Thursday, November 26, 2015

Holiday Gifts for Little Boys

Christmas Toys for the Boys

For Christmas, we try to follow the 3 wise men rule. You get 3 gifts--something you need, something you want, and a surprise. For us, it makes Christmas simple, stress-free (at least when it comes to gift giving) and also helps us to remember the real reason that we celebrate Christmas. 

This Christmas will be so fun for us. Sawyer finally understands all of the holidays and gets so excited over them. He screams whenever he sees Christmas lights and exclaims, "Oh my gosh, I'm so excited! I'm so excited!" His excitement instantly puts a smile on everyone's face and for that reason, I'm just so, so, so eager for this holiday season. 

That is the biggest reason that we decided that we will no longer be traveling to see family on Christmas. I want Sawyer to throw open his door on Christmas morning and tear through his presents. I want to go to Christmas Eve service and afterwards have him open up new Christmas pajamas to throw on. I'm already planning all these fun things and Z and I are so excited to start our own holiday traditions even though it is a little bittersweet that I won't be doing that from my old childhood home any longer. 

But here are the gifts that we are getting the boys this year and some of the presents that Sawyer will be opening up on Christmas morn:

Land of Nod Sleeping Bag--We travel a lot as a family and I love that these can come with us wherever we go. A little piece of home on the road. Plus, they will be fun when the boys start to have sleepovers as well. 

Pottery Barn Duffle Bag--Sawyer got this last year and we use it constantly, so I had to get Rhett one as well. I love that it's monogrammed and that it can grow with them throughout the years.

Spanish for Kids--Whenever Sawyer gets screen time, we have the cartoons be in Spanish. The Spanish camp--and a few parents who are raising their kids bilingual--do this and we thought it was such a good and smart idea. I love this DVD series, so we'll be getting him another one from them to watch. 

Thomas the Train--Sawyer has been consistently asking for a train from Santa, so that's what he'll be getting as his surprise! This one can do wheelies and back-flips, so I'm hoping he'll love it. 

Rain for Roots:The Kingdom of Heaven is Like This--I've had several friends rave about this CD and say that its good for kids and adults alike, so I'm excited about that. This will be Rhett's little gift, but it'll really be a gift for the family. Right now, we have a CD that we've just about played out, so really looking forward to the change up. I mean, you can only hear Wheels on the Bus so many times. ;)

Baja Baby Night Night Lavender Body wash and Shampoo--I love this all natural body wash and will be getting this for Rhett. He needs anything he can get that allows him to relax at night. 

Christmas Pajamas--These are just fun and I guess break our 3 gift rule, but oh well! I love getting the boys matching pajamas and this year we got ours from Crystal Faye

Other things I loved: This kids water bottle and the kid's drum-set

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DC Bucket List: Great Falls & Mt Vernon

I haven't posted about our DC Bucket list in a while, but its still going strong! We crossed two more items off our list this fall since its been so unseasonably warm--yay!-- and we'll be working through some more in the upcoming months.

The first place we went was Great Falls! It was a gorgeous 70-degree day and the drive there could't have been prettier. The changing leaves in Virginia are amazing and some of the prettiest I've seen. I love living here for that reason.

When we got there we met up with a friend who has 3 little ones and strolled around and chatted. The paths were wide, the scenery was unreal--I can't believe a place like this exists so close to DC--and it was really kid-friendly too. When we got there were 3 school field trips going on and also bathrooms were close by, which is a big deal in my book.

The second place we checked out was Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home. This was a plus and minus experience for me. First it was a hike--literally and figuratively-- and it was hard to try to entertain Sawyer who was a little too young to get the historical aspect of it and also feed Rhett.

It was a beautiful day when we went, but walking up and down hills was not fun with a toddler and 7-month old. I was huffing and puffing and there wasn't a good place for me to sit down to feed Rhett. Plus, whenever I did, Sawyer would get bored and try to find something to do so it was hard.  If Z was there it would've been a different story, but doing it solo with a friend was not my cup of tea.

But, if your kids are older--or you have a friend/spouse/partner there--they did have a lot of fun activities for kids to do like a candle-making station, a hay maze, and you could pet oxen which was really neat to see.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Our Little Mover Rhett

It's been a while since I blogged and I wish it was for a good reason, but really its because life has been busy and gotten in the way. Whenever I have a free moment, I just collapse on my bed and catch up on TV shows, books, or texts.

That being said this month has been a big one for Rhett and I don't want to forget it. He has popped 3 teeth-which has made sleeping nonexistent some nights-- and I'm pretty sure that he has 2 more that will come through any day now.

Another thing about Rhett is his personality is completely different from that of his brother's. He is very social and if he isn't around people-or if we leave the room for a second-he lets out a blood curdling scream until we scoop him back up. It's very dramatic and Z and I joke about it all the time. He might be little, but he will let his voice be known.

Also, long gone are the days of sitting still. Rhett is crawling and also loves to stand. He's now all over the place. In a split second, he'll be in the kitchen one minute and then near the laundry in another.  He'll also let you know when he's done with his surroundings and wants to be moved. He gets bored within 5 minutes and then let's you know that he wants another toy, adventure, or scene. You definitely have to keep an eye on his little guy and I already know he will be the child that will constantly be keeping me on my toes.

Since Rhett is so active and on the go, I'm so glad we found and love Huggies Little Movers. What I love about them is how durable they are. They have a 12 hour leak protection, which I love because the other brand we were using there would be accidents every so often. Not with Huggies though, so we were sold.

Rhett, thank you for your fun personality, your happiness, and smiles. You make life an adventure, my friend and have really taught me that every child is different. You think you got it figured out one moment and then there's something else to conquer in the next. Thanks for giving me grace, little boy and I'm excited to see where the next 8 months take us.

By the way, If you want a chance of having your little mover featured on the Huggies website, tweet or Instagram a pic of them and use the hashtag #SetBabyFree! Huggies will be selecting photos to feature and show everyone what awesome little movers we have. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Taking Stock 2015

Making: Time for margins. I haven't had a lot of playdates this Fall because I've been trying to enjoy this time with the boys and invest in things that I've been putting off like cooking more, coming up with lessons for Sawyer, and doing crafts around the house. 

Cooking: A lot of chili and vegetarian meals. I've loved this chili recently and these tacos. 

Drinking: Anything warm and a lot of green juice as well.

Reading: About to read The Royal We

Wanting: The season to stay. The fall leaves around Falls Church this year are breathtaking.

Looking: Forward to our annual Thanksgiving Day race. 

Playing: Superman with Sawyer and having my morning quiet time with Rhett. 

Wasting: Time playing Sudoku

Wishing: For one more date nights

Enjoying: Life in this moment and trying not to wish time away. 

Liking: Our slow pace. 

Wondering: How we are going to fit in everything DC has to offer during the holiday season. 

Loving: This book and how its changed my life. I was able to donate half of my wardrobe through this technique and I love the idea of living more simply. 

Hoping: For a warm winter or that it goes by fast. I hate the cold. Oh, and that we aren't constantly sick. 

Wearing: These loafers. 

Following: Sawyer around on adventures. 

Noticing: How Rhett is about to crawl any day now and how fast these last 7 months have gone by. 

Knowing: That life next year will be very different, so enjoying our time now is really important to me. 

Marveling: At how having a good friend over can really give you a better perspective. 

Thinking: About hosting book club on next month and also making reservations for Christmas Tea at the Willard. 

Feeling: Tired and achy. Still getting over this cold from last weekend. 

Bookmarking: Winter coats. I really need a new winter coat for next year and they are all on sale now. I'm thinking about getting this one

Opening: a magazine or good book. 

Giggling: Over the funny things that Sawyer is saying these days. 

Feeling: Thankful. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween was a really big deal for us this year! Sawyer had been planing this costume for weeks and had told each of us what we would be as well. I was to be a cat, Rhett a bunny, and Papa a carrot. He was very serious about it too. I took off my paws for 1 minute to type and immediately Sawyer said, "Um, Mama! Put your paws back on!" It was so fun to see him get in the holiday spirit and it made running around doing activities all weekend--and getting massive sugar highs--totally worth it.

Friday, Z's company had their annual Halloween party full of face painting, trick-or-treating, and balloon animal making. It was a lot of fun and Sawyer had a blast. He loved getting his face painted like a puppy and running around with this gigantic balloon pumpkin.

Saturday, we woke up and Z took the kiddos to a costume party, while I went to my book club's brunch. For book club, we read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and all agreed it was less than stellar. Oh well! Hopefully next month's book, The Royal We, will be better.

After naps and grilled cheeses on Saturday, we headed to a friend's house for chili and trick-or-treating. Right when we got to the party, Sawyer started complaining of his throat hurting and Rhett was acting up, so we left early to start trick-or-treating on our own. We did about 10 houses before I called it off. It was getting cold and if Sawyer was getting sick I didn't want to risk him getting worst.

He was still up for trick-or-treating though when we got home, so we went to a few houses in our building. It made me really thankful for apartment living. It was warm inside and made the whole experience really easy. Plus, I loved knocking on doors, giggling about how scary some of the houses were, and watching him pick out the candy. (Lollipops were a true favorite this year.) It was one of my favorite memories and him at this age is just too cute. I love how excited he gets about all the holidays now. I just want to soak up every minute and make him stay this little forever.

After that sweet little memory, we all took a downturn. That night all sickness broke loose. Both boys--and myself--were up all night with sore throats, runny noses, and all around goop. Needless to say, we all stayed in on Sunday watching Disney movies, drinking a lot of OJ, and fruits and veggies.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Favorite Sawyerisms

The stuff that comes out of Sawyer's mouth nowadays is so fun. Sawyer, you constantly surprise me with your wit and you also teach me so much more. Its so fun to get to know you and spend our time together. Here are a few things that you've said recently that I've loved and wanted to remember:

After talking to you about the severe flooding in Columbia, South Carolina and how we needed to pray for the families that lost their homes,  Sawyer said, "Okay, well, let's go to church, pray to Jesus, and figure it out!" (If only life was that simple. Or is it?)

I asked Sawyer a question about dinner and instead of answering that particular question, he said, "Well, I love you! That's a good answer, right?"

"Oh, Mama! There's a park! How about we go to story time then come back to it. That's a good idea." (You always have the best ideas.)

Sawyer, you are just over 3 years old and I couldn't be more proud of the little boy that you're becoming. You are so smart, so kind, and so considerate. There are days and moments when we fight--like I think it's a good idea for you to eat dinner and you would rather play with cars--but even during those hard days and tough moments there is no place or person I'd rather be with.You make me laugh, you make your brother's eyes twinkle, and you make your so Papa proud. We love you, Sawyer-man and thank God for you everyday. There's no one I love more than you and your brother.

Love you always. And always.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sawyer's 3rd Birthday!

A few weekends ago, we celebrated Sawyer's birthday at home. I was planning on having it at a nearby park, but the rain washed away those plans, so we had a cozy little party at our apartment instead.

The morning of we surprised Sawyer with balloons outside his door and made his favorite pancakes--coconut. I loved his face and how excited he was. After breakfast, Sawyer went on a walk with Z and I got to cleaning up for his party.

The overall theme--aside from Superman--was that it was to be low-key and simple. For snacks, we had juice boxes, clementines, goldfish and raisins. The cake was from the bakery downstairs and had a Superman logo on front and a hit. It was chocolate--Sawyer's request--with orange blossom icing. It was delicious and easy.

For crafts, I went to Michaels and bought two $1 foam ghosts and pumpkins for the kids to decorate with either crayons, stickers, or markers. I also had a coloring sheet that said, "Happy Birthday, Sawyer!" that they could decorate as well.

In terms of decorations, I had balloons around the apartment for the kids to play with and had a few flying high near the food as well. I then made a giant 3 out of red construction paper and hung that on the door.

I got a bright blue tablecloth and red napkins, forks, and plates at Party City to go along with the Superman theme. Then, we sent everyone home with a play-dough favor.

The next day, we kept the party going by taking Sawyer to his first movie! We bought popcorn, he gave his ticket to the ticket guy, and off we went. He had a blast and it was so fun to see his face light up and of course, the movie commentary from a 2-year old is always classic. ;)

And that's a wrap on Sawyer's 3rd birthday! I'm still not quite sure where the last 3 years went, but Sawyer has definitely become quite the little boy. He's kind, considerate, and thoughtful and I'm so excited to see what the next year has in store for him. Hopefully, its more singing, dancing, and funny Sawyerisms.  Love you, little buddy and happy 3rd birthday!

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