Our Current Likes

PicMonkey Collage Dear C

Every so often I like to update both of you on your current LIKES because it’s fun to see the changes over time. Here is what we all are into these days. Never a dull moment with both of you and I love it!

Harper (15 months old)

– blueberries, persimmon, guava, peas and yogurt and eating it on her own! My Little Miss Independent

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– the remote control for anything but not a toy version. It has to be the real thing!

– following around your brother

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– playing on the playground at Chace’s school after we pick him up.

– reading the same 3 books over and over again.

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Chace (3.5 years old)

– riding your balance bike

– gardening with me

– working on the house projects with Dad

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– singing at the top of your lungs anywhere and especially Christmas songs….it’s February!

– running super fast everywhere

– art projects, music class and swinging at school

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– still loves the color green, brushing his teeth, pajamas (especially Christmas ones! I see a theme here…..)

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Mommy (1 year older than last year)

– Nap time for the kids, not me!

– running

– facials, manicures and pedicures (just can’t go and have them often!)

– Watching whatever shows are taped on the DVR (there are lots now that good shows are back!)

Daddy (1 year younger than Mommy)

– Working out

– Not working

– Watching movies on the ipad while Mommy is watching TV

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Potty Training has Begun

PicMonkey Collage Dear C

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Sorry I have been posting less lately, but there is a very good reason for that. Potty training has begun for Chace. I had tried it once before but it was not the right time. He just wasn’t ready so I left it alone and moved on. Recently I noticed him having an interest, staying dry at nap time and so I bit the bullet and started the potty training. Let’s be honest here. I was nervous, very nervous. I am not a fan of messes and diapers are so easy, but so expensive. I just realized that I have to deal. You will make messes. I will clean them up and we will move on. I know that you will get it eventually.

We started out wearing just a shirt and Honest training pants. I would ask Chace throughout the day if he had to go and sometimes he would need to and sometimes he would be so distracted, he would have already gone. No big deal. Accidents happened and I was okay with that. I was just reassurring and it seemed to help. He wasn’t scared of the potty anymore (which is what happened after the first attempt awhile ago). I was giving him such praise every time he went that he loved it. I didn’t need to offer a reward after the first day. He just would run to the potty or I would notice he was ready to go.

What Has Worked So Far:

1. Chace picked out his potty. I got this one from Amazon and he picked the color.

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(I just can’t bring myself to take pictures and post them of my kid on the potty! Those will never be seen here.)

2. Lots & Lots & Lots of praise. After the first time, he looked to my facial expression for the rest of the day and loved seeing me light up and give him lots of praise.

3. Just underwear the first day. I tried the plastic ones, but Chace hated them, so I went with the actual underwear and that worked better.

4.. Training Pants are easy to get on and off and if there is an accident, no big deal.

5. Staying home all day for the first 2 days. Then short trips out of the house.

6. Frequently asking if he has to go potty. The reminder was key for the first 2 days, then he would tell me (most of the time).

While we haven’t tried the potty outside of the house or during naps yet, we will eventually get that too. I am so excited he is staying dry at home. It’s the best feeling in the world right now. I know every child is different so what works for me might not work for others. Just have to go with the flow!

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Running Holiday

PicMonkey Collage Dear CIt’s not what you think. I am not taking a break from running, but just the opposite. It’s actually National Running Day and I decided that we would have a little family fun run. Well, just Chace and I. Harper would come along for the ride of course. Chace gets very excited when I start to get ready in my workout clothes, which is practically everyday. He always asks if we are going for a run and some days we are and some days we are not. That is just how it goes in our house. I love wearing workout clothes even when I am not working out. Anyways, today he asked and I said yes and quickly got him ready too. He’s a toddler afterall. His attention span is not that long and he can quickly get disinterested so I had to take advantage of his excitement about our impending run.

There he goes!

There he goes!

I strapped Harper into her infant seat in the BOB and watched as Chace was expecting his turn next. Well, that never happened and we headed out the door and as I started running, he paused for a second before he realized that I meant that he was running with me. He was so excited! His little legs worked hard to catch up and then it was an all out sprint for him. It was fun to see him turn back to make sure I was still running and I would speed up a bit to catch up. It was a perfect time to run because it was still cool out and not many people leaving for work or on the road. The sidewalks were empty and all for Chace.

Headed straight to the park

Headed straight to the park

We didn’t go far, but we did make it to the park with a few stops here and there. I was so proud of him and he was so happy. I think it tired him out and we ended up having a relaxing day playing with cars at the park. Normally, Chace runs all over the grass, plays frisbee or slides down the slide over and over. Today, the toy cars slid down the slide instead of Chace. I positioned myself at the bottom and Chace was at the top. He would let them go and after they flew off the slide I would run them back to him so we could do this over and over again. A fun little game that lasted a good 15 minutes.

Normally what he does at the park

Normally what he does at the park

In honor of National Running Day, besides just running, we are also signing up for a race. I am looking for one that I can run and then hopefully Chace can take part in a kids run too. I’ll keep you posted on what we decide! While I didn’t run that far today, it was important to just get out and run, enjoy my running partner, and have a good time.

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Coconut Water in Our House

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Chace's "Juice"

Chace’s “Juice”

Coconut water is a staple in this house. I remember the first day I introduced it to Chace. He was sick and I couldn’t give him milk, so I called Poppy (my dad is a pediatrician) and he said to try coconut water to rehydrate him quickly. Well, from that day on Chace found his beverage of choice. I started out just saying “juice” and giving him coconut water but that all changed when we were at the park and he came up to me and asked for “juice”. I handed him his sippy cup filled with coconut water and he was on his way back to play. Another mother standing nearby overheard our conversation and then proceeded to tell me how bad it was that I was giving my son juice and the high sugar content and ramifications and so on. Luckily I had to refill his cup while she was lecturing me, so when I brought out the coconut water, she paused and asked if that was what I meant by “juice”.   I said yes and she seemed shocked and lost for words. She just uttered “oh good, I’m glad it’s not juice.” under her breath and walked away.

While I don’t mind people carrying on conversations at the park, I do mind the judgments that some people pass without knowing the whole story. I try to be really open minded for this reason alone. It did help me realize that calling it “juice” was confusing so I started calling it what it is which is coconut water. Chace caught on quickly and I learned my lesson. I don’t need to change words or meanings just because he is a toddler.

We keep our kitchen stocked with coconut water because I love it after a run or in smoothies, Daddy drinks it whenever, and Chace loves it all day any day. I love that it is natural and healthy and I can get it anywhere now. I used to only be able to find it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods but luckily all the stores I shop at carry it.

Cheers!

PicMonkey Collage Love

 


Our Safari

Dear Chace & Harper,

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To celebrate Kiley’s 1st birthday, we tagged along with Aunty, Kaelyn and Kiley as they ventured down to San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Daddy took the day off work to join us for safari park fun. It was a cloudy day and luckily the rain stayed away. We had a few sprinkles here and there, but nothing too drastic that would require us to leave or break out umbrellas. Chace was a little scared of the live animals that you could get close enough to touch, but loved the animals that were in their own habitats and their environments. Harper slept in the stroller, ate and then stayed awake for the tram ride. She was so good the whole day and I was so happy that we could all be together to spend the day with Kiley. Happy first birthday to my beautiful niece!

This is a great place to take kids of all ages to. We saw so many animals from elephants to bats, lions and pelicans, flamingos and rhinos. They even have a jungle gym that kept the kids occupied while we picked up food for lunch. 

The guided 30-40 minute tram ride takes you through different areas that contain animals in their natural habitats. It was so much fun to see giraffes run, lions sleeping, and buffalo eating. Here we are waiting in line for the tram.

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Daddy and Kaelyn fed the pretty lorikeet birds. Chace was terrified that they came so close. It was quite funny. He needed Aunty to protect him while Daddy had the birds eating from his hand. If only I had taken a video of the encounter, it would have been priceless later on. 

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We even got to see a Mommy Rhino resting with her baby. (They are in the picture to the left of Harper and me. They just looks like rocks, but they were so cute in person.)

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We had so much fun and can’t wait for our next adventure.

Love,

Mom


Compassion & Running

Dear Chace & Harper,

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On our run (well, my run and you both got to relax in the jogging stroller) this morning, we took our normal route avoiding the park until the last stretch of my 4 miles. As we took the final turn leading us to our normal stop, off in the distance there was a little boy riding his bike. He was not accompanied by an adult but that isn’t unusual given his age and the community park is near plenty of home, one of which he probably lives in. Chace immediately got excited and wanted out of the stroller. He tends to like playing at the park with the neighborhood kids and is often following around some of them when they are climbing the ladders or sliding down the slide. I am often amazed at how friendly he is right away, but I digress. The little boy took a nasty tumble and Chace immediately ran over to him. I followed behind with the stroller and  we both helped the little boy up and made sure he was okay. I think more than anything he was embarrassed but grateful to have Chace help him rather than laugh at him. It was a nice moment as a mother to witness.

This incident reminded me of an article I read a couple months ago and immediately emailed to Daddy. I remember it so well because the subject of the email was “I Hope Chace Grows Up to Be Like This Boy”.  Basically a high school football player took it upon himself to help out a special-needs student that was being bullied. This article was so touching and brought tears to my eyes. Carson Jones’ mother must be so proud because she raised her son to be a very caring and compassionate human being. I hope one day that I can look at both of you and know I raised you right. I want you both to be like Carson Jones, compassionate human beings that not only take care of each other, but other people too. It can changes someone else’s life for the better. While I know we didn’t drastically change this little boy’s life, I do know that we brought a little bit of comfort to him during a scary moment. Even if it was just one moment, it matters.

You never know what you will come across while running. Today I am grateful that we were able to be there to help a little boy out. While he would have made it home on his own just fine, it was nice to see that Chace has a big heart and wanted to make sure someone else was okay and didn’t have an “booboo”. A successful 4 mile run for me and more importantly, my heart melted seeing how kind Chace can be.

I love you!

Love,

Mom


Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Dear Chace & Harper,

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Being outdoors is such a gift and we are lucky enough to have great weather almost year-round. I take pleasure in going outside for a morning run whenever I can and share my love of the outdoors with both of you by trying to spend a lot of time in the backyard, at the park or outside doing new and fun things.

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While shopping at Target, we picked up a kite for Chace and as soon as the wind started to pick up, Daddy, Uncle Dan, Kaelyn and Chace headed to the backyard to test it out. It worked pretty well and kept everyone running around for a little while. It only landed on the roof once and took a large ladder and many people to get it down. It was quite an ordeal but we eventually got it down and everyone was safe and sound. We soon realized that open area to run was necessary so we packed up both of you in the stroller and walked down to our nearby park. It was the best decision of the day. The wind was stronger and there was so much more room to run. The kite worked well and we all had a blast laughing and running, taking turns flying the kite.

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Chace and Daddy ran around and then finally gave me a chance to fly the kite. I felt like a kid again! So much fun and great family bonding time. Can’t wait for our next adventure!

 

Love,

Mom