Wednesday, November 30, 2011

9 Months Old

Jackson turned 9 months old on Thanksgiving. I can’t believe that he has been out in this world just as long as he was growing in my belly!

We visited his pediatrician yesterday for his 9 month well check-up and his second flu shot. It has been so interesting to see the growth chart every time he goes in. This time, he weighed in at 18lbs 7oz and was measured at 28 inches long. He’s definitely growing, but I feel like he is so small compared to lots of other babies his age. Of course his doctor says that he is perfectly healthy and I know not to compare him to other babies, but I think it’s natural to do so. I do feel lucky that he is wearing 9-12 month size clothing and that he has been able to wear each size for a while – saves us a bit of money and lets the little man wear clothes more than one time.


  • JB is a pro at climbing up stairs – but he can’t climb down yet. He is cruising up them and I am so glad he doesn’t have access all the time because that would be a disaster!
  • He is eating turkey, chicken and pastas. I am going to be brave and give him little pieces of veggies and pasta this week. EEK!
  • He is starting to only say mama around me – usually when he wants me to pick him up. It’s pretty cute though and I am excited that he is associating the word with me.
  • He has serious separation anxiety. Last Sunday he only wanted me – even though Trevor was there to help take care of him. I don’t want to encourage this behavior (and I don’t want to alienate Trevor) so I am determined not to give him what he wants (in this case, me) every time he is crying. It’s going to be tough, but we have to get him past this phase.
  • He is getting braver about moving from one piece of furniture to another and even letting go for a few seconds. I think he will be standing on his own by Christmas.

Here are some photos I snapped of him with our Christmas tree – yes, we decorated the day after Thanksgiving. I’m kind of a Christmas freak. I would live in a Christmas world much longer than my husband allows me to!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

I am ______–Tuesday Ten

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I am _____:
I am – a mommy. a wife. a procrastinator. an icing monger. a compulsive shopper. a second-guesser. sarcastic.
I wonder – what the future has in store for me and my family.
I see – My baby growing up right before my eyes.
I want – to be more organized and on top of tasks, to be more patient, to reconnect with friends, to see family more, to have lots of adventures with my guys, and to relish in every moment of these last three months before  turns 1.
I pretend – that little things don’t get to me, but they do. Like mean words, recipes that don’t work out, running late, and bitchy drivers.
I worry – that I will never catch up. No matter how many lists I make and attempts to fold all the laundry.
I cry – over anything sentimental that has to do with children or pets. I’m a total sucker. I cried during Beauty and the Beast last week. WTF??
I hope – that I am a good momma and wife. I try, but there are still days that I am overly tired, that I get frustrated and that I feel like I need a break.
I dream – of visiting faraway places, of having a second baby (girl, anyone?), of growing old with Trevor, of one day living in Hawaii or Florida, of building a custom closet, of meeting Bobby Flay and Paula Deen and Rachael Ray, and of living the life I have always dreamed of.
I feel – hopeful. excited for this holiday season. sometimes lonely. usually content. frazzled.
I love – listening to my baby sing to himself – it’s the most precious sound ever. holding hands with my husband. watching romantic comedies. frosting. blogging. finding deals. new jeans. twilight. make-up. cuddle sundays.
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Re-Cap

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful. It was so fun to be able to include Jackson in our celebration this year.

Here is our day in photos:


Recipe–Cucumber Salad


I was at the store today and the English Cucumbers caught my eye. I instantly thought of making Cucumber Salad for dinner tonight – a dish I haven’t had for about 6 years, but I’ve missed it terribly.

A boyfriend’s mom made this as a side dish to accompany dinner often – and I would fight to the death to have the last of it. I have watched her make it dozens of times but never paid attention to how it happens. I was determined to make it work for me and it was a success!! It’s seriously the easiest recipe ever, with just four main ingredients:

1  Sliced Cucumber (I like English Cucumbers, but any will do)

1/4 diced white onion

1/4-1/2 cup whipping cream

3-4 tbsp apple cider vinegar, depending on how tart you wish it to be

**salt and pepper to taste**

Mix the whipping cream, vinegar and salt and pepper to your liking. Then mix in the onions and cucumber. Let sit for about 20 minutes to marry the flavors.

Enjoy :)


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Welcome! (and Headband Tutorial)

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Hey all that are visiting! Thanks so much for stopping by! Recently I made these headbands for a dance team that I coach and I really love them, so I wanted to share a quick tutorial!



Feathers (I found them at my local craft store)

Sequin trim or trim that you want to use for your headband

Elastic – I used 1/4” black elastic and it’s perfect for helping the headband stay on your head.

Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks

Small piece of ribbon I coordinating color

Felt in coordinating color

Step 1: Cut out all of your pieces. I started by cutting out two pieces of felt, roughly about the size of what I envisioned the feather piece to end up being. I also cut the sequin trim to about 10 inches and the elastic to about 5 inches (these numbers will change based on your head size, of course).


Step 2: Position your peacock feather on one piece of felt and hot glue it down.


Step 3: Position smaller coordinating feathers around peacock feather in whatever design you wish and hot glue in place.


Step 4: Hot glue elastic to either end of sequin trim.


Step 5: Take ribbon or other finishing piece and wrap it around one of your connected elastic/sequin sides (the other will be under the felt, so don’t worry about it).


Step 6: Hot glue your other connecting end in between the two pieces of felt.


Step 7: All done!! Enjoy your new headband!


Here are some other pretties that I’ve made recently:


Lace Headband


blue tote3

Simple Tote




      Tote Bag


Rag Quilt

Rag Quilt