Friday, September 11, 2015

Five On Friday

Decorating Progress

I'm just keepin' it real when I post that top picture because that has been my reality for the past 3 months or so.  Who can even work in that?  Especially someone who tries their best to be creative.  Don't didn't always look like that but it did way too often.  And poor Darren has had to work in it 3 nights a week.  Whew.  So last weekend, thanks to Darren and my mom's help, we made a few baby steps in our decorating.  Thank the Lord for color on these walls!!  I still have a long way to go but it's already 100x better than it was.  The color is a little off in the picture... it's more of an aqua than it shows here.  It's a very happy color :)  It's amazing what some paint and decluttering and furniture rearrangement can do to a space.
Charlotte Area Fall Mini-Sessions
I've got some mini session specials going on now.  If you are in the Charlotte or surrounding area, this is a great opportunity to get pictures for Christmas cards and gifts! Check out my facebook page or website and contact me now.  One of my dates is already full.
 I can't post a Five on Friday without posting this sweet face.  This was the other night at the park down the street.  He's just so sweet :)
I don't have a picture for this yet but I'm in the process of designing a few planners (downloadable and printable).  I'm excited about it.  I much as I love Emily Ley and Erin Condren, I can't imagine paying $50-$75 on a planner that I could potentially spill something on.  Also... I can't stand to have a ton of white-out on my pages so I like the option to reprint a certain page if needed.  So stay tuned! I'll be putting them in an etsy shop for a very reasonable amount. I'm hoping to have them done in the next month or so.
I Remember- September 11, 2001

 I'm sure everyone has shared their stories about 9-11 so here is mine... I was in my senior year of high school and sitting in my AP French class.  I'm sure we were probably in our fourth round of Lundi Matin (kidding...) when the other French teacher came running down the hall yelling in French for my teacher to turn on the tv because a plane had just flown into one of the towers.  So we turned the tv on and watched the tragedy ensue.  I will never ever forget that day.  My prayers go out to those who lost loved ones that day or in the days to follow.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Maddox {Ten Months}

Nine Month's Weight: I'm going to guess and go with 28-30lbs.    
Height: 28in maybe more by now.... idk
Size: 18 months clothes.  Size 4 diapers.  It's crazy how fast he grows out of clothes! I can't keep up!

I'm so late on this! He's like 10 and a half months now but I'm trying to keep up with things accurately.
~Claps his hands when you sing "If you're happy and you know it".
~Trying to give him different foods... lima beans, green beans, broccoli, chicken, cheese
~5 teeth
~Started crawling for real and not just an army crawl
~Makes a smacking noise with his lips pursed together like a fishy face.

I'll have more in the 11 month post in a couple of weeks because quite a bit happened between turning 10 months and now.  He's growing SO fast! It's fun to watch and experience but man it's bittersweet.

July 21, 21, 23

July 23, 24, 24
*Definitely wish the snuggly fall asleep in my arms thing happened a little more often!  It's very rare.

July 26 (all 3)
-Somehow I put the bunny back.
-The car was parked and off and we were in a neighborhood.

July 28, 29, 30

July 31, 31, August 3
*I love a sleeping baby!
*Isn't that the coolest swing ever?!
*Such a big boy! Got a new seat this month.

August 4 (all 3)
I love this kid....

August 5 (all 3)
He has the biggest yawns lol

August 5, 6, 6
-Darren snuck this one of me reading to Maddox

August 7, 7, 9
-Took a trip to Petsmart.... free entertainment :)

August 11, 11, 12
-He's serious about his puffs
-He gets in the weirdest positions

August 12 (all 3)
-He was so proud of himself for standing up.  He wasn't pulling up at this point though.

August 12 (all 3)
-I got a little camera happy that day apparently

August 14, 14, 15
-I try my best to keep his toys picked up and he enjoys pulling them out of the basket in the mornings.
-Wants so bad to pull up (at least when this picture was taken)

August 15 (all 3)
Bedtime snuggles.... usually means rolling all over me in the recliner and stopping for a second to lay his head on my chest or shoulder.  I have to breathe in deep and just soak up that split second that he stays that way before he starts squirming again.

August 18 (all 3)
-He loves books and likes to turn the pages.
-Who needs toys when you can have a box?
-He always turns his Tonka truck over and plays with the wheels.

August 18 (all 3)
-Loves touch and feel books.

August 18, 18, 20
-Just capturing whatever I can get.

August 20 (all 3)
-He's not always amused by my selfies.

August 21, 21, 23
-On the mornings that Darren has to take Maddox to my mom's because I have to be at work really early, he always sends me a picture and says "good morning mama" and if that doesn't brighten your day a little...I don't know what will :)

August 24 (all 3)

These were all taken around August 28 so technically a little late but oh well... I'm just glad I got them done.

He really is a beautiful baby.  I get told that ALL the time by random strangers.

Who doesn't love Pat the Bunny?!

I can't handle the cuteness :)

He does this all the time! And things it's funny when you do it back to him.

Slow down baby boy.... you're growing TOO fast!

These should definitely be on the walls but who has time for that? I thought it was sweet that he crawled over and put his hand on picture Darren.  It's like he was sayin' "Hey Dada".

That's all I've got! The past couple of weeks has been a little crazy.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Five on Friday

Lots on my mind this week so what better way to combine it all together than with Five on Friday :)

   If you are in the Charlotte area and need some new headshots, hit me up.  Anyone with a business or blog can always use an updated headshot!  I charge $100 for 5-10 images (on-location, natural light).  Here are a few I did last night with a good friend of mine who just happens to be oh so gorgeous.  We had so much fun! Here's my website and Facebook page.

Long Distance Family
   My brother and his family are moving to Texas on Sunday.  13 Hours away! I've never had anyone in our family live that far away.  What are some good ideas for staying in touch?  I don't want the kids to forget who we are!  They are almost 4 and 16mths (another baby #3 on the way).  They don't do facebook and they aren't big on texting or calling.

   Still cute as ever.  Definitely becoming more vocal and he just learned to sit up from a laying position.  I'm sure it's hard work pulling that chunk up :) And what is a good blog post without a picture of this cutie?

c25k & Strength Training
   I totally slacked this week for personal reasons but I have started the c25k program as well as some strength training.  I'm on week 2 of c25k.  I did it a couple of years ago and completed the program but then life got in the way and I stopped.  It's hard again but I remember feeling that way last time in the beginning and I remember how good I felt as I made my way through the program.  If you are not familiar with this program, it's a running program that takes you from "couch to 5k" in just 8 weeks by splitting your running into what seems like really weird intervals but it's just training your body to do more each day.  It's pretty awesome.  I also started my strength training back.  I figure if I have to carry around a 27lb baby, I have GOT TO work on my muscles!  I plan on sharing more on that in another post.
   I think we've decided on the flooring we want to put down throughout the downstairs.  We're thinking about just buying a box every couple of weeks until we have what we need to get started.  We just can't afford to sink a lot of money into remodeling right now.  But I really need color on my walls in a bad bad way! I find white walls super depressing and that's all I'm staring at lately.  I'm not going to pay someone else to paint but in order for me to be able to do it, someone has to watch Maddox for several hours.  So.... maybe it will get done eventually.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Maddox {Nine Months}

Nine Month's Weight: 26lbs 6.5oz  
Height: 28in
Size: 12 months clothes.  Size 4 diapers.

~Maddox got his first teeth this month.  His bottom 2 teeth came in at the same time and I noticed them on June 25.  He has one top tooth that has popped through and the one beside it is not far behind.  So we will have a little bunny on our hands very soon.
~First parade was 4th of July.  I think he enjoyed it... until the fire trucks.  He got the biggest pouty lip and then just started bawling :( It was pitiful...but of course I had to take a picture of it lol  There were 4 of them! and the sirens and horns were super loud so I completely understand. 
~The helmet is off!  Woohoo! Got it off on July 9.
~Had his first bubble experience (July 3) and his expressions are always so sweet and excited.
~Eating puffs but so far has spit out other things we give him that aren't baby food.  We have to work on that. After I wrote that, he did have some stewed squash but he still doesn't care for it yet.
~Will drink water from a bottle but if he gets it from a sippy cup, he'll spit it out.
~Has 25-30oz of formula a day along with baby food 3x a day. (our budget will thank us when this slows down more!)
~He rolls everywhere, claps his hand, and has the best little squinty face grin.
~He's getting to be quite vocal but only says "mama" and "baba" or maybe it's "blah blah" lol idk
~He likes musical toys and he likes to pick toys up and shake them.
~He loves to jump.
~He likes to stand on our lap facing away from us and he'll just clap his hands and wave.
~He really enjoys when we sit outside but man oh man has it been too hot for that nonsense.
~Has learned to splash in the tub.
~Likes rough-housing with daddy.
~Likes to be upside down.
~Gave me my first super slobbery kiss on the day he turned 9 months old :)  Daddy had to wait a few days for his hehe

Here are lots of pictures :)

June 24, 25, 26

June 26 (all 3)

June 27 (all 3)

June 30, July 1, July 2

July 2, 3, 4
*The second picture was his first experience with bubbles :) Oh to get that excited about things...

July 4 (all 3)
*first 2 are at the 4th of July parade.  Is that second one not the cutest?!

July 4, July 5

July 6, July 8
*He's not crawling yet but he can still get himself into predicaments..

July 9, July 9, July 10

July 11, 12, 13
*He LOVES being outside.  Too bad it's so freakin' hot these days.
*And seriously.... who doesn't love a baby fauxhawk :)

July 14 (all 3)
*The 3rd one...I looked in the monitor and saw that and laughed and went in to move it and he opened his eyes and looked at me like "What??" Silly boy

July 15, July 15, July 17
*I love sleeping pictures if you haven't figured it out yet.
*He will be doing his own little thing and if the tv is on, he usually ignores it until the St. Judes commercial comes on, then he will stop what he's doing and watch the entire thing while smiling.

July 18, July 18, July 19
*He's not pulling up yet so we are trying to stand him up to strengthen his legs.

July 19, July 20, July 20

It's so crazy to see how much they change and how fast it is going.  I'm not ready for double digits!
Parade fun with my lovely long time friend and matron of honor :)

Maddox likes her too.... but who doesn't he like? lol (Grateful for that!)

Fishy face

Remember when I said he didn't like the fire trucks? He REALLY didn't like them! lol Bless....

The matching wasn't planned but it was 4th of July so blue was suiting lol

Just pure innocence and genuine excitement for all things.

His smoosh face grin.

I love this child....

LOVE this one!

This was like 1 out of 50 that I was trying to do by myself outside and he kept trying to grab pine needles and stick them in his mouth lol

If anyone wants to buy a back up giraffe (I call her Ginger) for Maddox... I found this one at Toys & Co. but they are out so you can get it on Amazon.  It's called Jellycat Fuddlewuddle Giraffe (Medium).  They have a big version at Toys & Co that I LOVE but there's no way on this earth I'm paying $75 for a stuffed animal.... um NO!

Trying to get better at reading to him everyday or a couple times a day since he's getting to the point where he will laugh at the pictures now. And of course he likes to put the board books in his mouth and tries to close the book as I'm turning the pages.

This baby LOVES to jump! And he makes so many great facial expressions when he's in there that I had to try and catch some of them.  He's already over the max weight for the jumper but oh well lol


I told you I love baby sleeping pictures :)  How can you not love that?

Story: So where I work, we have staff childcare (which by the way is such a huge perk!) if you work during certain shifts which I rarely work during those times so Maddox has only been a handful of times.  A couple of weeks ago, I worked those shifts both Thursday and Friday so I took him with me.  Thursday, he did great and actually took a nap which I was afraid he wouldn't and would be super fussy like he was the last time he went.  Friday, I dropped him off and was hanging up his diaper bag when one of the child care ladies walked in.  The other lady said "ohh! you're baby is here today!" and the lady was so happy which of course made me feel so much better about leaving him there.  Later that day, we had a fire alarm.  I knew the child care area had their procedures on getting the little ones out so I didn't really worry about it and just did my job with making sure everyone on my side was getting out of the building and where they needed to be out of the way.  When we came back in, one of my coworkers called me and said "I just had the best time with Maddox!" She had been working in the back so she was helping get the little ones out.  She was saying how he was just laughing and carrying on and making quite the spectacle of himself apparently.  He was in a rolling crib with his buddy Luke (our friend's lil' boy) and they were having a good time together.  I then heard from 2 other people about how adorable he was and everyone was coming up to see him (it's the thighs...).  But that definitely made me feel good.  The last time I had to take him there I was told that he was really fussy and just wouldn't nap so I was super apprehensive about having to take him anymore.  The end.... that story was more so I could remember it lol

Well....that's all I've got.  I had everything ready by the time he actually turned 9 months old but it takes forever to size the pictures and make collages.  But hey at least it's still July lol

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