Friday, January 31, 2014
Thank you for making your children a priority in your life. Not a day passed that you didn't tell me "I LOVE YOU" at least 20 times. This is something that I have continued with my sweet little Ellie. I want her to know how loved she is and that I care very deeply for her.
Thank you for making up songs and singing for just about everything - and continuing to sing them into my adult life. Many of these songs I remember and sing to Ellie often. I remember you telling me that you have to make things "FUN" for little ones so they are better behaved or deal with them better; like blowing their nose, changing their diaper, brushing the tangles out of their hair, or waking up in the morning. So far it has worked for the diaper changes, hair brushing, and morning wake ups - the nose blowing will come soon, I hope!
Thank you for teaching me the importance of manners. Manners were HUGE in my family. Not only were we expected to have them at home but whenever we went out places. Often times my parents were given compliments on how well their children were behaved at restaurants (we went out a lot and not to family restaurants). Proper table behavior was taught and enforced at home, so that when we went out it wasn't anything new or different. My mom also told us before going into the restaurant that we needed to be on our BEST behavior because many of the patrons were here to get away or have a break from their children, so we should not disturb them. I plan to continue this with Ellie and we already have because she goes just about everywhere with us, including our date night restaurants!
Thank you for teaching me the importance of respect for others and their things/rules. My mom didn't believe that she was raising children, she was raising adults. We were taught that we could not talk back to adults, that certain things were "off limits", and that every home has a different set of rules that we were to follow. She said that consistency was key in achieving this and that sometimes she felt like a "nag" because of how many times she had to "remind" us. My mom had a lot of nice things in my childhood home (many of which are now in my home). We were taught early on that these things were "Off Limits" meaning we weren't allowed to touch them or play with them. She had to keep a Hawks eye on us at the beginning but eventually we learned and that is why so many of these things have made it into my home. This was extremely good practice for us so that when we went shopping with her or over to family and friends houses we had an idea of "off limits" and my mom was able to be successful in helping us to keep our hands off things and not give the homeowner or shop owner anxiety. She also took responsibility for us, so if we were to break something she paid for it. Now don't get me wrong, we had A LOT of fun and were able to be "kids". I believe that she taught me to value people, rules, and things so well that I am choosing to raise Ellie (and my future children) this way. I don't think that I am going to truly be able to "enjoy" a visit at a friend's house with Ellie until she is probably 8 years old - because I am going to have to (choose to) keep an eye on her at all times.
Thank you mom for teaching me how to cook. As I have mentioned before my mom was blessed with being a SAHM (my dream). While she was already very interested in cooking, she learned to pass the time in the kitchen. She watched cooking shows a lot, had a huge library of various cookbooks, and was always trying out a new recipe. She was an aspiring Gourmet Chef and most of our meals were made from scratch. She put a lot of LOVE into her cooking and was very good at it. She included my sister and I a lot for meal prep and taught us along the way. I learned a lot of tips and tricks from her and gained a great base knowledge of how to cook.
What are you thankful of your mom for?
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
With that in mind I have to start thinking of how I can "decorate the baby"!! The items below are all just too cute!!!
#4 I am not a huge heart fan but there is something about this top that is just so adorable!!
#2 Who doesn't love organic baby clothes? I love that these aren't red or pink, kind of a coral color if you will. And you all know how much I am loving Coral right now!!
#5 Another cute top with a heart on it....maybe having a little girl is making me change my tune about hearts....
#6 This is super cute and I think would go great with the Organic Leggings!
#3 I just adore all of PLE headbands and this one does not disappoint! How cute and festive is it?
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
This morning as I was cleaning up the kitchen, I had Ellie sitting in her walker playing with some toys and I heard her "singing" to her toys (or maybe just to herself) seriously it was the sweetest little thing! Then we got down on the floor in the living room to play with some more toys and she was a "singing" fool and I loved it!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Eats: She still loves her bottle and won't eat her solid food if she see's her bottle (so funny!) She has been quite adventurous this week in the food department (or I have just gotten my act together and finally made some different food!) The great thing is is that she finally is getting the hang of eating solid food so I don't have to put her food through a sieve to get out the lumps, biggest blessing!! So what is she eating? Squash, Peas, Broccoli, Beans, Yams, Apples, Pears, Apricots, Carrots and Cauliflower! She is also eating Puffs and is getting better at actually getting them in her mouth.
Sleeps: Basically through the night in her room, though we bring her into our bed if she wakes up but that usually doesn't happen until about 5am and then she falls right back to sleep. Naps are hit and miss as she is so into everything she doesn't want to miss a thing!
Cries: Same old, bumps her head, teeth, overtired or over hungry.
Goes: Church, Grandpa's Church, Dim Sum at House of Hong, Uwajimaya, Trackside Pizza
and the park!
Loves: Sophie the Giraffe, Rock-a-Stack, shoulder rides on daddy, blowing raspberries, baths, and the puppies.
Does: Stands on her own, self feeds with Puffs, pulls up to standing, babbles a lot, and is starting to "say" "more" in sign language.
Mama: This whole month I have really been bombarded with feelings about Infertility and my four losses. I think its healthy for me to get it out but its weird how the thoughts and memories consume you. Other than that things have been good. We are finally at the end of the semester and ready for a new one (I am so ready for my classes to switch up!!) God has blessed us in many ways and I really am just loving being Ellie's mama!!
Dearest Ellie you are adorable! You have the cutest little voice and I love your sweet little happy heart personality in the mornings! My heart swells every time I see or think of you and I am so thankful that the good Lord has put you in my life!
Monday, January 27, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
I love peonies. Lucky for me they are "in season" for Ellie's birthday! YAYA!! So those are for sure going to be a major flower option as will be ranunculas, sweet peas, and since I missed out on them for our wedding I think I am going to have to throw in a few Proteas. Those will probably take care of the "coral" color and then I can throw in some dusty miller and spray painted poppy pods for the gold and mint colors. I also really like the idea of having some paper or tissue flowers as well!
I am not sure if I am going to just make the floral arrangements myself or if I am going to have a florist do it for me. The Puyallup Farmer's Market will be up and running or I can always run up to the Pike Place Market in Seattle as well for the floral selection!
What flowers do you think will be great for Ellie's party? Do you have a fave flower?
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Here in the PNW we are pretty far away from the equator (that is NOT new news) so our sunshine isn't as strong as it is in the Caribbean. Anywhozers, I had brought sunblock with us, that I had purchased in college in 2007, and figured that it would be kosher since I used it all the time in the PNW. However, it was expired by the time April 2011 rolled around and I was in the Caribbean.
Needless to say. I got SCORCHED, burnt, lobstered, blistered, you name it. BAD IDEA. It took nearly 5 days for the pain in my skin to subside. Showers were awful, I couldn't shave my legs (or anywhere else for that matter) and it hurt to sit down.
So the lesson I learned is that anytime you are going on a hot vacay, do yourself a favor and buy a NEW tube of sunblock. Your skin will thank me.
what lessons have you learned while on vacay or at home lately?
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I don't think that I am really interested in having a "theme" birthday - I just want it to focus around these colors. I am currently obsessed with the Coral, Mint and Gold color scheme!
I am so inspired by a Tassel Garland, I have already picked up some fabric and yarn and I am thinking about DIYing my own! But if that doesn't work out I am sure this tissue one would be perfect!
I love the idea of having a banner or bunting. I picked up some burlap with the gold polka dots on it and I am going to make my own. I think that keeping Ellie's name off of the banner will allow us to use it for all of our birthdays and keeping it neutral will be perfect for years to come. Now I just have to decide what color paint to use for the letters....any suggestions?
Paper Lanterns are also a great decor item to have. They are pretty cheap and SUPER easy.
And how perfect are these mason jars? I am thinking I will most likely make my own since I have a TON of extra jars (I save them all from jams, pasta sauces and baby food) and it might be fun to wrap a strip of Washi Tape around to give an extra punch of color! These would be perfect to use as flower vases or containers to hold the straws and flatware!!
I am just getting giddy knowing that her birthday is coming up and I can't wait to pull it all together.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Oh My!!!! How can it be that my sweet little darling is already 35 weeks!! We had a fantastic week and enjoy this time/age so so much!
Eats: Girlfriend is digging the solid foods now. I had to buy some applesauce (she had a horrible bout of diarrhea this past week and needed some additional fiber) this week and she LOVES it! Haven't really introduced much new food this week, due to the loose poops. She also is loving her Gerber Organic Apple Puffs!
Sleeps: She has been pretty good at night but her naps have been all sorts of weird. We are still swaddling her at night and she is sleeping in her crib. If she wakes up in the middle of the night we just bring her into bed with us and she sleeps until we get up. Generally she goes down around 8pm and wakes anywhere between 5:30-7am. Not too bad.
Cries: Little E really only cried this week when she "sharted" and it irritated her diaper rash. It was pretty bad, her skin broke - so we got an RX diaper rash cream and it cleared right up!
Does: Baby Girl can stand on her own, eat puffs by herself, crawled two "steps"!, and can pull up. I also meant to mention last week that she has discovered her hands, not with her mouth (that happened a few months ago) but with her eyes. She LOVES them! haha, she will just sit there staring at her hand watching her fingers move, it is adorable! She also got to go out to the farm this week and pet the goats and our mini horse! We are also starting to teach Ellie sign language, we are working on "more".
Loves: Ellie Faith is loving her toys and is so much more interactive with them. She adores shoulder ides, her puppies, and snuggles.
Goes: Not really anywhere new this week, just grocery shopping, church and Costco.
Mama: I was a little down this week, probably due to my hormones and whatnot. But I had the chance to really reflect and came to the conclusion to Choose Joy instead of focusing on the negative and having a more positive outlook really does make a difference in your everyday life. I have my spark again and feel more like myself then I have in about 2 weeks. With that said I can put more focus on enjoying my life with Ellie.
My dearest and sweetest Ellie your smile and laugh make my heart swell. You have the sweetest personality and I love seeing you interact and learn new things. You are so smart and are a true source of happiness in my life!