Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Squeaking in a Wednesday post by the skin of my teeth...it's another random one :)

What I'm Reading:

Just started this book, so I'm only a few pages in, but it's by Pat Conroy and it takes place in Charleston, so it's kind of a no-brainer. I've been doing a terrible job of reading new books here lately. Nothing has really been catching my eye so if anyone has great book recommendations, please send them my way!

What I'm Wanting:

So I realize that Caroline will be in her crib for quite a while still, but I am totally ordering this entire Pottery Barn Kids bedding collection for when we upgrade her to a big girl bed in a few years. I've got my eyes peeled for an antique iron bed for her room.  It's one of those things where I know pretty well exactly what I want so it's just a matter of finding it now. But this quilt, duvet and sheet set is a perfect match to the colors we already have in her nursery, it's monogrammed and it's ruffled....another no-brainer. 

How precious is this J Crew pom pom sweater ?! I think I might just need it. Speaking of sweaters, on a side note, all of these people on my Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin' that are already yammerin' on and on about how fall is totally here or needs to hurry up already are on my last nerve. I love fall as much as the next, but for the love...summer is just now half over! Stop rushing my favorite season and our birthday month!!! Drives.me.batty. #endrant

What I'm Fixing to Make:

The link gives a great tutorial on how to make this one. 

This peach lemonade just looks too great to pass up. I'm thinking of doing it for Caroline's birthday party.

What we're Wearing:

I love this Annie Griffin Collection Mimi Tunic.  Grabbed it when it was on  Rue La La for an absolute steal awhile ago and have been using it as a swimsuit cover-up on the boat, but it's super cute paired with white linen pants or jorts (yep, I said it). 

I love this bubble I got Caroline from Shrimp and Grits Kids. I'm seriously considering getting it for next summer, too before they run out since it's on sale right now. It does run a bit small through the chest so I will probably size up to a 2T instead of the 24 mo. 

Hope y'all are having a happy Hump Day.  By the way, does anyone else just hear that camel commercial in their head everytime it's Wednesday now? GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS???

Our Busy Bee is Turning One

Monday, July 29, 2013

In just over a week, out little busy bee will be one.year.old. I'll spare you the typical OMGcan'tbelievehowfastthatyearwent whining and get to the party stuff! I am the worst procrastinator and honestly didn't even think about Caroline's actual party being so soon until last week (oopsies), which is when I picked the party goodies and ordered most of what I'll need from Etsy. Praise the Lord that these Etsy shop owners and the USPS work quickly. 

Here's some of what I've ordered so far:

And some cake ideas:

A close runner-up was the Pink Lemonade theme, but we had lots of pink goodies for her Baptism brunch so the Busy Little Bee won out in the end. And I know, she won't remember a them and doesn't care, but I do. 

Now...to buy some birthday presents...which I will probably end up having to one day ship and wrap minutes before her party starts. Mama of the year material over here, I'm tellin' ya! But I do have some birthday fun in store for her birthday next Wednesday that I've actually managed to plan in advance. But seriously, it has been a super fast year.

Let The Good Times Roll

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Long time no blog post, but we have been livin' it up in the Deep South! We had the best first family vacation last week and Caroline, my notorious car rioter was an absolute doll the entire time! I could not believe it!
 She totally had a thing for hotel beds, the pillows specifically. We'd sit her down and she'd waller and roll and flop, then repeat, just squealing and having the best time. I think really she was just so stinking excited by the time we'd get her out of her car seat every night that she would have literally kissed the ground if I'd let her. Our first stop was a night stay in Athens, Alabama just to get a break from the road. The next morning, we headed down to Brudidge where we stayed with some very dear friends and our sweet Goddaughter! After a couple of days there, it was on to Gulf Shores for the next day and a half. We were so close, I just couldn't pass up the beach.


Finally, we were off to our main destination, The Big Easy, New Orleans. Just to be festive, we watched The Princess and the Frog on the three and a half hour drive from the beach. 


Juston had been to New Orleans before quite a few years ago for work, (the same reason for this trip, we just tagged along this go around), but this was mine and Caroline's (obviously) first trip and I just adored it. I had in my mind that it would be really similar to Charleston (SC). It was but it wasn't. It was in the sense that the people, food and architecture were all amazing and so incredibly charming, but it had it's own unique flavor that was distinctly different than Charleston. I love them both.

We did a ton of walking, horse drawn carriage ride...

had the sweetest street artist sketch Caroline...

And even snagged a few beads ;)

I had beignets...twice...for breakfast. Don't judge. On the way home, we made a pit stop in Tuscaloosa, AL at the University of Alabama. We are HUGE SEC football fanatics and have a goal to go to a game in every SEC stadium over the next few years, so when in Tuscaloosa, how could we not stop? We've checked off Kentucky and Tennessee and this year we're doing either Georgia or Auburn. Haven't decided yet.

We didn't get to see a ton of the campus, but we saw the football field, so does anything else really matter?

Caroline's reaction to The Bear was pretty priceless and I had to have my picture with Nick's statue. Neither of us are Bama fans, my team is UGA and Juston is diehard Vols (bless his heart, it's been a rough few seasons), but there is just such a history behind Alabama football that you have to respect it and I love the support this town has for their team. It's one of my very favorite things about the South! Our first family vacation could not have been any better! We got to see people we love, visit the beach, eat great food and incorporate a little football in the off-season! What more could you ask for?

11 Months and a Discount Code

Monday, July 8, 2013

I've been working on some new bows for my Etsy Shop, even some collegiate ones since football season will be here before you know it! I'm trying to add new styles at least once a week and even take custom orders.

And I wanted to offer readers a discount code to kick off my new styles! 

Just enter code SBP15 at checkout for a 15% discount off of your order. I've never done a coupon code before, so hopefully it works! haha

And now, for the main reason for this post, my sweet baby is ELEVEN MONTHS OLD! As in, only a month away from being a whole entire year old! This almost year has been a complete blur.

Age: 11 months
Birthday: August 7, 2012
Weight: 18.25 pounds, shes lost weight since becoming super mobile
Length: 26 ish inches
Sleep: Bedtime is 8:30 now that it stays bright so long and usually she's up for the day by 6:00. We still have a few wakeful nights, but I really think it's bad dreams.
My Bedtime Routine: Oatmeal at 8:15, watering the plants and garden with mama after that, then face, hands and knees wiped down, clean diaper and pj's on and nursing until she falls asleep, then into the crib.
Favorite Toy: Tupperware, empty bottles or containers, books with flaps she can rip off, her swing and any toy of the dogs. 
Clothes Size:  9 month and 6-12 month.
Diaper Size: Size 3 
Milestones Reached:  First steps taken, saying lots of new words, actually sitting still to look through books, dunked in the swimming pool, new foods tried and lots and lots of others. 
Favorite Foods: Green Beans, Bananas, ice cream, Teddy Grahams, vanilla wafers, whole grain Eggos, and sweet potato fries. Most everything else, she could take or leave.
Best Mood: She is becoming sweeter and more enjoyable almost daily, but typically her mood, much like mine, depends on sleep.   
Teeth: two bottom teeth and two top teeth all through and sooo cute! Her gums are very swollen where her k9's are and I'd be willing to bet her next bout with teething will pop up while we are on vacation next week.
Words: Mama, Dada, Mamaw, Papa, Bye, Hi, Arf, No no.  Waving, panting like a dog, growling and mimicking sounds are her strong points too.
Crawling: All over the place, pulling up easily and taking a few steps if enticed with the right thing or person.

And her new favorite move for pictures is the old school "Number 1" we always used in cheer pics.

These next few were on her actual eleven month birthday...

Caroline's Last First Holiday

Friday, July 5, 2013

Hard to believe that Independence Day was officially the last "first" holiday to celebrate before baby girl turns one! So we wanted to have some fun with it. It started with these cookies...

Ahhhhmazing and so stinkin simple to make! My nieces helped me make them. The girls and my nephew spent the night Wednesday. These are seriously, quite possible the best cookies I've ever had.

Thursday morning meant red, white and blue pancake time with the red velvet pancakes, whipped cream and blueberries.

The three best little sous chefs in town.

It poured pretty much the entire day, but there was enough of a break in the rain for me to head to the back yard and cut some of our hydrangeas, some for our house and some to take to my parents where we cooked in instead of out.

It's becoming impossible to get a decent picture of Caroline with anyone else in it. 

The cooks.

Guess the day left everyone pretty worn out. We headed downtown for the annual 4th parade that evening, but the rain started again as we were walking down, so Juston took Caroline back to the car to wait it out while I took one of my nieces and my nephew on to watch and chase candy in the streets that everyone on the floats was tossing. I had intentions of taking Caroline home and putting her to bed like usual, and then leaving her with her Daddy there before heading back to my parents to watch the fireworks with my family like I do every year, but since the rain was headed our way, yet again, they started the fireworks about thirty minutes earlier than advertised, so we watched what we could from our back deck in the falling rain, sipped our drinks and called it a night. 

Independence Day took on a whole new meaning for our big girl though since she took her first steps to her cousin and then again to her Uncle. Naturally, I missed the first time and tried to video the second time, but she only did it when I put my phone down...how does she know? Interesting times lie ahead in the Pate household. Hope your Fourth was wonderful!