October 29, 2014

Halloween Fun!

We're two days away from Halloween! I can't believe it, I'm so excited for the big day, even if we don't get very far with Miss A trick or treating, it's always so much fun to hand out candy. Did you buy your candy yet? I scored a huge bag of Reese's cups, milky ways, and snickers from Aldi. I may or may not have been snacking on the Reese's cups...they are my favorite!

Every day this week we've been celebrating the holiday. On Monday we baked cupcakes for a Halloween party, which was on Tuesday, with our playgroup. Miss A had SO much fun decorating the cupcakes. I may be picking up sprinkles for day, but it was sure worth it.

Tuesday morning we got around everything we needed to go- cupcakes, camera, extra outfit to change into after costume time. She was so happy to wear what she calls her "Minnie dress" and to put on her "Minnie shoes" which are dark pink flats with a large bow that I found at Target. Her headband kept falling off and I didn't have bobby pins, so she wore them later for a little while at the party.

I wasn't expecting her to be shy, but she was when we got there. I'm sure it was strange to see all her little friends in costume. She hasn't stuck by my side in a long time! All the kids decorated masks to take home with them, we all bought a dish to share, and all the kids devoured their cupcakes.

It was fun and I can't wait for next year already! I also have to share her Halloween pajamas, which she calls her "bone pajamas" that I found at Gymboree. They glow in the dark, but don't tell her that. ;) 

We also made cards to send to family and will be carving our pumpkin soon! What are you doing to celebrate Halloween? 

I'm linking up for Halloween Pajama Party!

October 27, 2014

Monday Musings

My parents were here for the weekend and Miss A could not have been more excited. She loves, loves having family around. I wish it could be like this always but we appreciate the time we do have with them so much more. We went to the park, out to lunch, and played a lot at home. Hubby and I even had a rare date night out and it was so good to reconnect, talk, and enjoy each other's company without having to entertain a toddler. :) My dad had all kinds of projects he wanted to do in the house (he stayed longer than my mom) so lots of time was also spent helping out. It's so sweet, every time he comes to visit, he has to fix something. :)

I'm so excited it's Halloween week! I plan to do something Halloween related everyday until the big day. We painted pumpkins with my parents and we still have to crave our pumpkin. Today we baked cupcakes and decorated with Halloween sprinkles for a Halloween party we're having with our playgroup tomorrow. I'm also thinking of making mummy dogs, going to the library's dress up parade, making pumpkins out of construction paper, and collecting leaves for an art project. I love this time of year so much!!

Now that October is almost over, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving, which, I honestly can't believe it right around the corner. I'm kind of glad it's so late this year. I was reading the blog Honey We're Home today and she had a Thanksgiving post today, so now my wheels are turning. What to cook,  bake, or try something new... Anyway, that's a topic for another day. Let's focus and enjoy Halloween week!

October 22, 2014

My Sweet Girl- 27 Month Update

I don't write "updates" often enough about my sweet little girl. She turned two three months ago. Three months! I figured it was time to share how she's been doing, growing, progressing into an amazing little person. I can't believe we're getting close to the two and a half year old mark. She is all kinds of fun, I swear everyday I feel like I can do something new with her and it keeps getting better and better. Dare I say this is my favorite age so far?!

She's a sweetheart, truly. She loves to give kisses, giant smooches right on the lips. We have to chase her down for hugs but more often than not she gives them freely. I love when she holds my hand, at the store (when she's refusing to be in the cart), on walks, or to go down the slide. She's crazy about our dog, Sandy, and tries to give her hugs and loves to roll around with her on the floor.

Minnie, Mickey, and Ariel are huge favorites. I thought she would have moved on from Mickey and Minnir but there's no signs of that happening any time soon. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is still her favorite show to watch. Frozen and The Little Mermaid are her favorite movies. I tried showing her Beauty and the Beast and Tangled, neither held her attention for very long. If there's not enough singing, it doesn't do the trick. She also likes Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny, and Peppa Pig.

Her vocabulary has really taken off. She repeats a lot of what we say: "oh my goodness", "what did I say", "being bad", "let's keep going". Sentences can be as long as four or five words; she knows how to communicate so well. Everyday I'm impressed by how well she talks and how much she talks! My little chatterbox. She can count from 1-10 and likes to try and count to 20, but it's really "10, 15, 16, 18". She knows almost all her shapes: circle, triangle, diamond, star, and heart. Squares and rectangles aren't her thing. ;) Recognizing colors is also improving. Yellow is her favorite color by far and she can identify blue, green, red, pink, purple, and sometime orange.

Discipline wise, we are doing time out. She stands or sits in a corner in the dining room, which is probably the most boring room of the house. She's definitely testing us with listening- that's what lands her in time out the most. That and throwing toys, hitting (which rarely, rarely happens), and getting upset over dinner (my least favorite time of the day).

Her favorite people are definitely family. Daddy too of course, seeing as she doesn't see him everyday sometimes. She absolutely loves her grandparents and Tia's. Whenever we FaceTime or talk to them on the phone she is so happy. She also loves to see her friends and asks for them if it's been a while in between play dates. Some of her favorite places to go are the park, library, and to see the choo-choo train. There's a park that we love that has a train and merry-go-round; she's crazy about both. The pumpkin patch too was a huge favorite and she's been asking to go back since we went a few weeks ago.

It's amazing to me how she's becoming her own little person with likes and dislikes. I love watching her change, grow, and discover new things. Seeing the world through her eyes is like seeing it new; everything is an experience. We love taking her to new places and seeing how she'll react. Of course going out to eat is still a struggle so we don't do that very often, unless we have another set of hands! Being around her is infectious, we can't get enough!

October 20, 2014

Baby #2 16-17 Weeks

It's so true what they say- the second pregnancy flies! I can't believe I'm going to be 18 weeks very, very soon. Time is flying by! I'm feeling good, eating well, and slowly incorporating exercise back into my every day routine. The only area that is still lacking is sleep! I wake up often throughout the night and sometimes have difficulty falling back to sleep. The middle of the day can drag after a night like that when all I want to do is take a nap, yet a certain toddler of mine refuses to even go to her room. Ah yes, she's a stubborn one. I miss nap time!

My appetite is just as ravenous. I could easily eat two breakfasts and lunches. I try to have protein at every meal otherwise it's even worse and I'm hungry after an hour. I've been eating lots of eggs, yogurt, fruit, salads packed with veggies, chicken, and grilled cheese sandwiches. My sweet tooth isn't as bad as it was with Miss A, although I do have a thing for mint Milano cookies right now! ;)

At the end of the day I'm pretty exhausted. My feet hurt and my back aches, which I don't understand, since it's still so early for that kind of thing. I remember that happening around the six month mark, with Miss A. We go for walks in the morning or mid afternoon while I still have energy. I walked almost everyday while pregnant with Miss A and hope to keep that up, although I'm sure it's going to be harder once it gets really cold out. 

I'm so anxious to find out whether this baby is a boy or girl!! We find out in two weeks, any guesses?? I'm enjoying this pregnancy so much now that the 1st trimester is over. I can't believe we're going to have another baby!

October 17, 2014

Five on Friday

One. Mommy Time

On Wednesday I had some time to myself in the middle of the afternoon after the hubby woke up. I've had a groupon for a pedicure for weeks and I've been dying to use it. I stopped to get my flu shot first then went to the nail salon, my first time there. I've heard lots of good things from friends and they were spot on. There's a full bar at the salon (not that I could partake it that right now), huge, comfy massage chairs, and no one around to bother me for a solid half hour. It was heavenly! Afterwards I stopped by Ulta, just to browse and see if there's anything I'd like to ask for for Christmas.

Two. The Fair

Yesterday we went to the state fair! We had an absolute blast riding the ferris wheel, eating elephant ears and cheese fries, riding the toddler train, and merry go round. I love checking out the exhibits too, there were awards for the largest pumpkin (over 800 pounds!), farm animals, and beautiful flower displays. Miss A did so well despite having to wait in line for tickets and in the lines for the actual rides. Luckily yesterday was opening day and there weren't that many people there, at least, not like how it was last year when we went over a weekend. Never doing that again!

Three. Crate & Barrel Holiday Catalog

Do you get the Crate & Barrel catalogs? I'm crazy about this store (just as I am about Pottery Barn) and love to ooh and ahh over the pages. Why can't my house look like that? I love all their Thanksgiving line and got a tad too excited over the Christmas pages.

Four. Favorite Pins

I pinned a lot of new recipes this week. There was so much to love in blog world. I'm all about snacks and dips lately, I'm craving spinach and artichoke dip something fierce and need to pick some up from the store.  

Five. Christmas Shopping

I ordered Miss A this easel from Toys R Us this week. It's going to be so hard to wait until Christmas to give it to her! It was a great price and I couldn't turn it down. Have you started Christmas shopping for your littles yet?

Happy Friday! I linked up for Five on Friday with the girls.