Saturday, August 30, 2014

Busy Week!

We've had a busy week, just getting back from visiting The Woodlands for a week! First, there's always laundry and cleaning that need to be done! But we've also had a few fun things going on too!

Cate took her first ride in the swing at the park! She loved it!

On Tuesday, we went to Cole's Meet the Teacher night. He's going to be trying out preschool this year for one day a week. He's going to one at a local church that offers one, two, or three days a week. We really wanted to just do one day because I stayed home to be with him and Cate and I want to still take advantage of that. But, he's really ready to play with more kids and have some variety to his day. He's really excited about it! It helps that he got to pick out a lunch box and backpack. :)
On Wednesday, we took Cole to try out a soccer class! We were thinking he might have fun with that, but wanted to do a trial class just to be sure. It worked out that this was the last week of the summer session. He had such a good time! I was surprised how well he listened and participated. He even ran while kicking the ball and kicked the ball around cones into the goal. I think he was most excited about the uniform though! He's been asking to wear it every day since. He won't play any games, but will go to class once a week. I almost want to cry he looks so big in this picture!
We played outside in the heat one evening waiting for Daddy to get home. We did "chalks" and played with the Octonauts.
Then Tony took the day off of work on Friday to make good use of the long weekend! We went to the Oklahoma Aquarium as a family. Cole loved the sharks and the tunnel he could crawl into to look inside the fish tank. Cate loved watching the fish swim around. She was kicking her legs and making noises whenever we got to a tank that was big enough for her to see into from her stroller.



After the aquarium, we went out to lunch at Russo's pizza, a place we've never been to before, and both kids were great! It was amazing! Cole ate a good lunch and didn't complain. Cate didn't cry and chilled and played in her highchair while we ate. We also did a quick stop into Whole Foods. It was nice to have some family time after being gone last week.

Tony really wanted a peanut butter pie for dessert this weekend, so my little sidekick was helping me put that together yesterday afternoon.

We are also celebrating the start of college football! The Longhorns and Sooners both play tonight, and the kids are cheering for both teams! It was seriously impossible to get a good picture of both of them this morning! We are getting a Chick-fil-A nugget tray for dinner tonight and watching the games. Cole has been asking if the Sooners are playing for the past three days...so I'm glad it's finally here!


Cate - 7 Months

Little Miss Cate turned 7 months almost two weeks ago now. We took her pictures on the day, but then headed out of town to visit Nina and Pop Pop. Cate got to take her first flight to Houston with Mommy and Cole. She was very bouncy, but did great!
Cate has made some big improvements with her sleeping and eating over the last month. After we came back from our Grand Rapids trip, she started sleeping all the way through the night! She will sometimes wake up around 5 AM, but will cry for a few minutes and go back to sleep. She doesn't even do that very often though. She is taking two naps a day. One around 9 AM and one around 1 PM. It's nice that she and Cole take an afternoon nap at the same time. She will sleep for an hour and a half to two hours each time. She will sometimes take a short third nap in the late afternoon or will fall asleep if we go out to run errands around that time. She still sleeps in the sleep sack too and hasn't been rolling over on her tummy as much. She's usually on her back all night now.
We ended up putting the bumper pads back on her bed because she was using the slats to move herself all around and then getting her legs and arms stuck in the slats. Having the bumper pads on there calms her down and she barely moves at night now.
Baby food is going much better now too. We took 3 or 4 days off from even trying to give her anything, and slowly started up again. Now, Cate started two meals just this last week. She's finally opening her mouth and acting interested in actually eating. She hasn't eaten more than 2 ounces of anything, but that's ok. Her favorites are squash, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, and pears. I can count on her eating 2 ounces of those. Everything else is hit or miss. She will eat a good amount of oatmeal cereal too. We're doing one fruit or veggie "meal" and one cereal.
Cate is wearing 6-12 month or 9 month clothes. She's in a size 3 diaper. Her hair has started to fill in, and we can get little pigtails on her. She doesn't have any teeth yet.
Some of her favorite things right now are sitting up to play with her toys or Cole's. She puts everything in her mouth. She has started leaning forward on her arms and can get her legs behind her, but will then fall to her tummy. She does this A LOT! Then she cries. She loves when we help her stand. She can stand and lean against the couch by herself, but she can't pull herself up into that position yet. She's gotten a lot stronger over the past month and is always on the move or wanting us to help her move around.
That brings some challenges too...we've definitely had some fussy periods with Cate over the past month. She had a rough time being off her schedule in Grand Rapids, and she's had some days at home when she cries a lot. It often happens in the evening when she's tired and so are the rest of us. She likes having me carry her around and likes to be a part of whatever I'm doing. She will often cry until I pick her up and just carry her around. It makes it tough to get things done some days, and also hard to feel like I'm giving Cole enough attention too. We are just trying to be patient and celebrate the days (or even hours or minutes sometimes!) when she's happier and not fussing as much.
With this time comes fun things too...we love seeing her explore what's going on around her. She interacts with all of us and will laugh, smile, and "talk". She's sitting up well enough to take a bath with Cole now, and she splashes around and cracks us up. She throws and bangs toys around. She even "flies" airplanes with us.
I would sum this up as a month of highs and lows! Really fun and exciting times as she's growing and becoming her own person, and the fussiness and crying to tell us that she doesn't like things too. But we love her all the same and wouldn't trade it for anything! She's just so darn cute!

Big Brother can't miss out on the photo shoot. I don't know why he has on his shark sweatshirt. He likes to pick out his own clothes these days.


Here was Cole at 7 months old. They both have those cute cheeks!

Monday, August 18, 2014

LPGA 5K

The Grand Rapids tournament had a bunch of cool events and one of them was a 5k run. I don't think there are any other tournaments that have a run, so we were all about it when we found out!  It was Saturday morning at 8 am. After the lack of sleep we were kind of dreading gettin up early, but we knew we would be happy we did it. We had convinced my Mom, Dad, and cousin Kelly to run it with us. 
My other cousin, Sara, agreed to be our babysitter and hang with Cole and Cate while we ran. 

We got to the race a little early since we needed to pick up our packets, but we still had time to do a little warm up and hang out for a little bit. Cole was cold, and I didn't think to pack a sweatshirt for him, so he sported mine for a little bit.

We lined up for the race, which we think had about 300 racers, and tried to get towards the front. We were glad we did too because they didn't have a sensor for the chip timing at the start. So our times were off of the gun. None of us ran together, but we all had a great run! The weather was amazing...cool and clear and there was only one good sized hill at one mile. The rest of it was downhill or flat. The course ended with a lap around the Rockford High School track. Here's how we finished:

Tony - 19:01 (he's claiming he broke 19 min with his actual time :) ), 2nd Age Group, 11th overall
Beth - 20:55, 1st Age Group, 5th Woman, 27th Overall
Carol - 32:29, 14th Age Group
Dale - 28:39, 19th Age Group
Kelly - 25:25, 5th Age Group, 23rd Woman

I was super impressed that my Dad ran the whole way, except the top of the hill, and my Mom did great with her run/walk. She ran all the way to the hill at a mile before she walked. None of us had done a race in awhile, so it was fun to get moving that fast again. The race was sponsored by Kraft, so they had AMAZING post race food! Hot waffles, cereals, bars of every kind, fruit, you name it!

They also had a cool photo op background...so we took a few pictures.


Tony got a $15 gift certificate to Gazelle Sports for 2nd, and I got a $25 Meijer gift card for 1st in our age groups. We made sure to spend those before we left town!

We had such a fun time at the race...it was one of our favorite things that we did over the weekend. Cole might have caught the running bug too! He ran through the finish line with my Mom, ran up and down the track near the finish, and then ran an entire lap around the track! He loved watching and cheering at the finish line too!


Sara not only watched both kids, but she got great pictures of each one of us finishing our races!



And since Cole is a celebrity at golf tournaments, he and my Dad did an interview for the LPGA media crew out at the race. Here's the link to watch that. He talks a lot in this one!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Grand Rapids, MI Trip

We decided kind of last minute to go up to Grand Rapids to join family for Stacy's tournament up there. My Dad's family from Ohio were all driving up and my parents were going to be there too. We left Tulsa on Wednesday night and flew to Chicago. Such a short flight from Tulsa...it was great!  Kids were good and it went well.


We did get into Chicago kind of late, but we had time to drive part of the way to Michigan. It was going to be a 3.5 hour drive total, so we went about and hour to Chesterton, Indiana. Tony had found a B&B in an old train station, which we knew Cole would love. It's called Riley's Railhouse and it really was a neat place in such a small town. They have two bedrooms and we stayed in the bigger one with the kids loft bed. 

Cole and Cate enjoyed all the train toys they had. 

Now the downside was the trains going by all night long every 15-30 minutes blowing their horns and rumbling the building as they flew by!  Unfortunately Tony and I slept horrible!  The kids actually slept alright...go figure. The room also had a sky light, so Cole had us up bright and early.

It was actually really neat for Cole. He loved going out on the balcony in the morning and waving to the train drivers as they came by. 




We took a few pics outside before we headed out in the morning.




We drove the 2.5 hours to Grand Rapids and made it out to see Stacy's last 2 holes since she played in the morning. We hung out for a little bit afterwards. Cole really wanted to putt with Stacy and did her interview with her!






He even signed an autograph!


We ate lunch at. Firehouse Subs and went back to the hotel to relax for a little bit. Cate napped and Cole went in the pool. Then we went to dinner in downtown GR at a place called Hop Cat. It was so good!  Service was a little slow, but it was a really cool place. The waiter was a Batman fan just like Cole and he actually gave Cole his sunglasses that have Batman on the lenses. (Kind of hard to see here.)


Friday Stacy played in the afternoon. So we just hung around the hotel in the morning. Tony and I were able to go on a 5 mile run while my Mom and cousins watched the kids. Tony found a "Rail Trail" which is pretty common up there. It's a paved path that's been put in place of old railway lines.  Then we went to the golf in the afternoon.

The highlight of this day was that Cole was mic'ed for a few holes and had a cameraman following him for a story on the Channel 8 news. Here's the link to the story. 



We made it all 18 holes and the kids were worn out. My cousin brought a double stroller for us to use and it was a lifesaver!  The two little cuties even fell asleep at the same time. 

Friday night we just ate pizza at the hotel. The pizza place we ordered from (Faro's Pizza) was really good and just down the street from our hotel. 

On Saturday morning, we got up early to run in the LPGA 5k that was one of the community events with the tournament. I'm going to post on that separately.

Then we went out to the tournament to watch Stacy again. We made it all 18 holes too. Our favorite thing at the tournament was the $1 ice creams at the turn! It kept us going! 





Saturday night we went out to dinner to celebrate my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Gary's birthdays. We went to a Mexican place called Fajita Republic which was actually really good. Tony and I had to spend our winnings from the race, so we went to the Meijer grocery store and Gazelle Sports before getting the kids ready for bed. We had a fun time in Grand Rapids, but it was a little tiring for us. Cate didn't do very well on this trip. She was all off schedule and had a hard time napping and going to sleep in the hotel. She cried and cried while we tried to rock her to sleep, which is so unlike her. She was also pretty fussy during the day, woke up more than normal during the night, and ate more often during the day. That made it a little tough. So we didn't get to really hang out with everyone at night because we were so exhausted. We also decided to change our flight to leave Sunday morning instead of really late Sunday night. We didn't know if we would survive a 9 PM flight with both kids after going to the golf all day and driving 3 hours back to Chicago. So we got up early Sunday morning and drove to Chicago to fly home. The kids slept quite a bit, and Tony got a speeding ticket! Just our luck. But we were home by noon on Sunday and everyone got to nap in the afternoon. Thankfully Cate went right back to her normal self by Sunday night and has been sleeping great ever since. Cole actually did well through the whole trip, and didn't really have any major meltdowns. He was our easy one this time around. They keep us on our toes and keep life interesting...that's for sure!

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