Monday, November 14, 2011

10 Months {Gwyneth}

Gwyneth you are 10 months old today.
You weight 16.5 lbs and wear 9 month size clothes.

You’ve decided you want to be independent this month. You enjoy being by alone and can entertain yourself amongst your toys for a pretty long time. Daddy and I get pretty bored sometimes when we try and play with you and you’d prefer to go off and play alone.
And then there was the day you ate a graham cracker and decided you were all grown up and would be feeding yourself from that moment forward. Somewhere in that head of yours you decided that  not only would we not spoon feed you, but you would not be eating anymore baby food either. You didn’t eat anything but milk for a week after that.

All you wanted were graham crackers and cheerios, two things you weren’t ready to eat seeing as you choked on them every time. Instead you ate dissolvable snacks and within weeks you have become quite skilled at picking up food and getting it in your mouth. You’ve sped up significantly and can put away quite a few little snacks in one sitting.

We’ve tried to give you new foods to try, all of which you touch with a look of complete disgust until you venture to put it up to your mouth. You will pretend to try it and decide you don’t like it. So far the only things you like are the fruit flavored cheerio dissolvable snacks and the cheeto looking puffs. This really upsets your parents who were trying to feed you homemade all-natural baby food!
At the beginning of the month you could standup by yourself and slowly get around furniture. In the middle of the month you not only caught speed moving around furniture, but you began pushing things around on the floor while standing up (chairs, boxes, etc.) Mommy got you a toy that you push. It goes super fast on the hardwood floors but you jog along behind it as if it’s not a problem. Occasionally you will let go of something you were using to brace yourself and not realize you’re standing by yourself. You stand fine until you realize what’s going on and immediately grab on to something or fall to the floor.
You like to giggle and laugh with Mommy or Daddy and you picked up on an evil laugh (muhahaha). You like to do it whenever you can. Nothing is cuter than a 10-month-old baby maniacally laughing as she plays with her toys. 
You’re moments away from walking, eating finger foods all by yourself and growing like a weed. It’s amazing to watch your mind expand and develop and see you absorb your surroundings. You’re such a joy and a constant source of happiness in this house. We love you!

{You can find previous months here}

Saturday, November 12, 2011

And the Winner is......

The winner of the 4 free tickets to the Wednesday, November 16th show of Yo Gabba Gabba is:
luckybeck said...
"We LOve ...there's a party in my tummy so yummy so yummy! but another fun one is "friends" what a wonderful day to have friends! friends are happy today, friends friends! oooh pick us pick us! ;) I'm so happy that your visiting my place!"

Congratulations! You have until 3:00 pm tomorrow (Sunday) to shoot me an email at [email protected] Otherwise another winner will be drawn.
As a thank you to all who entered you can get $10 off per ticket!

Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

Looking for things to do with the kiddos this month? There's plenty more to do than the handprint turkey. 

Have the kids cut out fall cheese shapes with cookie cutters for a fun snack with Moore Minutes.

Thanksgiving is always a funny time. You gorge yourself on appetizers while waiting for dinner, but what else are you supposed to do? Send the kids on a Thanksgiving Day scavenger hunt throughout the neighborhood. Find it at Family Fun.

Prewriting Practice Sheets - Cutting Practice - Thanksgiving Strip Puzzle
4-piece Puzzles - Sorting Practice - Counting Practice Cards - Color the Turkey
Letter and Sound Finding Cards - 3-Part Vocabulary Cards and more!
Get this and more ideas from Over the Big Moon.
Make an adorably easy countdown to Thanksgiving with A Humble Cup of Lukewarm Tea. Just print and color!

Make a cute paper plate turkey with Meet the Dubiens.

Spice up the hand/turkey idea with thumbprint turkeys inspired by Silly Eagle Books

Friday, November 11, 2011

Insta-Friday {8th Edition}

This week we....
 Got lost in a sea of polka dots.
 Went to Trader Joe's to get....
 The world's best cookie. Oreos with candy cane? Does it get any better than that?
 Went for a walk and realized it was way too cold to go for a walk, regardless of how much you bundle up.
 Had an in bed type of morning.
 Took a cute/scary picture of Gwen giving mommy kisses. Or is she sucking my soul dementor-style? You be the judge.
 It does get better! This is the world's most magical combination. Run, don't walk, to Costco and get yourself this Starbucks Hot Coca. It's nutso delicious.
 Tiny Prints has a catalog?!?!? Can anyone say Christmas card porn?
 Got up to date on our #d onesies (did you know Dollar Tree sells onesies?!). Perfect for the photo opp onesies. Beware though, they run extremely small and even the 2 year old size barely fits Gwen).
Tried on our Christmas outfit to prepare for a photo shoot this weekend.
life rearranged
What'd you do this week?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Things To Do This Weekend

Here are a few things to do around town for your (cold) three day weekend. Also, if you're itching to get your Santa fix, he's already at the Meadowood Mall. 

Bundle up and show you support. 
Veterans Day Parade
Friday, Nov. 11th {11:00a}
Virginia St.
The City of Reno is proud to support our military veterans by holding a parade in their honor.  This year's theme is "Honoring Women in the Military".  The parade will start at Court & Virginia and continue to 5th & Virginia. 

Make a Button Ring
Sat. November 12th {10:00a-11:00a}
Michael's - all locations
Make-It Take-It with purchase of buttons. Ages 14 & up. While supplies last.

How cute is this gingerbread guy? 
Clay Pot Event
Sun. November 13th {1:00p-2:00p}
Michael's - all locations
Make-It Take-It with purchase of clay pot. Ages 3 & up. While supplies last.

You'll see me at this one. I've been dying to try out Martha Stewart's new craft paints, especially the glitter ones.
Martha Stewart Crafts™ Paint Ornament
Sun. November 13th {1:00p-2:00p}
Michael's - all locations
Make-It Take-It with purchase of ornament. Adult event only. While supplies last.
Check out Martha's website for more ideas on what to do with her paints.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Printable Collection

There are so many amazing things designed and available for us to print straight from home that I fear my printer won't be able to keep up. That's when I run down to Costco. Anyways, here's a collection of Thanksgiving themed printables to decorate with or put in your kids' lunchboxes.
Saved by Love Creations has those two cute posters on the right available for printing as well as a tutorial on how to make that cute garland from paint chips. 

The rest is just gravy poster from Freaking Craft

Harvest subway art from Blooming Homestead

Plenty of adorable Thanksgiving posters at A Step in the Journey

Shindig Parties to Go has an amazing printables kit that includes everything you could ever imagine for making the world's most adorable kids table. 

Fall subway art from Eighteen 25

And for those of you who are die hard stationary fans (even though nobody seems to notice or care when you actually send out real ones) here's a Thanksgiving invitation from Sissy Print.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Win 4 Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Tickets

Yo Gabba Gabba Live is coming to Reno Wednesday, November 16th at the Reno Events Center and we are lucky enough to be giving away 4 free tickets (for the Reno show only).

To enter to win leave a comment telling us your favorite Yo Gabba Gabba song.
You can hear us singing "Try it, you'll like it!" daily around these parts. 

For extra entries (optional) (please leave a separate comment for each one):
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Giveaway ends at 5:00p Saturday, Nov. 12th. Winners will be randomly chosen on Saturday, November 12th and announced Sunday, November 13th. Tickets good for Nov. 16th show in Reno, NV only. 

Good Luck!