Jacob's first Halloween

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I love Halloween.
The time of year, all of the fun activities, the decorations, costumes, all of it. 

This past year Halloween fell during a rather hectic time in our lives. We had just moved into our new home a few weeks prior, so everything was rather chaotic. 

I was so excited that it was Jacob's very first Halloween, and I didn't want him to miss out on anything.
Even though I wasn't sure where all of our Halloween decorations were, I tried my best to make due with what I had at my disposal. 

We made a family trip to the pumpkin patch where Jacob wasn't too sure about the whole pumpkin/hay thing. 

No worries though, when it came time to carve pumpkins he was all about it. 
I'm not exactly known for having stellar carving kills, so that's why our pumpkin is about as basic as they come. It's a good thing that 8 (almost 9) month olds don't care. 

Jacob's Halloween costume might have been my favorite thing ever.
I still cannot look at pictures with out laughing, and it was hilarious watching him crawl around in his shark costume.

We didn't take him trick-or-treating because he couldn't even walk yet, but we did walk around the block of my parents neighborhood so he could look at all of the other kids running around in costumes. 

We didn't watch very many scary movies that Halloween but I am happy that we were able to make the holiday special, despite all of the craziness that was happening at the time!

Weekend Recap

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Last week was just a blah kind of week.
My morning sickness made a comeback (didn't even know that was possible) so I had a few days of headaches and feeling like crap. The weather was crummy as well, so that really just topped things off. We spent a lot of time inside, but at least halfway through the week I started feeling better.

Friday night I dropped Jacob off at my parents and went to meet an old friend for dinner.
I can't remember the last time I went to dinner without struggling to keep someone in their high chair. It was quite nice, I have to say. After another week of just Jacob and I, I've been craving adult conversation like nobody's business. 

I woke up Saturday morning feeling pretty good and Jacob slept in until almost seven (yippie!),  so we celebrated with a pancake breakfast.

No fancy shaped pancakes, I know how boring. Maybe when I don't have to cut Jacob's food into bite size pieces I will invest time into making cool shapes.

The sun FINALLY decided to make an appearance on Saturday so we headed out to the splash pad.

The rest of the weekend was pretty lazy. On Sunday morning I wasn't feeling too awesome, but I still tossed little man in the car after his morning cartoons and milk and we headed to the Target down the street. The Lilly for Target madness was crazy, and unfortunately we came out empty handed.

"Mom, why are we waiting in line outside of Target on a Sunday morning? You crazy..."

I also hit 15 weeks pregnant on Sunday, and my bump decided to make a serious debut for the occasion.

and a front view just because...

I think that I can say with certainty that this pregnancy has been more difficult than my last, but I will save all of that for a future bumpdate.

Oh, and if you find yourself at Target and spot the Nosie Posey maxi dress in a small or medium, please shoot me a message and send it my way!

Tea rooms and splash pads {our week}

Friday, April 10, 2015

Oh my, what a week it's been!

With just Jacob and I at home, we had some great days and some days that made me want to pull my hair out. 

On Tuesday Jacob turned 14 months, and I feel like he is starting to understand things that I say.
If I ask him where his "vroom vroom" is he'll bring me his car. If I ask him where his ear is he will point to it. 
Funny thing is, I think "no" is one of the words I say to him on the regular, yet he still doesn't seem to quite get that one. Hmmmmm. 

Tuesday was also my Mom's birthday, and I wanted to celebrate by taking her to a tea room by my house that had recently opened. 
Toddlers and tea rooms really don't mix (duh, I know). Instead of a lovely afternoon tea, we stayed for about 30 minutes and then left as quickly as possible. Someone couldn't stop yelling and banging the pretty little spoons against everything.

Of course Nana didn't mind, she thinks her grandson is pretty funny.

Other highlights from the week? 

Jacob tried a few new foods (including salmon), which is always something he gets excited about. 
I'm not sure which he enjoyed more, his smoothie or his cool new cup.

We checked out a few local play groups/play places, whatever you want to call them. We need some weekly activities to go to regularly (for both of our sanities), so I've been looking into memberships at various children's places. 
That stuff is not cheap, but I'm thinking it will be well worth it. Jacob is at an age now where he gets super antsy, and by the end of the day we are both pretty tired of each other. Running errands with Mom isn't good enough anymore, he needs outings that are geared towards him. I also want him to get the chance to interact with other kids and play. 

Splash pads may be one of our new favorite things.
Fun with water that's free and nearby? Can't beat that!
I took Jacob to a splash pad five minutes from our house yesterday, and although he was a bit weary at first, he ended up having a blast. This kid loves water, and does not mind it shooting all over him one bit.
I have a feeling this will become a regular outing for us.

What kind of activities do you enjoy doing with your little one? 
Do you try and plan different outings each week? 

A child of God {Jacob's baptism}

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Back in July (ha I know, forever ago) when we left our home in Italy we made a stop in Oregon so that everyone could meet Jacob.
Jake's entire family lives there, as well as the majority of mine. It only made sense for us to have Jacob baptized during our trip so that all of our family could be there to celebrate. Luckily my parents (who live like 10 minutes from us here in Florida) were able to come out for the occasion too.

With the help of my in-laws we were able to plan the event from afar, and with the generous help of Tiny Prints I was able to get the invitations taken care before we even left Italy.

I absolutely love these invitations, and the Psalm on the back might just be my favorite part.

When Tiny Prints reached out to me I knew Jacob's baptism would be the perfect occasion to try out their services. The invitations were fantastic, and they even have matching thank you cards too!

Jacob was baptized following Mass and it makes my heart happy that our families were able to witness it with us.

Jacobs godparents (one of Jake's best friends and one of my best friends) flew into town for the event.

Jacob was such a trooper during everything and remained his usual happy self during both the Mass and baptism.

Afterwards he crashed hard though, it was a pretty big day for someone who wasn't even six months old yet. 

My in-laws hosted a wonderful reception at their home, and we all celebrated Jacob while he snoozed in the back bedroom.

It was such a special day and I am so grateful for everyone who helped make it happen!

Back to blogging {why I decided to come back}

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Why did I decide to come back to blogging after so many months?
I honestly didn't think I was ever going to.
Looking back on old posts is what really inspired me to start writing and sharing again.

I was reading through my pregnancy posts from last time, and I realized how thankful I am to have such wonderful documentation of that experience.
I became a little disappointed that I hadn't really shared anything about our lives since we left Italy.
No posts from Jacob's first Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or birthday to look back on.
Those were incredible memories and I wish I had documented them here.

So thats when I decided I was ready to start putting some time into this blog again.
I absolutely love having this to look back on, and that's reason enough for me to continue doing it.

I have lots of new stuff to share, but I also want to play a little catch up.
So if you happen to see a post in the near future about things that happened quite a while ago, it's because I want to have these memories in my blog to look back on. 

I hope that there are people who enjoy reading what I write, but if not thats ok too.
I ultimately write this blog for myself, and thats what I need to remember.

Easter Weekend

Monday, April 6, 2015

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

Our weekend kicked off with a neighborhood Easter egg hunt down at the park on Saturday. 

Even though Jacob has no concept of searching for eggs, he loved walking around and seeing all of the other kids. 

There was an Easter bunny at the egg hunt, but Jacob wanted nothing to do with him. Large furry things, whether its animals or people dressed like animals, are not something Jacob likes to get too close to.

I can't believe that this is his second Easter! He is growing up so fast, I can't even handle it. 

After some time in the sun we headed over to Nana and Grandpa's house for a dip in the pool.
Jacob absolutely loves the water, and I can't wait until he starts learning how to swim. For now he loves to hang onto his Daddy's back like a monkey and cruise around the pool.

On Sunday the Easter bunny made quite the visit to our house. 

I made Jacob a traditional Easter basket, but I've been wanting to get him a water table to play with on the back porch and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. So that became a part of his Easter gifts as well.

We headed to 9am Mass, and much to our dismay the nursery wasn't open. Jacob sat through the entire Mass with us like a champ, it was an Easter miracle. 
After church we met up with my parents for brunch at Cask & Larder.

My brother is the sous chef there which made everything extra fun. 

Brunch was amazing, and with fully stomachs we rolled ourselves home.
The rest of the day was spent relaxing, which is exactly what we needed. 

It was such a wonderful Easter, and I am so thankful that we were able to spend it with family!

Easter egg dying - toddler style

Friday, April 3, 2015

Yesterday I decided to dye Easter eggs with my one year old.

In order to make everything go as smoothly as possible, I decided that this potentially disastrous activity would take place outside.
I got a big piece of cardboard from the garage and set up the dye along with the eggs on top of it. 
I  stripped Jacob down to his diaper so I wouldn't have to worry about any stains.

Let me tell you, this got messy fast. I am SO thankful that we were outside.

Jacob didn't really understand that the eggs needed to be left in the dye for a while, or that only 1 egg could fit into a cup at a time. That's ok though, because he still thought it was pretty neat and had a blast. He liked dropping the egg into the cup, fishing it out, and immediately dropping it into another.

Once the eggs were finished he continued on with his fun, because who really needs eggs when you can splash around in cups of colored water anyways?

I originally wasn't going to attempt this Easter tradition with Jacob being so young, but I'm glad that we did!

Happy Easter!

A day at the zoo & date night {weekend recap}

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Last weekend we had some unusually chilly weather (low 70s!) here in Florida, so we decided to take Jacob on his first trip to the Zoo. It's always nice to get outside when it's not a million degrees.

I've finally started feeling a little better (I have good days and bad days) so I've been super eager to get out and do fun stuff with my family.

The Central Florida Zoo isn't very impressive, but when you are there with a one year old that doesn't really matter. EVERYTHING is new and exciting when you are 13 months old.
Jake and I had a blast because we were so excited to see what Jacob's reactions were to everything.

Jacob was pretty amazed by everything, and pointed at the different animals saying "Oooooo!"

The giraffes were probably the coolest animals at the zoo, and for $5 you can even feed them. We decided to forgo that activity this time around, Jacob has this crazy fear of animals when they touch him.
He does like to admire them from afar though.

I think the leopard might of been his favorite, he was pretty mesmerized watching it pace back and forth in front of him.

The zoo is pretty small so it didn't take up much of our day, but it was perfect for a morning outing.
We were done by lunch time which worked out perfectly, so we grabbed a bite to eat at a new burger joint near our house and were home in time for Jacob to take a much needed nap.

Jacob had a date that night so we took him over to his girlfriends house and the two of them went to a little festival in the town center.

It felt awesome to actually get out and have some fun with my little guy this weekend, instead of being at home sick on the couch.
I cannot believe how fast Jacob is growing up, but I am having SO much fun with the current stage he is at!
Cheers to being in my second trimester and many more fun weekends to come!