July 28, 2014

Blank Canvas

Whoaaa, what a weekend! I have so much I want to share about our first couple of days in the new casa, but I think I just used my last ounce of energy to separate craft supplies into categories.  That's a totally normal activity for 11:30 on a Sunday night...or any time...right?!

Anywho...I'm off to bed, but I'll leave you with some pics of our house on Friday morning--minutes before the moving van rolled in.  I'm beyond thrilled that we're finally in and can hardly wait to watch this blank canvas transform into a happy home :)

So here goes...

The front...minus sod, which came a few hours later.

This is the view from the front door...dining room, kitchen and breakfast area.

The dining room...

A look up the stairs.

And back at the front door...

The living room is one of my favorite rooms in the house...

After the kitchen, of course!

We're still waiting on the light fixture for the breakfast room...but isn't that light bulb just gorgeous?!? ;)

The porch...aka the place Chris thinks is going to be his mancave. We'll see about that ;)

And this little space is our pantry/office/mudroom combo.  I think it's going to be too easy to snack while I blog!!! 

First floor bath...

Upstairs we go...

I bet you can't guess whose room this is...

The kids are going to share this Jack & Jill bath (which I'm oddly excited about)...and that leaves one other guest room with it's own bathroom.

Who posts pictures of their laundry room on their blog?  A person whose old laundry room was the roughly the size of a washer and dryer, if you know what I mean.  Hooray for space...and a sink!

The master...

Master bath...

And the tub I'll probably never use.  At least it looks pretty! :)

Goodnight, my friends!

July 23, 2014

Arden: 23 Months!

Weight: 28 lbs
Clothing size: 2T
Shoe size: 6-7
Number of teeth: 16...with possibly a molar on the way!

Oh Arden,

Can you please explain to me how in a month from now you're going to be TWO years old??  I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that you went from being a tiny little newborn to a full-blown person so quickly...but amazingly, I'm not sad about this 2-year milestone. Yet :)  More than anything, I'm just excited to watch you continue to grow, and learn, and bloom.  Every day brings something new, which makes being your mom a pretty fantastic job.

Here's what you've been up to this month...

You've added some new songs to your repertoire: Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle Twinkle, If You're Happy & You Know It, The Hokey Pokey, ABC's, and Nah Nah Hey Hey (thanks to your father!) My favorite is when we're singing IYHAYKI (how do you like that acronym?!) and you run out of actions--because then you start making up your own. "If you're happy and you know it....hmmm...have piggy tails!" Whatever works, right?!

We've officially entered the stage of "one more time".  What you don't understand is that it's only supposed to work once ;)

Another new stage--toddler OCD.  This is new within the past week, but I can already tell it's going to be interesting.  For instance, when we finished reading yesterday before your nap, I turned off the light and then turned on the white noise.  You started wailing and I had no idea why.  When I finally got you to talk, I realized you wanted the white noise on fist...then the light off second.  When I did it that way you snuggled down into my arms like "okay, thanks Mom".  Ohhhh wow.

When asked what your last name is, you say "Calcara...C-A-L..." Apparently you hear me spelling it on the phone a lot. Ha!

Your vocab never ceases to amaze me.  This month I feel like we've really started to carry on two-way conversations, which is awesome.  When I pick you up at the gym, you usually tell me which color slide you went down, if you had any falls, and if you shared with other kids.  Although I know by now that if you say you shared--it means you didn't ;)

You know your ABC's, your shapes, and can count to 20.  Last week you called a diamond a rhombus (thanks to the amazing shape puzzle app).  Simply put--you're kind of strange kid.

We had our first experience with hurt feelings last week.  You purposely stepped on my laptop and your dad told you "no"--pretty sternly.  I don't think he's ever laid down the law quite like that before--and boy, did it upset you.  You were okay for a second (maybe it was still sinking in) and then you just cried your little heart out for about 20 minutes.  I tried every trick in the book, but nothing could console you...then exhaustion took over and you fell asleep in my arms.  It was kind of a sad experience, but an important one I suppose.  This world is full of no's and you're going to have find that out for yourself.  But I'll always let you fall asleep on me if you want to :)

Two cute new phrases this month: "Oh my goodness!" and "Excuse me".

Something funny you've started doing recently is taking your idea and trying to make it seem like ours.  For instance, you'll ask for fruit snacks when we're out and about.  If I say "you want fruit snacks?" You'll respond with "fruit snacks? Otay."  Makes me laugh every time!

You love living with Gigi & Papa.  You ask to go downstairs and find them every morning and after every nap...and if they're not there you just assume they're riding their bikes like they do a lot of mornings.  I hope you do okay transitioning into your new house with just boring old mom & dad!!!!  Good news is that Gigi & Papa won't be far away!

Speaking of the new house, whenever we go to visit your first request is "see Arden's room?"  Then you walk into all the other rooms and let us know who they belong to.  "Guest room, baby's room, mommy & daddy's room"  I would just love to get in your little head and see if you really understand that that's where you'll be living soon!

Last story :)  When in Iowa for the 4th of July, we were watching fireworks out at the farm and all the cousins were decked out in glowstick necklaces and bracelets.  Even your cousins' dog, Milton, had a necklace on so he could be easily spotted in the dark.  Well a week later we asked if you wanted to do some fireworks that we had left over.  Your response?  "And see Milton in a necklace?!?"  Oh the things that you remember!!!

This next month is going to be a big one, kiddo.  We'll be settling into our new house, you start new activities (including Mother's Day Out), and you turn two!!!  I really can't wait for all of the fun we have ahead :)

Love you lots,

July 21, 2014

2nd Birthday WISH List

Here's a fun fact for you on this Monday morning:  In 33 days I'm going to have a TWO year old.
It's totally surreal, I tell you!

Now this almost-2-year-old may not really need anything for her birthday, but I still had fun putting together this little wish list based on the things she's into right now :)

1. Hello Apparel Floral Pink T-shirt - Let's be honest--if Arden gets one, I'll be ordering a matching one for myself ;)

2. PBK Mackenzie Geo Backpack (small) - My little gal starts Mother's Day Out in August for 1 day a week...what a big kid, right?!? (tear!)  It sounds like she'll be bringing a lot of stuff to and from school, so I decided to get her a size up from the mini backpack that she takes to church.  And then I got carried away and got her a lunch box too...whoops! The good news is that they were on sale and she'll be able to use both for a long time!

3.  Play-doh Fun Factory Super Set - Because every kid needs a little Play-doh in their life!

4. Frozen Anna Toddler Doll - I can just picture Arden toting her BFF Anna around with her everywhere :)

5. Daisy & Josephine - A story about a little girl and her French Bulldog--how could I resist?!?  Special thanks to Courtney for the great recommendation!!!   

6.  Lifetime Kid's Picnic Table - Arden's Grandma & Grandpa are surprising her with one of these babies!  I think it'll be perfect for having little friends over, doing activities on the patio, eating outside, etc. 

7. Personalized Step Stool - Brushing Arden's teeth and doing her hair is about to get a whole lot easier (not to mention more fun for her) courtesy of Gigi & Papa.  My mom and I went to a local store last week to pick out the colors and design. It's going to be so cute!

8. K-State Kids Lawn Chair - Football season is quickly approaching, and a girl's gotta have a place to sit at a tailgate! Plus, who can resist a mini bag chair?? :)

**Not included on this list: All of Arden's old toys and such that'll be arriving on a moving truck this weekend...I have a feeling they're going to be like new to her again! Score!**