Friday, July 15, 2011

Night time routine

One of the things I am going to miss most when E is bigger is her bedtime routine! Sometimes she still lets me bounce her and pat her like this but only when she is really tired...after we took her off the bottle at 1 yr., this is how we got her to sleep/drowsy...

Now she rarely holds still long enough for me to put her on my lap so other nights after bathtime, I hold her, bounce and pat her, all while singing "Jesus Loves Me" to her. She lays her head on my shoulder, snuggles with her baby and blankie, and pats me, too. Melts me heart. I hold her until she gets heavy but not fully asleep and I put her down.

We also read before bedtime, usually in the living room or sometimes in her bedroom. She goes to the same books. She grabs the book "Moo, Baa, La La La!" and says "Moo?" I love it! She turns the page usually before I am even finished reading but I have the book memorized so I finish the words on the page anyways.

Ella Jae's 'go to' book is "I Love You Through and Through." On any given day, we could read this book 10x (in a row). She likes for me to read it over and over and over. I don't mind because that is exactly how I love her, "through and through, yesterday, today and tomorrow, too" and I want her to always know that!

Most nights she doesn't go to sleep immediately. She will talk and play with her baby. Very rarely does she cry unless she is just out of her gourd. She will even say "nigh nigh" in the sweetest voice when she sees me grab her blankie and walk towards her to take her to her room. I cherish each time I put her bed. I pray for her while I hold her, and I hope she knows just how much I love her with each pat on her little fannie. I love that I can see her sweet and lovely personality with each little pat she gives me, too!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I'm linking up for What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Here's what I'm loving on this super HOTT summer day...

I'm loving we spent the weekend with lovelies! Tanya and Tommy came to visit from MA! We had such a great time with y'all! Hope you enjoyed our time together as much as we did! E misses her Auntie "Anya" and Uncle Tommy already!

I'm loving I got this AWESOME makeup palette from Sephora! I used my giftcard I got for my birthday from my bestie, Amanda!! And was ONLY $19!!!!!!

I'm loving the Cover Girl liquid eyeliner pen! It is the!!! I have never used liquid eyeliner. It has always seemed intimidating, then I saw a liquid eyeliner on a blog but it was an expensive brand and I didn't really want to pay the price for it. Then when I was stroller through Target, I found this steal....less than $6!!! Yes, ma'am!!

I'm loving that while 'lunch break shopping' yesterday, a F21 cashier walked up to me and said "do you want this?" and I looked and it was a giftcard with 14.86 written on it. She said that a customer left it behind. It totally made my day! So I got a dress for FREE and a few other things :)

I'm loving Sunday night icecream trips! We go to Flannigans, pull adirondeck chairs in a circle (to enclose E), eat our icecream and enjoy one another's company!

I'm loving my little family, as always! E and I were really spoiled because we got to spend 5 whole days with Adam!! Love my little family more than anything and so thankful all the joy they bring to my life!

Hope y'all are having an awesome day and staying cool!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Our Happy 4th

Happy Independence Day! So thankful for our freedom and for all who serves our country to protect that freedom! I have always loved 4th of July and all that comes with it, including celebrating my birthday typically even though my birthday isn't until the day after. Why not kill two birds with one stone, right? Our festive holiday weekend kicked off with taking the boat out for it's first test run. It has been in the shop for repairs since March (long story. ugh.) so we were so to get it out on the water for the holiday! We took it pretty easy since it was the first time of the season.

Then on Sunday, we went to church and then celebrated my birthday with family for the rest of the day! So blessed to have wonderful family! We ate pizza, cake, and ice cream, and swam and played water volleyball!! So fun!

We ended the holiday weekend with more time at the lake with more boating and a cookout! It was such a fun and perfect day! Everyone had a great time and it wasn't too hot. Ella Jae had a great time drinking the lake water and eating the clay ha.....geez....she puts everything in her mouth even before I have time to react ha! She fell asleep on the boat twice which totally amazed me because she WILL NOT sleep in the car, but she fell asleep before we even got out of the wake zone ha! She was just too precious! She hated her life jacket on Saturday but we got her a new one and she didn't seem to mind it today, thank goodness! It even acted as a pillow when she slept so that was great! She is really getting to be such a 'go with the flow' kind of girl which makes life so much easier!

Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday as much as we did! Back to the weekly grind tomorrow, but it is my birthday so that is something to look forward night at Bonefish with my handsome hubby!!