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I am a Mom of two young lads, a fitness fanatic and wife to a die-hard Packers/Brewers fan. I worked in corporate america for 12 years. Now I am on a new adventure - raising my sons and working part-time in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. I hope you stop by and read my updates- family, fitness, or life related!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Liam: 1 year + 10 months

As Liam gets closer to turning two, he is turning more into a little dude. He comprehends everything and speaks in sentences. I told him about a trip I was taking and he said, "me too Mommy," so clearly he wants to come with. Today Braden had camp and Liam ran around the house saying, "Where are you Braden?" even though he helped me drop him off this morning. He cracks me up. Liam is full of energy and he is very silly. He is up for anything to give you a laugh! He likes to tease and play tricks. He will wiggle during diaper changes and hold his legs closed so you can't get the diaper back on. He walks around with his teddy on his head bumping into things. He also is extremely strong- hanging from the jungle gym as a big kid would do. Liam is definitely the risk-taker and the thrill-seeker of the family. He likes to climb very steep things and scare his Mom (and everyone else watching)!

It's been really fun watching Liam grow and change the past few months. We have noticed that he tends to play on his own in a bigger group of kids, or will start playing with kids and then end up doing his own thing. I often hear him singing or talking to himself. He loves to point things out to us- by saying "look at this Mom", or "I see an airplane Dad".  He is very good about expressing himself- he shows excitement when we go places or get to eat certain foods. He is still our sensitive guy- running to us scared if there's a loud noise, or losing his temper if he is told no. He also cries if someone else is crying. He still has a love of dogs, he has to wear his puppy shirt almost everyday until Mom hides it and he finds it again. :) He points out every single puppy he sees. Maybe he will be a Vet someday.

Liam is such a joy to be around with his spunky attitude, humor and sensitivity. He compliments our family so much and we are so blessed to have him in our lives! It's crazy to think he is turning two this summer.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Braden: 3 years + 9 months

Braden has hit his all time peak of activeness in his third year and ninth month of life! :) He started his first official sports league- a combo of soccer and T-ball where they learn the basics. It has been really fun to watch. He takes it very seriously. As you can tell in the pictures, he is very focused and an excellent listener- not wanting to break any of the rules laid out by the coaches. He works so hard he has to take multiple water breaks. I am sure that he will want to play more T-ball in the future. I am not so sure about soccer. He said he liked it fine, but that it wasn't his favorite. :)

Braden is constantly on the go - I wonder where he gets that from? If he isn't riding his bike, playing ball or running around then he wants to go places or see people. During our down time at home, he is busy thinking up games for he and Liam to play or chasing Liam around. He loves to read (always asking for more books) and if we allow it, he loves games on the Ipad or to watch a cartoon. He is really enjoying swimming this year, dunking his head under to dive for things and staying under for a few seconds.

He doesn't nap anymore, but he usually wears himself out from the day's activities and is ready for bed around 8pm and will sleep until 7:30 a.m now. He is also still my sensible guy. If I say no to something, he may ask why. He will then listen to my reason, and then usually drops it and moves on without throwing a fit. Braden wants to do everything by himself now- from putting honey on his own PB & honey sandwich or getting dressed in the morning. It's been such a joy to watch him grow and change. He is an amazing kid to be around and we are blessed to call him ours!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

June Fun!

Father's Day Fun @ the pool
Pontoon ride w/ Bapa
Hanging by the river in Stillwater
Off to the pool we go!
Tractor ride in Afton
Well the month of June is passing us by. We have been staying extremely busy, hence the lack blog updates. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far.

Here's a snapshot of what we've been up to so far this month: Soccer & T-ball for Braden, camp for Braden a couple of mornings, bike riding, Como Zoo, swimming (only a couple of times since the weather has been so strange this year), outdoor bootcamp for Mama (I taught 8 classes between outdoor bootcamp and the YMCA this week), Joe had an evening at Canterbury Downs and his annual fishing excursion with college pals. We also spent Memorial weekend hanging with the entire Hammond clan which was fun. We got to spend Father's Day up at Bapa's lake and we had a great day for pontooning and hanging out on the beach. We've been playing in the yard with baseballs, squirt guns and the hose. We've had some delicious corn on the cob on the grill. I took the boys to the Afton Strawberry Festival to take their first pony ride! We spent the day in Stillwater after I taught a class. We've had a few dinners out on patios, and a fun family game of tennis one Saturday night. Summer is flying by so far! The boys are as active as ever and we are trying to fit in as much summer fun as possible.

So, if I don't get to update the blog summer has the best of us and we are out enjoying & staying busy. We hope you are too!