11 Months | How is Time Moving so Quickly?

Dear Chickadee,

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Why is time moving so quickly? It seems like you were just breaking my water during the Texas A&M game, and yet here we are in a new football season with our own little tiger. These past 11 months have absolutely flown by. I think it is going so quickly because we are having so much fun. You have changed our lives Chickadee in the best possible way. 

You are weighing in at about 20 pounds and wearing size 3 diapers. I’m not sure how long you are, but I do know that 9 month clothes still fit!

You have been making a lot of gains this month squirt. You weren’t the biggest fan of the traditional spout sippy cup, but this month you have mastered a straw cup & love drinking water. You are still eating like a champ and currently love goldfish for snack. We give you pretty much whatever we are eating and you rarely turn anything down.

In the mobile department, you have begun pulling up on everything. The first time you pulled up on your own was in your crib, September 2nd. And it took no time at all for things to click; the next day you were pulling up everywhere and we were having to move all “grown up” stuff within tippy toe reach! A few days later on September 7th you figured out that once you were up you could also cruise around by holding on to the crib rail, gate, or ottoman. You rarely let go to stand on your own but you have done it for a few seconds once or twice (September 9). 

I love watching you explore all of you toys. You definitely have a few favorites. The Melissa & Doug School Bus ranks high on the list. You love taking out all the little people and putting them back in. You also love rolling balls on the floor, and when they roll under furniture you find it fun to search for them! While hanging out in your room pulling books off of your bookshelf is a must. I hope you grow up to love reading them all one day, but for now unshelving them will have to do. 

Chickadee, you are a verbal little girl. For weeks you have been repeating sounds that we make and now you have moved on to words. You are great at repeating “da-de” and “mama.” Although, when you say mama it kind of sounds like you have a cold. You also try to say thank you, but I wouldn’t call it audible yet. One of your favorite noises is to save “voom voom” whenever you push a toy around that has wheels. I wasn’t going to give you credit for your first word until you used it correctly consistently, but I’ve been told that is  being a little tough. So here it is….your first word was “da-de” (daddy). You sometimes say it when daddy comes in the room and you almost always will repeat it! Since I’m not sure the exact first time you said it, we’ll just have to go with 10 months. 

You ventured out to your 2nd Braves game this month and you were a champ. We kept you up well past your bedtime, but you didn’t mind because you were having too much fun! We also made a trip to Alabama to visit with both mom & dad’s families. We spent Labor Day at the lake and you took your first boat ride.

How can you be turning one next month? You are such a delight & we absolutely love and adore you more than you will ever know. We can’t wait to see what this next month will hold and are soaking in the last few days before you are ONE! Praise the Lord for your sweet spirit, calm demeanor, and happy personality. We are so thankful that you are growing the way God designed and meeting so many milestones.

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We love you baby girl!

Mom & Dad 

Day by Day Cleaning Schedule & Free Printable #SparklySavings

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I’ve been at stay at home wife/mom for about a year and a half now. I must admit when I started this new chapter in our lives I thought since I was no longer working I would have all the time in the world to manage and maintain a clean, 100% of the time, house. Unfortunately, I realized quickly I was oh so wrong. 

What usually ended up happening is I couldn’t remember when I had cleaned what and something like dusting would get skipped for weeks until I sneezed and noticed it was snowing on the bookshelf. I needed some accountability and a routine. So I created this printable for basic daily cleaning chores day by day. And to make it even more user friendly….they are cleaning alliterations that match the day of the week. You know like, clean towels, tubs, and toilets on Tuesdays! I suppose it is the former teacher in me. 

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To save the printable, simply right click and save as.

While a lot of these chores are spread out over the week, there are still daily tasks that must be accomplished each day to manage a tidy house. Most of those daily tasks happen in the kitchen…it’s the heart of every home after all.

I wanted to share with you one simple change I made in our kitchen that has made a big difference. In the past I had been super frustrated with our dishwasher detergent because it seemed our glasses always had water stains. For a while I blamed it on our water. However, I was at WalMart and noticed their Rollback prices for FINISH All in 1 Powerball tablets. I decided to give them a try.

I have been super pleased with the results! No more water spots & always sparkly clean dishes. Just look how clear that glass is! It’s truly the best dishwasher detergent.

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Chickadee is even excited about clean dishes! I can’t wait until she can help load and unload :o)

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Do please note that this detergent it a tablet, and like all cleaners, please keep it out of reach for little exploring hands.

You can find FINISH detergent and it’s Rollback price on the cleaning aisle at Walmart through October.

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Use this coupon for $1.00 off!

So, do you have a weekly cleaning routine that keeps your house sparkling all the time? I’d love to hear your tips! 

 

His Steadfast Love Printable

The other week at church we sang the song His Steadfast Love. I’m not sure that is the title, so if you it’s something different let me know. It comes from Lamentations and while listening to it that Sunday morning it really struck a cord with me. Some of my favorite songs come right out of scripture. I’ve been singing it to Chickadee a lot lately and decided to make it in to a printable.

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I printed it out and have it right by my bed. What a great way to start each day…being reminded that God’s mercies are new every morning and his love steadfast. So thankful we serve a faithful God!

Happy Thursday everyone!

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