7.29.2014

Mason's Birthday Weekend!

Phew this might be a long one. We had a fun filled three day weekend! Friday we went to the Six Flags Great Escape (about 20 minutes away), I have not been in probably 5 years. My god daughter and cousin met us there because I needed someone to go on the roller coasters with me. Tim says that he doesn't like him because he is an engineer... Geesh.
Sadie took Mason on the children swings. He was not happy at first, but after the first time around he was fine.
Mason loved the kiddie pool. It was just deep enough for him to walk around in. We took him around the lazy river a couple times with us too.

Why yes that is a two piece I am wearing. I was brave enough to go for it. Overall it was a fun day! Mason was great and he seemed to enjoy himself.

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Saturday we went to Mason's first friend birthday party. He had fun with the kids. After that we went to a Pig Roast at Tim's Brother's Firehouse. While there his uncles taught him how to throw ice and water. He was more flicking the water at people.

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First things first... Let's talk about my Pinterest success story. My first Pinterest attempt this weekend failed. I could not get ice cream cone cupcakes to work so I will have to try those again. My second attempt at a Pinterest project was Mason's cake. That was a success. I ended up having to buy a 50+ piece cookie cutter set to get the one "2" that I needed, but they should last a while and maybe come in handy one day.
I love how it turned out! See that cupcake stand? I got that for a bridal shower gift and this was my first time using it. No theme this year, we just went with the flow and used things we already had. Much cheaper and I noticed I had no stress. Even when the rain was pouring down Sunday morning and in the early afternoon, I was not stressing at all.
Birthday Boy! 
Here he is learning about chickens from Uncle Michael.
Poor Nutmeg can only go that far with her wireless fence.
He got a back pack from Ashley, he wanted to put it on and as soon as he had it on he said "bye" and was off...
He made it all the way to Tim's truck. He is pretty funny. Every time he gets a back pack on he makes a run for a car and says "bye." 
Uncle Michael and Aunt Michelle though that a good gift to get him would be a drum set. They are so thoughtful, you can tell they don't have children. They really are not all that noisy so it is alright, plus he really seems to like them.
We had a fantastic weekend. Mason's party was amazing, we had a good time with family and friends. He is such a lucky boy to be surrounded by so many great people.


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7.28.2014

I Have a TWO Year Old!

I have a friend that just had a baby last week (see here) and my baby fever is in full force. I am also in a state of denial today. Yesterday my little guy turned two! Everyone said time would fly, but I guess I did not realize how fast. 
July 27th, 2012 our lives changed forever when Mason Andrew joined us. You can read about his birth story here. We could not believe that the hospital was going to let us leave with this tiny little human. 
Last year when I did his 12 month post I couldn't believe he was a year old. I have been seriously slacking with his monthly photos, but I guess after a year we can do them more spaced out (or yearly like I seem to be doing.)

Here are a few photos that I love of him through the last year.
He loves to read and his interest has grown
1st Dentist Appointment - February 2014
Looking Dapper for Easter  ////   First potty came in May 

Mason's personality is flourishing and it is amazing for us to watch. He is funny, smart, temperamental, and loving.

Measurements:
No measurements yet, his doctor's appointment is at the end of next week. I will have to update this section.

He is still a little guy. He weighs around 27 lbs. He is currently wearing 18-24 month clothing with some 2t items mixed in. He has more clothes than we know what to do with right now. Phew! He is a stylish little kid though. He is currently wearing a size 6 shoe.

Mason Likes:

  • Loves Nutmeg and Scribbles. Every morning he looks for both animals to give them a hug and a kiss. He has been attempting to pick up Scribbles, but it is tough when she almost weighs as much as he does. 
  • He likes to climb everything. He climbs up into our bed every chance he gets. He can climb up onto the chairs in the kitchen. 
  • He loves his sleep. Mason does not like to be woken up, on mornings I have to be to work at 8 it is a hassle to get him out of bed. He is not a happy camper. He is still taking his 1 nap during the day and it usually lasts 1-3 hours. 
  • Swimming. We have done a couple swimming lessons and he seems to enjoy it. 
  • Bike rides and walks - Mason likes to be in motion. We started bike riding with friends last month and he loves it. He has yet to fall asleep while on a ride. He talks a lot during it and looks around. 
  • Playing Outside - He has a tractor and a four wheeler he likes riding down the incline in our driveway. His other spot to be is in his sandbox. His new thing is taking off his shoes and getting in the box to play. 
Mason Dislikes:
  • Waking up from a nap or in the morning. 
  • Not getting his way, he has started temper tantrums when we tell him no. He knows what time out is, we tell him no and if he doesn't listen after a few times we tell him to go to time out. It is interesting to watch where he goes when we are not home. He finds a spot and sits and looks down with a sad face. I find it adorable and sad at the same time. 
Vocabulary:
Mason's vocabulary is growing daily. He seems to be trying to join words together now. He knows what cars belong to which people. He will point to my car and say "mama" and point to Judy's car and say "Nain." He can point people out in photos. He tells Nutmeg to "eat" & he runs after Scribbles yelling "kitty!" 

He loves saying "cheese!" He says it while holding our phones up to his face or when he has what he thinks is a camera. He also says it when he wants a piece of cheese. 

Food:
I am happy that Mason is the type of kid that will try things and then decide he does not like it. I am not sure how long this will last, but right now he will at least put what we want him to try in his mouth and then spit it out if he doesn't like it. 

He still loves fruit and will eat whatever you put in front of him. He is obsessed with frozen Gogurt right now and we are in trouble when he is able to open the freezer on his own. One of his favorite snacks after a nap is Greek yogurt with fresh fruit or granola. 

Working On:
  • Getting rid of his pacifier is currently underway. He is doing well I do not think he has had it for almost a week now. He had been broken of it a few months ago, but he started getting the back molars and we all needed sleep so we gave it back - oops
  • Potty Training - He has his own potty now. He has been getting on it at times and when he says "potty" to us we bring him to the bathroom and encourage him. We need a few days to focus solely on potty training to get this done. 
I am a little sad that Mason is growing so fast, but it is fun for us to watch him grow and learn. Check back tomorrow to see how our activity filled Birthday Weekend was.


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PRO-Compression Socks & Running

A little over a year ago I would have never considered myself a runner. Ha! I could not even get down the driveway to get the mail without huffing and puffing. Something pushed me last year to start running and I am still not sure what exactly it was. I got addicted to improving my 5k times. I am still not the fasted person out there and I will probably never be in the top three for my age group, but I have improved.

I consider myself a runner now. I have learned that it doesn't matter how fast you are, all that matters is that you are putting the effort in. I have a few 5ks coming up and I am thinking about doing a 10k in September. I am also contemplating another Half Marathon, but nothing set in stone yet.
When there was an opportunity to try Pro-Compression Socks recently I jumped on it. I have a couple pair of Reebok socks that my mom got me while I was training for my first half, but I don't think they are compression socks.
My husband is my photographer so we have driveway photos. I did not expect him to take Mason near the road to get road shots because we live on a busy road. He cracks me up though, he probably took 50 photos for this... He just keeps clicking!
Theses socks were tough getting on, I am not going to lie there. I thought for sure I would be contacting the company to get a bigger size, but I ordered the size according to the size chart. I tried again and finally got them on. Obviously they are on the tight side because they are compression, they felt great once they were on.

I am terrible about warming up before a run and cooling down after. I should focus more on the cool down. I noticed in my long runs this past spring that my calves were tight an hour or so after the run.  I have run 3 miles with the socks on and I did not get the normal calf tightening later on. I will continue to wear them while training to do the 10k in September. I am pretty excited to see how they do on longer runs.

The socks were light weight. I was worried about running in the heat with a tall sock on, but they are thin enough that it did not matter. The material they are made out of is also comfy and did not irritate my skin. If you are tall you will love these socks. Mine were a little tall for my calf so they were not pulled up all the way.

They have an array of colors to choose from. You can also get the calf sleeves if you like those better than the socks.

Want to try a pair of compression socks or any compression accessory? Here is your chance use the code PINK to get 40% off your entire order at Pro Compression.


**I was given a pair of Pro Compression socks for review through being a Sweat Pink Ambassador. All opinions are my own**


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