Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Trina's St. Louis Birthday Celebration

Trina is one year older and we couldn't let this day pass without honoring our best friend. The Birthday Girl, Time, Megan, John and I headed to St. Louis for a couple days of fun*. We met up with our friends Stephanie and Eric who live in STL. We caught a Cardinals game Thursday evening and then went out after to Paddy-O's (John got his dance on, see amazing video below). Friday, we visited the City Museum. This place is amazing, I highly recommend it. It is basically a big play ground for kids or adults. Huge slides, tunnels, caves and even a ball pit. Pictures do not do it justice. Happy Birthday Trina, hope you had a wonderful time. We love you!
* props to my parents for keeping Sawyer for us!!
had to Ice the birthday girl
We made it to St. Louis
Trina pondering on her birthday
No biggie, just two friends holding hands in the window
Hooter's Pre-Game


Megan almost 26 weeks!! Looking adorable!
The girls
The boys
hug it out!
Paddy-O's Post Game

And then John danced:

Beautiful view on our walk back to the hotel

City Museum

Does John seriously think he can get through that?!

John and I climbing to the top

Up on the Roof, you can see the tunnel and a slide
10-story spiral slide to the bottom
Waiting for the slide
Looking from the bottom up to the top of the slide. 
Massive Ball Pit

Scariest part ever!
See John at the very top
There he is above everything
Tim and I in one of the tunnels
In the caves.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Learning to Swim

Last summer Sawyer was enthralled with the water and this year is no different. Well, except the fact that he is already swimming on his own. He has absolutely no fear when it comes to the water so we have to keep a close eye on him (of course), he has never had lessons. He has been known to jump off the side and/or dunk his head completely under. We got him a Stearns Puddle Jumper so that he can explore on his own. It seems to be more comfortable than a traditional life vest because it doesn't ride up as much. Last night during our night swim, he just amazed us. He was kicking and swimming around the pool like he has been doing it for years. Here are some video of him learning to swim, you can also hear how vocal he is becoming.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ooh I like that: Sprout Snacks, Veggie Crumbles and 3-in-1 Trike

Healthy Snacks + Cute packaging!
I know I promised an "Ooh I like that" post that wasn't food related..sorry I sort of lied! These two things are too good not to share. But don't worry, I also have a new toy to rave on.

Healthy Snacks from Sprout

My mom stumbled about the company Sprout through Facebook and decided to order some of their snacks and meals online for Sawyer to try. We haven't tried all the options she got yet but he has fallen in love with their little snack pouches of fruit and yogurt bites. They are all natural with no artificial ingredients or coloring. They have some really unique flavors too. His favorite is the Purple Berry & Carrot, I tried them and they are delicious.

Smile-inducing snacks!
BUY IT HERE: About $4.99 for 8 packages

Eat Your Veggies...and protein!

As you may know, I don't eat red meat. I plan to expose Sawyer to all types of food so I try not to limit him to just what I eat. BUT on this particular occasion I wanted him to try a new product I found called "Yves Good Ground: Veggie Ground". I heated them up in a skillet with 2 eggs, milk & cheese (sort of like a breakfast scramble). It was yummy! I have to admit, it looked disgusting but the taste was great. Sawyer even liked it! The package is equal to 1 pound of ground beef and is low calorie but high protein. I plan to use it in spaghetti, for meatballs, and even in Hamburger Helper. The Sky is the limit.
Might not look too appetizing but it sure tastes good.

BUY IT HERE: It was about $3.50 at Walmart but on their website there is a bunch of other places
you can purchase it as well: http://www.yvesveggie.com/products/store-locator.php

Sawyer's 1st Trike

our little biker
We love to ride bikes and we figured it was about time to get Sawyer's his own little bike. We had seen a Little Tikes trike when we were at Silver Dollar City and it looked so cool! When I researched them online they were a pretty pricey, but to my surprise about a week later they were on zulily.com on sale. His sweet Grandparents decided to get it for him. The great thing about this trike is it is adjustable to different age groups starting at 12 months and adjust until they are independent riders.
Stage 1-Guided- For a parent to push and control-When the blue waist bar is installed the child will be unable to turn the wheel
Stage 2- Learning- Kids can learn how to pedal and turn with parents help
Stage 3- Independent- The push bar is removed for kids to go on their own with parent supervision

The 3-point harness keeps them secure as they learn to ride. One of my favorite features is the UV protective shade canopy. It even protected Sawyer from the rain when we were at the zoo. I can't wait to see Sawyer learn to use it on his own, he already loves to ride in it. I will warn you it takes a little bit to assembly, I would recommend hiding it from your little one until it is completely assembled because Sawyer threw a fit waiting!

BUY IT HERE: Original price is about $109 but you can get it on sale if you look. http://www.littletikes.com/kids-toys/3-in-1-trike-with-deluxe-accessories-blue

Monday, July 22, 2013

Weekend in Pictures: baby kicks, playgrounds & the zoo

Feeling Megan's little girl kick for the first time, is definitely something I will never forget
The most exciting part of my weekend had to be that I got to finally feel my bestie's baby, Little Miss J, (as I affectionately call her) kick!! I remember to the day (October 1, 2011, I was 18 weeks) when my bestie Megan got to feel Sawyer for the first time. She felt him before John did! We were out shopping at Baglady Boutique for 417 Boutique Week, she was buying him his first pair of socks! I'll never forget it. Well last night, during our Dexter watch party, Megan's sweet little girl was quite active and was kicking almost the entire show. I think she liked the peaches we were snacking on. Another Bestie moment I will never forget.
Besides baby kicks, we also had a fun weekend of playgrounds & visiting the zoo.
Friday night snack.....doesn't every one eats Raisins like this?
loves to climb on everything!
Friday Night at the Eugene Field Park/Playground
This playground has a turkey & a duck!
a little football basketball!
Run, Sawyer, Run!
Saturday morning cartoons, this is the first time he actually watched them.

Saturday night we went back for more playground fun!
Sunday trip to the zoo
stare-off with a Peacock
Woah, look at that tongue.

Giraffe kisses!!!!