Monday, May 23, 2011

Carter's big haul

Today Carter and I hit Salvation Army's 1/2 off sale with Auntie Lindsey. I thought we might get some cute antique stuff, but instead, Carter loaded up on cool stuff.

Here he is modeling his new life jacket, bike helmet, slippers, shoes, & plates. I also got the cool hurricane glass candle holder and a bread basket. Don't mind that one shoe is missing, I found it later in the car.

He loves the slippers that look just like daddy's.

Actually, he loves it all. Even after the photo he refused to take anything off. I was only able to get the plates away by telling him they needed to be washed.

Total spent: $13.51

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Dozer Days

Last year we missed Dozer Days so this year we made sure to clear the calendar. Carter LOVED it! Dozer Days is a charity event with all the money going to children's charities. It opened at 11 a.m. but we didn't get there until 12:30. We won't do that again! The place was PACKED, parking lot full and we had to walk quite a ways.

Kids get to ride in different types of construction equipment (if you are willing to wait at least 1/2 hour in line, we weren't so we found one that he could just sit on without it moving),

climb through and on tracker tires,

meet a real fire fighter,

hold the fire engine's hose,

and dig and dig and dig!

We had a blast and can't wait to take Carter and Coen next year!

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Why did no one tell me how huge a milestone it is when they switch from "mama" to "mommy"?
Ah, it melts my heart when he says it!

Carter's vocabulary has exploded this past week. He is talking up a storm pointing out the sun, that it's windy outside, pointing out what is high and what is low and bossing mommy around with wanting his car window up or down, deciding exactly what he wants to eat (asking me to add blueberries to his yogurt and cheerios), etc.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New park

We have gotten a little to used to the two parks in walking distance to our house so today we drive about a minute to another park (LOVE that we have so many nearby parks). The park was geared towards smaller children, but it was swarming with rowdy older kids that kept just about knocking Carter down. He was thrilled to find this little spot under the play structure where we could sit in peace and eat his snack. I'm so glad he is still at an age that he wants to sit with him under the play structure.

New park

Sunday, May 15, 2011

It's 2:30 in the afternoon and the only accomplishments I can list for today are 1)Watching "Tangled" curled up on the couch with my boys 2) Taking a shower. Yep, it has been a rough morning after attending THE wedding of the year last night.

I know, you're all wondering how our little ring barer did. I won't hold you in suspense. See for yourself:

Can you believe how perfect he was?! I was shocked. I told him to walk slowly to the front of the church and off he went. He did soooo good! And how cute is the outfit that the bride chose for him? Loved it. The other little guy you see speed by is the other ring barer that didn't want to do it, but at the last 2nd decided he didn't want to be left out.

From the wedding we headed back to the farm with all of the bridesmaids' bags and got to have Carter in a few photos with the bride. I can't wait to see them. The view at Harmony Jack is incredible. There really aren't words to describe it. So, I think the photos will be priceless with Carter and Cierra just for who is in them, but the view is going to make them AMAZING!

Ok. On to the reception.

I'm at a lost for words here as well. So many people pitched in hours of their time to turn a barn (yes, a real barn that they really use) into a gorgeous wedding venue. It took months, but the wow factor of this reception was off the chart. The bride paid attention to EVERY LITTLE DETAIL. Just look at the name cards that she embroidered herself.

This isn't the greatest picture, but they actually attached real branches to the beams of the barn and then strung white lights all over them. It was so pretty in the evening.

The thank you wall was such a great idea and they kept with the vintage them when they did it. They framed photos of people who helped with the wedding with a little note of what they did. The buffet is an old family piece that was brought in and used as a desert bar. OMG! The deserts were amazing! They did have a cake as well, but I was so into the deserts (sorry Weight Watchers) that I didn't have a piece. The deserts were all made by family members making it that much more special.

Parting gifts were homemade jam. The bride asked me to use my Silhouette machine to write on the boxes (made by Grandpa Roger) "Please Take One. Spread the love." So cute!

And this? How cool is this? Just an old truck they have on the farm! Great for photo opportunities!

So, it was a blast. We were extra lucky and got to stay in a house on the property because of Carter. This allowed us to have a sitter come and stay with him when it was time for bed and he was only down the driveway if she needed us. We stayed until the bitter end, and I mean bitter end - when the DJ wouldn't play any more music and the ladies resorted to singing themselves :) Definitely the best part of having your wedding on your own property in the middle of nowhere, no one kicks you out and no one cares about the noise!

This morning at 6 am when Carter decided he was ready to get up, we just weren't. One of us was a little worse off than the other and her feet hurt so badly as she walked in her sweat pants and high heels to the car. :)

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Baker. Thank you for including us in all the festivities and to Jeannette and Andy for putting on such an amazing party and for all the accommodations to help with Carter so that we could have such a great time!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Just one of the guys

He'll be our outgoing child for sure. He just goes right up and joins whatever is going on.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Some women might be offended...

I know, some women are offended if their husband gets them any sort of appliance or tool for cleaning their home for any gift-giving occasion. Not me!

For mother's day I asked my husband for a carpet cleaner. I recently looked into having our carpets cleaned and couldn't believe it was going to cost $230. For $140, I could buy a machine that I could use as many times as I want. Seriously, a piece of jewelry is nice, but it doesn't get my floors cleaned.

So, my two men took me to a nice little breakfast and then to make my big purchase. We then came straight home and I proceeded to steam clean my living room and I-LOVED-IT! I can't wait to do the rest of the house (I had to put that on hold to enjoy a pedi with my mom and sister and some Carter-free shopping before being taken to dinner by my men).

My mom and sister got a kick out of hearing that not only did I get a carpet cleaner for Mother's Day, but I had already used it by noon. I felt a little less freakish when I heard that my awesome sister-in-law received a dust buster and she too had already used hers!

It must be a stay-at-home-mom thing :)

Next on my list, a mint!! Sweep and mop for me? Get outta here!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011