Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Deep Breaths

A firetruck just left me house. I locked the baby in the car this morning.

I put baby in car, got in the drivers seat, turned on the car and baby spilled his cheerios. He was saying "uh oh," "uh oh". "Mommy will pick them up baby, its okay." I get out of the car to go pick up cheerios and my elbow hit the lock button as I was climbing out. The door closes.

I freaked out a little, tears started running, but mainly went straight into action knowing it would take a while for anyone to get there to help us. I first called a locksmith. They said it would take them too long to get there and I should call 911. One 911 call later a firetruck was at our house in 5 mintues.

I mean you can't make this stuff up. It was a scene straight out of a trashy romance novel. Three HOT fireman all suited up come walking down the driveway, unlock the car, and hand me my rescued baby. Thank you gentlemen, can I offer you a beverage? Haha, just kidding...I didn't offer them a beverage. But they were cute, and they did resuce my baby and I am SO grateful it was fairly quickly.

Baby was pretty upset he didn't understand why he was in the car and all these people were around the car without coming into the car with him. It was scary I'm sure. He's okay though, Mommy's okay, and now we have a story to tell. I'd rather NOT have this story to tell. But it is what it is and lessons learned. (keep a spare key in the house)

The Fireman started playing with Jake (our golden retriever) on their way out...Jake was sad to see them go and DESPERATELY wanted to spend the day with them. They said "come on boy," and wished Jake would be thier fire dog.

Of course hubby is happy because this didn't end up costing him anything. Our tax dollars hard at work. Thanks Fireman! Can I offer you a beverage? ;)

Oh...I have to add. Baby had asked for raisins that morning but I gave him cheerios instead. My child is OBSESSED with raisins asking for them all the time but I'm afraid of all the sugar in them and that his teeth are going to rot out from them. Needless to say, after our little got him some raisins :) sweet boy!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A beautiful evening...

Sometimes all it takes to get out of our ruts is to just mix up the old routine a little bit. Spontaniously.

Wake up, shower, get ready, wake baby up, get him ready, take hubby to work, take baby to work, take myself to work, work. Pick up baby, pick up hubby, go home, make dinner, feed baby, feed Jake, give baby bath, read him books, put him to bed. Feed ourselves, do laundry, pick up toys, clean kitchen, vacuum jake hair. Does this routine sound familar to anyone else? Pretty sure it does to most working moms.

Last night for our anniversary we dicedied to mix up the ole routine, last minute. We made the plan to have a picnic on The Green after work with baby instead of heading home right away. I didn't have anything prepped for baby and I didnt want to picnic in my work clothes. So I picked up baby from school and we headed to target. I bought a comfy maxi dress to throw on, grabbed some champagne, plastic glasses, bubbles and a ball for baby to play with, cheese crackers and some chic-fil-a. Off we went to The Green (a grassy park area in the center of the city). Baby and I set up shop and dad met us there when he got off work. It was lovely. We sipped champagne, ate cheese and crackers, baby had space to run around, we didnt want to leave. It was a great way to mix up our old routine and celebrate three years of marriage.

Added bonus - on the way back to the car baby fell alseep in the stroller so we strolled right into Brixx and had dinner while baby slept. He slept 2 hrs in his stroller while we enjoyed a night out. Thanks little man - Mommy and Daddy owe you one!! xo

We may have to do picnics for dinner more often, I'm feeling refresed today loving the little things!

And sorry no pictures with this post...we didnt take any pictures either which is always nice for a change :) Like Hunter says..."babe remember it in your head, you dont have to take a picture of everything" :) I'll remember this night in my head!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Happy Anniversary to US

Happy Anniversary to US. It's been a fun three years! A new baby, a new house, Both of us with new jobs. I must say life is going just as I imagined it would and I couldnt feel more blessed. That's not to say it's easy, cause lawd knows it's not. But it's perfect.

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Kristin Vining Photography

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Now what comes with anniversaries or birthdays and mothers days for that matter. Presents! Well... for most people that is.

Truth is the husband and I don’t do gifts. At least for the past 4 holidays/events we haven’t done gifts. Really I’m not even sure how we got here and would like to discuss putting an end to it. BUT – if he WERE to get me a gift or if he needed some ideas for a gift for me I could help him out. It would look something like this....

Gifts for self improvement. You know reading, books, things that will make me smarter and a better person. (Or make my coffee table look prettier):
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Gifts of home decor:

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Gifts of fashion:
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Wouldnt these be cute by the pool with a bathing suit!
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A white blazer...
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and throw in this comfy cozy cute grey one while your at it.

Gifts of Beauty:
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Tarte 12 hr blush!
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A clarisonic Mia - I'm way behind on this one. Need to jump on this boat fast!

Well what can I say I'm not a hard girl to please :) Oh wait, how could i forget...also I'd like a very pracical hand bag. You know something I can carry everywhere. Something I can stick my work laptop in and carry to work, yet still go out with and be stylish. Something I can use as a diaper bag and fill to the brim with baby stuff and also use as my purse. Here's a suggestion...

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I said practical, not cheap :)

Oh it's fun to dream....

Happy Anniversary Hunter, I love you ALWAYS AND FOREVER! Thanks for the kiss this morning :)

oh...btw for my readers most of these items can we found at and

Monday, May 13, 2013

HLV 18 Months

These past 6 months and especially the last couple have been so much fun!! Everyday Hunter is becoming more of a little boy and less of a baby.  It breaks my heart but at the same time makes me so proud to see how smart and happy he is! 

I thought for his 18months we should do a survey like the good ole days :)

Size: 28.5 pounds 33.5 inches 79th percentile in height and weight.

Development: You are one smart cookie!! Your teachers at school tell me that all the time, and I can see it at home.  You count when you stack blocks, enjoy learning about colors, shapes, and numbers. You pretty much have all of your animals sounds down pat as well as all your body parts.  We sing the song head, shoulders, knees and toes and mommy glows with pride seeing you touch all your body parts and move up and down like a big boy.  Your just so smart! The puzzles and shape toys that gave you trouble months ago are no problem for you these days. 

You're speaking so well.  Some of the words you say are eat, milk, jake, cookie, cracker, banana, apple, yellow, purple, blue, ball, bubbles, mama, dada, nana, papa, reagan (rea rea), outside, shoes, socks, baboo (pacifier), books, yes, and of course the ever hated word NO. 

Your also starting to be a big helper.  You can throw away your own diapers and even have your first chore.  Yep...mommy and daddy didnt wait to long.  You feed Jake every night and love doing it.  I was actually just thinking last night I'm going to cherish the time while you love to feed jake because I know a time is going to come where I have to ask you a bizillion times before you do it! 

Every Saturday morning we go to the Little Gym.  When we first started you couldn't walk on the beam or touch your toes or do forward rolls.  Now...your a superstar. You walk on the beam unassisted, even on your hands! You know just how to bend over and tuck your head for a forward roll, and truely just enjoy running around like a crazy man and climbing all over the mats.

You are great at using a spoon, fork and even open cup at meal times!

Personality: Ultimately you are a very sweet boy and a good listener.  Although like any 18month old you have your moments, especially if your tired.  It's really all about the power of distraction, moving you from something you can't have by showing you something you love or can have.  My favorite part of the day is going to pick you up from school.  You run to me and while in my arms turn to your teachers and friends and say "bye bye" "bye bye" all while waving and blowing kiss.   Your most always willing to give kisses and the single most thing that melts my heart is when you  say "I love you"  Your little hand goes to your heart and " iwoveu" radiply comes out of that sweet mouth.  It brings tears to my eyes hearing it.  We love you too little buddy!

Eating: Overall your a great eater!  chicken, meatballs, hamburger, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatos, peas, rice, beans, yogurt, milk, grilled cheese, mac n cheese, pears, blue berries, black berries, strawberries, oranges, bananas, cereal, grits, oatmeal.  You'll pretty much eat it all. 

With the exception of spinach and avacado.  You have your moments where you won't eat a single thing for lunch or dinner.

We don't force it because we know the next meal you'll likely to eat like an 8 year old.  You eat at your little toddler table most nights but we try to sit as a family at the table a couple nights a week as well.  That's tough for you right now, your a very busy guy so we are working on staying at the table until we are all done eating.  It's a work in progress.... 
if all else fails...usually an episode of mickey mouse does the trick. 

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Your good here too.  (your good at everything my little monkey!).  Bed time starts around 7:30pm with bath, then PJs, books, and in bed by 8pm. 
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Your still taking a pacifier at bedtime though, and are pretty much addicted to your lovie
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 I'm sure at some point i'll have to play the tough love role and get ride of the paci...but we're not there yet. 
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Likes:  Let's LOVE in can't get enough of them.  Mommy tries to limit the amount you eat because they have a lot of sugar in them but I also suppose there could be worse foods your addicted too.   You'll never turn down a gummy snack either!  You love playing with mommy's iphone mostly the fisher price apps on animals sounds.  You love playing with the ipad, and you love watching mickey mouse club house.  We watch in the car on the way to/from school and an episode before bedtime too.  Sometimes mommy can't handle mickey anymore so i'll switch it up and put on little einstiens.  Your okay with that too!  You love the little gym on saturday mornings, singing songs and reading books.

Singing Itsy bitsy - such concentration

 Your favorite songs are wheels on the bus, itsy bitsy, and head shoulders.

Your favorite books are your good night moon, cordouroy, brown bear, your construction book, your book on babies and your book on colors. 

Your other loves are your pacifer, lovie, blanket, oh and bubbles!!! Can't get enough of some bubbles!!

Dislikes:  Really the whole bed time process bath, brushing teeth, lotion, getting pajamas on is the least favorite part of your day!

Here's some pictures we took on Mother's day right around your 18 month mark!
Loving on your big dada...

High fives for dada!

Your Soooo handsome! and I'm lucky to be your mommy! xo
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