Movie Night – Pinocchio.

I randomly picked this movie because it’s on Disney Plus, and it looks super cute with Tom Hanks. I will say, it was not that good. It was really slow, and pretty much just like the original but not in cartoon form. I mean, if you’re a Pinocchio fan then you’ll love it. It was just a tad too slow for us.

Photo via: IMDB

The food is always tied in with the movie, for movie night!

Pizza from Papa John’s, for Pinocchio’s pizza.

Jiminy Cricket’s snack mix was marshmallows, green M&M’s, and goldfish. Of course, my child picks out the marshmallows but will eat the chocolate covered marshmallows in the bowl right next to it! haha

Blue Kool-aid for the blue fairy drinks, and pretzel rods for Geppetto’s pieces of wood.

I printed out this photo, and taped it on the wall above all the food.

Later on, after Huxley went to bed, we made vanilla milkshakes with blue sprinkles.

We always use these lunch containers for movie night, it holds all the snacks well and all contained in one place! We probably watched about half the movie, and then turned it off. Like I said earlier, if you are a Pinocchio fan then you’ll love it because it’s almost exactly like the original but with real people.

Movie night doesn’t have to take lots of work, it’s just the point of sitting down and watching the movie with your child. Hadley just loves movie night. Now that her little brother goes to bed before her, she loves to have that one-on-one time with her dad and I at night. For the next movie, Hadley wants to be surprised and not know which one it is. I love doing that, but it’s always hard to know if she’ll like it or not. I might bring back some old ones we’ve done before. Or try a new one out, I’m thinking the new Minions Rise of Gru might be a good one!

(The most recent movie night we did was The Sandlot, you can read about that more on this post).

Thanks for reading!

Weekly recap.

Recapping our week on the blog! Soccer, lunch duty, picture day, and Oktoberfest!

Monday September 19

Trying so hard to get back on the workout train. I really miss walking / running at the trail by our house, but with the temperatures getting a little colder I’ve been working out at home since I have to bring Huxley with me. Hadley had a soccer game, and they played a team that is tied with them in the league. They tied the game, so they are still tied! It’s been great watching her at soccer, they are finally understanding the game!

Tuesday September 20

When Hadley got home from school, she read her book out loud to Huxley and I. Anything to get her excited about reading, some days she’s all about it, other days she hates it. Her teacher has a daily homework game called homeworkopoly, and the kids get to roll each time they turn in their homework. On this day she got a free homework pass, so she used it! After homework, she put up some gel clings on the front door window for Halloween.

Wednesday September 21

I volunteer for lunch duty once a month, and the first one was this week. Hadley was so excited I was there, and it was fun. I love talking to the kids and getting to know them all. Huxley turned seven months old! You can see more photos and text on this post. Kevin was talking to Huxley about his dream to build a barn dominium one day, it was the cutest thing.

Thursday September 22

Picture day at school! Just love her little one tooth missing smile. Huxley is crawling all over the place, he’s a little more hesitant about the hardwood floor / tile but he will still move. I’m loving the Stanley cup; I drink all my water in that thing every day. It’s huge, but I love it. When Hadley got home from school, she read a little bit to Huxley. We started marking off our fall bucket list by coloring Halloween pictures we print off Pinterest. Huxley has been sucking his thumb a little more these days, during bath time was the cutest.

Friday September 23

Hadley had an early dismissal from school, so they could set up for their Oktoberfest for the weekend. We’ve been slowly introducing Huxley to real food, things that are small and mushable!

Saturday September 24

Kevin was on the medic the day/night before, so he slept for a while on Saturday. Hadley took out my old laptop and loved it, even though it’s slow as molasses. Fall has arrived, and in true Cincinnati fashion it went from ninety degrees to sixety degrees overnight. After Kevin and Huxley slept, we headed to the festival for Hadleys school. We worked a booth, and we still follow the schedule we’ve been doing with Huxley. He’s doing so great at it! Hadley has so much fun with her friends, we just love her school.

Sunday September 25

Oktoberfest didn’t start until after church on Sunday, so we took our normal naps and all the stuff befored heading back up to school. We worked another booth on Sunday. Huxley took his usual after dinner cat nap and was just so good. Hadley clearly has fun with her friends, it’s so cute to watch them all together.

Happy Monday everyone! Have a great week.

Fall bucket list 2022.

It’s here! Happy first day of fall! It’s a lot easier to get into the fall mode when it’s not ninety degrees outside. Finally, it’s starting to get cooler out. I’m excited to get into all the things for the season. Pumpkin carving, mums, chai teas, and comfy cozy clothes.

Our fall bucket list is completed! The list is hung on the wall, right in the kitchen. Ready to be checked off! I think the one I’m looking forward to for myself, is listening to Autumn in New York while drinking a chai tea!

Feel free to copy the image and follow along, or make one up of your own!

Happy Fall!

7 months of Huxley.

Takes his bottle like he’s having an out of body experience. Kicks his legs, smacks his bottle, sits up when we take the bottle away, and wants it back immediately. It’s like it tastes so good he doesn’t know how to react.
Loving all kinds of baby food, veggies, fruits, all of it.
Took his first plane ride to Florida and did amazing.
Still in size 3 diapers.
Size 9/12 month clothes, fit better than 6/9 month clothes.
Taking two decent naps a day, sometimes a cat nap around dinner time.
Doing really good on this schedule.
He is now crawling, and on the move.
We have to watch him like a hawk now.

My little seven-month-old, we love you so much.

Fall home decor 2022.

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing some fall / Halloween decor throughout our home. Even though it’s pretty warm outside, decorating for the changing of seasons helped me get in the mood a little bit more.

When you first walk in our front door, the only fall decor you’ll see is the little pumpkin season yard stick in our flowerpot. I might get some mums for the porch this year, but I’ve not had much success keeping those babies alive. They do look so pretty right now! I just can’t part with my porch flowers just yet; they are still thriving!

Behind our front door are some fall like signs, behind the door, and on the side walls.

As you walk into our living room, you’ll see our table. I like to switch tablecloths; I have a few fall ones and some Halloween ones. The “happy harvest” centerpiece was a gift from my aunt last Thanksgiving. We host Thanksgiving every other year for my side of the family.

The bar cart is mainly Halloween themed. My husband has started a small mini-Bourbon collection. Do you have any new Bourbons he could try? I think it’s hard to incorporate Halloween in with fall stuff, so I am just doing one part of the house Halloween this time.

Our downstairs bathroom, I always like to have napkins and hand soap to use. Some people don’t like to use hand towels, and some prefer it. I could care less either way, just wash your hands!

In the kitchen, I have some fall hand towels on the stove, salt and pepper shakers, a pumpkin mug, and some mini pumpkins on the cake stand for the soap/sponge. Just some small touches, can give some extra seasonal vibes.

Our little kitchen table, looking into the family room. I always use vinyl tablecloths for this table, it works best with the kids since we sit here most of the time. The little “bar area” as we call it, I put some small candle centerpieces with fall candles.

The little side table as you walk into the family room, holds our essential oil diffuser, a picture frame, and a small house plant. I love this little corner of the house; it always looks so cozy to me. We try to keep the small gray bins to a minimum of toys, to help keep the cluttery look away.

In our family room, I added some small pieces to the mantle, and the small wooden crate by the fireplace. I love simple decor. Although, my daughter Hadley thinks the mantle looks too crowded! I love it!

And that my friends, wraps up the fall decor home tour for this year! I pretty much do the same things each year, with some small minor changes. Hope you enjoyed it!

Weekly recap.

Recapping our week on the blog!

Monday September 12

After we drop off Hadley to school, we’ll walk or workout, and sometimes we’ll go outside for a few minutes on the front porch. Check out the flowers, pull some weeds, water the flowers, whatever we might need to do to the flowers. Our neighbors like to pull their annuals out of the ground each year, but I like to keep ours as long as they look nice. I mean, the weather is still in the eighties most days! Hadley has been having sour patch popsicles for her dessert lately!

Tuesday September 13

Super low-key day, hung around the house, did some laundry, took some good naps, picked up Hadley from school, and went to soccer practice.

Wednesday September 14

Some days, Hadley looks more grown up than others. This morning, she looked particularly older than normal, so I had to take a photo. Little brother Huxley fell asleep during soccer practice, I walked around the fields a little bit to keep him asleep. He takes a little cat nap before his last bottle of the day. When I give Huxley a bath, Hadley is super patient most nights just chilling in her room watching her iPad.

Thursday September 15

We like to change spots on where Huxley eats his baby food and drinks his sippy cup. He seems to really like it sitting by the window lately, so we’ve kept his little hand-me-down chair by the window. After school, Hadley has Spanish class and then we had meet the teacher night. It was a casual open house style, since we didn’t have the traditional meet the teacher before school started since it was a late start this year.

Friday September 16

When Huxley wakes up from his naps, he is almost always so happy. Reminds me of his sister so much, Hadley was the same way. Since Huxley has started eating baby food, Hadley thinks its super gross and never wants anything to do with it. For some reason, she wanted to feed him this night and he loved every second of it. Even drank all of his sippy cup for her! It was the cutest thing to watch. I recently talked about Kroger Boost in my Instagram stories, but it’s a new thing for us and we love it! So worth it!

Saturday September 17

Saturday, we pretty much just chilled around the house all day. Played outside, played inside, Huxley took a nap, Hadley played all day long. Someone posted this saying on social media, and I re-posted it because it’s so very true. I know I’m going to miss these busy days, soaking every little moment in.

Happy Monday everyone, have a great week!

Friday favorites.

Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a week around here; we’ve all came down with some sort of cold / sickness. Nothing major that we didn’t recover from in a day or so, but Kevin seems to have gotten it the worst.

CHICK-FIL-A SAUCE

We’ve been on a Chick-Fil-A sauce kick lately. We cut up some chicken breast, put some Montreal steak seasoning on chicken, and cook it in the skillet. Yes, you read that right, we’ll put steak seasoning on chicken. If you haven’t tried it, you should, it’s soo good! You can buy the sauce here.

FRIDABABY BREATHE EASY KIT

When Huxley started to get a stuffy nose this week, I bought this kit off of Amazon. I’m a huge preventative person and like to nip sickness in the bud as soon as it starts. I don’t want anything to turn into something worse. And sometimes yes, it will turn into something worse, but it can’t hurt to get a head start on the process. I put two drops of the vapor drops in his diffuser in his room, it’s not too strong and I’ll only put it on for an hour time limit when he takes his naps. I don’t put it on all night. The vapor rub, I’ll rub a tiny bit under his nostrils after I clean them out with one of those nose squirters they give you from the hospital. He still sounds a little congested and seems to be helping. Kit can be found here.

TOY FOR HUXLEY

I bought this toy for our trip to the beach, and Huxley is still loving it. All the rubber things pull through the top, and he can chew on them safely, and it entertains him. Toy can be found here.

WE HAVE A CRAWLER.

Huxley just started to crawl! He’s not full-on crawling, but he’s doing it his own weird way for right now until he can fully grasp it. He’ll either get up on all fours, and crawl super-fast, or he’ll lie on his stomach and push with his legs and get his one arm stuck so he’ll roll over and then move to where he wants to go. He’ll do that over and over until he gets to where he wants to be. So now, we have to make sure all the tiny little things are off the floor, or he’ll find them and put them in his mouth!

TELLURIDE

Today is two years with my Telluride. And I’m still loving it so much! It’s given me zero trouble, and it’s my favorite SUV I’ve driven so far. Well, I take that back. When we had the big Yukon, that was probably my favorite SUV, it was so big, and we had so much room. But the Telluride, it’s pretty good also. Still loving it two years later. I wrote more about my Telluride last year here.

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend.

As always, thanks for reading!

Traveling with a baby.

After our recent trip to the beach, post can be read here, I wanted to share some of my own tips for traveling with a baby. On the plane, in the car, and on the beach. My son is six months old, and we flew to Florida with him and our seven-year-old daughter.

  1. Pacifier for takeoff / landing. I gave our son a pacifier for takeoff, and on the way home nursed him. Both seemed to work great as a protection for his ears, just in case they seem to bother him. You really never know how babies are going to react to flying, so I wanted to make sure he had some options.

2. Plane toys. I bought some new toys he had never seen before and brought a few of his favorites. It helped to have a few new toys to keep his interest. And then we had a few of his favorites also. One piece of advice, try not to bring to many toys or things that can easily roll on a plane. Or you’ll be grabbing things off the floor constantly and wiping them off.

3. Changing mat / blanket. We always have the changing mat in the diaper bag, but it came in great use on the plane to lay it down on the dirty seats to give him some type of barrier. And then his blanket in case it was cold, or just to get snuggle with.

4. Formula / Ziplocs. Not pictured. I brought about six bottles worth of formula in small Ziploc baggies in the diaper bag. Each baggie had one bottle worth of formula measured out. I know they make formula containers, but I love a Ziploc bag and it saved lots of room. We also had a small container of formula in a can in one of our carry-on bags, just in case we were to get stuck somewhere we had plenty. I was still breastfeeding at the time, but not on a regular basis so I was able to nurse him if we had no other means to feed him.

5. Bottles. Not pictured. I brought two bottles in the diaper bag, and while we were on the plane, I put a few ice cubes from our drinks to rinse out the bottle and not leave the formula to dry up.

6. Stroller / car seat. We brought our own stroller and car seat; they are considered a necessity on the plane so they were not a “checked” or “carry-on” bag if you will. It was great to keep him in the car seat, on the stroller, right up until we boarded the plane. And then once we were in Florida, it was nice to have the stroller. And for the car seat, I was worried about not having the base in the rental car, but we just buckled him up the good old fashion way when you put the seat belt through the loop of the car seat.

7. Stroller fan. The stroller fan is a must, we used it so much one of the legs broke off when we got home. Being in the hot Florida heat, you definitely need a fan for the baby. The stroller fan can be found here.

8. Baby crib / hatch sound machine. We used this company to rent baby gear. It was the best idea! We rented a baby crib, a bouncy seat, and the hatch sound machine. I highly recommend using the same things you use at home for bedtime when traveling. It makes it a little easier being in a new environment for the baby.

9. Tent. This tent has been great this summer! Believe it or not, the tent wraps up into a small oval shape. We crammed this into our suitcase and used it for naps on the beach. We’ve also used it for naps at the pool. Baby tent can be found here.

10. Baby carrier. We used the carrier a few times, in the airport and as we walked on the beach. It comes in handy, and it’s been a great way to be able to do more things hands free. The baby carrier we have is a bit old, as it was given to me from a friend. Here is a similar one here.

Sometimes traveling with babies gets a bad rap, but if you do a little bit of preparing and pre-planning, it can be very smooth and easy!

Thanks for reading!

Summer 2022 / I want to remember.

Every single year, I say this same thing about summer ending. I never want it to end. Summer is my most favorite season and I’m always sad when it starts to get cooler. I love taking a look back at the summer season, so we can always remember the fun things we did, the places we went, and how we felt.

And so here we go, Summer 2022…

I want to remember the day I quit my job to stay home with my kids.

I want to remember how hard it was at first to quit my job, mentally.

I want to remember the first time Huxley took a ride on the boat; he fell asleep from the fresh air.

I want to remember joining the pool, and how many times we went. Best money well spent.

I want to remember Hadley joining the swim team and loving every second of it.

I want to remember the look on Hadleys face when she got Huxley to fall asleep by rubbing his hand.

I want to remember going to our school festival and how much fun Hadley has with her friends.

I want to remember how much Kevin enjoys coaching softball.

I want to remember summer camp, and how much Hadley enjoyed going every day.

I want to remember I enjoy planting flowers every spring in our front yard.

I want to remember Hadleys first swim meet, and how nervous she was and didn’t want to miss any of her events.

I want to remember Kevin umpiring girls’ softball. He did it as a part time job, temporarily, but he enjoyed it so much he just might do it every summer. We loved watching him umpire, it was fun to watch the older girls play some ball.

I want to remember giving Hadleys softball team and assistant coaches little goodie bags at the end of the season.

I want to remember going to the pool for dinner, and swimming until it was bedtime.

I want to remember how many times we went to the Zoo.

I want to remember how many times we went to visit Kevin at the firehouse after we went to the Zoo.

I want to remember celebrating Natalie turning 15 years old! These kids grow up so fast.

I want to remember Kevin sending me “just because” flowers my first few weeks after quitting my job.

I want to remember Hadley helping pick out some flowers for the front yard.

I want to remember Kevin being the godfather to Graham.

I want to remember Huxleys first time wearing the baby life jacket and not crying one time! All smiles.

I want to remember the first time Huxley swam in the lake, all smiles again!

I want to remember how happy Hadley is in any body of water.

I want to remember going to the pool during a weekday with Kevin, sweating our assess off, and Huxley took a nap in the baby tent.

I want to remember taking the boat on the river and having the best time.

I want to remember Kevin surfing on the river and taking a photo with Great American Ballpark in the background, and Huxley just chilling in his lifejacket.

I want to remember Hadley tried surfing and wakeboarding all by herself on the river! She didn’t get up, but she tried a few times and wasn’t scared!

I want to remember going to the Reds game with the kids, and friends from the firehouse.

I want to remember the swim team awards banquet, which was really just a huge pool party after dinner.

I want to remember having a neighborhood movie night on our front yard. Blow up movie screen. Best purchase.

I want to remember figuring out the Zoo has rooms for breastfeeding mothers, so we went even more after finding that out!

I want to remember how excited Hadley gets visiting Kevin at the firehouse. She almost always gets a popsicle every time.

I want to remember how relaxed I felt at a friends pool during the middle of a Friday.

I want to remember Kevin and Hadley doing fireworks together in the driveway, because we saved the big scary ones for Dad.

I want to remember Brady flipping Hadley off his shoulders in our neighbors pool. And Hadley cat sitting for them.

I want to remember Brady and Natalie wanting to hold Huxley.

I want to remember how much care Kevin puts into our boat.

I want to remember celebrating Kaiden’s birthday, and Hadley having a ball playing all the games outside.

I want to remember the few times Kevin went with us to the Zoo.

I want to remember going to the library and doing the challenges they had for kids.

I want to remember going to the Delhi Skirt game, and Hadley jumping on every bounce house.

I want to remember Hadleys soccer team winning their pre-season tournament and every girl on her team got a medal because they won FIRST place!

I want to remember how much fun Hadley has going to school before it starts and finding out who her teacher is.

I want to remember the first time Hadley gave Huxley a bottle.

I want to remember how much Kevin and Hadley love to go bowling. The one time we went this summer, the a/c was out and it was sweltering in there.

I want to remember celebrating Graham turning one years old.

I want to remember getting Hadley a fresh haircut before school starts.

I want to remember going to a new park.

I want to remember how much Hadley really loves soccer.

I want to remember going to dinner with one of Hadleys friends from school.

I want to remember going to the Back to School Bash by myself, and still having fun.

I want to remember buying the Moms on Call book and loving the results so far.

I want to remember Hadley getting “temporary” pink dye in her hair.

I want to remember getting Huxley baptized.

I want to remember how great of an idea it was to have the baptism after party at our pool.

I want to remember Huxleys Godfather flew in from Texas to be there.

I want to remember flying to Florida the day after Huxley got baptized.

I want to remember being so nervous flying with Huxley.

I want to remember laughing so hard Labor Day weekend at the lake.

I want to remember getting Hadley ready for school, putting her name on all the supplies.

Summer is over, and it was one to remember.