Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chair Crush

We have this recliner in our living room that I despise. I'm not even going to take a picture of it because I despise it that much. I can't complain much, though, because my grandparents gave it to us when they got a new one. We used it in our apartment when we were first married, and when we made the move to our house a few years ago, it made the move with us, much to my chagrin.

Brandon loves it {seriously, what is it with men and La-Z-Boys?} and I will admit, it helped me rock Walker to sleep many a time. It also helped me feed him...and with a baby with reflux means our poor chair looks like it was in a major accident and spit-up was the culprit. See? Bad. 

We're currently in the market for a new accent chair for our living room to replace the old, worn out, dirty recliner. {My brother, who will be going to college in August, will gladly get the recliner for his dorm room. Spit up stains will soon be replaced with Taco Cabana and some adult beverage stains, I'm sure of it.} 

I'm currently obsessing over these six accent chairs {below} from One King's Lane and don't know if I'll ever be able to make a decision. I perused their accent chairs site and Chair Crush Pinterest board all afternoon yesterday and discovered I have a pattern, and that's nailhead trim. Seriously, I'm in love with it and can't get enough.

Brandon is definitely all about the leather and comfortability of the chair, while I'm more on the looks {and nailhead trim} side of things. Of course, we're planning to have another baby at some point, so the leather will be nice if we have another spitter-upper like Walker; you can just wipe off. Brandon will be the first to tell you that I'd live in an all-white palace if I could, but alas, I guess that's not feasible with babies, now is it? ;) 


one // two



So, which of these do you like best? I'm leaning more towards #4, but I'd love to hear what you think! Be sure to check out One King's Lane the next time you're in the market to buy a new chair...or anything for your home, for that matter! 

Happy Thursday, friends! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Walker is NINE Months Old!

Walker, you are nine months old! I know I say it every month, but I can't believe we're already here! 


-FEEDING-
You are now taking three 5 oz. bottles a day: 6 a.m., 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. You are eating more food than milk, and I can't believe our sweet little boy is relying more on food than milk! Stop growing! 

Your schedule is: 6 a.m.: wake, followed by oatmeal and a bottle; 9 a.m.: morning snack; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: nap; 12 p.m.: lunch {vegetable, fruit and yogurt}; 1-3 p.m.: nap; 3 p.m.: afternoon snack; 6 p.m.: dinner {vegetable + quinoa, fruit and yogurt}; 6:30 p.m.: bath; 7 p.m.: bed. 

You still love to eat, and we have started you on a few table foods: peas, corn, cubed sweet potatoes, sting cheese, green beans, pears and peaches {and Puffs}. You still love your purées and eat: quinoa, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, green beans, peas, broccoli, avocado, apples, bananas, peaches, pears, mangoes and yogurt. You also love drinking cold water out of your sippy cup



-SLEEPING-
You are a great sleeper and typically sleep from 7 p.m.-6:30 or 7 a.m.! We've had a few one-off nights where you have woken up in fits, but we quickly learned it was teething. {I hate you, teething!} 

We had to lower your crib to the lowest setting a few weeks ago. You have gotten quite good at attempting to climb out of your bed - just like your Uncle Royden used to do - and it scared us a lot, so down the bed went. You continued to do it on the next level, so down it went to the lowest possible setting. We still will go in in the mornings and find you standing up in your crib just smiling at us with your sleepy eyes! 



-STATISTICS-
You went in for your flu shot earlier this month and weighed almost 23 pounds. You go back for your second flu vaccine and nine-month check-up in two weeks, so I'll know your full details then. All I know is, you're a chunk and I love it! 



-DEVELOPMENT/MILESTONES/FIRSTS-
You started crawling last month, and now you're into EVERYTHING! You are so fast, too! You have started pulling up on things, including your walker, in the bathtub and in your crib, as well as on us. You also enjoy standing if someone is holding your arms, or if you're standing in between one of our legs while we're sitting. I have a feeling you'll be walking by your first birthday, but I'm not rushing that in the least! You actually took your first assisted steps with your walker last Friday, and have really enjoyed doing that continually. 

You have started to roll over onto your back, hold up a book over your head and "read it." It cracks us up! You also noticed that things make sounds when you hit them together, so you're often smacking your blocks together and cracking up at the sound that makes. 

You cut your bottom two teeth, and now you look so much more like a big boy to me than a baby! It's so cute to see your scrunch-nose, open-mouth grin with those two little teeth in there. 

You say "Mama," "Dada" "Ba" {for bottle} and "Bah bah" {for bye-bye}. You also understand the word "no," and when I say it to you, you shake your head "no" back at me. You recognize your name, and turn if we call it. 

Your firsts for this month included: getting your bottom teeth, starting a few table foods, pulling up on things, taking your first assisted steps with your walker, your first nights away from Mommy and Daddy, your first boo-boo at school, transitioning to the convertible car seat and your first visit to the pumpkin patch.  



-CLOTHES-
You are in nine month clothes and a few 12 month ones, as well. You are also in size three shoes. 



-BEHAVIOR/DEMEANOR-
You are so precious and smile so much! You love to give kisses, and when you do, you put both of your hands on either side of our faces and smack one on us. It's adorable! 

You absolutely adore your Daddy and think he just hung the moon. You also love: cold water from your sippy cup, bath time, playing outside, swinging in your swing, giving kisses, sleeping on your tummy, reading books, terrorizing Oliver and the song "All About that Bass" {you dance to it, which is hilarious}. 

You don't like: picking food up by yourself - you'd rather us feed it to you; the NoseFrida; having your face or nose wiped; getting dressed in the mornings being in your infant carseat {hence why we transitioned you!} and avocados {clearly you're not my child in that regard!}. 



-NICKNAMES-
Walky, Walk, Boo Boo, Walker Boo, Little Man, Monkey, Monk-Monk 



Walker, how you are already nine months old is beyond me. You are so fun, sweet and hilarious that I sometimes sit back and wonder how we got so lucky. {I guess the better term would be "blessed."} 

I am truly enjoying seeing your personality come out and shine through, as well as determine which characteristics or traits you have from your Dad and me. You definitely have my zero patience - you can go from zero to 60 in five seconds flat. You are also very dramatic like me, but you are very loving and affectionate like your Dad. You also have a great appetite like us both! I see so much of your Dad in you at times, but everyone comments how you look just like your Pah {my grandfather} and Uncle Greg {my great-uncle}. 

I absolutely love seeing the world through your eyes and enjoy watching you learn new things. You are such a sweet, precious boy and I can't imagine my life without you.

You are a joy and a delight and we love you to pieces.

Love,
Mommy and Daddy 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Aussie Vox Box Review

I recently received my Vox Box from Influenster. Since it wasn't in a cute little box, I didn't take a photo, but just picture in your mind a rectangle cardboard box with two Aussie Products in it: Aussie Sprunch Spray and Aussie Instant Freeze Aerosol Hairspray

First, let's start with the Instant Freeze hairspray. 
I have very fine, thin hair that is about shoulder length. I always tease it because A) I am from the south and that's what you do; B) I have a massive cowlick in the back that I need to disguise; and C) Because I think my hair looks better with a bit of "oomph." So, I always use hairspray...especially on the "bump!" I am used to using another soft-hold aerosol spray that I really like, so I will admit that I was hesitant to try this one. {I'm a creature of habit.} But, I did try it, and, like the name, it does "freeze!" I will say I did like the hold it gave, as well as the smell. But I didn't really like the film it left on my marble counters, and it did give some strands of my hair a crunchy look. But, it held very well and my bump didn't go anywhere all day. 


Now, moving on to the Sprunch Spray! 
My hair is straight as a board and has absolutely zero curl or wave to it. And I mean NONE. It is straight and straighter. So, because of that, I asked my friend Liz {who has a precious wave to her hair and can rock the loose, undone curls on a daily basis} to review the Sprunch Spray for me. Because if I used it, y'all, I would look like a wet dog. 

Here are her thoughts:
This works great for using on wet hair versus styled hair! I love the smell, and I also love how I can go to bed with wet hair and then spray this on it in the morning. It works great for that casual curl look. 



I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekending

Oh man, how is it already Monday?! I'm linking up with Biana and Meghan today. 

-FRIDAY-
I had a work event, so my mother-in-law came over to watch Walker until Brandon got home from work. Friday was also Walker's first day to use his convertible car seat! He absolutely loved it and car rides are much nicer now. ;) 



When I got home, Brandon had us eating our colors! I was so starving, I kept piling everything on my plate. 


Sadly, there was a horrific accident at work and I spent all evening {and night} working. That seemed to be the theme of my weekend. 

-SATURDAY-
Saturday morning came early, but the morning was so crisp, cool and fall-like that I took Walker out for a quick walk. He loves being outside and it was nice for me to get a breath of fresh air...literally. 



I spent the rest of the morning alternating between cleaning and working {which was awful}. Once I came to a stopping point, Brandon and I went out to our new and improved Kroger to get supplies for our annual pumpkin carving and cider-drinking fête! 


We are absolutely obsessed with our giant new Kroger and kept wandering the aisles buying things we didn't need. But a make-your-own almond butter section? Yes, please! 


We decided on a whim after the Kroger trip to go early vote since the polls were open on a Saturday. Once we gave the volunteers our IDs, signed the papers and were walking to the booth to cast our ballot, the volunteer told me I really "shouldn't be wearing my shirt." I looked down and realized I had on my {super comfy, always-wear-on-Saturday} GOP elephant T-shirt. And apparently that's frowned upon in voting establishments. OOPS! I was still able to cast my vote, for Greg Abbott, though! #iloveTexas 

Once we got home, we got started on dinner, our pumpkins and the treat recipe I blogged about on Friday


Brandon made us some Apple Cider Margaritas and I got started on the treats, which were super easy. And guess what? I didn't mess them up! Woo hoo! 



I made enough for Walker's three teachers and put the rest in a Tupperware container for Brandon to take to work today. 

For Walker's teachers, I found these cute Jack-O-Lantern gift boxes in Target's $1 aisle. I put the treats in a cellophane gift bag and tied it with black and white baker's twine. I just printed off on card stock these cute free printables from Pinterest, though I can't find the link I used. {So sorry to whoever created these precious things!} I just put everything in the gift box and took it to school with Waker today. 


After we ate dinner, Brandon carved Walker's pumpkin and made the pumpkin's teeth match Walker's. :) My pumpkin will not be pictured because I butchered it so badly. 


-SUNDAY-
We went to church, where our pastor preached an EXCELLENT sermon on rest and ridding ourselves from this instantaneous world that we live in where everything has to be done RIGHTNOW.  As soon as it's online, I will link it here because it was that good. I looked at Brandon after the sermon and said, "Well, I don't know about you, but my toes are hurting because that sermon stepped all over them." 

And taking the sermon to heart, we came home from church, had lunch and then everyone laid down for a nap. I caught up on a few TV shows in bed and caught a few minutes of shuteye. Walker napped for 2.5 hours! It was wonderful! 

After his nap, he checked out his pumpkin: 


...and decided to terrorize his Daddy by pulling his hair while he had him on his shoulders. 


We all took a family walk and then Brandon cooked dinner while Walker and I played in the backyard. 

We ate, got all ready for the week and for Halloween,
 and I finally {finally} changed my chalkboard. 


I had to work more on Sunday evening, so I decided I'm taking Friday off. Walker is going to go to "school," and I'm going to clean our house, get ready for our trick-or-treaters and have a little bit of mama time before picking my little man up early from school and celebrating his first Halloween! 

Have a great week, everyone! 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday!

Happy Friday, friends! 

I'm linking up with April, Christina, Darci and Natasha for "Five on Friday"; Lauren for "High Five for Friday"; and Amy and Karli for "Oh Hey, Friday!" 

-ONE-
My kid loves "All About That Bass." As in, will only dance to this song and this song only. Kid has moves! {And he did not get those from his mama!} 


-TWO-
I'm attempting to make these treats {via Sally's Baking Addiction} this weekend for Walker's teachers using these free printables {via Fancy Ashley} for a little Halloween treat! I know they seem super easy, but I am not a baker in the least, so I'm sure I'll find some way to screw these up. Ha! Wish me luck! 


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-THREE-
I am dying to see "Gone Girl," but I haven't read the book. Have any of y'all seen it without reading the book? What did you think? {Hurry up on it, DirecTV Cinema!} 


-FOUR-
Brandon got home last night from being away on business, and boy, were Walker and I excited to see him! He was at a tradeshow that will be held in Las Vegas next year, and I'm already thinking I'm going to need to tagalong on that trip! I've never been to Vegas and seriously can just envision myself with a cocktail {or four} by the pool. 


And all I can think about when I talk about Las Vegas is the "Modern Family" episode where they go to Vegas. "Excelsior Plus!?" 


-FIVE-
And, of course a picture of Walker to close out the day. Brandon picked up these {green and gold, of course} sensory balls for Walker when we were in Fredricksburg for $1. Of course these are now Walker's favorite toy. Seriously never buying expensive toys again. 


I hope y'all have an excellent weekend! 



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Bullet Point Blog Post

Bullet points today. Because, why not? 

  • I am absolutely loving all of the recent pregnancy announcements from blogger "friends!" So excited for Aileen, Jessi and Brittany
  • I'm already listening to Christmas music. So, there's that.
  • Ulta has great customer service! I purchased a Chi there on Aug. 16, and it stopped working yesterday. Literally would not turn on when I plugged it in, and I tried multiple outlets throughout my house. So, I called their customer service number and they were able to track my purchase, email the receipt to the store where I purchased it, and I got a brand new straightener yesterday afternoon! Thank you, Ulta!
  • Kendra Scott, on the other hand? Notsomuch. I dropped one of my beloved black/gold Danielle earrings on the tile floor yesterday {everything broke yesterday} and the center shattered everywhere. I tweeted them and they wrote me back with their customer service email. So, I emailed them, explaining the earrings were a birthday gift and I broke one, asking if it would be possible for me to have it repaired or replaced. They told me I could purchase a new pair for half off. Ummm, what part of "these were a gift" do they not understand? Why would I want to purchase a new pair of earrings at half off when I didn't purchase them in the first place? To say I was miffed would be an understatement. {But I still love Kendra Scott...just not the customer service.} 
  • We are going to try out the farmer's market near our house this weekend, and I'm already giddily excited about it. Does that officially make me old?
  • I was watching Tori Spelling's "True Tori" last night, and - fake or not - that show was a ball of sheer depression. I had to turn it off and just make myself go to bed. I miss the old "Tori and Dean" shows! I loved them.
  • Walker's convertible car seat came in last night, and the child is terrified of it. For someone who hates his infant car seat so much, you'd figure he'd be all about his convertible car seat but, yeah, no. We're going to have to figure this one out. 
  • I am very obsessed with this post that Natasha posted about the awful website GOMI. I was cheering her on with every sentence I read. 
  • Had to go to Target today to get another Cube. Yep, I was carrying a cube 'o' wine through Target at 12:30 p.m. today. High class.
So, there's my stream of consciousness/bullet point blog post for the day. Riveting stuff, I tell you. Riveting.

Have a great rest of your day!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekending {Finally}

Well, here it is almost 2 p.m. and I'm just now linking up with Biana and Meghan for Weekending! To say it has been a crazy few weeks in work land would be quite the understatement, so I'm finally getting around to writing this post and reading about your weekends! 


-FRIDAY-
After the stressful week I had, Brandon and I came home and split a bottle of Dark Horse Cabernet {which was amazing!} and enjoyed some of Brandon's homemade pizza. He attempted to make his own dough this time, and it was awesome. I've told him he has to make it again! We watched "12 Years a Slave" {well, he watched and I fell asleep}. 

And a certain little man found his way into the pantry and poured out the Halloween candy when Mommy wasn't looking! 


-SATURDAY-
We watched Baylor lose terribly to unranked West Virginia. It was awful. I still can't get over the ridiculousness of that game. Even Walker was yelling at the TV! Ha! 


Mummy jammies from Gymboree

Walker and Oliver curiously "played" with each other while Brandon and I did a few things around the house.


After the game, we went to my niece, Ellie Kate's, first birthday party! My sister-in-law had everything decked out and the birthday girl was as cute {and sweet} as ever! 

Ellie Kate excited as we all sang "Happy Birthday" to her...


Our family at the birthday party


Walker and his cousin, Brayden, testing out Ellie Kate's new car gift 


Walker and his Mimi at the party {Brandon's mom}


Walker's outfit: Baby Gap; Shoes: Sperry

-SUNDAY-
Walker decided he wanted to have a party at 11 p.m., 3 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. {which he never does so we were super confused and finally realized he's cutting the top two teeth}, so we were super lazy bums all day.  I managed to make my way out of the house and get a pedicure, as well as make some of Walker's food, so at least I was somewhat productive! 

Brandon and Walker put on their Cowboys gear to watch the game {Yay, Cowboys!} and then we all hit the hay super early. 


Clearly it was a riveting weekend! ;) Hope y'all have a great week!