Be sure to pick up the October issue of Charlotte Parent magazine and check out the article "Fabulous Themed Birthday Parties". Little Man's 1st Birthday party last year is featured along with 3 others!
After feeling like the last person in the world not on Pinterest, I finally joined. I was hooked within an hour. All these boards, ideas, inspiration... it's almost too much to take in, but at the same time I can't look away!
I have started one board of fall inspiration- I can't wait to get started on that wreath! There are so many crafts that I can put on my list of to-do's.
You can follow me on Pinterest, if you have an interest. (See what I did there?)
Let's just hope that I don't burn out on this too soon, like I did with Twitter. I'm still on Twitter too, by the way.
Little Man's 2nd Birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks, and I have been busy getting everything put together for his big day. We were having some computer issues for a while, but finally got everything straightened out and got the invitations put in the mail today. Actually, CJ himself mailed them out. We went by the post office, got the stamps, and he had a ball opening and closing the drop box to put each invitation in. He is getting so big. New things everyday. This evening while watching YO! Gabba Gabba, he started to sing the words to a song, on cue with the characters... I was in awe. And of course, I couldn't find the camera to get it on video.
We have been struggling with bed time a lot lately. Little Man used to be on such a great schedule. We'd brush his teeth, get on pajamas, and sit down to read some books and we'd put him in bed and he would go right to sleep. (I might add it took forever to get him to become such a good sleeper, but that's another story). Nowadays... we attempt to brush his teeth and end up with 10 minutes of him brushing his hair and only wanting to pretend to brush teeth. He doesn't really care for books at bed time anymore... he'd rather take them all out of the bookshelf and use them as steps. And putting on pajamas? Oh, forget it. It's a fight almost every night. But me and the hubby keep reminding ourselves he's getting older, getting new attitudes about things and he'll work his way back into a routine. We can only hope he does this sooner rather than later.
We had a yard sale a couple of weekends ago at the last minute. Not as much a yard sale as it was a "WE DON'T HAVE ANY MORE ROOM" sale. It was fun, but sentimental to go through all of Little Man's baby clothes and toys and put them in the "to go" pile. And I got a little misty eyed watching a couple of his toys go. But in the end we gained a ton of closet space. But we didn't get rid of as much as we would have liked... I think we'll have another sale in November.
We are taking Little Man to Day Out with Thomas the Train this week. CJ is not exactly a Thomas fan, but he really likes trains. He likes anything that is loud and moves lately. Anytime he hears a plane he is looking into the sky for it. Like I said something new everyday. New interests... like cameras. He is as much interested in having his picture taken as he is actually taking a picture. I think he just likes to look in the display to see what he's also looking at. He took this picture of me recently. Maybe he's following in my footsteps of enjoying taking pictures? Maybe Santa will bring him a camera geared towards his age for Christmas this year...
I got my hair cut finally on Thursday, I had been neglecting it since February, or maybe it was March. Either way, it needed to be cut. It's been difficult for me lately to find a balance between doing things for myself and doing things for Little Man. The balance in taking time for myself instead of thinking I always have to spend every moment with him. Or putting off getting something he doesn't necessarily need versus doing something for me that needs to be done. Like getting glasses... I finally did this (yay for being able to drive at night again!).
Me and Hubby made plans for CJ to go to his Grandma's for the night Friday and we went and had dinner with our neighbors/friends. We ate, played cornhole (if you do not know what this is, please look it up... it's a rather fun game!) and had some drinks. We really had a fun evening out with friends, and it was nice to have conversations about things other than Yo! Gabba Gabba and potty training. So slowly but surely I'm finding that balance of having some time to catch up with myself and knowing that I'm not being a bad Mom by taking some time for myself or friends.
I've been thinking about the day CJ had his seizure a lot lately. (if you are not familiar with this please read here about what happened- Is He Gone). Not sure why... maybe it's because for a moment I didn't think he'd make it to his 2nd Birthday. Then my thoughts go to people who have lost a child who's birthday is coming up. I cannot even fathom what the day is like for them. I pray for those families often.
So that's just a little update of what's been going on with us lately. Hopefully I can remember to update again, soon!
My heart, my thoughts, my prayers are with those affected by 9/11.
How can it be that 10 years have passed by? That day, that day that started out as any other beautiful day and unfolded into a real life nightmare for so many. I remember sitting at work and hearing on the radio about a plane that had struck one of the Twin Towers. Like so many others, I thought it had to be a freak accident. Then the report of another plane hitting the second Tower. My co-workers and I were suddenly overcome with fear, heartbreak, confusion... so many emotions. As the tragedies continued and images started to pour in, I remember thinking... why?
10 years later that question is still fresh in my mind. As I am sure it is fresh in all the minds of those who lost a loved one on that day. Those children that lost a parent, parents that lost children, sisters and brothers lost, and spouses who lost the loves of their lives. My God. I can't even begin to image.
So today my heart, my thoughts, my prayers are with those children, those parents, those siblings, those spouses... all of those affected by a day that we will never forget.