Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sooo... What are you doing?

This is the question I asked as I stepped outside on the back porch to join Tyler for lunch. 

He was enjoying his chicken, macaroni, and ranch dip when I went inside to retrieve my plate and drink. When I returned he was poking his belly button full of ranch and drawing dots on his belly. I asked him over and over what inspired such creativity, but all I got was this...

He is a proud artist that was more than happy to add more "cheese" and "ham" to our meal outside.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tyler's New Reading Corner

I have switched the furniture around a little bit. The books were definitely taking up more and more space so I decided it was time to take them to his room and get story time a little closer to his bed.

Tyler has taken it a step further and now he wants to exclude me from his corner. He really puts up a fight to share his seat with me. He will tell me to sit in the floor and will only let me read when he is ready. I try to laugh it off but my patience will run a little short some nights and I gather up his blanket with him in it, sit and place him in my lap, and then start to read. I usually have a toddler in a crying fit after doing this, but it usually subsides quickly when I explain to him that the longer he cries the shorter time I have to read to him.

I love that he wants to read, I just hope that he realizes that I like to read to him just as much as he likes to sit in his little corner all by his self. Mommy just wants to be included.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

His Favorite Toy

Tyler's current favorite toy is a golf club. He has a set of three clubs but his favorite is the green driver. This club goes everywhere with us. When Tyler wakes up in the morning the first thing on his mind is that green golf club. He is not happy until it is in his right hand. It has traveled everywhere with us, and at restaurants it gets its own chair.

 Not only is the club an obsession but also he loves to watch golf on television. He will focus and watch the players stance and then get right up to the TV and try to knock the ball into the hole for the players.

We laugh and we love to see his unique personality come out. Tony and I have talked about the unconventional love he has for this club and we can't really pin down when it happened. He just loves this club and I am thrilled that it is a toy that keeps him active.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lazy Day at Home

I love laying around on Saturday mornings and watching my boy as he entertains us.

As you can see he certainly thinks he is pretty funny.

Okay... he actually thinks he is hilarious.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

2 Year Old Musings

Right now there is really no telling what my child is talking about. Sometimes even I don't know what he is saying, but most of the time I really do understand. I am sure when I tell others what he is saying they think I have made it up. Regardless here is some of the funny things we hear Tyler say:

  • "Ottie dottie Mommy-O!"
  • "Oh Hammy!"
  • "Flip-Flop-Flip-Flop"
  • "Otay Mommy Wheat"
  • "Hey Tucky"
  • The answer to everything is, "Paw."
  • "Oh phooey!" Donald Duck taught him that.
  • "Mommy, sit." This is his order for me to sit in the floor or next to him.
  • "I-nut, I-nut, I-nut."
  • "Stymee!" 
  • "Papaw mow"
  • "Hey! No!"
  • "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 10"
  • "Peese, some"
  • "No movie!" He repeats this after I tell him not to push anymore buttons on the DVD player.
  • "Bed, toons, dolf." He wants to watch TV in bed with his golf club.
  • "Honey" He will sometimes call me this.
  • "Bye-Bye Mimi"
  • "I, You" This is how he says I love you.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Petting Zoo

This was so much fun for the whole family and we had a perfect day of cloudless sky and warm weather to visit the Circle G Ranch.

The pigs were every where! Begging for food of course. We started by paying admission and getting 3 buckets (size of a large butter container) of food. The food was in a pellet form and big enough when we dropped it out the window the animals could gobble it up easily. Once you pay you can drive around as many trips as you like. We had enough food to give to the animals generously and still make an extra trip around.

Since the animals have over 100 acres to run around in they certainly exhibit normal animal behavior.

Also they would come right up to the window to ask for food. We could occasionally reach out and pet a few of the braver deer as we fed them.

Now this guy stayed right with us for a third of the trip around. I don't really like him and the way he looks at  us. He was huge and reminded me a little bit too much of Jurassic Park. Yes Kim laugh it up, but the eyes and the way it walks make me think of a dinosaur. 

We spent most of the trip around the ranch wondering what Tyler was calling a 'Tick-Tock.' After we puzzled over it we gave up and just agreed with him. Then as we walked into the barn and to the smaller petting zoo, after the drive through portion, he spotted peacocks in the trees. We then realized he was calling the emu a peacock. We actually have Tyler and me on video when I come to the realization of what he is saying over an hour later. I love hearing him talk but sometimes we get completely stumped by the most simple things.

This little lady was a sweet heart and I loved feeding her.

The ostriches were in a fenced in area, and they did not seem as friendly so I am glad that he could not stick his head in the window, like the emu/tick-tock that is lurking off on the left side of the picture. He could stick his head in and we had to quickly roll up our window because he would happily stick his head in our car, in the bucket, and try to consume as many food pellets as possible. What was more disturbing was that he would swallow the large pellets whole. The pellets were the size of a large marshmallow. Gross.

I fed this bull a pellet and he thanked me by snotting up my window. Plan a visit when you have a dirty car. You most certainly will need a car wash afterwards.

It was kinda funny to watch some of the bigger animals wait for us to get to them. It was a little unsettling too. This big guy knew exactly which way we were going and that we had to drive within feet of him. No need to exert yourself.

See what I mean, we were within inches.

The donkeys were my favorite. At one point I had three pairs of lips begging for food. It looked like they were saying, "Please, please, please?" I fed them a lot.

Tony was very excited about this red stag. He wanted to get it close and snap a few pictures. Just as he got it within a few feet, my buddies, the donkeys saw his window rolled down and came running to his side. Tony was very frustrated with them, but animals are animals, and an opportunity for food is a rolled down window in their world.

Tyler was much more brave with the small deer. They were very calm and sweet.

This guy was huge, intimidating, and I was not really willing to give him an opportunity to get more than a nose in the window. Then he shot snot in the car all over my face and I rolled the window all the way up.

Yeah, they see the next car and wait for them.

This car in front of us was very brave. They let the animals stick their head in the car and eat out of their laps, I guess?

I really wanted to pet the zebras. I fed them and got them all buttered up.

I let him stick his head in. He was a sweet heart. Tyler was loving this.

This guy could be in a Dr. Seuss book.

This fella was very skiddish and would not let us pet him. I tried and tried but it was no use. His tail was docked and he had no ears. We guessed that he was a rescue.

Then we hit the adorable section of the ranch. The baby pigs were only 3 weeks old and we loved watching them walk around and scratch their butts on rocks and tree roots. They were cute overload for sure.

And this guy was very jealous. Yes you are adorable too.

Uh-Oh... we've been spotted and we still have food!


We had so much fun and we look forward to visiting again later this year. If you get a chance check out the Circle G Ranch website, see how you can support them, or just pay them a visit. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sick Kid

I hate when Tyler gets sick. He has only been sick twice so far that I have been worried enough to take him to the doctor. He is doing a little better now. I can measure this because he is now carrying his golf club and golf ball. Yesterday was another story.

After a long night of up and down, crying, and plenty of snot and coughing we were all still exhausted. We decided to take him to the early morning walk in clinic. He stayed snuggled in our arms the whole time not moving but to cough or ask to be held by dad or come back to mom. He was burning up with fever and would not eat a bite. We could only get him to drink orange juice and even that was a struggle.

After 2 hours of sitting in the waiting area and then waiting in the examination room we were told that, Tyler did not have the flu but he could possibly have pneumonia. We were then sent to Mission Children's Hospital for chest x-rays. I was very worried at this point. Tyler remained lifeless and refused to eat. We picked up lunch quickly at a drive-thru. We then had to wait even longer at the hospital. Tyler's demeanor improved and actually was running around a little eating some ice cream and watching all the fascinating kid's toys in the waiting area. Tony and I were relieved to see that he seemed to be getting a second wind to him.

After chest x-rays he is drained and I am about ready to pass out myself.
When we finally had the x-rays taken the doctor confirmed with us that it was viral pneumonia. Nothing we could do but wait it out, but it is highly contagious so we needed to make sure we were being careful to wash hands and not be coughed on. That is easier said than done with a toddler.

Today we are going to the doctor again for a follow up to make sure that it is not getting worse in his lungs. We are seeing a small improvement in him. He actually has energy today, he has ate a little breakfast, and he has been playing and talking. Please be praying for us he is still pretty sick, and who knows if we end up with this junk as well. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

In the Hole

We went to play putt putt. We really liked this course. It was a barnyard theme, Old MacDonald, and Tyler loved it. He remained distracted and in awe as we went through the course.

I liked this course because it was simple for Tyler to set the ball down and tee off. Of course he had his club and he had a ball too, but I suggested we use the pretty green one that they offered him. We told him to put it in the circle and then hit it.

Okay, actually he only needed to be told where to place the ball and he was doing everything else without any prompting.

He did need a little help from dad on a few of the holes to get it up a large hill.

Getting the ball in the hole was not a problem. He would even hit our ball into the hole. He remembered the color that we each had and as he would take it out of the hole he would say, "Mommy... Dad." He was very proud, and well quite honestly so were we.

There were pigs partying and playing all over this course. Tyler was mesmerized by all the animals and what they were doing.

Of course he posed with the cows and 'the smile' came out.

Sometimes the degree this smile takes is ridiculous, but I don't care it makes me smile, and he is pretty sincere. Is this what I look like? Where has he learned this? 

He is very at home with all the cows.

Now this was a tricky hole, but Tyler managed to get a hole in one. If you look closely for his green ball, I managed to snap this picture right as the ball is falling into the hole.

Not Mommy though, my orange ball got stuck in a gopher hole; not to be confused with a golfer hole. I would like to have got stuck in one of those on the first attempt. Haha, get it, get it, a hole-in-one!

Then it was Dad's turn and he knocked my ball loose and his stayed in my spot. It was really sweet of him. He is such a gentleman.

Near the end of the course, Tyler was explaining to us how the process worked. He would point to the circle in a circular motion and say, "Round."

He would then hit the ball with a nice swing and hold the pose. It was great to see our little golfer make such progress along the course.

Of course on the last hole they have to make it near impossible to win that free game. First we had to hit it over a small hill, down a slope, then hit that ramp just right to cross the bridge into the hen house. Tyler managed to do this, all by hisself, and win a free game. We were in complete shock and so proud. I guess he really wanted to play again.