Easter Flashbacks

It’s been a long month. And it’s only half way over. We’ve been battling the pukes, fevers, up-at-night grouchies, the newly added double ear infection, and three funerals since April 1 and I’m about spent. Easter came and went without much of a hullabaloo because of sickness (my kids didn’t even wearย their Easter outfits), but lucky for us, we got to celebrate with a few family members the day before it hit! Sad to have missed the Henry side celebrations on our lonely Easter day, but Janine did a fantastic job at sending the best Easter leftovers a girl could ask for and made me feel all warm and fuzzy. I’ve got the greatest mom-in-law! And thanks for spoiling our kids rotten, regardless of their sick status! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s some documentation of the fun we had while it lasted!

Olan is One!

My sweet babe is one year old next week! Contrasted to Evie’s first year of life that seemed to actually take a real year of time to pass, Olan’s first year has gone by at warp speed. We love our little cutie all the same though!

Olan’s party was a little bit crazy. While we had September 16 on the calendar for Olan’s shindig, the week before we had scheduled his party, Hurricane Irma brought our Holly and Ray into Kansas territory for the time being. A few days earlier, my dad told me that he hadn’t thought about the date, and that he was performing a wedding down in Goodland on Olan’s party day, so he wouldn’t be able to make it. Mom-in-law, Janine, had already informed me that her ONS workshop was the same day as the party, so she’d have to slip out and miss part of it.

All of this culminated on Friday evening. Since so many conflicts were coming up and Holly and Ray were going to be in town (!), we decided, what the heck? Why not throw the party tomorrow? We had pretty much everything ready to go except a cake plan. We spent the next morning and afternoon putting together our home for our baby boy’s one year birthday party. Evie and I ran all over town getting food and last minute items, and we went at it!

The party was a success! Not only did it push us to get a few more house projects done (i.e. deck lights! Yay!), it was pretty great to be able to have our family around for a beautiful evening of fun. (Sad to have missed a few guests, but you were with us in spirit!)

The “cake” ended up being “O Henry” bars, a bit atypical for a one year old’s birthday treat, but fitting for our little O Henry, and he seemed to enjoy it, as he wore a little chocolate goatee while chomping! I went with the Mo Willems’ Pigeon book series theme, complete with a hot dog party (the Pigeon’s dream come true in the books). Thank you, Miles Wolters, for the inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚

Gifts included the coveted Skip Hop iguana backpack and matching water bottle (he loves already!), a bike helmet, a hammer toy, Halloween costume, the awesome John Deere dump trucks, books, clothes, and the bouncing donkey toy.. ha ha! We gifted Olie with a new car seat for Evie so that Olan can have her old seat… good thing he’s only one, pretty sure that won’t fly again. He also got some punch balloons and a new Lightning McQueen car from us. He’s a spoiled little dude!

Thankful to the Lord for all he has gifted us with in Olan.

O: Month 11


This kid is a pretty fun baby to have around. I think I’ll keep him.

I am so relieved (and somehow sad too) that eleven months marks the beginning of the weaning process. I feel like I am going to have soooo much more freeeeeedom. But then there’s this strange wistful twinge attached to it that I never see coming. The baby of our family is growing out of babydom. Aww, man. It’s been going well though, he drinks moo-milk now at each meal from a sippy cup, and we cut back his mom-milk to four bottles of five ounces each day. It is glorious to be able to leave the big black bag at HOME during the day. It’s the little things, people.

O is still demanding that someone feed him, although hope is right around the corner I can see. On a rare occasion, I’ll see him sneak a bite on his own… but I’m pretty certain he’s learned how to work his parents into bowing down to his every victual need. Watch out baby, I’m on to you.

I’ve got a cuddly bug who still loves to be carried and held. He follows you everywhere around the house, moaning for attention if you don’t give in right away. He makes lots of different sounds, he is pulling up to a standing position (although early on in the month, once he got to standing, he was stuck standing until someone rescued him. WAAAA!)

Olan still loves water and is getting pretty brave in the bathtub. He flips onto his belly and splashes all over. He’s much feistier than Evie was at this age! His favorite toys are balls and balloons by far, although cars seem to be of a particular interest lately too. He is also actually starting to turn pages in books and sitting still enough to read a whole book with me. YAY!

He’s such a sweet thing – sleeps from 7:30-6:00ish each night, still rocking the 18 month clothes, size 3 diaper, short morning nap and the two hour afternoon one. Can’t complain about this guy, he’s just the best! Twelve months, here we come!

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