Nov 13

Fireside Five on Friday

Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been swamped with work and life lately, but I’m finding that doing this ol’ blog thing on Fridays helps me decompress and remember all the great things about my week. It’s quite therapeutic in fact, and I’m all about self-care!

Fireside Five on Friday

ONE- Operation Christmas Child

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I’m getting in the Christmas spirit early this year. I keep hearing about Operation Christmas Child when listening to K Love, so I decided to jump in and put together a gift! Charlotte and I are going shopping to find some goodies for a very deserving child. I hope it brings some joy to a sweet little one. Next week is the national collection week. For more details and to find a drop off location near you, here’s the link: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/.

 

TWO- Free art? Yes please!

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Umm, how cute is this antler art? I’m kind of obsessed with antlers these days. And what’s better than a FREE printable? Also, have you checked out Lolly Jane’s blog? LOVE! So much inspiration, it’s ridiculous! This one will be going in our bedroom ASAP.

 

THREE– HELP! We need to upgrade Charlotte to a “big girl” car seat, and I’m totally overwhelmed with the choices. Being the frugal people that Eric and I are, I’m constantly at a battle between money and safety. Obviously safety is #1. But is there a car seat out there that’s both safe AND affordable?? The thing is, you have to buy TWO, not just one like the infant car seat. My oh my, I realize that literally every parent goes through this when their child gets bigger, but I’m feeling a big bogged down with this decision making process! (first world problems, people!)

FOUR–
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This is so important to remember, and repeat, and repeat.

FIVE– We remodeled our basement guest bedroom a month ago. It is a very….unique room. It’s been no secret that this room is my least favorite in the house. BUT, with a fresh coat of paint, some snazzy antlers, and a lot of TLC, it’s really growing on me. Progress. Here’s a little Before/After action for ya-

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Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Nov 12

Miss Independent

Miss IndependentHello! I thought I’d do a little photo update of our little munchkin. I want to remember every stage of this sweet girl’s life, so this is my place to do just that!

“On the move” is putting it lightly these days. She’s RUNNING for gosh sakes. Her personality is really starting to develop, so it’s been fun to watch her grow into a little person. She definitely likes to be independent- everything from sitting at the bar to eat (who needs highchairs anyway?) to cleaning the floors herself. As shown in the pictures above, when she wants to wear her winter hat for snack, that she does. Getting myself ready for work in the mornings is proving to be quiet difficult with a mobile one. She entertains herself by taking EVERY. single. thing out of the drawers as I rush to put myself together.

She is very determined and persistent, which are two traits I had as a little one. I’m hoping to really harness those characteristics and encourage her to use it them to motivate, rather than label her as being “stubborn” or “hard headed”. It’s all about the positive re-frame, people! She is SUPER smiley these days and likes to laugh when everyone else is. She is shy around new people, but LOVES visitors. We have a driveway alarm that alerts us when people drive down our lane. When she hears it, she seriously loses her mind!

She is obsessed with animals…of all kinds. I took her to the petstore the other day, which by the way is the best free winter activity! She loved watching the guinea pigs run around, and even liked the snakes….I guess it’s in her blood or something (ie. DAD! not Mom :)) When she saw the room of cats, she went bonkers. It was only fitting to buy her the cat beanie for this winter. It’s no secret around our house that I’m a cat gal, and Eric’s more of a dog kinda guy. Charlotte may or may not be persuaded by her Mama on this one. However, she is becoming very affectionate toward Barkley as of late. Her Dad might be rubbing off on her too Miss Independent

Everyday is exciting with a toddler. We just love seeing her excitement with every new thing she’s discovering, and learning who this little person is!

Nov 08

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun Halloween around our house is destined to be pretty eventful. Not only do we get to dress up and eat candy, but it’s Eric’s Birthday too!

The weekend prior to his big day, we hosted a party…cleverly titled “Eric-palooza”. He’s been talking about this party for a year now, so we were all excited when it finally arrived. Although I didn’t get any photos of that day (I guess we were too busy having fun?) you can be sure we had a good time. The party was complete with a costume contest, beer pong, and a snake in the bathroom. Wait, a what?! That’s right, around midnight I went into our master bathroom to find a SNAKE on the back of the toilet. No it wasn’t a prank (like I initially thought). I’m still in shock that there was a live snake in our house. In true Eric fashion, he laughed, picked up the snake and let it back out in the wild….because it’s a “good snake”. I’m hoping we’ve met our snake quota for the next 20 years and won’t have to deal with that again!

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Nov 07

Showering Baby Tuttle

One of my best friends in the universe is having a baby soon! Is it just me or is it baby season? I’m loving every minute of it and can’t wait to snuggle all of the sweet babies. I love her little guy already….you’d think I was the pregnant one judging by my excitement!

I hosted a shower for her a couple of weeks ago and had the best time. It was a perfect group of her friends who came from different parts of Kansas to shower Jenn and soon-to-be Baby Tuttle. She received some pretty awesome gifts that will definitely come in handy in a few months.

I only got a few snapshots of the day, but our smiles sum up the fun we had.

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