March 2015 - Monthly Family Photos

In March I remembered to capture photos of all three of us.  It started with jonesys first adventure in the snow.  Then to the first birthday party that wasn't family.   
And then after a walk - fyi the first 3 photos mom took for us this day my head was missing.
And then a timer shot in Cincinnati. Never mind Jonesys missing head.
And Kathleen snapped a few for us in Nashville.  I love these maybe more than the professional ones from February because these are real life us captured in doing family things.  Here's to more of this in April.


155/1000 miles

In March I added 30 miles to my goal bringing me to 160 of 1000.  I am still horribly poor about remembering to charge the fit bit and put it on after showering, but I usually remember about it a few hours later.  So it's getting better. And also behind in terms of pace I should be at 300 - whoops!  
As for push ups that fell by the wayside around 210/1000 because I got the flu then forgot about it.  Well it happens.  Anyhow I am shooting for an added 20 miles to the 60 of March since we're going on vacation to Denver.

6 - Visit Kathleen in BG

A few weeks ago I was "staycationing" trying to use up vacation time and at the end of the week I went and saw Kathleen.  Jones and I drove down seperate from Dust who worked late.  Jones was a champ and rode very nicely on the way there only getting fussy after we picked up Kathleen.  We used the time to also go stay at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel which is pretty fancy schmancy.  
We also spent one day in Bowling Green for some kind of award ceremony for Kathleen.  And as an added bonus Logan who is going to college in Nashville also got to come see us.  He's all grown up now but still has those dimples.
We spent a good deal of the trip walking around the hotel and swimming in the pool and that was just fine.
We did go to look at the port at least 
And find one oversized chair.  Successful trip. 


Happy Easter!

This guy is not so impressed by the janky free Easter bunny (I refused to pay $20 for three pictures at the mall).  But I dig his new green Easter pants.  These hung out with us yesterday and did Easter stuff  while Dustin was working.
We also went to an Easter egg hunt.  Where the baby might have enjoyed the swings more than the egg hunting.
Today jones was all about the praise and worship at church.  And we enjoyed a quiet day at home while Dustin worked.  Jones napped while I cleaned and did a devotional, and then we took walks and played ball and nonstop bubble blowing.
He understood that his Easter basket should be dumped out.  And enjoyed his new balls, cars, and animals.  Oh and the bubbles he is all about those he cried when I stopped blowing them.
And he was all about trying to help me with dishes and laundry too.
Happy Easter!


Project Life January 2015

I wanted to simplfy things with Project life this year so I changed up the size. I am doing 6x8 pages.  The sleeves still come in a variety of options but there's a lot less pressure to print a million photos.  I think it can also potentially help me use up the kits I have (or not as I think I used like 1 cards so far.)  anyhow here are my pages for January nothing super fancy  mostly paper and stickers.
I also want to use the little bits of paper from our daily lives this year.  In January I failed at that.  I forgot and then found the stuff so I made one last spread and used extra pictures to fill it in since I only saved a wine tasting menu from date night, a envelope, a gold coin wrapper and a tag from a sweater.  But it works.  


BabyBurf 9 Months

Dear BabyBurf - 
You are amazing.  You turned nine months last Thrusday.  On the same day you mastered the crawl, no more army crawling or the backwards worm for you - crawling is officially boss.  It's so awesome to watch you learn and try things it's also hard to watch you fall down and scratch your face.  Here's a list for this month: 
+ in addition to crawling you love to cruise.  Anything you can pull up on is fair game in the cruise including your cloths basket and chairs (not safe).
+ Your wearing 12 months and sometimes 18 months because of your cloth diapers.
+ You like to make all sorts of sounds like growling, mamma, dadda, yayaya, bawabawa.
+ You like to eat grown up food now things like chicken, pulled pork, green beans, asparagus, and probably #1 black beans.
+ you will not stay still to get your diaper changed.
+ you no longer sleep thru the night :(
+ you give hugs and high five and reach for us to pick you up.
+ You love to sing and at church recently the worship leader heard you.  
+ you have started smacking which is apparently a baby thing where you smack things you are excited about i.e being picked up or the tray on your chair.
+ You love seeing Nanna Anna and in the morning when you here her you get all excited.  
+ She sings you songs and teaches you lots of cool things like animal sounds.
+You also like seeing your aunts and uncles.

+ Daddy likes to take you out for just daddy jones time and you seem to enjoy such things.
+ Daddy gets sad when you go to sleep before he's off work.
+ Daddy like to throw you up in the air and you love it.
+ Mommy and you have a routine.
+ Mommy like to take you places so you have many experiences. 
+ Mommy loves when you let her read you books.
+ Mommy gets frustrated when you try and squirm off the changing table. 
+ Mommy thinks you are pretty awesome.
+ Mommy found you lots of nice things thrift store shopping recently.
+ you especially like the panda that makes Chinese music.  You makes you dance.
Love you little guy.


Bottles - things we can't live without

So I promise that my blog will not become entirely consumed with all things baby (just mostly).   File this post under things we can't live without.  
Anyhow I wanted to share a little bit about the bottles we use here.  We use all glass bottles.  Yes you are reading that right and it's not even 1975.  When I was still breast feeding we had about 6 plastic ones that were in rotation for pumping and storage but I have since moved those to the get rid of box.  When I was researching bottles there didn't really seem to be a consensus on which were the best.  Everyone had a different opinion.  
I am not sure exactly why but I decided on glass dr. Browns to start off with.  Bottles with the colic reducer.   We bought 6 small and 5 large to start (hint they can be cheaper on Amazon).  I personally love them aside from cleaning that straw thing.  I later purchased another 4 large when jones started drinking more at a time.  These bottles while heavy are good conductors of heat and cold when needed.  These bottle also worked with my Medela pump.  Oh and they don't warp in the dishwasher.  While I have no idea how the colic reducing straw works we didn't have colic and only probably usual spit-up. 
We had these for 6 months before we broke one - we have broken two total both not from ordinary dropping situations.  Recently we added in some Lifefactory ones with silicon sleeves and these are great too - I may like them even better (although grandma thinks Jonesy needs the straw). The sleeves are easy to remove and put back on and they offer protection from being dropped.
Another thing about these they will definently last thru several children.  Anyhow we love them and use about 6 a day.  
Both dr. Browns and Lifefactory are available at Amazon.  And I also purchased some at buy buy baby with coupons.


34 - Block of the month with Thea March

An update on this project.

So I actually made my March Block in Feburary but I wanted to make sure I had time to do it.  I made the block a little big purposely figuring I could trim it down.  Is switched out the pluses too for a houndstooth and I am thinking that I dislike that switch and probably won't make that swap again, although who knows.  Here they all are lined up.  I am liking how this sampler vibe feels so far.  
As a reminder...  This is the 2015 Thea & Katie Project.  We are doing the sew mama see modern blocks from a few years ago link here http://www.sewmamasew.com/2012/03/modern-block-of-the-month-bom-march-sew-along/


Tuesday 10 - March On

March is rolling on by.  Soon I will be going to my moms for my sisters shower and then on staycation.
1. Monkey babies who think it's appropriate to eat with both hands and feet.
2. Birthday party shenanigans where both my boys are making the same face
3.  Seriously I love wedding crafts.
4. I love this quote.
5. Soup
6. This baby face.
7. Finally getting the last check back from my mortgage company 5 months later.
8. Clean sheets
9. Melted snow!!!  Yes I thought I was going to have to get outside with a blowtorch to get rid of that stuff.
10. Hashtags - seriously I love that I can hashtag BabyBurf and then search on them best idea ever.


Bungalow Bathroom After

Here are the after photos of our bathroom, see the before here http://katajone.blogspot.com/2015/01/bathroom-remodel.html?m=0 Our new vanity and reused mirror.  I panted the mirror this olive after nixing the Tiffany blue. I love how it's like a little surprise even though the paint is not perfect note to never spray paint in 10 degree weather.  Doesn't this random tile look great it was also like $48 for the whole room of course that doesn't include installation and the grout etc but still we could have laid it ourselves reasonably (but it looks better when the contractor does it).
We are using hooks rather than towel bars because towel bars are spendy (seriously they are like $30 for a bar WTH?) And honestly I like the look of hooks.  I also really dig the crystal hooks and knob on the mirror, not that you can see them very well in the photos but it's an interesting touch.
even spray painted the frames and register cover.  The photos are pictures from our trip to Ireland.  I plan to also paint the back of the door but it's still too cold for that. Anyhow I love the end results I think it's completely different and much nicer.