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1. Remember last week’s Throwback Thursday picture? I call this picture “the identity crisis years.” Well, so I thought until I saw the 3 year old version of myself wanting to be a cowboy. Maybe I should go back to trying to be a cowboy! : )

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2. We started trying to potty train Caleb this week. It started out great using the toilet every time the whole day without any accidents until we had a little dinner party at our home when we think he just got to caught up the excitement and had an accident. Then, the following morning he actually denied to sit on the toilet and intentionally pooped his pants. He was fussy and refused to go to the toilet. Since then he hasn’t had an accidents though.  We are hopeful. We know it is a process. He does love his Super hero undies!

3. Some friends of ours told us to watch Jim Gaffigan’s Mr. Universe. It’s hilarious!

4. Tomorrow I am taking Caleb on a Father and Sons campout. It will be his first time camping. Wish me luck!

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5. Caleb has been riding his bike almost every day. I am glad he likes biking and can’t wait until he can go mountain biking with me!


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1. We introduced Caleb to S’mores and he is a big fan! Good thing our hose is close by so we can hose him off before he goes inside:)

2. I am craving watermelon like crazy. I love this idea! Perfect for summer parties!

3. 31 weeks and I feel like I am a pinball machine. Our little guy has been moving around like crazy! He punches me on one side and then kicks me on the other. It is back and forth all day long!

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4. I have been working out my entire pregnancy, but I stopped running for awhile. Well, I missed it so last week I started up again! Nothing crazy, just 2-3 miles at a time. It is hard, especially if I push Caleb in the stroller, but I am happy to be pounding the pavement again. I am not sure if I will run until the end of my pregnancy, but for now I am enjoying it!

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5. Some days call for chocolate frosting!

6. I love this herb garden and I totally think Josh should build me one:) Just kidding, he is off the hook since he built me our raised herb garden last year. I do like it though!

7. Thanks for all of your chapstick help last week! You guys are passionate about your chapstick and lip balm! I am not sure what to try first. I guess I will just have to try them all! If you need recommendations, make sure you read the comments in last week’s post.

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8. Caleb comes up to me a few times a day, puts his head on my belly and talks to his baby brother. It is so sweet. He also likes to give my belly kisses. He is going to be a great big brother!

9. I think this ice cream needs to happen ASAP!

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10. I love lazy summer nights with my boys! We’ve been laying blankets out on our front yard and relaxing after dinner. Caleb loves yelling at the dogs and saying hi to friends that walk by. He’s a social kid!

11. This is my dream shower.

12. Who is going to see The Fault In Our Stars this weekend? I want to! I hope the movie is as good as the book!

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  1. I want to see The Fault In Our Stars this weekend too. I have heard good things so far. I cannot wait.

  2. Camping out while toilet training your son…. interesting planning… After the baby is born, he may regress in that area. It happens a lot.

  3. I have some of the fondest memories camping with my dad and my sister once she was old enough to come! Josh, you’re going to have so much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with the potty training.

  4. Love that family photo at the end, so sweet! Good luck camping Josh, y’all will have a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cute pictures! I loved The Fault in our Stars but I think I will rent the movie. I know I will ugly cry in the theater. lol

  6. Oh my goodness I love this post!!! We are inching closer and closer to potty training as well. You are so smart to do it before the baby arrives!! BTW Love the tummy kisses – he is going to be a GREAT big bro!!

  7. Camping and beginning potty training at the same time – interesting. I’m assuming you didn’t think about that.

  8. Love the baby bump and the family pics. I have two boys, as well. They are still very close as teenagers. I am impressed that you are running so far in your pregnancy – way to go! That watermellon punch looks adorable and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  9. You guys are the most precious ever!! Caleb and those s’mores is too cute!
    Good luck with the potty training, I know he will do great ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I usually don’t like to see movies that will make me cry. The Fault In Our Stars was filmed in great part in and around Pittsburgh. It filmed in my town, Oakmont, for several weeks. So part of me wants to see my town. I will try to get one of my friends to go with me. My husband would classify it a “chick flick”.

  11. Never fear about the potty training; he won’t be going to school in diapers. That’s what a friend of mine told me, and it helped me. Plus, your second child will adjust to going to the potty easily because he will be wanting to be like his big brother — that helps a lot. Love the picture of all of you on the blanket — very happy and sweet!