Don't let this picture fool you! Lincoln was actually laughing hysterically, not crying. He is starting to really enjoy playing with Evy, and she just loves it!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Hard to believe I'm the Momma of a two year old!
We had Lincoln's 2 year checkup yesterday. Unfortunately, Lincoln is fully aware what doctors offices are all about. He is no longer happy to be there. Getting him on the scale was even a nightmare.
At two years old, Lincoln weighs 32 lbs, 90th percentile, and he's 37 1/2 inches tall, OFF THE CHARTS!!! He's going to tower over his Momma for sure!!
Overall, we had a great appointment. There were no shots, minus the finger prick...which sucks royally.
My only concern was Lincoln's speech. I asked what he should have for words at this point in time. His pedi informed me that Lincoln should be saying between 15-20 words, and only 3 of those words would anyone understand. The rest are normally only understood by the parents. Wow. I honestly thought he was a little behind in this department, and if that was the case I wanted to get him the help he needs. However, Lincoln has 38 words. Yes, we made a list, because the paranoid Momma that I am was freaking a bit. So, it was nice to hear that Lincoln is doing just fine!
We don't go back now until he's 3 years old!!!
Monday, November 28, 2011
I was recently contacted by Canvas4Life, asking if I'd like the opportunity to review one of their canvas prints. Obviously I jumped at the opportunity! I am a picture fanatic, as if you can't tell from the loads of photos I display on my blog. My house is decorated with photos. Photos of our family. I'm not one to display "pretty scenic" pictures around the house. I like looking at the people we love most. Of course Lincoln is the prime little model displayed on our walls :)
I was able to choose which size canvas I'd like, up to a 16 x 20. So, you know that's the size I went with! Next up was choosing a picture. This was SO hard!!! I take a lot of photos. I knew I wanted the canvas to be a picture of Lincoln, but deciding WHICH picture was the problem. I finally found the one. It's a photo I took of him last May at the beach. Here's how it came out...
Isn't it gorgeous? We haven't hung it up yet. We need to find the absolute perfect spot. It might take some rearranging of some other photos we have displayed, but I just want it to look amazing!
The quality is even better than I could have imagined. Not to mention it arrived at my doorstep only 4 days after I ordered it! How's that for fast service?! Overall, I am very satisfied with my canvas. I foresee ordering from Canvas4Life in the near future!!
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
I've had a bit of a rough year, but there are still things I'm so thankful for.
My family. I have such a great, supportive family. I feel very fortunate.
My friends. I'm not one of those people who has a ton of friends. However, those friends I do have are true. They're always there.
My husbands job. In today's economy, I feel very lucky Jared has a stable job. He also works his butt off so I can stay home with my sweet boy.
Which in turn I am thankful I can be a stay at home mom. My mom stayed home with my brother and me when we were kids, & I always hoped I could do that with my own children.
My husband. I'm not going to say we have a perfect marriage. Marriage is hard work. But, we are a great team. We share the same values. And above all, we love each other unconditionally.
Lincoln. My sweet son. I cannot say enough about how thankful I am for him. I must have done something right to be blessed with such an amazing little boy.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a great day!!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Adorable invite, ya think? Thanks to Life is Sweet for designing these adorable Mickey invites for Lincoln's 2nd birthday! Life is Sweet also made Lincoln's invites last year :)
You know Lincoln needs to have a birthday shirt for his big day....
Stinkin' cute, right?! Lincoln's shirt was made by the very talented Created with Whimsy. It is absolutely perfect! I cannot wait to see him wearing it :)
So, yes. We are in full party planning mode. Although his actual birthday is November 23rd, we are not having his party until December 3rd. That's what happens when your husband is a cop and works crazy hours!
I am looking forward to celebrating Lincoln's second year with our family and friends :)
Saturday, November 19, 2011
I have a very small family, so I think it's so awesome what she did. She made our family grow HUGE!
I think adoption is very important. There are SO many children who desperately need loving homes. I think of adopting myself some day when Jared and I are done having babies.
So today, I'm celebrating my 7 cousins. I'm thanking all of those wonderful people in the world involved in foster care, & the families who choose to adopt. You are giving these children a better, loved life.
To learn more about National Adoption Day, click here.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I haven't done one of these posts in a very long time. Honestly, it's been hard for me to even consider writing one of these posts. Let's face it, my life has been a bit of a rollercoaster lately. And, that's putting it mildly.
However, I am happy to report that Lincoln does NOT have Lyme disease!!!! And for that, I am SO very thankful!!!
It just so happened that he got himself a virus right when it could have been Lyme....just enough to make his Momma worry! & the limp....well, there's probably 100 explanations for that. He's a wild & crazy toddler, he falls down all the time. Maybe he had an internal bruise or something. He's not limping any longer.
So today I'm thankful that my sweet boy is 100% healthy. That's something worth celebrating!
What are you thankful for today?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
It's that little smile he gives JUST me.
It's that little hand that grasps mine, and leads me to whatever it is he wants. He knows he can count on and depend on me to help him with anything. I'm his voice. And although he is nearly two years old, he knows that.
It's the way he runs and greets me even if it's only been five minutes since he's seen me last. The loving smile. That bear hug he gives to me when he tightly wraps his arms around my neck and rests his cheek alongside mine.
It's understanding exactly what he's saying to me, even if it is completely in baby talk. Having those conversations with him, shows him I understand.
It's when he plops himself on my lap [like he literally JUST did], lays down and looks up at me with those big brown eyes of his. His eyes show such expression. They smile even. He grabs my hand, and places it on his cheek. I melt. Every. Single. Time.
It's watching him place his head on my shoulder, and drift off into a peaceful slumber. Watching his little eyelids flutter, and seeing a smile on his face, while he nuzzles into me.
I'm his Momma. And, he knows it.
Monday, November 14, 2011
When it came time for Lincoln to move on to solids, I did something I never thought I would ever do. I made his food. I got out my trusty Kitchenaid PINK blender, & pureed fruits & veggies. This method was not only wayyy less expensive, but it was giving Lincoln the very best possible nutrition, I could give to him.
Now that Lincoln is a toddler. Feeding him nutritious meals isn't as easy. He will happily gobble down most fruits, with a few exceptions, but vegetables....get out of town!! It can become very frustrating as a parent, when you are trying to do the best for your child, but seem to be failing when it comes to what they put in their belly's.
Peter Rabbit Organics offers these scrumptious fruit and vegetable pouches that provide wholesome nutrients and are 100% organic!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
This was seriously the one and only one of him by himself. It was a struggle to get him to sit with Jared and me, but getting him alone was next to impossible.
And here's my favorite. I think it captures how the shoot exactly went. A squirmy, silly little boy.
I think next time it might be best to have a photographer come to our house. Lincoln will probably feel more comfortable, and hopefully we'll have more success.
It was an adventure, to say the least! At least I now have some photos to make our Christmas cards...which, I am probably way too excited about! OH, & I have a 2nd birthday to plan....I should probably get on that, eh?
Monday, November 7, 2011
Yes. This was the front page of our newspaper, three days after we had already been living in "the dark ages."
If you are from New England, you are used to snow. HOWEVER, you really aren't accustomed to 16 inches of snow in OCTOBER! That's just crazy talk.
We lost power on Saturday, October 29th at 4pm. It didn't get restored until Friday, November 4th in the evening. Insane? I think so.
So, what happened? We got a lot of snow [duh, obviously]. At one point, we accumulated 8 inches of snow in just one hours time. Not to mention, there are still leaves on the trees. All of that extra weight caused branches and limbs to snap. Telephone wires were eliminated. It was seriously a freaking mess!
We spent Sunday through Wednesday at Jared's parents house. They have the teeniest tiniest generator on the face of the planet, but at least they were able to generate heat through their pellet stove. I was able to charge my laptop to play movies for Lincoln and charge my cell phone. That's just about it.
Wednesday night we headed to my parents house in Rhode Island. It was amazing to turn on a light switch. It was even more amazing to SHOWER!!! We had NO water, which meant, NO showers!
Jared stayed until Saturday morning when he had to travel back to work. Lincoln and I decided to stay a few more days. We seriously take SO much for granted!
A generator is now on the top of the lengthy of things we need to purchase. We plan on getting one that can run our entire house. It will be a hefty penny, but so worth it.
So, yes. This would be why I was completely MIA last week. It was a mess, & something I would not wish upon anyone. I hope any of my other readers weren't affected by the storm like we were! And if you were, please tell me your story. I have empathy for you!!
I really hope this isn't a sneak peak of our upcoming winter....
Saturday, November 5, 2011
I could be wrong, but I think Erin Condren is mostly known for their Life Planners. These are seriously awesome planners. I have never seen anything even close to them. They are personalized to your choosing. Check this one out with your very own photos on the cover!
I was very lucky to be able to review an address book from Erin Condren. Can I please just say that this is my most favorite address book I have ever owned?!?!
I am in LOVE with the print. And, I just love how it says "the allen family" at the bottom. The pages are thicker than ordinary paper, & provide much durability. My husband was even impressed! The quality goes beyond measure!!
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