Friday, March 27, 2015

I will just stay here Mommy!

We went to meet the Easter Bunny and make Vanns firsts Build-A-Bear. I just knew we'd be coming home with a stuffed bunny rabbit and a picture of Vann crying in the bunny's lap.

I need to let all of my expectations go on days like these. Why? Because nothing I expected really happened. We walked into Build A Bear: I pointed out the rabbit and he saw the dog. I picked it up, made sure that's what he spotted, and yes he picked the dog. Tried one more time pointing out the bunny...nope dog! Forget the Easter Bunny theme and get the dog is what his eyes told me!

Next, we gave it a heart...and he lost it. There went the tears. All he wanted to do was find a flat screen that he could touch and since the store is full of them it wasn't hard. By a divine miracle we got the dog stuffed, fluffed, bathed, and named him Uga, all while a 19 mo boy who shall remain nameless was telling me how he really felt. He was hungry apparently, I gave him a snack bar and he was at peace. As he sat in the stroller enjoying his snack, I took a deep breath and looked at his sweet little hands petting his new best friend. All was right in the world. 

We walked to the other end of the mall and there he was, the famous Easter Bunny. We saw the bunny, waved at the bunny, and then walked on the set to take the photo...nope. "Mommy" pleaded my little boy standing in front of me, hands reaching for me, and looking up with fearful blue eyes. I picked him up and he began clinging to me. So tight in fact that I could let go of him and he didn't move an inch. Ava was doing the very same thing. Pictures didn't happen, at least not pictures with the bunny. I'm ok with that because $23 for two 5x7s was still in my pocket and we have one of my favorite memories to date!

We enjoyed a yummy lunch with family and friends and made it home for naptime! Did your little one like the Easter Bunny this year?

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Can a commercial cause tears?

YES, with this mama! Publix can make me cry like a baby! 

This morning we were cleaning up the kitchen, and as I was putting the dishes away I heard Vann's favorite commercial come on.

 I looked around for him, he was right behind me, and said, "your commercial is on." He was nowhere to be found, he sure is quick. I walked around the corner and there he was! 


Then, at the end he saw me recording him and I got a big hug! Publix knows what they are doing pulling at the heart strings of me and my sweet boy! 

I texted it to Ryan and our moms! They absolutely loved it. Is he not precious? 

Here's the commercial that stops him in his tracks! 

*written on Dec. 24th.

Monday, December 22, 2014

What Are Your 2015 Goals?

AdvoCare All In Nationwide 24 Day Challenge

January 7th, 2015 is the kickoff to our first Nationwide 24 Day Challenge program!  Our team is very excited about this and thrilled to have the extra support and virtual coaching that AdvoCare will be sharing with us. If you have ever thought about the Challenge, now is the time! It's literally NATIONWIDE...tens of thousands of people will be joining us! 
The All In Challenge includes some FUN additions! 

  • The All In Challenge bundle will include a free blender bottle, a wristband, and FREE UPGRADED SHIPPING on this order and a future order of $250 or more*!
  • Another cool thing is that if you pre order your 24 Day Challenge between December 17th- December 31st your challenge will arrive between January 2nd-January 6th just in time to start the challenge together as a group.

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Some of the benefits:
  • Anyone who orders now until Christmas will not not be charged until after Dec. 26th - Jan. 1st!!
  • AdvoCare All In will have virtual coaching along with live coaching by me and special instructions before  January 7th, 2015 shopping tips, recipes, and much more for the challenge.
  • You will have a timeline to make the challenge super simple  that will walk you step by step.
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  • Why is it such a big deal that it's NATIONWIDE? There are a lot of benefits to doing a 24 Day Challenge all the way through as a large group. Not only will your success rate increase, but there is phenomenal support, helpful information, it’s fun and encouraging to complete the challenge with others, and helps keep you accountable to the simple program.
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  • Clean eating plan with meals and recipes for all of the days throughout the challenge.
  • Facebook support group - AdvoCare All IN
  • Fitness tips
  • Snack Ideas
  • MORE!
Bonus:  If you or someone you know is considering of becoming an AdvoCare distributor,  this is the perfect time to do so! It's the perfect way to save money and begin a PLAN B!
  • You could essentially purchase 14 All In 24 Day Challenges with Catalyst all with Free Shipping (there is no limit)
  • You could start your own 24 Day Challenge group and sell your challenges to others.  At this level you would be an Advisor and be at the 40% off level in AdvoCare!
  • After selling your Challenges you could profit 30% on each challenge purchased that you sell for retail.  This could roughly be a paycheck of around $900 in profit. How's that for a BONUS entering 2015!
  • So now your Advisor order is costing you a lot less to be at the 40% off level for life.
  • Extra Bonus:  Free Shipping on future $250 or more orders through the AdvoCare All In promotion that can be used between January 7th - February 3rd, 2015.

If you need more information about the All In Promotional deal, please email or contact me in the comments below and I can help answer your questions.
What are your health goals and how can you meet them in 2015? I am here to help! 
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Dana Doss
AdvoCare Independent Distributor

*to order you must be a distributor or order through a distributor like ME! 
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Mail For You!

One of my very favorite things about Christmas is receiving cards! I love walking to the mailbox and getting a card from sweet friends and family. 

This year Vann has enjoyed it as much as I do! His job is to put the Christmas cards in the "pocket" aka hanging display! I have caught him on more than one occasion taking them out and pointing to faces with a huge grin! 

While we would love to send every single one of you a card through the mail, we thought the next best thing was to send one virtually! 

Merry Christmas to you and yours and may God bless you in the New Year! 

Christmas PJs + Tree Farm = Cuteness Overload

Are you sitting down? What you are about to see will surely put you in the Christmas mood! 

Back in November I found these adorable pajamas and knew I'd use them for a fun photo shoot with Vann & Ava. Well, we finally went to take them and they may be my favorite photos of them yet! 

He was not ready to sit down, but I somehow managed to get some fun ones of my munchkin! 

Ava was being a model and only crawled away a few times! Aunt E would catch her and we'd try again! 

What a fun day and a great way to remember their second Christmas! 

PS- My sweet boy's feet were warm! It was in the high 60's! 

I am linking up with The Girl In The Red Shoes and more fun blogger friends! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

15 Months

Vann has been in our life for 15 months. It's overwhelming when I think about how much he adds to our family.

You are running around and into everything. You make us smile over the most simple things.

At your 15 month appointment, everything checked out great. You've always been in the bottom 5% for weight, you're around 50% for height, and a little bit more for your head measurement. It really bothered me about the weight being lower, but at the same time I am confident that we are making awesome food choices, eating several times a day, drinking plenty of water and organic whole milk. I know you are just using it up as energy. You're a ball of energy and only stop when you are asleep...that's it. You will rarely be seen sitting down for more than 5 minutes unless you are playing with blocks or reading a book, and even then you're still busy. So if they must compare you to every other child in the US (apples to oranges if you ask me), let them do so. In my eyes, you are perfect!

You've been on whole foods since around 10 months and done wonderfully. Some favorites are sweet potato cubes baked with olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper. Another is Van's Whole Grain Waffle (don't you love the name...seriously an awesome brand) with natural peanut butter and a banana. You won't turn down an Earth's Best Strawberry Snack Bar and they have saved us many times in the grocery store when you may be lacking patience if I take a bit longer. Fruit, especially watermelon and strawberries, is another favorite. A Thanksgiving fave was greenbean casserole and Nannie's sourdough rolls. Someone loves bread like your daddy.

Our routine is SOLID and I love it. I know some may think I am a schedule nazi, which is not the is not always the case, but I know you need rest. You're a great sleeper: 8 pm - 7 am, nap at 9:30 am, and again around 2. The naps last about 1.5 - 2 hours each time. Your blanket is a must for naptime and you play with the tag to put yourself to sleep in the crib.  Around 12 months you started wanting a pacifier before naps. I didn't have the heart to say no because you like to chew on it and relieve teething pain. It helped tremendously.

You love the outdoors and will point outside and say "out" if you want to go play. You know you need socks and shoes on and will sit and wait for them before we can go.You love stacking blocks, playing with trucks along with sound effects, and reading books. You bring them to me and sit in my lap. You really love watching "My Baby Can Read" dvds and are doing very well with the flash cards. My favorite one that you act out is SMILING. You show all of your 12-14 teeth that have popped/popping through!

Some words Vann can say:
*thank you
*tee (tree)
*juice (ju-ss)
*ocks (socks)
*no no
*nigh-nigh (night-night)
*iwuvyou (i love you) is a new one, but you repeat it!
*pitty pees (pretty please)

Vann can point to, act out, or knows:
ears, eyes, bellybutton, head, hair, mouth (he will say ahhh), nose, chin, toes, feet, hands, fingers, sit, diaper, shirt, shoes, arms up, yes, no, turn on the tv, get a book to read, teeth, brush, hug, kiss, smiling, and more.

We enjoyed Vann's 2nd beach trip in October. It was gorgeous weather. We really liked Okaloosa Island when we won a trip there in May, so we chose to go back. You did such a great job on the way down, not so much on the ride back. The next morning we found out it was some molars beginning to peek through. I am sorry for not realizing that teething wasn't bad the first couple of rounds, but the more teeth you get it gets worse. You will be grumpy, clingy, and definitely do not keep a good schedule. There were a few days in a row without an afternoon nap. That was NOT fun for either of us. We use an Oral B brush that fits on my pointer finger with some fluoride free toothpaste every evening. You love brushing your teeth! 

You are an excellent helper. Every time we finish changing a diaper, you put it in the trash along with other things I ask you to throw away. You surprised me when you did it on your own. Putting blocks away is another chore you have fun with. I am thankful for these sweet reminders that what we do daily matters!

I love to hear you laugh. I am sorry I tickle you so much, but it is so cute when you get so cracked up. The other night you started to show your muscles and began clapping then freezing...I did it and you got so cracked up. It was a pure form of happiness. Daddy began recording it and shared it with your grandparents.

You moved up to the toddlers class in WaumbaLand at church. You get upset when I drop you off, but your teachers assure us that you have fun and settle down quickly. I love when you come out with a coloring sheet or the day they sent you home with a bag of brown little puffy balls when you learned about David and Goliath. I'd love to be a fly on the wall and see how many times you tried to eat one!

You spent the night at Mimi and Papa's a couple times in the past few months when Mommy and Daddy headed out of town. They kept us up to date with plenty of pictures. You love playing with Ava and Aunt Alexis! Aunt E, Lolli, Grandpa, and Hannah all keep you very entertained if Mom needs to run out somewhere! We are very lucky to have so many great family members that LOVE you so much!

In October your Papa (my grandpa) fell and hit his head. It was a hard time for him and he just wasn't able to get well. He was 88 and we went over to the house the morning he passed away. As the men from the funeral home came to pick him up, you watched along with all of us as they covered him in a flag before he left. He was a WW2 veteran and loved our country so much. Nannie was strong and we stood next to her. As he was leaving, you waved your hand and softly said "bye bye" causing everyone to cry harder. You are a bright light, Vann man! He loved you soooo much. He lit up when you were in the room and loved watching you show your newly learned skills. We are thankful for you, and I know your Papa was, too. We love you little boy. 

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas + Burlap

Today Ryan told me that the person who invented burlap must be rich because of the women in my family! It's true, the ladies LOVE burlap just like every other crafty Pinterest pinner, and each year our house sees a little bit more around the holidays year-round. 

This year my sister-in-love made burlap garland and I was so excited when mine arrived yesterday. It was perfect, fun, and looks gorgeous on the mantel. So, not much was accomplished in the way of decorating, but I sure do love what it looks like so far. It's still up in the air if our tree will have ornaments this year. We aren't entirely sure that we want to fight the battle with a little boy feeling tempted to play with the "shiny ball ornament" all day. I am really ok with adding a topper/bow/something at the top, putting presents underneath, and calling it done. We shall see. Any mommy advice out there? 

 Don't you love the garland? If you'd like some, send Alexis an email and she can ship some to you or if you are local we can meet up. I wrapped mine with my garland from past Christmas decor and topped it with lights! I love how full it looks. 

The tree has a new fashion piece as well. Not only is it burlap, but it's also monogrammed. How southern can a Christmas be? I love it! 

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