Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trenton at 9 Months

Teething, army-crawling, and wearing 18 month clothing oh my!  This boy also waves and says "hi!"

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Cheer

I'm so excited to have a Christmas tree this year!  It's the Elliott's first, and hopefully the start of a tradition for the 1st of December.  The tree goes up and we also have an advent calendar that was given to us as a gift, but you can purchase the same one we have HERE.  Some of the other things I love during this season are: hot chocolate (the powder kind), Christmas movies (preferably ABC Family), Christmas music (including but not limited to Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Mariah Carey...we'll leave the rest of my guilty pleasure artists out of this blog post.)

I happened to do a little late night crafting tonight as well.  I'm not a pro in anyway, I like to use things that I have laying around the house, or better yet, things I find near the dumpster (unfortunately, I'm not joking).  My husband is away, and what that means is that I do not sleep well.  So, I've gathered things around my house to create a Christmas bunting to hand from our fireplace.

It was so simple, it's ridiculous.  Want to make one? I'm sure you already have everything you need.

What You Need:
12 index cards
coffee grounds
twine (or other ribbon/string)
Sharpies (or markers/paint in your choice of colors)
outlined letters (I traced mine from online)
hole punch
X-ACTO knife (optional)

Step One:
Cut the index cards to your shape desired
Step Two:
Rub Slightly wet coffee grounds on the cards. (Not too wet, or the cards will curl)
Wait until they are completely dried, and brush the grounds off.
Step Three:
**Warning this step is Ghetto**
Trace the letters onto the index cards from your computer screen.
That's right, place the index card directly onto your screen and gently trace it. (I traced the letters backwards so I wouldn't have pen lines on the front of my letters.)
Step Four:
Color your letter index cards AND THEN cut out the letters (it's easier and looks nicer).
Step Five:
Glue the letters onto your coffee stained cards.
Step Six:
Hole punch the top of your coffee stained cards and string them with twine.
Step Seven:
Hang your bunting where desired and enjoy the smell of Sharpie fumes.

I kid, the fumes really aren't that bad...especially if you're really crafty and have your own holiday spice mix simmering on your stove.  However, if you are that crafty, I'm sure you haven't read this far into my measly "tutorial" of how to create this Christmas decor.  

Anyway, enjoy!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Trenton at 8 Months

Here is the babe.  He's still cute.  Actually...I think he might be getting cuter! He has also cut two bottom teeth this past week!

Monday, October 14, 2013

First Day of School

So, this might be a shock to you all, but Miles has started school.  That's right, I have a preschooler! I can't believe it either!  He's going everyday for 2+ hrs.  I didn't cry--but that's mostly because Mike took him to school for his first day.  His teacher is sweet and the other moms spoke highly of her.  I'm totally looking forward to seeing growth in his speech and skills.  

Taken right before daddy took him off to school

Another thing I'm looking forward to is all of the opportunities I will have.  First, this means 2 hours with 1 child...Oh, the possibilities...hello errands!  Also, there is a park nearby where I can get my walk-on or read.  Second, I get to connect with other moms on a daily basis, which means building relationships and opportunities to share the gospel. Ah-ha! A new prayer to add to my quiet time.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Miles at 3

Let him have cake frosting! He really doesn't care about the cake part...which is fine, because I ate what he didn't.

For this big guys day we went to Legoland. That's right, not Disneyland...LEGOLAND...and we LOVED it!

Fun with daddy

The helicopter ride with daddy

More Miniland - a favorite

Our birthday boy

Snuck in a family pic

Trenton had a great time too

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Trenton at 7 Months

This happy boy lights up the room with his smiles and laughter.  He's a blessing.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Trenton at 6 Months

This kid is seriously so cute.  He's obviously growing and he's topping the growth charts at 99% for height and high 87% for weight.  He's hefty, and I love me a solid baby.  He's been sitting up by himself really well and just turning into a big boy right before our eyes.  He's been having a lot of fun laughing at Miles, and Miles also enjoys entertaining him.  I can't wait what Miles will think when Trenton start crawling. Ok, one moment at a time, we aren't there yet. ;)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sticky Bacon Monkey Bread

This was seriously way too good not to share...it will totally blow your mind.  This one I found posted on my friend's Facebook page, which was originally posted here.  You can go to that link to get the original recipe, or you can use mine below.  I had to adapt it a little since I do not own a bundt pan ::gasp:: ...I know.  But my version turned out just fine perfectly. Enjoy!

Oh, and I'm sure everyone is just DYING to know the nutritional information for this beast...ha.  Well, if you don't want to know and just want to indulge without guilt, stop reading now.  If you do want to keep track of your calories and such and make sure you only eat lettuce the rest of the day, please see below...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Frustration with The Lost

As I dwell on this verse of the Bible, I can't help but to praise God.
I tend to get frustrated at the world's views, Catholics views, or any other religions claiming to be THE way. I need to remind myself, it's only because HE has allowed me to see TRUTH, and if it weren't for Jesus, I would be just as lost as the one's who I get frustrated over. (Don't get me wrong, I still get angry about sin, but the people who are lost, I wouldn't be any better off if it weren't for my Savior.)
So, the things I do know now, aren't to be used to pride myself for knowing, since He has called us for HIS OWN glory and excellence!
Praise be to God!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Trenton at 5 Months

I can't believe it's already been 5 months...wowza!

Things Trenton does now...
   - rolls over
   - caught him sucking his thumb a couple times
   - refuses the pacifier (ho-hum)
   - babbles like crazy

Things Trenton loves...
   - his brand new Jumperoo (would totally recommend this Rainforest Jumperoo to any new mom)
   - TV show theme songs (just like Miles)
   - laughing
   - watching his big brother, Miles

I'm Enjoying this little guy every moment I get.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Update on Miles

I wanted to give a little update on Miles.  He needs some attention on here since some cute baby ::cough::Trenton::cough:: has been hoggin' up my blog.  There's a lot, so I'll break it down for you:

My little man has had 4 weeks of speech therapy so far, and I believe it has really helped him.  He really loves the place.  He has a friend there that has his session at the same time with another therapist, so he gets to hang out run around in circles giggling with him for a couple minutes before they go in.  I'm sure both of their therapist appreciate how wound up they are. He goes in for a half hour, two times a week and does all kind of fun activities to help him understand, talk and follow directions.  Some of his favorite words, that are consistent, are: hat, hair, socks, shoe, hi, bye, apple, car, want and a few others.  He "says" "thank you" in ASL and also attempts to say it, but it kinda comes out like: "foot too"...we're working on that one. He's showing much more interest in trying to repeat words and attempting.  He just started with sounds as well.  Yesterday I heard him go, "VVVvvvv" while moving a car, and "choo-choo" when holding a train.  The therapist said she had been working with him on that, and I get to see it pay-off. I bought him a Mr. Potato head a couple weeks ago since he is familiar with that during his sessions, and he's getting better at pointing out the right parts and attempting to say them.  Whew!  That's a lot.  It really is though...he's come so far in just this past month and it's such a joy to hear him using his words.  We have a long way to go still, but I'm just enjoying these moments.

Being an Older Brother
Oh, we have come a long way with this category. The boy who once (I use that term loosely) bopped Trenton on the head, now loves on his baby brother. Miles has really taken an interest to him.  There have been many times of finding him just laying by him chillin'.  He loves hugging and kissing him too.  He tries to put his baseball hat on him, even though the hat covers his whole head and I remind him not to cover the babies face, it's pretty sweet to see Miles caring for his brother. Below is a short little clip of how I often find them.

Current Obsessions
He loves the following -- just to name a few: wearing baseball hats (Detroit Tigers - of course), wearing daddy's shoes, wearing his shoes, the theme song to ANY tv show, coloring, movies/shows about the ocean and it's creatures, numbers, letters and trucks/cars.  I personally can't wait to have him see the new Pixar Planes movie that will come out later and have him like airplanes too -- you know, boy stuff.

Well, that's all I can't think of right now.  I'm sure there are other things that I'll think of later and go, "Oh duh."  I'll try and keep up-to-date on the big things.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Trenton at 4 Months

This kid is growing like a weed! He's now weighing in at 15 lbs. 9 oz. and has grown 7 inches from his birth height/length, which puts him at 27 in.

Look at this comparison chart I threw together.  Little brother might end up being bigger than big brother at this rate!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Father of Our Boys

This man, my husband and the father of our two boys, is the love of my life who I want to thank God for--especially today.  He is a man after God's own heart, being obedient to His Word, by bringing our boys up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  He is a strong and wise leader in our household who we can all trust. His faith, love, wisdom, strength, knowledge (I could go on and on) are parts of my husband that our boys will appreciate and strive after themselves as they grow. Oh, and did I mention how funny hilarious he is?!  I cannot wait to hear the things our boys say that has been taught to them by their dad.  It's been an honor to have Mike as my husband and a joy watching him become and be a dad.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Oh Miles...

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This kid and his personality just MELTS my heart (...and cracks me up)!  His new thing is kisses.  It's funny, because he thinks it solves everything.  When we tell him to do something he doesn't want to do he gives us a kiss, as if that will get us to stop bothering him. When we tell him to look at us when we're talking to him...kisses.  He likes blowing kisses too, which we think is pretty sweet.

Miles is a man of few words.  But there are a few.  He has "buhbye"down pretty clearly and knows some numbers too.  We are very excited to start the speech therapy process with him and see/hear his growth (more to come on that when it starts up).  In the meantime we keep teaching him and filling his brain, so when he does talk, he'll have PLENTY to say! :)

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As you can see from the clip above, he likes loves to color!  No, we don't encourage him to color on himself...so we bought him a little desk to scribble out all his brilliant artistic ideas!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Trenton at 3 Months

I really have NO idea how it's already been 3 months having this cutie around! He has such a sweet little personality.  He loves smiling and laughing and sleeping.  He's so chill and laid back, which is great since I have a 2 year old who isn't! ;)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Trenton at 2 Months

Okay, so...is he cute or what?!  I doubt you need more convincing but look...

Ugh! So stinkin' cute!!! ...I'm so mushy like that.

It's been really fun so far, and Miles is realizing his baby brother is here to stay and starting to love on him by giving kisses.  He's not completely sold on sharing time and attention with him, but dude is learning.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Baby Sleep Advice

I stumbled across this blog post by Ava Neyer and thought it was too funny not to share.  Enjoy!

I went on amazon and bought all the top books on baby sleep and development. I read through them all, as well as several blogs and sleep websites. I gathered lots of advice.
You shouldn’t sleep train at all, before a year, before 6 months, or before 4 months, but if you wait too late, your baby will never be able to sleep without you. College-aged children never need to be nursed, rocked, helped to sleep, so don’t worry about any bad habits. Nursing, rocking, singing, swaddling, etc to sleep are all bad habits and should be stopped immediately. White noise will help them fall asleep. White noise, heartbeart sounds, etc, don’t work. Naps should only be taken in the bed, never in a swing, carseat, stroller, or when worn. Letting them sleep in the carseat or swing will damage their skulls. If your baby has trouble falling asleep in the bed, put them in a swing, carseat, stroller, or wear them. Put the baby in a nursery, bed in your room, in your bed. Cosleeping is the best way to get sleep, except that it can kill your baby, so never, ever do it. If your baby doesn't die, you will need to bedshare until college. Use the same cues as night: cut lights, keep the house quiet and still. Differentiate naps from nightly sleep by leaving the lights on and making a regular amount of noise. Keep the room warm, but not too warm. Swaddle the baby tightly, but not too tightly. Put them on their back to sleep, but don't let them be on their backs too long or they will be developmentally delayed. Give them a pacifier to reduce SIDS. Be careful about pacifiers because they can cause nursing problems and stop your baby from sleeping soundly. If your baby sleeps too soundly, they’ll die of SIDS. Don’t let your baby sleep too long, except when they’ve been napping too much, then you should wake them. Never wake a sleeping baby. Any baby problem can be solved by putting them to bed earlier, even if they are waking up too early. If your baby wakes up too early, put them to bed later or cut out a nap. Don’t let them nap after 5 pm. Sleep begets sleep, so try to get your child to sleep as much as possible. Put the baby to bed awake but drowsy. Don't wake the baby if it fell asleep while nursing. You should start a routine and keep track of everything. Not just when they sleep and how long, but how long it has been between sleep, how many naps they’ve had per day, and what you were doing before they slept. Have a set time per day that you put them to bed. Don’t watch the clock. Put them on a schedule. Scheduling will make your life impossible because they will constantly be thrown off of it and you will become a prisoner in your home. Using CIO will make them think they’ve been abandoned and will be eaten by a lion shortly. It also causes brain damage. Not getting enough sleep will cause behavior and mental problems, so be sure to put them to sleep by any means necessary, especially CIO, which is the most effective form. Extinction CIO is cruel beyond belief and the only thing that truly works because parents are a distraction. The Sleep Lady Shuffle and Ferber method are really CIO in disguise or Controlled Crying and so much better than Extinction. All three of these will prevent your child from ever bonding with you in a healthy way. Bedsharing and gentler forms of settling will cause your child to become too dependent on you. Topping the baby off before bed will help prevent night wakings. When babies wake at night, it isn’t because they are hungry. If the baby wants to nurse to sleep, press on the baby's chin to close its mouth. Don't stop the baby from nursing when asleep because that doesn't cause a bad habit. Be wary of night feeds. If you respond too quickly with food or comfort, your baby is manipulating you. Babies can’t manipulate. Babies older than six months can manipulate.
Sleep when the baby sleeps. Clean when the baby cleans. Don’t worry. Stress causes your baby stress and a stressed baby won't sleep.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Trenton at 1 Month

Time flies when your....not getting much sleep?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Right On Time!

Trenton Hayes Elliott

It all started at midnight, the morning of Trenton's due date, March 10, 2013.  I went into active labor, I knew it was the real thing when I couldn't get through the contractions without deeply breathing through them (you know, like in the movies- I think there is an official term for it, but I don't know).  So, my first instinct was to download an iPhone app to count the time between contractions   I did NOT want to have this baby at home or in the car, so I needed to be prepared.  I also didn't want to go to early, only to be turned away and sent back home.  I was going to get this right.  And for those who are wondering what app I used, it's called Full Term, and I highly recommend it!  Anyway, I counted these for about 5 hours being careful not to breathe too loudly, as I didn't want to wake Mike, who needed his sleep, as he'd be taking care of me for the next few days!  But it came to be about 5AM, and for the most part my contractions were pretty consistent at 7-8 minutes apart.  So I gently woke Mike and told him I was in labor, that I was about to take a shower and that I thought we should leave shortly after.  So, I got ready, and put myself together (did my makeup) while going through contractions.  This meant stopping in the middle of my application of foundation, blush, and mascara to get down on the floor to breathe through these things.  I was bound and determined to look decent for my first meeting with my second son.  Right before we headed out the door, I stopped by the bathroom for my last "40 week" picture.  Ta-da!

We got to the hospital around 6AM, and I was admitted, since I was already at 4cm--yay! (This meant I could have my epidural very soon!)  however, once I got my epidural, the contractions stopped (which totally can happen), so they started the pitocin, which got things moving along again.  To make a long story a little shorter, the epidural wore off at around 9cm, and they wanted me to go ahead without giving me anymore.  I spare the details, and just say it was painful! ;)  I got him out pretty quick though, which was awesome!  At 4:51PM weighing in at 8lbs. & 20in. long, we welcomed baby Trenton into this crazy world.  I look back and don't remember the pain--it's amazing how that works out.  I guess that's what allows us to do it all over again and have more kids!

We love this little guy.  Brown hair and brown eyes, we'll see if it stays. ;)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Date Night | Pastors & Wives

Just got home from an amazing night hanging out with amazing couples.  All the pastors' wives drove up to Brea, where we met out husbands for dinner at Cheesecake Factory.  Our husbands are currently away enjoying a retreat together where they are working hard for our church, Compass Bible Church.  It was so nice to be able to share this sweet time with the other wives in fellowship and praying together.  Lots of laughs and of course delicious cheesecake.  Mike and I shared the Snickers cheesecake--yum!  I'm so glad our men get this opportunity to be together and work hard and enjoy this time...but I miss Mike when he's away.  He will be back tomorrow though, and hopefully I'll be able to resume my normal sleeping habits when he's home.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

34 Weeks...

...and growing! :)  We are good and healthy.  Trenton is a mover, just like Miles!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dumpster Diving

While I was taking a stroll with Miles around our complex I spotted a cheap desk by the dumpster that someone thew out, and I thought, "Hey I could do something with that!"  Yes, I really do think these things when I walk by the dumpster and see things setting outside of it.  (Ok, I admit.  I don't "dive" into the dumpster. I only check out the things sitting out beside the dumpster.)  So, after we finished our walk, I grabbed my screwdriver and headed out to disassemble this thing.  These are the pieces I salvaged from the desk, and honestly, I have high hopes for them!  I'll show you what I have in store for them (Spoiler alert: they are all Pinterest ideas!).

For the 3 panels (Mike and I for the longer one & Miles and Trenton for the other two):

And for the largest piece of wood:

I'm always on the search for free projects! I'll post a followup once I actually get around to doing these projects.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Los Angeles Overreacts to Cold Temperatures

This is actually pretty funny and true.  Being from Toledo, Ohio I've experienced blizzards (I'm talking about storms, not Dairy Queen). I have adjusted to California weather since moving here in 2004.  That being said, I've been "freezing" the past couple weeks.  This baby isn't doing much for my body temperature.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

4 Years

I am beyond blessed to be married to this man.  We went to Roy's in Newport Beach tonight, and it was absolutely romantic night.  Also, Mike bought us tickets for Circ De Soleil - Iris for Jan. 11 and I'm so excited!  We've seen the Kooza show on the Santa Monica Pier a few years ago.  I'm pretty sure if I knew about Circ De Soleil when I was a child, it would have been my dream job.  This year is going to be great and I'm so glad I get to serve this man and be lead by him.  He is truly a godly man and God was so gracious to give him to me. I love you babe! xoxo