November 30, 2014

Advent Calendar & Activities

My sweet friend made this gorgeous Stocking Advent Calendar for Vida and
I am so in love with it!  We used all of our fabric scraps to save on buying fabric, we even used little toddler blue jeans, the little blue jean pockets kill me with cuteness.

Inside each mismatched stocking is a little paper snowman with an activity written on it. 
I hung the stockings in her room, so every morning she can help me take out the little snowman and see what we have planned for the day.  
I also hid little treats, mini candy canes, Christmas stickers, short bible verses
 and little hair bows inside.
I planned all these activities well in advanced, since we have a lot going on in December.
Vida's social calendar is exhausting, we are always on the go.

little snowman in a little pocket!!

Here is the list I made for Vida!

1. Pull out the Christmas decorations and books
2. Make Christmas cards for family & friends
3.Make red and green Play-dough
4.Decorate an ornament at the Clay Spot with friends
5. Watch Elf & drink hot chocolate
6. Christmas Parade & Festival Downtown
7.Christmas mini play at Church
8.Make cards for the Troops
9. Christmas Party at the River Aquarium
10. Picnic lunch under our Christmas tree
11.Decorate cookies with the Mommy Group
12.Visit the train at the mall & buy a new Christmas book
13.Breakfast with Santa
14. Christmas Party at the Zoo with the Mommy Group
15. Visit the Animal Shelter and bring goodies for the animals & employees
16. Picnic at Busy Elves Christmas Tree farm
 17. Make Cinnamon ornaments for the tree
18. Decorate wrapping paper with stickers and paint
19. Donate toys to Toys for Tots
20. Cupcakes with Santa at Smallcakes Cupcakery
21. Deliver cookies to the fire station/ police/mailman/Nursing home etc
22. Visit Daddy at work with coffee and treats
23. Make festive donuts for a fun breakfast
24. Wear Christmas pj's, read the Night Before Christmas, leave cookies out for Santa, carrots for the reindeer and a birthday card for Jesus.
and sleep while visions of sugar plums dance in our heads... :) 

What are some fun activities you have planned for December? 

Have a very merry week!! :) 

Happy Thanksgiving

  We had a quiet low key dinner, just us three!
We have a lot of leftovers and we couldn't be more happier.
Hope your bellies and hearts are full.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 24, 2014

18 Months


How is my baby girl half way to two already?! Why is time flying by so fast?

Age:18 Months

Stats: 28.4 lbs 

Clothes: Wearing size 18 month and size 4 shoes. 

Favorite Foods: Chicken soup so she can dip her bread in it. 

New Words: "nah" and "Yuck"
Favorite things To do: Painting, drawing on the sidewalk with chalk, and running away from me any chance she gets.  

Signature Moves: getting up from her crib like spring when I lay her down for a nap. So annoying.  

Fun Trips/activities: We went to the pumpkin patch, touch a truck event and the zoo. 

Favorite Book: I Love Fall. 

Sweet Moments: She shared her cookie with me when we went shopping at Publix. She didn't even hesitate. I asked her for a bite and she handed it over but made sure to get it back quick. 

Not So Sweet Moments: Throwing herself back when we are holding her and we need to leave. It's getting crazy. 

Funny Moments: hiding behind the curtains in her bedroom. She giggles when we start calling her name. She gives herself away :) 

Looking Forward To: December Holiday events and Thanksgiving this week! 

Happy 18 months big girl!!
We are going to celebrate with cupcakes tomorrow with her friends. 

November 14, 2014

Cotton Fields Forever

 We have so many beautiful cotton fields by our house where we live that ever since the cotton started to bloom I told myself I would do a little photo shoot there. 
The cotton looks soft in photos but the little bushes they grow from are very prickly and itchy, so this shoot didn't last too long, but I was able to get some beautiful photos of my girl in the cotton field in this drop dead gorgeous dress.

I'm so happy we get to enjoy this now that we live in beautiful Georgia.

There are a few sights more pleasant to the eye than a wide cotton field when it is in bloom. It presents an appearance of purity, like an immaculate expanse of light, new-fallen snow.
-Solomon Northup  

November 5, 2014

Mommy & Me Photoshoot

 Last month I scheduled a Mini Mommy and Me photo session with 
Erin-Glausier-Photography  here in Georgia in the early morning at a beautiful orchard by our home. Look at those gorgeous sunbeams, sunrise shoots are my favorite.
I decided to have her take a few breastfeeding photos as well so
 I could treasure those memories forever. Vida didn't cooperate as well, I kind of wished I had taken these when she was much younger. 
She's so nosy now when she breastfeeds, she needs to know exactly what is going on. 
Just like her Mama! :)

I never thought I was going to make it this far and still be breastfeeding my daughter. 
It was tough at first, I felt like I was doing everything wrong. You can read my breastfeeding tips here, If it wasn't for my wonderful husband, mom and friends giving me so much support I am sure I would have given up, they motivated me to keep going,
I knew I had to keep going, not just for me, but for Vida.
So here we are celebrating 17 months and not stopping anytime soon.
 Cheers to my breastfeeding and formula feeding moms. 
You are all doing an awesome job!! 

A baby nursing at a mother's breast... is an undeniable affirmation of our rooted-ness in nature. ~David Suzuki

Breastfeeding is nature's health plan. ~Author Unknown

I love breastfeeding

-Vida & Acsa

November 4, 2014

Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween from my little White Swan

We spent our Halloween morning painting pumpkins in the kitchen. 
We waited for Daddy to come home in the evening and we were off to go Trick Or Treating in our community. 

The Black & White Swan

Minnie and the puppy
Of course our kids would ignore the candy and look in the window to see the dogs
Big girl on her way to the next house 
I love this photo so much.
get it girl....
Get me an extra large bag, good sir
Trick or Treating with friends
was so much  fun.
the whole gang
Vida trying to do her "Arabesque" ballerina move

Hope you all had a good time Trick or Treating, we did and now we have candy to eat or get rid of fast!

I leave you with a photo from last year.
 I was Pochontas and Vida was Meeko. 
My little 6 month old squishy baby  

-Vida & Acsa