Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day!




We put our flags out and celebrated at the lake with family.  Westin loved the boat rides and playing on the shore.  The water was a little too cold for him to get in but I have a feeling he will love it when he can get in!

Thank you to every one who has served, or is serving in the military for our country! 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

All About Westin, Plus a Few Other Things

Thank you for all your prayers for the storms.  Thankfully by the time it reached us it was just a thunderstorm.  Unfortunately, a small town south of us was hit pretty hard by a tornado.  I'm ready for these storms to be over!

I got my dress in the last post from our local craft show.  The brand is "blue bird" and the seller said you can purchase items from her facebook page.  Click HERE for her facebook page.

I am very behind on my emails and got slightly overwhelmed this past week and deleted pretty much my whole inbox.  So if you had emailed me with a question would you mind sending it again?  I am so sorry!  Hopefully I can stay on top of it from now on.

I haven't forgotten about posting about our journey to get pregnant.  It is just going to take time for me to sit down and type it all out.  ;) 

Now, on to the "all about Westin" part...

Drum roll please...............he is sleeping through the night and officially weaned!!!  (I think I can hear the Hallelujah Chorus!)  I mentioned before that I was nervous he would start waking up again when we got back home.  Well, he has not woken up once all week.  I am sooo thankful!  He goes to bed around 8-8:30 and sleeps until 7:30 on the dot every morning now.  I don't know what to do with myself!  I feel like I could stay up until midnight if I wanted to.  Haha! (Anyone who knows me in real life knows that will probably never happen.)  :)



I wanted to write down a few things he is doing at this age for my memory.  This is such a fun stage!  He is a full time walker now.  I keep thinking he is going to crawl but he just walks everywhere!  I'm still not used to it.  He holds his right arm out in front of him and it kind of acts like his steering wheel.  :)


He loves sitting on little things and in tight spaces.  I know that sounds weird and I think it IS weird!  Haha!  He wanted to sit on the bottom shelf of this bookcase all the time. (Please notice the ever-present balloon.)  He will find a small patch of dirt in the yard and sit on it.  Today he kept sitting on one of his small toys.  The funny part is that he backs onto whatever he wants to sit on.   


He is increasing his vocabulary every day.  If I say, "Old McDonald had a farm", he will say, "E I O!"  He also says:
beep beep
dog
tank ooh (thank you)
yight (light)
no no
nigh nigh (night night)
mama
dada
da (ball)
da (this also means bird)  ;)
ba-oon (balloon)
uh-oh
dack (Zach)



He likes to mimmic anything we do.  If we swing our arms, he swings his.  If we snap our fingers, he trys to snap.  If we hold out our hand, he will hold out his hand.  His favorite things to do right now are dancing, playing with anything that is not a toy, throwing balls and walking around outside.  Oh, he also likes to hold two things in one hand.  He is so proud of himself when he does this.  Ha!


He has become quite the eater!  I feel like he eats a ton!  I hope it stays this way.  Some favorites right now are any kind of chicken, fish, macaroni, spaghetti, yogurt and he LOVES pizza!  He also really loves milk now.  I offer it at meal times and he drinks about 6 oz at night.  He prefers straw sippy cups.  This month he also had a cookie, ice cream and a brownie for the first time.  Not all at once, of course.  :) 


Another thing he likes to do is play with all his lovies.  He can sit in his bed for hours and just love on and re-arrange his lovies.  In fact, he doesn't want to get out of bed in the mornings or after his naps.  He throws the biggest fits when I finally do take him out after I have let him play for about 15-30 minutes.  I'm sure this stage will pass but I love that he loves his bed.

He waves at everyone that walks by in the store and every car that drives by our house.

I'm sure there is so much more but this post is already so long.  Thanks for sticking with me if you made it this far!  I just don't want to forget some of his little "quirks".  :)

He is just such a happy little boy and we couldn't be more in love with him!  We thank the Lord every day for him!     

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Leah's Baby Shower

We are about to have some bad weather in our area.  I must say that I have never really been afraid of storms or worried too much about them but having a baby changes everything!  Especially after seeing what happened in Joplin (not too far from here) the other day and what happened in Oklahoma today.  That same storm is headed our way as I type.  I have our hall closet cleaned out and our flashlights ready just in case.  I just can't sit here and wait anymore so I thought I would blog.  :) Especially while we still have power.

This past weekend I helped host a baby shower for one of my lifelong friends, Leah.  We have known each other and have been friends literally since we were born!  She is due to have a baby girl in July.  We can't wait to meet Lilly! 

I was in charge of the table decorations so I enlisted my mom to help me.  We got our inspiration from the table decorations from one of Katie's showers when she was pregnant with Colson.


We started with the burlap table runner that my mom bought me for Mother's day.  It is from THIS shop on etsy.

The candle sticks and bird cages are from Oops and we potted some flowers to put inside them. 



On top of the candle sticks we added some moss from Hobby Lobby and topped with some candles.  My mom already had the moss bird and it looked right at home by the birdcage.  Leah said everything reminded her of her wedding decorations so I think she liked it!

The advice cards matched the invitations and the guests wrote notes of encouragement and advice for the mom-to-be.  The left over cards can be used for notecards.

Basic steps for the chalkboard:
-find a cheap matted picture (it doesn't matter at all what it looks like)
-paint the frame however you would like
-peel the paper off the back and take out the mat and glass
-paint the glass with chalkboard paint
-cover the mat in fabric of choice (I just taped it to the back of the mat so I can easily switch it up)
-put the mat in first with the chalkboard glass behind it and re-assemble frame
-easy peasy with endless possibilities



Leah and I were able to get a picture before the guests arrived.

Leah with the hostesses.  We had a great time celebrating Leah and Lilly!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Westin's Bathroom Re-do

Hello!  I had a very productive week around the house without Westin but I missed him like crazy!  I headed back to Little Rock Thursday morning even though my to-do list was only half finished because I couldn't take it anymore!  I had to see him.   He greeted me a huge smile and let me carry him around for about an hour.  ;)  I was a little worried that he would start waking up again at night just because he knew I was here but he has continued to sleep through the night.  Now we will just have to see if he sleeps through the night at our house when we go home Monday morning.  :)  Fingers crossed!

I picked up these frames at Goodwill last week for $2 each.  I knew I could find something to do with them.  



When I found THIS site with all sorts of fun, free printables I knew I could use some in Westin's bathroom.  I didn't change anything in his bathroom when I did his nursery because I knew I would want to be doing a "big boy" bathroom soon.  So I printed off some of the printables at Office Depot on card stock and bought these frames from Hobby Lobby.


I painted the rectangle frame with some coordinating paint and taped the alphabet onto some foam core.  The alphabet printable prints on an 8.5x11 piece of paper so I cut them out while I watched an episode of Ellen.  I hung this over his towel bar.


On the other side of the room I changed out his birth announcement and newborn picture with these fun campers.  They are mounted in the Hobby Lobby frames that I painted in coordinating paint.


That site also has the whole alphabet made into flashcards!  They are all so cute!  I printed out his initials and added them to some twine over his crib.


I love how these projects turned out!  You must check out The Handmade Home if you never have because you will be inspired!


Another thing I marked off my to-do list was get these boards painted.  Sorry about the gross garage floor but you can see why I could never do this while Westin was here.  :)  Too many open paint containers!  This is something I didn't get finished completely but they are all painted so I will be able to finish them sometime while we are playing outside.  I can't wait to show you the finished product!  (Hopefully they will be as cute as they are in my head!)  :)


Also, Twice As Nice Lettering is featured on Groop Dealz today!  The vinyl that they are offering is so cute and I think I will be buying one!  If you haven't been to Groop Deals, you need to check it out.  I've ordered a few things and I love how they support small, growing businesses.  Click HERE to see today's feature.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Winner and HUGE Week!

According to random.org, the winner of the wonderful Thirty One Gifts basket is:

#17- Anonymous!  :) She said:
Anonymous said...
love the large utility tote...received it as a Christmas present and now I don't know what I did before I had it, lol :)
sarah

Sarah, you left your email address in your comment so I will email you soon to get your address!  Thanks again to everyone who entered and thank you Dana


Why is this a "HUGE week?"  Because for the first time in 14.5 months, Westin is staying the week with my parents!  I say "week" but I seriously doubt I will make it a week and will probably be heading down there by Thursday.  To say I miss him is a huge understatement!  I knew it would be hard but I had no idea.  I know by the 5-6 pictures and the 10 phone calls a day (made by me) that he is having a great time!  We decided to let him stay because he was still waking up once a night to nurse.  Obviously he didn't need to be doing this and it was just time.  So while I am home "drying up", the little toot is sleeping through the night at my parent's house!  Since he was 6 months old he has slept through the night about 5 times but at my parent's house he is on his THIRD straight night!  My plan is backfiring!  Haha!  He was supposed to wake up and my mom was going to teach him how to go back to sleep without nursing.  This is just like him though.  Haha!   He will probably be back to waking up when he gets home.  Mom, do you want to come back with us next week?  ;)

Anyways, I had a huge list on what to accomplish this week.  Yesterday was my fun day and I browsed Goodwill and flea markets at my own pace.  I did have to remind myself a few times that I did not need to be in a hurry.  I found myself feeling like time was running out and I needed to get home.  Haha!  It is a weird feeling.

Today I'll be cleaning, organizing and crafting.  I have a huge list of things I've been trying to make and paint.  Yesterday I did a few projects and it was weird to be able to start and finish a project in one day. :)

I do sit down at the computer every now and then and look at Westin's pictures.  :)



We have been outside almost all day these days.  He loves it!  He is also pretty much a walker now!


It is so cute to see him toddling around.  My Dad took this picture below last Sunday before we left to come home.  Cody said I was stalling since I kept thinking of one more thing I needed to do.  :) 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thirty One Gifts Giveaway....Take 2!

Well, lets try this again!  If you entered the giveaway before you will have to enter again since blogger lost my last post including your comments.  Also, I'll extend the giveaway until Monday night. 

Dana with Thirty One has offered to give away another small magazine basket.  I love this!  She sent me one a couple of months ago and I love it.  We have it at the end of our sofa with magazines and books in it.



I do love this idea of using it as a wrapping station though.  Also, you could use it for toilet paper or even in your car for organizing.

Also, Thirty One Gifts has soooo much more than baskets.  Their totes are very popular and I'm confident you will want one of everything just like I do.  ;)

To enter:
1. Go HERE and then leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is.
2. Go HERE to like Dana's page on facebook and leave a comment telling me you did this.  If you liked her before just leave a separate comment telling me you already did. 

Thank you, Dana for a great giveaway!  Good luck!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our Days Lately-iPhone Style

My days are busier and busier it seems.  Westin is into absolutely everything and I usually don't even get to open my computer until he goes to bed.  During his naps I'm too exhausted to do much of anything besides get ready, clean the house and just plain zone out on the couch. Ha!  I sure do love it though.  These pictures from my phone show pretty much what we do all day. 

Westin gets pushed around the house a lot.  He loves it and throws a fit when my poor back just can't take it anymore.


We like to hang out with friends as much as possible.  Him and Adeline were in deep conversation.


We love hanging out with Asa too!


We take a LOT of wagon rides around the block and to the park.


We also do a lot of swinging!  Sometimes he swings so long he almost falls asleep!


Just yesterday I got him this little "pool" and he played in it for a long time.  I can tell we will be playing in this a lot.  And I also can tell I'll be soaking my feet in this while I lay out while he is napping.  ;)

These are our days right now.  Just a lot of playing and a lot of fun.  :)

Tomorrow there will be a fun Thirty One giveaway!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My Second Mother's Day & Our Weekend

My second Mother's Day was just as special as my first.  I will probably remember more about this one since last year we were pretty much in newborn survival mode.  :) We had such a great day today.  Not only was it Mother's Day and our 7 year anniversary, Westin's cousin, Colson, was dedicated at church today too!  It was a big day around here.  I don't have any pictures of all of us at church with Colson but I'm sure Katie will be posting about it sometime this week.

We did get to take some pictures before church though. 




Westin's nursery workers are just the absolute best.  They sent home this adorable planter with Westin's finger prints on it!  I will treasure this forever. 
My parents bought me this double pink peony and a hummingbird feeder and Cody's parent's bought me a knockout rose bush.  I love getting plants!  



I hope you had a great Mother's Day as well!  Happy Mother's Day to my Mom!  You are an amazing, godly woman and I will look up to you always. Thank you for teaching me and showing me what it means to be a great mom.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to be Westin's mama.  I promise that a day does not go by that I do not think how blessed I am to be a mother.  I never want to take it for granted.  I thank the Lord for allowing me the privilege of raising him.  What an awesome responsibility. 

Not only did I have a great Mother's Day, we had a fun weekend!


Friday night we went to a gender reveal party for the Richey's.  It's official-Adeline is getting a baby sister.  We can't wait to meet Annabel in September!

Saturday was spent shopping with my Mom.  We had some great craft fairs in our area and we found some goodies (of course!).  We both got one of these cute burlap pillows.



I also found this platter in the most perfect shade of green.  For $4 I could not pass it up!


Well, if you are still reading then you are one loyal reader!  Haha!  This was a long post.  :)  Happy Mother's Day!

There is going to be a great giveaway this week so stay tuned!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Random Weekend Post

For some reason all my posts are random lately!  It seems like that is all I have time for.  My friend, Christina and I were talking yesterday about how busy we are.  I actually have nothing on her since she has three boys, 3 and under but I do have a taste of what it's like.  I told her that before Westin, I got up at 5:30 everyday, got to work by 7:30 (I was a nanny), got off at 6 and got home at 6:30.  That was easy compared to being a SAHM!  Haha!  I couldn't imagine my life any other way right now though!  I'm so thankful to be spending my days with Westin.


I cut my first peonies of the season!  I love this time of year!

 We have a fun weekend ahead!  Tonight we are going to a gender reveal party for Lindsey. I love these.  I can't wait to find out what she is having.  She has a girl so I am hoping for a boy.  :)

My parents are coming up this weekend too.  They are going to keep Westin tomorrow night so Cody and I can go out for our anniversary.  7 years!  I can't believe it.  It makes me sound old.  Haha!  Our anniversary is actually Sunday but we will be celebrating Mother's Day and Colson's dedication that day.

Our days are filled with a lot of this:  


When he is not pushing it around the house, he is sitting in it and I am pushing him around.  Of course, the balloon is never far away.  He is getting so close to walking.  He will take about 5-6 steps between Cody and I but he is still cautious. 

I also got an early Mother's Day gift from Westin!  :)


If you do not have a blog and leave a question in the comments, will you also leave your email address so I can answer your question?  Thanks!

A couple of weeks ago my dad cut some boards for me to make some fun picture frames.  Hopefully I can get those painted soon so I can show you!  They are going to be easy peasy and so fun.  :)

Around this time of year I really think about those of you who want more than anything to celebrate Mother's Day as a mom.  I pray for you often!  I know exactly how you feel and I celebrated many Mother's Days with a heavy heart.  I never want to take it for granted.  It was a long journey to get Westin and I have really been thinking about sharing our story with you.  It might be a 2 or 3 part series but I will be working on it.  I also love emailing with those of you who are TTC (infertility language-ha!).  I'll be thinking about you and praying for you on Sunday.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  And thanks for putting up with all my random posts!  :)