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Update in Video Form

22 Feb

P’s has added a lot of new accomplishments to his resume this month so rather than write about them I thought I would just show him in action! It’s much cuter that way! The first video is the longest at one minute and actually a bunch are even under 10 seconds – so don’t get too overwhelmed that you need to sit down and pop a bag of popcorn or anything in order to enjoy them all!

These first two videos are actually from the end of December. In the first, he got this toy for Christmas and within in a week he had it figured out! Still one of his favorites! In the second Parker is showing off how he can click his tongue. He thinks it’s so funny and does it all the time and is much quicker at it now than he was in this video too.

All of the next videos below are from this month. Parker received blocks for Christmas and for the longest time all he would do is knock down towers we would build or clap them together. Now he has started stacking! 3 is the highest we’ve gone so far before he gets too excited and knocks them down.

Two days after his first birthday Parker decided he was ready to start walking and he hasn’t stopped since. Little booger could have done it the day before for his birthday party – but I forgive him 🙂

Parker is obsessed with “lights” now and anytime I say the word “light” he immediately points up. So I had a little fun with him in this video even though he was cranky and ready for his nap!

For weeks I’ve been reading this book with animal noises and he would sit patiently and listen. One day the other week when I asked “What does a snake say” he randomly responded with a “hiss!” I don’t think I’ve been so excited. It’s always hard to tell if they are really paying attention when you’re trying to teach them something. Well since then we’ve added a few others and I finally got him focused enough to do a few in a row together (although you really have to listen for the snake sound as I’m talking over him a bit when he does it). We do need to work on differentiating the tiger and crocodile a little better though, haha.

Finally just this week he learned how to go from the sitting to standing position without pulling up on something. This has made him very happy because before anytime he was walking and would fall down he would start to cry/whine because he didnt want to crawl over to something else in order to get back up.

Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for watching!!


1 Year Photo Shoot

18 Feb

No, sorry, this isn’t the monthly rundown – still working on that puppy (and the 11 month one, haha). Jennifer Soots Photography, who did our newborn and 6 month shoot as well, came over a couple hours before Parker’s birthday party to take his pictures. We decided to have her come the day of the party so that she would be there to take pictures of the party and the cake smash as well. Even with all the chaos of trying to organize the pictures and the party at the same time I’m so glad we did it this way so that I didn’t have a camera attached to my face the entire day. Below are some of my favorites and I’ll have more included in the rundown post of the party. So happy with how they came out!


Fun Fact: Jennifer arrived to take pictures 15 minutes early and I still hadn’t done my make-up. So I rushed into the bathroom and tried to hurry to pull myself together. Well when I clamped my eyelash curler on my left eyelashes I somehow lost my grip and the eyelash curler flung out of my hands and landed on the floor. I bent down and picked it up and as I went to put it back on my eyelashes I realized there was a huge clump of eyelashes stuck to it. Eric was in the bathroom too and I turned to him all wide eyed and he was like, “are you ok? holy cow, half your eyelashes are gone!” I immediately turned to the mirror and yes, from the middle of my eyelid to the inner corner of my eye every single lash was gone. I was stunned. Stunned because I didn’t know what to do when I was supposed to be taking professional pictures at any minute and stunned at how this whole episode didn’t hurt – like at all. My eye never stung or got red or itchy or anything. If the eyelashes weren’t left on my curler I wouldn’t even have known it had happened. Apparently it was a clean pull – so weird. I went into my bathroom closet and of course I had like 5 pairs of fake eyelashes but zero glue. Luckily I don’t have super lush eyelashes to begin with so after I did my make-up it somehow wasn’t that noticeable (eyeliner really helped) and Jennier joked she would edit in eyelashes on any close up. I swear this would only happen to me!

Countdown to One!

20 Jan

I’ve been so M.I.A I apologize. I still have Christmas pictures I would like to share as well as an 11 month post but those will have to wait as I wanted to share Parker’s invitation for his first birthday which is rapidly approaching!

When thinking of a theme I jumped around a lot. I was having trouble finding something I liked that made sense for the middle of winter and having to be indoors. I debated a circus theme, ninja theme (with Asian cuisine) and woodland theme. I was pretty set on a winter woodland theme (with an emphasis on foxes) when as I was browsing Etsy I came upon an invitation for Where the Wild Things Are and a lightbulb went off. I’ve spoken before how Eric and I were both English majors and love books and how 2 of my baby showers incorporated a storybook theme so it only made sense I carried that on. As I did further research on the book and party ideas, I came across so much inspiration and I loved how a couple quotes from the book – “Let the wild rumpus start” and “I’ll eat you up, I love you so” could be incorporated. I also thought how neat it would be for Parker’s copy of the book to be the guest book and I plan to have all the guests write a note on the inside as they arrive. This also sparked an idea how I would like all our future birthday parties to be based on a book so that when they are older they have all the books signed by the people that came to celebrate them. I realize as kids get older I won’t necessary have a say in theme but my thought is even if they want like “batman” or “cowboys” you can always find a book to go with it.

So once the theme was set I moved on to the invitation. There were many on Etsy but I had a hard time finding one I loved. I really wanted something modern and clean looking. Everything I found had either too much going on (looked too commercial for my taste), was too simple (looked like something I could have made myself) or too expensive (many were digital files which was what I wanted but some the seller printed and you had to pay per invite which would have been like $100 or more – I don’t think so!) so I kept hitting dead ends. It got to the point where I almost switched my theme back to woodland because there was one fox invitation I kept going back to in an Etsy shop called BonjourBerry. I just loved everything about it. I was then browsing the rest of her shop when I noticed she would do a custom design for only $20! So I immediately messaged her and she happily accepted. I gave her a few ideas. My decor is still going to be woodland-esque since the book is set in the forest and I also told her what his smash cake was going to look like and she took it from there. The funny thing is she asked me if I had a color scheme and I didn’t at the time but then while I was waiting for her to send the design I decided I’d like to focus on red, gray and white and so I was pleasantly surprised when those were the colors she had decided on herself as well! I think it’s fun I can say Parker’s invitations were custom designed from someone in Australia! She was incredibly easy to work with and allows three proofs before she basically tells you “stop being so damn picky” 🙂 Luckily I was happy with proof one. The only thing I had her change was the hair color. She had it dark brown to match Max from the book but I asked her to lighten it up so it would look like Parker’s hair. After that she sent me the file and I went to Staples (with my own paper since its cheaper) to print. After seeing them printed I came up with the idea to buy red paper to place behind it as a border to fancy it up and make the invites thicker. I also had a little handheld paper punch to make the corners round – don’t even think for a second I did those freehand! In the end I put together and mailed out 34 invitations. I did a mini budget breakdown for those interested below. The envelopes were free because when we received our Christmas cards (which i really meant to blog about – dang it I’m so behind!) there was a printing error that wasn’t our fault and when they sent back the corrected ones they resent envelopes too so I had double the amount I needed. I really lucked out as they were nice, thick envelopes so I’m glad I didn’t have to buy any.

Invitation Design: $20
White Paper: $4
Printing at Staples: $9
Red Paper: $3

Total: $36 or $1 per invite

So not too bad for custom designed invites! I’m definitely going to keep BonjourBerry in mind for future parties and encourage others to check her out as well!

Of course I have lots more ideas and planning in the works but all that won’t be shown until after the party! We are going to do P’s professional 1 year photos right before the party so our photographer is going to stay and take pictures of the cake smash and decor for us too. Can’t wait!


Parker’s First Snow

21 Dec


At first he was not happy with the outfit. As soon as he tried to stand he lost his balance and fell backwards and then squirmed around Steve Urkel style as if to say, “help, I can’t get up!” Once he finally got his bearings and rolled over he couldn’t crawl at all. Part of it was the wood floors fault, but he was so angry. I, of course, was laughing because he looked like Ralphie from A Christmas Story. I was finally a good mom and saved him from his misery and took him outside. As you can see from the photos below he was in a better mood once he could watch the dogs chase each other in the snow.







He basically just sat there because he still couldn’t really move. After 5 minutes we were both over it and came inside to heat up. Hopefully more successful ones he’s older…or maybe we just need to get a sled to pull him around. I’m sure he would like that!

P’s New Feat!

28 Nov

We bought Parker a walking push toy a couple of months ago but all he did at the time was play with the musical panel on the front. He would try to pull up on it but would put too much weight in his arms and the toy would fling forward like an impromptu ab roller. Well a few weeks ago he figured out how to push it while walking on his knees and then last week he finally figured out how to balance himself and is able to push it around while walking! It is so funny. He doesn’t really bend his knees so we joke he looks like an old man pushing his walker. It is now one of his favorite activities – except when he comes in contact with a wall because we are still working on turns. He has one direction down and that is straight!

ps. I know, I know I owe everyone a 9 month post seeing that he will be 10 months on Saturday! Pictures are all sitting there in a draft patiently waiting to be written about and I just haven’t given myself time. It’s coming, I promise!

Pumpkin Patch

7 Nov


















I’ve had this saved as a draft for awhile now and realized I need to get on to posting since it’s been a month since we went! Our first trip to the pumpkin patch was pretty chilly, especially compared to when Eric and I went last year and it was almost 80 degrees! I definitely think next year will be more fun when Parker is more active and can participate in all the activities they had but I’m sure he enjoyed the people watching! He did love the mini pumpkin patch and kept grabbing as many as he could into his lap. Next year I also need to make time to eat the apple cider doughnuts they were selling – those sound pretty good right about now!

A Walk in the Park

15 Oct

Trying to soak up all the outside fall days that we can before it gets too cold! We are lucky enough to live within walking distance to a park. This is the first time that we’ve gone since Parker has started crawling and I definitely think he enjoyed it more. Usually we just stick to the swing, but this day we also tried the slide and I let him crawl around on the playground so he could chase (and try to eat) the leaves. Won’t be long before he’ll be swinging from the monkey bars and throwing the world’s greatest tantrum when it’s time to go home.