Colors and Shapes Learning Board

My friend, Angela, made a board to help her son learn his colors. He and Turner just happen to be best friends! So, I asked her how she made it and made one of my own! Turner is a huge fan. I almost hate to admit that he already learned his shapes by playing a shapes game on my I-pad, so I can’t take credit for that. But I will teach him the colors! I’ll make a list of materials and steps I used to create it.

*Foam board
*Card stock cutouts of 5 shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle, heart)
*12 velcro squares (comes with a front and back so there are actually 24 pieces)
*6 colored markers (green, yellow, orange, blue, purple, red)
*Felt sheets in those same six colors

1. Use card-stock cutouts to trace 4 of the shapes in a vertical line 6 rows wide.
2. Color each row in one of the 6 colors.
3. Create felt shapes by tracing the card-stock shapes and matching them to the shapes on your board.
4. Put a square of velcro on the back of each felt shape and its matching velcro square on the shapes on the foam board.
5. And there you have a colors and shapes learning board!

30 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 30 Weeks. Can’t believe it’s almost here!
Total weight gain/loss: about 27 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Yea. I also got some larger tops at Old Navy (like the one in this pic) because they fit over the bump perfectly!
Best moment this week: I went to see my midwife for my 30 week check up. My iron is up so it’s safe for me to deliver at the birth center. Yay! They’re pretty sure Baby Girl is head down, but they’ll check for sure in a few weeks. AND I made all of my appointments from now until D-Day. I just love going there and talking about the whole process and delivery.
Miss Anything? Waking up and drinking a giant hot mug of coffee, having an appetite, and fitting into my favorite clothes. I’m also getting geared up for Fall and all of my favorite pumpkin spice things. I know it’s a while off, but I get antsy towards the end of July.
How are you sleeping? For the most part I’m sleeping well. I still wake up once a night to go to the bathroom. Last night I slept like a rock. But the other night I had anxiety (nothing in particular, just a hard time relaxing) and was being kicked hard, so I didn’t fall asleep until about 1. Then Turner woke up at 5:50, so I was exhausted to say the least.
Movement: This girl…. She’s a mover for sure.
Food cravings: Still loving fruit, cereal, and cheddar cheese. I just picked up a box of pumpkin spice waffles to satisfy my fall fetish.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I learned the hard way that I am still nauseous if I stop Diclegis. I skipped a day by accident and it took about 3 days to even back out and feel decent again. I could totally be the spokes person for the stuff…move over Kim Kardashian.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? The outer edges are starting to unfold. It looks out through my clothes but it’s hanging on by a thread.
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy
What are you excited for? Having Baby Girl and seeing how this story unfolds! I told my midwife that I think she’s a ten pounder. Can’t wait to see if that’s true. I go back and look at Turner’s birth story and our old pictures, and I’m so excited to do it again. Turner really seems to be coming around to the idea too! I think he’ll be an amazing big brother.

29 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 29 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 26 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Definitely. The dress in this picture isn’t maternity, but it’s loose enough that it fits! I also got some soffee shorts to hang around in at home.
Best moment this week: We started our hypnobabies scripts last night. I was actually feeling anxious yesterday about the reality of this baby coming, and the hypnobabies completely relaxed me last night. It boosted my confidence that I CAN do this!
Miss Anything? Energy, fitting into anything I try on, and COFFEE!
How are you sleeping? Sleeping great.
Movement: She moves non-stop. I like to see her roll around and watch my whole stomach shift. It’s pretty cool.
Food cravings: Still loving fruit, cereal, and cheddar cheese.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I actually got really queasy the other night, to the point where I needed to have a bowl close by in case I got sick. I’m still on my diclegis.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks, but nothing real yet!
Belly Button in or out? In, barely.
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy
What are you excited for? Everything…the birth process, my maternity photo shoot, and baby girl’s arrival!

Summer Days

We have quite a solid routine these days. Since Stew’s been working with me for our rental business, it’s been nice tag-teaming between work and play. Stew spends his days on Dewees, while Turner and I hold down the fort at home.

We start our day at the gym, run some errands, then head home to have lunch and the occasional smoothie date. Then it’s pretty much hanging out at home while mommy makes phone calls and works on the computer. He’s gotten quite good at entertaining himself while I work. I feel like it’s all he’s known since I’ve worked from home since he was born.

Then it’s the beloved nap time. He naps from about 1:30-4 give or take. That’s my time to hunker down with an iced coffee and relax or get more work done.

Stew usually gets home shortly after his nap and it’s full on game time! The second he walks in the door, Turner harasses him, “Pway Dwums!” “Baseball” “Chase You” “Pway Catch”.

And then there’s Stew’s genius invention where he turned our wagon into a portable sandbox. Turner pulls his sandbox out of the garage and then we can put it back when he’s done! That way it doesn’t get rained on or filled with bugs.

I’m really enjoying this summer. Turner is so much fun and quite hilarious. All he wants to do is play. I just wish I had enough energy to be the one running around with him! Soon, we’ll have another little munchkin adding to the fun! Can’t even wait.

28 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 28 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 25 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Oh yea. I’m wearing maternity skinny jeans and a maternity top from A Pea in the Pod in this photo. I still mix it up with dresses, some drawstring shorts and longer tops that I have.
Best moment this week: Lots of great moments. We are making progress with the nursery. We picked up some frames from Michaels and hung up the wall art. It’s starting to feel real!
Miss Anything? Having energy, loving coffee, waking up in the morning and not feeling hungover.
How are you sleeping? Still good for the most part. Last night I was wide awake and my insides were being used as a punching bag, so it took me a little while to fall asleep. But otherwise, pretty great!
Movement: Oh yea! I feel more distinct movements now. I have to start my “kick counting” this week. She needs to kick 10 times within an hour….let’s just say she kicked 10 times in 2 minutes. I think we’re good!
Food cravings: nectarines, raspberries, spicy foods, cereal.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still just getting through the day to day. Some days are better than others. I re-upped on my Diclegis at the birth center today. As long as I’m on that, I feel ok.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Just Braxton Hicks. They’re not painful just awkward feeling. It feels like she’s pressing on my bladder, which is what I thought it was for the longest time. It gets really tight and hard to walk for that moment and then it goes away.
Belly Button in or out? Still in!
Wedding rings on or off? On. I take them off when I sleep, but I’ve done that since I had Turner.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Very happy!
What are you excited for? Getting glucose test results. Fingers crossed! I’m also excited to do our maternity photo shoot in a few weeks!

27 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 27 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: 23 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Yes. Bottoms are more important than tops. I can get away with some of my tops if they’re long enough.
Best moment this week: There have been a lot of good moments. But probably the best was when I laid with Turner before bed and he asked me to sing Jesus Wuv Me. We’ve been singing it for a few weeks now, but he started singing along and it was SO cute! There’s nothing sweeter than hearing your baby sing about Jesus.
Miss Anything? Getting dressed and knowing that anything I put on will fit. I also miss wearing my favorite jean shorts.
How are you sleeping? Solid. Baby girl kicks constantly, but I’m sleeping through it for the most part.
Movement: Constantly! If this is any indication of what she’ll be like when she’s born…I’m nervous.
Food cravings: pretzels, lemon, berries, deviled eggs.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I still have rough days. Food doesn’t really play into it though.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: I noticed a little bit of Braxton Hicks starting. But it’s sporadic. Nothing major yet, thank goodness!
Belly Button in or out? In, but not for long!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Very happy!
What are you excited for? Celebrating 4th of July, going to the doctor next week.

Festive 4th of July Snacks

Turner’s favorite foods are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, and peanut butter. He would live off them if he could. I’m always trying to come up with creative snack ideas to keep it interesting. The 4th of July is the perfect way to incorporate festive snacks into our day. I wanted to share some of our favorites with you!

  • Red White and Blue Ice Pops
    Bottom Layer: blended frozen strawberries, plain yogurt, a splash of almond milk
    Middle Layer: blended frozen bananas, plain yogurt, a splash of almond milk
    Top Layer: blended frozen blueberries, plain yogurt, a splash of almond milk. This turned out kinda purple, but it was delicious nonetheless!
    If I was patient, I would have frozen each layer before adding another, but who has time for that?!


  • Red White and Blue Fruit Platter
    A pretty presentation always makes food more appetizing. I use this Porcelain Egg Crate to dress up our plain old berries and bananas. I actually use this for other snacks like pretzels, gold fish, cheerios, etc. It’s a fun way to display toddler foods.


  • Red White and Blue Parfait Pops
    In a large bowl, combine 2 cups plain yogurt with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbsp agave nectar, 1/4 C. fresh blueberries, and 1/4 C. fresh diced strawberries. Stir to combine and divide evenly between dixie cups. Cut festive straws in half and stick in the center of the cup. Top with a Tbsp of granola and freeze overnight. And, there you have, festive parfait pops!

    I hope you and your kiddos like these treats as much as we do! I’d love to hear some of your favorite holiday snacks too!