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Friday, August 21, 2015

still here...


Hi loves! I'm still here, still kicking. 

Eliza is doing so well in the Vanderbilt NICU and we are thrilled with her healing and progress. Our fingers are double and triple crossed to be able to head home next week!
As always, you can keep up with her daily progress over at Expecting Eliza


(She'd say hi, but that might require her to wake her chunky self up, haha.)


I'm hoping that after we get this little lady settled in at home, I can jump back into my same old nonsense here on the blog!




Monday, August 17, 2015

She's here!!



Our perfect lady!! 

Eliza Grace Wilder was born Wednesday, August 12th at 6lbs, 15oz and 19 inches long.
And she's a squishy baby! Love her rolls! 

We are so happy that she's here and can get the absolute best care. Vanderbilt has done an amazing job thus far with her care. More on that to come.

For now, here's our sweet gal on her birthday:





Tuesday, August 11, 2015

our summer of three recap


This summer has been so different from most. We've had such a fun to-do list of family things to do, and we've had this sense of urgency to complete them! Not just because I might go into labor, but also because we want to soak up every last minute as a family of three. 

Spending time with Eliza in the NICU means spending time away from Jake. We'll miss the stew out of him and are thankful for all the fun things that we've done in the last few weeks to us over until all four of us are together for the first time. 

Coincidentally, Eliza's arrival is right in line with the first days of school around here. So even though we're ending the summer with a baby instead of a school supply list, its all coming to a close at about the same time anyway.

Remember that to-do list we made at the beginning of the summer?
Well, we crushed it!




We got to do some brand new things with Jake this summer that were especially fun. 

Like taking him to his first movie!




He was so excited to finally go to the "big theater" and for a three year old, he was on really great behavior! J.B. and I just loved watching his face light up and laugh during the movie. I'm excited that this is a new thing we can do with him in the future when kid movies come out!


He was also finally tall enough to ride the go karts! He's been asking to do this for forever it seems like, but our poor shorty never made the height requirements. 

Jake absolutely loves to soar around the go kart track! It's become a special Daddy/Jake thing this summer that has been so sweet to watch.





And we had some other new adventures, like checking out the local drive thru zoo. 
Yes! A drive thru zoo!! It's a "safari" of sorts that allows you buy food for the animals and then drive through the park and feed them. Everything from deer and buffalo to zebras and ostriches! 

It's such a neat place to see the animals roam around!

Here's a buffalo drooling down the side of my car {yuck!}. 



{And if you're a local, be sure to check out the Harmony Park Safari!}



All in all, its been a great summer with J.B. and Jake. 





Of course, as one season ends, I'm always ready for the next one. Halloween, pumpkins, hay rides, football, cooler weather and a BABY! 

This fall is already sounding pretty fantastic to me! 


Thursday, August 6, 2015

travel lego box {DIY tutorial}





Jake is going to be spending some extra time with my parents during Eliza's arrival. So when he asked if he could take his legos to Gramma's, I had the idea to create a little travel kit for him to play with.

This was a pretty simple project, and would also make a great gift idea if you know of any lego obsessed kids {or are all kids lego obsessed?}.

I started with a little tin lunchbox style container.
{nabbed from the Target Dollar Spot!}





On the inside of the case, I attached some felt, using double sided tape. 
I'm thinking this will cut down a little bit on the racket with all those pieces inside.






Then on the lid, I attached a lego basemat. You can grab these anywhere legos are sold and cut them to size with regular scissors. 






Now toss in some legos!






If you like, you can also cut a piece of the basemat down to fit across the legos. It can fit into the little grooves to act as a wall.






Kid tested, mother approved, Gramma's house ready!







Tuesday, August 4, 2015

scripture memory cards! {in the shop}



Isn't it funny how your children can inspire you in so many ways? You think that you're the role model and the boss, but really, they are constantly teaching you. 

Well, that's the case for me anyway. 

One of the things that I've decided to work on this year was teaching Jake a Scripture verse every month. He has a fantastic memory and picks things up with incredible ease. I wanted to fill that sweet head of his with encouragement and love and truth!

Along came our Scripture cards...


https://www.etsy.com/listing/241303183/scripture-memory-cards-set-of-20-4x6?ref=shop_home_active_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/241303183/scripture-memory-cards-set-of-20-4x6?ref=shop_home_active_1



Month by month, Jake is learning these precious words. We're up to verse number seven and I couldn't be prouder!
And what he's learning is inspiring me as well. I get a refresher with each of these verses myself and am so encouraged to learn more and more. 



https://www.etsy.com/listing/241303183/scripture-memory-cards-set-of-20-4x6?ref=shop_home_active_1


Since its such a great thing for us, I thought it might be something to share with others. 

This listing includes a digital file with twenty Scripture cards with verses that anyone can learn. Just print and enjoy!! 
  .
Another great idea for these cards is to create a flip book. Simply punching a hole in the corner and adding a book clip means you have all the cards together. You can take it anywhere or just use the concept to keep your cards organized.



https://www.etsy.com/listing/241303183/scripture-memory-cards-set-of-20-4x6?ref=shop_home_active_1


Swing by the Live A Little Wilder print shop today to nab a copy of these awesome cards!