Saturday, September 27, 2014

Apple Picking

Today was a first for me...and Charlotte!  We went apple picking up in the North Carolina mountains!  We were invited to go with some of our new friends and I'm so glad we had a free Saturday to join!  We were all a little surprised how warm the temperature was and how many people were there, but it was fun nonetheless.  

We got in line for the "best" donuts.  We waited about 40 minutes and I have to say, they were GREAT!  They were made with apples and baked fresh.  We got two dozen and let's just say, half are gone already :)

Once everyone got to the apple orchard, we chit-chatted for a bit and then went on our way to pick some apples.  It turned more into a terrific photo opp for our little family, especially Charlotte.  But it was so fun to be outside in the most gorgeous scenery.  Thank you to the Barkers for getting us together!

Trying to get all three in a wagon...Charlotte wasn't having it!

The whole group!

The kids checking out each other's baskets.

Charlotte loved all the people who brought their dogs!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wing Haven Gardens

As you all know by now, I like to stay busy!! Living in a new area (yes I know it's been about 9 months now) offers the challenge of finding things to do. Thank goodness for This has really been a guide to help us figure out fun things to do in and around Charlotte. 

Recently, I put together a fall play group schedule. There are so many things to do and explore that I just had to put a schedule together (if anything, just for myself). I'm really looking forward to apple picking, pumpkin patches and the crisp air. I never thought I'd be excited for cool weather, but it's time!!

Today, a few of us moms met at the Wing Haven Gardens for a storytime and walk through some gardens. We were there for an entire hour and it was a bit nippy!! It was fun and I think Charlotte really enjoyed it! 

Not listening to the story...big surprise!
Everyone needs a pair of gold loafers!

Tried to get a group shot

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Noah's Art

Today we went to an art studio designed for children. Noah's Art was so fun as Charlotte went from station to station. She painted, colored, made a bracelet, colored on the chalkboard wall and more!  She was in heaven and there were a TON of other little kiddos too. We were invited by a play group from a neighboring ward and I told my friend Becky, who brought her twins! I think we all had fun! Now that the weather is getting cooler, I'm looking for more indoor activities. We will definitely be going back to Noah's Art! 

After our art sesh, we went over to the mall and had lunch at Chipotle and went to Charlotte's favorite store. This child leads a charmed life. I love having days like this when we have a fun-filled day together!! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014


I remember opening up presents at Charlotte's baby shower that were 2T and thinking, "she will never fit into this!" or "it's going to be such a long time before she is that size!" I'm here to tell you that the day has arrived...and it came quickly!

Charlotte was born at 1:50 PM two years ago today and her whole life has been documented on my iPhone and posted on this blog. From day one, I have called Charlotte my BFF. We have done everything together from Disneyland (98 times) to lunch dates to setting up two homes. She was the PERFECT baby.

Then about 18 months hit and I have no clue what happened! Most mothers can identify with this stage...the EARLY "terribe two's." Taking her to Target and going out to eat became a chore/nightmare, going to church seemed pointless, and all other normal and routine things were dreaded instead of looked forward too. BUT, I still did them all! Life couldn't just stop and I couldn't just sit in my house ALL THE TIME! All these things still continue but I have learned to run one errand at a time (or at least really plan out my day) where I am going to one location and then coming back home. Running errands are better in the morning too. There are days here and there, where she surprises me and is so good. But then I think she has turned a new leaf and it's back to the craziness!

One big parenting mistake I have already made and fully admit to, was taking her out of the crib when she wasn't ready. I thought she would be great and transition well. WRONG! much to our surprise, she continues to have a hard time going to bed. I've let her take naps in my room, since those don't last long anyway, but she has got to learn how to fall asleep in her bed. She loves being read to at night (and it's really the only time we can get her full attention). This bed transition has led to early mornings, when before she would sleep until 9 or 10, and her crawling into bed with us (which I actually love). When we first took the crib away and would lay down with her at night, she would wrap her arm around our neck to make sure whoever was there wouldn't leave. Or she would rub our face. Oh I loved those nights! I love being the one that she trusts. There is no greater feeling than being a mother. And bedtime is certainly when I'm reminded of it.

Charlotte is still on the slower side of talking.  The other day, she said her first full sentence, "where baby go?" Usually it's only one or two words. I was so excited I texted the family! She is getting a little better but still behind most kids her age, I feel. She has her two-year checkup on Tuesday and I will discuss it with her pediatrician. Even if she can have an evaluation done, I would feel more at ease. 

Charlotte is such a big help around the house. She knows how to throw away her trash, pick up her toys, bring her dishes to the sink, and help me with other things. It's so nice to have a child that can do things for them self. Not that I mind doing them, but it really shows me that she's learning and becoming self-sufficient. 

Nursery is a highlight. She loves seeing the new toys, her friends and singing time. Last week, she say through the entire so going time. I was thrilled! Josh and I are both nursery leaders and I'm sure that helps. Although, she doesn't really notice us unless we have to leave the room, for whatever reason!

For the most part, Charlotte is a good eater. Though, she is mine and Josh's child...she loves sweets!! Again, there are days that are better than others, but like I said before, I'm sure most mothers can identify with that.

Charlotte's birthday also represents more than just another year old. It represents the journey our little family went through, all the worry, all the stress, only to have the outcome of my pregnancy and delivery to go as smoothly as could be. It was a VERY uneventful pregnancy. Which is what we wanted. Charlotte's heart was found to be perfect! Everything the doctors told me how my delivery would go, never happened. I pushed that baby girl out in 20 minutes and it was the most pleasant experience from start to finish. Thank you Charlotte.  You are truly a miracle to your dad and me.  We love you more than we could ever write on any blog post or in any card.  We will continue each day to show our love to you. 

 This dress was made by my Grandma Sheila for her second birthday!  Thank you Grandma for all your time and hard work into these beautiful dresses!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Let the Celebrating Begin

This weekend is a big one at the Whitmore house.  Charlotte is turning TWO!  I can't believe it.  I can't believe that I didn't even have a doctor until TODAY, two years ago!!  Today, two years ago, is when I finally had a doctor and went to the hospital to be induced.  Wow!  I can't even believe that.  If you're pregnant and reading this, just imagine trying to find a doctor the DAY BEFORE DELIVERY!  But it all worked out and that alone, should be celebrated!  Fast forward two years and Charlotte and I are both happy and healthy and ready to celebrate the big TWO, tomorrow!  
The celebrating started last night when we went out for ice cream!  What birthday isn't complete without a free scoop?  We went to Brusters and since Charlotte already gets a free ice cream (for being under 40"), I gladly enjoyed her free waffle cone :)  

This morning is when we threw Charlotte's birthday party.  I have been planning it for months and it finally all came together!  We did a Doc McStuffins theme.  It was easy being pink and purple.  I had a ton of pink things and didn't have to purchase any displays for the party.  I used everything around my house.  I decorated the house as a hospital.  Cafeteria, Operating room, and a Gift Shop.  It seems like everyone had a good time.  


GIFT SHOP:  This was my favorite part of the party.  Getting this all put together was so fun, and I think it was a hit amongst the guests.  All the kids took turns, one by one, filling their "doctor bag" with goodies.  





Pin the band-aid on the boo-boo!
Charlotte blew out her candle!
Opening presents!!

Cooper and Estela checking out the gift shop!

Charlotte received a lot of fun gifts.  Thank you to EVERYONE that came!!

 Next we went to Target.  My mom and dad gave Charlotte a gift card to pick out whatever she wanted.  The reveal of what she got will be tomorrow.   (Don't get too excited, we just came home and wrapped it.)

Tonight we went to dinner with the Nyborg's at Red Robin.  They sang, "Happy Birthday" to Charlotte and brought her a sundae!  
I can't believe my baby girl is turning two tomorrow.  Where has the time gone??  I can't imagine my life without her.  I know it sounds cliche, but it's so true!!  She is the stinkiest girl and I love her!!