1.9 Ollie letter

Dear Ollie-

You are now 21 months old, and you seem so huge! You are wearing mostly size 3T or 4T shirts, but some 2T pants still fit you. It has been an exciting month for you, as we went to the cabin and up to Sedona this month. It is so hot outside that escaping the heat has been a major mission for us. We discovered something interesting; hiking seems to put you to sleep. You fell asleep in your carrier every time we went hiking. It was rather cute.

Falling asleep at the hotels and the cabin went about as well as it does at home, and most nights you manage to sleep through the night. We have it happen once or twice a week where you wake up in the night. Most of the time, turning your music back on will help you fall back to sleep, although you tend to wake up multiple times a night when you are waking up at night.

We did some more local fun stuff too, so on top of two trips out of town, you also took your first trip to Sun Splash. Sun Splash is a major water park, and you liked playing in the sprinkler area and going down the small kiddie slide. You did not like the wave pool. We also went to the science center with Laura, and you enjoyed running around with your brother very much.

You are on some allergy meds that do seem to be helping your snoring and breathing issues at night, but you still have issues, so we have a follow up later on this month to check into it.

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You are becoming more understandable when you babble, and starting to make some mild sense in communicating to us, which is handy. You still don’t have a lot of words, but it is clear you understand most of what is going on now days. It’s good to see your little mind working.

We do have issues when we go to the store or go to do something you aren’t too keen on. You are just very stubborn, and in a whole new way that is all your own. You do this thing, when you decide that others are just being completely unreasonable, where you give a long blink and sort of roll your eyes. It’s a cute expression, and I’d love it more if you didn’t tend to follow it up with a temper tantrum.

You are getting better about dogs. You are no longer afraid of our dogs, although you don’t like to be out with Latvia, which is understandable, as Latvia is a great dane who will knock you down. You do dislike barking dogs though.

You love to give five and play high five. You are great at this game, but I think it has made you a little predisposed to hit. We’re working on teaching you to be softer. You also love to run in circles around an adult, particularly your father or myself. You laugh and giggle while doing it. You generally enjoy bath time and love getting in the pool. It makes me so happy to get in the pool with you and watch you throw yourself into the water. I can barely wait until you start swimming. I suspect next summer you will be a fish!

Much Love,
Mama!

Sedona get away

Saturday (7/30) we found ourselves on the road to Sedona just after lunch. It was a later start than we had wanted, but sometimes these things happen.

We arrived in Sedona and decided to pull off and do some shopping. Ollie was running all over the place, so when we went to the next area to shop, I put Ollie in the cinchworm on my back. I should have put him on my front. Live and learn, right? We were in this really cool shop that was full of neat art cool stuff. Ollie decided to lean back and randomly grab something off of the wall, causing it to fall and break. On the bright side, it only cost us three dollars.

We hit up ChocolaTree, the Live Organic Vegetarian Eatery because it was dairy free and gluten free food, and it sounded intriguing. Unfortunately, between my picky eating and Landon’s refusal of food, we were not very happy with our meal. I suspect that someone who ate more Vegan would love it, but even Ollie turned his nose up at the food.

After that I either front carried him or we put him in the stroller. Landon was doing okay during most of the trip, although he made it pretty clear that he would rather be home playing video games than on an adventure. He was excited when we went to the hotel.

We stayed at the Rodeway Inn & Suites Iris Garden in Sedona Arizona The hotel was very nice, located near downtown. Once we got settled, we took off to enjoy downtown.

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There are lots of little shops and such, and while we had fun shopping, I felt very much like Sedona is not a town for young children. The boys were not super entertained, but we enjoyed walking around, out of the heat of the valley, and enjoying the wonderful views. We ended up stopping and having a second dinner, not to mention getting some Fudge to eat for dessert!

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We got a good night sleep too. Ollie slept in the closet, on a cot we had brought from home. It was actually really cool, because the closet did not have doors, just some drapes, so it was like he had his own little room. In the morning we walked around the shops briefly and had breakfast.

Then we checked out of the hotel and went looking for some hiking. The trail we had planned to reach ended up requiring a 4×4 to reach it, so we picked some other trails at random.
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I really enjoyed the hiking, the views were amazing. The rest of the family did not have as much fun. Landon is okay hiking to a destination, less so with hiking to just “go for a walk.” Bobby was not having as much fun because Ollie would doze off and then crack his head forward into Bobby. While this was mildly funny to watch, it was not as much fun to have happen to you.

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When we got to the second trail I decided a change was in order, so we put Ollie back in the cinchworm. The second hike was more fun for everyone.
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Oliver seemed to prefer being strapped to me, even if it was much hotter for both of us. Landon was happy because he knew that he got to sit in the car and play video games shortly.
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We had a pleasant drive home after that, with no major issues. All in all, a nice little weekend escape!

The full set of pics can be seen on Flickr.

Ollie letter 1.9

1.9
Dear Ollie-

You are now 21 months old, and you seem so huge! You are wearing mostly size 3T or 4T shirts, but some 2T pants still fit you. It has been an exciting month for you, as we went to the cabin and up to Sedona this month. It is so hot outside that escaping the heat has been a major mission for us. We discovered something interesting; hiking seems to put you to sleep. You fell asleep in your carrier every time we went hiking. It was rather cute.

Falling asleep at the hotels and the cabin went about as well as it does at home, and most nights you manage to sleep through the night. We have it happen once or twice a week where you wake up in the night. Most of the time, turning your music back on will help you fall back to sleep, although you tend to wake up multiple times a night when you are waking up at night.

We did some more local fun stuff too, so on top of two trips out of town, you also took your first trip to Sun Splash. Sun Splash is a major water park, and you liked playing in the sprinkler area and going down the small kiddie slide. You did not like the wave pool. We also went to the science center with Laura, and you enjoyed running around with your brother very much.

You are on some allergy meds that do seem to be helping your snoring and breathing issues at night, but you still have issues, so we have a follow up later on this month to check into it.

DSC_0006

You are becoming more understandable when you babble, and starting to make some mild sense in communicating to us, which is handy. You still don’t have a lot of words, but it is clear you understand most of what is going on now days. It’s good to see your little mind working.

We do have issues when we go to the store or go to do something you aren’t too keen on. You are just very stubborn, and in a whole new way that is all your own. You do this thing, when you decide that others are just being completely unreasonable, where you give a long blink and sort of roll your eyes. It’s a cute expression, and I’d love it more if you didn’t tend to follow it up with a temper tantrum.

You are getting better about dogs. You are no longer afraid of our dogs, although you don’t like to be out with Latvia, which is understandable, as Latvia is a great dane who will knock you down. You do dislike barking dogs though.

You love to give five and play high five. You are great at this game, but I think it has made you a little predisposed to hit. We’re working on teaching you to be softer. You also love to run in circles around an adult, particularly your father or myself. You laugh and giggle while doing it. You generally enjoy bath time and love getting in the pool. It makes me so happy to get in the pool with you and watch you throw yourself into the water. I can barely wait until you start swimming. I suspect next summer you will be a fish!

Much Love,
Mama!