Friday, October 31, 2014

sniffles, tea, and halloween

Happy Halloween! I feel like this is going to be one of our better Halloween's yet ... not sure why. Maybe it's because it's the first of the holiday season? Either way, I'm happy to see Halloween.

one. For the past two days I've been wiping a little miss Bee's nose, a lot. She was sniffly on Wednesday. Her mom was sweet and thoughtful enough to sake me how I felt about watching her on Thursday even though she was obviously sick with something. But, since she didn't have a fever she came over to play for the day. And now today Emerson has the sniffles, a runny nose, and a little cough. Poor little pookie. I hate when he's sick. But Bee is staying home today in hopes of more rest and a possible trip to the doctor. Oh, how I hope it's nothing serious, because chances are what she has he will get. Why do germs have to spread like wildfire around here? I was hope that my crazy efforts of wiping her hands with wipes, her nose, and every single toy down with disinfectant might help keep the germs at bay. Nope.

two. It has gotten cold here. Super cold. And for some reason the cold weather brings with it my love of tea. I've been enjoying these cold days from the warm inside while sipping on a nice cup of tea.


three. Tonight there are more things we are invited to [and I use invited kind of loosely] than we can do. Two of the things are with Landon's department at school: trick or treating in the offices [you know, all those engineering professors are so anxious to see little kids dressed up and all ;] and a pumpkin carving thing with the students in his program. Then we were invited for some chili and trick or treating with Bee, her parents, and some of their friends. The only trouble is they kind of overlap each other so we can't really do all of the things. I suppose it's nice to have options. And it will be fun which ever we decide to do.

four. I can't wait to dress Emerson up in his little Halloween costume for this year! I've been thinking about it a lot more than I should, but it's just so cute and he likes it so much! And it's nice and warm so it will be perfect to keep him nice and toasty while we go out and about this evening. A picture is going to have to wait until later though ...

five. Have a Happy Halloween!



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

feeling a little sick?

With the exception of when Emerson was a few months old I have been pretty fortunate and haven't really been sick. A cold here and there, but nothing that has confined me to stay in bed all day because I can't move kind of sick. When I was sick when he was a little baby I just let him lay on the floor and play [he wasn't terribly mobile this first few months :] or set him in his rocker. I realize I can't exactly do that any more. 

because when I think of sick I think of chicken noodle soup :) 

One day back in the winter I had a horrible toothache and pretty much couldn't [didn't] do a thing all day. I also knew that I couldn't leave Emerson unattended. So I shut and locked his bedroom door and laid down on his floor. He played happily the whole afternoon. He would even come and give me pats and hugs every now and then. He was so good and happy to play by himself. That night around dinner time Landon fed Emerson and got him ready for bed. I laid down and emerged slightly before it was time for him to go down for the night.  

When Landon was deathly ill this summer, he slept on the couch, and Emerson and I stayed out of the house pretty much the whole day. Can't be around those germs. I'm not sure what it would be like if I were ever really sick and Landon couldn't be here to help. Probably it would include some watching of shows, lots of independent playing and reading, and him climbing all over me as I lay on floor. Not exactly ideal for keeping germs away from the little guy, but it would work. I think. Not so helpful, I know... but that's all I've got. 



How do you survive those dreaded sick days with your children?  Check out the other mama's blogs for their tips.  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this topic. 


In the difficulty of motherhood, it's so important to find other mamas to relate to.  Toddlers can be a handful and leave you wondering what to do next.  This series is here to help you navigate through toddlerhood while being able to relate to other mamas going through the same thing.  We may not always know what we are doing but we give it our best shot anyway.  Come back each week to check out our new topic and read along with the other hosts of our One Year and Beyond series!
 
Oct 2:     Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials 
Oct 9:     Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16:   Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23:   Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30:   Sick Day Tips
Nov 6:    How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13:  Favorite Toddler Outings

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

a little pumpkin carving

The last few years I've been really good about getting a pumpkin [or two] to help make our home look a little festive from the outside. I always have the intention of carving said pumpkins, but for one reason or another it just hasn't happened for the last few years [five to be exact]. The first year we were married I carved pumpkin, but it wasn't even with Landon, it was done at the school I was working at. So pretty much, it's been a while since I've done any pumpkin carving and something Landon and I have never done together. 



That all changed last night. Landon caught the early bus so he could get home and we could all carve a pumpkin together before it got too late [aka Emerson's bed time]. After an early dinner, we cleared the table off and got to work. Landon carved/cut the top off and then cleaned out all of the "guts" as we liked to call them growing up. Emerson sat on the table and watched the whole time. At first he wasn't too sure about the "guts" or the whole pumpkin thing, but he warmed up to it pretty quickly and even smiled or cheesed for when I asked him to. He would sometimes touch the seeds and goo but mostly he just pat the pumpkin and watched. 



Those seeds are something I am very much looking forward to snacking on later tonight. I know, I should have toasted them last night, but at the time I was a little too full from dinner. Oh well. 


I had decided that I didn't want a face carved into the pumpkin or one of the scary witches, goblins, or ghost templates that came with our carving tool kit. After looking for some ideas I decided to try something new. An owl. I'm not sure how much of an owl it actually looks like... but Emerson did say, "hoo hoo" when he saw it lit up outside. That has to count for something, right? :)



Landon said if I wanted anything other than a face I was on my own. I didn't mind and got to work carving that pumpkin like I knew what I was doing. Emerson helped the whole time. And was sad when the pumpkin carving was actually finished. 



It was such a fun little way to spend our evening together. I had visions of it not going so well, or of Emerson being done long before we were actually finished. But he sat/laid on the table the whole time. When I carved a little piece of pumpkin out I'd give it to him and he promptly tossed it back into the pumpkin. He was happy and content as could be.  


Since it went so well this year I'm sure we'll do it again next year and the next... it's a fun little tradition. Do you get pumpkins and carve them? Or do they just sit on your doorstep? Or do you do some other awesome thing with your pumpkins?


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

laying on the floor with an elephant

Lately I've been spending lots of time laying on the floor. Not necessarily because it's something I choose to do, but because it's something I'm asked to do. If I'm discovered sitting, in the rocker or on the floor, two little hands will come over and start pulling me. Even though he doesn't tell me what he wants with words, it is evident that I am doing the "wrong" thing and that he wants me laying down on the floor. 

Sometimes after I'm laying right were he wants me, he'll bring be a book or a toy. Sometimes he'll just leave me be and go off and play or read on his own. Sometimes he'll steal the rocker and have himself a nice little comfy sit for a while. little stinker. 



I'll ask for [or get] one of his fluffier stuffed animals so my head can have a pillow of some sorts. After I have my "pillow" he will go off, dig through his bin of stuffed animals, come back to where I'm laying, drop his lamb [or bear or what have you] on the floor, then lay down right next to me. His head resting on his own little "pillow". Then he just looks into my eyes and a grin spreads across his whole face. I love when he does that. 

His little personality is shining through these days and I love it. He has his own ideas and thoughts, he knows what he wants and what he doesn't want [not always a great thing... for me at least], he is learning and discovering things each day. I think that's my favorite part about being a mama - watching him learn, discover, explore, and create new [and old] things. From him simply laying down next to me on the floor he is teaching me that he is watching everything I do. I am one of his biggest role models right now. What I do, he'll see -and probably do himself. It makes me think of the "Oh be careful little ears what you hear" song. I need to be the best I can not for me, but for the little one watching my every move. If I want him to learn something, it's my job to teach it to him: colors, shapes, animals... Oh, what a huge responsibility. But also a huge blessing. There may be challenging moments in this role, but they some of the best challenges I've had and I'm so glad they are mine and that they're making me into a [hopefully] better person. 



Monday, October 27, 2014

quiet mornings

We been having a few quiet mornings lately. Not that most mornings are loud and crazy, but it just seems as though the past few mornings have been exceptionally calm, quiet, and good. Some mornings we'll walk to the park if the weather allows and some we just stay in. Usually we get to do a little of both, which I happen to like a lot. 

The other morning Emerson found the bag of pom poms I had recently gotten at the store. Some for a craft and some just to play with. I dumped a few in an empty egg carton and he carried that thing around all morning long.


He would fill the little carton up then dump them out on the floor and then do it all over again. Who knew these little fluff balls were so amazing? [probably everyone but me...] They have found a few new homes over the past few days, but regardless the canister that holds them, they are played with all the time.



One of my favorite things is seeing this little guy discover and learn new things, even if it's just holding little pom poms in his fingers. I'm hoping these little things will help him learn his colors, or at least how to make piles of all the same color even if he doesn't know it's blue, red, or green.

A lot of our weekend was spent playing quietly with these little puffs of fluff. We did a few other things too, but I think I'll save that for another time. I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are having a good start to your week!



Friday, October 24, 2014

visiting friends, november, and babies

Here are just a few things floating around in my head right now... :) 

one. Yesterday afternoon some of our friends from Louisville stopped by for a little visit. I think the last time we saw them was in April. Their visit was a fun break in the week and from our ordinary every life. They stayed the night and then were off this morning, it was a short but very sweet visit. We had dinner together and then stayed up a little too late [or maybe it was just 10:30 ... I'm old] talking about this and that. It was so good to see them again and to see their cute little girl! Travis and Jillian, you can come back any time you like! I am so thankful for these great friends and miss seeing their faces like we used to. I'm just glad they thought of us and stopped to stay for a bit while on their trip. 



two. Today is a half day for me. I'm not sure what our afternoon will look like, but I do know it'll just be the two of us hanging out doing a little of this and that. 

three. I just realized next week is the last week of October. It's pretty much Thanksgiving already which is nuts, but also really wonderful. I love me the holidays. 

four. On the agenda for tonight is some pizza and a movie or something. A date night in. It's my favorite night of the week. We didn't get our date night last week, so it will be nice to just chill with Landon after he gets home at the end of the day. I'm thankful we are able to have little dates even if they are just in our living room. 

five. One of my good friends recently had a baby - at 32 weeks. He is healthy and growing and she is doing well. But by goodness. He weighed 3 pounds when he was born! Such a tiny little peanut. I have a gift for them, but for some reason I'm just so bad about getting to the post office to actually mail things. It's a problem. Hopefully I'll get it to them by her due date. :) 

I hope you all have a happy weekend. 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

tips for staying fit - not found here :)

I laughed a little bit when I realized this was the week to talk about exercise as a mama. I laughed because, well, I don't exercise. I used to, and it was nice and good, and I felt great about my body. But now? I don't. I tried a few times to work out after Emerson was born, but it just didn't become a regular habit. If I had access to a gym [or could afford one], I would probably go, as long as there was a child care option. Probably. I could do some workout stuff at home, Landon's taught me a few things I can do, I've read about things I can do, but honestly, I would much rather sit on the couch when Emerson is sleeping than get a little exercise in. Bad, I know, but it's true. If I had a class to go to, there would be more motivation and all, but there isn't. Really the only times I can get a little work out in are early in the morning before Emerson wakes up, nap time, or after he goes down for the night. I'm not getting up any earlier in the day to get sweaty. I'm not going to 'waste' my nap time hours on that either. And then by the end of the day, it's the last thing I want to do. I have dishes to clean up and a floor to sweep... and I just want to sit. I'm sure that if I got into a routine of working out again I would love it. But I'm not sure when that's going to happen. Next year? 


Sometimes I'll do something good for my body like run. Like last Thanksgiving I ran the Turkey Trot with my sister [who is a professional runner]. I felt pretty good about my efforts that morning [and also I felt very athletic looking. She had all of the right clothes to make me feel like a runner - I really do think the "right" clothes make a huge difference when it comes to working out], I mean I was running in the snow. Proud moment for me. 

But for the most part I like to count walking up and down two flights of stairs with a toddler on each hip a minimum of 10 times a day plenty of exercise [plus the multiple other times I go up and down my myself]. It's good for my legs and arms. probably should do some crunches for my abs... I also go on daily walks with the little one[s] and chase them around the park for an hour or so. Though, I'm not sure I'll be able to keep that up once it starts snowing. 

All in all, I have good intentions and ideas, but I don't follow through when it comes to exercising. It's bad I know. It's just the way it is right now. Maybe one day?  

 How have you fit exercise into motherhood?  Check out the other mama's blogs for their stories.  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this topic. 


In the difficulty of motherhood, it's so important to find other mamas to relate to.  Toddlers can be a handful and leave you wondering what to do next.  This series is here to help you navigate through toddlerhood while being able to relate to other mamas going through the same thing.  We may not always know what we are doing but we give it our best shot anyway.  Come back each week to check out our new topic and read along with the other hosts of our One Year and Beyond series!
 
Oct 2:     Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials 
Oct 9:     Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16:   Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23:   Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30:   Sick Day Tips
Nov 6:    How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13:  Favorite Toddler Outings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

what's cookin' good lookin'?

One of my weekly chores is writing a menu for the following week. It's not my favorite chore, but it's definetly not my least favorite chore either. Dusting, anyone? But it does come with a little bit of thinking [more than I like to do these days]. I don't mind cooking; I love baking. If I could bake us a dinner [think cinnamon rolls, pumpkin bread, and the like] every night that would be a different story. But I can't do that. Often times I get stuck in a rut and we eat the same things week in and week out. For a while I was pretty good about trying new things on a weekly basis. Since I'm on the lookout for good meals I thought I would share a few with you all, and hope that you might share some of your favorites with me. Please?

These past few weeks [or months really I suppose] some of the new recipes I've added in are keepers, some are "maybe once a month", and some are never again recipes. Here are some of the ones I've tried [semi] recently and like:

Apple pie pancakes. We have brinner [you know, breakfast for dinner] once a week. I like it, Landon likes it, and Emerson likes it. We have an abundance of apples right now and they are super cheap at the grocery store, so I thought it'd be yummy to make these guys the other night. When Landon walked in the house he said it smelled like Cracker Barrel. I'll take that as a complement. This recipe made just enough pancakes for us to eat -with bacon and eggs. I would double it next time or if I were making it for four people [or three grown up people]. But it was simple to make and yummy to eat.


Mediterranean Pork and Orzo. I've been making this dish for several months now. It's in one of my Taste of Home cookbooks [but I found it online while I was looking for a picture :]. It's super simple, quick, and yummy. It also makes a lot. Usually Landon is able to take the leftovers for lunch the next day. After making it almost weekly I've started throwing the pork in the hot skillet and then just sprinkling pepper on it. It saves a little bit of time. Also, I start the water to boil first. I don't wait until the pork is cooking, like the recipe suggests to do. I also buy the stewing pork, they're already cut into little bits [though I find I still cute fat bits off of them...] or whatever is cheapest and just make do with it. It's still pork [even though I pick most of mine out -I'm not a huge meat eater]. I also use a whole cup of feta cheese, it's sold in 8 oz containers, so I just dump it all in. Much tastier I tell ya.  It's become one of my favorites to make and to eat. yum. yum.

source sorry for the blurry picture. 

Ravioli Lasagna. This was a recipe that I saw in a Taste of Home magazine I have been getting lately [no, they are not sponsoring this post, I just happen to really like their cookbooks :]. It looked different and good so I gave it a try. It's pretty good and very easy to put together. I used Italian sausage instead of ground beef, but I'm sure it would be good with the beef. This isn't a weekly recipe, maybe more of a once a month of so type recipe [at least for us].


BBQ Cups. A few years ago one of my friends made these for dinner and shared some with me; I thought they were pretty good. After that night I made them for Landon and he thought they were so so. Well, a few nights ago we had a slight misunderstanding about dinner and I hadn't been able to go grocery shopping for the week. I looked around my kitchen, remembered the time my friend had made these, and found I had all the ingredients for these little bbq cups. So I made them. The recipe I found and linked below suggests 1/2 -1 cup of bbq sauce, I added 1 cup and it was too much. Next time I'll add 1/2 and then we can just add what we want while eating it if it's not enough. It was too saucy with a whole cup. This is super simple, quick, and pretty good. I don't like a lot of meat and I liked these. They kind of resemble meatloaf, but they're better. Also, Emerson loved them. He ate two and wanted more. Sadly I couldn't give him any more because I only made two free of bbq sauce for him [he's allergic to tomato]. Because E seemed to gobble these things up, I think it's a recipe I'll start making a little more frequently.


There are a few other meals we've been enjoying lately, but I'll save those for another day ... and also for when I actually remember to take pictures of the food. I'm usually so eager to eat dinner that I don't take a picture. Anyhow, those are some of the things I've been cooking up lately. What about you? Any weekly favorites you fix for dinner?


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Emerson: 21 months

Today Emerson is 21 months old. It's crazy to think that in just 3 months he will be two years old. Where has time gone?! I mean seriously, how has he grown so fast? Wasn't he just born? I guess not, but man, it sure feels like it sometimes.

These days Emerson is staying very busy. He has so much to do each and every day. I'm pretty sure his agenda is more full than mine. From the minute he wakes up in the morning to the minute I lay him down at night, he is go go going.


Favorites
books and reading are still his favorite past time. He likes to read a lot on his own, but he also likes to read with me. When he wants to read together he'll pull on me to sit down or climb into my lap, raise his arms for me to pick him up, or crawl in front of where I'm laying and sit his little booty in front of my face, book in hand. That or he'll pick a book [or five] he wants from the shelf and hand throw it to me to read. We're working on the giving something to someone with gentle hands. 
- playing outside. He could play outside all day long if I let him. I love that he loves to be outside. Hopefully I'll find some creative ways to keep him busy inside while it's freezing this winter.
- climbing on my back while I'm laying down.
- running, playing, climbing, exploring
- animals -especially elephants, pigs, dogs, and cats. It's sometimes difficult to go to the store with him, just because when he sees the pet section he reaches out for it and that is the only thing he wants to do. Be in the pet section, looking at the kitties, puppies, and such. He loves animals.
- Boady, our dog. Oh, he looooooves Boady something fierce. The feeling is not mutual, which is really sad. You would think as much as Boady loves pets, attention, and treats, he would be bffs with Emerson, but nope.
- watching Mickey Mouse while I fix dinner [finally found something that mostly distracts him from his extreme hunger pains while I get dinner ready]
- watching Daniel Tiger while waiting for Bee to come in the mornings.
- Elmo: books, toys, on tv, anything Elmo.
- Bee. Seeing her in the morning, getting her when she wakes up from her naps, playing with her. He loves Bee.
- looking at pictures [Instagram] of other babies and toddlers ... and dogs, pigs, and elephants.
- mama. He is a mama's boy for sure. Every minute of every day he wants me right there with him [which I love. I'm trying to eat it all up right now because I know that one day all too soon he will want nothing to do with me. *sniff.], though it would be nice if sometimes he would not cry when I leave the room for a minute or when his daddy tries to help and give him a bath ...
- doing things by himself/on his own.
- blowing bubbles and coloring with chalk


Learning [and such]
- recognizes a lot of animals and is able to make their sound [pharooo!, snort, bark, bob [fish], roar, grrr]. When he sees an animal he'll usually make their sound and if he sees one he doesn't know he'll point to it and "ask" me what it says. He recognizes most of his aunties/uncles and grandparents.
- speech/words: mama, dada [sometimes daddy], no, oh, bye, mae-mae [Bee], bobo [Boady], yeah, tshhheet [or something like that for shoe], wawa [water], ckcr [cracker], pop [poppy], gege [grammy], papaw, nenah [auntie M]. Most other words are still sounds: ba for book, ball, bath, banana. Like that.
- signs: more, please, sorry, thank you, bubbles [though I think he just made his own sign up for that one ;].
- understanding: pretty much everything. He'll hear a song come on, "ba ba black sheep" and run over to his toys and pull his lamb out, then hold it high and say "ba ba ba" while he 'sings' and dances along. Or he'll hear "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and run over and grab his "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star book. If I ask him to get his slipper or shoes, hat or mittens, or a certain book or thing, he runs over to where they are, grabs them, and brings them to me. Which tells me I know he understands when he doesn't something he isn't supposed to [get in the trash, play with the cords...]


Growth
- still in size three diapers
- wears 12 month clothing, 12-18 month, but is starting to wear 18 month because winter is coming and I want the new winter clothes to last until spring.
- size five shoe  
- weighs 22ish pounds?
- height, who knows -I'm so bad about measuring him and writing down things about growth and change for him.
- teeth -he has a lot. Like I said, I'm really bad about writing down when a tooth comes in. whoops. #fail.


Dislikes 
- being in time out
- being told "no"
- having his diaper changed [sometimes...]
- when mama leaves him [even if it's just to go brush my teeth]
- brushing his teeth. He has to do it and doesn't like help [so, I'm not sure how clean those teeth actually are...]
- having lotion rubbed on his skin after a bath [or anytime really]

...and I need to cut your hair... soon. I promise.

Eating / Food 
- drinks lots of water
- still doesn't drink milk
- has started to become a little more picky and somedays will eat one thing and the very next not want it on his plate.
- love fruit [pretty much any fruit]
- not so much love for the veggies right now
- sometimes he'll eat what we have for dinner [those are my favorite nights]. Also: at what age can you just be like, "Okay, this is dinner [or lunch/breakfast], this is what you get. If you don't eat what's on your plate then tough." ?


I'm sure there are things that he does that I am forgetting to include here, but these are the ones that I can remember. Maybe if I think of something I'll add it later on. Or not, since I am kind of bad about doing that. He is growing and learning so much these days. It really is amazing and such a joy to watch him learn and change each day.


Emerson,

You are a delight and a joy in my life. I am so thankful for you. God blessed us richly when he put you in our lives. You are the sweetest little guy, so thoughtful of others, curious, full of energy and love. You are strong, determined, patient [most of the time], and full of giggles. I am so glad I get to spend my days with you and that you love spending your days with me. I pray that you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and that you love and obey him always. I pray that you will always seek after Him. You are loved and prayed for. Thank you for making me a mama. I love you to the stars, sweet boy.

Love,
Mama




Monday, October 20, 2014

[another] weekend visit

On Friday evening Landon's parents arrived for a little weekend visit. Emerson and I had spent the afternoon hours grocery shopping and doing a little vacuuming. Once we had finished our chores we played on my bed for at least an hour. I suggested moving the party into Emerson room, but he was as content as could be playing, rolling, standing, and building pillow towers on our bed. He had a little bag of toys and books he'd brought with him and between those toys and the pillows he was set. At first I wasn't allowed on the bed, but then he decided I had to stay there, lay down, and throw on of his balls in the air. Over and over. It was a quite little way to spend the afternoon before having some visitors and I loved every minute of it.


Like most of the other times Landon's parents come in we ordered a pizza and enjoyed a nice little meal together before putting Emerson to bed. For some reason that night, Emerson did not want to sleep, and he was up for three or so hours. So, so was I. Fun times. Though, I'm sure one day I will miss the sleepless nights?


Saturday we did a little of this and that, but mostly just hung out around the house. After lunch we went to explore a new park -it was really nice. There were lots of places for Emerson to climb and it was safer than most parks we've been to with him because there was a railing/fence like thing that you could barely stick your hand through. I liked it. So did he. We could have stayed there all afternoon and he would have been happy. After playing for a while we started to walk around the park; as it turns out that park is one of the biggest in town and we weren't even close to completing the loop before E showed signs of extreme sleepiness. So we headed home. And he slept for two and a half hours, after taking a three hour long nap that morning. I guess when you're up for half of the night you are sleepy. Typically I never nap, I just feel like there's stuff that needs done or there are things to be read, so I don't nap. But, I did take advantage of his afternoon nap and slept while he did. He wasn't the only one that had missed out on half of their sleep the night before.


We were going to go out for dinner to the Olive Garden. I was so excited to eat there. We had decided earlier that afternoon that that's where we would go [one special treat about when my in-laws come to visit: we always go out for dinner. and I like it. a lot]. They have good food and it just sounded so good that night. When we got there though the wait for 40 minutes and Emerson was already showing signs of extreme hunger ... plus, have you ever tried waiting at a restaurant with a hungry toddler? I haven't waited that long, but even five minutes seems like too long. So we checked the wait time at a few other places [apparently something big was going on on campus that day] and ended up at Applebees. We enjoyed a nice dinner, and Emerson was so good the whole time. He ate his food kind of slowly and there was so much for him to look at that he was easily entertained the whole time. We were all able to finish eating before he was done -and we had to wait a little bit for our food. I am so thankful for that boy.

he wanted to carry his blanket with him on the playground but kept tripping on it. So it became a scarf. Which he loved. He cracks me up.

Sunday morning we had muffins and fruit and hung around the house. We decided to skip church that morning since Landon's parents hardly get to see Emerson, and we enjoy seeing them. Is that bad? ...probably, but it's kind of what we do. After a long morning nap for Emerson, eating Penn Station for lunch [so good], and a little more play time and hugs, Landon's parents headed back home. The afternoons are especially sad and lonely after they leave. So E and I went on a little errand and then were lucky enough to have some "warm" weather that afternoon. We all bundled up a little bit and headed to the park, who knows if we'll have that nice weather again before the freezing temperature set in and the snow starts to fall.

It was a simple little weekend, but it was so refreshing and fun. And really nice for me as I didn't have to cook anything. What a treat! :) I hope you all had happy weekends!


I didn't take a single picture during their visit. whoops. thankfully my mom-in-law let me take some of her pictures :)