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.