Monday, December 14, 2015

Goals

My 2016 resolution is to post at least 1 photo a day with a caption. Sometimes more, hopefully never less- but that is my 1 and ONLY resolution. So I'm kicking things off three weeks early (as a trial run). Also: this may just end up being a repeat of my instagram feed and if that becomes the case- then, I'll officially just turn my "blogging" over to a more efficiently run instagram account.

But let's try this for now....

Story time with daddy, tonight.

Reindeer antlers at Michaels for the win! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pennsylvania Vacation, July 2015

I finally put together a video of our vacation to Pennsylvania in the middle of July!! Enjoy!
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Random Ramblings

So far this week;

Natalie attended her first hibachi dinner, and it was magical

I've been able to keep pigtails in for at least HALF a day!

We've enjoyed summer evenings outside with Oma and Papa.

She went in her potty three times!!!

Also, these feet....

I was cleaning up toys today and Natalie walked over to me, put her arms around my neck and planted a kiss right on my lips. Cutest. Thing. Ever.

I've been lazy about doing things this week, and also super swamped with work so we've really had a low key week. So far this summer has been so busy, I just needed a week to regroup and it's been nice!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer is....

Summer is...

For days at the park.....

For days by the pool

For celebrating Papa's birthday

For girls weekends (even if you wake up with the pink eye your daughter had two weeks ago...)

For lazy mornings watching Thomas the Train in bed...

For snuggling with friends

And getting to know the new babies in our lives...

So far summer is....


Perfect.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sum-sum suma time

We are loving these summer days so far! Yesterday we went to a puppet show in the park with some friends:

Then afterward, played on the playground and in the water sprayers:





We can't wait for more fun days in the park this summer!

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Jersey mini-vacay

We visited our friends Kenny and Christina in New Jersey this past weekend. It was a quick trip, but oh so worth it. We spent Saturday at an Amish Farmer's Market near there house for lunch, and then drove out to the zoo in Cape May!



Natalie made a new best friend in their dog, Stout, who pretty much gave her a bath with all his licks.

We grilled pizzas, drank beers (the adults, of course), played with bubble wands, and enjoyed the outdoors!

And then endured a 4 1/2 hour drive home on Sunday, in what should have been a 2 1/2 hour drive...God I love New York....

We always have a good time with Kenny and Christina and I am so glad, that even with a little one, we are still able to keep up our yearly visits!

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals + Giveaway

Last month, I was contacted about the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a company I knew nothing about until now. 

Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. To show support for the organization and the one in 10 kids in North America who are treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year, Walmart and Pampers have teamed up to donate $200,000 in the month of June. This month, by purchasing products like Pampers Swaddlers at your local Walmart, portions of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The infographic above speaks for itself, but additionally:

Support of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10  million kids every year

One in 10 kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year

Every day, member hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms

Every hour, member hospitals provide surgery for 97 children

U.S. members hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has helped children like Grayson, who shares his story below:

Pennsylvania – Grayson              
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Brain Stem Tumor and Lawnmower Accident
Age 4 (as of 11/30/14)

When Katy Perry belts out the lyric, “I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!” Grayson can’t help but sing along with her. He loves her song “Roar” and can certainly relate to it.

When Grayson was only 2 years old, he started complaining the room was spinning. Fast forward several weeks to his diagnosis: an inoperable brain tumor and the start of chemotherapy to shrink or maintain the tumor’s size. Less than a year later, Grayson suffered from another devastating injury: he was in a lawnmower accident that resulted in the loss of four toes and partial amputation of his foot.

Praised for his optimistic attitude, Grayson hasn’t let these traumatic events get him down. He thinks of himself as the comic book character Iron Man, and lovingly refers to his primary oncologist as Dr. Octopus. Just like Iron Man, Grayson has turned his own medical challenge into an opportunity to fight back.

If this is an organization you could get behind, visit Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make your own donation today! I am so lucky that, so far, Natalie has had a healthy journey in life, and I never take that for granted. But I know that not everyone is that lucky, and that there are children who are suffering from various illness, conditions, ailments, accidents, in hospitals all across America every day.

Do you or anyone you know have a personal journey with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? If not, how has Grayson's story touched you?

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Natalie Claire 12-18 Months

It's summer!!! Ok, so I feel like our house is somewhat semi in-order, and I can hopefully share a little house update soon. Even though we still have workers here almost every day, and I still have some more decisions/things to figure out with the house, as a whole it is looking great and things are really shaping up!

I am so excited for this summer with Natalie. I feel like I can actually do fun things with her and take her fun places.

Here's a little recap of what Natalie's been up to for the past 6 months, and I plan to do a lot of updating on all the fun things we have planned this summer! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Natalie Claire: 17 Months




I'm not sure how it happened- but suddenly you are a lot closer to be 2 years old...#slowdowntime


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring walks



In the middle of our walks now, Natalie randomly looks up through the little window part of the stroller and says "hi!"

Natalie decided we were going to read books like this today. I was ok with it. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 17-19, 2015


On Friday we met our new friend, Nicole. Nicole and I met through blogging a few years ago when she stumbled upon my wedding blog while she was planning her own wedding. We live near each other and have been blog and Instagram friends for a while now, but finally got to meet up for lunch in person on Friday! It was a really nice time!

We enjoyed a beautiful weekend. I celebrated my friend, Kate's, Bridal Shower/Bachelorette on Saturday and had a great ladies' night out in Brooklyn!

I went to bed at 3:00am Saturday night/Sunday morning. But Natalie was up and at 'em by 7:30am. Bachelorette party recovery day is NOT the same anymore. I was beat yesterday, but it was worth it. We got outside for a little bit and Natalie and I ended up taking a nap together for a change, which was nice.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Moving forward


I have a journal called "one line a day" that I write in every night before bed. (Or every three nights when I forget and fill in the missing days). I have a lot of thoughts in this book, things like:
  • "Do I keep a separate one for my next child?" 
  • "Do I not keep one at all for my next child? Is that fair?" 
  • "If I were to keep two - wouldn't I largely be writing the same thing two times each night?" 
  • "Will Natalie even care to read this one day?" 
  • "When do I give it to her? 16? Her wedding day? When she has her first kid?" 
  • "Is this more for me than for her?" 
  • "If I give it to her- then what do I have to look back on as memories for me? These are things I will be able to recall- not her..."

Yes, these are the things that go through my mind at night...

If I won't have the book to look back on myself, I can at least have this blog. It's just so easy to look back in the archives, pull up a date, and see what was going on at the time. I already regret the months I haven't documented. I sometimes wonder why it's so typical to document everything for the first year when I feel like it's the second year where the real fun things begin- new words each week, new understandings. As my mother-in-law says "It's like a light bulb went on for her in the last 3 weeks." Literally every day she is surprising me with something new: trying to help me vacuum, pouring tea from her toy tea set, responding "no" to me when I ask her something, playing with her toys by herself for longer than ever! Our move took a lot out of me, and it still is. There is still much to do. But this is, for so many reasons, one of the happiest times of my life, and I want to remember it, and I want to continue to document as much as I can from it. If there is anything I learned from the move, going through old notebooks and pictures- nostalgia is a beautiful thing.

do not have time to carefully construct a a post with fully edited photos and long-winded narratives and reflections. But what I do want to do is share one photo a day with a few lines about that day. What we did, what new thing she does, or a thought I'm having. This is basically Instagram- take a picture and slap a few hashtags to it, and that's what I've largely resorted to these past few weeks. But at least here, if I want to add a little bit more than the typical 140 characters, should I feel so inclined, I can. 

Wednesday 4/12/15: went grocery shopping with you. You said "hi!" to every single person we passed, and had that entire store giggling over how cute you are. 

Thursday 4/13/15: you do tricks for treats- like a dog. Daddy had you stomp your feet and then sit down- and then you got a cookie. Now when you see a cookie, you automatically sit!

These are posts I can easily compose on my phone in just a few minutes, from the comfort of my chair while I'm nursing (still going strong- 3 times a day!) and it's not going to stress me out or take up too much time.

So that's my goal starting next week! And hopefully, I can start catching back up on my favorite blogs as well! 

As always- thanks for sticking with me :)