L Turns One – VHC Birthday Playdate

Today was L’s first birthday! My little bug is a year old. This day has been a long time coming, considering I landed the job with he was 10 weeks old, started unofficially when he was three months old and officially in January.

His parents celebrated his first year of life over the weekend, where as we celebrated with his friends today at a local park. Our afternoon included lunch, cupcakes, a splash pad and a tired, newly vaccinated one-year-old.

I decided to go with white cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Mostly because I don’t like chocolate and L likes cake no matter the flavor. :) I used this recipe and they turned out absolutely amazing. Let’s just say there are no leftovers and nothing went to waste. I ended up using store bought frosting because I was running short on time. They paired together incredibly well, something I was really worried about.
I decided to do lunch bento box style for the kids and toddlers in attendance. Since it was at a park that included at splash pad, I figured it would be easier on all of us if everything was prepared ahead of time. For the adults, I prepped everything ahead of time and so we could grab-and-go. Mobile toddlers at a splash pad; you see where this is going. Everything served was something that The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate in the book. I went with salami, cheese, watermelon, apples, strawberries and oranges.
I made the invitations on my computer in Word and added the caterpillar afterwards using a circle punch and a Sharpie pen. I only needed a few, so I decided to make them on my own rather than buying them on Etsy. I love the way they turned out. The font I used is called Olive Charming.

My Goals for Nannyhood

Prompt: My goals for motherhood. Well, seeing as how I don’t have kids, I didn’t think it would be appropriate for me to write about it. So, I changed it. I am a Nanny and I have goals for my Nanny career. Here they are…

I always want the children I care for to feel safe, secure, and loved. It’s my job to protect and love these children as though they are my own. I will comfort the crying baby without feeling as though it’s a hassle or burden, not because it’s my job, but because I want to. I will wear the babies and toddlers that need to be kept close, because that’s what they need. Their needs before mine, always.

I want to lead by example. To show them kindness, tolerance, and manners through all situations. Not just the easy times, but the rough times as well. To show that even if I don’t like a situation or person, that they always need to be respected and treated with kindness.

I want to be teaching, always. To take every opportunity to teach and educate every second I can. I hope that I never pass up a chance to teach L, especially during this time in his life. His brain is a sponge right now. I hope that I always take advantage of that.

To be patient. We always joke that “omg, being one is so hard!” but to them, it really is. They are so tiny and new to this earth. They are learning every moment of every day, a lot of experiences are new, and their little brains are constantly processing.

I hope that I will always live up to these goals and expectations for myself. I will always do my best and work harder to be better than I ever imagined possible.

 

The Craziest Saturday

Wow! Long time, no talk- eh?
I guess I needed some inspiration. Well, today I got what I ask for, even though I wish I hadn’t. Because it was the craziest, most interesting and eventful day, ever. Like EVER. Add in a dash of scary and scarring, and there you go. My day.

L will be a year old on Wednesday. So, naturally, his parents threw his party this weekend at a local park. It was awesome! There was awesome food, and we got to hang out and celebrate L. Well, said park is also dog friendly, so long as the dog is leashed. My bosses have a dog, his name is Beckett, he’s about 16lbs and he was their first baby. He will be six later this month. We almost always keep him leashed outside the house, the exception being to let him outside to pee or if I’m going to get something from my car. Obviously he was leashed while we were at the park.

A little while before we were going to let L dig into a cupcake, another family came into the park with their large dog, also leashed. All was well. Their kid was playing, we were hanging out, all that jazz. Fast forward ten minutes. We put L in his Bumbo and give him a cupcake. Literally two seconds after we put the cupcake on his tray, we hear yelling, yelping and growling coming from behind us.

The other dog that was there snapped it’s leash, and attacked Beckett, with the intention of killing him. Going for his neck, snarling, the whole nine yards. After the longest, and scariest 20ish seconds of my life, they separated the two dogs. It literally took seven people to peel that dog off Beckett, most of whom were grown men. That’s how intense and aggressive the whole situation was.

IT WAS SCARY.

After it was over, the other dog’s owner was incredibly rude about the entire situation. Not only that, but she didn’t leave the park immediately. Like, are you shitting me? Anywho, we are all very blessed that Beckett (and everyone involved) is okay, for the most part. Beckett had no broken skin and was acting normal, albeit nervous, after the ordeal was over. My boss’ mom got scratched by the other dog. I’m sure there will be several people and one pup who will be very sore tomorrow.

After it was over, J told me that the leash the dog was on was not thick enough for a dog of that weight. His words were something along the lines of ‘the two dog’s leashes should’ve been switched, Beckett could’ve used that one’. Yeah, mhm.

That my friends, is what I call an irresponsible pet owner. To not have proper supplies? Oh hayl no. I’m sure I’m not the only one who was there who is scarred from that event, including Beckett. We will see how he reacts to large dogs in the future. After he’s had time to heal, mentally and physically.

After that, L devoured a cupcake and took a nap.
Oh, the life.

 

Photo Friday – Beach Baby

I don’t think I’ll make this a regular thing, but I love these pictures that were taken the other day at the beach and wanted to share them with you. The water was freezing, of course, but L loved playing in the sand and putting his toes in the water. I see a lot of beach in our future this summer!

Friday Funday with Sprout Snacks!

On Friday, L and I went to one of the many local splash pads. We’d had our first splash pad experience a few days prior and we’re hooked! He crawled around playing in the water, and had a blast, of course! I’d recently received some goodies in the mail from Sprout Foods, and decided this was the perfect day to try them out.

I already knew that we loved Sprout. Their pouches are L’s favorite and are a staple in the Boss’ pantry, so I was thrilled when Sprout contacted me to try out some new snacks! I received a variety of both the Fruity Yogurt Bites and the Crispy Chews, in a variety of flavors.

L is ten months old with two teeth, but he handles and chews food really well. These snacks have a ‘T’, or Toddler rating. I knew he could handle the Yogurt Bites, but I was wary about the Chews before I opened them. I opened the package and let L try them, and seeing him chew the pieces thoroughly made me more comfortable. They had a gummy but not sticky consistency, which I liked.

If I didn’t pull pieces out of the package fast enough, I was getting shouted at by a ten month old. He’s found his voice and isn’t afraid to let me know it. You guys, he LOVED them. Both packages we’re polished off in record time, and he cried when they were gone. This dude loves food. Can you tell?

Now you can receive $1 off your purchase of either Sprout Foods Yogurt Bites or Crispy Chews by clicking the coupon below! Sprout Snacks are also available for purchase at select retailers. I have only been able to find them at my local Walmart stores thus far.

After you receive your Sprout snacks, don’t forget to enter their #SproutSweetie contest! Every month, one sprout sweetie will win a sampler pack full of their favorite Sprout Foods products. How awesome is that?

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