Sunday, September 29, 2013

Right Now Challenge | Week 1

I have been wanting to start this series for awhile now. I originally came across the idea on One Happy Mama, and thought it was great. With all the funny things Levi is saying and doing lately, I thought it would be a fun way to keep track of them and also to share them with you. I've been keeping a notebook for over a month now but haven't actually sat down to type them out here.

Basically, I'm just going to try to write down things that happen "right now" in our life. Anything that I feel like I want to record and remember. Some weeks I might have a whole list of things I wrote down, and other weeks maybe just a few things. I am hoping that I can get in the habit of typing these posts out on Sundays to share the past week's "right now" details.

For this first week, I thought I would actually include the past two weeks. So here is what I have:

• Levi has been calling Paige, Paige-y. So cute.

• Paige figured out how to blow bubbles/raspberries with her tongue. She doesn't do it a ton yet, but it's hilarious when she does.

• Levi's latest come-back: "No way!"

• When Grandma and Grandpa watched the kids on Friday night while Paul and I went to supper, they told us that about half an hour after we left, Levi looked around and asked, "Where my family go?"

• Paige was laying on the floor one morning, Levi comes over and lays by her and plays with her a little. Then he snuggles next to her and says to me, "My love her. My love her, my 'nuggle her."

• Levi was eating watermelon on the floor as a snack. I go into the other room, and a minute later I hear some clanking so I look out to see what he is doing. He has his dump truck propped on the side and is poking at it with his fork. He looks at me and says, "My fixing it. Wif my fork."

• Lately, on various occasions, Levi will say, "My wait Gwamma." or "My jus' waiting for Gwamma."

• We were driving the other evening, Levi had a movie on his dvd player, and the road we were on was a gravel road that had some good size hills. Paul sped up as he went over them so when we started going down it was a little bit of a drop. Levi looks up from his movie "Again!! Again!!" Then he did the same thing when Paul stepped on it after stopping at a stop sign. Oh, boys.

Friday, September 27, 2013


You'll have to excuse my absence here lately. I have been feeling behind on, well, everything. My need-to-do, want-to-do, and should-do lists get longer every day and I don't know where to start. I won't get into that because I don't want to bore you or make you think I complain about everything! :) Let's just say that someday I hope I'll feel caught up with everything in my life, and that my house will stay clean for longer than an hour at a time. I realize that having a 2 year old and 3.5 month old has a lot to do with that, so it will likely be awhile. Ha. Anyway!

I just wanted to share a few pictures from the past few weeks. These first ones I actually took the same day I did P's 3-month pics, so that tells you how long it's been since I shared any pics. Whoops!

My mom made these shirts after we found out that we were expecting a girl, so I had to get a pic of the two monkeys in them for here. I was pleasantly surprised that I got a good one with Levi smiling! Guess I clicked at the exact right moment for once!

After we took a few pics I wanted to upload them to my computer right away so I could email one to my mom, and when I looked back in the other room, I saw this:

 I know this isn't the best picture, but I just love how Paige is looking at Levi. She could be fussy as all get out, and as soon as he comes into view she lights up. He is such a good big brother.

Little missy is growing out of her bouncer already. Not because she doesn't fit, but because she wants to sit up. Stinker doesn't want to just lay back and relax, so she pulls her self up like this:
Needless to say I have to buckle her into everything now, no matter what. She's already starting to figure out how to inch forward when she's on the floor. I wouldn't be surprised if she was crawling in another month and a half. Time will tell. I am so not ready for two that can move. Yeesh.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Lunch faves

Lunch is my favorite meal. Mainly because I am able to make things that I know Paul wouldn't like. I love to try out new recipes. Paul? Not so much. He likes his same 'ol favorites most of the time. He has widened his horizons quite a bit since we got married, so I can't complain much. Once in a while I find something to add to the regular rotation. :)

I usually try to make my lunches somewhat healthy, and if it's quick, even better. I'll admit, most of the lunch ideas I get come from Pinterest. Obviously, right? :) So with that in mind, I thought I'd share a few of my favorites that are quick and healthy. These are all things that I have made more than once, and will make again.

Turkey Avocado Hummus Wrap
This is one of my favorites. It's a combination I never would have thought of on my own, but I love it. Iowa Girl Eats has so many great recipes, I highly recommend checking out her site. Lots of fresh ingredients, and best of all, they are easy recipes too.

Avocado Egg Salad
Egg salad in general is one of my main go-to lunches. I especially love this avocado egg salad, since I am slightly obsessed with avocados lately!

Bruschetta Chicken Pesto Wraps
These wraps are a little bit more work, but not much, and totally worth it! I find a lot of recipes on Our Best Bites. Yum!

Avocado Tomato Pita
I just tried this one for the first time a few weeks ago, and made it again the next day. Super easy, and a great way to use tomatoes from the garden!

BLT Lettuce Wraps
Ok, this one I have only made once, but I plan on making it again. Great if you are watching carbs. It's another one from Skinny Taste, lots of healthy lunch ideas over there, too.

I have lots more lunch ideas that I want to try pinned on Pinterest. If you want to check them out, go to my Lunch ideas/Sandwiches board, or my Skinny meals board. I'm also linking this post up with Skinny Meg. Check her out!

Happy lunching! :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Three months

Miss Paige was three months old on Wednesday! She's growing so much and it's so fun watching her get stronger and learn new things. Levi is getting more attached to her, too. He calls her 'my baby' a  lot when he refers to her. So cute.

Little turkey didn't want to sit still during our photo shoot, she kept trying to face dive onto the couch. Plus there was turkey #1 trying to inconspicuously (sp?) set random toys next to her, and then get mad when I would move them away out of the picture. So I didn't have a plethora of pics to choose from like I did last month! Most of them were out of focus or blurry. Oh well, as long as I get a couple good ones I'm happy! :)

At 3 months old, Paige::

Weighs about 12 pounds. (Weighed at home.)

Is about 24 inches long. (At home measurement.)

In size 2 dipes.

Wearing size 3 month clothes. Moving into 6 month sleepers soon.

Smiles all the time! Her whole face lights up when she smiles, just like Levi's.

We have gotten one or two little laughs out of her, but not much yet. Hopefully soon she'll be giggling away!

Loves to coo and talk. I love watching her little mouth work while she's making all her noises. She just looks like she's so proud of herself!

Rolls over. BOTH WAYS. Yep. Just a week ago she started rolling over from her back to tummy. We thought it was an accident the first time she did it, but the next day she was doing it every time I laid her down on the floor practically. Only one direction though, to her left.

In relation to this rolling over business, I had to stop swaddling her at night for safety reasons. Which took her a few nights to get used to. She was doing amazing while she was swaddled, sleeping 8-9 hours at night. The first night out of the swaddle she was up after about 5 hours, which isn't bad. And slowly, night after night, she's getting better and better.

Celebrated her 3 month birthday with a 3 hour nap yesterday... Hoping this little nap schedule will stick. Up until now she has just been catnapping all day. 

Loves to suck/chew on her hands!

Grasps soft objects now, like her clothes, blankets, and burp clothes.

Not really interested in toys yet, she would rather watch her brother or whatever else is going on.

Likes to sit UP. She's not happy laying down in your arms anymore, she wants to be facing OUT, so she can see what's going on! We brought the exersaucer up this weekend and cleaned it off to try out for her. She loves it! Obviously she doesn't care about the toys yet, but she loves sitting up in it. Stuffed with blankets and a pillow to stabilize her, of course.

Levi's #1 fan. :)

Love you to the moon and back, sweet girl!!

Her adorable headband is from pLum accessories on Etsy!

Friday, September 6, 2013

And then there's this....

Miss Paige decided to roll over. Both ways! Well, she has been doing tummy to back for a couple weeks now, but last night she went from back to tummy. Paul and I just looked at each other like, did she really just do that? We figured it was an accident, but this morning she did it again, and has been all day now. Oy, I think we are in for another one that doesn't sit still! Maybe she'll be like her cousin who was walking at 9 months! Agh!

Of course when I was recording she wouldn't roll back over from her tummy..

I think he likes her

Levi should have been napping. But I'm glad I got this video too. The noise is kind of staticy, so just ignore that. And hopefully you can understand him through the binker in his mouth... Hopefully it isn't too long. :)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Around here | Lately

- Photo shoots with pretty little girls.

- Naked little boys on [water] tables.

- Lots of bouncing.

- Some canning.

- Plenty of daddy snuggles.

- Tummy time on fuzzy blankets.

- Outside time on green grass.

- Big smiles and bright eyes.

- Combining wheat with daddy.

- Morning snuggles with big brothers and little sisters.

- And more photo shoots with pretty girls!