Uncertain of why... but I have been attached to the camera a little less lately.
I like the idea of just being in the moment. Then a really cute moment happens, and I'm all, CRAP where's the camera? Cue Instagram. I get a little bored of Instagram ONLY blog posts... but I have been using it more frequently as of late, So today - that's whatcha get :)
p.s. check out this AMAZING giveaway.. a blog makeover? yes please!!
Monday we were on the hunt for a white polo shirt onesie for Mr. Bubba.
I saw online that Kohls had one so we went there.
I am not a frequent Kohls shopper so these crazy little carts were a first for us!
Bubba looks like a teenager.
Like, honestly, who does he think he is?!
Too cool for school...
especially in his Irish soccer uniform from Ireland :)
Tired boy was the theme for Tuesday.
I had to wake Bubba up EARLY (8:00 am) so we could hit the road for Toledo.
That's right- 5 moms, 9 babies... 8 boys and the lone little lady, Avery :)
We had so much fun, and I did my best to keep Bubba awake the WHOLE ride home.
Needless to say he was so sleepy when we got home he passed out with a bottle in his mouth!
My Papa is getting married this weekend,
and my mom and I had TOO MUCH FUN shopping for an outfit for Bubba to wear.
This little smocked number of pure baby boy cuteness came in the mail while Bubba was napping.
I couldn't wait to try it on him once he woke up.
My heart = exploding with cuteness overload!
Wednesday was a bum day.
We stayed in our jammies until 1:30 pm.
Sidenote: Look how blonde Jack's hair is getting!!
It was a hot HOT day, so baby pool time was in order.
I think I need a bigger pool, after 30 min this mama was overheated & sunburnt!
Scoot over Bubba!
Want to know what else makes Wednesday awesome?!
It's MY night off!
So I enjoyed a nice cup of coffee on ice,
Bubba enjoyed a couple of green beans,
and John cooked dinner :)
Did I mention it was Spaghetti Squash night?!
I told John to set a little of the squash without sauce on it aside for Jack.
So Bubba got to eat it WITH the sauce.
Lets reiterate how AMAZING it is to have Wednesday be my night off...
especially when Bubba gets to eat spaghetti for the first time.
Bed time has been a struggle the past week.
We are working on a new bedtime routine.
It means LOTS of extra snuggles around 8:00 pm.
That's what we've been up to the first part of this week.
I'm sorry if you follow me on Instagram/Twitter already - most of these have been seen before!
If you don't follow me on Instagram, you should :)
My username is kaykmerr3
I'm back to my Wednesday morning Vlogging again!
This week I am changing it up a bit and linking up again for The Girl Behind the Blog series!
I meant to do this last night... then Teen Mom came on... whoops.
So Bubba is making his vlogging debut... if you can't tell he does not like to sit still.
I'm sorry if he is completely distracting the ENTIRE vlog.
It's just about morning nap time around here,
and he is NOT into the fact that I won't let him play with my glasses.
I should probably clarify that my thinking about Wendy's daily doesn't mean I eat it every day...
I just love it a lot and it's really really delicious okay?!
Book worms that is!
When we were in D.C. I picked up this little old antique window that had been turned into a mirror at Eastern Market.
Happy Monday friends!
John screwed hooks into the bottom of it and we hung it right by our door. It serves as a message board/key holder/shelf!
Normally I write little love notes to John or quotes on it with dry erase marker.
On Friday I made a to-do list for our weekend:
As you can see we crossed everything off :)
That sweet husband of mine took my car to get an oil change.
(husbands are so good for that kind of thing!)
The landscapers FINALLY came and fixed up our front beds... so gardening became unnecessary!
Even though I still want to add a few flowers- it has now become a weekday "to-do".
We hit up the mall for some Crate & Barrel action,
and exchanged a few of John's birthday gifts at Nordstrom Rack.
We did A LOT of that!
Between long walks up and down the little neighborhoods surrounding our downtown,
Evening drives with the windows down,
A couple OnDemand movies,
Dinner out with a flirting baby,
Before bed story time,
Sister visits and Auntie playtime ,
Church with a VERY wiggly 10 month old,
and did I mention LOTS of relaxation?!
I would say it was a VERY successful weekend :)
What is your favorite singer/band?
My favorite band by far is Radiohead. I saw them at Lollapalooza in 2008 and it was incredible.
But my true love. My EPIC girl crush. My musical idol... Beyonce. Love this girl. LOVE love. It is on my bucket list to see her in concert. I love almost everything she does. My current favorite? 1+1
What is your theme song/song that describes your life?
Oh man, I have NO IDEA. Too bad I'm not like my sister Megan.. she has this one ALL figured out..
I'll spare her the embarrassment and skip sharing THAT story ;)
::EDIT:: I thought of a song that is a good one for me. This song is classic, makes me think of my husband and I every time I hear it.. and puts butterflies in my stomach :)
Yes, this is the necklace I mentioned in my vlog last week! I LOVE it. I pretty much drool over EVERYTHING that Bridier Baubles has on their site - but I really am naming this necklace an all time favorite!
Unfortunately the fact that I NEVER dealt with acne EVER throughout adolescence is coming back to bite me. Call it acne karma but my post-baby skin hates me. I love that this little Neutrogena Wave was only $10 and it makes washing my face a little bit more.. "fun" - lets hope it works!
We tried these out last weekend! Over ice they are super refreshing and a little less sour than a traditional margarita. They don't beat my favorite- Tequila, club soda, lime- but they definitely get the job done. I mean, they are 8% alcohol after all! This lightweight only needs two to feel a little beyond tipsy!
Today you are 10 months old. You are such a big boy!
In two short months you will be ONE YEAR OLD! I feel like so much has changed this month... every day you learn something new. You have two new two front teeth that add just the cutest bit of cheese to your drool filled grin. You wave like a mad man (even when it doesn't make sense to wave...) We've also started to teach you the word, "no". At first I started saying it to you three times in a row before removing you from the "no" activity. It became pretty obvious that you understood when you started shaking your head "no". Sometimes you tell yourself "no" by shaking your head before I even have to say anything. You are officially real "crawling" and cruising around the furniture all day every day! Everyone says you'll be walking any minute, but I'm in no rush for you to start! You are such a sweet boy. You are the happiest little ray of sunshine and I love your laugh! You are so playful and it takes A LOT to make you mad. You are also strong-willed... I have NO IDEA where you get it from (coughdaddyandicough) It is a hilarious combination with your sweet disposition. You babble from sun up to sun down. The sound of your voice is the sweetest music to my mama ears. I love all the noises and sounds that you make, you are quite the conversationalist! I am astounded that another month has passed us by. I wish I could freeze time and speed it up all at the same time! I cannot wait to watch you grow, hear your first words, and watch your first steps. At the same time I crave those first few teeny tiny months... Oh Bubba, I love you so! You have your Mama's heart - and you always will!
Today you are 10 months old. You are such a big boy!
Alright, three lake house weekends into the summer and I think we have it down with Da Bubba.
Keeping Jack cool, calm, and comfortable is the KEY to a relaxing time for Mama & Daddy- Here are a few of the essential items to keep all three of the above a check, check, & check! Baby Hideaway Pool This pool is awesome because it is small enough to put on the dock and on the boat, yet big enough for someone (me) to get in it with him. Bubba loves it and it keeps him nice and cool on super hot days!
SwimWays Canopy Spring Float THIS. This is the NUMBER ONE best thing that we have for Bubba at the lake. We put him in here and swim around with him, and he is SO so happy! When we put the shade up it keeps him from getting too much sun and it is secure enough that I don't have to freak about him falling out!
Swim Sunshade Hat I feel like it's a right of passage that EVERY baby have their dorky white sun hat. Jack refuses to keep sunglasses on his face, so this is a lifesaver when it comes to keeping the sun out of his eyes. It also protects his head, neck, and face from getting too much sun! I love him in it :)
Stearns Hydroprene Infant Life Jacket This is essential for us. We go on lots of boat rides and I am a NERVOUS wreck about Bubba in the water. Unfortunately, Jack really hates having any movement being restricted. All life jackets restrict movement and we have actually gone through THREE before finding the right one that he could tolerate.
Little Tikes Snug'n Secure Swing This isn't a water item, but awesome for when he needs a break from sunbathing. My parents put one of these up in the front yard of their lake house and Jack could live in it.
Without these things, I am not sure if lake weekends would be bare-able for our family of three! But lucky for us, Jack was born for the lake life - with the help of these items we are set up to have one fantastic summer full of lake and sun fun :)