Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Trip to the Marblehead Lighthouse

We've had quite the winter (as everyone is well aware!) and Lake Erie has more ice on it this year than it has in the past 35 years. We live just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the lake, so after seeing all these gorgeous images on Facebook, other social media sites, and even the news, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to take Tinley to see the blue "ice show" at the Marblehead Light House, which is a short drive over the bridge for us.
Aren't these images amazing?!
As much as we’re all expectantly awaiting sunshine and warm weather, anyone who’s lived here for any length of time knows March in Ohio can mean snow, wind, ice, rain, sun, or record warmth (remember the 85-degree March days just two years ago?). But, I have faith that with the official arrival of spring last week, that the end is near... at least I hope so- I'm going to ignore those huge flakes we had Monday and the 1/2 inch of snow we woke up to Wednesday morning! So, this is my adios to winter… ciao, adieu, cheerio, bye bye… you get the idea… for several months, anyway.
Taking Tinley to see the ice on Sunday was a perfect way to hopefully end Winter 2014. It made the brutal winter almost seem worth it. It was a blustery 23 degrees, with a 15 degree wind chill. It was almost unbearable to be out on the ice for a long period of time, regardless of how neat it was. But, she enjoyed it, and that's really all that matters.
It almost seemed as if we weren't in Ohio when we were out walking along the ice. It was as if we had been transported to Alaska or Antarctica; it was like nothing I've ever seen before. The ice gives off a bluish color, which I learned from research is a result of the refractions of light. It truly was one of the most spectacular things in nature I’ve ever seen, and made me appreciate living so close to one of the Great Lakes.





Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's The Little Things

It's been a while since I've participated in one of my favorite link ups, so today, I'm linking up with Ashley from Words About Waverly and Jess from Sadie Sky Boutique for "It's the Little Things." 
With little man's arrival getting closer and closer, I've found myself trying to do extra special little things with T, whether it be letting her stay up a little later, having a bedtime snack (as long as she eats a good dinner!), or lay in our bed and watch TV before bedtime- something she's never been able to do before.
She has not once ever slept in our bed, and as a parent, I am very proud of that. I know it's an easy habit to get in to, and an even harder one to break. Yes, of course, there are those mornings when she's up a little earlier than I care to be, so I'll go and get her and bring her back in our room and turn on Disney Junior. But she will not go back to sleep in our bed. I think it's because she's never slept in our bed before, so she thinks it's like a reward when she's in there. She plays and jumps around. Occasionally she'll lay still and watch TV, but fall asleep? Never. I dread the day when we go to a hotel... we'll have to drag along a Pack "N" Play for our 4 year old.
But in all seriousness, I am trying to soak up every moment I can with our sweet girl. She's been the only for over 2 years, and for the longest time, it was just her and I while daddy worked. It is going to be a big adjustment for us all once baby boy arrives, but I do not want her to ever feel left out. After all, she will always be our only baby girl. :o)
So, for now, I'll take in every second I can get with her, even if it does mean staying up a little later and letting her play in our bed before bedtime.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trendy Tot Tuesday

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Back in October, I shared some of my top picks from Ralph Lauren's new line. My absolute favorite outfit from this post is the hot pink corduroy jumper with the seersucker oxford shirt. Seriously, cutest thing ever.
Tinley has that outfit and rocked it Saturday night for a birthday party at Plumbrook Country Club. I paired it with white tights, gold Mary-Jane's, and a white bow. And did I mention I straightened her hair? When did she get so big?!
Anyway, she looked absolutely adorable and was in the cheesiest mood ever, which made for lot's of super cute pics!

We had a fabulous evening celebrating Uncle Mark's birthday!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Snow Day Crafting

Yesterday, we had another winter storm and were stuck inside the house all day on a Level 3 Snow Emergency. (For those of you not from Ohio and unfamiliar with levels, a Level 3 means you are not allowed to be on the roads, and they will ticket you if you are!) And trust me, you wouldn't have wanted to be out yesterday. It was literally a blizzard and there were wrecks everywhere. There was even a fatal 50 car pile-up on the highway! So sad, and my thoughts go out to all of those involved. The pictures are just horrific. 

So, needless to say, we spent the day inside. Justin is able to work from home, so he spent some time working. We also got little man's closet painted, our closet re-organized (we had to combine closets because I was previously using our entire mater walk-in closet myself!), and I got a lot of baby's clothes washed. Little man has quite the wardrobe already, I must say. It's so strange seeing so much blue and green, but I'm enjoying the change!

And, T and I did a little St. Patty's Day crafting! I found this via Pinterest, and thought it looked easy enough for a toddler. So, I busted out the green paint and we gave it a shot. I think she preferred her own design, but we did manage to get 2 good ones done to send to grandparents. 

I'm happy with the way they turned out, but what was even more rewarding was seeing how much fun she had! I guess sometimes being stuck inside and having to resort to finger painting is worth it!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Trendy Tot Tuesday: Mickey's Music Festival

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Some of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook might've already seen these pics, but I couldn't resist sharing them again...

On Sunday afternoon, we took Tinley to Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival in Cleveland. She had a blast, despite being deliriously tired due to no nap. (of course she falls asleep in the car when we're 10 minutes away, right?!) 

Anyway, I obviously had to dress her to in some sort of Mickey/Minnie attire, so after digging through her closet, I came across a Smocked Auctions bubble that still had the tags on it. "Size 12 months, it'll never fit," I thought. But, I at least made her try it on, and whatta ya know? It fit! Thank goodness for a petite toddler! So, I paired it with a white turtleneck, some white tights, and her red Toms. I found bow that matched as if it came with the bubble, and added it to her Mickey ears we had made for her 2nd Birthday Party. They made the perfect head accessory and totally completed the look!

I have to say, she was the cutest mouse there, and it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Monday, March 10, 2014

31 Week Bumpdate

Oh Monday, here we meet again. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! 

Yesterday marked 31 weeks. I honestly can't believe it. It seems like this time around, the weeks have flown by! It's probably because I'm busy chasing a toddler around, but for some reason, I just don't seem to be prepared for little man. Yet, yesterday, Justin asked if I wanted to go to Babies R Us, and I couldn't think of a single thing we actually needed. You would think we were first time parents or something... 

Anyway, let me bring you up to speed:

How Far Along:
31 weeks and 1 day

Size of baby: 
According to The Bump, baby is the size of a pineapple!

Maternity Clothes:
Tunics and long tees are my faves lately, and I'm still loving my maternity leggings. I will definitely hang on to those babies after little man arrives. And I swear, I have more than one pair of maternity jeans... 

Weight Gain:
I go to the doctor today actually, but if my home scale is right, I've gained 6 pounds these last 4 weeks, which my doctor will be proud of, considering I've been losing weight. 

Still a boy! In case you missed that announcement, click here!

A lot. A lot. A lot. If it's indication of how wild he is inside the womb, Lord help me when he arrives...

Or lack thereof. Hard to get comfortable combined with the frequent potty visits makes sleep far less enjoyable these days. 

What I miss: 
It's a toss-up between wine and Mountain Dew right now.... but I can't wait to eat a rare steak soon too!

Still the same... veggies, salad, and sweets. Right now, I could  go for a big plate of pancakes!

Lot's of cramping and Braxton Hicks these last 2 weeks. Hopefully the doctor today will assure me there's nothing going on "down there" yet.

Favorite Moment This Week: 
I'm hoping our nursery carpet and nursery furniture get delivered sometime soon and we can complete the nursery. I can't wait to see the finished product!

Worst Moment This Week:
Just being uncomfortable in general, I don't remember feeling this way with T. However, I find it hard to complain, considering I've had two "perfect pregnancies" so far...

Looking Forward To:
Finishing the nursery and again, picking a name... still. 

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