Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays - So Big!!!

Dylan amazes me every day at how big and old he is becoming!! It's hard to even put into words, but anybody who spends time with him can see it. He is having complete conversations, understands everything (which makes it even more frustrating when he ignores me!) and wants to do everything by himself. He continues to be such a joy to be around!!! I'm loving this stage, but have pangs every once in a while for the baby stage we have left!

Here are a couple of his new "big boy" things:

On Friday, I got off work early and Dylan and I went to WalMart to buy him big boy underwear. He has been sitting on the potty fairly consistently (I would say about 50% of the time). He's also waking up from naps and nighttime with dry diapers some of the time. He was VERY excited about his underwear and my mom put him in them Saturday morning (I was at corporate challenge tug of war). By the time I got home, he was in his 3rd pair due to accidents...we went to the library and as I was about to take him to the bathroom he had another accident on my lap. Not sure he's quite ready, and I'm definitely not ready to do a full on boot camp training. But I would guess we'll be trained within the next few months.

D is officially too big for a pack-n-play. We are going to California this weekend and are taking an air mattress so we practiced having him sleep on one this weekend at my parents house. He did a great job and looked so cute!!

On Sunday, we went to my parent's neighborhood pool. The place was pretty much empty and we had a GREAT time!! D was SO adventurous!! He could swim by kicking his legs and holding on to the noodle without much assistance. There are two diving boards (a low one and a high one) and after watching me jump off of them, of course my little daredevil wanted to jump off them as well. I told him he was too little for the diving board, but he could jump off the side. After we both got comfortable with that (okay, so mostly it was me that needed to get comfortable), I let him climb up on the racing platform and jump off of those. He was in HEAVEN!! He loved jumping into the water and preferred it when I let him go all the way underwater on the jump. We had so much fun and it makes me so happy how much he likes the water!!

On Sunday evening, we went to my friend Felicia's parent's house to help celebrate Felicia's birthday. They live right off a golf course, so after dinner we had a fun time looking for lost golf balls. D loved finding them.

Ready for cake!!

Helping Felicia open presents!

Just a cute random picture from last night! D continues to love all things sports/balls related. And he's sporting his new adorable puma outfit from Grandma!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays - Grandma and Grandpa Visit!!

Grandma Toni and Grandpa Karl came to visit last weekend! We had an absolutely wonderful time!! D really loved having Grandma and Grandpa in his environment and showing off for them! We also had a great time showing them the awesome new swing set. Friday night, we went out for dinner. Saturday we met my mom and the Morris clan at the zoo. Saturday night, we celebrated Toni's birthday and on Sunday we did lots of playing. It was a great trip and we can't wait for them to come back soon!!!

Concentrating on coloring the Father's Day card for Grandpa Karl!

Playing on the new swing set with Grandma and Grandpa :)

D really wanted pink, purple and blue cupcakes. I asked him multiple times and he told me every time he wanted those colors. Grandma Toni's favorite cupcakes are red velvet, so we had red velvet cupcakes and used food coloring for the icing. They were great :)

We had a great time at the zoo!! We saw a sea lion show complete with baby sea lions that was great. We also rode on camels...D was a little unsure but once he saw Ella and Andrea riding together he decided he needed to do it too! He was a little nervous on the camel but had a great time!

Helping Grandma blow out her birthday candle! The cupcakes were delicious :)

One of my new favorite pictures!! Ella and Maggie both wore their Cubs shirt on Sunday in honor of Grandma Toni and Grandpa Karl. Of course once Dylan saw that, he decided he needed to wear his as well. And through some small miracle, we got all three kiddos looking at the camera and smiling (and by miracle, I mean Andrea throwing a stuffed animal around trying to make them laugh!).

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays - Happy Birthday Grandma!!!!

We hope you have a great birthday and can't wait to see you this weekend!!!!

D is very proud of this video!! And he thought it was SO funny that he was calling Grandma, "Miss Grandma". He kept laughing about it for minutes after! Pretty cute!! Sorry for the "sideways" video...I took it the right way on my phone and for some reason when it uploaded to you-tube it flipped it. I did some research and couldn't figure out a way to switch it...he's still cute, though, even sideways!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays - Better Late than Never :)

Sorry for late nature of this post! Life and work has continued to be super busy!! D continues to be as fun and cute as ever! I need to get some videos up soon of him singing...his current faves are the "ABCs" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider"! We had another fun filled weekend. On Saturday, we went to a picnic at D's daycare and brought Andrea, Ella and Maggie with us. It was a great time and Ella and D loved jumping in the bounce house. It was in the high 90's all weekend, so we used the pool at the Morris house and then headed to the big pool on Sunday. We had a great time :)

In other very exciting news, on Tuesday, the swing set that Grandma Toni and Grandpa Karl got Dylan for Christmas arrived and got assembled. D is SO excited and didn't want to go to bed last night, but I finally assured him that the swing set would still be there in the morning. This morning when he woke up, he said his standard, "mama, mama". Then when I went into his room, he said, "swing set?!?" It was super cute! I'm sure we will spend MANY MANY countless hours of great fun playing on the swing set!! Thanks so much to Grandma and Grandpa!!!

Tonight, we had dinner over at Beth and Josh's house. It was the first time the "3 Musketeers" had all been together. Here are a couple of pics!! It's crazy to see how different they are. Dylan - 26 months, Collin (Beth and Josh's kiddo) - almost 7 months, Grant (Kristen and Matt's kiddo) - 2 weeks. Dylan absolutely loves Collin and Grant! We talk about both of them on a daily basis! It's so fun seeing them together and it'll be great to watch their friendship develop over the years!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays - Vegas Baby (a cell phone pic recap)!!!

What 2 year old hasn't been to Vegas 3 times? The answer to that question is not Dylan...that's right; we spent another Memorial Day in Las Vegas. We had a mini-family reunion with my parents, brother, grandpa (D's great grandpa), Nicki, Chris, Grandma Toni and Great Grandma Pat). We had a great trip and D continues to be an awesome traveler! I have a few more great pics on my camera but forgot to bring it to work today! So, here's what I captured on my phone :)

Fun with Papa at his pool tourney!

Nicki and I with the Australian Elvises at Cirque de Soleil - Elvis (and no they were not part of the show!)

Chris corrupting Dylan...the funny thing is that the first time Zach and I went to Vegas, we went out to dinner with my grandfather at the Japanese steak house right across from Cleopatra's barge. My grandfather jumped up and touched Cleopatra for good luck...I thought it was hilarious, Zach turned bright red. So, D is living on a tradition. And every time we walked past the boat after that, D would look up, point and yell, "boobs"!! Keeping it classy :)

Throwing pennies into the fountain with Aunt NiNi (a new fave!)

Pool time with Namma!!

In a great mood on the plane ride home!!