Monday, February 8, 2016

A Monk Family Christmas

After our Christmas tour, we were able to be home for the whole week of Christmas.  It was great!!!  We ate, shopped a little, rested, and rested some more.  The only bad thing was the weather.  It was crazy warm, which is nice but we kind of wanted a little chill in the air for the holidays.  Oh well...

Oliver threw up on Christmas Eve, right before bed.  Not sure what caused it.  I think I let him have too much sugar that day and he was a little worked up.  Who knows?  That meant I was glued to the monitor all night just in case it happened again, which it didn't.  Thank the Lord. 

Our little set up .  It's a Wonderful Life was on which is basically a must.  And if you've never seen it, I'm not sure we can be friends.

Daddy was putting batteries in all of the trains.  (My mom said, and I agree, that parents should ask for batteries for Christmas.)

He also put together the track.  So fun.  

I loaded stockings.  (Note:  those pants really don't fit anymore.  Ha!)

I caught Santa.  

 Oliver woke up crying at 5:30 AM and had a little fever.  He didn't go back to sleep, so Christmas started early!

He loved the track and all the trains he got.  (Now he thinks any present has a Thomas train in it.)

Coffee mug for the day.  Duh.

Our pj pants we've worn since 2009 and Oliver playing in the background.  Those trains ran all day long, I think.  I went to sleep hearing motorized toys.  

A train tent from Honey Lue!  

All aboard!

After a nap and more rest, he started feeling better.  Being sick on Christmas is the worst!  

The best we could do...

Uncle Travis and Aunt Amy sent Oliver a Harley coat.  The day we got it in the mail, it was over 70 degrees, so he didn't wear it long, but has since!

We enjoyed our time off so very much.  And now, we are totally fine with the 70 degree weather.  Come on, Spring!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Say what?

Kids say the cutest things.  I feel like as parents, we think we'll always remember certain things, but the fact is, we won't.  I should've done this already and more often.  Make a list of how Oliver says things.  He's already started saying words he used to mispronounce correctly and it makes me sad!  Ha.  I'm sure I've forgotten some things, but at least I have this list =)  

Anyway, enjoy a toddler's vocabulary...

*he hijacked Amelia's lovie*

Dandaid - bandaid

Cranbabies, strawbabies, and beetabies - cranberries, strawberries, blueberries/blackberries

Manamana - banana

Ayaya - avocado

I'm ok - he will say this in a hilarious voice after he fakes a fall.  Such a comedian.

Hahaha funny, funny - He will say this after we've scolded him for something, like throwing or saying "no."  Almost like he's trying to say, "Guys!  I was just kidding when I threw the leggo.  Isn't it so funny?"

Messit Chri-mas - Merry Christmas

Boy - what he calls himself.  "Boy do it?"  "Boy try?" I think it's because we call him sweet boy.

He makes himself laugh!

Meena - Amelia =)

Table - play-doh

Noonle - noodle

Yank Un - Thank You

Yea Man - Yes ma'am

Da - paci (yes, we still use a paci.  Just for sleep.)

Dabada go? - "Where'd my paci go?"

Bankin - blanket

WhyWhy Queen - Lightening McQueen

Fingen - finger

He'll say things to his toys that I often say to him - "Chew good," "be careful," "wait a minute," "I said no," and "time-out."  (Those last three make me sad!)

He's started having song requests at nap/bed time - Jesus (Jesus Loves Me), Noah (The Lord said to Noah there's gonna be a floody floody...), Rockababy, Head Shoulders (knees and toes), and sometimes requests a made up song about Cranky the Crane on Thomas and Friends or Monkey.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Oliver's Big Boy Room!

*alternately titled: I Like Buntings and Flags and Thrifted Things*

(Also, if you know me at all or pay attention on social media, I like cheap decor.  I stayed true to myself in this space.)

Once we knew we were pregnant, I started thinking about bed situations.  I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted Oliver in a big boy bed or not.  Mostly because he does so well in a crib and hadn't (still hasn't) tried to climb out.  Keep him in baby prison a little while what I'm sayin'?  

But then, we came to the conclusion to not buy another crib.  To buy our sweet baby boy a twin bed.  The thought made me sad but getting the room together and seeing his excitement made it all better and worth it.

I didn't do a lot of research on beds or mattresses.  We needed something cute and budget friendly.  I found his bed at Walmart, as well as the mattress, and his transportation sheets on Amazon.

The sheets have trains, cars, planes, school buses, scooters (he calls golf carts), helicopters... all the things.  I love them and so does Mister Man.  

- The ladder to the right holds the blankets made for him when he was a baby.
- The O and bunting above the bed is what I made when he was a baby and the chalkboard reads, "Be Kind and Brave."
- I made the throw pillows, too.  The yellow one (Dream Big) was made when he was in my tummy.  The gray one is out of an old t-shirt of Trent's.  It says, Roadside Ranch and fits the theme perfectly.
- The bed, I love.  Easy assembly (thanks to the daddy) and it has two levels.  It's currently on the lower level.  LOVE that feature.
- We have inflatable bumpers under the sheets (thanks to my sister) on either side and pool noodles at the head and foot.  So far, no climb outs or fall outs.  YAY!

The wall by his bed has a low ceiling line so hanging heavy things was out of the question.  I rummaged through my fabric scraps and bought a couple more remnants for less than $3 and made some flags.  They're just hung up on a string with tiny clothespins.  I really like how it turned out!  Such a fun and cheap way to add to a room!
 I found the lamp shade for a $1 at a thrift store.  (The old one had seen better days.)  I wanted to keep his monthly pictures hung up because they're special and Oliver likes to look at "boy."  Before we moved rooms, this was our office/playroom, so we had some of Trent's CDs hung up.  I decided to keep them up because they match, it's sweet, and I wouldn't have to worry about covering up 4 nails holes.

The dresser was found on Craigslist last year and has been his changing table since then.  On top are wooden blocks of his initials (thanks, Grammie!) and his first artwork framed.  The train prints were given to us by a church in Alabama so I stapled them to spray painted wood and attached some string.  Cheap art.

I made the curtains from drop cloth (found at any home improvement store for about $12).  The top and bottom already had a rough hem so I just cut down the middle and used no-sew fabric tape (iron on) for the other sides.  SO easy!  

View of the reading nook from his bed.
(The toy storage isn't my favorite but it was $15 on Craigslist.)

I made these curtains with the extra drop cloth and the blue curtains that were hanging in his old room.  Then, due to the weird angles in the nook, I just got a tension rod.  And the rug.  Oh lawd the rug.  I made it years ago.  You can read about it here.

Cheap art:  the alphabet, punctuation and sweet, wittle feet.  The magnet board is from IKEA.

Again with the bunting.  I have a problem.
The shelves are plastic gutters and they turned out great!

Closet, toys, shelving.

The paint by number I did when he was cooking in my belly.  The lion we got him his first Christmas.  The plane piggy bank from a friend on top of an old hymnal found at a thrift store.  The baskets I'm obsessed with.  Our first family picture and a silver cup with initials.   

This might be my favorite.  I found the shelf at GUESS WHERE!  Yes, a thrift store.  It was $1 and I spray painted it white.  Coke bottle with "Oliver" on it from Aunt Paula, the red art I made for his 1st b-day (You are my angel, my darling, my star...), Relax, the Oliver Chocolate Biscuits canister, and the blue shoe with his birth date, weight, and length made by Mama Pat.

The hot air balloon print was painted by a sweet girl I coached in HS golf.  Then, there's more CD art, "Trent Monk Live," which has Trent as a baby with Papa Tuck and Mama Pat.  A license plate, Make it Happen, and I Knew I Could are the rest.  (I made the I Knew I Could print for free online and had it printed at Walgreens for $4.  I already had the frame.)

(Not pictured is the lovely box fan and additional toy clutter.  Ha!)

Oliver has done so well in this new room of his.  We started with just putting him down for naps in his new bed for a week.  I still wanted him in the crib at night, more for my sake.  But now, we have 2 nights in the big boy bed under our belts.  I am so proud of this boy and how well he transitions.  I'm sure it has a little to do with what we do for a living, dragging him all over the country.  Whatever the reason, we're over the moon.

And can you tell what I want for him?  

I want him to be kind and brave.  I want him to wish, dream, and believe he can do things.  Things that are hard and sometimes scary.  I want him to know how much he is loved and I want him to, above all else, follow Jesus all of his days.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Gobble, Gobble and a little Ho-Ho-Ho

This year was our year to have Thanksgiving in Amarillo.  It was a great time.  Lots of food, laughs, and meeting a couple new faces.  Of course I did a terrible job of documenting, but whatevs.

Play-doh break!

 Thanksgiving evening, a crazy cold front/ice storm came through town.  We took advantage of it (for about 5 minutes) the next day...

Mister Man did not want to go inside.  Why do kids not feel cold?!?

Since we wouldn't be back, PawPaw and GiGi gave Oliver his Christmas present early.  So cute!  We're still working on getting the hang of it.

We left Amarillo and went down to my family in Salado.  Trent and I had to be in Dallas very early one morning and so Julie kept the boy.  He. Was. In. Heaven.

She texted me this pic and said, "Like riding a bike!"  I'm sure she misses the toddler days.  Or not.

We took advantage of the *free* childcare and stopped off in Waco to see the Silos.  I left empty handed but I'm glad we got to see them.

Meanwhile...this one was even more in heaven because Aunt Julie got him early Christmas/birthday gifts.  

Oliver really enjoyed his cousins this trip.  It's the sweetest thing to see how they all interact.  Makes my heart happy.

One night, I went to see Elliot's school Christmas program and Trent kept these two.  Griffin kept saying, "Guys night!!!"  Ha!

We had our family Christmas and Oliver's birthday (hello, present overload for the boy) and that called for some match-matchy.

And even more.  The family that matches together...

We gave Griffin a Harry Potter wand and glasses.  Oliver had a blast with them.  I mean, how cute is this?!?  

We enjoyed our time with our families and were sad to leave, but leaving meant hitting the road for the Christmas tour and that we were excited about.  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Oliver is 2!!!

Dear Oliver,

How in the world is it here? You're 2 years old and are such a big boy. This year has brought much learning and growing and joy and we thank you.  You are talking more and more each day and it's the cutest thing to hear that sweet voice! Some words sound perfect while other words don't...but those are our favorite. (And some words, like frog and chalk, sound inappropriate.)

You are a good sleeper, love to help with chores, love Thomas and all his "useful" friends. People who watch you while we "check check" always say what an angel you are and how easy you are! It makes us so proud.  You constantly make us laugh and surprise us with how quickly you learn and catch on to things.

You're going to be a big brother! And I can't help to think you will be gentle and kind to Amelia. And you will protect her and teach her about cars, diggers, trains, and planes.

While expanding our family is a gift and we are excited, I can't help but feel a little sad. You have been my only for what seems like forever and then, in a few months, you will be my big.  And I can't find the right words to tell you that sometimes, you'll have to wait or that I can't help you in that moment because your sister is crying or needs to nurse or needs a fresh diaper.

I do know this: you won't remember all the changes or struggles or being the only. You'll only know life with a little sister to play with all the time. I promise!!! And you'll rock it.

Our lives have changed for the better because of you. You have made us better people. Yes, we're more tired, but it's so worth it to be your mommy and daddy.

We love you, Oliver Tuck! To the moon...