Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dear Dominique // 3-months

Dear Dominique:
Happy 3 months Gobber! Yes, you know have joined the ranks of having a nickname in this household. Originally it was Gobbler as you eat so much, but it turned into Gobber from Mommy & Violet watching How to Train Your Dragon on repeat lately. Never mind that you’re 14 lbs already, so Gobber it is.

I'm so amazed at how fast you are growing these days. You are completely out of your 0-3 month clothes and already trying to stretch out some of the new 3-6 month sleepers! Your grins and smiles come way more these days, you’re starting to make more noises and you’re a pretty happy baby overall. And you’re still an awesome sleeper, as we put you to bed between 8-9pm and you don’t wake up until 4-5am, unless it’s been a bad night.

I think one of the favourite parts of your day is when Violet comes into your room in the morning to see if you’re awake and the huge smile you give to her. You are so adored by her and she tries to help you whenever possible, whether it’s giving you the soother, lots of hugs and kisses, or singing and dancing around you to keep you entertained. The other favourite part of your day is when it’s bath night. You and Violet have a bath together in the big tub (and have since you came home from the hospital), which brings out more toothless smiles as you splash Violet and she tries to tell you “No Splashing Donaneek!” Love it.

Although this evening was really rough for you. I made sure that you were all fed up and “milk drunk” before we put you to bed, but I'm guessing that something was wrong, as you fought sleep like crazy. At one point, you were screaming your head off and Daddy came into your room to take you from me and try to calm you down. You went bat-shit crazy and screamed your little lungs out as best you could. Daddy sat down in the rocking chair, wrapped his arms tightly around you so that you couldn't flail around and rocked you back and forth. You gave some good screams, but Daddy just kept rocking you to calm you down. Eventually you did go to sleep. According to Daddy, you’re really strong as you were fighting him quite a bit. Oh my dear girl. Here’s hoping that you sleep well tonight.

I've loved watching you grow these past 3 months and can’t wait for the adventure to continue.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Around Here

Reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Playing Ingress with Keith on the iPhone.
Watching 7th season of House M.D. I can only watch during nap time or in the evening, and then it’s only 1-2 episodes at a time.
Trying No-Bake Energy Bites. Yummy!
Cooking more new recipes
Eating/Snacking all the time. It takes a lot to breastfeed around the clock!
Drinking whatever I can get my hands on, but trying to make it more water.
Scrapping last week’s PL layout
Doing lots of catch-up journaling
Going to a couple parties this weekend (bridal shower, birthday party)
Loving that Dominique is getting more aware of everything.
Hating the tantrums from Violet. 2-year-olds I tell you.
Enjoying the quiet time I get with Keith when we can get it.
Thinking of doing some serious de-cluttering/purging
Hoping (for) Keith to get a new job soon. It’s much need for both our sanities and stress levels.
Listening (to) Elise Blaha Cripe’s pod casts “Elise Gets Crafty”
Smelling the flowers with Violet.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How I Love Great-Grandparents

I'm really loving my remaining grandparents that I have these days. I only have my Meme & Pepe left (my French grandparents on my Mom's side), after my Grandma died in 2012 and I never met my paternal grandfather as he died when my Dad was 11. So every time we go down there, I'm very grateful that I still have them, even when my Meme's gossiping drives me up the walls.

What's even more special about this is that Violet has been asking to go see Meme & Pepe now. It's usually when my Mom stops by the house, and Violet comes up to me asking "Pepe?" And when we're there, she's constantly following Pepe around and just being her joyful self. My grandparents are in their 80's, so I'm very grateful that Violet and Dominique get this time with their great-grandparents. 

When we went down there this morning, we ended up being outside about 95% of the time that we were there. Violet had a blast running around, especially when I brought out the soccer ball for her to play with. A couple minutes after I gave it to her, my Pepe came out of the house and started kicking it around with her. And I got this gem of a video....


I love it. I love seeing my Pepe play with her. I love hearing her shrieks of joy and that huge grin that takes up her entire face. I love that she keeps going back for more and more and more. And I love that he's so willing to play with her and kick the ball around. 

Thank you Pepe, for being such an awesome great-grandpa. Love you so much.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Project Life 2014: Weeks 22+23

Welcome to Project Life 2014: Week 22 (May 25-31)!

A lot of good family time and snuggles this week. And it was nice.

I've been keeping my layouts really simple lately, although I'm hoping to do some more embellishing with upcoming layouts. I have to plan when I'm going to be working on Project Life, which is mainly during the girls' afternoon nap. But then my bed calls for me and I end up sleeping as well. Thankfully, once the girls' are in bed in the evening, I can usually have 2-3 hours of quiet, but then I try to spend it with Keith. Balancing priorities.

Again, I've been using the Messy Weekly Lines to mark the week, which I like a lot. It's nice because I can use a scenic photo or one that doesn't have a lot of "stuff" on there instead of using a Title Card. And it looks good too!

And still using all the journal cards from the Project Life Midnight Kit. Love them.

Why yes! I did catch Dominique smiling. And she's so full of them these days.

Week 23(June 1-7)
Again, lots of family time. I love that I get to be a SAHM (stay at home Mom), because it enables me to catch routines of everyday and watch my girls grow up (way too fast though!).

By the way, notice that both Violet and Dominique kind of sleep the same way, all stretched out? Definitely my girls. And yes, Violet fell asleep reading Green Eggs and Ham, using her Teddy Bear as a bookmark. A girl after my own heart.

The journal cards are a mixture of PL Cinnamon and PL Baby Girl.
The bonus about this week was that I was finally cleared to start riding horses again. Although it's nice to be able to ride again, it's not the same. My own horse died 2 years ago and I'm not keen on getting another one. Life is busy right now with 2 kids and horses are way too expensive for us. I was lucky to have my horse for 18 years, but I'm not looking to get back into it again. My Dad had a horse for me if I want to ride and Violet wanted to see Papa and the horses, so it was nice excuse to be able to ride again, but it's something I won't be doing very often.

Anyway, I digress.

I'm hoping to get the rest upload and blogged by the end of the week and then start working on some series or something for this blog. I like that I've been doing my PL spreads on here, but I'm feeling almost a "push" to start regularly blogging again, mainly about life and motherhood. Hoping to get something off the ground soon.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Project Life 2014 - Weeks 20 + 21

Welcome to Project Life 2014, Week 20 (May 11-17)!

Sorry about the lack of regular posting lately. Time got away from me and I didn't realize how long it's been. I'm going to try to do catch-up posts over the next week to get up to speed.

Week 20 of 2014. Not a whole lot going on, except for Violet taking 10 years off my life in one week, visiting with my grandparents and family time.
"Week Twenty" is from Messy Weekly Lines and the date is font Sunday Comics. Yellow journal card is from PL Baby Girl Kit. Black and White journal card is from the PL Midnight Kit. "Love It" flair is from Two Peas in a Bucket (who, sadly, are closed now). The "#<3 a="" brush="" digital="" from="" href="" is="" target="_blank" this="">Heart Happy
. I was creative enough to spread it across two 3x4's and have it positioned perfectly for cutting it. Yeah!
I used my Pink Sharpie Paint Pen for the upper left photo. And it worked out pretty good! Geo tag is from Studio Calico, journal card is from PL Midnight and the digital stamp is from Embracing the Everyday.

Oh, and lots of cuddles, as you can tell here. Dom's finally been wanting to cuddle when she's tired, which makes me and Keith very happy. And Violet's always happy to see her in the morning as well.

Week 21 (May 18-24)
 Lots of family time together this week. Due to so many photos, I had to use an insert, which is a Design A cut in half.
"Week Twenty-One" is from Messy Weekly Lines. Think I'll be sticking with those for the rest of the year, as it's a nice way to get an extra photo in there, especially if it's a scenery one. The font is Brick by Boring Brick. The filler card is a digital stamp from Ali Edwards called Embracing the Everyday and the journal card is from PL Midnight. The hearts are from Studio Calico.
More cute photos of Dom. She's growing up so fast, I can't resist taking photos of her these days! The <3 a="" digital="" family="" from="" href="" is="" stamp="" target="_blank">Family Sentiment Boxes
and the flair is from Two Peas.
Keep an eye out for upcoming PL blog posts!