Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bennett's First Down Birthday Party

What's this...a blog post?!?!
This is SUCH a belated post, but I was having major issues with my old computer. It was almost 6 years old, things weren't loading and it was slow AF. It took me 5-10 minutes to open any program and I was staring at that stupid beach ball spinning constantly. I thought I could just go to the Apple store and get a new computer...but no, I needed X amount of storage and they just don't make them like that anymore. So wouldn't you know, I had to special order a freaking computer and it took 2 weeks to come in! Then they had to transfer all of my files, which took another 4 days (it's only supposed to take 24 hours)! 

So that's my excuse for just now posting Bennett's birthday party, 2 months later! Whoops!

Anyways! As soon as Bennett was born (at the very start of football season, mind you), I just knew we had to have a football themed first birthday party! This was SO much fun to put together!

Behind that "Tailgaters Welcome" sign, we had a cooler full of beverages to greet our guests!

The dining room was our main party room housing the majority of the food and decorations! I couldn't find a backdrop that I liked, so I made my own using a plastic "grass" tablecloth and chalkboard-style contact paper! I was kinda proud of myself!

For food, I tried to serve as many "easy" tailgate foods as I could think of! We had jalapeno poppers, mini chicken & waffles, chicken wings, pizza rolls, veggies & dip, chips & salsa, and popcorn!

I also made this football-looking thing out of crackers, cheese and pepperoni! (Thanks, Pinterest!)

And of course we had cupcakes and cake!

I could have done with out the REF written on there, but hey it was like $30 so whatever.

I have loved making these numbers out of photos for my kids' birthdays! The number 1 is definitely the easiest to make!

Moving into the kitchen (which looks SO different now that it's been painted...a post on that coming soon!), we had all of the drinks at our "Concession Stand"!

At our kitchen table, I had football helmets that the kids could color and grown ups could write a note to the birthday boy! I also bought foam fingers for the kids to decorate, which was a big hit!

A few more decorations in the family room and front hallway...

For party favors, I dressed up Gatorade bottles like referees!

It was a very fun time celebrating our 1 year old boy!!!

{Please see the reason for throwing that rug away immediately after this party!}

Bennett was super excited to open his presents! He loves his PBK chair, Ramses and a whole bunch of B Toys (we haven't owned a toy made by this company that we didn't like; they are the best)!

Bennett's shirt: A Little Stitch of Charlotte
Ella's dress | Lucas's shirt: Smocked Auctions
Blowup goal posts: Target
PVC pipe goal posts, monthly banner, high chair banner, assorted banners/decorations, bib and football headband: another mom on my local Facebook group :)
Wooden signs: Hobby Lobby
Grass tablecloth, plates, napkins: Target
Cake: Publix
Chalkboard contact paper: Amazon
Chalkboard milestone poster: Etsy
Cupcake toppers: Amazon
Pom Poms: Amazon
Chalkboard easels: Target
Tablecloths: Hobby Lobby
Foam Fingers: Oriental Trading
Whistles: Amazon

Friday, September 13, 2019

Ella and Lucas Go to School!

Sorry for the radio silence over here! 
We have been busy, busy, busy celebrating Bennett's birthday (still need to post his party, whoops!) getting our kitchen and family room painted (a whole post on that coming soon too!), and sending my two big kids off to kindergarten and preschool! 

On their first days of school, I gave them the annual interview questions. You can see Ella's previous answers here and here (not sure where last year's went!). 

1. What is something mommy says to you? I love you, Ella 
2. What makes you happy? If you tickle me
3. What makes you sad? When someone is mean to me 
4. What makes you laugh? If someone’s dressed up as a clown 

5. How old are you? Five and a half
6. How old is mommy? I don’t know
7. How old is daddy? I don’t know (she totally knows how old we are! no idea why she "forgot" on this day!)
8. What is your favorite thing to do? To play outside 

9. Who is your best friend? Molly and Alevia 
10. Where is your favorite place to go? To kindergarten! 
11. What are you good at? I’m good at helping mom make cookies
12. What is your favorite food? Lollipops

13. What is your favorite song? Peppa Pig (no idea what she means by this...maybe the Peppa Pig theme song?!) 
14. What is your favorite color? Pink and teal
15. What is your favorite animal? Butterflies 
16. Where do you live? T******** (our street name)
17. What is your favorite toy? Peppa Pig books
18. What do you want to be when you grow up? An illustrator 
19. What is your favorite book? Peppa Pig and the Busy Day at School
20. What do you want to learn at school this year? I want to learn about painting pictures 

And now for Lucas's turn...

1. What is something mommy says to you? Lucas Ferguson! 
2. What makes you happy? Yes yes!
3. What makes you sad? I just sad sometimes 
4. What makes you laugh? (Does crazy laughing) 
Questions are hard when you're 3, guys.

5. How old are you? 3
6. How old is mommy? 2
7. How old is daddy? 3!
8. What is your favorite thing to do? Watch Blippi!

9. Who is your best friend? Cooper
10. Where is your favorite place to go? To Jumpin' Jax!
11. What are you good at? Singing Blippi songs 
12. What is your favorite food? Pizza

13. What is your favorite song? Garbage Truck song
14. What is your favorite color? Blue
15. What is your favorite animal? Cow 
16. Where do you live? On Charlotte (He lives ON the city, not in it, ok?)
17. What is your favorite toy?  Tractor
18. What do you want to be when you grow up? A dinosaur 
19. What is your favorite book? Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site
20. What do you want to learn at school this year? Learn my numbers (I had to give him MANY ideas for this question!) 

I'm so thankful they both love school tons so far! They have really great teachers and some sweet friends in their classes, too! Cheers to a great school year!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Bennett Michael {12 months}

Dear Bennett,

Today you are ONE!!!! It has truly been the fastest, but most fun year ever. It is so bittersweet because I just LOVE Baby Bennett and how adorable you are, but I am so excited for all of the things that await you, like walking, talking, going to school, all of that fun stuff! That being said, I definitely cried putting you down last night, for the last time as a 0 year old!

Head circumference: 
We go to the doctor on Tuesday for your checkup, so I'll update then! 

Clothes: You are wearing 9 month clothes and some 12 month things. A few 6 month things still fit, like these onesies and your swimsuits. You are in size 3 diapers. You wear size 1 shoes...bless it! Tiny feet. You don't wear shoes much though because you just rip them off!

Nicknames: Ben, Ben Ben, Little Bean, Bean Bag, Benny Ben, Benny Boo Boo, B, B Man, Benito, Big Guy, Sweetest Peach, Peanut, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Well, if last month was the month of "almosts," I am happy to report that this month you made some major accomplishments! You started crawling with your tummy off the ground! No more army crawling for you, buddy! You say "Dada" on command 90% of the time and "Mama" and "Ella" on command maybe 50% of the time (I feel like I am writing an IEP right now, ha!). You have gotten 2 more teeth, to make 4 total (2 on the top, 2 on the bottom). You can climb up the stairs, but thankfully don't do it too much yet. And my favorite...last week after your birthday party, you started clapping!! You LOVE to clap and do it all of the time now! And it is pretty freaking adorable! Baby claps are my most favorite thing everrrrr so I am just soaking it up right now! You are pulling up easily and cruising along the furniture really well now, and you've even stood by yourself for a quick split second! You also started swimming lessons this month and are SO good at floating on your back, and rolling back to front and front to back! You are always the demonstrator for the instructor because you do such a good job!

Sleep: You are still sleeping 12 hours a night! So amazing. Naps are hit or miss. Sometimes, it takes you a long time to fall asleep at naptime and you don't fall asleep until naptime is almost over! Sometimes you don't nap at all. I'm hoping once the big kids go back to school and we get into more of a routine, naps will go a little bit better for you. Summer has been hard nap-wise, especially with that morning nap!

Best Moment: Having your "First Down" birthday party (post coming soon)! And seeing you clap!!!

Worst Moment: Daddy and I turned our heads for one second, and told Ella to watch you on the bed...well, guess what? She didn't and you fell off! My mom guilt was terrible! You were A-OK, but I felt so so so bad!!! I will never leave you on the bed with your sister again! 

Likes: Splashing in any kind of water (pool or bath), chewing on pacis, balloons (the football ones from your party were an especially big hit), putting anything and everything in your mouth, lights on the ceiling, "Baby Shark" song, "The Wheels on the Bus," big brother's tractors, cords/chargers, eating paper/books, when we give you "raspberries" on your tummy, playing Peek-a-Boo, clapping, pulling into our neighborhood (you seem to recognize the trees or something and go nuts in your carseat!), chasing the Roomba, pulling up on everything. 

Dislikes: When anyone besides me or Daddy hold you. You are so friendly and smile at everyone...but if they try to touch you? Nope, nope, nope. You cry lots!

Health: You have another random runny nose again this month. Maybe allergies? Teething? Who knows. It's not bothering you really and you have no other symptoms, so I am not concerned. 

Eating: You still love to eat lots! You are starting to get picky about the type of cheese we give you, and sometimes chicken can be hit or miss, but pretty much everything else you LOVE. You are obsessed with NutriGrain bars and try to grab them out of the pantry every chance you get. You also could never get sick of gobble them up in no time! Your first taste of cake was last weekend at your party and although we had to force you to eat it initially, you ate almost the entire smash cake by yourself! You are still nursing, but I think I'm going to wean you like I did with Lucas: switch one feeding per week to giving you a cup of milk. So next week (when we get our kitchen back...whole other story there, but I am finally getting my white kitchen cabinets!!!!), we will start by giving you milk during your late afternoon feed time. I'm a little sad to wean you, so we may hold onto one or two feedings for a few months! We will see...

Ben Ben, I just cannot believe it has been a whole year since we met you and found out you were a BOY!!! What a joy boy you are in our lives! You are such a perfect third go with the flow, don't mind big people hugging you extra tight, and you are so chill and happy all the time! We can't imagine our family without you! I'm so glad God chose me to be your mom!! We can't wait to see what the next year of your life will bring! I know you will do great things and spread joy no matter what! We love you!!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Life with Bennett {52 weeks}

I can't believe I am posting this on time! Can you?!
Anyway, we made it to 52 weeks!! A whole year of Bennett. I can't believe this little bean will wake up as a 1 year old tomorrow!! HOLD ME!


We spent the majority of the day getting ready for Bennett's party the next day! He was very excited about it!


Bennett's first birthday party!! I will do a separate post to recap, but here is a sneak peek:


We were in major recovery mode. Everyone was super tired from the day before...some of us even tried to take a nap in the bathtub! LOL!


We went to the library for a special fire truck story time!

They had the fire truck outside, but you know these 6 little people can't all look at the camera at the same time...

Ella and Lucas were super excited to meet Blaze; Bennett not so much. Bless. 

Monday afternoon, we FINALLY got Ella's kindergarten teacher assignment in the mail! She is so pumped to be in class with two of her besties from preschool!


Another swim lesson for Bennett...

...and another Chinese lesson for Ella!


Ella and Lucas had been begging me to take them back to Jumpin Jax before school started, so today was the day to go back! 

Bennett was not a fan at first, but he had a blast by the end!

Lucas, once again, thought he was Blippi the entire time.

And Ella tried to drag Bennett on as many rides down the slide as I would let her.

Bennett ultimately got pushed around with his friend Benjamin, and was thinking..."Mom, why didn't you do this with me the whole time?!"

We stopped by my parents' new house on our way home and gave them a minor heart attack when we sent them this picture of their yellow house. It's supposed to be gray and they were freaking out...until we realized that this was just the primer!


After Bennett's swim lesson, we went to the outdoor pool for lunch and more swimming!

Lucas wanted to wear his googles (for the first time all summer!) and I couldn't stop laughing!

We ended our week with Open House for my kindergartener!

I love her teacher! And she even has a student teacher, which is always a good sign! (the principal would never stick a student teacher with a bad teacher, right?!)

I can't believe she starts school on Monday! And Bennett turns one in like an hour!
It's going to be an emotional weekend around here!!! Just pray for me, please! And send kleenex and wine!