Friday, October 18, 2013

Rainy Day and Allergic Reactions.

Wednesday was rainy and I wasn't feeling too hot when we first got up so I was concerned about the days activities. Luckily we had a morning play date so that took care of a good chunk of time. Lately O has been pretty obsessed with Playdoh. He needs to make cookies, carrots, and people like everyday. We have a fun set of cookie cutters that make the play time even more fun for him plus the bright colors cheered up the dreary day.

He was pretty proud of his creations and helped take some pictures to document the fun. He's my son alright. The funny thing about the cookie cutters is that he can't quite recognize all of the shapes until he uses them. He was pretty serious about the above animal being a kangaroo, he had it hopping all over the room until suddenly he realized it was a dolphin. Suddenly meaning I had told him that initially but I guess he thought I was wrong.

We hit up the grocery later and picked out a pineapple to have with lunch. He diligently cut it up with me with his little spreading knife and like any good chef was sampling along the way. I had no cause for concern since we've had pineapple before. But suddenly after having a healthy serving he started to yell that his tongue was hurting and kind of freaking out. I looked in his mouth to see some large bumps forming on the back of his tongue. No tongue swelling but he was clearly uncomfortable. So naturally I called my mom, then the advice nurse. I have enough sense to know it wasn't life threatening at that point but it was kind of scary anyway. We calmed down, cooled his tongue with a combo of things and safely ended the mild reaction. I wasn't expecting it so it seemed scary and I was nervous about his nap, but he was fine and was able to eat comfortably by dinner. Yikes! I've heard awful food allergy stories and I know this one was pretty tame but I wanted to share it anyway.

We've got another fun weekend coming up...this mama is turning 35 on Sunday. Have a great weekend and steer clear of really acidic pineapple!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Donut Day!

There are fantastic things that happen in neighborhoods everywhere I'm sure. But there's no way you have this magical day that we do. It's Donut Day and it happens one fine day every fall. It's hosted by a family that actually owns this awesome donut making machine. 

You have to keep your eyes peeled for this sign that gets hung the week before letting you know that Donut Day is coming!

The story that I've heard, and it's not quite complete, is that this man used to read a book to his children about a donut machine that got out of control. They loved it and eventually one day bought this for their dad, Tim and Donut Day was born.  This kind family hosts fresh donuts and toppings for all their neighbors and serves coffee and cider too! And by neighbors I mean anyone that stops by. It's so kind and generous and they are delicious! 

We walked down with our buddies that actually live on that street now. They were good to the last drop of cinnamon sugar! Thanks neighbors, you've created memories for a lot of people.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Just the Mama.

Well after two and a half years I finally had a full on weekend on my own. JJ had a fun boys trip to Chicago which left all of the mamas in Cleveland with the kids. Anticipating it made me nervous which is a funny thing since he's my kid. But the feeling of being alone for days at a time with my own child freaked me out, no buffer, to tag team, what was I going to do?! I know that I'm lucky though, he's a good kid and there a so many amazing people that do it alone out there. 


We were just fine. We played with friends, stayed up too late, went to the market, played so more, ate waffles, and you guessed it...played so more!

On Saturday morning he told me in an annoyed voice that "he was taking the train to Chicago." As if to say, I'll find that Papa. We checked out a new playground and found this cool map. He wouldn't listen long enough to show him where Chicago was.

I feel lucky to have such a cool kid and lots of friends to hang with when the husbands take off. I hope they do the same when we all leave next month because it certainly makes things easier. Happy Friday, I hope you have a great weekend! We have a wedding and birthday parties so it should be another fun one!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Out in the Country.

This post has been sitting in my drafts for so long that I don't even have much to say about it other than it was a really lovely day with my in-laws. O adores all of his cousins and he had so much fun experiencing their country Sunday. When we pulled up he said "where are my cousins?!" He sat on a horse, gathered rocks, learned how to make ice cream, and got a lick in the face from a new pup. All in all it was a good day!

I hope you have a relaxing weekend. I'm flying solo this weekend so wish my luck! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Chalk King.

If you are ever on Pinterest, you've most likely seen the chalk crown pictures. It's probably the first thing I ever saw there that stuck in my mind way before this little O was born. Sunday we were drawing on the driveway and I remembered it. It's just as cute in person as I imagined. Just look at that mug. 

I was thinking it would be funny to draw all sorts of hats, ears, and antennae for a full blown photo shoot. O thought it was really hilarious. 

This one here is the picture that he took of me wearing the crown...I'll spare my husband the shot of him. He did get his face but it's way too close for comfort.

And naturally he had to take a sleeping one. He loves to pretend to sleep. Have you done this yet? It's a nice break from our normal rainbows and scribbles. Thanks for taking a look.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Adventure Day.

Saturdays are our Adventure Day. We'll do anything from taking a walk to the farmer's market to riding the train to the West Side. This Saturday we took ourselves out the Patterson's Fun Fest. We made a foolish mistake of calling it a "donut hunt" from the moment that we woke up. So our punishment was getting asked every three minutes where the donuts are. So once we got ourselves out there we had to get some stat or else the meltdown would get ugly (worse). 

Just look at that happy donut eating boy. Crisis mostly averted. The day couldn't have been more beautiful. The blue skies were unreal. However, allow me to warn you that on the weekends the entrance price is double plus there are several activities (face painting, pony rides, etc) that require more money. Lucky for us this guy is too young to notice such activities when there are tractors to ride and corn mazes to run through.

The best part of the morning was by far the giant slide. He raced down and ran back up to stand in line. He even talked about it all weekend. So I guess the price wasn't too bad if you take that into consideration. Hope your weekend had a little bit of adventure to it! Happy Tuesday!