Sunday, August 27, 2017


Landon's work has a company Lagoon day every year and luckily he snagged some extra tickets so that we could bring Charlie, Suzette, and Jason with us this year. It was SO.MUCH.FUN!

I wasn't sure how much Charlie would even be able to ride or if he would even like it... but he was actually able to do a lot and he had a blast! It is the best thing getting to watch him experience new things.

They were wearing matching Spiderman shirts, so of course they had to get their picture with the spider. 
Charlie wasn't so sure about being thrown up right next to it though ha!
We rode a few of the "adult" rides before dinner and did the baby swap with Charlie (I didn't even know Lagoon did that!) Cannibal is definitely my favorite ride, but also the most terrifying ride ever.

Charlie was pretty entertained just watching the big rollercoasters and kept saying "woah!"

The wait for Wicked was pretty long, so I decided to take Charlie to the carousel and he sat on a frog all by himself like such a big boy. He would get a little nervous and reach for me, but he was so brave. We also watched a little bit of a show and he was mesmerized by the singers and dancers.

After eating dinner we all felt stuffed, so it was perfect to take Charlie on his rides. First stop was the boats and he was not super happy when Landon started walking away... It was SO sad and he almost took him out. But I'm so glad that we left him in because less than 30 seconds into it and he started to really like it and was even turning the steering wheel. It was soooo cute and we were so proud of him for being so brave!

It was actually pretty funny because he had four adults cheering obnoxiously on all of the rides. People were definitely giving us funny looks, but we were just so proud of him! :)

His favorite ride was definitely the Jeeps. They would whip around the corners and he thought it was sooo fun. It was the cutest thing!

Of course Landon had to go on the airplane ride with Mister.

Nini went on this bouncy off-road car ride with Charlie and for some reason their car was bouncing twice as high as everyone else's. I felt SO bad for Suzette! She was trying to hold Charlie's head to keep it from bonking and it just hurt her body with all the bouncing.

Everyone else's favorite ride of the day was the whale ride. He was SOOO cute in that tiny little whale. I can't even handle it!!!

The last ride we went on was the Puff rollercoaster. As we were waiting in line, I kept thinking that maybe this was going to be a little too intense for him... but we decided to take him on his very first rollercoaster and see how he did. Well, he didn't cry but his little face when we went down the little hills was SO heartbreaking! I felt so bad!! But he was just so brave and handled it like a champ. He didn't start fussing about it until afterwards. :)

Before the ride...
During the ride... :(
Within five minutes of being in the car, he passed out! Sweet boy was exhausted from all the fun and excitement.

It was a perfect day!

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Charlie Update.

Landon and I were talking about how we wish we could bottle Charlie up at each age and then have the opportunity to go back and experience that specific Charlie later. So, this is my attempt to bottle Charlie up.

I want to remember EVERY little thing that he does because he is really the funniest little boy! He has soooo much personality and is so silly, curious, and busy! We just love him so dang much!!! He'll be 16 months old tomorrow and I am just DYING that he is starting to look and act like a little boy instead of a baby. He is just the cutest.

So here's a little update on our favorite person:

-Charlie's favorite toy is definitely his ball. It's so cute watching him throw it and roll it and say "ball ball ball!"

-Charlie LOVES to attack Dada and bite his toes. No one can make Charlie laugh like Landon can. They are best buds.

-Charlie has quite the extensive vocabulary and we are convinced he's a baby genius. Here's a list of all of his words, with new words add daily. Smarty pants!

Mama, Dada, Nini, Papa, Nana, Bampa (Grandpa), Ball, Moon, Baby, Bubble, Hi, Nigh Nigh (he asks to go to sleep!), He-ree (Henry), No, Woah, Num Num, All done (while doing the sign), Pretty (in reference to jewelry and flowers), Berry (strawberry), Daisy (Tim's dog), Woof woof, Mo Mo (Nemo), Mou Mou (Mickey Mouse), Please, Boo, Ba ba (bottle), Vroom (when playing with his cars).

-Charlie loves reading books and lately he likes to read the same one over and over and over and over.

-He has quite the temper and we are hoping this means he's hitting his "terrible two" phase early?! He will stomp his feet and throw himself on the ground... full on temper tantrums!

-Charlie loves to play outside and loves going to the park. If I ask him if he wants to go to the park, he runs to the front door and starts banging.

-He has SOOOO much personality, and he really always has. Everywhere we go strangers are commenting on his facial expressions. He just has ALL the feelings and is just SO busy and SO silly!!!

-We got to go to the zoo with our friends Aleena and Finn and Charlie got to ride the carousel and the train... he was pretty much unimpressed haha. He does love waving to the animals and thought the monkeys were pretty awesome.

-We also got to go to the aquarium with my sister Mary and her girls. Charlie had so much fun and LOVED watching the fish. He would point and get soooo excited going "ooooh oooooh!"

-Charlie loves his Nini, but for the longest time he would only say "Papa" and not Nini when we saw them. He has finally started saying "Nini" regularly now and it basically made Suzette's whole life! She loves her Charlie and Charlie loves his Nini!!!

-Charlie visited a new state since our last update--Colorado! I'll post more about why we went to Denver later... but for now here are some pictures. We loved having my parents with us! Charlie loves his Nana and Pops.

Dinosaur Ridge 
The maroon looking thing on the rocks is a dinosaur apparently... :) 
Cherry Creek

Charlie loved to pick up rocks and then walk into the water and carefully drop them. It was SO cute!

"Dropping" the rock in the water

He liked the ice-cream but was just not happy that it was so cold haha!
We went to the coolest candy store. The sign said to rub its belly for good luck.

Charlie LOVED the fish at the doctor's office

Best little road tripper. He rocked the 8 hour drive!
He kept smiling in his sleep! So sweet.

-I've always known that Charlie loves his puppies, but when we got back from Colorado he was SOOO excited to see them. I couldn't even handle it! He really does love his pups!! He has gotten much better at being gentle and will make his love sound ("ooooh") and lay his head on them to give them hugs. It's way too sweet.

July 13, the boys' 5th birthday! :)
-Charlie LOOOOVES Nemo. He likes to read Nemo books and also watches little clips of Finding Nemo on my phone. He says "Mo Mo" and it is the cutest thing EVER.

-We celebrated Cow Appreciation Day again this year and got some funny looks for the udders on our heads. It's fine :)

-Charlie had his 15 month appointment and weighed 24 lbs 1 oz (53%), was 31.25" tall (50%). He is perfectly average, other than his head (87%). I'm convinced his head is so big because he is a baby GENIUS.

-Charlie got to ride a real life UNICORN at Kit Kat's birthday party. My sister sure knows how to throw a party!!

-Charlie still isn't much of a cuddler, but sometimes you get REALLY lucky and get a snug. It's the best EVER.

Before I had Charlie, sometimes I would wonder if my day-to-day life as a mom would get boring... I always dreamed of being a mom but of course I had some fear and apprehension. Well, I'm happy to report that playing with Charlie and taking care of him all day is truly my JOY. It doesn't feel like a burden or a sacrifice at all to me. I just absolutely LOVE spending my day with my boy. He is my little buddy! Now, don't get me wrong.. this Mama gets exhausted and when nap time comes around I am ready for a little relaxation. Ha! But, after like 20 minutes I'm always ready for him to wake up again because I just miss him.

We really can't get enough of Charlie Dean! He is way too much fun and way too cute. We are so blessed to be his parents.

Here's a few more random pictures and videos :)

I almost died when I found him like this. So sweet!

Charlie's pillow pet!

This was Landon's tent when he was a kid! 

He knows he's being naughty!

He took the frosting from the pantry. Smart boy.

I love how both of their hairs are flying in the wind... hahaha!

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