Is that a doll?

Why yes, yes, my son is playing with a doll. Why does it matter to you? I know this may sound harsh, but really I don’t need random people giving me their opinions on what my child should be playing with.

H started playing with baby dolls at an ECFE (Early Childhood and Family Education) class we were taking. He would rock the baby and feed the baby. It melted my heart watching him play with the baby dolls. He always knows when a real baby is nearby and makes a point to say hello. He’s a loving and caring child and I will nurture those qualities no matter what.

I was telling my mom how much H wanted a baby doll and kept asking for one. She sent him the one seen in the photo above. He was beyond excited to get HIS BABY. The joy in his little body was so great, he smiled so big when he opened his package.

Since his baby arrived, they go everywhere with us. The baby doesn’t have a name yet, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t loved. The baby goes to the gym, the grocery store, to school pick up, etc.

I can’t tell you how many people commented on the fact that my son was carrying around a baby doll. A friend said to me when discussing this issue with people inserting their opinions, “Do you think they would have made a negative comment if he were carrying a stuffed dog?” Honestly, I don’t think any comment would have been made or if there was it would have been, “Aw, so cute!”.

I tend to walk away when people make comments at the store, but maybe I need to take the time to explain to them that there is nothing wrong my son playing with a doll. To me, I see a child learning to be nurturing (he changes the baby’s diaper and feeds them too), caring, and pretending to be just like his Mom and Dad.

H is learning and growing. It doesn’t matter what he plays with, he’s using his imagination and developing important life skills. So, yes, my son is playing with a doll. Playing with his baby is no different than him playing and using his imagination with his tools, cars, trucks, superheroes, stuffed animals, etc… It shouldn’t matter to you what he chooses to play with, what should matter is that we are raising loving, caring, and compassionate children who will one day excellent friends, uncles, fathers, partners, and contributing members of society.

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My #momlife

This. This photo. This is how my #momlife looks most of the time. My husband had come in from the other room to see our two children and two dogs basically on top of me. In this position I usually end up covered in slobber (from both the humans and dogs) but I also know I’m covered in so much love. I wish you could hear this moment, there was so much laughter and I’m so thankful Matt snapped this photo. It’s not perfect, it’s not set up photo, this is our real life…and I wouldn’t change it for the world. (Ok maybe I would make the dogs not shed, but you know what I mean.)

What does your #momlife (or #dadlife) look like?

Minnesota Children’s Museum Night

Mini Postal Workers
The car wash might be the boys favorite exhibit! They can get all soapy and wet!

This week we got to explore the Children’s Museum after hours! We have been many times but there something about Matt being able to come after work even more fun!

We two hours to play and explore and that time flew by! I know we could spend an entire day here! It’s such a fun space for children and adult. There is even a sign that said “Attention: For Children and for those who use to be Children”.

For kids of all ages!

We are so lucky to live in a big city where there are so many opportunities for us to take our children so they can grow and learn as individuals, with each other, and with other children.

My only complaint…the parking garages 😂 Other than that, this place is a membership worthy spot, especially with the cold winter months coming up!

Potty Training 😱

With H just about 2 he’s starting to show signs he’s getting ready to learn how to use the Big Boy Potty. (I swore I’d never use the word “potty” and I catch myself using it in convos now.)

He’s hiding now, so we know he’s becoming aware of what’s going on when he needs to go.

He wants a front row seat when anyone heads into the bathroom which is super fun.

Honestly, I forget all about potty training! I don’t remember how we started with L. I need tips and tricks!

Thankfully we have a super cute potty on the way thanks to Wildkin!

Send Lysol, Clorox, and wine!

A D.C. Recap!

What a whirlwind of a few days! I missed the boys terribly but really was so thankful for the time away to reset and refresh.

I arrived Wednesday and once Matt was done with his conference for the day we made our way to OZ, in Arlington, VA. We had a delicious meal, a good start to the time away!

Thursday is was super gross and rainy, so my morning was pretty lazy. Matt scheduled a massage for me in Georgetown so I headed that way. I had the strangest Uber driver, Rohan, he gave me his number before I got out of the car… yea I wasn’t going to call him to show me around.

I explored Georgetown a little after my massage and after that Matt and I went to visit a friend from high school! It was so nice to visit and catch up! We ended Thursday night with pizza and pjs in bed. The perfect ending to a long day!

Friday, Matt got up and went to the last day of his conference. As soon as he was done we hopped on the metro and went to The Smithsonian Castle and the Museum of Natural History. We kept saying how much our boys would love the museum when they are a little older! We sent pictures of the dinosaurs and butterflies and anything we knew they would love to see!

After that, we walked the National Mall and ended up at the White House. Then we got back on the metro and rested once we were back at our hotel!

We finally decided on where to go to dinner around 8 pm (seriously past my bedtime!). We went to the Red Hen and we waited about an hour and a half to be seated…but it was worth it! We had a wonderful meal and drinks! We crashed as soon as our heads hit our pillows that night!

Saturday morning we woke up and couldn’t wait for Fran and Karch to come and hang out for the day!

We watched the Temple game at Buffalo Wild Wings and then decided to go check out the National Portrait Gallery, all I can say is WOW! This was an amazing museum. The photos, the paintings, the art. Just incredible. We probably could have spend all day there.

After we freshened up we went to Farmers, Fishers, and Bakers for dinner. Thank you Allison for the recommendation! We had all intentions of going out after dinner but we were so full we were rolled out of the restaurant. Everything we had was delicious!

Sunday, we went to brunch at a small place in Alexandria, VA, The Evening Star Cafe…this was the perfect way to start our day! Fran and Karch dropped us off at the hotel and they headed back to Philly.

We are so lucky to have friends who are really our family in our lives!

Matt and I had almost the whole day to spend in D.C. before heading to the airport. We rested and packed up and then went to The Holocaust Memorial Museum. I was there one other time when I was in High School, but something about going as an adult had a whole different impact on me.

We then made our way to the airport, we found out our flight was delayed and we had lots of time to just be still. I lucked out with a Main Cabin Extra seat on American. (More leg room and free alcohol!) Matt was supposed to be way in the back, but I worked some magic and he was able to sit next to me! I worked some magic a bit this week, the seat for Matt, late checkout for us, and our room upgrade to the suite! I call that a win!

Overall, we had a nice time and were able to spend one on one time together which rarely happens. We know it won’t happen anytime soon, but we look forward to the next time we are able to spend some time together to reconnect as a couple, and be Katie and Matt. ♥️

Back to Reality

It’s so good to be back home with the boys and dogs! It’s so good to sleep in our own bed. But it was back to reality bright and early, the boys were ready to play at 6 am!

I think the time away was great for us all, the only thing I’ll have to remember for next time is to rest and relax a little more!

I will write a post later today about the fun adventures in DC!

SOS! Clinger Alert!

The photo above is an actual photo of me taken this morning. Ok, it’s the Cynthia doll from Rugrats but I swear this is how I look/feel today.

I have a clinger and I don’t know what to do about it! H is having a seriously hard time with L going back to school and it’s definitely throwing his mornings.

Today (and it’s only 9:45 am) I went to the gym after dropping off L and I tried to get H to stay in the childcare room. He cried for 15 minutes and would not let go. Monday he had a rough time at the gym alone too.

Well today, we left. I have serious guilt about not working out but I think my “mom guilt” would be worse if I left him crying and a mess for the full hour.

I’m just looking for suggestions on what you (any of you..moms, dads, babysitters, teachers, aunts, uncles, anyone who loves/takes care of a child) would do or how to handle my little clinger. He’s my baby and he won’t be a baby much longer. I don’t want him to be so distressed he doesn’t want to go to the gym or any classes alone again.

Please comment your suggestions and then come on by for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

First Day Back to School

My little Batman went back to school today. It was so much harder on me than him! He saw friends he knew and that was that! I called to him and he came back and gave me a big hug before finally entering the building. I stood there hoping for a wave or glance as he went in, but he walked in ready to rule to day!

And seriously how cute is his back pack from Pottery Barn Kids?! It’s the bigger version than the one he had last year…he loves that this one has wheels…my thought was he could use it for travel too!

We got back to school with time to spare so H and I walked around and looked for bugs and flowers! We really missed L but we know he had a great day! He’s going places!

L…we love you, we are thankful for you, and we are proud of you.

10 Family Fun Things to do this Fall

With September right around the corner, and the chilly Fall air in the mornings, I decided to come up with a list of things I want to do this fall…hoping we can accomplish the 10 on this list!

This list is what I want to do in Minnesota but most of the things can be done anywhere!

1. Go Apple Picking

2. Head to a Pumpkin Patch

3. Take a drive up North to see the leaves change (I always loved the Fall Colors growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania)

4. Attend a professional sporting event (L has been begging to go to any game, we haven’t made it to a baseball game yet with our hectic summer)

5. Explore a few of the cute little towns we haven’t been to yet (an example in our case: Stillwater, MN and Hudson, WI)

6. Head to a farm

7. Make it to a Pizza Farm before it’s too cold

8. Attend fun fall festivals and check out a local celebration for Oktoberfest

9. Take the boys to a Children’s Theater for a fun show

10. Prepare for our first Minnesota winter! Get shopping!

Bonus: I would really love to take the boys camping. I know it’s a huge undertaking but it could be fun right?!

Family Photos

We have been having family photos taken starting with our maternity photos when I was pregnant with L.

We have been looking for a photographer since we moved to Minnesota but life got busy and I haven’t had the time. When my SIL and her family were visiting, she and my MIL set up a photo shoot for the family that was here and we had a lovely afternoon.

Now let’s be real, you NEVER know how the photos will turn out when children are involved. H was being so silly and running and crawling away. L got to the point where we was done and just wanted to go look at Lake Minnetonka and watch the boats. At one point L became sad and was pouty, I told him to smile and here was the result…

Big thanks to my sister for the zoomed in photos! This kid is cracking us up!!! Every time I see this photo I can’t help but laugh! When I showed him the photo he also just giggles!

Now our photographer was amazing and really did get some amazing shots of everyone (I’ll share some more once I have time to decide on favorites!) and we will totally use her again. She was great with the children and even let L take a few photos with her camera! He’s a little photographer in the making.

I hope this photo brought a smile or a giggle to you. And if you should have a rough day, come back and take a look again!