Hello readers (all 4 of you)...I just wanted to throw it out there that we are alive and well but suffering from the typical holiday exhaustion. We have basically been traveling out of state every two weeks and that has left me unable to keep up with anything. Honestly, I had to decide that my Christmas cards were going to become New Years Cards....or President's day cards. I'll play it by ear.
On to South Dakota for Christmas!
After we return I promise to return to my over-photographing /stupid story/bragging about my child self. Happy Holidays everyone.
A couple of weeks ago we headed to one of the many apple orchards around our area. It was already a little late in the season so we were lucky to find a place still open. The days activities included riding a horse drawn carriage...
playing on old, stationary tractors. Tyson thought this was amazing (though I will say that all of his John Deer paraphernalia apparently had no impact as he seemed to prefer the red tractor).
playing in a little, kid sized house...
while mama was too busy taking the picture to notice her child had done a face plant.
and finally asking a perfect stranger to take our picture.
So I recently either sold or packed away all things military since I no longer need any of it. Tyson found one of my hats and thought it was the neatest toy ever. Ironic since trying to get him to wear his winter hat begins with a rousing chase throughout the house and usually ends with a wrestling match and at least one person throwing a tantrum. Anyway, this hat is now one of his favorite accessories.
*Disclaimer* I did NOT put him up to any of this I swear. I only take the pictures.
Happy Veteran's Day everyone!!!
*another disclaimer-again-I didn't put him up to this. He comes up with this crap all on his own....even the tiny salute. That is all him.
So our first attempt at Halloween came in the form of a party at an assisted living center that's run by the hospital Jason works for. Our new parent selves eagerly set out to show off what we were sure to be the cutest darn puppy around. Turns out he was the cutest...kid in a fur jumpsuit. He threw an epic tantrum (oh yes, we're in the tantrum stage now) every time we attempted to put the hood (which is essentially the best part of the costume) on his head. ...Luckily Tyson barked at everyone so they weren't confused...
He did however, think the puppy on his shoulder was super cool. What a cute little two headed monster I have.
The second attempt was on halloween itself. This time it was really cold out so he didn't have a choice on whether to wear his hood or not...
...and he was pissed.
"I will tell you exactly what I think of this crazy holiday!!!"
Jason's 29th birthday was on the first of this month so we did some celebratin'. I was super excited to make him this lemon raspberry cake but it turned out better in theory than execution. Turns out I have two different size round pans but instead of shaving off the bigger layer, I just slapped on some icing in hopes that it would cover. The end result was not so fancy but at least it tasted good.
Tyson was a little confused by the whole situation as he kept holding up his "one" to show us how old he was. I guess he thought he was getting another birthday. Here's a shocker to anyone who's read this blog...Tyson didn't eat the cake! My little nugget obviously didn't realize it met his sweet tooth standards and was so stubborn he wouldn't even try it.
All in all it was a good day. I have been lucky enough to spend 7 birthdays with Jason so far and I hope there's many many more to come. Also, I get to celebrate the fact for 6 more months, Jason is older than I am. You can crack a whole lotta old jokes in 6 months.
Because Tyson took so long to grow any hair on his (not-so) little head, and because it didn't look super rediculous from the front, we were in denial about the state of his hairstyle.
...but then Joe Dirt called...
and wanted his mullet back.
So last weekend Jason took him to get a real big boy haircut. Since I was working a stretch of nights and was fast asleep at this time, my husband was kind enough to shell out the extra 3 dollars for the commemorative "first haircut" certificate. I was a little worried about how someone would manage to get a 16 month old boy to sit still for longer than 30 seconds but apparently this place is like a toddler heaven. They have super fun cars to sit in and cartoons playing all over. He had a ball.
However, his attitude has been slightly sour ever since. Perhaps I overdid it with the 80's music I listened to during my commutes when I was pregnant...I think he misses his mullet.
Just like any other mother of a toddler (or any age child I'm guessing), I am constantly looking for some way to keep my child occupied for longer than 10 seconds while simultaneously wearing him out in hopes of a long nap. Luckily, during the warmer months, we are able to burn some energy outside at one of the many parks in our town. We both had a great time...
even though 72% of the time Tyson was trying to eat the sand and I was trying to stop him. Little sneaker even tried to hide it from me (as evidence by the above picture with his back turned) but luckily I'm smarter than an almost 16 month old...for now.
Multiple attempts were made at climbing the big kid stuff...
but he soon realized he couldn't quite muscle himself up there.
Dirt: added to the growing list of favorites. This kid is all boy.
So on an extremely positive note, Jason found my camera wedged underneath one of the seats in the minivan. I was thrilled to be able to upload our pictures from the most recent trip from South Dakota. Above is a great pre-wedding shot of Tyson and Darel (his uncle). Here's a little tip for those of you who didn't already know this...15 month old children don't sit through a wedding very well. The first 5 minutes after being seated were spent alternating between testing out the cathedrals acoustics with his various loud noises and banging his head on the pew cuz he thought it was funny.
I thought the food at the reception was phenomenal. Tyson thought the plates were great.
At one of our rest stops at a McDonalds, Tyson enjoyed playing with the super cool picnic benches...
but was appalled at some lady who LEFT HER TODDLER IN THE CAR while getting her food. Around here people get in serious trouble for doing that to dogs and she LEFT HER TODDLER IN THE CAR unattended and strapped in his seat WITH THE CAR RUNNING...in a not so small town. Someone easily could have driven away with that kid. He screamed the whole time. I almost called the cops but didn't have my phone with me because Jason had taken the van to fill up so I took down her license plate number and waited there until the mom came back. I am still shaken up by that. After that we got back in our van and Tyson found his feet.
I know my sisters are dying of laughter at this moment while viewing this picture of Tyson sucking on his toes. I chose to preserve the tiny bit of dignity I have left and will let your imaginations run.
All in all, it was a great trip. We loved seeing everyone and as always it was hard to come home. We miss you!!!
PS- for those of you wondering, we did in fact have a DVD player this time and it was glorious. Elmo, Baby Einstein and I are now great friends.