O: Year 1

This one year business is legit… my little buddy is one year old now.

Olan bae has really come a long way since month eleven. He is finally fine with picking up his own food and chomping on it himself! It’s a miracle! What progress he has made! He is drinking through a straw, and has given up the bottles very effortlessly it seems. This last week I have cuddled up with him while he drinks away the last of the good stuff from the freezer before bed. I am going to miss this phase in a way! But also so thankful to put away washing bottles and the like for awhile. We made it a whole year, the goal has been reached! Praise the Lord.

I love the emerging little dude that we’ve seen this month… the other day, all the way from his room he heard the tickle ruckus that daddy and Evie were creating in the living room and crawled his whole self into where his family was and joined in on the fun. He turns the pages of books and loves to touch and feel and flip and peek around in books. I have thoroughly enjoyed this with him! He’s pointing at specific things (the light whenever he gets his diaper changed), trying to say words (not real successful yet!), is the hungriest hippo in the west (he loves to watch me cook, just like his sissy, and will pace and moan in the kitchen until you give him a handout or pick him up), his adventurous side has him crawling under beds to get stuff, he’s got a calloused knee from crawling all over tarnation (his peg leg crawl is pretty adorable), and he’s taken a special interest in cars and balls and hammers.

The good-bye wave is finally coming along, he gives high fives without a thought, he points at what he wants, he can show you his hair, he is beginning to understand basic commands like go get it and come here, water is still his favorite method of mess making, he knows how to throw his food (not cool… already had a few hand slaps to stop this naughty habit before it begins!), and he loves making noises into Evie’s karaoke microphone. He’s all of 26 pounds and 32 inches tall!

His top two teeth are now IN (he is much more apt than Evie was to lett us know he’s getting a new tooth), he sleeps like a doll, is a happy human being (unless he’s hungry and sees that you have food you might be depriving him of), and loves giving real hugs and reaching for people he loves! I will take a big bear hug any day from this sweet bear of mine. Gosh darn it, Olan. I love you! Happy birthday little buddy.

Disclaimer: This photo shoot was probably one of the worst I’ve had. Olie was so squirrelly and would NOT smile one little bit. He just pranced around with his face to the ground or a rock in his mouth and whined the whole time until I got a snack out. So the only smiles you see are ones where he’s stuffed his face with Teddy Grahams. Little punk! Ha ha! I am disappointed that his one year old pictures didn’t turn out magical, but these will have to do for now. Better luck next time, dude.

Summertime Girls (and Boys)

And our 2017 summer is in the books. Such happy memories. I had one of the best summers ever… although I was apprehensive about how it would go with two babies in the house this time. But I must say it has been amazing! Teacher life is pretty phenomenal. Here’s life for the past two months in pictures!

My cousin Megan and I at the library… she was a trooper all week and helped paint and remove wallpaper and all sorts of “fun” projects. Thank you, dear! Love you!

Grow Group Paint Partay! I wish we had a good one of the move in crew too. They were so great.

Evie loves helping. She had so much fun feeding Olan!

Hanging with cousin Ryan and Marley at SES – PJ, mac and cheese, and movie night while we worked worked on my classroom!

Surprise donuts at the new Carol Lee!

Evie and momma playing Guess Who? She ACTUALLY played! It was awesome!

Olie got to play with the shaving cream… since he won’t put anything in his mouth, it worked pretty well. Ha!

Our first picture in front of the Edward house! Yay! What an exciting day!

Evie’s getting into the beauty shop thing lately!

Water fun

Great Grandpa Robinson bein’ cray with my girl

Woody and the kiddies!

Great Grandma and Evie

Exploration Place!

King Olan and Queen Evie

Exploration Place!

Color baths are the next big thang.

Baking “cookies”

Assaria Zipline!

Sister Tara

Manhattan Splash River Thingy

Helping keep Grandma Henry’s yard alive while they were on vacation!

Evie and Tabor superhero dancing at Tammy Howe!

Got to spend some time with cousin Courtney!

My grandma and ME! Love.

Our Great Grandma and Great Woody visit!

I have a splits boy!

Botanica in Wichita!

Picking cherries! Those Peters friends of ours are awesome.

Evie and I built a solar oven and ate s’mores! Super awesome.

Our Wichita Anniversary Trip was spent with lots of friends! Yokohama with John and Rachel!

Sonic with sissy!

The family fun Tuesday event!

Evie loves floating in this kid area!

The Cove with Olie-pie!

Harvest with Great Grandma Peterson!

Spaghetti fun!

Swim lessons with teacher Barb!

Picking mulberries at Shelly and Nate’s

Jamie is officially done with radiation! We went and surprised her after her last treatment. Go Jamie, go!

Chick-fil-a with our daycare buds!

Holly and Ray came back and we got to do the Escape Room with them. We made it!

Evie got to sit in the dentist chair at my appointment! Woo.

Watering the parsley!

Evie chalking it up.

Assaria Park!

Our last picture at the Penn house together. Siiiigh.

Dress up!

Olan and his bath. He loves it!

Evie’s soap concoctions!

Aunt Lana taught Evs how to roll paint! She is a brave soul.

Evie loooooves to build.

Ninjas at Sonic.

Supporting our Jamie together on a Tuesday morning! Mom’s schedule makes it so she has every Tuesday off… it was awesome!

Olie having fun at the library!

Good old game night! Olan is really good at this game. Games at our house consist of getting out all the pieces and spreading them out everywhere. It’s really fun you should try it.

Evie really wanted to work on her Jeep with her dad in the garage.

Our first fruits of the garden!

Swinging at Penn

O: Month 10

Yo-O-O! This month, we’ve really started to see Olan brim with personality! This month has been full of things to remember:

  • He’s finally crawling full blast. Shut your toilet lids, put your breakables up high folks, here comes the tornad-O!
  • He loves his pat-a-cake. He just smiles and claps any time you start that oldie up. I think he’s starting to even “throw it in the oven” with me. Aww.
  • The guy still will not put anything in his mouth. He acts like food is a foreign contaminant when we try to get him to feed himself. The only thing he puts in his mouth is his toothbrush.
  • As soon as we set him at the table for dinner, he will squawk until fed. He’s getting the hang of the “more” sign, and he doesn’t get food until he gives the sign. That’ll show that squawker. 😉
  • He’s started up this whole “cry-and-whine-and-moan-when-grandma’s-not-holding-me” gig. Oh brother. He also will do this same act whilst crawling to the fridge. He know where da milk is.
  • The nose wipe is Olan’s worst enemy.
  • That hair. Out of control. What do I even do with the baby bowl?
  • He adores anyone who will sit and let him bounce. This is probably his favorite thing ever. I love it when I’m holding him and he gets excited, because he pumps his legs up and down. So stinkin’ cute!
  • He’s so different in the way that he loves to play on his own. He’s gonna be my toy man I think. Evie just wants our presence. Olan’s just gonna want the presents. Ha!
  • The kid does the splits like a boss, just like his sissy did at this age. Watch out Husky Olympic Gymnastics Team!
  • He’s got two bottom teeth, and one that just popped in on top. I’m pretty sure there are four on bottom… just so hard to tell!
  • He pounds down a nice warm bottle in 3 minutes flat.
  • O will do anything to get in the water.
  • He sleeps from 7:30pm-5am, and hopefully will get another hour in when you put the plug in. Great for school business hours, killin’ me this summer.
  • His stats are currently at 30 inches and a bit over 24 pounds, wearing 18 month threads.

Eep! It’s the last monthly O post until we move into our new place! Had to take a few of the kids on our beloved front porch. Tear. Enjoying these little loves so very much.

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