Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Montgomery Parents Magazine

I was thrilled when Michele Mulder contacted me about using a picture that I took from last Fall's Kindermusik class to use in an ad for a summer advertisement she is running in Montgomery Parents magazine. I even got to help with the design of the ad! Be on the look out and see if you can find him! I think it ran in the July and August editions and I'm not sure if it is in the September edition or not. I believe it is also running in a publication that is distributed to Air Force families as well.

Walking Practice

Owen has been getting in lots of walking practice these days since he has discovered his push toys. He can fly pusing these things around but still hasn't gotten the confidence to let go and do it on his own.

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UPDATE: This was captured a month ago and while he has gotten more efficient he still is yet to be label "a walker" yet!

More Fun with Food!

Oh I could have a post everyday about our adventures with Owen's eating! This was another particularly funny episode one evening at dinner. He was sitting right next to us doing his thing and when I looked up this is what I found! I can't tell you how fast this happened. I guess we weren't paying him enough attention! Needless to say he went straight to the tub!

Art Time!

If an effort to keep them busy and out of the kitchen while trying to make dinner one evening I pulled out the roll paper and let them go to town. They loved it! Owen climbed up into Katelyn's chair like a big boy and scribbled like a champ! Katelyn has always love art and now Owen is showing the same interest. A new set of toddler markers kept Katelyn occupied for quite some time.

Panama City Beach

We were so excited to get to go the beach again this year during the week that Aunt Kaye and her family were down there. We only stayed a couple of days but it was perfect to get my "beach fix" for the summer! The kids absolutely loved it! I have to warn you that this is a picture heavy post! I had lots of favorites and no good way to collage them. Enjoy!

I couldn't get over how much Owen loved the sand and as expected would crawl on ANYTHING! He would take off crawling across the beach and not look back!

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I think we have a future swimsuit model in the family! Baylor couldn't get enough of the sand and surf!

One of the folks set up behind us had this great idea of burying a big plasic tub in the sand and fill it with water. It was the perfect cool down spot for the kids.

Katelyn really enjoyed playing in the surf this year!

Of course it didn't take her long to find some friends, as she likes to call "her size", to play with.

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Owen even enjoyed a little nap on the beach in my lap. Aw sweet heaven!

One evening Bart & Katelyn went out to ride go-carts with everyone and Owen & I decided to just hang back at the condo. We walked out to the beach around sunset and I just enjoyed watching the surf while he played in the sand. It was a very impromptu outing and the only camera I had on me was my camera phone. Even though this image is not the best quality it is an all-time favorite moment! Man I wished I had had my big camera out there that afternoon!

Our last night at the beach we enjoyed dinner at Pineapple Willy's. Aunt Kaye bought the kids a shirt and it has become one of Katelyn's favorites. She is constantly asking to wear her "Pineapple Willy's shirt"!! It was a fun evening!

While waiting for our table we spent some time listening to a great reggae band. The kids had a blast taking over the dance floor.

Owen was even caught shaking his booty!

When it was time to go home the kids didn't want to leave! Katelyn still talks about the fun she had at the beach this summer!

I didn't do any formal family pictures of us this trip. We are planning to go to Gulf Shores in October for the Alabama Shrimp Festival so I'm hoping to do our annual family pictures then. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Owen will be walking by then!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Learning to Self Feed

Oh my! Owen has turned into Mr. Independent! Gone are the days of feeding him and keeping everything nice and clean. At 14 months he now insists on doing it himself! Regardless of what he is eating he has to have a fork or spoon. He absolutely refuses to eat if you try to feed him or even remotely try to help him. I couldn't resist taking pictures of this cute messy face after eating ravioli one day.

Oh and when he turns his plate over and starts feeding Ruthie, he's done. :)

Bath Fun

My two birds absolutely LOVE bathtime! As soon as dinner is finished Owen knows it is time for baths and gets all excited. One evening I caught Katelyn throwing water on her brother and Owen was loving every minute of it. Oh the payback she is going to get one day!! I couldn't resist capturing their sweet giggles.

Who needs bath toys?!? Just throw in some cups and they would entertain themselves for hours if I let them. Cups are by far the most fought after item in our tub!

Playdate at Surfside Water Park

It seems to have been a tradition each summer to go to Surfside Water Park in Auburn each July. We have been every summer starting when Katelyn was only 2 months old! She loves it there and it is a nice refreshing treat. Here are the links from 2008, 2007, and 2006!

This year was Owen's first year to join us. Last year he stayed back at home so Katelyn could get some one-on-one attention. This year was quite the handle chasing two little ones at a water park. In fact we all had two to chase this year and wow what a difference that made. Owen decided to be unusually clingy even though he normally LOVES the water and Katelyn kept begging me to do things with her so I was completely worn out by the end of the day. With all that I didn't get many pictures this year. Here are a few of my favorites.

And this was the scene shortly after leaving the parking lot!! I just wish I could have put the truck on auto-pilot and slept with them!

Summer Fun at Gymboree

Since Kindermusik didn't have a regular summer program we decided to try out Gymboree as a fun activity for several weeks. The kids absolutely loved it! They got to get out all of their pent up energy on the play equipment each week while learning to use their imagination through play. As soon as we walked in each week Owen would get super excited and his little legs would start kicking wanting to be put down so he could go! That boy was not shy in the least! Ms. Brittney did a great job with the kids. It was the perfect indoor activity to beat the summer heat! As a bonus they were sound asleep in the car each week before I even got on the road good. Aaahhh! Sweet silence! :)