Archive | June, 2012

Rand jams

Recently we went to Emerald Isle (I know…I need to download the photos!) and, on the way out the door, I grabbed a dvd that a sweet friend gave to Rand as a gift – Baby Einstein “First Signs.” Basically this dvd saved what could have been a pretty miserable 3.5 hour car ride and back. And now, he KNOWS there is a dvd player in the ceiling of the car and points to it every time we get in. When I start the dvd he lights up and claps. He’s even begun to imitate the words and signs – it is a hit.

BUT…we are sick of it! With another beach trip coming up, I have been searching for some variety. We just ordered Sesame Street: Singing with the Stars. I found another mom-review on a blog I like to read and her little one has taken to it so I’m hoping it will be fun for the trip.  So far, Rand has loved’s catchy number.

Side note: Rand doesn’t care for watching tv at home. There are far too many other things for him to get into. I know the American Association of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 2 watch NO tv whatsoever…and any of those fine folks are welcome to come and ride in our car for 3 hours!

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First day

Today is Rand’s first day at Mother’s Morning Out.  He’s going to every Monday morning for 8 weeks this summer and then will go for 2 days in the fall.  It seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital….and now…

We packed up his little bag, got dressed and put on some shoes (just in case he decides to walk like all the other kids at MMO…we’ll see) and had some fresh strawberries and a scrambled egg.  This boy LOVES scrambled eggs for breakfast!!!  This weekend at the farmers’ market we picked up some extra-fresh eggs from Fox Squirrel Farm.  Yum.

Now I’m off to do a 2 hour errand blitz before picking him back up for lunch and a nap!  Happy Monday!

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Family Fun

Rand is 14 months today!  To celebrate, my mom came over and played for most of the day (and I did a marathon grocery run while she did my laundry and cleaned up my kitchen)!!!!

Later, over at Grandmommie Smith’s, MJ and Rand had fun after dinner in their new sandbox…

Which led to more fun…

It was so fun to see Rand and MJ really play together – now that Rand is finally a toddler and keeping up with MJ a little better (although still crawling!)  And Rand is FINALLY feeling better.  New teeth, 2 days of fever, 1 ear infection and 1 sinus infection later…and I think he’s finally over the hurdle.  He didn’t let it spoil father’s day though…we enjoyed the beautiful day.  Rand sure loves his “Da Da Da Da” (also his favorite word).


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Random things from today

Okay so a few more things I’m liking lately…

Hanging out with my little buddy who all of a sudden is a big boy!  Unfortunately he’s not been feeling well and is cutting more teeth.  Molars?  The bad news is he doesn’t want to play much and has been running a fever.  The good news is he has only wanted to cuddle with me on the sofa or in the bed and today he learned where his ears are on Sesame Street.  This is the first time he’s ever felt like sitting still long enough to watch something for more than a minute.

This tea Tazo Organic Iced Green Tea with Spearmint and Lemongrass is on sale at Fresh Market for $1.  It is still a splurge so I probably need to find tea bags and make it myself.  For this week though, I’m treating myself to 1 per day:)

Also on sale at Fresh Market is the Mrs. Meyer’s line of cleaning products.  In particular, the liquid hand soaps are 2 for $8 AND there is a hanging coupon on most of them for $1 off 2 which makes each one only $3.50.  Obviously not as inexpensive as some other brands, but if you like Mrs. Meyer’s stuff, this is a deal – it makes it even less than it is at Walmart!!  I like the Lemon Verbena scent the best.

One more super deal is this Groupon that landed in my inbox today. I just got a cute pair of sunglasses, but if I hadn’t I would love a pair of these (a $425 pair of sunnies for $85):

or these…

This weekend is going to be full of fun. We are going to have dinner al fresco tomorrow night and then Saturday, we are going to attempt to make pickles!

My fridge is full of cukes and I’ve got the jars and the canning utensils but need to do a little more research to find the perfect recipe. Any suggestions?

Also this weekend, we are going to be celebrating Wes and Father’s Day! We don’t have many father’s left on either side of our families, but we will sure celebrate the heck out of the ones we still have here with us! I think I might be trying to attempt one of these funny things for “Pops” and “Bebo” (Rand’s grandpa and great grandpa)…

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Picnic Table

Rand got a really cute Kid Kraft Picnic Table for his birthday and we LOVE IT.  It was easy to put together and Wes even painted two coats of Thompson’s Water Seal on it.  Several folks have asked where we got it – we got it from BUT it is on SALE right now for much less on Rue La La for the next 2 days.  There is also a striped umbrella version with chairs.  We have the blue umbrella with benches. I noticed there is also a cute canopy sandbox too.  Check it out (when you get to the site, go to “Invite the Kids Over” section under the “Kids” tab.

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Beach Bums

Thanks Aunt Samantha for such a sweet pic from a fun week at the beach with the family.   I love my beach bums!

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