Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Last Day Of School

Campbell and Bennett had their last day of school yesterday. The last day of school is technically on Thursday but we are leaving for Disney on Thursday so Monday was the last day for us. I cannot even begin to express how wonderful this year has been for both of my boys. It has always been so awesome for them but Campbell especially has loved this year.
I think Campbell is going to be one of those kids who likes school (definitely doesn't get that from me!). His preschool has a workbook that they've been using all year. He's mostly been practicing tracing and writing letters, following patterns, etc. They've also learned the days of the week, the differences in weather, the pledge of allegiance, and a whole lot about the Bible. He asks me every single day "do I go to school today?" and is disappointed if I say no. He has made so many new friends and he is beyond obsessed with his sweet teacher. Like, obsessed.
Campbell made a new "best buddy" this year and apparently they are super tight. Adele's mom and I were informed on their tight bond at the beginning of the school year and those two are like glue. We're planning on some play dates over the summer. Thankfully, our school has a 6 week summer program so it's not "technically" over quite yet. Campbell will have the same teachers and friends in his class for a few more weeks. We'll take a month off, go back for 6 weeks, then take more time off before starting up a new school year in the fall. So we didn't have to say our real goodbye's just yet. Thank goodness.
And then there's this sweet little love muffin. I've had Bennett in Mothers Day Out since he was four months old. I know that probably seems crazy to some people but the women there are so incredible so I just didn't see why not. His teachers this year were no exception. Bennett absolutely loves his teachers and I do too. It really ended up being such a blessing this year. Bennett wasn't originally supposed to be in the "puppies" class. He got, as Scott jokingly likes to say, held back at the beginning of the year. He was supposed to be in a different, older class but he was a late walker and since he wasn't walking when school started in August, he was put in the class just below his age group. I was honestly a little sad at first because I knew it would be a very different "school" experience for him (no outside play, no spring musical, etc) but it ended up being the greatest blessing because his teachers and sweet little friends were just amazing. Plus, he was able to be with his teachers from last year during music time and I know he still knows them and is comfortable with them so it all just worked out perfectly.
Bennett loves school and he and Campbell both have never once cried at drop off. I know I've said that before probably but it just makes me so happy and I think it's a testament to how wonderful the program they're in is. It really has enriched their lives and I feel like it's one of the best decisions I've made as a parent to send them there. I'm know there are many incredible programs around NWA but for us, this is where we are meant to be and I've never once questioned it. Some moms have told me that they looked into over a dozen "school's" before choosing this one. I just go to church here so I was like.....this is where we'll go. Ha! It's seriously been incredible though and I will be so very sad when my boys are too old to be here.
Another school year down. So cliché right now but truly one of those "I absolutely cannot believe it" moments. It went by quickly. Thankfully Campbell gets to resume back to his ways in 4 weeks. Bennett will be upgraded to the class he was supposed to be in. So new teachers for the short summer session then new teachers again in the fall. I'll be honest it makes me a little nervous for Bennett to have all that change. I like consistency for my kids. But I'm sure he'll handle it great! I know they'll anxiously be awaiting for the summer session to start! Apparently school is way more fun than being home with me. Can't say I blame them.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mothers Day

I had a great Mothers Day! I got to sleep in and when I woke up I was greeted by two cute boys (well, three!) and a cup of coffee. I opened some sweet gifts then got ready for church. We had lunch with my mother-in-law then I came home and immediately left the house. Ha! I just wanted to be out alone, get a pedicure and take my time in Pottery Barn. So that's what I did.
I told Scott that all I really wanted for Mothers Day were some pictures of me with the boys. A true gift from Scott because his least favorite thing is taking photographs of kids. Well, maybe just our kids? I don't know. But he cannot handle that they don't stand still and it frustrates him so he's over it in about .02 seconds. You really do have to have a lot of patience to photograph kids. I will totally wait an hour to get a good shot so it doesn't bother me but Scott cannot deal with the craziness and out of focus photos. And I really do believe our kids are the absolute worst when it comes to taking photos. Scott says it's because I have a camera in their face all the time. Whenever I photograph other families the kids are SOOOOO good and still. What the heck? Ugh. So anywho, for Scott to say yes to taking our photos made me feel loved. Haha!! So after dinner we went out to a field and snapped a few shots. And by a few I mean about 300 and only about 5 of them were in focus but that's okay because that's all I needed! :)
I'm just beyond thankful to be a mother. It's the role I dreamed my whole life as having and it hasn't disappointed me one little bit. I longed to be a stay at home mother my whole life so to have my dream job gives me a level of happiness I could never express. I didn't realize how incomplete I was until I became a mother. These boys are my world.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Fri-YAY

Cheers to the weekend. I feel overworked these days. Ha! I tell myself every night that I'm going to just relax and I never do but tonight I REALLY am. Scott is working a lot so I feel like I should just work too. My work is all kinds of things....blogging, photography, Monat, laundry, dishes....you know, all the things. However, tonight I am planning on pouring myself a glass of wine and watching Fantom Thread in my theater room. Scott will be working (of course) but I'm taking the night off. Has anyone seen this movie? It looks really good to me and I've been wanting to watch it for a while. Scott is really busy with work right now plus he's trying to get a lot done before we leave for Disney next week!(!!!!) We both are going to need this vacation, er, trip. Trip with kids, vacation without kids, correct?
Yesterday, after I picked the boys up from school, we decided to go to downtown Bentonville. It was so nice outside and we didn't have anything else to do so walking around seemed like a good idea. And it was. It made me crave the farmers market and a date night with Scott. Need to put both of those things on the to-do list. Honestly, I can't remember the last time Scott and I had date night. It's definitely been since before we moved into the new house so two months but most likely probably closer to 4. Yikes. I'm pretty sure we take less date nights than any other couple I know. If you think you can beat me leave a comment. ;)
I got the boys these American Flag natives earlier this week. It was one of those "probably shouldn't but I am" buys and after they wore them today it turned into a "definitely a good idea I got these." They are SO cute and everyone stopped us to comment on them. The boys love them and they're so fun for summer. I absolutely love anything patriotic though. I love patriotic outfits, décor and food. Ha! It just feels like summer and American flags go hand in hand, don't you think? I'm feeling the need to go to Pottery Barn and get some stuff for my house now.....
Hope you guys have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bennett | Two Years Old

Somehow this little cutie pie turned two years old today. I can remember him being in my belly like it was five minutes ago. Bennett's first year of life was just about the sweetest time ever. His second year was a little....louder. But oh my how this one lights up a room. He is my little love bug who think's he is much bigger than he is and knows I find him to be completely irresistible. 
Weight: 28ish pounds? Forgot to weigh before I put him to bed.

Height: 33.5 inches. Measured tonight and he thought that was so fun.
Sleep: Bennett is an awesome sleeper. He goes to bed at 7:30 and sleeps until 7:00. He takes one nap a day around 1:00 for about 2.5 hours. Bennett still sleeps in his crib but I know he could handle a big boy bed if we wanted to transition him. The first two nights we were in our house, we didn't have any furniture so Bennett had to sleep on the floor for the first time ever. He did awesome and never once got up. He just laid there in the morning and waited on me to come and get him, same as big brother has always done. That right there is called sleep training your baby. It lays that foundation of good sleep behavior that continues well into toddlerhood and preschool ages. (Just sayin.) Proud I taught my boys healthy sleep habits!!

Eat: Bennett is an okay eater. He pretty much eats the same things all kids do. He loves peas and carrots and taking his vitamins. Smoothies and yogurt are his favorite foods. Bennett's absolute favorite thing is lemonade. Every time we drive by a Chick Fil A he yells "lenade!!!" (lemonade) and he thinks his day can't get started without his smoothie.
Clothes: Bennett wears size 24M clothes and size 5 shoes. He mostly wears all of his brothers hand me down clothes and shoes but of course he gets some fun new stuff as well. Bennett loves his red Hunter rain boots so much and always wants to put them on.

Diapers: Size 5 diapers and ready to potty train. Giving me all the signs and very aware of how it all works. I'm putting it off until July (I think) when we have a month off from school before the fall session starts back up. That's how I did it with Campbell and I thought it was really perfect timing and gave us a month to master it before starting school. So I'm just going to do the same with Bennett and enjoy those cute Honest diapers for a few more months.
Likes: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, his paci (he calls it "daci" and I'm pretty sure he'll be going to college with it), playing cowboy, being outside, Campbell, playing in our garage, watching videos of himself on my phone, singing his Jesus songs that he's learned in school, balloons, bath time, lemonade, books, playing hide and seek.

Dislikes: When he doesn't get his way.
Milestones: Bennett is a good little talker. A little over a week ago he started saying "help me" "hold me" instead of "hold you" and I have no idea how he knows to say 'me' now instead. Like, who taught him that and why? #stayababy He always tries to repeat what we ask him to say, can follow instructions, and name body parts. Bennett can walk down and up the stairs like a big boy, he can jump, stack blocks, and point to correct objects when we're reading books. He tries so hard to be big like his brother and gets frustrated when he isn't capable of doing something.
All About Bennett: Oh this boy. I can't even handle his cuteness or how much I love him. He's the second little boy I never knew how much I needed. Watching my boys play together makes my heart burst and having two boys makes me so incredibly happy. Bennett is spunky and full of personality. He is an absolute mess and Scott and I sometimes just shake our head at him because he's such a stinker. He has the best smile, gives the sweetest hugs and loves to be snuggled ("huggle") with for the first 30 minutes of his day. He could sit in front of the TV and watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse all day long and he is so beyond obsessed with his paci that it makes me feel terrible to even take it away from him one day. He always has one in his mouth and one in each hand. Like, always. I totally failed at the paci weaning thing. Bennett does this cute little happy dance every time he gets a snack or treat. He is classic second child birth order personality and he brings an extra little sparkle and entertainment to our family dynamic. I am so, so thankful that God allowed me to be Bennett's mommy and I just want to squeeze on Bennett and kiss his cheeks a million times a day.
Happy 2nd Birthday Bennett!! You have no idea how much we love you!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Two Tomorrow

Today I soaked up my last day with a one year old. When we wake up tomorrow Bennett will be two. Time is speeding by. A part of me embraces it then a part of me just wants to curl up on the floor and cry because my babies are growing up. I absolutely love the stage of life I'm in. My kids are still little but life is just getting easier. I feel like when they turn two you're pretty golden and have reached the easy zone. Now we're here. I would relive those baby days over and over again though because I love the baby stage too. I guess I just love being a momma no matter what stage I'm in.
I can remember this day two years ago like it was yesterday. I woke up cramping off and on and it lasted all day. I now know it was contractions but they were so mild I didn't realize it. Campbell had been at my parents house the last few days and we were going to meet my mom half way to pick him up. Scott and I started driving out of the neighborhood and I had him turn back around and take me back home. I just knew something was going on and I was scared to be too far from home just in case. While he was picking Campbell up, my friend, Jax, and I went to The Baby's Room to look at cute baby stuff and I'm pretty sure I walked away with a new pair of Kickee Pants for baby Bennett. Campbell and Scott made it back, we worked puzzles before bed, then I took a long bath and slept great that night. There was no question in my mind that Bennett would be arriving that week (at 37 weeks, just like Campbell!) but when I went in for my doctor appointment the next day, I had no idea she was going to tell me I was about to have my baby. I mean, who is dilated to a 5 and having contractions and not even knowing it? Me. The crazy lady who Jesus made to be unfazed by labor. Or as my doctor says "born to have babies." It still cracks me and Scott up that my doctor was like "yeah so you're in labor and the baby is about to come" and I was totally taken aback by that information. I was like "so do I just go home and wait?" and she was like "no you go walk next door to the hospital." LOL. And then Bennett showed up, a few hours later not making a peep and remained that way for the first 15 months of his life. Then he turned 16 months old and over night he turned into a tiny terror that screamed his wants and made me want to pull my hair out. But now he's two and back to that sweet little baby boy....with an added little spunk.
I cant wait to celebrate our Bennett tomorrow. My little two year old.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Bennett's 2nd Birthday Party!

We celebrated Bennett on Saturday and had a great time doing it. He loved his party and I think he knew everyone was there for him. He has been practicing (yes that's right) singing "happy birthday to you" and blowing out candles on his Melissa and Doug birthday cake since at least the first of the year. Just randomly practices. So when it was time to blow his candles out, he did it like a boss. It really tickled me! Bennett thought his cake was delicious but his favorite part about his birthday party were his balloons!!!!! I honestly almost didn't even buy any balloons because I know how obsessed he is with them. And by obsessed I mean....it can get a tiny bit annoying and don't even think about taking them away or else. But I figured it was his birthday and balloons would make him very happy so we got some at the last minute. This kid. He literally held tight to his balloons for the whole. entire. party. I am not kidding. It was like.....impressive honestly. He probably gave himself carpel tunnel. What a mess.
Overall, a great time celebrating our sweet boy. The party was simple but it was sweet! The food was delicious, the cake was adorable and the birthday boy was the cutest. Love our little man!!