Monday, October 20, 2014

Big Haircut for Mason!

Mason had his first haircut, well a trim really, a few months back. But since then, it has gotten a bit long  mostly around the collar in the back. Matt's co-worker, Mrs. Shelley, cut it for us again. He did such a good job staying still and she was such a sweet lady!

Here's BEFORE: 


I realize that you can't tell much about the after but here's the deal: We totally forgot to take the after pictures right after the haircut and then, we kept forgetting. And then...well, I still wanted to write a post about it so I'm using a picture where you can kinda tell he got a haircut. HA! She cut a bunch off of the back and around his ears. Love my handsome fella!

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 20

Dear Mason, 

I love that you are such a healthy (read: Big) baby but I'm gonna shoot straight with you. Those few days following when I got my flu shot in my left arm and my tDap in my Right arm were pretty horrendous as I attempted to lug you around. 

Love you anyway!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 19

Dear MMM, 

We are in the midst of gathering items for your birthday party. We have decided on a rainbow party with a little focus on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow since it's your Golden Birthday as well as your 1st birthday. In other words, it's a big day! 

We are having a small party here with some family and friends and then another small party in Louisiana with other family and friends. It worked out best to do it that way for travel purposes etc. 

Enough about that, you know what I'm most excited about for you!?! CAKE!!! You are going to be given a WHOLE smash cake and you can eat as much as you want! I'm going to be honest with you: That only happens once in your life! Sad, I know!! 

I hope you love it!

Love you like I love cake, 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller { A Book Review}

Judith Miller The Brickmaker's Bride
**I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.**

I like to mix up what I'm reading sometimes and I have tended to shy away from historical fiction for the most part. However, when I saw The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller, I was immediately drawn in.

I started reading the book one evening and I'll be honest, the first chapter just didn't draw me into the book. The next day, I read the next chapter and still didn't get into it. I waited a few more days and went back to the book and then, I was hooked!

I love the storyline of this story with Laura Woodfield and her mother trying to sell their brickyard since her father was killed in the war. The story follows the Woodfields as they sell the yard and as Laura courts a gentleman named Winston. The story is just intriguing with, in my opinion, several fun twists and turns as the story goes on.

I really enjoyed the discoveries each of the characters made about themselves and others along the way of the story. I liked the Christian aspect woven throughout the book but it wasn't overwhelming. It actually felt more like real life that some other fiction books make the Christian life sound.

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Judith is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a "Refined by Love" Facebook author event on November 4th.


 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller
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So grab your copy of The Brickmaker's Bride and join Judith and friends on the evening of November 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

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Mason: Week 50 {Photos}

Day 344: Chocolate chips and pretzels for snack! 

Day 345: Trying on a turkey hat at Target. ;-)

Day 346: His days of just "diaper and shirt" wearing are numbered for the rest of this year. 

Day 347: Lunch with Mom

Day 348: Thug life...

Day 349: Handsome guy in his long sleeve shirt and shorts. 

Day 350: Playing at the library. 

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 18

Dear Mason, 

I've been thinking about some of our favorite things to do together. We spend much of our time at home  but we do have our fun activities, too. Like I mentioned last week, we LOVE MOPS and go twice a month. 

We also go to events with the MOMS club but not as often as we like just because of timing etc. 

Our favorite activity right now is storytime at the library. Our local library has it on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week. We have been to four or five different times but our favorite is on Thursday mornings at 11:00. The storytime is called "Rockin' Babies" and boy, do we rock! There is lots of music along with the books, nursery rhymes etc. You LOVE it and you are now clapping, bouncing and starting to "yelp" when we music starts. It's the absolute best! 

I love storytime with you! 


Friday, October 17, 2014

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 17

Dear Mason, 

One of our favorite things about being parents is getting to experience all of the "firsts". This week, we have gotten to experience a few firsts and I wanted to record them here. 

You got to eat your first cookies and milk. You've had cookies a few times before but you just started drinking whole milk last week so this was your first time to have cookies with milk. You loved them. 

You also got to write on a toy at the mall for the first time. You loved that so much. 

You are growing and changing so much and we love each minute and new "first". 

Love you big, 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 16

Dear Mase Mase, 

For about a week you went on a kissing strike. We tried to give kisses before go. We tried to give kisses before go. We tried to give kisses just to give go. 

And then, just the other day, you decided you were done with that strike and you gave me about 100 kisses in a single day. 

I'm glad the kissing strike is over. I love little Mase Mase kisses.

Love you big, 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 15

Dear Mason, 

Obviously, with your big birthday coming up and my writing these letters, I've been reminiscing a bit about your first year. We have had some fun times, for sure!

When I held you in the hospital room for the first time all alone, you looked up at me with big bright eyes. I took your picture and to this day, that grainy iPhone photo is probably one of my favorites. 

You had hiccups constantly in my belly and when you arrived, it was no different. Those little hiccups were the quietest and cutest little things at first. They would make your whole body shake!

You rolled over from belly to back at 1 month and we were blown away. We thought it was a fluke but you just kept on doing it. We decided you were an overachiever at 1 month. 

You love FaceTime. I'm not sure if you like looking at yourself or our family more. Either way, you are a big fan. 

You LOVE music and from what I can tell, you always have. You used to just get really calm when it came on, like it soothed you. Now, you like to dance it out!

You LOVE to play with your Daddy. You like to have him tickle you. You love Don't Wake Daddy. You just want to play with Daddy. 

Anytime you go to sleep, we sing the ABC song to you. This started when we first brought you home because of the alphabet wall in your room. Now, it's tradition and we sing it often. 

I've got more memories to share. I'll do that another day. 

Love you, 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Expectant Parents by Suzanne Hadley Gosselin {A Book Review}

Expectant Parents Focus on the Family Suzanne Hadley Gosselin

**I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.**

As many of you know, we had our first child, Mason, last November so we aren't newly expectant parents or expecting parents at all BUT I could not resist requesting this book, Expectant Parents, when I saw it up for review through Litfuse.

When I was pregnant, I read a book called The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year by Erin McPherson. This book was SUPER helpful because it looked past the 9 months that you are carrying the baby and into the first year of life and gave great information for what happens after baby arrives. This was huge for me because so many of the books about pregnancy were a bit daunting. I didn't want to know what might happen day by day to my body and hear all of the things that the authors made sound so terrible like stretch marks and vomiting and the like.

Therefore, I chose to focus on the good stuff that came after! I must admit, when I saw Expectant Parents, I was kind of performing a little test to put them up against other books to see what they had to offer. After reading the book, I can honestly say that Expectant Parents is a great resource for, well, Expectant Parents. Suzanne wrote this book well filling it with personal experiences as well as input from other parents, professionals in the field, bloggers with input in the matter. It is chock full of great information. I felt like the book was mostly geared toward women but there are sections in the book directly addressing Dads which I think is awesome!

The book presents information on unplanned pregnancies, miscarriages, relationship changes when babies are born and other topics. I felt like it really ran the whole gamut as far as that goes. After reading this book for review, I passed the book along to a new friend in my MOPS group who is expecting her first child next year. I told her I think it would offer great insight and even comfort as she prepares for baby!

While many books for new parents focus on prenatal development and the health of a mom-to-be, Suzanne Hadley Gosselin's Expectant Parents' core purpose is to help new parents understand key issues related to the arrival of a new child in the home, offering practical assistance as they prepare themselves for long-term family success.

Learn ways to strengthen your marriage relationship, set plans and expectations for parenthood, increase communication, and prepare for the new stage of your family life. Pick up a copy for yourself or for expectant friends and enter for a chance to win an iPad Mini!

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • Expectant Parents from Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Focus on the Family
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 2nd. Winner will be announced November 3rd on Suzanne's website here.