Family Pictures and our Christmas Card


We (finally) had our family pictures taken in mid-December...in 8 degree weather. Needless to say, the shoot was quick, but amazing Erin got some great shots!










My Parents
























My favorite people in the world




The super-talented, almost-mom-to-three-boys, Jill, created our Christmas card in record time.




 I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and have a safe, fun and reflective New Years Eve!! We will be joining some friends for a small dinner party followed by an entire day in our pajamas. :) 

I will be back in January with my new blogging perspective.






5 on Friday: What we've been up to



I am joining up with these lovely ladies after taking a few weeks off! 







One



I will be participating in The Workout Mama's FREE Christmas Bootcamp to get myself back into shape...it's been so hard to find time to work out at home and I hate to pick up Cam from day care just to take him to another day care at the gym! Hopefully, this will be the jump start that I need!





Two

We are finally having our family pictures taken tomorrow! I would wait until it's going to be 17 degrees to get this done, but we just honestly haven't had time! I cannot wait to have some updated pictures of Cameron, as well as pictures as a family. AND, my parents are coming, so I will have automatic Christmas presents for them. ;) Now, to decide on what to wear....




Three

Cameron visited a new day care/pre-school this week. He will start in January, and we cannot wait!! It's in our local elementary school, so there's a huge playground, a football field to run on and an actual structured day. They do activities, wash their hands, sleep on a mat instead of a crib...what's happened to my little boy??









Four

My birthday was this past week, and instead of being in Vegas, we were home with my family eating ziti and meatballs. And, honestly, I loved it. I would have loved to have been in Vegas with Chad, but there's really nothing like family. My cousin came over with her son, William, who's 9 months older than Cam, and they have a blast together!

My cousin and me on the left, circa 1987. Our boys on the right circa 2013.





Five

I finally sorta kinda got a picture of Cam in some Christmas pjs...this boy does not like to stand still long enough for a picture, but I finally grabbed one while eating goldfish for breakfast. Don't judge.





Happy Friday, friends!! Stay warm!

Mommy & Me: Some Rare Pictures!


I have so few pictures of Cameron and me, and the pictures that I do have show the true me...very little make-up, no fashionable outfit and hair pulled back. But, these are the pictures we will cherish in 20 years, right?

This past weekend, we made an early morning trip to LLBean because, well, they were the only store open at 7 am!! (They never close, which is quite convenient.) We picked up some Bean boots for Peyton and Mica and a few other goodies for our stockings.








LL Bean has this great fish tank with a bubble that allows you to be at the same level as the fish...Cam loved the "fishies" and almost had a meltdown when we had to leave. Chad cannot wait to take him fishing in a few years!!

Have I mentioned that I love this age? Cam is so interactive and sweet. I cannot get enough of him!!!!




Cameron: 17 Months


My little boy...you are almost 1 1/2 years old! I thought you would be my little boy forever.




Teeth: still 16, but you are digging way in the back...maybe molars are on their way? I hear they're a b*tch!

This month, you have learned so many words. They are all words that you say without any prompting or when you recognize something. They include:
Football, Ball, Touchdown, Book, Apple, TV, Hot, Milk, Water, Loulou, Momma, Dadda, Grandpa, Night night, Bath, Brush teeth, Bear, Doggy, Cat, Elephant, Cracker, Cookie, Pizza, Banana, Jacket, Hat, Bye bye, Hello, Love you, Truck, Vroom, Outside, Fork, Bless you, Thank you, Sit Down, Please, More, Music, Sock and Shoe (your favorite word)

You also know what an owl and elephant say and can move like a robot. :)

You have started to want to do things on your own include putting on your shoes and taking off your jacket. (You aren't successful yet, but you get an A for effort!) You know that when we say it's time to get ready to go, you must have four things: socks, shoes, hat and jacket. I wonder what will happen when spring and summer come along and you no longer need socks, a hat or a jacket...you are obsessed with these things!

Trying on Momma's Bean Boots


Toys: It's gotten to be too cold to go outside, but we have taken the wagon for a ride or two, and we "let" you "help" us bring in the trash cans...it's one of your favorite things to do! You love to read (finally), and have a few favorite toys that I wrote about here.

You LOVE music and you love to dance. If we have to turn off the music in the car for some reason, you point and say, "music" so we turn it back on. We have an adorable video of you dancing the other night...you were going to town!

We started an email address for you...it's quite funny to think that you will be seeing and reading these pictures and emails when you are 18 (if we can make it that long without telling you). There are some naked pics, some funny stories and lots of love. :)

Preoccupied with nursery rhymes on YouTube...our lifesaver when we go out to dinner!


Sleep: You are still taking two naps during the day, but will need to adjust to just one when you start your new day care in January. You will also be napping on a mat instead of in a crib...I'm sure you'll adjust just fine, but it has me a little worried!



Food: You are a very picky eater. You love crackers (and any crunchy snack), cheese, green beans, bananas, cheerios, hot dogs and bologna. That's about it. You aren't against trying other things, but you don't generally like them.

In case you can't tell from our pictures, the pacifier is still a major component of every day life. You've gotten even more attached to it lately; maybe it's because you're teething? I have no idea, but it's gotta go soon!

What happens when I take away your pacifier...oy vey!


Social: You had quite a few play dates this month: Sofia, Oscar and Jameson. I love watching you around older kids because you share so well and just sort of take it all in. When they grab something from you, you don't fuss (yet), but you kind of just step back and let them have it. I'm sure this will change, but right now, I am a proud momma! You've also been so sweet as we've carted you around from appliance stores to lumber stores to our new house...we started demo-ing this month, and you have been the best! Aunt Stacey takes you sometimes so we can get more work done, but you rarely complain. :)

We celebrated your second Thanksgiving and did it in a very low-key manner. We didn't do much, but we enjoyed our time with you!

Grandpa

Uncle Donnie





I love you, sweet baby. THIS is my favorite age. I am still amazed at every. single. thing you do. You are learning so much; I am always so proud to be your momma. 



These are a Few of my Favorite Things : Stocking Stuffers


I am joining Elise and Jen again to talk about my favorite stocking stuffers!




I have always looked forward to opening my stocking on Christmas morning because the gifts are always small, fun and sometimes quirky!



Stocking Stuffers

1. A good quality water bottle or coffee mug...these things are like gold at my house, so we are always "gifting" each other with good drinking products. They are much more expensive, but sooo worth it! What's your favorite water bottle and coffee mug brands? We are still debating over here...

2. Magazines. There's something about cozying up with a big cup of "something" and a magazine after the mad rush of present-opening.

3. A fun mug. Why not? 

4. Some good 'ole Captain Morgan (or liquor of your choice). This is always in my stocking (except when I was preggos), and it's always a delight to see. Put this in your big cup of "something" while reading your magazine, and you will have a very Merry Christmas! 

5. Eye cream, chapstick, mascara...whatever you need.

6. Candy. Gum. Pistachios. Something sweet to snack on while reading your magazine.

7. Gloves or scarves. These are always my go-to gift for other woman, and they are always appreciated. It really doesn't matter how many of these you have, another set of gloves or another pashmina is a great addition to any wardrobe!

What do you like to give/receive in your stocking?




5 (plus 1) on Friday: Favorite toys for 15 - 18 months

I am cheating a bit this week because I couldn't list just 5 of Cameron's favorite toys!




Cameron has always been a "holder" - he'd rather be held than play with toys! However, this has changed drastically in the last few months...he loves to have some independent play and makes me feel like we are spending our money wisely on his toys! ;)




Favorites toys 15 - 18 months




He loves this thing! He asks for "hep" a lot, but can get more and more in each time he tries! It's a little confusing since there are four sides, so I always put it on the side where it goes in to help with his frustration. :)



I am sure you've seen this brand all over the place, but so far, the guitar is enough for our little man! Cam loves music and loves to dance, so this is perfect for him. It sings 20 songs and has some "doggie" songs that are howled...sounds annoying, but it's quite cute!

Basketball, golf ball, football, soccer ball....we buy a ball almost every time we go to the store, so he probably has 2 dozen already, but it's still not enough. He loves to pick up as many as he can and pile them on top of each other. 

I bought this for Cameron hoping that he would love it so I could justifying buying a larger one for Christmas. My dream came true, and he plays with it every day! It makes noise, which is a bonus, and you can match shapes, which is another bonus. 

I buy these at our local consignment store for $2 or so, and they are worth every penny...I'm not sure I would buy them at full price, but Cam does love them.  The one pictured is his favorite...I think it has something to do with matching shapes. (Do you see a pattern here?)

This is another consignment store find for $6! I was so excited when we found this because Cam loves to play with our vacuum at home. He's always running around the house with it. It also makes music, so of course he loves it! I can't wait to get him more "appliances" to play with!



Books are also at the top of his list...you can see some of his favorites here


My mom got him the LATT table/chair set from IKEA, and this is where he sits to do his puzzles...it's perfect for him (and so easy to put together)!




Do you have any favorites for your little person? I always love seeing what other toys are popular!













30 While 30...less than 30 days left!

In case you haven't noticed, I have a "30 While 30" list going on up in here, and being 30 is almost over for me, so here's a brief update of my progress.


1. Get a stamp on my passport - DONE (Holland in Spring 2013)



2. Take a weekend trip with just Chad - BOOKED (Vegas in December for my 30th!)

3. Rent a camp for the week - this has been postponed to the next year....whomp, whomp :(

4. Get my teaching certificate in Maine - DONE

5. Pay off most of our debt - DONE (We have paid off almost $10k this year)

6. Plan a fantastic 1st birthday for Cameron - DONE 



7. Find a church to attend

8. Baptize Cameron

9. Get a permanent job - DONE

10. Save $2,000 cash - we've put most of it towards debt, but we are saving!

11. Have a date night at least once a month - DONE...We are good about this!

12. Volunteer - SCHEDULED for Thanksgiving

13. Read the bible

14. Have dinner with Dad at least every 2 weeks - DONE (We have dinner every Friday night!)

15. Go apple picking - DONE (Cam looooved it.)



16. Drive up Route 1 - DONE (Mom's Birthday)

17. Meet other Moms - Sort of...We have done swim lessons and some open gyms, but we honestly don't have a ton of time to do too many classes! I'm pretty happy with my current mom-friends, though. :)

18. Start my Arbonne business - DONE

19. Get Cameron involved in activities outside of day care - DONE (Swim Lessons)

20. Run in a race - not even close...this will continue to be on my list until it's complete!

21. Find our own house - DONE!! (We just started renovating.)



22. Do 30-Day Detox - DONE

23. Do 100 push ups and a 5-minute plank - in the same category as running...not even close

24. Pay for somebody's dinner at a restaurant - I buy the person behind me at Starbuck's a $5 gift card all the time...does that count? Not quite...I still want to do this!

25. Learn how to use my camera - I have used it, but have not learned how to use it properly. 

26. Send real cards - I have been down right awful about this. I need to get it together!

27. Contemplate another tattoo ;) - I've been contemplating it, but I haven't gone through with it. 

28. Get personalized stationary - nope...unless I get it as a gift. Hint, hint.

29. Bake something from scratch - Chad cooked an apple pie, and I ate it. Does that count?

30. Read a book. Yes, a book. - DONE (Two Kisses for Maddie)




So, I am not overly thrilled with my progress, but I feel like we got a lot done this year! We still have to work on our fitness and our faith: two major focus areas for 2014. 

Our Weekend Wrap-Up


Friday night, we skipped our Friday-night-date with my dad because we were invited out to a "real" dinner with no baby! We were so excited to get "dressed up," (which meant heels for momma) and enjoy some wine and adult conversation without nursery rhymes playing on repeat on YouTube.

I didn't snap any pictures because, well, I was too busy enjoying my dinner and wine and company. :) Actually, the company was the best, followed by the wine...the food was really nothing special, but who I am to complain? 

By the time we got home, I was lucky to make it to bed before falling asleep! Not from the wine, but from pure exhaustion. Sidenote: Cameron has decided that 4:45 is a good time wake up, so this has taken quite the toll on us!

Saturday morning, we went appliance shopping (again) to try to finalize an order. We ended up finding Chad's dream range: A Wolf 6 burner...holy moly was he excited! We also got a hood, backsplash, fridge, two dishwashers (yes, two...we can hardly contain our excitement), standing freezer, washer and dryer. Shew! Now, we just need a microwave and possibly a wine fridge...they are so darn expensive, though!


Saturday afternoon, we worked on the outside of our new house! It felt so good to get our hands dirty, but we were tired when we were done! We ordered in Thai and spent the night relaxing. :)






Sunday morning, we had some friends over for breakfast and Chad, once again, did not disappoint. He made a "European" spread with lots of meats, cheeses and chocolate!








After breakfast/brunch, we packed up our wagon and headed to our new 'hood...we just can't stay away! We explored the neighborhood and took in the beautiful views. We are so lucky to be moving to this area!



that's our green house...I cannot wait to fix her up!








Sunday afternoon, Cameron and I hung out with Jameson while Lynn and Gabe did some home shopping for themselves...they just bought a new house, too!! We watched Polar Express, went on another wagon ride and swung til we couldn't swing anymore. 
















Sunday night, we met up with my Dad since we skipped our Friday night date then cozied up on the couch to search Pinterest and watch football. ;)


I hope you all are having a great week!!!