Father's Day 2017

On Father's Day, we let Joey sleep in while the boys and I got up and made him breakfast. We brought him breakfast in bed, then he got up to open his gifts.
Every year I make Joey a book. Its really for the boys and they still like reading ones from past years. 
This year I called it "All About My Dad," and had the boys answer questions about him. Things like what is his job, what makes him happy, what does he always say. It turned out really cute.

I also had the boys pose for pictures holding a chalkboard, saying "We Love You," that he can hang in his office.

For the grandads I had the boys pose for this picture then framed it for them.

We had Joey's whole family over to celebrate. We fixed tacos and hung out outside playing cornhole and tossing a baseball. 

Courtney took the cutest picture of Breaker :)

It was a fun day celebrating our favorite guy. So thankful to have Joey as the father of my children!

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Breaker at 15 months

I have to say, doing my little monthly chair pictures for the boys, was exhausting and I'm kind of glad he's a year old now so I don't have to do it anymore ;)
But, at this age, they still change so much month to month, that I wanted to do a little recap of Breaker at 15 months old.  His little personality is really starting to develop, and I have a feeling we have a rowdy one on our hands.  He's just a little mischievous and loves to be told "no" and then laugh in your face and do it anyway.
At this age, they really change so much day to day. Every day it seems like he's doing something new and big.

He loves drinking anything other than water or milk. He has hated water and milk from the beginning, its not like I started out with something else and tried to make him go back to something plain. He stalks Major and tries to get his glass so he can drink all of his tea. Its bad!

Favorite foods: Ham, shredded cheese, hard boiled egg.

We have this little saying where we tell him to "go crazy" and he laughs and shakes his head back and forth really fast.

He says "Dada" alllll day long. You would think he didn't even know how to say "Mama" except if he's crying he will sometimes say it. I'll ask him to say "Mama," and he looks at me and laughs and says "Dada!" He knows exactly what he's doing.

Loves to play peek a boo, and always plays it with Shep. Its so sweet. That is his thing with Shep and with Major they will laugh and steal pacis back and forth, unless Breaker isn't in the mood then he'll smack Major in the face.

Speaking of smacking in the face, he for some reason loves to do that, and it HURTS! He will hit and punch us all! If Joey or I tell him to stop, Major and Shep will both rush to his defense and say, "Don't talk to him like that, he's a baby!"

He has really good aim. He loves to throw a ball back and forth and he always throws it right to you.

He is always sticking his tongue out.

Our nickname for him is "Judy" and he actually has started answering to it. Poor kid. We call him "Big Booty Judy."

He's been in size 5 diapers since he was like 8 months old. He's between 18 and 24 month clothes right now.  All of the 18 month stuff is snug.

He's still not walking.  He will cruise around on furniture, but hasn't attempted to walk on his own yet. The other day he stood up on his own for the first time. I wasn't home and Joey said both of the boys started screaming in excitement, cheering him on. They are the best big brothers.
He will walk if you walk with him holding his hands.

Little boys are just hardwired to think farts are funny. I can tell you, I literally never once had a discussion about farting or pooping until I had kids. I grew up with just a sister and that just wasn't something we thought was funny. Never. It was mortifying to me. Now I literally talk about farts and poop all day long. Anyway, back to Breaker. He's only a year old and he can fart on demand. Isn't that crazy? A few months ago I was holding him and he let out a little toot. I said, "Did you just toot on me?!" and laughed. Then he laughed and did it again! And again. Then when he ran out of gas he sat there and strained trying to keep going. Little boys are so funny.
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Old Train Depot Day!

A few weekends ago we got to go to Old Train Depot Day in our new little hometown! I am not entirely sure if that is the actual title of this little celebration, but thats what Shep called it and we've had it on our calendar for MONTHS. It was an annual celebration of the old train station in downtown and there were tons of model trains and vendors set up. It was fun checking our our new town, and where our boys will grow up, where their "home" will always be. 

Shep is so heartbreaking and sweet. He was so excited and has talked about this day for so long, that when we finally got there he just didn't know what to do with himself. He got very shy and just wanted to look at everything. He likes to take things in internally instead of making a big external to do. 

After we walked around the train station, we took the trolley to Boone Tavern and got ice cream.

We walked through the hotel and Joey and I talked about how its very possible one of our boys could get married there one day. Tear!

If this doesn't sum up where we live...

Can you spot Major?

Checking out the model trains.

Posing with a new sign we got for their bedroom! What an angel.

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May Resolutions Review

So as a reminder, my May goal was to read three books, and I am happy to report that I did it!

I finished my three books! I'm so proud of myself for accomplishing my little resolution. A month is much better gratification than setting a New Years resolution and having a whole year to see if you actually do it. And the thing about New Years resolutions is you have a whole year so you have to go big. I just read this article about how if you want to accomplish a goal, you have to say no to all the alternatives. You need to pick one thing you want to do, and just do IT. When I told Joey my goal for June, he said why didn't I just do more than one a month, since they are small and not really that hard. But I am not going to over-do it. One little goal a month is plenty.

Some things I've noticed over this month of reading:

I look at my phone less.

I would still rather be able to sit down and have time to read, but thats not going to happen. So my options are either not read, or read in small time increments.

Because I'm never sitting down and reading for big chunks of time, its easier for me to read light and breezy books, or my self help book thats broken down into shorter sections. I had a hard time starting the novel, and once I did I read it mostly after the boys were in bed so I could concentrate. I did a lot of reading while I was sitting outside watching the boys play.

I refuse to waste my time reading something I don't like, so I quit my first novel choice after a few chapters. The book was "The Paris Wife" and it was a fiction book about real people. No thanks, I'd rather just look them up on the internet and find out about them that way.
I was determined to still read three books, so when I quit that book I went to the library and got Big Little Lies.

So a little review of the three books I read:
(Again, I chose books from different genres on purpose, so I would always have something I was in the mood for.)

Big Little Lies

I loved it! I read it in 2 days and Joey and I started watching the show last night. I liked knowing who played the characters on the HBO show, so I could picture them in the book. We're only two episodes in, but as of now I'd say I like the book more than the show.

Always and forever my favorite type of book. I love autobiographies.
Turning the Tables, Teresa Guidice

Don't judge ;)
It was a quick and easy read. If you watch Orange is the New Black I thought it was most interesting how what she described in prison was just like how that show is portrayed. If you do watch OITNB, the real life Piper also went to the same prison where Teresa served her sentence.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families

I love this book and I may do a separate post on it. I definitely recommend this, although I think it gets a little repetitive. It does share a lot of good practices to use in your family, a lot are things we were already doing. Reading this a little at a time helps me be a nicer person ;)

So, my June resolution is...
Drink 4 bottles of water a day. 
Thats about 8 glasses of water, and this is so much harder than it sounds. I think my skin will benefit, so I'm determined to stick to it. I'll check back in at the end of the month and report how I did and share my July resolution!
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The Homeless look

The more kids I have, the lower my standards go ;)
Now that my older two can dress themselves, thats one less thing for me to do, so I just go with it. Now Shepherd is a little more open to my suggestions, so he usually looks a bit more presentable. 
Major, on the other hand.  As soon as he wakes up, he picks out an outfit on his own, and get socks and shoes and insists on getting dressed. This boy starts his day ready to go. No waking up slowly for him. I've always known I'd be the type of parent who lets my kids wear what they want. If they want to dye their hair purple, they can go for it. 
Here are some recent "homeless" (as I call it) looks. Please note the Spiderman hat and Paw Patrol shoes are his very favorites.

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"The President"

This may be my most random post ever.

So, somehow, this goofy little thing I made up one day when I was playing with my kids, has taken off and they talk about it every.single.day.

One day, the boys and I were playing upstairs and just being silly. Shep brought me this little toy phone and told me I had a call. I pretended to listen, then said, "Oh my gosh! Its the president! He said that Breaker is so cute that he wants to take him to the White House!" and we went on this long pretend game where we took turns telling the president that he could not have our baby!
I had Joey text me and pretend to be the president and he sent me a fake picture of Donald Trump behind bars, and I told the boys we didn't have to worry about the president taking Breaker anymore.

So, that game has stuck, and now literally anytime anything bad happens, or out of the ordinary happens, or just anything, they blame it on the president. 
They will spill a drink and tell me the president did it. 
They will lose something and decide the president must have taken it. 
If a car honks its horn, they say it must be the president.

If you swipe right on my phone, it will show some top news stories for the day, and often Donald Trump's picture is on there. Shep thinks this is hilarious and is always saying "the president" is on my phone. If Donald Trump comes on tv, I'll play it up and tell them that the headline says "President searching for Cutest Baby."
The other day, just Shep and I were at Walmart, and we were in the checkout line. Shep notices a magazine with Donald Trump on the cover and he is so loud and dramatic, "Oh my gosh, Mom! Its the president! I'm scared! Lets get in a different line!" 
We seem like bleeding heart liberals ;)

The other day, we got a package, and I had completely forgotten that like 6 weeks ago I ordered this outfit off of Amazon for Breaker. 
We have this saying, "Show him who's boss!" that we always say. Maj and Shep will be fighting over something, and I'll say "You can take him, Major! Show him who's boss!" We always call Breaker the "Boss baby."
So we got this little outfit that says "BOSS" on the shirt and I told the boys it was from the president and that the card said, "Breaker's the boss!" They thought it was hilarious.

Just a random and weird story for your day!
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