Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 School Pictures

The most recent daycare pictures of Ry and Carsy.  I'm such a sucker for photos.


14 Months

Carsyn is 14 months young and such a doll!  She has the sweetest disposition and laughs/giggles all the time.  She loves to have books read to her and her favorite toys are these 2 little plush monkeys, all her push toys (ball popper, baby stroller, wagon, etc) and Ryland's toys.  Carsyn weighs about 21/21 lbs and still only has 2 teeth!  I thought for sure her top ones would pop through this month in time for Christmas, but they are still in hiding.  You can see the top 4 main teeth just below the gums, why they haven't managed to break free yet we can't figure out, but it gives her the cutest little toothless grin.

Carsyn is down to one nap a day, usually from 12-2pm and she now refuses to use her highchair.  We've switch her to a booster seat and she's much happier.  This girl just loves to eat!  She also loves to go outside and when she thinks you are leaving the house she will go to the closet and demand her coat.  We've been taking a lot of walks lately (Ry on his tractor and Carsy in her stroller) and trips to the park.  This girl loves to slide!  Usually she goes down hands first on her belly, but every once in a while she will go feet first or even backwards.  She's so adventurous!
No more highchair, onto booster!  12/22

Going down the slide at daycare 11/26

Safari champs

We took Carsy and Ry to Safari Camps and she held in there with the bigger kids!  We had several moms stop us to find out her age, they couldn't believe she was only 1 year old and walking as well as she does.  Ever since she started walking at 10 months we haven't been able to stop her!  She's so athletic and has amazing control over her body.  She definitely acts older than she 18 (MONTHS!).  ;)

Safari Champs - 12/20

Right before Christmas a local photographer was looking for baby models for a designer.  I responded to the ad (which happened to be in the neighborhood) and was able to take Carsyn to the test shoot.  The designer loved this test picture (below) so much that she chose it for her fall collection!  My little girl is the one on the left.  And so it begins!  One happy, proud mama right here!

Carsyn and Ava modeling for Zaza Couture 

cuties - 12/23
xmas eve

Merry Christmas!
Pushing Ry in her baby stroller - 12/29

Monday, December 1, 2014

13 Months

Hard to believe my babygirl is a toddler!  Carsyn weighs about ~21 lbs despite all the food she consumes.  This girl can really chow down!  She's been known to stand in front of the fridge or pantry door crying until someone gives her something to eat.  She'll even try to climb into her high chair when she wants more food.  She can also feed herself and is actually quite good at using a fork.  Car-Car still only has her 2 bottom teeth, HOWEVER you can see 4 white bumps along her top gum line, her 4 front main teeth (central and lateral incisors) are trying to push through!  She should definitely (fingers x'd) have these teeth in by Christmas.  :)

Feed me!  11/12/2014

Carsyn has finally adjusted to the time change, AND IT IS WONDERFUL!  She goes down between 8-8:30 pm and has been sleeping until 7 am, sometimes even later!  I love feeling like we are sleeping in.  ;)  Even Ryland has joined the program and is sleeping later, sometimes until 8am!  I wish bath time was as enjoyable.  Right now Carsy is none too thrilled to be in the tub, she does much better if we take her in the shower with us.

The day after Halloween we went to a free 5K race at the Dell Diamond.  We ended up skipping the run and just did a short trot across the finish line into the stadium for all the free fun.  The kids loved it!  There was tons of food and games and live music.  Ry really liked the giant moon pie character and kept dragging Carsyn over to say hi.
Corner Store Country 5K 11/1/2014
Country store 5K 11/1/2014
Our kids love the outdoors.  Lately we've been hitting up the parks in the neighborhood.  Ry will ride his motorcycle and Carsy jams in her stroller.  They especially like to swing, see daddy and Ry doing the spider below!!!  And Car-Car has discovered slides.  She has no problem climbing up the steps to the top of the slide, then it's up to her to decide if she goes down feet or hands first.  She usually chooses to go down on her tummy, hands first.  This girl is quite athletic and an explorer.  She loves to go up and down the stairs, and has even started going out the doggie door!  She's constantly pointing to the window to go outside and loves to take walks.  She's super quick too, if we leave a ladder out, the next thing we know she's on the top rung!  The same thing goes for chairs.  She'll climb right up, stand up while holding the back of the chair, and shake it back and forth as if she were trying to move it.  Talk about a dare devil!!  She's even been known to crawl onto table tops.  Our little table dancer.  ;)

Swinging with daddy 11/9

Weeeeeee! 11/26
Climbing on tables and everything! 11/22

Carsyn is such a doll!  I mean she really looks like a little porcelain doll to me.  Look how cute she is in her pink and black polka dotted hat with her pink and black fancy coat.  She just steals my heart.  Carsyn has such a sweet disposition.  She loves to cuddle and is so gentle.  She has the most infectious 'dolphin' laugh and her eyes light up when she smiles.

I melt! <3  11/13
The holidays are coming and going so fast!  It feels like Halloween was only a few days ago, and now we're already past Thanksgiving!  The kids had a blast at Aunt B and Uncle D's house for Thanksgiving. I think Carsy really liked all the different foods, and of course she fed herself for the entire meal, sitting at a table in a kids chair all by herself!  She's growing up so fast.

Thanksgiving noms 11/27

My hubby snagged this photo yesterday while putting up our Christmas tree.  He just couldn't stop laughing!  Poor thing, I think she's upset there are no gifts under the tree!
Doby? - 11/29

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Carsyn's Ladybug 1st Birthday Party

Carsyn's first birthday party was this past Sunday (10/26) as well as her 1 year photo shoot and cake smash!  This made for a very busy day, not to mention a packed weekend preparing for her ladybug themed party!  I actually put together her invitation (below) almost a year ago.  Yeah I know, started planning REALLY early!  I didn't research ideas for the rest of her party until about 2 months before her birthday (a little more reasonable).  I Googled tons of ideas and saved it to pinterest.  I decided to skip the arts n crafts this year and went for a smaller low key party which was much more relaxing for everyone, especially the birthday girl.  I was thrilled with how everything turned out, especially the smash cake.  ;)

Welcome to Carsyn's Ladybug Garden!!

Polka dots and little black spots
That's what ladybugs are made of.
Buzz on over, fly this way,
let's celebrate our little lady's special day!
She's cute & sweet & so much fun...
Our little ladybug Carsyn is turning ONE!

We hope to spot you there!
Cake and light refreshments will be served.

As our guests entered they were greeted with the favor table.  Each gift bag contained a window walking ladybug, ladybug stickers and tattoos and a ladybug eraser.  As you walked into the living room there were balloons on the floor for the kids to play with, another table with party hats and one with the coloring pages.  The antenna's were left over from Ryland's 1st birthday and fit with the ladybug theme!  On one wall was Carsyn's ladybug collage which displayed her monthly pictures.  The fireplace was a homage to her professional pictures (NB/3/6/9m, 12m was taken that morning).

blowouts and giftbags
goodie bag items - my fav was the window walker ladybug ;)

found the coloring sheets online
Ladybug collage, made with construction paper.  Got the idea from her daycare and copied it from memory.

As you worked your way into the kitchen you came upon the cakes and food.  My favorite was the ladybug smash cake.  I researched online many different ways on how to make one and finally settled on my own version, which turned out cute as a button!  I based all the food on red/black/white colors and anything that could look like a ladybug.  We also hung black and red pom poms from the ceiling in the breakfast nook.

1st birthday cake - adorbs!

pom poms from Party City

light snacks - strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, twizzlers, grapes, ladybug creamcheese crackers, crackers and dip, babybel ladybugs

ladybug juice - fruit punch/sprite

I found Carsyn's shirt on esty and the skirt underneath was actually a ladybug costume.  The bow I found at Walmart and her shoes are from Target.  Too cute once all put together!

Birthday girl!
mommy and me

The timing couldn't have been better for her party.  Thankfully she napped for an hour before guests arrived (probably worn out from her 1 yr photos at 9am that morning).  For the most part Car-Car was a happy camper and only cried once or twice.  She loved her cake, especially the oreo eyes.  I think we had roughly 13 adults and 13 kids attend the party.  

Ry - little/big brother ;)
Opa and Juju
Where's my food?!?!

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to...
jump jump jump

coloring is always a hit

daddy and me

Here comes the cake!
Happy Birthday to you...don't touch the flame!
nom nom nom

I'm done and want out!
We opened gifts at the very end and all the kids 'helped' Carsy open them.  She receiving tons of clothes and some cool toys.  I think her favorite was the grocery cart.

A big Thank You to everyone who came over to celebrate Carsyn's birthday with us!  

Ladybug shirt - Etsy
Window walker ladybugs and stickers - Michael's
Ladybug plates/napkins/cupcake liners, erasers, tattoos, ladybug party hats and blowouts - Hobby Lobby
1st Birthday Ladybug Party cups/plates/napkins/utensils/table runners/banner/pom poms/table decor - Party City (stuff sold online, luckily someone has just returned their extras to the store and I quickly snatched them up!)
#1 red glitter candle - Walmart
Coloring pages - online