Christmas Lights

December is a great month because as the song goes “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.    People decorate both the inside and outside of the house with lights.  December is a very festive month.   Growing up, my parents would take us to look at all the decorations and how other people decorate their homes for the holidays.  People visit Manhattan during this month to visit the Rockfeller Center Tree and explore the city with their lights.   I always enjoyed this tradition with my parents.  It made it a lot of fun to take time out of our day to just walk around and enjoy the lights.

As we got older that stopped.   I did go into Manhattan to see the Rockfeller Center Tree but it was not always.  It was always something that I wanted to go back to.   I know that when I would come home from school or work in December, I would look at the lights around me.  It was beautiful.  The beautiful colors everywhere made it feel like a fairy tale.

This year was the first year that we started this lights tradition with our son.  Our son was too small the past year.  This year, we decided to walk around the neighborhood.  Something that my parents had done with me.  When we took our walk to look at all the lights, I have never seen a child more excited than him.   My son was saying “ohh” and “ahh” every time we pasted a house with new lights.  He was amazed at the simple experience of walking and looking at the lights.  I even took some photos of him and he would pose for the photos without any issues.   As my husband and I were walking with our boys, it made me realize how important it is to do simple things with your children.  My son has many toys and books to keep him entertained, but the simple idea of looking at Christmas lights was better than anything else.   This is just the start of a wonderful tradition to do with our boys. Start a tradition with your family that you can do yearly and make it special because those are the moments that you will remember forever.  The feeling of joy from the simple things.

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Second Pregnancy

My husband and I started planning baby #2 in the winter.  We knew that we wanted to have more children.  Of course there’s a lot to think about when planning to extend you’re family.  Money is always the question. It is important to have that figured out.

I worried how my first born was going to handle being a sibling.  We made sure to let him know that he is special and important to us.  While pregnant with my second child, we made sure to read books to our first born.  We told him that he’s going to be a big brother.  We let him touch my belly and kiss it. It was amazing to see how he reacted to my baby bump.  Towards the end was when he would kiss my belly every day.  Every time there was a pampers commercial, we told him that he’s going to have a brother like that very soon.  I have to say that it worked.  When our second son was born, my first born reacted in a way that shocked all us.  The first day was rough at the hospital put that changed the second day.  The second day, when he came to the hospital, the first thing that he did was come over and give his brother a kiss. Everyone that was at the hospital was in complete shock. We never thought that a child of all most 2 years old, would react that way.

Things have changed but not too much.  My son still goes to his brother every day and kisses him often.  Every morning he sits on a chair and wants his brother to sit with him and then I have to take a photo of them.  It’s amazing to see this relationship start the way that it has. My only hope is that it never ends and they continue to love one another.

There are challenges of course. My husband works nights so I’m home with the boys.  It’s a challenge to bathe them.  The other most difficult challenge is making sure that my first born understands that we love him the same and nothing has changed.  We just have to give the newborn a little bit more attention. We try our best and we are learning as we go along.  I of course wouldn’t change this experience for anything. I love my boys so much and look forward to the next few years of amazing experiences and challenges that come our way.  I will blog about theses challenges and experiences.

Valentine’s Day Toddler Photoshoot

I love taking photographs but it’s very hard with a toddler.  My son moved around so much and will not sit still.  So taking photos is very hard. I always get him looking away and not paying attention.  I still went ahead and had my husband try to help with a Valentine’s Day Photoshoot. I did my best and got what I got.  It was fun and I actually got a few photos of my son looking.

I always try to use props.  This year since he’s a toddler I had limit what I gave him because he would either throw it or put it in his mouth.  I of course got him a eligible bachelor onesie from Carters.  The rest of the props that were used were:  rose petals, cut-out red hearts and a few fake roses.  I placed the rose petals all over the floor and that actually got him to go to the floor and sit. On the closet door, I taped red glitter hearts. He of course picked at them but it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  I handed him a few fake roses and then the snapping started.

Below is a photo of my Photoshoot. The best that I could do as a new time at home photo taker.  I hope this inspires you to create your own backgrounds and use props for photography. Happy snapping!

 

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Christmas 2016 Photoshoot

This year was a challenge with my one year old son to take photos. Last year my son was just one month old so it was easy to take photos.  This year I have a one year old and it was challenging.   He didn’t want to sit still and do what I wanted him to do.

I went outside and took photos that way.   My son has a police little tikes car so I used that.   I also purchased a small tree that lights up and a string of lights.  I also placed a Santa hat on him to help make the photo cuter. It was easier to take photos this way.  I wish that I had the woods to use for the photos but I didn’t ski used whatever I had. I had a great time taking his Christmas photos for this year. Hope these photos inspire you.

Thanksgiving HandPrint Runner

I always am searching through everything on Pinterest.   I came across a wonderful idea of a hand printed table runner.   I wish I came across it last year.  When my son was born,  I had all these ideas to do things with hand and foot prints.   When he was born I was scared to put paint on his tiny little hands.  Now that he is a year old it’s easier to do things like that.

When I saw the idea of a hand print table runner,  I went out looking for one for Thankgiving.   Each year I will use a different color paint and paint his hands and then place it on the table runner.  I will also date it.  I started it this year and it’s a nice way to see how his hands grow and he can see it as well when he gets older.  I started on one side of the table runner and the other side will be for the next child (if we are able to have another child).

The things that I needed were a paint brush, acrylic paint and a table runner.  This year my husband picked the color and he picked orange.   I placed the arylic paint on my son’s hands.   I did one at a time so that he will not get it all over one of us.  Right away we cleaned his hands. It was quick and easy to do.  It also dried right away.   I dated the hand prints the next day with black arylic paint. Below is a photo of the first step.  I hope this inspires you to make your own.  It’s a special keepsake to have.  Happy crafting.

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First birthday frame

As I reflect on my son’s first birthday, I worked really hard to create a Cookie Monster theme. It was very hard to find things to do because boys are hard to find themes for.  As you know,  I picked a Cookie Monster theme.  I didn’t want to do a Mickey Mouse theme because I wanted to do something different from others.  The next couple of blogs will be about my son’s first birthday party.  I hope it inspires you to think outside of the box and create a theme for your child and work with what you have.

The first thing that I made was a first birthday photo frame.  I used a mat from a photo frame.  I painted it with a acrylic paint and then decorated it.

Materials:

– photo frame

– acrylic paint- light brown and dark brown

– letter accents- blue and gold

– tape

  • paint brushes

directions

  1.  Paint the photo frame with light brown. Let it dry.

2.   Paint circles using the dark brown paint. Let it dry

3.  Use the letter accents both gold and blue.  I spelled out Happy 1st birthday Michael.

4. I taped the letters on the frame.

5. Use the photo frame at the party.

I had a great time making this frame. I hope this inspires you to create your own. Make your child’s birthday party special.

First Halloween

This past Halloween was my son’s first Halloween.   It was an amazing experience.  He is walking everywhere he is allowed to go.  I waited a whole year for him to celebrate Halloween.  This year he had two different costumes.   One costume was a shark and other one was a penguin.  We had purchased these costumes a year ago and I couldn’t wait for him to wear them.  I wanted to make this first Halloween special.  I know that he will never remember this Halloween but I have many photos to show him in the future.

I enjoyed seeing my families reaction to how he was dressed.  Everyone does the typical Halloween costume every newborn: pumpkin.  I wanted to be different and I did and it worked.  The Sunday before Halloween, we went to a Halloween parade in Astoria.  We walked down Ditmars and went into Astoria Park.  They had a few stations set up with balloon animals as well as cotton candy.  It was a nice experience. Watching my son walking and enjoying his costume, made me feel great.

Halloween of course, I had to work but after, I went trick or treating with him around my old neighborhood.  I have never seen so many people react to my son’s costume the way that everyone did.  It was a great feeling to hear how everyone loved the costume.  My son did walk with me by his side.  I was the one saying trick or treat and thank you.  He will not eat the candy but it was the experience for him that mattered.  He did have a smile on his face when we walked into the stores and people smiled at him.   I cannot wait to tell him about his first Halloween when he gets older.

 

Trick or Treat

Candy

All kinds of candy

Chocolate

Lollipops

M&Ms

Suckers

Yummy

Yucky

Sweet

Sour