Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
There are a lot of reasons why I love blogging, but one of those is that I have an excuse to document parts of my life that I might not otherwise. I love that I'll have all these little daily moments to look back on.
all smiles // having way too much fun with snapchat // starting to recognize yourself in the camera // trading toys with the fox
you just want to grab everything in sight now // sleepy snuggles // that little tongue // you love your car seat toy
the sweetest swaddled babe // you take after me and love cozying up in as many blankets as possible // your little personality is shining through more and more every day
one of my favorite pictures of you // getting so big, but you're still just so tiny // teething has hit full force and you're wanting more and more snuggles // just looking like a full grown toddler in your overalls
so happy // so suspicious! // always laughing, always yanking my hair out // working on your poses for the camera
just a grumpy old man in his boat // so happy to be outside // adventuring around in your new carrier // contemplating life with grandpa
my three favorite guys // teething snuggles // always so suspicious about what's going on around you // you are truly the happiest baby I've ever seen
ready for a pool day // so smiley // so snuggly // I swear, you know exactly where that camera is
things are getting messy around here, and I know it's only the beginning // I turned my back for one second, and this happened // you had no regrets // snuggling your puppy
weekends at the pool // you can sit up on your own now!
so silly, so happy // you've started army crawling! // four AM sleeps in my bed // my happy guy
your facial expressions still crack me up. I imagine you thinking, "yes? can I help you?" // happy camper indeed // passed out on the couch // I bought you some toys since you sit up and play on your own now, and you are loving them
the sweetest face // you get so happy when chris comes home from work // sleepyhead // jack in the box!
morning selfies // just snuggling a fox in a bowtie // my two little foxes napping // you love your stuffed animals
Best twenty-eight weeks of my life, hands down. Life is messy and full of snuggles and naps and teething and toys and it is absolutely perfect.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Despite getting a library card and checking out entirely too many books, I somehow only read two books this month. And by somehow, I mean "it's really hard to read a book while holding a baby who wants to rip out all the pages." Haha.
Anyway, here's what I've got for you this month. Hopefully August will be full of way more good reads. A girl can dream, right?
Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.
On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.
As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead."-via Goodreads
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
A little peek at real life in July, courtesy of my iphone, through pictures that didn't quite make it into any other blog posts...
The progression of trying to take a picture with Jack while I'm holding him. Sometimes we end up with a good one, sometimes we don't, all times I lose a handful of hair to those
surprisingly strong claws tiny little baby hands.
Lots of pool time with this cute little lobster any chance I get.
Just taking a nap with brother.
We got some sparklers and took lots of blurry Fourth of July pictures.
And in this month's version of Chris sticking the baby places he doesn't belong, we have Jack in a diaper box. Jack thought it was absolutely hilarious and was more than happy to just hang out in a box.
This carrier is saving my life. ^^
Jack and I went to church alone together for the first time. While this is probably normal for a lot of people, I felt like a rock star.
So sitting up on his own is a thing he does now.
This was on a Saturday morning. Our neighborhood pool was completely empty. We laughed about how big of a difference it is from our rooftop pool in Orlando, which was always crowded and filled with drunk people by 10:00AM on the weekends. This is a nice change of pace.
My mom came to visit and we found the Lilly store. Just look at this magical mug collection! Need them alllllll.
My favorite Timehop of all time, ever. Cue instant heart explosion.
Pro tip: While including your baby in cooking dinner sounds cute in theory, he will dump your bowl on the floor the second you look away. He's already decided to do so here. Just look at that face.
Jack can see himself in the camera when we take pictures now, and he stares at himself, sticks his tongue out, and sometimes laughs at himself. It's hilarious and adorable.
On our way to a rain or shine farmer's market that was all packed up...because of the rain.
I'll leave you with this...Jack has started holding onto Gatsby's tail while he falls asleep. Gatsby absolutely hates when anyone touches his tail, but he allows it because he loves Jack.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Skies like this. It's not a big city, so there aren't tons of building and lights. Meaning that the sunsets are stunning and the stars are clear and it's just beautiful.
Having an outside area that's all ours. That hammock is my happy place.
This little munchkin having his own room. Jack having his own room to nap in has been a GAMECHANGER.
An excuse for DIYs. Mourn with me for a second...I bought an unfinished dresser so I could paint and stain it the colors I had in mind. It. Took. So. Long. And it was like, a thousand degrees outside while I was doing it. It was waaaay more work than I had in mind. But I did it! And I loved how it looked in Jack's room....for a whole two weeks before Ikea recalled it because it was literally killing kids. Now all my hard work is hidden away in a closet.
Being able to get all of Jack's books out of storage! My baby shower was a "bring a book instead of a card" one. It's been so fun to get to read these to him!
Like I said, overflowing with thankfulness.
There are phases in life where you just stop and say thank you, and this is one of them for me. I'm so thankful we're here, I'm so thankful for this house, I'm so thankful for my family. Life is busy and sometimes a little hard, but it is so, so good.
What's making you thankful lately?