Showing posts with label Wyatt's 3rd Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wyatt's 3rd Year. Show all posts

Valentine Fun

I've been wanting to do another craft with Wyatt over the past few weeks.  Wyatt had so much fun with the crafts we did for Christmas and Gwen's birthday - he is really not into just coloring, he likes to do projects.

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought we'd work on making some cute paper hearts!
I cut a bunch of hearts out of construction paper, and we colored for a little bit.  I wrote our names on some of the hearts.  

But before he could get bored with that, I brought out my secret weapon - glitter!

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The craft girls in my MOPS group had this genius idea.  Basically you stick some double-sided tape onto some paper, put some glitter in a plastic baggie.  Paper goes into the baggie, and then you let your little one shake the bag!

Wyatt had a blast with it, and he thought all the hearts turned out "pretty".

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It was a fun and easy little project for us to do together!

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I took our creations and hung them up with some mini clothes pins and Baker's twine - now we have a lovely Valentine's Day banner!

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Check out the post on my photo blog to see more cute pictures of my boy!

A Happy Three Years

Today my sweet Wyatt-Boy turns three years old!

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He is the sweetest little three year old I know.  Favorite things right now include trucks, cars, Thomas the train, Winnie the Pooh, chocolate milk.  Balloons (especially filled with helium) are his favorite, and he asks for one every time we go to the grocery store.  

He has been chattering for weeks about how his "birthday is comin' soon", and he has asked about his birthday "cek", and birthday balloons, and birthday presents - he was definitely wanting a party, so a Thomas the Train party it was!

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He holds conversations with Derek and me, and he loves to make us laugh.  He crawls into bed with me in the mornings to snuggle.  He tells me he loves me without being prompted and gives me sweet little hugs and kisses that melt my heart.  

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He asks sometimes to "come up da stairs" with us at church instead of going to his class, and he sits next to us, with his blankie and truck, through the church service.  He likes to help put Gwen to bed, and always shouts "G'night Gwen, I love you!" on the way out the door.  He likes to brush his teeth.

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I call him Pumpkin Pie, Bugaboo, Bug, Wyatt-Boy, and any variation thereof, and he knows I'm talking about him.  He likes to point to my stomach and announce that "New bebe is getting bigger!"
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He tries to bargain in more time at night by asking to "sit wif you for few mimutts."  He giggles and shouts with glee when Dad plays "rocket ship" with him, launching him into bed at night.  When he sees someone fall, or a car crash, or similar things on TV (which we try not to let him watch too often) he always looks at me and says "he's okay though. He's okay," until I reassure him.  

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He likes crafts, especially anything involving glitter.  He asks for us to sing "Jesus Loves Me" to him every night.  He is quiet, but when we read Bible stories together at night I can tell he is taking a lot in even if he doesn't say much.  

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He has such a sweet, soft heart.

I can hardly believe sit was already three years ago that we packed up our bags and headed to the hospital, knowing we would be coming back with a baby.  I was nervous - nervous about being a good mom, nervous about meeting my son, nervous about how a baby would change our lives.

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But then he was here.  The doctor handed him to me and I wasn't nervous anymore.  Just so, so grateful for this precious little life.  

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And I am still so grateful for the privilege of having him as my son.  Back then I had no idea how much joy was in store for me, but I know now.  And I thank God every day for that little boy who made me a mama.

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(For more pictures of his party, click here.)

DIY First Birthday Decorations

The birthday party preparation is in full swing!  We're having Gwen's 1st birthday party (just a small one, mostly family) on Sunday!

A couple weeks ago Wyatt and I sat down while Gwen was napping, and we worked on some decorations for her party.  It was a pretty fun toddler craft (not just for party decorations), so I thought I'd share it here.

I got this idea from our craft girls at our MOPS group - they gave a little talk about projects you can do with your toddler, which was helpful since I never think of these things on my own!  It's the same thing as the "stained glass" tissue paper projects that you see floating around.  

Basically I cut out some snowflakes, and I used a bunch of the paper scraps that I had left over from making Gwen's party invitations.  

I took a sheet of contact paper and had Wyatt stick the little pieces of paper on the sheet.  I just had him stick them wherever so he could put the pieces face up.  

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Then we sprinkled some glitter on the paper (which he loved doing), and I framed his creation with a paper snowflake (with the middle piece cut out - tip from the MOPS ladies).  

We sealed it off with another piece of contact paper and I cut the snowflakes out.
Wholla!  Party decorations for Gwen.

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This was a craft that Wyatt really liked to do (the kid can only take so much coloring), it was easy, and it looked really cool when it was all done!  I also think it's kind of special that Wyatt had a part in decorating for Gwen's party.

More pictures next week!

2013 In Review

The year of 2013 was another big one for us!  A lot happened this year - this is a quick recap!


-Rang in the New Year up with Gwen for a feeding!  Her first holiday.

-We started out our first year as a family of four!

-I wrote about Gwendolyn's birth story.

-We took Gwen's newborn photos.

-I picked my word for the year.

-We went to a rodeo/stock show together - our first real outing as a family of four!

-I held a star-themed baby shower for my sister.

-I started avoiding dairy because Gwen seemed to be allergic to it.

-Gwen turned one month old.


-Derek started traveling and I started watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette (I know, I know).

-Wyatt turned two!

-We celebrated Valentine's Day.

-Gwen started smiling!

-Started potty training Wyatt, then I got overwhelmed and quit again.

-We had a tractor birthday party for Wyatt!

-Gwen turned two months old.


-We took Gwen to visit the paramedics who helped deliver her.

-Gwen started sleeping through the night!

-I made up a coffee syrup recipe.

-My nephew was born!

-I went back to work (one day a week).

-We celebrated Easter!

-Gwen turned three months old.


-Gwen laughed for the first time on April Fool's Day!

-Derek and I went to see "Sense and Sensibility: The Musical".

-Derek got me an iPad!

-I got the spring cleaning bug.

-Gwendolyn and I got really sick for the first time since she was born.

-I started a 30x30 challenge.

-Gwen turned four months old.


-I cleaned out all the closets in our house.

-We moved Gwen's room upstairs.

-We celebrated Mother's Day

-Gwen started rolling both ways and sitting up by herself, and we started feeding her solid foods.

-Gwen turned five months old.


-I finished re-decorating our bedroom, the office, and Gwen's new room.

-I wrote about how Wyatt started talking so much more and other fun things about my boy!

-Wyatt started singing songs with us.

-My friend Ashley and I went to a pottery shop.

-We made vacation plans.

-Gwen started sucking her thumb.

-Derek's brother and sister-in-law came to visit!

-Gwen seemed to grow out of her milk sensitivity.

-Gwen turned six months old.

-We took Gwen's six month pictures.


-We celebrated the 4th of July

-We went on our first family camping vacation to the Grand Canyon.

 -Derek and I celebrated our 5th anniversary!

 -We went to a Hawaiian-themed family reunion.

-Gwen started inch-worm crawling.

-We took the kids swimming a few times.

-Kind of started potty training Wyatt again.

-Gwendolyn turned seven months old.

-I got pregnant, but didn't know it yet!


-I wrote an update on the many books I read the first half of 2013 - 32 books!

-We took our five year anniversary pictures (which I will post one of these days!).

-After growing my hair out for almost two years, I finally cut it!  And it felt good.

-I found out on August 10th that I was pregnant!  Biggest surprise and best news of the year!

-I apparently had a hard time writing much of anything except book reviews for the rest of the month.

-We visited a peach festival and went to a hot springs, and I invented a peach salsa recipe!

-We went to our county fair and rodeo.

-I felt slightly nauseous throughout the month.

-Gwendolyn turned eight months old.


-We enjoyed a campfire at my parent's house.

-We started preschool at home with Wyatt.

-Derek started traveling again.

-We started going to MOPS again.

-I wrote about cute stuff Wyatt was doing.

-We had our first ultrasound, and baby looked great!

-We told our families about Baby #3!

-I started my blogging tips series.

-Finally got serious about potty training Wyatt!

-Gwen started crawling on her hands and knees and pulling to her feet.

-Gwen turned nine months old.

-I invented a lemon fudge recipe.

-We got a minivan.


-I finally told everyone that we were having another baby!   Posted the full story here.

-We did a bunch of fun stuff - went to the zoo with friends, took Wyatt to his first movie in the theater, and went to a corn maze!

-Discouraging stuff happened, which I still can't go into.  Maybe soon.

-Gwen started walking around furniture.

-Gwen said her first real word - "hi", and decided she was done with baby foods - only finger foods from now on.

-Gwen turned ten months old.


-16 and 18 weeks pregnant. 

-I sent out our gender reveal party invitations.

-I did a wine (*no wine for me) and painting class with some friends!

-We took Wyatt to the Christmas ornament store, and he started talking about Christmas stuff all the 

-It snowed a lot.

-I did a new wall display in Gwen's room (those white flowers would just not stick).

-Gwendolyn turned eleven months old.

-Celebrated Thanksgiving (Gwen's first!), went to a Christmas parade, decorated for Christmas, and turned 20 weeks pregnant!


-Had our 20 week ultrasound and found out we are having a baby BOY!

-Sent out invitations to Gwen's first birthday party.

-Turned 22 and 24 weeks pregnant.

-Celebrated Christmas (Gwen's first!)!

-Celebrated Derek and Gwen's birthday!

-Celebrated the New Year!

This past year has been so full of blessings, and looking back I realize just how great a year it has been!  The Lord has given us so much, and I'm so thankful.  Can't wait to see what will happen in 2014!

On "Treasure"

I'm sorry if you're seeing this post for the second time, I had some post scheduling issues.

Since 2013 is coming to a close, I wanted to reflect a little bit on the word I chose for this past year.  


This is the first year that I've participated in choosing a word for the year, and I think it was a good experience.  

When I first chose the word, I thought I had an idea of how the year was going to go.  I thought that we probably wouldn't start trying for another baby until the end of this year, so I wanted to just take these twelve months and appreciate all the sweet times with my two babies.  I wanted to try not to worry about our past trying-to-conceive problems until (I thought) I had to face them at the end of this year.

 Sometimes I get so wrapped up in future plans and worries about the future that I forget to take time to truly appreciate the moments that I am in right now, so in my mind I chose that word as a reminder to myself to not worry and just treasure the present moments.

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And that's what I did, but little did I know that the Lord would bless us with a surprise baby!  So at the end of July, instead of remembering not to worry about Baby #3 and appreciate this year with Wyatt and Gwen, "treasuring" became about treasuring every moment with Wyatt and Gwen and each little milestone with this baby.  

Having the word "treasure" became a good thing in another way, because when you already have two little kids running around it requires more intentional thought to notice and treasure the little moments with the baby growing inside you.  That first bit of movement, breaking out all my maternity clothes again, watching my belly grow - I want to treasure every minute of this pregnancy, because it may very well be my last.

Another way that the concept of "treasuring" the moments took me by surprise this year was how much I have come to appreciate and treasure Derek.  I'm not sure why my time with him wasn't something I thought about when I picked "treasure" as my word, but it wasn't.  In 2012 Derek got a new job that requires him to travel a lot, but the traveling didn't really start until this year - and having him gone so much makes me realize how much I had taken him for granted.  It also makes our time together that much more precious to me.  

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He is home for now, until he has to start traveling again in the next few months, and I am just soaking up the time of having him here.  The little things make a big difference, even something like having him sleeping next to me.  I never would have taken time to appreciate something like that so much if I didn't get the experience of not having that every day.  So while I kind of hate this part of his job right now, in a way the Lord has used it to remind me to treasure the biggest thing in my life that I often take for granted - my husband.  So all the travel has ended up being a blessing (in an ugly disguise).

"Treasuring" has not looked like I thought it would this year - but I think it describes my year perfectly.  This year has been about learning and remembering to treasure all my "little" (which are really big) blessings.  The Lord has used this challenge in some surprising ways in my life this year - He is always keeping me guessing.  It's been a reminder that I can't plan things out, and the Lord decides how my life will go - and He has good plans for everything, even something as simple as a little word.  I can't wait to see what He has planned for 2014.

Ornaments And Christmas Treats

 A month or so ago I bought some clear plastic ornaments.  Honestly I had no idea what I wanted to do with them, I just thought it might be a fun project with the kids.

Well, after some research, I decided what we would do, and last week I sat down with the kids to make them!

I made these two because each represents one of my sweet kiddos right now.  

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The train is for Wyatt.  Wyatt is so into trains this year - he couldn't stop talking about it as I was painting the train on!   

The penguin is for Gwen, because the other week I put Gwen into some new penguin pajamas and I showed Derek - she looked so cute in them.  Then he started calling her "Pen-Gwen" - get it?  So her new nickname is Penguin, which I think is adorable!

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Then I made these glitter ornaments with the kids; handprints on them - yes, it was messy.  But it was also a lot of fun, and Wyatt loved helping me with the glitter!  


I copied the idea on this blog for the penguin ornament (except I also used glitter), and I used this tutorial to do the glitter on the inside of all the ornaments.

The mess was worth the memories!

In other Christmas prep news, today has been officially designated as my baking/Christmas-goody-making day!  I have had a few fall backs for Christmas goodies since we first got married, but this year I'm trying some new treats.  


Here is my list of things to make:

Watergate Salad - For Christmas dinner at my mom's.  The recipe I'm using is similar to this.  I have never made this before, but I'm told it's easy.

Breakfast Potato Casserole - My grandma's recipe - this will be for Christmas morning.  I'm just going to get it ready and put it in the fridge so we can just put it in the oven on Christmas.

Bacon Jalepeno Cheese Ball - I've never made one before, but my mom said she was making a cheese ball for Christmas, and I thought it was a great idea!  So I'm going to try this one.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies - Okay, this is one of the fallbacks, but it's one of our favorites so I wanted to make it again.  I'm adapting it this year though, because the recipe I have used in the past is too crumbly.

Carrissa's Chewies - My mom bought me this Rocky Mountain Sweet Shop cookbook, and these cookies are in there.  They involve coconut, chocolate chips, and almond extract.  Yum!

Blitzen's Bites - From the same cookbook above.  In which you pile cocounut, brown sugar, toffee bits, marshmallows, and almonds on top of graham crackers!  They looked good.

Rolo Pretzel Bites - I don't know who first came up with these since I've seen them on Pinterest and the Rolo bag, but it's genius!  

Some sort of popcorn creation - This is still in the works.  I just wanted to do something with popcorn.  I may end up coming up with my own creation.

Vegetables - I'm just going to cut up a bunch of vegetables for us to munch on.  Sometimes on Christmas I just get sweeted-out (my own term for having too much sugar in a 24 hour period).

Do you do a spread of Christmas goodies for your family?  

Christmas Card Photos 2013

I think all my Christmas cards have finally been mailed, and most of them received, so I thought I'd share our Christmas card pictures!  I took some of the ones of the kids and Derek, but my friend Ashley took most of these for us and she did a fantastic job!  I really like the way they turned out!

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So, since I can't send all of you a Christmas card - consider this my little Christmas card to all of you!  You all make blogging so much fun, and I want to say thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet.  Praying for a beautiful Christmas season and blessing for all of you in the New Year!
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