Monday, March 24, 2014

A little at a time...

I have slowly but surely been making progress on Peanut's scrapbook.  And I really should stress slowly.  I've currently done about 10 layouts but I still haven't even gotten out of the hospital photos. My next batch are the photos of her coming home and then moving into random layouts.  I have SO many ideas (thanks Pinterest!) and I plan to print out different sized photos for the first time, like 6x12.  But I want to get through the 30 or so layouts I already have printed and ready to scrap before I start moving into ordering more pics.  Here are the latest layouts from her book!

This is seconds after she was born and her daddy is "cutting" her cord. 

We brought scrapbook paper to have her feet printed onto.  I can't believe how little her feet were!

One of the benefits to having your mom as the RN for Labor and Delivery and practically delivering your child is you get to do things that other parents don't.  Daddy got to give Peanut her first bath. 

This is after she was cleaned up, wrapped up and handed over to me. Everyone came in to meet her including my dad who was waiting very impatiently to see his first grand baby!

I hope to do more this weekend. I have another finished layout but it wasn't my favorite so I didn't post it.  I also have one that is halfway done.  So I'll finish that up and then start on the coming home photos next.  It is so crazy looking back at these pictures from two years ago.  It still feels like just yesterday I was having contractions and driving to the hospital, anxious to meet our sweet little one! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Well...Peanut's 2nd birthday has come and gone.  As always - it seemed to fly right on by.  But I am happy to report that her party was a huge success.  The decorations came out just how I imagined they would.  The room was festive and there was WAY too much food.  But everyone had a good time, Peanut got some awesome presents, and I got to spend the day surrounded by family. 

The theme of the party was Candyland. I made the banners to hang up as well as the candy decorations.  The hubs helped me hang streamers and we purchased a helium machine and blew up almost 30 balloons for the festivities. 

Here is the main table where the sweet treats were. The center was the chocolate fountain with marshmallows and rice krispies for dipping.  The cupcakes (strawberry and vanilla) were on racks in the back and the rest of the table was candy. On the right are the favor buckets that the little kids got to fill with candy before they left. They also got a bouncy ball and Mickey Mouse stickers (this was Peanut's party after all!). 

Here are a few close up pictures of the table:

Vanilla cupcakes, gumballs, candy necklaces, and M&Ms. 

Rice krispies and marshmallows for dipping, gummy bears, chocolate and lollipops. 
Strawberry cupcakes, lollipops, skittles, and more gumballs. 

We found the gumball machines at TJ Maxx for like $4.99 each so we grabbed those thinking they would be great for the party.  We have quite a few gumballs left so the hubs brought a machine to work so he could munch on them throughout the day. 

For food we had hot dogs cooked on an old fashioned hot dog roller, ham, turkey and buffalo chicken wraps, a veggie tray, cheese and crackers, and popcorn.  Like I said - way too much food! We munched on the wraps for like three days after the party. 

A really cool juice waterfall - this was our version of "fizzy lifting juice" from the movie. :) 

I let Peanut pick out the colors for the cups and utensils - so as you can see they are all different colors.  But it went very well with the theme.  I think she has as future in design. Or party planning. ;-)

Here are a few more pictures from the party that day:

With her grandpy. I was trying to get a picture of her birthday shirt which we had custom made.  It has the #2 on it with a lollipop and her name. 

"Cheesin" with Pop Pop. 

Birthday girl eating some grub.  Better shot of her special shirt. 

Her cousin Bubby laid on the floor and Peanut immediately yelled "PONY!" and then tried to ride him like he was a pony.  I couldn't stop laughing and I had to grab a picture before I removed her. 

Singing happy birthday and trying to convince her to blow out the candle.  She kept saying "hot!"

Loving her birthday cupcake. 

Thank you hugs while opening presents. 

Some real concentration on opening up presents. 

Posing with Uncle B and the pony he gave her - this one she IS allowed to ride. 

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I was super happy with how the party turned out. Of course I was running around playing hostess and making sure everyone had food, etc that I barely had time to eat.  By the end of the day my pregnant back and feet were screaming for relief.  So I was pretty happy once the house was quiet again and Peanut went to bed for the night.  But - I'd do it all over again in a heart beat. :-)

Now I have to start thinking of themes for her party next year.  Always good to get a head start right?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Stories of a 2 year old

Dear Kayleigh,

Every day I wake up and look for the pause button.  Or at least try and find a way to slow life down.  I fail over and over again. I can't believe you are already two years old.  You've only been in our lives for such a short time, but it's honestly hard to remember a time when you weren't here.  You fit so perfectly and easily into our lives it's amazing.  A lot of people say it's hard being a parent.  That having a newborn and raising it is one of the hardest things they've ever done. But for your daddy and I the transition was seamless.  You were meant to be ours

You were SUCH a good baby.  The only issue you had was a small bout of acid reflux that went away shortly after we started you on medication.  And you were off of it in no time. You didn't have colic.  You slept through the night like a champ. And you had no feeding issues. We traveled a lot with you and you took it all in stride.  Adjusting like a pro to any situation we put you in.  You were so easy.  Which is probably why I was such an overly anxious mama.  Every night I had to go in and check on you, sometimes multiple times.  Even to this day, I still go in before bed to look in on you.  I don't think that will EVER change. 

You are growing and learning by leaps and bounds every day. It's so funny to look over and see you "reading" to yourself from your favorite Dr. Seuss books.  You request a different book almost every night.  Whether it be Sneeches, Cat in the Hat or the penguin book. Sometimes you wander off on your own and we find you cuddled up in your rocking chair in your pretty little room, reading aloud to yourself. When you wake up you always greet me with such enthusiasm and shout "Hi Mom!"  After a family nap you love to wake up, put your forehead against mine and say "hi" quietly over and over again, smiling the sweetest smile. 

You love to sing, especially with your daddy.  Your favorite song right now is "Say Something" by A Great Big World.  You know almost all of the words.  At bedtime you love when we sing "Pure Imagination" and often sing yourself to sleep. One of your favorite things to say right now is "One more time" while shaking your index finger. This can refer to anything - another story, wanting daddy to swing you again, or another round of patty cake. You know all the words to ring around the rosy, patty cake, 5 little monkeys and the wheels on the bus, complete with hand movements. 

You can count to 10 by pointing at objects and counting them.  You know a couple of colors and quite a few of your letters. You know shapes (heart, circle, square) and can name everyone of your family members when looking at their photos. "What happened?" and "what's that?" are two of your favorite questions.  Your curiosity and desire to learn is a beautiful thing. 

You consider Teddy to be one of your best friends and love snuggling with him.  He has differing opinions but it's always cute to hear you yell out the front door "Go pee Teddy!" or "Be quiet Teddy!" when he starts barking.  You are opinionated, sassy, sweet, loving and downright irresistible.  I miss you terribly when I'm at work.  And in the evenings your daddy often says he wishes he could wake you up because misses you after you've gone to bed. You bring so much joy to our lives and the lives of others.  Little kids just love you and being around you.  Your buddy Eli cries when his time with you is over. Jameson runs in immediately looking for "Kee Kee" every Wednesday and Thursday.  You are the favorites of so many people. You have replaced me as Pop Pop's favorite girl - and I'm totally okay with that.  You are his little buddy and I love watching you two together. 

You are without a doubt the best thing your daddy and I have done so far. You make me want to be a better person.  To be completely unselfish.  My only concern is your well being and my hopes and dreams lay in your future. You are the best little kid in the world. And I just know you are going to be the best big sister in the world.  Austin will be SO blessed to be loved by you. I love you so much.  

I love you baby girl. 

Happy 2nd birthday.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Sweet Treat

Last night I finished the last of the hand made decorations for Peanut's 2nd birthday party - two banners that will hang in the dining room with all the food, treats and balloons. There were a couple of mishaps along the way, such as running out of the paper I was using for the birthday banner and having to wait for Michaels to restock it so I could buy more, but it all worked out in the end. 

That is of course until last night at 10:30 pm when my oh so sweet husband looked at one of the banners and told me I spelled "chocolate" wrong.  So I started freaking out thinking I had to re-do the entire banner when I used up all the paper. I sat there trying to figure out where I went wrong in spelling it, all the while he is laughing and I'm getting more and more agitated.  Turns out, I had it right the entire time.  He was just messing with me and my pregnancy brain was too slow to realize I was indeed correct.  He got a good laugh out of that one. 

Anyone care to take a guess at what the theme for this year's party is?

The only real clue is that one of the banners says "The Chocolate Room."  

All those that are a fan of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory should pick up on the reference.  One of my all time favorite movies! The dining room is a mini version of the Chocolate Room from the movie.  Of course I couldn't make a tree with 2 feet tall gummy bears hanging from it and hubs nixed the idea of a full on chocolate water fall.  But we are going to improvise.  I got a chocolate fountain that will be the centerpiece of the table and lots of sweet treats will be available. The parents are going to hate me. 

This party also gives us a good excuse to pull out our old fashioned hot dog roller and popcorn cart.  I have a pretty stocked Pinterest board with all the food and decorating ideas. I'll spend this upcoming weekend beginning the decoration process of streamers and banners so I'm not running around like a crazy person the day before the party. I have a sketch of how I want the room to look and I can see it perfectly in my head.  Now to make it happen! 

The follow up birthday post will include Peanut's custom invite, her customized t-shirt, and the final product. Stay tuned! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Finally back at it!!

I love scrapbooking. I mean I love, love, love it.  But I haven't had the chance to really sit down and crank out some layouts in a long time.  After moving in with the hubs parents for six months I found I had no space to work and all of my scrap stuff stayed locked in the trunk of my car.  For SIX WHOLE MONTHS.  *SOB* Add in my Smeeky bestie moving away and I really fell into funk.  

I'm two years behind on Peanut's baby album.  I have all the pictures uploaded and ready for printing but I have the first 3 months already printed out.  I keep telling myself to do what I have and then print more but the problem is - I'm not doing what I have.  My past focus was on finishing our honeymoon book before starting a new one.  Then I began to focus on making the decorations for Peanut's 2nd birthday which meant the scrapbooking stayed on the back burner. But this past weekend I finally got back into the groove that I so badly missed.  

I started Peanut's scrapbook and really began organizing and creating layouts.  I purchased a new Making Memories Circle cutter which I LOVE.  It makes cutting circles so easy and much more precise than tracing a jar or bottle and hand cutting it out. After a quick YouTube tutorial I was on my way!

This is the first layout I created.  I organized my photos by timeline and our maternity photos were first on the list.  I used my circle cutter to make the circles and distressed them so they really pop off the page. 
I continued working on the maternity photos after I finished the first page.  I wanted them to have something to tie together so I included the little silver butterflies on each layout. 

Here is the second page of the layout.  I think this is my favorite from the group that I worked on this weekend. 

Here are the two layouts side by side.  I really like how nice they look next to each other.  

From the maternity pictures I then moved on to Peanut's nursery. I realized I had so many pictures of this that I had to narrow down my choices. 

Cutting out circles with my new circle cutter!

From there I was ready to move on to the real meat and potatoes of the book - Peanut being born!  I only got one layout completed but there will be plenty more to come!

Once I finished all the decorations for her birthday party I'll again focus on my scrappin. Sneak peeks of the decorations will come in the next blog post!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Quick Yearly Recap

So the word quick is relative.  Because I'm going to basically sum up an entire year of updates in one blog post. The last update I gave was when Peanut turned 13 months. I never blogged about her birthday party, turning 1, any of her milestones as the year progressed or the fun things we did as a family in 2013.  So I'm going to give some highlights to catch this blog up to where we are today. WARNING: Post seems long but it's mostly pictures!

Peanut turned 1 in March and we celebrated with a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party with all of our family and friends. I hand made a majority of the decorations and banners so I was very proud of that accomplishment and the fact that I was able to do it all in time for the party. Peanut had two different 1 year photo shoots - one with a smash cake and one with her Minnie Mouse theme. 

Decorations.  I made the pom poms. 
Celebrate birthday banner that I made. 
Happy birthday banner I made.
Minnie Mouse cake I made.  You can see the Minnie Mouse cookies in the background.  I had a hard time finding the right coloring for her face so I wasn't 100% please with how she turned out. 
With her MeMe wearing her custom birthday outfit. 

After celebrating the big first birthday time flew by.  We celebrated Easter and then prepared for summer. We sold our home and moved in with the hub's parents.  Also living there were his sister, brother in law and their son who is 3 months younger than Peanut. Needless to say it was a packed house.  It was great saving money but we were looking forward to owning our own home again.  So we signed a contract to build our a brand new house. Summer was spent watching the house be built and lots of afternoon play time with the water table. 

 We spent a week at a beach house on Anna Maria Island in Florida. It was bliss. We went to the beach, the pier, shopping and to the zoo in Tampa. Which was hands down the best zoo I've ever been to.  

Playing in the splash park at the zoo.

Beach week ended with a trip to Orlando where we spent at day at Universal Orlando and a day at Magic Kingdom. For some reason I didn't take a ton of photos there. I'll have to remedy that the next time we visit! After beach week we settled in to prepare for fall. We took a quick weekend trip to Topsail Island in North Carolina over Labor Day weekend and visited with my favorite Smeek Dani!  LABOR DAY FOREVAAA!

We then took a trip to St Louis later in September and MeMe and PopPop came up for a visit to the pumpkin patch in October. 

At the end of October Peanut and her cousin went trick or treating together as Mario and the Princess.  They were freaking adorable!

November brought Thanksgiving and a short weekend trip to West Virginia to watch Iowa State in a football game.  By December our new home was finally ready.  So we packed the things we brought to the in-laws and moved in!

The year ended with Christmas in our new home and then a cold winter filled with snow. 

Peanut Milestones at 23 months:
  • Speaking in full sentences
  • Can count to ten
  • Singing the words to songs
  • Can identify all farm animals and their sounds
  • Knows all the names of the characters on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • Can name and locate all of her body parts
  • Knows and identifies all of her family members
  • Loves bath time
  • Can take off clothing
  • Assists in putting on her clothing
  • Knows too many words for me to even counts.  Words I didn't even know she knew!
She has grown by leaps and bounds over these past 10 months.  I can't believe she turns two in a month. I've started the birthday planning process and think it will be quite a fun theme.  She is also quite excited to welcome her new little brother into the world in June. ;-) 

Moving forward this blog will hopefully keep up with what's been happening around this place.  Including getting our house decorated and moved into fully, bump updates, Peanut's adventures and of course, the welcoming of little Austin!