Archive for February, 2009

Happy Birthday Mommy!

“Happ-ee bir-day momma!”

This is what I heard over and over again from Ryan today. And it never got old. Every time he said it was just as sweet and cute as the last time.

Ryan got mommy a Dr. Suess Circus book and Owen got mommy a home-made baby food book. Both were very appropriate gifts since Owen loves to eat and Ryan loves to read (and we went on a date to the circus not long ago). Daddy bought mommy some wine and anti-stress/relaxing bath salts. Very appropriate and much needed.

We decided to do a family dinner and took the boys to a hibachi dinner. We don’t go out for dinner much anymore since it seems to be more work than it’s worth with two little ones. But we decided we’d try it tonight. Ryan was in rare form though and extra tantrummy so I was a little nervous and almost backed out last minute and ordered dinner to the house. Owen is getting a few teeth so I wasn’t sure how he would do either.

We walked in and immediately they sat us which was good. Jim went to put Owen down in the highchair and he immediately stuck out his bottom lip and burst into tears. Ryan sat like a big boy in his booster seat not saying/doing too much. The man came out and started his show and immediately Ryan and Owen both burst into tears and Ryan was terrified. Owen was just pouty/moody and didn’t like anyone or anything going on around him.

Ryan eventually got over it and enjoyed the show. He would even say “T Man” every time the man did another “trick” in his show. Ryan really seemed to get into the whole thing and enjoyed it, but Owen never showed a smile and any time someone would look at him he would stick out his lip and start crying.

Ryan LOVED the food and ate so much fried rice! He was shoveling it into his mouth. Although so were mommy and daddy!

All in all not a bad experience. The funniest part though was when we were waiting for our check and the lady next to me asked what “that” was. I told her edamame and she said she’d never heard of it so I let her try a piece. She liked it and then proceeded to ask the server for a small container so she could take it home with her!!! Who takes someone elses leftovers home with them?! AND… without asking!!!

“Happ-ee bir-day momma!”


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Two Year Old Language…

I love listening to Ryan talk. He is becoming so good at it and jabbers away all day long. He is at a point where you can have conversations with him and reason with him. Granted, he doesn’t always understand the outcome of his “reasonings” but none-the-less it’s cute.

For example, the other day on the way home from daycare he really wanted to watch Elmo in the car. A mommy can only handle so much Elmo in such a small confined space like a vehicle so I decided to reason with him and give him the choice between a jelly bean or watching Elmo. He immediately chose “ca-dee momma” and when I handed him the jelly bean he reconfirmed “no Elmo momma. No watch Elmo” and sat very quietly and ate his candy. Of course when the candy was all gone, he immediately said “Elmo momma. Elmo. Ca-dee all gone. Elmo now.”

Today, he specifically asked for a piece of ca-dee and I again reasoned with him and told him that if he went to help his brother out and pick up the puppy dog that Owen dropped, I would give him the jelly bean. He told me “no momma. Ryan no help O-wee.” So I informed him that he couldn’t have the jelly bean then. He sat on the floor in the kitchen and pouted so I went over to get the puppy for Owen and Ryan was immediately behind me following me into the family room. I picked up the dog and handed it to Owen and when I turned to walk away Ryan quietly took the dog from Owen and placed it back on the floor and then picked it up again and loudly said, “Here O-wee. Here doggie. Rufff! Mom-mee Ryan help O-wee! Ca-dee now.”

Some would say we bribe our child, but I like to think of it as “reason” with him. A friend once said she gave her kiddo Diet Coke to try to get her to take her medicine. She followed it up with a “don’t judge me until you’ve tried to get an 18 month old to take icky medicine.” I laughed and couldn’t help think we’ve all been there and sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.

Back to Ryan’s language though. Everyday when he tells me a new story and uses new words, I hope I will always remember this age and his choice of words. I know I won’t though so I’m going to journal some of my favorites now and share with everyone.

Momma, Mom-mee, Maa!: He uses any of these terms when calling for me. Usually momma is what he says when he’s all sweet and playful. Mom-mee is when he is whiny and crabby. Maa! is always used in a totally annoyed and yelling type of voice. It’s usually used when I’m not in the same room and flat out ignoring him and his pleas for whatever it is he wants. He yells it in very short, hard, loud shouts. Maa! Maa! Maa! They progressively get louder and louder too.

Dad-dee: He only has one term for daddy. This is usually followed with a tilt of the head and Ryan telling me “dad-dee go to work” or “dad-dee take shower” or “where are YOU dad-dee??” in a sing songy voice. And every night I hear “dad-dee ome!” when daddy comes home from work. Every morning it’s “morn dad-dee” or “yook dad-dee” when he shows him what he’s wearing for the day.

O-wee: This is the nickname that Ryan gave to Owen from birth and it’s stuck. We all call him O-wee now and so do the neighbors, kids at school and the teachers. Owen just smiles and laughs; he loves it. Lately, we’ve been calling him just “O” since Owen or O-wee is far too long. Ha!

Mi-yo: This is what Ryan calls both of the cats. We have two cats – Milo and Lucy, but Ryan calls them both “Mi-yo” until we correct him and tell him that’s not Milo, it’s Lucy.

Yu-cee: When he does realize it’s not “Mi-yo” he then calls her “Yu-cee” and usually follows it up with several pats on his knee and clicking of his tongue trying to get “Yu-cee” to come to him. It rarely ever works and in fact makes “Yu-cee” run further away. But you have to give him credit for trying.

De-ta: Delta. It’s usually followed with “de-ta naughtee. In ouse de-ta” Which all together that means: In your house Delta. Or we hear quite often “de-ta on bed”

Es it. No more: This is what he tells us when HE reasons with US. After reading several books, he’ll look at us so sweet, tilt his head and say “es it momma. No more.” which means he wants just one more book. This is it, no more. He will say it after each of nine books though.

Nug: This means snuggle. He typically tells me this to get out of going to sleep. “nug momma. nug with Ryan.”

Side: This word has two meanings. The first one is short for “outside” He will say this over and over again wanting to go outside. “side momma. side. Ryan walk to Addie house momma. Side.” The second meaning is “slide” which means he wants to go to the park. Typically he will say “side with Morg.” We went to the park once with his classmate and friend Morgan and since then he thinks everytime we go to the park Morgan will be there. He is very upset when we don’t see Morgan there.

Ca-dee: I already touched on this one and explained that this means “candy” He doesn’t get much candy at all, yet it’s the first thing he will say when he wakes up in the morning. He will say it about 20 times throughout the day. And he always asks one more time before bed. “Ca-dee momma. Ca-dee.”

O: Short for either Owen or Grover. He will not say Grover, but rather just calls him “O” all the time.

Bi-Bird: Meaning Big Bird.

Ome: Home. Usually in the sentence “dad-dee ome!”

Dad-dad: Granddad (Jim’s dad)

Ga-pa: Grandpa (either Grandpa Sandy or Grandpa Paul)

Ga-ma: Grandma. He calls all three Grandma’s Ga-ma, but he knows which one he is talking about or to. If you get confused, he will say “no-no momma. GA-ma” and emphasize the word as if that will make more sense.

Vac: This means vacuum. Ryan LOVES to vacuum and sweep and when he gets the urge to do so he will shout “Vac momma. Vac!” I’m not complaining!

Boom: Broom. Same thing as “vac”

Ella-Shant: Elephant. We hear this alot because his new favorite movie is Horton Hears a Who so he constantly asks to “watch Ella-shant”

Mum-mee: This means Monkey.

Tick: “No tick dad-dee. No tick.” Tick = Tickle.

T: Short for Thank you. He will say “T dad-dee. T”

Peese: Please. He uses both sign language and speaking for this word. If you ask him “what do you say” he will always follow with “peese” and the sign for it as well.

I You: I love you. After saying it back to him he will say “I You More” over and over again as long as you continue to say it back to him.

Ug: Hug. He loves to give hugs and kisses and will just randomly come up to you and hug your leg as he announces “ug momma. ug”

Appy Birday: Happy Birthday. He stills tells me on a daily basis “appy birday dad-dad” Granddad’s birthday was over a month ago and Ryan still loves to say it. Lately though he’s been telling me “appy birday momma. Ug” and runs over to me to give me a big hug.

He has so many more words, but these are just a few of the more frequently used ones around the house lately. Every morning while getting dressed he will announce “O-wee go see Fe-sha. Ryan go see Fa-zia” Owen’s morning teacher is Ms. Felicia and Ryan’s is Ms. Fawzia.

Every day Ryan is talking more and more and is not only putting words together to make sentences now, but is putting sentences together to make stories. Tonight he fell down and then ran over to me and said “I fall down mom-mee. I get hurt. Ouch!” and so I asked him where he hurt himself and he told me “I hurt chin mom-mee. Ug chin.” and pointed his chin toward me for a kiss and a hug.

He is at such a fun age right now. Even though there are many moments and quite often full days that are challenging and difficult dealing with his opinions and attitude, he is just so much fun. Tonight Ryan and I argued for quite some time regarding dinner. He thought he should be able to have 4 packets of dinosaur fruit snacks while I thought he should actually have the dinner I made for him. In the end, after tears and tantrums, he ate his dinner and THEN had dinosaurs. And to his surprise daddy also brought home Carvel cake for mommy’s birthday tomorrow. Yum! We had some tonight and boy was Ryan excited! He forgot all about the dinosaurs after that……

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When I let Delta out this morning, the sun was shining, the birds chirping and I couldn’t help but think it was a perfect February day to head to the zoo! So while Owen did a little tummy time and Ryan worked on another masterpiece, mommy & daddy got ready for the zoo!

After packing diapers, bottles, snacks, juice, water, blankets, toys, and lunch we were off for a fun morning at the zoo. We arrived at the zoo and got the boys in the stroller and realized it was absolutely freezing outside. The thermometer said 48, but the wind was very strong and it was very, very chilly.

Neither of the kids seemed to mind at all and had a blast. Ryan loved the “ma-mingos” (otherwise known as flamingos). He thought it was hilarious that they were taking a bath in the cold water. As always, his favorite was the “ela-shants” (otherwise known as elephants). Today, he also liked the pandas and had fun watching them. Especially when they would come right up to the window.

We almost left Ryan at the zoo because he was mistakenly identified as a kangaroo, a panda and an “ela-shant” throughout our little journey.

After a quick tour of the zoo we packed it up and headed home to get naps in before Grandad and Grandmom got to the house. We had received a surprise call this morning that they were going to come over for an afternoon visit. We were all so excited and since January everytime we even mention Grandad his first response is “Happy Bir-day dad-dad.” I now realize that he didn’t even wish dad-dad a happy bir-day once he did actually see him.

We had a yummy dinner, great company and yes, of course there were stories. It wouldn’t be a complete visit from dad-dad and Ga-Ma if books weren’t read. Ryan stacked them on dad-dad and waited semi-patiently for him to read them.

Owen practiced his eye/hand coordination with some puffs. Delta loves days when “practice” eating occur. Yep – she’s gaining weight daily from all the food she gets (aka steals) from the boys. We even had to loosen her collar a notch.

Don’t even think about taking one off my tray, dog.

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Ryan and Mommy decided to go on a date day to the circus. We said bye-bye to daddy and Owie and off we went to enjoy a fun day.

We got there early to enjoy the pre-show where we could down on the circus floor to see the elephants and clowns and other circus acts. The day started a bit rocky because when we started to head down to the floor, Ryan absolutely freaked and threw a temper tantrum. I immediately thought the rest of the day was going to continue in the same fashion, but once we sat down in our seats Ryan LOVED the circus. He sat there completely amused and enjoyed every act. Anytime an animal would come out, I would hear a super excited, “Momma yook! It’s tigers – ROAR!” or “Momma yook! It’s ele-shants!!” or “Momma yook! It’s horsies! Nae! Nae!”

He never asked to get up out of his seat and he sat very still just watching everything. During intermission, I even bought him a super huge lollipop as a special treat for being such a good kiddo and such a good listener. He was so proud of himself as he sat in his seat licking his “olliop”

Ryan picked out a light up elephant toy for himself and a stuffed elephant for Owen. He was so excited to give Owen his new toy and kept telling me that “Ryan buy Owie ele-shant.”

At the end, all of the performers and most of the animals came back out and Ryan was standing in his chair trying to tell everyone bye-bye. He really did enjoy his day. And so did mommy!

Bye Bye Circus! See you next year!

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Ryan had to stay up late on Thursday night and finish all of his Valentine’s for his party at school on Friday. He procrastinated and didn’t finish in time so he sacrificed bathtime for the last minute touches on his Valentine goodie bags for his friends and teachers. He even helped Owen with his.

Time for a little snack break and a quick peek at Finding Nemo.

And here’s the finished product! Ryan’s little Valentine goodie bags for all of his friends. And now it’s off to bed so Ryan can be all rested for the party at school…..

The party at school was so much fun! There were lots of kids in red and pink and Valentine outfits. There was candy and cupcakes and fun goodies.

I think the class enjoyed the cupcakes the most….

Owen just sat back, took it all in and enjoyed a bottle.

And now Ryan would like to blow a kiss to all of his family and friends…. have a great Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Ryan’s New Big Boy Bed!

A few weeks ago Ryan got a big boy bed. Well a semi big boy bed anyway. We took the front of his crib off and turned it into a toddler bed. He loves it!

I was a little worried that it would disrupt our bedtime routine and since he wasn’t climbing out of his crib or minding being in it, I really didn’t want to mess with a good thing. But Jim was determined that Ryan was too big for a crib and that we had to make the transition sometime, so why not now?

After alot of hesitation, off came the front of the crib! Much to my surprise, Ryan has done perfectly fine with this new routine. We still rock and read books and then the lights go out and Ryan climbs up into his bed and mommy snuggles for a few minutes while we say our prayers together. He loves that I can lay with him and share his pillow “momma snug, momma snug right here” as he taps his pillow.

He sleeps through the night and doesn’t fall out. In the mornings, he wakes up and will get down to pick out a book and then climb back into bed and lay there and read until we go up to get him. He really is such a sweet little kid.

I still have a hard time believing he is almost 26 months already. Where has the time gone?!

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Ok, so since I receive this from so many people on Facebook, I finally decided to complete my 25 Things About Me list. And since it took so long to think of all 25 things I figured I might as well post it on our blog as well.


1. My full name is Jean Ann Gazdik and some of my family as well as some of my friends from my hometown still call me “Jean Ann”

2. I talk about getting rid of my three animals (1 dog; 2 cats) all the time, but never, ever actually would go through with it. They just know how to push my buttons and annoy me (daily!). But they also know how to give unconditional love so that outweighs their annoying habits. Or at least most of them.

3. I hate a messy house, but also get tired of constantly picking it up so sometimes “messy” wins.

4. I miss having parties at the Tracks in Ino. Last year was the first year in many that they hosted one and I was prego and couldn’t travel. I was so bummed that weekend knowing how much fun I missed out on.

5. I’ve been to the SuperBowl (twice) and my husband reminds me of it all the time and that it’s unfair I got to go and I didn’t even know who was playing (either time)! A perk of my job back then….

6. I hate spending money on socks. I feel like it’s such a waste of money; I’m not sure why though since I wear socks all the time and don’t like when my feet are cold (which they always are).

7. I don’t like chocolate much. I will eat it if it has peanut butter or carmel with it, but otherwise I don’t ever crave or want chocolate. Well when I’m not pregnant anyway. I couldn’t get enough chocolate, ice cream, cookies, cakes, etc when I was pregnant with Owen. I’m surprised I didn’t gain more weight since I lived off of all of those items.

8. I drive a Honda Odyssey and while I never, ever thought I would own a minivan, I absolutely love it. Yes, I am a suburban minivan mommy!

9. We have Netflix and watch movies all the time (on weekends) after the kids are in bed. However, I cannot tell you the endings of any of them since I can’t seem to stay awake through a whole movie. It doesn’t matter if we start it at 7:30pm or 10pm – I ALWAYS fall asleep!

10. I love to find a good deal and save money. I don’t “coupon” shop often, but when I do I always try to beat my previous “savings” – it’s my own personal challenge.

11. I want to be a runner and I keep thinking someday I’ll run Grandma’s Marathon (or the half), but just can’t bring myself to actually go out and run. Even just a few steps. Guess I won’t be running a marathon anytime soon.

12. I love to organize. I could spend all day organizing…. don’t confuse this with #3 cleaning a messy house though. Cleaning and organizing are very different. Or they are in my mind anyway. It’s a trait that Ryan has picked up on and he gets all upset if daddy doesn’t close his dresser drawers or if a sock is hanging out of it. It must be fixed immediately and Ryan will say “no-no daddee” as he corrects the situation.

13. The night before I met Jim on the airplane I vowed that the coming year was all for me to figure out my career, buy a house, etc. I did not want a boyfriend. Then I met Jim and everything changed. I couldn’t imagine my life without him from that first passing glance in the airport. All I could think was that I didn’t even have any makeup on; my hair was in a ponytail; I was in running shoes (even though I don’t run!) and I was terribly sick with a cold. And he still asked me out!! Now 2 kids, a dog, 2 cats, a house and a minivan later…. here we are. I think of that chance encounter often and realize how lucky I am that we got onto the same flight.

14. I love holidays…..Thanksgiving, Easter, 4th of July…. I especially love Christmas. I love the lights and decor and family times. I love listening to Christmas music and wrapping presents. I also loved to give Jim a hard time this year with the “cheesy” Christmas lights/decor outside on our house, but secretly I loved coming home to them everyday. They were perfect. Even when the snowman would fall down and Ryan would freak out saying “snowman fall down” over and over until we went outside to fix him.

15. As much as I complain about the cold weather in ATL (yes, I know in comparison it’s not really that cold), I really miss the snow and winter weather of CO, MN or WI. I always reason that if we lived somewhere with true winter weather we’d be prepared for it with snowsuits, sleds and skiis. And we’d take advantage of everything winter had to offer. But instead we live where it’s not true winter weather and most days we head out without gloves, hats, etc even though it’s only 25 degrees. That’s when I complain because I’m not dressed for or prepared for the cold. Plus nobody is outside during the winter weather here; everyone stays inside. If it’s going to be this cold, it should just snow.

16. Prior to marriage and kids, I absolutely loved change…. traveling, moving, new haircut, new scenary, new products, etc. Now with a husband and two kiddos, I absolutely love stability. The boys bring enough change and variety to my life that I don’t need to create any additional change on my own.

17. Even though I’m usually still wanting 10 minutes more of sleep in the morning, my favorite sound is of the boys waking up and hearing them through the monitor. Owen plays and babbles in his crib and Ryan talks and reads books…. there isn’t a sweeter sound in the world then two completely happy and refreshed little boys. And these are the moments I reflect on throughout the day as Ryan throws a two year old temper tantrum and won’t cooperate.

18. I love Coke and refuse to drink Pepsi. It’s a good thing I live in ATL… a city of Coke products. If a restaurant serves Pepsi products here it’s typically posted right on the door as you enter. You have to love that!

19. I am so thankful for my family and all of the wonderful friends I have made through my life. I have been fortunate to travel the world with my career and have met some of the most incredible and fascinating people that truly do mean everything to me.

20. I would love to own my own business someday…. not sure what I would do, but it’s something I dream of all the time.

21. I love when people pop in for surprise visits. For instance, a few weeks after Ryan was born, my cousin Cathy called and said she was driving through ATL and wanted to come by to meet the new little man. Or when my friend Karen called from the ATL airport saying she missed her flight and needed a place to stay. Or when my godson Justin called and said that because of weather he may be stranded in ATL for the night (didn’t work out, but I was so excited to possibly see him!). I even love when our doorbell rings and a neighbor is here to say hi while out on a walk. It is one of my favorite things about our neighborhood; people just randomly come by to visit. This is also why I like our house to be clean and not messy, but it never fails that they show up on one of those days where “messy” wins. Bummer.

22. I met Tim McGraw in college and partied with his band on their bus in Duluth, MN. They even gave us front row seats and backstage passes to a concert the next night in Fargo, ND. Such a fun night Shanna & Andrea!! I’ve seen him in concert about 20 times since and still love him just as much as that first concert for $5 in 1994…..

23. I love being a mom. It’s the most challenging thing I have ever done, but also the most rewarding!! I would have 5 kids, but Jim won’t let me 🙂 Heck, I can’t even convince him to have just one more…. but I haven’t given up on that one just yet.

24. I love to sell things on Craigslist. I don’t buy things off there too often, but I sell everything! I’ve even sold our kitchen sink!!

25. And last but not least….. I love my boys! All three of them…. Jim, Ryan and Owen are my everything and as tired and stressed out that I am on any given day, I still put them first and would do anything in the world for any of them. Anyone need a dog or two cats though?!?!?

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