Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What's On Your...Summer Bucket List!

Hello Friends!  I am super excited about this month's topic for our What's On Your... link up!  

We are talking all things Summer Bucket List!

Last year I wanted to be intentional in having a list of activities that we could do as a family or that I could do with just Winston during the day.  I put together our first summer bucket list and we really had a good time crossing items off of as we did them!  So this year, I took a few of our favorites from last year, added a few new ones and left some room to add should we come up with anything fun that we want to guarantee we accomplish!

Without further ado, here is our 2016 Summer Bucket List!
I love lists like this because as I mentioned earlier, it helps us to be intentional in doing things other than pajama days!  And you know how we love our pajama days!

Need more ideas for your list?  Check out these fabulous ladies below!

And we'd love to have you join us, so be sure to link up below or via Instagram!

Hostesses with the Mostess!
Chelsea || And Then Life
Courtney || Love of Mommyhood
Maeve || Everyday Maeve
Sara || Crazy Cozads
Tabitha || Tabitha Panariso

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Andrea || Chelsea || Courtney || Maeve || Patricia || Sara || Tabitha

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Now it is time for you to set your calendars for June 15th and show us What's On Your...

TV {Hulu, Netflix, Amazon} Watchlist!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kid Behind the Blog: May Interview

Hall Around Texas

What is something I always say to you?
"You can play with me!  You can help me! I love you!"

What makes Mommy happy?
Strawberries! Chocolate! Noooo, it's when I say "I love you, my Mommy!"

How do I make you laugh?
By tickling me.  And by dancing with me.  We laugh when you spin me around and around and around and around!

What do you enjoy doing with me?
I like to go to the store.  Oh and jammie days!  And I really, really like to give you kisses! {And then he smothered my face!}

What is my favorite thing to do?
Eat ice-cream with me and have lady time so that Daddy and I can have man time.  

May is here already?!  With this month being Mother's Day it was nice to have a list of questions about our relationship.  Hearing his answers are just so sweet.  It makes me happy that he loves our jammie days, that he knows that I love him, and that he likes our dancing sessions!  I also thought it was funny that he likes to go to the store.  Ever since Winston was two weeks old I have had him out and about shopping with me.  We used to joke that Nordstrom was his home away from home!  I also think it's sweet that it sticks out that I tell him he can help me.  For better or worse, I have pretty much let Winston help me with everything I do {as long as it didn't involve super sharp knives!}.  He is my big helper and I pray that his heart always stays willing to help others.  

Next month's questions are all about Dad's and is on June 8th.  Click here for the list of questions!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Photography by WAC

You may know that our dear Winston has a love for our selfie stick.  He enjoys taking photos with our phones and even my big camera.  Because of the enjoyment that he gets out of taking pictures coupled with the arrival of Truman, we purchased Winston his very own camera and gave it to him as a Big Brother gift!  

I knew that I wanted a "real" camera for Winston.  The toddler cameras I looked at contained too many gimmicky things and I knew that he could handle it.  So we purchased him this Nikon CoolPix camera.  It is blue, it is waterproof, it is shockproof, and it has easy to use buttons!  

It is adorable how much he enjoys taking pictures!  Something will strike him and immediately he is off to find his camera and snap a few photos.  They are not always clear and there were a lot of finger shots in the beginning but he has learned where to put his fingers and says, "Say cheeeeeese!" before every click.  :)  For me, I love seeing what is important to him and what life looks like from his point of view.  

These are a handful from the first few days of him having his camera!  

Do your littles have a camera?  If so, what do they take photos of?  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: April Edition



What We're Easting This Week
This week we are eating things like Crust take out, Italian chicken, Fish sticks + mac and cheese!

What I'm Reminiscing About
We took the boys to a little circus that came to town.  Benjamin and I had seen this circus when we lived in Allen!  This time however, Winston and I had the opportunity to ride Tracy the Elephant!  I remember riding an elephant with my mom when I was little and it has always been on of my favorite things.  I was so pumped to be able to share this fun experience with Winston!

What I'm Loving
Now with two little humans to take along grocery shopping, I was highly intrigued when I came across Baby Binxy on Instagram.  I visited their website and purchased the Raindrops in Blue and stalked my mailbox for it's arrival.  Arriving just a few days later, I was pumped to go on a Target run, try out the hammock and see how Truman liked it.  Happily, not only did he look like a comfy muffin, Winston also loved having Truman so close behind him!
I was wildly impressed with how many groceries I could still fit in the cart {and the bags after!}.  The Baby Binxy has made grocery shopping fun and easy!  If you'd like to buy one for yourself or as a gift, click here to get a 10% discount!

What We've Been Up To
We have all been fighting the crud {except for Truman, he has remained healthy!  Thank you Jesus!}.  Our days have been full of jammies, snuggles and every once in a while we venture out into public!

What I'm Dreading
....I'm not sure that I have anything that I need to be dreading...

What I'm Working On
I'm currently brainstorming my Summer Bucket List!  I'm part of a new link up that launched this month and next month's topic is What's On Your... Summer Bucket List.

This is our list from last summer!  Do you have any suggestions?  We'd love for you to join in with us!

What I'm Excited About
I can hardly believe that summer is around the corner, but I am pretty excited about getting to spend the days with both of the boys!  We have a few fun things on the calendar and lots of days that I intend to fill with playing in the new pool!

What I'm Watching/Reading
Benjamin and I have been watching....
Season 2!!

I've also been reading Wild and Free.  You can still get it on pre-order through Amazon and I highly encourage you to do it!

What I'm Listening To
In the evenings we turn on some jamming tunes while I'm making dinner and have dance sessions!  Our house is wired for surround sound and we have a Sonos.  I wasn't sure how I'd like it - but I absolutely love it!

What I'm Wearing
CONTACTS!  :)
My very last set of contacts ripped in half when we were in Chicago!  And because I needed an updated prescription for some new frames we had purchased, I went to the eye doctor for a check up. And got some contacts!
Have no fear, the glasses will still be around but it's nice to have "just eyes" as Winston says!

What I'm Doing This Weekend
Spending time with my boys at The Most Magical Place on Earth!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month
Next month is Mother's Day and I am looking forward to celebrating it as a mother of these two sweet cherubs...
Who doesn't love kiddos who nap?  I think they look alike in these photos!  :)  

What Else is New
This little guy turned two months and clocked in at 24" long, weighing 14.2 pounds!  He is a happy, tiny human.  He coos and giggles much to the delight of everyone in the house!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What's On Your...Nightstand!

Hello friends!  I have been so excited about this link up and I hope that you enjoy reading and joining along with us!

This month's theme is:
What's On Your...Nightstand!  
This is my nightstand in all of it's glory!  Our bedroom seems to be the last room in our house to get any love.  We purchased these nightstands because we needed something to put our lights on.  The other stands we had went into the spare room.  My hope is to someday replace them with slightly larger ones because the real estate on the top is quite snug!  
My alarm clock and a cup of water are to constants on by my bed.  I love this alarm clock because you can set two different alarms guaranteeing that I won't snooze too late on the days when we need to be up and running!  {Side story: In college, my alarm clock sound was a techno drum beat.  There was one long weekend that I went home and forgot to turn it off much to my room mate's dismay!  When we all moved out, she asked for my alarm clock and then proceeded to go all Office Space on it!  May it rest in pieces.}
Always glasses and some sort of evidence that Winston has been around also grace the top of my nightstand.  I also have a little dish to put hold my earrings and jewelry from the day.  

Pretty simple!  Nothing too fancy.  And to be honest, what is on the top of it changes from day to day as things get cleaned off and new treasures show up!  Also, if anyone has tips for how to keep a lampshade on straight, please share!!  

Hostesses with the Mostess!
Chelsea || And Then Life
Courtney || Love of Mommyhood
Maeve || Everyday Maeve
Sara || Crazy Cozads
Tabitha || Tabitha Panariso

Follow Along with Us on Instagram!
Andrea || Chelsea || Courtney || Maeve || Patricia || Sara || Tabitha


And be sure to use our hashtag so that we can see what you share!
#2016whatsonyour

Now it is time for you to set your calendars for May 18th and show us What's On Your...

Summer Bucket List!

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Kids Behind the Blog: April Interview

I cannot believe another month has flown by!!  It has gone so quickly that I almost missed my favorite link up!

Hall Around Texas

1.  What is your favorite thing to do with your friends?
I like to play with trains.  I like to chase them and say, "Roundaroundaroundaround!" 
2.  Who is your favorite person?
Mommy!  {And after he answered, he said in a high pitched voice "That's so sweet of you!"  The little ham!} 
3.  When playing outside, what does your ideal sunny day plans look like?
Play with bubbles and play with my playground.  I would squirt my playground with the hose to make it clean and shiny!  And then I'd like to play with my pool, but you cannot be funny with the hose, Mommy.  You just squirt the pool, not me Mommy.  Just the pool okay?
4.  What do you like to do when it is raining?
Play with my tools and watch some shows.
5.  If you could plant a garden of anything, what would you plant?
Flowers.  I would grow blue flowers because blue is my favorite!

This little ham.  He is just too funny these days!  His imagination has him asking questions of Lulu and Truman  {How many fingers am I holding up?  You want to watch a show with me?  You want to play outside?} and then answering himself using a high pitched voice as their voice! {Seven!  Yes!  Not now, I'm under the blankee!}  Cracks me up every time!

The next link up is May 11th!  Click here for the list of questions!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Five Things on Friday: 4.8.16

It's amazing that Friday is here already!  Winston has been under the weather this week and while he was home from school every day, the week certainly went by quickly!  The highlights of the week involve lots of snuggle and show time, a trip to Target, a run to Starbuck's and Truman sleeping six hours straight!  Low points include Lulu eating one of Truman's leather shoes.  Also yesterday was like poo-splosion city over here between Winston, Truman and Lulu!  #usethepoopurri #lightacandle #usethebathroomfanpronto

one || Birthday Celebrations
Last week I celebrated my thirty-third birthday with a trip to Chicago and an ice cream cake with my favorites!  I absolutely love this picture.  I feel like it says a lot about our world.  We love to be silly, we laugh full out and we are constantly moving!  Winston and I were giving a high five when his entire arm landed in the cake!  Giggles ensued!

two || Scott Sterling
Benjamin and I spent about 25 minutes last night full on belly laughing at this video.  It.is.hilarious!  Sure, physical comedy pretty much always makes me laugh but it's the commentators that had me in stitches and tears!

three || caramelized honey frappe 
My tastebuds have declared this my springtime drink!  

four || the boys
I mean.  It's just amazing how the bonds between siblings form.  Winston loves Truman.  I mean loves him.  He is always wanting Truman to sit next to him.  He loves kissing him and I actually mean smothering him with kisses!  His other favorite activity is rubbing Truman's head.  I'm not sure where he got it from but since day one Winston has rubbed Truman's head.  A soft, sweet pat-rub.  Winston is quick sing to him or shush him.  Winston will ask Truman if he wants to watch a show with them and then in a high pitched voice {which is meant to be Truman's} answer the question and then proceed to tell me that Truman wants to watch a show/play with Playdoh/go outside too!  On the flip side, when Truman hears Winston's voice he turns his head, coos and smiles!  And those baby smiles are just precious!!

five || locked in
Have you heard of these escape rooms?  Where you are locked in a room with a group of people and you have to work together to get out?  It reminds me of a TV show I watched with my family called Crystal Maze. Contestants are locked in rooms and they have a certain amount of time to solve puzzles and collect a crystal!  Once the crystal is collected the group moves on to the next room!   Here's the first episode!  {I completely squealed in excitement when I saw they were on You Tube.  What is not on You Tube?!}

This weekend we going to voluntarily lock ourselves in one of these rooms and try our hand at solving clues in a not your average history mystery!  We are doing it with friends and I am super pumped!  

Thursday, April 7, 2016

What's On Your... Link Up Announcement!

Hello Fancy Friends!  I am excited to be a part of a new link up coming this month!  I've teamed up with some fantastic ladies that I think you will love getting to know.  What's On Your... is designed to be a quick and fun link up where you can share a little bit of yourself and make new friends in the process!
Hostesses with the Mostess!
Caroline || In Due Time
Chelsea || And Then Life
Courtney || Love of Mommyhood
Maeve || Everyday Maeve
Sara || Crazy Cozads
Tabitha || Tabitha Panariso

The When and the What!
On the third Wednesday of each month we will be linking up to share the prompt for the month!

Follow Along with Us on Instagram!
Andrea || Caroline || Chelsea || Courtney || Maeve || Patricia || Sara || Tabitha

And be sure to use our hashtag so that we can see what you share!
#2016whatsonyour

Now is time for you to set your calendars, grab our button and show us What's On Your...

Night Stand!


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Chicago, The Windy City

My sweet husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago for my birthday this year!  It was less than 72 hours away but it was splendid!
Benjamin had been before with his college roommate.  They drove from Waco straight, stayed in a hostel and did manly things like see Spamalot, Blue Man Group and Spelling Bee before heading back home.  Thankfully he did stepped it up a bit in the lodging department!
He had planned our first day and left our second day open for whatever I would like to do.  He kept dropping hints as to what our evening plans were and in the airport, as we were waiting for our flight that ended up being three hours late {thanks American}, I guessed that we were going to see the Blue Man Group!  Due to the delay in our plane, we missed the show that we had tickets for but the house manager was able to get us two tickets not far from where our original ones were for the eight o'clock showing.  This girl was as happy as a lark!  I just love the Blue Man Group shows.  They are inventive, artistic, funny and clean entertainment!
To wrap up the night, we ordered extra crispy fries with a Coke.  Why does Coke from a glass bottle always taste so delicious?!  My favorite feature of our room was the fireplace.  We had it lit both nights and in the mornings while we sat talking about whatever we wanted to!  

The remainder of our time was spent enjoying the food and sights that Chicago has to offer!

What We Ate
Y'all.  I totally want a Stan's to open down the street from me.  I had a Nutella + banana donut that delighted my tastebuds and Benjamin's Old Fashioned was what Old Fashioned dreams are made of!  We also split a Dreamsicle donut that I venture to say is the best type of Dreamsicle because it would never melt!  :)

At the suggestion of Jessica, we hit up Giordano's.  When we arrived there was a one hour wait for the pizza {what?!} so we placed our order with the hostess.  The timing actually worked out perfectly because we were seated, ate a salad and then voila!  Pizza!  I'm going to come out and say that I am not a deep dish fan.  Like not in the slightest.  I love a crispy thin crust pizza.  So I was a little doubtful that I would like what was set before us.  And man oh man was I wrong!  It was delicious!!  

Where We Went
Of course we went and saw Cloud Gate, or the Bean as it is known on the streets.  :)  It was cool to see it in person and take in the Chicago skyline as well.
We also hit up the Chicago Art Institute.  There was a Picasso exhibit showing and Benjamin wanted to see American Gothic and A Sunday Afternoon.  Plus I love walking around huge museums filled with all kinds of things labeled as art.  I like how I have developed a taste for who I am drawn to and love to seek out.  {10 points goes to who knows the artist of the 4 below!}  While there is quite a bit of it that isn't my cup of tea {I'm looking at you Degas}, I can appreciate the skill and time it took to create such masterpieces. 
And lastly we meandered up and down The Magnificent Mile popping in and out of stores as we saw things that would catch our eye {or as we needed to avoid the rain!}.  It would be interesting to know if most of the people shopping there were tourists or Chicago residents...  We came across an eyeglass store and ended up purchasing sets for both of us!  #ireallyNEEDEDanotherpair  #glitterenoughsaid

On the morning that we left, fluffy snowflakes floated down from the sky.  I'm kinda of like Loreli Gilmore in that I love the magic of snow.  It was the perfect way to wrap up our adventure together!

To find out more about how we renew our marriage, pop over and read what I have to say in the Behind the Door Marriage Series hosted by Chelsea.  I'd love to know your thoughts!
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