June in the rear view

We’re already half way through July while writing this and big girl is three!!  I shouldn’t be folding into July deets, but she pretty much calls us “Mom” and “Dad” now.  No more “mommy or “Daddy”.  Ugh x1000.

June seems so long ago.  I started off with a soul filling visit with my BFF Katie.  Days like those don’t come by too often.  So cherished.  Katie was treated to a mini-Wim Hof method workshop from the man and I’m pretty sure she liked it.  MP was mighty obsessed with her too.  June was our 2nd full month of Grandma / Pawpaw vacations, but we got some cool postcards!  Lastly, the girls went to TN for a week while we had some adult time!

MP: This month was a battle of sleep.  She figured out how to talk us into sleeping next to her for too long.  It is seriously so sweet sleeping next to her, but phew the sleep itself, isn’t so satisfying.  I got quite a few good naps with her this month though and loved it while it lasted.  She love, love, loved the splash pad this month.  She has gotten to where she sticks her whole face right over the blast of water and lives for it.  Hard to believe she hated water not too long ago.  Puts the word “super” before the verb in every sentence.  “I super am hungry”.  “I super don’t want to go to sleep”.  Can get in and out of her carseat alone and does one strap herself.  AHHHHH.  Weighs 36 lbs.

RJ:  Just keeps getting cuter and feistier.  She marches to the beat of her own drum, but snuggles like a champ.  She’s starting to communicate so much more.  While putting her to bed, I sang “ric roc rosie, ric roc millie”.  She stopped me and firmly said “no, ric roc paw paw!”.  I stopped and started again with “ric roc paw paw”.  She took a deep breath and relaxed into me.  She loves giving big sister hugs and grunting at her when she wants her to leave her alone.  She says “ni ni” now and says “dah-eee” super softly almost constantly to hubs.  She has started to kiss the phone bye during FaceTime.  Weighs 25.5 lbs.

June’s video:

Katie does WHM
RJ reading Grandma’s postcard from Spain!
She’s in to literally everything.
We taught her to find Spain where Grandma was.
Grandma’s postcards from Spain
Those curls.
USNWC with Loey and Jay c.
One of my favorite things about this phase and this house.  Eating pb toast on the floor with both girls every morning.
Splash pad!
TN time!
Adult time at the USNWC
Daddy made her a magnifying glass.
She slept like this, with my arm under the pillow, so I couldn’t move, for an hour.17.06_BlogPost-136
Mr. Ben in the freezer.
The baby chicks got bigger!
These two are the cutest ever.
Someone just joined the learning tower.  MP isn’t sure how she feels about it.17.06_BlogPost-14717.06_BlogPost-148
I got a text with this picture captioned “Grandma heaven”.17.06_BlogPost-14917.06_BlogPost-150

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

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

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!


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:

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
I felt like I got much deeper underwater, BUTTTTT I didn’t.17.04_BlogPost-12417.04_BlogPost-12517.04_BlogPost-12617.04_BlogPost-127-217.04_BlogPost-129
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.
Bucktooth pose.
Grandma did egg coloring with MP
We got a slackline and it’s so fun!!
Big girl bed!!!
Trunk picnics with daddy!
Big dipper and little dipper
Crushes it with scissors.

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.

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

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: