3 Kiddos, 2 Mommies, 1 House

Last week my bestie, Sara, and her daughter Mackenzie came for a few days to visit.

Hannah wasn't too sure about another 'baby' intruding on her space but she did okay. She spent a lot of time entertaining herself while we entertained the babies but she did attempt to play with them both at times.

Colson did not get a good greeting from Mackenzie. The poor guy got his hair pulled so he was a little leery of this new playmate. :oP But after some time, I think Colson enjoyed having someone to play with who was his own size!

Here are some photos of the kiddos playing.

I love these next two photos. I think they are hilarious! Ha ha! Gotta love baby jail! I mean, how dare we make dinner in the kitchen and lock the babies out so they don't get burned. We're such mean mommies! :oP

However, I would like to point out one thing about the last two photos...and that would be how equal in size Colson and Mackenzie are.  Mind you, Colson will be 15 months tomorrow and Mackenzie is 10.5 months. Mackenzie is actually taller than Colson! My poor little guy!

***More on this later though! I take Colson in for his 15 month check-up on Thursday and I am going to talk to the doctor about taking the next step to figuring out why he's to small.***

Anyways, the moms were even able to get out of the house to get in some much needed girl time! We had lunch at Olive Garden and got mani/pedis. We were even able to make a trip out to Hobby Lobby and Target without the kiddos.  (Thanks mom!)

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The Force Is Strong With This One

I'm really not one for Star Wars...but the title fits! :oP

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Friday Phone Dump

Soccer Ball Fun

Colson loves any type of ball. He can dribble a soccer ball, throw a baseball, he'll put them in cups, he'll throw the dogs their ball. He just loves to carry them around. It doesn't matter the size.
(And I realize that in referring to balls, it could have gotten very dirty! :oP I did my best to keep it from going there!)

Here he is carrying around his soccer ball.

And I just want to point out that yes, that is an Avengers shirt he is wearing and yes, that is a fork he is also carrying around. He is obsessed with carrying around his sister's toy silverware. ???

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Crocheted Giraffe

I took on a little project a few weeks ago. I decided to crochet a giraffe. I have really only crocheted afghans and hats so, for me, this was a pretty major project to take on. It involved crocheting different pieces and attaching them all. I had to buy stuffing to stuff the thing. All-in-all though, it was rather easy once I got the hang of it.
I found the pattern through Ravelry. If you crochet or knit, I highly recommend this site. It is a great resource to some awesome projects! You have to sign up but it is free! There are patterns that you can buy or you can filter your search to only free patterns. It will link you to the source site of the pattern.
Isn't he cute!?
For the giraffe, it linked me HERE but I thought I would repost the pattern on my blog, as well.

Yarn and Crochet

  • Crochet size 5/3.75mm (F)
  • 1/2 skein of yellow (Brown Sheep Sunburst Gold) yarn
  • less than 1/4 skein each of purple (Brown Sheep Plum Line) and gray (Brown Sheep Ash) yarn
Body & Neck
Chain 3, join with a slip stitch
  • Round 1 sc2 into each st (6 st)
  • Round 2 same (12 st)
  • Round 3 sc2 into every other st (18 st)
  • Round 4 sc2 into every 3rd st (24 st)
  • Round 5 sc2 into every 4th st (30 st)
  • Round 6 sc2 into every 6th st (35 st)
  • Round 7 sc all stitches
  • Round 8 sc2 into every 9th st (39 st)
  • Round 9 sc2 into every 10th st (43 st)
  • Round 10 sc all stitches
  • Round 11 sc2 into every 11th st (47 st)
  • Round 12 sc all stitches
  • Round 13 sc2 into every 12th st (51 st)
  • Rounds 14-15 sc all stitches
  • Round 16 skip every 10th st, sc the rest (46 st)
  • Round 17-18 sc all stitches
  • Round 19 skip every 9th st, sc the rest (41 st)
  • Rounds 20-21 sc all stitches
  • Round 22 skip every 8th st, sc the rest (36 st)
  • Rounds 23-24 sc all stitches
  • Round 25 skip every 7th st, sc the rest (31 st)
  • Rounds 26-27 sc all stitches
  • Round 28 skip every 5th st, sc the rest (25 st)
  • Round 29 sc all stitches
  • Round 30 skip every 8th st, sc the rest (22 st)
Make the neck
  • Rounds 31-60 sc all stitches
Chain 3, join with a slip stitch
  • Round 1 sc2 into each st (6 st)
  • Round 2 same (12 st)
  • Round 3 sc2 into every other st (18 st)
  • Round 4 sc2 into every 6th st (21 st)
  • Round 5 sc2 into every 7th st (24 st)
  • Round 6 sc2 into every 6th st (28 st)
  • Round 7 sc2 into every 7th st (32 st)
  • Round 8 sc2 into every 8th st (36 st)
  • Round 9 sc all stitches
  • Round 10 sc2 into every 12th st (39 st)
  • Rounds 11-12 sc all stitches
  • Round 13 sc2 into every 13th st (41 st)
  • Rounds 14-15 sc all stitches
  • Round 16 skip every 10th st, sc the rest (39 st)
  • Rounds 17-18 sc all stitches
  • Round 19 skip every 9th st, sc the rest (35 st)
  • Rounds 20-21 sc all stitches
  • Round 22 skip every 8th st, sc the rest (31 st)
  • Round 23 sc all stitches
  • Round 24 skip every 7th st, sc the rest (27 st)
  • Round 25 sc all stitches
Start shaping the head
  • Round 26 [sc2 into the next stitch, sc5] 3 times, sc2 into the next stitch, sc8 (31 st)
  • Round 27 sc 4, [sc2 into the next stitch, sc6] 3 times, sc 6 (34 st)
  • Round 28 [sc2 into the next stitch, sc7] 4 times, sc2 (38 st)
  • Round 29 sc all stitches
  • Round 30 sc 5, [sc2 into the next stitch, sc 9] 3 times, sc3 (41 st)
  • Round 31-32 sc all stitches
  • Round 33 [sc9, skip 1] 3 times, sc11 (38 st)
  • Round 34 sc all stitches
  • Round 35 [sc7, skip 1] 4 times, sc6 (34 st)
  • Round 36 [sc10, skip 1] 3 times, sc11 (31 st)
  • Round 37 [sc6, skip 1] 4 times, sc3 (27 st)
  • Round 38 [sc5, skip 1] 4 times, sc3 (23 st)
  • Round 39 [skip 1, sc 5(4 on the last one)] 4 times, (19 st)
  • Round 40 [skip 1, sc4] 4 times (15 st)
  • Round 41 [skip 1, sc3] 4 times (11 st)
  • Round 42 [skip 1, sc2] 4 times (7 st)
  • Round 43 sc every other stitch (4 st)
With purle yarn chain 3, join with a slip stitch
  • Round 1 sc2 into each st (6 st)
  • Round 2 sc2 into every other st (9 st)
  • Round 3 [sc2, sc2 into the next st] 3 times (12 st)
  • Rounds 4-7 sc all stitches
Switch to gray yarn
  • Rounds 8-12 sc all stitches
Switch to yellow yarn
  • Round 13-27 sc all stitches
Stuff the leg with fiberfill very loosely
  • Round 28 [skip 1, sc 2] 3 times
  • Round 29 fold the leg in half and single crochet 3 st through both layers closing the opening
ArmsWork same as legs but reduce the number of rounds for each color: 6 total for purple, 4 total for gray, and 11 total for yellow.
With gray yarn pick up and single crochet 8 st at the top of the head where the horns should go.

  • Rounds 1-3 sc all stitches
Switch to purple yarn
  • Round 4 [sc2 into the next stitch, sc 3] 2 times (10 st)
  • Rounds 5-6 sc all stitches
  • Round 7 [skip 1, sc1] 5 times (5 st)
  • Round 8 [sc1, skip 1] 2 times, sc1 (3 st)
Chain 10 st, turn, and double crochet 8 st. Turn again and single crochet around the border of the ear.

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Wordless Wednesday

TAT--My Diaper Bag

This weeks Toddle Along Tuesday is to post what's in your diaper bag.

Here is my diaper bag.
I have had many diaper bags over the past 3.5 years but I have had my Coach one for a while. I love it! The perfect size and tons of pockets!

There are some days where I feel like I carry our entire house in my diaper bag because Hannah is always shoving toys in it...but most days, I just carry the basics.

On any given day you will be able to find the following:
- diapers for Colson
- wipes (usually Target or BRU brand)
- change of pants and undies for Hannah (just incase)
- Goldfish, pretzels, crackers and other snacks (I found these great snack containers at Old Navy)
- a small first aid kit
- placemats for restaurants
- a book for entertainment
- sippy cups for each kiddo unless I forget to grab them like i have been doing a lot recently. Mommy brain!
- my wallet

Ummmm...I think that's it! :o)

Link up with Growing Up Geeky and The Chrancy Family and share what's inside your diaper bag.

Side-By-Side Comparison

I did this side-by-side comparison with Hannah when she was 15 months old, so I thought it would be fun to do it with Colson as well.

When Hannah was born it was split with each side of the family--my side though she looked like me and Nick's side thought she looked more like him. As she got older, we thought she started looking more like me. In this comparison, I think she definitely looks like me.

When Colson was born, again, my side said he looked like me. I thought he did too--even more-so than Hannah did. But as the months passed, he quickly started to look more like his daddy! And at 15 months old, I think he definitely looks like Nick did when he was younger--so much so that it kind of freaks me out!

What do you think?

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Friday Phone Dump

Linking up with These Four No More for Friday Phone Dump!

Wordless Wednesday

Sometimes you just need to put a shawl on your brother, a skirt on yourself, and DANCE!

A Day In The Life

Often times I feel like my life is on repeat. Every day is pretty much just like the day before. I do not have a car, so there are no fun trips to the park or to the store, but we do get some random days where we get out with one of the grandmas for the day so that adds a nice change to our routine.

So what's in a day...our day to be exact? I'll give you the run-down of yesterday.

7:40--I'm still in bed but Nick kisses me goodbye before he heads to work. I hang out in bed waiting for Colson to wake up.

8:00am--Colson wakes up. We change his diaper and head into the kitchen for breakfast. This morning it was Cheerios and a strawberry yogurt with a sippy of milk.
Sometimes the kiddos eat breakfast together but this morning Colson woke up a bit earlier than normal so I let Hannah sleep.

8:30--Time to wake up sissy!
It's hit or miss with Hannah and whether or not she eats breakfast. My kids are complete opposites right now, when it comes to eating. We cannot seem to give Colson enough food to make him grow, but Hannah never wants to eat.

This morning was a no breakfast morning. She only had milk.

9:00--We watch a little bit of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (kill me!) while we play. The kiddos love it and Hannah actually learns quite a bit from the show. Our mornings almost always consists of Octonauts and Little Einsteins, as well.
9:15--Hannah, bathroom.

10:00--Sissy helps tuck Colson in for his nap.

10:15--I read a few books to Hannah. She has become obsessed with the two Powerpuff Girl books that we got at a garage sale.
10:45--Hannah, bathroom. Sippy cup refill with 1/3 apple juice 2/3 water,

11:00-- Playing continues, with a side of cartoons. She loves to become Doc McHannah and she will take my blood pressure and check my heart with her toy doctor equipment. Sometimes we will bring out her stuffed animals and play doctor with them, as well.

It's a good day if I can get her to sit down and practice writing her letters. She is always so preoccupied with something more important--like a puzzle that NEEDS to be done or a tea party that NEEDS to be played. :o/ We're getting there though and she can almost write her name. Good for a three year old??? I don't know. Hopefully.

11:10--While Hannah is playing I tackle the dishes and I vacuum the kitchen rugs. I also change out the laundry.
12:30--Colson let's us know that he no longer wishes to be taking a nap!

We wake him up and I get lunch ready. This afternoon it's pb&j's and Hannah also eats a red jello (holy crap, she eats!)--while giving me a dirty look!
12:45--More play. Hopefully no one gets hurt or throws a fit (*cough* Hannah!).

1:00--Hannah, bathroom.

2:30--By the end of the afternoon, it looks like a toy store vomited all over my carpet.
2:45--Diaper change for Colson and Hannah helps tuck him in for his second nap.

3:00--Hannah, one last potty run and then she gets tucked into bed for her nap time.

3:05--mommy picks up the living room and changes into her workout clothes. It's time to get her sweat on!

3:40--Core Rhythms workout is complete. If I get in any exercise at all, it's I usually walking on the treadmill. So it had been a while since doing the dvd. I only did the quick workout.

But a glass of water later and I'm feeling good! :oP

3:50--Time to get dinner started!

Ham and swiss cheese sammies courtesy of Pinterest. I've made them before and they were delicious so they were worthy of being put into the dinner rotation!

4:15--dinner prep is done and the sammies are ready to go in the oven.
4:20--Colson starts to rustle around in his room. I go in and get him and bring him into the kitchen for a little snack of Cheerios before daddy gets home.

4:25--I make a blueberry smoothie for Hannah to have during dinner.

4:30--head to the living room with Colson where we play for a bit--just the two of us-- without sissy stealing our toys.

4:45--I pop the sammies in the oven.

5:00--Daddy is home! Colson is beyond excited! I wish I would have gotten video of it!

5:10--I make macaroni and cheese for the kiddos and pull the sammies out of the oven while daddy and Colson get Hannah out of bed.

5:20--dinner time!

5:45--After dinner, we load the kiddos up in the stroller and go for a walk around the subdivision.
6:30--We're back from our walk and playing in the living room.

We read a few books.
And Hannah plays hide and seek with her daddy.

"I wonder where Hannah could be?"

"I'm right here daddy!"

Poor kid fails to understand the concept of hide and seek! :oP

7:45--Time to get the kiddos ready for bed! Had this been a bath night, that would have happened after the walk. But this night was only a brush your teeth and get your pj's on night.

8:00--the three of us tuck in Colson and the head to Hannah's room to tuck her in. Usually this involves her refusing to go to bed and running back into the living room. Ugh! After wrangling her back up we get her in bed.

8:10--Ahhhhh...peace and quite for mommy and daddy!!! :o)

This night we finish watching The Voice and then Smash...usually while we periodically peruse our iPhone/iPad.

Sometimes I will also use this kid-less time to crochet.

11:00--I'm ready for bed! Good night world! Nick stays up. He usually comes to bed anywhere from 12:00 to 12:30.

So there you have it! Our glorious day in a nutshell! :o)

Want to join in on the fun???
Link up with Growing Up Geeky and her fabulous co-host this week, Love Lattés and Lullabies to share a day in your life for this weeks Toddle Along Tuesday! :o)