Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays - Happy Easter!!!

Sorry for how late this post is!! Same story different day with work getting in the way!! I also am well aware that I am still woefully behind in terms of catch up posts from November forward and am getting more behind by the day! (we just do too many super fun things, and I want to write about all of them!)

Here are a few pics from this past Easter weekend. I'll post more later but wanted to get these up. Erin came in from Chicago to surprise Kristen at her baby shower and we had a great weekend! I think she has a new appreciation for how exhausting a 2 year old is after chasing him around for 4 days, and we miss her already! In fact, D has been asking about her daily!!

Dying Easter eggs!

3 swings...3 kiddos :)

This is the day after Easter...Beth made D an adorable bunny cookie and as you can see D was very excited to gobble it up!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays - Daycare Week!

Last week was "Week of the Young Child" at D's daycare. We had fun participating in all the events!!

Monday: Hat I didn't send him to school in a pink hat, he was wearing one of his friend's hats! I sent him in the awesome Royals hat!

Tuesday: Bounce House Day!! D actually was willing to get in the bounce house this year! He was still a bit hesitant but had fun.

Wednesday: Crazy Hair Day!!

Thursday: Pajama Day and eat breakfast at daycare day! We had fun eating our bagels and bananas at daycare :)
I also went in after lunch on Thursday and read D's class his favorite book "Where the Wild Things Are". It was lots of fun and the kiddos were all very excited I was there. If you ever need a self-esteem boost, go hang out with a bunch of 1-2 year olds. I felt kind of like a rock star!! I was a little worried D would be upset when I left, but he went over to his cot and lay down and said "bye bye mama". It was a great experience!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays - Parents as Teachers

D and I participate in a local program through the school districts called Parents as Teachers. Starting when you kiddo is born, they come to your house every 6-8 weeks and provide milestones, good toys/games/books to play with and in general answer any questions you might have. This is especially useful when you are in-between doctor appointments and have questions that don't warrant a call to the doctor, but you'd like to get answered. And of course, it's always nice to hear how advanced your kiddo is in terms of milestones :) Our PAT person, Jennifer, has become a good friend and Dylan absolutely loves her!! Another great thing with PAT is they have cool events that you can attend. This past weekend we went on a tour of a fire station. D loved the trucks but was a bit scared when the firefighter put on all of this gear. Last night we went to a "Taste of Toddlerhood" event where we met up with Kylie and Jody Stump and did some "cooking". It's a great program, and for any of you Kansans with little ones, I highly recommend looking into it!!

Not related to PAT, its crazy hair day at D's daycare today. Check out the spiked action I sent him to school with :) I actually think it's pretty cute!!

Finally, for those of you who didn't believe me about having multiple posts last week, check out the Wordless Wednesdays from last week about all the trips D and I have taken in 2 short years! It's one of my new faves!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays - Oh! the Places You'll Go

Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're Off and away! Dr. Seuss Zach and I have always loved travelling (even though sometimes it's a bit stressful...maybe a little more for Zach than me!) Obviously, once you start travelling with kiddos life becomes a bit more complicated! But once I realized what a great little traveler D is; it has been easy for the most part!! I think we have adequately taken advantage of the fact that kids under 2 get to fly of D's second birthday, we have taken 16 trips that involved airplanes (we've taken a number of other trips to Iowa, Illinois and the lake as well, but just wanted to count trips on planes). For those of you who don't want to do the math, that's more than 1 trip every 2 wonder I'm so tired. 9 of the 16 trips have been to Chicago and want to give a huge thanks once again to Toni, Karl and Nicki for making coming to Chicago as easy as possible! It really is a home away from home and we are very appreciative!! Here's a recap with a few pics from each of the trips! I can't believe how much D has grown and how fun it is to take him places because he's so interested in his surroundings. We might slow down our travel a little now that we have to buy another ticket, but have trips to Vegas, California and a few to Chicago already planned for the summer. Here's to many more fun adventures!! 1. D's first trip to Chicago (of course!) For the first annual memorial game for Zach.
2. California for a great time with family!!

3. Chicago again...for Carrie Mac's wedding!!

4. Buenos Aires, Argentina to visit Aunt Nicki and D's first stamp in a passport!!

5. Chicago again...guess who's a year old? D is going to think that every birthday deserves a multi-city celebration!

6. Las Vegas...what 1 year old hasn't been to Vegas!? Cheering on Papa at the pool tourney and having a blast at the pool!

7. Chicago for Aunt Nicki's graduation!

8. Chicago for Remy and Dave's wedding!

9. Chicago for the 2nd annual memorial Cubs game!

10. Phoenix, Arizona for Terra's wedding and some family time!

11. Chicago for the Iowa vs. Northwestern game and some Bears football!

12. Chicago to check out Aunt Nicki's new apartment! And to play in the snow :)

13. Las Vegas, Baby!! A second family reunion in Vegas!

14. El Dorado, Puerto Rico...a great trip to paradise!!

15. Colorado...a trip to snowy mountain! Next year, skiing??

16. Chicago...Happy 2nd birthday, D! I can't wait for many many more trips with you!!

Sorry for how late I got this post up...stayed up last night working on it, but didn't quite get it done! Also, for those of you accustomed to only looking on Wednesdays, there are a few birthday posts below!