Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer Wish List

I woke up yesterday thinking I needed to make the most of summer before it ends... It was a panicky moment. Ha I can't believe it's the middle of July. Where did the time go?! I seriously wish summer was six months long instead of three. I love going on walks, eating outside, swimming and every other summer activity.

Ever year, I get so excited for the start of summer, and I create a list of things I want to do before it ends. Bill is much more of a cold weather person. He doesn't mind when summer ends. In fact, he told me yesterday that he doesn't swim after July 4. Crazy!

It's a little weird when you consider I'm over here wondering how I can fit in all the summer goodness I can possibly manage.

The main thing I want out of summer is outside time. I love being able to walk outside and be comfortable outside for hours. I know it's a basic thing, but no one really takes warm weather for granted when you live in Illinois.

So we did just that yesterday! We went to my mom's house and went on a walk with Kittle. We down to the baseball diamond and rested. Liam watched some older boys play basketball at the park. I loved seeing other people outside enjoying the day.

Kittle is getting older, but she still loves a walk! Liam loves the shoes he has on in this picture. We call them his "water shoes" or "clogs."

Liam LOVES walking Kittle. It only works if Kittle is wearing her pinch collar since she doesn't follow that well.

I love this picture of us! Liam's smile is so cute and big!

Aside from finding summer activities, I've been thinking about bringing Liam to his first movie... He's been obsessed with the "Minions" movie lately, and I am wondering if I should bring him to see the "Despicable Me 3" movie.

I know he can sit through an entire movie at home. I don't know how it would go at a movie theatre.

I'll definitely blog about it if I do. 😊

Little Pink Book

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Roland - 5 Months

{Milestones} You're holding your head up for a long time while you are doing tummy time. It's fun to watch you get stronger. :)

You found your hands. It's hilarious watching you look at your hands. I wonder what you think?

You are smiling all the time. You love when people talk to you. You are very social.

You love toys! When you aren't eating or sleeping, I'll give you a toy to occupy you. You enjoy whipping it around and looking at it.

{Temperament} You are a very easy baby. You're always calm. Of course, you know how to communicate your hunger and any other need. I love how chill you are.

{Eating & Sleeping} During the day, you eat every 2 hours. No solid food yet. If I go somewhere you might have a long stretch of 2.5 hours. You sleep most of the day. There are short periods of time you are awake. You've been going to bed at 8 p.m. and waking up at 3 or 4 a.m. to eat. You go back to bed for another 2 to 3 hours. You are sleepy in the morning, and I've been able to sleep in when I'm caught up on work. :)

{Weight} 21 pounds 10 ounces

{Height} We will find out at your 6 month appointment! At 4 months, you were 25 inches.

{Clothes} You are in 12 month clothing. Mimi got you a onesie with crabs on it, and it's a 12 to 18 months.This onesie goes with the sweater jacket Miss Verbie gave you. I bought you several 12 month shirts and shorts last week, and I don't think I'll have to buy anymore clothing in the next size . I located Liam's 18 month and 2T clothing

{Hair} You lost most of your hair on the sides and back of your head from looking back and forth. You have a lot of hair on top of your head just like your older brother, Liam, had  when he was your age. Although, it took you longer to lose your hair. Where you lost your hair, I see blonde hair growth. The hair on top is still brown with a tiny bit of red (maybe).

{Eyes} You have true blue eyes.

{Likes}You LOVE people. You love when we talk to you and hang out with you. You especially love when Liam talks to you and lays on the floor with you. I know you guys are going to be best friends. I take that back... Aren't you ALREADY best friends?! I think so.

You are liking the toys I give you more often now. The sensory toys are your favorites. In your car seat, you like having a blanket. I don't give you a blanket in your bassinette. I think we started giving a blanket with Liam when he would sleep after a year, and it was the breathable blanket. I love that you can stay warm in your SleepSack that is completely safe.

You love stroller rides any time of the day. I like going for a walk in the afternoon and evening when it helps all of us relax.

{Dislikes} There aren't many. I would say being overtired is the main one, but I think all of us hate being overtired. Ha

{Outings} Chicago was the biggest outing we have had recently. I need to do a separate post on this one, but you were the easiest baby to bring on the train to Chicago. I'm planning on going back at the end of the month. I can't wait to visit again. :)

Other things we did this month:

You met my friend Michelle and her husband Matt.

We had an impromptu party with Nana and Papa at Turk's house on the fourth of July.

We walked on a nature trail after a party, and I was reminded of why I love nature trails.

You went on a little date with Mama and Dada and Liam stayed with Mimi.

{Just for Fun} Liam's 5 Month Update

Little Pink Book

Friday, June 30, 2017

Taking Stock

Brainstorming - I've been thinking about how to organize all of my work related papers. Also, I'm brainstorming ideas about collecting my articles I've written for the paper and putting them in a binder. I want to have my favorites in one place.

Decorating - This past month, we worked on decorating and furnishing the living room. Bill picked up another end table and a coffee table. I bought a bar cart from Target that goes along with our mid-century modern theme. At least that's what our family has said! Ha

Discovering - I've been discovering new books I want to read. "Crazy Rich Asians" and "What Remains" are on my list.

Drinking - Coffee in the morning and a lot of water throughout the day.

Enjoying -We have had short break from the typical hot weather, and I've been loving the cooler nights.

Feeling - I'm excited for the weekend! We have a lot of things planned. We're celebrating birthdays on Bill's side and my brother's birthday too. Plus, it's the fourth of July, and we have a few parties too. We'll see how it all turns out.

Listening -I haven't listened to that much lately after finishing "Big Little Lies." I'm going to start "Anna Karenina" on Audible.

Lusting - Nothing in particular! Okay, I take that back. I'm lusting/craving cherry crisp. We picked cherries from the tree in our backyard last night, and I'm baking it this afternoon!

Planning - I've been writing several to-do lists, planning out birthday presents for different family members and planning on carving out some time to write in Liam and Roland's baby books.

Playing - We've been playing with a lot of dinosaurs lately. Liam loves playing with Bill's collection he had growing up. Plus, he has a plethora of little dinosaurs from Easter.

Procrastinating - I've been putting off laundry, but yesterday and the day before, I tried to tackle everything in the basement. I washed our sheets too. Oh, I've been meaning to finish crocheting a blanket, and I'm going to try and finish it tonight.

Thinking - I started reading "What Remains" by Carole Radziwill, and I can't stop thinking about the stories she writes about in her book. It's fascinating.

Shopping - I shopped for 12 month clothing for Roland this morning. We went to Kohl's for clothes. Each time I go, I'm reminded of when my mom would shop for us at Kohl's when were younger. She would pick up pretty much everything from there that we needed aside from groceries of course.

Wishing - I've been dying to go to Wisconsin for a little weekend getaway. I don't think it will happen this summer, but if not, I'm wanting to plan something for the fall/winter time. We'll see...

Waiting - Waiting for the weekend to start... I can't wait for everything we have planned. I have a feeling I'll be ready for the week after this. I'm not used to having something scheduled for each day.

Little Pink Book

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Day in the Life

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to take a picture every couple of hours to document what I did in a typical day with Liam (2.5 years) and Roland (4 months). I love reading and looking back at what life was like. You think you'll remember most things, but I find that I forget most of the details.

Roland woke up at 5:30 a.m. I fed him and he went back to bed while I worked for a few hours. I put Stress Away in the diffuser. I start diffusing it early in the day and keep it going till the afternoon. I feel like I'm on a beach with it diffusing. 😏 Typically, I'm working on posting to social media for my accounts in the morning and writing a blog post. Roland will sleep till 8:30 or 9 in the morning, and Liam will wake up around the same time. I feel really lucky they are such good sleepers!

After I feed Roland again and get breakfast for Liam, I'll work on cleaning the kitchen.

And I'll fold a load of laundry. I like to do one or two loads every other day. I could probably do one load of laundry everyday, but I'm typically behind by a day.

I like to listen to a book while I clean. Last week, I was listening to "Big Little Lies." I really enjoyed this book. It was good mix of funny scenes and characters and serious life and relationship issues. I ended up finishing the book using iBooks on my phone. It's funny. I think I like iBooks better than Audible.

I had to run to the library at 11 a.m. Roland was already asleep. He typically will sleep longer if I'm going out. He is really easy to bring with when I'm running errands.

We were returning a couple of movies, and Liam saw these two books he had to check out! Ha Tractors and dinosaurs are a big favorite!

Bill wanted me to text him a picture of the XBOXONE games. I have to admit, this was my second attempt. The first pictures I sent him were of regular XBOX games.

It was noon when I left the library. I decided to go to Target to search for an end table. Liam is so used to stopping by Starbucks when were at a store that he will ask for a snack when he sees one. He got a chocolate milk, and I got a mocha frappuccino. It's hard to say no when you want to go the same place! Haha

I found a bar cart to use as end table. It really fits the mid-century modern theme we have in the living room, and it was 60 percent off! Yay!

I always end up giving him a little of my drink.

When we got home both kids took a nap, and Liam woke up super happy.

This picture was from earlier when we were relaxing before Roland went to sleep. Isn't he sweet?

In the evening, I went on a walk with Roland and Liam. Bill also went with, and we walked to the farm where we found his parents sitting by the fire. I ended up staying with Roland while Bill went to organize the basement. We're in the middle of putting the basement back together. Bill's dad was cooking a pizza. I had a couple of slices, and he asked me, "So what would you like for dessert?" Ha! I love how he will always ask me this after dinner. He's so sweet and fun. Bill Senior decided on cinnamon rolls. Before they were done, I went back home and picked up Liam so he could have one with us.

Liam loves going over to Nana and Papa's house. We stayed for a little bit longer, and I went home to put everyone to bed. It was a pretty typical day for us besides the trip to Target. I think I go once or twice a month. 😉 What does a typical day look like for you?

Little Pink Book