S: Owen Thomas Olson ~ 1-2 years
BC: Wonderful memories of our wonderful life together! We are blessed abundantly! I love you beyond measure my sweet boy!
FC: Owen 1st Birthday to 2nd Birthday February 2008-January 2009
1: A day with friends at the Zoo!
3: Tub Time with friends!!!
4: Bare Tooshie!!! Keeping clothes on you was sometimes a bit of a challenge! For some reason you thought it was fine to run around the house in your shirt and shoes...and that's all! Cute little bum!
5: PILE ON DADDY!!! | You and Sissy love wrestling with Daddy! Get him!
6: My Handsome Boy! You loved playing in your playroom with your sissy. Some of your favorite toys were your instruments, trains, Lincoln logs and ride-on toys, like this tractor! | We were moving our mattress and you and Ava thought it was the best "toy" ever. You played on the mattress with a box for nearly an hour! Who needs toys! Boxes are so much more fun!
7: You loved hiding! You, Ava & Derek buried yourselves in the pile of stuffed animals! And here you were hiding in a bucket! Silly boy!
8: WHAT A MESS!!!
9: Adventures with yogurt! | We let you feed yourself a cup of yogurt! You made a huge mess! it was in your hair, all over your face, in your nose, all over your clothes & smeared across the table!
10: Oh my sweet happy boy! How I love you! You were always up to something silly...and busy! Typically, you had two moods....HAPPY and GRUMPY....not much in between! I am so thankful that you are such a cheerful boy! God has given you such a sweet heart & joyful spirit!
11: This might be the face of a mischievous little boy! Always up to something! But look at that face! So handsome! This momma's in love!!
12: Daddy & Owen at the Beach!
13: My Men...loving some fun in the sun! | One of you and Daddy's favorite places...the Beach!
14: This was one of our summer trips to Aptos. We loved staying at the house near the beach and spending the afternoons down on the sand and walking out to see the big cement boat. We took this particular trip with the Jones' and had so much fun. Although we had a little adventure when you ran into the ocean and got caught in a wave. Mommy and Auntie tried to get you but we couldn't grab a hold of you. Daddy dove into the water and rescued you. It was a very scary couple minutes...it felt like it was in slow motion. Your Daddy was the hero of the day as he swooped you out of the sea. He got a big scrape on his knee and has a good scar now, but we were all so glad that you were safe.
15: Splashing in the waves | My beach baby
17: Look! Momma's in a picture! Oh, I just love my family! We had such a good time together during our summer vacations! We love spending time together no matter where we go!
18: “One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.”
19: Family pictures on the beach! | Love Love Love
20: After a hard day playing on the beach with our friends the Jones', we came home to get on our jammies and snuggle in for some movie time! I think you were all just about ready for bed! You all looked to tired! But there is nothing like a good nights sleep after a long day of playing hard! You wanted your paci until you were about a year and a half. We had to hide your paci's to "ween" you off of them! Every now and then, you would find one somewhere and sneak it! I think you had a stash hidden somewhere!
21: That summer, we also took a trip to Morro Bay! We had a GREAT time! It was so much fun! We found a fun little park with cement seals and a pirate ship that you and Sissy really enjoyed playing on! We discovered, on this trip, that you LOVED ahi tuna...raw ahi tuna! Your daddy got a salad with ahi on it and I don't think he got to eat too much of it! You were quick to give up your chicken strips for a piece of ahi! And you palette has only gotten more refined from there!
22: One of our favorite things about our family is that we just love spending time together. At home, watching a movie or walking on the beach, we just love being together.
23: so many | Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share.
24: My sicky boy...you weren't feeling so good. I left the room and you were all snuggled in...When I came back you were asleep and sprawled out across the chair. I hated seeing you sick but you were always so snuggly when you didn't feel well. You just wanted your momma! I hope you never outgrow it!
25: One of our favorite places to visit is Monterey Bay Aquarium! We love going to the fishy zoo & learning about sea life.
26: You loved putting on a smock and splashing in the water. Sometimes we couldn't get the smock on you fast enough and you would zoom to the Splash Zone and ended up getting all wet! Luckily we were quick enough this time! | You and Sis would race your fish across the water. She thought she needed to teach you all about sea life. She taught you everything she knew about sea stars, anemones, kelp and coral. She's a good big sis!
27: Go Owie Go! | Handsome boy!
28: One of our favorite places to picnic....out in the amphitheater at the Aquarium! We enjoyed a picnic lunch out on the benches and then look out into the bay for sea otters, dolphins and cool boats. | You and sis also like to climb...up and down the benches. It gets tricky getting you to sit still while you eat your lunch...however, that's typical no matter where we are! :)
29: One of our favorite exhibits....the waterbed in the Splash Zone! You loved flopping on it, making waves and somersaults.
30: Back at the hotel..... playing hide-and-go-seek and snuggled up with sissy to rest up for another fun day at the coast!!!
31: Exploring the rocks and sand at the dunes in Pacific Grove. You and Ava had fun dragging around big bunches of seaweed, popping the bulbs on the bull whip kelp and drawing in the sand.
32: Another summer trip! Up to Huntington Cabin! We love our summer trip to the cabin with Grammy & Papa! We have a great time playing in dirt, fishing, taking walks and playing in the hammock!
33: Play time with Grammy!!!
34: We took a walk up to the cattle ranch near the cabin and the owners were outside. They came and took you over to pet their horses. You loved being up close to the horses and they loved having kids around! It was a fun afternoon! | We love the family play time we get up at the cabin. No TV's, phones or computers. Just a creek, dirt, trees, and each other! So simple and so fun! I hope we always find a place and the time to just be together!
35: Sitting around the campfire with Grammy & Papa | We brought a bin with some toys for you to play with...you and sis had more fun playing in the bin than the toys.!
36: A "Barrow" of Fun!!! Wheelbarrow that is! This is one of your favorite cabin adventures....riding around in the wheelbarrow with Papa! You and Sis pile in the wheelbarrow and Papa does laps around the cabin until he just can't do anymore! It's a great time!!!
37: Go Papa Go! Why is it that Papa is the one that made the laps, but the kids are the ones who look so tired!!??
38: just done.
39: Play time at Auntie Donna's house with the cousins! Auntie Donna had a pool that had a sprinkler canopy! So much fun! | See that picture of you holding the hose nozzle? Yeah....you didn't like it when it spit in your face! And....look at that diaper! Saggy baggy pants!!!
41: Play time at our Happy Place!! We love playing up at the cabin! So much fun to dig in the dirt, play by the stream and get really really dirty! I grew up playing in that creek and I love that you get to too! | Huntington Cabin
42: Oh my silly boy! Always "into" something!!! Literally, in this case! :)
43: O W E N T H O M A S | Oh my sweet boy! You are such a funny little guy! I am such a blessed mommy! I love your heart! It makes me happy! I love to watch you sleep, laugh, cry, play...You are just such a precious miracle to me! I lam forever grateful for gift God gave us in you!
44: Fun with Friends!! We are so lucky to have wonderful friends! You always enjoy your time with them! Some of our favorite times are piled together in jammies watching a fun movie!
45: Sis & Bubby! | You two have so much fun together! You love the time you spend together! (For the most part), you get along so well and enjoy each other so much! | Daddy & I pray that you always remember how precious your family is! God has blessed us richly with each other! We will always be here to support and love each other!
46: Ummm....yeah, that's just WRONG! :) It just doesn't work for ya, my boy! Sis loves to play dress up and being that she primarily has princess dresses, that is what you got! And I must say, you look much better in lavender than pink! :) | Pretty....Pretty WRONG!
47: Little boys come in all shapes and sizes, Shy and adventurous, full of surprises, With misshapen halos and mischievous grins, Small dirty faces, and sweet, sticky chins. They'll keep you so busy, and yet all the while Nothing can brighten the world like their smile. And no greater treasure has brought homes more joy Than a curious, active, and lovable boy!
48: Daddy took this fun picture while you were playing outside on the slide...head first! We thought it was a great picture of our daring little boy, always on the go!
49: I Love This Face!
50: My sleepy baby!
51: A boy and his dog make a glorious pair: No better friendship is found anywhere, For they talk and they walk and they run and they play, And they have their deep secrets for many a day; And that boy has a comrade who thinks and who feels, Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels. He may go where he will and his dog will be there, May revel in mud and his dog will not care; Faithful he'll stay for the slightest command And bark with delight at the touch of his hand; Oh, he owns a treasure which nobody steals, Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels. No other can lure him away from his side; He's proof against riches and station and pride; Fine dress does not charm him, and flattery's breath Is lost on the dog, for he's faithful to death; He sees the great soul which the body conceals-- Oh, it's great to be young with a dog at your heels!
52: Halloween!! | You were dressed up as Sully from Monsters Inc. | Daddy dressed up as Olympic Gold Medalist, Michael Phelps! | And Bella dressed up as Belle from Beauty & the Beast!
53: We took our little monsters to a church Harvest Carnival in Reedley. You were Sully and Ava was Boo! Mommy didn't dress up! :) What a party pooper! We rode a train around the church! | It's your "best girl" as you called her. You love your sweet friend Bella! In fact, you both declare often that you will marry each other someday. We will see what the Lord holds! :) Just know that the parents already approve!
55: We joined Sissy's preschool class's field trip to the Pumpkin Patch. and Corn Maze. You had such a good time! At first you wanted the REALLY big pumpkin, until I told you that you had to carry whatever you picked...you opted for a more reasonable sized pumpkin! We make little jack-o-lanterns for our front porch with the pumpkins you and Sis picked out.
57: Awwww......this was a hard night!!! You were playing in the backyard and stepped on an old rusty nail. It punctured your foot so we soaked it and to clean it out really well. We had to take you to the doctor to get a special shot. Poor little guy!
58: CHRISTMAS 2008 We got to walk in the Sanger Toyland Parade with Ava's preschool class. You both thought that was so much fun. Mommy decorated your wagon with Christmas decorations and blinking lights, we bundled you up and you enjoyed the ride.
59: This was our family Christmas photo for 2008. We took it at Hillcrest Christmas Tree Farm. Every year, we would go to the Christmas Tree Farm with other families from our church to enjoy cookies, cocoa and train rides. You both loved riding the train around the farm!
61: Oh my handsome boy! | The Christmas Tree Farm had old tractors that you could play on! You LOVED pretending to drive the tractors!
62: Waiting with Parker and Bella for the next train! | Hugs and Love from your girl Bella!
64: The saying goes, "A boy and his dog make a glorious pair: No better friendship is found anywhere," but you sure did love your old kitty! | Oh you were full of silly faces! I loved making faces with you and sis! So many funny expressions and always a good laugh!
65: BROTHER & SISTER | There's no other love like the love FOR a brother. There's no other love like the love FROM a brother. Daddy & I are soooo blessed to have such sweet children who love each other so much! You and Sis love playing together....wrestling, snuggling, pretending, running...it never really mattered...you just loved being together! I hope it never changes!
66: "A boy is a magical creature - a freckled-faced, pint-sized, cat-chasing bundle of noise. But when you come home at night with only the shattered pieces of your hopes and dreams, he can mend them like new with two magic words - “Hi, Dad!”
67: "boy (boi) n.- a male child, lad, youth, not yet a man, often a magnet to dirt, toys, and adventure." | "boy. n. - a noise with dirt on it.
69: We had a Hanukkah party at Auntie Michelle & Uncle Robbie's house. We got to light the Menorah and say Hanukkah prayers in Hebrew. When we were done, you asked if the candles were for Jesus' birthday cake! :)
70: FAMILY PLAY TIME! | Daddy was giving piggyback rides and wrestling with his babies. Soon, mommy had to join the fun! Eventually Sis decided she also needed to provide piggyback services to her little brother! You guys are so silly! We love family fun time!
71: You are such a handsome boy!! We were enjoying our day at the zoo! :)
72: Owen's 2nd birthday! | Painting choo-choos! | Time for some fun! | Parachute Play!
73: Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday Dear Owen! Happy Birth day to you! You had a great time at your 2nd birthday party! It was a choo-choo train them party. Momma made you a choo-choo cake and grammy & papa got you an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins!
75: Time for PRESENTS! | You got so many fun gifts from your friends and family! | A Chain Saw!!?? Oh Yeah! It was one of your favorite gifts! | After the party. Your friends had to go home and you pouted!!! Oh did you ever pout!