No more Home Alone

Since it has been single digit temperatures for the past week and Owen had been on Christmas break from school we’ve been pretty much hibernating and watching the movies that Owen got for Christmas. I think we watched Home Alone about 10 times last week, and I’m pretty tired of it. I tried to get him to watch Polar Express just to change it up, but he didn’t like it as much as Home Alone. When he was not laughing loudly at Home Alone we were able to fit in some crafts and play with some new toys. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when he went back to school today.

Anyone have favorite toddler activities while you are stuck indoors?

Happy New Year! It seems Owen has a thing for wearing New Year hats. The one where he has a noise maker is this year and the plaid shirt is last year.

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Clips from Christmas

We, like many others, have been going nonstop since before Christmas, and we were really happy to stay home tonight and try to find the floor again. Christmas is such a crazy busy time, but it has a new meaning when you are watching it through your kid’s eyes.  Owen had a blast this Christmas, and we continued a few traditions as well as started a few new ones.

A tradition that we continued from last year was to decorate Ugly Sweater cookies with the family. This year we even got to make some gingerbread cookies as well. Owen liked helping roll out the dough and cut the shapes out. By the time he was done helping he was covered in flour along with the kitchen floor. On Christmas Eve, Owen left some cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. He also spread some reindeer food on the lawn so they could find their way to our house. I totally forgot that I wanted to make some of this food, so I’m glad Owen’s teachers made him some.

Of course we opened presents on Christmas morning. We limited Owen to a few toys because we knew he would be getting so much from other family members. Along with opening his gifts, he wanted to help open everyone else’s as well.  One gift that we got him was a roll up car track carpet. While opening it he said, “I think it’s a yoga mat, that would be cool”. He’s too much with yoga these days. The other night when I was reading a book for him before bed he told me to sit half lotus. He said he learned that from school. I should really look into getting him into yoga classes.

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Christmas Fun

Owen has had two opportunities to see Santa this year, and he has started to understand that he is the guy that you want to tell about the gifts you want. He is still set on getting an airplane. So, hopefully, the one we got him is what he had in mind. Now he just needs to kick this cold he has had for the past couple days so we can keep celebrating the season.

 

 

 

Trains

So little time this season with so much we want to do with Owen. As everyone knows, Owen is really into dinosaurs – so I wasn’t sure if he would be excited about trains, but he absolutely loved the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum. They are only open on the weekends during the holidays so I was happy to get the chance to go. On the ground floor they have a small snack bar and a few train tables along with a train that the kids can control. Owen was a fan of pushing all the buttons to see what would move. They also have a movie of a train going down a track, but Owen wasn’t interested in watching that.

 

After looking/playing with everything downstairs we moved upstairs to the main train display. Once we walked around the corner I realized that I had been there before as a kid. I have a little more appreciation for it now than I did as a child. Walking through the display Owen had a lot of fun following all of the trains around and peering through the glass. I think we walked around the display 4 times. One of the volunteers even pointed out some fun things that we didn’t notice ourselves.

If you have some time this holiday season you should check it out.

Christmas Cards!

This time of year there are so many things to get done, and Christmas Cards are one of them. Ever since Owen has been around we have been sending out cards with some fun pictures on them. I adore our cards this year! We got them done by our friend who owns her own small online business called “Hello Hazen“. They came in super quick and I love the personalized layout.

She not only creates awesome custom-made cards, she also makes books, party supplies, announcements, posters, and calendars. If you haven’t done your Christmas cards yet (time is ticking) give her website, Hello Hazen, a look. You can save 15% with the code COUNTDOWN from now until December 16th. There, now you can check Christmas cards off your list.

Will 4 be better?

This past weekend Owen was in his Aunt Lisa’s wedding, and he was an adorable ring bearer. Leading up to the wedding I think we were more stressed out than the bride and groom that he was going to throw a fit walking down the aisle, but he behaved very well. He even waved and smiled while carrying the pillow. During the reception, he was very excited to dance with everyone but then we came home. He did really well with letting us know when he had to go the bathroom on the way home. He didn’t have any accidents then, but playing in his room after we got home, about 10 feet away from the bathroom, he peed his pants and got it all over the carpet. He even had an accident yesterday at school. We’ve taken away his Halloween candy and TV when this happens, but nothing seems to work. When we ask him to try and go to the bathroom he calls us, “Bad Guys” and “Little Piggy”. The “Little Piggy” is kind of funny, but wetting his underwear is getting really old. I guess we’ll just have to continue to make him go to the potty every hour and hope for the best.

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Growth Spurt

We were sitting in the breakfast room yesterday and Owen told the Google home to “sing him a song” and Google sang him Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and it was adorable. Also yesterday he refused to use the potty and peed in his underwear multiple times, not so cute. Maybe he is just going through one of the many kid phases. He might be going through a growth spurt because he is eating a ton. Just a few days ago he had his usual milk and cheerios and then asked for and ate a PB&Jelly sandwich for breakfast.

He enjoyed going to Party Lane earlier in the week where he ran the cash register to a market, helped animals at the animal hospital, had a tea party, and fixed some things.