Monday, July 06, 2015

meal planning monday

Monday: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Swiss Potatoes, Asparagus & French Bread

Tuesday: Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti & Garlic Bread

Wednesday: BBQ Pork Sandwiches & Chips

Thursday: Pizza Night!

Friday: Cinnamon's Rehearsal Dinner

Saturday: Cinnamon's Wedding

Sunday: On the Road

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

2015 Summer List

I'm a little late getting my Summer List made this summer.

We spent most of May moving and getting our house all unpacked.
 Then we spent all of June going back an forth between Tyler and Dallas being with my Dad in the hospital after his wreck and stroke. (more on that another time)

Now that Dad is in rehab we are trying to settle into our new city a little more.  We have 2 months before school starts for the boys in September, so we hope to mark a lot of fun things off our Summer List before then.
Here's to our first summer in our new city!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

home tour tuesday {misc. spaces}

I missed my last Home Tour Tuesday with the craziness of Dad's wreck and stroke, but I still wanted to finish this series so I could have our first home all documented.  

Here is our hall bath/kid's bath.  Since our house only had two bathrooms, I wanted to have it decorated more like a hall bath rather than a kid's bathroom since it was used by more than just the kids.  
 My Mom made the beautiful valance for the shower.  It really added so much to have a valence along with the shower curtain.
 The previous owners painted the walls and the ceiling.  It's not exactly what I would have picked but I didn't want to have to repaint the ceiling so we just went with it.
This is the view when you come in the front door.  The door on the left is the door to the linen closet which is where I kept my stockpile from couponing!
Also on the left was the boys rooms and the bathroom.  Pearson's room was on the left and Nash's was on the right.  
Here is my little entry hall table.  I got this off Craigslist for $50.  It was such a good buy because it was nice to have a piece of furniture that provided extra storage for our little house.  
On the opposite side of the wall was my favorite parts of our house……my big black and white gallery wall.  
 Here is a view looking from the living room into the entry hall.
This is a little nook in the hallway between the entry hall and the master bedroom.  This changed over the years.  For a while it had a trunk with our blankets, then a train table for Pearson, then my little black desk and last as a play area for the boys.  It was so nice to have a piece of furniture that looked nice but held toys.  This piece of furniture was originally in Pearson's room, but there wasn't enough room for it when we converted his crib into a full size bed.
 A closer look at the decorations……..
Our back patio was such a nice little place.  We didn't use it near as much as we should have, but when we did, we really enjoyed it.  We had a beautiful view of the pond behind out house.

There was  nice covered patio where we kept a couple of chair, our hammock and Nash's swing.  
 About a year ago I bought this cute little picnic table for the boys. It was pink and I painted it grey. I just love the way it turned out.
 The rest of our deck had a pergola on top of it and in the spring our wisteria bloomed and gave us awesome shade.  The roots around the poles were just absolutely amazing to look at.  It was just so crazy to see how the twisted and turned and grabbed on to the poles.
 The last room of our house was our laundry room, but I forgot to take pictures of it before we moved.  It wasn't anything special.  It was just a walk through laundry room.  My laundry room in our new house is much more impressive because it's actually a room!!

We only have two rooms in the house completely decorated.  It will probably be a while before I get this house exactly the way I want it, but when I do, I will be doing a Home Tour Tuesday 2nd Edition!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

meal planning monday

Trying to get back into the swing of things……..

Monday: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Basil Soup

Tuesday: Us: Dinner from Friends Matt: Work Mtg

Wednesday: Spicy Sausage Pasta, Green Beans, & Garlic Toast

Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie

Friday: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Swiss Potatoes, Zucchini, & French Bread

Saturday Breakfast: Cereal

Saturday Lunch: Lunch w/ Mom

Saturday Dinner: Party @ The LeBlancs

Sunday Lunch: Out to Eat

Sunday Dinner: Out to Eat

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

nash {16 months}

27lbs 4oz; 32.5 inches
You are mostly wearing 24 month/2T PJ's but you still have a few 18 months that fit.  Clothes are mainly 24 months, 18-24 months, and 2T.  You are in size 5 diapers and size 5 shoes.  Although some are actually so snug because your feet are so fat! I can't really keep them on you always so it doesn't really matter! 

This month you have been consistently sleeping until 7ish.  You still occasionally wake up earlier, but I don't go and get you until 7am.  Our move helped you get your morning nap back more consistently.  You were so tired from staying up later than usually that you had to have your morning nap.  Most days if we are home you take an hour morning nap from about 9:30-10:30, but if we go out in the morning I still put you down from 11-12.  Afternoon naps are usually from 2-4pm unless morning nap got a late start.  You are still the easiest child to lay down for bed and nap.  I just lay you in your bed, give you a paci, both of your lovies and turn the glow seahorse music on.  Bedtime still has a quick nursing session but it doesn't last long.  You will also just fall asleep in the car if you are sleepy unlike big brother.  With all of our traveling back and forth from Tyler to Dallas, I actually time our drives for nap time and you will sleep the entire drive.  

This month has been so crazy that I can't even remember when I dropped your morning nursing time, but at some point we did.  Both you and Pearson are starving first thing in the morning so it's easier to just give you a cup of milk while I get breakfast ready for both of you.  When Pops had his stroke, I thought I was going to have to abruptly stop nursing at bedtime because I didn't know if I would be with you at night, but we managed to push through and keep going. I am still nursing for just a little bit right before bed.  I don't think you really get all that much, but I treasure the 5-10 minutes you do nurse because it's really the only time you will sit down in my lap and snuggle.  You eat 3 meals a day with a couple snacks in between.  You always out eat Pearson and you will really eat anything!! We are really struggling with you throwing your food and plate when you are done.

New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
You can run and walk on your tip-toes. You are learning how to climb down the stairs.  You have become a little climber. You climb on top of the laundry basket, stools, and the chairs in our playroom.  You are a master at opening doors and love to flush the potty for us. 

Da-De (Daddy) Hiiiiii, Bye-Bye, Bubu and Mama, Heeeyyyy, Doh (duck), Pu-Pee (puppy), Ba-Bee (Baby), Ah-Oh (with a big round mouth) {New This Month}Bah (Ball) Wowwwww 

Teeth: (I still need an official count
7 (6 top/4 bottom) Your top left canine, other top molar, both bottom molars and one bottom canine are coming in.  Yes, that's a lot of teeth coming in.)

Going for walks, playing outside in our backyard, your paci, swinging at the park, wrestling with big brother, climbing, eating, throwing anything and everything, reading books in someones lap, playing "fetch", and when we sing songs to you!

Having the towel over your head after bath, getting your diaper changes, when brother gets to close, when I hold you and don't let you walk, when I make you stay in the playroom with the baby gate closed. 
Other Random Facts:

  • You are such a little stinker! You are constantly looking at us with a little stink face when you are about to do something you know you aren't supposed to.  
  • I still haven't taken the paci away.  You have it at bedtime, nap time and unfortunately you I have caved in and always give it to you in the car.
  • You have grown so much this month! You feel heavier and look taller. 
  • You refuse to give things words.  Instead of saying milk or more or this or that you just grunt and point. Ughhhhh. Ughhhhhh.  We have got to get you a bigger vocabulary!
  • You are such a flirt.  You love waving at people when they aren't looking. Once you get their attention you act all shy.  
  • I wish I would have written more down this month, but it's been a crazy one with the move and my Dad's accident/stroke.
Here is Pearson at 16 months and Nash at 16 months.
 Look how you have changed……

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

home tour tuesday {master bedroom}

We finally have internet at our new home so I can continue my Home Tour of our now old home.  

Welcome to our Master Bedroom!
Our bedroom sat just right off the living room.  
On my side of the bed I had a mirror that opens up to a jewelry box.  
On Matt's side of the bed he had a little desk that housed our printer. 
The furniture in our room was the first purchase we made for our house.  We loved it because it was big and oversized, but we didn't really realize how big it was until we got it in our house. It's HUGE!!
We love our tall dresser because it gives us so much great storage. 
There wasn't even really enough room for the amoire, but we squeezed it in the corner!!
I didn't get a good picture of it, but the window seat in our kitchen had a great view of our backyard and the pond.  
In between our bedroom door and our bathroom door we have a little bookshelf that holds our phone, baby monitor and toys for the boys when they come in our room in the mornings. 
Our master bathroom was nice and cozy. We both had our own sink but no extra counter space.  Matt was always complaining about my stuff being on his side!!
All my window treatments in my house were made by my Mom including this one. 
Our bathtub in our house literally got used twice in the six and a half years we lived there.
And here's our toilet…..ha!!
I forgot to take a picture of our closet, but it was nothing special, just a long skinny closet where Matt's side was taking over my side. His side was always cleaner than my side!!

I think I will have one more week of my Home Tour Tuesday.  It will be a tour of all the miscellaneous places in our house…..the boy's bathroom, entry hall, laundry room, and patio.  

See ya next week!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

pearson's last day of 3K preschool

Another year of preschool has come and gone.  This year got off to a crazy start as Pearson had a few instances where he was getting in trouble at school, but overall we had such a wonderful year!!
Pearson always looks forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays so he can go to school.  He loves his friends, his teachers, and all of the fun things they do at school.  
I can't believe how much he has grown up this year.  He is really looking more and more like a big boy!!
We loved Pearson's teacher Ms. Beth and Ms. Dawn and are so thankful for all they taught him this year.  He always came home with the cutest crafts from school and the best stories about all the fun things they did.  All of our teachers at Learning Academy Preschool over the past two years have given him  such a strong love for learning. They have set the perfect foundation for him to grow in school over the years. 
And as always, a little comparison picture from the first day of school and the last day of school.  
I can't believe that next September I will be taking these pictures in front of a new front door, for a new school for PRE-KINDERGATEN.  How is it even possible that my baby will be in Pre-K next year.  Absolutely crazy!!

moving out day

This morning about 9am a big ole truck showed up at out house to load up our stuff. We had packers come yesterday which was soooooooo helpful. Pearson was so excited to see the big moving truck. 
I still can't believe we are moving. This is crazy!!
The movers said we filled up about half of the truck. It was crazy to see them pack it all in there. It was like a giant game of Tetris.
At 12:30 we met our amazing realtor at the title company to close on our house. She made selling our house so easy. She 
was wonderful. If you are in need of a realtor, Misty Forehand is your gal!!!
The movers finished up at 3:30 literally right when it started pouring down rain. So thankful they got it all done before the rain, now we are just praying it's not pouring when they deliver our stuff to Tyler. My Mom and I went over and cleaned for an hour or so while Matt watched the kids, then after dinner Matt and I went back and finished up. 
We have had so many wonderful memories in this house. It was our first home together and we brought both of our babies home to this house. It's definitley sad leaving this home but we are excited for what God has in store for us!!