We have been so cooped up in and or around our house for the last two weeks with sickness. Sunday, we were itching to get out. Change of scenery. The weather was so beautiful. It's that wonderful time of the year where we are slowwwlllyyy transitioning to Fall, so the mornings & nights are usually a little cooler, but the days are just perfect. I could have that weather year round.

So, off on a hike we went. We heard the trees blowing in the wind, birds chirping all around us, saw a squirrel eating a nut. The sun was warm, but the kind of warm that just warms your soul. Ya know? It was a short little hike, but long enough to be outdoors that we were all ready for a nap. I truly love weekends at home with no plans. No where to go.

It was a great day.


16 & 17 MONTHS


You are sweet, sensitive, curious, kind, persistent, and a little timid at times. You love a routine in your day. You love to help- 'fold' laundry, put laundry in the dirty basket, 'help' put food away. You observe each and everything we do and then are so great about doing it all yourself!

He points to everything and says this and now points and says this or that. He loves to play peekaboo, especially before bed. His two favorite toys are books and then trucks. The boy could read all day. I love to watch him. He loves for us to read him books, but sometimes he will take it over to the couch and plop it down and flip through the whole thing. It's like he is in his own little world. Trucks, or 'Rucks' as G says it are pretty close second to books. Bonus if it's a book about trucks. He loves all trucks and says it repeatedly until you acknowledge that you saw it too. When he turned 17 months, he really started to get in to puzzles more too.

His favorite word besides Ruck is Dada, of course. He likes to call everyone dada, but he does know who dada is and loves when he comes home from work. He will usually give Will a hug and then pushes him aside so he can stick his feet in Will's shoes. He also loves to say uh-oh. He will usually drop something on the floor and say uh-oh and then pick it up and repeat.

Words he says: This, that, light, cheese, dada, mama, hat, ya, truck, duck, nana for banana. Hi is ya! He loves to cheer himself on. We will say, "good job, buddy," and he turns and claps with a big smile on his face. He learned to give a hug and a kiss. Now he goes up to random kids at the park and tries to give them all a hug. He also loves to blow kisses too!   

I can already see his engineer mind at work when he is stacking his blocks or playing with his ring holder. He has such concentration when he is doing it. Of course the older he gets, the tantrums get louder & longer. This stage is so hard. There is so much he is wanting to tell us, but he can't find the words. He also doesn't like to hear no. ;)

He had his first little trim at 17 months and will probably be needing one again soon. He has 11 soon to be 12 teeth. Wears 24 month onsie, 18 month shirts, 18 month pants. Size 6 shoes, but those will be done shortly. He has blue/green eyes, with a very infectious laugh.



We have been in the trenches and can't seem to climb out. Both G and I have been sick. With him being so little, he has it a lot worse than I do- which as a parent, is so hard to see. 


We got back Tuesday from Indiana. We woke up Wednesday and Will left early for California for a work trip, while both G and I fell victim to some sort of virus. It only got worse as the day went on. Thankfully, he has been happy, except when it's diaper changing time.  


Without going in to too many details, I probably changed a weeks worth of poopy diapers in two days. Poor guy was miserable. At first, I thought I was fine, but then I woke up Thursday very early with G and felt terrible. Congested and a low grade fever. 

When Will got back on Friday, it was the light we all needed. Unfortunately, G is still dealing with the same symptoms + a runny nose. The doctor reminded me that this could last a week or more. So, this week, we are reminded that we should never take our health for granted. These circumstances are small compared to what other's go through.

This sickness has really slowed us down. More time at home and in the backyard. More time together- through sickness and health, we are family and we are here to take care of each other.






Sunday morning, we headed to my in-laws for the day and night. We had a lot of fun. G got to play with two of his cousins, Taylor and Coulter. He LOVES kids. When they arrived, he kept giving Coulter hugs by laying his head on Coulter's legs. It was so cute. Then, he basically just followed Taylor around and thought everything she did was so neat.

It was super laid back and relaxing time, which was so nice. We got to see some extended family, but mostly just hung out around the house. G slept great, which was so nice. I always over worry about that. But, I think with the heat and the playing outside, he didn't stand a chance. He passed out in the car as we were leaving, too! He is one spoiled boy. :)

So nice to see everyone! Thanks for a fun visit! xoxo

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