February Blizzard of 2013

Last week we Coloradans got hit with a good amount of snow. Significantly enough to make people ponder if they need to leave the house and the schools to be on a delay in the morning. It takes a lot of snow to have an actual snow day.

Saturday night it started to snow and snowed all throughout the night. By Sunday morning a thick blanket of snow covered everything. This winter has been pretty bleak in terms of snow fall, so it was actually nice to see a lot of snow and not have any place we had to be. So we bundled up and took BabyBird outside to play in the snow. He was such a trooper on getting his snow pants and everything on (unlike last year when he would just fuss and wiggle when I tried to put on his snowsuit)

We headed outside and his reaction was priceless. His little face just lit up seeing all the snow and started to run down our drive way only to get a couple of feet before it came up to his thighs making it a bit hard to walk. We shoveled some of it and made forts, threw snowballs at each other and just had a good time in the snow.

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Helping Daddy shovel the driveway.

 

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Tromping through the snow with Daddy

 

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Making snow castles

 

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Can you tell that he had a good time? It was a brisk 30 degrees outside, so after a little bit we headed inside to warm up with hot chocolate while Daddy finished up shoveling the sidewalks. Unfortunately BabyBird did not like hot chocolate. Well, maybe next year kiddo.

 

Review: Toddler Nike Lunar Forever 2 @finishline

So the mother of all snow storms hit Colorado this weekend. We are talking heavy snow fall and gusts with made for quite the incredible Sunday morning on the last week in February. Colorado winters are so random.

But in other news, this kiddo has been growing like a weed. Overnight we moved from 18-24mo sized pants to 2T which looked huge at first but now they fit perfectly. Same goes with shoes. So I was stoked when Finish Line asked me to review a pair of their toddler line of shoes. Hell yeah!  Now I didn’t realize Finish Line carried toddler shoes (I’ve shopped there for running shoes for myself back in the day when I ran) but totally awesome that they carry a big line of toddler shoes from your everyday sneaker to Jordans.

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I ordered this pair the Nike Lunar Forever 2 ($43.99), and they are awesome! I love the lace in the front to help keep a toddler shoe in place and the easy velcro snap across the front makes it so much easier to wiggle a foot into a shoe. Because as moms, that is a key component to any shoe. How easy is it to get on? And does it stay on? For this Nike shoe, the answer is an enthusiastic yes to both. The shoe is really well made and I can tell it won’t fall apart on us anytime soon. Plus they offer a lot of support for all the running and jumping that will be happening on the playground and everywhere else.

And another plus? With the added cushion on the bottom, they are great in the snow. We wore them out today in the slush and his toes stayed nice and warm and dry.

When I first put them on, the kiddo ran off and around the house and proudly proclaimed that they were his new “fast” shoes. Because obviously he can now run even faster with those shoes on. Toddler verdict: win! He loves them and was ready to go in an instant. Mom verdict: win, too! A well made shoe to keep up with my active toddler that is also easy to get on and stays on. Score! Check out finishline for their whole line of toddler shoes and they are also offering free shipping so if you can’t make it to the mall you can shop in the comfort of your home. I highly recommend them, they are the perfect toddler shoe.

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Two.

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Dear BabyBird,

You turn 2 today. As I sit here looking back at pictures in the last 2 years, I am in completely awe of how much you have changed and grown into your own little person this last year. You are thoughtful and caring of others and when you hear other babies cry it upsets you. You love your independence whether that is walking down the stairs with arms full of blankets and cups or insisting on putting on your own shoes and socks in the morning. You have a great spunk about you and just really love and enjoy each moment no matter where we are. At this age, you are so much fun to take to places and be my partner in crime where ever we go. You laugh at all of my silly jokes and faces and you are starting to get a sense of humor. You love music and playing outside at the playground or just walking around examining every leaf and twig you find along the way. You have made me appreciate the smaller things in life and enjoying the present moment.

 

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You are the highlight of my day and I just can’t even imagine what my life would be like without you in our family. You made me into a mommy and that is the best gift I could have every received. I love you to the moon and back.

 

 

All By Yourself

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You are official a big kid. No longer needing your mommy to go up with you. Thank goodness because those structures are not made for adults. You climbed up the play area {with some encouragement from me on the bench} and after the first climb, you were a pro and navigated the slide and tunnels with ease. You’d slide down the big curly blue slide and would have the biggest smile on your face and would run around to climb it again and again.

On a different day, when we visited the same area it was much busier with a bunch of older kids. Not wanting to let you hopes down that we wouldn’t get to play, I let you climb around the mad house play structure. The noise and craziness of a bunch of older kids didn’t seem to bother you. But after a little bit, I could start to hear the older kids chanting ‘no babies allowed’ and ‘no babies up here’. I knew in an instant that they were talking about you. But you didn’t. The momma bear in me was getting mad and upset that they were picking on you for being younger {which, for the record these older kids were too old to be playing here in the first place} and I was getting mad. I glanced around to see where the parents were and everyone was looking down at their phone not paying attention. I shouted encouragement from below for you to climb to the very top and not mind the other kids and slide down {because we were leaving} and headed to the library instead.