Three

by Katie on March 27, 2015

Cool CharlieLast week our Charlie turned three. I know every single mom ever always says the exact same thing…how is it is even possible for time to go this fast…but it is so, so true. I can still remember every single detail of the day he was born just like it was yesterday. I remember the way he smelled and the way he felt in my arms. I remember the way the sunshine poured into our hospital room and the pure happiness and joy that we felt the entire day.  I remember studying his face and knowing I would always remember just how perfect that day was.  So yes, I think it is safe to say that three years have passed in just a blink of an eye.

Charlie pretty much always has a smile on his face. He does not get upset easily and is just a laid-back kind of boy. He makes us laugh all the time and gets such pleasure out of being the little ham that he is.

IMG_2544Our boy is sweet and is very aware of feelings and often asks “Are you happy, Mom?” or “Drakie, are you feeling good?” He loves his big brother and is happiest when they are playing side by side.  He really likes bossing Skinner around, but equally likes loving him up.

Charlie also has a very ornery side that makes life interesting. He likes to test his limits and gets himself into the most odd and hilarious situations.  He really marches to the beat of his own drummer. He loves wearing his rain boots with pretty much any outfit. He had a Grinch Birthday party because he just loves the Grinch. He has a strong will and crazy ideas.

These last three years have been full of the biggest smiles and so many laughs all because of this boy. He really is one of a kind and it is such a treat and a blessing to be his momma.

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Mobile Travler

by Katie on March 15, 2015

View From the PlaneWith temperatures here in the Midwest having been in the 60s and 70s all week, summer is on my mind! One thing that we plan on doing this summer is taking our boys on our first big family vacation. We plan to hit the road and take in the sights and sounds of Branson! Thankfully there has never been an easier time to be a travel with all the mobile apps and other tech travel tools that makes travel a breeze! I know that my iPhone will play a major role in our vacation plans!

Whether you’re traveling across the world or having a staycation in your hometown, nothing beats spending time with your family. However, planning and managing travel logistics can cause unwanted stress. Fortunately, there are a growing number of apps and accessories that travelers can use with their mobile devices, such as the 4G LTE iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, to streamline nearly every aspect of travel – improving the experience, as well as saving time and money.

o    Planning Your Trip: 68 percent of smartphone owners used their smartphone to assist them while traveling[1], according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey. Use your mobile device to find the best travel deals with apps like Expedia, Orbitz and Kayak. These all-inclusive apps present deals for hotels, rental vehicles and airlines. In fact, the survey found 27 percent of smartphone owners have booked a hotel room directly from their smartphone and 16 percent have purchased airline tickets.

o    En Route: Ever been that person fumbling at the ticket counter for your confirmation number? Go paperless with Gate Guru, which organizes your full travel experience – from flight and rental vehicle information, to airport amenities.

o    In-Flight: With more than 10 hours of battery life and up to 128 gigs of memory, the lightweight iPad Air 2 makes a perfect travel companion for reading, listening to music, watching movies or playing games. Talk about a great way to keep kids occupied on a long flight. Plus, you can create your own in-flight oasis with a pair of noise-cancelling urBeats In-Ear Headphones, designed for music lovers who don’t want to sacrifice sound for style.

o    On The Ground: Upon arriving at your destination, you’ll want to look like a local. TheAround Me app shows nearby restaurants, banks and more (including hospitals or emergency care centers for anyone traveling with an accident-prone family member), including directions to your destination. While you’re enjoying your vacation, Postagram keeps you in touch with loved ones. Just take a photo with the app, and for a nominal fee your message will be delivered as a mailed postcard!

o    After The Trip: Create an album of your favorite vacation photos on your phone so you have them on-hand any time you want to show them off or remind yourself how great your family trip way.

¹ Results are from a nationally-representative online survey of 738 smartphone owners conducted by U.S. Cellular in partnership with Maritz Research from November 12-20, 2014.

As always Let U.S. Cellular make it easier by using the Parent/Child Cell Phone Agreement to set some ground rules.

I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade. I received an Apple iPhone5S and am being compensated for my time

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All the Things They Said…

by Katie on February 22, 2015

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  • As he take his underwear off and chases after Drake “I’m going to kill you with my butt!”
  • To the tune of All About the Bass “All about the bath, about the bath, no shower!”
  • He says this hundreds of times a day “I’m eat you up!” or “I’ll bite you in the butt.”
  • He likes to push us right to our limit and then comes running up to us with the sweetest look on his face and wraps his arms around our legs and say “I want to say I’m sorry!”
  • He is insisting on a Grinch party for his birthday next month, so a Grinch party is what he is getting.

Charlie still does so many crazy things but his latest include standing in the produce aisle eating bites out of a head of lettuce,  eating chapstick, continually turning the furnace off, and stuffing his face with starbursts whenever he has free moment. He is definitely a free spirit and just does whatever pops into his little head. We love his sweet smile and consistent happiness. He really just adds so much entertainment to our little family.

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  • “I wonder why God made me the smartest kid ever?”
  • After completing his 16 Valentines for school he rubbed his neck and said “Now my neck is out of place.”
  • Drake as he went sledding down the slide- “Please remind me I did this when I am an adult.”
  • I grew up in a small town (less than 2,000 people) and Drake is super interest in it. We had the following conversation a few weeks ago:

Drake – “Is the town you lived in as a little girl the smallest in the world?”

Me-” No”

Drake- But I could ride my bike around it in no time at all right?

Me- “Yeah it would not take long, there are not any stoplights or anything.”

Drake- “WHAT!! No stoplights? I bet people were crashing into each other all the time from all that wild and crazy driving.”

Me- “Actually no, it was pretty calm. But did you know we didn’t have a Target?”

Drake’s eyes get huge- “WHAT?!?!? I sure hope they are building one right now…”

Drake just started reading and it is the coolest thing to watch it just click.  He has grown up so much in the past year and is really turning out to be such a wonderful little person to be around. He will start kindergarden in the fall and I tear up every time I think about not having my little sidekick around.

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Using Your Wireless Service to Stay Healthy

February 22, 2015

I have been taking steps to better my own health by cleaning up my diet and increasing the intensity and frequency of my exercise routine. I’m always looking for ways to better monitor both my activity level and overall health. US Cellular is making it easier than ever to keep a pulse on health. I already […]

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