Thursday, December 15, 2016

Confessions and Christmas Jammies!

I like to link up with Danielle for a confessions post on Thursdays. She is taking a break today to post about some other fun things, but I've still got some confessions :) #cantturnoffthecrazy

*We are spending the weekend with Eric's family for an early Christmas. We are leaving tomorrow afternoon (it's only about a 3.5 hour trip). Wanna know how much I have packed? ...Zero things.

*We get back from NC on Monday and then leave for Atlanta on Thursday. I am exhausted just thinking about it.

*I am OVER all of the colds and coughs this season. I cannot keep my children well. They had coughs (and Grayer had an ear infection) over Thanksgiving, and now they are both coughing again. Calling all essential oil users! I am ready to board that train if you think it helps you and your littles stay well. Comment with your wisdom! Pleeeeeeease!


*This morning Wells wanted a cookie for breakfast. Being a good mother, I firmly told him that no, we don't eat cookies for breakfast...and then proceeded to ask him if he wanted donut holes instead. #sendingmixedsignals

*I am loving all the Christmas playlists on Spotify right now. I am not cool enough to make my own. Ha! Here are my favorites: Christmas Cocktails, Christmas Magic, and This is: Rudolph.

*I was looking forward to joining the Christmas PJs link-up.


And then came time to take pictures...aka: right before getting dressed and leaving the house this morning. Not our finest hour. Here's what I got:



I really do LOVE these PJs, though, and I think they are perfect for little boys! I got them here.


Also linking up with Annie for Thoughts for Thursday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Stranded!

I am joining Shay and Erika for their "Stranded series," and today the topic is Christmas movies. 'Tis the season! So, here are my 3 favorite movies this time of year:

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation


You serious, Clark? This is one of those movies my family has watched as long as I can remember. It is so funny, and I honestly think it makes me laugh harder each and every year. The other day I heard "Here Comes Santa Claus," and all I could think of was Cousin Eddie kidnapping Clark's boss. Ha! You just can't listen to that song and not think of that scene!


The Holiday


I can remember the first time I watched this movie: in an airplane on my high school senior trip to Italy & Greece. I loved it then, and I still love it today. The Holiday is a movie that I like to watch year round, but it is even better to watch during...ahem...the holidays. It will give you all the feels, and if you don't get teary-eyed during the indoor tent, 3-musketeers scene, you don't have a heart.

The Nativity Story


I saw this in theaters when it came out a number of years ago and really enjoyed it. This movie will definitely get you in the right frame of mind before Christmas. I couldn't leave it off of this list, and if you haven't seen it, it really is a must-see. And PS- It's under $5 on Amazon right now.

Anybody with me on these 3 movies? Or do you have a totally different list? Join the link-up and share your favorites!

Also linking up with Jessi and Jenn for What's Hap"pinning" Wednesday.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Grayer is TEN Months!

Ten. Count 'em, TEN months! My goodness, only two more monthly updates and we'll have a one year old on our hands. How did that happen? On a positive note, I finally got a real smile during a monthly photo shoot! #allthepraisehandemojis ...And then he was over it and crawled away.





Weighs: Grayer had an ear infection this past month, so we had to go in to the doctor's office. I can't remember what his exact weight was but I know he's over the 20lb mark.

Sleeps: This kid. He has yet to sleep all the way through the night. Granted, he was sick a couple of weeks this month with a cold/ear infection, but even when he is well, he still wakes up at least twice every night. I don't want to even talk about it. Let's just say, he is lucky he's so cute.

Eats: This boy does not stop eating. Like ever. He wants to nurse, eat a snack, eat a meal, or eat someone else's snack/meal ALL DAY LONG. If he sees that you are eating, he will crawl across the room to you. And you better share.

Wears: Twelve month clothes are probably the best fit right now. A size 3 diaper still fits, but when we have to buy the next box of diapers, we will probably go ahead and bump up to a size 4. He doesn't wear shoes very often, but when he does, he wears a size 3.

Plays: Grayer's favorite toy this month is any kind of cabinet. Haha! He is always in the kitchen trying to get into the cabinets. He and Wells will sit and pull out all of the tupperware while I am cooking. He loves to pull down all of Wells' train tracks off of the coffee table. And it drives Wells nuts. He loves Wells to death. He is still a big fan of the bath and is quite the splasher lately. He loves standing up, so he likes to stand at Wells' play kitchen and workbench. He pulls up on absolutely everything. He likes to babble and yell. He loves when I sing pat-a-cake and do the hand motions with him. He likes to clap, too, and will do it on command when you say "Yaaaaaay!" Grayer has the shortest attention span ever. He wants to constantly be played with or be crawling to the next adventure. He does not play with a single toy for very long before he loses interest. Keeping him entertained is an all-day, full-time task.

Milestones: He is cutting his fourth bottom tooth, and I am pretty positive that I see some little buds (still under his gums) on the top. So, I expect his two front teeth will be coming in this month. Still no words from this boy, but if I had to predict what it will be, I'd say it will be "hi." We are working on waving when someone says hi. He is waving (not every time, though) and he kind of makes a noise, but not definitively "hi" yet :)

Grayer is a ham. He loves people to laugh at him and will copy laughter, too, at times. I basically live in a house full of class clowns :) He is still a mama's boy to the core. He loves playing with his daddy and brother, though, and sometimes they forget that he isn't big enough to wrestle with the same intensity that they do. Ha! We love this sweet boy and are thankful for ten wonderful months with our Grayer-Bear.

Confessional Thursday!

Truth time.

*We are now in full potty training mode with Wells. He is doing AWESOME, but that doesn't mean he never has accidents. Tuesday night marked his first "number 2" accident while we were at church for small group. I still haven't recovered from the clean-up experience. #thatchangesaperson


*I made cookies the other day for our neighbor as a thank you for changing our flat tire the other morning while Eric was at work. On Saturday, I was out for a little while and told Eric to take the cookies to the neighbor while I was gone. I got home and the cookies were still on the table...yeah, he took him the ziplock bag of leftover cookies meant for us instead of the decorative Christmas tin full of cookies. It wouldn't have been so bad if the bag of leftover cookies didn't contain one with a BITE MISSING. #husbands

*I am struggling with the fact that we have to wait a month to find out what happens on This Is Us. If you didn't watch the winter finale, stop whatever it is you are doing and go watch. Seriously.

*This video is embarrassingly accurate. I say all of these things on the regular. Eric is not nearly as old-sounding as me, but do not even try to make him miss an episode of Shark Tank.


*This is totally my new favorite ornament. The picture is a little fuzzy, but it says "Wells" in glitter. My boy made it at school and it melts my mama heart to see it on the tree.

*I am so undecided on what toys we are going to buy Grayer for Christmas. He is 10 months old, and it's like I can't remember what babies play with at that age. He has so many of Wells' toys from when he was a baby, but I want him to have new toys, too. Any of you ladies have favorite toy picks that you have gotten your (nearly) 1-year-olds?


Linking up for with Danielle for Confessional Thursday and Annie & Natalie for Thoughts for Thursday!



Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Favorites!

I have been a little MIA this past week or so, but our Thanksgiving holiday week (and the first part of this week) was filled with two sick kiddos. Can I just say that sick kiddos are NOT a favorite?? Especially when they are both sick at the same time...while traveling...and while seeing family that you only see a few times a year. #reallife

Now on to some favorites!

House Hunting

As I have mentioned a few times, we sold our house back in September. We had another house lined up and ready to close and do renovations on. The plan was to stay in an apartment during the month or so overlap time between the 2 closings. Well, two delays later and then a snafu on the lender's part and then Eric's job change, we decided to part with that house. We were sad but knew it was the best decision to make at the time. All that to say, we are STILL in the apartment. It is less than ideal but totally worth it to find the right house without rushing. We are now back to looking at houses in full swing and hopefully something amazing will happen soon :)

This Snack


Earlier this week, I needed to use an avocado quickly before it turned to mush, but I wasn't trying to get fancy! So, I just mashed it up, mixed in some feta cheese. a dash of garlic salt, and a little bit of lime juice. And then I devoured it with some tortilla chips. It was so good and may be a new favorite snack!

Our Christmas Tree


Due to the aforementioned delayed stay at the apartment, all of our Christmas decorations are in storage...like at the bottom and back of the HUGE mountain of boxes in our unit. So, I had to suck it up and only decorate minimally this year. We decided to go with a small tree (that we have set up on an end table) this year for a couple of reasons. First, because of the apartment, we don't have a lot of room. And secondly, Grayer would be inside the tree and pulling all of the ornaments off if he could reach it. I was not happy about having to buy a another tree, but I LOVE our new one. It is a 4ft Canadian Cashmere tree from Walmart - only $25 and looks so real. I love the muted green and much more real-looking branches than a lot of the artificial trees usually have.

Christmas PJs


I saw these PJs on Amazon and had to get them. Are they not PERFECT for little boys?? Can't wait to check the mail today and see my two guys in them!

Good Neighbors

Yesterday morning as I was headed out with the boys, I noticed the dreaded orange exclamation point on our van dashboard. We had a flat tire (we literally just bought new tires 2 months ago. sigh.). Eric was at work and couldn't come home, and I couldn't even tell you where to find a spare let alone how to change a tire. Enter our sweet neighbor, Mr. Brad. He changed our tire for us in the chilly air and made sure we were good to go. I am planning to take him and his wife some brownies and a homemade card from the boys tonight to say THANK YOU FOR SAVING US!!!

The Tupperware Cabinet


So, picking it all up isn't a favorite, but the boys love dragging out all of the tupperware in the cabinet. And if it gives me a few minutes of uninterrupted cooking, I don't mind (too much. ha!).

This Easy Meal


Okay, it isn't the prettiest or most impressive dish, but goodness is it tasty, cheap, and easy! And if those aren't 3 qualities you want in a weeknight meal, I don't know what are! We had this yummy rice last night, and we all ate it up. 

Augmentin

Yes, as in the antibiotic. Grayer was diagnosed with an ear infection last Monday. Well, I took him to Urgent Care this Tuesday because he was still not feeling well and was running a pretty high fever after 8 days on medicine. Turns out the antibiotic they had originally wasn't working for him. They prescribed augmentin this time around, and my sweet boy was already feeling much better by the next day. 

Wells' Christmas Songs/Sayings

Wells has been singing Christmas songs all week, and I LOVE it. There is nothing cuter than a two-year-old singing about figgy pudding! :) Also, we were reading the Christmas Story in his Bible the other night, and I was telling him that a star appeared. Every time he sees a nativity, now he will say "star appeared," and it melts my mama heart.

We've got a pretty busy couple days ahead, but I am hoping we find a little time to relax. #yeahright
Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with AndreaErika, & Narci for Friday Favorites.