Friday, October 24, 2014

state fair of texas 2014

A few weeks ago we dropped off the boys at Lolly & Pops and had a date night at the fair.  
We were given two tickets and $50 worth of coupons from #ChevyStateFair so it was a pretty cheap date night considering we only had to pay for $15 parking.  I love going to the fair, but the expense of it is definitely my least favorite part.  I'm glad we got to enjoy it on a dime.  
The first thing we did was test drive some of the new 2015 Chevys.  I didn't test drive the Stingray Corvette, but I did sit in it.  Man, I would totally drive this if I could fit two carseats in the back!!
We were both starving so we started off our fried food experience with our must haves.  I got my usual Corny Cheese and Matt got a Fletcher's Corn Dog.  

One of the award winning foods was a Funnel Cake Beer.  I don't like beer so I didn't try it, but Matt said it was pretty good.  
We had to get a picture with our favorite man at the State Fair of Texas.  Big Tex!!
We were both still a little hungry for some more real food before we got dessert so we split the new Deep Fried Twisted Texas Taco. It was a fried piece of brisket in a tortilla with cheese, roasted sweet corn, fried okra,  & coleslaw served with a salsa and queso.  We both thought it was delicious!!
Next up was a stop in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Exhibit.  This was right up Matt's alley.  I didn't care about it all that much, but I did think it was cool when we saw Drew Pearson's jersey.  Pearson was sorta kinda of named after him.  Not really.  Mainly we just though of the name after we saw him walk into a restaurant we were at right after we found out he was a boy.   
The next fried food we indulged in was the new Fried Sweet Texas.  It was a mixture of pecan pie, peach cobbler and buttermilk pie all wrapped up in pie dough.  Oh my word. So good. 
We felt a little funny going to the petting zoo without our kids, but we had fun looking at all of the animals.  We even found an animal that would take a picture with us!!
Once it was dark we hopped on Top O'Texas Tower.  It holds 99 people on it and we were literally number 98 and 99 to get on!! We got lucky that we didn't have to wait in line another round.  It was such a great view of the State Fair and we could see downtown Dallas all lit up too!
I learned something new at the fair this year…….
We had one ticket left at the fair (which is worth 50cents.  I didn't think you could buy anything with just one ticket but right before we left, we passed the Salt Water Taffy stand.  You can sample taffy for one coupon!  We did good, we spent every last ticket we were given!!!
As we were walking out,  I saw the perfect place for us to take a selfie!  Hot Links!!
What a fun night with my favorite guy!  

As you can see our favorite thing to do at the fair is eat.
What do you like to do or eat at the fair??

Thursday, October 23, 2014

pumpkin patch playdate

In 2012 and 2013 we went to Owen's Farm.  Sadly, last year was their last year to be opened before they closed the farm down.  It was such a fun little pumpkin patch and was super close to our house.  I was ready to make it an annual tradition.  

Last week our MOPS group had a pumpkin patch playdate at Chesnut Square in Downtown McKinney.  We had to travel a little further to get to this pumpkin patch but as you can tell by the pictures, Pearson had a great time.  I don't know if we would drive the 40 minutes to go to this pumpkin patch next year, but if you live in the McKinney area, it was a cute little pumpkin patch.  It was very small and in a closed in area.  It was perfect for preschoolers and easy for me to keep an eye on Pearson while also having Nash with me.  There were so many great activities for Pearson including……

{a corn maze}
{petting a goat}
{making and eating homemade butter}
{face painting}
{decorating a pumpkin}
 While Pearson was enjoying all the activities, Nash was equally enjoying himself eating as many puffs as he possibly could!!
 They charged $8 for each child that could participate.  Adults and babies were FREE.  Price of admission included a pumpkin, all of the activities, and a little treat bag.  
 The treat bag included a little snack bag of pretzel (or princils as Pearson calls them).  It was the perfect little snack to munch on by the old house since Mommy forgot to pack a snack!
And of course, it wouldn't be a pumpkin patch trip without the obligatory pumpkin patch picture.  
I placed the boys where I wanted them then proceeded to tell Pearson to "put your arm around brother and smile"!  He obeyed and he took me quite literally!!
While these pictures might not be Pinterest perfect, I just absolutely adore them.  They reflect so perfect who my little boys are at this age.  Pearson is a litter stinker and Nash just goes with the flow and doesn't let anything upset him!!
 Looking forward to many more pumpkin patch visits in the future with these two crazy boys!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

my handsome THREE year old

This summer I had all intentions of taking some three year old pictures of Pearson like did when he was one and two, but it just didn't happen.  We stayed busy with lots of things this summer but that's not the real reason why we didn't take pictures.   If we being totally honest, the day Pearson turned three, he turned into a THREENANGER.  

Have you heard of that before?  

It's a three year old with an attitude like a teenager.  Oh my!!!  For the majority of his life we have had way more good days than bad days, but over the past few months the bad days have definitely been more plentiful.  Thankfully we have gotten ourselves back into a napping routine (he gave it up for about a month) and he's turning back into the sweet little boy we all know and love.  We definitely still have our moments, but gosh we love this handsome three year old so much!  He is so incredibly smart and keeps us laughing all the time.  He's curious, has a great imagination, loves to play, and is a good friend to anyone he meets. 

We had school pictures yesterday, so I took the opportunity to snap a couple of pictures myself before I dropped him off.  He is soooooo not into taking pictures these days, so I'm pretty sure there is no way the school will be able to top these pictures.  They are pretty darn cute if I do say so myself!!!
 No more "MAMARAZZI"!!!
Pearson, we are so proud of the big boy that you are growing up to be.  We can't wait to see how God uses your smart little self.  We love you!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nash's Dedication

This past Sunday morning we dedicated Nash to the Lord just like we did a few year ago with Pearson.  
 I prayed for this child, and the lord has granted me what I asked of him.  So now I give him to the Lord For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.  
1 Samuel 1:27-28
All of the grandparents and great grandparents were able to join us for this special occasion.  We are so thankful for all of our family!!

{Lolly & Pops}
{Grammy & Grandaddy}
{Nonnie & Oma & Joe}
 We are incredibly thankful that the Lord has entrusted these precious boys to us.  I pray that we will teach them to love the Lord with all of their hearts and serve him daily.
 Oh sweet Nash, we love you so much!
We thank the Lord for you daily.  You are a precious gift from God!!

I'M BACK!!!

Once again…….I've been avoiding blogging.  

No real excuses like last time other than it's just kinda been stressing me out lately.  Blogging has never stressed me out, but for some reason it has lately.  I usually just throw some words and pictures up on a post each night, but lately I have just felt like that isn't good enough.  So many people are blogging to make money these days and I have just never  felt like mine is good enough for that.  I get overwhelmed by the fact that I'm just not a good writer or photographer, so nothing I could put on here would be good enough for anyone to even read and share.  So silly…..I know!!

But once again, I remembered……I'm not blogging for YOU! Sorry!!
This is a record of my little family's life and all the fun we have together.  
Who cares if I ever make a dime on this blog or ever have over 200 readers??
While that would be awesome to make money by doing something I love doing, I'm not going to let it stress me out and shut me down.  

Don't get me wrong! I love to share ideas that are awesome, recipes that a yummy, activities that are fun, etc, but that is not my priority.  My priority is to document my family.  I could just kick myself for missing the last few months of Nash's life.  I have so many blogposts from when Pearson was a baby and the amount that I have for Nash doesn't even care.  I do have a picture of the day for him everyday on Instagram but I'm definitely lacking in good quality camera photos and blog post.  I will catch up and fill in the missing pieces……..someday. 

But for now, I'm going to start with sharing Nash's dedication from this past Sunday.

Stay tuned….  

Monday, October 20, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: Scotty P's for Dad's Birthday

Tuesday: Spicy Sausage Pasta, Green Beans, & French Bread

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Roast Beef Sandwiches, Chips & Fruit

Friday: Swedish Meatballs over Rice & Broccoli 

Saturday Breakfast: Pigs in a Blanket

Saturday Lunch: Out to Eat

Saturday Dinner: Out to Eat

Sunday Lunch: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Basil Soup

Sunday Dinner: Grilled Honey Balsamic ChickenSwiss Potatoes, & Broccoli


Thursday, October 16, 2014

nash {8 months}

Dear Sweet Nash-
You are seriously the happiest baby ever! Even though we are still kinda struggling sleeping, you don't let that get you down.  You smile and anyone and everyone!!  If you miss a nap, you are typically still pretty happy.  You are just a go with the flow kinda kid which makes our life so much easier!! You big one tooth grin and your little giggle make our hearts swell.  We are really loving watching you and your brother develop a sweet relationship.  We are so thankful for you little buddy!!
Sleeping: 
We are finally making a little progress in the sleep department.  Because your sleep had been so crummy even after your little tooth came through, I decided it was time to do some major crying it out in the middle of the night.  There were a few nights where I was literally up for 2 hours straight with you crying.  I would give you your paci, rub your back for a minute, make sure your sound machine was on and then lay on the floor and try to catch a few zzzz's while you screamed.  All month you have been so inconsistent.  I really never know what to expect when I put you to bed.  Some nights you wake up and scream for 2 hours, some nights you wake up but go back to sleep, and some night you don't wake up at all but would wake up at 5:30 or 6:00.  Almost every morning this month I have nursed you at 6:00am in bed and then you will fall asleep until 7.  I hate that you are sleeping in bed with us, but it's nice to get a little more sleep before Pearson wakes up for the day.  Even though I don't like waking up as early as you, I can almost say you are sleeping TOTALLY through the night again.  As far as naps go, you are still not a great napper.  When Pearson was this age he NEVER took naps longer than 45 minutes.  Most of your naps are 45minutes to an hour but every now and then I get a 1.5hr or 2 hr nap. Some days you have to cry it out for 45 minutes and some days you fall right asleep.  Again you are so inconsistent with nap time….the actual time of day it happens and the length.  While I absolutely hate that you are no a super schedule baby like Pearson was, being a 2nd child sometimes its nice that you aren't on a super strict schedule because you are such a go with the flow baby.  You will fall asleep in the car soooooo much easier than Pearson.  And that is super nice!! Even though you can roll over from your back to your tummy now, you still get frustrated in your bed with you roll over and get stuck on your back.  It's so hard to get you back to sleep once you are on your back.  
Eating:
We are officially on a nursing 4 times a day schedule.  I would love to say every 4 hour schedule but because you wake up around 6am every day a few of the time between feeding are 4.5-5hrs.  Clearly this isn't a problem because your huge thighs seem to be getting plenty of nutrition.  My frozen breastmilk supply is starting to dwindle down.  While I am actually able to still pump 5-6 ounces anytime I pump, it's just annoying and I'd rather skip it.  We'll probably start to introduce formula when you need a bottle.  You typically only get a bottle twice a week at MOPS (if we have it) and church on Wednesday night.  We continued to introduce a lot of foods this month and we still haven't found anything you don't like.  We did, however, realize that you are possibly allergic to mint.  When we gave you peas with min (plum organics) you broke out all over your body.  Thankfully it all went away in a few hours but it was a little scary.  You have had peas multiple times but never broken out, so the only difference was the mint.  New (puree) foods you have tried this month are…… raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, corn, apricots, raisins, pumpkin, and probably some more but I can't think of them! I usually give you a little oatmeal and half of a fruit for breakfast,  a half of a veggie and the leftover fruit for lunch, then a veggie fruit mix for dinner. We started puffs this month and you are obsessed.  It took a while for you to figure out how to get them in your mouth by yourself, but you are a pro now.  You meet your 75 puff quota every single day!!
New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
Right before you turned 8 months you started rolling onto your tummy from your back.  I wouldn't quite call you a rolly polly yet, but you are capable of rolling both ways now.  Your favorite thing to say is "buh-buh".  I don't think you really associate it with Pearson but you sure do love him, so it wouldn't surprise me if you correlate the two pretty soon.  We also sometimes hear the /m/ sounds and /d/ sound but not near as often.  You can growl and make a super loud screech sound too!! You are great at pinching your puff with you pointer and thumb! You can reach sooooooo soooooo far to get something you want.  If you put your mind to it, you can get it!!
Likes:
Puffs, babyfood, your paci, your lovey, us rubbing your back while you fall asleep, the jumperoo, Pearson, being tickled, when we put the whole toy bucket beside you to play with all the toys, paper (you will grab it if its anywhere near you), falling asleep in Mommy and Daddy's bed in the morning. 
Dislikes:
When we lay you on the changing table to get your diaper changed, when brother gets to rough, bucking up in the carseat, when you run out of puffs, when no one pays you any attention, when you are overly tired.
Other Random Facts:
  • You still only have one bottom tooth.
  • Every Sunday morning you take about an hour nap in the pink swing!  It's so funny because you never really like our swing.  
  • You outgrew your Johnny Jumper.  You got too heavy for it, so you pulled it down to far.  We need taller doorways!!
  • You can suck out of squeezy pouches which makes eating out so easy!!

8 month Stats
Weight: 21lbs 13oz
Length: ??
Head Circumference: ??
Eating: nursing exclusively around 6:30, 10:30, 3:00, & 7:30 and eating 3 meals a day around 8, 12 and 5.
Bedtime: around 7:30pm
Awake: between 6-7am
Naps: 2 naps around 10:30 and 3:30 but varies in length anywhere from 45min-2hrs
Diapers: size 3 
Clothes: 12 month hand-me downs 

 Here is Pearson at 8 months and Nash at 8 months.
Look how you have changed!!