September 28, 2014

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The weather is shifting towards Fall here which means cozy mornings in new pajamas and cool breezes through open windows.

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.
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September 26, 2014

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This week brought a major lack of sleep and a horrible cough that I can't seem to shake. But, we still had fun! And, it finally feels like Fall around here so if we get to break out sweaters and boots and open our windows at night, I'm a happy girl.

We celebrated Toby the stinky dachshund yesterday. He turned 7! Which meant a trip to the dog treat bar and a new rope toy was in order. Lia, of course, helped pick out everything and couldn't stop singing some version of "I love my dog and my dog's treats" all the way home.

Last night, I pulled out a pretty dress for my girl, ironed it and left it carefully hanging on the back of the door. This morning I took extra time to braid her hair just right and add two sweet bows then I sent her off to school for her last preschool picture day. I clearly remember registration and open house for her first year and now she's over a month into her second year and it feels like we've always been doing it.

And we're just a day away from our weekend trip. I can't wait for two days in North Carolina with my loves. We're checking out an apple farm in hopes that we can find somewhere we like for the Falls we don't make it to New York and then spending an entire day in Ikea. It sounds pretty amazing right now.

Here's to a fun, Fall weekend and ending my quest to find the perfect mini pumpkins! Happy weekending, xo.
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September 22, 2014

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September is quickly turning cozy (but still warm!) around here. I'm trying to be sure there's at least one clean, pretty to look at area of the house most days while the rest is typically some sort of mess. The crockpot is pulled out at least once a week while candles are burning almost everyday. Our little boy is letting me know he's around with tiny kicks and moves. And our big girl is laying on the sweet lovin' lately.

I'm sick with a horrible, loud cough and headaches are pretty common these days. I'm learning that some days I have to stop and do nothing but put together puzzles with L or read a book. It's a slower season of life, for sure.

And this week our favorite fall shows are back on TV and I'm looking forward to quiet nights on the sofa with my man, a bowl of popcorn and a good show.

How's your September looking?
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September 21, 2014

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We spent most of our days at home this week and L seemed tired of being cooped up inside. Since the weather yesterday was perfect - in the 70s, cloudy with a cool winds - we decided to put off painting for another day and we all hopped in the car for a short drive to the next town over. We spent most of our time in the park but we also popped into small downtown shops, stopped for ice cream and grabbed a pizza for dinner. It was low-key, unplanned and pretty perfect. 

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.
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September 15, 2014

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Watching... The Good Wife. You can find me binge-watching the fifth season on Amazon like a mad woman before the new season airs.
Pinning... this for Nicolas and a pizza puzzle!
Looking forward to... a weekend trip with my loves.
Reading... most of these!
On the menu... chicken enchiladas and chili. Honestly, I do not like cooking when pregnant. Not one bit.

Wearing... these boyfriend jeans on repeat.

Waiting... for the cool winds of Autumn to come our way.

Deciding... on a paint color for N's room.
Needing... to give the house a serious scrub.
Feeling... tired and worn down lately.
Enjoying... little belly kicks and extra hugs from my girl.
Pruning... weeds, our favorite (and only!) tree and an unruly and overgrown ivy plant. Please send all green-thumb and flower bed inspiration our way!

Making... our life simpler. Decluttering drawers and tossing out old pans & dishes and random things shoved in nooks and crannies that we just don't use.
Please feel free to link up any of your "currently" posts in the comments, xo!
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September 14, 2014

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I asked to take her picture and she wanted to show me some tricks. I took around 10 blurry photos of cool kid tricks before I got this slightly fuzzy snapshot of her smile. I love that she smiles so big her dimples pop out and she gets little crinkles. It's a happy smile, for sure.

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.
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September 13, 2014

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I'm posting this a day late because life through us a curve ball Thursday night. M was busy with school that night and L and I were hanging out on the sofa reading books when I noticed her scratching her head. Yep, lice again. And after a anxious panic from me followed by tears (also me), we ran to the store for shampoo, movies and a candy bribe. It took us all night and lots of candy, but I think the situation might not be as bad this time around. As long as I don't have it...

But seriously, I am knocking on wood and praying that it's gone, gone, gone. Manny took a day off from work to help me with all the laundry and cleaning up that comes with a case of head lice and he and L got to spend a few hours together at the park while I may have binge watched The Good Wife and snacked on bacon.

The rest of our week though went pretty smoothly. Our routine is settled and we're all pretty used to it. We stocked up at the library again and spent a rare not-so-hot afternoon at the park. I may have bought Nicolas a few more teeny little things and grabbed another black & white rug for our bathroom. And, we got almost all of the walls downstairs painted grey. We're hoping to finish up this month and add another chalkboard wall.

And some funny words from Lia's mouth this week - "Because I know about mans and houses."

On that note, have a great weekend!

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September 11, 2014

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"It doesn't seem like so many years ago that tragedy struck the US. With every anniversary that has passed, I can feel myself back in high school watching the attacks again. And then I am reminded how much has happened since then. I am reminded how lucky I am that my husband made it away from that terrible scene safely and went on to serve his country many years and made it through his Marine Corp career safely and how lucky we are to be settled in a good place with our daughter and our growing son. My heart, to this day, still breaks for the brave heroes who fought that day, who worked hard to save others that day, for the people who bounded together as true Americans to help our country in need and all the lost loved ones and their families. I realized a few days ago that there is a whole generation of kids that don't know exactly how this day impacted our country. How it impacted our lives. Lia certainly doesn't. And while I'm not sure exactly what words to use, I want her to know about this day, one day. So, while we all go about our day to day lives today and our normal routines, don't forget to remember and share your story. Thank a hero. Remember this day and respect it."

The One World Trade Center is pictured above. On our most recent trip to New York, we were able to see it up close and understand just how massive it is and everything it represents. I pulled the words above from my own Facebook status earlier today. This day hit me hard all those years ago and little did I know how much closer this day and these stories would be to me after I met M. 

And this morning, while L was watching Sesame Street and I was scrolling through Facebook, both of us trying to wake up after a long night, she noticed a picture of the towers and all the smoke coming from them and she asked me about the picture. It was such a simple question to her but such a loaded one to me. I want her to know about this day and the impact it had on her family and her country. Her dad was only a block or two away when the attacks happened. He has a personal story so closely linked to this tragic day. I want her to understand that and to know that this day was real and the effects of it are still on-going. So, in the simplest way I could think of this morning, I explained that some bad people did something very bad in the city we love. She understands bad people and good people. She understands cops and firefighters help us with the bad people. But, there is no way she could understand this. I could see the confusion in her face. I could tell what I said worried her. So, then I explained that many brave and good people were heroes that day when they stepped in and helped everyone they could. I wish I had a better way to explain. I wish I didn't have to, that this tragic event never happened. But it did, and the best way to honor the people that are lost and loved and still suffering is to remember this day. To respect this day. 

So, that's what we'll do. And, I think we'll make happy memories today and keep living and moving forward. Because that's important to.
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September 10, 2014

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I always secretly love when other bloggers post about their favorite products or "whats in their bag", call it being nosy if you will. So, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite products we use around here!

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September 8, 2014

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Fall is almost here, and while we're still enjoying the dog days of summer, I can't help but dream of the next few cozy months.

I'm looking forward to...
Sneaking another little peek at our boy! We're waiting to schedule our second anatomy scan.
Apple picking.
Mini pumpkins.
A trip to Ikea to stock up on some goods.
Doing some early plan & prep on L's Halloween costume!
A few quiet evenings strolling the Farmers Market.
School picture day for L.
Fall TV line-ups. Parenthood, anyone?
And, a new story time from our favorite librarian who left to work at a local book shop.

Here's to you, September. xo
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September 7, 2014

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I love to watch her play. It reminds me of when I used to play as a little girl. She imagines these story lines and you can hear her act out what each toy is saying and doing. Sneaking a peak of her in action feels like I've stumbled upon true magic.

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.
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September 5, 2014

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Hello, September! We're right in the sweet spot between Summer and Fall. Candy corn and crunchy apples can be found in bowls on our kitchen counters, but we're still all too happy to spend the afternoon at the beach.

Labor Day and our big weekend of celebrating turned this week upside down a bit and the list of things I need to catch up on is a little daunting. I've got plans today to sort through and pack up all of L's old clothes and stash them back in the attic since we're now prepping for a little boy! And, I'd love to clean out the refrigerator but taking it easy sounds much better.

Last week we welcomed the news of a sweet little boy joining our family with a fun pinata and taking my mom and sister shopping for teeny tiny clothes and celebrated my 28th birthday. Apparently this is the age where I can never remember how old I am...

We spent the day at the beach for my birthday, celebrating with Rita's and a homemade cake that night. The sweet chocolate cake pictured above was a pre-birthday celebration cake with pizza from our favorite local place that we shared with my family.

The rest of this week was full of appointments, hanging up art projects from L's school, getting things back in order, enjoying this sweet baby and trying to balance all of it while giving our sweet girl all the attention she needs.

School is back in session for M, it's one of his last semesters! Lia loves school and ballet, but we decided to pull her out of soccer. She just isn't settling into it and the stress that comes from her throw-down tantrums during practices is too much. We can tell she truly likes the sport, but there's something about the new coach/team that she isn't accepting. So, here's to another season at a different time!

And our little Nicolas is doing well and right on track. I may have felt some movements for the first time last night, but it was also pretty early in the AM and I was trying to get L back to sleep. Here's hoping...

Happy Weekend, xo!
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September 3, 2014

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A classic pair of overalls and some worn-in chucks kind of screams childhood and summer to me. And on this particular day of L's childhood, she discovered Barbies and ate a grilled cheese sandwich at our local Mexican restaurant.

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.
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September 2, 2014

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It's a BOY and we're thrilled! And to be honest, we're still in shock over the sweet news. Lia was convinced the baby was going to be a sister for her and so we all found ourselves calling the babe a "her", pulling out L's old clothes and picking the perfect girl name.

But, we seriously could not be any happier! We've had a boy name picked out for years since we were convinced L was going to be a boy and we added the sweetest little middle name to it. We spent the weekend picking up a few things for our little guy and listening to L say his name.

Nicolas Finn, we are the happiest little family and we can't wait to meet you!

PS. I made the pinata myself! I was surprised at how tiny, generic and not so cheap the ones in stores are. It's time consuming but pretty easy - here are the two tutorials I worked from (one and two). And we filled it with some blue-wrapped Hershey kisses and homemade party streamer confetti!

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