Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Olivia Grace {weeks 49-52}

Oh my goodness how time has flown! I can't believe this is the LAST of the picture project posts! I have been enjoying my sweet Liv more and more everyday and I feel like all the fun with her is just getting started! At 49 weeks she really picked up the speed while walking! She was suddenly ready to be on-the-go at all times! She LOVES "baby Max" the doll that Hannah carried around for a good year. Olivia has to be mothering some sort of doll or stuffed friend at all times. She kisses them and pats them and it is SO STINKIN' PRECIOUS! She also loves Little People and is constantly playing the music on all the little houses we have. She'll push the button and then shake her little booty and dance... kills me! She doesn't have much interest in TV when Hannah is watching something... that is except when Mickey is on! She points and wants to know all the characters' names and watches intently. Good thing we're heading to Disney this fall! 

At 50 weeks, we headed to Mansfield to visit dear friends for a long weekend. Poor girl puked in the car as we pulled into the driveway after the 3 1/2 hour drive down. Then BOTH girls were sick, pukey, and grumpy for most of the weekend. We left early and got home in time for Mama to catch it too... bummer. Liv was still super cute with her bud Vivi though. They are 4mo apart and spent their time stealing each others' dolls and all the attention too! This week our sweet girl got her top two teeth for a total of 4 now, and has began holding her hands up for you to hold her ALL THE TIME. I really don't mind-especially since my baby is growing up too fast! 

At 51 weeks, poor Liv had the sickies still... which usually means lots of extra cuddles! If she has Mama, binky and blanket, she's usually pretty content.  She started doing better in the car when Mama passes her snacks-her favorite are veggie straws. She's trying lots of new foods lately! She wants whatever Hannah has, and can usually eat more than her sister too-ha! She's not very interested in fresh fruit, which is bizarre to us, considering Hannah would eat pints of it at a time. She's into popcorn, Mama's scones, spaghetti, and NURSING. I didn't think her little two-toothed smile could get any cuter, but now that her top teeth are in... oh goodness it's cute!  She usually goes from making a sassy, grumpy face to a big cheesy grin in a split-second- SUCH personality! 

The last week of her first year... so bitter sweet. She had such a good week, was super happy and walking all over the house laughing at everything. She points to everything and wants to know what it is called or hold/touch it. She does several hand gestures for "all done," "open," "ni-night," "bye-bye," etc. She loves to steal whatever I'm eating--especially anything sweet! She may have inherited my sweet tooth :) She uses some new words... Papa, Gramma, "bup" (up), and tries to say "that," "please," and "dance." My FAVORITE thing our Livi does is repeat animal sounds. She'll tell you what the Doggie, Kitty-cat, and Elephant say... in THAT order, and she spits all over when she does the elephant. It's precious! We are so in love with this sweet girl. I still don't know where a whole year went, but I'm so excited for this next one. This is my FAVORITE age, and I'm enjoying everyday with our second little blessing. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Olivia Grace {weeks 45-48}

At 45 weeks (April 13th) our little Sissy took a few tiny steps, and the next day she took a few more! We were sitting in the nursery and her Daddy was dressing her. With her pants flung over her shoulder, she walked 5 steps with a huge grin on her face! Now she's walking all over! She still prefers to drop down and crawl if she's after something and in a real hurry. I can't believe that she walked the exact same time her sister did! These girlies keep Mama on her toes! 

46 weeks with Liv and she seems so big all the sudden! She says "Uh oh" now when she falls or reaches for something and misses. She also points to Mama and pats me while making a fake cry sound when she wants to nurse... it's pretty funny and I always oblige. She points to everything these days and says "beh?" which I'm assuming means "what's that" because after you tell her, she seems content. She also points to where she wants to go when you're carrying her. She babbles a lot more recently and tries to say "Blanky" since it's her BFF. 

This week, poor little peanut had a  BAD bout of teething. She just cried and nursed and cuddled for 2 days/nights straight. She didn't eat, and she slept with Mama and Daddy. She was still cute as a button though. I'm definitely more aware of how quickly this baby-stage goes now that I've been through it before. I don't want to miss those sweet opportunities to rock her, or cuddle her, or be the comfort she needs. Soon Liv will be running around like her sister and won't need Mama as much. 

Olivia is equal parts feisty and sweet as can be. She LOVES peekaboo, hates teething, and likes to walk and be on-the-go at all times. She likes to eat yogurt, pancakes, scrambled eggs, veggie sticks, and Mama's scones. She doesn't like to eat cut up fruit, or vegetables, or her pouches these days. She has had a little whole milk, and liked it, but still nurses up to 7 times a day. She's making some progress in the car and will now do okay if she's well rested and has a snack and something to distract her, like a movie on the iPad. 

The party planning is in full-swing and I can't wait to celebrate our littlest love! 

Hannah's post HERE

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Big Girl {for Hannah Renee - Almost 3}

My sweet Hannah will be THREE years old in just a few short months, and it is bittersweet for sure.  Three seems so very big and grown up. She is becoming the sweetest little girl. So kind, and gentle and polite. She loves to get all dressed up and has recently been requesting a specific bow for her outfit each day. She tells Mama that I look "fancy!" when I get dressed for church (or actually get out of my mom clothes for a date). She loves to put on lip-gloss and carries around her Sofia the First amulet, singing "Let It Go" into a microphone made out of legos. Although she knows every word of the movie Frozen, she doesn't discriminate when Disney is concerned... we watch just as much Cars, Planes, Lion King, and Aladdin as we do princess movies.

She loves ballet, and asks her Daddy before leaving for class each week; "Look Daddy!" as she twirls for him, showing off her tutu and tights. He always tells her how pretty she looks and she beams. She has a deep love for her family and is constantly asking when Papa, Gramma and Auntie are coming over, or whether we're meeting her Pops and Lola for lunch that day. She prays for them all each night before bed. She asks Mama to sing the Cinderella song before going to sleep each night and to leave the door "just a lil' bit open." She sleeps with a huge array of stuffed friends, taking turns cuddling with them each night.

She has a fierce love for her Sissy, and often asks to go home to her, after an outing with just Mama. She prefers for us all to be together, all the time. She gives Liv hugs and kisses all day long, yet also tells her "no no!" if she's getting into something she shouldn't have. She praises her and claps for her each time Liv learns a new skill squealing; "Good Job Sissy! You're doing it!" Hannah would love to be outside all day long. We color with sidewalk chalk, blow bubbles, and take walks in our double stroller to observe all the birds and trees and flowers. She's scared of dogs, and most other animals, but likes to look at them from afar.

Her favorite foods are fruit, yogurt, "appy" (applesauce pouches,) potatoes, sausage, PB&J, pizza, and ice-cream. She also likes to share gummy-bears with her Daddy and munch on "chee-ros" (cheerios) throughout the day. When we ask where she would like to go eat, she usually replies Chick-fil-a (even though she doesn't eat chicken) or Freddy's (because who doesn't love french fries & ice-cream?)

Hannah loves to paint and color and put stickers everywhere! She can almost write her whole name unassisted, and loves to practice. She can count to 30, recognize and recite all her ABC's, and loves to play educational games on her Leapster, and Mama's iPhone. She's starting part-time preschool in the fall at a Christian Academy and she's so excited! She plays "going to school" all the time, and asks "where is my new school? Can I go there?"

She's been potty trained for about a month now, and we decided it was time to be done with her binky, which she kept in her bed for nap and bedtime. We woke up on Saturday morning, and after our special family breakfast (cinnamon rolls), we decided to have a special big-girl date, just her and Mama. She kissed her binky good-bye and put it in her memory box in the closet for safe keeping. We headed to the Plaza and ate a side-walk cafe that was definitely more for adults than children. She did so well, and sat there like a lady eating her lunch. Then we stopped in at Barnes and Noble to pick out a new book. Hannah LOVES to read and kept saying "there's just so many!" when looking around at all her choices. She decided on "Olivia." We went into Gap and tried on so many clothes... she kept saying "look at these! Oh, look at these!" She put on a straw hat and said "Yee Haw! I'm a cowgirl!" When it was time to go, she asked for "just ONE more store!" We stopped into Starbucks for coffee (milk for her) and a pink cake-pop, and just and my girl. It was the most PERFECT day, one that I will always remember.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Olivia Grace {weeks 41-44}

I can't believe we're at 41 weeks, but here we are. It seems that with baby number two, it sure goes a whole lot faster, that's for sure! I'm getting a little sad that Liv is quickly moving towards being a toddler, and I'm enjoying her squishy, cuddly little self so much these days. This week was a rough one, as Hannah, Liv and I all caught a nasty cold. Both girls were up every hour most nights for a week. Brian and I took turns sleeping with the girls and taking one downstairs to cuddle so they wouldn't keep waking each other up. Liv is still getting over the yucky cough she had, poor baby. Like Hannah (and Brian,) she'll cough and gag herself and then spit-up. 

We joyfully welcomed 42 weeks, since the weather was gorgeous and we spent a LOT of time outside! We celebrated Papa's birthday at our favorite BBQ restaurant. Liv LOVES french fries and is eating everything we eat now. She devours pasta, bread, veggies, yogurt, fruit... and anything that Hannah has! She gets so excited and flaps her little arms like a bird, or hits Mama in the face. She can STARE you down and it's the most hilarious face! Then she'll laugh. She calls for me and Hannah when when I take her to the potty, and cries or crawls after us. She hates to be all alone, so we take her with us everywhere. 

At 43 weeks, Liv just stood up in the middle of the room without holding onto anything... just like her big sister used to do. She's cruising the furniture and has to be standing as often as possible... why do my kiddos walk so soon?! Our girl LOVES Legos (Duplo) and plays with them for up to an hour at a time! She can even put a few together. She waves 'hi' and 'bye' by opening and closing her hand, and will shoot you a big smile while she does. Liv has SO much personality... she keeps us laughing and brightens our days. We sure love our Sissy. 

Oh goodness this girl is cute... I'm sure I'm a little biased, but seriously. Her two-toothed grin just slays me. She gives kisses now, and loves to give them to her baby dolls and pat them gently. She's always on the go, but when she crashes, she sleeps HARD. She started getting up at 12 & 5 again after her sickies, but I honestly don't mind the cuddles... she falls right back to sleep after nursing and sleeps so sweetly. She LOVES to be outside and even played with sidewalk chalk for the first time... she mostly drew on Daddy, but it was cute. 

I can't believe I'm getting ready to start putting together her big 1st birthday bash, but I'm just loving this girl more and more each day... can't wait to see what she'll be up to next!

Hannah's project HERE

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Our newest family pictures...

A couple weeks ago, we had our pictures taken again by April over at Freeland Photography. We LOVE them y'all. They work so well with our little ones and their pictures speak for themselves. It can be quite an ordeal planning and doing outfit changes with a 10mo and 2year old, but April was so patient and got some great pictures of Liv before she decided she was DONE. They even have toys up at the studio and a play area for kiddos. We did a "baby package" with Miss Hannah... pictures at 6wks, 4mo, 9mo and had them shoot her Birthday party too. We are doing the same with Olivia, and couldn't be happier. We are loving the gorgeous images and I'm FINALLY planning a gallery wall to display them in our house. So glad I have these pictures, as this is becoming an adorable phase for these girls...

I hope you are all having a lovely week!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Olivia Grace {weeks 37-40}

Olivia Grace... what a fun month with our littlest princess this has been! She is getting so big and developing such an adorable personality. A feisty little thing who lets you know what she wants, when she wants it... that's our Liv! At 37 weeks, she learned to clap while Hannah and I were singing "Happy and you know it" ... and does it ALL the time now. It's the cutest thing ever. Hannah will tell her "Good job Sissy!" when she does a new task and then Liv smiles a HUGE grin and claps for herself. She also got her very first tooth this month... a tiny bottom one. She was extra cuddly and needed Mama a lot, but it wasn't too bad. She's pulling up on all the furniture, and loves to be standing all the time!

At 38 weeks, our sweet girl is moving ALL THE TIME! She seemed to have lost a bit of chub in those cheeks too, since she NEVER stops moving! She fell off the bed... just like Hannah, but it was more of a slip-off-the-bed this time. I still felt horrible... we're two for two on that. Liv is so very cuddly lately... I absolutely LOVE that if she's got blanky, soothie, and Mama, she'll snuggle for long periods of time. She slept EIGHT hours straight this week... I couldn't believe it! She's done it again, and another 7hr stretch since then. Considering Hannah didn't do that until she was 13mo old, I am one HAPPY Mama. We think it's because she plays so hard and eats so much during the day... girlfriend definitely snuck some chocolate chip cookie and LOVED it. That's my baby!

Liv's blanky has become a crucial item lately... it's what calms her down when she's cranky, sleepy, or out and about. At 39 weeks, she cut tooth #2... the other bottom one. She was pretty upset and needed lots of nursing & chewing on everything. She's been crashing into everything this week, since she ALWAYS has to be pulling up! I'd worry more, but she rarely cries about it. We had such amazing weather this week though, and the sunshine sure seemed to help her! Olivia LOVES to be outside! She sits on a picnic blanket while Hannah runs around and just watches contently. We also had a few epic car rides lately... I'm praying she learns to like her carseat SOON! 

Liv has been playing more and more with Hannah lately and it is precious! They play legos together, picnic, puzzles, and even sit and look at books! She says "Mama, Dada, Nana (Hannah), and Gah (Gramma). She'll yell for Mama when I leave her sight and has been doing the same for Hannah too! She eats EVERYTHING lately... anything Hannah has (cereal, french fries, pancakes) plus her fruits and veggies too! She can wave "bye bye" by opening and closing her hands & she started pointing to people/things that she wants this week. I can NOT believe that 40 weeks have gone by with her! Brian and I feel like she was just a teeny little peanut yesterday, but at the same time, feel like she's always been a part of our family and couldn't imagine life without her. She may be loud, and is keeping us on our toes, but we are so in love with this girl! 

Hannah's photo project HERE.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Making our house a HOME {The Dining Room}

I've been wanting to show y'all the work that Brian and I have very slowly been doing to make our house a home. We've been here two years this May, and we're finally checking a few items off our to-do list! We'll start with the dining room...

If I invited y'all over for a cup of coffee (or a latte), this is the first thing you would see when I open the door and you step foot in our home. We live in a "reverse ranch" which means that the main floor is as high as it goes. Our dining room is just to the left as you come in the door. Beyond that, and to the right, is the kitchen, living room, and the little hallway you see in the picture above, leads to the garage and the basement. 

I LOVE that everything in this room has a special meaning/memory for me. The gorgeous hutch, and old school desk were given to us by a very special family that lead our church home group when Brian and I had just moved back from California and Miss Hannah was a baby. They made us feel so welcome, encouraged, and were very generous to us. I filled the hutch with dishes that are constantly being swapped out as I use them. The bottom half is used to store my scrapbooks/photo albums on one side, and Hannah's art supplies on the other. The wall hangings were collected over our first 4 years of marriage. I cross-stitched the embroidery hoop, and the print is from Little Light Prints (LOVE her work, and have several more prints throughout our home.)

The GORGEOUS farmhouse table was built by my wonderful husband, after I showed him pictures and ideas of what I wanted. The vintage doilies are from my Grandma, and although I have every intention of actually stitching them together at some point, they are currently just arranged that way and get fixed on a daily basis. I also collect antique blue Ball jars... so you'll see more of them throughout my home!

I am sad to admit, after MUCH searching and searching for a vintage/industrial light, I succumbed to buying our chandelier at Pottery Barn. I'm well aware of how overpriced they are, but this particular fixture was PERFECT. It was just what I wanted and it was actually pretty affordable. The light is on a dimmer switch, and I love the warmth it gives the room when the sun goes down. 

The rugs and chairs are also Pottery Barn, but were bought during a CLEARANCE sale that was way too good to pass up. There are actually two 5x8 rugs laid next to each other, which saved us a TON of money on an 8x10 area rug. I also planned on stitching the rugs together, but that's one of those things that happens when you have two littles running around. 

The cute little distressed bench was a great find at an antique show with my Mama. The moment I saw it, I knew just where it needed to go! I love the big windows in this house... all that natural light makes me so happy! I also love that the window are low enough that Miss Hannah can peek out them and watch birds play, and snow fall. 

The antique church pew is actually from an old church down the road in the small town we live in. It was converted into a delicatessan when I was in elementary school, just a block away. My Mama worked there for a while and she brought it home when the Deli closed. It now lives in our dining room, and I love that it has such a rich history! 

Here's a much better look at that farmhouse table! Brian used 2in steel piping, primed and painted a textured black. For the top, he used 2x12 pine boards, that he distressed, stained and clear-coated. I'm so in love with that table, and we get lots of compliments on it whenever guests are over. 

I'll post the rest of the rooms we've finished as I get some time!