Monday, February 9, 2015

Weekend Round Up

It's been awhile since I have done a weekend round up.. so I figured it's time to get back at it.
This weekend was a fun one (they usually are) but this one was exciting because we got to celebrate the Future Mrs Michael Murray, as well as our normal stuff - ballet, Home Goods, cleaning and general weekend stuff.

We spent Friday evening at our friends house getting to know their new puppy and ordering in pizza, which we haven't done in awhile! It was a great relaxing family night. We are so lucky to have friends that don't mind our little beauties tagging along for dinner!

Saturday morning started out like all Saturdays .. breakfast, coffee and ballet. Madison loves her ballet class and is very excited to be getting ready for her first recital in May! They have already started practicing their routine! It could be a good thing or a bad thing but Home Goods is located in the same shopping center as the dance studio. Usually I can show some restraint and skip it but this weekend something was pulling me in!
I have been searching for the perfect curtains for our living room. I thought when I was least expecting it I would find the perfect ones, and well its true! I did!  The official color is "Mallard Blue", I will call it "tealy blue" (yes I am aware tealy is not a word). I am patiently waiting for my hubby to get home so he can help me hang them! 

The best part is the price.. can you believe it? I am so glad I decided to make a quick stop in Home Goods this weekend. 

 Madison found this beautiful fake orchid and asked for it for her room.. how could I say no? I had my eye on these gorgeous red flowers. 

Sunday we headed to the Garden State to surprise my soon to be sister in law! Her sister planned a beautiful shower! It was such a fun day with games, great food and good friends! Madison is the flower girl and was so excited to be able to help Aunt Krissy open all her gifts!
I had planned to get some great pictures BUT half way there I realized my SD card was still sitting in my computer at home and NOT in the camera in my purse!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! It is snow day #3 here today so we are doing nothing.. maybe a little packing for our upcoming trip!

Friday, February 6, 2015

11 months

Weight: approx 15lbs 

Length: 25 2/4inches (from 9 month checkup)

Milestone: Still cruising around and using her walker!

Sleep: Struggled a little this month. Beth had her first ear infection and bronchitis so sleep was tough and one night .. Non exsistant. Thankfully she's feeling better and is back to 11 hours a night in her crib!

Eating: Anything and everything! She loves grilled chicken and sweet potato pancakes.. And just like her sister- regular pancakes

Diapers: size 3s 
Clothing: Fully transitioned into size 9 month!
Mood: Great mood! She is a happy baby, she is really only fussy when she has to go to bed or she's hungry!

  • Playing with her sisters toys 
  • Eating
  • Minnie Mouse 
  • Taking her sisters toys 
  • Sitting still 
  • Bath time!!! She puts up a good fight every time!! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Snow day snacks & thoughts.

Somedays I feel like my day is one long drawn out scene from Family guy.. you know the one where Lois is laying in bed and Stewie is trying to get her attention by saying  "Lois, mom,mum. mommy, mama.." and she replies by yelling "WHAT!" only to have Stewie say "Hi" and run away.. well that is how my day feels.
We had our second snow day in 2 weeks yesterday and before I had kids I LOVED snow days! My brothers and I will spend the day skating in our backyard, building forts and snowmen and if we were really lucky some friends would make their way over to our house. Now as a parent I have to give my parents major props for dealing with all 3 of us on a snow day .. any day that matter that we couldn't leave the house because the roads were bad.
Madison is not quite old enough to bundle up and head outside alone yet, but I am already dreaming of that day. The day that I can sit and watch Madison and Elizabeth build forts, throw snowballs and go sledding.. all from the comfort and warmth of my house.
Don't get me wrong I love playing with my kids and I would do anything for them, but when you can't even go to the bathroom without someone knocking on the door or someone yelling "Mom, Beth is in Bailey's water" ; you need a break!

 Our snow days were spent playing play dough, reading books, keeping Beth away from Bailey's water dish, watching Madison practice ballet and laundry, lots of laundry.
Chris was working.. BOTH snow days.. so he misses out on the fun ;)

Yesterday I decided it was time to shake things up in Madison's room! Please excuse the mess in the before photo as my daughter didn't want to clean her room up after 2 hours of quiet play!
I decided to move things around to give her a little more space to play and a little more organization. 
The white shelving piece you see in the bottom left corner is now where her bed USED to be .. and filled with books and a few baskets of toys!
Over all we are happy with the results.. now to think of some fun things to put on her gallery wall above the white shelving unit!
 Finding snacks for Madison is always tough, she is a cookies and Pirate Booty kinda girl.. but she is now on a low fructose diet (fructose intolerant) so snack time is going to get fun. I feel like if I say it's going to be fun it will keep me from stressing over what she can have!
So far her (and my) favorite snack are these adorable peanut butter banana bites! I found them on 
 Katherine Snead's Instagram (if you don't follow her .. you should!). She makes them for her active pre teens so I figured I would give them a shot and they didn't disappoint.
Next time I'm bringing out the Nutella!

All the photos in this post are from my Instagram feel free to check it out and follow! I'm giving you fair warning it's alot of photos of my family :)

As always I'm throwing in a friendly reminder that I am running in the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in a little over 2 weeks (YIKES!)! I am still working hard to collect donations for the charity I am running for - Noahs Light Foundation. Please click the link below and help me raise money to find a cure for pediatric cancer.