No Longer May

Another month gone so fast.  We started off the month spending some extra time with Grandma and Paw Paw before she left to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain for two whole months with nothing but a 20 pound backpack (yes, you read that right) and before he left to go run the some rivers out west (both are returning at the end of June). Grandma, Great Grandma and Paw Paw helped MP build a little garden with tomatoes, squash, carrots, flowers, and herbs which she’s LOVES watching grow so fast!  My cousin and her family visited for some quick fun.  Pop visited while the dreaded hand, foot, and mouth took hold of RJ.  She got a BAD case because the combo of HFM, impetigo, and severe eczema was like a super trifecta of fun.  The poor little thing looked like the kid you see on the Google images searches that you shouldn’t look at (I’ll refrain from posting those here).  Alas, she recovered.  In the meantime, the crew hunkered down a lot in the house trying not to have cabin fever too bad.  We hung out and met some chickens with the Bradburys.  We did a mini-hike on Mother’s Day with the family.  Daddy held two more WHM workshops (see this post) – so proud!  The girls went to TN for a weekend.  We attended the annual Cocos low country broil over Memorial Day weekend which was a blast, but went by in the blink of an eye, per the usual.  Lastly, we hit up the whitewater center, our fave quick, outdoor getaway.

MP:  Definition of Threenager testing her parents all day, errrrryday.  Asks “why?” to literally everything even after you explain why.  Still a pretty picky eater.  Her sister eats about double she does regularly.  Loves having us lay on the floor by her bed and hold her hand before nap time and bed time.  Gives mommy a magnet each morning as a parting gift before I start working.  Wakes up on her own about 7am and comes into our bed, always with at least three babies / stuffed animals.  Sits with me in the middle of the kitchen floor most mornings to eat peanut butter toast together.  Did her first potty (casually #2) in the woods.  Loves being shirtless.  The bedtime routine is a constant negotiation of another TV show, “I’m hungry”, “I have to potty”, “I need water”, “Where’s my elephant (or any other animal she can think of).  Bedtime can be later than 9pm nowadays when it’s all said and done.  Lastly, we’ve started exposing both girls to the cold water (~45 degrees-ish) which they’ve been amazinggggg with.  It’s so fun to watch!

RJ: Walking finally!!!!  She also has this hilarious stance that we call the “meerkat” with her hands straight down to her waist, just like a meerkat.  The first couple nights she actually walked just happened to be down this red yoga mat, which we now refer to as her red carpet.  She will eat almost anything and a TON of it.  Pounds some food, usually finishing MP’s portions.  Finally recovered from the trifecta sickness, but she was a sad little thing, of course never losing her appetite though.  Says quite a few words: book, more, thank you, down, up, water, yea.  Still an absolute dancing wild woman.  Loves reading books before bed time now and gives the sweetest kisses and snuggles.

May’s Video

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Day one of the sickness trifecta.  Yes, that’s drool and snot all over my shirt.  Legit best snuggle night ever though.
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Lost her and then found her with her finger in a socket behind the couch.
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Casual #2 in the woods. Daddy on butt wiping duty.  #nbd
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Mother’s Day dinner w/ my Dad, my Grandma, and a stiff margarita.17.05_BlogPost-12717.05_BlogPost-12817.05_BlogPost-12917.05_BlogPost-130
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Lessons about chickens with Miss Cassie.
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Mommy hitting up the cold water with MP as a spectator.
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Low Country Broilin’
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These kids were hilarious on the trampoline.  Clearly I was the referee. No on trampoline injuries.  All injuries were post trampoline.
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Trampoline crew – blurry, but who cares!!17.05_BlogPost-143
MP having the best time!
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Me showing these kids who runs the trampoline.  Don’t mess.  (Nolan protecting MP = melt)
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Pulling thyme for chicken noodle soup from our herb pot!
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Daddy is diligently teaching this girl her letters.
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She told Daddy she missed me and would wait at the window until I got home from work.  ❤
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Evidence of the ongoing battle to get her to sleep with less animals in her bed.
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Circle time.
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If you can learn how to use your mind, anything is possible.

I’m just barely beginning to grasp this statement.  And it will continue to be a work of progress, likely forever.  Recently, I’ve been stepping outside my comfort zone more and more, encouraged by my husband.  Don’t tell him, but it’s doing wonders.  Some of that is found below in pictures [plus one video] from his two most recent Wim Hof Method workshops.  The first, I was simply a spectator, at the beautiful Y2 Yoga facility.  The second, a participant, at Aloft in Ballantyne.  My eyes are continuing to open every day and the possibilities are limitless.

Here’s his next workshop.  Go and don’t think twice.  It’s just conscious breathing, focus techniques, and gradual cold exposure.  No pre-reqs, just you.  #nbd #youvegotthis

PS.  I’d been trying my headstand 2-3 minutes / day for less than a week and I DID IT.  Seriously, I did it.  WHOA!

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Bye April!

April was oh so busy!  We started off with daddy holding his first Wim Hof Method workshop in beautiful Linville Gorge.  It was a HUGE success and we’re so so proud of him!!!  While he was away, we had fun picking strawberries, petting farm animals, and hitting up MP’s first easter egg hunt.  Up next, we headed to sunny Cabo San Lucas for President’s Club!  It was great to have a few days of relaxation and silliness with some of our oldest work friends.  I also made another quick trip to NYC for work.  Lastly, we ended the month with a weekend getaway / camp trip for the hubs’ birthday (PS. We old) to Winston Salem / Pilot Mountain.  The best SAHDe (stay.at.home.dad.ever) took his girls on plenty of fun activities:  kayaking, one on one dates to the Whitewater Center, a visit to the Nature Center with MP’s bestie, and other playdates.

MP: My BFF for real.  She’s so incredibly sweet and helpful with her sister.  She’s starting to get curious about everything.  We’ll catch her pulling up stools everywhere to quietly get into something and explore.  She’s potty training hardcore and in undies other than naps and bedtime.  Her crib wall got taken off and she’s now in a “big girl bed” which means she is free to roam.  EEK!  She’s a badass with using scissors now!

RJ: Standing alone finally, but still not walking.  Using the side scoot still to the fullest.  Finally finished up her last bag of breastmilk ever!  Bittersweet.  Has about six teeth now.  One big one at the top (the bucktooth) with three others popping through and two all the way through on the bottom.  She’s got some crappy eczema we’ve been dealing with, but she doesn’t seem to mind.  Says “wa wa” for water or milk.  Still eats pretty much whatever and WAY more than MP.  MP eats like a bird.

April’s video:

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Free Wim Hof session on the beach.  Everyone was curious.17.04_BlogPost-11817.04_BlogPost-11917.04_BlogPost-12017.04_BlogPost-12117.04_BlogPost-12217.04_BlogPost-123
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Cabo crew was the best.  #lilscrappy #webescrappin17.04_BlogPost-13017.04_BlogPost-13117.04_BlogPost-13217.04_BlogPost-133-217.04_BlogPost-13517.04_BlogPost-136
I literally can’t handle how cute these two are together.
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Bucktooth pose.
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Grandma did egg coloring with MP
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We got a slackline and it’s so fun!!
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Big girl bed!!!
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Trunk picnics with daddy!
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Big dipper and little dipper
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Crushes it with scissors.
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March Gone

Another day [err, month], another dollar.  We’ve been enjoying the quick turn to Spring and alllllllllllll the lovely pollen that comes with it.  But seriously, the weather has been great for walks and hanging outside.  I doubt it will last long.  The biggest event of the month was me going to NYC for work during a snow storm and the girls going to TN the same week.  Otherwise we snuck in TONS of our mini family time, met our two tiniest new friend babes (Hi Will and Van!), and had some standard good friend hang sessions here and there!

MP: Is so helpful in taking care of RJ (unless RJ is grabbing her toys, then #awwhellnah).  If RJ is getting into something she shouldn’t, MP will run over in a rush saying “No, sweetheart, no, sweetheart” and redirect her.  She said to me one day when I was leaving for work, “I love you mommy.  Be careful working and don’t make a stake (mistake).  Have a great day!”  While looking at a picture of her and Nanny, she says “That’s NAN-NY”, nodding her head like “you know?” and looking directly at me, then “She’s my GRANDFATHER.”  Still nodding confidently.  She’s truly potty training now and doing so good at it!  We honestly could have her wear undies all day probably, but I think mommy and daddy are still just playing it safe by letting her wear them here and there!  When I give her kisses, I’ll say “I want to eat you up, you’re so yummy!”.  She says “we don’t eat people, we eat food mommy!” back.  She’s Miss Independent, trying to brush her hair, pull up pants, pull on shirts, put on socks/shoes, etc.  Her and the best SAHD have been crushing some cute little crafts.

RJ: Turned ONE!!!!  WHOA!!!  Still a genuine wild woman.  Doesn’t really seem interested in hurrying to stand alone or walk.  She has this hardcore “captain morgan” one legged side scoot deal that she has 110% mastered.  It gets her everywhere she wants to go.  She manages to focus in on the one thing she shouldn’t have and get all the way across the room via side scoot and grab it before you even notice.  She’s saying all kinds of cute things: “Thank you”, “EIEIO”, “All Done”, “I Love you”, “Paw Paw”, “Woof Woof”.  Does down dog pose and growls so cutely while doing it.

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MP at one and RJ at one in the same shirt.
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Snuggling her baby on the monitor.
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Daddy road trippin’ the girls to TN
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NYC snow and fun!
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Spot RJ?!
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Hot mess express
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Peace to Feb

February is a month I want to remember.  A month that was pretty swell.  After making it to over 11 months and building a stockpile of milk in the deep freezer, I finally quit breastfeeding and pumping.  Close to 3.5 years straight of being pregnant or breastfeeding/pumping.  WHOA!  Basically incredibly mixed emotions of both FREEDOM! and nostalgia simultaneously.

Our big events of the month were taking the girls to Snowshoe and celebrating RJ’s first birthday [say wuhhh??]!!!  Snowshoe was great.  MP slept in a big girl bed which meant lots of us taking turns sleeping with her.  I’m kind of anti-sleeping with my babes, but I must admit, it was pretty adorable and cute for a couple nights in hindsight.  Always a random body part being thrown over me or hitting me.  Many times of using my cell phone flash light to find her lost bubby each night.  Loved all of it.  Oh yea, the snowboarding and just general hanging out was good too!

RJ’s 1st birthday party was honestly perfect.  It was the very first dose of that insanely perfect it’s-almost-spring weather.  Everyone was in great spirits.  Hubs had the back yard climbing wall rockin for the kids.  People were mowing down the food (tater tot bar was once again a hit!).  All the cupcakes were eaten.  We had four awesome dogs hanging out. Backyard games were played. Best of all, an easy, laid back party happened to celebrate our sweet love with the best crew of family and friends and we were so thankful.

Other minor fun times were celebrating my bestie’s birthday (#weold) and my other bestie’s 3rd nugget being born.  Wow – the milestones are great!!  Lastly, so proud of Hubs for doing one of his first Wim Hof training sessions with my yoga teacher.  She’s a badass and of course LOVES it now.  #shamelessplug

MP: Sweetest thing ever.  Says things to RJ like “It’s ok sweetheart”.  Will now sit quietly reading books by herself here and there.  She’s been doing crafts galore at daddy daycare, learning yoga moves, and helping him make smoothies.  She’s getting more and more independent trying to do things like walk up the steps completely by herself, pull her diaper up/down, put her clothes on/off.  Tells me to “BE CAREFUL MOMMY!!” when I leave to go somewhere.  Loves doing her sticker chart each night before bed.  Has been slowly getting better about the potty (aka we’ve been getting better at enforcing it too!).  Started calling me simply “mom” already (does it really happen this early?!?!?!).

MP Quote:  “MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM!” (still no answer from me)  “SARAH!!! SARAH!!!”

RJ:  Still a wild woman.  Still not really standing alone or walking yet, but trying to stand alone and falling quick a lot.  Basically yells (her version of talking) at you if you’re not feeding her in the kitchen.  Already trying to climb up on things.  Growls while doing the down dog pose.  Getting more independent and less of a mama’s girl (but STILL a mama’s girl).  Still only has 2 teeth now.  Started patting our backs when we pick her up and hug her (melt).  Pretty much eats anything.  Still taking 2 naps / day.  Drinking 3 sippy cups of breast milk mixed with whole organic milk / day plus water here and there with her food.  Signing “more” and “all done”.  Wants to talk oh so badly.

Thankful everyday for this little family of ours.

February’s Video:

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Say what? January’s Gawn

January FLEW by.  It always does and then we start saying things like “how is it February already?”  You know the drill.

Our January was new for us and we got used to it wonderfully.  The mister is officially the best stay at home dad there ever was.  He’s just so darn good at it and it’s working out perfectly.  He does little “projects” with MP that she gets super hype about.  He’s teaching her how to use scissors.  Everyone gets full bellies and long naps.  It’s the best.

However, to keep him on his toes during his first full month on the job, we decided “hey let’s see if we can drum up some water damage”.  Our master bathroom toilet took it upon itself to spray water out of the back of the tank (yes, the lid was off).  We didn’t know this was happening until water was pouring out of the ceiling in the dining room and out of the screen porch.  Thank the stars we were home when it happened.  It could’ve been UGLY.  Tate handled his own though and helped power the girls through all of the craziness and loud noises like a champ.  Side note:  we no longer have cable which is great, but also not great when you are going through an unwanted renovation with a toddler that HATES loud noises.

On the bright side, we got new tile floors in our bathroom that now match our previously renovated shower.  On the not so bright side, RJ has been sleeping in a pack n play in our guest bathroom for weeks because we had to rip up the floors in her room too.  She doesn’t mind though.  She’s getting new floors in her room tomorrow!

Other than the usual lovely family time, I had a two day work Summit fun dealio, Teeny’s sprinkle, dinner with the best woman ever (hi Meghan!), Daniel Tiger Live with Grace & Meghan, a visit from Gamma / Poppa Jon, a day date with my main man, and jury duty (let the good times roll).

MP: Still giving checkups left and right per her idol Doc McStuffins (so many checkups in the video below), she says fun things like “it’s not my favorite”, “HUH?” (when you know she heard you), constantly wants us to play the toddler version of hide and seek, LOVES her sister and is so so good to her.  Says things like “You’re so cute… Yes, you are… Yes, you are” to RJ.  Started a sticker chart this month to help with that toddler ‘tude we all know and love.  So far, so good.

RJ:  Turned 10 months on January 1st.  WILD WOMAN.  INTO EVERYTHING.  MUST WATCH AT ALL TIMES.  After not looking for maybe 3 minutes, we found her two steps from the top of the first flight of steps, like “hey guys, nbd, just climbing the steps”.  Also, found her stuck under a kitchen chair (pic below).  Also, found her pulling out all shoes in the foyer (pic below).  Squealing, babbling, giggling hilariously.  Always climbing on mommy.  I call her my “clingon”.  So close to standing on her own and might be walking by her 1st birthday!  Loves “gnawing” on a carrot to help w/ teething.

January’s Video!

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Obsessed with these hugs
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Laughing at sister coming to get her.
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Found her like this – stuck like chuck.
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Proof we got snow for like five minutes.
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RJ – the nomadic sleeper for the month of January.  Here in MP’s bed for a nap.
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With Jack and Evan at our work summit dinner.
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Loving on sister.
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Eating ice cream while daddy’s away!
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Morgantown represent at Teeny’s sprinkle!
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Enjoying beautiful weather at the Whitewater center.
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Doing projects with daddy.  Aka cutting pretty pics out of Backpacker magazine and gluing them to cardboard!
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Update that only we care about: she sleeps with a real pillow now.
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MP trying to get through the unwanted and loud renovations by watching nonstop Clifford with headphones on.
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Mommy and Daddy climbing time.
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“TA-DA!”  Sticker chart!
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Pose attacks shoes.
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Making smoothies with Daddy!
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Mason Turns One! | Charlotte Toddler Photographer

This oh so lovely family braved an EXTREMELY crisp and cold morning in Davidson to get some snaps of cutie Mr. Mason strutting his stuff.  Mason didn’t seem to mind the cold, for the first half anyway!  He was hamming it up trying to get his studly boots to stay on.  This family was so laid back and the pictures show it.  Enjoy these beauties of Mason as an almost one year old!!

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