each one!). 

And, because this is real life, and if we're being honest, there are also a few things I'm not such a fan of when it comes to being two and half. 

Here are a few things that are not my favorite about two and a half...

that we no longer sleep through the night. That darn "big kid" bed has been the worst for sleep regression and we usually have a visitor pitter patter into our room around 2-3 AM every night. 

the word "no." NO explanation needed ;0) 

that he's growing up just too darn fast and I can't freeze time. 

In all honesty, Lincoln has been the best toddler! So easy going and even tempered (that's saying a lot for a two year old!). And, anyone who knows me, has heard this before....for as difficult and as frustrating as it was when our little man was a baby and dealing with the separation anxiety and reflux, etc....he has been the easiest, most good natured toddler. (I'm knocking on all the wood that typing those words didn't just jinx me). 

We love you so very much little man! Now stop growing so you can stay my baby forever!! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 in Review

It was another great year full of highs and lows! 

We kicked off January with a trip to the Museum to see the Legos exhibit

In February I got a girls trip to Arizona to visit my bestie! 

In March, we took Lincoln to his very first St. Paddy's Day parade and had a visit from the Easter Bunny!

In April, we celebrated daddy's birthday and in May we celebrated Papa's birthday and Mother's day! 

In June, we headed down to California to celebrate my baby brother's college graduation and took a trip up to Sonoma. 

We also finally finished our "mini" kitchen update in June! 

July was a big month! We went out to Hat Island for the 4th of July, watched movies in the park, threw my sister a bridal shower, and our little guy turned TWO!

August was another fun month. We sold our house and celebrated my baby sister's wedding!

In September we headed to the Spokane County Fair and celebrated our 4th Wedding anniversary. 

October is my very favorite time of the year and the beginning of all the holiday festivities! We headed to the Pumpkin patch, bought a new house and also had some family photos taken. 

In November, Lincoln and I went on a mommy/son date to Daniel Tiger Live! We also celebrated Thanksgiving with our family and found out that Lincoln will soon have a new cousin, set to arrive in June 2017! We also headed up to Greenbluff to pick out our family Christmas tree

December was our most eventful month with a trip to the North Pole and sledding!  Kevin and Lincoln went back east to visit his grandma and great grandma and Lincoln got to go to the Air Mobility Command Museum and saw the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. And last but not least, we celebrated Christmas! The best one yet.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Eve 2017

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's surrounded by loved ones. We spent the holiday with some friends and it was perfect. We had a delicious dinner...crab for the seafood lovers, a steak for me, caesar salad, garlic mashed potatoes, garlic bread and Red Lobster Cheddar biscuits. The champagne was flowing any my girlfriend made yummy champagne jello shots!

The kiddos were dressed up in matching PJs and we counted down to midnight for them around 8PM thanks to the Netflix New Year's countdown. They spun noise makers and blew poppers and they were all tucked in and asleep by 9 PM so the parents could enjoy the evening! We played some games, watched some movies and just barely made it to midnight!

We also ended up staying over so it was so much fun to watch the littles wake up, and run around the house together, while the adults nursed their headaches from one too many glasses of champagne ;0)

We started off 2017 perfectly. After a lazy morning, we headed home to get ready for the week and to head back to work/school after a perfect week off. Family naps were had for all and we woke up to takeout, chatting about our resolutions for the new year and playtime, before an early bedtime for everyone.

Cheers to 2017!