Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
We went to the Christmas Tree Farm this weekend to scour the rows and rows and rows of Christmas trees for the perfect one. Neither my husband or I had ever been to a Christmas tree farm, and it is hands down the best family tradition to start. All of the trees were perfectly manicured and look edstraight out of a storybook. As a bonus, they had a hayride, bounce house, BBQ, a train and a few farm animals.
Before we took the hayride deep into the farm, Anabelle wanted to hop on the bounce house. With mommy. Not allowed, they said. So, we hopped on the hayride, and off we went. Anabelle absolutely loved getting pulled by a tractor! She loves farm equipment and trains. It must be that Texas blood in her ;)
Always with a snack. And juice. Juice is her new jam.
You see that sad, dead spot on the tree? It's faced towards the wall. The tree itself is absolutely gorgeous and fluffy. I love it. It's sitting in the middle of our living room waiting to be decorate. Tonight, I promise. We had a few, okay a lot, of technical difficulties trying to get it to stand up straight. User error, I bet.
Before we left, Anabelle wanted one more shot at the bounce house. She totally understood she I couldn't go in with her (even though my husband didn't fail to mention I'm child size, anyway) and she did it!
Bounce house win.
We also went to visit Santa, but after a meltdown and a protest, they didn't become fast friends. Oh, don't you worry my dearest, we will attempt the Santa picture another weekend. And it will be glorious.
Cheers to Monday.
Friday, December 5, 2014
I'm not going to lie, putting this gift list together was way too much fun. I may or may have not added this entire line up to my Christmas list. Everything is relatively inexpensive for that special gal in your life. I always have a hard time picking out gifts for women. I seem to second guess if they would like it or not, but these are all things that we can use or we would really love to have!
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Last year, Anabelle was 10 months old during the holidays, and she was more concerned about the light and ornaments on the tree than anything else. I've been talking about Christmas non-stop post Thanksgiving gut and she's pretty excited to look at all the "twees" and decorations that are everywhere. It was so fun shopping for Anabelle's Christmas List with items I knew she would adore!
Wooden Play Camera // This was the first item on my list, since Anabelle loves taking pictures and saying "cheese." Bonus, it's a small business on Etsy and it's so beautifully made! Now she can chase after us all trying to capture a moment. Checkmate.
Tea Set // When I saw this tea set, I immediately fell in love. It's such a sweet item, made out of tin so a certain you-know-who won't shatter the pieces all over the floor.
Apron // This one is no longer available, but their other options like this and this are so adorable! Anabelle loves cooking in the kitchen with me, and I know she would love dressing up to play the part. As often as I am in the kitchen, I don't wear an apron, but I have feeling that's going to change.
Crayons // Stackable crayons that fit on toddler fingers? Yes, please. I bet these would be easier to find when they magically disappear under mommy's bed.
Cat pillow // Anabelle is going to transition to a big girl bed very soon and I thought this pillow would make it fun. She adores our three cats (yes, we are those people) and I love that it's hand made from a talented artist. Is it just me, or are hand made items so much sweeter?
Book // A kid can never have too many books. Plus, I've been wanting to read this book forever. Win-win.
We're also going to have a few stocking stuffers and start Christmas traditions to make this year even brighter. I'd love to hear what's on your kid's wish list!
Happy Friday Eve!
Monday, December 1, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
This kiddo is the spunkiest toddler around. She is so full of life and energy, and I can't imagine her any other way. She is quick to give you her opinion and she doesn't hesitate to let you know when (or anyone else, for that matter) has entered her bubble of personal space.
Everywhere we go, she gets so many stares, smiles and comments about how adorable she is. She's quick to smile and wave at strangers, because she loves to be the charming entertainment. The other day she whispered gibberish in my ear and started cracking up. I couldn't help but laugh with her, as she grabbed my face in her hands and gave me a kiss.
She has developed a true passion for baby dolls and stuffed animals. She holds them in her arms, rocks them to sleep, feeds them and shushes them when they are upset. This early in the game, it's apparent that she has a sweet and loving soul.
As much as she loves those babies, she's a bit of a tomboy at heart. She refuses to let me put headbands or bows in her head. She runs away from me whenever I try. Luckily, she's learned to rock that top knot better anyway. She loves any and all balls. She's quick to spot them when we are out and about, and has an incredible arm. I imagined putting her into gymnastics or dance, but I think I'm leaning towards softball. You guys, I'm not even exaggerating when I tell you this kid can chunk a ball across the room.
Anabelle loves to dance and is quick to rock her hips to any up beat. She often asks me to dance, and we have mini jam sessions in the kitchen and the playroom. It's the best!
She's started to master mimicking what mommy and daddy do. She repeats the words we say and it's so incredible to watch her connect the dots in her head. She's learned so many new words lately, it's hard to keep up. Lately she's been saying: hello, boo!, bubbles, no more, puzzle, book, tree, juice and store.
She's also a tough cookie! Whenever she gets hurt or falls, she whines for a brief second, runs to me for a boo-boo kiss and goes about her merry way.
We started using the, "you have five more minutes..." phrase and she's started putting her hand up when she wants five more minutes. It's pretty hilarious now, but I'm sure it will bite me in the butt later on.
I'm so excited to bake a few things together for Thanksgiving. She's been wearing the tutu I bought her all week pretty thrilled about it. She twirled around, giggling and laughing, and it kinda hit me. I have a daughter :)
Happy Thanksgiving Eve!