Friday, November 16, 2018

Bennett // 2.5 Years Old

Our little Bennett officially turned 2.5 a week ago today. I am absolutely loving his age and his little personality. He's always been our spunky one and the older he gets the cuter he seems to be! He has such a fun little personality and he is definitely the entertainer in our family. Bennett is a mommas boy and I don't mind it one bit. He loves to cuddle with me and he's recently started saying "I wuv you" and it melts my heart!
Bennett has always been a really good talker but just in the last few weeks his speech has really blossomed. He is starting to string long sentences together and sound like such a big boy when he speaks. He is still obsessed with Mickey and it's what he always asks to watch when he gets to watch TV. Bennett is a pretty good eater. He has to have a smoothie every morning to get his day started. Bennett is 100% potty trained but I do still keep him in a diaper at night. Bennett loves school and seeing all of his friends. He loves to say the blessing at dinner. He always says "Yesus thank you...." then lists everything he can see in front of him, followed by a very big "amen!" Bennett sleeps in his big boy bed and the transition to it was a piece of cake. He has never once gotten out of his bed. He stays there until we go get him in the morning, just like his big brother does. So proud of my good sleepers!
About a month or two ago Scott and I noticed that Bennett is really able to keep up with Campbell now. He can do just about everything Campbell can which has really made their friendship grow. They play together all day long and most of the time Bennett just mimics exactly what Campbell does. Occasionally they bicker but more often than not, they are always getting along and having fun together. I absolutely love watching them play and hear them have fun and giggle. I hope they will always be best friends and always enjoy one anothers company the way they do now.
Bennett is still obsessed with his paci. I know I should have taken it away by now but I just can't. He loves it so much and it makes me sad to take it from him. He likes to have one in his mouth and one in each hand. He has slowly gotten better about not feeling the need to have them constantly and I'm always trying to hide them under his pillow where he can't find them during the day. He's usually so busy playing he doesn't even notice but he does like to have it when he's sleeping, watching TV, or in the car.
I just love this sweet boy more than I can say. I love his personality and his blonde hair. I love hearing him talk. I love how much he adores his brother. I love everything about him and I'm so glad he's ours!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

26 Weeks

Size of Baby: Over 14 inches tall and almost two pounds.

How I'm Feeling: I feel good! I have the weirdest thing happening to me though. Several times a day, I will get this sharp cramp/spasm in my back and it literally stops me in my tracks. It comes out of nowhere and makes it to where I cannot, at all!! I just have to stop and wait until it goes away before I can go about life again.

Cravings/Appetite: Nothing new here. I want to eat healthy but also kind of just want to eat whatever I want because what difference does it make at this point? The struggle is real....

Clothes: Still wearing all of my regular clothes and pants. I'm now having to roll my pants way under my belly for them to be comfortable.

Movement: I'm starting to see tiny little movements from the outside now. He's still pretty quiet in there.
Changes in Me: I feel very overwhelmed these days. I honestly just make myself not think about it so I don't have a breakdown. Still haven't ordered one thing for his nursery...still haven't chosen a name. The holidays are coming up which has me running around town like a crazy person trying to accomplish everything on my long to-do list. I don't get to go to bed until close to midnight most days because I have so much on my plate. And when I do have a moment of downtime, I'm usually on my phone searching for baby names and nursery inspiration. I'm going to stop talking about it now before I give myself anxiety!!

Baby Purchases: I bought a little bonnet for him to have those first few weeks. I found it on Etsy and it's a really sweet, cream colored crochet bonnet that looks as if it's been in the family for generations.

Favorite Moment This Week: Actually taking the time to look at how I want to decorate his nursery. I think I have a lot of it figured out and I'd like to get it all on order this week. Probably won't happen but it's the goal. If we wait too much longer we're going to be pushing it to get the room finished in time and I don't want that to happen. I know they don't "need" their room to be finished but I like for all of that to be done before my babies arrive. One less thing to worry about. If we end up doing what I think we're going to do, I think his room is going to be really sweet. I'm excited to get it done.

Looking Forward To: Not having to give my kids a bath anymore. When will that happen? It's so hard to give baths when you've got a massive belly. I dread it every single night.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving Feast

We had a Thanksgiving feast party with Campbell at his school today. It's always fun getting to join in on a school activity of his. Last year Scott and I were on time to his Thanksgiving party but the other parents were early....which made it look like we were late. And Campbell was in the corner sobbing while his teacher was trying to comfort him. I will never forget it. We realized from that point forward how very important it is for Campbell that we are always there for his special events....and also to arrive early. Not that we would ever miss them anyway, of course, but it's VERY important to him that his parents show up.
The parents all waited in the hall until we were told we could go into the classroom. I could see Campbell before he could see me and his eyes were frantically searching for his parents. The same is true when he does his spring musical. You can see him on the stage working so hard to spot us. We have to be those parents who stand and wave so he can spot us quickly to avoid him getting stressed that we aren't there. Bless it.
Anywho, we enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast, watched the class perform some songs and a sweet prayer, and saw some fun Thanksgiving crafts they've been working on. It was sweet and we get to go back and do it again on Thursday. It's going to be the exact same thing part 2 but heaven knows we can't miss it.
On another note, it snowed so beautifully here in Northwest Arkansas today. Unfortunately it was just a few degrees too warm for the snow to stick. Such a bummer. We would have had a beautiful covering of snow had it been cold enough. Even though it didn't stick, I really enjoyed watching it fall for a few hours. While I was working out, I watched the snow fall outside and it was beautiful and peaceful. The boys loved the snow and I'm hoping we get more of it this winter. We have always gotten really good snow a few times a year here but the last 4 years we haven't gotten anything. Hopefully we get some really good snow this winter.....except for when I need to go to the hospital for labor. I don't need a blizzard on that day.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fall Fridays

It is currently freezing here in Northwest Arkansas. There's a slight change for snow on Monday which is so crazy! It seems a little early. I think we're going to get our first frost tonight and honestly, it always makes me a little sad because it kills all the pretty flowers. Even though it's been so cold, I've still had some colorful blooms in my yard. They'll be gone tomorrow morning though. Bummer.
We don't have any plans this weekend which is nice. It seems like we always have something going on. I haven't mentioned this to Scott yet but I would love to go shopping for new Christmas decorations. We're wanting to do a new Christmas look in our new house. I'm thinking buffalo plaid, woodland, rustic glam for the "theme." I think it will be something the boys will enjoy for a long time and I'm ready to mix up our Christmas décor. We need a new, bigger tree for our living room and I'm planning to put the tree we've always used in the past in the playroom. I'll make that one really fun and colorful for the boys.
I feel like if we don't shop for a tree and new décor soon, everything will be picked over so we need to get on it. Even if we do find a tree, I won't put it up until after Thanksgiving. I'm one of those who is team fall through Thanksgiving. After that we do Christmas. 
Campbell told me he wants to go to the Razorback game tomorrow. Unfortunately it's too late for them....and I'm worried it will be too cold too. We'll have to settle for watching it on the TV instead. Ever since we took them to the Razorback game, they have become die hard Hog fans.
That's about as exciting as this Friday post is going to get. Our Friday night will be very typical here in the Johnson house--pizza and a movie. Every Friday night. It's just our thing. Hope you all have a great weekend! Stay warm!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars

Today was my "day off" since the boys were in school so I decided to spend it doing some Christmas shopping. While I was out and about, I popped in Williams Sonoma and discovered something life changing. Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars. 
I walked in and immediately smelled something amazing. I shopped around a bit then made my way over to their little taste testing area and asked what it was and if I could try it. I wasn't even finished eating it before I grabbed the ingredients and recipe and declared I was making it for Thanksgiving. The lady told me they are known for this incredible dessert and it's always a huge hit in the fall. I cannot even say enough about how yummy it was. I wanted to share because if you are wanting to make the perfect Thanksgiving dessert that everyone will absolutely love, this is it!
You need these two Williams Sonoma ingredients. You can find the rest of the recipe HERE. I'm telling you, this is delicious and I can't wait to make it for everybody for Thanksgiving. 
They were also sampling out their hot apple cider and it was incredibly delicious too so I went ahead and added that to my bundle of goodies as well. Ooey Gooey Pumpkin bread washed down with hot apple cider? Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving combo to me!