Monday, November 24, 2014

Dog Dog #2

I started writing a post about Beckett's love for his Dog Dog and I started thinking, he has to be about the same age that Kennedy was when I wrote a post about her and her Dog Dog. I was right, she was 18 months old and Beckett will be a year and a half in a month. (Wait...that can't be right?)
Kennedy 18 months- with her Dog Dog 

When Beckett was a newborn he got his stuffed pug dog dog from Grandma Linda and Papa Denny.
                                               (opps he fell asleep during quiet time again)
We put it in his crib as soon as he was old enough, I wanted him to fall I love with a dog stuffed animal too. Plus, this one was smaller and easy to take with us. He always snuggled him and gave him kisses.  But his obsession began when we took the pacis away. He started snuggling him and sleeping with him pushed him against his face like this.

He would carry him around everywhere if we let him. I have always wanted their "lovies" to stay in bed so we didn't loose them.  But he is just too cute playing with his that I find myself giving in. He carries him in his mouth so he can have his hands free to play.  He likes to put him in the bus or airplane and push him around.

  I love that he has a comfort item but with that comes the responsibility for us not to loose him or forget him. This got me worrying so I searched for a back up yesterday. Good thing I found one amazon, now once I finally do some Christmas shopping I will just add it to the cart! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Halloween and the Beginning of November

Sometimes I feel like holidays are an all month event and we are ok with that! This blog ended up being a summary of our Halloween activities and the last two weekends.

We started dressing up a few weeks early when we went trick-or-treating in Des Moines while we were there.  Kennedy loved this! The kids just walked from house to house at Living History Farms and we got to ride on a hayride.

Then we had Kennedy and Rilyn's Frozen birthday party so we spent another weekend in costumes!

Since the girls got their new costumes for their party, they have worn them every single day last week.  We also had our daycare Halloween party on last Thursday.  We dressed up, did a craft, ate pumpkins fruit snacks, went "trick-or treating" and watched a Halloween show.

We also painted and carved pumpkins as a family.  We decided just to let the kids paint pumpkins in the kitchen since the weather is cooling off.  Beckett wasn't sure what to do with the paint, so he ate some of course.  Kennedy thought it was great.  After baths, we laid Beckett down and then Kennedy "helped" us carve ours.  She loves anything that she gets to do because she is a big kid. 
Thankfully we got all of these fun Halloween things in before sickness hit our house.  

We had a fun Halloween get-together planned with all our friends and their kids for Halloween night. But we had to cancel the friends Halloween because Beckett had contracted hand, foot, and mouth from the daycare. He was miserable on Halloween day, he didn't eat and barely drank anything. He cried or fussed most of the day. By the evening we just had to get him outside. We bundled the kids up and took them to a few houses on our street.  Kennedy loved, "tricker my treat." We laid Beckett down early and Kennedy got to help us pass out candy. She picked out a special piece of candy every time for her "friends" that came trick or treating. 

The next day, Saturday was my birthday and we spent the day at home with grumpy Beckett bear. Last minute my sister planned a birthday dinner with my friends.  It was just what I needed to get out of the house for a bit and chat! Then we headed out to our Halloween party. 
Sophia Grave and Rosie (Ellen anyone?)
We refused to miss out on a hang out with our friends and their kids so we rescheduled our Halloween get together for this weekend. I'm so glad we did! The kids had so much fun playing, eating dinner and doing a Halloween craft. Look at all these cute kids in their costumes! 

After our kid's Halloween party we finally got to go out country dancing with our friends. We wanted to go for Megan and Brady's birthdays in October but also had to reschedule that. We had so much fun! The girls all tried to learn new line dancing moves and of course Brady and I got to dance. 

After family pictures Saturday morning (can't wait to share them when we get them back :) Brady and I went to a friend of Brady's from work's wedding. We always look at weddings as a fun date night and a plus was that half of our small group was invited and some of the wives of KCPL were there too. These last two weeks have been busy, but filled with such fun things!

Family Pictures Fall 2014

 We got our family pictures taken this past weekend.   It was so cold, windy, and at least one member of our family needed a nap. (probably more than one...) But our good friend, Kelsey, still managed to get some really great pics! I am impressed with what she was working with!  My goal is to get family pictures taken each Fall, to see how our family grows and changes.  Every Fall our church does a "picture this" event where all the proceeds go to our church's children's ministry.  Two years ago we announced Beckett's pregnancy through these pics and last year was our first set of pictures as a family of four.  We may not get a perfect picture each year where we are all smiling or our hair isn't crazy, but it will document each phase of life as imperfect and wonderful as it is! 

The kids hit their wall and would not take anymore pictures so we didn't get any "sibling" pictures.  So, I tried to dress them back up to take a few and they still wouldn't smile for me.  It is so impossible to get them to sit still right now, yet alone look at the camera and almost never smile.  But oh well, they are so adorable!