buddies

The other day I met up with one of my best gal pals for breakfast, coffee and play time for Nora. My friend Stephanie and I were both pregnant at the same time and had our babies just 5 weeks apart so our kids are destined to be best buddies!

It was so nice to catch up with a friend and have our little ones play together.  Since Nora isn’t in daycare she doesn’t get much interaction with toddlers, other than at Vibes, so it’s good for her to play with someone other than me!
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Nora had a lot of fun playing on Wyatt’s airplane.
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Wyatt had even more fun pushing Nora around on the airplane!

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Give a girl a bone

We have a cranky, teething girl on our hands. Just after her front top teeth cut and she saw some relief, her eye teeth  started coming in. Poor girl!! She is such a happy & content little girl most of the time, but these darn teeth are getting the best of her. She’s never really been into teethers, but give this girl a bone and she’s in ‘chicken heaven’.

I hope these teeth cut soon and give me and her some relief!!

  

Pom poms and pipe cleaners 

 I’m always looking for a new and fun activity for me and Nora to do! So while at Hobby Lobby the other day, (speaking of HL it is nearly impossible to not spend ALL THE MONIES there. I mean, if I bought everything I said ‘oh that’s cute’ to, half of these store would be gone.). Anyway, got sidetracked, while at HL I picked up some pipe cleaners, colored Pom poms and a feather boa-Nora is obsessed with putting things around her neck so we thought she needed a boa, who doesn’t really!?!  

Nora has had SO much fun playing with the pipe cleaners and Pom poms. 
  
What a goofy girl!  
  
Princess coming through, watch out!  
  

Some of the best things about these were:

  • They are quiet!! Hallelujah!
  • You can get many uses out of them and do so many different things with them!! I shaped the pipe cleaners into all sorts of objects, used an egg carton to sort the pom poms,  endless possibilities!
  • They are soft: i.e. It’s not like stepping on a thorn! I swear every room in our house has at least ONE you laying on the floor and we are bound to step on it. These are literally like stepping on a fluffy cloud!
  • Cheapest toy I’ve bought!

These have been a big hit and Nora is STILL playing with it all after a few days! Winning!

busy doing nothing

That’s how I have lately; that we have been busy but not doing anything in particular.  Busy enough, that my posts have been a distant memory, it’s been over a week!! Whhhaaaa?!?!?  So I’m doing a re-cap of what have been up to.

I tried to read the paper.

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Got a workout in, in our garage gym.  She was thoroughly amused.
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We played at the park…it’s been a vey warm start to our fall!

Our little pumpkin family.  That’s me on the left. (haha)

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Nora took her first bath in the BIG tub.  Cory doesn’t know how to move out of the light so I can take a decent picture.  Amateur.IMG_1745 IMG_1746

I baked some paleo pumpkin chocolate cookies.  SO GOOD!
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I also ‘started a new business’, if you can call it that…but more on that later.

It was a busy-ish week and a relaxing weekend while Cory was home.

nostalgia

{“Looking back…on all the memories of…”  Wow, I never listen to country, but when I typed ‘looking back’, Garth Brooks’ song ‘The Dance’ just popped in my head.}

Anyway, that was no where near where I was headed with this post.  My mom came over the other day and had brought over a piece of my childhood I had requested because I wanted to pass it on to Nora.  My Little Pony plate.  I loved eating off of this, and I wanted to pass that love on.  This plate is 31 years old…it even has 1984 printed on it.  Wow.

I’m sure its not BPA-free, or gluten free or whatever else we aren’t supposed to consume anymore (or what has NOW been discovered to be ‘bad’ for you) but its special to me and hopefully special to Nora.  I just won’t be microwaving those little ponies.
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Nora enjoying her first meal on her pony plate.  And I had to post that second one, because, that face!

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Nora’s so cool she eats off of a vintage plate.  She’s also wearing one of my ‘vintage’ t-shirts under that bib.

Can I still call it vintage if it was mine??  Am I an antique?  Ok, ok.  I know I am not that old.  A few months away from 32, and I don’t feel old(er).  But sometimes I am reminded of it: seeing FB posts of a girl I used to babysit at the bar, watching my niece and nephew do the nae nae dance and saying ‘what does nae nae even  mean?’ (and I just had to google if it was nay nay, or nae nae), not being able to stay out past 10, you know, those kinds of things.

Crossfit, vibes, teething

We had it all going on today. 

I made it to the gym…yay!

  
My amazing friend sat with Nora my entire workout, I had a cheering squad. Nora did so great sitting so quiet and patiently. I’m hoping to keep that up!

Then we had vibes this afternoon. I don’t know if it was something in the air but basically EVERY kid in the class was whiny and cranky. 

   
 
Nora sat in this thing for about 20 seconds. She wasn’t too sure about it and a little cranky herself, because teeth. Poor girl is finally getting her top teeth (I’ve been blaming teething for past crankiness but they are finally emerging). Sleep has been hit or miss lately; she’s a drooling, runny nose little girl and I hope these teeth cut through soon, more so for her sake. 

Making it work

So I have been a little MIA lately.  We haven’t necessarily been doing much or anything in particular but Cory has been working out of town. And let me tell you, I have MUCH respect for single mothers.  And I know what I am dealing with doesn’t even compare to being a single mom.  Props to all of you single mamas out there, you rock!

Cory’s line of work (welder), would usually demand him working out of town.  Fortunately for the majority of our relationship and marriage he has been able to come home every night.  This may be coming to end.  Work here in Wyoming isn’t as hopping as it once was with oil prices being so low, so you gotta take work where you can get it. We’ve decided that for the next year or so Cory will work when and where he can so we can save up money for a new home…our forever home.  Do it now while Nora is younger (she won’t remember it) and when we have the money saved up he can get a more secure job closer to home, maybe making less, but he will be home every night, in our dream home, and we all will be together and happy. So, for the time being, we are all toughing it out.

I gotta tell you, I didn’t realize how helpful those couple of hours after Cory got off work were!  He could entertain her while I cooked dinner, get her ready for bed or just play with her for awhile while I got some things done.  Nora is a momma’s girl for sure, and its really hard to cook dinner while you’re holding a 19 pound one year old.  But we are doing all right and I know it won’t last forever!

I have nothing but love and appreciation for how hard Cory works for us.  He is the best father and husband we could ever ask for.

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So