Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Break

When we started planning Whitt's sprinkle, I requested we do it the weekend before Arkansas' spring break so I could spend a few days past the weekend in NB, since we wouldn't be having any of our usual activities at home.

We arrived in TX Friday afternoon.  It was a glorious 80 degrees and almost everything as already green.  So exciting to us Arkansans that have only seen snow for a million years.

The girls played with my dad's decoys like they were pets.  Adeline is carrying around a giant coyote.  Cracks me up!

I got to see my bestie, Amanda, every day for 5 days because she stayed in town the whole time I was there, as well.  It was glorious!  We got to do things like get mani/pedis, eat pizza & watch a movie, and one day we even let grandparents keep our girls while we shopped all day and enjoyed some delicious Fuzzy's tex-mex.

The girls had an applesauce picnic in Tiny's sewing room one day while she and I worked on some things for their spring/summer wardrobe.

Lots of sewing...

The trip wore this little one out so much, she slept almost two hours on the way home.  She never does that!

My recliner/rocker for Whitt's room came in while I was gone.  I was so excited to sit in it!  I rested here quite some time after we got back before I gathered up enough energy to organize all his shower goodies.

The girls played lots of dress-up.

And on Sunday we went to a little walking/nature trail near our house and explored.  Adeline was fascinated by all the fossils.  That's a pretty hard concept to explain to a four year old.

All our spring break fun was quite exhausting!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Whitt's Texas "Sprinkle"

I put a picture on Instagram after my shower in my hometown with the caption "small towns in the south don't care if it's your third child."  I think that's the best way to sum it up.  My mom and I have some really great friends who thought Whitt deserved just as much love and presents as his sisters got.  They threw me such a special little sprinkle for our family and close friends.  So sweet!

The hostesses and I.
Amanda, Sheryl, and Darla

The beautiful decorations & yummy food!


Cake pops...my favorite!

Whitt got so many great things! 


Photo ops with friends & family..

Whitt's 2nd cousin, Cannon

And another 2nd cousin, Shiloh & great aunt Tater Tot

Posing with Whitt's two grandmothers who already love him beyond measure.

And my two grandmothers.


Tiny with all of Whitt's sisters/cousins.  Poor guy will be surrounded by girls!

My three kids and me..wow!

And a funny memory I don't want to forget.  When I got dressed at my parents' house that morning before the shower, my dad said, "Woah! Is that the look you're going for?  I try to make mine look smaller!" while patting his belly.  My dad never fails to make me laugh.  To some this may sound rude or offensive, in our family it's affection.  I love it!

It was such a fun morning.  I can't wait for Whitt to meet all these people that already love him so dearly.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

March: In Like a Lion

March is already more than halfway over!  Woohoo!  We've already had quite a busy March, with still more excitement to come.

We started off the month celebrating our friend Westin turning four.

Later that night we dressed up Daddy's ears.  I got so tickled over this.  He wasn't quite as humored by it, but he was a good sport.

We celebrated it being March by wearing our new spring/Easter pjs from the Monogramming Mamas.  If you look closely at the bottom left picture, you can see that the monogram glows in the dark.  It doesn't photograph well, but it's really cool in person.  My girls LOVE these pjs and want to wear them every time they're clean.  We've been washing them a lot, and they still glow just as brightly as the first night.

The next day was Sunday and it started snowing/sleeting like I'd never seen before.  They called it "thunder sleet."  Lightning, thunder, and SLEET all day.  It was pouring out of our rain gutters like salt.  Crazy!  The girls and I both woke up with all kinds of congestion and coughs and sore throats.  We stayed in our pjs all day.

Well, except for Annabel who had to dress-up a little.

Tulip has finally started trusting the girls enough to let them rub her belly.  This has been a long time in the making.

This little one lights up our lives.  I love her sense of style when I'm brave enough to let her dress herself.  She's singing "this little light of mine" here.

I hit 30 weeks and bragged about being in the single-digit countdown since I have scheduled c-sections at 39 weeks.  However, I went to the doctor this week and we scheduled this c-section for my DUE DATE!  Ahh!!  I hope we make it that long.

I participated in my first freezer meal swap.  I think I'll be doing more of these in the future.  I just had to make 8 of one meal, then I swapped with 8 other friends and came home with 8 different meals.  Great idea!

We were so excited about Daylight Savings Time that we had to wear our bluebird outfits to church that Sunday.  We can't wait for bird-chirping weather.

We had a couple days of really warm temps so we spent a lot of time outside.  At one park outing, Annabel got so dirty we had to take her dress off before getting the carseat.  I'd say that was a successful trip to the park.

All the warmth and running around, got me a little dehydrated and I spent an evening in the ER getting fluids and meds to stop contractions.  I've been trying to rest more and drink more water.  I decided that cooking while seated is the way to go!  I might do this even after delivery.  :)

We went to the library for story time, but they weren't having it that day.  Go figure.  So, we just played on the computers, read books, and worked puzzles instead.

One morning Annabel put on her bathrobe, sat down in her little kitchen and said, "Just let me drink my coffee first, ok?"  Think she's heard that before?  Cracks me up!  PS..I do not wear a bathrobe.

We had yet another crazy snow day on a Sunday.  It rained all night Saturday night.  Sunday morning we went to church in the pouring rain and left in a blizzard.  It snowed hard all day, but thankfully it was warm enough where it didn't stick to the roads.  At one point that day, the girls entertained themselves by playing in the tub without water.

Monday was St. Patrick's Day.  Since it was a school day for the girls, I thought they needed some green on so they wouldn't get pinched.  I quickly made these little rainbow shirts to go with some green pants they already had.

Adeline LOVES to sit by me and feel Whitt move.  She giggles every time.  She's going to be such a big helper.


We took Tulip to the vet yesterday because she's losing all her teeth.  Turns out she's just old.  :(

And I need to record a few of the funny things the girls have said lately...

At church taking Annabel potty & I just cannot hold her over the toilet so I tell her she can hold onto it. 
Annabel: this potty clean?
Me: sure 
A: because God cleaned it?

Adeline: Mommy, when we get home can we watch Wizard of Oz?
Me: well that might be kind of scary for Annabel. 
A: it'll be ok. Hey Annabel, let's watch a Wizard of Oz. You don't have to be scared. It's just a movie & I will take care of you. But if you get too scared & cry then just go see Mommy because if you cry then I can't hear it.

At lunch with my girls, the lady in the booth behind us was celebrating her birthday. Annabel turned around & said, "Happy birthday!!" Adeline looked at me & whispered, "why is she not shy?"

My alarm clock one morning:
6:15(over the monitor)- A1: Annabel! Get back in bed. We can't get up yet!
--4 little feet come running down the hall--
Me: what are y'all doing? It's still sleep time. Go back to bed until your clock is orange. 
--4 little feet running back--
(Over the monitor, in unison with clapping)- give me that old time religion! It's good enough for me!

Trying to teach Adeline how to say "mouth" with the "th" sound. After several attempts & only getting "mouf" to come out, she sighs & says, "I'm trying to learn, but it's hard. I'm just a little girl."

This conversation pretty much sums up my daughters' personalities. 
A1: I don't want to get my ears pierced because I'm afraid it will hurt. 
Me: ok, you don't have to. 
A2: I want to get my ears pierced!
Me: well you have to be 4 before you can make that decision. 
A2: I am 4! 
Me: you are not. You're 2. 
A2: well I not scared.

The girls are sitting at their table coloring. 
Annabel: don't look at me!
Adeline: I can't look at you?
A2: No!
A1 (in a creepy whisper): well I'm going to!!!!

Annabel was trying to ask me if I had fun at bunco last night but she couldn't think of the word "bunco". She said "did you have fun at umm at (pause) outside the door last night?"

Before school the girls asked me what I was doing that day.  I told them I had a doctor's appointment so Whitt could have a check-up.  When I picked up Annabel that afternoon she said, "You not cry at the doctor today, Mommy?  You get a shot?"

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

February: Part 2

The end of February went by super fast, which I'm so thankful for.

We are starting to have various "warm" days sprinkled in with the frigid ones.  And by "warm," I mean upper 40s or 50s.  We broke out these spring looking dresses, finally.  I ordered these plain dresses from Zulily last year and my sweet MIL appliqu├ęd and monogrammed them.  They were huge at the time, so now they can finally wear them.

One evening Annabel felt that Jon was cold, so she found a bunch of different burp cloths and covered him up.

I ordered these turban things for their hair.  They've really cut down on hair-drying time.

One day I noticed that Adeline's pupils were enormous.  It just looked funny to me, and I'm not sure why I'd never noticed before.  Anyway, I called my friend and optometrist, Jill and she said she'd noticed the same thing at a birthday party we'd both attended.  Hah!  So anyway, it was time for my annual exam, so she checked out Adeline as well.  She's perfectly fine, that's just the way God made her.  Thankful for sweet friends, like Jill to put a worried, over-anxious Momma at peace.

We had a sunny day and got to play outside one evening.  Annabel insisted on wearing swim goggles.

We got some vaccines the other day, and Adeline got one she'd never had before (Kinrix).  She had a pretty bad reaction to it - fever & a headache - for about 15 hours, but then she was back to normal.  I felt so bad for her, though.  She kept holding her cup of ice water or juice to her head or resting her head on the cold kitchen counter.

Then the next day she was back to normal.  She was excited to wear her new strawberry dress from our friend at Elle Ollie Shop on Instagram!

One Saturday our girls got into their first fight that drew blood (just the cheek).  They were fighting over a toy.  I'm pretty sure Adeline was not trying to scratch her, but was just trying to snatch a toy back from her.  It upset Adeline way more than it did Annabel.  She came running to me as soon as it happened, "I just hurt Annabel bad bad bad!"

We Jon hung curtains in Whitt's room.

We cut out material for a pennant bunting to hang over his crib.  This is as far as we've gotten.

One glorious day I finally convinced Adeline to wear pants!  It was a miracle.

And I've been dreaming about this dresser for the nursery since I knew I was having a boy.  One day last month I finally convinced Jon that we needed it.  It may be my favorite piece of furniture in the whole house.  So, if you walk into Whitt's room right this minute, you will see a dresser, a crib that still needs some touch-up paint, some curtains that need to be hemmed, a rocking horse, and the girls' old diaper trash can.  
His bedding is on back-order, his glider should be here in about 3-5 weeks, and my dad is building a shelf to go above the changing table.  Hopefully it's all here by May.

Our little fashionista, always playing dress-up.

Whitt got a nice surprise from the Monogramming Mamas the other day!

Last Friday I took the girls to Little Giggles in Bentonville to play that morning.  That evening, we didn't really have any plans, so Jon and I took them back.  Their policy is that, once you pay that day, you can come back all day.  It's their favorite place to play.


And goodbye, February 2014.  I'm glad you're gone!