today I am…

I should probably say 5 days ago I was… but we’re not really counting.  Jamie, Jay and I have been unplugged for most of the Christmas holidays and it has been so nice!  So please excuse the tardiness of this 11 month post, it doesn’t mean that it was any less appreciated or celebrated.


Height- 28.5 no change from last month

Weight- 19lbs 2oz

Teeth- 7, one more than last month and oh so close to 8!

Things of note:

*Jay has always taken great interest in the things around him and has been quite the observer.  However, now he is points things out to us.  Frequently, we will hear this sweet “ohh” come out of his mouth while he points at something.  It’s adorable and I love, love, love it!

*I told you a while back that we were going to work on baby sign language well we have (although not as much as I would like) and Jay now knows the sign for juice, airplane, and more and can sign fan and milk.  I am sill working on finished- I think that would be far more useful than fan…

*Jay has started dancing just within the last week or so.  It is adorable and it cracks me up.  He bobs up and down along (kind of) with the music- I love it.  He also bobs up and down when he gets excited over things.

*Jay has always loved peek-a-boo however, he has started playing it ALL of the time now.  Anything that can be held in front of his face or that he can hide behind is fair game.  I especially love when he holds up things that he can see around or through and he still thinks he is hiding. Jamie and I are frequently wondering “where’s Jay?” and it never ceases to entertain him and therefore we continue to look for him.

*His balance has improved by leaps and bounds this past month.  He is constantly standing on his own and he now bends and squats while standing and maintaining balance.  He is also quite the cruiser right now.  He still prefers to crawl (it’s faster); however, he can walk around and between furniture/walls/etc.

*He talks loudly and frequently.  Jamie and I sometimes find ourselves yelling over him just so we can hear each other.

*He has started playing shy with strangers.  When people talk to him in public he will rest his head on my or Jamie’s shoulder and snuggle in- something that both of us hate ;-).  He has gotten to where he will smile back at them but it does take a minute for him to react.


*Food- honestly he loves most everything that is put in front of him (as long as it has flavor); however, his current favorites are Chili (he loves it spicy too), blueberries, yogurt, prunes and gingerbread cookies (yes- he was spoiled over the holidays).

*Wagon Rides– these still remain constant at the top of his list.  He loves to be outside!

*His animals!!  He seriously gets excited every time any one of them (Dolce, Bella or Piper) comes in view and he will follow them until they can’t be seen anymore and when they get out of view he crawls, strains, pulls up etc until he is able to see them again. Our furry children are a constant recipient of his “ohhs” and finger pointing.  He has even started hugging them- he will put his head down on them and pat them a little.  So, so precious!

*Crawling through the chair and table legs in the kitchen and dinning room.  He loves the obstacle course that they provide for him and it is even more fun if he has something that he can drag through the course with him.

*Balloons- this will be a must for his birthday party-  thanks Nan and Leyton for the introduction to them!


*Sitting still for diaper changes or getting dressed- basically sitting still in general.

*Being hungry.  This little boy can pack it away (10th percentile- ha!) and he can get pretty darn mad when his belly is empty.

love those toes
sharing his toys with Daddy (whom you can't see)
love those lashes
I just think this one is funny- Mr. Cool...


is what I am today!  I thought  that today was simply going to be wonderful since my dear husband was home from work, we got to sleep in a little bit and we were going to have lunch with Grandpa.  Little did I know what those two had up their sleeves…

Let me preface this by saying that my husband is pretty horrible at secret keeping; he can do it but don’t ask him to do it for long and he better know that he can tell at some point.  So I am going to give him some serious credit for keeping this surprise under wraps! What is the surprise you might ask?  Well my lunch guys- aka Jamie and Grandpa- very subtly told me that my new oven was going to be delivered this afternoon.  Um excuse me?  My new what??  I know that the picture Grandpa gave me shows a brand new Kenmore stove/oven (not sure which is the real technical name so I am just going to use them both) but honestly they couldn’t be serious right?  They were super duper serious and I am pretty sure that it took a good five or so minutes to really sink in that I was getting a new oven.

Before I go any further let me explain just how monumental a new oven is.  I LOVE to bake, I mean really love to bake.  Not sure you believe me?  Check here, here or here or let me tell you that since last Friday I have baked over 350 cookies… believe me now?  I love to bake, it’s a release and also one way I recharge.  That being said, I have strongly disliked (I won’t say hate since that’s a strong word and it has put food on our table for a good 3 years) our oven since we moved into our house.  The rest of the house- great, the kitchen- wonderful, the oven- not so much.  The burners can be tricky but worst of all only one, yup just ONE cookie sheet would fit in the oven at a time- this oven was small!  You see my problem?  If not re-read a bit… 350 cookies baked in less than a week- do the math and I am sure the problem will come to you.

So getting a new oven is huge, I mean really huge!  It was delivered this afternoon and already I am in love, I might be able to fit in it if I tried- but I won’t, I’ll just leave you the visual.  Aren’t my lunch guys sweet?  They are so thoughtful and I am so grateful!

here it is-it's wonderful! and yup those are my pink polka dot slippers you can see in the oven window :-)

The only question now is what to make first…

we’re getting ready!

One week tomorrow is Christmas and we have had some busy little elves at our place getting ready for the big occasion, but I think we are almost ready.  We just need all of the family to get into town so we can get this celebration started :-)

Here’s a peak at what we’ve been up to… what’s left to do on your list?

all of our packages have arrived

our tree has been picked

it has been delivered

and trimmed

the lights have been hung

the decorations have been put out

a few breaks have been taken to play

holiday goodies have been baked

and they have been taste tested too!



With the holidays right around the corner I have a ton of projects going on throughout the house- really it’s a wonder I find anything I need on my dining room table these days.  I love, love, love making (and getting) homemade gifts; they are so much fun, in my opinion!  I can’t wait until after Christmas so I can show off a few of them to you all.  But until then, check out the what we brought to the party for Leyton yesterday…

I wanted to make Leyton an Airplane coloring book since he loved to color so much the last time I was there and he can't seem to get enough of airplanes- I'd show the front but it wasn't super exciting
pages for the airplane coloring book- aren't they cute planes?! I thought they were adorable; Wally's my favorite :-)

An airplane t-shirt to match the incredibly cute and creative party invitations. The party was an airplane theme party and Nan made the invites look like boarding passes. She's good isn't she?

parties and a terrific two year old!

This little guy turns a whopping two years old day!  It feels like just yesterday when I was anxiously waiting for the phone call that they were going to the hospital, waiting for the one that said he was safely here and when I first got to cuddle with this little bundle…  It truly is amazing to watch these kiddos grow up.  It continues to happen so quickly; however, that is part of the reason that it is so wonderful and why I feel so blessed to be apart of it!

Yesterday Jay, Jamie and I partied with the best of them (and when I say best I mean the Knights of course).  We ate cupcakes, we played with balloons (which are amazing by the way) and generally just enjoyed some time with wonderful company.  Thanks so much for having us, we wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

watching the cupcake devouring
Leyton giving his Mama some sugar- it doesn't get any better than this!

Daddy creating some silly hair
my observer taking in the present opening
helping with the cards

Also, if you have a minute and want to shed a tear or two check out Nan’s sweet, sweet letter to Leyton.

lunch with Grandpa

Today is lunch day with Grandpa- yahoo!!

Before Jamie and I got married and until he had to work from the office more regularly, Jamie had lunch at least once a week with his Grandpa.  I remember distinctly the first lunch I was able to be included in, they arranged to have lunch on a day that I had off from school, which was sweet on both of their parts.  It was such a treat to be included and I have enjoyed these lunch dates ever since! Lately, it has become more difficult to schedule these lunches since Jamie has been working from the office; however we still manage to fit them in when we can and we enjoy every minute of the ones we get :-)

this was taken after a lunch where Grandma joined us too

beary chilly out…

It has been rather chilly in “Sunny Florida” lately.   I know that it does not compare to the temps in Canada, New York, Asheville, Indianapolis or any other chilly place our readers may reside; however, lows in the 30’s and highs in the 50’s and 60’s is pretty notable for us.  Especially, given that it is only December and we don’t invest very much money into warm weather wear since we only get to drag it from the depths of our closets 2 or 3 times a year or when we vacation.  I always think it is so funny to see what Floridians wear on the coldest days.  It seems to me that they pull every warm thing that they own- matching or not, straight out of the 80’s or not-  out of their closets and put it ALL on at once!!  It’s funny and I could go on and on about it but then I wouldn’t get to show you my cute polar bear nearly as soon as I would like and that would be a shame, so we’re moving on…

My Mom came over the other day with an adorable bear hat and mittens to protect our sweet little boy’s noggin and tiny fingers from the chill.  I mean, it would be tragic (and I think I might have gone crazy being cooped-up) if we couldn’t go outside or take wagon rides because of the cold.  However, you can let out a sigh of relief… tragedy has been averted and I have some adorable (yes I can say that) pictures to prove it!

Enjoy and stay warm :-)

Jay Bear :-)
Mom- giver of the hat
one happy little Jay Bear
crawling in the flower bed, although if you squint maybe it could look like snow ;-)