House Update

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A lot has changed since my last house update. We have walls, windows, lights, siding, and its almost time to paint. Progress seems a little slow lately, but that is because the small, tedious work has been happening. 

I do have some tasks that I can actually tackle in the next few days. I need to paint our back door. It is currently white, but I plan on painting it Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. It will be the perfect contrast against our white siding. We also grabbed some silver farmhouse lights on sale a few weeks ago, and I want to paint them black. I am no good when it comes to construction, so all of my tasks include paint. 

As I walk through the addition, I can imagine the fun that will soon be had there. The forts that will be built in the playroom, the creating that will take place in the office, the family gathering around the table in the dining room, and the snow covered boots that will trudge through the mudroom. While I look forward to the extra space and storage, I am even more excited about the laughter that will fill this space and the memories that will be made. 

For more updates on our addition, check out #fletchersgrowinghome on Instagram. 

Halloween 2017

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

I have always loved the idea of making cute matching Halloween costumes for my kiddos...of getting all dressed up, and walking around our neighborhood to trick or treat. In reality, Rowan didn't like my original costume choice, and the boys were both pretty much over the idea of trick or treating before we left the house. BUT I did get pictures of them in their costumes, so I am counting the whole holiday as a success. 

I really don't know which costume I like the best, but have you ever seen a bat with cuter leg rolls? I doubt it! ;)

Summer Family Session

Friday, October 20, 2017

Not very long ago, we were just a family of three. There was a sweet little babe growing away and waiting to make his appearance. It has only been five weeks since arrived, and it is already hard to remember life without him. I am so glad that we got to capture this season of our life. Angie Jackson is sooooo talented. I am in love with these dreamy, light filled photos of our family, and I cannot wait to fill our home with these memories. 

That cheesy grin has a way of melting my heart! You can see more of his sweet smile in this post. 

Thanks again, Angie. You are truly amazing!

Fall Boy Clothes

Monday, October 16, 2017

It is finally feeling like fall over here, and we are pulling out the long sleeves and jackets. Why do our kiddos grow so fast?! I feel like I buy Rowan a new wardrobe every season! (Luckily, little brother has some pretty cute hand-me-downs to keep him covered.) Over the last couple years I have become pretty good at putting together cute boy outfits. There is such a variety of adorable girl clothes, but sometimes the selection is not as great for the little men in our lives. So let's chat about fall boy style! 

I love looking for basics that are easy to mix and match. H&M, and Target (their Cat & Jack line is my favorite!) both have great basic selections at a reasonable price...which is obviously important, because boys are not kind to clothes. I also love the selection at Zara. Carter's and Old Navy are my go to for cute sleepwear. I cannot wait to start buying the boys matching pajamas...maybe for Christmas! Gap is a little bit pricier, but the quality is great. Rowan had those grey mid-top sneakers last fall/winter, and they held up wonderfully. I was actually tempted to buy them again this year. I also really like OshKosh...I just got these pants for less than $8! Ultimately, I try to find things that are on sale and match what we already have...that way matching clothes is one less thing to think about in the morning.

Mom Tip: Rowan is currently in between sizes. 3T pants are almost too short, but 4T is too long and WAY to big in the waist. The high top/mid-top sneakers are the perfect solution. Even if his pants are a little too short, you don't notice it with these shoes. We are going to rock those 3T pants for another season! 

Hopefully, someone found this helpful. I would love to hear other suggestions if you have them. 

DIY Brown Sugar Scrub

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Is anyone else SOOOO ready for fall? Maybe it is the summer pregnancy talking, but I will be happy when the weather cools down, and I can hold this sweet babe in my arms. I have already been diffusing fall blends, dreaming of visits to our favorite pumpkin patch, and listening to last year's fall playlist on repeat. 

I have also been enjoying this lovely brown sugar scrub & wanted to share the recipe with you!

1/2 cup Raw Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 Drops of Orange Essential Oil

Just mix all of the ingredients together and store in a glass jar. The combo of brown sugar and orange smells heavenly, and the scrub leaves my hands feeling so soft!

What are you looking forward to most about fall?

Nursery Plans + Baby Gear

Friday, August 11, 2017

I am getting ahead of myself, but that is besides the point. Once we move into the new master bedroom, our current room will become the nursery for baby boy. So...until then, there isn't much I can do other than fill my online shopping carts and wait.

Here are a few of the items I plan to buy for the nursery...and a couple things for baby! We have most of the baby gear left over from Rowan, but there are a couple things that we still need.

Sound Machine / Boppy Cover / Blanket / Storage Bin / Crib / Wall Art

We will be using the Ubbi Diaper Pail again. We had this with Rowan and it is the best! It is probably the first thing I recommend every pregnant mama add to their registry.

Another item that I have had my eye on is the City Select double stroller. I love that it easily converts to a single stroller when I only have one kiddo to push around, and the reviews were all great. Rowan would probably do fine without a stroller, but for long trips it will be nice to to all those pumpkin patches I plan to hit up while I am on maternity leave! I will also have our favorite baby carriers. We loved the Solly Wrap and the Wildbird sling. They are both great for different reasons, and I can't wait to wear this baby all around.

What am I missing? Are there any new baby products that you have found super helpful?

Rowan Update

Saturday, July 29, 2017

This boy...the boy who made me a mama. He always knows how to make me smile. Like when he cups my face in his little hands and gives me a kiss, or tells me, "I wuv you sooo much!" He is so excited about being a big brother, and his days as an only child are quickly ticking away. I don't know how he is going to handle having a baby in the house at first. However, I do know that this new little babe is a lucky one. His brother is so full of love. 

Rowan recently turned 2.5 and I thought it would be a good time to do a little update. 

He has the silliest laugh, and he finds the littlest things be a kid again. I think he develops a new facial expression everyday, and they are all very entertaining. I call him my little water bug, because he will do anything to splash and play in water. He loves swimming, baths, and even "helping" me do dishes. He has some funny phrases that he uses regularly..."Of course!" is one of my favorites and he still says, "I want to hold you," when he wants picked up. It is the sweetest! He loves going to the farm and insists on wearing his farm boots anytime we take a trip to see the goats and cows. He has just started requesting to look at pictures of Row Row...he loves to tell me what he is doing in each picture and I love looking back through all those sweet memories.

I know they warn you that time flies by, but I honestly cannot believe how quickly he has grown.

These sweet pictures are all thanks to Angie Jackson Photography! I will be sharing more from our last session as a family of three very soon!