George Gabs

This kid.

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His words and conversations are things I want to remember about this time.

Here are some recent talks we have had with him.

My niece was in a play this weekend so we sent her a good luck video. I just can’t.

We were in the car for this one:

“Stop signs are red, and that stop sign is very stoppie. Then you need to close your lips.”

George was on the toilet trying to go number two:

“My tummy hurts. I think it was the broccoli.” (George doesn’t ever eat broccoli.)

We have made getting our chicken eggs a chore for George every day.

Me-“Since you get to help with the eggs, do you think that you would like to eat eggs now?”

George-“No, I only like shakes and hotdogs.” (FYI, this is not the only thing we feed him.)

We were sitting down for lunch one weekend, when George gets up and goes out to the front deck and screams.

“I just needed to use my loud voice.” (At least he is listening about inside and outside voices.)

And that doesn’t even top one of my favorite videos I have ever taken of George. I die every time I watch this.

We usually read several books to George, and then he gets to pick out one book to take into his bed. One night he was holding me hostage in his room to continue reading.

Me-“George it is time to go to bed. I am not going to read anymore books tonight.”

George-“Ok I will read, and you can just say the words.”

And just tonight, George said this to me while cooking dinner.

George-“I don’t want to eat what you are cooking.”

Me-“Do you even now what I am cooking?”

George-“No, but I know I will feed it to the dogs.”

Life is never boring with this one.

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Space Birthday Party

It’s my M.O. to get behind documenting birthdays, so here we are 2 months after the fact for George’s 4th birthday.

Better late than never.

Tom is obsessed with space so when George was little, I started collecting all the space books I could for the two of them to read together. And George has also grown to love all things space, so it was only fitting to have this as one of his themes.

It was out of this world!

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My mom drew this sign. She is so talented!

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I got these treat boxes on Etsy, here. I just filled them with candy (Milky Ways, Starbursts and a star whistle). While they are cute, they take forever to cut out. If my mom had not been so patient with them, Tom and I would have given up after 2 rockets. They are a beast to put together.

My sister-in-law put together these centerpieces. Aren’t they cute with George cutouts on the planets?

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My sister-in-law also owns blow up planets for her classroom, so they came in handy for our decorations.

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I did pretty basic on the food. I got these cookies from Hy-Vee. However, I don’t think I will do that again because they were pretty pricey. Their cakes are where they are at anyway.

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As per usual, we had it in the church gym. It is so easy to do here. We had a couple activities in the gym. Daphne was just having a blast running around living her best life.

One activity was this cardboard rocket that the kids could color. I had gotten it for my niece years ago off Zulily. She gifted it down to George, so it was perfect to bring out. Unfortunately, it did not make it past the party.

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I got these balloons from Wish for like a dollar, so it was a steal! I am kicking myself for not buying more than one packet because George still asks for these.

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My mom made this meteor toss game. Seriously, she made it out of our trash and a little spray paint.

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We decided to go all out on this party, and we got a bounce house. It was totally worth every penny. Although for the size of the thing, I really paid nothing!

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I got this astronaut outfit on Amazon from Melissa and Doug. We love dress up in our house, so this has gone into our dress up box.

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My mom put aluminum foil over some rain boots. It turned out just perfect! (Also my mom was the real MVP of this party.)

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We had the best time celebrating our boy!

Putting together his birthdays are so much fun. He is the best.

Apparently so much fun, that we forgot a family photo…whoops!

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#Last90Days

I am one of the folks who recently fell in love with Rachel Hollis. As I was watching Instagram storiesrecently, I saw this picture. Then I started seeing Rachel post about the challenge and the thought behind it.

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The concept of ending the year like we go into the year was a novel idea to me. I think we all can own up to that this time of year just kind of takes over with all the things, and we often forget to take care of ourselves.

Since school started, I have slid a little on getting up without hitting the snooze button no less than 5 times. I drink soda way more than I should. Even this week I missed a couple workouts when I had been so good for months not missing even one.

So I want to do this challenge, because I love challenges. I love challenges because it keeps me accountable. Challenges are like to-do lists to mark off. And doing something for 3 months will hopefully make a big impact.

So…

  • I am going to get up at 5am on the week days and 6:30 on the weekends because I am a realist) to walk and do a devotional. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was consistent on a daily devotional.
  • I am going to give up gummy candy and soda. Peach rings and Dr. Pepper are my weakness. I ate almost a whole bag today, and I have had soda almost every day this week. Yikes.
  • And when holidays tend to be more stressful than necessary, what a better time to get a new journal to write my gratitudes down.
  • I am going to work out every day. Repeat…I am going to work out every day.
  • I am going to finally read Rachel’s book. I have had it on my wish list for months, but reading books is hard for me right now. I just cannot keep myself awake! I have time at George’s gymnastics practice, so maybe I won’t fall asleep while I am reading in the stands.

Now does anyone out there know of a Snooze Button support group? I am going to need it.

I may share more of my progress (and struggles) on Instagram because blogging is increasingly more difficult for me these days.

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Have you heard of this challenge? What would you commit to for your last 90 days?

 

 

 

Daphne-16 Months

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Weight:  25 lbs. She is 85% for weight, 48% for height, and 65% for head circumference.

Health: All her molars came in, so we are all doing better. She is a spit fire when she is moody. I can tell too that she will have allergy issues like the rest of us. She has been a little snotty with weather changes.

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Diet: Well, I think we have hit the picky stage. She rarely eats cooked veggies, but she will eat them frozen or in rice form. She loves all fruits but especially blackberries and blueberries. She tries to get into the fridge since she knows where they are, and gets mad if you get in her way. She is not a fan of deli meat, but most other meats she does well with. Chicken will depend on the day. Salmon, she would eat every meal. She will throw a tantrum for Bear Naked peanut butter granola bites and the fruit and veggie packets. We can’t go in the pantry without her running in after us pointing to these two things. She wont eat eggs if you fix them for her, but if I have eggs on my plate she will want every bite.

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Clothes:  She is in 12 month clothes. She is in size 3 shoes, and size 5 diaper during the day and size 6 at night.  I just put her in her first real tennis shoes this weekend, and she looks so grown up in them!

Sleeping:  We have been putting her to bed around 7:30/8. If you lay her on her stomach and just pat her back, she just goes right to sleep. She generally stays asleep most of the night. She hardly sleeps past 7am. She still has two naps a day, and she is really sticking to two hour naps. However, we can push her a little when we have something going on, and she can make due with one nap. However, she will tell you that she is ready to go to bed. She just grabs her blanket and goes to her crib on her own, or she will lay down on her whale blanket in the living room.

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Likes:  She still loves her robe. She is obsessed with shoes and bags. She adores George and Crosby. My mom is her best friend. She would live outside if we let her, and she loves her water table. She is a little vain right now, and she loves looking at herself in the mirror and in my camera on my phone. Her favorite toys are magna tiles and legos. Her favorite show is Sesame Street with Elmo.

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Dislikes:  Diaper Changes. Being told no. Being left alone.

Milestones: This girl is so smart. She is really getting the hang of doing things on her own. She can undo zippers. She can draw a little bit now. She is starting to hop, and she all but runs. She brushes her teeth on her own, and she will have her first dentist appointment tomorrow.

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Nicknames:  Daphie, Sisterbear, Sis, and Daphie Girl. The two most common are still Daph and Sister.

Quirks:  When she wants to sit in your lap, she walks backwards to you. She still sucks her finger through the hole in her pacy. And she still will only use the newborn pacies from the hospital. She barks at the dogs. She keeps getting her legs stuck in her crib, bad enough once that Tom thought he would have to break it to get her out of there.

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We parents are: doing pretty great. I think we are still feeling out this whole being a normal family with regular hours. Overall it has been an easy adjustment. Making plans has been so nice!  We are able to have weekly traditions, and Tom can be involved in everything. It is more like we are a team at home too, which is definitely an added bonus. He is loving his new job and is feeling valued there. And we are regulars at a restaurant downtown. The owner knows my drink before I even order it! One of the coolest things to happen to me.

George is: like a sour patch kid with her. One minute he’ll be trying to find a pacy for her to calm her down and saying, ” I need to take care of my sister.” Then the next minute he will be pushing her down and yanking toys out of her hands. We are working on appropriate behavior and how to express our emotions even when they are very big emotions.

The dogs are: just the big dopey dogs that they always are. They really have the best life of us all. They do really well with Daph, even though she is kind of always in their way. She is always climbing on Crosby, and he doesn’t seem to mind.

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She may look like her daddy, but this girl is making a name for herself.

Here is George at 16 months.

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I could listen to George talk all day. His sweet little voice just melts my heart, and he says some of the funniest things. So I want to start documenting those things before I forget.

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Here are some of the phrases and words that he has had.

For the longest time he called his cousin Ava, Eva.

He likes to drop parts of words like “liveries” is deliveries, and “arm” is alarm.

Broccoli is “backoli.”

A piggy bank is a “moneyer.”

Uses is “oozes.”

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Caterpillar is “lalapiller.”

Pretzels is “printzels.”

He says “full it up” for fill it up. And “hot it up” to warm things.

For a long time he called a police car a race car.

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We live next to the capital of Missouri, and every time we drive by, George says “There’s the catapult.”

A yoyo is a “sticker roller.”

A peacock is a “peahock.”

Before we got chickens, he used to call them “brockers.”

A pepperoni pizza is a “macaroni pizza.” He does know the difference of pasta macaroni.

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A chimney is a “smoker arm.”

An ostrich is a “raustid.”

Fire sparks are “jumpers.”

A microwave is a “counterwave.”

He is so smart, but there are moments where he uses these phrases that remind me how small he really is.

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