Friday, August 29, 2014

Walker is SEVEN Months Old!

*In lieu of my typical "Friday" post, I'm dedicating this post to Walker's seventh month! 

You are taking four 6 oz. bottles of Similac Sensitive a day {6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.} and have solid food in between {oatmeal: 8 a.m.; fruit and veggie: 12 p.m.; fruit and veggie: 5 p.m.}. You have started self-weaning from your formula, and it has made it very easy on thank you! 

You moved this month from one ice cube of a fruit or veggie at each feeding to two. You are such a great eater, and those precious little thigh rolls prove it! You eat Yo-Yo Baby yogurt, sweet potatoes, quinoa, peas, green beans, mangoes, peaches, pears and apples. 

You are still taking your baby Zantac for your reflux and now get 1.6 mL twice a day. 

You are a great sleeper, and we never cease to be thankful for that! You go down between 7-7:30 p.m. and wake up between 6-6:30 a.m. Even still, you're not a huge napper, unless one of us lays down with you. If that's the case, you sleep from about an hour or more!

You have started immediately rolling over onto your side or tummy when we lay you down for bed at night; you do not like sleeping on your back, just like me! You are also a little snore-er! I get so tickled listening to you sleep because you sound like an 80-year-old man with that snore. 

Since you don't have a seven month well-check, I'm not sure how much you "officially" weigh, but we put you on the scale with us and think you weigh right around 20-21 lbs. 

You started sitting up by yourself last month, but you are getting much more daring with it; you keep reaching out for toys that are quite out of your reach and I'm really worried you're just going to face plant one of these days! If we lay you down on your back, you immediately roll over to your tummy and can do a full 360* on your tummy to "get" wherever you need/want to "go." 

You have also started sitting up in the bathtub and we've officially retired the little Angel Care bathtub. You have this crazy desire to be upright and can't stand being in anything where you're reclined, like your swing, bathtub or even car seat. I don't think we're far off from buying you a convertible car seat {facing backwards, of course} and moving you out of the infant car seat once you reach 30 pounds. 

Your firsts for this month included: your first babysitter {other than a family member}; your first time to meet Mommy's friend, your "Auntie Laura"; your 6-month photoshoot with Mommy's friend Mrs. Liz; your first time to swim with Mommy; and moving out of your baby bathtub. 

You are wearing some six-month clothes and mostly 6-9 month clothes. There are only two brands in which you're wearing 9-month clothes and that is Carter's and Ralph Lauren. Baby Gap still tends to be really big on you.

You are still so sweet and love to laugh. You giggle at the weirdest, goofiest things and that cracks your Dad and me up! We love to try to see who can make you laugh the hardest and at what random sound we make. 

You are not a fan of being left alone to do anything; you're very social, just like me! You get so upset if I put you down to play on your blanket with some toys in the living room and step just feet away into the kitchen to get a glass of water, put something in the dishwasher, etc. You really don't like having your face or nose wiped, being put in your car seat, or when we take you out of the bath. 

You absolutely love the bath {or water in general}, pulling Mommy's hair, looking at yourself in the mirror, doing anything with Daddy {you love him to pieces}, trying to grab my iPhone, eating, arching your back to look at ceiling fans, and the meteorological maps on TV. 

Walky, Walk, Buddy, Boo Boo, Waka-Waka-Waka, Walker Boo, Little Man 

Walker, we love you so much. I found a quote the other day that said, "If I know what love is, it is because of you." And that is so true. You have taught me so much about love and the complete understanding of the statement, "Tomorrow is another day." 

You are closer to being one year old than not, and I can't believe it. We were always told to "not blink, because it goes so fast," and boy, does it ever. I feel like we were just awake together - just the two of us - every night at 2 a.m., and now I go into your room at night and kiss your sweet little cheek over the crib railing. I sometimes miss those sweet 2 a.m. wake-up calls from you, when it was just you and me against the world, or so it felt like. 

You are learning, growing and changing each day, and every day you do something new that amazes me and makes me laugh. You have come so far in seven short months; I can't even imagine what the next seven are going to be like. 

As silly as this sounds, thank you for learning right along with us. Your Dad and I, we're new to this whole "parenting" stuff. You're teaching us just as much as we're teaching you. 

I love you more than I could ever express and am so beyond thankful for you. You have truly changed our lives for the better and we can barely remember what life was like before you. 

Don't ever change from being the sweet, precious little boy you are now. We pray for you and your heart daily. 

As I always say, you are a joy and a delight. We love you to the moon and back again. 

Mommy and Daddy 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What I Need to Stop Doing

I'm terrible at saying, "no." My husband will be the first to tell you that I'm a "yes" person. My mom is the exact same way. 

"Oh, you need a volunteer for this Friday? I'm right on top of that, Rose!" "You need me to stay late to help you finish a project you didn't start until this morning. Yeah, I'll do it." 

It's awful. I get angry or frustrated at myself and/or the situation when I am the one who created it by saying, "yes."

And with all my "yes" responses come sacrifices I have to make personally, whether personally at home with my family or personally at work. Things - or my family - suffer in the process. I'm stressed, I miss out on time with my family and in general, I feel overworked, overtired and extra stressed.

So, one thing I'm really working hard on this school year is saying "no." But the biggest, hardest part, is being okay with saying "no." I have the problem of telling someone I can't do something or can't go somewhere, but then I have that pang of guilt that follows me while I reflect on how they must feel that I said no. I worry what they think of me, what they are saying because I didn't say "yes," what they will say to me the next time they see me. Isn't that the worst? 

So, along with saying no, I need to start being okay with saying it. 

Something else I need to stop doing is saying "sorry." Of course, I don't mean when an "I'm sorry" is truly needed. No. I mean saying "I'm sorry" for things I am not sorry for or shouldn't be sorry for. 

For example, I didn't answer someone's phone call the other day because I was in the bathroom. I called them back, they said "Hello," and the first thing out of my mouth was, "I'm sorry! I was in the bathroom." Or, I went to my doctor and I started crying when she asked me about something. The first thing I said? "I'm sorry I'm crying. I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to cry." She looked at me, patted my shoulder and said, "Stop saying you're sorry. You don't have to be sorry. You have no reason to be sorry." 

Why do I always feel like I have to say, "I'm sorry?" I'm not sorry. Quite the opposite, in fact. But I feel like I should say it for some reason. So I'm working on not saying "I'm sorry" in addition to being okay with saying "no." 

It's a work in progress, but I'll get there...I hope. And I'm not sorry! 

Monday, August 25, 2014


It's Monday! I'm linking up with Biana and Meghan today. 

Today is the first day of school for the students in my district, and I can't let the first day pass without sharing the song I always sing to myself on the first day of school: "Back to School" from "Billy Madison!" 

Because today is the first day of school, I felt like I was truly on some sort of a deadline to doallthethings this weekend. We did a ton around the house, but this was our first weekend in a L-O-N-G time that we had zero plans. Nowhere to go, just spending some family time together at home. And I loved it! 

My aunt just celebrated her 40th birthday, so she came over to get her birthday gift with us and hang out for a little bit. She helped us with Walker and read him his bedtime story. 

We had such a lazy morning! Walker and I took a short nap together and then we just lounged around the house watching the College Gameday preview special. {Can I make a note here to say how much I love college football and am so glad it's almost back!? Sic 'Em, Bears!} I even made myself a mimosa because, why not?! Walker and I then took another nap together on the couch on Saturday afternoon. He is such a good little snuggle buddy! 

Then, the shower guys came to do the final step to complete our bathroom: installing our seamless shower! While they were doing that, Brandon framed our bathroom mirror. We are so beyond pleased with the results. Here is our final, complete bathroom...note I do have a scratch on my iPhone lens, so there is always a little fleck of something in the photo, ugh!:

{Panoramic picture}

{View when you walk in from our bedroom}

{View when you walk in the bathroom} 

{Brandon's side, and yes, I have to order a photo for that frame} 

{My side}

{The new shower, minus all our stuff in it} 

We are so beyond pleased with how our bathroom turned out! It was a labor of love, that's for sure! {View this post for details on our bathroom and a before and after.} 

I did a ton of laundry, made a month's worth of food for Walker and did some cleaning and organizing. Brandon grilled steaks for dinner and I made this yummy salad

We went to the early service at church, and then came home and had hot ham and cheese grillers and were lazy bums! I made a quick trip to Target {the day before school starts, not a smart was packed!} and then came home to clean and organize more things. 

Walker and I then laid down and took an hour and 45 minute nap. It was amazing! He loves napping in our bed, and I don't mind it if it means I can get a nap in, too! 

I also made these quick and easy first-day-of-school gifts for Walker's three teachers. {Yes, he's been in his class since April, but since I'm in a first-day-of-school mindset, I thought it would be a fun little "extra" for them!} 

I found the free printables here and just printed them out on regular card stock. I cut them out and tied them using baker's twine to a bottle of Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin soap from Bath and Body Works. 

I made this easy pasta bake for dinner, and then we gave Walker a bath and put him to bed. And look who has graduated from the baby tub and is now sitting up in the tub for his baths! I can't believe this big boy! He absolutely adores it and had so much fun splashing around and being able to reach all his toys. 

Note: I purchased this baby bathtub mat from Target so he won't slip and slide in the tub. 

I hope y'all have a wonderful week! 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday!

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife today. 

Brandon has been traveling all week, so it has just been my little buddy and me since Sunday! We are excited to see Daddy today!

I didn't want to mention it on Sunday {because I hate announcing when Brandon - or our family - is and isn't home}, but he had a heck of a time trying to get out of DFW with our bad weather. His flight was originally scheduled for 1:50 p.m. and got canceled. He was able to get on the 7 p.m. flight, but that was delayed until after 10 p.m. He didn't get to his destination until 1:15 a.m.! While I felt so bad for him, selfishly it was nice to have him here all evening on Sunday. It definitely made it feel like his trip wasn't as long this time. 

I am planning to "make" these little teacher gifts for Walker's three day care teachers this weekend. I know he's been in his class since April, but I am in the first-day-of-school mindset and thought these were too cute to pass up. Plus, they're ridiculously easy and we all know I'm all about an easy "craft." 

Walker has been loving bath time even more lately. It's my favorite part of the day with him! He has started sitting up in the tub toward the end of his bath {as well as holding his own bottle at mealtimes} and I'm over here crying in a corner at how fast he's growing up. I just want him to stay little! 

Our shower is being installed tomorrow! I'm so excited to start showering in my own bathroom again as opposed to walking down the hall to the guest bath shower/tub combo. #firstworldproblems, I know. 

And last, but certainly not least, school starts on Monday. I'm so sad that this marks the proverbial "end of summer," but I am excited that it means that fall is coming so soon. I'm pretty sick of these 100* days, and of course, it's supposed to be 100* on Monday for our kiddos' first day of school! I get cracked up walking into stores and they have all their fall/winter clothes out, and we're over here donning shorts until about late September in Texas. 

Anyway, if my blogging is a bit more sporadic for these first few weeks, you will know why. We are all okay, Walker is great...mama is just a bit crazy with a full-time job, full-time blog and full-time family! :)

On another note, have you seen this? It's from the same people who did "Christmas Jammies," but this time it's their back-to-school parody, "Baby Got Class." It's so funny!

I hope y'all have a fabulous weekend! 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Things

School starts Monday in our district, so we have been frantically getting everything prepared for back-to-school. To say I'm exhausted is an understatement! 

So, with that, I give you a stream of consciousness post today: 

+ Have y'all tried the Wet Brush? I'm obsessed. If you haven't, run to your nearest Target and get one ASAP! 

+ I finally broke down and purchased a new flat iron yesterday. Mine was nearing four years old {gross}, and it was high time. I got the Ultra Chi in the cute "Sunset" pattern. It's so fun! 

+ I'm getting a little annoyed with the Ice Bucket Challenges all over social media {just go donate to the organization, folks!}, but I couldn't resist sharing George W. Bush's Ice Bucket Challenge video on Facebook this morning. I just love him! Watch it here.

+ Our shower is being installed Saturday, and I can't wait! Our bathroom will finally be done! I'll be sure to post complete "after" photos on Monday. {You can view our bathroom renovation here.} 

+ I'll admit it: I hate Google+ and the fact that it's linked to my blog. I started messing with it the other day and accidentally deleted the photo album that housed all the photos from my blog. Greaaaaaaat. So, if you click on a post and it's picture-less, I'm sorry! 

+ Walker's first Halloween costume has been purchased and should be on my front doorstep tomorrow! I can't wait for his first little trick-or-treating experience, even though he will have no clue what is going on. 

+ Speaking of Halloween, I also got him some cute little Halloween-themed onesies and pants to wear to the pumpkin patch and to school on Halloween, since it's on a Friday this year. Thank you, Old Navy, for not having onesies that say stupid things like, "I'm Batty for Mommy!" {Ahem, Carter's.}

+ When I dropped Walker off at day care this morning, the center's director told me that Walker is her favorite and people go into his little classroom all the time to hold him and play with him! She said he is so well-behaved, so sweet and "absolutely adorable!" Melted this mama's heart! I'm so glad that he's good at school and so loved there! 

+ My in-law's asked us to go to Mexico and take Walker. Am I weird that I am not exactly comfortable taking a baby to Mexico {or any foreign country for that matter - right now}? 

+ When you call someone and they text - instead of calling - back...yeah, that is really super annoying to me. 

+ I just took a break from this blog post to order Walker some shoes. I swooned over these a little bit before buying them online. :)

+ And the best news of all: I can finally announce that my best friend Lindsey is pregnant and is expecting a baby BOY in February! I'm so excited for her and her husband and cannot wait to meet their sweet baby so very soon! 


Monday, August 18, 2014


Good morning! Today I'm linking up with Meghan and Biana

It was my first Friday back at work, and I'll admit that I was getting a little antsy...especially because Brandon had his half day and I knew he got to be at home and Walker and I didn't! {Selfish, much?!} However, Brandon did well helping me out when he was home: he did laundry, cleaned the floors and rented a Rug Doctor and cleaned the carpets in our house! You don't realize how disgusting your carpet is until it has been cleaned {yuck}! It made me thankful we only have it in our three bedrooms. 

I picked Walker up and we came home and had lots of cuddle time! He wasn't exactly interested in cuddling with me, however! Ha! 

We kept up with our weekly Friday Night Pizza Night tradition, but this time we ordered in. We didn't have the energy to make it, per usual! 

Walker had his first sippy cup experience for cocktail hour with Mommy! ;) He always reaches out for our water cups - and we give him sips from the "big cups," - so we knew it was time to try one out on him. He loved it! 

Walker was up bright and early at 6 a.m., so we all had breakfast in bed and played in our bed until nap time. I was so tired from the week, so I pulled Walker into bed with me and we both napped for nearly two hours! It was wonderful

My friend Liz was in the area with her girls, so they stopped by for a little bit. Walker and Peyton played, Parker watched a movie on TV, and Liz and I visited over mimosas. It was a fun break in our Saturday! 

That evening, Brandon and I went to the Dallas Cowboys game, and Walker had his first non-family babysitter. Brandon's company has club-level tickets at AT&T Stadium, so we had a ridiculously insane, fun time at the game! I told Brandon that I'm not sure I will ever be able to go to the game "normally" again. Ha! 

Walker did great with his babysitter; we're definitely having her back again. I was a nervous mama and kept texting her to see how he was doing, and I loved that she would text me back with pictures of him - even one of him asleep in bed! {I know, I know...} 

The Cowboys lost their first home opener, but it was still fun to go out and have a date night! It had been too long. 

{And yes, I realize we're dorks!} 

It was flash flooding like crazy in Dallas, so we stayed home from church. It was nice to just hang out and be forced to just be home and get things done. Walker and I took another almost-two-hour nap with the rain pouring outside, and later he figured out how to take his first selfie on my phone. {Oh, dear.} 

We just hung out all day, getting things done: laundry, picking up around the house, cleaning out the fridge, etc. We were so lazy and I love it! {Walker even stayed in his jammies all day!} 

Last week was such a beat down, so I'm willing this week to be much better. I keep repeating to myself, "Today is a great day to have a great day." Cheers to that! 

Happy Monday, y'all! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday!

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and September Farm today. 

This has been my first week back working five days a week and I will not lie, it's been rough! It was so nice having Friday to pick up around the house, go to the grocery store and just get things done; I actually felt like I had a weekend! I am already counting the days until June when my four-day weeks start back up! :)

This video makes my heart melt. Every time. Walker absolutely loves his Daddy and I know the feeling is mutual. :)

I found a quote on Pinterest the other day that was so precious and I want to frame it for Walker's room: "If I know what love is, it's because of you." -Hermann Hesse 

Loft's Friends & Family sale gets me every. single. time. I am majorly lusting after these pieces:

My friend Susana shared this video with me, and I busted out in tears right in the middle of our office yesterday. It is so precious and sweet. {Just be sure to turn on the English subtitles.} 

I have a dentist appointment this afternoon, and I am D-R-E-A-D-I-N-G it. The dentist always gives me the heebie jeebies, and I'm due for a full-on exam, cleaning, X-rays and gum counting appointment. Blah. 

I hope y'all have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Making Lunch a Little Easier

Brandon and I both take our lunches to work every day. Granted, we do eat out every now and then, but for the most part, we both brown bag it on the regular. 

We also eat the same thing every. single. day.: a sandwich, chips or crackers, a mini Babybel cheese and a Kashi cookie. When we're feeling really fancy, we'll switch up our sandwich rotation from PB&J to turkey and cheese. ;) 

Anyway, packing lunches at night {for the next day} began to become a pain once Walker was born and evenings got a little more jam-packed. We were juggling making supper; feeding Walker, bathing him and getting him in bed; actually eating said supper; making bottles for the next day and getting ready for bed ourselves. 

So, Brandon said to me Monday night: "Why don't we buy little containers and put pre-bagged lunch stuff in them? Maybe making lunch won't be such a hassle at the end of the day." 

Ummm...genius!!! I even said to him, "Why didn't I think of that?!" I know I had seen it on Pinterest from time to time, but for some reason, we never fully implemented it at our house. 

On Tuesday, I ran to Target on my lunch break and picked up two of these little "baskets." They were seriously about $4 each. 

Then, I just took our cookies, crackers and chips, placed them into Ziploc bags, and placed them in the bins! 

It is so much easier now to just grab a bag with a cookie and a bag with crackers or chips and toss them into our lunch boxes! All we have to do is make the sandwich, toss in a Babybel and it's done. 

I know this seems ridiculously simplistic {and I can assure you, it is}, but anything that will help this working mom shave even minutes off of her routine is a winner in my book! 

Now if they only made something that would allow bottle-making to go much faster... ;) 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Autumn Chopped Salad Recipe

This is one of my favorite new recipes; I would eat it every day for a week if I could! 

My Nana made this for us when she came in town to visit us after Walker was born, and I ate about three helpings - chalking it up to the fact that I had just birthed a tiny human and was nursing for - what felt like - around the clock. 

When I was meal planning the other day, I came across the recipe card for this I had haphazardly shoved into the back of my recipe notebook when my Nana left. When I saw it, I knew I had to make it. And stat. 

We really enjoyed it, and I hope you do, too! 

Autumn Chopped Salad

-1 container pre-washed Romaine blend lettuce
-2 green pears, sliced 
-1 pkg. bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
-1 cup Craisins 
-1 container crumbled goat cheese (can use feta)
-1/2 cup Brianna's Poppyseed Dressing
-1/2 cup Newman's Own Balsamic Vinaigrette 
-Optional: sliced chicken breasts 

1. Mix all together: lettuce, sliced pears, crumbled bacon, Craisins, crumbled goat cheese and sliced chicken breasts {if you use them}. 
2. In a small bowl, mix the two salad dressings together and toss with the salad. Enjoy! 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Our Bathroom Renovation

I mentioned yesterday that we spent the weekend renovating our bathroom. It was definitely a labor of love, and I'm so happy with the results. But before I show you the finished product, I'm going to give you a little back story and some "before" photos. 

When we moved into our house two years ago, we knew we were going to update our bathroom {amongst many other things in our house}. I'm not a person who wanted {or wants} to spend an outrageous sum of money on a house that's already been completed; I wanted a project - but not a huge one - and I wanted to make it my own. We spent the first year and a half in our house removing popcorn ceilings, painting the entire house, staining cabinets, renovating our entire backyard, replacing wood floors {albeit after a flood, but still}, and doing a myriad of other things to our 20-year-old house. 

So, finally, two years and a baby later {not the best timing, I can assure you!}, we decided to renovate our bathroom! It was the last thing on our list of things to do to this house, and we were - and are - really excited about it. 

Here is our bathroom before: 

Lovely shell sinks, fake marble, a bronze shower {which was original to the house - ew}, and white tile. In addition, the sellers basically did everything halfway in this entire house, including in the bathroom. They left the bronze shower and gold/faux "crystal" bathtub faucet, but changed all of the other fixtures to brushed nickel. {I can't even begin to wonder what they were thinking...} 

So, our first step was to paint the cabinets white. They were builder-grade oak when we moved in, and we had our painter stain them white. We didn't like that look at all, so we painted them white using a Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit from Home Depot. {Note that we didn't do the glaze that comes in the kit.} 

We also changed out the original faucets that came with the house and instead purchased the Pfister Cantara 4-in. centerset, 2-in. handle, high-arc bathroom faucet in brushed nickel from Home Depot. 

We also replaced the gold and faux crystal bathtub faucet with the Moen Eva two-handle deck-mount roman tub faucet in brushed nickel from Home Depot. Then, we had a company come out to remove our bronze stall shower {hello, 90s!} and replace with with a seamless shower. The company is making our shower taller and wider, as well. 

The one thing we did keep in this bathroom were the white, six-inch tiles. Why, you ask? Because we know this house isn't going to be our "forever home," and it was going to cost an upwards of $8,000 to remove all the tile in our bathroom and replace it with white subway tile...and that just wasn't an expense I was willing to spend right now. I don't love them, but they will do. 

Also, the one thing I wish I had in this bathroom but don't is a separate "potty closet" with a door. Again, we could have had that built, but this was a renovation - not a complete remodel. ;) 

All of that to say, they began our renovation on Friday. We had one company {who shall remain nameless because I was less than pleased with them and yelled at them on the phone on Friday afternoon} come out to remove our faux marble and replace it with white carrara marble. 

The shower company came out to remove our bronze shower, too. 

In the interim, the marble guys were removing all of our faux marble. I couldn't even go in there because it was making me so nervous with the crazy mess.

And finally, the marble was installed! I had a panic attack because it looked way darker once it was installed than it looked in the showroom, but I knew it was just our stripes in our bathroom. They were brown tones and our marble is light gray and white. 

So, we knew we needed to paint. {And yes, I realize we did this all backwards, but whatever.}

We narrowed our paint down to three bluish-gray colors, and finally decided on Olympus White by Sherwin Williams...except we don't have a Sherwin Williams close to us {we were using my mother-in-law's color wheel}, so we went to Home Depot and asked if they could color match it for us using Behr paint. So basically, we have a custom color in our bathroom! Ha! 

After church on Sunday, we started painting. Taping is always, always the longest, hardest part. And we also had to ensure we thoroughly covered our brand new marble and freshly-painted cabinets. 

We took turns painting; one of us would paint while the other tended to Walker. The wall painting job turned into putting a fresh coat of white paint on our doors, baseboards and trim, too! {One thing always leads to another, am I right?!} 

And finally, after all of that hard work, our bathroom was finished! 

Here's the {semi} finished product!!! We love it! 

We still have to frame the mirror and have the seamless shower installed, but those are small potatoes compared to everything we did and have done. I would be completely happy if I never saw a paintbrush again for as long as I live! Ha! :) 

I'll share final, final finished products once the mirror is framed and shower installed! 
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