Sunday, April 29, 2012

Miss Adeline Hendry Barron 13 months

Safari Day

William's class has been studying the rain forest.  At the end of this study unit all the kids wore their safari gear to school.  William reported in on the day by telling me that his class went on a hike through the campus and found butterflies and a few beetles. 

The Drillers verse The Springfield Cardinals

Friday night was another night at the ballpark for the Barrons.  We headed to Oil Field in Tulsa with our friends, The Schwerdtfegers.  Dan and Tyson work together and William and Owen are in the same grade at Holland Hall.  Since moving to Tulsa, Kenna, Owen's mom, has been a wonderful friend to me.  Her little girl, kate is a cutie.  The guys scored seats in the company's box, and the kids were so excited to watch the game together.

The game started at 7pm, Adeline's bedtime.....but our girl rallied like a rock star and by the time we hit the ballpark, she was so excited.  I think all the people, the chaos, and being in the great outdoors totally preoccupied her.  She was pretty good, but wanted to run and explore constantly. Dan and I took turns chasing her around and after about 3 innings I had to leave and bring her home.

Meanwhile, Dan and William stayed the entire game and capped off the night with a fantastic fireworks display.  The Drillers mascot, Hornsby, made a surprise appearance in the Alliance Company suite.  I had already left with Adeline, so Kenna snapped this cute picture of the boys.  The first thing William told me when he got home was "Mom, I met my first Mascot.  He was real nice because you know mom, the mascot is just a guy in a costume."  Yes my friend, that is EXACTLY what I have been trying to tell you for the last 3 years!  So glad he siezed the moment and stood by Hornsby with a big smile on his face!

We had a great time and can't wait to return to the ballpark with our friends!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Take me out to the ball game!

Last Friday night, I went to a Bunco party with my friend Kenna.  So, Dan as in charge at home.  He decided to take Adeline and William to the ORU baseball game down the street.  The game started at 7:00 p.m. which is Adeline's bedtime, so we (or I) held our breath that she'd make it! 

Dan said Adeline lasted one inning in her stroller before she was completely done.  So, he took the kids over to a field where Adeline could run around and William could still enjoy the game.  As it turns out, the field was the BEST place to collect foul balls! 

There were several kids waiting in the field just hoping for a ball, so William really had to hustle in order to score himself some baseball loot.  He proudly collected 2 balls during the game!  YIPPEE!

My trio left the game early and headed home with a very tired little girl.  As they made their way back to the car, William found 3 more foul balls hiding behind a wall.  This made for 5 baseballs in one night!

I would say my team hit a home run!

P.S.  Dan said Adeline went to bed at 8:45 p.m. without hesitation....ha! I should say so!

Baby #3 - 16 weeks Pregnancy Highlights

16 weeks Pregnancy Highlights

How Far Along: 16 weeks 
 Size of baby: Baby B is the size of an avacado
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 143 lbs.  Gained 6 total.
Maternity Clothes: Not in many maternity clothes.  I can wear my regular sundresses and workout pants.  Wearing maternity shorts and pants if needed.
Gender: Don't know yet!
Movement:  Two days ago, I felt a small thumping sensation down low.  It occured 3 times and I haven't felt anything since. 
Sleep: I sleep on my left side and don't have any discomfort yet. 
What I miss: Nothing significant so far.....
Cravings: Orange Juice, PROTEIN LOVE egg sandwiches, vegetable soup, always thirsty, crackers.  I tend to be the most hungry in the morning and around lunch time.  Dinner tends to be a lighter meal like cereal.  Cannot eat spicy foods and milk doesn't do well with me.
Best Moment this week: Feeling those little thumps and getting a good report from the doctor!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A beauty with bangs

Adeline's crazy hair is simply who she is and we love that about her.  It shoots off in different directions, sticks straight up in the back and is scraggly along the sides. I spray it down and comb it all the time, but by the end of the day, it's back to being crazy.  And yet, I can't bring myself to give her an official haircut.  I want it to grow longer before we attempt to shape it up and trim it. 
However, the front was all in her eyes and giving her fits.  So, I compromised and gave her bangs.  They are so cute and it's amazing how a tiny little change makes her look such much older.  She sat on my lap and licked a sucker while the hairdresser carefully trimmed her hair.  I hated that I couldn't get any pictures while I was holding her, but I promise on her "official haircut day,"  I will be armed with my camera and video!

Adeline - 13 months

Boys Weekend 2012

Last weekend, Adeline and I went to OKC for the weekend.  My friend Lindsey was in town from Richmond, VA and invited us to a Sip and See introducing her daughter, Elizabeth.  Our little trip out of Tulsa left Dan and William to declare "BOYS WEEKEND!"

William was so excited for Adeline and I to leave town.  Ha!  I knew he would miss us, but I could tell he was really looking forward to hanging out with Dan and having all of his Dada's attention.  Saturday morning he kept asking me what time Adeline and I would get in the car so Boys Weekend could start!  He literally ushered me out the door!

Before I skipped out of town, I asked William what he had planned for Boys Weekend and this was his list:
  • Stay up as long as they want
  • play Ipad longer than his 30 minute turn
  • never brush their teeth
  • no girls allowed
  • no rules
  • eat whatever they want whenever they are hungry
  • cruise in the car with the windows down
The list made me chuckle and I just knew William and Dada would have a great adventure.  Unfortunately, I took the camera with me to OKC which left Dan with his blackberry camera.  Most of the pictures documenting their weekend are from the blackberry, but nonetheless, I am so glad to have them in the memory books.

Saturday Boys Weekend:

Dada and William drove to Fort Gibson.  Dada treated William to a new Calvary hat and a badge.  Then they headed back to Tulsa to attend a birthday party for William's friend, Nicholas.

After the birthday party, Boys Weekend rolled into Incredible Pizza for a night of miniature golf, arcade games and all you can eat pizza.  William LOVED this place.   Dan said it was really crowded, but they stayed a long time.  William told me he played lots of games including one where he had to smash ducks with a mallet.
After a full day of on the go activity, the boys returned home and settled in for the night.  William proudly told me that they partied hard and didn't go to bed until 11:30 p.m.  HA!  I knew it.   I knew William was going to hold out as long as he could in order to enjoy his list of rules for Boys Weekend.  I am sure he thought it was SO COOL to stay up until midnight.  Heck, you're only 5 once so you might as well party like a rockstar when Mom is out of town.

The boys woke up on Sunday and loafed around for awhile.  They decided to go fishing and hit up Walmart for a rod and reel.  Dan sent this cute picture of William waiting for a bite.  He happily told me that lots of fish nibbled at this rod, but they didn't end up catching anything.  "Mom, it was really no big deal.  Dada showed me how to cast the pole into the water and then we had to wait a long time and watch for the fish to bite.  We got a few bites, but we didn't pull anything out of the water.  That was ok.  It was nothing to get sad about.  We'll get them next time.  It sure was fun."
Adeline and I returned to Tulsa late Sunday afternoon.  I couldn't wait to get the full weekend report from William.  I could tell in his voice that he had the time of his life with Dada.  There were even a few things that William insisted he couldn't tell me.  They were "only for the boys to know about."  hmmmmmm..........

After getting a brief summary of Boys Weekend, William promptly asked, "So when are you leaving town again Mom?"

Monday, April 16, 2012

Holland Hall Zoo Field Trip

Today was William's much anticipated field trip to the Tulsa Zoo.  His class has been studying amphibians and the rain forest, and the zoo has excellent exhibits highlighting both.  I was excited for this field trip because this was our first trip to the Tulsa zoo as well as Adeline's first time to see live animals in person.  
 I dropped William off at school and waited behind the school bus so I could follow the class to the zoo.  Adeline took a good morning nap in the car, so she was ready to rock and roll when we arrived.  Once I got her situated in the stroller and loaded all our gear, we met William and his buddies at the zoo entrance.

Mrs. Overcash told us we could take the kids anywhere in the zoo, but at 11:10 am we were all going to be meet at the rain forest exhibit.  So, William, Adeline and I set out to explore the zoo with William's buddies - Jake and Matthew and Jake's mom, Kim.  The boys were fired up!  I don't think they stopped running for one second.  Kim takes her kids to the zoo all the time, so she was the perfect person to tag along with.  She had us zipping around the zoo with plenty of time to see all the "big ticket" animals before our 11am deadline.
When we got to the elephants, I just knew Adeline would freak out.  Elephants and ducks are her very favorite animals.  And, the excitement for me was just watching her face the first time she recognized a real animal in person.  Oh my goodness, her eyes got huge and she gasped, "WOOOOOOWWWW!"  It was "WOW" plain as day (a new word for the list!).  She squealed with pure delight when she saw the elephant raise his trunk and make a noise.  She laughed and laughed.  I knew her enjoyment was real because weeks ago, I taught her to raise her hand up in the air and make a shrieking noise when asked, "what does the elephant say?"  And for her to see the elephant actually raise his trunk and squeal -well that was the icing on the cake for this cutie!

Here she is doing her elephant impersonation:
Aside from the elephants, Adeline really did have a great time seeing the animals in person.  She watched the giraffes for a good 5 minutes without making a peep, and she got a kick out of the prairie dogs.  

William and his buds liked the Cheetah, tigers, lions and monkeys.  We stopped by a turtle statue and got a cute picture of the boys, but I didn't chance taking Adeline out of her stroller for her own photo.  She loves to get out of  the stroller, but hates getting back in....
Just as we rounded the corner from the giraffes, William noticed the sea lion show was about to start.  So, we all grabbed seats and watched the trainers introduce the sea lions and show a few tricks.  It was very cute and really fun to watch.
After we met up with his class for the rain forest exhibit, it was time for a quick lunch.  The kids brought sack lunches and sat with their chaperons.  William insisted on eating with Adeline so the three of us found a shady spot under a tree and feasted on our grub.  The kids were SO hungry they didn't move off the blanket until every last morsel of food was gone.  
The class got the chance to play on the zoo playground before calling it a day.  6 hours at the Tulsa zoo was plenty - probably more than enough:)  It was really fun to watch William race around with his friends and listen to their funny conversations.  I can tell my boy is gaining independence and leaving me in the dust.

But then I hear him say, "Mom, thanks for coming to the zoo.  I would miss you if  you were not here."  And I begin to think I might just have a few more moments like these before he's embarrassed to be seen with me! ha!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Talkin' up a storm

Adeline is almost 13 months and her vocabulary blows me away.  I don't remember William being as verbal as she is at this young age.  It's so fun to communicate with her and watch her absorb the world.  Here is a list of her accomplishments:

Words Adeline can say loud and clear:
  • Cockadoodledoo
  • dog
  • ball
  • backpack
  • "Hi Walter" (Rachel's dog)
  • "I see a...." (when turning the pages of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" the book)
  • cracker
  • Dada
  • Mama
  • hi
  • bye-bye
  • "one, two" (when counting)
  • shoes
  • duck
  • "caw-caw" (bird)
  • bus
  • baby
  • night-night
  • on
  • off
 Words Adeline knows without saying but will point them out:
  • hair
  • nose
  • ear
  • mouth
  • eyes
  • head
  • foot
  • finger
  • cup
  • milk
  • straw
  • drink
  • door
  • keys
  • airplane
  • stroller
  • tv
  • chair
  • toys
  • paci
  • window
  • cars
  • train
  • table
  • no touch
  • tub
  • high five
  • water
  • and many more

Sounds Adeline can make thanks to her favorite book, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?"
  • "Caw-Caw" - bird
  • "quack, quack" - duck
  • "squeal sound while raising her arm above her head like a trunk" - elephant
  • "meep, meep" - cat (meow)
  • "BAAAAAAAA" her FAVORITE and first animal sound for sheep
  • "huuuh huuuh" - dog (ruff, ruff) deep and heavy sounding
  • "cockadoodeldoo" - rooster
  • a humming sound that goes from low to high - horse
  • pouts her lips together in an open and closed way - fish
  • at 9m, she could make the sound of an airplane and fly one of William's over her head
I know I am probably leaving A LOT of words out, but this will at least give me good perspective for her baby book.

Baby #3 - 13 Week Pregnancy Highlights

13 week Pregnancy Highlights

How Far Along: 13 weeks (March 28, 2012)
Size of baby: Baby B is the size of my thumb
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 139 lbs.  Gained 4 since 8 weeks pregnant
Maternity Clothes: Not in many maternity clothes.  I can wear my regular sundresses and workout pants. 
Gender: Don't know yet!
Movement:  None.  I think it's too early to feel anything.
Sleep: I sleep on my left side and don't have any discomfort yet.  I am VERY tired by 8:30/9 pm and sometimes go to bed after I get William down. 
What I miss: Nothing significant so far.....
Cravings: Orange Juice, PROTEIN LOVE egg sandwiches, vegetable soup, always thirsty, crackers.
Best Moment this week: Passing the NT scan with "normal results" for the early signs of baby's development.

*Terrible picture of me, but it's the only one I have at 13 weeks and was taken on a phone..  I cannot get it to rotate correctly if I try and load it clearly.  no idea why.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Great Joy is Coming - October 3, 2012

"Every good and perfect gift is from above" - James 1:17

Great Joy is Coming!

October 3rd, 2012

We rejoice with grateful hearts and give thanks to God for his most precious gift.  Blessed beyond our dreams.  God is Good!

Easter 2012

We had a whirlwind Easter weekend in OKC.  It was filled with EGG-cellent fun.  

 William and Elin had fun dying eggs on the back porch.  The thrill was gone in about 5 minutes, but nevertheless, it was one festive bit of fanfare to ring in our Easter.  William enjoyed double and triple dipping his eggs to make a rainbow of random colors while Elin spent her time dying her eggs purple.  

Easter morning, William was eager to get downstairs early so he could check the front yard for eggs and find his Easter basket.  His basket was on the kitchen table and inside he found a coloring book, new swim goggles, a book about US Presidents and a water shooter.  Pleased as punch!  He was even more thrilled to know that the Easter Bunny had come overnight and placed 35 eggs in Bebe and Pop's yard.  "35 EGGS MOM!  WOW!  Can you believe that!??"  He was desperate to go outside and snatch up his loot, but the early morning was cold and we were all trying to run around and get out the door for church.  
But, I assured him that he could hunt for his eggs right after we got home.  And man, did William bolt out of the car after church.  He wasted NO time at all and gathered up his eggs.  He ate a few M&Ms, then hunted some more, then ate again, and you see how this pattern went on and on......
Some eggs contained money and William was SO EXCITED to count all the change he found.  In the end, he collected $5.34.  And in true William fashion, he very seriously looked at me and said, "Mom, does this mean that with my egg money and my piggy bank money I now have enough dollars to buy a private jet?"  
Oh how CUTE is my little man?  The pilot in him is just desperate to own a plane.  Someday buddy. Someday buddy.  But, I have a feeling it is going to take more than a million egg hunts to buy a private plane.  Oh the dreams of a child!

Adeline had a great Easter too.  She spent most of the egg hunt walking around the front yard while shaking her eggs up and down.  She thought the process was really entertaining, but I have a feeling she had no idea what was going on.   When I gave her Easter basket to her, her eyes beamed.  Inside was a Huggims baby doll wearing a bunny jacket.  Adeline grinned and worked hard to pull her baby out of the basket while exclaiming, "Baby! Baby!" and hugging her neck.  She also got a bottle of bubbles and hot pink sunglasses.  

The day completely got away from me, so I didn't get a great picture of the kids together holding their baskets.  But, I at least got some cute ones from their egg hunt.  

And, I have saved the best news for last.....

The kids came to OKC wearing very important t-shirts that brought squeals of joy and delight to my family members!  Blessings abound!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ollies Station CHOO! CHOO!

Saturday afternoon we ventured to Ollies Station for lunch.  It's a family owned "diner" style restrauant in Tulsa.  The entire place is dressed up in a train theme.  We thought William would really have fun watching the trains run on their tracks while we ate lunch.  And sure enough, William LOVE IT!
Ollie's website description:   Ten running trains, from G-scale to Z-scale, run the length of the dining room and through scale model cities and towns. Our walls and shelves abound with railroad memorabilia. Ollies is located in old downtown Redfork on a corner that's been here since 1894.  Railroads, oil wells, and the famous Route 66 all merge at Redfork Corner to give young and old a touch of history and some of the best food in Oklahoma. 

During lunch he told Dan and I how he was going to work at Ollies Station when he grew up.  He also told us how he'll open up a similar resturant, but instead of trains he'll have airplanes flying everywhere!  We got a kick out of his idea.  I love William's imagination.  He is so passionate about flight.

I gave William my phone and told him to take a few pictures while he looked around the restrauant.  Seriously, there are trains EVERYWHERE.  EVERYWHERE.  Here are a few of William's best shots.

And a side note - I found this picture on my phone the other day.  William set the table at Cheesecake Factory.  I was so surprised because I had no idea he even knew the correct pattern for setting the table!  Guess I have a new handy helper at dinner time!  Look at the pride on my boy's face!

Adeline's 12m doctor visit

Today was Adeline's 12 month visit at the doctor.  She was fired up for the car ride and when we got to the doctor's office, she was thrilled to see the gigantic slide and climbing toy in the waiting room.  She walked around and chatted with everyone, waved her hands like she was conducting a band, rode the slide about 20 times and was basically on cloud 9.

But it all changed when my baby girl heard the loud crinkle noise.  yep.  the white paper that covers the patient's table.  the crinkle noise.  

Adeline stopped dead in her tracks.   She looked up at me and the glory in her face melted into bug eyes and plain ol' stare of "I know exactly where we are now."  I felt so bad.  She didn't cry right off, but she was VERY skeptical from the moment I undressed her until the doctor left the room.  Aside from her nerves, she performed like a rock star and the doc even told me she might as well be 15 months old.  Yeah for Adeline!

But when I had to lay her down on that white paper with the loud crinkle noise, my sweet little girl just burst into inconsolable tears.   It was like she knew that 2 shots were coming quick.  Oh how I HATE watching babies get shots.  Hate it.  And to hold my Adeline down while she cried crocodile tears was simply a low parenting moment in my history books.  It hurts me every single time!  Luckily, the nurse was super fast and I quickly scooped Adeline up into my arms and held her tight.  Oh she was so sad.  But all tears were cleared with a few sips from her cup and her pacifier. 

Adeline's stats:

24.10 lbs
31 inches long 94%tile - GO ADELINE!
Notes:  no more bottles!  whole milk in a sippy cup to be served at meal time and before bed.  sips are fine at this age and baby is not expected to finish an entire cup serving in one sitting.  good to know! 
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