Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weekend Fun!

This weekend, I skipped out of the house Saturday morning for a pedicure and manicure....BY MYSELF!  Husband kept saying, "Why don't you take Lolly, a mother-daughter date?"  I promptly responded that I hadn't done anything by myself without the kids in 6 months and therefore, I'm going ALONE.  :-)  Husband texted me this picture while I was out.  Look at H.G. compared to Lolly.  They couldn't be more different when it comes to their weight situation! 

Later Saturday afternoon, I took both girls to a Frozen birthday party (leaving Husband alone....thus my alone time earlier that morning).  Check out the Frozen Elsa wigs that my friend Kristie made!  She's SO crafty!  This is the same girl that makes all the flip flops at My Little Florida Girl.

We spent that entire evening outdoors.  It was gorgeous and all our neighbors were out enjoying the weather.  H.G. LOVES the wind in her face. 

This was from Friday.  Husband told me earlier that day that my dress looked like something was "up with it."  I ignored him and rushed out the door only to find at about 3:00 pm, that I'd been wearing the dress BACKWARDS all day long.

Just a sweet picture of H.G.  I took this for my friend, Rachel who gave me this dress. It belonged to her now 5 year old daughter though I'm pretty sure she didn't wear it until she was a year old.  I barely got it on H.G.!  

And our Sunday best.  :-)  I love this sweet smile!  I wish you could hear her laugh.  A baby's laugh is truly the most heartwarming thing ever!  Hearing both the girls laugh together, even better.

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Friday, April 11, 2014

I like big bows, I cannot lie.

This is H.G.'s cream colored Easter headpiece.  It looks HUGE due to the angle of the picture, but it's really not *THAT* big.  Okay, it's pretty big.

I can't wait to share her dress!  It is this gorgeous 100% organza silk dress from a client of mine (the dress cost a fortune...I could see the price.  I hope she doesn't spit up all over it!)  Anyways, Easter is the perfect time to wear it as it's so fancy, I'm not sure when else she'll have the chance.  So I'm happy she's big enough to wear it.  

But, judging from this picture. The big fluff might take away from the dress!  Ha!
Happy Friday Y'all!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Very Merry Un-Birthday..... our sweet H.G.!  

It was her 6 month birthday yesterday!  I could say the same thing everyone says: "Where did the time go?"  But I'll stick to the obvious; that our lives are so unbelievably blessed by both our girls.  Sure, there are really rough times (like at 4:00 am when H.G. just will not sleep and the times when Lolly whines incessantly) but when the morning comes and H.G. looks at me with those HUGE blue eyes with that big grin and at the times when both the girls are sitting and laughing and playing, I'm reminded of how truly blessed we are.  Lolly and H.G. have made our family complete.  

Okay, enough fluff.  Y'all know how I feel.  

I'm FINALLY getting the settings on our fancy-dancy camera set to the right positions to capture such sweet moments as this.  Husband actually said "good picture" last night without a "but."  That's HUGE when it comes to picture taking for me as he's kind of a whiz at photo capturing.

I made the little onesie on my embroidery machine.  WAY cheaper than buying the outfit on Etsy for $50+.  The bow was made by a friend and the tutu is MudPie from Zulily for around $8.  I have three more onesies in the pack that I purchased to make this one, so I have some other cute appliques up my sleeve.  :-)

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Art Show, H.G. Milestones and Go Cats!

Good morning!  Well, there I was, all on a roll and keeping up with the blog and then spring break happened and illness happened.  Well, you know the story.  Anyways, we are back to our regular daily programming and therefore, back to blogging!  :-)

One quick happy.  I was driving through to McDonald's to get coffee this morning and while waiting, the nice young man (about 25 or so) started talking to me in this dialogue:

Him:  "Did you hear about our pizza?
Me:  (quite skeptically) "No."
Him:  "Ah, you didn't want to hear it anyways, it's too cheesy?"
Bada Dum (ricochet)

Him:  "What about the money?"
Me:  (now smiling).  "No."

Him:  "No, that's probably wouldn't make any cents."
Bada Dum (ricochet)

Him:  "By the way, you look nice today.  The blue and white for Kentucky?"
Me:  "You better believe it."
Him:  "Here's you coffee.  Go Cats!"

Now....what if we were always greeted with that kind of attitude?  I couldn't' stop smiling all morning.  That type of attitude is certainly infectious!


Moving on....

Lolly had her very first art show this past weekend.  I received a phone call from her art teacher earlier in the week wanting to place Lolly's work on display at a local art show.  Needless to say, Husband and I were both elated and somewhat befuddled!  Lolly has always enjoyed drawing and now that we think about it, she's been more into this creative art the past few weeks then ever before.  According to her art teacher, Lolly has a wonderful interest in this art form and would like to continue encouraging her down this road.  How exciting!

So Saturday night, I secured a babysitter for H.G. and the three of us attended her art show and then went out to dinner to celebrate, complete with a Shirley Temple and dessert.  Lolly was slightly sad at first as she greatly missed H.G.  Looking back, I think Lolly would have rather her been there to help celebrate.  I missed the boat on that one.  I thought for sure Lolly would enjoy some alone time with Mommy and Daddy.  I was wrong but we still had a great time out.

We made it home from the art show just in time for the big UK game against Wisconsin.  Clearly, Lolly didn't make it through the entire game.  In fact, she didn't even make it to game time!  Speaking of UK (and I'll quote Julius Randle) "Did you see that?"

BIG NEWS on the H.G. side of things.  She is now sitting independently!  Wow, a whole new world just opened up for her (and for mommy who can now walk away for longer than 30 seconds without a child in tears due to back-laying-boredom!)

Poor thing also had a cold over spring break and she just couldn't shake the cough.  It was keeping her up all night long and she was wheezing.  So I took her to the doctor.  Bless her little heart, she was having asthma type issues (just like Lolly had as a baby and I had all throughout my childhood) and she had a little fluid (though not infection) behind her ears.  We treated her all weekend and she is finally on the mend!  Yay!

I'm so proud of Lolly's writing.  She's really improved the past couple of months.  In fact, she's started keeping a little journal where she's been writing a lot of poetry (yes, poetry with rhymes, pentameter etc.)  Husband and I had been concerned she wasn't progressing in this skill as well as the other kids in her class, so she's been getting tutored twice a week.  She's doing great now!  We had to be kindly reminded that Lolly is one of the youngest by 9 months in all the first graders and while she is exactly where she needs to be, writing is a skill that tends to come with age as well as teaching.  There are a few other young students with whom I'm friends with their parents and they are having the same issue.  So we're not behind by any means.  She's ahead in her skills for math (actually, quite far ahead) and she's ahead in reading, so all is well on the first grade front!  Yes...we're helicopter parents and no, we'll never stop hovering.  Ask us how this is going when Lolly turns 16!

Anyways, I love this surprisingly accurate story.  And we particularly love that Clem has a blue tear due to being bit by the horses.  I do love that she spelled "there" - "thar."  I mean we are from "up thar in Kentucky!"  :-)

"gelis" means jealous.

And last but not least.  It's game day so I am dressed appropriately! Go CATS!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lunch Recipe

Good morning (well, maybe for you....for the SLPS family, less Lolly, we had a ROUGH night with H.G. up from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. due to teething.  Poor baby.  Lolly was a dream teether compared to H.G!).  

But for the rest of you, happy Friday! :-)

I don't have much time to blog today due to work and the fact that I want to go home and get some quick shut-eye (*wink, wink*) but I will post this fabulous recipe.

I've made this a couple of times for Husband's and my lunches and it's pretty darn yummy.  I found it in either Health or All You Magazine, I can't remember which one. It's great with a little salt, pepper and oil/vinegar dressing.

Enjoy and Happy Friday Y'all!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

H.G. Thinks Everything is Better with a Bow and Monogram....

.....especially swinging....

....and dining on sweet potatoes!  

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Weekend Hodge Podge and St. Patty's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day y'all!  
Love that chunky, happy face!  Her shirt says "Kiss Me for Good Luck."  Who wouldn't?
Husband has been bugging me to get my hair done, this picture proves it.  I'm the weird one who loves skincare, fashion etc., but really hates getting my hair done.  So I procrastinate as long as possible.  I just hate sitting there, bored out of my mind, while making chit chat with the hair stylist that I don't know all that well.  And I inevitably always end up next to someone who's into weird stuff like emu oil ingestion, is a breastfeeding expert and only showers once a week because it's "good for the skin."  Yeah, that happened last time I went.  So, can you blame me?
We had fun with hair this weekend.  I'll highlight on this more later.  But notice anything missing?  Yep, three teeth out so far.  Had to have one extracted by the dentist on Thursday because the adult tooth was growing in behind the baby one!  Lolly found the whole thing exciting and it wasn't because of the tooth fairy (which she boldly proclaimed the other day that she knows the tooth fairy isn't real and that Daddy and I are the tooth fairy.  My baby girl has grown up.  She's getting adult teeth for crying out loud!)
I have little green in my closet and this picture makes the dress look blue, but it is green. It's the Lilly Pulitzer Gretchen dress with my Tory Burch Camilla flats for St. Patrick's Day.  Hey, at least I won't get pinched!

Remember how I said we had fun with hair this weekend?  Lolly thought of many different ways she could fix her hair.  Here's one way, with a single braid and then pulled back into a bun.  That braid she wanted to leave in overnight to see what would happen.  She discovered her hair crimped and she decided she wanted her whole head to be crimped.

So last night after her shower, we braided her hair all over her head.  My hands hurt.

And this is the result.  She's a happy camper but for the sake of my hands, this will be an ever-so-often type thing as I know she'll want this to be a fad for the next few days.

As you may or may not know, the SEC Championship was yesterday and Kentucky played the Florida Gators in what was a very tough game right up until the end.  We had about 14 seconds on the clock with possession of the ball and we were one point down.   We could have won if it weren't for an unfortunate slip and fall by the possessing player.  It was sad but you have to feel bad for the guy.  I have no idea how he is feeling right now, but I'd say, pretty rotten.  It was a great game and we are proud to sport our Kentucky blue in Gator territory and are very proud of our Kentucky Wildcats!!  They played very well!

Lolly greatly enjoyed science night at school.  She LOVES going to this event every year.  It's a must-not-miss occasion in her book.  Of course, having an engineering science nerd for a daddy helps make the experience that much more fun!

We love feeding H.G.!  This weekend we introduced sweet potatoes.  Seriously, this kid can EAT!  A very BIG difference from Lolly who doesn't eat a thing (from day 1).

Last but not least, I LOVE Smocked Auctions.  Seriously, how adorable is this bubble?  Since H.G. has so many hand me downs from Lolly, I don't mind buying an outfit here or there for her as my pocketbook isn't broken down like it was the first time we had a baby (thankfully, I had the foresight to keep everything....I mean EVERYTHING).  I just wish it would stay warm long enough for H.G. to start wearing all these cute things.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Y'all!