Goody Bags for a Two Year Old’s Birthday Party

When William turned one, I did a post on first birthday party favors (swag bags!).  It got a good response, so I decided to do one for William’s second birthday, as well.  Goody bags can be pretty tricky.  I knew I didn’t want to fill the bags with junk as I hate receiving those.  (Seriously, who needs more junk at their house?)  I also didn’t want it to be filled with candy because… well, they’re toddlers, and I find that unnecessary.  So what could I put in the party favors that would be useful, not too expensive, and toddlers would like?

goody bags for a two year olds birthday party

William’s second birthday party was at a gym, so I didn’t feel the need to make his goody bags themed.  That helped since I wasn’t limited at all with what could go inside.  I had about 25 kiddos at his party.  I used clear treat bags; these cost hardly anything and I like that you could see inside them because the kids (or parents) could choose which color of some of the items they want.  Not that it’s a big deal, but choice is nice if possible.

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The main item in the goody bags were bath crayons from Nuby.  These alone could have been the party favors as I feel like they’re pretty substantial.  Nuby has AWESOME bath toys (and other products!), but these bath crayons are especially fun and perfect for toddlers.  William is very into coloring and drawing right now, so bringing crayons into the bathtub is so much fun!

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Don’t worry, mommas!  These Nuby bath crayons are easy to clean!  In fact, William has just as much fun wiping away the crayon as he does drawing with them!  (It’s easiest and best to wipe up right away… which William is very happy about!)  Even my niece and nephew who are a few years older than William appreciated these bath crayons.  One pack lasts us a long time, especially when I give William just one crayon at a time to use.  Amazon and Babies R Us both have tons of Nuby bath items, in addition to lots of other great products!

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Other items in goody bag:

Stickers! What kiddo of any age doesn’t like stickers?  I put a sheet of sports stickers (William’s favorite!) in each goody bag.  Sometimes when we’re out to dinner, I will bring a sheet of stickers for William to play with.  It keeps him busy and is good for his fine motor skills when he works to peel off each sticker.

Pop Toobs!  Again, something else that is so great for toddlers and older kids.  You can pull them apart and they become really long and then push them back together again.  They make a funny noise when you do this.  You can twist them and attach them together if you have more than one, or you can make a circle with just one.  It’s awesome because they really foster kids’ imagination as they can get creative with them.  Pop Toobs come in all different colors, too!

Bubbles!  Another all kid favorite.  I got “Birthday Bubbles” from Bubble World, and they’re extra fun because the top has a little maze with a tiny ball.

Snacks!  Giving out a snack is always a good idea since everyone needs to eat.

earth's best snack bars

Like I said before, I didn’t want to put in candy, so I chose Earth’s Best Organic Sunny Days Snack Bars.  These are great since eight come in a package, so just a few boxes were necessary.  William is a picky eater, but he loves these bars.  Some other reasons why these bars are wonderful:

  • Made with real strawberries
  • No hydrogenated oils – no trans fat
  • Made with no Genetically Engineered Ingredients
  • No artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives
  • Contains calcium, B Vitamins, iron, and zinc

Snack bars are perfect to throw in your bag for an on-the-go snack.

So I’d like to think I did a pretty good job with William’s second birthday goody bags.  Several parents told me they appreciated and loved everything in the party favors!

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What are other good ideas for toddler party favors?

Disclaimer – Nuby and Earth’s Best provided their items at no charge in exchange for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

summer running has begun!

It’s official, summer running has begun!  Just writing the word “summer” makes me so happy.  I love love love teaching, but I also love love love summer!  (Can you blame me?!)  My last day of school was last week, and William’s school celebrated his last day with a picnic.  Of course Yaya and Audrey joined us to make it even better!

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Do you spy those Mamma Chia squeeze pouches in the kids’ lunches?  I received an AMAZING package from them and will be giving away the very same package in the near future – it was loaded with Mamma Chia goodness! Stay tuned!

William couldn’t finish his lunch fast enough before he got to play.  There was “fishing” (in a kiddie pool with magnetic fishing poles and fish), swinging, throwing, catching, running, and more.  There was also a special visit from an ice cream truck!  I got a vanilla ice cream cone for William because I know he likes those.  Big mistake!  Audrey got some character popsicle thing (disgusting, in my opinion lol), and William HAD to have the exact same thing…

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Lesson learned, Mom.  About 12 licks later, he was over it anyway.

Last week, it seemed to rain just about everyday, so when the sun was shining this weekend, we made sure to soak up every second!  We went on lots of walks, runs, and bike rides.  If William wants to run, he gives me Zoey’s leash to hold.  Well on Saturday he wanted momma to run, so he held Zoey while I trotted along in front.

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William seriously LOVES to run (maybe all toddlers do??), and that makes me so happy!  Something that doesn’t make me happy is a stinky dog.  Whenever I wash my bed sheets, I always give Zoey a bath.  I figure that everything / everyone can be clean at least for a day.  William likes to help me give Zoey a bath.  When we’re finished, I bundle up Zoey like a baby in the towel, and last time William wanted to hold her for the first time.  He did a great job and thought it was hilarious, so I had to snap a picture!

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And my own summer running has begun, as well.  I know I always talk about wanting to get back into running, but I’m so constrained by time.  This summer, I should be able to run four times a week – that’s my goal.  It might shift into different workouts, but right now I really want to build up my endurance and speed because that is long gone.  Come on muscle memory, where are ya?!  So this weekend, I pounded out two miles on BOTH Saturday and Sunday!

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They were slow, but I made it through!  Hey, it’s a start!  Now I’ve got to make my racing calendar for the summer!

Who ran this weekend? What are your summer racing plans?

William’s first race

Yep, William’s first race was this past weekend.  Well, technically he did the same race last year, but he was in a stroller the whole time.  It was a biathlon and consisted of biking and running.  We have one of those Radio Flyer bikes with tall handlebars on the back, so it makes it really easy for parents to push.  William’s feet reach the pedals, but he can’t quite pedal completely on his own yet.  Of course, at the race, he wanted to get on any bike besides his own…

For the “race,” he ended up riding a tricycle that was extra.  I pushed him around the loop while he kept his feet on the pedals.  The second lap was running and he crushed it.

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He and I both loved every minute of it!

It was an adorable event, and while it was a smidge chilly, everyone still had a blast.  Love Grown so kindly sponsored the snacks and provided individual cereals.

lovegrown cereal

These “adventure cereals” are AMAZING for kids and adults alike!  They’re made from navy, lentil, and garbanzo beans, but pack a ton of flavor and so much crunch.  The bright packaging is fun, and of course, appeals to the tiny tots.  Adults (me, especially!) approve of the flavor and the nutritional punch they provide!  (They’re gluten-free and corn-free, too.)

Besides the race, the event had many other fun activities to keep the little ones busy, like ring toss, hopscotch, hula hooping, and more!

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Kids were busy the whole time, and while there were scheduled activities, families could do their own thing if they wanted.  A yoga instructor came for a short yoga session, and a soccer coach came to lead some drills.  That was obviously William’s favorite part.

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William first started organized soccer when he was 18 months old.  Then, it was more about the kids having fun and learning how to follow directions.  He was a little young for it as most of the other kids were closer to two years old.  We did one eight-week session and then stopped for a break.  Now, I’m thinking, it’s time to sign up again as William did such a great job following the directions and seriously loves anything with a soccer ball.  He may only be two years old, but he can do step overs, toe touches, and dribble pretty well!  (Yes, clearly I’m a proud mom thinking her kid rocks, but it’s true.  I should capture some video to prove it, haha!)

All in all, it was a fabulous event!  William and I both love being outside and being active, so this was perfect and made me even more excited for summer as we’ll spend the majority of our days outside!

Who has raced recently?  How about your kids?

nursing a two year old

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be nursing a two year old, but here I am now… doing it!  Breastfeeding has been a journey from the beginning.  I took a class when I was pregnant, but thought, “How hard could it be?”  I thought you cradled the baby, they latched, and nursed.  Ha!  Was I wrong about that!  The first three weeks were challenging, and then it all came together and got easier and easier.  (So new mommas, don’t give up!!! But also don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t / can’t / have no desire to breastfeed; just feed your babies, ladies!)

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When my breastfeeding journey began, I thought to myself that I would be happy to “make it” until William turned six months.  Well, it was going great at that point, so I had no reason to stop.  Then he turned one.  People asked if I was going to wean, but I didn’t see a reason to.  It worked for us and it was healthy for him.  Now he turned two a month ago.  And we’re still going strong.

People have looooots of different thoughts on extended breastfeeding and are never shy about sharing them.  First, let me throw a couple disclaimers out there.  As I mentioned before, feeding your baby is the most important thing.  I absolutely do not judge women who do not breastfeed their babies for whatever reason.  However, I do absolutely LOVE breastfeeding and am a major supporter of it, so I would be happy to encourage (not push!) a woman to breastfeed.  I have lots and lots and lots of friends who did / do not breastfeed, and I have plenty of friends who did / do.  We’re all good moms.

The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding (with appropriate complimentary foods) up to two years of age or beyond. [source] Well, I made it!  Last month, I went to a La Leche League meeting because I was questioning if I should stop nursing.  My main reason was because William’s sleep has been so awful the past few months, and he wants to nurse throughout the night.  He’s always had sleeping issues which is a whole different story, and we’re seeing a sleep specialist in a couple of weeks.  After talking with some wonderful women (two other ladies there were nursing their two and a half year olds!), along with the leaders, I’ve decided that I don’t want to or don’t need to stop nursing right now.  I will stop nursing in the middle of the night because that is just unnecessary and William doesn’t need to eat in the middle of the night, but the morning and evening sessions are just fine.

I felt a lot of pressure to stop nursing.  The reality is though… right now, breastfeeding is working for us – me and William.  He loves it.  People say children will wean naturally, and I have no idea when that will be for William.  I don’t know how long we will continue, but right now, it’s working for us.  There are boundaries and appropriate times to nurse.  For example, I won’t let William nurse in public anymore.  Not that there is anything wrong with it, but he doesn’t “need” to nurse like he did when he was a newborn and needed to eat.  He is easily redirected when I offer him a snack or water, so that’s no big deal.  I also don’t know how we’ll stop, whenever that time may come.  Though if he chooses to wean himself, then I suppose that will be easier than me cutting him off.

Before I had a child, I thought it was CRAZY that moms would nurse children who could “ask for it.”  Well, William can certainly ask for it!  “Nurse?” he asks.  But it’s so not as “weird” as I once thought it was!  I wish breastfeeding would become more normalized in our society, so women wouldn’t have these preconceived notions or judgmental opinions about nursing.

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Some people think it’s absurd I’m still nursing William.  Other people think it’s awesome.  I think the most important thing we can do as women and as mothers, is to support each other no matter our choice.  I’m not throwing it in your face or telling YOU to nurse.  Nursing works for me and William right now.

Ladies, I want to hear from you!  Tell me your opinion on the subject.  Please, please, please be respectful and kind to all!  Mommas who did extended breastfeeding, when / how did you wean or end your journey?

It was their idea!

You know how much my little William loves to jump, climb, and hang, right?  Well, his monkey cousin Jacob is the exact same.  Rather, William is the same as Jacob and tries to emulate him in every way possible.  So on Mother’s Day when Jacob scurried up a tree and was hanging from a branch, William was right behind him trying to do the same.  Audrey, never one to be left out, also wanted to hang from the tree.  What’s one to do?  Obviously set the three little monkeys up on the tree branch for the most adorable photo ever.  I mean, it was their idea!

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Hands down (or maybe up?), the most hilarious picture from the weekend!  This whole thing took place in less than two seconds.  Audrey and William hang from things all the time, but for some reason, the second I let go of them a look of sheer panic appeared on their faces!  After quickly snapping the photo, I ran back over and grabbed the two down, and neither wanted to try again. And then we had Jacob over there hanging on, smiling, laughing, and having the time of his life!

I had a lovely Mother’s Day; my parents hosted brunch for my family.  It’s always fun to celebrate the most important women in your life.  For me, that’s my grandma Mama, my mom, and my sister Stephanie who all contribute to teaching me exactly how to be a mom.  Not to mention, their unconditional and constant love, support, and help with me and William.

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Now if only they could teach William to stand still and smile for a picture!  We’ll just leave that up to Jacob who can literally get William to do anything.  (This will probably be trouble years down the road…)  Jacob was playing chess with Stephanie, and William pulled up a stool right next to him.  Jacob knew I was trying to get a picture of the two of them (learning chess at two years old? Amazing! Must be photographed! Haha 😉 ), so he was telling William to smile for the camera.

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And William listened!  Stephanie, if you don’t mind, I’ll just keep Jacob around.  Like always!

Don’t worry, Audrey had her time to shine with William, as well.  She’s teaching him to drive.  (And if it’s anything like her momma Stephanie, we’re all in trouble!  Maybe I’ll take on this task for the kids!)

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William obediently held on during the fast (2 mph) ride.

When Jacob was climbing through the bushes to peer over the edge of the pond in my parents’ backyard, William was literally two inches from him the whole time.

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William is Jacob’s mini-me.

And Audrey is just as obsessed with William today as she was the day he was born.

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Only now he’s almost as big as her!  And now they almost pass for twins!

I’m so grateful for my little (big!) William.  I’ve always known I wanted to be a mom.  I never envisioned myself being a single mom, but it’s all working out.  It certainly has its challenges, but one thing I know for sure is that I couldn’t possibly love William anymore than I already do.  He fills my heart with such joy and brings an immense amount of happiness to my life each and every day.

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He’s my world.

What’s something you’ve done that you thought was a good idea… and then realized it wasn’t?

My First Ikea Trip

And just like that… May is here!  Is time flying for anyone else?  I have just three weeks of school left before summer vacation.  It’ll be a busy three weeks, and break will be here before I know it.  For now, I’ll stay in the moment instead of getting ahead of myself.  Let’s recap the weekend; it was a fun one, indeed, and included my first Ikea trip.  That happened on Sunday, so let me highlight Friday and Saturday first.

Audrey and William spent the day together at my parents’ house on Friday.  They thought this was the coolest thing ever since they’re two peas in a pod, and I took them both home with me once I got off of work.  They ate a good dinner, so we went to Trader Joe’s and bought mini ice cream cones which was an obvious hit.

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Audrey ate hers in 30 seconds, while William took forever, had it dripping all over him, and needed me to eat the chocolate off so he could get to the ice cream.  Then they both thought it was the greatest thing ever to throw their cones when they finished the ice cream (who doesn’t eat the cones?!).

Saturday morning included a coffee date because those are the sweetest on the weekend.  I ended up running a bunch of errands, as well.  William thought he would rearrange part of his play area and become part of it…

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Silly baby!

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The weather was gorgeous on Saturday evening, so we decided to walk to a nearby ice cream joint.  It was a lovely stroll, we enjoyed ice cream (as always!), and then a MASSIVE THUNDERSTORM rolled in!  Crazy winds, loud thunder, tons of lightning and hail; there was no way we could walk home!  Luckily, we were close and ended up getting a ride home.  When we finally arrived back at my house, we were greeted with a beautiful double rainbow!

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William thought it was pretty awesome, too!

Sunday came and I finally went to Ikea for the first time!  It’s been in St. Louis for maybe six months or so (totally guessing there, but it’s still fairly new), and I’ve really been wanting to go to see what all the rave was about.  My thoughts?  Pretty overwhelming!  The whole store is a maze and I never had any idea where I was.  It’d be much better to go in there with specific items you need instead of just to look, although it was fun just to look.  And I did end up finding a new large kitchen door mat which was perfect.  I assume Ikea is similar to Target in that you always find something that you “need.”  The prices are crazy cheap!  I’m not sure if it means the quality is just as cheap, but I definitely see what the appeal is.  William picked out a pack of 100 straws.  They were a dollar and a half.  I couldn’t say no.

After browsing through the first floor, we took a gigantic elevator up to the showroom.  William showed his skills by busting out some pull ups.

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He might actually be part monkey.  He climbs on and swings from everything he can reach.  Literally.

We hung out at home for a few hours after Ikea before going to a birthday party where William could actually climb, swing, and jump.  He loved it and was ready for a bath when we got home.  And if you needed any further proof that he is, actually, 100% my child…

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THE ROBE! MY LIFE!

And now I’m off to sleep as I type this Sunday evening.  I’m going to try to be better about posting this week, but I do have a really busy week coming up.  I know, you’ll miss me. 😉  Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@itzlinz) as I’m always posting my adventures there!

What’d you do this weekend? Have you ever been to Ikea?

just ONE afikomen

If you’re Jewish, you know that Passover began Friday evening.  If you’re not, well now you know. 😉  We started the holiday with a lovely seder at my grandparents’ house.  They’ve hosted every year for as long as I can remember and probably years before that, as well.

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The evening was filled with warm bodies, full hearts, good food, and lots and lots of laughter.  It’s always so nice to be surrounded by those you love.

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Yes, William’s curly locks are just as amazing in person as they are in photos.

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The strongest women in my family.

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Lots of little ones present, but missing many more!

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Part of Passover’s tradition includes finding the afikomen.  The afikomen is part of a piece of matzoh broken off, wrapped up, and hidden to be found by the children.  But if you know children, then you know it’s totally not fair if just ONE child finds the afikomen.  So to prevent meltdowns, every year every child wins.  Yep.  This year there were eight afikomens hidden.  My cousin Michael did a great job explaining the rules before letting the children loose to explore.  He made it clear that they were allowed to find just ONE afikomen, and no matter how good of finders they are, they must exit the room immediately after finding their own.  Then he made them stay back while the babies got a head start.

Take a glimpse into our evening with this short video my sister made (including the rules and finding of the afikomen!):

Stephanie takes the best pictures and puts together awesome videos.  We’re always grateful for her capturing our memories!

Here is William and I last Passover (just look at that face!!!).  And this Passover:

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He is a growing boy, that’s for sure!

How was your weekend?

2 year old baby William

Yes, he’ll always be my baby William.  He is TWO!  2 years old!  That is still crazy to me.  I haven’t done one of these updates for an entire year when William turned one.  I think I intended to do one when he turned 18 months, and then I just missed the boat on that one.  Oops.  Two is too big of a deal to skip!  These days, William is a real boy, definitely not a baby anymore, but when I ask him if he’s my baby, he still says, “Yes.”  Just how I like it!  But seriously, how big (and cute?!) is he:

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photo courtesy of stephanie cotta photography

Height & Weight: 25 pounds 8 ounces and 34 3/4 inches

Eating: William is definitely in the toddler stage of eating.  He can be super picky, love something one day, and hate it the next.  Here is a day’s typical schedule:

  • Breakfast: scrambled eggs, pancakes, or French toast and a banana
  • Lunch: pb&j sandwich (sunflower seed butter for school), turkey, leftovers from the night before
  • Dinner: chicken, salmon, pizza (we make our own by getting whole wheat crust from Trader Joe’s, marinara, and mozzarella cheese), soup, noodles, salad, and vegetables
  • Snacks / Other Favorites: avocado, sweet potato, cheese sticks, carrot apple pouches from Trader Joe’s (these are a treat and not given daily), grapes, blueberries

William is definitely pickiest with vegetables.  I try to offer them at every lunch and dinner, but he doesn’t always touch them.  He does LOVE my grandma’s beef barley soup which has a lot of vegetables in it.  When I’m in a pinch and don’t have any other food to send William with to school, my “emergency” foods are turkey meatballs and spinach kale balls from Trader Joe’s.  They’re definitely not an everyday thing, but he will usually eat them.  He’s great at using utensils and drinking out of an open cup.

And… we’re still nursing.  But I’ll save that for another post. 😉

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Sleeping (naps): William continues to nap better at school versus at home.  He typically sleeps for a couple of hours at school beginning at 11:45 / 12:00ish.  A big change is that a few months ago he transitioned from the pack n play to a cot at school!  I was REALLY worried about it (even met with the wonderful preschool director), but the transition went so smoothly!

Sleeping (at night): Ha!  So… about two months ago William climbed OUT of his crib while wearing his sleepsack.  Yeah.  He did it safely, too.  Twice.  Well, a lot of mommas said if it was a one time thing he may not do it again for awhile.  So I kept him in his crib and he did it again, but fell out (thankfully he was fine!) a couple weeks later.  At this point, it was a safety concern, and I knew I could not risk him staying in his crib again.  I took off the fourth side of his crib, so his mattress is just a few inches off the ground.  My dad attached a crib rail on the side.

Now, he’s not sleeping through the night anymore and I plan to sleep train him again in a few weeks, but am waiting for some additional information before beginning that process.  It’s been rough over here at night!

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Clothing: 18 / 24 month or 2T

New this year: So much, where to begin?  William sings along to the alphabet (misses a few letters here and there) and can count to ten (though usually not on command).  He’s great at jumping and anything sports related: kicking / catching / hitting / throwing a ball in particular.  He knows his body parts, colors, animals, and animal sounds.  William seems to understand just about everything and follows directions really well (most of the time, he IS two…).

William likes: William loves any and all things related to sports.  He also loves books and likes to “read along” with me to his favorites.  He likes singing and making music.  He likes playing in his kitchen and on his tool bench.  He really likes school buses and often shouts, “Where are you school buses?” in the morning if one hasn’t driven by.  He likes running and being outside.  He likes vacuuming, sweeping, and doing laundry.  He likes all kinds of art including chalk, paint, markers, stickers, crayons, etc.  He likes cars, trucks, trains, and boats.  He loves playing with bubbles.  William loves loves LOVES his cousins Jacob, Audrey, and Jackson, Yaya and Pops, Mama and Papa, Poppy, and our dog Zoey.

William dislikes: William tends to be shy in new situations, often burying his head in my shoulder.  It definitely depends on the situation though.  For his birthday party, his cousins Jacob and Audrey were in the gym playing around and William was quick to join them.  However, we went on a walk the other day and stopped at our neighbor’s house.  (We’d never played there before.) William insisted I pick him up and wouldn’t even look at the girls.  It takes him awhile to warm up and definitely takes comfort in his momma!

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Mommas – tell me what to expect during the “twos!” 

three peas in a pod

This weekend left little to be desired, and it’s very rare you’ll catch me saying that.  At the end of last week, I started feeling a little under the weather, but I attributed it to allergies.  Well, by late afternoon on Saturday I felt worse, and by Sunday, whatever bug I had was in full force.  Ugh.  I HATE being sick.  I mean, I know nobody likes it; it’s really just awful.  I know exactly why I came down with something, too.  My sleep has been horrible lately, for a variety of reasons, and I always get sick when I don’t get enough sleep.  Hoping I’m on the upswing this week for health, sleep, and sanity purposes…

Luckily, I have the best sister ever.  Stephanie picked up William at 9:00 on Sunday morning, so I could get some much needed rest.  While not much else was doing it, this photo definitely brought a smile to my face:

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Totally an overalls type of day!

These three peas in a pod didn’t miss a beat spending all day together –

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Soaking up the sunshine, just as warm, sunny days should be spent!

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I’m pretty sure Audrey wants William to live with her full time…

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And I think William would be just fine with that.  As long as his momma could come, too, of course! 😉

They literally spent the whole day outside, from chalk to bubbles to walks to bikes to basketball to soccer to baseball to watching Audrey’s tee ball game.  Even dinner on the patio!

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And while I’ve been inside most of the day (in my bed, sleeping, or at least trying to!), I’m most grateful for Stephanie for taking care of William all day and for the bond these three peas in a pod share; for its something that will be cherished and grown for years to come!

What’d you do outside this weekend?

Oh heeey

Oh heeey there, friends!  A week and a half hiatus from the blog was unintentional; I’ve just had a lot going on, lots of good, and some not so good, but such is the nature of life, right?  I found myself not wanting to blog in the evening and just wanting to go to bed, so I did just that.

While I was away… WILLIAM TURNED TWO! I’m still getting over that one and will have his update and second birthday party post up soon enough (within a couple of weeks??).  For now, here are a few photos from the past two weeks that have been shared on Instagram (follow me – @itzlinz), but not yet on the blog.

RUNNING!

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At least one of us is running these days, right?  Ha.  We love going on walks ever since the weather has gotten nice.  Usually William likes to hold Zoey’s leash, but when he gives it to me and says, “Running,” I can’t help but smile!  Running makes everyone happy.  I’m looking forward to getting back into consistent running (at least twice a week) one of these days…

JUMPING!

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Oh my goodness this cracks me up.  William calls it “hopping.”  Hop hop hop is all he wants to do!  For the longest time, he would just bounce when he was “jumping.”  And then all of a sudden, he started getting some serious air.  (Serious meaning like a solid couple of inches.)  But he really gets both his feet off the ground now.  He likes to jump everywhere and off of everything.  I can’t ever take my eyes off him for fear of him jumping off!

MATH FOR BREAKFAST!

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So my sister Stephanie started this “math for breakfast” thing with her oldest, Jacob.  Jacob is smart, just like Stephanie, so she teaches him different math concepts as he eats breakfast in the morning before school.  (He’s seven.)  Math for a two year old is slightly different, but we implemented our own math for breakfast deal over here!  My Parents as Teachers educator always suggests super simple activities to further their development and this was one of them.  William has a giant tub of cotton balls.  Most recently, we added colored pom poms.  From the dollar store, I bought three little ramekins, and William practices sorting the pom poms by color in the tiny bowls.  Sorting is a pre-math skill. #smartbaby 🙂

CHALK ADVENTURES!

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Drawing with chalk has quickly become another favorite activity.  (Have I mentioned how much we both love this nice weather?!)  As hard as I try to make creative chalk pictures like Stephanie, it usually doesn’t happen.  William wanted me to make a sun – that, I could do! – so we both laid down for a picture with our sunglasses on!  His cool shades are Babiators from his first birthday party and mine are Vira Sun from MizzFit’s last quarterly box. <– I highly suggest this! It’s so fun, filled with amazing items, and she’s getting ready to release her tenth box! I’ve been subscribing since the beginning!

So that’s all I’ve got for today.  I’ll find my blogging rhythm once again; I just needed some time off to try to focus on myself.  Everyone has a lot going on that you may not know about, so just remember to be kind to one another.  Be a good person.

Catch me up – what’s going on with you?!