Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Owen sang practically nonstop from the moment we got home this afternoon (around 4:50) to 7:45 when I closed his bedroom door after tucking him in! 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Weekend Owenisms

"Whatcha doin' over there, Little Mommy?" (3 times this weekend!)


I accidentally said "Oh my God!" in the car and from the backseat Owen corrected me: "Oh my goodness!"

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Landing in Madison tonight

Quotes from Owen 

"I see Madison, Wisconsin."
"Beautiful lights."
"Watch out! Owen's coming through!"

Sunday, September 8, 2013

flickr photo page


We also have a photo page on flickr. It's limited to friends and family only though, so if you want to view the photos, create a flickr account and then add me as a contact. I'll mark you as friends and family so you can see photos there, too!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dinner requests

Owen: "Owen wants a pie in the sky to eat."

Daddy:"How about some raisins?"

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Daily Affirmation with Owen Bell

We have been hearing Owen exclaim to himself (and others) lately: "Owen is doing a great job!"

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mother Goose

Owen can recite in full:

Wee Willie Winkie
London Bridge (both verses!)
Diddle Diddle Dumpling

and more!

Waking up

Overheard over the monitor during nap time:

Rustling sounds
Sound of Owen standing up
"Dum diddy dum diddy dum dum dum"

Maybe if I said that first thing upon waking I would be in a better mood!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

3 funny Owen conversations

Owen: "This is Mommy."
Me: "Mommy and Owen"
Owen: "...are sweet!"

Owen [Running up to me with a huge smile on his face]: "Hi Jennie!!!!!"

Owen [Immediately upon waking as I walked into his room. Pointing to stuffed elephant]: "Here is the elephant. His name is Mike. Elephant. Blanket."

Monday, August 12, 2013

More opinions from Owen

Me: "Why don't you lay your head back on the pillow and relax?"

Owen: "No. I will sit up and keep my head up."

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tonight's request

"Wanna go to hear our echoes where the picnic dinners are." 

(Meaning he wants to go tell in the picnic shelter at the park because it echoes.)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Owen has started giving his giant teddy bear a hug before bedtime. Tonight he also included a hug for his books on the bookshelf. :)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Our childcare provider's daughter is home from school over the summer. She's 8 years old (I think) and has really taken to Owen. Look at the adorable art she and Owen made together! 

Rainy evening

We could play outside only for a little bit tonight before it started raining. So - we played with stickers!

Monday, July 22, 2013


I was trying to take his picture in his sun hat and he kept saying, "ch!"  (The noise the iPhone makes when it takes a picture.) Silly!

More Owen-isms of late

This morning at drop off at our childcare provider, I sat down on the mini sofa to read a couple books to Owen before I left. He came over and sat on my lap. Baby Henry got interested in what we were doing, so he crawled over and pulled up to standing by holding onto my knee. Owen looked at Henry, displeased, and said firmly: "Not your mommy, Henry."  !!!!!

Driving home this afternoon after pick up, Owen sneezed twice in the backseat. I said "Bless you!" each time. Then he goes, "It's a bless-you! [fake sneezing sound] It's a bless-you! [another fake sneeze]"

Some quickies:
"The sky is rolling!" (Beautiful blue sky with puffy white clouds blowing by, so it was a really nice description.)

"Wanna picnic dinner!" (I love that he asked for this! We've been bringing dinner to the park and eating at the picnic table, so I'm glad he likes it!)

"Wanna fish fry." (We haven't been to a fish fry in over a year so there's no way he could remember - teachers must have been talking about it during the day. But he's right - we need to do that! Maybe when Nona comes to visit?)

"Oh Lucy!!! Where aaaarrre you? There it is!! I'm chasing the LuLu." (Self-explanatory)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Being a toddler

Tonight Owen laid down on the floor and said, "I'm hungry. Wanna eat." And I said, "Oh, you're hungry?" And he says "No." I just burst out laughing and so did he!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Things Dave has discovered Owen doing recently in his crib when he's supposed to be going to sleep:

- Doing a headstand
- Jumping up and down with a blanket on his head. 

I wish we had a video monitor!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Having fun with the tunnel - back during April 2013, I think - never ending winter

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


March 2012 - Owen 8 months, Mallory 6 months, Julian 4 months (Moms 30-something)

And now!
June 2013 - Owen 23 months, Mallory 21 months, Julian 19 months (Moms still 30-something)

We can even take this back a step further!

Julian and Mallory in utero, Owen 6 weeks

But anyway...back to Chicago! We had a blast as usual!











chicka chicka boom boom


"Chicka Chicka...boom
mumble..tagalong K..on their way...cocoNUT tree
whee said D to E, F, G
whee said D to E, F, G. beat you [to the] top of the cocoNUT tree
etc. etc.
BOOM BOOM. [will there] be enough room?
Who's coming? L M N O P
Tagalong K
On their way - coconut tree
whee said D to E F G beat you top coconut tree
whee said D to E F G
Owen drop it"

owen lately

  • "Owen wanna race cars with Mommy/Daddy!" "Car goes 'rroom rroom!'"
  • "Mommy's hair needs a trim"
  • "Owen has a full tummy."
  • "This is Mommy's shirt. It's pretty...cute!"
  • Last night before bed he was running about naked and crazy and suddenly ran over to the wall where I have some of his finger-paintings hanging low so he can look at it. He stops, points to it and exclaims: "Artwork!"
  • Later, we were rocking and talking and for once he was being calm and relaxed. He switched positions so that he was lying on his side across my body, more like a baby. He says, "I go this way and close my eyes." He closed them for a second and we kept rocking and talking but he was starting to squirm and couldn't get comfortable. He stops and goes, "Owen's too big."

Saturday, June 1, 2013

more owen-isms

  • He was crying because he fell down and skinned his knee. Dave was carrying him on his shoulders as we walked back to the car, and Owen goes, "Owen is crying and Mommy and Daddy are happy and walking!"

  • Owen scraped his hip along something and told me, "Hurt pocket!" (I guess he doesn't know the word for "hip."

  • We were drawing with chalk the other morning and he was doing dots so I said "Very nice! Pointillism!" And he mimicked back "Pointillism!!" And continued with his dots. (Finally, an anecdote that doesn't involve Owen getting hurt!)

corn on the cob

First corn on the cob! Happy (almost) summer!


Saturday, May 18, 2013

fun with friends

We have had a fun and action packed weekend with friends!

I'm going to link to my friend Katie's blog to show you pictures of our latest outing to the park. See photos here!

And here are two videos - so cute!

Tonight we had a blast with our friends - summertime cookouts are the best!








And a hilarious video of  Owen, Reed and Hazel! Toddlers are hilarious!

owen's conversations with...owen - 21 and 22 months

Owen: "More cheese, please!"
Owen: " Good asking!"

Owen: {singing Wheels on the Bus...}
Owen: "Good singing!"
Owen: "Thank you!"

Friday, May 17, 2013

conversations with Owen - 21 months

Mommy: "Do you want couscous?"
Owen: "No thank you."
Mommy: "Mmmmmm....I love it."
Owen: "Mommy loves couscous!"

Mommy: "We had a fun day. Did you have fun?"
Owen: "Fun. Children's Museum!"

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

a conversation with owen - 22 months

Owen: "Want more strawberries!"
Mommy: "They're all gone."
Owen: "I wanna see strawberries all gone!"


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

what owen says - 22 months

Some of Owen's latest quotations:

"The dark is so bright."
"I don't wanna get in the water!"
"Is that Owen's [insert item here such as 'shoe' 'shirt' 'car', etc.]"
"Mommy want carry you." (Translation: I want Mommy to carry me.)
"Mad-ee-son, Consin" (Translation: Madison, Wisconsin)
"See pictures Owen, dino." (Translation: I want to see the iPhone video of Owen riding the dino.)
"Ellie said: Nope, it's Owen's turn."
"Owen did pull up silo door." (On his play farm.)
"Ding dong! Ding dong! The little train rumbled over the tracks." (Quoting The Little Engine That Could
"Sky's the sky!"
"Baby Owen go night-night in crib. Have some dreams."
"Go find Daddy."
"Isn't that a fire truck?"

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

more of Owen at 21 months

Swinging at the park

"One. Cool Duuuude!"



Having fun with Ellie at school.



Proud of how he arranged the cars at school!
Look at the cars!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

the way he plays


mumble mumble
Yellow and blue.
There's yellow and green
In there. (he put crayons in the truck)
Fire truck. Fire truck.
Hello. Hallo.
truck. Move way!
Go other way pictures
that way
Mama Mommy
Go fire truck go. Go fire truck go. Go fire truck go.
Fire truck.
mumble mumble
Fire truck. Fire truck. I ride...

madison children's museum

Rainy day. Just me and Owen.We had so much fun!

big rig gig

City of Madison had all the trucks out today at Elver Park! We went to "Go. See. Big. Truuuucckkss!!"