May 24, 2017

Owen's Hooks

I recently got some hooks to hang in Owen's room so he can hang his jackets, backpack and library bag on them.  Derek was in charge of hanging them, Owen came to watch.

That was when he busted Daddy for coloring on the wall!  😊

It's hard to explain to a toddler that it's sometimes okay for parents to do these things. ha.  Once they were secured on the wall, Owen hung his jackets and library bag.

Then his backpack.

 Actually, he hung them over and over and over.   He was pretty impressed with himself. 

 Toddler level hooks are perfect for this boy whose newest phrase is, "I do it".

May 23, 2017

AWANA Wrap Up 2017

My big boys look forward to AWANA every Wednesday evening all school year.  The church we take them to does a great job and we enjoy participating in the fun theme nights.  Owen cries for his big brothers every time we drop them off.  He can't wait until he can be an actual part of the program. 
Here they are on "Wacky Tacky Night":

And "Dress Like a Pirate" night:

On "Goofy Glasses" night, my guy opted for goofy goggles.

On "Dress Like Your Favorite Bible Character" night, Cooper was Shepard boy David.  Miles was young Moses living in the palace.

Then on "What I Want to Be When I Grow Up" night, Miles was an Entomologist, Cooper was a YouTuber. (Shall I spare you my eye roll?)

There is also a family meal the first Wednesday of every month.  They serve great meals, but pizza night is always a hit!

That brings us to this year's closing program.

The kids sang the AWANA theme song and said scripture verses learned throughout the year.

Owen watched from the front row.

Though he got a little restless.

And ended up on the floor for part of the awards.


Until he figured out it was kind of fun to join in the applause every after every name called.


Each child was introduced and awarded with their age group.


After they received their award, they came to sit with us.

So Owen got his hands on the award ribbon.

Once it was all wrapped up, we headed downstairs for cookies and ice cream bars!

A great way to wrap up the AWANA year. 

May 22, 2017

What the Boys Were Doing - Gammy & Papa's

After G'ma Debbie dropped the boys off at Gammy & Papa's, I got this photo to let me know the exchange had been made.  :)

And then this one to let me know that Owen had found his (girl) cousin's dress up stash! 😂

He apparently didn't appreciate the above photo being taken, but played in this attire for a while.

Owen continued his stretch of sleeping all night and was up and ready to share breakfast with Daisy the next morning.

Then the boys finally got to go fishing with Papa!  As an added bonus, my Aunt Kristy and her husband were visiting (They're missionaries to Argentina!) so they got to meet Owen and catch up with the other boys.

Owen made friends with Aunt Kristy...  😍

Miles, of course, made some other friends.   He filled G'ma's house with all kinds of creatures!

Speaking of creatures.  Owen and Lexa had fun with Mandy's phone filters.

But then I guess he thought Lexa was invading his territory a little.

He forgives quickly though.

And tons of fun with all his cousins.

And Uncles.

And Aunts.

The boys were there for Lyla's birthday too!  They went to Chick-fil-A to celebrate.

They gave her the birthday gift I'd wrapped and sent along...   

A Beanie Boo...   
one of my boys' favorite things ever.   They love picking them out for others.

Uncle Drew (Mleynek) had a day off, so the big boys went back to spend some time with him.

While Owen stayed at Gammy's to have a nap... 
and enjoy some alone time? HA.

They big boys came back and spent some more time with Ethan.
Apparently sitting on the couch playing with devices is considered 'time together'!  Grandma's rules are different. 😊

Plenty of actual together time happened too.

What wasn't together when it was time to leave G'ma's, was the frog and the cup! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! 
...they never did find it. 

Thanks again, family, for taking such good care of our boys!

May 19, 2017

What the Boys Were Doing - G'ma Debbie's

While Derek and I were in Las Vegas, our boys were being well taken care of...  by Grandmas!  They stayed the first part of their time with Derek's parents.  This was the first time Owen had been away from me for a night.  Debbie sent me a photo the first morning to let me know he slept all night perfectly!

She put all three boys in one bed, and they slept well the whole time.  She enjoyed hearing Coop & Miles sing Owen to sleep. 😍

They went to church Sunday morning with Mleyneks.

Where Owen had a great nap with Aunt Mikiah.

Which apparently worked up a big appetite by lunch. 

I sometimes wonder if the big boys would ever even know they're hungry while video games are involved. (insert eyeroll. ha)

G'pa Dale & G'ma Debbie took the boys to Oklahoma Salt Plains on Monday.

They spent a good part of the day digging for salt crystals. 

Which was SO much fun!

Even Owen got in on it...

Debbie sent me this video and it literally made me giggle out loud a little.

So did this!  😂  Maybe because I didn't have to clean up the mess? 

Uncle Drew went along to help, the boys love hanging with Uncle Drew.

Owen fell asleep on the trip back and stayed asleep for a long time.

When he finally woke up, or they woke him up, G'ma bathed them all, collected their belongings... (binkies).

And their salt crystals!

And made the drop off to the other grandma's house around bedtime.