two year old joe joe

10th May 2017

IMG_6580 copyWe have a tradition to interview the kids on each birthday starting at 2.  It has been fun to look  back and hear their sweet voice and also how fast their “favorites” change.  Here is the commentary from Joseph’s 2 year interview complete with his adorable “um’s.”

What is your name? Joseph Chawles

How old are you? 2 (as he holds up one finger)

What’s your favorite color? Um, brown. Brown? Yes.

What’s your favorite snack? Um, trains.

What’s your favorite flavor ice cream? Um, chwaklit.

What is your favorite snack to eat? Um, golf ball hahaha! Do you like gold fish, fruit snacks…? Can I have some fruit snacks?

What’s your favorite dinner that Mama makes? Um, sausage paaaaaaaasta

Who’s your best friend? Um, Madeleine.

What’s your favorite shirt to wear?  The piwate (pirate) one.

Where is your favorite restaurant?  Um, ketchup.

Do you like Chipotle or Freebirds? Um, Freebirds.  Freebirds or Chickfila? Um, Chickfila.  What do you like to get at Chickfila? Chicken nuggets and Friiiiiiiiiies

What’s your favorite drink? Sausage Paaaasta! No, sprite, root beer, lemonade, juice? Sprite. I’m making a choo choo train on my tummy.

What do you want to be when you get bigger? A choo choo train.

What’s your favorite toy to play with? Um, pink.  How about Paw Patrol, trains….? Trains, I’m gonna play with my trains (walks away).

What is your favorite book? Go Dog Go

Who sleeps with you in your bed? Um, Chase doll and horsey and puppy and puppy blanket and gray blanket and blue blanket.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the park? Sliiiiiiiiiides

What was your favorite present you got for your birthday? Um, dirt cake!  I ATE THE DIRT!

Who do you love? Madeleine Are you going to get married one day? Yes.

Where are you going to go to college? Ride the airplanes.

What do you want to be when you get bigger?  Ride the yewo (yellow) airplane

IMG_6750There are so many precious things I want to remember about him at this age and I’m trying to write them all down before I forget but when I start to put them on paper I almost go blank.  I feel like I need a notepad in my pocket 24/7 to jot down his little quotes and mannerisms. Like, how he always asks to hold my hand when he is scared or upset (even when I am driving and especially when I’m trying to eat). Or when I am putting him to bed at night and he protests me turning off the lamp with, “I wanna talk a widdle bit.” So we talk a little bit and then I say it’s time to lay down and he says, “I wanna a cuddle a widdle bit.”  Well ok:)

IMG_9448Lately he has been super mischievous, but when I correct him he tells me he is only “attending” (pretending).  “Mama I only attended to throw that at the TV.”  Yes.  We had to get a new TV.  I love how particular he is about HIS side of the rocking chair and how he always wants a stool to see what I’m doing in the kitchen.  And his sweet little way of asking questions that begin and end with “why.”  “Why do birds have wings mama, why?” “Why is it dark outside, why?” Or how he will hurry and eat his fruit snacks super fast or chug his chocolate milk in the morning and no one notices until he says, “I beat Madeleine.”

IMG_9652I know there will come a time when he doesn’t want to cuddle or hold my hand and he won’t really ask for my opinion, but for now he is my two year old little boy and this is the time of our lives.

happy easter

26th April 2017

Easter is such a wonderful season of the year and our family kicks it off with lots of celebration and tradition; dying eggs, holy week masses, stations of the cross, egg hunts, and bbq. Highlights: Dying eggs with whisks (life changing), Joseph sleeping on the cousin club pallet in his sleeping bag for the first time (woke up at 5 AM wanting to look at tractors on the computer with Pops), rodeo at Grandma Pawelek’s with Honeybun the calf/puppy, Joseph looking out our front window for the Easter bunny on Sunday morning, and Madeleine calling Nerds candy “turds.” Here are some of my favorite pictures from our Easter weekend. Happy Easter y’all!

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happy birthday two joseph

12th April 2017


I can’t believe Joseph is TWO years old!  We celebrated him with a tractor birthday party at our house because this little boy is crazy about excavators, dump trucks, “dull dozers” and diggers.  Oh and he has known all their names since he was 20 months and he WILL correct you.  I laugh because I carry 5 small construction vehicles in my purse at all times, like I used to carry pacifiers, because they will distract him out of a tantrum or quietly entertain him for a bit.  We sent each of his little friends home with one as a party favor:)

Joseph’s birthday gift from us was a sandbox in the back yard because he would play in the flowerbeds with his trucks and tractors all day long if we would let him.  “Give that boy a sandbox,” one of my great aunts told me. Haha! It has been a big hit with Joe Joe and it was a fun party attraction too.

I would ask Joseph what kind of birthday party he wanted and he would tell me, “A tractor one, a yayow tractor one.” There are so many awesome construction party ideas out there that planning was simple.  I always love when one of their ideas happens to be a section at Hobby Lobby!  How do they know? Ha!

Whenever we asked Joseph what he wanted for his birthday he would always respond with, “Cake,” and giggle at the thought.  I told him my idea of dirt cake, to go with the theme, and he was so excited to eat dirt!  One of his little friends, who is very tidy and clean, would NOT even try it.  He took one look and said, “Nope, that’s too dirty.” Joseph didn’t seem to mind and I think he kind of liked be the center of attention during “Happy Birthday.”

It is so fun to celebrate another year with Joseph and reflect on the little boy he has become; energetic, sweet, joyful, considerate, respectful. I’ll write more about him at this age in another post because I just want to remember it all!

Happy Birthday Joseph!






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no pup is too small

3rd November 2016

Paw Patrol is the favorite show in our household these days, so Madeleine and Joseph dressed up as Skye and Marshall this year, and Joe and I tagged along as Ryder and Katie. It was always funny when I told people what we were dressing up as and they had never heard of Paw Patrol #parentprobs. Paw Patrol is on a roll!!!

We had fun with family and neighbors trick or treating and got enough candy to last us till Easter!  Madeleine told us “her bucket was tired of carrying all the candy,” and “skeletons are not scary they are just cool.” :)

Hope you all had a happy Halloween!!

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