2 years, 7 months

I feel your eyerolls at 2 years, 7 months. But really, those 7 months are a huge difference from 2 years. :)
What this little lady has been up to...
Every single day, as soon as I walk in the door, she asks for a Popsicle. Everyday.
How cute are they?!
The other night she wanted E's phone so she got her wand (bubble wand) and said 'abra-ca-dabra-alica-zoom!' and he fell asleep. She was amazed!! Until her spell didn't work and the monster woke up. Then it was trying different spells until she got his phone. lol.

Autumn's memory and imagination are amazing!! A few weeks ago she stayed with my parents and they saw a dead snake on the road when they went for a walk. It was all she could talk about. We went to see if the snake was still there the next day but he was gone. So now (weeks later) the story has been: her Dad killed the snake and Jack ate it. The dogs got the snake. He walked away. lol.

She loves playing in her cage. Aka my laundry basket!
She loves to give kisses. Except she'll pretend she's going to kiss you and then licks you instead! It's so gross. Especially when she just ate something and licks you. YUCK! Little weirdo.

She also likes to lick her paws, because she's Jack 80% of the time. This also includes barking out the front door at people walking by (just like Jack). Our neighbors probably think we're running an insane asylum...which, 1/2 the time we are!

I asked why she had her shirt up and she said 'oh I'm just Mousekersizing!' Don't even ask about the bandaid #toddlersareweird

Autumn loves to learn things the hard way. First there was the wasabi incident (she snatched a whole pile of wasabi from my plate in a flash. You can imagine the outcome) and now the Parmesan incident. She was helping me make dinner and sitting on the counter (I know). I reached down for a pan and in those few seconds, she decided to taste the cheese with her little sausage fingers. Well little finger didn't come out of even littler shaker hole. At first I thought, ok I'll just put some olive oil on her finger and it'll come out. Nope. Water? Nope. 

At this point, I started to get worried. Her finger was quickly swelling and starting to turn purple. I took the lid off from the rest of the bottle and tried pushing it out. Nope. She started freaking out by this point. Luckily, E's gramps was at our house looking at our broken garage door so I called him in for help. He got some pliers and as I held her very swollen finger out of the way, he gently snipped the plastic away. It was hard to get close without cutting her so he had to pull the last bit off with some force. Thank goodness we got it off! It took her a good thirty minutes to calm down and catch her breath. We were all so scared for her poor little finger. Lesson learned: don't stick body parts where they don't belong baby! lol

After this, she just wanted to put on all her dress up clothes and twirl. So we did just that. Oh, and she had me sing to her. Ha!

Her favorite movie now (and mine) is Rio. Before I saw it, she kept saying 'excuse me sir, have you seen my bird?' and doing other silly stuff. Once I saw it, the lightbulb went off and I knew exactly what she was talking about. The best part of her watching it are the wicked dance moves she has! Last night I wanted E to see her moves so I put the intro song on my phone and she was a little dancing machine!! I need to get it on video because it's the cutest thing, ever. 
Shaking her tail feather

She will repeat something 10,000 times. Whether that be 'I want my vitamin. The tree branch broke. Dad killed the snake.' This must be a toddler thing. The first 100 times are kind of cute, then it gets old, then I go crazy. :)

We have been very lucky so far with the terrible two's, but we had one really rough week where she was something else. She threw a fit when she had to go to bed. She needed the bathroom, then after a few minutes of just playing on the toilet E told her it was time for bed. At which time, she lost her marbles. There was lots of screaming, crying, flailing, kicking, etc. We had never seen her act like this. After about 30 minutes of this, E finally got her to calm down and she fell asleep.

We had a similar thing happen a few days prior to this but it went more along the lines of 'I want my blanket. I don't want my blanket. Hold me. Just let me down. I'm hungry. I can't eat.' Real charmer that gal.

Luckily these tantrums have been rare instead of the norm!

What is the norm? Me holding her 24/7. If I'm around, she wants me to hold her. Now, this isn't anything too new because she's  always been attached to my hip. But at a whopping 28ish pounds, this is tough. Not to mention I have other things to do sometimes like feed us, clean, use the bathroom. I'm not sure what's going on here but it makes getting things done almost impossible at times. And the few times I am able to sneak off to the bathroom or leave the room, she loses it! Like cries as if I'm abandoning ship and leaving her forever. I pray this is just a stage. I'm not sure if this is because I have to go to work (which she's usually fine with) but the second I'm home, she's glued to me. Poor babe :(

There really isn't much this little gal doesn't like, but the few things she dis-likes are strong.

Bee's/Flies. She will freak out in a hot second if there is a bee or fly in her eyeshot.

Bedtime. Every night is a fight. She will come up with any and every excuse to not go to bed...'I'm hungry, I need the potty, I forgot x,y,z, just one more book.' Her anti-bed game is strong.

Bath-time. We have to find someone to repair her old ass tub, so in the meantime she's been using our bath. For whatever reason, she's not a huge fan and it takes every ounce of bribery I can offer to get her in that tub. Once she's there, she doesn't want to get out. But getting her in is another story. You know of anyone that will resurface a bathtub? If so, send them my way!

There are a million other things she does that I just love. I wish I could remember every single minute with her. Autumn truly is her own person and we love every bit (ok, maybe not the tantrum bit. kidding!).  She is so smart, has the wildest hair, makes us laugh until our stomachs hurt and is the light of our lives. We are crazy about her!!


Oh hey Friday!

It's been a hot minute since I've linked up, or blogged, so why not today?! My five...

Last Friday my friend/business partner, Alex, came over for some hard cider and crafts. We're working on a series of wedding DIY's for our NM Dream Wedding blog. Today was a cute succulent table number centerpiece. Which could also double as a last minute Mother's Day gift or even something for yourself! The best part of us creating these DIY's is we got to keep the plants! I love succulents!
DIY Succulent Table Numbers
This lotion. It smells amazing!! My friend introduced me to this new product line Perfectly Posh. All their stuff is natural, super affordable and everything is awesome!! I got tons of loot like this hand cream, a pore primer, a dry oil that smells so good I want to eat it, a lip stain and a coffee body scrub bar. Really, I just want to go home and shower then lather myself in all this yumminess! lol. But seriously.

I am trying to step up my hair game because I'm so sick of wearing the same hair style but don't want to commit to anything via cut. I've been browsing tons of braid tutorials for ideas. I definitely need to step up my braiding skills stat! Now if only I could get my hair this long!

We're taking a week-long vacation to Steamboat Springs, CO in a little over a month. I'm suuuuppperrrr excited for a freakin' break! It's been way too long since I've had an actual vacation. We're going for the Mustang Roundup so we'll be doing a lot of those events but surely there will be some down time. Now I'm trying to figure out things we can do with a toddler to keep her entertained and keep us relaxed. Anyone been there?
I am still working on our yard, still. I am finally to the point of planting some plants and making it a bit warmer. We don't have irrigation back there, so my options are a bit limited. But I've been looking for DIY's for planters. This one is awesome and I think it'll definitely have a permanent home in our backyard soon!
 Happy Friday everyone, and most importantly, Happy Mother's Day Weekend! May your weekend be filled with endless mimosas, manicures and relaxation...we deserve it!

Oh Hey Friday with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife!