Donovan: Month Eight

Halloween

Donovan celebrated his first Halloween as a pumpkin.  We did trunk-or-treat at our Church.  So we dress up as scarecrows and Donovan was part of our pumpkin patch.  Stella was not amused by her pumpkin costume..

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Come on Stella, I'm a pumpkin, too!
Come on Stella, I’m a pumpkin, too!

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Showing off the sweet sign Doug made!
Showing off the sweet sign Doug made!
The little pumpkin!
The little pumpkin!
Me and my little guy!
Me and my little guy!

Painting the House

After many years of living with white walls in the residence halls, I was finally able to pick paint colors for our home.  The only trouble is that there are a lot of colors to choose from.  Talk about paralysis of choice.  The slight variations were just enough to make you second guess every shade.  Also, after living in transition for so long, I never really learned how to decorate.  I never worried much since I always knew that I would move out and I didn’t want to leave any holes either.  Now that I finally had the opportunity to decorate, I found myself questioning what direction I wanted to go.  All I knew was that the white walls had to go!

Doug and I made many trips to Lowes.  We started with our bedroom, the bathrooms, Donovan’s room and the living areas…which was basically 75% of the house.  I quickly learned that I HATE painting.  I swear the low-VOC paint does not cover as well and our walls are textured just enough to make you feel like you need a second coat.

Picking out paint colors!
Picking out paint colors!

I was also reminded of a subtle difference between me and my wonderful husband.  Precision.  I know it may come as a shock to some, but I really don’t mind if something isn’t perfectly centered on a wall and I would probably not ever decide to center something on a wall anyway.  I go with how it feels.  Doug, on the other hand, has his tape measure out and ready to go to ensure that the location is correct AND that it is level.  Apparently painting requires a ton of precision and Doug was quite the critic of my painting skills.  I wouldn’t do a bad job, but I did need more touch ups than he did.  That also might be due to the fact that we were painting and taking care of our son, so I would run off to Donovan more than Doug did.

Donovan playing while we painted.
Donovan playing while we painted.

In the end, everything looked great.  And you wouldn’t even notice my little mistakes…which still have not been fixed, even to this day 🙂

Painting our bathroom.
Painting our bathroom.
Our bathroom finished!
Our bathroom finished!
Starting Donovan's room.  Isn't Doug so sweet?
Starting Donovan’s room. Isn’t Doug so sweet?
Two tone green in Donovan's room!
Two tone green in Donovan’s room!
Finished Guest Bathroom..it is the same colors as our bathroom but the light makes it look different!
Finished Guest Bathroom..it is the same color as our bathroom but the light makes it look different!
Our bedroom, finished but still a mess!
Our bedroom, finished but still a mess!
Starting the Family room!
Starting the Family room!

Trip to Tally

We took our second trip to Tallahassee in November for the FSU vs. BC football game.  Donovan was such a trooper!  The weather was starting to get cool and sure enough, it rained the whole day!  We did not prepare for this, so we had to swing by Target for ponchos and raincoats.  Donovan slept through most of the game and somehow, we stayed pretty dry.  I think he had the driest and warmest seat in the house.  And, thankfully, FSU won 🙂

On the road to Tally!
On the road to Tally!
On the way to the game!
On the way to the game!
Before the rain!
Before the rain!
The guys.
The guys.
After the rain...
After the rain…
I promise Donovan could breathe!
I promise Donovan could breathe!

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Post-game
Post-game

We celebrated Thanksgiving and Mom’s birthday with the whole Coletti family!  Photo credit to the wonderful and talented, Becky.

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Brunch at Andrew’s.
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Spoons got a little crazy!

Thanksgiving

Donovan’s 8 month-aversary fell on Thanksgiving.  It was such a wonderful day spent with family and friends.  And Doug and I really loved the fact that we did not have to drive more than an hour to spend it with family.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I always enjoy reflecting on the many blessings in our lives.  Donovan’s birth was the biggest one for us we are thankful each and every day that he is in our lives.

Donovan hanging out in the new fire pit.  The backyard looked awesome!
Donovan hanging out in the new fire pit. The backyard looked awesome!
Friends that are like family :)
Friends that are like family 🙂
Uncle Pat and Doug singing by the fire pit!
Uncle Pat and Doug singing by the fire pit!
The babes :)
The babes 🙂

The biggest excitement on Thanksgiving arrived just after dinner.  Ann and Joey Sweeney welcomed their son, Joseph Stone Sweeney III 🙂  What a memorable Thanksgiving!

Other 8 month moments:

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An Italian Thanksgiving with the Zecs!
An Italian Thanksgiving with the Zecs!

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An early Baptism gift from Great Grandma Maxine Calhoon!

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Sick again :(
Sick again 😦
Sick selfies.
Sick selfies.
Donovan LOVES peas!
Donovan LOVES peas!
And yogurt.
And yogurt.
And he loves Stella :)
And he loves Stella 🙂
And Stella loves him :)
And Stella loves him 🙂
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Avoiding Bedtime…
Such a happy guy!
Such a happy guy!

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After the French dinner Donovan found a part of Jack's costume!
After the French dinner Donovan found a part of Jack’s costume!

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With GiGi and Grandad
With GiGi and Grandad

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Our little family 🙂

Eight Month Photos:

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Family :)
Family 🙂

With Love,

From Me to You

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