Friday, March 22, 2013

Parker at the park.

While in California last week, we took Parker to the park for his first time.  
With a name like that he was destined to love it...and that he did.
My sister Jenee came up from San Diego to visit and play with us.
The 70 degree weather that evening couldn't have been more perfect.
We love you, California.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Leibster Award

Two of my good friends Samantha and Mandy nominated me for the Leibster award.  I know...I had never heard of it either.  But it's this new thing where an "award" is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  My measly 31 definitely falls into that category. ha. 

there are a few rules a nominee must follow to receive this award, which are:
1. each person must write 11 things about themselves that readers may not know.
2. answer the 11 questions the tagger asked, and then ask the people YOU nominate and tag to answer 11 questions.
3. choose 11 other blogs and link them in this post.
4. go to their page and tell them.
5. no tag backs!

Since Samantha tagged me first, I will answer her questions.  Sorry Mandy girl! :)

11 facts you may not know about yours truly:

1. Everyone calls me Shelly but my real name is Michele. ONE L.
2.  I am extremely ticklish almost everywhere on my body.  I squirmed every time someone touched my belly when I was pregnant.
3. I was a gymnast for eight years and had early release in 6th grade. No PE for me!
4. I am addicted to chapstick. Burt's Bees to be exact.
5. I have dislocated both knees more than 10 times. Killsssss.
6.  I'm a convert to the church and am the only Mormon in my family. So far ;)
7.  I'm a total gamer.  I LOVE nights where we stay in and play cards or board games.
8.  I am starting to love sewing.  My domestic skills are improving now that I'm a mama.
9.  I am a bit of a clean freak.  I hate when things are out of place and I can't stand when dishes are sitting in the sink.  I'm a little OCD.  Or as B calls it, COD (in alphabetical order).
10.  Branson and I have an itch to travel.  Tahiti, New Zealand, and Italy are at the top of our list :)
11.  I want to learn to play the piano.  I wish I was one of those kids whose parents forced them to play.  One day...

Now onto Samantha's questions...

1. (obligatory) why did you start blogging?  I had a goal to get better at writing in my journal but found that a blog was even better because I could add pictures to all my posts.  
2. where is your "happy place"?  My happy place is wherever my husband and baby boy are.  When I am with these two I am on cloud 9.
3. what is your favorite dessert? Oh gosh.  Do I have to pick one!?  I'd say caramel bars or lemon cake.  And ice cream. Agh!
4. do you prefer mornings or nights? I am a TOTAL morning person. Everyone who knows me knows that I don't do so well after say, 9 o'clock.  
5. chocolate or vanilla? CHOCOLATE!
6. what is your favorite type of music? I can't chose really depends on my mood.  Let's just say there isn't any type of music I don't like.
7. guilty pleasure?  Watching reality TV and teeny bopper shows like Pretty Little Liars.
8. what is your bedtime ritual?  Feed and put Parks to sleep, wash face, brush teeth, prayers, pillow talk with B and usually knock out during this time. Sorry babe.
9. is there a meaning behind your first and middle name?  Not my first, but my middle name (Leslie) is my dad's middle name--which he hates because it's feminine. haha
10. your biggest pet peeve?  Probably what I mentioned above about dirty dishes in the sink/things being left out and messy looking.  And being late.
11. what is the last thing you checked off your bucket list? hmm...other than having a child? Probably running a half marathon.  

Now I tag....
Lyndsey from Cory and Lyndsey
Danibree from Opposites Attract
LaRee from The Pooles
Nicole from Moms Are People Too
Brittany from The Pynes
Callista from Ben and Callista Welling
Monica from The Mursets
Eliza from Eliza and Josh
Sadie from Sadie's Spot

Here are your questions....ready GO!

  1. What's your favorite article of clothing?
  2. What's your favorite childhood memory?
  3. Scariest moment of your life?
  4. One word that would best describe you?
  5. If your friends and aquantances were willing to bluntly tell you what they really think of you, would you want them to? Why or why not.
  6. What is your favorite month of the year?
  7. Favorite restaurant?
  8. What's your favorite number?
  9. What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
  10. What is your favorite Disney movie?

Wow that took forever, but was fun. 


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

best weekend.

This past weekend my mom flew in for a visit.  It was a quick trip because she had to be back for work, but it was so nice having her here.  We did a lot of lounging, laughing, watching movies (Pitch Perfect...TWICE), playing with Parks, and eating good food.  I sure do love this mom of mine.

Love the little boogy in his left nostril. haha
 Loved riding the horsey.  Does he not have the world's best smile?

 Went for walks in the beautiful sunshine.

Thanks for the wonderful visit, mama dear!
We love you!

Friday, March 1, 2013

i have a 4 month old. whaaa!?

Our little Parker B is getting SO big, SO fast!
He is starting to interact like a real little human and it is so much fun.
I love this stage he is in.
But...where did my baby go!?

*He currently weighs 15 pounds (44 percentile) and is 26 inches long (90 percentile). 
Long and lean!
*He LOVES to hear his own voice and has started to yell, talk, giggle non-stop.
*When you walk up to his crib in the morning or after naps, he looks up at us with the biggest grin.
Favorite moments of the day for me.
*He touches my face when I talk to him.
*Already getting close to crawling.  I'll stick him on the floor on a blanket and he inches his way off every time.
*Can almost roll from his back to his tummy. He gets to his side but then plops back over.
(Already mastered rolling from his tummy to his back)
*He is ticklish under his neck and on his legs.
* Loves his little monkey friend that we named Naners.
*He pees like no other-- definitely got his moms bladder.
* Sticks everything he can get a hold of into his mouth.
* Likes to breastfeed while being swaddled. 
This kid is high maintenance when it comes to eating, let me tell ya.
* He is a mama's boy. Can't say I'm mad about that.
*Pulls hair..hard!
*He has big hands and feet.
* Not so much a fan of his swing anymore, but loves to sit in the bumbo and watch mom cook.
*He is a total flirt. He loves his girlfriends Dottie and Rowen :)

We adore this little munchkin of ours!

I love capturing moments like this one above.
I am so blessed to have my little family of three.