July 27, 2016

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2016: Week 29

Day 197
Being 2 is tough. Especially when it's 5:30 in the morning and you realize it's already light out...yep, that's right, major meltdown because it wasn't dark outside. Haha. 

Day 198
Another Home Show Weekend at Work!

Day 199
Fox came to visit us at the Show and I had to take his picture by the giant 2 at the entrance. Good thing they also have a number 3 for when he turns 3 next year! :)

Day 200
Fox and I rode our bicycles to Jamba Juice. Well, I rode, while he was in the backseat, warning every car: "Watch out cars, I'm coming! Wheee...this is so fun!" 

Day 201
Hannah took Fox to a Meet and Greet with his idols! She said he was blown away!

Day 202
When 7am is the only acceptable time to spend outside. 

Day 203
I can't remember if I mentioned it before, but Fox didn't like his group swim lessons, so we recently switched him to another swim school and enrolled him in semi-private lessons (2 kids on one teacher). This was his first experience to do something completely by himself, any other activities we ever done with him included one of us or Hannah. 
So for the last two weeks, we brought him to "Coach Joe" twice a week for a 30 minute lesson and I don't know who was more distressed, Fox screaming his head off for 30 minutes straight or me having to watch him. His first lesson, he actually just screamed "I want Mama", for his second and third lesson, he tried a different strategy and screamed "I need to take a nap" and "I need to go poo-poo". Smart kid...I would've laughed if it wasn't so heart wrenching to see him be so upset.
Living in Arizona, where there is a pool in practically every backyard and some of them not fenced, it was very important to both Katie and I, that he learned how to swim at an early age. The thought of him drowning is always on my mind and one of my biggest fears. But seeing him struggle so much, we seriously second guessed our decision and were wondering if he might be too young for this and if we would traumatize him for life. 
And then his fourth lesson came and he started crying the minute we put on his bathing suit at home, telling us he didn't want to go and he wants to take a nap. He cried all the way there until we handed him over to Coach Joe and all of the sudden he stopped. He laughed, he took instructions, he went under water and he even floated by himself, as you can see on the video. It was like night and day.
I really hope it stays this way and that he will enjoy his lessons. It's been a few days since and he has repeatedly told us that he does not want to go to Coach Joe's pool. Oh boy! His next lesson is tomorrow, so hopefully we are surprised again!

July 25, 2016

Hannah and Fox

I'm super late posting these, but they are too cute to not share.
Last month, our au pair Hannah reminded me that her 6 month anniversary  with us is coming up on the 4th of July and asked me if I would take some patriotic pictures with her and Fox. 
I seriously can't believe it has been six months already, on the other hand it feels like she's been with us for so much longer.
While she was getting ready, I took the opportunity to sneak some pictures of Mr. Fox, who was very excited about playing in the teepee. 


How cool is this kid?


I really, really love how these turned out. It shows their sweet and silly relationship perfectly. 
Fox loves Hannah (how could he not?) and some days after I come home from work, he asks to continue to play with Hannah instead of me...haha. 

She seriously has been the greatest blessing to our family and we tell her all the time that she holds our family together. 

 

We asked her to stay another year with us after her year is over in January, but she hasn't made a decision yet. If she wants to go home (which we would completely understand), Fox would go to preschool five mornings a week instead of just two, if she stayed.

Such a sweet bond they share, I'm already sad for Fox when she leaves (whenever that may be)! 

  

July 22, 2016

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2016: Week 28

Day 190
I can see a glimpse of my tiny baby here! This is how he looks at 5am...I'm ready for fall to come and him to sleep longer again! 

Day 191
Fox had a blast at Jake's Second Birthday Party! It was held at Gymboree where he has classes every week, so he was super comfortable there and showing off his skills! ;)

So grateful for all these ladies and their babies in our lives!

Day 192
Hannah built Fox an airplane and it has been his favorite toy ever since!

Day 193
Dinner at Katie's grandma's house! We are still without a kitchen, so it was nice to get a real meal that didn't come out of a toaster oven!

Day 194
Jamba Juice is our favorite!

Day 195
Another day at the trampoline park. He said "Take my picture Mama!"...how can I say no to that?

Day 196
I'm ready to see some real progress in this kitchen!

July 21, 2016

4th of July Photo Shoot

Our photographer offered a 4th of July Mini Session (all of her sessions are around $35 for 15 minutes) and I was really excited about not having to take his pictures myself, because it's been a struggle lately.
Luckily we ran into my friend Lindsi and Fox's BFF Grayson at the Photoshoot and seeing Grayson take pictures was all it took to convince Fox to take some too!






Although I do think the best part of the shoot for Fox was the lollipop he got from the photographer afterwards! :)

July 20, 2016

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2016: Week 27

Day 183
They cut some of the tile in our kitchen where our new downdraft for the island is going to go, so we marked the space with our hand prints before they will replace the tiles!

Day 184
We went to a 4th of July Celebration with Katie's family where they had a lot of carnival rides and bounce houses for Fox...he was in heaven!

Day 185
This day was actually July 3rd, but we celebrated the 4th early with a BBQ and some family time!

Day 186
4th of July Pool Party with our friends, we had so much fun!

Day 187
These two are my whole life! This smile resulted in Fox asking us if we could go to the trampoline park and we said yes! It's his happy place! :)

Day 188
Hannah took Fox to meet Peter Pan and Tinkerbell! He couldn't believe his eyes!

Day 189
Slip n Slide Fun!

July 18, 2016

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2016: Week 26

Day 176
I always see these ideas on pinterest and I never in a million years thought that Fox would like doing this, but one morning I needed a few minutes to pack up our kitchen, so I grabbed a water bottle and some pom poms from my craft closet and boom...20 minutes of uninterrupted packing time!

Day 177
We took Fox to his first movie in the Theater...Finding Dory. After 15 minutes, he sighed and said "Let's go home!" so that's what we did. We'll try again in a year or so! :)

Day 178
Music Class

Day 179
This was the last day I would ever see our kitchen before the demolition team came in, so this is my "Before" Picture. I'm a little (okay, a lot) behind on these daily picture posts, so it's been three weeks since this picture and unfortunately, we are still super far away from finishing....but that is a story for another day!

Day 180
Day 1 of our Kitchen Remodel. I figured, I would do a picture a day to record the progress...little did I know that after day 4, nothing would happen for a loooong time that was picture worthy. Who would've known that electrical work takes so long? But on this day, I was still excited and hopeful about the progress! 

Day 181
Fox doesn't have any fun while we are at work...haha!

Day 182
This kid is so silly. He is also such a boy. He loves silly faces and cracks up every time he burps or farts. I can only imagine the gross things that will come my way as he grows older!