SNAPPY CASUAL

Family adventures + simple fashion + other lovely things

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My blog is a reflection of my life, and, well, ... lately, it's been mostly about my kids ;-) Eric and I have had several conversations lately about self care and how I can get better at it. I've found myself getting jealous of Eric when he gets a night away with friends, and there have been many times when I've gotten frustrated with the kids way too easily. It's obvious that I need to schedule in regular breaks! I think it's hard for lots of moms to find time for everything that is important to them...for me, it's: God, marriage, kids, work, family, friends, blogging, etc. I usually come last. I really want to change that! I might even start exercising! :0

So, here's just a fun, random post about ME. Well, MOSTLY. :-)

THINKING:

About de-cluttering the house. It has gotten really out of hand since Finch was born. Last week I started in the corner of our bedroom where a huge pile of junk had grown, and now it looks - and feels - amazing! We went through the playroom last weekend and got rid of three bins of toys! Next up: my closet.

ANTICIPATING:

Eric and I are leaving tomorrow morning for a weekend away! It has been too long! But it hasn't seemed possible since Finch was born because of breastfeeding. Our 10-year wedding anniversary is next month so we are going to Omaha for a NEEDTOBREATHE concert and time to reconnect. Eric's mom is staying at our house to watch the kids - so thankful for her!

WAITING:

For our new rugs (pictured above) and rug pads to come in - one for our basement and one for our entryway!

PLANNING:

Fall family photoshoot outfits. Finch definitely needs these suspenders.

LISTENING:

Podcasts! It took me a while to get into them, and I find myself being very picky now if they aren't produced well. My current favorites are:

  1. Young House Love Has A Podcast
  2. Shailey & Katie

Others I have enjoyed in the past: Serial (season 1), Elise Gets Crafty, The Lively Show and Marriage Is Funny.

CRAVING:

barkTHINS snacking chocolate - specifically the dark chocolate pretzel with sea salt. The salty/sweet combo is amazing. I didn't even know I liked dark chocolate, but now it's all I can think about.

MAKING:

A Halloween decoration for our front door. I've never been a huge fan of the holiday, but this seems easy and fun!

PLAYING:

Toy Blast on my phone. It's the first app I've gotten addicted to. I'm on Level 929, if that proves how hooked I am.

WISHING:

My birthday's at the end of the month, and all I want is an insulated water bottle and some cacti. This is 33.

WANDERLUSTING:

Maine. I went twice when I was in junior high and would love to take Eric there. Sooooooon.

WATCHING:

Stranger Things on Netflix. I really liked it! I don't like scary stuff (I get nightmares easily), but was intrigued and then I got hooked and had to finish. It's sci-fi so I found myself repeating "It's not real, it's not real" during the scary scenes. But I definitely recommend it. Season 2 can't come soon enough.

ENJOYING:

Alone time on Wednesdays after dropping Rooney off at preschool and putting Finch down for his nap. An hour and a half of peace and quiet!!!

SELLING:

The kids' old clothes on Instagram @shopsnappycasual. Make me an offer!

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EATING:

Frozen peas. Don't knock 'em til you try it! My kids like them, too.

WORKING:

On the basement bathroom. We laid flooring and installed a toilet, ...now we've got to figure out how to install the vanity/sink and hang the mirror.

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LEARNING:

iOS 10. I like the new emojis and the handwriting texts!

HUNTING:

For a new lip color. I want to be a lipstick girl, but I'm not sure where to start. Lip tints? Anybody have a great brand/color to share? I had a couple Sonia Kashuk colors I loved from Target, but they've been discontinued. Help!

IMPROVING:

Might sound dorky, but I've been working on my handwriting. I used to love my handwriting in high school, but now everything I write is so hurried, especially at work.

WEARING:

Poshmark purchases. Have you heard of it? It's a site/app where you can shop other people's closets. It's super easy to search for brands you love and then purchase or make an offer. I've found four great tops (Madewell and J.Crew) that I wanted when they were in stores, and now I got them for waaaaay cheaper (one was even new with tags)! Sign up with my invite code NOFHN and get $5 off your first purchase!

What's new with you? Anything fun to share?? Have a great weekend!

Finch, 15 months

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GROWTH

  • Clothing size: 12-18 months
  • Diaper size: 4
  • Teeth: 10
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FIRSTS

  • Iowa State Fair
  • Grotto of the Redemption
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LOVES

  • Playing in Rooney's room
  • Steps and step stools
  • Being outside
  • Balls
  • Bubbles
  • Sticking out his tongue
  • Fake laughing (and crying)
  • Patting my back when we hug
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DISLIKES

  • When anyone goes outside without him
  • Being taken away from mommy
  • Shopping
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NURSING

I am happy to say that in the past month we've cut down our number of feeds from 5-7 to 2-3. It wasn't too hard, because he was ready...his daytime feeds were getting shorter and he would get distracted by things like exploring or playing. He's at daycare four days a week so that was how I did it...I basically just stopped showing up to feed him. His teacher was really supportive and encouraging (I think maybe I was the one hanging onto it more than him - ha!). It's gone really, really well. He didn't seem to notice or care at all!

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At home, he will occasionally ask to nurse during the day - at first it was basically every time I'd sit down! - but now it's typically just once or twice and I usually distract him with something else or just give him snuggles, although occasionally I will give in to a 3:00ish pm feed. I know nursing is still good for him/us, and helps to soothe him whenever he is sick or teething, so I haven't quite decided how long we'll continue. With each passing day, I get more OK with weaning. Eric and I are going away next weekend so I'm curious how it will go without nursing for 2+ days! Will I miss it? Will I love the freedom? Will I still have a supply when I get back? Will he want to nurse as soon as I walk in the door?

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SLEEPING

He is usually just taking one nap now, unless he is teething really hard. And guess who finally learned how to nap longer than 30 minutes?? Woohoo! He has even taken a few naps that are 2 1/2 hours long! I really thought he could do it so I started "nap training" him ... meaning, when he woke up after 20-45 minutes, instead of going to get him right away, I'd leave him in his crib for 15 minutes...and he started going back to sleep on his own. And now he doesn't even wake up, he just sleeps through. Game changer!

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WORDS

I can't believe how much this guy likes to talk. I had heard that sometimes boys don't talk as much as girls, so I wasn't expecting him to have so many words yet, but he definitely loves to babble. He also signs "more," which I love.

He says:

  • Ball (his favorite)
  • Bubble
  • Dada (but not directly to Eric)
  • Mama (rarely, and not directly to me)
  • Door (he says "doe")
  • Hi
  • Hello ("oh")
  • Uh oh
  • Wassat? (what's that)
  • Eye (and points to my eye)

It's also crazy to me how much he understands even though he can't say it. We have been listening to the Vacation Bible School CD nonstop in the van for the past month, and as track 14 ends, he starts singing track 15 even before it starts! It is hilarious.

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LOOKING FORWARD TO...

  • Hearing him call me mama...c'mon, buddy!
  • Seeing how much he weighs at his 15-month checkup
  • First dentist appointment

a family picnic!

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In a sermon at church recently, our pastor was teaching us about the two Greek words for time - chronos and kairos. Chronos time is chronological time. Clock time. Time that can be measured. Things you put on your calendar.

Kairos, on the other hand, is time that can't be measured in hours, minutes or seconds. It's moments. You know, those perfect moments when time stands still: family gatherings, bonfires with friends that you don't ever want to end, newborn snuggles. Heaven on Earth.

Eric and I decided we wanted more kairos in our lives. Slower meals. Slower weekends. A slower pace. We haven't signed Rooney up for any extracurricular activities yet because we don't want to have scheduled things that take us away from, or prevent us from, experiencing these types of moments as a family (we are planning to sign her up for swimming lessons this winter or spring, though).

So last Sunday after church, we swung through Whole Foods, picked up a bunch of food and drinks, and headed to Gray's Lake for a picnic. Rooney had a blast going up and down the aisles picking what she wanted (macaroni & cheese, applesauce, and chocolate milk, of course). We drove to the park, spread out a blanket and ate lunch - with NEEDTOBREATHE's new album playing softly in the background - and then took a 2-mile stroll around the lake.

It was so relaxing to be in nature and exploring as a family. Rooney absolutely felt it in her soul that it was special and kept saying things like "This is a fun picnic! It's so nice outside! We've never done this as a family!" Finch would take a bite and then do a lap around the blanket (and scare us half to death by walking straight toward the lake).

We had no where else we needed to be. We could just relax and be, and see where the afternoon took us (as much as you can with a toddler who requires a mid-day nap).

It was really, really magical.

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Thank you to Whole Foods for providing the delicious food for our picnic. We love knowing the food we eat and feed our children have been held to a high standard so we don't have to look at the labels of each item we buy...which makes grocery shopping with kids so much simpler. I'm still dreaming about those dark chocolate sea salt caramels!

31 things I'm grateful for in August

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  1. Sweet corn
  2. Outdoor church
  3. Taking Rooney mini golfing for the first time
  4. Finding Dory movie
  5. Baking cookies as a family
  6. Finchy's top molars finally coming through
  7. Winning a pennant on Instagram
  8. Meeting my friend's 2-month-old baby boy, Rex
  9. When Finch hugs me and pats me on the back
  10. That I didn't have shingles
  11. When Eric gets home from work before me and the kids
  12. Running into the midwife who delivered Finch at the grocery store
  13. Getting Snapchats from my brother
  14. My grandparents' inspiring love
  15. That my mom is on Snapchat so I can send her little videos
  16. Both kids resting in their rooms at the same time
  17. Finding a nail salon that I love
  18. The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now
  19. Food truck surprise at work!
  20. More Toy Blast levels
  21. Half baked cookies
  22. Frozen peas as an ice pack
  23. Nordstrom mothers' lounge 
  24. Random acts of kindness
  25. The rain letting up just in time
  26. A free zoo
  27. Our nearest park putting in swings
  28. Sneaking in to the kids' rooms at night and watching them sleep
  29. Finding my long-lost sock
  30. That Eric and I were both home during a major poop situation with Finch
  31. Iowa State Fair