Our New Favorite Children's Books

Friday, January 19, 2018

Books are on Rowan's wishlist every year. He loves to sit on my lap and read a story, or crawl in his tee pee with a stack of books. We have recently added some to our collection that we are enjoying, so I thought I would share them and a few others that we have been wanting.

One Thousand Things: This was under the tree from Santa on Christmas morning, and I think we have already read it a dozen times. It goes over colors, counting, and SO MUCH MORE...and the illustrations are so cute.

The Boy Who Lost His Name: This book is the cutest. You get to completely customize the book to your child's interest. Rowan thought it was the coolest thing to see his name inside the pages. They have a few different stories to choose from, and I guarantee that these are books that will be treasured forever.

1001 Things to Spot on a Farm: This is an Usborne book. I believe that there are several different books in the 1001 Things to Spot series, but the farm is obviously fitting for Row. He is obsessed with look and find books, and this one is adorable. If your little one enjoys look and find books, there is also a Paw Patrol one that is really fun. 

Home: We actually got this book last year for Christmas. It is still one of Rowan's favorites. The book talks about several different kinds of homes and the is filled with pretty illustrations. 

Some that we have had our eye on include, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, This Moose Belongs to Me, and Here We Are. I can't wait to fill the shelves of our reading nook with books for the boys. The playroom cannot be done soon enough.

Do you have any favorites that we should add to our list? I am always looking for more. 

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Wild & Three

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Our wild little man turned three a couple weeks ago, and we finally got to celebrate. He insisted that he wanted a Rowan themed party, so I did what I could to make that happen. We decided on a pool party...because who doesn't love to swim on the coldest day of the year? We found a local hotel that rented space out for pool parties, and it ended up being a great choice. They even provided all of the food.

The kids were all too busy swimming to even notice the decorations, but we had a few. I kept it pretty simple and just got a few balloons and pictures of Rowan. My mom made Row's cake again this year. I was wanting something rustic. I know that it wasn't her favorite cake (guys she is awesome...look at the cake she made him last year!), but I love how it turned out! She never disappoints.

The best part of the night was spending time with our friends and family...and maybe watching Rowan try to blow out his birthday candles. He got so excited!

In addition to celebrating Rowan, we also had a birthday girl to sing to and celebrate! We joined forces and did one big party for these cutie cousins...I think they really enjoyed it. 

No one tells you how difficult hitting 3 is...I seriously didn't feel prepared. I feel like Rowan has grown up so much over the last year. I am so excited to watch him learn and show off his wild and free personality, but I also miss my little boy. I love celebrating you, Rowan. Your birthday is one of my favorite days of the year!

House Update

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

T H E   W A L L  came down!!!! The moment that we have been waiting for. The moment that was supposed to let us see and feel how big our space is actually going to be. It happened, and it is big, and so is the mess! 

Here are some before pictures for you...they aren't pretty, but you get the point. We had a tiny kitchen and a wall that divided our livable house, with our new space...and that wall had to go! 

Also, not sure why my cousin let me paint my kitchen this color many years ago! ;) I still love it on our porch...not so much the kitchen! 


So much light, so much room, and so many smiles from a crazy haired boy!

Now we are in the final stretch, though I have a feeling the mess is going to get bigger before we finish. Until then, I will be cleaning up all the dust...if you need me. ;)

The Holidays

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The holidays are always such a busy time. We did the shopping, the wrapping, the food prep, and all of the celebrations. We had a busy schedule, but instead of feeling overwhelmed and stressed, I made an effort to slow down and really enjoy each festivity. It made the whole holiday feel like it slowed down just a bit.  We made the most of all the time we got to spend with our family, and as busy as we were it was nice seeing all of those that we could. In fact, I spent so much time treasuring the moments that I really didn't take any pictures, and I am not even mad about it.
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A cold got our family right before Christmas, so we didn't get a chance to visit my brother, but we are going to celebrate with him soon...and I cannot wait.

I hope you all had the merriest Christmas. The new year will be here before we know it, and I hope that it is filled with health, happiness, and lots of time with those I love.

Festive Fun

Friday, December 01, 2017

It is officially the hap-happiest month of the year. Our house is still under construction, and will be through the holidays. While I don't plan on going all out with decorations, I do have some festive fun planned.

Make Christmas Ornaments: I have gotten an ornament for Rowan every Christmas, and I plan to do the same for Crew. However, last year we also started making some homemade ornaments. I have one hanging on my tree, and we gave one to each of our moms. I plan on working on this little project next week so we can enjoy them all season! 

Go to the Christmas Tree Farm: I am not really a huge fan of real trees. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful, but I don't like the mess...at least not on carpet. BUT I do love the idea of frolicking through the Christmas tree farm with my babes and a cup of hot chocolate. 

Visit Santa: Every year we go to our favorite mall Santa with our friends and enjoy a nice (not so quiet) dinner afterwards. This year it is going to be even more fun, because there are 2 new babies to add to the mix. 

Make a Gingerbread House: I really want to make a ton of Christmas cookies, spread them out all over the place, and spend hours decorating them and listening to Christmas music. But let's be real...that is probably not going to happen. A couple years ago, my sister and I made a gingerbread house and I think that Rowan would really have fun doing it this year. So, I think we will go that route instead. I may still end up decorating a few cookies...I got this goat cookie cutter, and I think goat cookies with scarves could be the cutest thing ever!

Mail Christmas Cards: Christmas cards are one of my favorite traditions. I love picking out my favorite design, adding personal touches, and sending them to our family. And I love seeing the faces of those we love on all the cards we receive. It is such a sweet way to spread some Christmas cheer. This year, I am going to put all of my cards in a baggy with a cotton ball of Christmas Spirit and Northern Lights Black Spruce (my favorite oil combo this time of year!) to make them smell festive too!

The holiday season always feels so magical and fun, and I think that Rowan is going to love it so much this year. What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

Being Four

Monday, November 27, 2017

Eleven weeks ago we welcomed a sweet new addition to our family. I expected that it would be an adjustment. However, it is somehow different than I imagined. The first few days were kind of difficult. I was emotional. I was missed the order and simplicity of our family of three...which by the way, was far from simple and orderly. But now, now there was a fourth, and any sense of schedule that we did have was long gone.

As the weeks came and went, we were able to find some sort of routine again...a routine that involved a lot of nursing, snuggles, and sorting of teeny tiny socks. Everyone told me that my heart would grow and I would have even more love to share when the new baby arrived, and they were so right. I want to squeeze him and kiss him all day long, and it is like he filled a hole in my heart that I didn't know I had.

Everyone also said that Rowan would seem so grown up after Crew arrived, and that was even more true. Overnight my baby seemed to age 5 years, and I feel like I have a big kid instead of my little toddler. He is as sweet and cuddly as ever, but he somehow seems to have developed a new "big brother" personality. He is helpful when he wants to be, and other times they both demand milk at the exact same minute.

And everyone told us not to blink, that they will grow up faster than we can imagine. Eleven weeks...I cannot believe that it has been eleven weeks. My tiny baby has already grown and changed so much. I love watching him learn and grow, but I also want time to stand still for just a moment. 

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
-Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

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.