Monday, April 21, 2014

Our Easter

We had a wonderful Easter celebration and the weather could not have been more beautiful!

The Wednesday before Easter, we had an egg hunt at our church. We had a meal and hunt and the kids had a great time and there were plenty of eggs to fill up everyone's baskets. Jonah found the golden egg in his age group but I think it was just because of his Daddy's help. Haha!

Most of the church kids at the egg hunt.

3 year olds are hard to get still and smiling at the same time. LOL

On the hunt. I am not sure if Jonah had an unfair advantage with Daddy holding the egg bucket. 

So many eggs and only 2 hands!

Love Jonah's expression here...fatigue was taking over. I also love Daddy's hat. 

This is Jonah's standard "cheese" face....when do they outgrow this? 

Meanwhile this little ham loves the camera. I'll take it where I can get it.

Haley is up and ready for Easter morning goodies!

Jonah's Easter goodies. We tried to keep it toned down since they get so much everywhere they go.

Haley got a much-needed sun hat, taggy blanket and giraffe teether. 

Jonah digging in...goes right for the book...that's my boy!

My babies all dressed up for Easter!
 Sidenote: I couldn't help but enjoy all the Easter family pictures and pictures of kids all dressed up for Sunday morning church that my friends posted on Facebook. For one, I know how much time, money and near insanity went into those polished and posed pictures. Secondly, it's so great to see families heading out to church. I hope it continues in the following weeks. I am a firm believer that children need to be in Sunday school to learn about God and get the basics down.

And last but not least....a decent family picture! (Taken on my Granny's front porch)

I hope you and yours had a fabulous Easter too and were able to reflect on the reason that we celebrate this holiday and the freedoms we enjoy to be able to do so. Blessings!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Haley is 8 Months Old! {4.5.2014}

I really was hoping Haley would just stay 7 months old! LOL! I need to get a grip because it's crazy that she is closer to being 1 than being zero. Haha! In a few short months we will be lighting a single candle and watching her dive in. Anywho, here's what she has been up to this past month. It's been a doozey!!

Milestones this month and stats:
-Haley is a little over 15 lbs (per Dr. scale...more about that below)
-Has 4 teeth now! (2 bottom and 2 top)
-Out of 6 month clothes and into more 6-9 month clothes but full 9 month ones are still big
-Still in size 2 diaper
-Eating 5 5ounces bottles a day
-Loves sweet potatoes, pears, peaches and sometimes carrots. She is not digging much food. :(
-Is sitting up perfect and will reach as far as she can for toys
-Had her first cold and ear infections and sick Dr. visit


Due to Haley's cold and not being able to breath well she has not been as good of a sleeper but you can't blame her. I had forgotten how a little cold could totally screw up their sleep routines. Naps got off and feedings got off and so of course her night sleep got off. She still wanted to be asleep but just couldn't sleep well from either not being able to breath out of her nose for a few days or just feeling bad in general. Propping her crib mattress up a little and using a cool mist humidifier helped a lot. When she started running a low grade fever after I thought she was getting better, I decided to take her to the Dr. Thankfully her lungs sounded fine but she had double ear infections.  Yuck! So she has been on meds for that I think she is starting to feel better the last couple days and finally start eating more normal. I was so thankful none of us were sick this whole winter but spring has sprung and we all had the same cold, just hate that her's turned into ear infections.


Haley has not wanted to eat much baby food since she got sick so we are kind of starting over again with all that. She seems to be pretty picky about food but I hope she will grow out of it as she can eat more table food. I kind of would love to just skip the baby food all together. LOL!


Haley loves to play on her mats and will just hop from one toy to next, usually just chewing on them and throwing them down for the next one. She has not tried to crawl at all yet. She also still loves the TV and will watch any cartoon that is on. Sometimes it's handy when I need to drop her and run to another room to get something but I know it's not a great habit for her to watch much TV.


On the days that Haley was the most sick or not feeling well she was not very content but it was such a change to her normal contented self. So now we know how to tell when she is not feeling well. She is still such a happy and content baby for the most part. Loves to be talked to and loves to flash her little grin. She is getting leery of strangers now but recognizes most of us that she sees regularly. Haley has also started letting us know when she is ready to be picked up. She will hold her little arms up just a little and drop anything she has in her hands and just watch to see if you will come get her. She also started reaching for me when someone else is holding her. Melt my heart!! I think this prissy pants is going to be a Mommy's girl through and through. :)

Thankful for another mostly healthy month with our precious prissy pants!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

5 on Friday: Colds, Moods & My Birthday!

Well it's been a riveting week over here...NOT! Truth be told I am so glad to see this week come to an end and I hate to be that way. Basically the standard Spring cold has run it's course through our home going on 3 weeks now. I had it, then Michael, then Jonah (then he coughed in Haley's face before I could stop him) and this week Haley has had it.

1. Haley had her first cold/sickness. So at almost 8 months old Haley was sick for the first time of her life and lo I had forgotten how much a baby's daytime and nighttime schedule gets off. Well she couldn't breath well so that was the main issue for the night. In case I need to jog my brain again here is what you do for an infant with a cold.

-suction only twice a day (per the nurse).
-saline drops every 2 hours during the day (3 drops each nostril).
-elevate mattress on one end
-run cool mist humidifier at night to help with breathing. We bought this one and it's awesome!!
-keep a check on any rattling in chest and how the mucus is looking
-keep a check on fever....luckily H never had but a fever of 99
-oh and get prepared for less eating, grumpiness, waking more at night, etc.

Thankfully her appetite is somewhat back and she is on the mend besides coughing during the day.

2. Less sleep for me evidently = mood swings all around! I am sure it was mostly because I hadn't got much sleep this week but my have I been having ALL THE EMOTIONS! I have had a healthy dose of the regular mommy guilt along with feeling like I just don't have my stuff together. Basically I felt guilty for needing to work while my kids were sick (even though my Mom was taking excellent care of them for me and she had got a full nights rest). I wanted to quit my job (health insurance be danged!) and just keep my babies at home with me and never leave my house and just live on the two pennies we could rub together. Of course I came to my senses quickly and realized that would be a dumb thing to do....but oh man I sure did want it so bad this week! #workingmomprobs

3. Pictures of my kids because....well a post needs pics and this is all I got. I took these before the cold assault really began in full swing.

4. Sell through realtor vs. try to sell ourselves....this is the debate and much discussed issue for us right now. We know our house is going up for sale one way or another very soon but we just aren't sure if we should put in the time and effort to try and sell it ourselves first or just call a realtor and pay that commission. I just wonder if there is anyone out there that could give us some glimmer of hope on the side of selling it ourselves??

5. My Birthday Weekend! Saturday is my birthday and we have no huge plans other than dinner with my parents, brother & sister Saturday night. Mom will cook a yummy meal and we'll hang out and catch up. Oh and there will be cake....starting my birthday weekend off by snatching up some good JCrew Factory deals. Exhibit A below: :)

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

PreK, Work Trips & Hoping To Stay Sane

I don't have much in the way of pictures to show for the last week but I do have a few things going on.

First thing is I took Haley for her belated 6 month pictures. She is 7 (almost 8) months old in them but I wanted to wait until she could sit up good by herself. Our photographer posted a couple of sneak peaks on Facebook that I just have to share here. My Mom made the name banner behind her on the first one. I am in love with both of these so not sure how I will pick from the rest!

I love the vintage editing she did on this one. Haley was such a ham for us! It was fun!

Second thing is the hubby left today for a work trip and will be gone all week. Boooo! I was pretty much in denial that he was going until yesterday when he started packing. He will be a few states away from us and I know he hates being away too but he will be taking a class and test to better himself at work so what can you do?! I will be holding down the fort by myself but with my parent's help if I need it. Jonah asked for his Daddy first thing this morning and when I told him he was gone he was not happy but at least he didn't get too upset. I made us a paper chain for each day he will be gone and am going to let Jonah cut one of them each night. I hope that will help some.

The last big news is that I registered Jonah for a PreK program with a church about 45 minutes away from us. It came highly recommended and I think it will be what he needs to prepare him for kindergarten in 2015. It will just be 2 days a week and about 5 hours each day. So not too bad. It doesn't start until August so we have lots of time to get him prepped for going. I am excited for him to learn and be in a Christian learning environment. I toured the school last week and was so impressed. They have a chapel time each week as well as Art, Music and Science special classes. The 4 year old's have their hallway and there are 2 teachers in each small class. The people there were so friendly too! I think he will love it!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This and That and A Lot of Nothing Important

I am going to try really hard to do a blog post each week. I want to remember what these days, weeks and years are made up of before they fly right on past. That's why I started this blog in the first place...but then the weeks just fly right by. So I may be posting random thoughts and things that may bore you out of your mind to read but at least one day I can look back on them.

1. Last week we had the biggest snow and sleet that I can ever remember and it just hung around and hung around. This is so unusual for our part of Tennessee. Usually it snows and by the next day the temps are back up and it's gone. Not the case this time. It sleeted like close to 5 inches and then came a snow storm and all total we had about 1 foot of snow from Monday - Friday last week. The mail didn't even run on Monday and no one went anywhere. Michael stayed home from work too. It was great snow to sled in though! We didn't have a sled for Jonah (#parentfail) but we just pushed him down a small hill in our yard in his little tykes car. It just glided right on the top of the snow.

2. We've had the same end tables in our living room since before we got married (almost 10 years ago) and I love them. they are sturdy and deep and work perfectly beside a couch. But lately I have felt there was too much brown in our living room (brown, carpet, brown leather sectional and brown tables and beige walls) so I finally decided to bite the bullet and paint them. I had a lot of Annie Sloan Pure White chalk paint left so that's what I used. It only took me both of Haley's naps on Saturday to get them painted and I am loving the white!



I still need to apply the wax and distress them a bit.

Hope you have a great week!

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Haley is 7 Months Old!

Happy 7 Months Haley!

We don't go back for a well-check until mid-May so I am not sure exactly how much Haley weighs but it's somewhere between 14 and 15 lbs. Here are a few stats.

-Still eating 4 5oz bottles and one 4 oz bottle right before bed. Usually gets up in the night to eat a full bottle too.

-Still wearing size 2 diapers

-Wearing 6 month clothes very well and some 6-9 month ones.

-Sitting up by yourself! You are doing great at holding yourself upright but sometimes still all to the side.


Teething has thrown your naps off a lot during the day but you are still sleeping a good 10 hours at night. You are still getting up just about every night to eat. I really don't mind it because you go right back to sleep once you get that belly full again. Right now you are an early waker like your brother was and 6 a.m. is your wake-up. This is Mommy and Daddy's usual wake-up time too so it's sometimes interesting. :) We really can't complain about your sleeping and I know one day I'll miss feeding you in the middle of the night.


You are still liking those 5 oz. bottles. I am just glad we finally got you up to taking 24 oz or more every 24 hours. I was worried we would never get there for a while. You've got some growing to do! Now the food.....well you love squash and sweet potatoes. You didn't care much for carrots but you did eat them. Now we need to tackle the rest of the veggies and some fruits. Your Mama has been slow on the food and you are not a big fan of the cereals. I need to do better about making sure you get more food but I just don't want to mess up the good bottle thing we have going. I do wonder sometimes if more table food would help you sleep all night....LOL!


You are a playing girl! Those little hands are into whatever they can reach and grab. And it usually goes straight to the mouth first. You love to chew on stuffed animals and all of your playmat toys. You love to pull Mommy's hair and clothes and just chew on a rag sometimes. You are rolling from your back to your belly ALMOST but won't get that one arm out of your way. You'll have your legs, hips and head turned down but just that one arm in the way. It drives us crazy because we know you should be rolling around really good but we don't want to "help" you so you'll figure it out on your own. I know you'll get there eventually.

Overall Personality:

Overall you are still a mostly content girl but teething has proven that wrong sometimes. I hate to see you hurting with those teeth and it seems like you are cutting two at a time. The two lower ones on each side of the middle ones are going to cut through any day now. Then hopefully you'll get some relief. You are pretty good self-soother though! You still love to watch whatever Jonah is doing and get the biggest cackles from watching him. You love to be tickled and played with and seem like you are going to be really into people.

We can't wait to see what's in store for this month!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Just Sharing.....

I just wanted to share some recent digi-scrapped layouts I've done for the kid's yearly books. Each year since Jonah was born I've done a book from his birthday until right before his next one. I always do his books through Shutterfly but can still add my own scrapbooked pages to their books. Now that I have two books to keep up with, it's been a lot more challenging! Thankfully this blog helps me keep on top of Haley's book because I've done a 2-page layout for each month and will add in special holidays and events too.

It's hard for me to decide what is worth scrapping. If anyone has tips on that please share! I usually just scrap the major holidays (Christmas, Valentines, Easter) and then throw in a few fun pages here and there like him catching his first fish. Still it's hard to keep up with but I do love it once I can order that book and have it in my hands.

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