Friday, October 17, 2014

Fun weekend with the family

Last weekend was a holiday weekend and we made a lot of fun plans as a family. The rain put a little damper on things but it wasn't entirely a wash out. 

On Saturday, we didn't get to go out for our family walk because it was raining. Instead, I made some blueberry pancakes for the family. Afterwards, while J and JOE played, I worked on JOE's birthday skirt.

Here's a picture of JOE still in bed watching the iPAD. You can't see the rest of her "friends" lined up on her pillow and of course there's her Doc McStuffins stethoscope. She is always prepared to give a checkup!

I guess she got tired of me taking pictures. Here she is yelling "come on momma!" Another thing I blame Disney Junior for. Her vocabulary!!!

JOE and her "friends"...Lambie and Monkey and Stuffy and Pooh and Baby! She'll be getting the rest of the Doc McStuffins collection for her birthday but shhhh...don't tell her that.

So fast forward to Sunday. We got ready and planned on going on our annual Apple Picking adventure. We checked out the website to make sure it said nothing about not having apples and we got on the road. Funny enough, JOE decided she HAD to have an apple on the way there. Don't mind her face, she was enjoying the "yummy apple!" And incase you are wondering, I have to use my teeth to peel the skin off since her cute little teeth can't quite get at it yet.

Anyways, we got to the Orchard only to find out there were out of apples! I was quite a bit disappointed especially since there were no signs earlier on and they hadn't updated their site. ANNOYED! Anyways, we figured next time, we would actually call instead of just going by what is on their website. 

Since it was an hour drive from our house, we made the best of things and just decided to stay for the Fall festival they were having. Definitely a good idea because JOE enjoyed it.

We went on a Hayride. JOE wasn't feeling it at first but then she got into it. 

The hayride took us to a pumpkin patch. JOE was so excited and we told her if she could carry it, we would purchase it for her. 

She tried to find one she could lift. She really did :-D.

But we couldn't find any. Even J tried to help her but they were all too big.

Then she tried to direct us to carry it. Not having none of that. I can get a pumpkin cheaper at Walmart and didn't feel like hauling one back home anyways. :-).

But my daughter never gives up! Definitely like her momma in that regard. She doesn't take no for an answer :-).

At the end of the hayride, they had tiny pumpkins for the kids. JOE saw them and was so excited to get one. So of course, we got her a small one. Wanna know the first thing she did when we got home? Give it a checkup of course!

This was another activity JOE surprisingly loved. There were other kids in there and she wanted to just hang with them and run around. 

While J and JOE were in the magic mase, I decided to take pictures of these fun pumpkins. Recognize any of your favorite superheroes?

There's Rapunzel!

And Popeye!

Sebastian and Tweety! And even Humpty Dumpty in the corner. 

Check out the scary Ms :-).

And the 3 little piggies. Too cute!

And of course Elsa and her sister from the movie Frozen. 

It was a fun time and even though we came home with no apples, we still enjoyed our day. 

On Monday, we planned on going to a local airport observation park to watch planes take off and land. But it was just too cloudy and we saw maybe 4 planes the entire time we were there. So instead, to make it a memorable time, JOE "drove" with J half way around the parking lot. They were going wicked slow that I could have walked faster but she LOVED every bit of it. 

J LOVES cars and I have no doubt our daughter is going to be the same way. 

We had such an awesome weekend. I also took the following day off work to stretch it out a bit. I was able to get a few things done around the house and even started working on a costume for JOE. More on that in a later post. 

Have a fabulously blessed weekend and remember to be kind to strangers!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hair update: You voted and...

Last Saturday marked 1-year since my last texlax. I had a poll at the top of my blog for readers to vote. Thank you to all those who voted. You certainly made the decision much easier. I think I was already there but I needed some reassurances that I wasn't completely nuts! Although, if you ask J, he might tell you sometimes, my ideas are :-). 

Anyways, here are the results. 

On Saturday morning, after giving JOE a bath and doing her hair, I decided to tackle my hair. 
First, I made a spray bottle mix. It is the same mix I use every weekend when I deep condition my hair. I just needed to make more since I was almost out and I wanted to make sure I'd have enough. 

This is what I almost always have in my conditioning spray bottle. Typically on Saturdays, I'll spray it on my hair and put on my foil cap to trap the heat. I wear it while I give JOE a bath and do her hair. Then by the time that's done, I am ready to jump in the shower.

This time, I sprayed my hair but instead of washing, I snipped snipped snipped!!!

Here's a short clip of the video recorded by J. 

And the end results...I like it! Now I know what people mean when they say "shrinkage!" But so far, I don't mind too too  much. This is how I rocked it on Saturday.

The length of my hair. It is about 6-inches in front and 7 at the back. I'll have to take a picture next Saturday so I have it for my reference in the future. The back of my hair has always grown faster and longer than the front. The middle of my hair grows VERY slowly.

Then on Sunday morning when I woke up, I decided to 2-strand twist my hair while sitting in bed. Yup...I had the whole Coolio hair thing going :-). 

See what I mean? :-)

But I covered it up for the rest of the weekend with my cool hat which I have had forever. I have come to learn in the short time that I've been natural, I'll need to invest in more hats to cover up my hair on those crazy days.

 I took out the 2-strand twists yesterday morning and wore my hair out to work. This is how it was for work on Wednesday. Not too too bad.

And this is how I wore it to work this morning. 

So far, I am loving my journey. I can honestly say I was one of the lucky ones because I didn't have a terrible journey. It was pretty smooth sailing. 

I don't know if I'll continue to document my hair journey but if I try something new, I'll be sure to share it here.

In the meantime, feel free to share any fun hairstyles you think will look good on my somewhat short hair. I am not a fan of heat. I always end up with a burn even when it is being done by professionals so I think I'll be waiting until sometime next year before I flat iron my hair.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Photo Dump Wednesday: A Minnie Mouse Skirt

Well, JOE turns TWO in a little more than 3-weeks! I still can't believe I'll have a 2-year old. Every time she does something, I am truly amazed and can't believe this was a helpless little girl J and I brought home from the hospital. 

She has a strong personality. She is a talker. She knows what she wants and is not afraid to try new things. She is INQUISITIVE! And asks a lot of "why" or "what's that?" questions. 
She LOVES to act out Doc McStuffins. Complete with introducing herself to her toys as Doc. She is also very nurturing and caring and is always checking on us whenever one of us sneezes or coughs. She'll ask "momma OK?" or say "bless you!" She ALWAYS gives all her new toys a check up to make sure they are all OK. She really is the coolest almost 2-year old I know.
And most exciting of all is that she is almost fully potty trained! Yup! My baby only needs a diaper at night or when we are going out. I still can't believe it because she took to it so well (like after almost 2-months of trying :-)).

Anyways, her birthday party planning has officially begun. We are not doing anything near as big as we did last year but I am still doing a few DIY stuff to make it extra special for her. 

JOE loves Minnie Mouse (fondly referred to as "Mia" by JOE). So I figured we'll make it a Minnie Mouse themed birthday. Last Saturday, after having breakfast as a family, I decided to use the time to make her a Minnie Mouse skirt. I looked around for one but just couldn't find a reasonably priced skirt so at the suggestion of my friend, I decided to make one for her. It turned out great and actually cost less than $10 altogether. I used this method to make the circle skirt. It is one I have used in the past and has worked every single time. 

This time, I decided to get a little fancy with the sewing pattern. Check out the zigzag! I am getting better at this :-D.

Even the elastic waste looked really nice! Funny...while I was making the shirt, J says "that's her waist? It might be too small for her." I said "Yup. It is and I actually added 1-inch to it." Well, when all was said and done, it was too big! I had to take it in a couple of inches!

I found this lace at Hobby Lobby. It was an awesome find because it already had the elastic threading so all I did was use it as a marker when I sewed it onto the skirt. Worked out great. 

Skirt pinned up with the lace.

Finished product.

And this is her complete outfit. I haven't had a chance to finish her shoes yet but it'll be Converse Chuck Taylors with matching ribbons. I'll be sure to post a picture once that is done. 

I also will be adding a personal touch to the gift bags for the kids. So I spent part of my "day off" yesterday cutting out Minnie Mouse ears! day off was spent working at home. Typical :-). But it is a labor of love.

There's more to come but I figured this is a good start. 

If you have children, how did you celebrate their 2nd birthday? Do you celebrate each year in a big way or do you just have something small at home with family?