A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

As I mentioned, on Sunday afternoon we took a little trip to the pumpkin patch! We were a little tired from our drive back, but decided that since it was such a gorgeous day we should go check out the pumpkins!
 Even though SC is still too little to be into the mazes and such, she loved seeing all the other families out and about and touching the pumpkins.  I love how she is really starting to enjoy these types of activities.
We were definitely those people taking a million and one pictures.
So that is our very well-documented trip to the pumpkin patch!  I've loved seeing other people's pictures too; it's such a fun fall activity!

A Thankful Weekend!

Overall this past weekend just makes me feel so thankful.  I know it is cheesy, but it was just so good for our whole family to be together and to spend time with our newest addition.  The love everyone has for the granddaughters/nieces is just so overwhelming.
We drove to my parents' house on Saturday morning, and arrived a little after noon.  My mom had made a big lunch, which we all enjoyed together, with everyone taking turns holding the baby and entertaining SC.
 We spent a lot of time admiring my niece.  She is just so teeny tiny. As a side note, I love that she wears her little newborn hats.  I could never get those to stay on SC.
 My brother-in-law also took a few pictures in honor of SC's birthday. He and my sister were especially good at entertaining SC.
Sunday afternoon we drove back home, but still made it back in time for a trip to the pumpkin patch.  We took tons of pictures, so I will bore you all with those sometime later this week.  Now that SC is getting more interactive, it's getting to be so much fun to do activities with her.  How was your weekend? I'm just loving this fall weather!

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday!  This weekend we are off to visit my family and see my little niece.  My sister and her husband are flying in, and I can't wait to see everyone!  But before the weekend, here is my five for Friday!
I finally decided to go ahead and hang up the rest of the pictures that I had for SC's room.  Why I couldn't have done this last week before both of our families came to see the house is beyond me, but at least it is done now, imperfect as it may be.  I just love this print with her pink walls.
With the beautiful weather, I decided to take SC to a park close to us.  Quite frankly I don't think she was super amused by the bucket swings, but at least she enjoyed the walk there.
With our new dining room table, I feel that we are getting close to having that room somewhat done for now, and I'm hoping we can bring it to completion soon.  I decided to make these little prints, but it is still undecided if the husband is going to veto it or not.  I thought it would be fun to hang these on each side of the door.  Thoughts? 
I've been trying to be really serious about SC transitioning completely to solids, and I'm excited that this cookbook I bought last spring has recipes that we all can eat. As a side note, I totally gave up making baby food purees and it was a good decision.  The whole transition is tough enough without having to cook and puree every darn thing.
I loved seeing Young House Love's kitchen reveal this week.  I have also been enjoying their podcasts whenever I get a moment to listen.

So those are a few things that have been going on with me lately!  I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursdays Thoughts

I probably should save this post for a Five for Friday, but here are some random thoughts/confessions for Thursday!
I actually read Miller's Valley last week.  I really enjoyed it, but it distracted me from cleaning the house more and  fussing over SC's birthday bash. Once I start a book that I like, I usually read it a bit like a possessed person until I'm finished. 

There is so much around the house that needs to be done, but I feel like we're kind of stalling out a bit.  One of my friends is coming to visit in November and I'm hoping to get the kitchen painted by then (and maybe get an actual kitchen table in there too!).  At the very least, I feel we need to get a few more things on the walls and some curtains hung, but I just feel at a loss.  All of those years of dreaming on Pinterest and staring at House Beautiful are not paying off.

I am pretty convinced that I am keeping Shutterfly afloat, and I haven't even bought our holiday cards yet!  I'm currently stressing over the fact that I need to do SC's one year album, which is kind of silly because I really have until Christmas to get it done. At one point I was thinking of trying to make albums for all the grandparents in time for SC's first birthday, but that was just a crazy idea.  Why I feel like I need to do stuff like that is just beyond me.

One perk of not traveling so much is that I can actually get stuff done during SC's nap (when we are traveling I try to time the car trip to coincide with a nap time).  Not being in the apartment means I can actually wash dishes, etc., but I feel like during this time I get a bit frantic trying to figure out what I should do first. Most of the time I choose eating lunch and checking blogs.

It takes a serious amount of self-control for me to not buy a ton of baby clothes.  My mom gave SC a lot  when we moved so we really don't need anything, but I seriously can't resist sometimes. I think the problem is the cuteness to cost factor is just too tempting.  I did buy SC this little dress on Monday when Gymboree had free shipping but resisted buying this and this.  I kind of regret it though.  

I really enjoy Bravo's programing a little too much.  I haven't been able to watch much lately, but I've been sure to keep up with Below Deck.  I have no idea why I enjoy that show so much, but I really do. 

So there are a few confessions and thoughts for Thursday!  Anybody else have an obsession with baby clothes, Shutterfly or Bravo?

One Year with Sarah Catherine!

I know a lot of parents feel that the first birthday is bittersweet, and while I am a  bit sad that SC is no longer officially a baby, I also just feel an overwhelming sense of thankfulness for everything that has happened in this past year.  This time last year my husband and I were so happy that SC had finally joined us, but we were also so worried.  We didn't really understand what it meant that she had a cleft palate and we were just beginning the feeding journey.  SC was fussy because she wasn't getting enough food and we were stressed because it felt like we didn't know how to do anything (and we didn't!). The surgery hung over us for nine months, and I truly felt so much dread and worry.  Like every child, I know we are just getting started, but I am just so glad for what is behind us and can't wait for what is ahead!
Highlights: She still says mama, but is starting to make other sounds.  They aren't very distinctive consonant/vowel sounds, but I can tell that she is experimenting and playing with language, which is good.  She also loves when we repeat sounds like "pa pa pa pants".  She loves waving hi and bye and she will clap her hands when I say "yay" in a happy voice. She isn't walking yet, but if we hold her hand, sometimes she will walk with us (it usually only lasts a few seconds).
Likes: She loves puffs and will feed them to you too, which I find really adorable.  We have always thought of SC as a determined baby, but now I feel like there is a sweetness that shines through. She thinks it is hilarious when I wrinkle my noise and say stinky. She still loves bath time, clapping , helping with laundry, and generally seems like a pretty content toddler.
Dislikes: She really doesn't like when we tell her no, so that is something we are going to have to work on. I have been trying to redirect her and that usually helps. 
I am so thankful that she is our darling girl!  It has been such an incredible year of growth and development for all of us and I am so glad we get to grow together!

SC's First Birthday Celebration!

While today is officially SC's first birthday, we celebrated last weekend!  We had different members of our families coming at various times throughout the weekend and staying with us, which meant the whole weekend was one long celebration!
For the party, I made a little birthday table in our formal living room.  It was fun to look at her monthly photos and see how she has grown!
On Friday afternoon my FIL arrived and we visited and he also unpacked our "new" dining room table that has been in my husband's family.  It really is a beautiful piece and it is so exciting to have something finally in the space! After my husband came home from work we visited and opened presents.  It was so nice to have this time together.
On Saturday morning my husband's aunt and uncle stopped by on their way back from the beach and we had more present opening and they also got to see our new home!  My aunt is such a sweet person, and I was especially excited that we could do a little celebrating with them too.
They all had to head back that morning, but then my husband's mom and grandma arrived for the festivities, and my parents joined shortly afterwards!  SC had her smash cupcake, and even though she wasn't too interested in eating it, I think she enjoyed deconstructing it.  
Here are the four generations together! I think it is so fortunate that SC has a great-grandma.
My parents have really done so much to help with SC since before she was born.  The love that the grandparents have for her is truly incredible.  You can tell from this picture that my dad could not be more delighted in her.
Since Sunday was a beautiful day, we went to the beach! It was really relaxing and such a pleasant day.
I am so thankful for this birthday girl and the time together with our families!

Five for Friday!

After Hurricane Matthew we have had some beautiful fall weather this week!  I'm starting to feel like we are settling into a bit of a routine now and things are starting to feel more like home.  This weekend we are celebrating SC's first birthday with our families, so it should be a fun time!
On Wednesday, I decided it was high time that SC and I go check out the public library.  I looked online before we went to see about story time, and it seemed that everything had a waiting list.  I figured it would be easier to just go down there in person and see what was up.  It turns out that story time is apparently super competitive to get into?!  The very friendly librarian informed me to fill out the form and have it ready to submit the second registration opens in a few weeks.  So, I don't think SC will have story time in her future, but we did check out the kids section and picked up some great board books.  I also checked out Anna Quindlen's Miller's Valley. I'm only about fifty pages into it, but so far I'm really enjoying the story.

Even though we are keeping SC's birthday low key, I'm still a bit overwhelmed with it all.  Who knows how the sugar free, egg free, dairy free cupcake monstrosity that I'm going to make SC will turn out, and making all the meals while everyone is here requires some serious planning...not to mention that our house is still looking sparse.  But, we do have the beds set up for everyone with clean sheets, and I made little welcome bags/party favors with a magnet of SC and some snacks. So that should count for something, right?
On Wednesday, one of my good friends had her baby girl!  I'm sending out a care package to her today, since she lives about four hours away and has family coming to help so we won't visit right away.  I decided to get her a pair of earrings (something to make her feel pretty), two outfits for the baby (she surprisingly doesn't have too many baby clothes already), homemade pumpkin muffins, a Papa John's gift card for an easy meal, and this pretty sign from Lindsay Letters. I can't believe how fortunate we are to have two baby girls join our world in just a matter of days!

Speaking of baby gifts, we ordered this little baby block for my new niece. My sister had bought SC one last year for Christmas, and it is such a nice gift.  I am such a sucker for anything personalized.  I'm thinking that for Christmas presents we can get some personalized baby blankets for the two new babies in our lives.  I think this polka dot and stripe one seems nice.

We finally got our dining room painted!  My FIL is bringing the table and chairs this weekend, so hopefully the room will look a bit more finished.  We still need to hang the curtains, and eventually I'd like to get new ones and update the light fixture, but at least things are coming along.
So those are a few highlights from the week!  How have things been with you?  Have a great weekend!

Meeting our Niece!

On Saturday morning my niece was born! Since it was the weekend, we were fortunate enough to be able to go visit her just hours after she had arrived into the world.
She is so perfect and has the most delicate fingers, just like my SIL.

This picture makes me feel especially fortunate, as my brother and I are both holding our daughters!  Both girls are truly such a gift and blessings for our family.

On Sunday, they came home from the hospital, as they knew that everyone would be more comfortable at home. We were eager to do what we could to help, so I cooked a meal for them, while my husband did a little straightening and cleaning. SC did her part by making sure to make things festive.

 They are settling in well and just enjoying their precious baby girl.  Our whole family is so very thankful that both my SIL and niece are healthy.  She really is a miracle!
What a joyous occasion and we are so excited this little baby is officially here!