Saturday, November 5, 2011

May I Have Your Attention Please...

I decided to go ahead and merge my 2 "main" blogs together, so I will most likely cease posting here on To Have A Family and just continue to post everything over at Point Me to the Sky Above.

While I originally wanted to have a separate mommy/baby/family blog, more and more of my family/mommy life keeps creeping up over on my other blog, as well as most of my Fun With Our Phones Monday posts are mainly showing off Jay and his development. So it's becoming harder to keep them separate, plus, half the time I end up making the same post on both blogs too.

So, my loyal followers here, please update your feeds and follow me on my original blog - Point Me to the Sky Above - if you aren't already!

And forgive the construction over there, as I'm in the process of making this transition/merge to reflect the imported content from this blog.

Hope to see you over there!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jay's 1st Halloween!

Growing up, we went Trick or Treating every year until we were too old and it wasn't cool anymore (then we'd pass out candy). Not that we were celebrating Satan or anything like that, but just as a fun time to dress up with everyone as part of tradition. Every since my sister was too old to dress up for it, my mom has looked forward to making costumes for her grandkids and I admit, I looked forward to dressing my own kids up in cute, awesome little costumes too - especially after seeing friends and acquaintances showing off their kids in adorable little costumes!

While hubby's family never partook in Halloween traditions (his dad absolutely HATES Halloween) let alone any holiday kid traditions (ie: easter bunny, Santa), we had to come to a compromise. Basically, he got his way with us not doing Santa, the Easter Bunny or the tooth fairy, but my mom and I would get to dress our kids up all cute and take them to our church's Trunk or Treat outreach event if they wanted, so long as they weren't dressed as anything scary or evil.

Baby Wicket the Ewok!!
For Jay's first Halloween we dressed him up as the cute and cuddly Wicket the Ewok from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Originally I was thinking he'd make a cute little Yoda, but after watching Return of the Jedi once again over the summer I thought the Ewoks were just too darn cute and cuddly and decided Jay should definitely be an Ewok. Plus, since the costume is essentially a bear outfit, it would be nice and warm with the fur since it tends to always be cold on Halloween around here (I believe this year it was in the 40s!).

My mom's a seamstress so obviously she did the costume for us! And it turned out GREAT! And completely kept him warm too! While I didn't dress up too much, I did find a cream sweater and I did my hair in Princess Leia buns (cuz, ya know, Leia's hanging out with the Ewoks for the last half of Return of the Jedi) - a few people recognized Jay and I as Princess Leia and an Ewok and commented how awesome we were =)

Leia and baby Ewok
We took him over to my mom's for a visit, walked 3 houses over to my old neighbors who had requested we stop by with him and then down the street to my aunt's house to say hi before heading up to our church's Trunk or Treat outreach event (it's basically a safe alternative in town for trick or treating as hello - we've been in Forbes' top 10 most dangerous cities for 2 years in a row now and there's lots of areas in the town, especially on the west side and down near the river, that just aren't safe for anyone, let alone kids, to be walking around at night). He really seemed to enjoy it though, as there were so many people dressed up as fun characters.

He got some candy he can snack on too and for his piece tonight he selected a Reese's cup, which he devoured and then threw up 2 seconds later before bouncing around on the couch, lol...

Gotta say, my favorite part of Halloween is the cute, creative costumes people come up! I haven't seen too many people on Facebook post party-related ones (probably cuz most of us are married with kids now, lol...), but at Trunk or Treat I did see an adorable little Spongebob and Sandy the Squirrel!! Hubby also showed me a picture of one of his co-workers who dressed up with his son as UPS delivery men! Hubby said he'd like to do that with Jay one year, which I think would be cute!

Trick or Treating for our city started at 530 and went til 730. We were home til about 645, as hubby had to work til 6 and I wanted Jay to take a little bit of a nap before we went out for the evening, so I got to pass out candy for a bit. Unfortunately our doorbell only ran like 6 times - a few kids solo and a few groups of small kids with their parents (one very little girl - think it might have been our neighbors - was dressed in a cute Eeyore costume!). One kid, whom I would guess as being about 8 years old, was dressed as Michael Meyers - maybe I'm getting old, but doesn't it seem a bit inappropriate for young kids like that to be dressed as serial killers? One girl I know on Twitter posted that one kid reminded her of the infamous Dexter, as his response to her asking who he was was that he kills people! Oh well... we left the bowl out when we went up for Trunk or Treat (which was from 630-8ish) and sadly, when we got home around 9 it looked like no one had touched it! Oh well, guess I know not to get a huge bag for next year!

How was your Halloween? 
What cute/creative costumes did you see this year?

Fun with Our Phones Monday #10

 
Today was Halloween and Jay's schedule was a bit off so naturally I'm not getting on here til after midnight - oops!

Here's photos from this past week:

He pulled his blankie off the table and decided to carry it around like this, lol...

Fell asleep in the shopping cart at Walmart

Trying some broccoli and pasta!

I went to pick him up from my mom's after PT and he was konked out on the couch like this
Definitely one of the grandsons in our family - he LOVES Thomas the Train and gets excited when the theme song comes on.

"What's this you've given me, mommy?"

He's been having fun playing with my small pot and other safe kitchen items!

He fell asleep in the car on the short ride from the mall to Target and was still pretty much passed out when I got him in the shopping cart, so to make it easier and let him sleep a bit longer I figured I'd just prop the diaper bag up like a pillow, lol...

He's been a bit of a bookworm this week, actually having an interest in his board books!

Snuggled up with daddy while we wait for a table.

Hubby's birthday was Sunday (28!) and since the Cowboys had the Sunday night game we decided to go out of his birthday dinner on Saturday night, as he wanted to go to Joe's Crab Shack in the Chicago suburbs. It was a fun place, with a fun atmosphere, despite getting stuck with a waiter that was a bit of a crab (compared to all the other more friendly waiters in our area).

Sunday after church we went to Texas Roadhouse with hubby's parents. I mentioned early on it was his birthday and before he left they did the "yeehaw!" thing and got him to sit in the birthday saddle, lol... You can see Jay off to the side in the picture too, lol...

Jay's seen his Grandpa J several times lately... he hasn't been screaming his head off at least when he holds him, which is good!

Hubby's getting himself the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which is supposed to be out soon, which is his main birthday present but I had to get him something to open on his actual birthday so I got him a big thing of his favorite brandy and replacement Cowboys lanyard for work as his old one broke.

Hubby's small birthday cake, as he didn't really want a cake but you need SOMETHING for your birthday! So I got him a small, 4 piece cake.

Jay liked eating some of daddy's cake!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Note on Parenting

I've seen this image circulating in the blogosphere lately and decided to repost for myself - it's quite true!

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Fun with Our Phones #9

I keep getting behind on these each week it seems!

Anyways, here's this week's photos!

 He discovered we have a big glass door in our kitchen, lol...

 Being a monkey, on the gate




 Being all cute at Denny's while daddy pays the bill

Our family room setup pre-fireplace

The setup post-fireplace - LOVE IT!!

 Checking out the fireplace the next morning (we put it together after he went to bed)

Tearing apart the house. Hubby & I were hanging out in the family room when we heard him banging around in the kitchen... he figured out how to pull the grate up out of the floor, lol...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fun with Our Phones #8

 
A few days late, I know, but I've been super tired the past few days and this is the 1st chance I've had to get near an actual computer =)

Part of my fall decorations. I bought this set a few years ago from PartyLite and decorate it differently for each of the seasons. I decided to do something for fall this year so I bought some fake leaves, some fall-colored glass stones and changed out my usual vanilla candles to apple!


 I posted these before, but I finally got new glasses! I had my old ones I got at Walmart for like 6 years and yeah, it was time for new ones (especially with Jay pulling and bending them!). I got these at Zenni Optical's site for ~$75 total (for 2 pairs! AND I have super bad vision so I had to get the more expensive lenses too!). Compared to most of the places in town that sell glasses, these were a steal! My prescription changed a lot so it took a few days to get used to them and wear them without getting a headache, but I'm all good now! 



 Playing with daddy's wireless keyboard - the sequence here is funny because he got distracted by the TV for a minute before going back to playing with it, lol...

He was being an "angry elf" as he didn't want to his coat on, lol...

Fell asleep in the car while we were at Walmart, lol...



 "Helping" mommy with the dishwasher

Chillin, watching TV

 He made himself a front row seat during football this past week, as we put him in his walker for a bit.

Being cute at Wendy's!