Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Finals!

Due to the blizzard, we didn't do any grocery shopping this week.

But, I did run out to Target and CVS once the streets had been kinda cleared...

I discovered our carbon monoxide detectors were not working, so I went to Target to grab new ones.  While I was there I saw that bags of apples were 50% off plus a 5% off cartwheel.

 Original price $4.00
Total spent: $1.90

At CVS, I went in to grab some cards.

I had (2) $3/3 off card coupons.
Each of these Hallmark cards were marked 99 cents.
So I got all six cards for FREE!  
Plus this week, if you buy 3 Hallmark cards, you get $2 ECB back.

Original total: $5.94
Total spent: $0.00
Bonus: $2 ECB to use later!

Happy Friday y'all!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A day in the life of this stay-at-home-momma

Our days move so quickly that I wanted to stop and take note of what they are like.  I know in a few years, both girls will be in school and we will have a completely different kind of "busy".  So... here is what our day (sometimes) looks like:

 I slept in!
I'm usually up between 6-6:30 depending on our day.

 I always make our bed before I leave our room.
I feel like I have accomplished something before the day has really started. :)

I like to get some house work done before the girls get up.  I also try to finish up my blog post for the day.  If I can get a couple of things accomplished before they get up, then I feel much less anxious and much more productive in my day.

 Working on the blog.
I usually write my posts a day in advance and then post them in the morning.

 And empty the dishwasher... 
I like to start the day with everything put away.

 The girls get up around 8 and I bring them down for breakfast.
Depending on our plans, I let them stay in pajamas or we all great dressed before coming downstairs.
This was a pajama day :)

 Supposed to be at the gym at 9:30, so we are a little late...
but my class starts at 9:45, so plenty of time :)

And it was freezing that morning!!

 It's 12pm and time for lunch!
Once we got back from the gym, we played in the living room until it was time to eat.

  While the girls had nap time/ rest time, I cleaned the main floor and entry way.
Then I finally took a shower!
And... at 2:35pm, I was finally "dressed" for the day.

 Real clothes and jewelry!

After rest time, I took the girls to the little gym so Elizabeth could do the extra preschool class.
I had counted on the gym being closed during the blizzard, so I brought her early.
And I was right, the gym was closed during the blizzard. :)

 After the gym, it was snack time!
This is about 4:30pm and these girls are in silly mode.

I need caffeine and chocolate to make it to bed time :)

 After snacks, Elizabeth wanted to take selfies

 Then she tried to take pictures of Caroline...

 We did puzzles, blocks, and read a TON of books before dinner time

 This was a day Ben was at the office, so the girls had dinner at 6.
Caroline went to bed at 6:30 and Elizabeth went to bed at 7:30.

 When Ben got home we had dinner and then spent 20 minutes relaxing (and blogging)

 If I'm at home, I usually have my robe on :)

 I made us cocktails

And we watched NCIS

We usually go to bed around 11 and then do it all over again the next day.
Thanks for stopping by and checking in on our day.

Happy Thursday y'all!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sixteen Months!

Dear Caroline,

You are 16 months old today!
 You hit your face twice in the last two days resulting in a bump and a black eye. :(

This month has flown by because we have been very busy!  You have been to the bowling alley, ICE at the Gaylord National, and Pennsylvania.  You had to say goodbye to your cousins, celebrated your second New Years, started eating quesadillas,  had a visit with your Great Uncle Bob, and spent the morning at the mall playground.  We have taken walks, been to the Museum of Natural History, and played in the basement.  You have been babysat by Mrs. Liz (when we went to the Bowl Game) and Mrs. Kelly and Mr. Jared (when we celebrated Nana and Pap Pap's wedding anniversary).  You also helped Mommy babysit Charlie and Jack at their house and Evie at our house.  And finally, you have had your first snow (that you are old enough to play in). 

As always my sweet baby I am amazed at how much you can do.  You are EVERYWHERE and you climb on EVERYTHING!  You follow your sister all over the house, you want to sit on the couch (or coffee table) and you constantly pull out the dining room chairs and climb into them.

You love to eat and you love to read!  I imagine if you could plan your perfect day it would involve reading books while sitting at the table eating- all day!  :)  You love just about anything we give you so it's hard to name some favorites.  Cheese, cheerios, and bananas are always good go-tos, but you really will eat anything.

You still do not talk very much (mama and da-da), but you sign a lot and you go pick up whatever it is you want.  You now have 8 teeth and you wear your hair in a pony tail everyday.

You are about 30 inches tall and 24-25 pounds.  You wear 18month-2T clothes and a size 4 diaper.  You eat three meals a day and usually 1-2 snacks.  You sleep from 6:30-7pm-7:45am most days and usually nap from 12:30pm-3ish.

You still HATE to ride in the car even though you are in a brand new, front-face, big girl car seat.  You can ask anyone that talks to mommy on the phone- you scream and cry the entire time we are driving around.  Besides riding in the car, you are happy most of the time.

Here are some a ton of pictures from your adventures this month:

 Watching everyone go bowling :)

 Having a goodbye dinner with the cousins

Going through ICE! at the Gaylord

 Celebrating New Years!

 Selfies in Elizabeth's sunglasses

Trying to get into the kitchen

 Looking cute :)

 First cheese quesadilla

The 20-minutes she slept in the car (and then cried for 3 hours)

Uncle Bob came to visit!

Babysitting Charlie and Jack

 Playing at the mall

 Playing in the basement

Walks around the neighborhood

 Learning at the Museum of Natural History

Babysitting Evie

 Cute in your pajamas

 Snow tube ride :)

You LOVED the snow :)

 Trying to draw 

Our sweet baby girl. Your dad keeps telling me your not my baby anymore, that you are now my toddler.  I am choosing to ignore this fact and keep calling you my sweet baby girl.  :)
We love you so much!  You always keep us on our toes and definitely make life more exciting!

We love you!

Mom and Dad