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Lake House Vacation Part 2

July 30th, 2014

Once we arrived at the Lake, it was awesome.  Link was stoked to see his Poppy (sorry Mimi). Poppy quickly showed Link the pontoon in which Link blared the horn for what seemed like forever.  Toddlers & buttons!  It didn’t matter – it was one of the rare times I saw a smile on Link’s […]



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Once we arrived at the Lake, it was awesome.  Link was stoked to see his Poppy (sorry Mimi).

Poppy quickly showed Link the pontoon in which Link blared the horn for what seemed like forever.  Toddlers & buttons!  It didn’t matter – it was one of the rare times I saw a smile on Link’s face that day.

Boat

Friday was a relaxed day while we waited for Sarah & B to come with the cousins.  Link LOVED hanging out w/ Gabe.  There might be a 4 year age difference between the two, but boy do they have a lot in common.  Rough housing, trains, cars, planes, & movies.   Link was in heaven.
Saturday we attended the parade – Link’s first ever.  He didn’t quite know what to make of it.  On one hand, he thought seeing the fire trucks & tractors up close was mind blowing, but hearing their loud noises was terrifying.  Link also didn’t quite get the concept of gathering candy – obviously not my child.  Thanks Poppy for helping the kid out!

Parade 3

 

Parade 2

Parade 1

Parade 5

Parade 4

We ended Saturday by roasting marshmallows & fire works.  Link showed he had some of my DNA in him & didn’t like smores, but LOVED the marshmallows.  Again, not a fan of the fireworks – “they loud mommy”.

Marshmallows

Sunday it was back to Denver we went.  It was a much better trip & Link was to full of the sillies to nap.

Funny Face

 

Oh!  Did I mention Allison got a bounce house for her birthday & kindly brought it with her to the lake to share with her cousins?  I’m positive we need one (and the view).

Bounce House


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Lake house vacation part 1

July 22nd, 2014

This past weekend Link & I went to my parents lake house.  I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a month – there was a parade involved & I figured he’d love it.  Not to mention he’s been talking non stop all summer about boating & swimming w/ the fishies.   Our trip didn’t […]



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This past weekend Link & I went to my parents lake house.  I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a month – there was a parade involved & I figured he’d love it.  Not to mention he’s been talking non stop all summer about boating & swimming w/ the fishies.

 

Our trip didn’t start off on the right foot.  By the time we go to the airport at 8am, I knew it was going to be a long day of battling Link’s strong will.  We made it through security just fine and were headed to our gate & grab some food.  Once we got near our gate, I noticed there was no one in line at the counter so I figured now was my chance to gate check the stroller & not have to worry about it later.  While I did that, Link wandered over to the window to look at planes.  I told him it was time to leave, we were going to grab breakfast, & I assured him we’d eat in front of the window in the restaurant so he could still see planes.  He started to panic.  I told him we could look at planes out this window for another 2 min. and then I was going to need him to make a good decision and walk with me to breakfast , where we could still see planes, or I was going to have to carry him, which he was not going to like.

 

Shocker, he opted for option 2 – and FREAKED OUT.  I carried him, kicking, screaming “I want planes!” & crying, to the bakery where I ordered our food (we got dirty looks from everyone).  At first, I tried to explain that we could sit next to the window (I even showed him) where we could not only see parked planes, but planes taking off & landing.  It didn’t help.  His panic & rage got worse.  I ignored him and could only focus on all the looks I was getting and how incredibly slow the guy making bagels was taking.  Dude…I no longer care if it’s toasted.  You don’t even need to put the cream cheese on, I’ll eat it plain – JUST GIVE ME MY BAGEL SO I CAN GO HIDE!  Also, by this time, I’m sweating through my shirt – no joke.  Sweat from trying not to drop my unruly 2 year old.  Sweat from rage.  Sweat from embarrassment.

 

We found a seat next to the window and I watched two separate couples get up & leave mid meal.  Mind you, my kid is still raging.  At this point, I’m calling Matt, and also crying.  I know he can’t help me, but maybe he can talk me off the ledge.  He reassured me that even though it feels like this has been going on for 60 years, it’s only going to last a few more minutes & I just need to force food in his mouth & hang on.  Link finally settled down.  He also ate ¾ of my bagel and ¾ of his muffin.  Looking back, he exuding one of his fathers traits – extremely irrational & angry when hungry.  I should have seen the signs & known better.

 

Just as I was thinking about how much of a jerk he was being, he wiped my cheek and said “mommy, you sad?” and gave me the most pathetic look ever.  Ugh…this boy.
Thankfully, the flight went pretty good, although he was restless.  I should have bought the lady sitting in front of us a drink for all the times Link kicked her seat.

At last, we landed, found our luggage and rented our car.  The man at Avis must have seen my pit stains & was kind enough to pull the car up for us.  I loaded Link up and started to drive to the nearest McDonalds to grab a quick lunch.  However, this happened before we even got out of the rental car parking garage.

Zonked

Link slept the entire 1 hour & 45 min. drive to the lake.  It was exactly what I needed to get my mind right.


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Today’s tantrum was brought to you by….

July 7th, 2014

The idea of wearing a diaper.   Link’s tantrum go so out of control, when I came upstairs to see if he was ready to get his mind right & join society (Lucy & I) downstairs, he had rolled around & kicked so much, his “jam-jam” pants were off.  We all know not getting to […]



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The idea of wearing a diaper.

 

Link’s tantrum go so out of control, when I came upstairs to see if he was ready to get his mind right & join society (Lucy & I) downstairs, he had rolled around & kicked so much, his “jam-jam” pants were off.  We all know not getting to wear his PJ’s is life shattering at our house.  (side note: I’ve figured out a good compromise, if I just change his diaper & put his PJ’s back on, he’ll let me change him into his clothes 10 min. later when he’s watching Cars.  It’s been working for us.)

Not today, today’s diaper tantrum went so long, there was no time to watch Cars before school, which meant I just had to bite the bullet, prepare for the worst, & get him dressed.  I literally had to pin him down to get him dressed (I might have gotten a heal to the chin once).  I was so sweaty by the time we were done.

 

We eventually compromised on Link getting to wear his PJ pants OVER his shorts until we got to school.  He was pleased with this compromise.  I half felt good about not having a screaming toddler & half felt bad, because let’s face it, I suck at parenting a 2 year old.

 

On my way to work/school this AM, I just reminded myself I will only need to have this daily battle for another 16 years.  Once he’s in college, I suppose if he wants to wear his “jam-jams” to school, I won’t have a choice (assuming he’s not living at home).  I just need to hang on for another 16 years.  I can do it.


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4th of July Parade

July 3rd, 2014

Link had a little parade at school today celebrating the 4th of July.   The kids just walked through the school with their handmade goods.  Link’s class made shakers. Link did awesome the first 60 seconds of the parade.  He then saw me & got out of line.  I walked with him out the door a […]



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Link had a little parade at school today celebrating the 4th of July.   The kids just walked through the school with their handmade goods.  Link’s class made shakers.

Link did awesome the first 60 seconds of the parade.  He then saw me & got out of line.  I walked with him out the door a few steps & he caught back up with his class.  I then went back so I could get a picture of him before they went into the classroom. By the time they came around, he was screaming bloody murder for me.  So yeah, his first parade could have been better.

 

After the parade, he was so excited to show off the turtle he made.

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I love his creativity & weirdness.