A Few of my Favorite Things

Friday, January 30, 2015

oh hey, Friday pics from the week!

It's that time again! Time to rejoice that it is Friday! Time to make it through one more work day, and spend the weekend relaxing with family! This weekend Christopher's Mom will be in town! Hallie just loves her Memi!

Today is a special day too! Sadie girl is 8 today! Happy Birthday to my Sadie girl! Which brings me to pics of the week! Hands down my favorite picture taken this week is of Hallie and Sadie:

1. The birthday girl with Hallie

2. Hallie with her favorite toy...she's a mess
3. Christopher's favorite of all of Hallie's shirts! He made it for her at his Dad's shop!

 4. Hallie and Mommy night time snuggles
 5. Hallie in a giggle fit yesterday before work!
Hope everyone has a great week and a happy happy weekend!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day in the Life January 2015

This particular day was a Wednesday.

I wake up at 6:45 (15 minutes before my alarm) because Christopher is leaving for work.
I go to the kitchen, make my coffee and prep Hallie's bottle for when she wakes up.  Then I drink my coffee and answer emails and blog catch up on some favorite blogs.

7:05, I hear Hallie calling to me from the monitor so I pick her up from her crib and we go to my room for a bottle and some snuggles. Hallie loves to pet Stella while she drinks her bottle.

At 7:25 we head to the kitchen.  I feed Stella, give Hallie some puffs, reheat my coffee and start unloading the dishwasher, all this while we have a dance party to some of our favorite Disney Tunes! Then I feed Hallie some yogurt!

Around 7:45, we go to Hallie's room so that I can get her ready for the day.  Then she has a bounce in her exersaucer while I take a quick  Super quick shower!.
By 8:10, I am out of the shower. I reheat my coffee....again...and pack up the diaper bag for the day.  I also make sure to pack up our Library books, because today is library day. I let the dog in and finish my coffee. Around 8:30 Hallie comes with me to the bedroom. While I dry my hair and get ready she plays with her favorite hairbrush!
We are ready to hit the road by 8:55.
Hallie naps in the car and I hit a bunch of traffic, but we make it to the Library by 9:15.  Since we are there later than usual, I return our books, skip the adult fiction and grab some new books for Hallie.
By 9:30 our Friends arrive and we have a blast at Story Time with Michael and Jude.  We do rhymes, learn some baby signs, read a book and play with Toys and Bubbles.  Story time is over at 10.  Hallie and I check out her books and then we decide to go to the park with Jude and his Mom Melinda.

We play at the park for about an hour and hit the road around 11:20.  I stop on the way home for a Taco at Taco Bueno (don't!)
Hallie is ready for a nap when we get home around 11:45, which is good because I can eat my quick lunch and do a clean sweep of the house.  When I am done with that, I catch up on some Gilmore Girls, share some puppy snuggles and make my afternoon pick me up cup of Joe.  Around 12:45 I set up a little learning station for when Hallie wakes up.  This week we are focusing on: Number 4, Letter D, Color Green, and Shape-Square.
Hallie is up by 1:00 and we play and do some learning. She plays with Stella for a while.

Around 1:20 it's time for a bottle, and then some more playing before we have to get ready for work. I build block towers for Hallie to knock down.  Then we go to Hallie's room. While she plays I change her sheets and put away laundry.  
At 2:00 we get everything ready for work, and we are out the door by 2:20.  I am in the line at the girl's school by 2:40.  Sadie hops in the car around 3:05. Cleo stays after to try out for Talent Show. When we get home, we clean up after the Puppy, Molly and put her in the kitchen while we do homework. Hallie hangs out on the other side of the gate, but both Molly and Hallie try desperately to reach each other.  
(Now here comes the Taxi part of the show, hence no pictures!)
Cleo and her buddy Abbey call for us to pick them up around 3:35.  We head to the school, pick them up and are back home by 3:45 for Cleo to change for dance.  We are out the door again by 4:05.  We quickly drop Abbey off at her house and head to Cleo's dance school.  We drop her off by 4:30 and with the help of Sadie, Hallie has a bottle in the car.  
By 4:45. we are home (their house) again. Sadie finishes homework quickly and then gets everything ready for soccer practice, so that she can play with Hallie! Did I mention Sadie is Hallie's favorite person ever?

We Drop Sadie off at soccer by 5:50 and then head home, our home!  
Home by 6:10 The first thing I do is get my sweats on (again, no judgement!) I pick my PLL shirt because we always watch it on Wednesdays! I pour myself a glass of wine. Christopher gets home and orders pizza for everyone! Then he makes Hallie laugh while I feed her carrots for dinner!
By 6:40 it's time for a bath.  
Around 7, we play and watch part of American Idol while we wait on my girls! (Usually it's a huge group of us, but tonight only my sister Katie and her bestie Amanda make it!) 
They arrive around 7:20 and we eat some Pizza!
At 7:30 it is book, prayer and bottle time for Hallie.  While she has her bottle, we start Pretty Little Liars.  
 At 8:00 it's time for last minute snuggles and then into bed for one final prayer! Hallie loves her prayer bunny from bestie Luna!
We finish Pretty Little Liars and the girls leave by 9.  Then Christopher and I finish American Idol and head to bed around 10:00
And that's my day! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Play Group fun!

Yesterdays play group was so much fun! Our group organizer, Larissa, is also owner of her own photography business: Purple Moments Photography! (You've seen her work! She's taken many of my favorite photos of Hallie!) Anyway, she did a little mini session for each of the kids so that they had a special Valentine picture to give to their Daddies and the kiddos played in between sessions!

Hallie and Buddy Luna!

Hallie and new friend Skylar (Note the wardrobe change)
Group shot blooper!

We tried to get a picture of all of the kiddos...didn't go so well! Haha! But we had so much fun! Hallie and I always have so much fun with the ladies (and little gentlemen.)
I feel so blessed to have found a group of such supportive and loving women! So, thank you ladies for being so amazing to me and to my baby girl!

Oh, and here is a sneak peek of the lovely Valentine photos of Hallie:
Romper: Little Bow Peep

<3 Kelly

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top 10 Favorite Blogs

Good Morning Friends-
Today I thought I would share my Top 10 Favorite Blogs with you! Please go check them out if you haven't already!

1. A+ Life- Courtney shares her experiences as a wife and a mother.  She has an adorable little girl Abigail and a soon to be baby girl Mabel.  Abigail is hilarious by the way! This blog is a must read for me!

2.B Loved Boston- Biana shares about her life in Boston as well as great shopping and lifestyle tips! She shares some of the best products ever!

3. From Here to Eternity- Courtney shares about her life as a mommy and wife.  Her little girl Mia is just darling, and I love following along with all the fun that they have!

4. Cornflake Dreams- Jillian shares recipes and products and her experiences as a soon to be mommy!

5. Katie Did What- Katie shares fitness and style tips as well as updates on her adorable baby boy, Sam!

6. Little Baby Garvin- If you haven't read this blog, where have you been! Haha! Jessica shares about her fabulous life with husband and soon to be 3 daughters! She shares recipes, party ideas, and favorite products!

7.Our Pretty Little Girls- Beth shares about her life as a homeschooling Mom with 2 girls! She shares recipes, DIY project ideas and has an adorable Etsy shop!

8. Love Like Crazy- Kelley writes about being a Mommy to cute cute little Olivia, and all of the funny and cute things she does! I just want to squeeze Olivia! Check her out!

9. September Farm- Karli talks about being a wife and a Mommy of 2 girls and doing that all on a farm! Plus she hosts a link up every friday, which is fun!

10. Sweet Turtle Soup- Courtney chronicles her days as a Mommy and all of the fun she has with little girl Aria! Plus, they go to Disney a lot and she is extremely Festive, a girl after my own heart!!!

I hope this gives you some good blogs to read!!!

By the way, make sure to follow me on facebook!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend Fun and....

A New Camera!

Nikon 3200

It's beautiful and perfect and everything I have been wanting! Thank you to all that chipped in on it for Christmas and a SPECIAL thank you to my dear husband who gifted the rest! So NO more blurry blog pictures!

Christopher actually had off all weekend which was a treat for me and Hallie! We LOVE having him home with us! She was so so happy all weekend!

Friday Night: My best friend Joyce came over to watch Gone Girl with us. I have been wanting to read it since I finished the book! It has been so good so far, but we pooped out early! Still have about 1/2 of the movie left!

Saturday Morning we got up and went to see Christopher's new store (Yay Christopher!) We got to meet all of his employees, they all seemed really nice! After that we ran a bunch of errands, including picking out my pretty new camera!

When we got home, Hallie posed for me and I played with my new toy:

In the evening, Christopher's sweet cousin Jennifer came over with her little guy Luke and dropped off Luke's old High Chair for Hallie.  She has been such a blessing to us! And Hallie couldn't love her more!

Sunday: Christopher had a morning meeting, so unfortunately we missed Church. I snuggled with baby and explored settings on my new camera:
I love that this camera shows how blue Hallie's eyes really are! 
After...not that I will ever use this setting, but still fun to explore!

When Hallie woke up she had breakfast in her new Highchair.

Then We got ready and when Christopher got home, we went for a visit at my parent's house:
Hallie and Bapa
Hallie and Auntie Katie (see where she gets those blue eyes?)
She showed off her crawling skills

After my parent's house, we ran some more errands, and then went over to our Sponsor Couple's  (Mike and Judy sponsored us in our Catholic pre-marital counseling! Seriously the best thing we could have done) house for dinner. They are such warm and kind people! Hallie loved them!

And that was our weekend! This week we will be having a lot of play group fun! Can't wait to share! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Oh hey, case you missed it

Oh hey, Friday! In case you missed kid is crawling!!! Holy cow, how did this happen! 
Linking up today with September Farm

Here are 5 of my fave pics from the week (excluding ones I have already shared of course!) 

1.)This is Hallie's, "Please Mom" look! "Please Mom, I am trying to play here, enough with the pictures!"


2. Hallie likes to play in my bed while I am getting ready for the day!Confession: I actually dry my hair in the bedroom so that I can keep an eye on her!

3.) Pre-crawling! She was so close on Wednesday I could feel it!

4.) To see her in action, click here! This is the best video I could get, but of course during dinner last night, she crawled to the ottoman and pulled up to standing like it was no big deal! 

5.) Poor Stella, Hallie just loves her to pieces!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

7 months of Hallie Anne!

Okay, this is getting out of hand you guys! Hallie cannot be 7 months, I just wont allow it! Please baby, please slow down and don't grow up too fast! 

  • Age- 7 months! (No! It couldn't possibly be 7 months yet!)
  • Weight-  12 lb. 11 oz! Not yet on the curve, but SOOOO close! 
  • Length- 26 inches! Still long and skinny
  • Size- Size 1 Diapers! Onesies- 3 month or 3-6 Months Ts!  Pants- the waist on the 3-6 month are too big, but the length on the 3's are too small...LIMBO!  PJs Starting to bust out of 3 month, but 6 month are still a bit big! 
  • Eyes- Still blue! Yay!!! 
  • Hair- LIGHT brown! And finally starting to grow back some!
  • Sleeping- 10-12 hour stretches at night, starting to have some anxiety every few nights though...takes about 2 or 3 naps a day
  • Eating- 26 oz a day.  Veggies: Green beans (FAVE!) Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Squash Fruits: Allergic to pears, hate Peaches, will eat: Berries, avocado, Apples, and prunes. Also loves oatmeal and CHICKEN! 
  • Milestones- Rolls both ways...everywhere! Sitting with no help!! Pulling up by herself and walking with help!  Still babbling a ton, and "singing" Still drooling and teething! Loves to shove anything in her mouth! Is still scooting, but getting so close to crawling! Seriously, any day now!Just before I posted this she crawled for the first time! Big girl! Expect a video tomorrow!
  •  Memorable outings- Playgroup, Christmas, Trip to Houston for Mrs. Sindi's birthday.
  • Favorite toys/activities- The Exersaucer!! Still loves her turtle which we have named Dewy! The Taggie elephant and princess dolly she got for Christmas are her new favorites! Also: Puppets and loves books! A girl after my own heart! We read before bed every night! She got a Children's Bible for her Baptism, and we always do that before bed with a prayer. Also loves the rhymes we do at story time! Particularly (Tick Tock,Horse named Ron and Patty Cake!) Loves to play with Stella.  DANCING! She loves to shake it! Especially with Daddy! She also really enjoys listening to music. WALKING with help! Seriously it makes her sooo happy! And she recently loves dressing up! Beads and shoes! 
  • Words/sounds- Imitating sounds a little. Singing "Ooh Ooh" especially in the car and I swear she tries to say: Hey, Mom and Dad..but I am probably crazy 
  • Nicknames- I call her sweet pea, peanut, peanut butter, sweet girl or Hal...Daddy likes to call her Daniel son when I put headbands on her...but other than that sticks to a generic sweetie or cutie!
  • Funny moments- Hallie has started sniffing! It is hilarious! She also sounds like she is hyperventilating when she gets excited! 
  • Looking forward to- savoring each and every moment! They are going too too fast! Also can't wait to celebrate Valentines day with her! My sweet sweet girl!

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