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Thursday, June 27, 2013

fifteen months



Seriously, who is this kid? This is a GIANT toddler. Not my little peanut baby.





 : :  Fifteen Month Stats : :
Height: 31.5 inches {55th percentile}
Weight: 22.7 pounds {50th percentile}

Yup, my little dude is right on the money in size.





: :  Loves  : :
 Bubbles. Holy cow. Bubble wands. Bubble guns. Bubble refill bottles. Shows about bubbles. Books about bubbles. Yelling the word "BUBBLE!" 
Fruit. Jake eats tons of bananas, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, raspberries, and apples. Now that its really hot, we've also gotten into eating a lot of fruit popsicles. 
Being outside. He loves to explore the yard, play in his wagon, and swing in his baby swing. We also got this awesome splash pad for the backyard and we spend a lot of hot Alabama days playing there.
Talking. Jake says about 20 "real" words like doggie, baby, "nana" for banana, yes, no, mama, dada, papa {my dad}, ball, bubble, duck, book, and many more. He's always always talking, though mostly its baby talk. Yesterday I found him having a full on baby gibberish conversation with his shadow. Then he said "bye bye", waved at himself, and walked away from the shadow. I about died from the cuteness.


: :  Dislikes  : :
Meat. To his momma's dismay. I wouldn't say he's a picky eater, but he never wants to eat meat of any kind.
Mosquitoes. Don't we all? But our backyard opens right into the woods so we get swarms of them. And they eat my poor sweet kiddo up. It seems like we can't keep enough bug spray on him.
Shopping. Ugh! My once awesome little shopping buddy is now a cart hopper. It doesn't matter how many safety straps or fun race car buggies we use, this dude is over shopping with mom. He can wiggle his way out of the seat and start to jump over the side of the cart in record time these days. It does make things a little tricky, but I'm just having to figure out new ways to distract him while I race through the store. 






I know I say it every time, but the stage is my favorite. He so active and fun. And he learns things so quickly!!





Still having a blast as the parents of this fun little fella!!



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

adding a pop to the bookcase



I've wanted to spice up the bookshelf in my breakfast area for some time. 
So this week I added some depth by changing the back of the shelves. 




I used simple butcher paper and double sided scotch tape for this! Took me about 40 minutes to measure, cut, and tape {each backing was a different size, boo}.




I decided to go with an easy, temporary backing to see if I even liked it. Other options would be painting the backing or covering with fabric, wood planks, etc. 

I guess I could even trying painting a color or a pattern on top of this butcher paper for a great cohesion of something bright and fun, but still not permanent.

So many options for a project like this!


You could use something simple and neutral like these:


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Or the bookcase as a bright pop of color!


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These pretty patterned ones are fabulous too! Maybe I can work my way up to this.
{that shelf on the right is lined with a $1 roll of paper from Target that I already have... hmm!}


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But for now, I'm going to let this new color sink in until I decide where to go next.



Thursday, June 20, 2013

cheesy sausage dip {recipe}



Did y'all know I used to be a bank manager?
Well, I was.

And this recipe was a hand-me-down from one of the tellers there. She had written it out on a piece of paper and copied it so many times that you could barely read the writing.

It's that good.


: :  Ingredients  : :

 - 1 lb of ground sausage
  - 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
 - 8 oz of sour cream
 - 8 oz of cream cheese, softened
 - 10 oz of diced chilies, undrained
 - large loaf of Italian bread {optional}*
 - chips for dipping


*I love to bake/serve this dip in a bread bowl, but you could swap the bread out for a baking dish as well.



Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and brown the sausage.





While the sausage is cooking, prep your bread bowl. I typically use a loaf of Italian or French bread. Finding just the right shaped loaf can be a little tricky. You don't want anything too long and thin.







In a large bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients with the sausage.






Spoon into your bread bowl.






Bake for 35-40 minutes.





 I like to serve ours with Fritos Scoops. 
 Yum!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

father's day love

I'm a bit late with this, but we had a pretty lovely weekend celebrating Father's Day.

J.B. spends a lot of time working, so it was really nice to have a relaxing weekend to enjoy together. 






{going for donuts!}
{not actually driving, Jake obviously has a rad car seat}





J.B. got lots of manly presents. And that awesome piece of artwork. 
Obviously Jake has inherited his momma's creative side, right?



We also hosted a family get together for my Dad, Granddaddy, and father-in-law {and the rest of the family} on Sunday. And y'all know my obsession with place cards. I had a fun time whipping up these little place cards for the dinner. 





Ok, but back to the handsome men...



I'm really proud of this wonderful fella' and the role model he is for Jake. 
They are two peas in a pod and I'm a lucky gal to have them both!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

worth sharing

As the Christian mom of a toddler, I found this post from *that* mom blog to be really wonderful.
And I wanted to share it with you, friends!





 Dear Parents with Young Children in Church,
You are doing something really, really important. I know it’s not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.

I watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant car seat and the diaper bag as you find a seat. I see you wince as your child cries. I see you anxiously pull things out of your bag of tricks to try to quiet them.

And I see you with your toddler and your preschooler. I watch you cringe when your little girl asks an innocent question in a voice that might not be an inside voice let alone a church whisper.  I hear the exasperation in your voice as you beg your child to just sit, to be quiet as you feel everyone’s eyes on you. Not everyone is looking, but I know it feels that way.

I know you’re wondering, is this worth it? Why do I bother? I know you often leave church more exhausted than fulfilled. But what you are doing is so important.
When you are here, the church is filled with a joyful noise. When you are here, the Body of Christ is more fully present. When you are here, we are reminded that this worship thing we do isn’t about Bible Study or personal, quiet contemplation but coming together to worship as a community where all are welcome, where we share in the Word and Sacrament together.When you are here, I have hope that these pews won’t be empty in ten years when your kids are old enough to sit quietly and behave in worship. I know that they are learning how and why we worship now, before it’s too late. They are learning that worship is important.

I see them learning. In the midst of the cries, whines, and giggles, in the midst of the crinkling of pretzel bags and the growing pile of crumbs I see a little girl who insists on going two pews up to share peace with someone she’s never met. I hear a little boy slurping (quite loudly) every last drop of his communion wine out of the cup determined not to miss a drop of Jesus. I watch a child excitedly color a cross and point to the one in the front of the sanctuary.  I hear the echos of Amens just a few seconds after the rest of the community says it together. I watch a boy just learning to read try to sound out the words in the worship book or count his way to Hymn 672. Even on weeks when I can’t see my own children learning because, well, it’s one of those mornings, I can see your children learning.

I know how hard it is to do what you’re doing, but I want you to know, it matters. It matters to me. It matters to my children to not be alone in the pew. It matters to the congregation to know that families care about faith, to see young people… and even on those weeks when you can’t see the little moments, it matters to your children.

It matters that they learn that worship is what we do as a community of faith, that everyone is welcome, that their worship matters. When we teach children that their worship matters, we teach them that they are enough right here and right now as members of the church community. They don’t need to wait until they can believe, pray or worship a certain way to be welcome here, and I know adults who are still looking to be shown that. It matters that children learn that they are an integral part of this church, that their prayers, their songs, and even their badly (or perfectly timed depending on who you ask) cries and whines are a joyful noise because it means they are present.

I know it’s hard, but thank you for what you do when you bring your children to church. Please know that your family - with all of its noise, struggle, commotion, and joy – are not simply tolerated, you are a vital part of the community gathered in worship.



What wonderful words!
If you're a parent of a little one, I hope you were as encouraged by this post as I was.




Tuesday, June 11, 2013

paper pinwheels {tutorial}




Cute, right?

Jake is totally obsessed with pinwheels. Poor kid has no idea how to hold them in the wind or blow on them to make them spin. He just slaps the heck out of the pinwheel to make it twirl around. 
Um, to each their own?


These are really simple and make for great decorations.
 {baby shower, nursery, birthday party, etc} 


: :  Materials  : :

 - scrapbook paper {two patterns}
 - scrapbook adhesive squares
 - thumbtacks
 - wooden rod, pencil, etc for handle


You'll need two patterns of scrapbook paper, one for the front side and one for the back. Use your adhesive squares to stick these papers together {patterned side out}.

Also, cut your paper down to the correct size square, based on how large you want your pinwheel to be. I'm making a smaller pinwheel here, using a 4" square of paper.  Maybe go with a 6" square for a medium pinwheel and an 8" square for a large?



 Got your paper? Good.
Next, fold your square in half, diagonally.




And again.




 Now unfold the square to show the four creases you just made. 




From each corner, cut along the creased lines. Be sure to stop about a half inch from the middle.





Grab a thumbtack and stick it through one of the corners.




Then grab the same corner on the next side of the square and add it to the stick pin.




And the third side...




And the fourth side...




Push the thumbtack through the back of the paper, right in the center.





And then push it into the dowel rod. 
I've seen some folks use pencils as their handles and just push the thumbtack into the eraser. You can paint the dowel rod or pencil handle if you'd like too.




A paper pinwheel!




Granted, they don't spin like regular pinwheels. But they are awfully cute!


I made a bouquet of these for a baby shower/dinner party we hosted last weekend.





But my kiddo just loves to run around the yard with one of these sweet things!





Ahh, that smile! He's the best kiddo ever. 
Obviously.

Friday, June 7, 2013

father's day favorites





Father's Day is coming up in just a few days.
Have you picked out anything special for the Daddio in your life?

I'm going to have to consult with Jake on what he plans on getting J.B. this year, but these are some of my favorites...


















{boat sign}




 {can holders}



 







I like the idea of including a handmade "from the kiddo" present with a nice gift.
These are all great ideas that get me thinking!
But since my darling husband follows the blog, you'll have to wait until after Father's Day to see what Jake comes up with!