Friday, March 22, 2019

This & That

It's been a while!  We've been just trying to keep up with life and I'm hoping to get some usual "Friday Favorites" and other posts like that up soon.  Last weekend we enjoyed our first weekend home all three of us in almost a month!  We were lazy and it was the best!

We had a couple little snows at the end of February/start of March that kept Tatum and I home for the morning and then the day - he's at the age where he needs to be doing something and by the end was totally going stir crazy.  Last week, however, we started having some warmer days in the afternoons and get outside when we can to run around and play!

With Tatum appreciating a year and a half next month - our days our filled - sometimes gym, sometimes play at home, sometimes new adventures.  We do music or reading at the library a lot and during his first go at music we met Lovie & Poppy for lunch at Chick-Fil-A for his first time to eat there (he's had takeout before).  All the activities make him ready for nap and of course still ready to play a lot with Stella.

On Monday we celebrated Uncle Davey's birthday with the family - a delicious meal and then he requested a cake for dessert that I had fun making.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Weekend Scenes

Happy Wednesday!  We've been trying to keep up with daylight savings and catch up from a fun weekend away.  Derek and I spent the weekend in NYC with some friends - we got there mid afternoon on Friday and after a little bit of spending time with friends at the hotel we all headed out to the Sugar Factory for dinner.

Saturday from 10am-2pm we went to Cycle for Survival - an amazing event and cause for rare cancers. We all rotated who was biking during the four hours on our five bikes in addition to the many other bikers there.

We were ready for some food and relaxing after!  After lunch at the hotel we headed out for a quick bit of shopping.  We met up with some other friends from out of town to for a little bit and I'm so excited to be in their wedding next June (Tatum and Derek are also)!

That night we went out for drinks and appetizers for our last night in the city.  We had a little bit of time the next morning to grab breakfast then we were on the train back home.  We were so excited to see Tatum - especially since it was nap time, ha!  So the three of us took nice long naps on the couch and continued to try to adjust to the time change.

To finish off the weekend we took Tatum and Stella over to a doggie birthday party and they both had a blast - Tatum loved having cake before dinner.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Snow Day

On Friday we woke up to a bunch of snow on the ground.  We were visiting my parents so I bundled Tatum up to go out and play as well as Stella.  Stella loved the snow as always and this was the first time that Tatum really had fun playing in the snow - he ran in circles laughing and smiling.  He always plays with his shovel in the house so he loved pushing it in the snow.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Weekend Scenes

Happy Monday! We had a snowstorm last night into today... the second of the weekend! Derek was away on a golf trip all weekend so Tatum and I were off to fend for ourselves.  Thursday afternoon we went over to my parents house for dinner and to spend the night.  I snuck out to take Stella on a walk and then my mom made us tacos for dinner.

Tatum got a lot of attention from everyone and got to stay up late.  I enjoyed a relaxing night by the fireplace and then early to bed.

Friday morning we woke up to a few inches of snow.  More on that tomorrow but Tatum had the best time playing and my mom made us a delicious breakfast of muffins and casserole.

Once the streets cleared we headed home for the afternoon and then after making some brownies headed to a neighbors for dinner.  I put Tatum down to bed early and caught up on DVR on the couch. 

Saturday morning after some playing and cleaning we went to the gym and grocery store before spending the afternoon playing after naps.  

Saturday evening I had some girlfriends into town to visit and we headed out for dinner and drinks to catch up. It was a great visit - we relaxed the next morning and then had lunch before they left.

Yesterday Tatum took a nice long 3 hour nap and then we played the rest of the day.  We had a little crockpot dinner date dand after Tatum went to bed I took some time to relax by the fire during the snow storm.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Weekend Scenes: Newport, RI

Happy Monday!  We are moving a little slow today trying to get into the swing of a new week after a fun weekend away.  Derek was in a wedding over the weekend in Newport, RI so Friday morning we left to drop Tatum off at my parents and fly up to Rhode Island.

The flight was so easy and after about a half hour ride, we were checking in at the hotel in Newport by about lunchtime.  We stayed at The Ocean Cliff, where the wedding was also held.  

After a few minutes to get settled we headed to the main strip in Newport for lunch.  We picked The Mooring which was right in the wharf overlooking the water.  We each got a bowl of New England Clam Chowder (which was out of this world!) then split a couple appetizers.  We headed back to the hotel and I had a bit of time to relax while Derek was at the rehearsal - I met him at the bar for a drink then we were headed back downtown for the rehearsal dinner.

The next morning we slept in and lounged then he was busy the rest of the day.  I went to meet some of our close friends at The Wharf Pub - we had the best time and ate so many good items.  We finished off with a cookie from the Cookie Jar next door.

The rest of the day was spent celebrating the wedding!  We had a great time catching up with a lot of friends and celebrating.  Yesterday we had enough time to sleep in before heading back to the airport in Providence.  We grabbed lunch and then it was time to head home and pickup Stella and Tatum!

Friday, February 22, 2019

A Day in the Life (16 months)

I haven't done one of these since around Tatum's first birthday and they are my favorite to remember and look back on our uneventful days but ones that I want to remember! We're into a pretty good weekly schedule for Tatum - he has a nanny one day, a morning at Lovie's, playing at the gym daycare usually three times a week, a library day and lots of playing at home.  We've really been working on his one nap and getting into a schedule on that so I try to make sure we're home by 11-11:30 for lunch so he can get down.

I picked this past Monday the 18th to follow along which was also President's Day which through our schedule off a little but Derek was home and we had family over for dinner which was fun!

Tatum usually wakes up anywhere between 7-8am and today he was right in the middle at 7:30.  I always say I'm going to try to get up and get a few things done before he wakes but that rarely happens - especially on a Monday so like many days if he's up on the "early" side for him, I go grab him, change his diaper and let him lay in bed with me for a little bit - he looks like he's coming down with a cold so he shuts his eyes and settles right in.  He plays in our bathroom while I get ready.

Next up is the morning craze.  I get Tatum into his highchair and he has a very simple breakfast since I forgot to boil his eggs the day before (I put them on the stove while he eats) and he has a pouch, banana and some mini muffins.  I get Stella out and fed, tidy up the kitchen, unload the dishwasher, etc.

His playroom is attached to my office so he plays while I get a couple things organized then we head off to the gym for our morning activity.  Just about to leave and he has a rare accident, full new outfit goes on and we're out the door a little bit late.

I get him signed in at daycare (he happily runs in each time we arrive - I love peeking in on him when I get back to watch him play before he notices me) and make my way upstairs to get my workout in and watch New Girl on my phone.

When we get home he plays with Derek for a few minutes since he's home today so I can jump in the shower and freshen up for the day (usually I'd just put a show on for him to watch in his crib).  I've been working on feeding him lunch earlier around 11:30 because we've noticed the earlier he goes down to nap the longer he'll sleep.  Grilled cheese, strawberries, yogurt and veggie sticks for Tatum and tomato soup for both Derek and I.

Just after noon we're upstairs to get ready for nap - a few sips of his bottle and he's asleep quickly today because of the cold I think.  He's down to just two bottles a day - one before nap and one before bedtime.

Now that he just does the one longer nap I try to make the most of that time.  I get done as much as possible but also try to make a point to relax on the couch and take a few minutes for me to relax too. I prep some things for dinner, flip the laundry then settle down in the office to work on a couple vacation tasks as well as Tatum's second year scrapbook - he was 16 months on the 16th so I update it each month with pictures and stats (I also try to do a little reading on his age each month too).  I also take the time to sign him up for a music class at the library this Thursday.  I take the last bit of his nap to relax on the couch for a bit.

Once he's up we cuddle for a little then it's playtime!  I do a few things on my iPad in the rocking chair in his playroom while he runs all over.  I think because of his cold he's a little more cuddly so we have some quiet time on the couch with Mickey and then a little family playtime before getting dinner together.

Around 5 I started prepping things for chili - it's a far cry from our usual later dinners but we've grown to like it!  Derek comes in to help and Tatum watches a show on his iPad and has a snack.

We had family over for a chili night - we were suppose to do it Sunday night but had to swap for Monday.  Usually on a typical Monday night we'd eat early around Tatum's schedule - about 5:30 then have family playtime until time for getting ready for bed at 7pm - tonight he gets to stay up a little bit late.

Everyone came over around 5:30 and Tatum got the run of the house for playing and all the attention. We had two kinds of chili and all the toppings.  My mom helped put him to bed tonight - Into pajamas, read a book, bottle and off to sleep!  He had a bath last night so we skip that tonight.

Since it's Monday, after we got cleaned up I crawled onto the couch for The Bachelor - usually these days I'm up in bed somewhere in the 9pm hour so tonight was a little later for me.  Right when it's over it's up to bed for some reading and then I doze off!