Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What We've Been Up To {My 700th Post!!}

I thought I would share what we've been up to lately on my 700th post! Wow... I never thought I would have 700 posts on this blog. I've blogged about a lot of different things, and I think my favorite part of having a blog is the ability to look back at all the memories at a later point.

Okay... Here's what we've been up to lately!


I made cinnamon rolls for Bill's birthday yesterday. He LOVES them and always requests them.

I also made a pasta salad this week, and we've been having it for lunch. I should say I've been eating it for lunch. Liam doesn't like it yet. He's been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


We had such a good time going out for Bill's birthday last night. We went out with Bill's parents and my mom. Roland was with too. :)


I'm loving summer. I don't want it to end! I love sitting outside with the family and having meals out there.

We've been making the most of our summer.


We've been outside living up all the good parts of summer. I'm planning a few fun this week.


Honestly, I've been dreading due dates, but I started using my planner religiously. My planner makes all the difference.

I feel on top of things with it. There are few things I need to tackle today, but first, I need to make time for a walk.


I've been working on my social media accounts I take care of each week. Also, I have story to complete this week.

I'm having a typical week. 😄


I'm excited for the dutch door we ordered for our closet. I had several ideas for our room, but this dutch door was all Bill's idea. I loved the idea.

I've never seen a dutch door for a closet door, but of course it's on Pinterest!


I haven't been watching any new TV lately. I'm almost caught up with the Bachelorette, but it's not holding my interest.

I honestly need to find another show. Do you have any suggestions?

I've been reading:

Bill has asked me for a few years to read "Anna Karenina." I haven't been interested. I don't know why. I think I thought the language would be off-putting.

I was pleasantly surprised. Tolstoy's book reads like a modern book! Who would have thought?!


I've been listening to the third Harry Potter book... I LOVE the narrator. Harry Potter takes me to another world. 

 We're working on cleaning up the basement and organizing all of our stuff that was in "storage."

We've come a long way, but we're still working on the finishing touches.


I've been living in shorts and maxi skirts, but I've been wanting to wear leggings... These Disney Lularoe leggings are a favorite.

My mom keeps telling me I need to wear more green and blue. I'm considering it. Ha


I'll still be enjoying summer. I can't wait for more festivals that typically happen in August.


We're finishing our book challenge for the library this week. Liam will have read 40 books, and I'm finishing my third book.

I'm hoping he likes the prizes he gets from the library.

Little Pink Book

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Happy Birthday, Bill! {And a List of My Favorite Moments With You!}

Happy Birthday, Bill! Today, you turn 33! It's hard to believe I met you when you were 25. I think it's fun thinking back to when we met and thinking about where we would be at when we turned 30 and 33. I'm so proud of everything we've accomplished together and apart.

I never would have thought I would meet anyone as fun, goofy, smart or loyal as you are. Thank you for being my best friend for the past 7 years.

A few of my favorite moments from the past 7 years:

Our trip to Canada and New York! 1, 2 and 3

Our Beach Wedding

Our Wedding Reception at the Farm

Decorating Our House Together when we were First Married

Our Trip to Europe 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Trips to Biloxi 1, 2, 3

Our First time back in Hutchinson Island since Our Wedding

Our Trip to Vegas for Tom's 21st

 Liam's Birth 💓

Roland's Birth (I still have to write his birth story.) 💙

I realized I most mentioned our favorite trips together, but they were super special. Of course, the most important moments and memories come from our boys. I love the family we have together! 💖💋

Liam, Roland and I all love you SO MUCH!

Happy, Happy Birthday!! We can't wait to celebrate with you!


Little Pink Book

Monday, July 24, 2017

Taking Stock

Brainstorming -  I've been brainstorming ideas for Bill's birthday, and I've come up with the perfect idea for a present... Bill is the least material person I know. I usually end up buying him what amounts to a lot of "stuff." This time, I'm going for something more meaningful.

Decorating -  I believe I finished decorating my desk area. The other week I bought a chalkboard and a mermaid decoration from Hobby Lobby. I'm honestly in love with how it looks. I feel like I love walking over to my desk and looking at it when I sit down. Plus, it reminds me of every article I'm currently working on at the moment and what posts I'm researching and scheduling for social media.

Discovering - The importance of a routine! I've been using my datebook more often, and I have felt a lot more organized! I know what I need to get done. I know what needs to be done at a certain time too. It's great. I've been committed to writing in it daily.

Drinking -LaCroix water all day. Well, I haven't been drinking it all day long but pretty close! I love the peach, coconut, berry and lemon flavor! Also, I think I'm getting obsessed with tea again. I like it in the afternoon after I've had coffee in the morning. Of course, I'm drinking a lot of water too.

Enjoying - I'm taking in every good moment this summer. I love the warm summer months. I also love fall too, but I want to enjoy summer before it's gone. I love the pool, the warm days, the quiet mornings outside on the deck and the walks in the forest preserve. Oh, I can't forget the fun trips to the city we've had as well. They're also the best.

Feeling - I've been motivated to get in a good routine this past weekend after feeling completely overwhelmed. There's nothing like a horribly unorganized day/week that motivates you to get a tight schedule. I'm feeling super prepared even though I've only been following this schedule for a day.

Listening - I've been listening to "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." The narrator is amazing!

Lusting - Nothing lately...

Planning - We've been planning and organizing the basement. Bill has done an amazing job. I have a cork board I'm decorating. It's been so much fun watching it all come together.

Playing - Liam is currently playing with his dinosaurs. His dinosaurs, Bill's toys from childhood, are his favorites.

Procrastinating -  I'm not procrastinating anything today. I feel like the more I put something off the more overwhelmed I get.

Shopping - My mom went shopping for me yesterday. She picked up some decorations that Bill requested for his birthday. I'm excited to have him open them tomorrow.

Thinking -  Thinking about how to decorate the basement. Ha I can't wait to post pictures of everything.

Wishing - I'm wishing there were more weeks in summer to enjoy all the good things we love.

Waiting - I'm waiting for tomorrow to make Bill's birthday the best one yet. I'm making cinnamon rolls tomorrow for him. I still haven't heard exactly what he wants to do tomorrow. Ha He likes telling me everything he wants at the last minute.

Little Pink Book

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