Annual Birthday Questions: [Turning Three]

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last year I started with the yearly questions, answering them for T; I was excited to include him this year as he turns three, since we have a more mature and opinionated toddler kid on our hands, although still with a limited attention span.. So, included is my commentary so we can remember special things about two-year old T, along with some favorite IG pictures from the last year.

What is your favorite color?
Yellow has definitely been your go-to favorite color lately. You like to say this is your favorite color and then tell me everyone else's favorite color, always commenting that 'pink is Harper's favorite color.'
What is your favorite toy?
Reptilus Maximus
At Christmastime, this show came out, Toy Story That Time Forgot, and it quickly became your favorite thing to watch. You memorized parts and would act out scenes while watching, and then while playing on your own, being a 'battlesaurs'. The only thing you 'asked' for for your birthday was Trixie, one of the coordinating action figures (a triceratops). You also like to play with any planes, cars, puzzles, dinosaurs, or books.
What is your favorite stuffed animal?
A lion!!
You love lions!! You aren't really tied to one particular stuffed animal, but when playing, will occasionally pull out all the stuffed animals from the box (I don't even know how we got so many?!), including a frizzy-haired lion, and make a big pile and imagine all sorts of games/scenarios. You are so creative, and usually bust out a few 'roars' when you come across that lion.
What is your favorite thing to sleep with?
Giraffe. Giraffes like to eat lettuce. And Pluto, my water.
You usually sleep with your fuzzy giraffe (or occasionally Pluto, sock monkey, or your black bear you named 'Ratatouille'.), you'll have it beside you by your pillow and make sure he gets covered up too when getting tucked into bed. I was surprised you didn't say your blanket, there is always an a+a swaddle blanket with you in bed, if not two. You like certain patterns, the giraffe one being your favorite. And yes, a small water bottle of water on your nightstand.
What is your favorite fruit?
Fruit snacks!! ..Kinda like blueberries taste good.
You love most all fruit, but lately have been asking for apple slices, even turning down a cup of ice cream from the neighbor boy because you had your bag of sliced apples.
What is your favorite cereal?
(After giving you options..) Corn pops.
You'll eat most any cereal, usually dry for a snack before going to school - cheerios, chex, corn pops.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Scrambled eggs!!
I'd say breakfast is your biggest and probably favorite meal. You love all things breakfast - eggs, pancakes/waffles, sausage/bacon, donuts, fruit. When you pretend cook, it's quite often pancakes or scrambled eggs you're making. You've even become helpful when I make breakfast, cracking the eggs and scrambling them.
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
Scrambled eggs.
Well, yes. You'll happily eat scrambled eggs at any meal, but for lunch it's usually lunch meat and a cheese stick (or a sandwich that you take apart), quesadilla, mac & cheese, anything really. You aren't too picky, you'll eat raw veggies, especially broccoli.
What is your favorite dessert?
Oh you love cake, fruit snacks, ice cream, popsicles, and 'M an Ms'..!! We don't always have dessert so you are quite excited at the opportunity and will go with whatever sweets are served.
What is your favorite drink?
You do like water but you always drink whole milk. You like to pretend you have 'coffee' and 'make' coffee drinks for us too.
What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner?
Of course, cake is such a treat and you love it!! Whenever we say we are going to a party, first thing you ask is if there will be cake. Since cake doesn't constitute a meal, we had a pizza-party night for your birthday, complete with candles and an extra round of 'Happy Birthday'!!
What is your favorite animal?
Alex the lion.
Ever since loving Madagascar (movie), lions have become your favorite. You love to act out the parts of Madagascar, and you're always Alex the lion. You love to roar, crawl/run, and throw your head back and growl.
What is your favorite book?  
We got you a Step Into Reading book with Nemo, called 'Just Keep Swimming'. We don't read it regularly, but you always remember it. You love 'Where the Wild Things Are', various farm(er) books, and Micky & Friends, to name a few.. But I don't think there's many books you don't like.
What is your favorite song?
I like 'Let it go'.
Oh, really? How does it go?
I don't know.
I'm sure you've heard that song a million times at school, as the other little girl is a princess/Frozen fan, but it's not one we sing (you actually haven't even seen the movie but recognize anything about it). You like to sing Row row row your boat, ABCs, Twinkle twinkle little star, and your Hah-lay-loo-lah made up church songs.
What is your favorite game?
I'd say your favorite 'game' is to wrestle. You love to talk about wrestling with your Dad and Grandpa, usually 'Grandpa wins'. You say, 'ok, here's the deal..' as you explain how you'll wrestle and who's going to chase who.
What is your favorite tv show?
Wild Kratts
You and daddy love this show now, it's all about animals and teaches all sorts of fun facts (keeping you BOTH entertained)!! ;) You also like Micky Mouse Clubhouse, Sheriff Callie, Peg + Cat, and Daniel Tiger.
What is your favorite movie?
Alex the lion movie.
What movie is that? What's it called?
Madagascar maybe.  
No question, you LOVE the Madagascar movies. You've also watched and really enjoy Up, Lorax, and Planes.
What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Ride my bike.
You have a balance bike and you've picked it up pretty quickly!! You also like to play with the just-your-size rake, play t-ball, smash bugs, and play with a the neighbor kids.
Who is your best friend?
Declan. Declan and Gannon. Dad! Dads my best friend.
Your cousins are definitely your best buds, you guys fight like cats and dogs, but have the MOST fun together. You also always say your little sister - 'Harrrpurr, you're my beeeeeesst friend!!' and that's the sweetest ever. You also really enjoy playing with the other girl at your home-daycare, and the neighbor boy who's right around your age too.
What do you want to be when you grow up (where do you want to work)?
(Then you talked about how you'll take turns with your friends flying the planes and 'pushing the green button to go..')
You definitely seem to have similar interests like what I've heard your dad was like as a kid, wanting to really check out how things work and create things, you like to fix and build. You also like to tell everyone they're 'sick',get your doctor kit, and check them out.
You are such a smart, funny, and handsome boy, you bring SO MUCH joy to our family. Everyday you amaze us with something you say, concepts you've picked up, or some new skill. I don't always think I'm doing the right thing, but when I look at you, I feel an unexplainable pride and confidence. The best thing has been to see you take on your role of big brother over the past year, and what an AMAZING big brother you are. You get the biggest smiles, first giggles, and are (usually) extremely patient with her, even when she attacks your face. We are truly blessed to have you in our family. 
We love you so much and look forward to the adventures of another year with you.
xoxo, Momma (and Daddy and Homegirl)

Christmas [in July] Wishlist

Thursday, July 23, 2015

That's right, another Nordstrom anniversary sale post.. Well kind of, this is actually just a wish list posted for the Mr. to check out. I wanted to be as helpful as possible - he could potentially knock out all sorts of special occasion shopping RIGHT NOW (half-birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. etc.). :p I already snagged a few things from the sale, but we all know I'm way to cheap frugal to really drain my fun account, so I've decided to create a Christmas [in July] wishlist.
gorjana bar necklace - I've loved this necklace for a few years now, great time to snatch it up on sale!! One in every color..?!

gorjana small stud earrings - I may be a little late, but I just love this line/jewelry. One in every color to match the necklaces, obviously..

Michael Kors 'Slim Runway' watch - I'd really like a nice everyday watch, that will go with any/everything. I kind of like the idea of this gold/silver mix.

Halogen 'Olson' studded flat - MUCH more affordable option compared to the real deals (I'm not sure how you spend that much on a pair of shoes anyway..), I'm surprised I like this pointy toe because that's usually not my style, but I like the studded look and think it would be a fun-something-different.

Frye 'Billy' short boot - The city girl in me loves these, and the country in me both chuckles at them, but loves them just as much. I would NEED these before Christmas though, they'd be a perfect transitional piece wearing with a dress still this summer, and then non-stop with skinnies, scarves/sweaters all. fall. long.

BLANKNYC quilted faux leather moto jacket - This color!! The cut/shape is a favorite of mine, perfect for dressing up or down.

Halogen tricolor cashmere infinity scarf - Pretty. Cashmere. I had to add it to the wishlist because I, myself, have absolutely no plans to spend $80-some on a scarf.. Someone's gotta gift me THAT.

Tasha multi cord bracelet - Perfect layer for a fun arm party, should probably go for one in every color as well.

Michael Kors 'Slim Camille' watch - A bling-y, all silver watch option.

What am I missing..? Kindly leave links below for the Mr. :)
P.S. Don't forget to go through ebates for no strings attached, easy cashback!!

Weekend Fun: [Turning Three]

Monday, July 13, 2015

It was a wonderful weekend celebrating my baby big boy who is now a THREE year old. Although he looks every bit of it in the pictures, don't get me started--it's still so hard for me to believe; it seems like just months ago the Mr. and I were taking a summer evening walk, staring at each other in shock as my water broke..
The annual donut birthday breakfast is definitely my favorite.
The celebrations were simple, fun, and family-filled.
Getting pumped for a dinosaur hunt.
It was a roar-ing good time playing with water on the front lawn with neighbor friends.
Cousins and birthday treats.
You light up our days and bring us more joy than we ever imagined. We love you so much!!
Happy 3rd Birthday, sweet boy!!

Summer Morning

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Over the holiday weekend, we made the most of a slow start - enjoying each other, the beautiful morning, and hanging out in our pajamas, or lack there of (ah-hem, Homegirl!!).
As you saw on Instagram, we ended the day with some patriotic celebrations.
Simple times with my little family is my favorite thing. It's especially fun to watch these two little ones interact, play, and just sit side by side. They have the ability to often leave me more confused, frustrated, and exhausted than I ever knew possible, but ALWAYS more blessed, happy, and in love. I swear their smiles have magical powers..!!

Talking Trips

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I've been getting the travel-bug lately. With the Mr.'s recent trips for work, he's actually got to hit up a few spots we've been talking about getting visited; it has only been affirmation that we do, indeed, need to get there (together)..!!
We tend to be pretty conservative with our spending and are savers but have decided to put some of our hard work to play and start taking a few weekend trips here and there and see this beautiful country of ours!! I am still nursing and don't plan on leaving Homegirl, so once I'm done with that we'll most likely get our first trip booked. 

In the meantime, we're talking, dreaming, and planning on visiting..

San Francisco
Las Vegas
What are some great/beautiful/fun/relaxing places that would be perfect for a long-weekend getaway?

Toddler Gift Exchange: [Turning Three]

Thursday, July 2, 2015

As hard as it is for me to believe, another birthday is right around the corner for T, the big T-H-R-E-E. My first baby is turning into a kid and as fun as it is to watch him grow, learn, and have conversations, it makes me a little emotional every time this special date rolls around - all three times. ;)

So, without getting all mushy, let's get to partying..!! Last year we had so much fun taking part in a toddler gift exchange (look at that baby face!!), I wanted to do something again this year so I reached out to Elizabeth and asked if she was interested in co-hosting. I should've known she was already a few steps ahead and had her act together with a list of participants, dates, etc. (#supermomblogger).
Then in no time, T's package arrived and we enjoyed a beautiful summer evening on the front steps tearing into it.
This kid's excitement is my favorite. After ripping off the paper, we spent a few minutes trying to get into the box jumping around sweetly celebrating a cardboard box--it's the little things people!!
Right away, he knew exactly what to do and it was full-on 'doctor appointment' play.
Within seconds, he was taking calls and seeing patients.
The beautiful Stephanie and her sweet little guy from Olive & Tate were so kind to also include a perfectly themed book, to enjoy as a family.
We are all now his patients, especially Homegirl (who is on the move and 'won't be still!!') It's so fun to watch them interact more and 'play' together. She is, of course, only interested in his toys, and he loves to tell her all about them.

Stephanie and Gray - Thank you thank you for the perfect and thoughtful gift for T. It seriously has been such a hit!! It never gets old being told, 'you're sick, you need to go to the doctor', or 'let me check your heart-beep.' Thank you again. xo

 We got to send a package to someone who has become a very sweet friend to me--the sweetest Elizabeth and handsome Mason (who, I'm pretty sure, would be BFFs with T in real life).
Head over to see what we sent..!!

Check out the other awesome mommas and little ones who participated in the exchange:
Amanda & Lily : Tickled Pink
Ashley & Waverly : Words About Waverly
Elizabeth & Mason : Chasin' Mason
Jess & Sadie : Sadie Sky Boutique
Laura & Liam : Tiny Toes, Little Nose
Laura & Presley : Happily Ever Parker
Natasha & Ethan : Schue Love
Sara & Mac : Running From the Law
Sarah & Brantley : Seeing All Sides
Stephanie & Gray : Olive and Tate
Traci & Charli : The HALLway

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all these sweet little ones!!