Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Mr. Smarty Pants

I haven't done a "Charlie update" in awhile, which is dumb because he is growing and changing so much and I want to remember how he is right now forever. It's funny how from day one I could've told you that Charlie is busy and smart, because those two words probably describe him best. Along with hilarious and full of personality/feelings (alllllll the feelings you guys!)

His "I am not amused" face as I was singing and dancing trying to get him to smile...
Watching him learn and grow has to be one of the best parts of being his mama. He is seriously SO smart!!! He amazes me and I don't want to forget how much he knew before he was even two!

So this blog post is mostly about how smart Charlie is, not because I'm bragging...but because Charlie IS smart, and I want to document his current knowledge. :)

Exhibit A:

He knows almost all of the LETTERS. (A, B, E, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q, R, S, W, X, Y) What 21 month old knows letters?! I'm sure they're out there, but it just seems absurd to me. By the way, it's not like I was shoving letters down his throat and pressuring him to learn them (ha!) He has a "letter blocks" toy, and that's how he learned. Self-taught ;)

Exhibit B:

He also knows some of his numbers! I just learned this yesterday when he was asking for his number puzzle and saying "six! six! six!" He also knows 0, and sometimes he gets 5 and 2 right (ha!) I honestly don't even know how?

Exhibit C:

He knows his colors! He learned this from a book about cars (he loves books!) He isn't always consistent... like sometimes you'll point to something that's yellow and ask him what color and he'll excitedly tell you it's blue... but still! (I think blue might be his favorite color) Also, he knows what a rainbow is, and the way he says it might be the cutest thing ever!

Exhibit D:

He speaks SO much and has more words than I can count. He adds new words daily and just amazes us with his language. Some of his most recent words are: psycho (a proud mom moment for me... I called him psycho... oops!) tunnel, zebra, honk, light (he loves to turn on/off lights), ego (Lego),  cream cream (ice cream), waterfall (a-fall), lotion (shin shin), buckie (buckle) and he finally says his name!

Exhibit E:

He knows his shapes and is amazing at puzzles. The shapes he knows are: circle, heart, oval, star, and octagon (he can say all of those and identify them!)

Exhibit F:

He LOOOVES reading books. I'm a huge believer in the power of books and one of my biggest goals as a mom (I have a lot haha) is to instill a love of learning and reading in my kids. I've been reading to Charlie since he was born, and I love how much he loves to read!

Charlie Dean, we love you SO much and are so proud of you! I swear, you are going to change the world. You are AMAZING!!!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

January So Far...

January is definitely my least favorite month. The excitement from all the holidays are gone and then there's just nothing but cold blah winter left...

So we decided to spice January up by spending a ton of money on fun, but expensive things. :)

First, we booked an eastern caribbean cruise to celebrate Landon's big 3-0 in March and will be going to St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua, and Barbados. We are extra excited because it's our first time on Celebrity! It's also going to be really fun to go diving again. But of course I'm already getting major anxiety about being away from Charlie. Why do I have to love him so much?! :)

Second, we decided to upgrade from our redneck inflatable hot tub to a real one! We are soooo excited about this! We use our hot tub every single night after our nightly walk, so it's definitely worth the money for us. Plus we got a "scratch and dent" one, so we got a really good deal.

So now we will spend the rest of the year trying to recoup our costs. Yay! ;)

And lastly here are some cute pictures/videos of what we've been up to so far this year...

Charlie tried finger painting and it was just about the cutest thing ever. He of course attempted to eat it. I get the confusion... we had him in his highchair and put the paint on a plate haha! But once he understood what was going on, he really liked it!

We have been really taking advantage of our aquarium pass. They have a new butterfly (or "fly fly" as Charlie calls them) encounter. It was really cool! I actually need to do a full post about the aquarium because we have been loving it.

Charlie loves his puppies and for some reason he says Henry like "Heh" and Oliver like "Weo Weo." It's adorable.

IHOP is doing all you can eat pancakes right now, which honestly isn't worth the money unless you can eat more than 5 pancakes. It was still really fun to go! Charlie was in heaven and ate TWO whole pancakes. He was sooo funny licking the syrup off the mat. He gets his love of food from his mama!

My hair grows soooo fast, so without meaning to it kind of got long. So I chopped it off and I love it!

Yesterday we had quite the morning. My friend texted me to tell me there was an active shooter in our area and that parts of Riverton/Herriman were on lockdown. Then about 20 minutes later, we heard that there were shots fired at the Maverick at the entrance of our neighborhood and that police were telling people to go inside. We saw a few neighbors outside shoveling snow, so Landon ran outside (in his slippers and pajamas) and ran around telling people to go inside. I was SO scared, thinking that the guy could be in our neighborhood and Landon was outside... Once he came back in we closed our blinds and tried to stay as calm as we could. It was freaky. Anyway, they never did find the guy and it turns out there weren't shots fired near our neighborhood. But someone was shot about 5 minutes away. It's just scary that this is the world we live in. Later (once the lockdown was lifted) I took Charlie out to play in the snow. He was definitely apprehensive about it, but isn't he the cutest?!

His first snow angel. He wasn't happy!

All cuddled up after the snow fun. He pronounces snow like "no" :)
And how cute is Charlie doing "cheers" with Landon? Gosh I love them!

Happy January!!!

P.S. Viewer discretion is advised for this video....

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review.

2017... what a year. I am ready to say goodbye that's for sure. I know life is full of ups and downs, but this year has been especially hard with what we've been going through with Landon.

But do you know what? As Landon and I have talked about this past year and our top memories, we've realized that there really have been some AMAZING times. So even when life has you down and you feel so utterly hopeless, you have to take a minute to recognize the good times... because they are definitely sprinkled throughout the darkness.

I love going through the year and picking out my top memories for each month. It's crazy to me that this time last year Charlie was still a BABY and not even crawling yet. He has changed and grown SO much and we just can't get enough of him. It really has been a beautiful year because of my beautiful family :)

We had a "stay-cation" paid by my job (BambooHR). We stayed a night at The Little America, went to the aquarium, went skiing and got stuck on the ski lift for TWO hours, went to the ice castles, and ate out A LOT.

I quit my job and started being a full-time mama. Landon and I went on an Eastern Caribbean cruise and left Charlie for 8 days. It was hard being away, but we had so much fun together. I had my first open water scuba dive and threw up all over the boat... gross!

We celebrated Landon's birthday and Charlie was sooo sweet blowing out the candles. That night he took his first steps!

Charlie turned ONE. It was soooo much fun celebrating him! Also, the way he ate his smash cake was seriously the funniest moment of my LIFE.

We went camping with my parents in Sand Hollow and Charlie learned about the moon, an obsession that continues to this day. I also met Aleena, who became an instant best friend, which is convenient because her son Finn is Charlie's best friend :)

We celebrated my Dad's 70th with a huge surprise party and my sister Emma got married to the love of her life! Seriously such a happy day.

Daren, Liliana, Dawsen, and MJ came from Texas for the 4th of July and we had so much fun with them!

We went to Denver to get Landon fitted for a contact (that unfortunately worked but was too painful to wear) and took Charlie to Lagoon.

Landon got his paramotor which has lifted his spirits (and my spirits!) so much. I love watching him fly, and so does Charlie :)

We had a full month of Halloween activities and Charlie was seriously in heaven with all the pumpkins and saying "boo!" at all the scary things. He loved trick-or-treating!

We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Landon went to Norway to get his surgery.

We took Charlie to Disneyland for his first time and had so much fun celebrating the Christmas season with our family.

I feel like JUMPING into 2018... I'm so ready for a fresh start and a better year! I have a good feeling about it. :)

P.S. It was REALLY hard only having 3 pictures for each month, but I'm proud of myself for not putting 100+ pictures in this post. Ha!

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