08 September 2014

My TWO year old!

Levi is TWO!
My little baby boy is two. How did this happen??
He melts me. Every single day.
His squinty smile.
 His forced smile that totally cracked me up!
 He's playful and will not be left out for sure! He makes sure he is doing whatever sister or his big cousins are doing. Yet, he's funny, he still would much prefer that I feed him, even though he is completely capable of using his fork or spoon himself. He jumps a lot. When he's excited he is bouncing around like Tigger. He is speaking quite a lot too, he still uses his own vernacular, but it's growing all the time. Bubbles still means water and boogdah bagduh is football. Yep, 100% consistently boogdah bagduh. He says basketball and baseball clear as day, gotta love the boogdah bagduh. He still refuses, would throw a fit of all fits, to wear any shoes other than his Crocs. His crocs were developing quite a fragrance, so I am quite thankful that I was able to convince him to let me buy him a new pair today! Praise the Lord, he is quite proud of his Batman Crocs :)
He loves stuffed animals and balloons and packs a book with him almost everywhere we go. 
He's cuddly and gets heartbroken when I try to lay him down in his toddler bed, he much prefers "mommy daddy bed, mommy daddy bed." I'm a bit of a pushover, so I have quite the challenge ahead of me to get him sleeping in his room again. He needs a big boy bed, so that is on the to do list. 
In some ways he is so chill and in others he is the polar opposite. I never thought my 2 year old boy would have such strong opinions on his wardrobe. I bought him the most adorable bow tie and suspenders to wear at his birthday party. There was no way in the world he was going to let me put them on him. The basketball shirt it was. And, just the shirt. No shorts. My birthday boy ran around all day in just a t-shirt and spiky hair. 

Playing with his cousin Carter, probably my favorite pic of the day. Look at his smile!
Oh, and big news…
We finally got a pet!

It's a $2.00 Baby Beta Fish and my little ones are beyond thrilled!
They named him Mickey Mouse Fish. Georgiana kissed the little cup he came in and washed her hands before she fed him because she didn't want her germs to make him sick. She's asked that we not talk loudly by the fishbowl and she told Kelly that he needed to backup because the fish had never seen him before, so he might be startled. Ha ha, it's serious business taking care of a fish :)
Georgiana also informed me that we should be careful to follow all of the rules and that the fish probably wasn't too scared on the drive to our house because after all he had to go for a car ride to get to the pet shop. Good thinking Georgie girl. And Mr. Levi, well, he could just stare at his fish forever. He tasted the fish water and it about made us both throw up and then he brought down a ladle (from Georgiana's toy kitchen), filled with water to add to the fishbowl. The lady at the pet shop said Beta fish are durable. I sure hope she is right. My kiddos are so excited to love on this fish, poor thing is going to have to be strong. I asked Kelly to take a picture of the fish in case I have to send him a text asking him to pick up a new one. The kids are already attached, and although I will do my best to care for it, if I find him belly up I will just quietly replace him. Shameful, I know.

 Good night :)


02 August 2014

July

Miss Georgiana Lee must have borrowed my phone, because I had roughly 110 doll pics!
It seems she had a photo shoot with Elsa and Anna.

 In other news, we've continued to be hard at work on our downstairs remodel/update. 
Here, Kelly was working on the final demo before our new countertops arrived.
He cut down our raised counter/bar, and we love how open our kitchen feels!
 I was pretty excited when the truck arrived with our quartz countertops. It's been since January 21st since we've had a fully functioning kitchen. Too many french fries and pizza runs, not the greatest year for my waistline!
 But, I am hopeful our updated kitchen will be great motivation to whip up some healthy meals!
 Progress!
 Our countertops were installed on a Sunday, as soon as the truck pulled away, we loaded up and all headed to the tri-cities to tag along on Kelly's work trip. He was attending a conference, and the plumber wasn't going to install our faucet until Friday, so off we went. It's a little tough to be without a kitchen sink. 
The kids and I tried to stay busy while Kelly was working, Georgiana did her favorite pastime, working at her desk as she called it:
 Levi decided he needed a space all his own too. He opted to use it as more of a kick back and relax location. He's usually pretty chill :)
 It also worked great as a little reading spot.
 My little buddies!
 We explored parks, went swimming, attended the best library story time, 
 and napped!
 Oh, the little Smith's also enjoyed Disney Jr. We do not have regular tv at our house, so this was HUGE treat. It also allowed me to take a shower and not worry that they were bouncing off the furniture and getting injured. Turns out tv sedates children, and in this case that worked for me! It's an entirely different experience being in a hotel and traveling around town with just mommy. Daddy was majorly missed while he was at work. 
 I have no idea who that cute little boy is, he smiled when I asked Georgiana to smile :) The library has a beautiful garden next to it, and the story time was lead by master gardeners and they took the kids outside to teach them about pollination and gardening. I learned a bit too, ha!

 Off to the pool and to explore!
 We went to 20 minutes of a $1 movie, then the kids were ready to move on. 
 Dining out solo with two cuties.
Do not be fooled by the smiles, it was chaotic and massively stressful at times. Other times it was as fun as this pic portrays, but boy oh boy am I seriously thankful to God that I have Kelly as my teammate. I was exhausted by the end of the day.
 I couldn't get over the constant hand holding. 
Adorable.
 And book reading.
Love it.
 Levi was not feeling the pic this morning. He had the teething grumpers.
Georgiana was wearing shorts.
And they are matching.
The Children's Place gets me every time, $2.99 and up sandwich boards outside the store. $50 later, I am shocked at the register and have no idea what I even bought. Fallen prey again, it's the "and up" that gets me!
 Thursday afternoon, it was right back to reality:

 This next pic is blurry, but Georgiana wanted to take a pic of me. She had me pose several different ways. She and I were cleaning out my closet while Levi napped. I took almost everything out and rearranged, this was mid process.
 Levi was very happy to return back home to his "ing ball" aka green ball. It accompanied us on our afternoon walk around the neighborhood and berry picking. 
 Georgiana thought she was quite clever hiding in these bins, can you spot her little finger poking out?
 The kids and I spent a lot of time upstairs, this was our view of Kelly and his dad:
 Georgiana did some drawings. 
This one being her favorite.
Oh dear, she is a Smith.
 I tried my hand at tiling. My brother in law is letting me borrow his tile cutter and here is a pic of some relief cuts I made to cut out the tile for an outlet. The jagged edges will be covered by the plate cover. Makes me think of 8th and 9th grade shop, I think Mr. Volk would be proud, ha ha :)
 Slowly but surely. Emphasis on the slowly.
 More Progress!
 The playroom is back in session, and the couch is still in the dining room, but the end (of the flooring project) is in view.
 Early morning grocery shopping and doughnuts. 
 And, just because things were going too smoothly and positive. 
Little Georgiana Lee had an allergic reaction (most likely from the construction dust). Poor dolly was quite swollen. 
 Scared me quite a bit!!
Praise the Lord she is all better now.
 And, she was well enough to still get her pic taken with the pirate. 
She's been looking forward to this since last year!
 Oh, and K. Smith split his chin open on the very last board he was taking out of the family room.
He didn't get stitches.
He should have.
Never a dull moment.
Good night :)

17 July 2014

Blog Break

My blog breaks are never intentional. In fact, I always get bummed when so much time passes without a post. But, here we are. I just uploaded a couple hundred pics from my phone, and I thought I'd share a few with the blogworld. There are many things that still warrant their own post entirely (Georgiana's friend party, her first dance recital, Allie and my California adventure, kitchen remodel aka diy craziness, and just life in general). However, I don't know when those posts will come, so for now, I give you…
Levi with a giant green ball that he insists on bringing everywhere!! This is my view from the shopping cart, often. We didn't buy this ball the day I took this, he just carries it with him everywhere. It is a rare sight to see Levi without his crocs or his green ball. The little man knows what he likes, and mommy has learned to pick my battles!
 Mom jeans! This pic was taken at the Gap in LA. Allie and I were across the store from each other, so I sent her this to get her opinion. I went for it and bought two pairs! I haven't worn them in the great NW, but I wore them around LA. Why do I feel so much braver with my wardrobe in California!?! Perhaps it is because I am 100% positive I would be the only person in my fair city sporting this look, I don't care to stand out, and in LA I just blended right in. I should have asked my cousin Ashley if I could borrow some of her Thai lounge looking pants, then I would have really fit in! MC Hammer take two was all the rage in LA. 
We've been friends since we were 8. So, basically forever. This trip was perfect.
Santa Monica, CA.
 Kelly sent me many pictures of the kids, I LOVED seeing my babies smiling. They did great, which made it SO much easier for me to be away.
 See, I wasn't kidding.
His own personal air bag.
He rode like this for 1 hour and 15 minutes on the 4th of July. Not one complaint. Every car on the freeway would have been able to hear him complain if we didn't let him have this!
 Elsa hair with an Anna piece braided in (it's just a barrette), she is still quite the Frozen fanatic.
 See, I wasn't just a kidding.
The day that our check finally arrived from the insurance company, we found out that our contractor got so booked that he could no longer do our project. So, we decided to see how far we could make our kitchen cash go, and we now have diy projects coming out of our ears. Thankfully, Kelly's dad and brother are a huge help and wealth of knowledge. Otherwise, it is trial, error and youtube.
 He's discovered popsicles.
It only took watching sister eat two, before he decided to get over his anti popsicle attitude.
 His smile is cracking me up in all of these pictures, I should probably remember to take some without saying "Levi smile!" But, I just love his squinty little face :)
And, this is what I walked into the others day after stepping out to rotate the laundry.
We have finally decided on using our 4th bedroom as a Creative Space. I guess it is living up to it's name!
 4,500 pounds of flooring!! 
After all the unpacking and stacking Kelly's shoulder was in quite a bit of pain, but the good news is he no longer has frozen shoulder. Thankfully it was a mild enough case that he didn't have to "go under," and although he didn't tell his physical therapist what he was up to in the evenings, he managed to break through a lot of scar tissue. He laid low with his shoulder for a few days after this giant unpacking job!
 Little Smith's in their Sunday best, and Levi's smile, ha ha!
 Look, he can reach his arm up to the ceiling!! Big day people, big day :)

 First coat of paint and me looking really spiffy in my mask.
Lord willing, we will actually have countertops by Monday. This is huge, the water leak happened January 21st, I've only had the little square behind me in this picture and a similar size next to the sink. It reminded me of cooking in a camping trailer, but I got used to it. So much so, that when Kelly and Cory set the cabinets, Kelly and I both had to really think about the correct order. I'm pretty sure Levi has no memory of having a fully functional kitchen. I cannot wait to have people over for dinner, soon, soon I hope!