Vlog - 11 More Questions

Alright, one more blog to answer Brittney's questions as part of The Liebster Award nomination!  Thanks again Brittney!

I had fun recording these videos to answer the questions.  I love watching vlogs because it makes me feel like I know the blog author a little better.  I think my videographer skills could use some work though.  I'll see what I can do.

Here is the list of questions I answered, with the corresponding place in the video.  So you can skip to the questions that interest you if you want.

Salty or Sweet? 00:14

Name one of your blessing this week. 00:25

How did you name your blog? 00:44

What is your favorite color? 1:24

What was your favorite childhood board game? 1:45

Cats or dogs? 1:59

What was your most memorable high school moment? 2:20

Describe your dream date. 2:45

If you could drive any vehicle, what would it be? 3:09

What is your guilty pleasure? 3:37

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 4:14

And yes, I did end up cutting my hair!  And I love it.  I also feel like I finally have a hair stylist of my very own.  This is the second time I've gone to Mandi for my hair, and she does an amazing job!  I also got some highlights, and a little bit of red added too, and I love the color.  I'll post some pictures of my hair with the post tomorrow, so stay tuned!

32/52 - Mom And Me and FMKC LinkUp

The theme for this week's linkup is Mom and Me!  So basically any posts with pictures of you and your kiddos will qualify.  I decided to cheat a little and use these pictures for my Project 52 pictures for the week and for the From My Kid's Closet linkup!  Clever of me, no?

I haven't had any good pictures taken with me and the kiddos in a while, so I had Derek take some new ones on Sunday!

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Wyatt

Shirt: Target

Pants: I want to say Kohl's.

Shoes: Gift from my mom.  I like them because they look like Converse, but I think she got them from Walmart, which is a-okay with me!  No way I would pay full price for real Converse shoes when Wyatt will outgrow them in a couple months.

Hat:  Gymboree.  Wyatt loves wearing his hat lately, I think because it looks just like the hats his dad wears!

Gwen

Dress and Bloomers: Children's Place on clearance last year!  I found out we were having a girl and I wanted to get something for her.

Bow: Target.

And we went sans shoes because I didn't have any that matched.  Shoes is on the list of things to buy for Gwen's fall wardrobe.

Me

Dress: Target.  I bought this maxi dress at the beginning of the summer, because I loved that it had sleeves, and the top part is loose enough that it's nursing friendly!

Shoes (that you can't see): I didn't get a picture of the shoes.  But they were neon coral sandals, and they cost me $8 at Forever 21!  I think that's pretty good for shoes.

Earrings (that you can barely see): Tiny little spikes from Forever 21.


Wow, and would you believe it that Wyatt's outfit was the most complicated this week?  That's what happens when Gwen and I wear dresses, I guess.  Nice and simple!

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Okay, go ahead and review the guidelines here and link up your posts below!

Also, a quick announcement - both Allison's and my schedules for the fall are looking pretty crazy, so we decided to put the linkup on hold for now.  It will most likely be back in a few months.  Thanks to everyone who has participated so far, and be sure to follow Allison's blog for future news about the linkup (and you should follow her anyway, because her blog is amazing)!

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31/52 - When They Aren't Looking

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The Prodigal Pig (Review And Giveaway)

Wyatt loves his movies lately.  I don't let him watch too many, but he goes down for a nap or bed so much easier if he gets 15 minutes to watch one of his movies.  I was excited when I saw that Thomas Nelson was giving me the option to review a kid's movie, because I've been wanting to get more movies for Wyatt that have a biblical message.

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The Prodigal Pig is a spin on the story of the prodigal son.  Porkchop is a talented, musical pig who is tired of life in the farm.  He asks Farmer Bob for his allowance and takes off to make something of himself.  But before long he runs out of money and ends up in a cage (with a very suspicious man telling him that he will get paid to sit there and get nice and fat).  His buddies from the farm find out what happened and go on a mission to spring him from his prison, and Farmer Bob welcomes him home with open arms.  

This was a really cute DVD!  The animations were fun and colorful and held Wyatt's attention, and he loves animals, so that was a bonus! We both loved the country-style music as well.  Wyatt bounces and dances when he likes a certain song, so I know he liked the music in this movie.  Porkchop is actually played by Randy Travis, and Vince Gill and Amy Grant play some of the other characters, so I had a feeling the music was going to be good!

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I was also happy to see that they had some bonus cartoons and an option to watch the show again with pop-ups that show whenever a word that starts with "p" is used.  Wyatt has been really interested in learning letters lately, so we enjoyed that!  There were a few other bonus features that I didn't even get a chance to look at - bottom line is that I got a lot more than I thought I was getting with this DVD.

I also liked that the "other brother" figure in the story was included, but the story was finished.  I always was a secret sympathizer with the brother in the story of the prodigal son (which is another post), and the Bible never says if he changes his attitude or what happens to him.  In this story they had the brother-figure welcome Porkchop home as well, and I liked the happy ending.  

Definitely a fun movie to get for your kiddos if you are looking for one with a biblical basis!

Note: I received this DVD from Thomas Nelson for free in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.

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10 Places To Buy Baby Headbands

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Gwendolyn has quite the headband collection going!  I just love buying her headbands - I feel like her outfits aren't complete without a headband.  It's like icing on the cake.  Thankfully she hasn't started pulling them off yet - I'm crossing my fingers that she won't!  I started her young (around a week old), so I'm thinking she just thinks it's normal to always be wearing a headband all the time.

I have shopped many different places for her headbands, and today I thought I'd share with you where her collection came from! I've gotten most of her headbands from 10 specific places.  What a nice, round number.

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Sevin Designs - This shop has sweet,simple headbands, and one thing I love is that from the moment I got them I could tell they were really high quality and well-made.  I used these headbands in some of Gwen's newborn pictures, and they were perfect!

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Sweet Lovely Creations - Remember the peacock headband I used in Gwen's newborn pictures?  This is the shop I got that from.  She has a ton of beautiful "statement" headbands, like ones you could use for photoshoots, and lots of them include feathers, which I love!  The prices are also pretty good for so much detail.

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3 Lovelies Bowtique - I love this shop for Gwen's everyday headbands - I got her several shabby flower headbands for a very good price here!  You can get 6 headbands for $11.50 - that's unheard of.  It basically because of this shop that I have a headband to go with every one of Gwen's outfits - she offers a ton of colors, and they were affordable enough that I could buy all the ones I wanted!

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Ellura Sage - This shop has simple, classic headbands.  My favorites are the flower headbands (Gwen sported one in her 7 month pictures recently), and her lace rosette headbands (very unique).

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Lola Rose - I got this adorable yellow headband for Gwen's six month pictures from this shop.  I love it.  It has flowers, feathers, lace, and chevon - pretty much everything you could possibly want in a headband!  I'm going to give you a sneak peek at her session so you can see (full 6 month photo shoot coming soon!).  Lola Rose has tons of other headbands that I think would be gorgeous for photo shoots, so I'll probably be checking it out again in the future!

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Harts and Roses - Tons of headbands for everyday wear and photoshoot-worthy headbands too.  I bought a Christmas headband for Gwen from this shop, just in case she was a before-Christmas-baby, but she wasn't so she'll probably wear it this year instead.  Harts and Roses also sells barefoot sandals, which I think are completely adorable for baby girls!

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Ruby and Sue - Love this shop.  When I was a girl I remember reading a Mickey Mouse book, and Minnie and Daisy were looking at all their bows, trying to decide which ones to wear - they had all kinds of different colors and patterns. That's what this shop reminds me of.  Basic, classic bows, but in a ton of different colors and patterns!  I got Gwen's 4h of July bow here, and I will definitely be shopping here again.

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Sassy Baby Essentials - This is where I got Gwen's head wraps, and I love them!  I'm thinking I may end up ordering a couple more in different colors for the fall.  The head wraps stand out to me, but she sells a ton of other baby accessories too, and different style headbands - plus the owner is really sweet.  When I ordered from her I got randomly picked and she threw in a few baby clips and an extra glitter headband for no reason!

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My Girl Creations - I actually won a headband from this shop in a giveaway.  Lindsey offers unique fabric flower clips and elastic ribbon headbands to go with them, so you can mix and match.  She was also amazing to work with, and when I wanted to order an extra headband to go with the headband I won, she threw it in for free!  Definitely one of the sweetest shop owners I've worked with, and she has an amazing selection.  I'm pretty sure the headband I got from this shop will be featured in our Christmas card photos this year, so stay tuned.

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Target - And finally, one of my favorite places to get headbands - Target!  I don't know if it's just my local Target, but along some of the sides of the aisles they have cute baby headbands for really cheap - anywhere from $1.25 to $2.50 a piece.  Or the orange one, that I bought for $5.  Great deals!  I'm not sure if they have them online, I would recommend checking your local store.

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And those are the main places I've gotten headbands for Gwen (at least the places I haven't mentioned on here before).  

Girl Moms, do your daughters where headbands?  Where are some of your favorite shops?  Please share!

Rest (+Printable)

I hear her cry one more time, and I bury my head in the pillow.  I am so exhausted I can hardly think straight.  Why won't she sleep?  This is the fourth time she's been up tonight, and it's only 2:30.  No, I'm not exaggerating.

I get up, calm her down, give her a little more to eat, and then back to bed I go - and I just pray that she sleeps.  

And she does.  For four, glorious hours I get some uninterrupted sleep.  

I think the lesson this week is how wonderful it is to have rest.

I've been running ragged all week, trying to keep up with two energetic kids.  One who won't sleep, and one who is potty-training, and I'm running on nights where I haven't gotten more than two hours of sleep together.  I haven't been this tired out in a while.  So when I get them both down for a nap at once, even if it's only for an hour? When I get more than two hours of sleep at a time at night?  Those moments have been glorious.

We, as humans, need rest.  We can't function without that time to rest and re-charge, to take a break from all the things we have to do and recover.

Ironically, I've also been reading about a different kind of rest this week.

"For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God.  For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.  Let us therefor be diligent to enter that rest. . ."
Hebrews 4:8-11

In case you missed it, this passage isn't talking about physical rest.  It's talking about the spiritual rest that God gives us when we come to faith in Him.




We don't have to work anymore.  We don't have to strive to be a "good person", go to church, follow the "rules" in the hopes that it might save us.  How exhausting!  No, God wants to give us rest.  And when we believe in what Jesus did for us on the cross, we truly have that.  

We don't have to work for it.  We just trust in Jesus, and we can rest from all the pressure of doing - not a temporary break, but a permanent vacation.  Because getting to Heaven is not about getting the good to "outweigh" the bad.  It's about what we believe about Jesus.

And even more ironically, once we give up all our good deeds and just believe in Jesus to save us, the "being good" seems to come more easily, because God can start to change us from the inside!  And we want to do what's right so we can please the One who died for us.  But that's a different post.

What a relief it is to know that I don't have to work to get to Heaven.  Jesus did all the work for me.  I just have to believe it, and enter God's beautiful rest.

Gwendolyn, Seven Months

We're on the downhill slope to one year!  Gwen is seven months old!

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She's growing as always, but I think we've been between growth spurts this month.  We moved her up to size 3 diapers in disposables (we're still doing cloth, but we use disposables sometimes and at night).  But all her clothes and shoes are still fitting really well.  

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(Smiling at Grandpa)

Her hair is definitely getting long though!  I feel like you can't really see it in pictures because her hair is usually laying against her head, and it's so lightly colored, but it probably 3+ inches long on top.  It will curl sometimes, and I feel like she looks just like a Gerber baby!

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She has started getting up on her hands and knees this month (7/11/13), and rocking back and forth.  Now she inch-worms her way around the living room - she'll get up on her hands and knees and lunge forward, and then do it again until she gets where she wants to go.  She's getting so close to crawling!  She reaches for everything and is always trying to grab at our food.

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We started putting her in the church nursery, and she does pretty well - she cries a little at first, but then she's happy.  The ladies in the nursery always fuss over her and talk about how smiley she is.

She also is really fascinated with faces all of a sudden, and she will reach out and touch the face of whoever is holding her.  SHe doesn't grab, just gently touches with her little fingers - it's so sweet.

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We've tried lots of new foods this month, including squash, pears, and mixed vegetables.  She also got her first stomach bug, and we had a couple nights where she threw up her dinner - her little sobs after she threw up were so sad.  It broke my heart!  Thankfully it only lasted a couple nights.

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She's gotten really attached to her blanket, and when we lay her down she grabs the fabric and pulls it up to her face, then she bends her legs and rolls over and sticks her thumb right in her mouth.  It's so cute.  She's been sleeping a lot better this month, thanks goodness!  She still has rough nights every now and then, but generally she's sleeping through the night again.

We also went swimming this month, but Gwen was not a big fan of the water.  So we mostly just hung out by the side of the pool!

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I keep wondering if a tooth is going to pop through because sometimes she'll be fussy for no reason, but so far there is nothing.  Wyatt got his first tooth at eight months, so I'm expecting it any day - but then I didn't get my first tooth until eleven months, so it could be a while yet.  Her little gummy smile is so cute though!  First tooth smiles are cute too, but I figure I better enjoy the gums while I can.

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She loves her toys, and she gets so focused when she's playing.  It's cute!

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As always, she just loves Wyatt - if she must choose between watching me and Derek or watching Wyatt, she'll pick Wyatt.  We actually had Wyatt help us take her seven month stuffed animal pictures, because she kept trying to see what Wyatt was doing!

The other day we were sitting on the living room floor and I had the TV on - a song came on the TV, and Wyatt grabbed Gwen's hands, started bouncing up and down, and said "Dancin' Gwen!  Dance!"  It was adorable!  I thought it was such a sweet brother/sister moment.

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(Dancing with Gwen.)

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(That's Wyatt hand, feeding her "Gwen's gween beans" as he calls her food!)

She's gotten more snuggly, and I'm loving it!  She's fallen asleep in my arms and laying on my chest in bed a couple times this month.  That never happens - she usually has to be laying down with her blanket to go to sleep.  I think nursing was enough snuggling for her before, but now that we're done she wants to cuddle with me other times.  I'm just enjoying it!  She's a wiggle worm, so who knows how long it will last.

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My Precious Gwendolyn,

Gwen, you are such s sweetheart!  I can't believe we're closer to your first birthday now than we are to the day we first met you.  You are such a precious addition to our family, sweet girl - it's hard for me to remember what it was like when you weren't here! 
You always have a smile for us, and you brighten our days with your little giggles!  Your laugh is so deep, it comes from down in your tummy and just bubbles out - one of my favorite sounds.  You are such a pretty baby - you remind me of a baby doll, with your sweet, delicate features.  

I love the way you have to have soft fabric against your cheek when you are tired.  I love it when you get sleepy and you bury your little face in my neck.  I love how you laugh when I kiss your feet!  I love watching you and your brother playing together.  You two are my greatest earthly gifts.  

I am such  blessed woman, to have you as my daughter.  The other night I was laying in bed and had just finished giving you your bottle, and I laid you down on top of my chest.  You surprised me by snuggling in, sticking your thumb in your mouth, and going to sleep.  And I just thanked God again or giving you to me.  I love you, Doll.

Your Mama
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