Griffin's First Haircut

Today, I'm linking up with Mama & Mou for my favorite Baby Talk Tuesdays.

This weekend, we decided it was time to cut Griffin's hair for the first time.  We have been comments and questions about his "party in the back" for quite sometime.  I figured we should go ahead since his Easter pictures are next weekend.  We have actually had family members fighting over who got to cut it.  So we didn't hurt any feelings, we decided to take him to Frank's Barber Shop here in Knoxville for the first cut.  They can take turns for the next cuts.  He didn't need much so it was super fast.  He didn't cry at all, but he REALLY wanted to see what was happening so I had to distract him with Mickey :)

I only teared up for a second while I was in the chair with him.  I have been putting this off for a good while.  It was time.  He officially looks like a little boy instead of a baby.  So precious :)

All Done!  We went to Frank's because it is super "manly," and they also give you a First Haircut Certificate.  I definitely see Daddy/son Saturday mornings spent at the Barber Shop in our future.  I love it.

And yes, we had strict instructions from the grandparents to pick up every last strand of that precious baby hair.  We looked like fools, but he is so very loved, and I wouldn't trade that for anything :)


Five on Friday

Happy Friday!  This week has gone by so quickly because we have gone non stop over here.  I'm ready for a relaxing night with my guys and dateline :).  I'm linking up with Carolina Charm, The Good Life, A. Liz Adventures, and Hello Happiness for FIVE on Friday!

1.  On Tuesday I went to the Duck Duck Goose consigment event here in Knoxville.  This thing is HUGE.  We consigned a few things this year, but that was mostly just to do a little spring cleaning and get the consigner pass that comes with it!  These evens are twice a year, and they have them all over the southeast.  I highly recommend going.  I have been four times, and my strategy is to only buy things like dress clothes or brands that would be a splurge regular price.  This year, I came out with several pair of Nike athletic shorts, Ralph Lauren Polos and button ups, and a lot of dress clothes from Baby Gap.  It IS a consignment sale so there is a bit of digging and sorting involved, but I definitely hit the jackpot this year. 

Yep. The cart in front is mine too!

2. I have the best view at bedtime.  They are always sleeping so peacefully when I come lay down for the night.  (The small one is not so peaceful a few hours later).  Also, they are twins.

3.  The cousin who is pregnant is having a BOY! I am so excited for Griffin to have a playmate very soon!  His other cousin lives in Atlanta, along with the rest of that side of the family, so we don't see each other often.  This cousing is going to move to Arkansas, which we are not thrilled about, but our whole family lives here so they will visit LOTS.  We are so happy for them, and can't wait to share our cutest little boy clothes!

4.  We go to the Learning Groove every Thursday morning.  We sing, play with instruments and dance our little hearts out.  This boy was glued to me the first time we went, and five short weeks later, he is loving it.  I love getting to watch him explore and show his personality around other people.  I am one lucky Mama.

5.  We are going to a friend's wedding tomorrow night, and we will be getting pretty dressed up.  I don't do this often anymore.  I found a dress on clearance at Dillards.  I waited until the last minute so hopefully it works.  I am excited, but I feel sorry for my feet already. 

 Happy Friday!


I miss my BUMP

One of my favorite cousins is 20 weeks pregnant.  Neither of us have a sister, and we grew up 5 minutes from one another.  We spent everyday together until I had to grow up and start kindergarten :).  She loves to work out and takes her fitness very seriously to say the least.  I saw her a week ago, and she was feeling large, already.  I told her she is experiencing the best part right now!  She definitely has a bump, but it is still small enough to see toes, shave legs, bend over and many other things she has no clue is about to lose the ability to do.  When I was pregnant, I absolutely could not wait for the day when I could finally show off my bump.


That last picture was 12 days before Griffin was born.  I remember getting dressed to actually go out in public the first few times after he was born.   My cute bump was gone, and my pre-baby clothes just didn't look the same.  I told my cousin she needs to enjoy this while it lasts.  Even if she doesn't enjoy being pregnant as much as I did,  the reward is well, well, worth it :).


How I Met Your Mother Finale, and why I couldn't sleep last night.

Let me just preface this post by saying, I assure you I DO have a life, and I am not a complete and total loser, but also, I DO love and appreciate a good TV show for what it is.  My dream job would to be to write some sort of television reviews all day, but for now, here are my thoughts.

I have been waiting for the finale of How I Met your Mother since about the first episode.  I didn't start watching the show in the first season, but with re-runs, I have seen every episode, and I have been watching the new seasons on Monday nights for several years.  First let me say, I am a sucker for shows, movies, books, anything, with puzzle pieces to be put together.  They way the show mentions certain things, and then a few episodes or even years later it all comes back together, that's what gets me everytime.  I am the nerd who goes back and googles things just so I have all of my facts straight.

 Let's just say, the last season finale when the Mother walked up to buy her ticket to Farhampton with her bass guitar and yellow umbrella, I got chills all over, and there may have been some screaming.  My husband, a fair weather fan, did not understand how I knew she was the mother.  Oh, dear.  I need to work on him.

So about last night,  the flash forwards were PERFECT.  I was a big time Barney and Robin fan so I was sad to see them split so quickly, but I definitely saw that coming.  The flashforward when Barney bacame a father was AMAZING! He is such a great actor, and I know he has kids in real life, but that look.  That look on his face is EXACTLY how you feel when you hold your child for the first time.  Beyond perfect.

I have had a feeling for a very long time that in the year 2030, the Mother was no longer alive.  A few weeks ago, I pretty much came to terms with it, but I was still holding onto hope that she was sick and miraculously recovered.  With that being said, I wasn't surprised or mad, but I needed more--WAY more.

After all this time spent talking about THE Mother, I think her/their story and her death deserved more.  I'm not mad about the way it ended, but I would be lying if I said that is how I would have preferred it.  I get that they brought it full circle, and a lot of people are happy he ended up with Robin.  Just from reading the few comments from friends online, it is clear this show spoke to people in very different ways.  I guess I just look at it from a wife and mother's point of view.  For me, the way Ted spoke about the Mother, throughout the whole show and especially this last season, I understood why he had to wait so long, because she was worth waiting for.  I felt how he felt for her, and fell in love with them as a couple.  So to see the story spend about one minute on her becoming sick and passing away and then immediately jumping to Robin, that bothered me.

It really bothered me.  Every now and then I come across a good book, show or movie that I just can't get out of my head.  I love when that happens because the person or people who wrote it, did exactly what they set out to do, and that's awesome.  So while I was lying awake trying to stop thinking about it, I decided that the way it ended was probably how it should have happened, and I should be greatful they did what they did swiftly so I didn't spend my evening crying over a fictional television show.

This was the "happy ending" I needed, and I got it. 


Five on Friday

It's FINALLY Friday!  We have had a very interesting week, and I'm counting down the hours until it is officially the weekend.  I'll be linking up with The Good Life, A. Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, and Hello Happiness for Five on Friday!

1.  We are sick, sick, sick over here this week.  I thought allergies had Hubby and I under the weather,  but Griffin is now down for the count also and oh, so pitiful.  We broke down and went to the doctor, and he officially has his first antibiotic.  I can't complain at all since we made it almost 16 months without anything.  We hope he feels better soon.

2.  Don't let those sad eyes fool you.  Just because he is sick, doesn't mean he won't get into ANYTHING in his reach :). Love him.


On the upside, this is the first time he has actually used a spoon correctly.  The food usually goes flying.

3.  We signed some papers and made an offer on a home to lease for year with intent to purchase.  We have no control over the situation any longer, and have decided if we get it, it was meant to be our home.  If we don't, there is something better for us.  Now we have to wait until Monday for an answer.

Yes, that is SNOW.  This picture was taken on Tuesday.  It was 70 yesterday.  

4.  We are trying not to get ahead of ourselves on the house front, but the entire thing needs paint, and let's be honest, we would anyway.  Also, coming from an apartment with exactly 3 windows, going to a house with no blinds, we NEED curtains!  I found these today, and eventually, they will be mine.

5.  I agreed to judge some middle school cheerleading tryouts today for one of my sweet teacher friends.  I was supposed to have one or two others help me, but she told me they all cancelled so it just me and the fate of 19 middle school girls :).  I now know its not as life-altering as it seems, but I've been there before so Wish me luck!



Pins I Love

Every night when my guys are snoring by 10:30,  I have a little ME time.  I usually watch one of my shows the Hubby doesnt appreciate, and pin until my little heart is content.  One would think I was getting paid for it, but no.  I am just obsessed.  I always love a good recipe find, but lately, I have been pinning DIY home projects, furniture, and room redos.  We are looking at houses constantly, and everytime we see one we are somewhat interested in, my "Pinterest Wheels" start to turn.

The apartment we have lived in for two years is really nice and had a fresh coat of paint when we moved in.  Beige.  It's a pretty enough color, but not what I would have chosen.  The cabinets are light wood, the countertops are white, and the carpet and tile are, yep, beige.  I am done with beige as soon as I have an option.  I love light grey for main living spaces, but I have found some rooms with a little color that look amazing.

This would be our safe choice.

I really like this color, but I wouldn't want it to look too beachy.

Same color in a finished room.

LOVE this framing!

My Favorite (with a different rug).

One day soon we will be in our own home, painting and DIYing.  My pinterest account will likely cause a shut down of some sort.  


Five on Friday

Today, I decided to do the link up with The Good LifeA. Liz Adventures, and Caroline Charm.  I always love reading these, and it looks fun so here we go!

1.  I just got some new tennis shoes on clearance, and I love them!  Now we just need the weather to keep cooperating so I can actually wear them outside instead of around the house.

2.  I am going on a Memorial Day bachelorette party in Charleston, and I am so excited to be at the beach!  I am not so excited about leaving Griffin for so long, and wearing a bathing suit in front of ten girls, none of which have had a baby.  My post breastfeeding bod has left me with only one swimsuit top that fits.  I am on the hunt for something new and fun.  I have one top so far, and I'm thinking a black bottom?

3.  We are house hunting.  We are looking for the PERFECT house for us, and it is hard.  Very hard.  We need a house with a yard, a fence, a deck, 3-4 bedrooms, and in one of two popular school districts.  I pray for patience everyday and keep reminding myself that God has a better plan than I do, and if we dont find our house now and have to rent another year, there is a reason.

4.  I want a water table for Griffin.  We have a very small back deck where we live now, and I would like for it to fit out there.  I would need to be able to walk all the way around it so it can't be too big, but I also need it to be sturdy.  Someone does live below us, and I would hate to soak them!  I'm thinking about this one or this one?

5.  We went to the Knoxville Zoo today!  We had lots of fun with one of my good friends and her two boys.  Griffin has finally ended his stroller strike so we can start going on more walks during the day. We have a zoo membership so this was just the first of MANY visits this year.

Trying to decide where to go next :)

He LOVED the slide right before we left.  It is spring break here this week so it was way too crowded to let him roam around in the play place, but when all the kiddos go back to school, I will let him loose!

Happy Friday!


Happy Spring!

It's the first day of Spring, and we have been taking full advantage every day we've been teased with warmer weather.  Griffin LOVES going outside.  I thought my keys we locked in the car today so we walked out to check.  When we came back in, he went into a full blown melt down.  We go on walks, kick the soccer ball, and "play golf" (carry the club) any chance we get.  We are waiting impatiently by the door everyday for the hour or two it is warm enough to go with out a jacket.  We can't wait to get him more outside toys.  So far he likes bubbles for a little while, and he loves playing with a ball, but he mostly just likes to explore.  

When he is outside, he forgets his name and speed walks.

Our friends got a new trampoline for Christmas.  He LOVES their big one, but is terrified of the little one at Gym Bugs.  Who knows.

"Don't talk to me right now."

He is obsessed with his new golf set from Grammie.  Poor Luna's head (our big dog) isn't loving his new toy.  I just love this age so much.  He gets crazy excited for playing with everyone and new toys!  Summer time is going to be all kings of fun and LOTS of sunscreen!  It's supposed to be sunny and 70 tomorrow.  Fingers crossed for stroller cooperation :)