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Oct 282013
 

Halloween is days away and we’ve been busy visiting pumpkin patches, decorating, and prepping for trick or treating. If you haven’t thought of your Halloween costume for this year, don’t be too hard on yourself, you are not alone. With a picked through selection available in stores making that final decision can be a challenge. If you are creative and have time on your hands you could make your own costume, but really who has time for that this late in the game?

How To Make a DIY No Sew Black Cat Costume

Dressing up for Halloween, going to parties, trick or treating and going to pick pumpkins is a tradition for my family. Planning costumes for the children almost becomes an event. I love to hear about their creative ideas and see the magic in their eyes.  In the past, Hanna has been a lion, polar bear, black cat, ballerina, lady bug, and a princess.  Oliver has been the same monster 2 years in a row.  (Hey, I was on bed rest and had a new baby last Halloween, cut me some slack.)

boys monster halloween costume via southernyankeemix.com

This year, Hanna is going as a bat and Oliver has been insisting that he dresses up as a monster super hero (straight out of his 3 year old imagination.)  Little Liam doesn’t have a costume yet though.  We really need to decide since the clock is ticking! This is where MrCostumes.com becomes a great tool for last minute shoppers like me.  They are having a great 20% off sale for a limited time and they have costumes for everyone from babies to adults you can find costumes that will make you the envy of the party.

I would love to hear from you about what your kids are dressing up as, or what you think I should dress Liam up as this year. Keep in mind, he just turned one and is only walking a few steps at a time.  I can’t wait to find something adorable for him to wear for Halloween!

Thanks to MrCostumes.com for the inspiration for this post.

 Posted by on October 28, 2013 family, halloween, kids, Parenting Tagged with: , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 012013
 

I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Wet Ones. I received free admission to Six Flags, attended an informational and complimentary luncheon, and received a gift bag and promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Last weekend the family and I got to go to Six Flags Over Texas! When we were first invited to go, I wasn’t sure there would be much for my little kids to do there, because I could only remember going to Six Flags Great America in Chicago as a teen. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Six Flags Over Texas has a whole entire section devoted to the littles, as well as many rides throughout the park that are perfect for the whole family.

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{via Instagram}

Once we got to the park, we met up with a bunch of other Dallas area bloggers, as well as Stacy DeBroff (CEO of Mom Central), and Chenier from Wet Ones.  We got to spend some free time in the Looney Toons USA section of the park where all the little kid rides are located.  Hanna totally surprised us by wanting to go on the Taz’s New York Adventure ride that goes up in the air and then drops down… So not the Hanna-who’s-scared-of-heights that we are used to!  We could see this look on her face that said, “I’m scared, but I really want to be brave and have fun!”

Then, as a group, we headed over to lunch at JB’s Smokehouse where we got to eat some delicious food and learn more about the park and Wet Ones wipes.  There were a bunch of Wet Ones Hand Wipes on the tables so we could clean up and de-germ before eating lunch.  It was a bajillion degrees out and Nick even wiped his face with one and said it was really refreshing.  It was great to learn that Wet Ones kill 99.99% of bacteria, especially when your kids have been going on rides where tons of other kids (and their cooties) have just been.  Wet Ones were a great way to quickly clean up when there wasn’t always a bathroom right around the corner to wash hands in.

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After lunch, we all headed over to the Wet Ones Karaoke Gazebo where some of the kids had a blast singing to their favorite songs.  (Courtney from My Crazy Savings’ girls were totally adorable!)  Hanna was being too shy and Oliver was only interested in getting the mics to sing his own song.  But, then we saw the Gold River Adventure ride and the kids were begging to go on it.  We had gotten a few front-of-the-line passes so we used them to jump to the front and take a ride through.  It was a perfect ride for the whole family and a really nice break from the heat.  Liam was zonked out in the stroller, but if he had been awake even he could have gone.

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When we first arrived at the park the kids had spotted the Boomtown Depot train that takes riders around the whole park.  We went through one loop around the park on the train and then stopped for some Slurpees on our way back towards the Looney Toons USA area.  We didn’t make it back from our train ride in time to get a funnel cake with Chenier and some of the other bloggers, but the pics on Instagram looked so tasty!

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Once we got back over to Looney Toons USA, the kids went on a few more rides.  Hanna loved the Daffy Duck’s Capitol Tours ride.  It was this bus that went up and down in a big circle.  The line was pretty empty so she kept getting off and back on again like 8 times in a row.  After that they went on Speedy Gonzales’ Truckin’ Across America a few times before we had to call it quits.  We were all super hot, but it was just getting to be too much for little Liam.  We had more than enough fun and we’re sweaty and dirty enough to prove it.  I’m glad we had some Wet Ones handy to clean up afterwards!  We headed home and the kids were all zonked out in the cooled-off car within 5 minutes after we left!

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Wet Ones. I received free admission to Six Flags, attended an informational and complimentary luncheon, and received a gift bag and promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

 Posted by on July 1, 2013 Addison, Dallas, DFW, family 5 Responses »
Mar 062013
 

jr photographer in training via southernyankeemix.com

At 2, Oliver is in that stage where he constantly needs to be involved in whatever anyone else is doing.  This past week I was taking pictures of Liam in his Bumbo for my review, and Oliver had to be doing it, too.  (Which meant he was mostly in the way of all the shots I was trying to take.)  I decided to lay down to get the right angle and of course O plopped down right in front of me to take his own picture.  Which ended up making a cute picture of its own.  (I really should check his camera to see what he got pictures of.)

Jan 232013
 

Liam is 2 months old… at least for 2 more days anyway!  He turned 2 months on Christmas day and I just haven’t gotten the pictures up yet.  He’s growing and changing so much!

2 month old baby with a mohawk

I love his naturally occurring mohawk.

He’s healthy, happy and still growing.  He weighed in at 18.6 pounds and was 26″ long at his 2 month well-baby appointment!  The doctor declared him the biggest baby he’s ever seen.  I had to go buy him size 9 month clothes a few days before Christmas. (Thanks Grammy!)

Liam - 2 months old

And… more proof that he does indeed smile.

He slept for 6 hours over night at 6 1/2 weeks old.  He’ll fall asleep really late and then sleep away most of the morning.  Liam and Oliver seem to be asleep and awake at opposite times equaling not much sleep for me at all.

He’s such a sweet, easy-going baby.  As long as he’s in his mama’s arms, he’s content.

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 Posted by on January 23, 2013 baby, family, Liam, milestone Tagged with: , ,  3 Responses »
Nov 282012
 

It always amazes me how quickly the first month (honestly, the first year) just flies by with a new baby.  It’s all such a sleep-deprived blur of adjusting to life with someone new and amazement at how they change from day to day.  I had this feeling when I was pregnant with Liam that he would be born and life would just kind of go on, not necessarily in a bad way, but that he would just flow seamlessly into our life.  And that’s pretty much how it’s been.  Granted, I miss my bed.  A lot.  But for the most part he’s really easy going and after two kids I think we kind of have it down (for the most part anyway.)

One thing that has surprised me is just how much Oliver loves his little brother.  I mean LOVES his “baby Ham.”  (“Liam” in Oliver speak.)  He is constantly giving him hugs and kisses and trying to touch him and talk to him.  It’s going to be fun to see them together as they grow up.  ♥

At one month: Liam weighs 14+ pounds and is 23″ long.  (This is what he weighed at his 3 week follow up so I’m guessing he’s gained a little more.  At least my arms are guessing that.)  He smiled at me at around 2 weeks old.  Nick says it’s gas.  I say it’s real.

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 Posted by on November 28, 2012 baby, family, Liam, milestone No Responses »