Thursday, June 30, 2016

Life Lately 6.30.16

This week has had the perfect amount of activity and relaxation! Summer is seriously wonderful with a two year old. I am continually overwhelmed with gratitude for this time with Will, and I cherish each day.

Sunday we spent at the downtown market where we bought some artwork. The rest of the day we spent outside playing with the bubble mower, having a picnic, eating "watergangle" (watermelon), and playing with 6+ neighbor kids in the sprinkler, on the trampoline, etc while the adults hung out. We absolutely love our neighbors!

Monday we walked a mile to our fire station with some neighbors to visit the fire trucks. The fire station is open to the public every day of the week! Then we played on a playground and went on a nature walk. It ended up being a half day excursion! Will wasn't sure about sitting on the fire truck until the very end...and of course once he was on it, he didn't want to get off :)





Our neighbor, Miss Kelly, is a rockstar!

Tuesday will and I went to the Gardens. It was chillier, but we managed to play in the water and tree fort. Then we met Daddy for lunch at Meijer. It was a low-key day which we appreciated.




Wednesday Will, my mom and I went to the library's "Touch a Truck" event where Will got to go in tractors, bulldozers, police cars, etc. After being put in a tow truck by a strange man and the worker closing the door, Will had had enough (lol). He was also super hangry. But he sat in most of the vehicles before clinging to me for life. We also experienced Culvers for the first time where Will discovered that he likes bleu cheese dressing. Will also finally went poop on the potty again!!! His reward after nap was a trip to the "dodar store" (dollar store) and playground.




Clinging for dear life after the tow truck guy :)



Today Will and I went to Millennium Park in Walker with his cousins, and it was SO much fun!! Will loved rolling in the sand, eating sand, swimming with cousins, and he enjoyed the splash park. He didn't want to leave! During lunch he sat with his cousins, and they got him to say things like "Nathan is a hippie". They thought it was hilarious, and Will loved the attention. It actually was quite funny :) I'm so incredibly thankful for those six boys!

He insisted on this hat for our morning run















Tomorrow we're hanging at the lake with Eli and then having a low-key weekend. We're looking forward to spending time with family for 4th of July, as well as seeing the longest and loudest tractor/fire truck parade ever. Since I'm paranoid about random things (hearing loss being one of those things), I got Will headphones. We'll see if he keeps them on.

*Potty training update: Will has done awesome with peeing on the potty. For the past two weeks he has chosen to wear underwear, and he even stays dry all night and during naps (WOAH!). If someone besides me is at home when he wakes up, then we have to quick give him peanut butter before he's ready to pee on the potty let alone have someone pick him up that's not momma ;)

In regards to #2 on the potty, Will did great the first two days last week because it was new, but then he didn't really care. Finally on Wednesday he pooped in the potty when I threatened to shut the bathroom door! I didn't actually think it would work, but I was desperate. We'll see how it continues to go. I feel like we can't go back to a diaper since he's got the pee thing down, and he wants to wear underwear. He doesn't always tell us when he has to pee, but he will hold it until we remind him to go. He also really loves flushing toilets...even gross public restroom ones...

Will has also been staying in his bed at night now since we switched up the bedtime routine (I no longer lay with him), and I also threatened to close the door if he leaves his bed. I'm so cruel! But whatever it takes...this parenting thing is tricky sometimes ;)

Overall, it's been a stellar week, and we have many more things to look forward to. 

Cheers to summer!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Simple Home Updates

Summer is my project time. I try to jam-pack as many projects into the summer as I can simply because I have the time! 

About a month ago we replaced all our outdoor lights (no more spaceships!) and redid our landscaping (one side will be redone next year and the back patio still needs work). I couldn't find my before picture, but who really wants to see that anyway?

AFTER:


 BEFORE:
(this was actual in the middle of transplanting)

AFTER:
(still need to grow grass in some parts!)

Will's contribution :)

BEFORE/AFTER:

Garage Toy Organization:


 We also put in a new mailbox last week. I know it seems silly to be excited about a new mailbox, but it's seriously awesome. Corey always joked that our broken mailbox had ED since it was slanted since the day we moved in. Simple things add much curb appeal, and no one notices if you have a nice one, but they definitely notice when it's not nice. I like adding value to our home the easy way :) 

Corey's mom made some pretty curtains for us in the dining room when we moved in, but she encouraged me to change them out...and I'm so glad I did! We have so much more light in there now. More updates will come later.

Below are some new frames in the half bath. The beach pictures were from our honeymoon that I hung up when we moved in four years ago. I decided we needed a little more humor in our half bath (I'm a weirdo), and the "you are loved" was made by a friend. Will also contributed some artwork.

BEFORE:

AFTER:



Since we're getting our main level floors done this summer, I'll mostly be updating other parts of our home in simple, inexpensive ways (like changing kitchen cupboard knobs and door knobs/hinges)...the best way to do it! 

I hope you are enjoying this lovely summer day!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Big House Tour & Life Lately

This past week we celebrated Corey's birthday by going on a tour of the Big House, and it was so.much.fun!! Corey was literally geeked the entire time...he actually seemed like a kid in a candy shop. It was wonderful to spend the day with him and experience this with him! If you are a UofM fan, then we'd highly recommend this tour. Info can be found here 

Here are some phone pictures to recap:

The whole gang!

Lunch at McAlisters









Going into the locker room




Tunnel to the field




Don was the best tour guide!

We ended the day with dinner at the Jolly Pumpkin and slushies at 7Eleven. It was such a terrific day! For Tim's birthday (my FIL) a few weeks ago we hit up the John Ball Zoo. I thought it was the sweetest that for his present he wanted to spend time with us. Well, who am I kidding? He really just wanted to spend time with Will ;) Here are some pictures of that:





As usual, Will was obsessed with the water, sewer drains and fans more so than the animals!

As for life lately: We are potty training Will starting today! He's doing way better than I thought he would, so we're going to keep on moving along...all on his timing of course. He's also decided to leave his room 10+ times for nap and bedtime. After having his toddler bed 6+ months this is now beginning. Part of it, I now realize, it that I laid with him in for the first few minutes of bedtime (and sleeping with us at Fife Lake), and it's transformed into I-can't-sleep-on-my-own anymore mindset. Slowly but surely we'll extinguish that behavior. One day at a time!

 Will and I are also establishing a morning routine of a walk/run and Bible reading time together. Even though it's short, it's special to spend time in the Word with him. I pray he learns to treasure and crave it.

We've got some fun playdates, trips to lakes/splash pads and trips to parks coming up. I'm also thinking of adding some shiplap to our island in the next few weeks, and in August we are getting our main level floors redone. Summer is so wonderful. So many things to look forward to and enjoy!



Here's to me attempting to blog more!