Thanksgiving 2016

I thought maybe, just maybe, I had better get up my Thanksgiving 2016 post before Chanukah rolled around.  And with as fast as time is flying these days, Chanukah is going to be here any minute!  Thanksgiving break was a wonderful one, as it always is.  The days off work were nice, and the entire break actually felt like a break instead of each day zipping by.  William and I spent a lot of time with family and friends, yet enjoyed much down time together, too.

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My little boy looked so handsome on Thanksgiving!  Many times William wears Jacob’s hand-me-downs as he was quite the stylish dude, but I’m proud to say William’s outfit was all my doing.  (Even my sister was impressed!)  I bought his shirt and bow tie as a set and got him the cutest Toms boots, all from Nordstrom Rack online.

Just check him out:

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And Jacob and Audrey are obviously adorable, as well.  Don’t they look like siblings here?  They were just missing their other cousin Jackson!

My parents hosted Thanksgiving 2016, as they always do.  With *just* (ha!) 24 people this year, the crowd was smaller than their usual thirty-something.

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However, the company was just as nice, the laughter just as loud, the love just as strong, and the food just as delicious.  Spending holidays with family and friends is the best and Thanksgiving is such a lovely reminder of just that.

My mom did a beautiful job setting the table:

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There was enough food to serve an army, quite literally.  We all ate leftovers for the following week.  I’d say I was sick of it, but I don’t think I could ever get sick of my mom’s stuffing.

My family has a strong bond, one that can / will never be broken.  We genuinely enjoy spending time together, and if you’ve ever been to a “Williams” event, you’d know why.  Holidays are just another occasion that confirms the everlasting bond my parents instilled in us at such an early age, and a joyous time that celebrates everyone’s good health and happiness.  I can only hope, pray, and do my best that William grows up with that same type of closeness and love.  Right now, I’d say he is. 🙂

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I hope you, too, had a fabulous Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

4 Ways I #GoComfy in my Cuddl Duds

What if I told you there was a ladies clothing brand that was made so versatile and so comfortable that you could wear it during any and every aspect of your life?  Well, there is, and I found it: Cuddl Duds.  You can wear it while lounging around the house, going for walks, playing with the kids, hanging out with friends, running errands, as a casual or dressy outfit, working out, sleeping, and more.  That about covers everything!  Cuddl Duds provides the ultimate warmth and cozy comfort with the perfect fit.  I’ll tell you specifically, 4 Ways I #GoComfy in my Cuddl Duds.

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out and about running errands and visiting with friends

Cuddl Duds is perfect for layering and all their pieces can be mixed and matched with the rest of your wardrobe.  Over the weekend, I threw on a pair of jeans, a long sleeve white shirt, a pair of booties, and this Cuddl Duds Fleecewear Long Sleeve Wrap.  This is the first weekend that the weather was pretty chilly in St. Louis.  I’m definitely not a coat-lover, so I opted for this long sleeve wrap.

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Since the weather was cooler, I threw up the hood and used the thumbholes – no need for hats and gloves yet!  The wrap is so comfortable, and it comes in black, too.  It matches every outfit.  I could easily throw it on top of anything I wear.  Yesterday I cuddled up with it on the couch because it’s like a wearable blanket, yet can look stylish at the same time.  Double win!

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My parents hosted Sunday breakfast yesterday.  I rocked Cuddl Duds Flexfit Leggings and Fleecewear Long Sleeve Half-Zip Hoodie.  Lounging around the house is possibly one of my favorite things to do.  Compliment that with Sunday morning, my baby, a cup of coffee, and some comfy clothes? Perfect!

And did you see my Facebook post about what other shenanigans ensued? 

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walking and playing outdoors

William was playing with Jacob and Jackson, so Audrey and I went outside for some fresh air.  The long sleeve half-zip hoodie was ideal as it kept me warm without being bulky.  The leggings give a nice pop of color and are very thin and stretchy.  I do think the brand runs a tad on the bigger size, so take that into consideration when ordering / purchasing.  Macy’s is having a great sale now; all of the Cuddl Duds items are very reasonable!

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stylish outfit

I debated whether calling this a casual outfit, but casual to me means leggings.  I was wearing jeans here, so really, for me, this is a more dressed up outfit.  But I know most people get dressed on a more regular basis than me.  I’m wearing the same half-zip hoodie, but this time I paired it with jeans and threw a plaid scarf on over it.  Like I’ve said before, I love how versatile all of Cuddl Duds items are.  The fleece is incredibly warm, and all pieces are very comfortable which is a must.  Other toddler mommas out there know how important comfort is in getting dressed; we’re all over the place with the kiddos!

There are other items that are on my wishlist, like the Softwear Lace Leggings.  A brand that specializes in comfort, functionality, and style combines everything you could ever want in clothing!

What types of clothes are you living in these days?

What Should You Be

I feel like I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the election or what’s going on in the United States right now, but to be honest, I don’t know what to say.  There’s a lot that’s already been said (way too much on social media, in my opinion) and there’s a lot that’s already been done, negative and positive on both accounts.  So instead of writing about my views about our country’s situation, I’ve been thinking about what can we learn from this?  In a very general sense, how can what’s going on help to make me a better person, a better mother, a better friend, and a better teacher?

What Should You Be

Loving.  Kind.  Compassionate.  Caring.  Positive.

Yes, these are big words, but they have grand meaning behind them that could have major impact on your own self and those around you.

If you could love a little more, then maybe all the hate that is happening would decrease.

If you could be a kind person, then others could learn from your example.

If you could be compassionate, you would realize maybe someone else isn’t having the best day for whoever knows what the reason could be.

If you could be caring, others would know they are important.

If you could be positive, even when life presents challenges, you will hold on to the hope that is still there.

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After all, we’re all in this thing called life together.  Why not try to be the best version of our self for ourselves and for others?  Wouldn’t the world be so much more peaceful if we could all exemplify the aforementioned words?

There was a quote hanging in the teacher’s lounge yesterday morning.  You can still love people even if they don’t believe the same things you believe or act the way you act.  How powerful and true is that?  Love, my friends, LOVE.

Maybe this post is way too general for the heavy issues that are weighing on people’s minds right now.  I do think it’s important to stand up for what you believe in; that’s how change gets made.  But I think there are ways to do it where you don’t have to tear people down, where you can still be a good human.  I guess that’s what it comes down to.  If you want change, be the change, but in a way that you’d be proud to have people follow your lead.

I often think about how my actions affect William.  He is always watching and listening, literally always.  I want to show him love, kindness, compassion, give him all the care he deserves, and be as positive as possible.  I want him to be that kind of person, so I must, too.

What words would you add?

Fun Facts Friday

Oh hey there!  Let’s talk today and we’ll call it Fun Facts Friday, but what it really means is a list of random things I have to tell you about from the past week or so.  I miss blogging about my everyday life.  I know I’ve said it for the past six months or whatever, but I’d really like to find a routine in blogging again.  We’ll see what happens.  For now, here’s some Fun Facts Friday.

1.  I LOVE Instagram stories!  Like seriously love them.  I never got on Snapchat because I didn’t understand the point of posting a quick clip that would be deleted soon after, but now I get it.  And I love it.  It’s like a little glimpse into people’s lives.  One of yesterday’s story included William talking to the guinea pigs at his school.  “Guinea pigs!  Guinea pigs!  Guinea pigs, drink water!”  Follow me at @itzlinz!

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2.  This whole getting dark at five o’clock in the evening thing is not cool.  It always feels so much later than it really is.  And cold weather?  Ugh.  Give me summer back.  William had been sleeping amazingly.  Most mornings until 6:30, sometimes 7, which is crazy late for him.  Since the time change, he’s been up at six.  It’s still great considering where we started, but I liked the later time.  Last weekend, we napped together which is a rarity these days.  I cherished the snuggles.

3.  Four out of the five work days this week I woke up at 5:00 a.m. and got in a 30 minute workout!  I have not worked out in the morning during the school year consistently since William has been born.  If you read my blog prior to baby, you know I always used to get up at five and go to the gym before work.  I loved that routine and felt great the rest of the day.  It’s no secret that I’ve struggled to find a workout routine these last two and a half years of being a momma.  I kind of found one in the summer, got back in halfway decent shape, and lost it all once the school year began.  Let’s hope I’m on to something.

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4.  Sweet cousins.  My siblings and I are all very close, so it’s no surprise our kids are, too.  Stephanie tried posing them like when they were babies.  You should have seen those Instagram stories!  Silly babes.

5.  We’ve had  a surplus of candy at school these last couple of weeks and I’ve eaten my weight in Almond Joys and Reese’s.  I’m done.  Take it away.  Maybe #3 has something to do with this one.  Errrr…

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6.  These two are basically brother and sister.

7.  It was a three day school week for us due to the election.  Teachers were contracted for all five.  One day was spent working on progress reports and the other day we had district development.

8.  Dr. Manny Scott was the speaker for my school district.  He is an original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the movie Freedom Writers.  He was an unbelievable presenter with a very inspiring story.  As an educator, I love my job and my students, but I did feel refreshed and was reminded of my purpose after hearing him speak.

 

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9.  Yes, of course I voted.  And of course I posted my obligatory “I voted” photo.  End of story.

10.  Are you still with me here?  I think this is the longest and most random post I’ve written in six months.  If you’ve made it this far, THANK YOU! 🙂

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Be the best version of yourself.  This means be kind to others.  If you want to make a change in the world, do so by example.  Do it because there are little bodies, young minds, open eyes, attentive ears, and tender hearts everywhere who are watching, listening, and following.  

What’s been going on with you? Share some Fun Facts Friday with me!

Soft Surroundings Birthday Event

must tell you about the fast-approaching Soft Surroundings Birthday Event!  I’m going to give you details first, then explain how I won a makeover there and how my fourth graders ended up on the news! 🙂

Soft Surroundings Birthday Event – For those of you that aren’t aware, Soft Surroundings started right here in St. Louis! They will be celebrating the 11th birthday of their first store, which is located at The Boulevard – St. Louis (across from the Galleria)!  Soft Surroundings began in 1999 as an online/catalog retailer and they now have 39 stores across the country with new stores opening every few weeks. The store at The Boulevard – St. Louis will be celebrating their 11th birthday on 11/11 (golden birthday!) and throughout the weekend of November 11-13. There, you can enjoy some drinks, treats, and a complimentary makeover while shopping!

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A couple nights before school started, my mom told my sister and I that she wanted to take us out to dinner for a girls night.  My dad came over to babysit William while my mom picked me up to meet Stephanie.  When we got there, my mom suggested we stop in Soft Surroundings so we could do a little shopping before dinner.  Stephanie and I thought like it sounded like a great plan since shopping with my mom is always fun!  Well, we walked in the store and Dana Dean, reporter for Show Me St. Louis, popped out from behind some clothing racks, threw a microphone in my face, and asked if I was Lindsay.  I was in complete shock looking at my mom and sister like, “What in the world is going on?”

Dana explained that Stephanie nominated me for a teacher makeover at Soft Surroundings and I won!  We had such a fun evening at the store!  The ladies at Soft Surroundings picked out several outfits for me to try on and model.

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I had been in the store a few times, but had never tried their clothes on.  I was amazed at how soft every fabric on each item was!  And it’s no surprise because Soft Surroundings takes great pride in choosing the very best fabrics for their clothing line.  They have so many gorgeous pieces that are perfect for teaching and everyday wear.  Part of the makeover included me selecting an outfit to keep; it was an easy choice and there was an obvious favorite of the many I tried.

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You may recognize this outfit from my Back to School 2016 post.  The makeover was such perfect timing as I hadn’t even bought a new back to school outfit this year!  I love how classic, yet unique the top is and how it can really be paired with anything.  I’ll be layering it during the fall and winter.  The leggings are so versatile and actually called their “have to have leggings.”  Once you try them on, you’ll understand why.  They’re comfortable and flattering for all.  I liked them so much that my parents bought me two more pairs (in brown and gray!) along with a couple other items for my birthday.  Soft Surroundings also let me choose the necklace I’m wearing and a couple beauty items.  I was spoiled!

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It was a fabulous night and I’m so appreciative of everyone in involved, especially my sister for nominating me and my mom for being my biggest supporter!

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A couple of weeks later, KSDK came to my classroom to film in preparation for the segment that would be airing on Show Me St. Louis.  My students thought it was the coolest thing ever!  Check out the clip here:

To help celebrate Soft Surroundings golden birthday, I was able to select one item from their new line.  It was a tough choice, but ultimately I went with a plaid top that can be worn as a shirt, tunic, or dress.

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Seriously, so comfortable!  I wore it last night to family dinner and my mom and my grandma couldn’t believe how soft the material was!  It’s perfect to cozy up in or wear out and about with leggings and boots.

If you’re in St. Louis, I do hope you will join us at the Soft Surroundings Birthday Event this weekend! It will be a lot of fun and you’ll get to check out the gorgeous store (and have drinks, treats, a makeover, and more!).

Are you familiar with Soft Surroundings?

Happy Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween 2016!  This year for Halloween, little man William is…

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Mickey Mouse!  Thanks to cousin Jacob for passing down his costume from when he was two years old.  William loves Mickey, so it sure worked out perfectly.  This photo was when William was at Jacob and Audrey’s house trying on his costume.  More photos will be posted on Instagram (@itzlinz) throughout the day / evening.  When William puts on his costume now, he says, “Fat belly!”  Thank you, Jacob and Audrey for that one.

This is William’s third Halloween.  Last year, in 2015, William was Thomas the Train.

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He’s grown SO MUCH in the last year!  This year he actually “gets” Halloween.  Well, more than last year anyway.  He understands the fact that people dress up and wear costumes and that candy is involved.

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Let’s do one more flashback photo from William’s very first Halloween in 2014 when he was six months old and an obligatory pumpkin.

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Me oh my, he is growing up!

I hope everyone has a very happy (and safe!) Halloween this year!

What are you / your kids dressing up as this year?

Mom Hour at Costco

Mom Hour at Costco – now that’s where the party’s at!  We all know how wonderful of a place Costco is to look, shop, stock up, and eat.  But did you know that they are hosting a “Mom Hour” just for you, wonderful mommas?!  They are!

The Costco Mom Hour 2016 will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy breakfast, swag, samples, and giveaways. (You know they’ll be good!)  And yes, 9:00 a.m. is earlier than Costco usually opens.  Beat the crowds and shop at this exclusive event!

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Register HERE. Want to become a Costco member, but can’t attend? Click to receive an exclusive membership offer to join.  Existing Costco members are also in for a treat when they refer friends to join! This refer-a-friend offer is only available on the day of the event. If you are a current Costco member and bring a friend to the event who becomes a new member, you will be eligible for a $10 Costco Cash Card. 

Also, Premier Protein is available at Costco.  Their shakes come in chocolate or vanilla and are perfect for busy moms like yourself!  It’s always important to fuel your body, but as moms, let’s be real, sometimes it’s challenging to find time to do so.  Stock your fridge with hormone free Premier Protein for an on-the-go, easy to grab, protein packed option!  Some of the great stats:

  • 30 grams of healthy protein, including all of the essential amino acids
  • Low in fat and one gram of sugar
  • 160 calories
  • 24 vitamins and minerals
  • An excellent source of calcium
  • Protein blend comes from cows that are treated responsibly, without the artificial growth hormone rBST

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Spruce up a regular shake by turning it into a chocolate berry shake!

Chocolate Berry Shake

INGREDIENTS: 
  • 1 Chocolate Premier Protein Shake
  • ¼ cup of raspberries
  • ¼ cup of blueberries
  • ½ cup of granola
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
DIRECTIONS: 
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.

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Who is already a Costco member?  What are your must-have items?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Costco.

Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe

I’ve been in a cooking rut lately.  As in, I haven’t done much cooking at all.  I make eggs for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and dinner…?  Well, dinner is usually the same boring chicken recipe I make or something equally as simple and not nearly as exciting and delicious as the recipe I have to share with you today.  So when the opportunity came about to review Lisa Leake’s newest cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous, I jumped at the opportunity!

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There’s a lot of things I love about this cookbook.  First, there are a ton of recipes to amp up my weekly meal cooking (or lack of).  The book is separated into ten sections:

  1. Supermarket Staples and Secrets
  2. Breakfast
  3. Lunch
  4. Salads
  5. Sides
  6. Snacks and Appetizers
  7. Soups and Stews
  8. Simple Dinners
  9. Special Treats
  10. Homemade Staples

The Supermarket Staples and Secret category includes cheat sheets for the grocery store, food prep ideas and storage, meal plans, and much more.  This is perfect for someone learning how to cut out processed foods and cooking more with real food.  The other sections are self explanatory, but what is so great about all of  them is that the recipes truly are EASY to make.  Time is not my friend (hello working full time and being a toddler momma!), so I need recipes that do not require tons of preparation.

As a cookbook ambassador, I get to share a recipe with you.  I am choosing the easy White Chicken Chili Recipe as it’s the first one I made and it’s awesome.  It’s hearty and fabulous for the cooler weather that is fast approaching.

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White Chicken Chili Recipe

This is an easy recipe that only requires 10-15 minutes of prep time, 30 minutes of cook time, and makes 4 servings.  It’s gluten-free and nut-free.  I highly recommend doubling the recipe, freezing some for later, and sharing with friends!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
  • Two 15-ounce cans white beans (such as Great Northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado, and/or corn tortilla strips

Directions:

  1. In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside (add more olive oil if the pot starts to dry out), 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Toss the minced garlic and spices into the pot and turn a few times to coat the chicken evenly. Add the corn, beans, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.

I knew this would be a winner, so I doubled the recipe.  A couple of other changes I made was using ground turkey meat instead of chicken and whole milk in place of heavy cream.  I topped mine with cheese, plain Greek yogurt, avocado, and cilantro.  I’ve eaten it for two days straight for lunch and dinner.  That has to tell you something!

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My next recipe to try is the Cinnamon Glazed Bananas.  On top of some vanilla ice cream?  Yeah, baby!

What kind of recipes are you most in need of?  For me, it’s dinner!

two and a half year old baby William

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.

Yes, I did still title this post two and a half year old baby William.  The other day my dad looked at me and said, “You know he’s not a little baby anymore, right?  He’s such a little boy!”  I know; I’m well aware.  But he’ll always be my little baby.  Just look at this guy, this big boy, this handsome two and a half year old baby!

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all photos in post by stephanie cotta photography

That’s definitely my most favorite picture to date.  I was extremely lucky that my sister took William’s preschool photos this year.  How she works her magic, I have no idea, but this photo is pure love.  Let’s get to little man’s update:

Height & Weight: 35 1/2 inches and 29.2 pounds

Eating: William eats close to the same thing on days he goes to school, so I try and include more variety into our dinners.  Here’s some of his favorites lately:

  • Breakfast: whole scrambled egg and banana with peanut butter; on days that aren’t school days, he also like french toast or pancakes
  • Lunch: sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwich, cheese stick, and grapes
  • Dinner: chicken, spinach / kale balls, avocado, salmon, hamburger, etc.
  • Snacks: pouch (organic carrot apple from TJ’s is his favorite), bar, goldfish, muffins

William LOVES Chipotle.  He can eat a good portion of my bowl and it’s the only way I can get him to eat black beans, rice, and corn.  I started “making Chipotle” at home which is a similar combination to what we order at the real place.  By calling it Chipotle gets him to eat it.  Sometimes I sub quinoa for brown rice and turkey meat for chicken, but other than that it’s close to the same.  Obviously this isn’t all William eats.  Other favorites include pizza or macaroni and cheese, but I have to watch his dairy intake as he is definitely sensitive to it.  Too much or too rich of foods make him sick; he has a sensitive stomach, just like his momma.

Sleeping (naps): Naps are actually consistent these days.  They last for an hour and a half, though sometimes they’re a bit shorter if I’m the one napping him (nothing has changed there!).  He goes down around 1:00 pm.

Sleeping (at night): I don’t want to jinx anything, but dare I say sleeping is going well?  After our second round of sleep training early in the summer, William puts himself to sleep (though sometimes he does like me to lay in the room with him), stays asleep throughout the night, and wakes up at 6:30 on average.  Some days it’s 6:15, but other days it’s 6:45 which is fantastic!  The only thing that has been messing with sleep is his darn molars that are taking forever to come through.

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Clothing: Mostly 2T.  His Carter’s sleepers are 3T and most of his pants are 18/24 months.  William’s shoe size is 8, though I probably need to have him measured again soon.  He’s always had big feet.

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New this year: So much!  William is currently enrolled in soccer which is a lot of fun.  It’s mostly about following the directions, but there are some technical drills weaved in.  He took a couple of swimming lessons over the summer.  William is talking up a storm!  He’s always talking and is so hilarious.  His imagination is seriously incredible.  I’m pretty sure he learned it completely from his cousin Audrey.  William loves reading the same books over and over again.  Sometimes he’ll read them along with me when I do and other times he will read them by himself which totally melts my heart.  He’s doing great riding his tricycle and is very independent in general.

William’s talking, memory, and ability to take in information amazes me.  He asks “why” no less than 500 times a day. He hears everything, wants to know how it all works, the reasons behind things.  He’s literally a sponge.

William makes me laugh all day long with the things he says.  “Hold on, Mom.  Hold on.  I have a question!”  In the evening before bed, “Toys open?”  No.  “Toys closed?  That’s what my teachers say.”

William likes: William loves anything relating to fire trucks, trains, tools, construction machines, soccer, baseball, books, pretend play, fishing, music, being outside, his cousins, his Yaya and Pops, and nursing.  (Yep, still going strong!)  At our house, he rides his “trucks” pretending they are fire trucks or pretending he’s going to fix something like Bob the Builder.  He loves playing in his kitchen, pretending to call his cousins, or playing doctor.  His mind is always going.  Audrey slept over last weekend, and William woke up extra early, but was still half asleep as he said, “Audrey here?”  He’s woken up in the middle of the night, clearly in the middle of a dream, saying things like, “Hit the ball!” or “Yaya and Pops house?”

William dislikes: William has a harder time sharing his toys when we’re at our house.  If he needs to share a toy when he is at school or at a friend’s house, he is much better, but there’s something about his own toys.  I’m sure (I hope) he’ll grow out of this phase.

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He’s my little man, definitely a momma’s boy, and my favorite person in the world.  My heart couldn’t be fuller with this one in my life!

Mommas, tell me, what should I expect these next six months?

toddler friends

Since I’m still catching up from not blogging over the summer, I wanted to share more highlights that didn’t make it on the blog yet.  Just like I wrote a “friends are important” post sharing moments I had with my girl friends throughout the summer, I wanted to do the same for William.  And toddler friends are important.  Friendships develop at an early age.  Obviously most (all) of his friends are because I’m friends with the mommas, but still!  It is really fun watching our toddlers become friends, especially now that they are playing with each other instead of just parallel play.  Here are the particularly adorable moments from the summer:

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William and Dylan kissing.  Is there anything sweeter?

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Wolf and William, best buds!  They’ve literally been friends since William was just a few months old.  They see each other and Facetime on a regular basis.  We were reading a book the other day about owls and William started naming the owls.  “William, Wolfie, Julie (Wolf’s mom), and momma!”  They were jamming out here together.  And don’t worry, my tv is no longer on the ground; I have a stand. 😉

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These darlings were at a Fourth of July parade together (could you tell?).  I love how festive they all are!

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William’s girlfriend, Carly.  These babes have been an item for years (ok, slightly over two years).  Their slide show for their wedding is coming together quite nicely.  William and Carly have also gone to school together since the beginning.

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Boys will be boys!  It’s nice that they’ll actually stand and pose for a picture these days.  Sometimes simultaneous smiles are difficult to come by, but they sure were trying!  I’m pretty sure I offered, “If you want a cookie, stand against this wall!”  Hey, whatever works.

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William and Leo racing for the ball!  They’re just four weeks apart, and I’ve worked with Leo’s momma for eight years.  We were obviously pregnant together, and it’s been fun to share stories since they go through the same age-based phases together.

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Since we started with a kissing picture, I thought we’d end on one, as well.  This is Emily, William’s runner-up girlfriend.  Emily’s momma, Diana, is one of my best friends, who happens to live in my neighborhood and teach at the same school as me.  Since we have summers off together, these two lovebirds spent a lot of time together, including grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.

Are you still friends with people from your childhood?  My first friend was Annette; we met in toddlers when we were two and still remain very close today!