June 24, 2015

Soaking up Summer Break!

Warning: Picture overload and lots of rambling to follow! 

Hands down, the best perk of working in a school system is summer break! I am soaking up every bit of time with the sweetest little peanut in town.  We've been filling our days with trips to the pond, morning mass, walks, and reading more books than you could imagine. 
He is just so much fun to be with. When we went to the pond last week, he threw a couple pieces of bread for the ducks, and then he looked at me with the cheekiest smile and shoved bread into his mouth as fast as he could! Thomas and I say this every month, but 18 months really does seem like the best age yet! It's so much fun watching his personality unfold. He talks up a storm and is the most joyful, curious, giggly toddler.  
 Mouth full of bread 

We've also been spending a lot of time coloring, playing with trucks, and playing with blocks. He asks to "play, play, play!" all day long from the moment he wakes up in the morning until the time he settles down for bed. 

We've gone on a couple outings, and last week we went to the dollar summer movies to see Nut Job in 3D.  Oliver cracked me up laughing whenever one of the characters laughed! He made it through about an hour and fifteen minutes before grabbing my hand and asking to go home, which was a lot longer than I had anticipated.  And he was so not taking those glasses off to put in the recycling container when we left! 

Yesterday was a quite a day. We made plans with Thomas to meet up with him for a picnic lunch near his work.  After making the hour drive out to see him, I got Oliver out of the car and locked my keys and both of our lunches in the car.  We hung out at Thomas's office for an hour until Triple A came to the rescue to open the door.  Oliver ended up eating Thomas's lunch, and Thomas's sweet co-workers gave us balls, stickers, and paper and highlighters to color to keep him entertained while we were there!  Thankfully Oliver got a kick out of all of the attention on him, so he was Mr. Flirty and Well-Behaved.  And even more thankfully, those two men of mine still love me like crazy, even on the days I'm just not with it.  After all that nonsense, Oliver and I had a sweet mommy and me date at the kid's museum, which was a blast! It was almost completely empty, so it was perfect for my little dinosaur explorer. :) 
We cherish our time spent with Thomas in the evenings and weekends! As soon as Thomas walks in the door, Oliver runs and screams "Dada! Dada," says "Hand," holds his hand, and says "Bounce! Bounce!" He leads Thomas straight to our room where Thomas tosses and bounces him on the bed with non-stop giggling heard throughout the house! Reading is occasionally involved, and the evenings together are the highlight of everyone's day in our home. 

We love finding things around the area on weekends that little boys love to do, like waterfront walks by all the boats and a trip to the fire station.  That boy sure does love fire trucks! 

We've also been able to spend a lot of my family, which has been so needed.  Oliver can't get enough of his grandparents, and he occasionally whines during the day and says "Pop pop and Mimi! Pop pop and Mimi!" We may or may not Facetime them every day, and he gets so excited each and every time. 

He also adores his Aunt Hannah and Uncle Jesse, and it is the sweetest thing watching them love on him! 

Oh, that Cool Whip container is his favorite toy at Mimi and Pop Pop's house. And the next picture is his new game with Pop Pop where he gets pulled up and down the hallway on a rug.  There's never a dull moment, that's for sure! 

The best part of last week was going home to visit my family when my grandma was in town! Oliver absolutely adores her, and it's so special watching him interact with his great grandma. Every time she left the room, he went around the house looking for her, saying "Mah maw!" "Mah Maw!" 
She has been doing a Slovak nursery rhyme that my grandpa used to do with all of us, and Oliver thinks it's hilarious! I will forever treasure the pictures of these two together. 

Other than that, we've just been trying to cool off from these 100 degree days however we can, and it usually involves water. Oliver is such a little water baby and frequently asks for the pool and to swim.  It's a good thing he thinks the kiddie pool is the best thing in the world! 

It's been such a blessing having all of this quality time with Oliver, and I know we'll be making the most of it over the next two months.  I will be working a couple hours a week at a nursing home starting at the end of this week to save some money for my unpaid maternity leave, so any prayers for a positive experience and a smooth adjustment to a new setting would be appreciated! I really enjoyed working with older patients during my fieldwork, so I think it will be fun to have a complete change from working with little ones the rest of the year. 

My hope is to blog a little more frequently over summer break when Oliver's napping, but we'll see how that goes! 

May 31, 2015

An Exciting Announcement!

We are overjoyed to share that God has answered our prayers by sending us another sweet baby due this October! 
am filled with so much gratitude, but it honestly doesn't seem real yet! I can't believe I'm already almost halfway through this pregnancy! It's starting to sink in more and more every time we hear the heartbeat at the check ups, and especially as I start to feel his fluttering movements grow a little stronger each day.  That's right - his movements! We are having another sweet, energetic boy to keep us on our toes! 
We are so thankful for the gift of another son!  What a blessing it will be for these two to grow up so close in age.  My prayer is for them to develop a close relationship with one another and to become faithful Christians in whatever vocation God calls them to do. 

The gift of a growing family is something we certainly do not take for granted after experiencing such a difficult loss.  I am so much more appreciative of every bit of this pregnancy, and I'm in awe that God has entrusted us with another soul to raise.  This, combined with how much joy Oliver has brought to our lives, has made us even more eager to meet this new little one and to watch our two sons begin to bond this fall! 

"Certainly sons are a gift from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb, a reward."
- Psalm 127:3

April 18, 2015

Inexpensive Glasses: Firmoo

Apparently when I was in second grade I wanted glasses, and I wanted them badly. According to my mom, I reported that I was getting headaches, couldn't see the chalkboard, and had blurry vision.  My mom took me to the eye doctor only to find out that my vision was 20/20.  My mom got to the bottom of it and discovered that I read a book where the main character had all those symptoms and got glasses, which is why I made up my whole story. Fast forward a few years later, and sure enough, I ended up needing glasses.  At that point I wasn't too keen on them, and I eventually got contacts.  However, I still wear glasses in the evening or when my eyes need a break from my contacts. 

My vision just keeps getting worse, and I recently decided to update my glasses because the prescription was too old and my eyes were having a hard time.  After having an eye exam, I looked at glasses at a few different stores, but couldn't get over the price tag shock, especially after having to buy new contacts.  I was thrilled that Firmoo reached out to me to review a pair of glasses.

I was a little skeptical and unsure of what to expect, as I have never ordered glasses off the internet before, but I was really impressed!  My main reason for not wanting to order them online is because you can't try them on to see how you look wearing them.  Firmoo solved that problem with a "Try on View" where you can upload your picture and see how you would look in several pairs of glasses.  There is a huge range of colors and frames, so it took my indecisive self way too long to decide! When I finally decided (after asking poor Thomas 934 times if he thought I was making the right choice), it was easy to enter my prescription information, and they shipped surprisingly quickly. When my package arrived, I was very pleased with the frames, the prescription was perfect, and after seeing the prices on their website, I will certainly be ordering glasses from them in the future!

I have only had them for about a month, so I can't comment on how durable they are. However, they have stood the test of toddler hands, which is just what I need. Oliver finds it hilarious when I wear glasses, and he always tries to pull them off! If they can hold up through that, I think they will last for quite a while!  

I feel like my second grade self forever jinxed my vision since I wished for glasses, but at least I now have a place to find affordable, fashionable glasses.  Overall, I would recommend Firmoo, and as I said, I will certainly be heading to their site in the future when I need a new pair. 

* I received a free pair of glasses in exchange for writing a review. However, all opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

February 24, 2015

Snow Day!!!

We had an unexpected, legitimate snow day today, and I loved every single bit of it! We've been hoping for a little bit of snow since our ice days last week, but the weather man predicted that it wouldn't stick. How wrong he was! We woke up this morning to find it would be indeed be a snow day! It started snowing in the morning, and it just kept coming down all day long! 

We were so glad Oliver got to experience snow this year! I remember we took him out when he was a newborn for just a few minutes when we got snow last year, and he screamed his head off.  He was a blast this year, and I know he will be even more so next year!

Of course his favorite thing to do was to eat the snow. No surprises there since he's a bottomless pit who eats anything and everything and then some. 

Thomas and I went out and built a mini snowman while he took his afternoon nap, and he thought it was the best thing ever!!! 
He stole the snowman's nose to eat and Thomas and I were pretty much crying from laughing so hard! 

Do you see it tucked in his hand here? Not a chance we were getting that carrot back from him.
When we got back inside, he disappeared to the back door countless times to point at, wave to, and blow kisses to the "mon mon."  

He's the absolute cutest, and I couldn't be more thankful for all of our extra family time over these past two weeks. The rest of our day was filled with lots of relaxation, playing, reading (and reading and reading and reading), and a little bit of playing in daddy's clothes! 

 He has so much spunk and I can't get enough of it! 

I have tomorrow off as well, and we're pretty sure Thomas will too!  I am so looking forward to another snow day and I especially can't wait to take Oliver back out to see his new friend the "mon mon" again in the morning! :)