Friday, November 28, 2014

{Almost} 13 month old memories

Almost 13 months. I feel like I wrote her birthday post yesterday, but I guess it's actually been over a month. Yikes.

Here are some memories that I want to treasure from right now:

She loves being outside! The Little Lady will reply "YEAH!" if you ask her if she wants to "go out". 

At night she becomes a "roly poly" and tends to run and throw herself into the dog beds around the house and rolls all over the ground, or bed, or even better over the dog. For some reason she does this act mostly at nighttime as opposed to during the day. 

Words: dada, mama, dog, cat, out, yeah, that, ree {as in read}, ma {as in more}, shoe, sock, and she just recently learned bee. She is also trying to repeat words we say such as thank you, jacket, blue bear, and saying "no! no!" to the dog. 

It's also crazy to me how much more she understands what I'm saying. She always surprises me by doing things I ask when I'm not expecting it. 

She babbles all sorts of other noises, "reads" her books {sometimes talented...hah!}, and will make the cutest face and go "OHHHHHHH" and point her finger if she sees something really exciting to her like a balloon or a an outdoor fountain. 

This girl LOVES SHOES. She is always bringing them to me to put on. She is very interested in trying to put her foot in the shoe but cannot figure out how to do it. She does now know how to undo and re-do the velcro and take them off. Little Lady will also sort through her bin of shoes and find matching pairs. I mean cute. 

On the same note she is very interested in helping with dressing and pulling her arms and legs out of her tops and pants. Or finding her jacket and bringing it to us to put on. 

She is really into throwing things away, especially diapers, and enjoys picking up trash on the floor and handing it to me. 

A new favorite is being upside-down or spinning around in any form or fashion.

She loves to be chased and giggles so loudly if you run after her going, "I'm going to get you!"

In the car on the way to school she will play a game saying "da da" and my husband replies with her name. They go back and forth saying each other's names the whole ride. 

She carries around her blue bear {stuffed animal} and one of her aden & anais blankets with her. They are her favorite lovies. 

It amazes me how much she wants to do whatever her mama {or dada} is doing. Whether that's eating with utensil, writing with a pen and paper, drinking coffee {I really cannot eat or drink at all around her without her wanting some}, cooking, typing on the computer. 

I really don't know why anyone has toys at this time in toddlerhood. Let's be honest, all she wants to do is pull everything out of every cabinet and figure out what else she can do with it. Right now anything from the kitchen, as well as paper products, are a favorite. I've tried to move everything not appropriate out of reach so I can just let her explore.

I taught her to say "ahhhh" into a cardboard tube, kind of like playing a trumpet. She will have me make a noise, then do it herself, and we'll go back and forth at it for a while. Seriously the most simple things can be the most amusing. 

This is seriously a fun {and crazy} time. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Early morning wake up craft

Little Lady woke up very early this morning. And by early I mean 5 o'clock early. This is so unusual that I had no idea how we would pass the time until all the Thanksgiving activities begin.

So what did we end up doing?

Crafting of course.

I quickly made a little sorting toy to capture her attention for a little while. It is made out of an old coffee can and some wooden tokens. 

Then I worked on making her headband to wear today and cutting out some felt ornaments and lights for her Christmas tree that I have been working on.

Note the dog hair already accumulating on the felt tree. Story of my life. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Crafting on the car

Yup. The Liytle Lady fell asleep in the back seat on the way back from the grocery store this morning. At this age she will wake up if I try to move her. 

Solution: bring naptime craft materials outside. 

Check back soon to see the Christmas craft I'm making for the Little Lady to play with!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

A new perspective on Halloween

Being an October baby myself I grew up celebrating Halloween with an intense enthusiasm. All of my parties were Halloween themed. By middle school I was taking a huge group of friends an hour away to adventure through a haunted house/corn maze etc. This is in stark contrast to my husband who dressed up in costumes to attend "Reformation Day" at church. 

Now that we have an October baby ourselves, I tried to tone it down a little, but I couldn't resist sticking with a Halloween theme. {Check out photos here!}

No matter how you celebrate {or don't}, I think Halloween can still serve a greater purpose. One of the best blog posts I've ever read about how Christians can still serve their community on Halloween can be found here.

To sum up Troubleface Mom's post...

"Turn your light on. Lots of lights. A city on a hill cannot be hidden right? Be a city on a hill. Halloween may not be “redeemed” but you are. So open your door and smile."

I'll still be out ringing on a few doors trick-or-treating {with my daughter of course...I'm not dressing up}. But for all of you who are thinking about turning off the lights and pretending to not be home? Maybe check out this post first. 

And Happy Halloween!

{Here's a sneak peak of Little Lady's costume}

31 Days of Toys: Plan Toys Water Blocks

So today is the final day of my 31 Days of Developmental Toy Series. Be sure to check out the other featured toys if you missed it.

And Happy Halloween! Another post about Halloween later...

To finish off this series I'm going to talk about a really neat and different set of blocks by Plan Toys.
Aren't they beautiful? And fascinating. The various colors and water are perfect for catching the light. 

These would be an awesome addition to your block collection!

Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"

*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated or asked to write this post. There are NO affiliate links. Images via,, and*

Thursday, October 30, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Skip Hop Dunks

Here's a favorite bath toy of ours, the Skip Hop Dunks

These awesome duck-shaped scoops are so much fun for water play. You can scoop water, pour, push them around, and best of all they don't collect mold like the squirt toys.

One of Little Lady's favorite things to do with them right now is stick them under the faucet and then try to drink the water. We love these!

Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"

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