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Halloween Recap & The Next Big Thing

| Baby, Decor

We celebrated Halloween this year with my in-laws, my neice and my mother…so six adults took two kids Trick-or-Treating.

Noah got to be the lion by default since he can’t object to it and we already had it. He’ll probably be the lion again next year if it still fits him. I think 4 years of wear out of a costume is probably pretty good.


Further proof my children look NOTHING alike.

Evan was a policeman.

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So glad I waited till the week before Halloween to buy his costume. This child told me for well over a month he was going to be a “Cow” for Halloween, he told anyone who asked him. Then he saw a policeman costume and he decided that was what he was going to dress as.

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We went to a local Trunk-or-Treat event early in the week and E’s preschool had a harvest party (nothing like getting to wear costumes multiple times)…Evan decided we were “pretending” it was Halloween.

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I failed to get a decent photo of them together on Halloween since it was sleeting and Noah was having a meltdown because his PaPaw wasn’t in sight.

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We also started the NEXT BIG THING this weekend!

(No we are NOT expecting…yikes…seriously have you read anything about Noah?)

We decided to finally finish our basement! Woo-hoo! We’ve wanted to finish it since we moved in last year and we finally pulled the trigger this winter. Since the boys are getting bigger (and most of our friends have more than one child now) we started to want more space for running around.

This has been the current state of our basement. My husband “decorated it” – it’s man-cave chic at it’s absolute finest.  I guess anything was better than studs and he did cover all the insulation so the boys wouldn’t get in it (yeah for safety).

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The guest room (or dungeon)

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Random room at the bottom of the stairs (we’re still not sure what this will actually be)

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Living Room/Playroom Area

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The “Gym”


This past weekend they actually got two walls up, studs placed on the ceiling in one room (to avoid a weird soffit situation) and walled off the gym area from the storage area.

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Now we’ll actually be able to keep the kids off all the workout equipment.

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Our ceiling and door to our storage area…sorry guests…that area is still going to be unfinished but if you’re nice maybe we’ll move the bed out for your visit!

Looks like good progress right?

The kicker:

We want it finished by Christmas since we volunteered to host my family for the holiday this year. Taking bets now on the state of it on December 25th. 🙂

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Back to School Preschool Style

| Baby, Fashion & Beauty, Mommy Life

School started back here a few weeks ago but my boys don’t start until next Tuesday, which means we’ve been enjoying having the playgrounds all to ourselves.

Heading back to school was always one of my favorite things when I was younger, probably because it meant fresh school supplies and a shopping trip for new clothes with my grandma. I still love a box of fresh crayons…so much potential.

Evan is attending preschool three days a week this year, which meant (yea!) I got to shop for school supplies. And they were the fun ones like cute lunch boxes and crayons and brightly colored scissors. I’m sure there will come a point when this is less exciting, like when both boys have a 2 page list that includes things like “protractor” and “college lined loose leaf paper” and they carry the same backpack every year. Until then, I’m enjoying reliving those early school days…which is the point to having kids right?? To live vicariously thru them and have an excuse to watch Disney movies and visit splash parks. 🙂

I realize in a few short years Evan will be picking out his own clothes. This is what he was wearing this morning…


He told me he’s a “cowboy”

These are a few Back-to-school looks I put together for him when he’s not a cowboy. Since cute clothes for boys are harder to come by than things for girls I thought I’d share some of my favorites:

Preschool Back to School

Preschool Back to School


I love these Old Navy Jeans since they actually fit my skinny babies – I think we own them in every size now. E has the high-tops and he loves them (he calls them “puffy” shoes). Since the laces are elastic he can put them on himself, which is a big help.

Back in Black

Back in Black


I love grey jeans right now and luckily the same skinny ones are available from Old Navy. My boys both love a hat and I can’t wait till it gets cool enough for them to start wearing adorable knit ones. I love that elephant backpack because it’s kid friendly in a really subtle way.

 All American Boy

All American Boy

Blue jeans and white tees are my personal staples so I love classic American style…plus tiny Chucks are adorable.

Preschool Gym Day

Preschool Gym Day

Most of the time my boys are in comfy clothes at home – so fun graphic tees and sweats that E deemed “cool pants” are a must. I adore those Plae shoes with the interchangeable straps but unfortunately they don’t yet come in a small enough size for my boys’ tiny toes.

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Making Progress

| Baby, Mommy Life
Last night I was fitted for my new brace.


OOOh pink straps…getting fancy ya’ll.

The pin was remove about three weeks ago and the doctor didn’t think I’d need any additional surgery (barring me falling down and rebreaking it any time soon). A note on that: My therapists told me they just pull out the pin with a pair of pliers and don’t numb you. I assumed this was some sort of sick therapist joke…since it sounds pretty barbaric and we’re not talking about a splinter but a piece of surgical steel going thru your BONE…but no, it is, in fact, the truth (and actually it wasn’t that bad).

I’m still going to therapy twice a week. I’ve regained most of my fine motor skills but I still don’t have much strength. Luckily I can write (albeit not well) and draw and do my makeup (you know, the important stuff). So for the next four weeks I’ll be working on getting my wrist to bend and rotate…until then…one handed cartwheels! Kidding, although I was specifically told not to ride a bike.

In other news, THIS GUY is potty trained!


I thought we’d never get here but we made it! He learned how to pee on the potty with no trouble but when it came to pooping we had more than a little difficulty convincing him to do it. He’d wait until he was in a diaper for the night and then he’d go. Every night we’d talk about what he needed to do and he’d assure us he’d let us know and then…he wouldn’t. We offered him everything but nothing seemed to motivate him.

After a month or so of that we were about to lose our minds. Then one night I told him he could play Endless Numbers on the iPad in our bed if he successfully went in the potty. My husband was able to convince him to sit there until he did…FINALLY SUCCESS!


He absolutely loves this game and I like that he’s learning while he plays.

Now if we could just get him to stay in his bed till a decent hour we’d be good. I bought him the OK to Wake Clock and explained how it worked. When he got up the next morning he asked if I’d bought him that clock, I told him I had, to which he responded, “That’s helpful.”

Somebody who doesn’t have any trouble sleeping now is little Noah.


Since his ear tube surgery he’s been a pretty happy little fellow. Unless he’s hungry…then he’s dying and can’t be convinced otherwise.


I suppose he’s just working super hard to get out of the 3rd percentile. I think both he and his brother should just accept the fact they will be jockey stature…at least they live in the right state.


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