Thursday, October 8, 2015

Read To Me

The other day, I went in to get Mim up from her nap and found that she had surprisingly just fallen back to sleep, after being up and playing in her crib minutes ago.  I quietly ran down and grabbed my camera and snapped one adorable sleeping picture before her eyes popped back open.  I'm such a sucker for cute baby sleeping photos, but I also live in fear of waking my little sleeping beauties up, so I never take photos in their rooms while they sleep.  
This child always wakes in the best mood.  She's happy and sweet and ready to snuggle in the chair and read books together.  Unlike her brother (and mother), who takes a while to get it together and snap out of that funk of being awake, this little nugget happily plays in her crib snuggling her kitty and listening to the music from her little fish tank.  She sings and smiles and squeals as she plays until someone comes and gets her up.  She is such a delight.
I feel like she's in midst of the most magical age right now.  She's walking and talking and exploring on her own, but she's still so baby-like and snuggly.  She loves being held just as much as she loves running away from me.  She is so fearless these days, chasing after her big brother and insisting on doing so much on her own.  She loves swings and slides - the bigger, higher, faster, the better.  She eats nonstop...basically any food you put in front of her.  She's eating less paper these days, but more dirt and mulch.  She has the sweetest jibber-jabber and talks nonstop all day with incredible authority and conviction, yet I have no idea what she's saying.  She knows quite a few signs and has amazing manners for a baby.  She has the sweetest smile, the brightest eyes and the most adorable little blonde curls.  
One of her favorite things to do right now is sit in my lap (or anyone's lap, really) and read books. She LOVES books!  Actually, it doesn't seem to matter which book we read or whether it's a book at all.  Together, we've read board books, magazines, newspapers, catalogs, bills, flyers and birthday cards.  Whatever she can find with words on it, she brings to me and insists on sitting in my lap and reading it.  I think mainly she just loves to be held, read to and snuggled.  It reminds me of a quote I once heard that went something like, "reading to a child before they can even understand words teaches them to associate books with love and affection."  I think that's exactly what we're doing.  
Of course, she has her favorites.  Dear Zoo is a big hit at our house, both because of the flaps to open and she gets to growl like a lion. We also love Hand Hand Fingers Thumb, But Not The Hippopotamus, Peek-a-Who?, anything with Spot, Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Gorilla, I Love You Through and Through, Olivia and Moo Baa La La La.  Any time there's an animal on the page, she has to hug or kiss it.  It takes forever to get through a book, but it's so worth it.  I just can't get enough of her these days.  This age really is magical. 
What's your child's favorite book right now?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sea Life - Kansas City

Two weekends ago, we had the pleasure of attending my baby brother's wedding in Kansas City.  You may have seen some of the photos of Mimmy in her gorgeous dress that I posted on Instagram.  I just couldn't get over how sweet she looked! Anyway, the morning before the wedding, we took the kids to the Sea Life Aquarium at the Crown Center. We were so excited about the aquarium and had been talking it up for weeks with Mac that he woke up Saturday morning begging us to take him RIGHT NOW.  Of course it didn't open until 10 a.m., so we had about 7 hours to kill that morning until they finally let us in the door. By that time he'd had no less than 29 meltdowns (traveling is hard on him), was covered in Chiefs tattoos and basically wanted nothing to do with the aquarium after learning he couldn't pet all the stingrays and fish. Worst place ever!  Mim, on the other hand, was a delight all morning and kept us all entertained with her silly faces and pole dancing.  She absolutely LOVED the aquarium and hugged every tank at eye level (as you'll see below).  It was the sweetest thing.  And it just goes to show you how crazy different your children can be.  Here are a million photos - some taken by me and some courtesy of my mom, who joined us.  Thanks mom!  It's so nice to be in a few pictures with the kids!
Mac loved the stingrays (of course).  Ryan loved the eels.  I loved the jellyfish.

And Mim loved every single thing she saw, including the sharks, the signs, the other kids, the walls, the floors and every stuffed animal in the gift shop.  

What's your favorite at the aquarium?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wood You Be Mine?

Good morning, friends!  I'm so excited to share my latest fall fashion obsession with you today that I just couldn't wait until tomorrow.  It's officially fall around here, according to both the calendar and Mother Nature. The leaves are turning, the temperature's dropping and I've already broken out my boots and scarves. This fall, the trends really seem to be classics like plaids, vests and layers, chunky sweaters, leather jackets, fringe, pops of metallics, neutrals, over-sized scarves and cute booties. I'm still working on procuring the perfect brown leather booties, but in the meantime I'm thrilled to get my sweaters and flannel plaid back out.  I'll also be sporting this awesome (and totally GORGEOUS) wooden watch this season.  I mean, have you ever seen a more perfect watch for fall?
When Jord reached out to me about reviewing a watch, I have to admit that I almost said no.  Yes, the watches are stunning and yes I wanted one, but I'm in absolutely no way, shape or form a fashion blogger.  I thought maybe they'd made a mistake by contacting me.  
Turns out, Jord Wood Watches is a home-grown St. Louis company and y'all know how much I love my city and promoting local goods.  So, of course, I had to say yes and I'm proud to be sporting such a great local product.  #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopstl
I chose the Cora watch, made of Koa wood with the rose gold face.  It's stunning.  It's really rich, warm and beautiful.  It goes with everything and I get compliments on it all the time.  The face has Swarovski crystal markers and sapphire crystal glass.  The wood on the band is a warm deep color and sturdy, but very light and comfortable to wear.  
It's battery-free and automatic self-winding.  I love that it has a sneak-peek window in the front and a clear back plate where you can see the mechanics of the watch.  The nerd in me loves that.  And the engraving is even brags about being made in St. Louis.
I love that it's so versatile and can be dressed up or down. I wore it last weekend to my brother's wedding with my heels, pearls and fancy dress. And then I wore it this weekend with jeans and a sweater. There are all different kinds of wood available in a variety of shades with colored or plain metallic, wood or pearl faces. Available for both men and women. Wouldn't a big gorgeous wood watch be perfect for Father's Day or your hubby's birthday? The ebony and copper one for men is amazing. Christmas is coming up!   (wink wink)
Love love love!
What are you crushing on this fall?

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