18 months!

Jay is 18 months today- holy camoly!!!  I am pretty sure that we have hit the 2’s early with this kiddo and as much as this phase makes me want to pull my hair out from time to time, there are times when I just sit back in awe of how wonderful he is.  Jamie and I find ourselves frequently stopping to watch as he learns something new, plants a sweet kiss on one of the animals or runs into your arms to give you a massive hug and wet kiss for no reason.

Since I haven’t officially posted an update in quite sometime I figured we were due, so here you go!

Stats:

22.4 lbs (today was the first time he stood on the scale by himself- such a big boy!)

31 1/2 inches long

14 teeth- SO happy to finally be able to say more than 12, those last two took 2.5 months to come in and we are still waiting on the other two eye teeth!

Likes:

*CARS!!  Pretty much anything with at least two wheels right now is a car; whether it be a car, truck, van, mack truck etc.  However, he does not discriminate and loves them all.  It makes riding in the car especially fun, specifically when we get to pass a big one on the road.  He will play with his matchbox cars (and his other cars too) for the longest time- they are constantly everywhere throughout the house and he is always making car noises.  Jay has also taken to the Pixar Cars movie (Cars 1- we are not taking an 18 month old to the theater.) We will sit mesmerized by it if it is on.  This is also a great time to get some snuggles in!

*Water- Jay loves water in all forms.  He loves the pool (the small one out front and any big one), the sprinkler, the hose (which he drinks from) and the bath tub too. It’s not an infrequent occurrence that Jamie will call to me from the bath to show me one of their new bath games or tricks.

*Playing outside.  Regardless of the heat, Jay loves to be outside.  He will trek around the backyard or courtyard for what seems like hours and usually is none too happy about having to come in again.

*Chores- haha, had you going here but honestly Jay loves feeding Piper in the morning and at night and is a great help when picking up his toys.  To watch him with Piper is pretty hysterical. He tells her to “sit” along with a hand motion that vaguely resembles the hand motion that we use with her, carefully carries the cup of food (that Mommy or Daddy fill) to her bowl, and pours it in. He usually drops a few pieces so he picks them up one at a time and puts them in her bowl and then tells her “ok” which usually needs to be repeated by me or Jamie since it doesn’t really sound anything like “ok”.

*Laundry baskets, empty plastic buckets or random boxes.  He will push them all over the house- empty or full- and has a blast doing it.  This makes folding the laundry more difficult, since the basket is NEVER where I leave it, but it amuses him and that’s what counts.

*Shoes.  He loves to wear his shoes and frequently we find him putting ours on (remember the pink shoes?).  He will walk around the house with ours quite a bit and he usually gets them on the right feet :)

*1, 2, 3 GO!  Frequently, Jay is running… he is on the move constantly and doesn’t like to sit still.  This being said, one of his favorite games is “1, 2, 3, GO”.  Which is when he says 1,2,3, go and then runs to the other side of the room.  The funny part… he usually starts counting at 2 and has already started running by the time he says go.

*Buckles.  He loves to clip buckles these days- especially the ones on the changing table, on his car seat and Pipers’ collar.  Fortunately for us he is satisfied with simply buckling them and has yet to try to unbuckle anything but bless us the day he learns that…

*The word NO.  I know that this comes with the age but man do I hate it.  We were pretty lucky to avoid the word for so long (thank heavens for creative ways of telling him no) but now since he is testing every boundary imaginable we have had to use it more often and therefore are hearing it more often.  Oh well, this too shall pass- right??

Other things of Note:

* Jay mimics just about every word out of our mouths right now.  It is great but we also really need to watch what he is able to hear these days ;)  One of my favorites is when he declares “MEN!” (amen) then smiles a huge smile at the end of the blessing at dinner time.  He is also stringing a few words together from time to time- usually only three at a time (Mommy, juice please) but it’s a start!

*He doesn’t sit still- AT ALL!  He is constantly on the move and usually running some place.  It makes the days long and exhausting for me but I was warned that little boys were usually this way.  Not sure what I am going to do with two to chase…

* His little manners are so sweet!  He has started to “say” (sign) thank you and he usually uses please (especially since he knows it will get him things he wants).

Jamie’s favorite from today ;)
hunting for acorns
success!!

1, 2, 3, GO!

more acorns
airplane!
giggles

the best part

of forgetting to put your PINK shoes away the night before is snagging some great blackmail photos of your kiddo as he clops around the kitchen in them.  Pretty sure these will make an appearance in a wedding slideshow one day :)

Happy Monday everyone!

one full hand equals one full heart…

Five years ago today, I married the love of my life.  I will never forget that day.

I will never forget the way he looked at me as I was walking down the aisle to him…

I will never forget the way my heart leapt with JOY as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife…

I will never forget how our entire families were together, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents- surrounding us with love and well wishes.

I will never forget the way we danced the night away with family and friends…

Life has changed so much in these last five years.  Since then, we have added a sweet baby boy to our family and will be adding one more soon…

We have leaned hard upon each other, have reinforced our strong foundation and have found new ways to love each other…

We have realized what is most important and have invested in it like crazy!

There was so much joy, so many blessings and so much LOVE on that day that I cannot and will not forget.

So here’s to that day, the five in between and the many, many more to come…

Happy Anniversary Jamie, I love you!

brothers…

Come November I will be out numbered 3 to 1; I will be surrounded by boys and loving every minute of it!!  Last Wednesday, Jamie and I ventured into the OB’s office curious to see what November would bring.  We left knowing that our house would be filled with more blue, more cars and a new baby brother!!  Yes indeedy- we are having another BOY!!

We shared the news with our families on Thursday with a pink or blue party- having everyone come either dressed in pink or blue depending on their predictions.  The girl group far out numbered the boy group but regardless of their predictions no one left disappointed- a happy (he bounced all over my tummy during the ultrasound and continues to do so) and healthy little boy will be added to the family. How blessed are we?

the pink group- Grandpa and Uncle Mark both have pink tags on their shirts ;)
the blue group- and yes both Jamie and I really thought that it was going to be a boy, Jay was blue by default (the kid doesn't own any pink)
My adorable sisters-in-law (and future brother-in-law) were so cute and sent their photos in ahead of time so they could be included too! You can see people holding their "puppets" in the above group photos :)
It's a boy dessert to follow the pizza- homemade ice cream sandwiches with Blue Sprinkles

And because I think this little one is already pretty adorable- here HE is (sorry for the poor quality iPhone photo)!!

one year ago yesterday…

We stood in Saint Margaret Mary Church in Winter Park surrounded by family and a few dear friends watching as our little Jay Bird was baptized.  It was a wonderful day (I can still smell the oil that they used on Jay if I stop to think about it) and I am so thankful that we had so many people there to share it with…

These are a few of the photos from the day that I never got around to actually sharing.  My favorites are still by far the few that I snapped as we were getting Jay dressed and the few that Jamie and I got after everyone had left after the open house…

probably my favorite from the day- he looks like such a little angel in this one to me, I also love proud Daddy's face looking on

one with his God parents (Nan Knight and Chuck Perreault) and us
everyone who celebrated with us- yes that is all family aside from Nan
The baptismal gown by itself since we didn't get a really good shot inside the church of the whole gown. This gown was worn by Jamie's grandmother (Memere) and almost every Perreault child and grandchild. It was so very special to us that Jay got to wear it too.

We are so blessed…

i’ve been working…

So I have been working a bit here and there and I don’t mean house work or laundry either (although I am still doing that).  I mean that I have had a few photography clients over the last little bit, not a ton but enough to get out and enjoy.  Unfortunately, first trimester exhaustion prevented me from getting around to posting any of those photos in a timely fashion.  I have however, been desperately trying to catch up and am almost there. If you would like to take a break, take a look at some cute babies, a beautiful wedding and a cute engaged couple head on over to http://www.kristenperreault.com/blog I’d love to have you there!

Here’s a little taste to get you interested…

one of my favorites from Nicole and Jeremiah's engagement shoot

20 weeks…

Last Saturday I was 20 weeks pregnant- we are half way already!!  This indeed is SO hard to believe  since it feels like we just told everyone our wonderful news.  This pregnancy has been so different from Jay’s, not in how I am feeling or the growth (although my belly seemed to have made a much earlier appearance than it did with Jay) but in the fact that I frequently forget that I am pregnant at all!!  I know that this may seem nuts but frequently I reach for something on the ground and realize that it’s not as easy to bend as it used to be- huh? curious… Or I am talking to Jamie at the end of the day and just can’t for the life of me figure out why I am so tired- maybe the whole growing a baby thing might have something to do with that… or when I am on the ground with Jay it baffles me when it takes more than the usual time to hoist myself from the ground.  It’s funny how life changes and how different things can be from year to year. I love watching our family grow and I can’t wait to see what the next few months and years have in store for us…

Oh yeah- my favorite “surprise you’re actually pregnant” moment is definitely when I am not thinking about it and I am sitting or standing still for a minute and I feel the baby flip or kick.  It’s those “hey Momma, remember me” pokes I love the most :)

Here’s a photo of the belly, since we actually remembered to take it last weekend, growing as much as ever.  And yes, I know that it’s not a great photo.  In fact, it almost looks mugshot-ish but I really wanted to wear the same outfit for all of the bump photos this time around and for some reason I picked a black shirt so we are kind of committed now…

p.s. We also had our 20 week ultrasound today and this little one decided to not be camera shy ;)!  We’ll be back soon with some pink or blue news after we share with the family :)

more sand and surf

Here are a few photos from our fourth of July weekend Beach trip.  Jamie, Jay and I visited my Mom while she was staying in Jensen beach for the week.  Jay loved the playing in the sand just as much as our last trip and he got a big kick out of the larger waves and the bubbles that they produced.  It was a very nice trip and every bit as relaxing as the time before- thanks Mom for having us.

Jamie showing Jay some sea creatures
Jay wanting to touch the creature (a sand flea- gross sounding I know but they don't bite)
my boys building in the sand
sand baby
their sand creation
family shot- the sun must have been in Jay's eyes
Mom and her boyfriend Ed
monkey see, monkey do
Mommy and Jay building in the sand
getting really excited about the waves
pointing them out to Daddy
the waves and bubbles were Jay's favorite part of the ocean this trip
trying to boogie board
Grandma and Jay
my Mom (Grandma) biting the dust on the boogie board- you can't see her but you can see the board flying up in the air
a successful ride
think my kid likes the sand?
fun with Daddy
waving to the turtle Daddy made- he would wave and say "hi, tutle" over and over again to it

 

 

flashback

While uploading some photos from our water camera I stumbled across a few from one of Jay’s first times in the pool.  I barely recognize him and can’t believe how much as changed in a year…

just look at those cheeks!!

keep the love cookin’

Nicole and Jeremiah are getting married!!!  I have been wanting to post congrats for the longest time, but waited a little bit so they could be the first to share the news and then well time got away from me- what else is new these days?  Their wedding is in the works for October of this year and I couldn’t be more happy for the two of them.  Here’s a photo of the happy couple from our beach trip…

The Saturday before heading down to Anna Maria Island I had the pleasure of hosting a shower Nicole.  She (unfortunately) lives in Asheville so we don’t get to see her as often as we would like and had to be creative about when we could celebrate but the stars aligned and it was a good time!

I went for a cooking theme since Nicole’s husband to be is a chef and the love to cook together.  Guests brought recipes that were mailed with the invite.  I am putting those recipes together, along with a few other family recipes that I wanted to share with them, in a family cookbook. I decorated with a bunch of beautiful cookbooks that I borrowed from family members, floating candles in mason jars, and a few other random kitchen items here and there.  For games, I had Jeremiah answer a bunch of questions about Nicole and we played our version or the “Newly Wed Game”, we had a-name-that-spice-game and also a memory game where guests had to remember the kitchen items that were on an apron that Nicole was wearing when everyone first arrived.  I gave guests fresh herbs that Jamie and I got the week before at the farmers market (Jamie helped me plant them in cute pots) for winning the games.  Along with the invites that I made, I made some wedding advice Mad Libs that made for great conversation over lunch.

I honestly wasn’t able to take as many photos as I would have liked to but here are a few from the ones I got…

The invite that I made, it's not a Nan Knight design, but it still makes me smile. Especially for being my first time playing around with anything like this.
the mad lib
party favors

the table all set and ready- the herbs were centerpieces and prizes
cookbooks and strawberry bruschetta
recipe book in the making
group photo
the bride and her Momma (my awesome mother-in-law)

Oh yeah- here’s the menu and links to some of the food that we had if you want to try any of the recipes!

Becky’s Yummy Punch- no recipe here just a great recommendation from a good friend

Strawberry Bruschetta

Eggplant Marinara Flatbread

Tomato Herb Flatbread

Salted Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats– so much better than regular rice crispy treats and definitely worth the extra effort in my opinion

Mini Raspberry Fruit Tarts- I don’t have a recipe for these either, sorry they are just one of my made up concoctions :)

Cream Cheese Sugar Mints