Monday, September 20, 2010

Sweet moments from my wknd

This past weekend, our little threesome took an impromptu trip to Canyon Lake, TX with the Simpson's lil' threesome. We did this same thing last September and it was funny recalling all the differences we experienced a year before with an 8 and 9 month old versus this year with a 20 and 21 month old! I was looking forward to the weekend because last week was crazy. Wednesday was an ultra chaotic day for me which included taking my cat to the vet and having to get him put in a plastic box/bubble so that they could sedate him with some gas in order to collect a urine sample without him severely injuring any of their staff. He was less than thrilled to be there to say the least. So while they were doing that, I was in the waiting room with my toddler and my dad (bless his heart for coming with to help me - I would have looked like a circus act trying to juggle my toddler, my 20 lb diaper bag, and my angry cat all by my lonesome). Well, we were in the waiting room until we finally had to go outside so that Cayden could sit in timeout without distractions. Yes, I put my child in timeout at the vets office. Mom of the year for sure. Ha! But I firmly believe the key to discipline is consistency so I'm sticking to it. The vets office took forever because Ace was so "uncooperative" so I rushed home in time to make dinner for one more person than I was expecting and then get out the door to Bible study. It's not great to be late to Bible study especially when you're helping to lead it, but such was my life on Wednesday. Wednesday was also the day that Clint called to tell me that we got the condos and were going THIS weekend. I was shocked but happy to get away amidst the craziness. Thursday contained a lot of laundry & grocery shopping and then Friday morning, we were off to the Hill Country. We probably would have turned Cayden's car seat around to be forward facing if we had had time to breathe before we left. We barely got our bags packed because everything happened so fast! The American Society of Pediatrics recommends that you leave your child rear facing until their 2nd birthday. And we intended to do that. But because we have a bulky carseat and a tall child, that just wasn't practical. His poor legs were squished and he was getting pretty uncomfortable. It made sleeping on car trips difficult for him which equals lots of fussing and crying for mom and dad. So, after we stopped at Schlotzsky's for lunch on Friday, daddy went out and turned his seat around. And this is what we got the second half of the trip.

A very excited little boy. He was pointing and saying, "car!" at all the cars passing by. He loves being able to see out of the front window and know what's going on. Makes car trips more pleasant for everyone!

We made it to Canyon Lake around 4:00 and settled in for a bit. Then, Larissa and I drove to the outlet mall in San Marcos and hit up a few stores. The main place we wanted to go was to the Pottery Barn/Williams Sonoma outlet. Collin and I have decided that when we upgrade Cayden's room to a big boy room (I shudder typing that) that we are going with a sports theme. Being married to the athlete that I am, he wanted to do a sports themed nursery but I really wasn't on board with that. So, we compromised on doing it for his big boy room when we convert him from his crib to a toddler bed. I have found what bedding I want to use and was hoping they would have it on sale at the PBK outlet but no such luck. But I did find the below wall art.

It would go really well with the bedding and I think it is adorable. But I'm betting my dad can build this for cheaper than they're asking at the PBK outlet. Dad, whatcha think?! ;)

Ris and I each got some cute things. It seems that once you have kids you never buy anything for yourself anymore. Almost everything I got was for Cayden. I cannot tell you the last time I bought clothes for myself or Collin but Cayden has the cutest wardrobe! He is definitely the best dressed member of our family. Ha! I did get some candles and things from Bath & Body Works and some hand and dish soap from Williams Sonoma. I love that place!

On Saturday I was horrible and didn't take any pictures. The fact that Cayden formed an aversion to his pack & play on Friday night and kept me up for half the night might have something to do with it. But I'm not going to focus on that. We went to The Gristmill for lunch and then came back to the condo and made it inside just as it started to rain. The kids took naps and then we headed over to the Clubhouse for some games and things. I made Mexican food in the room that night and then we played spades. The girls won, as usual :)

Cayden slept much better on Saturday night. We decided to let him sleep with us and even though he's never been a great sleeper with us, it worked. Usually, he's so excited about being in the bed with us that his adrenaline kicks in and he wants to roll, jump, and squeal about. Going to sleep is the last thing on his mind. He had napped late that day so he just stayed up with the adults and played like a sweet boy while we played spades. Then, the three of us went to bed together. After about ten minutes of rubbing his head/face, he went to sleep and we all got a decent amount of sleep. I am hoping we have turned a corner in getting him to sleep with us. I do NOT want this to occur for any reason if we're at home, but it would make things easier when we travel.

On Sunday as we were packing up to leave, the kids watched some Mickey. They look so big sitting on the couch together.

We ate a quick bite before we left and I had to snap a few pictures of the kids eating in their booster seats. I have a picture from last year of them sitting next to one another in their bumbo seats eating. This picture makes me laugh because it looks like Cayden didn't get anything to eat, but he did - I promise!

Cayden was so exhausted that he slept from the time we left the condo (he literally fell asleep about a minute after we pulled out of our parking spot at 2:15) until I woke him up at 5:50. He would have slept all the way home if I had let him! I was afraid he wouldn't go to bed until midnight but even after that long nap, he went to bed at 9:45 and slept all night! I love his sweet sleepy face.

And his wild sleep hair. And the way that his arm is caught in the strap in this picture. And just about everything about this precious little man.

We had a great time and hope that your weekend was great, too!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cayden needs your vote!!

I entered Cayden into a photo contest. And before you get all creeped out and visions of crazy toddlers & tiaras moms run through your head, let me explain. I frequent a particular shop on etsy that sells adorable applique and monogrammed shirts for kids, burp cloths, bibs, and all cute things of that nature. The owner of that shop decided to do a contest on her facebook fan page and ask for submissions of children wearing products she has made. So, I sent in a picture of Cayden wearing his bday shirt that she made him last year for a chance to win a $100 giftcard to her shop! Sooo, all that said, Cayden needs your vote. It's super easy and just takes a sec. On fb, find the Maddie Bug Baby fan page (, 'like' her shop (you have to like her shop in order to vote in the contest!), and then 'like' Cayden's photo. He's the 3rd one but she has all the kids names under their pics so you can't miss it. Liking his photo is how you vote for him. It's that easy! And if you have little cuties to shop for in your own life, I suggest browsing her stuff. She sells some very cute things at reasonable prices! I would LOVE to win so please vote!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Quick Life Update & our Playroom Addition

If you gathered from a couple of posts ago, our house was struck with yet another stomach bug. I say another because all three of us had one back in May. This time around, Cayden was the only one who caught it. It was a couple days of no fun and quite a lot of Pedialite but thankfully kids bounce back quickly and he got over it almost as quickly as it came on. And praise the Lord it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.

We have been staying busy, as usual. Collin and I started volunteering with the college ministry at our church recently. We have committed to being there Sunday mornings, attending activities when we can, and are co-leading Bible studies at TCU on Wednesday evenings. It has been a learning experience for me - in some ways I feel like it hasn't been that long since I was out of college. In other ways, I feel so far removed from that phase of life. I told the girl that I'm co-leading with, "Put me in a room full of kindergarteners and I'm totally comfortable, but in a room full of college students, I'm nervous!" Collin and I began praying a while back for God to show us where He wanted us to be serving in our church and the college pastor contacted Collin the next day asking if we were interested in volunteering. Pretty clear sign to us that this is where we're supposed to be! So, I'm trusting Him and following His lead. I'm blessed to be co-leading the Bible study with a girl who has tons of experience working with Campus Crusade so that's awesome. God is cool like that. I'm nervous and feel totally unqualified for this and he puts me with a seasoned college worker and awesome woman of faith. There are also some neat couples that volunteer and a few of them have boys a little older than Cayden so we're excited to get to know them better and for Cayden to be around some more boys since so many kids he's around are girls!

The annual fall JBF sale is wrapping up right now. If you're not familiar with it, it's a huge baby/kids consignment sale. They sell everything from clothes and shoes to books, puzzles, toys, and baby gear. Literally everything you need as a new mom. They even sell maternity clothes. It's awesome and if you're pregnant or have young kids (like older elementary or middle school and younger), you should TOTALLY check it out! Clint jokes that it's a community wide garage sale and honestly, it kind of is! Ha! If you volunteer, they let you get in early to shop before the sale opens to the public, so Larissa and I volunteered this year. We worked an 8 hour shift last Thursday and then I work another 4 hour shift this Sunday after church. They are open tomorrow and then Saturday is half price day!

We have been living in this house for going on 16 months now and I am no where near done decorating it. Is that normal or terrible? I don't know but it's my reality. The playroom is the only room that was sadly bare until fairly recently. The room that we are calling the playroom is technically the formal dining room in our house and we debated for close to a year about whether we wanted to make it a dining room or a playroom. We finally decided that to keep our family room from looking like toys are about to come busting out of the windows, we will make it a playroom. I have my fingers crossed for a formal dining room in our next house :) So, with that decision made, I began searching for storage systems and cute little play tables and chairs, etc. I found a bookshelf/storage system at Land of Nod that I fell in love with.

Isn't it adorable?! I only had room for one bookcase because the way the room is set up - the above image is two side by side. I am super blessed in the fact that my parents live close and my dad is very handy. He's my own personal Handy Manny. Handy Gary, that should be his new name. So, I showed him a picture and my dad whipped this up.

He's wonderful. The Land of Nod single bankable bookcase costs $400 + tax and a ridiculous shipping fee tacked onto that. My dad built this for about $54 and I painted it for about $20. Awesome. Plus he cut the bottom out to custom fit our crown molding so that we can have it flush against the wall. He also built a way to anchor it to the wall so that Cayden and any future sibling(s) he might have cannot pull it down on themselves. Double awesome. He's the best ;) As you can tell, I'm not done filling it but we're getting there. I love the white above but since we have light walls and carpet and I do not plan on painting in there!, I didn't think the white would look good. I want this room to be fun, bright, and full of primary colors. My dad is also going to build a Pottery Barn Kids table for me to go in here and I want colored chairs to go with it. I hope it turns out as cute as it is in my head!

I found the armoire in the above picture on craigslist for $65 and I got the TV inside of it for free from one of my parents friends daughters who was trying to get rid of some things before she got married. I love good deals and you cannot beat free! We try not to watch too much TV in our house but I wanted to have a TV in here so that when Cayd gets a little bigger he can cuddle up in his big red chair and watch movies. Collin suggested we get some bean bags and put them in here and I love the idea! And please excuse my no pants on child!

I have to share this story about Cayden. He normally doesn't run around in just a t-shirt and diaper, not that there's anything wrong with that, we just don't normally do that. But today he wet the bed during nap time (meaning he peed so much that his poor diaper couldn't handle it!) so I let him just run around in his t-shirt. Shortly after I took the these pictures, he "relieved himself". I heard and smelled it so I had him walk with me into his room to change his diaper. He didn't want to stop playing and go with me so he was fussing as we were holding hands and walking down the hall. All of a sudden, he started laughing. I, totally confused, looked down to find him in only his shirt and a poopy diaper on the floor about two feet behind us. He took his diaper off with his free hand and found it absolutely hilarious! He keeps me on my toes for sure! Thankfully, no carpet was harmed during this incident. :)