Friday, February 27, 2015

spring? worry, lists, and projects

Happy Friday to you! I feel like this week has gone by so quickly, not that I'm complaining. As usual, I like to share five things on Friday because it's fun and I like it, so here goes...

one || I know it's still February, but I am ready for Spring. Thankfully March is only days away and once it's March it's basically Spring, right? At least I'll feel like I can justify bringing out some light and spring like colors around the house to lighten things up a bit.

two || I've started to think about [and worry about] things that I can't control. Mostly, when it's time for baby #2 to come. Will he come on a day of his choosing? Will he wait until the [probably] scheduled cesarean? My worry isn't so much about baby, but about Emerson: where will he go? will we have to wake him up in the middle of the night to take him somewhere? where will that be? how long before Landon's family will be able to come in? will he be strapped into his carseat the right way? not be give junk food to eat? will his daily routine be followed? I know I shouldn't worry about these things, and I know he will be fine. But there is still that little part of me that just can't help but think about those things.

three || Along with the worry comes the thought of lists and things that need to be done before baby comes: a list/letter for whoever is watching Emerson -what his day looks like, allergies, and whatnot. A packing list for all of us. Actually packing bags. Washing baby clothes and finding space in Emerson's room for them to go. All of the things that need to be done. Suddenly it's hit me and the mere thought of it is overwhelming. Good thing I like lists. And planning.

four || The past few nights I've been able to work on one of my sewing projects. It has been so nice and so much fun to have a project to work on! After cutting the pieces and doing some more ironing [the only time I probably ever iron is if I'm sewing something, and even then I try and figure out a way to get around it...] I've been sewing right along! I'm hoping that by tomorrow my first project will be finished and I can start on the next one. But since I've really only been able to sew after the little man goes to bed at night, it's slow going. Still, it's fun and it gives me something to look forward to ... and it helps me stay awake past 8 o'clock. I can't wait to share the finished product with you all -hopefully next week sometime!

five || Once again, I'm trying to get a little bit more routine into our days. I mean, we have a basic routine. And when I say 'we' I mean me, little man, and Bee. Routine: Bee comes, we play/read/run around/build towers/read some more/do puzzles/dance/listen to muisc all morning, sometimes do a 'craft', eat lunch, nap, Bee goes home [most days], or they play a little bit longer and then she goes home. When the weather was nicer we would go for walks in the morning and play at the park for a while. It was so nice! But I'm just struggling to add in something else to our day. I shouldn't, but I am. Do we color every morning? Do we do something else? I'd like to have a little something extra [else] to do with the munchkins, but I plain out of ideas. Thoughts and suggestions are most welcome! Thank you in advance.

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend and have a Happy Sunday welcoming March!

linking up here with Darci and other fun ladies

and here with Andrea. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

a big boy bed

About a month ago Emerson started sleeping in a big boy bed. It wasn't entirely planned, but that's the way it happened. We knew that he was going to have to start sleeping in a real bed at some point over the next few months and I wanted him fully transitioned and used to his bed as much as possible before the baby came along and started sleeping in the crib [even though baby bean will probably only start sleeping in the crib around four ... or six ... months? So basically, not right away]. 

We talked about putting the twin bed we have for visitors in his bed room for him to use as his big boy bed and decided against it because:
1. Landon felt like it was too big a bed for him and he would be ready for it [the daddy - not the mommy! I was so surprised how protective Landon was about this].
2. Space in his room would be tight with very little room left to play, and that's were all of the playing happens.
3. We really do have visitors [family, but still] come and where would that leave them to sleep?

Because Landon wasn't ready for the twin bed I suggested getting another crib [expensive] or a toddler bed [the cheaper option]. I looked around and found a great deal on a bed for Emerson. Because we didn't want to pay shipping for the bed I went in and ordered it at the store and they delivered it to our house, for free. It came in time to be wrapped up as one of Emerson's birthday gifts. Emerson had looked at the beds with me and when I pulled it inside the house he was so excited and wanted to open the box right away. But we waited.

I also looked at a lot of bedding for his new little bed. I wanted something that would work with what he already had in his room decor wise [which is not much but still...] and something that would work with the baby bedding we had in case we were to have another boy. I even went so far as to look for girl bedding that would work with what I found for him, just in case. Turns out that wasn't even an issue. As I looked at dozens of bedding options for him and considered making the bedding for him, he looked with me and when he saw certain pictures would get so excited. I liked that he was able to play a part in picking out his new blankets and such. When it arrived in the mail he was so excited and wanted to open it right then. Poor little guy had to wait, again, to unwrap it on his birthday.

The weekend after his birthday Landon's parents came in for a visit and it was on the visit that we put his bed together and did some rearranging of all of our upstairs furniture, Emerson got to help put the bed together and make it up with his new bedding. I wanted him to be as involved with it as possible. We thought he would sleep in his crib for a few more months before moving him to the bed. But when nap time rolled around he wanted to sleep in his new bed, and oh, he was so excited about it. I laid him down in his new bed and walked out. He napped and then at bed time he wanted to sleep in his bed again. Good, right? I wasn't about to squelch his excitement about his new bed. So after stories and following our normal bedtime routine, he ran to his new bed and I laid him down in it. And he did great! He didn't fuss or cry or scream like he had been doing in his crib. He just laid down and cuddled up with his blankies and animal buddies. I didn't make a huge deal about it. I just told him, that he could sleep there and that I wanted him to, but he had to stay in bed until I got him in the morning. Could it really be that simple? That easy?

It was until he fell out of his bed a few hours later. That boy wiggles and moves in his sleep like none other. His head will end up at the foot of the bed or the side of the bed. He'll do whole circles in his sleep. It's kind of amazing. But it isn't a good thing for when he's in a bed without railing all around it. After his fall he had trouble going back to sleep. I didn't know what to do, he never sleeps well with us and I knew he needed to sleep, we all did. So I laid him in his crib for the rest of the night. Good? Bad? I don't know, but that's what happened. The next morning I turned his bed around so the head of the bed became the foot and then when nap time and bed time came I just wedged a pillow between his bed and the dresser so he had a little barrier all the way around. He hasn't fallen out since.

Apart from him falling out of bed the first night he has done really well. There have been a few rough nap times -he realized he could climb out of his bed by himself and then would not stay in bed for anything. He did that one day and then didn't do it for a few more days. They were not fun nap times -for him or me. Though probably he did have some fun running around when he knew he wasn't supposed to. A few times he banged on his blinds, a lot, or pulled the changing pad down on top of him, or climbed out of bed and dumped his humidifier out. Though, those are things that mostly happened on the days of the awful [nonexistent] naps.

In a lot of ways both bed time and nap time have become a easier since he's started sleeping in his new bed. Before he started sleeping in his bed he would scream and jump and scream in his crib for the longest time. it. was. horrible. I hated it and there was nothing that seemed to help him. He had his animal buddies and his blankies. We kept the same routine we'd always had. But he would holler like none other. When he started sleeping in his bed, it stopped. I was hesitant about letting him sleep in a bed because of that recent problem, but it turned out to be a good thing.

For the most part he's also done a really good job at waiting for me to go get him in the mornings/after nap. He has a little pile of books in his bed that he'll read before falling asleep and most mornings after waking up before I get him. His buddies also keep him company; it's so sweet to open his door and see him hugging his Pooh Bear or Cocoa. From the start I've been very intentional about cheering for him when I go get him -giving praise for staying in his bed. He loves to cheer with me and does it nearly every time, until he realizes I don't have socks on and then we have to remedy that problem right away. During one of those horrible no nap days, in a moment of desperation, I ordered a bunny clock for him. He was excited when we got it, but I'm not really sure he pays much attention to it now, because even if the bunny lights up for day time, he stays in his bed and waits for me. I like that he does that.

I continue to pray for good sleep for him and that he stays in his bed. I continue to tell him, "Stay in your bed until Mama comes to get you." I continue to praise him when he obeys.

Now, when I lay him down in his bed I'll sit beside him to pray with him or give a few pats like he always asked me to. Now, after he's laying down he'll open a book and then say, "Doo," for door, meaning, 'mama, please leave me alone in my room so I can read and sleep and. I ask for a kiss or hug and he says, "no. Cocoa." I kiss Cocoa and then him too. And as I walk out of the door I see him looking so big in his bed, reading a book to his little bedtime buddies.

Hopefully sharing how our transition to a big bed has gone/is going won't jinks us and will be of some help or encouragement to you! But I wanted to share just the same because I know I appreciated reading about this transition from other mamas and because it's something I want to remember.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

snow play day

Friday afternoon I heard a little rumor that we were supposed to get snow, lots of snow. Not two feet or anything crazy like that [I'm sure some of you have gotten that much though], but a big snow just the same. Supposedly the snow storm was going to start Friday and go all day Saturday. Since I usually get groceries on Saturday morning it was decided that just in case we couldn't get out we would get them that night. So after the munchkin was asleep the hubby went out for food. 

The following morning we woke up to a winter wonderland with snow continuing to fall. We thought we'd be stuck inside all day for sure, and possibly even the following day. Our reasoning: the city is terrible about cleaning the roads here. Like, they just don't clear them. That or they wait five days and then start clearing them.

However, much to our surprise when we went out to play in the snow/shovel the driveway we were shocked to see a cleared road -in our neighborhood. They don't do that. We talked to a neighbor who was retuning from the store and she said that the roads, the main ones especially were good.

Crazy city town with it's unpredictable snow clearing ways.  

It didn't change most of our day. Emerson and I "helped" shovel the drive... yeah, I didn't even attempt to help, I just hung around in the snow. I tried to make a snowman for Emerson, but the snow was too fluffy. We did make a little snowball and he thought it was the funniest thing to throw it at his daddy. We spent the rest of the day playing inside, working puzzles, coloring pictures, building towers. You know, the fun stuff.

I did manage to sneak out for a trip to the store while the little guy napped. And even though my 'quick' trip turned into not so much of a quick trip, I still managed to somehow get back home before he woke up.

his first snowball! 

All in all it was a fun little snow day. Though I will say, I am so ready for Spring to get here! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

baby bump #2 // 24 weeks

Dear Baby Boy, 

This week I am feeling pretty good, though still tired. Apparently I look just about as tired as I feel because after church we were talking to some new friends and one of them asked how I was feeling, I told her, "Pretty good. Not sick, so that's nice." Then she said, "Tired?" to which I agreed and then we talked about how she was so tired with her second pregnancy and how it's about all I can do to keep my eyes open .... [I was really struggling to keep them open during the service. It was bad]. As we walked off I heard her say to another girl that we were talking to, "Oh, she looks so tired..." or something along those lines. What can you do? Occasionally I'll have terrible leg cramps that last for hours and I can only be comfortable if I sit one way. I remember having this when I was pregnant last time and my assistant principal told me to eat a banana. I took her advice and after that I ate a banana a day and the leg troubles stopped. Even though I'm eating bananas every day I feel like I'm still getting cramps here and there. Whole leg, won't go away cramps. Maybe it's because I'm eating the banana in my yogurt and not just as a banana? Eh... 

You're growing so much these days, so I'm sure that plays a part in why I feel [and look] so tired; you are the size of a cantaloupe! So big! And to think you will only get bigger and bigger! Sometimes I feel like my belly is huge and wonder how it can stretch any further; but I know it can ... and it will! But that's a good thing because it means you, little one, are growing! Keep it up! 

On Saturday we played in the snow with your big brother and "helped" Daddy shovel the driveway. You have a good daddy, you'll learn that on your own one day, but it's true. That afternoon we went shopping for some fabric, just the two of us, and spent much longer than we should have picking out the pieces for some projects. You didn't seem to mind though. 

There is snow everywhere here and the temperatures are frigid. I cannot wait for Spring to come so we can go on walks and play at the park. I miss the outside... I'm sure Spring will be here before too long though so I'm trying to enjoy the rest of this season. 

We are so looking forward to meeting you and holding you in our arms. Not too much longer. Until that day comes [and please wait a few more months before you make your arrival because I want you safe for as long as possible], I pray that you continue to grow and develop and stay healthy. You are just a blessing and it is fun to already watch your big brother talk about you and try to pat you. ha. You will be coming home to a house full of loving arms, that's for sure. I love you little snickerdoodle of mine. 

-Your Mama 

compare to 24 weeks with Emerson here.

Friday, February 20, 2015

adding cheer and warmth to your home

On these long, cold, and somewhat lonely days there are a few things I like to do in attempt to bring a little more cheer and warmth into our house [aside from turning the heat up to 80* which is oh so tempting on days like today]. 

candles. My love of candles runs deep. I have a candle lit any change I get. There is just something about a candle that adds a little warmth into a home and makes a house feel more like a home. I try to have a candle lit every evening around the time Landon usually comes home -a little welcome home, be warm and cozy now. 

twinkle lights. I know a lot of people only put out twinkle lights at Christmas time -or in their college dorm room. It's not Christmas right now and I'm not in college any longer, but the twinkle lights are up. I put them up before Christmas last year with plans to never take them down. At first Landon was all, "Aren't you going to take those down? It's March...." But I didn't and he has since grown to like them and appreciate the warm glow they give. 

placemats. Or a tablecloth ... I don't have one for winter months, and am trying to decide if the one I do have for Spring will make an appearance this year or not. Placemats are already kind of tricky with a munchkin running around your kitchen and as much as I love a tablecloth I'm trying to decide if it would be a safe/smart move to put one out. We'll see. Having something on your table, be it placemats or a tablecloth adds that little extra homey touch to your kitchen or dining room. I think it would be so fun to have placemats for each holiday. I'm still working on that... maybe the Valentines ones will still be around tomorrow and on mucho sale? Some seasonally appropriate colors are always a nice little touch.  Add cloth napkins and bam. Your table is basically set. 

What are some things you do to add a little bit of cheer and warmth to your home? 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

cranberry white chocolate chip cookies : a recipe

Baking is one of those things that just makes me happy. Bread, cookies, cake ... anything. I love mixing the ingredients together and I love the smell that dances through the house as the cookies/bread/cake bake away in the oven. One of Landon's favorite cookies are cranberry white chocolate chip cookies. One of my favorite things about making them? I can roll the dough into little balls and freeze the dough for those days I just need a cookie -or two. I was first introduced to these yummy little treats by my mother-in-law who brought them with her on one of her visits to our house. We were very thankful and our lives were forever changed. Since I can't bring you a plate of freshly baked cookies I thought I'd at least share they yummy recipe with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 

3/4 cup shortening or butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 3/4 cups oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips

Beat shortening and sugars until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together. Stir in oats, cranberries, and white chocolate chips. Drop teaspoon size balls onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 fro 10-12 minutes.

*makes about 3 dozen cookies

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

projects on my mind

Over the past few weeks one of my sweet friends and I have been sharing thoughts and ideas about sewing projects. She started it all when she sent me an email with some of her new ideas and potential projects she would like to make. Reading about her sewing excitement and the projects that she was going to be working on got me all excited about having a project. I don't really have anything to get ready for the baby's room since he'll just be sleeping in Emerson's room, but it is always fun to have a little project to work on. I have the afghan for the baby that I'm working on but apart from that nothing much to keep me busy or give me something to think about/look forward to. And sewing is so much faster than crocheting a baby blanket. So, it's not going to hurt to have more than one project going at a time.

I've found a few patterns that I love and am planning to make in the near future. One of them my friend sent me and ever since I saw it I've been thinking of how Emerson needs it ... and me too, and maybe the baby too. One of the main reasons I really want to make this bag for Emerson is in case he needs to go spend the day [or night] our friend's house when the baby comes. Family will be coming to visit and to stay with him when the baby is born, but if for some reason the baby comes before they do, Emerson will be ready to go. Also, it would be nice for travel and whatnot.

found here

Another bag I've been thinking about making is one that seems the perfect size and has all the pockets I could possibly want. I'm hoping I can actually find fabric that I like and that it turns out just as cute... we shall see.

found here

I've also been thinking about making a few smaller zip bags, like cosmetic bags. Little bags like those come in handy all the time and they seem like a fun little project. 

found here

So there's the fun I plan on having over the next few weeks months. Emerson was pretty excited when I was talking about making him a bag for clothes and socks and such. He asked if it could have mooses [plural for moose?] on it, when I told him we would look for some moose fabric he did a cheer. Here's to hoping he's not disappointed and that we actually find some cute moose fabric. 

Do you sew? Have you made any fun little projects lately? Do you have aspirations for sewing something? What kind of projects do you have planned or hope to do in the coming months? 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

a little valentine's day

There is a little mister who likes to go with me everywhere. Before he even had a choice in the matter he was going all kinds of places with me. Now that he is a little bit older and can understand a little bit more, he still chooses to go with me if he can. So when Saturday morning came and I was getting my shoes and coat on to go grocery shopping, he ran over to the coat closet and grabbed a pair of his shoes, sat down on the floor next to me and tried putting them on. He wanted to go grocery shopping with his mama. Naturally I helped him get his little shoes on his feet, put a little fleece on, and then buckled him into his carseat. We were off to the grocery store. 

He could have stayed home with his daddy. They could have played, worked puzzles, tossed balls back and forth, built towers and knocked them down, and run wild around the house. But instead the little mister wanted to come with me. I am constantly reminding myself what a blessing and a joy these days are. He won't always want to go where I do .... so for now, I soak it in and cherish our little trips and days together. Landon decided he could take the morning off and came along too. 

We all helped pile the groceries on the list into the cart and walked around the store for a little bit. Emerson took full advantage of the fact that Landon was there and he went running down the empty aisles with a huge grin on his face while Landon followed behind him. Sometimes they would bring something to put in the cart and other times it was just to say hi. 

After our shopping was finished and the groceries were put away Emerson wandered out to the living room and watched some basketball with Landon. They both seemed perfectly content so I decided that would be the perfect time to whip up a yummy little Valentines treat for them. 

It did not disappoint. In fact, it was raved over more than I imagined it would be -by both boys. While it was cooling off we were upstairs. When I came down after a few hours I found that one of the misters in this house had picked some of the corners off because he simply couldn't wait until lunch time to have a bite. He thought he was being discreet ... but he should know that I notice everything, especially when it comes to things I've baked. Needless to say, he loved it and so did the other mister in the house, thank you, Jess for sharing this recipe!

The rest of our day was quiet, which was nice. Around dinner time we headed to the library to return a few things, then stopped at campus to get some pictures for Landon, and then we braved the freezing cold, biting wind, and young college kiddos [how are college students so much younger these days than they were say, ten-ish years ago?!] and got our buy one get one free dinner at Qudoba. We got the food to go because: 1. there are no high chairs in a college campus food court and 2. it's just easier, quieter, cleaner, and nicer to eat at home.

It was a happy little Valentine's Day on Saturday. I hope yours was too.

Monday, February 16, 2015

baby bump #2 //23 weeks

The last few weeks I've written little letters to the baby, I thought I'd do a little status update for the bump this week... 

How Far Along: 23 weeks! 

Size of Baby: A grapefruit! wonder I feel like my belly is so much bigger these days; it's popped! 

Feeling: I'm still feeling pretty good. I still can't get over how different this pregnancy is from the first one. It is so nice to not feel sick. The only 'symptom' apart from a big belly is feeling incredibly tired. Usually I fall asleep shortly after Emerson, wether I want to or not, but apart from that things are good. I'm hoping it stays this way. The other night I was told I fell asleep at 8:45. All I know was I reading some instructions for a new stitch I was working on and then it was 10:00 and I wanted to be in bed but for some reason I was on the couch. 

Cravings/Aversions: I don't feel like there are any real cravings, nothing I have to have right now. Although I am really enjoying yogurt, fruit, and granola and could eat it for every meal and cheese and crackers have been especially tasty lately. I'm still not crazy about Mexican food, but I did manage to eat a smothered burrito the other night for dinner -thank you buy one get one free for Valentine's Day :) 

Clothing: Maternity tops all the time and the same for jeans and pants, unless they're sweat pants or pajama tops or bottoms. 

Gender: Boy! And we're still talking about a name; I think it will be a while yet before an official decision is made. 

Best Moment This Week: Having two days off to spend with my little man and being able to enjoy just him: reading books, playing, cuddling, baking... And having a sweet little weekend with my boys.    

Looking Forward To: Going to the doctor this morning! I love hearing the heartbeat of this little pumpkin. I'm also really excited about seeing my friend Carrie, she's stopping by for a visit, so that's pretty wonderful. 

Thoughts & Prayer: I have started calling you by a name [in my head and thoughts to and of you] that I have come to love, I think it suits you just right, but we're still talking over the names and we don't want to rush into anything and decide before we're sure. I'm not too worried about this, it's just something I like to think about. I know we'll have a name for you when the time comes. I've also been able to work on your blanket a little bit. If I'm able to stay awake long enough to do one row I call it good and keep going until I fall asleep while crocheting ... you think it's can't happen? It can. You are in my thoughts and prayers always, little snickerdoodle. I pray you are healthy and strong and that you keep growing! I also pray that you will grow in the strength of the Lord and always seek and obey Him. You are such a blessing to us already. I love you! 
- Mama

Friday, February 13, 2015

days off, coffee, cards, and sleep

Happy Valentine's Day [tomorrow]! I always enjoy these Fridays for sharing whatever five things I'm thinking about and such so I'm joining in the fun again today.

- one - This week I had two whole glorious days off. Emerson and I enjoyed spending the day together, doing a little of this and a little of that and pretty much whatever we felt like. It was so nice to be able to think, "Huh, I have a few errands I need to run... and I can do them right now because I'm not babysitting right now!" We took advantage of being able to get out of the house while Bee was sick: a trip [or two] to Target, making Valentine's Day cards, building block towers, reading, and going to the library ... to name a few things. They were really simple but really refreshing and lovely days.

- two - Last Christmas I was given a gift card to Starbucks and another one this Christmas, I had only used one of the cards one time. Apparently I used to be able to visit Starbucks a lot more frequently than I am able to now. While we were out and abut these past two days I figured I might as well take advantage of an already good thing and I stopped by for a hot drink. I don't know how people do it every day [financially], but I can't say I blame them ... and it kind of makes me like them more. I'll stick with my random visits with the help of a gift card for now though.

- three - Last week I mentioned the possibility of me going to a women's retreat/mom's conference, Hearts at Home and so many of you encouraged me to go! It was just the little push I needed I suppose because I signed up for it. I'm more excited about going now than I was before I bought the tickets, but it is something I am looking forward to very much. I decided to ride up on Saturday morning for a few different reasons, one of the biggest reasons was because I knew the mom going on Saturday lives in my neighborhood. I've only talked to her a twice, but she seems nice and I thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know her better. As I was talking to her about driving up together she told me another mom from our neighborhood was going with her too. So now I'm even more excited at the possibility of these potential new friendships.

- four  - A few weeks ago I mentioned I was on the look out for some cute blank notecards/stationary that was bigger than the average 3x5ish size card that is usually available. I wanted cards that I could fit pictures inside if I wanted to send a few. After looking and looking I finally found some. They are fun little cards and the perfect size for those pictures! These guys will last me a loooong time.

- five -  After Emerson has been going down for bed at night I've gone downstairs to sit with Landon [or by myself if he's off working] and to work on baby boy's blanket. For the life of me I cannot stay awake to get it or anything else done. I'll try reading, watching a show, writing emails, planning meals and such, nothing can keep me awake past nine o'clock. I'm a little fearful this sweet little boy won't get a blankie to cuddle with [at least one made by me] before he turns 18. Sorry peanut, I'm really trying.

I hope you all have a very happy, fun, and sweet Valentine's Day tomorrow!

I'm linking up here with Darci and a few other sweet ladies.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

oh sweet, Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a sweet little holiday and will be here soon. I've never been one to love or hate Valentine's Day, I've always looked at it as a fun and sweet little day. I have friends who hate Valentine's Day with passion and share their feelings every chance they get. Then there are friends who love the day and make a huge deal out of it. I fall in the middle, if there can be a middle. It's just a fun holiday and it brings some happy cheer into the dreary winter months.

I would love to decorate my house for Valentine's Day, have hearts up here and there, red, pink, and white sweet decor sprinkled throughout my house. But because I'm cheap, and because we're renting, and also because we don't have money to spend on that kind of thing, I enjoy the Valentine's section at the stores when I go shopping. I think it's a win win for me and my hubby and our budget.

We never do anything really big for Valentine's Day, we've gone to Qudoba the past few years because we've been able to either get one or both of our meals there for free. I think they're having a buy one get one free this Valentine's Day too... if you're on the look out for a uber romantic dinner. You're welcome ;) It suits us and we have fun.

We also don't go all crazy on the whole gift giving side of things either. A card, some candy, socks, a book, whatever... We keep it simple. Since we don't eat a lot of candy, Landon especially, candy was out this year as his gift.

So this morning Emerson and I went out to use a coupon that was getting ready to expire and too good not to use and also because Bee is still sick. We walked around the aisles and looked at all of the pretty things. He was being a really good little shopping buddy this morning so I took full advantage of that and around we walked, I even tried a few things on. Anyhow, I asked him what he wanted to get Landon for Valentine's Day and he told me socks. Probably he thought socks would be a good idea since we were looking at socks when I asked him ... in the women's department ... but he kept saying socks for daddy. So we went and picked out some non pink or polkadot socks for Landon. While we were doing that an older man [a grandpa age man] was also looking for socks or something. He overheard Emerson saying over and over how the socks were for daddy and me telling him how we had to wait to give them to daddy. I know he overheard us because he said, "This is priceless. This age is the sweetest," or something along those lines and went on to tell me how he had two grandchildren and how they had stolen his heart and these were some of the best days.

His comment got me to thinking about just how sweet and numbered these days are. Before too long Emerson will be thinking about getting Valentine's for a girl instead of his daddy. But today, today he was so excited about the socks and long johns that we picked out for him. Yes, socks and long johns for a Valentine's Day gift - y'all it is cold here and oh so windy [I really felt like that y'all was necessary to get across just how cold it is for some reason] and Landon walks around campus every day in the freezing wind. He has a few pairs of long johns, but most days he's asking me if I've done laundry [which lately I have!] and where they are... and somehow they are always dirty because he wears them every day. So I knew he would love his present because well, it's practical and it was on clearance!

I love that we can celebrate Valentine's Day with little gestures, free food, homemade cards, and practical gifts. And really, who doesn't love socks? One year we had dinner somewhere in the mall and walked around for a little bit afterwards. We wandered into the Hallmark store and picked cards out for each other. After reading our cards we put them back and walked out of the store. Thoughtful, yet cheap. It can be done :)  What do you do for Valentine's Day? Something special? Romantic? Simple? Sweet? Go all out? Nothing? All of the things?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

a morning out

This morning as I was getting ready for the day I got a text. I'm not one to get a lot of texts to begin with, and certainly not at seven in the morning. Before I even checked it I knew it was from Bee's mom. She told me Bee had been having some tummy troubles last night and this morning and she was going to stay home. On Monday Bee had some tummy troubles during her nap time and yesterday things didn't seem quite right either. She wasn't acting cranky, but something was off a little. I told her mom about it when she picked her up that afternoon and they kept a close eye on her at home.

While it's sad that Bee is feeling a little sick and had to stay home, Emerson and I took advantage of our day off. We had a quiet start to the morning and then went to run an errand at the store and headed to the library for story time. I've taken both munchkins before and have decided it's not worth it. But since it was just me and the little guy I thought it might be a fun thing for us to do together. We sat and listened to a few stories and songs then made a little Valentine's Day craft. Afterwards Emerson ran around the aisles and aisles of books in the children's department at the library, stopping every now and then to pick a book off the shelf. He played with some of the blocks and toys that were available and was distraught when I told him it was time to go home. Boy did not want to leave.

We made one quick stop on our way home and then since we were kind of close to a Starbucks I thought I'd see how long the line was and maybe get a myself a little treat. Typically, the line of cars at the closest Starbucks to our house is so long it's wrapped around the building. It's ridiculous. And usually the parking lot is full as well ... at least on the days I drive by to see if I want/need a drink. This morning, there was only one car before me by the time I pulled up to the little order box place. I got myself a little drink and then we headed home to have lunch with Landon and to show him all of the books Emerson checked out at the library.

It's not much, I know, but getting out of the house this morning was a breath of fresh air. It was so nice to be able to go out and enjoy the morning with Emerson. It was a happy little morning and one I want to remember.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

the missing top coat

This past weekend I found a pretty new nail polish and somehow ended up buying it. Usually I talk myself out of purchases like those, but I had a gift card and a coupon so I figured, why not? After coming home with my new little purchase I was looking forward to painting my nails that night after the munchkin went to sleep.

So, after dinner, bath time, bedtime stories, and cleaning up the kitchen I went upstairs to get the nail polish and the top coat I've come to like. I feel like it helps the nail polish stay on for days longer than it usually does, and I'm not going to sit around and paint my nails if it's only going to stay on for a day or two. The last few times I've used it the polish didn't chip for five days or something crazy like that and even when it did start to chip it still looked fine and I pulled off a week of pretty nails. Snap.

However, when I went to get the top coat nail polish, it was nowhere to be found. It wasn't where I last put it [although, in reality I'm sure it probably is...] and it wasn't in my little bag of nail polish things. I looked big and low. I looked in every basket, bag, and bucket. Every drawer, closet, and cupboard. It was nowhere. This was very distressing to me for some reason so I ended up not painting my nails and eating a box of cookies. Okay, not really the cookie part, though I would have if I could have.

Three days later, I still can't find the nail polish. It's a mystery. I'm sure when we pack up our house to move in a few years I'll find it in that little spot, that perfectly logical spot, that spot where I last put it [but can't remember]. Eh... such is life.

Monday, February 9, 2015

baby bump #2 // 22 weeks

Dear Baby Snickerdoodle, 

I would love to call you by your name these days, but we still don't know what that is! Choosing a name for some one is such a huge decision ... it's something they'll [you'll] be stuck with for their whole life! We want to make sure we give you the perfect name, so until we find that name, you are my little snickerdoodle. There are a few names your daddy and I keep talking about, but he really likes one or two and I'm not the greatest fan of those names, and vise-versa. So, we shall see. There is one name we both really like, and I would love to give you that name. However your daddy's best friend from high school named his little boy that very same name, so we aren't sure what the "rules" are about giving you that name. Your daddy and his friend don't live in the same town [and never will] and we only see them about once a year. So, I feel like it's safe and good and okay to give you that name, but we're still talking that over. What do you think?  

Apart from the name thing, you are still growing!! You are a squirmy little fellow and I love it! I love feeling you kick your little legs or punch your little fists against me. You've gotten so strong I can feel you on the outside of my belly and even your daddy has felt you move a few times. I'm still waiting for you to give your big brother a little punch. Maybe one day soon? Just remember, it's more than okay to give lots of kicks and such right now [and please give all you like], but when you are bigger, hitting is not nice. 

I'm feeling pretty good still, though it's still so hard for me to stay awake past nine o'clock on a given night. It doesn't matter if I'm writing, reading, crocheting, or watching a show. I fall asleep. Yogurt with fruit and granola is still my favorite thing to eat, so I've been enjoying that a lot. I could eat more of it but I'm trying to eat a variety of things so you won't be a picky eater when you grow up. Eh... 

The other night I started working on your afghan! I love that I can work on something that I know you will use one day. It makes me feel like I am actually doing something to get ready for your arrival, especially since I don't have to do a nursery up for you or anything like that. 

I love you so much already and pray you are strong and healthy. Keep growing and moving around in your safe little home.  


compare to 22 weeks last time here