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! 







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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!





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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....




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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??









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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.