Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Swag Swap Reveal // Link Up


Today’s the day we reveal what our awesome partners sent us for the Fall Swag Swap! 

I was paired with Brittany, a super sweet southern gal.  She sent me some really great swag!


In the top picture is a really soft, comfy infinity scarf.  It is soooo soft, I just want to snuggle up with it!  It’ll be so snuggly warm this winter when the temps drop to bitter cold!

The adorable ghost kleenex make me think of my favorite joke of all time:

How do you get a kleenex to dance?

-- Put a little ‘boogie’ in it!  Bah ha haaaa!!!!

My boys inhaled that popcorn ball, I didn’t even get to taste a crumb of it!

And I may or may not have used that big blue mug a handful of times already – yum!

I had a great time chatting with Brittany and getting to know her.  Thanks for all the swag, Brittany!

Add your link of your reveal post below so we can all hop around and see what everyone got!





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Monday, October 13, 2014

Aiden’s Big Ride


Last week on Monday night I got a phone call from our little town’s local volunteer fire department letting me know that Aiden had won a coloring contest for Fire Prevention Week.  The big prize for winning this contest was getting a ride to school the next morning in the fire truck!  Holy smokes, to say he was excited doesn’t even come close to describing how he felt!  (Or how I felt!)

Once they got to school all of the kids were standing outside waiting for the 2 fire trucks that each had 3 kids in them.  As the kids got off the trucks they announced their names and the whole school cheered for each kid.  I was so lucky to be there for that, I had goose bumps and tears in my eyes!  It was really so cool.  I feel so fortunate to live in this little town that does this for our kids. 


Now go practice your escape plan with your kids, and if you don’t have one make one!


Tate Lately // 8 Months



Tate is 8 months old! 

Here’s what he’s been up to the past month:

  • crawling!  He’s into everything!  We have to close all the doors down the hallway into our bedroom and the big boys’ room, and the bathroom, so he doesn’t get himself into any trouble.  He’s pretty fast and gets where he wants to go.
  • pulling himself up!  This took him no time at all to master.  I was surprised at how fast this happened.  He pulls himself up to anything that stands still.  He will take a couple of side steps but I wouldn’t quite say he’s cruising just yet.  That won’t be far behind!
  • wearing size 3 diapers still, but we’re about to finish this package and move onto size 4’s.
  • wearing 12-24month clothes. It all depends on the make and style as to which size he wears.  If it’s an all one piece outfit, for sure a 24mo!  Most shirts are 18mo, pants are a combo of 12 and 18mo.
  • talking, all.the.time!  He’s a chatty little guy!  He makes sounds like ba, da, dee, ta, tee and sometimes when crying mamama!
  • eating.  He loves to eat!  We are working on finishing up our stage 2 veggies and stage 3 fruits and moving on to table food.  He loves muffins, Gerber Puffs and Crunch Um’s, and pretty much any other table food I’ve offered him.  I think after just those few times I’ve offered him ‘real’ food he’s realized he doesn’t love baby food anymore so we struggle through a container of that now.  He just seems bored with it and can find a dozen other things to look at and pay attention to than his baby food.  Give him something he can feed himself, though?  Then he’s not at all distracted!
  • playing with his big brothers. He just loves to play with those big boys, especially crawling over them as they lay on the floor. 
  • teething.  Still no little white teeth popping through, yet, but he’s a droolie mess these days!  Lots of chewing on things, fingers in his mouth constantly and fussier than normal. 
  • sleeping!  Finally he’s back to sleeping through the night!  Once in a while I’ll hear him humming to himself at 4 in the morning but for the most part he’ll sleep from 8:30 at night til 6:30 or so the next morning.  Now if only I could get myself to sleep through the night again!


Now that Tate’s taking a bottle regularly Brennan wanted to feed him over the weekend.  He was so proud of being able to help Tate with his bottle.  I love how he’s holding Tate’s head in this picture! 

Tate is a funny little guy, he keeps us laughing regularly. 

He always has a smile on his face and knows no stranger!  It doesn’t matter if he knows you or not, you’ll get a big smile from him if you talk to him.

We couldn’t be happier to have our little Tater in our life!  We love you, Sweet Po’Tater Pie!


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wordy Wednesday


This morning when I woke up I was laying in bed dozing when all of a sudden it hit me – THANKSGIVING is NEXT MONTH already!!!!  To say I am excited is an understatement!  Thanksgiving is one of my top 3 favorite holidays (it’s a tie with Valentine’s Day and Christmas) and it’s NEXT MONTH already!!!  Yay for October being here!

Doesn’t it feel like ‘holiday things’ really start amping up this month?  First off is Halloween and prepping for that – you know, getting the house decorated, picking out and carving pumpkins, finding the perfect costume for the kids (I personally hate this part), then the fun of trick or treating. That makes for a fun, full month.  Then all of a sudden, BAM, you’re hit with November and all things family and food.  Once Thanksgiving is over it’s full-bore Christmas time, then New Year’s, the year is over and you’re asking yourself where in the hell did that year go?  *sigh*, I love it!  The last quarter of the year is so exciting!

When you think of November, do you think ‘brown’?  That’s the color I associate with that month.  Do you do that, associate words or scents or colors or images with months and times of the year?  Brown always pops in my head when I think of November. September I picture teacher’s apples.  Can’t help it.

Yesterday my sweet friend Sarah showed pictures of her all decked out in 80’s gear for a neighborhood bunko party she attended.  It reminded me of the 80’s themed Valentine’s party we threw a few years back.  I decided it would be a good time to share a picture of that fun event with you. It’s Wednesday, we could all use a good laugh!


Have a great day!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie


Disclaimer: That title has nothing to do with this post at all.  I just can’t get that song out of my head because I fed Tate some Apple, Peach, Squash baby food combo last night and it’s been stuck in my head ever since.  Thank you and you’re welcome.

Happy Monday, everyone!  Can you believe we are winding down the month of September?  It’s hard to believe the boys have been back in school for over 6 weeks now.  Last week the school hosted a Fall Open House so the kids could show off their classrooms to their parents.  It was fun to have Bren show us around his room, he was all like “Oh, this is XYZ, and over here we do This That And The Other.”  He sure has adapted to Kindergarten well! Of course, as a 3rd grader, Aiden wasn’t quite as excited to show us everything there is to see in his room.  *Sigh*, he’s getting older.

Saturday afternoon we cleaned up the garden for the year.  Everything was done producing, save a few tomatoes on the vines.  We pulled the tomato vines, cleaned their cages, then Andy tilled the garden to take care of any weeds that were still growing in there.  It looks nice and clean again.  I am happy with how my garden did this year – so happy that I am planning on scaling back quite a bit next year because my shelves are chock full of goodies.  Every so often you need to take a year off and work on eating all that you’ve canned from the past couple of years.  I’ll plant a short row of green beans to be able to eat some fresh ones, and I’ll plant one Roma Tomato plant so I can make some fresh salsa and pico de gallo.  Besides that I’m thinking of trying some new, fun things.  Maybe an eggplant?  Or maybe I’ll plant the majority of it in sweet corn and have my own patch next year!  I have a long, cold winter to pour over seed catalogs and get plenty of ideas. Stay tuned to next spring when I let you know what I come up with!

On a similar note, Andy’s brother is going to get us a bag of horse manure that his sister-in-law mixes with compost to make some awesome fertilizer.  I’m going to spread it on the garden and on my strawberry patch.  Hopefully I’ll finally have a crop of strawberries I can actually do something with next spring!  Those darn things have been very frustrating since I planted them 3 years ago. 

Aside from cleaning out the garden this weekend we didn’t do too much around here.  It was 80 degrees both days, beautiful weather, but we just kind of laid low.  I washed the windows yesterday, Andy tinkered around in the garage playing with his tools (he’s building a ball rack for the boys), I snuck in a 10 minute nap Saturday afternoon, we watched football (Go Hawks!!), and I packed up the goodies I got for my swag swap partner.  It was just kind of a quiet weekend, it felt great! 

On the schedule for this week: football Wednesday night for the boys, Thursday I’m going on Brennan’s Pumpkin Patch field trip while Andy stays home with Tate for the day, and Saturday I’m going with the Hens (my aunties) and a few Chicks (cousins) to Winterset, IA (Bridges of Madison County) to see my cousin’s new house and a cute little yarn shop she might be buying to run with a friend.  I’m super excited for this trip, going to be so much fun!

What are your plans for the week?  Do you love the book and movie “Bridges of Madison County” as much as I do?  Robert Kincaid, rrrrraawwr!

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