Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Halloween for Wesley the Dino

Balloon given at storytime on Halloween Eve was a hit. It's one of the words he can "say" but comes out "boon boon".

An attmept at the group picture at the storytime Halloween party. I kept on picking up Wesley and setting him in the group and he would promptly walk away and just stare at everyone? I don't know? 

Dino's need water too.

On Halloween we had to run to get a few things at the store and Wesley wanted to wear his costume. And let's face it I wanted him to wear his costume. Stage mom. ;) The check-out lady was so nice and insisted on giving Wesley a blow pop. But it was one of those things that was nice but I was like "wait maybe not??" But then, I thought you know what it's Halloween- whatever...let him have a little sugar! He would probably have a couple licks and get sick of it anyway!!! No no, that didn't happen. Somehow by the time we got to the car there was blow pop all over both of us and when I tried to get the thing out of his mouth he would clench his jaw really tight. That's the stage we were at in the above picture. 

Eventually I took him trick or treating to a couple of the shops that we live behind and he was so distracted by the other trick or treaters he let me take the blow pop out of his mouth. He had sucked all the way to the gum? Intense. Baby's first blow pop.

As I mentioned the shops in downtown Guthrie do trick or treating for the kids. Lots of kids come...hundreds! So Wesley and I braved that for a very short while. He held my hand and we stopped at a couple stores and they would put candy in his bag. As long as he held my hand this system was working. But he tires quickly from holding my hand and thinks it's perfectly ok to run through the streets alone. 

Runaway Dino. Wrong way buddy...trick or treating is in the other direction.

We finally had to call it a night after he kept insisting on running away. When I brought him home he was crying so hard. He wanted to go back outside and trick or treat. I told that to Robert and he said it sounded like it was a successful first trick or treat. I guess his theory is leave them wanting more. Wesley the Dino definitely wanted more Halloween and blow pops.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


You will only find this slightly funny if you're from or have lived in Dallas. Guthrie's premiere park is named Highland Park, which is ironic because nothing in Guthrie resembles the community of Highland Park in Dallas. Seriously, nothing. I can't think of a single thing.

No offense to Guthrie. You have your charm and cobblestone roads, but you're just not Highland Park. Not even a distant cousin if we are being real. 

Reluctant crafting...

So Wesley goes to storytime every Wednesdy at the public library here which is about a 2 minute walk from where we live. He's still on the young side to get into the songs and rhymes or sit still, but I think it's good for him to go and I think he does enjoy it even when he's running around like he has ADHD and all the other kids are sitting there quietly listening. 

At the beginning of October there was a sign up sheet out to bring stuff to the upcoming Halloween party, which was actually today, the 30th. I signed up for juice boxes, thinking I can't mess that up...that will be easy!

At the next story time the sheet is still out and I see that someone has also signed up to bring juice boxes. I mean like 7 kids under 4 come to this story time. How many juice box volunteers do we need??

At the end of story time, the fellow juice box signer, calls me out. 
"Who else singed up for juice boxes??!" 
"That's me!" I say. 
"Want to decorate them?" she says.
UMMM NO. I think, but I say...
"Well sure that would be fun!"
"Just go to Pinterest and search juice boxes and we can make mummy juice boxes. You know Pinterest, right." she says.
"Yes yes I know Pinterest!" I say. 

Then she tells me that these are her grandkids that she brings to story time and she wishes Pinterest would have been around earlier. And I think "well really do you?!" because now we are decorating juice boxes for toddlers who won't even comprehend that it's supposed to be a mummy??! But I nod and say I know isn't it awesome?!

My mummy juice boxes. In my mom life I wasn't prepared to have to buy "googly eyes" in the craft section before Wesley was two.

To put the icing on the mummy juice box cake, this sweet crafty juice box-bringing grandma got there early and set up her juice boxes before me so therefore no one had one of my mummy juice boxes except one I forced on Wesley. So now, I have 12 mummy juice boxes, which brings me back to my primary issue- there didn't need to be 2 volunteers for juice boxes.


Here's what really scares me about this whole thing. This is just storytime in a really small town and I was already forced to craft?? What's going to happen when Wesley's in school in a bigger city?? I'm scared. I'm just scared.

There's a blurry Wesley, the dinosaur, and her mummy juice boxes in the corner.

Mummy juice boxes...just the beginning...

Meet Ringo!!

This is Ringo the bear. Which Wesley just calls "B!!!" It's Wesley's favorite stuffed animal by far. His name is is Ringo because one of my best friends, Jill, gave it to Wesley when she asked him to be the ring bearer in her wedding. I don't know, the name just makes I right? 

We sing a little tune to Ringo often..."Ringo, Ringo the bear!!!" #theweirdthingsparentsdo

Anyway, back to ring bearing- Wesley, of course, accepted the task and is so excited and honored to be part of such a special weekend. It's actually this weekend! Ahhhh! Tux is ordered, plans are set and we will see if Wesley can make it down the aisle without causing a scene or a viral you tube video about a 1 and a half year old causing a wedding disaster. 

We've moved!

You know those cute postcards people send out when they move to a new home? I love getting those and think they are so cute. If I was a together person and had superfluous funds maybe I would have sent some out the couple times we've moved over the past 18 months. 

Yes we are gypsies! With a baby! 

Just to catch you up....Wesley was born. 3 weeks later we went to Seattle for 6 weeks where the film my husbands been working on was in production. Then we came back to Dallas, put most of our stuff in storage and abruptly moved to Houston. Where we lived with my in-laws. For over a year. Yes, you're reading that correctly. See no wonder I had to stop blogging. No one needs to hear about living with your inlaws ;). It actually wasn't bad. Okay I'm lying it definitely was at times. Haha. Awkward laugh. But we survived and it was fine! Now we are living in Guthrie, Oklahoma where my husband is finishing up the film. We will be here until the end of November and then we're not sure.

It's been a little crazy sometimes. But I'm grateful to be along for the ride and keep the faith that God is in the drivers seat. When you are helpless in concrete plans for your future I've found it's pretty key just to trust God with the day ahead of you and not get ahead of yourself. It's extremely comforting to remind myself  that He is all knowing and already has our little family's plan all mapped out. Everywhere He plants us is part of His plan. When I'm sulky about not being "settled" I remind myself of that and I get excited. I don't need to worry because God already has the "we've moved" postcards addressed and filled out on every place we are ever going to live. He knows so I don't need to and that is a wonderful thing. :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Things moms say....

About the middle of September, Sarah called and asked what I was doing. I replied, "getting out Wesley's Halloween books." She said, "Halloween books?" She didn't know that was a thing. Oh yes Halloween books are a thing. There's a whole display of them that come out in the Barnes and Noble children's section. My mother in law is mostly responsible for our collection. We are in full out Halloween book mode over here. 

Sadly we don't have any Thanksgiving books. Poor neglected Turkey Day...


I looked from the kitchen to see this. Wesley with a book on his lap turning pages while watching the Today show.