Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chaos and zoo trips

It feels like life has been slightly chaotic recently.  There have been several factors really.

We have been on several trips this month that, although extremely fun and well worth it, made the kids think they should no longer sleep through the night.  Sleep is overrated.
Little man is growing increasingly mobile and although he cannot crawl forward (his favorite is to crawl backwards), he can get anywhere he wants.  Time to baby proof...again.  I feel like we've let our guard down for, I don't know, a couple of very short, liberating months.  Back at it again.
Little man is no longer our super laid back, go-with-the-flow child.  He has developed oh so strong opinions and when he gets anything taken away from him or he is forced to do anything he is not in the mood for (think changing his clothes, etc), he lets out an extremely loud, ear shattering cry and flings himself backwards.  It's lovely.  Is this the beginning of fits?
Miss E is still learning the concept of sharing and loves taking toys from others (especially if they are hers and if the other child looks like they are having fun).  This combined with the point above makes for a very ugly combo.
Miss E is a little monkey and has been easily climbing in and out of her crib for weeks/months which really makes you rethink bedtime/naptime.  She also has felt particularly feisty lately in pushing boundaries, hitting, and climbing AND jumping off of anything she can find.

Needless to say, we're a little tired and really tired of screaming.

Although it has been crazy, we were very thankful for the opportunity to go on several trips recently, once to see my family and then last weekend to St. Louis to meet up with our BFFs from Oklahoma.  Although the weekend started a little rocky (we had to take Miss E to the ER because she was having a really hard time breathing), we ended up having such an amazing time.  We rented a little house so we could all stay together.  In my books, staying in a house is ALWAYS better than staying in a hotel with small children.  The house was, ummm...interesting, but it met our needs.
The kids enjoyed watching shows together.  How sad is it that this is the only picture I have of all 3 kids together?  Probably because it's the only time they're not moving.
We supported the SOONERS!  It was so fun to be able to watch OU/TEXAS with Sooner fans...especially since we won.  We also got to eat yummy Italian at a restaurant in the Hill district.
We treasured our evening adult time.  Unfortunately again, this is the only picture we got of us 4.  Probably because we were chasing after kids so much of the time.
The highlight of the trip was our trip to the zoo.  It was awesome and FREE!!
Watching for animals with NoNo.
Love this pic!
They thought this peacock (aka peahock to Elliott) was amazing!
Watching flamingos.
Train ride around the zoo.

 And in case you wanted to know some of the animals we saw, here they are...
 Penguins (my favorite),
 Multiple bears,
 and last but not least, the peahock...I mean peacock.

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