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HAPPY HALLOWEEN // 2016

Halloween is a tricky holiday for parents.

You tell your kids not to eat candy from strangers, except on the one day a year when we actually ask strangers for candy. And then there’s the costumes. Buy one too early and you risk having to return it once your kid changes his mind for the 5th time, wait too long and you’ll be stuff with the reject costumes.

You’re basically screwed either way.

And there’s the impossible task of getting a costume for a 3 month old. Have you seen those things? They’re all plush and long sleeved. Poor Cam would sweat his butt off.

For the last two years Cooper cried when I put on his Halloween costume and begged me to take it off. This year he knew what he wanted to be (a T-Rex) 3 months early and talked about it on a daily basis to everyone. Anytime someone came in the house he’d blurt out “t-rex cosume!” and they’d instantly look at me, waiting for an explanation. He was the proudest dino I ever saw.

And there’s the impossible task of getting a costume for a 3 month old. Have you seen those things? They’re all plush and long sleeved. Poor Cam would sweat his butt off. I initially felt bad about not getting him a real costume, but then I came to my senses because who has time for that, and put him in his dino pjs. Done and done!

Once the costumes were secured, we had some family over for a pumpkin carving party (which Cooper wanted nothing to do with). Then a few days later, we did a test run at the trunk-or-treat at my sister’s school. AND THEN was the real thing. Cooper was very much into it this year and was constantly at the head of the pack.

Pictures comin’ at cha in 3…2…1…

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When my stepdad saw my shorts he told my mom “man, those shorts are really unflattering!” like they were part of my regular wardrobe. Ha! What do you think? Can we get the mom shorts to make a comeback?dsc00500 dsc00508

OUR LAST DAY AS A FAMILY OF 3

Going to the movies is something Corey and I used to do almost every weekend before we had kids, so I have been waiting for the day I could take Cooper. Really, I just wanted an excuse to see all the new kid movies, but I digress…

Taking your kid to the movies is a nerve wracking experience though because you don’t know how it’s gonna go down. He could either sit still and get into the movies or act like a complete maniac running up and down the stairs trying to eat popcorn off the floor. Or both.

We’d been planning to take him to see Secret Life of Pets for a few weeks, but something else always got in the way. I was adamant about us doing something special together before baby brother arrived though. Cooper probably won’t remember this when he gets older, but I sure will.

So on a rainy Sunday afternoon we loaded up my purse with snacks and headed to the movies.

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And he did so good! Besides getting a little antsy during the incredibly long previews and the last 10 minutes of the movie, he just sat and ate his weight in popcorn. At one point another kid behind us started crying and Coop looked at me and said, “Why dat kid cwyin, mommy? He no wike da movie?”

It’s a good thing we went to the movies when we did though since my water ended up breaking in the middle of the night and I had Cameron the next morning. It’s crazy how things work out! Hopefully the next time is a little less eventful. We’re going to see SING soon, so fingers crossed it goes as well as the first time (ya know, without the whole delivering a baby part at the end)!

TWINKLE TWINKLE // A QUICK BABY SHOWER DINNER

A few (3) weeks ago most of Corey’s side of the family was already going to be in town for another party, so we thought it was the perfect time to host a small baby shower dinner at our place since that doesn’t happen often. We don’t actually need anything for this baby since we still have all of Cooper’s stuff, besides diapers (obviously), but it was so nice to have everyone in one place to celebrate our new addition.

I whipped up a little graphic to set the tone for the party, made a few decorations and just kept things really simple. Even though I usually love throwing parties and going ‘all out’, being 30 weeks pregnant made me realize I needed to take a step back and just let it all go. And I must say, it was really nice!

We ordered catering from Pollo Tropical, bought all the desserts the day before and it turned out great. OK, so we did run out of paper plates towards the end and it was literally about 100 degrees outside, but it was just the kind of small party I wanted.

And now for a few pictures…showerDSC00149DSC00153DSC00151I love that Cooper’s little train snuck its way into the picture. There is always a car or a monster truck nearby these days. DSC00161DSC00165We tried to get a picture of all three four of us, but Cooper was more intent on digging his cars and dinos out of the sandbox. Typical. DSC00166DSC00173A big thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us!

LIFE LATELY

IMG_3734 IMG_4226A few weeks ago Cooper’s cousin Luca was visiting from Texas and he was in pure heaven. Every day he’d wake up and ask “Go see Wuca now?”. She’ll be back in a June with all the other cousins and we can’t wait. I’m so glad my babies get to grow up surrounded by such a huge family.IMG_4267 IMG_4340 IMG_4344 IMG_4254A 20 week bump! Halfway!IMG_4328 IMG_4413Coop’s notoriously hated his costumes the last two Halloweens but has been randomly asking to wear them lately and it’s the cutest thing ever…for all of about 5 minutes until he’s taking them off again. But still…progress!IMG_4425We’ve also been trying to work on potty training over here. It’s not going well but at least he’s not crying when he’s sitting on the potty anymore. Hopefully he’ll get the hang of it sometime before he goes to kindergarten. IMG_4402 IMG_4432 IMG_4439 IMG_4478Probably my favorite picture ever. I’ll surely be embarrassing him with this one for the rest of my life.
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DINO DAY!

Cooper has been OBSESSED with dinosaurs lately, so when I heard about the dino exhibit from my friend’s Instagram at the West Palm Science Museum and Aquarium (and that we’d get in free with our Bank of America cards) I knew we needed to take him.

But, I made this mistake of showing him pictures and telling him about in a few days in advance and every day afterwards he would ask me, “go see dinos now?” and was completely pissed when I told him we weren’t going today. Lesson learned!

When the day finally came and I told him today was the day, he ran around the house and screamed “DINO DAY” at the top of his little lungs for a good 15 minutes. My heart nearly exploded seeing how excited he was.

My mom and Hailey came with us, which only added to the excitement. It was an overall successful day, except that we did manage to loose Cooper for about 5 seconds and I think I may have suffered a mild heart attack. Corey thought he was standing next to me and vice versa, so when I asked “where’s Cooper?” a look of sheer terror washed over our faces. We all split up and luckily he didn’t get too far, but it was the scariest few seconds of my life. I always looked down on those people who put the backpack leashes on their kids but I GET IT NOW! I am now sporting at least 2 fresh worry lines on my face.

I knew I wouldn’t be able to get too many good pictures, so I compiled a little video which Cooper has made me watch at least 3 times daily since our trip. It really was such a cool exhibit and I’m glad we were able to make his toddler dreams come true.

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