May 24, 2017

1,000 Books

Something I've loved about being a mom has been introducing T to the love of books and reading. He truly loves flipping through books and as a biased momma I think it's the most adorable thing ever. He has favorites that he gets excited to see and I love his little inquisitive face when we get a new book for him to check out. 

Library storytime is already a favorite activity at ours. We've only made it a few times lately because of all the chaos, but T absolutely loves it and I know it'll be a regular part of our routine again soon. On our last visit there, I picked up an informational brochure to see what else was going on at the library in the coming months. Apparently there is a program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten so of course I asked about it!

It's as simple and to the point as the name of the program. I registered T for it which only took a few minutes. Then you can track the reading online if you want, or they give you a log sheet for older kids that might like seeing their progress. Obviously we are reading to T right now, but that counts too! They want you to count each story you read to them, stories they hear at daycare, the library, while a family member is visiting, anything! As long as your child listens to the entire book, it counts. *The program says to count repeat reads over and over again, but I'm not planning on doing that. I love the idea that T has "read" 1,000 unique books before Kindergarten!

Again, T is obviously a little young for some aspects, but as he gets older there is more fun stuff too they'll enjoy. Each time your kid reads 100 books you can bring your log sheet to your local library and get a sticker/prize or some type of goodie bag. Once you finish your 1,000 books you can come in for a celebration and a free book to keep.

So all of our county libraries participate in the program which I thought was so cool and worth sharing. If you aren't local, be sure to check here and see if your library does the same thing. Anything that encourages a love of reading is worth talking about!

May 23, 2017

His First Birthday Party

Hey world! I'm alive! And live in a new home! And already hosted a party! Yes, all of those !!!s were necessary. It has been one crazy week - but who am I kidding? Our life has been crazy since the beginning of February. But we're finally at the finish line. We're in our new home and hosting T's first birthday party was honestly a good way to kick us into unpacking mode and get a lot done in a few days. Now that all the big things are in the house, we can take our time getting organized and decorating- which is the fun part!

But back to T's party. It was such a special, low-key afternoon with just our immediate family and I loved it. I totally forgot to take a picture of the food spread, but it wasn't anything too crazy ;) The usual party type of food, including my crack dip. Everyone got to see the new house and then spoil our little guy for his first birthday (which by the way, isn't officially until this Friday! He's still my baby!!) He acted shy at first with that many people around but quickly warmed up and enjoyed opening all his gifts and ripping into the paper.

Plus, he got his first taste of something really sweet and he definitely enjoyed himself. I'm not sure how much of it he actually got into his mouth but he certainly enjoyed what he was tasting. Sidenote- I am still trying to get all the cake out of each crevice of his highchair.

Jared and I both felt so sentimental after his party. We looked through countless photos and videos from the past 12 months and truly marveled over the fact that our little boy is turning one. People always tell you how fast it goes, but I seriously can't get over it. We love seeing his personality blossom and we love watching him learn things every day. I might not always love the whining or the teething, but T is so SO worth every struggle and every stinky diaper ;)

May 18, 2017

Closing Day!

It's finally here! We'll be closing on the new house this afternoon and spending the next few days moving in and unpacking. I am weirdly excited about the unpacking process. Packing everything to move out of a place sucks... just no way around it. But knowing we're about to settle into a home for years and years, finding the perfect place for all our things? That is going to be so much fun! Sure, we'll be sore and tired from hauling in box after box but it's going to be SO worth it.

The new house will probably feel pretty empty for awhile. Since it's much larger than our previous home, we definitely have some furniture shopping to do as we settle in. I'm not in a hurry to get it all decorated ASAP, as I think it's going to take us some time to figure out what we like and how we want to style things. Almost all the furniture we've owned has been hand-me-downs or Craigs List finds, so I'm pumped to invest in some nicer things that will hopefully last us a long time.

So we'll be a little busy for the next few days. If you don't hear from me, I may be buried in cardboard boxes ;) Oh, yeah- and we'll be hosting T's first birthday party Sunday afternoon. We are definitely crazy people, but I just didn't want to wait and put it off for weeks which I know would have happened. It was hard enough finding a date that most of our family could attend so we're just rolling with it. We're keeping the party low-key with just immediate family members but I can't wait to celebrate our little guy.

I'm sure no one will be surprised by this, but we went with a Mickey theme. It's pretty much giving me the Disney trip itch more than ever. I cannot wait to take T there one day! But for now, some balloons and party hats will have to be enough ;)

I will be MIA for a few days, so I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

May 15, 2017

The Final Countdown

Now that we have a pass to the Cincinnati Zoo I pretty much want to go every single day! We got our second visit in over the weekend and had such a good time. It was a little chilly that day with threats of rain so it didn't feel very crowded which was awesome. T especially loved getting to see some of the new zoo babies that were out and about. The little 3-month-old tiger cubs were just so adorable and were really putting on a show for us all.

We also did a "final" shopping trip over the weekend for house stuff we need ASAP. We picked out our refrigerator as well as our washing machine which will both get delivered the day after we close. We close this Thursday, by the way!! I can't believe it's finally here. Time has gone so slow, but also so fast somehow. Time's weird like that, but regardless, we are ready to get into our new house and start unpacking.

Though we didn't actually purchase anything, we also spent some time browsing a few furniture stores and getting ideas for future decorating. A new master bedroom suite is in our future and hopefully a cool coffee table, too. We looked at some very traditional pieces like this one, but I'm also a sucker for a bold ottoman like this instead of a table.

Our Mother's Day was lowkey, but I got all the gifts I needed from my little boy. JUST this week he started saying "mama" consistently (!!!) and I also have been getting lots of open-mouth kisses from him, too. I'm still in shock that we're about to celebrate his first birthday. It's the final countdown to all the craziness!

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