February 24, 2017

A Day in the Life...

I always enjoy reading other people's "A day in the Life" posts, so I thought I would do one myself. It'll be fun for me to look back at this a few years from now and seeing how life was like with a two year old!

So here we go with a bunch of random pictures from February 22nd, 2017!
My day started at 4:50am, so I snapped a quick screenshot.

I always start work at 5am, so I headed into the living room, let our dog out, put on the TV and got cozy under the blankets on the couch. 

I worked for 1.5hrs before I wrapped up and went to take a shower and got ready for the day

This guy got up around 7am that morning and we had breakfast. His wake up times are very hit and miss these days, it could be as early as 6:30am or as late as 9am, although we would usually wake him up before that if it's a school day!

On this morning, I had an early doctor's appointment, so Katie took Fox to school and I left at 7:30am for my appointment. Holy traffic! I'm so grateful our office is only 7 minutes from our home and we don't have to take the freeway, because I don't think I could deal with this rush hour each and every day. 

Nothing better than getting a blood draw first thing in the morning!

After my appointment, I headed to the office and these smiling faces!
Fox has had a hard time with drop off at school lately, so what motivates him is when we all record a video cheering him on every morning that he gets to see after school. 
I promised not to share the actual video, but they are hilarious each day and Fox loves them. 

I worked for a few hours and yes, this is my messy work space!

Katie picked up Fox from school during her lunch break, so I could work a little longer. He was so happy to come to the office and "work" with Aunt Ashlie for a few minutes.

We went to the library afterwards to pick out a few new books and play.



And then it was time to grocery shop with my little helper!

He was so funny. When we passed the cereal aisle, he remembered that we had to get Mommy's favorite cereal...although in reality I think he was picking this out for himself!

We unloaded the groceries at home, I did some dishes and we played with this giant shark balloon until Mommy came home from work.


He loves baby dolls lately. He always refers to this baby as "Baby Simon" which is the name of his friend's baby brother.

Mommy coming home from work is always a highlight for everyone! 

We played for a little bit before it was time for dinner, jammies and books. We always read books in my bed and it's one of my favorites each day. Right now, he's all about Curious George!

After Fox went to bed, it was time to go back to work for me, catching up on Etsy Orders while watching a Show with Katie!

And then it was already time to wrap up the day and go to bed! It was a late night for me!

February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Pictures

Happy Valentine's Day from our family to yours!







He will always be my Valentine!

February 04, 2017

Life Lately

Life Lately has been busy and while nothing too exciting has happened, I wanted to update my little blog before another month goes by! Can you guys believe it's February? So here is a random post with a few pictures from our month!

At the beginning of January Hannah left us to go back to Germany. I was always worried about the day she would leave, but we got into our new routine pretty seamlessly and it has been great. While we loved having her here, it also feels awesome to have the house to ourselves again, something we didn't have for a very long time.
My work schedule changed so we could accommodate Fox's school hours. He goes to school five mornings a week and has to be picked up by 12:30pm. The reason we decided not to leave him there for the afternoons is because the difference between half days and full days is a nap and a snack and we couldn't see why we should pay $400 extra a month for a nap that he doesn't even take anymore (he would have to stay on his bed for two hours while the other kids are napping). Anyway, without boring you too much with the details of my new work schedule, I now get to pick him up at 12:30pm three times a week and my mother in law picks him up the other two times and keeps him until 5pm. Those first few weeks were hard. I haven't worked until 5pm in over two years (spoiled much?) and not being able to see Fox for the entire day made me really sad and was hard on me. I love the three afternoons a week we get together and I still wish I would be able to work part time instead of having to start work at 5am every morning, but it is what it is. I know I'm lucky to be able to have this adjusted schedule and I'm grateful for it.




Fox is doing pretty well in school. Some days he tells us he doesn't want to go, but he always seems happy when we pick him up and we love receiving pictures from his day every day. This last week has been the best so far and he was so excited to go to school every day.
Unfortunately there was one incident at school that made us second guess our choice of school. Fox's school is a private school and is way more expensive than other preschools, in fact, we pay almost double for half days compared to what our friends pay at their schools for full days. We always figured for the hefty price tag, we would get a better education and better care for our sweet boy. So when the director of early education gave Fox gold fish crackers for a snack, even though she should've known that he was allergic, all hell broke lose. We asked for a meeting with the principal, which didn't make us feel much better about the entire situation, not only did they not have him on the allergy list, they also had incorrect phone numbers on file for us, apparently our file got mixed up with someone else's.
So we started looking at other programs, but haven't decided what to do for the next year yet. The thought of having him change schools is killing me, he just made friends there, he likes his teachers and putting him into a complete new environment makes me sad for him.


Disney On Ice!


My Etsy business has been keeping me busy this month as well, which has been amazing. It was the busiest month since I opened my little shop in July of 2015 so all my nights have been spent working on orders.  Here is the link to my shop if you would like to check it out:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleGermanBoutique




And if that's not enough, we have also started the process of another remodeling project. I know, I have barely recovered from the last one and the thought of starting it all over again makes me anxious!
We have two small guestrooms right next to each other and we decided to take out the wall and make it into one large bedroom with an attached bathroom for Fox. He is very excited for his "Big Boy Room" and we are hoping it will be ready by his third birthday.
When we first started talking about it, I thought it was going to be no big deal and that the mess would be contained to those two rooms that we are not using anyway, but it turns out that we have to rip out the entire playroom floor and part of the hallway in order to lay new plumbing. Eeks!
So this month we got ready for this big undertaking and have been selling everything we had in those two rooms and purged/cleaned out closets, etc. It felt like I was nesting. I used to think I was a hoarder, but it has been feeling great to get rid of things and getting stuff out of the house that we haven't touched in years.
We already picked out bathroom cabinets and plumbing fixtures, but still have to decide on floors for the playroom and Fox's new room. Stay tuned!



He snuck his work goggles into bed tonight and this is how I found him when I went into his room to check on him before bed



January 08, 2017

One Second Everyday

This is one of my favorite projects I did all year...246 days (started April 30th)...1 second video every day.
This was our life in 2016.

January 07, 2017

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2016: Week 52

Day 358
Fox had a buddy over to play and after being sick and couped up in the house for the last week, he was so excited to play with someone other than us!

Day 359
Fox and I went to the candlelight service on Christmas Eve and they gave him a glow stick instead of a candle. He was mesmerized by the singing and every time they would finish a song, he would stuff that little glow stick in between his legs as fast as he could so he could clap. It was so cute to watch and the service was beautiful, it was my favorite part of the day. 

Day 360
This is what Christmas looked like at the Jones House!

Day 361
Fox was very surprised that Santa wasn't at his usual spot in the mall when he went to the play place with Hannah.

Day 362
Katie sent me this picture while I was grocery shopping to make me jealous that she got Fox cuddles. I'm sure the cuddles lasted all of 5 seconds before he was over it, based on his face...ha!

Day 363
When I got home from work, Fox told me he wanted to take a walk with me. So we walked and walked and walked until 1.5hrs later we finally made it around the block! (There were a lot of rocks to inspect and sticks to collect)😂He climbed on this rock and told me to take his picture...ha! This was one of those days I will remember for the rest of my life, no matter how uneventful it was, and I'm so grateful to have a boss that makes these afternoons possible for me!

Day 364
When Katie got a pedicure, Fox requested that she get green nails (his favorite color), so when she came back to show him, he said he wanted green nails too! While we didn't have green nail polish, he settled for black and was so excited and proud that he got his nails painted for the first time.

Day 365
Patrick came into the office and everyone thought it was Robert and ran over to give him a group hug. Robert HATES hugs, but Patrick loved it apparently!

Day 366
We had an impromptu New Year's Eve celebration with some friends! It was fun catching up with these ladies and Fox had a blast playing with his friends.