Thursday, November 13, 2014

October/Halloween Photo Explosiganza

Since I'm a terrible blogger and have way too much time between posts I have a bagillion pictures of people who visited, places we went and crafts we half-did. So here's the evidence:

My youngest sister, Jolie, helping build a giant tower at the Barnes & Nibbly. Whit told her "Good job, Aunt Jo!"

Whit NOT HAVING any part of pumpkin gutting/carving. He kept saying it was gross!

My finished pumpkin, thankyouverymuch. :)

Cajun pumpkin seeds!!

There was much play-dohing, now that someone's done trying to eat it. 

Another "I'm not really a Pinterest mom" moment. I had imagined making Whit a BamBam costume for Halloween, or maybe even Charlie Bucket (of Willy Wonka fame). Buuuuut, I saw this on sale at Target and said eff it. But he loved it and so did everyone who saw him in it. He spent most of the month (and still) grrrring and growling at people. 

Mama's way too easy costume: Rosie the Riveter. Lots of denim, red lipstick, pinup hair, bandana, and a "we got this" attitude.

Headed to the Ghouls at Grassmere event at Nashville's Zoo.

 I may or may not have jumped into those bubbles...

Even the faux animals were dressed up
The zoo looked AWESOME! Not that you can tell from the pics because, you know, it was dark. They have the whole zoo decorated with Halloween stuff and lights. And along the path, they give out candy and toys to the kids. In the other half of the zoo there's a haunted hayride, games, food, and a kiddie dance floor....where they played "What Does the Fox Say". I died.

The play I was in ran and was great! One of the best shows I've been in and we sold out a few nights! Everyone got along, there was no drama, no serious glitches aside from a minor shoe fiasco, and I made a couple of new friends. For instance my friend Jeremy, who would kill me if he ever looked at this blog! :D I also learned a lot about myself and where I am in my life right now. I need to remember to write about it so I can remind myself from time to time! 

Then we finished up our last Music Class for a while. If you live near one, you should totally check it out. We loved both sessions we enrolled in. But we're taking a break for the holidays, plus I have too much on my plate right now and I'm having to practice saying "no". This is from our last class which was bittersweet. Whit finally got very comfortable with mimicking patterns in front of the class, and it was our teacher's, Temple, last day. She is off to London to share the Music Class there!

We did a lot of Halloween-y crafts. We made a wreath for Whit's room, ghosts, mummies, pumpkins, spider webs, cookies, all sorts of stuff!

Did I take pictures of the finished project? Well, of course not! There's one of the wreath somewhere, but I'm having trouble finding it... Anyhoo, everything gave Mom some quiet time and Whit some practice.

And then there was Halloween. Which we didn't do much on the actual day since it was insanely cold. All October had been fairly warm, until Halloween. It was near freezing and really windy. So we trick or treated/visited a local nursing home (which you should totally consider, the residents LOVE seeing the youngins. So you're doing some good and getting some candy. ;-) and Publix (which had candy and games, and a kick ass pumpkin carving contest). Then we went to a couple of houses nearby and went home to give out candy. Mostly it was teenagers, which I have no problem giving candy to! I wish I could still trick or treat! In fact, I'm thinking of having something to give out to the adults next year, too.

So there you go! Phew! It has been really busy around here and I should have a post about why. If Whit keeps up his sleeping in habit, I can.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Around Town: Amuse'um

So let me start off by saying, the quality of pictures on this blog are going way way down. Trying to keep up with a two year old has me almost only using my phone. And he moves so fast most of my pictures are of his back, top of his head or blurry. C'est la vie!

I've heard about Amuse'um from Facebook and the women in my mom's group for about a year now, but we've never made it there until last month. We met our friends Amye and Ben there to check it out since the weather had been so miserable that week. And it is... interesting.

It's a fairly small kid's museum as far as those go, but huge considering the area. It's in an old store front in downtown Columbia, which is a 20 minute drive for us. The location was gorgeous with all the leaves changing and I love a good downtown square. You go in, pay your admission (or it's free on Mondays) and just let your kids go. It's one big open room with little areas for different kinds of play. There's a grocery store, a tree house (which thanks to a really steep staircase, was terrifying), a firehouse, a hospital and a vet office (to name a few). Whit LOVED the vet office.

He would give the puppies a bath, brush them, and gave them LOTS of shots. Then he would put the puppies in these little carriers, and give them treats and walk them around the place.

He also really liked the hospital nursery area.

You could bathe, weigh, clothe and swaddle the babies. And even fill out their birth certificate.

And it's hilarious they point out this isn't a real one!

There were also a few things the kids could ride on. Thankfully the camaro isn't one of them! I loved Ben's ingenuity and using a waffle as a steering wheel. Necessity is the mother of invention!

There were also a lot of costume pieces to try on. And a lot of Amuse'um had exhibits geared towards older kids, so the place can keep up with your child. I think we'll be back again once it starts getting too cold to be outside. Which is getting closer and closer :-( We have snow forecasted for next week!

Oh and I just have to share this in case it changes after this weekend's game: my favorite college football team is ranked #1!!! AHHHHHH! Go Dawgs! Unfortunately we play Alabama, who is my husband's favorite team. Which means we can't be in the same house and watch the game. One of us will need time to mourn afterwards! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How we played: ball + box + stairs + mama

It's amazing how easy it can be to entertain a kid sometimes. With all this wet weather (and not wanting to spend money on indoor play places) I've had to do some digging around on Pinterest for ideas. And then sometimes you just come up with a game. 

Whit's been in a throwing MOOD the past two weeks. So the other day I figured I'd let him get it out of his system and throw some of his balls down the stairs. We started out with just two, but of course, that wasn't enough....

All we do is let him throw them down and we try to catch them in the box, fake not being able to catch them (he finds it hilarious), or let him try to throw them in the box without us helping. And we've been at this for four days straight now. I saw a post on a blog (not that I can remember which one...grrr!) where she had her child drop balls into a box over the back of a chair. At first I thought, how easy that must be! Well, we tried it and um, no not so easy! Apparently it was working on some sort of skills for Whit and interesting enough to keep him engaged for a while. Which is exactly what you need in a rainy day activity!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Whit Turned Two

Haha, it's been so long since I've posted anything I don't even know where to start! The past month has been crazy around here since it's been a non-stop routine of wet weather, colds and rehearsals. But since the show opened this past weekend I foresee things calming down a bit. Which makes me very happy and a little sad. I love when the madness of tech week is over, but I hate the post-show blues that comes with every performance.

In August Whit turned two and had nearly a month long celebration thanks to family being spread across the South. And experienced his first trip to the beach.

Cousin Logan looooved the "big sandbox" (what Whit called the beach)

The water was amazing, barely any waves the whole time. However, we saw a TON of these little guys. They're lesser electric rays and yes they shock the mess out of you! I was talking to my sister about them, before we Googled them, and she said she had pet one earlier without being shocked. Then she reaches to down and bazam! it got her. Even worse, one of the suckers swam a little too close to my bikini bottoms and scared the bejeebus out of me! EEEEeeeek!

I had been a little nervous about Whit getting into the water since last year he loved the pool so much he would try to just dive in. He still will dunk his head under in the bathtub and just laugh and laugh. I bought a little life vest in case he decided to take off running, but whenever he wore it he was afraid of the ocean. As soon as he was free of it, he was off and trying to reunite with his mer-family!


I imagine this is only the beginning with video games...

Then we had a little party at our house for some friends and the family nearby. Whit doesn't yet a have a lot of friends his age, so there was no need having a huge bash yet. Maybe next year!

One of Whit's early birthday presents: bouncy house!!
How else to entertain a couple of toddler boys? Dirt, trucks and bugs, of course.
And since it was a little party, instead of cake I made some cupcake-ice-cream-cone thingies.

And I have to share Whit's t-shirt for the day. I found this on Etsy the week of the party and was so thankful the owner could get me one just in time!

By the way, after all those shenanigans our house is overflowing with Vtech track and vehicles!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Oh wow...

I'm sorry it's been so long since I've posted! Things were very busy for a while with a trip to the beach, Whitman's birthday, our only computer crashed (and it took three weeks to get a recovery disk from Samsung :-/ ), another trip to the beach and now I'm in the thick of rehearsals for a play. Hopefully we'll get to catch up this week. :-)

Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm obsessed! aka- Bluum vs. Citrus Lane

With subscription boxes. Y'all. It's getting bad. I'm now up to six that I've tried and some I'm still getting. I may have a problem. I really need a laughing/frowning/crying ironically emoji for that. lol

Today we got another Bluum box for Whit in. Unfortunately I had cancelled those, but I didn't do it in time. Fortunately it was a great box! I really wish Bluum and Citrus Lane could combine and be one really great kid's box. It seems when one is a bad month, the other is great and vice versa. Last month's Citrus Lane was a disaster: A place mat we already got a previous month, a book to make up for said place mat, another tube of lip balm/sunscreen/whatever I don't even remember because it's what they put in every box now, and a cell phone toy, that Whit thankfully loved... for two days.

The Bluum box this month had two books, which at first I frowned at, but turns out both are great! This one is all about counting different things, which Whit has been trying out the past couple of weeks. Usually he counts "two, three, eight, nine, ten! hooray!" Occasionally he throws in a nineteen and twenty, you know, for spice.

And then there was a getting ready for potty-training book which I was thrilled to see! We currently have a potty for downstairs and upstairs and we've been trying to plant the seed for months now. Whit was telling us when he had wet and dirty diapers, but now he just ignores it. And worse, if I ask him if he's going potty he'll tell me "no" regardless of what's going on down there. Sigh. I foresee potty training taking a long time with him!

Then we got these match game cards that I'm really excited about:

And of course, the obligatory washing items. This time a sample pack of boogie wipes that WILL definitely be used come fall. And some more shampoo. Which is great, don't get me wrong, it will get used. We just look like doomsday preppers that are VERY concerned about our son's haircare needs!


I can't remember if I mentioned it here before or not, but we tried Bluum box before and I hated it. It was difficult to sign up, difficult to cancel, tracking was atrocious and the items were mostly food products. But then two months ago I got an email inviting me back saying how they had changed. And it is definitely better, or at least trying. Now there's a place in your profile where you can mark milestones your child has already reached to help you get more appropriate items. Which is great if your kid is a little ahead of the game in some areas. Last month they missed the mark with that (especially sending my baby sunglasses... you know for an infant?), but this was much better! Better enough, that I'm eyeing my Citrus Lane box a little more carefully this month and will be reevaluating which we keep.