Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Shenanigans!

April has flown by and looking back through all these pictures makes me realize why! We had SO much fun! We took a short road trip to Indiana, we had a week or two of gorgeous weather where we were able to do some fun outdoor things, etc. Mostly, I'm just feeling like Milla again after having a baby. Adjusting to two kids (and in the middle of the coldest winter month) was a bit rough, but I think things are getting back to normal around here. All in all, it was a great month!

Here's a quick re-cap through some random photos:

On April 9th, Calum turned 3 months old! He is a happy little chubster! He loves to roll onto his side, make baby sounds and go out on walks. He is starting to sleep 8 or 9 hours through the night on occasion too, which has been wonderful! He also reserves his biggest and cutest smiles for his big brother, Oliver. It is insanely cute how much these two boys adore each other!

He loves the outdoors! He is definitely our kid!

Barely 3 months old!

3 1/2 months old!

In the Fall we are getting a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy and we have been doing a ton of research on different breeders. One Saturday we drove all the way to Indiana (a city just south of Chicago) and met a breeder at a dog show where they were showing a few Ridgebacks. It was great to meet the breeder, learn more about the breed and see their gorgeous dogs in the ring! Seeing how amazing these dogs are in person and how well they did with Oliver definitely reinforced our decision to get one. 

It was a super fun day! And, to top it off, we stopped at a really awesome candy factory on the way home. It had a floor to ceiling chocolate waterfall inside and was wall to wall with every kind of candy you could imagine. It was pretty much worth the entire drive! 

At the end of April, we also went to a second dog show in Birch Run, Michigan to meet a different breeder and on the way home stopped at the home of a third breeder. Whew! We are really doing extensive research! 

On the way to the dog show... we had to leave at 5 am to get there on time. What a happy morning boy!
At the Birch Run dog show

Meeting a breeder and their gorgeous dogs. Oliver and this sweet girl really became pals!

Eating lunch and playing at a random park we found between meeting breeders

The Albanese Candy Factory!

One beautiful Sunday afternoon we went to one of our favorite spots, the Le Furge Nature Reserve. It is a gorgeous nature reserve where you can do a lot of bird watching and it contains miles of trails through fields and woods. It is really a gorgeous place that we discovered by accident the first week we lived here in Michigan.

We hiked around a bit and then built a fire to cook our dinner. We had chorizo tin foil dinners and afterwards roasted marshmallows for some s'mores. Oliver had so much fun building the fire with Austin and cooking the dinner he had prepared at home before coming. It was a ton of fun!

Oliver playing with the frog he caught with Austin. 

Oliver just wants to be as close to Calum as possible... at all times! So cute!

I love my boys!

Eating our tin foil dinners

Oliver and Calum have the most incredible bond. I totally didn't expect them to be so in love with each other quite yet. I thought it would take time or that Calum would need to be older for them to be such pals. But, from the day Oliver and Calum met at the hospital they have been the best of friends! Oliver even said the other day... "Oh, Calum... my best friend!!". It just about melts my heart to hear him say things like that and to see him smothering Calum with affection. I am so incredibly happy to have two such amazing little guys in my life! 

Squishing Calum's face after church

One weekend when Austin was out of town, I took Oliver and Calum to the petting farm. Oliver's best friend, Clara, and her Mom, Annita, came with us too. It was so much fun! There was a free pizza lunch beforehand for families of graduate students. Oliver and Clara had so much fun together and it was the most beautiful day!! We definitely enjoyed the greatly-missed sun and warm weather.

Oliver and Clara eating pizza together

Oliver trying to feed a rock to the alpaca

Oliver loves animals! He wasn't afraid to pet, feed, or hold any of the animals at the farm. He chased after, caught and picked up this little chicken all on his own! 

He chased these geese around while laughing hysterically for a solid 5 minutes. It was hilarious!

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