Hop to It

It’s that time again to get things ready for Easter. Spring is finally making an appearance around these parts. I even saw some flowers blooming :). Last year we made the mistake of taking Owen to see the scary Easter Bunny, and as you can see below he was not a fan.

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I thought there was no way we were going to put him through that again, but recently he saw the picture of the Easter Bunny from last year (with him screaming) and he got really excited. I guess we’ll take a trip to the mall this weekend and see how it goes.

I can’t quite believe that Owen will be 2 soon. He has grown up so much in the last year. Since he can’t pick a theme himself I’ve decided to have a barn/animal theme party because he really loves animals. So far the only thing that I’ve done is send out invites and order some plates and napkins. I still have a ton of stuff on my list to do. If you follow me on Instagram at countdowntocuteness you saw what the invites look like.

I wanted to get a petting zoo and a bounce house for Owen’s party, but Tony thought that might be a little much. I guess I see his point. Owen won’t even remember this party. Instead we booked a friend who does balloon animals and story time for kids. One thing down a thousand to go. Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!

In the Circle

What a difference a week can make. Last week being in Vegas, and this week back at the office and dealing with a sick Owen. Parenthood is really hard no matter if you are a stay-at-home parent or need to work. This past week, like others, I felt that it would be easier if I didn’t need to go to work. Not just if Owen gets sick and can’t go to daycare, but also because not going to daycare is pretty much throwing money away. We still need to pay for every day whether Owen is there or not. I just wish there was a better way.

This past week was crazy here with Owen. He got sent home on Tuesday with a fever from daycare, and I figured he would have another ear infection but the doctor said that he just had a cold. This cold has been lingering on and he still doesn’t seem to be himself yet. The fever did go away, but his mood keeps going up and down and he still has a cough. The only good thing to come out of him being sick is that he is conserving his energy – so he’s been more patient and enunciating his words to let us know when he wants something. His new favorite phrase is “I did it”! It is adorable when he says it.

We are very lucky to have close friends that are parents and that we can be comfortable around. Last weekend we took a trip to Deep Creek, MD and stayed at a friend’s house for the weekend. There were 10 adults and 7 kids in the same house. I know that you are thinking this is crazy (and it is), but it is a lot of fun and the third time we’ve done it. It’s never a relaxing trip, but it is fun. Hearing all the dads signing along to the Frozen songs was one of my favorite parts of the trip this time. I really wish I had recorded it :). It was nice to not feel embarrassed by my screaming kid like I am in public. There he was just a member of the choir.

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We’ve definitely started the fun of the terrible twos. Owen is still hitting when he gets frustrated, and we’ve started to do time out when he does this. I’m not sure if the discipline is helping yet, but I think if we stay consistent then he might start to learn. At least that is the hope. Age 3 is better, right? I’ve been told it’s even worse than age 2. Well, at least he still is cute.

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Viva Las Vegas

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big fan of Las Vegas. I love the shows, shopping, and people watching. So when I got the opportunity to go for a work conference I was super excited! The conference was the better part of last week. It was the first time that I was traveling by myself, and the first time that I was away from Owen for more than one night. I knew that being away from Owen was going to be hard, and I felt bad leaving Tony with all the parenting duties. They both did fine and Owen still remembered me when I got back.

The last time I flew was a few years ago, and that last time I realized that I don’t enjoy flying much. I dislike sitting in a small seat next to a bunch of strangers, and my stomach gets upset from the turbulence and pressure changes. Unfortunately the most efficient way to get to places is to fly. On the way to Vegas the turbulence wasn’t that bad, and I was able to get some reading done (Go Set A Watchman), which was very nice.

When we landed it was too early to check into the Bellagio so I gave my bags to the concierge and decided to see if I could get my nails done. Since it was still fairly early they were able to get me in. The mani/pedi was very relaxing. Once my nails looked pretty and pink I realized that I didn’t pack any sandals. I know that you are thinking that I am crazy for going to the desert without any open toe shoes, but I was here for a work conference and I only packed a carry-on. My space was limited, and I wanted to look professional. So I was making a fashion statement walking around the Bellagio with my disposable flip flops. There is always a first for everything. Thank goodness my room was ready shortly after.

I almost forgot how expensive food and drinks can be in Vegas. After the sticker shock I remembered that there are a few drug stores that I could stock up on some necessities for my room (aka wine). It seems that everyone else had the same idea. The store was packed – especially the wine aisle. Once I was able to check into my room I unloaded all of my stuff and I was hoping to go to the pool, but for some reason the weather was unseasonably cold :/. So I decided to check my email and then head to dinner with some co-workers.

We decided to stay in the Bellagio and eat at Noodles for dinner because we were all still adjusting to the time change. They had a good selection of Thai food, and I got my standard Pad Thai. It was very tasty. After dinner I registered for the conference and got some swag.

The next day was mostly filled with sessions, but in the evening we all went to the club Drai for dinner and drinks. The club was on the top of The Cromwell Hotel. It had a great view of the Bellagio fountains. After a few hours I was really tired and not adjusting well to the time so we headed back for the night.

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The next morning we started our day with a breakfast provided and served by the pool and Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs fame) speaking to the group. As predicted he was a very good speaker, and he told us a little about how the show got started. He also has a foundation that he started, mikeroweWORKS Foundation, that promotes work ethics and helps people get the money they need to learn a trade to make them successful. After a few sessions we were able to break away from the conference and had a night on our own. We ate dinner at Olives in the Bellagio. To give you an idea of how over-the-top Vegas can be, while looking over the wine menu we saw a bottle of Bordeaux for $50,000. I decided to save my money and get something more reasonable. Dinner was delicious, and it had a great view of the fountains.

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On the last day of the conference, after all of the sessions were completed, we decided to fit in a small bit of pool time before the sun went down. It was really nice to relax without worrying about Owen. In the evening we had a great dinner provided by the conference, and we rocked out to Journey. I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Journey was good, and people really got into it. By the time Friday rolled around I was very ready to come home and see my boys again. I’m not sure if I will ever go back to Vegas again, but it was a great experience and I’m glad that I was able to have some time by myself.

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Picky Picky Picky

It was quite a crazy February. I know it’s a short month, but it sure didn’t feel that way – with Owen getting an ear infection and starting a new daycare. Blah :/. Hello March! Even though the weather has been really weird I think it will be a much better month.

“Milk” is usually the first word out of Owen’s mouth when I go into his room in the morning, and it’s the last thing he wants at night. It’s been like this for months now. I don’t mind giving him milk, but I don’t want to over do it and I want him to be hungry enough to eat his meals. It’s always been organic whole milk for him. I believe once he turns 2 we can go to 2%? I should look that up to make sure. That will make traveling easier. Organic whole milk is hard to find in most places. We can also get those fun milk boxes too that only come in 2% and 1%.

Owen has been super picky about pretty much everything these days. When he is getting ready for bed he needs  a certain binky. He now tells us which one he wants by telling us the animal that is on them. I think it might be time for the binky fairy to come and take them away. He has also been picky about what he is eating. He won’t even try most things. Just a few months ago he would eat anything. In addition I think he has outgrown his high chair at dinner time. Last night he insisted on sitting at the table with us. I don’t mind this at all as long as he starts eating more. With his second birthday right around the corner I think we have a case of the twos.

It was a beautiful weekend and we took advantage again by taking a trip to the zoo. I love the animal noises Owen makes when he spots one. He really has no fear right now and will walk right up to the pet cages. I think his birthday theme will be animals this year.

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Owen trying to feed the Manatee his Cheerios.