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

Thanksgiving and Deck The Halls 2013

This year was our first Thanksgiving as a family of four!  

We started off the morning by going to the Thanksgiving service at our church - I had never been before, but I enjoyed it!  They open up the service for testimonies and sharing what you are thankful for.  It was a nice way to start the day.  I always debate whether I should stand up and say something at services like that though.  Our kids were wiggling all over the pews, but if I had stood up I would have said that I am so grateful for them.  It was a challenge getting pregnant with Wyatt and Gwen, and then the Lord blessed us with this sweet surprise baby.  We haven't been through nearly as much as some to get our kids, but what we did go through has just cemented to me how great a blessing children are!  Even when they don't sit still in church and dad takes the baby out, and then the toddler spends the rest of the service waving at said baby who he can see through the back door and occasionally yelling out "Hi Gwendolyn!" while people are trying to talk.  Ahem.  

 We switch off every year between visiting my family and visiting Derek's family on holidays, and this year we spent Thanksgiving with Derek's mom and dad.

Family picture.

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Gwen's first Thanksgiving!  She ate everything we gave her, so I think she enjoyed it.  I suspect that sweet potatoes were her favorite.

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Wyatt had a fun time playing and reading his book with Poppa!  He didn't want to eat dinner though.  Crazy kid.


The kids with their Poppa and Gramie!

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Everything was delicious, and after dinner we played one of our favorite dice games.  It was a lovely Thanksgiving!

On Friday I went Black Friday shopping with my mom and sister and pretty much finished all my Christmas shopping.  Then we headed to the mall because our church held a flash mob there!  It was fun to watch and they did a great job!

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On Saturday we packed up the kids and went to a small town Christmas parade!  It was fun to watch Wyatt this year, because he loved everything about the parade.  Gwen was just cold, but she liked smiling at and charming all the people around us.


I took Derek to one of the sandwich shops in town that I go to for lunch sometimes (the parade was right across from where I work), and Wyatt and Gwen were so smiley!

 Then we came home and worked on setting up the Christmas tree!


Of course Gwen had to pick out her stocking.  Years ago I found these little stockings I liked at Hobby Lobby, so I bought up a few of them for my future children.  We let Wyatt pick his stocking for his first Christmas, so this year Gwen picked hers!  She chose the red one!

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Playing with the nativity set.

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Then we started decorating the tree!  Wyatt gets really into putting the ornaments up.  I love watching him!
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Gwen liked looking at the ornaments too.  I think the favorites for both kids were the sparkly ornaments!


Gwen kept watching Wyatt put the ornaments on the branches, and she actually grabbed an ornament, crawled over the the tree, and tried to put it up!  It was so cute!


Gwen "helped" me put the tree skirt on, and Wyatt was dying to put up the star with Derek!


I love these pictures, Wyatt loved putting the star up!

 And just staring at our pretty tree when it was all done.
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Derek and I got to wrap up the weekend on Sunday with a date!  We went to see Catching Fire.  I read The Hunger Games last year and I have very mixed feelings about the Hunger Games, but I wanted to see the other two movies to see how it ends.  Mostly because they sucked me in with the love story - I want to see what happens with Katniss and Peeta.  After watching the movie (which I liked much better than the first one, movie or book), I decided to go ahead and read the other two books in the series.
I'm still thinking I would not recommend this series to just any young teenager, because it is very violent.  It bothers me a bit that it's geared toward teenagers, because I'm not convinced that every teenager in our society will handle it well or be able to pull any point out of it.  The violence is supposed to be horrible in the book, but the whole story is still very glamorized.  And I still don't think the "point" is well represented in the books (so far), but I will withhold final judgement until I finish the series.

We are a little late on starting advent, so as I write this it's our plan to start tonight!  Derek's brother and sister-in-law always send advent stuff for us every year, to go with the advent calendar they gave us, and there are quite a few presents and goodies waiting for the kids as we get closer to Christmas!  I think Wyatt will love it.

I love this time of year!

Big Boy Room Reveal!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!  I'm probably off Black Friday shopping right now, but I thought I'd share a few pictures of Wyatt's finished room!  It took me so long to finish setting it up because I did several of the projects myself.

If you remember from a few months ago, I was trying to decide between a car theme or a construction zone theme.  I ended up ordering the construction zone bedding because I liked the colors better - it went better with the yellow walls so I didn't have to repaint, and Wyatt loves trucks!  

But the more I thought about it, the more I decided I didn't want to do a specific theme - Wyatt is into so many things right now.  Animals, cars, tractors, airplanes, trucks - he likes all of that.  So instead of a particular theme I just did a miss mash of things that I know Wyatt likes.  I really like the way it turned out, and I'm glad we kept the yellow walls because his room is so bright and cheerful!

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The projects I did for his room:

-Derek and I got an old sewing table at the thrift store for six dollars, and I repainted it to turn it into a nightstand.  The nightstand was going to be tricky because the bed is so tall, so I was glad we found something that would work - and overall it only cost me $15!


-Obviously I made the felt circle banner, which I posted about earlier this week:

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 -I also just hung a string with mini clothes pins so We could hang some of Wyatt's art work in his room.  I cut out the letters of his name to hang too.  I think it will be fun to add some of his masterpieces to the string as he makes them!

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-The biggest project was the plaques I made to hang on his wall!  I am really happy with the way they turned out.  I might post a little tutorial on how I did them soon, so stay tuned.


I bought:

-New bedding from Amazon.

-The book shelf and storage cubes from Target

Everything else I already had!

It was a bit of a process moving Wyatt into his new room - my little guy is not a big fan of change.  But he's to the point now where he'll go down in there pretty easily for naps, and with only a little work at night.  

I was going to get him a step stool so he could climb up in to bed - but WYatt can actually climb up there pretty well all by himself, and he has no trouble getting down either!  I was also going to get a guard rail since the bed is so high, but I didn't have one ordered yet when we moved him in there - so I just put a bunch of pillows on the floor and a couple pillows on the edge of the bed as a barrier - and Wyatt has had no trouble rolling off yet, so I think I'm going to hold off on buying the rail.

As far as whether he likes the room - he loves his truck bedding!  He always wants to lay on his "truck pillow" - the other pillows will not do.  He was also really excited about the plaques I made for his wall - he was watching me paint them and couldn't stop chattering about the car and trucks!  I think he likes it, he's just getting used to the big switch.  I'm glad I included so many things that he likes, because I think it makes him feel more comfortable in there to be surrounded by so much fun stuff!

Circle Felt Banner Tutorial

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I've been working a lot on Wyatt's new "big boy" room the last few weeks, and I'm happy to report that it's almost done!  

When I was setting up his room there was a lot of blank wall space, and I really wanted to do a banner of some sort, but something that would still feel boyish.  I came across a couple circle felt banners on Etsy, and I liked the look of them.  So I decided to make my own!

I think this is probably one of the easiest banners you can do.  Here is the step-by-step.

What You Need:

-Four sheets of colored felt
-Baker's twine or other colored string
-Round object to trace

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1. Trace the round object onto the felt with your Sharpie.

2.  Cut out the circles.  They might not be perfect, but I think it adds to the charm.

3. Take one of your felt circles, fold it in half, and make two little snips in the center of the circle.  Do this for each circle.

4.  Thread each circle onto your Baker's twine.  You can tie knots in between each circle to hold them in place if you want to.  I didn't tie any knots and I just spread them out along the string before I hung the banner.

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And you're done!  

Super-easy, but I thought it turned out really well!  I think this would also be an easy/cute way to make a Christmas garland with Christmas colored felt, or a Valentine's banner with hearts instead of circles.  Lots of possibilities.

Stay tuned for pictures of Wyatt's new room (hopefully) this week!

Sit With Me

"Sit wif meeee? Sit wif meee?"

These are words I hear on a daily basis. Usually I happily comply and snuggle on the couch with my oldest. But lately my plate has been full, and so the requests of "Sit wif me" have been met with "not right now", "in a little bit", and "maybe later, buddy".

The other night I was putting Wyatt to bed, and he asked again to sit with me. It was already well past his bedtime. It had been a long day, Derek and I were trying to wind down for the night, and I knew Wyatt was stalling. So I told him it was time for bed right now, and he needed to go to sleep.

But then tonight, Derek and I were sitting on the couch watching a TV show, and I looked over to see Wyatt sitting on the edge of his chair, swinging his legs, watching with us.  I asked him if he wanted to come sit with me, and he grinned and shook his head.

And it struck me right then that my days of hearing "sit wif me" are limited. My boy is growing up a little more, getting a little more independent every day.  I regret not taking the time this past week to fulfill his simple request.

I still have a lot on my plate. My days are still jam packed with "to-do's". I still am exhausted every night. But the next time I hear that sweet little voice ask me to slow down, to just sit with him for a while, I'm not going to pass it up again.

 I never know what time will be the last time he'll ever ask me. And those times when I do pull him onto my lap and kiss his sweet head while he snuggles in with his blanket and sticks his thumb in his mouth?  They are fleeting. I want to enjoy it and take each opportunity that I can.  Everything else just isn't quite as important anymore.


-I'm really horrible at thinking of crafts to do with Wyatt.  I really don't have an excuse since there is always Pinterest, but I guess my talent is just not kid's crafts.  All I can ever think of is coloring, and Wyatt can only take so much of that!  Anyway, last week at MOPS we had a "pick two" meeting, where you could pick two speakers to listen to for a half hour each.  One of the ones I chose was "Crafts You Can Do With Your Kids".  Afterward I was so inspired I went out and bought a bunch of craft supplies!  They had so many fun ideas that I think Wyatt would really like to do!  Plus, let's face it, my house needed some more craft supplies.  I'm hoping to get to work on one of the crafts with Wyatt this week - I'm thinking if we do it right we could even use the finished product as part of Gwen's birthday decorations!  I'm excited.

-Speaking of birthday decorations, I also picked up supplies to make Gwen's party invitations.  I'm not sure why I do that to myself.  It would be so much easier to just buy invitations.  But I like being able to personalize them and make them match my theme.

-While I was at it I finally bought stuff for our gender reveal party invites and I mailed those out this week!  I can't believe it's only a month (actually less than a month) until we find out the gender!  Usually my doctor's office makes us wait a ridiculously long time to find out, but I talked my doctor into letting me come in a couple weeks early!

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-I'm in such a crafty mood lately.  I think it's because I've spent so much of my spare time on the computer lately that my mind is screaming for a break.  I have this really fun sign-making idea.  I won't say too much because if it turns out well I'll post about it later.  I'm just waiting on my dad to cut up some of his spare wood for me and I'm going to get started!

-My nesting urge is in full swing this week (I think it might also have to do with the fact that we have so many parties coming up).  The goal this week is to completely de-clutter and organize, work on setting up Wyatt's room, and deep-clean the bathrooms if I have time. Oh, and repaint a wall  That might be a little ambitious, but whatever doesn't get done this week gets moved to the weekend, so the more I can finish the better.

-Last weekend I got together with some friends and we did one of those wine-and-painting classes!  Obviously no wine for me (I don't drink alcohol anyway), but I really enjoyed it!   They had snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for free, and all our paint supplies were ready to go.   It's been a long time since I painted anything, and it was kind of scary getting back into it.  But once I figured out what I wanted to do, it was really fun, and not as intimidating as I thought!  Makes me want to break out my paints at home sometime.  I thought it was also cool that no one at our table actually followed what we were supposed to be painting with the instructor - we all improvised.  The instructors came around and told us that they decided they thought all of us must be going to art school on the side.  Anyway, here are our paintings!

(Please excuse the excessive watermarking.)

And here's a closer picture of mine.  I really like the way it turned out!  The painting we were supposed to be doing was really heavy and dark, and it just wasn't my style.  I just knew I couldn't do it the way it was, or I wouldn't want to hang it in my house.  This one is so light and airy and me.  I'll actually hang it somewhere.


-On Sunday Wyatt woke up, climbed into bed with us, and started talking about "Christmas snow" and "pretty lights".  It baffled me, because we hadn't even been talking about that to him yet this year!  Maybe he had a Christmas dream?  So we decided to head off to the Christmas store to buy some ornaments! Wyatt picked out a tractor ornament, and we got a new family ornament and one for Gwen's first Christmas.  It was a really fun trip!  He doesn't look too excited here, but he loved looking at all the Christmas things.  A couple days later he climbed into bed with me again and said he wanted to "Go see Christmas!"  We settled for Christmas movie instead.

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Just some snippets of life this week.

Charlie The Horse

I look up to my grandma in a lot of ways, big and small.  She is a wonderful, godly woman, and I'm so blessed that she is in my life!  

One of the little things about her that has always impressed me is that she can come up with a rhyme about almost anything.  And when I say she comes up with rhymes, I mean she makes them up on the spot!  

I always remember her making up little songs to sing about each of us grandkids when we would go spend the night with her growing up, or she would come up with rhymes about the things that we were doing together.  Now she does it for my kids!  It is so fun, and I could never figure out how she always came up with such great rhymes without even planning it out beforehand!

When I mentioned to a few people that Wyatt asks me for random bedtime songs (ie. "tree song", "car song", "train song", "bird song"), it was suggested to me that I should just make a song up when he asked for a song about this-or-that.  I brushed it off and said there is no way I could come up with a decent song on the spot.

For some reason though, last night when Wyatt asked for a "horse song", I decided to give it a go.  This is the song I sang to him (with Derek laughing hard in the background with each line I sang)!


There you go my friends!  A Callie Nicole original.  Please do not republish or redistribute in any way without express permission from the author.

In all seriousness though, I shocked myself!  I came up with a song that not only rhymed but made sense!  And right on the spot!  Excuse me while I pat myself on the back.  Maybe some of my grandma's rhyming ability rubbed off on me after all.


This post is part of a new Friday series I'm starting, in which I'm going to try to bring a little more of my "real life" back to the blog. Real life stories, real life happenings, real life struggles, real life lessons. Because these are the things my kids will want to read someday, and these are the things I will want to remember.

Fun Happenings

We've done a lot of fun things with the kids over the last month, so I'  doing a little catch-up post now!  I'm also catching up on my Project 52 photos of the kids.  

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(40/52 - Eyes)


A couple weeks ago we went to the zoo!  My friend Danae has season pass, and she was sweet enough to invite us along.  We had a fun time, and Wyatt couldn't stop talking about the "El'phants and G'raffes".  Unfortunately by the time we got around to them he was so tired he didn't even noticed!  We still had a great time though, and it was a nice visit!

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Danae and her sweet daughter.

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Gwen's face!  She was in a grumpy mood, and her little friend just wanted to play with her!

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Grandma and Grandpa stopped by briefly the other night, and they played a round of "Grandpa Horse" with the kids.  Wyatt thought it was so fun!

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We took Wyatt to his first movie on October 6th!  We went to see "Planes".  I told Wyatt we were going to see an airplane movie, and so when a preview came on he bolted straight up in his chair and said "Oh no!  Airplane movie!"  We assured him it was just about to start!  I think he was a little worried there!  He did great, and loved the movie and popcorn - it was a fun memory, taking him to the movie theater for the first time.

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(41/52 - All Dressed Up)


Every year our church rents out one of our local corn mazes.  They have a lot of food, and free drinks and kettle corn, and a lot of the kid's activities are free!  It's a really fun time, and we went with my family this year.  (My sister was there too, but some of the pictures turned out blurry - argh.)  As you can probably tell by the fact that we are all bundled up, it was pretty cold!  We had a fun time though.

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My dad and Wyatt sitting on the bouncy pillow.

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My mom and Gwen.

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My brother and his wife Olivia.  And I haven't mentioned it before, but Olivia is pregnant with their first baby!  We're really excited for another sweet niece!  Olivia is due about six weeks ahead of me.


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(42/52 - Cold Fall Day)

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