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Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Puffs Kinda Weekend

Nothing special about this weekend, but special as any other. Ellie is in LOVE with the Gerber puffs. She starts kicking her feet at the sight of the plastic canister. I love watching her chase around little broken pieces with those chubby hands. She finally gets the tiny puff in her two little fingers for 90% of them to totally miss her mouth. She smiles all the same and starts the chasing process again. Swoon. This wont last long. By next week, I probably wont have to break them up at all for her and she will be popping them in her mouth like candy. I can hear her laughing in the next room right now chasing those bananas and blueberries. Sigh. You cant freeze time. So I tried to capture it in photos and hope the memories stay fresh in my mind.

 Side note: I am too lazy on this Sunday night to photoshop any of these. So I just want you to know that our window is not cracked. It is a branch from our willow tree. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Little Garner Law

My cousin Melanie is fixing to have her second bundle of joy. Garner Law... could I be anymore in love with that name? I don't think so. Robbie, you get two thumbs up from this lady on the your name choice. My mother, sister and I threw Melanie a baby shower for the little man last weekend. As far as the location, we immediately decided to do it at the Savannah Tea Company. I had such a blast at my shower there, that it was a must that Melanie and our families share in the tea party experience. Yes, hats and all. I was completely all over the place with a theme. Maybe it was mommy brain and Christmas all rolled into one when planning, but I went from "little man mustaches"  to "woodland theme" to just a sweet baby blue and chalkboard art decor. The Christmas decorations that were still scattered around the Tea House really helped with my sporadic theme too. Notice in some of the pictures a Christmas tree in the middle of January. Come on, even mine is down.

High Tea at 11 o'clock consisted of (by memory):
Three different Types of Teas
Scones and Muffins with Clotted Cream 
Cup of Vegetable Soup
Spinach Quiche Thingy
Cucumber Sandwiches
Chicken Salad
Fresh Fruit
Pastry Puffs
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Mini Cupcakes
Blueberry Sorbet
My mom made the cutest cookies as favors to take home.

I didn't take any pictures of the foods like last time. I just wanted your mouths to start watering and be jealous. It worked? Perfect. If you do want to see how amazing the food looks, check out my shower again HERE.

I cant wait to see Melanie's nursery.  In fact I am going to call her out right here  and now on my blog and beg for to share Garner's Nursery with my little world. Melanie's style is impeccable and her nurseries are always beyond brilliant. So be on the look out for the cutest Woodland Nursery ever! I cant wait to meet Garner Law!

This is when personality number one wanted to go with the woodland theme. Super cuter but I never followed through with the decor. Design made by Delight Paperie found through, you guessed it, Etsy. Most everything else was made and bought at Hobby Lobby. Did you know you can just pull up hobbylobby.com on your phone, show the cashier the 40% coupon and they will take it off your biggest purchase item? Super nice when you were not planing to run in there after work and your not wasting all that expensive printer ink. Random craft knowledge over here. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Blog Makeover & Goals

New Year. New Look. New Goals. Lets do this Thing.

I don't make New Year Resolutions. Never. But since becoming a mom, I try (TRY) to be more positive. Try to be grateful. To see my blessings. I am so not good at it. I have always been a pessimistic person - glass is half empty type of a person. So for my up coming 100th post, I had told myself to write 100 things I am thankful for...Yep, totally not doing that. Not that I am not thankful for a 100 things. I just don't have the time and creative energy to write up cleaver things about my love for sunsets, family, baby toes, freshly paints fingernails, applejacks cereal for dinner, ect.

I do want to push myself creatively.  I am trying to find some new outlets, pinpoint them, reign them in, and excel. Am I making any sence?? OK. Since I am going to be 32 at the end of the year, I have decided to make 32 goals for myself, my blog and my family this year. {these will start trickling in soon}.

I have some super inspiring things that are happening in the wings. I am such a giddy school girl when exciting things happen. Lyell loves to laugh at me when I am literally jumping up and down doing my happy dance. Though I secretly  know he is just as elated as I am. I hope you continue to skip over to my blog every now and then. Ellie has some exciting news to tell everyone very soon. {After reading that last line. NO. She is not going to be a big sister, but exciting just the same}.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sweet Little Nothings: 7 months

{Guest Blogger: Dad-Man}

Dear Elliott,

You are now seven months old. It’s really hard to believe. I blinked and you transformed from a tiny newborn to a beautiful little lady full of life, love and smiles. This abundance of love is rubbing off on me. I get to see the world through a whole new set of eyes. I see and appreciate things I forgot years ago. I cannot thank you enough for giving me this. This world you will learn can have a tendency to harden your heart, and you have the exact opposite effect on me.

I love my Mommy

Lately, you and your Mother are inseparable. The slightest odd movement by your Mother will cause a chain reaction of smiles and giggles. At first I have to admit I was jealous. I have been the one that has been making you smile and laugh uncontrollably, but now your Mom has joined in on the fun. It is silly. I thought you were going to some how forget about me and for a few days it felt like that. Now, you laugh at both of us and it fills me with happiness. I can have the worst day in the world and come home to your smile and it makes everything okay.

Caught a lite sneeze

When it rains it pours Elliott. You caught your first cold, which is still lingering around weeks latter. You still have a cough that sounds like a ninety-year-old man who smoked three packs of cigarettes a day. This terrible cold has turned into an ear infection in both ears. You have a couple of medicines to help make you better, but you refuse to take them. So your Mom and I have to trick you into taking them by giving you a bottle and then slipping in the medicine when your not paying attention. You being sick gave me an unfamiliar feeling I have never really felt before. When I heard you had another ear infection, all I wanted to do is take it away from you. I wanted to take any pain you had away from you and put it into me. I realized that there was no limit on this feeling.  A million different scenarios ran through my head, and there is to limit on what I would do for you. I told your Mom about this, and she said she was feeling the exact same way.

Dance Party USA

Our favorite activity together is our dance parties. I turn the music up really loud, set you in the floor, and dance around you. This is very silly, but you absolutely love it and so do I. It also makes me realize how out of shape I am. The great thing though is that I can blame it on you and not me. There just isn’t enough time to workout and take care of a seven month old!

Daddy, where are you?

This is what I imagine you are thinking the nights of the week (and weekends) I am away at school. It haunts me, but in the end I think it will be the best for all of us. Please know that I am doing this for you and your Mother. I am doing it so you will have a comfortable life and have every opportunity in the world to find what makes you happy. Thankfully, you are young and will not remember me being gone. Make sure and thank your Mom one day for picking up all the slack and handling everything so eloquently. You have the best Mom in the world who will do anything for you.

Stop making that funny face!

You will learn that I love to annoy your Mother. Deep down she loves it, or at least that’s what I tell myself. My new favorite way is to make funny pictures of you. I will just leave these here:


You are trying your best to crawl and any day now you will succeed. Your upset face when you can’t quite get it is priceless. You babble random noises all the time. You say dada and mommy a lot, but you don’t know what they mean. I like to pretend you are calling out my name though. I look forward to every new day to see what joy you will bring into our life. Thank you for being apart of my life.


{Mommy} ~ Thanks to dadman for that Sweet little nothings. Ellie, you have the bestest dadman in the universe. Just a few little stories over the past month that I don't want either of us to forget.

Us girls (Me, you, Laura, and your Nanny) went to visit my grandfather right before Christmas.  He is in a home for alzheimer's patients and babies always create a nice little crowd. I do not really have to describe in detail what our conversations sounded like. A repetition of questions and a few minutes late...your guessed it...the same questions again and so forth. BUT, my favorite question was from this little bitty lady:
Little Lady: "Is it a boy or a girl?"
Me: " She is a girl, named Ellie."
Little Lady: "She going to be BOSSY!"
We cant completely understand why so bossy? But it has become a great joke in the family.

Uncle G got us some great books for Christmas. If you all don't have any of the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, then RUN a get a copy of any of them NOW. They are so very good. He also got us Guess How Much I Love You. While reading it for the first time, I keep hear Lyell giggling in the next room. I thought we was just laughing at something in Reddit or YouTube. Then I started noticing a correlation  You got it people, my grown husband was giggle like a fourteen year old boy every time I said, "Nutbrown Hare".

Ellie, we have started you on some foods. We have had peas (love), applesauce (not a huge fan), carrots (two baby thumbs up), peaches (umm...NO), bananas (pretty good), sweet potatoes (YES and more, please). Your dad said it right...we blinked our eyes and you are growing up.