Be My Valentine Paper Roses

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Happy New Year, y’all!

We’re having a rare wintry day here in Georgia, so I find myself at home today with Lyndon. You guys know Georgians absolutely freak out at any mention of cold weather, right? Well, we do. So much so we close schools when it’s cold. No snow or ice here – just cold.

So, while he’s napping, I just put together a quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft. I was inspired by a tutorial I found on the Jones Design Company blog. Lovely roses, no? Best thing about these guys – they never die/wilt. We all love the look of flowers in our home, but who can afford to buy fresh flowers all the time? Well, paper flowers are a great and inexpensive alternative.

Valentine's Day Paper Flowers tutorial

I highly recommend following the tutorial on the Jones Design Company blog, however, I started with various shades and patterns of purple (my favorite color) scrapbook weight paper. I cut 6″ or 8″ squares, rounded off the edges, and cut a swirly line towards the center as shown in the pictures.

Valentine's Day Paper Flowers tutorialValentine's Day Paper Flowers tutorialYou roll the paper from the outside tightly towards the inside until you have a rolled rosette. Voila! Lots of hot glue, floral stems, and paper leaves as described in the tutorial and you’ll have a beautiful and long-lasting flower arrangement.

I’m quite fond of my little blossoms. I arranged them here in a vase from Ikea on my buffet.

Valentine's Day Paper Flowers tutorialEasy enough to finish during nap time. Take care, y’all!

2013 Family Photos

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A few weeks back, Lyndon, hubby, and I packed up and drove 2 hours to North Georgia to a beautiful place called Prater’s Mill – the location for our 2013 family photos. I found a fantastic photography deal on Groupon and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the pictures turned out.

The photographer was Crystal with Demure Dragonfly. Her talent speaks for itself.

Our little family has come a long way this past year. Lyndon just turned one (first birthday post to come soon) and I’m starting to feel more comfortable in my skin as a mother. I know I will always treasure these photos for the beautiful time they represent in our lives.

2013 Family Photos

We’ve come a long way since he was born!2013 Family Photos

Just chillin’.2013 Family PhotosRunning around – his favorite thing to do.

2013 Family Photos

“I have a stick AND a leaf”.2013 Family Photos

Absolutely in love with this boy.2013 Family Photos

I steal all the kisses I can.2013 Family Photos

The two loves of my life.2013 Family Photos

Probably my favorite picture of the day. Pretty much sums us up.2013 Family Photos

Love that smile of his.2013 Family Photos

Pure love.2013 Family Photos

He loves for Daddy to throw him up in the air.2013 Family Photos

“Driving” his rusty ole’ tractor.2013 Family PhotosMy little bear has grown so much. He’s a whole year old and I love him so much. Thank you, God, for blessing me with this family!

Well, to keep it real, Lyndon is in the pack and play and he’s starting to scream, so it’s time to go. I miss and love you all!

Dragon Con 2013!

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Oh, Toodles! Lyndon is distracted by Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – time for a quick recap of Dragon Con 2013.

Firstly, we had a blast as usual. If you’re not familiar, check out Dragon Con’s website. The awesomest convention on this planet. Though, I may be biased. This was the first weekend away from the baby for hubby and I and my first time being away from him overnight. Needless to say, the weekend was much needed.

Let’s get this started! First off, hubby and I took a little inspiration from Game of Thrones (LOVE that show) and dressed up in non-descript Game of Thrones-inspired costumes.

Medieval Inspired CostumesEven the baby got into it!

Medieval Inspired CostumesNow for the good stuff. Let’s start with the other Game of Thrones costumes we came across.

Little Finger and Price Joffrey Costumes

Little Finger and Price Joffrey Costumes

Jon Snow Costume

You know nothing, Jon Snow!

And, where can you find the absolute hottest dwarfs on the planet? The Hobbit, of course! (Love me some Richard Armitage… *drools*.) Here are some The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings inspired costumes.

Prince Thranduil Costume

Prince Thranduil Costume

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Elves Costumes

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Elves Costumes

Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins Costumes

Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins Costumes

Star Wars, anyone? Always a classic.

Star Wars Costume

Star Wars Costume – Who is this character? She’s awesome!

Little Darth Vader Costume

Little Darth Vader Costume – He’s using the force!

Padmé Amidala Costume

Padmé Amidala – So detailed.

How about some random costumes? Here we go!

World of Warcraft Pandaren Costume

World of Warcraft Pandaren Costume

McDonalds Costumes

McDonald’s Costumes

Sesame Street Bert Costume

Rubby ducky, you’re the one!

Family Jumanji Costume

Family Jumanji Costume

Netherworld Zombie

Netherworld Zombie

The Man in the Yellow Hat Costume

The Man in the Yellow Hat Costume – “GEORGE!”

Planet of the Apes Costume

Planet of the Apes Costume

Dr. Who Dalek Costume

Dr. Who Dalek Costume – How adorable!

Assassin's Creed Costume

Assassin’s Creed Costume – Hubby and I love this game!

Queen Elizabeth Costume

Queen Elizabeth Costume – Absolutely exquisite.

And, last but not least… no words are needed.

Gold Zelda Game CostumeThese are but a small portion of the pictures we took. As always, we’re looking forward to next year already. I can’t wait to bring Lyndon and perhaps dress up as a family.

We’re heading to the neighborhood block party later today. Happy weekend, y’all!

Disappear – I have not.

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Peeks out from beneath a heap of baby toys

Ahem. Been a while, huh?

I have not disappeared into a galaxy far, far away. Although, some days, I wish I had.

Very short story – I have zero time to sit down on the computer nowadays. Once I returned to work, my free time went somewhere. If you find it, will you please let me know?

I started a new job in February. This job has been a great opportunity for me, but, I work long hours.

This blog is almost a year old. I wish I could say I’ll carve out some time to write some fancy post. But, I know that probably won’t happen.

My, this post is very disconnected. Needless to say, I’ll leave you with this little gem.

My adorable, sweet Little Bear - Lyndon. Standing up with the assistance of the coffee table.

My adorable, sweet Little Bear – Lyndon. Standing up with the assistance of the coffee table.

Gotta go. Baby is fussing. Talk to you all soon (I hope)!

Baby Lyndon – 3 Months!

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Happy weekend! Fa la la! I wish I was like the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey and that I didn’t know what a “weekend” was. (OBSESSED with that show!) But, alas, now that I’m back at work, weekends are blessed things.

I’ve had a very rough time adjusting since I’ve gone back to work. My mom (Gigi) is living with us now and is watching the baby during the day. I couldn’t be more grateful to her! But, I don’t think I ever grasped how precious time is until now. I’m hoping to post more about that soon as I have a small change coming in my future.

Here is my solid little boy at 3 months! I’m not sure of his weight but I’d guess it’s somewhere around 15 pounds?

Baby Lyndon at 3 monthsSo, let’s take a look back at the past month’s milestones:

  • Mama officially stopped pumping at the 9 week mark in preparation for going back to work – a little bittersweet. You’re strictly on formula now.
  • Your first solid poop – ouch!
  • You have visually discovered your hands and feet and you’re just fascinated!
  • We celebrated our first New Year’s Eve together – Mama, Daddy, and you all cuddled up on the couch together as we watched the ball drop on TV. Kisses for all!
  • You love to sit up ALL the time. You just need someone to balance you.
  • You’re still eating quite often. We’re feeding you a mix of 3 oz. and 4 oz. bottles now. You seem to be spitting up a lot more often so we’re trying not to push it.
  • You’re eating approximately 3 times a night – around midnight, 2-3, and 5-6. No “sleeping through the night” baby here!
  • Your longest sleep has been around 4 hours.
  • Mama went back to work on January 10th. She is having a very hard time being away from you but you love spending time with your Gigi.
  • You’ve started to say a mumbled “Mama” and also an adorable “Gee” for your Gigi. You’re very vocal! Though, I may just be hearing things…
  • You’ve started to pick up toys and hold them for a very short time. “How do these hands work?”
  • Everything goes in your mouth! You almost gag yourself with your fingers and you love to slobber all over your/our hands.
  • You’re very alert. You want to know what is going on all the time – especially when we’re out of the house.
  • We couldn’t live without your bouncer or swing!
  • When the weather’s nicer, you love going outside and sitting on the porch.
  • Whenever you’re somewhere new, you move your head from side to side in wonder. You’ve rubbed a bald spot on the back of your head!
Lyndon holding his toy.

Lyndon holding his toy.

Happy New Year Smiles

“Happy New Year” Smiles!

Chillaxin on the chair.

Chillaxin on the chair.

Lyndon wearing Aunt's booties/hat

My Aunt made these booties and the hat for Lyndon. Soo cute! But, I don’t think he’s too thrilled…

Mama feeding Lyndon

This boy LOVES to stretch out. Look how long he is!

Dreamy eyes.

Dreamy eyes.

Best wishes, y’all!

Valentine’s Day Felt Wreath

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Well, time has been flying by. Since my maternity leave came to an end, I went back to work last week. And, if I’m being honest, I’ve disliked every minute of it. So, I shan’t dwell on that and instead introduce this vibrant purple and pink Valentine’s Day wreath. Woo hoo – finally another craft! I believe it’s been months since I last shared one. So, check it out.Valentine's Day Wreath using yarn and feltRemember my DIY Christmas Poinsettia Felt Wreath? Well, I followed the exact same concept here but made different felt flowers. Check out that tutorial for more in-depth instructions.

Start off with a foam wreath form and some yarn of your choosing. I love the multi-colored yarn! Begin wrapping the yarn around and around and around.. until finished.

Valentine's Day Wreath using yarn and feltPick out various colors of felt and cut out the patterns to make your flowers. There are a ton of tutorials online on how to make felt flowers. So, check them out. Otherwise, the basic shapes below just roll up into very simple flowers. Don’t forget your hot glue!

Valentine's Day Wreath using yarn and felt - felt flowersOnce your foam wreath is wrapped with your yarn, hot glue your felt flowers onto your wreath.

Valentine's Day Wreath using yarn and feltAdd a simple bow for hanging and tah-dah! A festive and girly Valentine’s Day Wreath! Simple and very sweet. *Smiles*

Valentine's Day Wreath using yarn and feltBest wishes, y’all!

Baby Lyndon – 2 Months!

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Yes. I have been seriously AFK for weeks now. All I can say is that I enjoyed a very busy holiday season with my most precious gift of all time.

Lyndon had his 2 month checkup today. The pediatrician says Lyndon is “very healthy”. He weighs 13.75 lbs. and is 24.25 inches tall. Still growing like crazy! A lot of people seem to think he’s older than 2 months. I suppose he’s following in the path of his rather large parents.

He didn’t stay in that “newborn” stage for very long. He hated being swaddled from the get go and he’s huge compared to my friend’s little boy who’s only 4 days younger. Goodness, they really do grow up fast, huh?

Lyndon at 2 months2 Month Milestones:

  • Lyndon’s first Thanksgiving!
  • Lyndon took his first real bath and he loved it! He sat there calmly and didn’t cry once.
  • Lyndon loves for Mama to swish the ends of her hair gently across his face. He closes his eyes, opens his mouth, and coos!
  • Lyndon loves to “stand” up on your lap. He’s already so strong! If you hold him up underneath his arms, he’ll take steps all on his own.
  • Lyndon had his first cold. Stuffy nose!
  • First trip to Target.
  • First outing to a sit-down restaurant – Mexican (of course) and he slept the entire time.
  • First trip to the grocery store.
  • First “scoot” – Lyndon may have done this accidentally…
  • Lyndon has officially moved to size 1 diapers and is wearing mostly 3 month size clothes. More still, he’s even wearing some 6-9 month sized onesies. BIG BOY! He definitely lost his newborn look.
  • Mama gives you food to smell and you really seem to like oranges and cinnamon!
  • Lyndon is smiling all the time now. He is so sweet and especially loves for you to clap his hands together.
  • Lyndon celebrated his first Christmas. Santa brought him a “jumperoo” bouncer and he received some toys and clothes from everyone else.
Lyndon after his first bath

Lyndon after his first bath

Lyndon with his bear hat - doesn't quite fit yet

Lyndon with his bear hat – doesn’t quite fit yet

Lyndon's Christmas Jumperoo

Lyndon’s Christmas Jumperoo from Santa

I miss blogging very much so I hope that the new year brings lots of new posts and excitement to my little piece of the interwebs. *Wink*

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!

Baby Lyndon – 1 month!

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Do I really have a 1 month old son already? I truly can’t wrap my head around that fact but, what a month it’s been! Forgive me while I gush…

I will spare y’all of every minute detail of the past month but I can’t help but share some highlights!

Upon discharge from the hospital, we were recommended to take Lyndon to the pediatrician the next day since his bilirubin levels were slightly elevated. Since our pediatrician didn’t accept new patients on Saturdays, we took Lyndon to an urgent care facility. We were reluctant to take him out of the house so soon. His bilirubin level was still elevated but nothing too serious. The doctor said that as long as Lyndon was eating and pooping normally that his slight jaundice should level out.

We went to Lyndon’s first pediatric appointment and he weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21 inches tall – already growing! Our pediatrician informed us that Lyndon is a bit tongue tied which means that the connective tissue (or frenulum) underneath his tongue would need to be clipped slightly. She said that his tongue issues were one reason he wasn’t able to latch on during breastfeeding and advised that we complete the procedure within the next 3 weeks or so. Lyndon’s jaundice was mostly back to normal. Everything else looked good!

This boy loves to have his arms free. He refuses to be swaddled.

This boy loves to have his arms free. He refuses to be swaddled.

Lyndon’s second pediatric appointment went well. He already gained a whole pound and was 8 lbs., 12 oz.!

We went to the ENT to see the specialist regarding Lyndon’s frenulum issues. Thankfully, the doctor said in his opinion that Lyndon’s frenulum doesn’t need to be clipped. Woo hoo! I’m glad that he won’t have to be in pain but that leaves us still unsure why he can’t breastfeed.

Sweet cuddles.. and yes, I REALLY need to dye my hair.

Sweet cuddles.. and yes, I REALLY need to dye my hair.

Lyndon had his first cold so we ended up going to his 1 month checkup a little early. Thankfully, Lyndon is A-OK. He just has a little stuffy nose which I think he caught from Mommy. Other than that, he is doing very well! He’s 23 inches tall and weighs 10 lbs., 15 oz. He’s already gained so much and is growing like a weed!

First Week Milestones:

  • First “movie” was Ace Ventura Pet Detective
  • First projectile poop and pees
  • First spit up all over Mom and Dad
  • First “tummy time” – Lyndon does quite well lying on his tummy. He already tries to hold his head up

Second Week Milestones:

  • First pee all over mom – when we were taking Lyndon’s naked newborn pictures, he decided to pee all over my jeans!
  • Nicknamed Mr. Poots – Lyndon farts all the time. We have no idea how he can hold so much gas!

Third Week Milestones:

  • First book read to him – “Five Silly Turkeys” in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving
  • His umbilical cord stump finally fell off!
  • We went on his first walk around the neighborhood.
The hubs and I on Lyndon's first walk around the neighborhood. All those fall leaves have now fallen!

The hubs and I on Lyndon’s first walk around the neighborhood. All those fall leaves have now fallen!

Fourth Week Milestones:

  • First family function – we went to an Aunt’s house for an early Thanksgiving dinner. Lyndon did very well and fell asleep in the car both ways.
  • Lyndon is starting to hold his head up better each day.
  • Lyndon’s belly button looks to be fully healed.
Lyndon's First (early) Thanksgiving

Lyndon’s First (early) Thanksgiving

I can’t believe we’re already working on some 2 month milestones… but here he is all his 1 month glory!

Lyndon - 1 month*GUSH OVER*

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