I love being outside! I am a believer in being very active and I even enjoy all types of weather. I have always said I can handle the most active kids just fine (be careful what you ask for!) and I def have some high energy boys which I LOVE! I promise I am not making that up. haha. I encourage my boys to get out and play everyday so as you can imagine, we spend alot of time outside. I think it’s totally good to let the boys just play and get dirty. We usually go through several outfit changes a day but I know they are getting plenty of exercise. In my dream house, I’d like a mud/laundry room with a mini shower/tub for dogs and kids to hose off before entering the house. (One can dream)
Here are a couple pics from playing in the yard and feeding the fish just the past week.
Recently we’ve been making a few trips to Lettuce Lake Park nearby us. They have a fun playground and some little trails for the little hikers.
Hiking morning with my boys. Can’t wait to go back and bring Dad next time! We’ve got quite a bit of big things happening in the next couple of weeks and I see alot more mini hiking trips in our future. So make sure you get outside and enjoy the summer!
The past 9 months seem to have flown by in a heartbeat. This little wild man is even more wiggly and mobile than his older brother was! He is one super fast crawling machine and pulling up on everything. He learned to clap and give high fives. He is finally sleeping all night. He is getting his 7th tooth. Since he started moving, he has not slowed down one bit. He loves his big brother and looks up to him so much. Watching them develop their brother relationship makes my heart sooo happy. He hates anytime someone tries to clean his face off (He is always super dirty) and getting his face wet. He is already becoming very independent and insists on feeding himself at meal times. That makes him even more messy!
I was only able to get one good monthly picture this month. Here are some out takes that really do highlight his inability to sit still!!
^All that I got was his little toes! He’s so FAST! So typical!^
^Even tried to let him stand for one and as you can see; It’s blurry.^
My crazy fast wild man… I love him so!
I will have to start planning a first birthday soon. Until next week, XOXO.
A couple weeks ago I got all my boys and Emma organized to take some family pictures. I did similar pictures when Jake was 6 months old and wanted to do some now that Liam turned 6 months. Our Azalea bushes were in full bloom and made a gorgeous photo background. They turned out so nice… it is not an easy job to get 2 little boys and my doggy baby to all look nice at the same time!
This is my absolute favorite. Already printed it on Shutterfly and is hanging on my photo gallery wall! I just love Jakes little smirk and how Liam is just watching Jake. That’s pretty much how they always are anymore.
My Love! ❤ ❤ ❤
My crazy bunch of boys clean up pretty well. I know they already are annoyed by my picture taking but I love taking these pictures. My ever changing photo gallery wall makes me smile every time I come down the stairs in my house.
I’ve been working on redoing 2 of our bathrooms and organizing my office better. Mostly redecorating and throwing away stuff we don’t need. Operation get rid of our clutter!! It’s a slow process but it’s going.
This weekend we were celebrating St. Patricks Day with the boys in downtown Tampa. Nice weather and a green river made for a very nice afternoon walk. On Friday I got the boys some St. Patrick’s Day stickers which was alot of fun. They just love stickers. The hubby is not a sticker fan.
Then we had to complete the fun by putting all the stickers on little brother. Oh these boys!
Off to Downtown… Cheers from us…
“Jake come take a nice picture with me.”
Fine I’ll just take one by myself.^At least hubby wanted to take a cute picture with me.^
We found this bench with a xylophone built in it. How cool is that?
Hope everyone had a fun and green St. Patrick’s weekend!
I remember the first year going by as fast as a blink of an eye… and I think its going even faster this time, if thats even possible! How is this little man already 6 months old?? This week I was going through pictures to print and hang on my picture wall as well as trying to get my millions of pictures more organized in files. So many memories to look back on. I am sure there are people who think I post way to many photos but I know one day my little boys will have a wonderful time looking back through this blog. Its a prefect little glimpse into the past. Anyway looking back at Liam’s first 6 months pictures and I cannot believe how much he’s already grown and changed. Little guys just change and grow sooo much the first year that its hard to believe. I am so glad I have taken the time to take these pictures and can’t wait to see what the next 6 months bring.
I have to remember that he is just little for a very short time, that way I don’t feel guilty that he doesn’t know how to drink out of any bottle or training cup. I feel like sometimes let myself feel bad when we go do things and I have to stop to breastfeed him. But 99% of the time it works best for us and I do enjoy our little bonding time. Soon little Liam will be like his big brother and just want to do whatever Dad is doing and I won’t be as important.
Wagon rides are a big hit around here so we were all pretty excited to take Liam on his first wagon ride around the house. He’s getting pretty good at sitting up on his own but he’s still unstable so I packed a moving blanket around him. And you know what, it worked really well. Jake was especially excited to have a wagon riding buddy. I just love seeing them starting to interact and play together now.
Climbing and chaos is pretty much my new normal with my boys.
Jake was super excited and proud to give his first wagon ride! A super proud big brother!
I thought I would throw in some pictures of Jake and Emma playing together as well. Jake loves to pretend to be a dog and run around with his best friend. Emma loves having a little boy to play with too. I could not stage this cuteness!
My family is my whole life and I love spending everyday with my little squad. I am thankful everyday for my rough and rowdy little family. Even the no napping days (i think…)
I was just craving some peach cobbler and decided to find a recipe and cook some up for us. Here is the link for the recipe I used if anyone is interested. It turned out quite good and very delicious.
It got the Jake man “mmm mmm good” seal of approval. Delicious.
Just an fyi… I wrote this post several months ago and just now finally got around to posting it. I def feel like some delicious peach cobbler is in the near future for us. YUM! Now just waiting on little Liam to take his nap! It’s always something.
Hope everyone is having a great week! Until next week, XOXO.
It’s my favorite non official holiday… THE SUPER BOWL! Although I am forever an Indianapolis Colts fan, I will be cheering for the Patriots this year. I am hoping for and predicting a good close game but I don’t think Matty Ice and the Falcons can take down the Patriots. Although Matty Ice is quite good, Bill Belichick has a pretty darn good defense and will have a good plan to stop the Falcons. On the other side of things, Tom Brady is already quite an extremely attractive man but since I have started following his facebook and instagram accounts, he seems like such a good daddy and hubby, which makes him even more attractive. So I am rooting for another Super Bowl ring for him to bring home to his cute little family. Also, in my many NFL fantasy’s, one includes a playdate with the Bradys (I think it would be so fun!) and another is playbook analysis with Bill Belichick. So I respect the Patriots quite alot.
PATRIOTS: 31 ATLANTA: 27
I thought I would share some Super Bowl Sunday party decor that I did last year. It was cute and fun. This year I am setting up the same table decor but doubling the attendance at my party. Last year the hubby was away on business and Liam wasn’t born. On the menu I have bacon wrapped smokies, baked raviolis , taco dip and a CHEESECAKE because I love football!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Happy Super Bowl and GOOOO COLTS! 🙂
We had been on the road traveling for the last couple weeks. We set out on the long journey from Tampa to Chicago then down to Kokomo Indiana. Not that long by plane but we wanted to bring our wonderful Emma with us and she would get too scared on an airplane. So it’s a two day journey in a car with two boys under 2, a dog and a ton of stuff. I know I always over pack but I get so excited to wear something different! This particular trip was honestly very stressful for me. Liam pretty much never switched to a different time zone and stopped sleeping all night. Not his fault, he’s not 4 months yet and its alot for him to do. But I felt like I was on an opposite schedule than everyone else the whole time. I can’t wait for the day when our trips that mess the kids up are for fun vacations instead of just going to see family every time since they are far away. It was so nice to get home but I still wish I had more time to see friends. The couple of playdates I did get to have made me so happy to know that there are other moms out there like me. (You know who you are 🙂 )
It was a nice Christmas. I have been excited to start doing some family traditions of our own this year too. Some of my favorite Christmas traditions is making Christmas Cookies for Santa…
^It’s a wonder we got anything made with this cookie eating crew.^^Jake was REALLY into licking the bowl! 🙂 ^^Decorating time!^^Cookies and wine for Santa 😉 and carrots for the reindeer.^
It was a wonderful Christmas. So much fun watching my little boy get excited and open presents for the first time.Another Christmas tradition I love is getting matching Christmas jammies and a Christmas book to read together on Christmas eve…^Matching Christmas jammies! I ❤ these boys!^
One of the hardest things for me about living in the south is no snow. I absolutely love snow. I was so excited to have snow to play in this year while visiting and even more excited that Jake LOVED it too.^Emma missed the snow soooo much too.^^The first steps out in the fluffy marshmallow world.^^SNOWBALLS! Thank goodness for a waterproof phone case!^^Eating snow. “It’s delicious!”^^Daddy and baby snowmen.^^The boys were thrilled about our matching Indianapolis Colts hats. haha.^
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to ring in 2017 this weekend. I know I am going to dress up fancy and drink fancy champagne from our super comfy couch here at home.
Last month Jake man turned two! I am not sure where the past two years went but they went by crazy fast! Since we live so far away from family and friends, we just had 2 little parties – One when my Mother-in-law was down visiting and another one when my parents came down to visit. He wanted a Paw Patrol party of course…its pretty much his favorite thing right now besides tools and legos. So I just did 2 of the exact same party… 2 of the same cakes, decorations and food. It worked out well and most important, Jake loved it!
^I thought my Rubble cake turned out super cute… and trust me, it was yummy too!^
And then Birthday Party #2!
Grandma and Grandpa got him his own toy chainsaw which he loved and used to open the rest of the gifts. haha!
I tried to get Jake to do a cute 2nd Birthday photo shoot as well, but he was having none of it. I do like some of what I got. They do really show off his wild personality.
A little bit after his birthday but better late than never.