Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Toddler Bed

Well it has been a while.  I don't really have much to talk about or at least that is interesting to other people but several people have been poking me in the back for an update.

I originally started this blog to document house renovations.  We don't really have any more to renovate but in January - yeah like 1/2 a year ago we did have to make an update to Dutch's room. He climbed out of his crib one night and appeared in our room.  It was really scary but so hilarious because he stood outside our door but we could see his dog and blanket in his hand.  Then he came through the door jabbering trying to explain himself.  Needless to say Eric refused to put him back in his crib.  So we said "byezzz" to the crib and got a new toddler bed.

"No don't make me sleep in here again"

I never thought we would have a toddler bed, just go straight to a big bed but Dutch was too little for that big bed.  I really wanted the Land of Nod Jenny Lind bed but $400 for a toddler bed, um yeah no!  So after a few clicks I found a knock off at Walmart for $99.  Much better. (Looks like it is out of stock right now.  Sorry!)

I was really wanting a white toddler bed like his crib but they didn't offer white.  The grey is a really pretty color but doesn't contrast with the walls as much as I would prefer but overall this is a great bed.  Plus it is really cute and I can still store diapers, etc underneath.  Phew!

Look at that sweet baby.  He has changed so much since these photos 6 months ago.

And this is how we got him use to sleeping in a bed that he can easily get out of.  Ha.

Hope y'all are well!

Monday, December 22, 2014

NYC Saturday & Sunday

Ok lets wrap this trip to NYC up.
Saturday morning we work up early to head to Macy's to see Santa.  You can book an appointment 48 hours in advance and I had been planning on doing that until I forgot to do it.  So we waited in line about an hour before Dutch could no longer handle it.  Eric and I weren't doing so well ourselves.  Seeing the behind the scenes of Macy's at Christmas is sort of like seeing behind the scenes at Disney.  Takes all of the magic out.  Plus it was painted a glossy orange red and I hate red.  I am certain that the line was over a mile long winding in and out of halls and rooms.  I was afraid there would be a fire and we would all die in Macy's.

We took one more stroll by the windows before setting off to the WTC Memorial.  These  were my favorite windows and so much fun.  Since it was early there wasn't a big crowd and you could easily walk up and look at the windows.

I wanted to cry looking at that little puppy.  He looked so real and his little tail wagged.

After Macy's we hopped on the subway and rode down to the World Trade Center Memorial.  It was beautiful.

Then we walked down to see the Statue of Liberty.  This was as close as we got because Dutch was needing a break.  I never thought I would nurse a baby overlooking the Statue of Liberty!

We found some random snow!

Then another lunch at Shake Shack.  We decided to walk and Dutch fell asleep so we were stuck walking. We walked up to Washington Square Park where we figured out that the helicopter that had been hovering was because of the huge protest.  We tried to go around the protesters but there were so many of them.  Honestly it was a little scary having Dutch there and not knowing what was going to happen.  We were able to get on another street and finally made it to The Dutch.  And look who was still asleep.  It was fine because this isn't exactly the place for a 17 month old to eat but I would have loved his photo standing beside the sign.  Next time!

After walking over 10 miles we hopped on the subway again and rode back up to our hotel.  Then we went to Le Parker Meridian to check out the gingerbread houses.  Dutch found his favorite!

Then we walked down to see the big Christmas tree in the courtyard at The New York Palace.  It was pretty and huge!

After grabbing some supper and a quick nap back at the hotel we decided to try Macy's one more time.  We got there about 8 and waited an hour, all for this reaction.

Sorry bout that Santa, here is my apology letter.

Yes Dutch is wearing pants.  Those are his leggings showing, Eric never pulls his pants legs down.   Drives me crazy.

One last stop before bed!  We believe this was a wonderful trip!!

Sunday we literally ran back up to the tree for another photo and then back to catch our ride to the airport.

So that was our trip.  We checked every single thing off our list and still had time to take naps!  That is what getting started early will do for ya.  The crowds weren't as big as I expected.  But you could definitely tell a difference on Saturday.  If we go again we will go Wednesday-Saturday to avoid the crowds.
Thanks for reading, have a great week!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New York City at Christmas

We made a quick trip to NYC last weekend.  It has ALWAYS been my dream to see all of the Christmas windows and decorations at Christmas.  This was the year to make those dreams come true.  And yes we took a 17 month old along with us.  Dutch is a pretty good kid and isn't very wild so we though he would do ok.  He did great especially considering he is a creature of habit and NYC was sooo out of his little world.  
We packed a lot into 3 days.  If it was just me and Eric there would be a lot more that I would have tried to pack in but since Dutch was with us we knew it would be a simple trip.  I made a list of what we wanted to do each day and thankfully we checked everything off and still had a lot of down time. I was going to dump it all into one post but there are too many photos for the family to see so I've got it in two posts.  We left Thursday and got to NYC around 6pm.  Dutch was a sweet little angel and slept the whole time on the plane.  

We used Jupiter car service to get us from the airport since they offer a car seat option.  It was perfect.  We stayed at the Hyatt in Times Square.  I booked the room in June and they were almost sold out.  I also booked the double queen room so we would have more space.  It was a great size for a New York hotel room.  Location was perfect, not too loud and we only rode the subway 2 times. 

 When we got to NYC the first stop was Shake Shack.  Oh yeah our favorite place ever in the world.  

Then we walked over to the Rockefeller Plaza area.  It was about 9 pm by now so it wasn't crowded at all.  

The tree.  I made it.  Dutch saw a bus, Eric ate Shake Shack and I saw the tree.  We can go home now.

This is my favorite photo from the whole trip.  Dutch didn't really feel good and it was way past bedtime.  ha. 

Saturday morning started off right.  Dutch pooped on my and also threw up on me.  After that he was a happy baby and ready to do something fun.  ;)

I had read the a line formed to get into FAO Schwartz so that was our first destination.  On the way there we walked by the storefront windows.  We didn't have to fight a crowd. 

Yea we made it to FAO Schwartz!  Dutch was so excited to see all of the stuffed animals.  I am a toy scrooge but I would have bought him every single thing in that store.  He settled on a taxi, Curious George stuffie and a NYC book.  

I just can't decide!

We found George in the big city!

Playing on the big piano

Dutch did really well in his stroller.  I bought a Quinny Zapp stroller for use in NYC.  It folded up really small for the subway and didn't take up a ton of space on the streets.  The only negative is that the stroller doesn't recline but Dutch took many naps in it anyway.  When he didn't want to ride we took turns carrying him.

After FAO Schwartz we headed to Serendipity for lunch.  It was delicious as always, but kind of your worst nightmare if you have a toddler.  So little room and so many things to break.  Dutch was really good for the most part.

After lunch we headed to The Plaza Hotel to see Santa.  There was no line and he was really sweet.  I loved seeing all of the little girls dressed up and going to Eloise's tea room.

Trying to let Dutch run around in Central Park

Since we got such an early start we were finished with our list by 2:00!  We headed back to the hotel and everyone took a really long nap.

After Dutch woke up we decided to blow his mind and take him to the M&M store.  Mission accomplished.

We did a little shopping then it was back to the hotel for bed.

Poor wind chapped baby.  It was cold in NYC 30's but not as cold as I was trying to prepare myself for.  I would have loved snow but was happy that there was no chance of snow or rain in the forecast since that meant less shoes and clothes we had to travel with.  I packed us only 4 outfits each and figured if something got messed up we could just buy more clothes ;).  I did have to buy a new pair of pjs.  I was able to wear cords and keep my legs warm.  Eric and I both wore button ups and a sweater with a jacket.  We were plenty warm.  I wasn't sure what to do about shoes.  Thankfully I didn't have to take a waterproof option.  I ended up taking a pair of booties that I never wear at home.  Last time we went to New York I got about 3 years worth of wear on my shoes in just a few days so I didn't want to take a fav pair of shoes and them get worn out. I also bought a pair of boots to take in case my feet hurt with the booties, I hated them and only wore them on our travel days to save space in the suitcase.  My feet never hurt and we walked about 22 miles the whole trip!   Dutch wore a pair of leggings under his clothes and this heavy jacket with a hood (he refuses to wear a hat).  He wore 2 pair of socks and these Gap boots, we also put a blanket over him in the stroller.  His skin was always warm when we got back to the hotel.  A lot of people had the rain cover on their stroller to keep the wind out and that was pretty smart.

Ok that is a wrap on the first couple days of our trip.  Thanks for reading along and putting up with a ridiculous amount of family photos and info.  I have a terrible memory now so it is helpful to read back on travel posts so I know what worked for us.  One thing that we wished we had was a selfie stick.  Yep we made fun of the people that had them and then we saw them in a store and laughed.  Guess who is laughing at all of our terrible family photos now.

Monday, December 1, 2014

How To Prevent The Stomach Virus and Thanksgiving 2014

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving week!
We did.  We went to my parent's house and Eric's parents and sister came from Texas.  But before all of the good, Wednesday night Dutch started to throw up.  His first time ever.  One of the kids had the stomach virus earlier in the week so Dutch was the lucky one to get it next.  Thankfully he didn't get sick in the car!  Since it was the day before Thanksgiving I googled 100% grape juice for the stomach virus.  I had seen something about it on instagram months back.  We bought the grape juice and started chugging.  In the comments of that same blog post someone said to boil vinegar to kill germs.  My mom did that.  It didn't smell great but she did it while everyone was in bed and the smell was gone in the morning.  The grape juice and vinegar must have worked because no one else got sick.  Not even me and Dutch slept on me that night!

Welch's Grape Juice - 2014 Thanksgiving MVP!

Thursday Dutchie Man was back to normal and we had a great Thanksgiving.

As you can see his love for cowboy boots is already strong!

Ok the rest of this post is for my mom memory!

Friday we went to Tuscaloosa for Thanksgiving/Christmas with my Dad's family.  I know it was hard being in T-town so close to the Iron Bowl.  Ick. 

Give that baby a tractor and he is happy. 

Holidays look a little differetn this year now that both of my Grandmother's have passed away in the past few months.  BUT my Nana loved Dirty Santa so Dirty Santa we will play.  There was just one twist- all of the gifts had to be handmade.
It was so fun seeing everyone's creations.  In case you need ideas for your own handmade Dirty Santa there was a soap dispenser made from a mason jar, pallet Christmas tree, painted wine glasses, windchime made from my Nana's silverware etc., bracelets made from guitar strings and Nana's jewelry, knit beanie, handcarved knife with pumpkin and apple butter, handcarved spoon, ornaments from wine corks, coasters from wine corks, pineapple habanero hot sauce, trail mix and chocolate covered pretzels, framed recipes from Nana, and a state photo frame.  I wish we had taken a photo. It was so fun seeing everyone's creations, I can't wait until next year.  

Saturday was the Iron Bowl.  Eric was on ESPN Game Day!!!  So cool!  Watch it HERE.  His story starts around 1:40.

Cousins divided!

The game didn't go the way us Auburn fans wanted but it is still great to be an Auburn Tiger!
Sunday was the perfect end to a great week.  My niece was baptized.  So happy she is now my sister in Christ!

And then we loaded up and came home.  Now on to Christmas!
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