Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

From my little donut...

And her brother, the donut hole...


Hope everyone had a great time trick-or-treating!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Weekend... from Debbie Downer.

First of all I'd like to say that if you have children that are well, healthy, have been free of colds/sinus infections/strep/etc then you are BLESSED. We have not been very fortunate in that department over the last month. I'm trying my hardest not to complain and be a buzz kill here, but when you've got one or both children sick, then you get sick, then you give it BACK to one or both children, and you're spending your outings at the pediatrician's office and otherwise you are stuck inside or at the pharmacy counter, then life starts to become not-so-fun and you start getting a little CRAZY and going NUTS. That's been my life for the last 4 weeks and I'm hoping and praying that we are on the upswing, although Sam has a terrible congested cough (no fever though, which is good.) Please, please, Lord, let this be the end of our sickness for a long, long time. Amen.

Now... on to what we've been up to...

Oh, wait. That is what we've been up to. Pediatrician. Pharmacy. Antibiotics. Cold Medicine. CrazyMama. Yep, that about sums it up.

I'm thankful, don't get me wrong, because there are many people who are in far worse situations. I'm trying to do my best to count my blessings and look on the bright side... I just haven't been too good about that lately. I really am trying, though!

I hope everyone has a fun-filled, sugar high Halloween weekend! We're looking forward to trick-or-treating on our street, which comes complete with a chili cook-off and lots of spooktacular surprises! We'll show off our costumes tomorrow! Until then, be blessed! (And healthy!)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Facebook & Blog Talk

Mary Ella walked into the kitchen the other night with a rather serious look on her face. Here's the conversation that followed:

MARY ELLA: "Mama... I said somethin."

ME: "Ok, Mary Ella... what did you say?"

MARY ELLA: "It was a accident."

ME: "Well, that's ok, but what you did say?"

MARY ELLA: (cups her hands over her mouth like she's going to tell a secret) "I said........ facebook." (Immediately runs out of the room like she's in big trouble.)

It was so funny I almost wet my pants.

Then today my mom, my sister, Mary Ella and I went to lunch at Rosie's in Florence. We were sitting there eating our chips and all of a sudden Mary Ella said:

"I'm gon' put this on my blog."

She ain't right.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fall Pics, Sickness, Easy Kid Crafts


Yay for fall! I can't say it enough. I love everything about it and I feel like it always passes too quickly.
I bought my kids those matching punkin pajamas at the WalMarts for $5 a set. Pretty cute, huh? Now if only I could get both of them to smile at once!

One thing that doesn't pass too quickly around here is s.i.c.k.n.e.s.s. I guess it's just that time of year. Granted, like I said before, I'll take snotty noses/coughing/ear infections any day of the week over the croup. I have a sinus infection and am currently on antibiotics; Sam is super stuffy and not his usual self; Mary Ella has a runny nose but otherwise still feels fine. She's probably built up some immunities being at school... but the Sambo and I are unfortunately the recipients of her school germs, and though we take our vitamins and drink our OJ and eat our apples, we can't seem to keep the doctor away. Boo. But this too shall pass. In the mean time I'm getting extra snuggle time and snotty kisses from my sweet baby boy.

Other than that, we haven't been up to too much. Mary Ella is enjoying the cooler weather and we spend a lot of time out on the porch. The other day we made those old fashioned bird feeders out of pine cones. You know, the ones you all made in elementary school, where you spread the peanut butter all over the pine cone and then coat it with bird seed? Yes, those. She had fun and we've enjoyed watching the birdies peck away and nibble at and knock over our cones.


We've also seen a myriad of new creatures on our screen porch, including lizards, centipedes, and huge fat squirrels (that will literally JUMP off our 30 foot deck the minute Lucy catches them eating off our pine cones!) We also have a resident praying mantis who chooses to eat breakfast on the sunny part of the deck.


I've done some more spooky decorating.


(ghosts on the mantle are from Hobby Lobby; they came in a pack of about 15; I hung them with thread.)

We've also been spending a lot of time with these kiddos...


These are my friend Lindsey's kids: (top) Aniston (3yrs), Griffin (2yrs) and their baby sister Sara-Bentlee (2 months). They live a few houses down from us. Yes, Lindsey is a busy momma. When I think of how hectic and crazy my days seem, I think of Lindsey and how she has not one toddler, but TWO. Plus a newborn. And then I take a deep breath and go on with my chores and diaper changing. We've had a great time hanging out and it's really nice to have someone whose life somewhat resembles your own; someone you can vent to and laugh with and someone to keep you from going stir crazy!

They came over tonight before Chad got home and the kids were going nuts so I decided we'd do a craft to get them to calm down a bit. Lindsey brought over some pine cones at my request (we don't have any pine trees in our back yard) and we made some cute little owls out of them, with some felt and a candy corn for the nose. How cute are these! They were really proud of them.

Well, I hope everyone has a blessed rest-of-the-week. I'm off to Lysol my house for the 14th time today.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Oak Mountain Farm

Vicki, Addie Jane and Jack came down to visit a couple weeks ago to help us pass the time while Chad was gone. We took the kids to the Oak Mountain petting zoo farm. Here are some pictures.


Jack wasn't scared of the animals at all. In fact, he was head-butted by a goat and then kicked by another goat and he would still get right up in their faces. Ha! Not me!



Sunday, October 17, 2010

I love getting packages in the mail.

Especially when those packages are from Granny Carolyn!! Thanks so much! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our fall outfits!


(She's not really our Granny - she's our go-to gal for all things smocked and she's amazingly talented and generous and she loves my children. So she might as well be our Granny! Ha!)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lately (complete with iPhone pics, some crafts and a recipe)

Wow! I'm behind, whadaya know! Here's a rundown of what's been going on, as well as some high quality iPhone pictures to go with it! (haha)

-Mary Ella recovered from croup! After her MD appointment, she never ran fever again, so thank you for the prayers! Her cough lasted almost a week but we'll take the cough over fevers, difficulty breathing, etc, any day.

-I hosted a baby shower at my house for my bestie Jamie and sweet baby Gage, who will be here any day! I am sick that I didn't get any decent pictures. My camera and the lighting in my house were not getting along that day. But we had such a good time and Jamie went home with a truck load of baby goodies! Literally. A truck load. Luckily she lives across the street. I made this wreath for the door; it is a $3.99 grapevine wreath from JoAnn, and I wrapped it with a sheer wired ribbon. I also bought the wooden letters at JoAnn for 99 cents each and painted them. I used hot glue to secure everything.

-I went to Montgomery to visit my best friend since kindergarten, Katie, who is also expecting! We spent the day together and she took me to an amazing store in Montgomery that was basically a huge gallery of smocked goodness and cute gifts. I forget what it's called but if I had a lot of money to spend, I'd spend it there. Katie bought Sam this sweet froggie romper! Love it!

-I helped hostess another baby shower for one of my BFF's since birth - Mary Beth - and sweet Addie Grace, who is due November 3rd. I made some cupcakes from a recipe Mom gave me and that I'll share with you here because they are soooooo delicious.

It's a white boxed cake mix and you bake the cupcakes as directed on the package. While they are baking, in a mixing bowl, mash some strawberries and pour in a little powdered sugar. Mix together until it's just a good mashed consistency. When your cupcakes are done, used a pastry bag with a metal tip and fill the cupcakes with this mixture (by "fill," I mean poke a hole in the middle of the cupcake and squeeze some of this mixture into the cupcake.) Or if you don't have a pastry bag, you can do what I did and just meticulously cut small holes out of every.single.cupcake and use a small spoon to drop some of the mixture down into each one. Top them with home made cream cheese icing (1 8-oz cream cheese, 1 stick of butter, and about 1/2 box powdered sugar or however much it takes to get a good icing consistency and your desired amt of sweetness). Seriously, please make these cupcakes. They end up tasting like home made strawberry cake. And you might want to have a party or you'll end up eating the entire batch yourself. Trust me!

-I went to the "Kids Market and Mom" consignment sale. I was in desperate need of winter "every day" clothes for Sam including PJ's, and I ended up getting him over 20 outfits. I also found 3 smocked outfits, 2 of which were brand new, so I bought those too.

I decided to go on day 2 of the sale, so the crowd wasn't nearly as bad, but I think the clothes were definitely picked over. I only found 3 outfits for Mary Ella. I also found this toy for Sam for $10. It was basically brand new and it retails for $64.99. He loves it.

And when I saw this monster costume for $4 I bought it, too. (This is not his "official" Halloween costume but I thought it was too hilarious not to buy.) He looks thrilled.

-I found this afro-headed monkey eating a banana on my kitchen counter the other day.
I snapped this picture as soon as I found her and immediately I thought, "Wow, she needs a major hair cut." And she did. It's not only long, but because it's so curly, it gets very matted and knotty, especially in the mornings. And no amount of conditioner or NoMoreTangles spray could help. So I cut it. I need an after picture but don't have one on my phone; I'll add it later. I think it's a little on the short side, but hey, it wasn't for style, it was for maintenance, so I'm ok. It's just hair; it'll grow. And I still need to sweep up the little brown curls that are all over my bathroom floor.

-CHAD CAME HOME! YAY! After a month in California training with his new job, he finally made it home. The kids were super excited about their stuffed animals from Stanford University, as you can see in this picture...

They really were excited. But I was most excited of all because I have HELP once again! Yay! It makes such a difference having an extra helper, especially around dinner time and bed time! I've been so excited about having a normal routine once again! I ate dinner BEFORE 8PM for the first time this week! YaY!

We celebrated his homecoming with dinner at Chuy's of course and then we strolled around the Summit. I bought Sam this hat at Gymboree for $2.99.

-And finally, I started decorating for fall. It's my favorite season and I wish I could leave up my fall decor all year long. These ghosts were featured on Darby's blog last year and there is a tutorial on this blog.

They are made from felt; I bought the white felt by the yard at Hobby Lobby (I bought 1.5 yards). For the letters and eyes/mouths, I just bought felt squares from the craft section at Hobby Lobby. On the blogs above, they are on tomato cages, but I just used 2 different sizes metal floral stands that I found at Hobby Lobby in the floral section. They are triangle shaped so they are perfect. Line them with Christmas lights and BOOM you have a cute front porch decoration! (Oh and no sewing required - I used a hot glue gun.)

And speaking of felt and craftiness, I also started working on the kids' Halloween costumes... here's a hint... (got the idea from Pottery Barn but I will NOT pay $60 for ANY costume.)

Happy Fall, Y'all!
I'll leave you with a picture of my sweet apple dumpling.

Happy 4 Months to Sam

sam collage

Sam was 4 months old on Saturday, October 2nd...

At his 4-month checkup; he weighed 16 lbs and 12 oz, and was 27 1/4 inches long, putting him in the 90th percentile for weight and off the charts for height. Dr. A says he is the size of an average 8 month old. Ha!


I always say that 4 months is my favorite age for a 0-6 month old, and then afterwards EVERY age is my favorite. But the last month has been a good one for us. It seems that right around the 3 month mark, newborns suddenly turn into real human beings. They start smiling a lot more, laughing, getting into a somewhat predictable routine, sleeping better, spitting up less (although in our case only slightly less), and they become a lot more interested in every day life instead of just when the next meal is coming!

Sam has been "talking" a lot more instead of just the random "coo" here and there; he'll lay in his swing and just say "Ohhh" over and over again. He loves it when you say, "Saaaaammmm Morgan!" and "Rollllll Tide!" and he's ticklish all over. His expressions melt my heart and I kiss him all day long. He started swatting at toys right around 3 months and right at 3.5 months he started actually grabbing at things and becoming more coordinated. The first thing he ever reached for and actually grabbed was a Reese's pumpkin. Go figure. I only ate 853 Reese's eggs while he was in utero.


He hates being on his stomach unless he is propped on the boppy or up on his elbows but he's starting to do better. He usually sleeps 11-12 hours at night and he has the biggest smile when I go to get him out of his crib in the mornings. He loves toys that have that crackly sound, as well as anything with bright colors, but he'll try to grab just about anything that's held in front of his face. He does not like the paci but rather prefers his thumb, which is so cute and much more convenient. :) He cries if he's eating and he hears Mary Ella talking too loud; almost like she's disturbing the peace or something. He definitely prefers a low stimulus atmosphere, and somehow his sister just doesn't understand that. Ha... He loves the bathtub and must be bathed in the big bathtub now because he likes to kick his feet like a wild man and water goes everywhere. He wears mostly 6-9m clothes but can still fit into some 3m outfits too, depending on the brand. He has a VERY long torso so it's hard to find clothes that fit just right. He wears size 3 diapers.
Up until his checkup, he'd been eating every 3-3.5 hours during the day, usually around 6 oz per feeding if I was measuring; most of the time I just nurse him so I never know. He no longer requires a rice bottle at night to sleep so that's a good thing. After our checkup I started him on a 4-hour schedule, so currently he is eating 4 times a day, with solids added at 2 of those feedings. He's done surprisingly well with the baby food and hasn't made any crazy faces or anything; seems to enjoy sweet potatoes and fruit the best though.
Well, that's about all I can think of at this point! I'll come back and add more later if I think of anything!

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