Thursday, October 11, 2018

Our FOUR Year Old Princess

Stella Elizabeth, 

How is it possible that FOUR YEAR has flown by since you were brought into our lives?! Everyday with you is an adventure, and we're all just along for the ride. You constantly keep us on our toes with the things you say, do, + wear. You have a free and independent spirit that is both beautiful and exhausting. You are curious, inquisitive, and imaginative. And we love you beyond what we ever thought was possible. Happy birthday, Stella 'Sissy' Elizabeth!! 





 



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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Six and Seven Months of Claire

Claire Baby,

What a couple of months this has been---we've been go, go, go and you have not missed a beat! You make adventuring so easy + fun! We love watching your face light up as you take in your surroundings. I love watching you with Wyatt and Stella and learning so much from them. We love you baby!



- You are wearing size 3 diapers and 6 month clothing; some 6/9. 
- You eat any and all foods that are pureed--you prefer mommy's blends than store bought. You eat a few things cut up into small pieces. Your tummy hasn't been able to handle yogurt yet, but I'm not going to give up. 
- You are sleeping in your bed consistently now. Not sleeping through the night but you are in your bed. You know when it's nap or bedtime and will sometimes start crying when I walk in your room. 
- You are attached to your "blanket" and have to have it anytime you sleep, and in the car.



- You are sitting up unassisted all the time and can roll from your front to back consistently. If you are sitting and reach for something, sometimes you will go to your tummy and then roll over.
- You like to sit and play with toys, especially in Wyatt and Stella's room.
- You love blowing raspberries.
- This was the month of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. Thankfully you were spared--just fever and a little bit of a sore mouth. There were one or two bumps on your face.



- We also traveled a lot--the Little Rock Zoo, Hot Springs (Magic Springs), Van Buren + Fayetteville.
- And swam, swam, swam! You love the pool and splashing around, but are also really content hanging out on the side snacking + sleeping.
- We celebrated Mother's Day, mama's birthday, Father's Day, Stella's Dance recital, Wyatt's pre-k graduation, and an amazing summer!
- You're working on saying "da-da-da" and signing "more" and "all done". 
- We're amazed everyday by what new thing you learn and start showing us!





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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sweet Summertime

Summer has officially started!! The kids are out of school, the pools are open, and the heat is here to stay.




 Claire had her first dip in the pool this past weekend and, even though it was cold, she did pretty well. Not really a fan of being chest deep in it but she loves floating...and chewing on swim toys. She's also a pretty big fan of the splash pad!







Wyatt loves rough-housing with daddy in the pool and Stella is Mimi's helper when it comes to cleaning it...obviously. Wyatt has pretty much picked right back up when it comes to swimming--need to work on a few skills but he's doing great. And Stella, wow, she is so much stronger this summer. Last summer we could hardly get her to float around on her own and this year she's already been brave enough to kick down to the deep end (with her life jacket)! 





I think this summer is going to be a great one; so many memories will be made! Even though I'm already kind of going crazy with three littles at home...all day. Everyday.



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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Our Preschool Graduate

We have a preschool graduate and I'm still in disbelief! He's so excited and ready for kindergarten, I don't know what I'll do without him here all day. Thankful we still have the summer!




It was such a sweet morning and I could not be more proud of our boy. When they passed out the diplomas they said each child's name and what they want to be when they grow up. Wyatt said he wants to be a daddy when he grows up. Melt.My.Heart. He wants to be just like his daddy and I can't blame him.






My mama heart was so happy and proud to watch him. And I couldn't help but think about how quick the next 13 years are going to go by. I know he doesn't understand the magnitude of what next year will bring but I'm so excited to watch him learn and grow.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Wyatt's 5th Birthday Party: Minecraft

What better party for a five year old who loves spending time playing Minecraft, then a Minecraft party?! When I started thinking about his party I really didn't know where to start but I knew there had to be 'Creepers', green, and cupcakes! It was probably one of the best birthday parties we've had, everyone had the best time...especially the birthday boy!
Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday


Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday


Thankfully, Party City just recently started carrying a new line that resembles Minecraft, and since I knew I wouldn't have the time or energy to create my own decorations, I was pretty pumped about that. Of course I did look to Pinterest for a few more activity & food ideas and we kind of ran with it. Really ran with it. I came up with the 'Creepers' and Sean thought it would be fun to let the kiddos build their own forts, and well, you'll see how that turned out.


Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday

As you can gather, this party quickly turned into a Nerf party, but it was well worth it. The kids had so much fun. For the most part the kids listened and only shot the 'Creepers'...until the dads and Uncle got involved. And as for the box forts...well, those turned into shields and things for the kids to be rolled around in. 

Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday





Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday

Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday

Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday
 
As for the food, I went to Etsy  for the food labels and kind of used my imagination. I knew we would need kid-friendly food but also food that was for the adults. We ended up with fruit (apple slices, grapes, & strawberries), pretzels, cube cheese, goldfish, popcorn, cheetos, no-bake cookies, smoked chicken, turkey & cheese sliders, salmon balls, and cupcakes. And the only thing that was really left at the end of the day was the chicken--and we made a lot of chicken. 

Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday; Party Food


Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday; Party FoodMinecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday; Party Food

Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday; Party Food

Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday; Party FoodMinecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday; Party Food


Minecraft Party; Boy Birthday Party; Fifth Birthday; Party Food


I definitely think this will be a party that Wyatt will be talking about for a while. And I wouldn't be too upset if he wanted to do it again next year! 


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Four and Five Months of Claire

Claire Baby,

Where do I even begin?? I have never known a baby to be so happy on such little sleep! There are days when you nap for about an hour all day and, yet, you giggle and smile at everyone. You have never met a stranger...unless you're hungry. Your whole face lights up when you see your Daddy, Wyatt, or Stella. You make us all so happy with your infectious grins and giggles. We are so happy you're ours!
- You are growing, growing, growing!
- You are wearing size 2 diapers but our next box will be 3s, and you're mainly wearing 3/6 and 6 month clothing. Occasionally I squeeze you into some 3 month pants or something.
- You have started eating solids: butternut squash, sweet potato, avocado, pears, apples, carrots...and you are all about FOOD.
- You made your first trip to NWA to visit family! You met so many of your aunts, uncles, cousins, and Pa + grandparents you have already met. 
- Sleep is still hit and miss at night but we are being very consistent with your bedtime routine: dinner, bath, sleepsuit, nurse, bed. And you finally spent an entire night in your bed!


- You are doing so much better at tummy time and seem to, sometimes, enjoy it. You have rolled over from your belly to back two times, but haven't done it since. 
- You really enjoy sitting up and are getting pretty good at sitting up with the Boppy around you. 
- You have discovered that we have a cat, Ollie, and you enjoy "talking" to him when he meows. 
- Speaking of, you are amazing at mimicking what we say/do. You started "waving" at people the other day as they walked by and talked to you. It, of course, was precious. 
- You now love to grab my neck and squeeze when I'm rocking you to sleep...I have the bruises to prove it. 
- You are so chatty and love talk, talk, talking. And you light up so much when you see your daddy--I think he's your favorite. 



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Monday, April 23, 2018

Nutrition for Your Cat in Every Stage of Life

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Our cat, Ollie, plays such an important role in our family. We adopted him 11 years ago and he is an important part of our family. He has the best relationship with our children and is  never far from them. You can usually find him curled up in Wyatt or Stella's lap. 
 
 Our goal is to keep him healthy and to keep his playful spirit alive as he ages. One way we strive to keep Ollie feeling young is by offering him cat food that offers him the nutrition that he needs.

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9Lives® believes every cat deserves to live a long and healthy life, and therefore, specifically tailors each formula to meet the nutritional needs of cats in different stages of life. We still like to consider Ollie as being young at heart but like the idea of offering him food that will continue to grow with him.


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When shopping at our local Dollar General I always look for 9Lives Indoor Complete® and 9Lives Daily Essentials®. I like that 9Lives Daily Essentials® gives Ollie the nutrition he needs every day in every life stage, and delivers him nutrition that helps support his heart, vision, muscles, and helps keep his skin and coat healthy. 
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As a family, we can rest easy knowing we are offering Ollie a nutritious cat food that will keep him active and playful as he ages!



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