Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I'm a Paranoid Horse Owner and My Baby Takes Selfies

We are very fortunate that Prince lives so near our house.  We go right by where he is on our way to school and on our way home every day.  So going back and forth, I generally get to see him four times a day.  This afternoon, as we were passing by, we noticed he was laying down in the pasture.  I know it isn't too crazy weird, but how many times do you see horses laying down?  Not very often.  We turned in to check on him (and of course take some pictures), and he just continued to lay there, never getting up.  Well, I get all paranoid and worried thinking something might be wrong.  Macy was just as cool as a cucumber (we are TOTALLY opposite) and kept saying, "He's fine, Momma.  He's FINE."  I secretly texted Jason to drive by on his way home to just check on him.
 
He sends me this text a little while later...
Up and eating.  I realllllllly need to worry less.  A lot less.
 
Ruby has learned to take selfies.  And I am so serious when I say that.  You can tell her to take a selfie, and she raises whatever she's holding up and smiles at it.  She'll even do a duck-face selfie if you're that specific.  I snapped a picture of her "taking a selfie" with my phone tonight and posted it on Instagram.  Can you tell she has sisters that are much older?  Ha!

And while the camera isn't raised, she's doing a perfect little duck-face here...
Somebody commented that this day in age, learning to take selfies is as important as learning to walk.  Ha!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Emptying the Cabinets and Finding Suckers

This face slays me...
She had just emptied the entire contents of the cabinet where all of our plastic cups are.  It's like she's saying..."look at my face, Mommy, not at the mess I made."  Honey, with a face like that, you can empty every cabinet in the house.
 
Ruby loves to play in the pantry.  Today, she found a bag of Christmas dum dum suckers I thought I had hidden.  And she promptly sat in the middle of the kitchen floor with the bag and helped herself to one of them.

 
I know I say it over and over and over, but I could eat her up! 
 
A day in the life of Ruby June!  She's so much fun!!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday, Monday...

Goodness, it was cold today.  I never like dropping my big girls off at school when it's cold.  I just want to keep them at home.  And that darn groundhog saw his shadow.  Argh.  We are so ready for spring...maybe his prediction will be wrong. 
 
I have a new coffee mug that I am in love with.  First things first, every morning...
 
Like I said, today was a bitterly cold day.  Very windy and just plain cold (but no snow...boo...not that that surprises me, I am just really wishing for some snow this year).  Ruby and I just hung out around the house (which is what we do normally anyway)...she was in her new Kickee Pants lounge outfit, which made me jealous.  Kickee Pants uses the absolutely softest cotton I've ever felt.  I need this in my size...although I can assure you...y'all would NOT see a picture of me in it...ha!
There's even a trapdoor...adorable!!!
 
I found this painting in Lucy's backpack, and I am in love with it.  I just might have to have it framed.
 
I think I've probably highlighted this cleaning product in a Friday Favorite, but I dusted the house this morning in no time using this one product.  I love it, and it seems to make cleaning so speedy (versus using a glass cleaner and a furniture polish).
 
We ran into town after picking the big girls up from school to meet Jason with the grocery list.  Yes, Jason still does the grocery shopping...i.e. the Wal-Mart trip...every week, which makes me the luckiest woman on the face of the earth.  Seriously.  The closest I have been to Wal-Mart since two weeks before Ruby was born is Backyard Burger, which is where I meet Jason with the list if I don't have it ready when he leaves for work on Monday mornings.  If you live in my area, you know Backyard Burger sits out in front of Wal-Mart at the edge of the parking lot.  So anyways, I met Jason with the list, then we ran by Chick-Fil-A for an after school snack.  Did y'all know they are giving out free cups of coffee every day this month?  They are!  I got a yummy cup of coffee for free!  As if Chick-Fil-A needed to give us another reason to love them!
 
Hope y'all had a great Monday!  We're in for a cold night and a cold week, I think.  Maybe it will warm up for the weekend...look at me...already dreaming of the weekend!!!  Really I'm just wishing for warmer weather!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Our Weekend

First of all...happy February!  Wow!  It's hard to believe it's February, although January seemed like a really long month to me.  Here's to a new month...I'm buckling back down counting Weight Watcher points in an effort to get ready for summer!  Not that I'll be sporting a bathing suit around or anything like that, but just to lose a few pounds and feel better!
 
Jason took the big girls hunting yesterday for the last day of hunting season.  Ruby and I just hung out at home (as we do most days!).  We played and did laundry and all that sort of thing.  I walked out of the den at one point for literally two seconds and came back in to find this...
She had climbed up on the couch (she was on the floor when I walked out of the room).  Honestly, it took me a second to figure out what was going on...she looked so natural standing up there...like she had done it a hundred times!
 
I always love getting pictures from the woods...


They didn't kill anything, but they had a lot of fun!
 
Ruby is usually a very independent sleeper...she likes to be laid down to go to sleep.  She let me hold her to get her to sleep Saturday evening (just for a nap), so I took full advantage of it and sat on the couch watching a Lifetime movie with her in my arms.  We did so much of that when she was a newborn and then when she was in isolation last winter (I hardly ever put her down), and it felt so good to do it again last night.  And praise the Lord, she wasn't even sick (believe me, I kept feeling of her forehead wondering if she maybe had fever).
 
Lucy took this selfie this morning while we were getting ready for church.  She is absolutely the funniest child and totally looks like a marshmallow in this picture.  Oh, how I love her.
 
Lucy had already changed, and Ruby wasn't really in a picture-taking mood, but I did manage to get a Sunday Snap after church today...
 
And speaking of church...with the wedding and the yuckies and all the junk going around, Ruby and I haven't been to church in several weeks.  We went this morning though, and it was so great to be there.  Ruby even sat through the entire service.  It was a miracle!!!
 
Here's a peek inside Ruby's church purse...
A pink gumball bracelet, a star, two vials of albuterol, and baby Jesus.  Love her!!!
 
And just before she went down for a nap, I snapped a couple of pictures...

The curls, those eyes, and the dimples in the corners of her mouth...I could eat her up!
 
Lucy made me another wallpaper for my phone.  She has had more fun with this little app she downloaded, and honestly, I could probably spend all day creating different things on it too...ha!
 
Hope y'all had a great weekend!  Here's to hoping the groundhog doesn't see his shadow tomorrow...we're ready for spring!!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorites

Here's a list of random favorites of mine these days!!!
 
Maybelline Baby Lips
 
I love this lipgloss/chapstick.  It's great...makes your lips feel so soft.  There are different colors, but I love the clear for putting on any time.  It even has sunscreen in it.
 
Crayola Glitter Markers 
The girls got these glitter markers in their stockings at my parents' house.  I absolutely love them, because hello...glitter!  If I were a teacher, I would totally use these for grading papers!
 
Munchkin Sippy Cup with Weighted Straw
 
Ruby loves drinking from a straw.  These sippy cups are the best because of the weight on the straw...even if she tips the cup over when she drinks, the liquid still comes through the straw.  This would be a favorite of hers and mine!
 
Special K Protein Meal Bars...Double Chocolate
 
Sometimes, even when you're trying to eat right, you want chocolate.  These are a great way to get chocolate and a low calorie meal when you're on the go...or even when you're at home and just need a quick pick-me-up.
 
Bath and Body Works Spiced Apple Toddy Candle 
Y'all know I love my Bath and Body Works candles.  This one smells so good.  I didn't act fast enough to pick one up in our local store, and they were sold out online, but I found one on ebay (this is the first time I've ever shopped for a candle on ebay...who knew people sell them on there all the time???).  I purchased two...I'm currently burning the first one, and I may save the second one for forever, just to sniff it every once in awhile.  I'm so weird, I know.
 
Maybelline Colossal Volume Waterproof Mascara
If there's a beauty product I love the most, other than lipgloss, it's mascara.  To be honest, the color of the tube is what lures me in.  Ha!  I went to buy some waterproof mascara before my sister's wedding (although I had about four other tubes in my makeup drawer) and was lured in by the bright yellow tube.  I think it's one of my most favorite mascaras ever.
 
Hope y'all have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Fun Day!

I decided Ruby and I needed a little day trip to Tuscaloosa.  After having the sickies for several weeks, we needed to get out of the house and get some fresh air (and who am I kidding...we needed to breath some Target air too...haha).  I got up super duper early, got ready, and Ruby and I hit the road as soon as we dropped off the big girls at school.
 
I needed a little caffeine for the trip, so I got a large Coke at Jack's.  There's nothing quite like a fountain Coke...which come Sunday, I'm giving up for awhile.  It's time to get back on the Weight Watchers bandwagon and get ready for summer weather (I'm entirely too old to say I'm getting ready for swimsuit season...because...well...swimsuits on people my age just generally isn't too pretty.  I just want to look okay in a cover-up!). 
 
So we got to Tuscaloosa in record time...when I texted my sister letting her know we were in town, she was shocked I had gotten there so early.  When Momma's on a mission, Momma don't mess around.
 
We went straight to Target.  I decided it was time Ruby sat in a buggy, rather than me push her through the store in a stroller.  Y'all, Ruby has NEVER sat in a buggy before, so today was a big day.  I didn't even have a buggy cover for her.  We went straight to the baby section (before I put her in the buggy), picked up a cover, and I sat her in it after I sanitized the buggy first, of course.  At first she didn't like it too much.  Let's face it, she'd rather be on my hip.


But I gave her some snacks and her sippy cup, and she was pretty good to go!
 
 
 
After our trip to Target and a couple other stops, we went to my sister's office to pick her up for lunch.  It's always fun to see the people my sister works with, and Ruby was all about entertaining them.  She showed them what a big girl she is now that she's walking and showed them the entire contents of her purse (which today included lots of Little People, a pink gumball bracelet, a rattle, and some froot loops).
 
As we were leaving Bippy's office, Ruby insisted on walking all the way out of the building and down the sidewalk to the car.  A sweet FedEx guy opened the door for her and said "after you little ma'am" and waited for her to shuffle out.  It was so sweet.  My sister got this cute shadow picture of them holding hands and walking...
 
 
 
Andrew surprised us and met us for lunch.  We had lots of fun.  These two love my babies!


I was such a mean Momma and MADE the big girls go to school today instead of going to Tuscaloosa, so I picked up a little happy for them...
 
Yummy!
 
Today was a BEAUTIFUL day.  It was nice and sunny and warm, so we spent a good bit of time outside this afternoon.
 
Jason and the big girls love playing football, and I think little sister wants to learn how to play as well...
 
This was the first time we've really played outside since she started walking well.  Goodness gracious, she's growing up fast...
This time last year, we were in isolation after her bout with RSV.  We still had 3 months to go until we could get her out and about.  Wow, what a year a difference makes!
 
I'm not sure if she's more excited to see her Daddy after work, or if he's more excited to see her!
 
My girl and me...
 
And all my girls and me (of course Lucy is being goofy)...
 
I'm sure we are in for some more cold days...honestly I wouldn't be too upset if we'd get maybe one little snow...but today was so nice that I am counting down the days until spring.  Can't wait to spend every evening outside like this!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday...

Back when I was being a terrible blogger (I still don't think I've fully redeemed myself, but I'm sure trying!), I had a friend do Ruby's one year pictures.  We went down to my Uncle's farm (it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL there) to do them, and I absolutely love how they turned out.  I need to do a whole blog post dedicated to them (I need to do some whole blog posts dedicated to a lot of things...and just being truthful...I don't know if I'll every go backwards, but I really need to!).  My friend who owns the clothing shop in Alabama (I think I mentioned her yesterday) texted me this morning asking for some pictures of Ruby in some of the clothes I've purchased from her.  I sent her this one, which is one of my very favorite pictures from her one year session...
I mean, those toes!!!  And those eyes!!!
 
I also mentioned Ruby's love for a purse yesterday.  She filled her little purse again today, and was so funny digging in it for her "keys" (I just know that's what she was doing) and playing with her coupe car...
Ruby is so much fun.  Watching her personality develop is the absolute best thing.  And now that she's walking...oh my...it's just blossoming even more.
 
Ruby's afternoon snack was a strawberry PopTart...I lived wildly and put a little butter on top.  Oh my goodness, how divine, and Ruby gobbled it up!
 
This is so silly and so random, but we've had a broken outlet cover in our bedroom for seriously forever.  It looked terrible and ugly and was an eye-sore every time I walked in the room.  After spending 39 cents (plus tax) and 28 seconds today, I had it fixed.  Why do we put off things like this? 
 
Lucy found a tiny pair of Littlest Pet Shop glasses tonight and wore them.  She's so funny!
 
And an attempt at a bedtime selfie that Ruby just wasn't having...
 
Goodnight, friends!  Hope your day was fantastic!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Since the Wedding (Sort of a Random Post)...

Last week was sort of a blur.  The girls were out of school last Monday for MLK Day, so we just busied ourselves unpacking, resting (the girls, not me) and getting things back in order since we were out of town most of the week before for the wedding. 
 
Ruby got some good sleep at the Grand Hotel, but there's really nothing like getting back in your own bed after being away from it.  See the bedhead...
 
We couldn't wait to get our hands on Abby, who had been boarded since the Wednesday before.  We were so excited to see her, and the feeling was mutual from her.
 
I have prayed and prayed that my girls would be well for my sister's wedding (I've prayed this ever since they got engaged last May!).  It's just been such a yucky cold and flu season, plus Ruby is so susceptible to getting everything it seems (I am convinced this has something to do with the severity of her RSV when she was so little).  Well, thankfully we remained good and well throughout the whole week of the wedding, but would you know...she started running a fever THE NIGHT OF THE WEDDING.  We went to the hospitality room (bridal suite) that was connected to my parents' room after Brittney and Andrew left the reception.  Ruby had fallen asleep on Jason and woke up burning hot with fever.  She seemed to feel okay Sunday, but woke up yucky Monday, so I called the doctor, and we went in on Tuesday.
 
Poor baby had to get blood work done.  She HATED the finger prick!
 
This was before the finger prick, while we were waiting for the flu and strep test to come back...
Everything was negative, but her throat was yucky, so they treated her for that.  Also, she was having diarrhea like crazy...they took a sample of her diaper, but since the results wouldn't be in for 48 to 72 hours, they treated her for an intestinal bacteria (like salmonella poisoning or a roto-virus because of the high fever she was having...crazy, I know!).  Thankfully, all the poop tests came back negative as well, so she really just had some sort of stomach bug.  As fast as the diarrhea came on, several days later it stopped just as quick.  It was wild.  But I'm glad to be past that.  #mygoodnesstherewasalotofpoop
 
She loves watching Abby from the back door (hence why my door always looks dirty...but that's okay!).
 
We had a monumental day when Ruby got her first very own slush from Sonic! 
You better not even THINK about taking it from her!  Like mother like daughter.  Ha!  We take our Sonic drinks very serious around here!
 
We never had a problem with thinking Ruby was dehydrated at all during the little virus she had...which was the main thing they wanted us to watch for.  She drank like crazy.  But ate very little.  Finally, one day, she walked to the pantry (yes, I said walked...Ruby started walking AT my sister's wedding!!!), got out the bag of cheese puffs, and walked them over to her highchair and wanted in it.  Never have I been so happy to see such an orange face!
 
Love this baby...
 
And this one...
I got in trouble one day awhile back by Lucy because I had the same clothes on two days in a row when I picked her up from school.  And yes, they were dirty...confession...I hadn't even changed out of them (slept in them, everything).  Terrible, I know.  But I'm just keeping it real.  The last time I did that, she asked me to never do that again and said it was sooooo embarrassing.  Since I failed her again, I made sure I was clean and had fresh clothes on (even makeup and lipstick) the next day...

Ruby has decided she loves taking a purse around.  And I mean all the time she totes a purse!  It's super cute and super funny...I love it (I was the same way when I was little).  I posted it on Instagram (as I have most of these pictures...sorry), and hashtagged #sophiapetrillo and #goldengirls...ha!
 
I also did a #peekinsiderubyspurse...
Band-aids, cheerios, a little yellow marker, an empty contact box, my deodorant, and her "Andrew" Little People doll (she got the Cinderella and Prince set from Andrew's sister the week of the wedding, and they are her Bippy and Andrew dolls).  She stuffed the purse all by herself.
 
Saturday, we celebrated our sweet friend, Rhett Hall's first birthday.  He had the cutest baseball themed party.  Please look at this picture of Ruby and Rhett.  He is really telling her something (look at his hand and the way that finger is pointed!)...
 
I had a Valentine's project in mind, so after the party, we ran by Michael's to pick up a few things.  Lucy noticed this right away for Bippy and Andrew...
 
Lucy downloaded the cutest app to her iPod and has been making screensavers for our phones.  She knows me well...
 
This sweet bubble arrived from one of my favorite little children's boutiques (Cloud 9 in Decatur, AL...a girl I grew up with lives there and owns the cutest shop) and gave me some major spring fever...
Y'all know I love winter and cold weather and would never wish time away, but I am officially over winter.
 
I absolutely love this picture my Mom posted on Instagram from the wedding...
Love it!!!
 
Lucy was looking super cute Sunday morning for church.  She's so funny.  I tell her she looks so cute all of the time, and every time she replies, "I know, Momma, I know."  Cracks me up, but I'm thankful she has self-confidence (so many little girls lack it this day in age).
 
I made this for my sister's Bridal Brunch the morning of her wedding (the bridesmaids all went in and threw a brunch/lingerie shower for her that morning which was so much fun)...
 
I also made these cookies to match, but totally forgot about them, and they never got eaten!!!  Boo!  I had taken such care to package them and get them to the coast, but never thought another thing about them once we got there!
 
The above pictures inspired a Valentine's craft for our house...
 
I also picked up a chalkboard mug the day we were in Michael's picking up things for the above project.  I wrote on it, and this was my "happy Monday" post this morning...
 
Ruby took the longest nap today.  I got so wrapped up in tidying up, doing laundry, etc that I didn't get a shower before she woke up.  So I moved Ruby into the bathroom in the highchair to eat her lunch while I got ready so I wouldn't pull another embarrassing situation on Lucy!  Ruby didn't seem to mind eating in the bathroom at all...
 
And this picture...
Absolutely melts me.  Those eyes, that hair (that seriously seemed to grow in overnight).  Goodness gracious, I could just eat her!!!
 
Hope y'all had a great Monday!