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.
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.
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.
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.
This year Halloween has been the most fun for us with Owen. He has been so excited to do everything having to do with Halloween. Decorating the house, carving the pumpkins, dressing up, and doing fun crafts. He had a parade at school to celebrate Halloween, and although it only lasted about 5 minutes, it was adorable. I think he might be a little disappointed when we tell him that the next holiday doesn’t involve candy.
We now officially have a 3 1/2 year old. He is really good at throwing tantrums and letting you know what he doesn’t want. He enjoys helping cook dinner, but not cleaning up his toys. During school his teachers say that he is a good listener and plays with others well. It’s funny how he takes naps at school but not at home, and he never has an accident at school but at home it happens a lot. His favorite phrase is, “Holy Heck” and he has been asking if it’s Halloween yet pretty much every morning.
Last year Owen really did well with soccer so we signed him up again for this fall season. The only difference was that this year he would be the youngest. The first week was challenging for him. He was getting very distracted and frustrated. This led to us being upset and stressed too. By the second week, he was doing much better. Fast-forward a few weeks and he still wasn’t enjoying it. Last night started out rough with Owen just not wanting to participate, but after a few minutes of whining Tony was able to convince him to keep playing.
At the end of every practice, they play a mini-scrimmage. I think Owens favorite part of it is that he gets to wear a pinny. He gets so excited when he gets to touch the ball. He, like many of the kids, doesn’t really even understand what they are supposed to be doing. So it’s basically a hive of bees running around. After all the stress it is great to see him smile. There are only 2 more weeks left in the season, and he will have a new coach. I’m hoping that they go smoothly and without any tears.