Park Days

Friday, February 27, 2015

I've mentioned it before but I really am the worst mom about taking my kids to the park! The park that is really close to our house is next to an elementary school that has been shut down and so it's sort of a ghost town over there and so there are often bums or high school druggies hanging out around the park. They're normally not like right near the play equipment but still...not my favorite place to go.

And then there's another park that's about a half mile walk and it's across from an open elementary school so it's fine but it's pretty small and there are never any other kids there so it's also sort of boring.

That leaves us with the awesome parks that are in the newer neighborhoods and all a 10ish minute drive away. It's just not the most convenient thing ever and so we rarely go. My dream is to one day live right across the street from a really nice park ha!

So anyway. I obviously have to document the two days I took the boys to the park in the past few weeks.

Park experience #1: walked to the park nearest to our house and there indeed were some should-be-in-class high school students hanging out at a picnic table nearby but they didn't bother us so we stayed and played for about ten minutes. It was chilly out but the boys seriously loved the little bit of outdoor time!

"Look, Mom! An A!"


Park experience #2: While park experience #1 was fine, park experience #2 was much better. T got a week off in between crazy busy season and traveling for a couple weeks and oh my goodness...heaven! After my OB appointment one day we decided to stop at a park and let the boys play. Jack was so excited to get to go to the park with Daddy! And we went to one of the nice parks in the new neighborhoods so win-win. Plus this park has a skate ramp and Jack thinks it's the coolest thing to just run up and down it ha. And Phillip was pretty happy about Daddy sliding him down the ramps.

I really have to learn to keep a basketball in the car at all times. Anytime we go to a park with a basketball court Jack wants nothing to do with any of the play equipment or anything else besides basketball. 99% of the time I don't have a ball so we spend the entire time standing on the court looking at the hoops. I'm so serious haha. But Daddy is way cooler than Mommy and - who needs a basketball anyway?! They played with an invisible ball and I'm pretty sure Jack loved it just as much as the real thing. It was so cute to watch!

Pretty successful park day, I'd say! Too bad Daddy can't come to the park with us every day ;)


Jack at two & a half.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Life with a 2.5 year old...

Mommy: Jack, what do you want for lunch?
Jack: I want toast with jam.
*brings me pancake mix and syrup* ummm.

Jack was lying in bed with me & tom and tom had fallen asleep and was snoring.
Jack: mommy, you hear that?
Mommy: Yeah.
Jack: Daddy's doing someping with his nose. *Sits up and looks at Tom* And with his mouth! It's like this *imitates the snoring*

hater of all haircuts.
i used to do it myself but it was becoming the biggest headache because it was so traumatic for him every time. i finally decided to just take him to a salon and so. much. better. he still has anxiety over it if i tell him ahead of time but once he's in the chair he's really good! he's mad and very serious the entire time (haha!) but never tears or any fits. luckily i've started cutting tom's hair so we just traded the cost of having tom get his hair cut to jack getting his hair cut ha!

10 minutes after putting Jack down for a nap...
Jack: Mommy! Mommy!
So I open the door and pop my head in. He's out of bed with books, socks, and pants (from the drawer) strewn everywhere.
Mommy: What are you doing?
Jack: Not sleeping.
Mommy: Clearly.

Laying in bed with Jack and we hear Phillip coughing in the room next door (he has croup).
Jack: You hear that?!
Mommy: Yeah, that's Phillip coughing.
Jack: No. The dog.
Mommy: No, it's Phillip coughing.
Jack: No. Not coughing. The dog too!
Haha he totally thought I just wasn't hearing what he was hearing. They call croup the barking cough for good reason!

lover of mr. bunny.
many tears are shed every time he has to "take a bath" aka his weekly (always much-needed!) washing machine date.

After getting the Costco receipt back from the Costco resident artist...
Mommy: Jack, did he draw a smiley face for you?!
Jack: No. It's sleeping.
Truth. The "smiley face" had two horizontal lines for eyes. Obviously a sleeping face and not a smiley face.

Mommy: Jack, are you ready to go to Costco?
Jack: What do you need?
Mommy: Butter...and jam...
Jack: And milk?
Mommy: Yes, actually we do need milk.
Jack: What else?
Mommy: That's all.
Jack: No, not all.
Mommy: Yeah, I think that's all we need.
Jack: Not all!
Mommy: What else do we need?
Jack: You get gas!
Bahaha we actually did not need gas but I like that he knows where we get it ha!

best, best, best big brother. seriously always ridiculously sweet to phillip and i can count on one hand the number of times he has ever gotten frustrated with him. and usually it sounds like this: "mommy! phillip's trying!" i don't even know what that means? trying to take his stuff? trying to bother him? hahah.

Jack: Let's talk to Daddy.
I hear the FaceTime ringing.
Mommy: Daddy probably can't answer, Jack. He's working.
Five seconds later...
Jack: He not answer. It's broken.

On the drive to the library...
Jack: Mom, I'm batman. And you're Batman. And Phillip is Batman.
Mommy: Okay.
Didn't talk about it the rest of the drive because I was on the phone with my sister. We park and I start unloading the boys and notice Phillip has fallen asleep.
Mommy: Dang it, Phillip fell asleep.
Jack: Yeah. Batman's sleeping.
*insert laughing tears emoticon*

lover of baby sister or "new baby." we still call Phillip "baby" so baby girl is most often referred to as "new baby" haha. he has gotten to feel baby girl kick and he thinks it's so funny! he always asks me if he can see her (4.5 more months, buddy!), he constantly wants to know what her name is going to be (don't ask me, we cannot pick! we like too many!), and he loves pointing out girl clothes at the store telling me it's for baby sister. it is so fun!

As soon as Jack hears the shower water turn off he comes sprinting into the bathroom.
Jack: Are you all done?
Mommy: Yes.
Jack: Oh. Okay. Play cars?
Mommy: Maybe after I get dressed and do my hair and makeup.
Jack: Let's play cars first. Let's play cars first. (incase I didn't understand what first meant the first time)
Mommy: Before I even get dressed?
Jack: Let's play cars first.
Sidenote: I got dressed first.

Immediately after we turned the lights off at bedtime...
Jack: Mine eyes is not working!!!

-can count to 20 by himself.
-can do a 16 piece (and a few 24 piece) jigsaw puzzle by himself.
-we still cannot seem to nail down colors! he knows black, gray, silver, orange, purple, and pink and sometimes blue but he still cannot figure out green, yellow, or red. i'm beginning to worry he is color blind haha. i'm kidding. colors are just not his forte.
-opposites though? he's got those down pat. he loves to play the "opposite game" in the car where I say a word and he tells me the opposite. he can tell you the opposite of so many words! a few he knows: near/far, up/down, left/right, hello/goodbye, over/under, inside/outside, push/pull, awake/asleep, clean/dirty, big/small, short/tall...and so many more. it's a good thing it's also one of my favorite games to play with him in the car because we play it a lot.
-just learned his full name: "Jack Ganille Wallace." His real middle name is Granville, after his Grandpa Wallace's middle name.

while driving by mine & tom's high school:
mommy: jack, look out your window. this is where mommy & daddy went to high school.
jack: oh. yeah. marci and tom!
haha i about died.

favorite foods: french toast with syrup, grapes, any candy/chocolate, french fries, hamburgers, panda bear nuggets (orange chicken from panda express haha!), and cookies.
favorite color: orange (he says "it's my color."
favorite songs: popcorn popping, itsy bitsy spider, give said the little stream and "the jack song" which is one of the many made-up songs I randomly sing and somehow became very popular around here haha!

biggest copycat. he loves to copy everything we say.

*Phillip coughs*
Jack: You okay, Phillip? He's okay, Mommy.
*Jack coughs*
Mommy: Are you okay, Jack?
Jack: (in an annoyed little tone) Yeah, Daddy already telled me that.
^haha, apparently a few minutes before jack had coughed and daddy had asked if he was okay. I guess you are only allowed to ask once a day.

Mommy: Phillip, where are your teething tablets, buddy?
Jack: (in a baby sing-song voice) Where are your teesi tasgets, buddy?

Jack: What are you doing, Mommy?
Mommy: I'm ironing.  What are you doing?
Jack: Nofing.
(the below picture was actually taken right after this conversation haha)

Jack: What are you doing, Mommy? (this question is repeated only 500 times a day)
Mommy: Driving you to the store.
Jack: What store?
Mommy: Costco.
Jack: What Costco?
Mommy: The one that's right here.
Jack: What one right here?
^I mean, really. Sometimes I have no further explanation. I'm not really sure what answer he is looking for ha!

after trying to tell jack for two hours to lay down and go to sleep (he was in our bed - mistake?):
mommy: jack, i'm serious now. lay down.
jack: mommy, i serious. lay down.
mommy: jack. no more talking.
jack: mommy. no more talking.
mommy: jack, mommy's done. please go to sleep.
jack: mommy, jack's done. please go to sleep.
hahaha i ended up busting up laughing because he was so serious and it was just so funny. it was past midnight and luckily a few minutes later he finally did fall asleep!

This age is seriously so much fun; I just can't get enough! I love all the fun, silly conversations we have. I love the endless curiosity (even though sometimes I want to pull my hair our with all the questions!). I love seeing the world through a toddler's eyes (you start to notice every little thing!). I love how often we laugh during the day. I love how much he loves to help with chores or do anything I'm doing. I love how forgiving and easygoing and good-natured he is. I even love the when Tom accidentally bumps into him and Jack falls over and starts crying hysterically telling me "daddy pushed me!" My opinion might change once I have three and I'm overwhelmed with the craziness of it all but right now I feel like I just can't get enough little ones! Bring on all the babies!



Monday, February 23, 2015

Oh, hello! Just dumping 1,000 photos and giving you our January/early February highlights with high hopes of being a more regular blogger come March! xoxo

Highlight: Donuts for breakfast on Valentine's Day. Jack always ends up choosing one with sprinkles.

and he chose a ridiculously ginormous one for phillip...who ate the entire thing. It's fine because he can use as many calories as he can get anyway considering he's in the 5th percentile for weight haha!

Highlight: devouring the giant frosted heart sugar cookie grandma & grandpa left on our kitchen counter one day while we were out (I mean how sweet, right?!)
^I made Jack quote the joker from batman (you know, "let's put a smile on that face!") and then sent the video to tom because his frosting was just perfect ha.
Side note: I hate that movie and I didn't really know how the quote went so Jack actually said "wipe that smile off your face" until I was corrected by tom haha.

Highlight: facetiming daddy 500 times in what feels like the 500 days that he has been out of town lately. really it has only been like 15 out of town days and several several several very late busy season nights (read: not getting home until 2am!) but it feels like it has lasted forever. we are SO happy busy and travel season are over...for now. 
^please look at how excited Phillip gets to facetime! he started waving before daddy even picked up. and was pretty bummed when daddy actually did not pick up this time ha.

Highlight: bath time. always.

highlight: jack jack sleeping in my bed every night that tom was out of town.

highlight: library story time. every week.
ps my barely-one-year-old climbed on a chair and "used" the computer all by himself.

highlight: jumping on mommy's bed.

highlight: lots of time at target. lots. i often drown my husband-traveling-never-home sorrows with some good old fashioned retail therapy. almost always at target.
ps you turn around for one second and surprise! phillip has climbed into the bottom of the cart.

highlight: getting our rain gutter bookshelves up!
this is just a sneak peek as there are actually two more bookshelves above this one.
we LOVE them. they are the best addition to our playroom!
i'll be showing you the full playroom reveal as soon as one more project is completed!
just waiting on our painter :)

highlight: sharing lollipops and exploring sportsman's warehouse.
note: jack had exactly a two second time limit on phillip's licks. i'm not even kidding you.
^i'm sorry but i really did narrow this down from like 50 pictures! but i could not (could not!) choose just one. i cannot get over their brotherly cuteness! you guys...siblings are THE BEST.

mommy's highlight: shopping at carter's (my second most frequented store after target. it's especially dangerous now that a girl is on the way!)
boys' highlight: playing at the carter's lego table. whoever came up with this idea was brilliant. i stay in the store & browse so much longer than i probably otherwise would because they boys are totally entertained and not running around/wreaking havoc/hiding in the clothing racks, etc. Carter's sure knows how to get a mom to spend lots of money.

PS am I the only one who finds it ridiculously hilarious that we were on a hunt for sunglasses for the 2-year-old?! His one pair broke in the diaper bag and he is always complaining about the sun in his eyes while we're in the car ha! I finally found these ones at gap and they just came in the mail yesterday. jack was thrilled and wore them all afternoon.
these ones at carter's were adorable too, though!

highlight: park time!
sometimes i feel bad because i have to be the most boring mom and i almost never take the boys to the park! it doesn't help that all the best ones are not within walking distance.

highlight: finally getting out for a run after 5+ months of zero runs.
plus! another stop at the park for my little jogging buddy.

highlight: jack's new obsession with the backseat of our [new to us!] van.
i've told him that when the new baby comes he gets to sit in the back (in a car seat, obviously!) and the new baby will sit in the front row. he is ridiculously overly excited about this and practices sitting in the back as often as possible before getting into his car seat ha. it's seriously so funny.

highlight: obvious baby bump!
not-so-highlight: obvious bigger thighs and bum and love handles.
oh my goodness. i have to make exercising a priority again!


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