April 15, 2014

Weekend Shenanigans

This weekend actually felt like a real weekend. It has been a while, a loooong while, since my husband has had two consecutive days off, let alone an entire weekend. I actually don't look forward to weekends; due to the fact that everyone else gets to have their husbands home and Miss A and I are left to figure out what to do on our own. Shopping on the weekends with her stresses me out with the crowds and busy parking lots, so we usually stick to home and stay pretty low-key when my husband has to work on a Saturday or Sunday.

We spent the early part of Saturday finishing up Miss A's very own swing set! Her grandparents (my parents) bought her this swing set as a very early birthday present and it arrived at our house a few weeks ago. I've been dying, waiting for the hubby to have enough time to put it all together. He had the majority done earlier last week and only needed to attach the swings and anchor the whole thing down. I knew she was going to love it.

After Miss A woke up from her nap we all went on the swings. The three of us, with our adult bums being squished from the tiny seats, but any time either of us got up, she'd say, "Dada swing" and "Mama swing." We happily obeyed. :)

Later that evening we decided to head for dinner. We walked around the outdoor portion of the mall (which was packed with girls in colorful, vibrant prom dresses!) and found a place to eat dinner. That's where all the fun ended- Miss A was NOT having it in the high chair and I had to hold her in my lap, somehow managing to eat a burger and fries with her on top of me. By the end of the night we were exhausted and crashed on the couch to catch up on our DVR.

The next day we invited our friends over to grill and check out the swing set! It was a beautiful day, with highs in the 80s. Perfect day to spend outside on our deck. I marinated some chicken, chopped up some veggies, roasted potato wedges, and served slices of bread with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese. 

I absolutely LOVE this new outfit I got for Miss A at Old Navy, along with these clear jelly (!!!) shoes. THAT ARE SCENTED. Oh my God I've never loved a pair of shoes more, and neither has she, because she refuses to take them off!

We had lots of fun letting the girls take turns on the swings and play with the balls and cars we had on the deck. Then, I managed to snap this picture.

For dessert I made a no-bake Oreo pudding pie. It was the perfect addition to a grilled meal. Layers of chocolate, cream cheese, and Oreo crumbs! Very easy to make and very thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. I only wish I remembered to take a better picture before we cut into it!

She's definitely my girl, what a sweet tooth! 

April 10, 2014

Good Days

Sometimes I still have those days where I can't believe she's mine. I can't believe she's my daughter, I can't believe I have a daughter. I still have those moments where I hold her a little closer, breathe in her skin, kiss her cheeks and nose a thousand times, and look deep into her eyes. This tiny human- she's all mine, we created her. It will forever blow my mind.

She started off the day on the wrong foot, waking up earlier than usual, and was crying and whiny most of the morning. It could be the two teeth I see about ready to come in, who knows. After lunch she took an early nap and slept for a long time, much longer than she usually does. She was up and ready to play after that and we went to meet a friend at the park. By the time we got back home she was in a great mood. I was able to prep dinner peacefully as she roamed from the kitchen to the family room (we have an overpass in the kitchen so I can see her). As I was chopping veggies she reached for my hand so we could dance. It was the cutest and sweetest thing and we twirled around the kitchen together. Each time she pressed a button on her Minnie car and it played a new song, she reached up for my hand.

After dinner it was time for her bath and she asked me to draw "babies" for her in the tub. She has these bath crayons, which are great and wash off easy. She loves to "color" and "draw" during bath time. I drew lots of smiley faces aka babies, dogs, stars, and hearts. She wiped each one off with a towel and asked me to draw them over and over again. Once we were out of the bath it was time to read books. She grabbed her stack of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse books (all six of them) and plopped down next to me to read. It's one of the sweetest times of our day.

The best moment yesterday was right before I laid her down to sleep. As I was singing her bedtime song, "You Are My Sunshine", she snuggled in close to me and hummed along. I melted, hugging her tighter, wishing with all my heart that I could keep her this way forever. I hope I can remember it for the rest of my life.

So yeah, yesterday was a good day. A day to remember for the not-so-good days, when we're tired, cranky, or nothing is going our way. A day I'll keep close to my heart.

April 9, 2014

It's The Little Things- Coloring with Daddy

Over the weekend the weather changed from sunny and warm to chilly and rainy. I was disappointed, my husband had Sunday off and I was hoping we could play outside with Miss A, blowing bubbles and enjoying her new picnic table. Instead we stayed indoors and got creative. 

He really is a fun Dad. There have been many times that the two of them together come up with things that I've never thought of. Like drawing on our feet! 

Whenever we color, Miss A will ask for a baby. What she really means is a smiley face. Hence the smiley faces on his feet! I don't have a picture of it here, but eventually their coloring time got wild and she drew all over my husband's stomach and he drew a huge smiley face, or "baby" on hers. They both thought it was quite hilarious. :)

And then she drew all over herself too. Thank goodness for washable markers! 

Despite being in the house all day, we had a great family day, including a long nap (that we all took!) and we watched Frozen for the first time. She lasted a whole hour, which I was very surprised by! The songs were by far her favorite part. 

Link up for The Little Things

April 7, 2014

Spring Days & Preparing for Easter

It's no secret that I'm loving the weather lately. We're hanging out outside multiple times a day, having lunch, blowing bubbles, and walking up and down our driveway. She LOVES our driveway. It's slightly sloped so I think she thinks of it as a slide she can walk up and down. I used to try and hold her hand as she went down, afraid of her skinning her knees, but now she's mastered it, and I always make sure to put her in pants. ;)

We're also preparing for Easter! Last week I put together our Spring mantle and realized I didn't have a garland to go with it. What is it about a garland that makes a mantle feel complete? I haven't seen any that I love in the store so I decided we'd make our own.

In our guest room, which is also our craft room/my office space, I keep all my old scrapbook supplies. You may remember that picture of her making a huge mess in this room. There are many, many messes here, not only made by Miss A, but by me. Although I'm sad to say I haven't been scrapbooking as much as I would like. Failure on my new years resolution (how are you doing with those?)

I found lots of pastel colored cardstock and some patterned ones too. I printed out an egg template to trace onto the cardstock and cut each one out. Then I let Miss A add her artistic touch to each one. 

Of course she was all about the yarn, wanting to take the whole spool herself and drape it over like a thousand necklaces. She was also really curious about the hole-puncher. 

I love this white rabbit and pink ceramic egg that I found at Big Lots. $7 for two new Spring decor items. That's a pretty good deal!

Of course no holiday around here is complete without candy. I filled an empty square glass with these colorful chocolate eggs and now reach in for one every time I pass it. Bad idea? Maybe. But they sure are pretty.

I've also been wondering what kind of basket to get Miss A. I saw this Minnie bucket on that same shopping trip and couldn't resist. She loves it, can easily carry it, and it's big enough for me to fill it with her Easter gifts and big enough to stuff it full of eggs that she'll collect. Sure, it might not be that white pastel lined basket I had in my head, but it'll do the trick for now. 

How are you enjoying Spring? I hope the weather has started to warm up!

April 4, 2014

Five on Friday- Outdoor Fun & Food

One. Footsies & Toesies

I couldn't help but laugh at Miss A this week at playgroup. Here she is, her first experience with a water table, and she was hesitant at first, wondering what the heck this thing was filled with water. She got to playing and started dumping the water out, getting her pants and shoes soaked. I went to take off her shoes so she could play bare foot, and she FREAKED OUT. She has always hated things on her feet and refuses to walk barefoot outside. Apparently she also doesn't want water to touch her feet either! She cried, curled up her toes, and whined to me until I put her shoes back on. It was quite the show! 

So I had to put her shoes back on, with no pants. As soon as she had her shoes on again she was happy and went right back to playing. I'm also having serious trouble trying to get her to wear sandals. She won't let me even try them on! How hilarious is that?

Two. Let's Make a Mess

I'm all about letting Miss A explore and learn through her surroundings. There are plenty of messes that I pick up on a daily basis that could have easily been prevented, but I let them happen. In this case I wanted to finish reading up my emails so I let her rummage through one of my crafting boxes. There was nothing in there that was a choking hazard/dangerous, so I kept watch out of the corner of my eye and she happily emptied out the entire box. 

Three. This Dinner

With warm temperatures come lighter, healthier food. After months of eating heavy meals, I'm so ready to embrace fresh, tasty dinners that don't take very long to make. Last night I made baked salmon with crushed pecans, panko, and parsley on top, roasted zucchini, and lemon risotto. Risotto might not be "light" but I was craving it and with the burst of lemon flavor it really does taste fresh to me. It was delicious!

Four. Yesterday

I've been on the hunt for a picnic table and found one recently on Amazon. I didn't want to pay the extra money for shipping so I searched goggle to see if I could find it anywhere else. To my surprise my local Big Lots had the same table in their weekly ad. I called five different stores and found one that still had it in stock- just ONE. They were able to hold it for me and we ran off to pick it up. I was SO excited, such a great mommy find, and for $10 less than what Amazon was listing it for! I put it together myself when we got home, all the while muttering and cursing under my breath- I really have no patience for these things! After nap time we spent the rest of the day outside in our backyard, eating animal crackers and blowing bubbles, which was something else I picked up at the store. This set came with the best bubble solution and five different wands. It's amazing how much fun you can have with a $2 toy! 

Five. Skinny Cow Peanut Butter Creme Chocolates

I got these peanut butter chocolates in my first Influenster box and completely forgot I still had some in the pantry. I found them last night and devoured them- they are SO good!  

Happy Friday!

As always, I linked up with the girls for Five on Friday.