Preston – 2 years

Happy 2nd birthday to our little Punky! You are such a joy, little boy! You have always been so sPunky and full of life!! You randomly make silly faces and bust out in dance, just like Mama! You would rather have veggies and hummus with a side of liver for breakfast (rather than pancakes) just like Daddy! You love to wake us up in the mornings with eskimo kisses!! You’re so smart and always want to keep learning new things. We are SO proud of you!! 

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Our little boy turned 2 on Friday! First thing that morning, within 5 minutes, Preston got 3 FaceTime calls from his Grammy Che, Auntie Anna, and Uncle Pooze! They all sang Happy Birthday to him and watched him shove his face with a chocolate covered twist donut with sprinkles!!! His first one ever, he was definitely a fan.

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After breakfast we let him open his one big gift. It was a train table that I had gotten at Wal-Mart on Black Friday (note to self: never go to Wal-Mart on Black Friday again). The train table was only $30 and after joining the crazies, I had jumped over a pile of toys to snag the last one. I’m so glad it worked out because Preston LOVED IT!!! He has been playing with it so much.

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After much play time, we decided to take Preston to the mall play place. It’s his favorite thing to do. He had so much fun!!! We were even there at 12:51pm – the time of his birth!!

Preston took a nice 2.5 hour long nap. During his nap his friend Joey stopped over to drop off a gift for him and the mailman delivered a package from his girlfriend, Penelope. He is just so lucky to have such sweet friends in his life at the age of 2!!!

We headed to Grandma Che and Grandpa Bob’s house around 3:30. We got there just in time to head to the Brewery for a drink before the birthday dinner festivities started.

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This has become a slight joke/new tradition? Lol! (On Preston’s first Birthday we went to the grand opening of a new bar in town before dinner that evening. We figured he was 1 and he wasn’t going to remember it anyway! It’s pretty funny when we look back on it! He had a blast though, he was able to eat the complimentary popcorn they served! It was a win win!) 

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Anyway, back to the present, we did our annual brewery stop, and then headed back to Grandma and Grandpa’s  for appetizers and Indian tacos!! We were happy Uncle Pooze didn’t have to work and was able to come with us to the brew.

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We are so very thankful that his Grandpa Steve, Grandma Eileen, Uncle Scott, Auntie Holly, and cousin Noble were able to come, too!!

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Spending time with family to celebrate birthdays is so important to us. We love the memories and the fun. Preston loves when he gets to hang out with family. He’s finally to the age where he knows and remembers the people he sees often enough. It’s so cute watching him get excited when you tell him his auntie Holly and Noble are coming over! Auntie Emma had to work long hours that day, but she was able to FaceTime with us for a bit. She even contemplated driving back right after her shift at the hospital to try and make it to the tail end of the party–but realizing that she wouldn’t get there until 10pm…it didn’t work out 😦 We love her for wanting to come so bad though!!

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After dinner we opened some presents…

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and then celebrated with some ice cream cake!!!

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 Chad and I made the ice cream cake the night before, and I think it turned our really well!!! I was a little nervous, but it was delish.

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Preston’s birthday dinner was such a success!! He had so much fun running around and playing with Noble.

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My son, you are SO loved.

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Now, wish us luck as we enter the two’s. It’s off to a rocky start. 😛

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Preston is a little over 34 inches long and 29.6 lbs! He’s lost a little weight over the last few months. 😉 I’ll get exact stats on Thursday for his 2 year check-up. He knows how to identify every letter in the alphabet, he can count to 10, and can identify most primary colors. He knows a few shapes: circle, star, and square. His favorite color seems to be pink and his favorite number is 4! He LOVES to read!!! He has also been favoring his left hand when he colors and paints. (like mommy!) He can speak in sentences, I can understand him very well, others have a little harder of a time as he still has cute baby pronunciations! The other day when joey was here, I asked Joey if he wanted to eat because he was tapping the booster seat, Joey nodded his head yes, and preston said ‘i want to eat, too’. That was the longest and clearest sentence i’ve heard him say! Just within the last two days he’s started fighting nap time, but once he’s down, he will sleep for a good 2-3 hours. He has also been fighting bedtime, the later he stays up the worse it is, if you can believe it! We still put him down at 7pm every night. The more sleep he gets, the better he is for me during the day! I’m hoping this sleep fighting and regression is just a short stage, I’m getting tired. haha!

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a little before {37 weeks}, during, and after — for the sentimental side of me 🙂

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

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Cheers to 2016!

With the new year, comes new resolutions! 

Chad and I love making resolutions and goals at the beginning of each year. It keeps us guided and on track for our future goals! We try to keep our resolutions and goal reasonable, and reachable. We don’t try to set ourselves up for failure by choosing unrealistic goals. That being said, here are a few of my personal resolutions i’ve made for 2016!

*to find more time for myself* 

{being a SAHM, well, mom in general, I feel like I’ve lost a little of my much loved alone time to sit, relax, catch up on my favorite blogs, etc}

*enjoy the simplicity in our day to day routine*

{i love my time at home with Preston, i want to take full advantage of just sitting on the couch and snuggling all day, because we can}

*to pass on positivity*

{by simply smiling at strangers}

*take more baths*

{because who doesn’t love sitting in a nice warm bath with some epsom salt and a little Lavender Essential Oil}

*read more*

{this goes hand in hand with more ‘me time’ – but my goal is to find some real gems to get lost in for a couple hours. recommendations welcome!!}

*work out at least 3 days a week*

{this should be pretty simple for me as i LOVE going to the gym. the last couple months have been SO busy that i haven’t had a chance get there. I really miss the classes at our gym}

*take a chill pill (not literally)*

{ever since having preston, i’ve become a little uptight? is that the word? (betty on the ball, to-do lists galore, schedule, schedule, schedule, you get the jist) so cheers to being more laid back! working out, baths, and yoga should help with this!}

*donate more*

{time, money, and items}

*remind myself daily how lucky i am to live this life*

{this is my life. i am so grateful for it and i don’t appreciate it nearly enough}

*stay happy*

{do more things that bring me joy and make me happy, happy, happy!!!}

To help with the last two of these resolutions, hubby made us each a ‘jar of awesome’. He’s just too cute. every time something awesome happens, or someone makes you feel good, or you do something that you want to remember, write it down, put it in the jar, and read through them often, remind yourself of all the amazing moments.

So here it is! There’s no turning back now! haha 🙂

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Cheers to 2016!!

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Hopefully this is the best year yet! 😛

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…until next time! xoxo