Checking In

Hello, lovely readers!!! My goodness, it has been a while. It's nice to have a minute to hop on, I definitely miss it around here and just have so much to post. I noticed that my last real post was all the way back in May! Aye! That's just not okay. However, if you follow me on Instagram, you're probably pretty caught up with what I've been up to. And if you don't follow me, then you should! :) I have a Windows phone so there is not any good apps good blogging apps for my phone. Which is why it is harder for me to get on here and easier for me to pop into the regular social media sites. Except Twitter...I haven't been very good with that either. Do any of you have Windows phones? If so, do you blog from your phones? Maybe you can recommend a good app that will allow writing posts that include pictures? Because the last time I checked, there were none. Anyway, I'll try to squeeze in a quick update here to catch everyone up. And even though I have a lot of recipes and photos and tutorials to post, I can't promise to get them on here anytime soon. Especially with the holidays coming up. Although, I am taking some time off around Christmas, so maybe I'll get all the goodies on here then.

Do you see that adorable face??? That is Little Man on 4th of July. In less that 2 months my baby is already going to be a year old!!!

*Sad face*
This is just absolutely crazy to me! It truly seems like just yesterday when I couldn't wait for this handsome little guy to be born. Oh, the heart break...

Also, this year Punkin started Kindergarten!!!

We had parent/teacher conference last month and her teacher said that she was doing everything at a third grade level. I told the teacher that she has been wanting to start school since she was 3 years old, haha.

Picture Day

My other baby is growing up so fast, too! What is going on here!? She of course has already made a ton of friends and since we are in a close, up-scale community (which I don't know how we make it sometimes...we are definitely blessed), her and her little group think they are so fancy with their 'Frozen' backpacks, their 'My Little Pony' folders, and their 'Tinkerbell lunch pails. They even all get together for tea parties. With real tea! And scones and sandwiches. And they all get dressed up in their choice of princess costume (including tiaras, shoes and gloves) and talk about the pressures of Kindergarten life. I just can't wait for their teen years! *sarcasm*

Have I mentioned how much these two adore each other!?

Okay, so...let's see, what else...I started working quite a bit with the holidays approaching and I absolutely love it! Hubby and I have pretty hectic schedules during the week...but the fact that one of us is always able to be home with the kids is quite a blessing. I've also been brushing up on my photography skills. I've had quite a few requests for paid photography jobs and while Hubby is incredibly supportive and wants me to make a career out of it, I feel like there is more that I have to learn first. I need to feel comfortable with myself and that I would be giving my clients my best work on a constant basis. By the way, the majority of the photos in this post were taken with my phone. Which, in addition to not having any common apps available, also doesn't have the greatest built-in camera. Oh, well.

Then there was Halloween. I bet you'll never guess what this year's theme was at our house...

"Let it go, let it go..."

Punkin was quite excited that her dress lit up and actually sang that song every time the button on her dress was pushed. Which was a lot, in case you were wondering.

We celebrated at our church's carnival where Punkin scored me over 5 pounds of candy. And half of that was chocolate! The good kind! However, she wasn't too happy that she was only allowed three pieces the whole night. But did I mention that she also had her first dental exam earlier this year and that she had perfect, straight, white sparkly teeth with no cavities??? Yeah, she'll thank me later.

I also had a birthday recently...

I have amazing family friends, along with the greatest (and hottest) husband ever! Hehe...

Okay, well if you managed to make it this far...congratulations! You have reached the end of this post. I would say that I will be back to check in 3 times each and every day this week, but then I'd just be lying. Although, I do promise to be back sooner and more frequently than before. Which is why you need to just go follow me on Instagram. It's fun times over there and I even made it easy for you. All you have to do is click on the Instagram icon to the right of this post. Hope to see all of you there and hope you all are having a wonderful week!



Little Man Update

3 Months Old

 Little Man is now 3 months old. Time is flying by! Just like his older sister, he's maturing so quick. It's a good thing but then it also makes me sad because he just seems that much older at such a young age. Hubby likes to give me a hard time because I always said that we were probably going to have a little monster with this second baby since I was told that if your first baby was easy and really good, the second one would be the opposite. That you never get lucky twice. Well, we did and I am grateful every minute of every day for another smart, happy and loving baby.

Here are a few of the milestones Little Man has hit so far:

  • He sleeps 12-13 hours every night (you have no idea how grateful I am for that!)
  • He's holding his head very well and is already starting to sit with a little support.
  • He smiles constantly and has started to giggle loudly.
  • He's babbling all of the time now and thinks he's actually having conversations with people.
  • He loves to play and be talked to.
  • He loves to cuddle and has started giving kisses (mouth-wide-open, wet, slobbery kisses).
  • He's grasping better. He got a 'Taggies" for Easter and loves it.
  • He's trying to chew on everything...and slobbers a lot, too.
  • He discovered his feet!
  • He adores his big sister.
  • If you are eating in front of him, he will stare at you and move his mouth. I will talk to the doctor at his next check-up about starting solids.
  • He has learned to escape his swing and bouncer! He will lift his entire bottom and push himself down or he has started sitting up and will try to lean forward. Good thing those things have buckles!
  • He does not like to be covered and will kick like crazy until he has pushed his blanket off.

He's trying to escape!

I know the quality of a lot of these pictures isn't very good but the majority of them are cell phone pics (in some not-so-good lighting) and I just don't have the time to edit them all.

First time eating a little rice cereal (right photo)

Daddy's boy

And here you can see some of his babbling...

Never mind the mess in the background, we're in the middle of packing.



Easter Recap 2014

Another holiday down. My goodness, time is flying by! And things are busier than ever. Punkin also had a birthday at the beginning of the month. I'll post more about that when I do the updates of the kiddos here in the next couple of days. I've decided to be really selective when it comes time to post photos. I thought about this at the beginning of the year. For New Year's, I was going to do a recap of the whole year in collage photos but the more I thought about it, the more I decided that I just don't feel comfortable posting so many of those pictures. I started an Instagram account a couple of months ago that I now use more than any other social media site so you can always go follow me there for more daily updates. As much as I love this blog and do my best to post regularly, I've realized that with everything I'm juggling right now, posting daily might not be possible. And I'm okay with that. It's all about priorities.

Easter was a lot of fun. I did some pictures of all the kiddos a few days before. Punkin colored and decorated her Easter eggs Saturday night. The plan for Sunday was church in the morning, lots of cooking, then dinner in the evening with my mom, grandma and siblings. Although the day didn't go quite as planned, it was still a great day.

Should have tucked his tie back in. Oops!

For dinner, I was in charge of bringing my famous deviled eggs (will post a recipe later) and cupcakes. I went all out with the cupcakes and made 4 different kinds! I used the leftover cupcake decorations (all edible-even the grass) to make goodie bags.

Little Man with his great-grandma

We ended the evening with the big egg hunt. Little Man even caught his very own egg!

Well, that was our Easter. Hope all of you lovely readers had a wonderful day as well!



A Little happiness to Brighten Your Day...

Later this week, I'll be doing update posts on the kiddos. Until then, here is a video of Little Man at 8 weeks. He finds it hysterical when we stick our tongues out at him and is already starting to copy us. I'm hoping he won't remember the whole sticking his tongue out thing later on but it is what it is already, I guess. And he's copying everything he is able to at the moment. If we put our arms up, he puts his arms up. Pretty good for 8 weeks, I'd say...but I'm glad I already had the talk with Punkin about modeling good behavior! :)

And since we're on the whole video thing, here is an older one of him around 6 weeks old...

Too bad my Instagram app doesn't let me upload videos, or I'd just direct you over there. Well, I hope these little smiles bring a smile to your face!


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