Splish Splash

I don’t think I will understand Owen’s crazy rules with water. He loves playing in it, but hates sitting down in it. When we went to Cosi this weekend he loved playing in the huge water table that they have. He ran from play place to play place and fell asleep the moment he got into the car to go home. I’d say it was a parenting win, and we’ll definitely be back soon. Once we put him into the tub for a bath he just won’t sit down. It would be so much easier to play in the water if he would just sit down. Oh well, at least he doesn’t scream constantly anymore while getting a bath.

We also carved pumpkins this weekend so we wouldn’t have to rush around one night after work to get them done. Tony pretty much cleaned them all out while I carved them. Surprisingly, Owen wasn’t all about feeling the pumpkin guts. Last year all he wanted to do was eat them. He kept smiling and making his “O” face so it was worth it. I found the time to roast the pumpkin seeds that we cleaned out too. Here is the recipe that I use if you are interested.


Daycare goodies


Playing at COSI


Owen finds the most challenging ways to read :/


Pumpkin Day at daycare


Pumpkin Day at daycare


Pumpkin Day at daycare


Playing at COSI


Roasted pumpkin seeds are the best!

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Love Owen’s face in this picture




















I finally hung up a skeleton decoration a few days ago and Owen keeps saying “Hi” to it. Is that weird? Tonight we pass out candy to the Trick-or-Treaters. I know it’s not Halloween until Saturday, but Columbus is weird and they have it a few days before. I love seeing all the little kids in their costumes. Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween from Doc Brown (Back to the Future)


We decided to do a Back to the Future theme. Of course Owen was not cooperating for the picture.




Fall Things

Toddlers are so much fun…sometimes :). They learn so many new things everyday, and they still like to cuddle every once in awhile. They tend to not be as fun when you are trying to get a good smile for a picture, or when you want them to sit down at a restaurant to eat. I am not sure if it’s actually possible to make these things easier, but I did stumble upon the The Purple Alphabet YouTube channel that might help with a restless toddler at the restaurant. She has some great ideas on trying to keep your toddler busy when you’re out to eat or during long car rides. You should check it out. This weekend I will try to make up a restaurant bag for Owen.

This weekend we drove to a pumpkin patch to pick out some pumpkins to hopefully carve next week. Owen was really excited at first to see all of the pumpkins, and he even attempted to pick them up (and then immediately drop them back down when he realized how heavy they were – which is why we have a lopsided white one in our stack). We were at the pumpkin farm for less than an hour when Owen became fed up with it. He started throwing tantrums for some reason. I thought he would enjoy being outside, but he wasn’t loving it. Oh well, at least we have our pumpkins to carve.

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I don’t think I give Owen enough credit. He knows a lot more than I think. Walking into the doctors office for his check up today he seemed to know that he would be getting some shots. Once we got back into the room and he sat down on the table the tears started coming. He got 3 shots today and was balling :(. Poor little guy. I felt so bad for him. The good news is that he is a healthy, stout little man (45% height, 90% weight).

Crisp Air

I’m not sure why but when the air gets a little crisp I feel like baking, and it just gets worse as the temperature continues to drop. This past week I made a few yummy things. I made some Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies for a neighborhood block party as well as some Personal Sized Baked Oatmeal Muffins and Healthy Zucchini Muffins. The cookies turned out good, though the next time I will make them smaller. They ran into each other when I baked them. The two muffins were for Owen. I decided to get blueberries for the oatmeal muffins and freeze them for Owen’s breakfast or a snack. I wanted to start giving him something warm in the morning as the temperature dips. The zucchini muffins (also frozen) were a little more labor intensive because I had to grate the zucchini – though after that everything else was simple.

On Sunday we ventured to the zoo to see the decorations and finally find the Polar Bear play place. It was a perfect Fall day for the zoo. Our first stop (as always) was the petting zoo. For the first time Owen noticed that they have brushes that he could use to brush the goats. He loved using them, but used them to poke rather than brush the animals. We’ll have to work on that. Then we found the Polar Bear play place, and Owen loved it. He climbed up stairs and went down some slides. I think this will be in our regular rotation when we visit again.


Hanging out at the block party


Block party last year. Look at those cheeks 🙂




Trying to get a good picture

Free Time?

Does it count as reading if you read the same 5 books to your toddler a few times everyday? Don’t get me wrong I love that Owen loves to read, but I am really getting sick of the same books. I think I might have to buy more just to get others in the rotation.

As new parents the best way to get things done around the house is to either have the other parent watch the kid while you try and hurry to get things done, or use nap time wisely. I rely on Owen to take good long naps on the weekends to try and get things done around the house. This Sunday was a great day to dig out the Halloween decorations and attempt to put them high enough so Owen’s little hands can’t break them. With Tony’s help I was able to get everything out. I always think I have more than I actually do. With what I have, the mantle and buffet are starting to look more appropriate for the season. After Owen woke up he pointed at all the new things on the walls and responded with “oooo”. I think he is a fan of Halloween.  Oh, and Tony had a good idea for a family costume idea. You will just have to wait and see what he came up with.

Today was Owen’s picture day at daycare. This will surprisingly be his third picture day since entering daycare. His first picture turned out pretty well, and his picture last year was pretty bad. This year he had a picture sheet that we had to fill out before the pictures were taken. We had to pick a background color, if we wanted any props, and if siblings were supposed to be included.  I feel like this is somewhat complicated for a young toddler room at daycare. At least he looked cute when we sent him off today. I got a cute cardigan, blue oxford, and khakis from Baby Gap on Friday. All the pieces were a bit big but he still looked adorable.