Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Long Weekend and the answer to the question of whether we have any plans this summer


What a long weekend it has been! And it is not over. It seems every time summer roles around the inevitable question pops up of whether our family has any plan for the summer. Since we are not jet setting world travelers I usually just say, nope.  As I thought about this question over the past weekend I realized we have TONS of things going on this summer. Nothing we do will be huge, but we have lots of fun little activities. 

Therefore, the next time someone asks me if we have any plans this summer I will answer oh yes indeed we do. In fact, every weekend from here to August is booked up. :) 

Here is the result of a Friday well spent. We went to breakfast with family, did some shopping to pick up supplies for the baby shower I was throwing and the youth dance Tyler had to provide refreshments for, went garage sale-ing and ended with a family dinner. 

Saturday was even more full. My mom drove out and we all road our bikes to watch the parade. Like all good babies, Ted LOVED his balloon. He was also a pro at picking up the candy that was thrown out by the people in the parade. Three people thought he was a girl.... I blame the blond curls and big blue eyes.  

After the parade we made yet another trip to Costco. I love living so close to the megastore but on the flip side I also feel like I live there. I needed some more food for my party and Tyler needed to buy the frozen items for the dance. 

Elspeth made the baby shower decorations and she did a fantastic job!!! She stayed with the teal/lime green/monkey/polka dot theme very nicely.  I really with she would make an Etsy shop or something because she is so great at it. I think she needs some encouragement or a cheer leader to give her the confidence to give it a try. 


To avoid anymore mistakes of Ted's gender we had him wear his camo hat the rest of the day ;)

Here is Ted in the bunny barn meeting Teddy the prize guinea pig. I really want a bunny now. We got to pet a mini rex rabbit and it was sooooo soft! My first thought was I NEED A BUNNY, Tyler's first thought was, Imagine a blanket made out of that fur! 

Thanks a lot Cruella DeVil. 
Ted and Tyler at the fair.  
We gave Ted a chance to stretch his legs in the field by the band stand and he could not resist the chance to get his groove on. 
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Ted and me at the fair.  
Ted in front of the band.  
When Elspeth came over with the decorations she also brought some garage sale toys for Ted. One thing was a child size camping chair. After we got home from the fair I looked over and saw Ted enjoying his chair. 

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On the way home from the fair, Tyler stopped and bought a Happy Meal. The toy was a MarioKart visor. 

"Ima Mario" 
Tyler and I also bought Ted garage sale toys over the weekend.... I justify these toys because I run a daycare... 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Heat


It is so hot here! And it is only going to get hotter apparently. Blah! We attempt to keep cool by having 6-8 fans on in the house at all times. 

Ted knocked out all the mats and climbed into the lower part of this table, so I took a picture... 
My mom bought Ted this cute castle tent from Ikea. He loves it. Inside you can see a stuffed alligator chair we picked up at a garage sale. Going to garage sales is a lot more fun when shopping for a kid.  
We went to a birthday party for Ted's friend Bennett. It was super hero theme. Ted and Tyler are twins :)  
I am FINALLY licensed to do daycare and here is the proof. :)  
Ted out for a stroll in the summer heat.  



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Tyler and I are working out way through the entire series of 7th Heaven which is on Amazon Prime. Ted loves the theme song and dances to it every time. 
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Ted modeling his first pair of Nordstrom shoes purchased by grammy bear! They are no longer giving out Nordys :( But he did get a balloon.  

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mr. Ted Goes to the Zoo


First off, Ted is now the proud owner of crocs :) They are hand-me-downs from his cousin and super cute. Babies are the only age that can make crocs look good. 

And Ted took his first trip to the zoo. He had a play date with his friend. 






Independence Day

A couple weeks ago Ted and I went garage sale-ing with Elspeth. I got a lot of great stuff and only spent $4 total :) One of the things I picked up was a bag of new bath toys for Ted. There were foam letters that can stick to the side of the tub when wet. I had some fun. 


Happy Independence Day! Soooo tired. We had a really long day. I bought a bike trailer for Ted off Craigslist and we tested it out with two long bike rides. We also went to the Enumclaw parade per tradition and ended the day with dinner at Tyler's brother's house.  We walked over to their house so we walked home before the super crazy fireworks began. This was my second year not watching any fireworks... I don't really miss them... at all... Well, I certainly can't miss them when it sounds like World War III outside my house. We have CRAZY neighbors. 

Here is Ted and Tyler after a long day of celebrating our independence. 
Ted in his Winnie the Pooh helmet.  
Hanging out at the parade.  

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ted loves to read

Ted loves to "read". I hope he never loses his interest in books. Of course, I prefer him to stick with his board books because he can't reek havoc on them like the paper books so I keep board books separate from the rest of the books. 
But Ted always makes his way over to the bucket of picture books. His favorite is "Go, Dog, Go". Even if I move this book to the bottom of the pile, Ted will search through the books for it.  


Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Happy father's day! I am pretty proud of myself so far this year. I am the worst at getting people gifts but this year I have been pretty on top of it. Gifts are especially difficult with Tyler. His birthday, our anniversary and father's day all fall in the same week! Last year, since I had just had a baby, I did not do much for any of these occasions. This year I nailed all 3! Oh yeah!

Saturday night came and I did not have anything ready for Father's Day. Thanks to the glory of Pinterest, Ted and I were able to come up with a cute gift idea. The large dot is Ted's thumb and the small dot is Ted's pointer finger. 

He HATED me for making him do it. I attribute this to the fact that it was 9 PM by the time I had all the supplies ready to go. 

Anyway, Tyler is an awesome dad. 


Friday, June 13, 2014


Ted came to his first Pug Gala this year woo hoo :) I entered him and Ruby into the costume competition. They went as Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and got second place! 


Ted also got to be on a website collage for child car seat safety. Can you find him?  


I tried getting a cute picture of Ted and I have decided you need two people to catch Ted in a cute pose. I will get him all ready to go and by the time I put my camera up he is already walking away. 
He kept making this face which is super cute but not a very good smile face hahaha  
I decided this was the best shot 
Yesterday we went to our friend's house for a play date. We walked and Ted fell asleep right as we got to the house. I woke him up and he had a lot of fun. It was actually nice because afterwards he stayed awake the entire walk home so when we got home he took a very long nap.  

For Ted's birthday, Aunt Miranda sewed  him this really cute bear. He loves to wrestle it. 

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After he was done wrestling he fell asleep on the floor, which is a first. 



Last weekend Tyler was feeling super sick. He came inside and just flopped onto the floor. Ted did his best to snuggle with daddy. He also crawled over and patty daddy on the head and climbed onto his back.