May 30th, 2013
Our sweet Leo turned 7 months today. It seems like a million moments have passed in that time, and yet it feels like they all happened in just the blink of an eye.
How can you resist that face? Little Leo is just the sweetest little thing ever. Before having Leo, I never quite understood how you could love another little person as much as you loved your first child. But oh man, I’m completely smitten with this squishy, sweet baby. He’s growing so much bigger every day. I swear the speed at which he grows increases daily. Part of me wants it to stop, but most of me cannot wait for all the wonderful months ahead as he grows into his own person.
He really is the best baby, sleeps incredibly well, eats great (as you can see above), is never fussy, goes to sleep on his own, laughs and smiles on demand. I just adore him. He’s started cooing and “talking” especially when he’s hungry. He even loves riding in the car (wahoo!). All in all I couldn’t ask for a better little boy.
At 7 months, he’s fully mobile. He’s crawling EVERYWHERE and FAST – if we don’t keep a constant eye on him, he’ll end up on the other side of the house. And he’s like this silent stealth baby so it’s really hard to find him if you’ve gotten distracted for a minute. To keep him contained, we’ve set up a furniture and box perimeter to the family room:
His days are spent rolling and crawling around, making a huge mess with all the toys, and trying to escape the family room.
He is also entertained by his big brother. He’ll just laugh and laugh at anything that Ollie does. When Ollie comes into the room his little eyes just light up, and he gets so excited with his entire chubby body. Now that he can crawl, he does his best to follow Ollie around. It’s so fun to see them together an already best friends.
Speaking of Ollie – he’s SO BIG now. We cut his hair for the summer, and he instantly looked like a boy and not a baby. He’s speaking so much these days, and is good at actually following instructions and staying close to me when we are outside and in public. He likes to pick his own clothes, tell you EXACTLY what he wants to eat, and take baths. I am loving this stage that he’s in right now.
We’re going to get some family pictures taken this week. They grow so fast at this age, I want to have photos of us all together as often as we can. I went to Baby Gap to find some coordinating clothes for everyone, and came away with these bright and fun outfits:
We’re trying a little Emerald, Coral, and Gray. I just love bright colors, so I’m excited that all these fun colors are in style right now. What do you think of Emerald & Coral? Hopefully the photos turn out great! I’ll share them as soon as I can.
If you don’t know this about me, I’m optimistic to a fault… So I’m absolutely sure we’ll take some awesome family photos… however, I tried to take just ONE good picture of both boys on Memorial day and this was what I got:
I love it – not one “good” one in the bunch (especially when Ollie decided he didn’t want to be in the picture and kept closing his eyes to make the whole situation go away). Hopefully our photographer has better luck and my optimism will pay off! Any good tips for getting a toddler and a baby to take great photos?
Oh and as a side note – Follow me on Instagram to see lots of cute pics of my boys and daily adventures - if you don’t have instagram, you should totally sign up – it’s such a fun way to capture and share little everyday moments!
May 29th, 2013
Minted.com recently asked me to review their Father’s day cards and gifts. Since I happen to love Minted (I did my christmas cards with them last year – awesome!), and have a few fathers in my life, it was a no brainer to share their high quality and well designed products with you!
I have to say that I was bit skeptical about using a site like Minted to buy something like a fathers day card. I figured the prices would be to high, and the cards no better than your standard hallmark card, so why bother with something seemingly more complicated? Boy was I so completely wrong on every account. I checked out their cards and found that all the cards were well designed and super easy to customize. Here are a few that I just adore:
Now you must be thinking to yourself those are so adorable, but they must cost a bajillion dollars. I couldn’t believe that they are only $5.99.
$5.99! For a custom printed with any of your photos card. And I’m not done yet! The cards are also full-color print on the inside with as many photos as you can squeeze in there (they have different layout options that are super easy to drop photos in).
So let me share the cards that I ordered so you can see how precious these are. Outside cover:
The paper these cards are printed on is super thick 98lb and I selected the Pearlescent paper option, which has just a little bit of shimmer. The quality of the print is excellent and I’m super picky about paper and print quality.
I almost cried when I opened up this card and saw all these precious moments from the past 6 months. This is definitely more than a card to me, it’s an opportunity to get pictures off my computer and give them a chance to be cherished.
There just isn’t anything cooler than a card with all your own photos printed inside of it.
I also wanted to print a card for my Dad. I chose a simple one because I don’t have any photos of me and my dad (now that I know this, I need to make an effort to take some!).
I did drop a single picture in the inside of our little family (also need to get family photos taken now that Leo is bigger!).
In addition to the cards, Minted also has various Father’s Day Gifts including wall art, customized stationary, and journals. Mr. Project loves to sketch and so I was thrilled when I saw that you could get their journals with blank pages – perfect for sketching.
I customized his sketch book with his name, and the inside cover is custom printed with our address if it gets lost. I think this is so awesome, and was excited to find the perfect simple gift for Mr. Project. You can also print photos on the inside and there are several journals that have photos on the cover like this one:
I am so grateful for this opportunity to review Minted’s father’s day products because I know I wouldn’t have tried them out just on my own. And now that I have seen how awesome they are, I can’t imagine not ordering my cards from them every year (and probably for every occasion!).
For my readers, I have a 10% off coupon + free shipping on any Father’s Day Gifts now through 6/11/2013! Enter TPG10SHIP when you checkout.
On an unrelated note, my cute neighbor Katie made the silhouette for my Father’s Day table. I’m going to post a tutorial on that this Friday, so check back to see how you can make this awesome DIY father’s day gift.
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May 2nd, 2013
Hi readers! We are working on a full redesign of the site, but I’m not quite sure how quickly that will happen with the whole designing and building a house thing right now. But I did want to point up a few updates that we (Mr. Project) just put into place! And you’ll totally want to read to the end because there is a cute picture there!
Pin-it! You’ve asked for it and we finally got around to doing it. All of my original photos should have a pin-it button show up in the upper left corner when you scroll over the image. For best linking results, make sure you are clicked into the actual post and not just my website in general – this way you’ll actually be able to find the post that you pinned!
Instagram & Pinterest links. I don’t know if anyone’s been asking for it, but I am totally loving instagram, so please add me — I promise I’m worth it — I post pics of my projects and my cute babies! These links are in the right column >>>>> go click on them! (like me on facebook too!)
Advertising/Sponsorships. I get lots of emails from people who want to sponsor my site, but I never get around to making it happen because it’s such a pain to maintain and update. Well I recently found out about Passionfruit and its soooo easy! So if you have a site/shop/product you want to promote, click on the sponsors link to the right and check out how easy it is to get started. I’ll even throw in a 15% off coupon code for your first ad – first15 (expires June 30, 2013). Also don’t forget to check out my cool new sponsor – Polka Dot Barn (hopefully there will be more than one soon).
Well thats about all the blog excitement I can handle for now. With the new design I’ll have a search bar, and lots of great pages for items such as home tours, downloads, and projects. If you have any other requests/suggestions, just leave a comment.
Here’s a cute pic to end on – my Ollie “driving” the truck and looking so grown up with his new haircut.
April 3rd, 2013
Whew! Where to start…. So last thing I posted was our house for sale on the day we put it up for sale. And the last 5 weeks has been a blur! We got 9 offers in 2 days and only 24 hours to respond. So within the first 24 hours we accepted the first (and best) offer put on the house. We were then thrown into packing, finding a place to live, packing, deciding what we wanted to do with our future, packing, trying to tell Ollie what was going to be happening in his little world, and more packing. Not to mention working, minor repairs on the house, a few trips to good will, and planning our own going away party.
Now 5 weeks later we are *almost* settled into a rental house in Alpine Utah while we work on our plans to build our new house (can’t wait to share!) not too far from our rental. I haven’t even had a moment to wrap my brain around anything too far in the future — I’ve just been living a week (or day) at a time hoping that everything works out. But now that we’re pretty much settled there are so many decisions to make and so many things to do in the next few months. So I really am going to make an effort to blog as much as possible because 1. there is tons to blog about and 2. I would love to have a very concise record of this whole process. Also if you want to follow along, I know I’ll be updating my Instagram and Facebook even more often than my blog – so follow me there for more “in the minute” updates on our house design + build.
Ollie – He’s growing up so stinking fast! He’s so big – 99% for height at his 2 year doctor visit. He talks so much – new words everyday and communicates so well (after a few months of tantrums over not being able to communicate). He loves to read books, play with his trains, entertain his baby brother, and most of all play outside. He is so social and adores his friends and family.
Leo – He just turned 5 months old – which is my favorite baby age. Old enough to interact – young enough to not be able to move. He’s such a happy smiley baby. Loves any attention he can get and loves being in his jumperoo. He’s been sleeping great and in his very own room now – which means momma is sleeping great too!
2 kiddos – Having two is not TOO bad. I think the first 3 months were definitely the worst, but we’ve all adjusted and life has gotten much easier in the past month especially. I’m mostly in charge of Leo and Mr. Project is mostly in charge of Ollie. We always say that leo is work, but not trouble, and ollie is trouble but not work. So pick your poison I guess! I love watching the two of them interact though, and I can’t wait until they start to play together.
Rental House – We’re nearly all unpacked – but have most of our possessions in storage – so thats not a huge feat. Our rental house is nice and new, and big – though not as big as our last house so we have our “office” in the foyer space. Luckily there is a big storage room so that Leo can have his own room. Ollie is now sleeping in a big boy bed and doing GREAT- mostly due to the fact that he can’t open doors yet.
New House – We’ve pretty much finalized the floor plan, just working on some design details. We are meeting with our contractor on Thursday and hope to nail down the budget etc. I’ve been working on room elevations, and Mr. Project has been doing a massive 3D model on sketch-up so that we can see every surface of the house before we even break ground. Its tons of work, but it’s so much fun to work creatively on such a huge project. Here’s a snapshot of the laundry room elevation. Did I mention that we are excited?
February 14th, 2013
As part of my blog slacking, I haven’t been recording too much info about our cute little #2 He finally had his “2 month”checkup this week and his stats were
Weight: 14 lbs 3 oz (nearly 2x his birth weight!)
(When he was born: Weight: 7 lbs 2 oz Height: 19″)
So those are the details, lets see what he’s up to these days…
Lots of squeeling, He sounds like a very excited guinea pig most afternoons
Lots of sleeping – He’s been doing 9 hours straight (8-5) for almost a week now, and prior to that 10-4:30
Lots of eating - my boys love to eat – he does a few cluster feeds in the morning after his long stretch and before he goes to bed to prep for his long stretch. He seems to be a great self-regulator.
Lots of growing – we just put away all the newborn clothes and so he’s wearing mainly 3 month sizes with a few 6 months sizes mixed in (though they are baggy still). He’s got the chubbiest little thighs and rolls on his arms. And we can’t forget his thick neck, chubby cheeks and double chin. He’s just so squishy I want to nibble on him all the time.
Lots and lots of smiling – He is so so so smiley. Ollie never was big into hamming it up, but this kid will charm your socks off. he just loves to smile and give everyone big grins. He especially loves when his brother comes over to say hi.
Lots of brotherly love – Ollie adores his little brother and loves to give hugs and kisses and say “hold” when he wants to hold him. Leo just loves seeing his big brother and smiles so big for him.
It’s interesting how child 2 is so different from child 1. Not just in personality, but also in the way you approach parenting, the amount of time/energy/attention you have etc. It’s just a completely different experience. There is definitely more “vying for the parents attention” from both of the boys. More of “just wear whatever is clean!” Nothing has to be perfect or scheduled or planned out like with a first child. I wouldn’t change how I was a parent with one child, I think both are just a situation based on different circumstances.
Adding a second has been quite a challenge – changing our schedule, the way we think, how we fit things in, what rolls we all fill etc. I would say the learning curve has been a good 3 months in the making. Just barely are we starting to feel like we’ve got this, and even then there are days (and nights) that you want to end and get a do-over. But thats a big improvement over the first few weeks when I was convinced that we were not having anymore children because it was just too hard to get through the day (and especially night). So it does get better, and quicker than you think. And now, of course, we can’t imagine our life without our little squishy.
Here’s a few (phone) pics from the last month or so ( looking through pics I just realized that I take TONS of shots while he’s sleeping):
I love all my boys!