Friday, November 21, 2014

Tooth Fairy Pillows

We got the cutest surprise in the mail the other day from Aunt Melly and Paddy. These are the sweet ladies who made both boys their quilts. See James' here and Will's here. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to hold the boys still long enough to take their pictures WITH the pillows, but maybe this will do for now. They're SO cute! Each boy got one. There is a pocket on it for a tooth so that the Tooth Fairy can collect it and leave a prize. James cannot WAIT to lose a tooth!

{Disregard the fact that Will's bed looks like it is about to take off. He still has bed rails.}

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Grown-up Christmas List

I know it is a week before Thanksgiving, but because I've never really been a respecter of the turkey, I'm skipping right ahead. I'm sorry, but it's true. And since I posted the boys' lists earlier in the week, I thought I'd share mine today! I feel sort of selfish for sharing this, so just know that it is a WISH LIST not a NEED list. If I got not one thing on this list (or anything for Christmas for that matter), I have SO much to be thankful for. 

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1. Barre3 DVDs. I LOVE this program. I subscribed online several years ago, but I would love the DVD copies instead.
2. and 3. I need an address stamp for our new house and I love the idea of name stamps for the boys instead of a calling card! This set from Heavens to Betsy is my absolute FAVORITE of any I've found.
4. Cushion Drop Earrings from Stella and Dot. I cannot stay away from Stella and Dot.
5. A steam mop. We have a LOT of tile in our new house and I would love to have a mop to sanitize all of it!
6. and 11. Screened Porch furniture! I would love something similar to this set from Ballard (without that price tag...sheesh!).
7. and 8. Toms wedge booties. LOVE.
9. Tory Burch for Fitbit Metal Hinged Bracelet. So pretty. Now to find that Fitbit!
10. Bean Boots.
12. Longchamp in Gunmetal. Swoon.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Checkin' It Twice...for Will

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I shared my Christmas list for James yesterday, so today it's Will's turn. We have a few items that we've already gotten for him (or plan to), but here are the things that are on his list that may or may not make the cut. You'll have to wait for the bigger items for Christmas morning! I don't want to ruin the surprise!

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1. A sleeping bag like big brother's! James got a sleeping bag when he was three, I think, and he loved it!
2. This cute plush campfire set. I mean, why not? The price is ridiculous, but it looks like so much fun, doesn't it?!
3. Glow-in-the-dark stars. The boys currently have glow-in-the-dark BUTTERFLIES on their ceiling fan. We need to remedy this, right?
4. Duffy Bear! I shared this on James' list, but it's on Will's as well. My boys are big on having a lovey to sleep with and I foresee this making an appearance at bedtime for a long time. He's just so cute!
5. Paw Patrol Playset. If you know a boy ages 2-7 you may have heard about Paw Patrol. The boys are OBSESSED with this show. They added a new pup on Friday and we had a lunch picnic in the den just to watch! BIG fun! 
6. and 7. Super heroes are BIG in our house right now, too. These books would be awesome for Will. Super Hero Opposites and Super Hero Colors, Shapes, & More!
8. Dino Slippers. Just because they're so cute!
9. VTech Switch & Go Dinos. There are SO many of these to choose from. They're basically transformers. My guys would love this!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I'm Makin' a List...for James

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I made lists for my boys WEEKS ago and have been adding to them steadily. I rely on word of mouth, ideas I have when I'm out and about, and my boys, of course, to putting these Christmas lists together. We've *pretty much* narrowed down what we're getting both boys and these items may still wind up under our tree, but aren't necessarily going to. I'll save our for sure items for after Christmas. Still, these items have a place on the list and will be recommended if anyone asks what they want. These are certainly not needs. :) This list is for your bigger boys, James' age and older. I'll share Will's list next week!

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1. All little boys need a teepee, right? This would be PRECIOUS and the black and white stripes would match our playroom. The best part is that it folds up for corner or closet storage.
2. Duffy Bear! This is a trick from Disney. :) Duffy Bear is Mickey's own personal teddy. You can dress him up in various outfits. Basically, this is my answer for boy moms who really want American Girl dolls. LOL!
3. MAN pajamas. James wants some badly. These from Gap are CUTE.
4. Disney Pictopia. This looks like such a fun game and we are all about family game night at our house.
5. Disney Infinity for Wii. A new Wii game. This one has other games you can add on to it later. James has been all about the Wii recently. This one would be fun. There's a new version for Wii U, but we have to stick to the basic Wii at our house.
6. Magformers are blocks that I've heard about for a while. They are PRICY, but according to those who have them, they're worth it. 
7. A new robe. To go with his MAN pajamas.
8. Lego Duplo is the perfect stepping stone to Legos. We got Legos for James' birthday and HOLY COW. They are not for the faint of heart. If you're not ready to spend hours assisting your kid put together those crazy creation, Lego Duplo or Lego Junior is a great start.
9. Zoomer the Robot Dog. James is robot-stinkin'-crazy. We have NO CLUE where this came from. He has seen these robot dogs all over lately (apparently they're the hot toy this year?) and is obsessed. I'm not sure that Santa is bringing him this, but boy does he want it!

What are your 5-7 year old boys getting for Christmas this year?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tour de France.

Lauren texted me tonight and said, "Your blog called and wants you to start writing again." Duly noted. I have just not at all been interested. It's the six year slump, I guess.

Maybe I will catch up. Maybe not. We shall see.

James' class is studying France this month. You should hear him say, "Bonjour." Say it to yourself as southern as you can. Now multiply that by 20. That's how redneck it sounds. Bonnnnnj-your! I need to record it.

On Tuesday his class had a Tour de France at school so we loaded up his bike and off he went. There were nearly as many crashes as in the real one. Thankfully, Captain Safety wouldn't let me leave his helmet at home. "Moooooom. I'm riding on concrete. I need it." One little girl had a helmet AND knee and elbow pads. They had a fun time and while his teacher announced they were ALL winners, James told me privately later that he was pretty sure he won. So far, confidence has not been an issue with that kid. Perfectionism, yes...but pretty confident when he thinks he's pulled it off. Lol!

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Books.

I guess that should read October BOOK...since I only finished one. Whew! October was BUSY. The one that I finished was entirely worth it, though, so if you haven't read this's time! This was actually a re-read for me. I read it years ago and then it was our Book Club pick this month. It's really, really wonderful. In Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, Sarah is the only child of a prostitute. Her mother dies when Sarah is very young and she is taken to work for a man named Duke. She enters into prostitution as a child and knows really nothing about real love. Michael Hosea is a man who relies on God for everything. Every decision he makes he has prayed about. He hears God whisper to him when he sees Sarah (who now goes by Angel) for the first time. The story is a love story between Angel and Michael, but it's also a love story about the way God loves us and the way we really treat Him. It's definitely a beautiful story of mercy and grace.

Our Book Club pick for November is Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings, which I need to get started on ASAP! It will be here before we know it! What are you reading?