Like a Box of Chocolates

by Lauren on April 25, 2016

You remember that saying from Forrest Gump, “life is like a box of chocolates,” right?  

Well you know what else is like a box of chocolates….toddlers!  You sincerely never know what you’re going to get by the minute.  

Lets be honest here for a second.  This phase is incredibly rewarding in many ways. Grayson is so much more a person with his own interests, emotions, and dislikes than he was last year.  Watching your child’s personality develop is amazing and also so very frightening. Don’t get me wrong, I love that little passionate heart so much, but there are times when I see his determination, his independence, and his strong-will so clearly that I can only laugh, because well, I see so much of myself in this 25 pound ball of life. 

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Now let me tell you a story…..

A few days ago, I took Grayson with me to run a few errands, as I always do.  I had to get my bangs cut, we had to run to the store, and I figured I’d take him out to lunch on a beautiful sunny afternoon.  I had this vision in my head for a cheery and peaceful day with my little bug, and all would be right in both our worlds.  Well, that is not exactly how it went.  In fact, that is nothing how it went. 

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Every place I took Grayson, we had to leave within 5 minutes.  It was one tantrum after the other, kicking, hitting, screaming…you know, those terrible toddler moments.  I thought lunch would surely make him more content, but oh no, I was that parent who had to leave her entire plate of food untouched just to avoid a major embarrassment in the restaurant. We got home, I got him out of his car seat, and for the rest of the afternoon, he was just an angel.  Seriously?  I was so frustrated with the whole thing, thinking to myself, “I’ll never be able to leave my house with him again.”  Had we really reached that point in toddlerhood that every parent warns me about?  Surely not!  Grayson has been with me everywhere since he was 3 days old and he’s always been so great out in public.  I even had a few moments of thinking to myself, “I don’t like who he is becoming.”  Shamefully, I tried to remember, that he, like every other toddler in this world, is still learning right from wrong.  He is going to have “those” days, just like I have “those” days, but the difference is, I have socially developed to the point where I know I can’t scream out in public, even when I feel like doing so. 

The next day, Grayson was back to his happy little self and much more manageable in the grocery store.  He was fun, he was loving life, he (semi) listened to me.  So yes, we definitely have and will continue to have the moments of embarrassment, the sudden exits from public establishments, and the tantrums….but every day, every moment, is an opportunity to teach this young and oh so desirable mind to know right from wrong.  In doing so, I’m also teaching myself quite a bit as well.  

So, if any other moms out there think you’re alone, or you are the minority when it comes to taming your toddler…you are so wrong my friend.  

Now, just a few quick snaps from the weekend…..

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<<<Sunday morning pancake eating, church going, park playing, lunch eating, birthday dinner celebration with the family, leftovers > > > 

Enjoy the week! 

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Hello, Hello! 

It’s been quite a week friends.  Work has been busy, we’ve a few different appointments to rush to, and Grayson (we believe) he teething, once again!  Just when you think you’ve overcome the awful wrath of teething, you look into your toddlers mouth and realize that he still has a few gummy holes to fill.  Grayson has been miserable this week, and as a result, I’ve been miserable! He’s not eating, he’s not sleeping, he’s throwing too many tantrums to count, he’s been a bear to take anywhere….definitely all prime teething symptoms for him.  

Anyways, we’ve been trying to endure….

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Boys…always falling asleep with food on their faces and their hands down their pants. Am I right?

So a few things I’ve been loving lately….

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Guys……

Guys! 

Please tell me you’ve tried this! I’ve heard a billion amazing reviews on Halo Top Ice Cream and finally decided to pick up a pint to see what the hype was about.  So….it’s awesome!  No, not awesome, it’s phenomenal.  If you see this, grab it immediately and then grab a big spoon and a place on the couch because you won’t be moving for awhile. 

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Salmon salad! I’ve never been the biggest fan of tuna but canned salmon I can do.  This fat-packed lunch kept me full for hours and hours.  I just mix a can of wild caught salmon with a TB of mayo, a pinch of dijon, salt, pepper and parsley.  It’s so simple, so delicious, and so filling. 

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One of my absolute favorite local coffee shops has been stepping up their menu game lately.  They just added Nitro brew to their list and smoothie bowls.  I love having the option of getting a smoothie bowl for lunch when we are out and about. 

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I discovered a little trick a few weeks ago and I’ve been using it in a pinch.  Whenever we have an appointment or errands to run after the gym and I don’t have time to go home, Grayson still needs to nap  so I usually drive around or park somewhere so he can nap for an hour.  Then it dawned on me, why don’t I just go through Starbucks drive-thru and park right out front to hop on their Wi-Fi.  So now I bring my laptop and crank out an hour of work and emails while the babe naps.  It’s genius! 

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Heart melting…enough said. 

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I tried to teach Grayson how to finger paint the other day and well…we lasted about 49 seconds.  He still wants to eat the paint so I guess he’s not quite ready for paints yet. 

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Is there anything better than a really good veggie wrap?  I had a working lunch with a friend yesterday and we went to The Tomato Pie Cafe (another favorite of mine).  I’ve always seen the veggie wrap on the menu but never ordered it until now.  It was everything I would ever want in a vegetable-filled tortilla and more!  

Well here’s hoping these canine teeth pop through my babe’s gums soon, because I’m not sure there’s enough wine in this house to keep me sane another week through the madness.  Until then, we will survive off smoothies and lots of hugs…just like we always do. 

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