Our Favorites // Nine Months

I’m slowly catching up on posts so I want to share our nine month favorites! You can catch up on the three and six month favorites.

Dr. Brown’s Snack-A-Pillar Cups

These were recommended to us by a friend when Crosby was starting solids. They are wonderful for sending food and snacks to school. The cups can be used individually since each color has its own lid, or you can send them together stacked. We also love them for travel and airplane rides! They are perfect for offering a variety of snack options. We also use the OXO Tot Bowl Set to send food to school and we love these bowls. I found several of them at TJ Maxx when Kenley was little but not so much recently. You can also get them at Buy Buy Baby with a coupon.

Fisher-Price Workbench

The workbench, as well as the kitchen, is a great interactive learning toy that is good for all ages. It’s small so it can go from room to room, and has different settings for learning. However, it is not sturdy, so when he was starting to pull himself up on things, he took a lot of spills on the workbench and the kitchen because they toppled right over with them. Regardless, these two toys get played with a lot in our household.

Board Books

The Going to Bed Book

Crosby loves books. He is all about them at school and at home. Some of our early favorites include most of the Sandra Boynton books, including The Going to Bed Book and Moo Baa La La La. We also recently started collecting the Good Night series books.

VTech Sit-to-Stand Alphabet Train

This is one of the many push toys we have at the house and both kids love it. It was great for Crosby to push around when he wasn’t walking yet, but wanted to get from place to place. He also loved to put the alphabet blocks into the train and have them shoot out the back. It was fun for Greg and I to watch his hand/eye coordination develop. Another good thing about the train is that it is educational! Win/win for everyone.

Tommee Tippee Bottle Warmer

 

We didn’t have a bottle warmer when Kenley was a baby, but I saw this bottle warmer at TJ Maxx for $17 and I couldn’t pass it up. I had hoped I would be breastfeeding, so I figured that Crosby wouldn’t be having many bottles at home, but when he did the bottle warmer was great! Around ten and a half months, Crosby decided he was done breastfeeding and he took a bottle morning, noon, and night. This bottle warmer was clutch! We used it every day until we transitioned fully to the sippy cup.

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What are some of your favorites at the nine month mark?

my weekend in photos

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friday was an early release day from work so we headed down to the mall to see the big guy.
you can’t help but to get into the christmas spirit when you see the amazing decorations.

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santa was a success!
i promise we still love thanksgiving, but it’s just worth the early trip to beat the crowds.
i’m also happy to report there were no tears!

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after santa, we headed to dinner.

we rarely go out to dinner…at a restaurant…so it was a fun change of pace.

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i am trying to be on my game this year and have already gotten our christmas cards!
don’t worry, i’ll wait until after thanksgiving to send them out.

saturday morning we headed out for a chilly walk.

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daddy left for work in the morning and didn’t return until very late.
in the meantime, the kids and i ran some errands, got a car wash, and came home to a giant dragonfly (the size of my head) in the house.
we proceeded to have a picnic dinner of junk food on our bathroom floor (with the door shut) and after bedtime i locked myself back in the bedroom.
thankfully, greg saved the day at 1am when he got home from work.
i also like to send greg pictures of the kids sleeping on the monitor when he’s working, because really, what’s cuter than sleeping nuggets?

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four hours after greg got home, i got out of bed to head out for 10 miles.
we survived, but it wasn’t our best showing, and i’m feeling it.

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our meet and greet this month with the running group included drinks and painting.
i’m pretty impressed with the final result even though i know it’s definitely not great.
it sure was fun though!

the pineapple dress lives on!

tonight we headed out to the arena for the home opener of the ucf knights!

kenley loved looking for knightro!

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we had an action packed weekend and i don’t anticipating it slowing down any time soon.
how was your weekend?!

Friday I’m in Love

Hi guys! Remember me? I had every intention to hit publish on a couple posts this week, but now it’s already Friday and I didn’t do that. The good news… it’s Friday and I’m here to share what I’m loving this week. Don’t forget to hop over to see what these lovely ladies are loving too: Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda.

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I got to attend my second Babies, Brunch, and Bubbly this week. Better yet, I got to host one! I had the day off on Tuesday in observance of Veterans Day, so I invited the mamas and their babies over to play. Again, I was without kids since they were in school, but it was still fun having the girls over. I made these Spinach Quiche Cups and they were SO good!

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A polaroid of Swift with shoulder-length blonde hair wearing red lipstick and a long-sleeved sweater with a picture of birds in the sky. Her face is cut off by the frame above the nose and "T. S." and "1989" are written on the white polaroid frame with black marker.

1989.
I know I’m a couple weeks late on this, but I’ve been listening to 1989 nonstop. My current faves are Blank Space and I Wish You Would. I’m sure it’ll be different next week.

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I am determined to stay ahead of my Christmas shopping this year, unlike last year (I blame having a newborn. That’s acceptable, right?). I printed this great shopping list so I can keep track of what I need to get, and more importantly, not miss out on any deals!

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While we’re talking about deals…if you plan to do any Christmas shopping online this year, you MUST sign up for Ebates. This is FREE money ya’ll! Here is another tip, if you use Google Chrome as your browser, download this extension so Ebates will automatically look for cash back options for you.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

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Today is an early release day from work! Woohoo! The weekend starts at 3pm!

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Your turn! What are you loving this week?!

my weekend in photos

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after working on saturday morning, i headed up to great day in the country to help out sally at her booth. we had a lot of visitors and had a fun day chatting away. i headed home with this darling garland from another cute little booth.

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i came home to see that this one convinced daddy to let her wear her pineapple dress. on a chilly november day.

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after a beautiful day yesterday, kayla and i had plans to run this morning. it was in the 50s and raining the entire time we ran our 8 miles. surprisingly it wasn’t too bad but a hot shower and hot coffee were much needed.

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we built a lot of fun things this weekend.

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this one. he went into the shower today and grabbed the shaving cream then went right into the bathroom and threw it into the toilet. you can’t leave him alone for a second.

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we celebrated charlie’s 5th birthday today with a fun minion party and this yummy cake!

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these two are only six weeks apart, but it’s amazing what a difference six weeks makes at this age. they are too cute.

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we had a good, but busy weekend and i failed miserably at taking pictures. better luck next weekend.

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!
Don’t forget to hop on over to see what these lovely ladies are loving as well: Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda.
We’d love for you to share what you’re loving too, link up or comment below!

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Guys… Toy Story 4. Get excited!

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This article popped up on Facebook this week and I love it.

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Tomorrow is the first ever National Stroller Running Day! Get out there mamas!

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Have a great weekend friends!

Crosby’s Construction Party

Crosby’s first birthday was under construction and we had such a great time celebrating!

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The menu:
Hand built sandwiches from Publix
Nuts & bolts – goldfish, Chex Mix
Lumber – pretzel rods
Fruit salad

The plate, napkins, utensils (tools), and cups were from Party City.
The Gladiator GarageWorks small bins were repurposed from Greg’s tool bench and worked great for displaying food and utensils.
We used caution tape for decorating around the house.

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The stripe straws were from Little Free Radical which were great because I got to choose the colors I wanted. Most of the “construction” mixes had orange in them which was not one of my party colors.

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The fuel included water and lemonade, as well as beer for the site managers.

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Dessert included dirt pudding and donuts as spare tires.
Crosby got his very own construction smash cake, made by Greg! He followed this recipe.

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The construction hats doubled as decoration and party favors.
The stickers, food cards, and the invitation were done by Michelle at This Grey House.
I used yellow duck tape on the black table cloth to make the road, both from Party City.

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I displayed Crosby’s monthly pictures so everyone could see how he’s grown each month.

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The construction trucks were from Amazon, but we only paid six bucks for them, I believe Target has the same pack.

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Happy first birthday sweet boy!

Inaugural Lake Nona Half Marathon {Race Recap}

The Inaugural Lake Nona Half Marathon took place on Sunday, October 26th and up until two weeks before the race, I was not planning on making this race my second half marathon. I had already registered for the OUC Half Marathon in December and I was planning to make this my first postpartum race since Crosby. My running buddy Kayla had been training for Lake Nona this fall, so I just had been running with her. Registration for the race actually closed in July, so she had been set on running this race for a long time. She kept asking me if I was going to run it with her and I kept telling her no. Our October calendar was already full and it was the day before Crosby’s birthday so I figured it was just poor timing. About three weekends before the race we ran 10 miles and my thought process changed. We had run 10 miles, I could totally run this half marathon with her. I mentioned it to Greg and he gave me “why not?” response.

Two weeks prior to the race, I had committed to buy someone’s race bib who would not be participating. It was on! I didn’t want to get my hopes up just in case the bib fell through, but I was excited. I headed down to Fit2Run to pick up the race packet on Friday evening, just two days before the race and then I got super nervous. I was a total wreck all day on Saturday. I felt that I wasn’t mentally prepared enough, I had no idea what I was going to wear, and I hadn’t run but just a few times since our trip to Chicago. Not to mention, the race started at 6am on Sunday…by far the earliest race I’ve ever run.

I laid out all of my clothes and gear the night before, set my alarm for 3:45am, and tried to get to bed early. Of course, I slept horribly. I woke up several times in the night thinking I was going to miss my alarm. Finally, my alarm went off and I got out of bed. I met some ladies from the running group at 4:30am and we carpooled down to Lake Nona. I forced myself to eat a bagel with peanut butter even though it still felt like the middle of the night and my stomach was in knots from the nerves. We arrived in Lake Nona and it was freezing (not to mention pitch black!). The temps were in the high 50s so I opted for my arm warmers and capris.

I met up with Kayla and Heather and we made our way to the potty. We headed over to the start line just in time. I felt a little rushed, but once we started running I knew we were going to get into our groove. We had planned on running intervals, just like we trained. My watch was set to run for 4 minutes and walk for 1 minute. The first four miles were pretty easy. I had never been down to Lake Nona, so I was trying to take in the scenery (or at least as much as I could in the dark). It was also good to see a lot of familiar faces from the running group as we were running.

It’s a good thing that I didn’t look at the course map too closely before the race. I think I would have been a little discouraged when we turned after mile four, knowing we had a long stretch to go before we turned around again. Just before mile 5, we ran on the overpass over 417, also known as the biggest hill of my life. Once we made it over the hill, it was pretty smooth sailing. The next two miles we ran out to the turnaround spot, so we were again seeing some familiar faces, including Kayla’s mom which was a fun surprise for her. We turned around just after the 8 mile marker, which was slightly defeating knowing how far we had to run back. This was the “home stretch” but it was also 5 miles long, so it didn’t feel like the home stretch.

We were rocking it, so we just kept going, albeit we were far less chatty than we were at the beginning of the race. That pesky overpass made its appearance again right between mile 11 and mile 12. I still stand by the fact that miles 10 through 12 are the worst and that hill did not help at all. At that point, I just wanted to be done. Lucky for me, Greg & the kids were exiting from 417 so he honked and waved as they passed us! We had briefly texted each other during my short walk breaks, so I knew they were on their way, but I didn’t expect to see them. It was a great little push. We were getting closer to the end, but I couldn’t see the finish line, so that was somewhat annoying. Several spectators said it was “right around the turn” and they were right….as soon as we made a slight turn around the 13 mile marker, there was the finish line!

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My official finish time was 2:30:26! It’s not a PR (personal record) but I am very happy with this time. While I was finishing the race, my mind went back to that same Sunday morning one year ago. Greg and I were in the hospital waiting to meet our new baby and we still didn’t know if we were going to have a son or a daughter. Crosby Martin gave us our “it’s a boy” moment at 8:25am that Sunday morning and I crossed the finish line at 8:30am on the eve of his first birthday. It was a special and accomplishing moment.

Now, onto getting ready for OUC in just five weeks!