Toddler Goggles

Frogglez Swimming Goggles with Universal Strap for Kids

Aqua Sphere Seal Kid Swim Goggle

I bought these two goggles on Amazon to try for Audrey. She is almost 3 years old, but has gotten used to wearing goggles while swimming. Her swim school recommended I buy some for her and I purchased her first pair from them. In the beginning she hated wearing them. I didn’t push it and when she’d ask for them I would put them on and when she wanted them off I would take them off. I think as she grew older she started noticing that they helped her see better under the water. She started asking to wear her goggles at swimming pools and got really comfortable with them on. Eventually we lost the first pair from the swim school and since then I had purchased other “toddler”sized goggles, ALL of which leaked or wouldn’t seal. I finally decided to spend some coin and get good quality pairs.

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The Frogglez seem like a great idea and we have tried them, but not successfully. They are too big for her still so they don’t seal. The head band part works great so far. I just wish there was a bit more stretch to so I wouldn’t have to pull so hard to get it over Audrey’s head. The Frogglez are for 3+ so I hope she grows into them well. They are more expensive being $19, but you can put most goggle frames on the head band. They connect with Velcro so it would be an easy switch if you wanted to change the goggle size.

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The Aqua Sphere Seal goggles worked better than the Frogglez for Audrey. I really liked that they are a large framed goggle. This allowed me to place them on her easier because I didn’t have to worry about placing them perfectly over the eyes. They sealed better than the Frogglez since the band allows adjustments. I just tightened the band and pressed them to her face to get a good seal. These goggles were 3+ also, but the adjustable band makes them a better fit. These were a bit cheaper than the Frogglez being $17. They also came with a nice case to keep them in. I definitely like the Aqua Sphere goggles better right now since the Frogglez don’t even fit because the head band doesn’t adjust.

Our Weekend In Corpus Christi!

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We went to Corpus Christi last weekend because Tom had a conference at the Omni. I didn’t think it was going to be as refreshing as it was because we weren’t leaving the state. I guess I didn’t consider it a ‘trip’. Other than the Omni being a less than average hotel, we had a great time. I still pinch myself that we live in a new state where we can drive to the beach instead of the mountains. It’s a nice change of pace and the people in Texas are just the friendliest around. We arrived Thursday afternoon and quickly discovered that the Omni wasn’t quite as nice as we were used to. Our room would have been wonderful if it had adult sized beds. The room had two DOUBLE beds which are 54×75 inches versus a queen which is 60×80. These are the beds that furniture stores sell for KIDS rooms so why is it in a hotel??? I was almost too long for this bed so I can’t imagine how a 6’ tall man would fare. Another HUGE con was the WIFI. Note only did you have to pay $11-$14 it didn’t work! I called the front desk and their response was “sometimes when the hotel is really full the WIFI doesn’t work well”. Correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t a hotel be prepared to accommodate a full house?! The room service meals were very good though. The pool was nice except it should have been twice as large because it was getting a little crowded. All in all we gave the Omni a 2.5-3 out of 5. I wish Corpus invested in tourism more. They need a nice strip of land by the ocean with nice hotels and restaurants on the water. The beach in Corpus is nice, I wouldn’t call it a destination mostly because the city really needs to construct a ‘destination area’. I would skip Corpus all together and go straight to Port Aransas if we were looking for beach time. On last night the conference had a reception that we attended. The food…..well let’s be honest it was pretty gross. Tom even got food poisoning from it! They had two protein dishes, chicken and Mahi Mahi. The chicken still had it’s skin but it was soggy instead of crispy. It tasted like they just boiled it and tossed in hot sauce. The fish was so dry that it became chalk in our mouths and that’s never a good sign. But they did have a live band and we spent most of the night dancing. It was fun dancing with Audrey. You can see some of her ‘dance moves’ in our vlog! It was great being able to dance as a family. The wall facing the ocean was mostly glass so it was lovely being able to look at the water as the sun went down – too bad the food wasn’t on par with the ambience. Over-all a nice low key weekend that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

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Thoughts Of A Sleep Deprived Mom

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Sleep, what a topic! It’s common knowledge by now that when you become a parent sleep becomes a distant memory. Most people dread this part of being a parent because it is one of the harder things we have to deal with physically. When you are pregnant with your first baby people tell you what to expect, but expecting doesn’t prepare you for the physical toll. Some people think ‘I’ve been without sleep for a few days, or maybe a week so I will be fine’ but the loss of sleep could last for YEARS! Tom always liked to say “I used to work 36 hour shifts in the hospital without any sleep. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again”, but he conveniently forgets that he did it 20 years ago!! Lucky for him I did 100% of the night care with Audrey and I’ll do it with the next baby too.  It’s like being anorexic, only with the zzzZZZ. Parents are ‘sleeporexic’! If you don’t eat properly it will take a toll, just like not getting adequate sleep. Who can function without sleep? Well parents try, what choice do we have? I’m at the point now where I’m always tired. I love the idea of getting a nice restful sleep, but it never seems to happen. My hubby is wonderful at letting me sleep in (9am) on the weekends, but my body isn’t. My mommy brain has to decide between sleep and getting something done. Do I want to take advantage of an early bedtime or wash another load of laundry? Most of the time I choose to get something done. Sometimes when I get a “normal” amount of sleep it makes me slow all day. It even gives me a headache! So I long for more sleep but when I get it I don’t feel well. Ahhhh long gone are those pre-baby days where sleep was plentiful. Being a parent is a new phase of life and lack of sleep is part of it. I do miss the pre-baby days, but those days came and went like they were supposed to. I don’t feel like I let them go too soon, timing was great. It doesn’t mean that I don’t drool when I imagine how easy sleep used to be.

Thanksgiving 2014

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Turkey, stuffing, casserole, gravy, mashed potatoes, lipstick, shaking sillies out, pie, whipped cream, and so much more. These are just some of the things that were involved in this years Thanksgiving. This year was nice and informal. I love having a lot of guests and especially cooking for them all, but this year was nice too because it was so casual. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a casual Thanksgiving and I loved it. We just did whatever. No dressing up, nothing over the top. Paper plates and plastic silverware for dessert. We had the Thanksgiving basics to eat, no herb crusted lamb and roast beef. It was nice. I enjoyed this pace for Thanksgiving. Audrey spent most of the time applying her lipstick……..nonstop. She hasn’t gotten the idea that you don’t rub lipstick on for minutes at a time. But it is quite entertaining how she puts it on and says “I prittty”. So cute! She was the only one who wore anything “fancy”, because she picked her pink dress out herself. And since Thanksgiving she’s worn it every day. Yesterday I picked out pants and a pink shirt for her to wear, she had a tantrum for about an hour. And finally came back to the room with the pink dress OVER her other outfit. Stubborn baby.

If you would like to watch our Thanksgiving vlog – https://www.youtube.com/Smohrtolove

We Are Back!

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We are back home from a wonderful AZ trip. I am sad to be back because it was so much fun being there with everyone. Traveling with Audrey is not easy. I had bruises on my wrists from wrangling all the luggage together, thank goodness I didn’t have to bring the pack n play! Audrey was so cute this last week. I tried to vlog but it just wasn’t working because I would forget and get busy, it just didn’t work out. Sorry guys I wish I was able to make it happen. Audrey was obsessed with airplanes on this trip. Every 5 minutes it would be “AIRPLANE Oh No!” haha TOO CUTE! We had a good great time and now we are home. It is nice to be home, but I wish I could call AZ home………soon. I know you all are missing us so much 🙂 so I will get back to vlogging today. Some exciting traveling coming up! Camping, then Cancun, and then……..EUROPE!!!!

Santa Fe Trip

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We went to Santa Fe, NM for a week in April. We were looking forward to warm weather…………… yeah, that didn’t happen. It was cold and windy most days. We stayed at the El Dorado hotel for the first half and moved to the Hilton for the second. The Hilton was SO MUCH NICER. We wished we had stayed there the whole time. We roadtripped in down from Denver. It was about a 6 hour drive, but we stopped a lot to give the baby time to stretch her legs. Audrey hasn’t been much of a talker, well not English. She talks plenty, we just don’t understand it. This week she was talking a ton. She was pronouncing words perfectly like she’s been talking this whole time. Words like doggy, bubble, ball, cool, bye bye, car, but she says it twice like ball ball. It’s so cute hearing her start to speak Eniglish, but I know it will never end now haha! She has gotten so big. I just can’t believe how fast my little baby has grown up. Now every time I see a little baby I think “I WANT ONE!’

Santa Fe was a cute town but I think a week was too long to spend there. If the weather was nicer we would have been able to do more. Audrey also caught something so she wasn’t feeling too good. We stayed in the hotel room a lot, which I didn’t mind too much once we moved to the Hilton. One day we went to the Plaza area and there was a band playing. Audrey just LOVED it. They should have given us a portion of their tips because people were stopping by to watch her dance! You can see her dancing in our vlogs of Santa Fe. She also learned how to jump on this trip! Now she can open doors, which is pretty scary. She would run out of the hotel room whenever she could.

The drive wasn’t too strenuous. Audrey napped for half of it and then a good portion was spent watching Yo Gabba Gabba on the iPad. It was highway driving the whole way so we didn’t hit any traffic. But I definitely would not have wanted to spend any more time in the car for one day.

Our Easter Weekend!

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Our Easter weekend started with a baby trying to swim in the dog food! She went straight into the bath tub. Here is a picture of her in her custom made (by my stepmom) watermelon baby towel. It is the cutest thing! It’s a hand towel that she sewed buttons onto so it fits Audrey perfectly.

Saturday our church was hosting a huge egg hunt at the park. They had two egg hunts, one for ages 5 and under and another for 5 and up. DEFINITION of EGG HUNT – A flat space of grass with thousands of eggs (hardly a “hunt”, more of a buffet). But Audrey was a natural! They let the 1 year olds go out 30 seconds before the older kids to give them a fighting chance. I guess they weren’t ready for THIS little hunter! She didn’t waste any time. Once she crossed the rope she was grabbing eggs left and right, two at a time. She didn’t even know there was CANDY in them yet. I wonder if she stopped to think “Why am I running around picking up these colorful plastic balls and putting them in a bag?” She probably gathered 2 dozen eggs on her own. After the hunt you have to go through your eggs to see if you found any “golden ticket”, but Audrey was more focused on the candy.

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After her hunt it was the older kids turn at an egg buffet. Everyone was standing around waiting when Audrey notices this car JUST HER SIZE. She didn’t care who it belonged to, she jumped right in and started to drive. Aw my little “Grand Theft Auto” baby ha ha! 

 

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After the egg buffets we went to Wally World to buy supplies to color eggs. Audrey obviously had other interests at the store. She wanted to try on the hats and she would pose and say “CHEEEEEEESE”! How freaking adorable!

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We started to dye the eggs with a lot of trepidation because we had no idea how messy Audrey was going to make this. In the end she was content watching the older kids dye eggs while she drank a bottle and cuddled with her new egg friend. She sat the whole time holding this egg to her cheek…………….well before she bashed it on the table and ate it. 

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It’s SUNDAY and it’s time to celebrate what Easter is really about. He is RISEN – no not the bunny people, JESUS! It was a more frustrating morning since I am the only one in my family trying to direct attention to the real meaning of Easter. We focused on the egg hunting, candy and other festivities on Saturday. So I wanted Sunday to be focused on Jesus and what this day represented. But after the thousandth mention of the easter bunny it was beginning to be disrespectful. I think if it were up to my husband Christmas and Easter would be 5% Jesus and 95% Santa and Bunny! I understand that those things are more fun for some people, but if we keep watering down our Holidays eventually there won’t be anything more than the Eater Bunny. The TRUE meaning of these days will be lost and when our children have children they will know Jesus even less. Luckily the weather was so nice and we got to go outside and enjoy it a bit after church. We tried on Audrey’s bike helmet again and, as you can see she found an interesting way to wear it. I tried to take her on a bike ride but she wasn’t into it 😦 Sad moment. 

I’m so impatient for the leaves on our trees to come out! We are so late this year and it’s making me sad. I want GREEN NOW!

 

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Our Little Audrey Is One And A Half!

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18 Months already! I can’t believe how fast these months have gone. The last 6 months our baby has quickly grown from a baby to a non-stop toddler! She’s GO GO GO NAP, GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO BED! She is a very active little toddler now. She is constantly into something she shouldn’t be. She’s got a very strong personality that is equally as sweet. She loves to cuddle but she cannot be distracted if she has her mind set on something. Lately she has been saying “High Five!” and giving high fives all over the place. Her hair is curlier that ever and she doesn’t let us touch it! She has 3 teeth coming in at the same time on top. At the moment she has one fang on top and two middle teeth on the bottom. Tom likes to call her “Fang Baby” because she has one tooth on top to the right. Audrey is a super stubborn little girl! She’s the friendliest baby I’ve ever seen. We were walking around the museums here in DC and she will walk right up to a group of people and say “HI!”. She doesn’t even look to see if Daddy and I are following her. She will see a family and she’ll just join them and start following them and we have to snatch her back. It’s so funny how she completely skipped the STRANGER DANGER phase. In our hotel lobby there was a lady standing in the corner on her iphone, Audrey saw her and ran away from me to meet her. She walked right up and said “HI” then she gave her legs a hug! I have to admit that we love how cute and friendly she is. I prefer this over an anxious, paranoid child any day. Audrey has really grown up the last 6 months, and even though I’m sad to see her get older I am enjoying this phase quite a bit.