August 31, 2012

Living Room

This is our living room.

Pretty isn't it?

Okay that might be a little sarcastic. Our old house had only one living space so in our Virginia house, we have our Family room where we spend most of our time and our Living room. They are separated by a wall and the staircase upstairs.

When we had Joe's family visit us last summer (all 7 plus a dog) I knew we needed some extra sleeping arrangements. So we got a Full Size Sleeper sofa. Yes they aren't the most comfortable, but they are pretty functional! It is also where my piano lives and eventually the office will be moved downstairs if we have another baby so it needs to house my books and a desk. Maybe a sewing machine? And of course I'm sure Amelia will be rolling through there. All of that function in a 12x10 space. But all we have done besides get the couch is slap a few things on the walls and throw a piano in there.

I think I will stick with the yellow and go with the yellow gray scheme since that is on trend right now.

Here are a few things on pinterest that have caught my eye.

Centsational girl used Ikea Billy bookshelves to create a built book case. Cute right?

I really like the layour in this room. Could work for our room but need to figure out the piano.

I love the floating desk in this office.
Source: via Alison on Pinterest

Maybe one day we will tackle this room. What do you think?

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August 29, 2012

Citrus Lane August Box

I saw an ad on Facebook one day about a monthly baby subscription service and I was intrigued. It was for Citrus Lane. Citrus Lane is a surprise subscription service where you receive 4-5 items based on your child's age and gender. The idea was to introduce parent's to new products that they might never know about. The cost is $25 for box. I received a 20% discount by finding a code.
This is actually my second box. This picture was taking with my iphone before I dispersed the items to Amelia. I thought this box was actually better than the box previous.
I (I mean Amelia!) received:
This is a fun toy that babies can play hide and seek and has a teether attached. This toy can attacher to the babies' stroller.

Keepin' Fresh Baby Food Storage
Two baby food containers. Great for sending Amelia with Food.

Counting with Wayne Thiebaud
An adorable book with charming pictures.

Plum Organics Stage 2--Apple Raisin Quinoa Baby Food Pouch
Amelia downed that at lunch yesterday.

CleanWell Disinfectant Spray
Awesome on the go disinfectant spray.

Citrus Lane valued this box at $32.17 in the insert that came with box. Amazon as the prices slightly lower. Some boxes have higher values. It's a fun surprise you receive in the mail.

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August 27, 2012

Our Week in Review

Last week was TABS week for our youth group. TABS stands for Teenage Bible Study. There is a time for worship and a Bible study, then there is a fun activity for the night. Our good friend from Indiana came to speak and his wife and 3 year old Son came also to visit.
Monday I had to work so I didn't get to do anything :( The youth went to a Richmond Squirrels Baseball game.
Tuesday, we went a church member's house on a lake and the students got to swim and go tubing. Amelia even got to go in the lake with Daddy!

Wednesday, we traveled up to DC so our friends could go to Georgetown Cupcakes. The have the show DC cupcakes on TLC. Joe and I went over a year ago and waited awhile to get in but this time we waited maybe 5 minutes. And over course came home with a dozen cupcakes!

That night the youth played Dodgeball and Underground Church. Amelia had to get home to bed before Underground Church but it brings me back to my middle school years! Joe said the youth loved it! The only picture I got was when I brought the Elmo Rocker out to entertain Amelia


Thursday we went to Ironbridge Sports Park. The youth played outdoor laser tag. They played outside in a field like a paintball field. Let's just say that I think Joe had more fun than the kids!

They had to wear black sweat bands and I couldn't resist getting a picture with Amelia with one!
Friday, the youth went to Great Wolf Lodge. Great Wolf Lodge is huge hotel with a huge waterpark in it. We had so much fun! Amelia loved the small pool and even the wave pool with Daddy. Last year we went, I was pregnant with Amelia and was unable to do any of the big water slides. Joe took me on all of them this year.
My favorite photo of this week was on Saturday. I left Amelia with one of the girls because I wanted to look around in the gift shop for a few minutes. I came back and this is what I found. Amelia is spoiled rotten!

We had so much fun this week and Amelia enjoyed playing with the big kids!

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August 15, 2012

My 9 Month Old

My 9 month old baby! I can't believe it! She is the sweetest little baby and is full of smiles and energy. She definitely keeps me very busy now! This month she has started so many new things!!

We went to the doctor and Amelia weighs 18 lb 10 ounces (50-75%) 28" (75%). The doctor said she has great hand-eye coordination and she may be an early walker (WHAT?) We have been very blessed that Amelia has been pretty healthy so far.

Amelia is just taking bottles now. She usually takes 6-8 ounces 3-4 times a day. She loves food! She still loves bananas, cheerios, pancakes, and spaghetti. She gets a banana every day and demolishes it. She still will eat baby food but I don't think we can get it to her fast enough. And baby girl loves making messes. She takes at least a morning nap and an afternoon nap and sometimes an evening nap. She also sleeps through the night every night. Praise Jesus!! We just lay Amelia down (after lots of kisses), give her her blanket and pacie, turn on her sound machine and leave. She usually cries for a couple of minutes then settles down. The fun thing is we have a video monitor and it's funny to watch what she does when we thought she was sleeping. She normally goes to bed around 7:30 and gets up between 7 to 8.

She also is becoming way more independent. And also starting to have a preference in things. She has her favorite toys, her favorite blanket. And now she hates changing clothes again! But likes being naked.

Another kind of sad thing is that she's stopped sucking her thumb! I loved her little thumb but she likes her pacie. She also loves her Daddy. Joe went to Thailand for 10 days. The first time she crawled she crawled to the iphone to video chat with daddy!

She is also quite the little babbler. She has said some things that sound like dada but not when he's around so does it count? Everyday we work on saying mama!

We are now a crawling machine! This is my view most of my days! And baby girl loves getting into everything!! We need to get more baby gates to help corral this little explorer.  She pulls things off of shelves, loves the remotes and pulls up onto everything she can manage. She will take a few steps with me helping but not coordinated yet.

Amelia Likes:
        Crawling/Pulling Up
        Babbling all of the time
        Annie and Cooper
Amelia Dislikes:
        Changing clothes
        Not being able to get into everything
        Getting strapped into her carseat

We love our Amelia Grace sooo much. She is the light to our day a source of endless laughter, and maybe some loud sighs!

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August 4, 2012

We are on the Move!

A certain mommy needs to baby proof!

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August 1, 2012

Keepin' It Real

Who knew that one small person can have so much stuff? Let's just say that Amelia has overtaken the Family Room!

Look at the little monkey here!

Usually at the end of the day, the toys go in the big basket behind Amelia and the Amelia tornado is somewhat better. We try to only bring out a few toys at time but this picture doesn't show this!

How do you store your toys?

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