Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Days & A Giveaway

Happy Thursday, everyone!!  We have had the best week so far, Waverly has been in such a great mood, showing off few to no tantrums & her sweet, hilarious side that we love so much.  We had the most adorable tea party last night (Waverly's idea), she gave my husband & I each a treat cup that she pretended to pour tea in before pouring herself one.  We all "drank" from our treat cups for a while before bedtime.  Her imagination & creativity right now is my absolute favorite, I wish as we all got older that we never lost that!

And the weather.  Perfection.  In the 70s & chilly enough at night for jeans & a light jacket.  I have decided that I am all for this kind of weather year-round, I would never, ever get sick of it.  It makes for some amazing afternoons, we have been on lots of walks, bike rides, & to the park more times than I can count.

 This kind of weather screams cardigans for me, I was so excited to pull out Waverly's from last year (we bought them big & just keep rolling them up, I'm thinking they will last at least a few more seasons!).  I am also once again obsessed with this dark yellow, the perfect color for fall!  Melissa from The Prettiest Bow sent Waverly some bows for the new season, & I could not get this one on her fast enough!!  It is so beautiful in person, high quality, & the perfect shade. :)

To celebrate the new season, I have teamed up with some amazing ladies to offer one lucky reader a $120.00 gift card to Anthropologie!!  I can't think of a more perfect place to stock up on some fall goodness, for both yourself & your home!   You can use the Rafflecopter below to enter. The giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on September 18th until 11:59 pm EST on September 25th. All entries will be verified. Good luck & happy weekend!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's The Little Things: Mini Ears & Mall Dates

First, in fashion news, we pulled out Waverly Maye's cat ears over the weekend & I am in love!!  We had a couple last year but recently added this set from Target, the fact that they are leopard makes them that much cuter.  Another reason to love fall fashion, especially for little ones since they obviously look so much better in this stuff than any of us ever would. ;)

And onto my little thing of the week!!  This one goes down in the books as one of my favorites ever, I'll be laughing about it for a long time.  Waverly & I had a rare mall date a couple days ago, I say rare because most of my shopping is now done online since stores (especially ones with hangers & clothes to pull down) aren't always the easiest.  I decided to give it a try, we got some lunch plus walked around for a bit, Waverly was actually being a rock star & we were having way too much fun.  Our car was parked outside of Forever 21 & as we were walking out to leave, Waverly grabs on to one particular shirt that she immediately fell in love with (not her size, not even close, our Forever doesn't sell kids clothes.)  For whatever reason, she would not stop saying how "cute!" it was, so I let her go try it on because yes, I'm that mom who got way too excited about my daughter's love of fashion.  At age two.  
In the fitting room, she threw it right on & pranced out of the room wearing her shirt (turned maxi dress), showing everyone who would look.  It was the cutest thing, until she realized that she didn't get to wear it out of the store (don't we wish that was how it worked!).  It was a mini-tantrum turned into one of those teachable mom moments where I had to explain to her how shopping works.  Melt my heart.
Fast forward to later that afternoon, when Waverly insisted on wearing her new shirt (turned maxi dress) down the street to walk her babies.  Because yes, I am also that mom who bought it for her because she loved it that much.  She held it in her lap the entire drive home & wore it all night, I'm thinking it will really fit her in approximately 15 years.
Bow & Shirt
(Because you know you want it, too!)
I can only imagine what the neighbors think of us now. ;)  Hope YOUR start the week is great, we are halfway there!  Thanks for all who have been linking-up & continue to, see this post for a reminder.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Our Weekend & Monday Must-Haves

First, thank you for your sweet & encouraging comments on our transition back to the new school year.  As a teacher, I feel I get the unique perspective of being both a SAHM & working one.  At the end of the day, they both have their challenges & rewards, we are all moms who are doing the best we can for our little ones.  I hate when I hear people debate the issue & LOVE that in this community, we all support each other in whatever situation we are in. :)

And HAPPY halfway through September!  We spent lots of our weekend working on projects around the house, the next few weeks are jam-packed & as usual, our house to-do list is full.  Over the summer I started a "cleaning" schedule that I loved, doing one task a day, Monday-Thursday, knocking it all out before the weekend started.  That obviously doesn't fly now, the last two weeks I have spent my Friday night on my hands & knees cleaning after Waverly went to bed.  I hate the idea of spending our Saturdays or Sundays doing it, so to me, that's the better option.  For what it's worth, to make it exciting, I popped a bottle of wine & drank a glass (or two) while I did it to celebrate the end of the work week.  It was actually exciting.  I'm telling ya, we get wild.
Any working mamas found a magical way to fit in cleaning?!

My husband has been busy getting our backyard live-able again, making some progress in Waverly's room, & refinishing a passed-down table for our family room.  He also recently did this makeover on a second high chair for Waverly, my mother-in-law got it unfinished for Waverly's second birthday so we could DIY it & make it our own.  I love how it turned out (such an easy update!), the original high chair can be found here.

The other high chair we have is the Boon, which we absolutely adore & have been using since Waverly was six months.  We still use it & plan to, but lately Waverly has been taking two bites of her meal before asking to get up because she is "all done!".  She would rather run circles around the house while eating or attempting to sit on top of the table while grabbing food from our plates.  Our pediatrician confirmed what we already knew, that we were instilling really bad habits.  So we decided to give her a new, (hopefully) exciting alternative with this chair, which still keeps her in a seat but without a buckle.  So far she really likes it, we typically pull it up to our table for meals or she just sits in it for snacks.  I'll let you know what our third bright idea will be in a few weeks when this one gets old, too. ;)

Other weekend news, we spent our Gap cash, I got this buffalo plaid shirt which is so perfect for fall & the holiday season which will be here before we know it! :)  I ordered Waverly a festive Halloween headband & am seriously dreaming of pumpkin patch visits in a short couple of weeks.  We also pulled out Waverly's first boots for the season & have started eating our snacks (plus drinking our coffee!) from these floral coffee cups I  recently found at TJMaxx.
Because every one needs a pretty, disposable coffee cup.  Obviously. 

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Two Weeks Down

Happiest Friday, friends!  Another school week in the books & I can't wait for a couple of days to do nothing but be with my two favorites. :)  Now that we have the official start to this year behind us, I thought I would document how the transition back to reality is going so far.  I had been pretty nervous about how well Waverly (& I) would react to me being back at school for a while now.  Now that she is a little older, plus way more aware, I had been hoping for the best, but preparing myself for the worst.

 The first week back was pretty rough for all of us.  I was sad when on day one Waverly was still sleeping when I left, until I realized a couple days later that it was probably easier than the rest of the week when she held my legs & cried while I walked out the door.  It's almost like we are at a weird age with this sort of thing, she is now old enough to understand that I leave, but not yet able to really understand why I do.  As for me, it's definitely taking time to get used to the incredible amount of packing & preparing that's required for this whole thing.  So far I have left my lunch at home, wallet in the diaper bag (at home), forgot to charge my phone on several occasions, & then the kicker, left the lights on in my car one morning so I came out (so excited to drive to reunite with Waverly), to a dead battery.  Oh, & then there was that time last week I somehow forgot to lay out Waverly's clothes the night before, (I have NEVER done that), so I got three missed calls from my husband with a text "I'm supposed to freestyle this one?".  He obviously knew the importance of that task & how nervous I would be about it.

 On the plus side, the days have only gotten easier.  We are settling into our new routine, we have a new tradition of Waverly & Joe sitting on the front porch waving "bye" to me each morning that totally beats the days I had to drive away with her in tears.  Waverly has adjusted to being back with the babysitter with no issues at all, she really loves her & so do we, which makes it so much easier on everyone.  I look forward everyday to reuniting with her, hearing all about her day, & seeing what she learned while I was gone.  We are also loving being back in her kids gym class, we go to a class on Tuesdays that starts 25 minutes after my work day is done.  It's a total rush to get there, but so far we have made it.  It's so crazy to be on my computer putting grades in one minute, & then on my knees doing the hokey-pokey, feeding goldfish to my little lady the next.  It's at those moments that I know I'm doing right thing, that I can do it, & we will make it through!  It's never going to be easy leaving her, but ultimately it's the best thing for our family right now & one day, I know Waverly will really understand why I had to leave her again after each summer.

AND because no post is complete without my girl, we are busy getting ready for fall fashions our way, yet currently, it's hot as ever.  A few more days seeing her with those little shorts & belly out is never a bad thing. :)

I am so thankful for all of your support of this blog, your positive comments & ability to relate really have made me a better mom!  I wish you the happiest weekend!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's The Little Things: Books & Babes

I am so excited to be back for the link-up this week!  I was thinking about the fact that we have been rolling with this weekly since February the other day, that makes my heart so happy. :)  Thanks again to all of you for your support, participation, & of course, for appreciating the "little things" like we do.  It really means so much to Jess & I both.

If you have read my blog much or know Waverly Maye personally, you know that she is not much of a "sit still" kind of girl.  She is as active as they come, I am sure of it, my experience at kids classes & around other toddlers in general tells me so.  My parents (who have four kids) & grandparents (who have two plus ten grandchildren) say has more energy than any of us ever did. ;)

Yet my girl has always had a love of books, right now more than ever, & if anything can get her to sit still, it's reading.  The sweetest, it melts my heart every time.
I still read to Waverly each night, we sit on the recliner in her room before bed & it really is one of my favorite times of the day with her.  She also asks for a book when I lay her down & as soon as I walk out of the room, she reads to her babies until she falls asleep & most mornings does the same thing.  She also LOVES reading to our dog, she asks him to sit in the playroom with her so "I read to you, Gogger!".  Lately it is the biggest reality check on how smart she really is, she can "read" most of the our favorites herself, saying the exact same lines that I have been reciting to her for months through most every page.  There isn't much I love more than hearing her little voice say the words I have been going through with her since she was a little babe.  I can't believe how well she had been listening all that time. :)

Some of Waverly's current favorite books are "Brown Bear, Brown Bear", "I Love You Through and Through", & the "Three Little Pigs".  I just got her "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" last week, it's quickly turning into a nightly read, it's great for teaching the letters of the alphabet!  We still are really big on board books, touch & feel books, plus anything with bright colors.  We recently got this bookshelf for Waverly's birthday for her big girl room, the brown one was on sale so we bought it then painted it white.  It's perfect for her to get the books on her own.

We also did a Pinterest project for the books in her playroom, these gutters turned into really cheap shelves that she can also reach!!  I've already added a few Halloween books for the fall, I have been trying to buy a new one each year with each holiday.  Spending money on books doesn't make me feel as guilty, I know we can use them for years to come & most are gender-neutral. ;)

I am always open to new book ideas or suggestions, do you guys have any favorites?!  I hope you all are having the best week, see this post if you need a reminder on how to link-up.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Waverly Maye: Two Years & Two Months

Here we are, only two months into Waverly's two-year old status & I already can't help but update on her!  This is such a fun age, with so many changes each week, I feel like I am constantly taking in moments because I never want to forget how special they are.  I am obsessed with her vocabulary, her little voice, & the things she comes up with!  Yet again, this might just be our favorite age yet, I want to bottle her up & keep her just like this forever.

We had Waverly's two-year appointment with our pediatrician about a month ago, she was still very short (5th percentile) & average for weight (50th percentile).  This appointment followed one we had a couple weeks before, dare I call it a "behavior" appointment?!  I called in for help after a couple rough days with Waverly hitting & throwing just about everything she could find.  Her two-year old status clearly got to her head & I started going crazy in mine! ;)  Just as I thought she would, our pediatrician said it was completely normal & to continue with exactly what we were doing (time-outs when needed & just straight up telling her no!).  It felt good to have reassurance, I feel like I am always second-guessing myself in how I discipline.  Raising Waverly to be a polite, well-rounded young lady is so important to me & I feel like this is one of those things that you don't get a "do-over" on.  We definitely still have our tough moments (& tantrums), but I know that is part of this whole parenting thing & that ultimately, the good moments far exceed the challenging ones. :)

Some of Waverly's current favorite activities are taking her babies for walks, dancing to the music player she got for her birthday, putting on jewelry, & coloring.  We are still Sesame Street obsessed, as well as phone-obsessed, she gets on her phone every day to call her "guys". #troubleahead
 She also LOVES to go to the grocery store with me, as long as it is Target (where she gets to sit in the extra big cart plus get an icee) or Kroger, where she gets to push her own "mini" cart around the store.  It's ironic how that used to be one of our challenges, but now is one of our favorite things to do!  Of course, she is still FULL of energy, most moments of the day. The other morning I left for work (at 6:05), she had already pulled every toy out of the bin & was circling the downstairs with a pom-pom in each hand singing.  Girlfriend amazes me.

We have officially entered the "mine" phase & also, Waverly wants to do everything, all the time, all by herself!  We are working on sharing, we do know our little lady does not own the slide at our neighborhood park, despite the fact that she definitely thinks otherwise.  The sweetest moment the other night though, we were driving home & she kept repeating "my daddy" & "my mommy" while pointing to us, then would point to herself & say "ME!!".  She went through the rotation for about ten minutes straight, laughing constantly, & we loved every.single.minute!

And lastly, in fashion news, we are wearing mostly 18-24 month clothes with some 2T pieces.  Waverly loves to help pick out her clothes, plus attempt to put them on herself, & looks in the mirror to say "cute!" before we go anywhere.
 I really can't put into words how much I love this little girl!  It is too much fun to watch her grow & I can't wait to see what the next few months will bring!

Friday, September 5, 2014

From the Cutting Room Floor: Summer Edition

I was looking through (the insane amount of) my pictures the other night, something I find myself doing often!  It never fails, 6pm hits & I am so exhuasted all I can think about is sleep.  I make the mental note to go to bed at 7:05, five minutes after Waverly goes to sleep.  Then, that time actually comes & I start looking at pictures of our day, all I want to do is go jump in Waverly's crib to snuggle with her all night.  I miss her so much!  Tell me I'm not the only one this happens to. :)

So I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures I never got a chance to from our summer.  I'm not sure if it was all the extra time that we got to spend together or just our love of summer activities, but I took a lot of pictures the past few months.  Looking at them makes me so happy, I love that we will have these memories to look back on forever!

The last two are from that time I had the bright idea to take a family walk on the beach a couple weeks ago.  All three of us were fully dressed & not one of us had a bathing suit on.  We had been down there two seconds & Waverly started sprinting to the water, jumped in & thought it was about the funniest thing ever.  We obviously had to jump in after her.  Summer memories. ;)

I'm always so flattered when I get compliments on my pictures, I never cared much about photography before I had Waverly but obviously can't get enough of it now!  For those who have asked, I have a Canon Rebel camera & use Lightroom to edit my pictures.  I do take lots of pictures, but feel like I am always conflicted between "in" the moment or capturing photos of it.  So most often, I try to get a few shots right at the beginning of whatever we are doing & then make a point to put it away.  Also, almost all of my favorite pictures of Waverly are candid ones, moments that she was really being herself & doing the things she loves the most (which includes jumping in the water, fully clothed or not!).

Happy weekend to you all!