Tuesday, March 21


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Spring is finally here! Everett and I have been spending most of our mornings outside. I garden while he sits in his stroller and watches, and usually Remi is out there too (whining to be off his leash, in case you thought that scene was too picturesque). I'm starting a few varieties of seeds this year (johnny jump ups and three types of iceland poppies) and I'm expecting a big order of tubers and bulbs soon (iris, lilies, giant dinner plate dahlias, and delphinium). My goal is to have enough flowers that I can cut some to put in jars in the house, give some away, and still have plenty outside. I've never had much of a green thumb so we'll see if anything survives. ;)

Tuesday, February 28

3 years ago today

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Three years ago today John and I went on a carriage ride that stopped in Memory Grove. He knelt down on a little bridge lit only by a street lamp and asked me to marry him. It was a big surprise for me (although we dated for two and a half years so really how surprising could it have been?). That sparkly little ring sweetened the deal ;) and now we have that chubby little guy. We aren't perfect and our life together isn't perfect, but it's SO GOOD and I feel extremely grateful to be the wife of such a hard-working, genuinely great man.

Wednesday, February 15

The Year I Had TWO Valentines

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Valentine's Day this year involved a romantic dinner for two (hint: the two of us that can eat solid foods) while baby stayed home with his aunt. There was sushi, there was chocolate coconut cheesecake, there was excellent conversation and exactly zero plates were grabbed by tiny little hands. After we picked Everett up we went home and John presented me with a bouquet of pink roses ("from Everett") and my new favorite eyeshadow palette which really is amazing (but of course John was just amazed by the cost of makeup). We rounded off the night with a few episodes of Robin Hood since John is in a hurry to finish the series before it leaves Netflix and a couple slices of the best-ever homemade banana bread (courtesy of my mom).

Having TWO valentines (not to mention family I'm pretty crazy about) to share this day of love with is the best.

Thursday, February 9

A Random February Photo Dump

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A few family updates because Everett decided sleep was for losers last night and I'm not coherent enough to put together a real blog post:

-We've been working on our master bathroom. At the moment it's unusable (no sink, no tile, and most importantly no toilet) but hopefully we'll be finishing it up in the next couple of weeks.
-John's been working 6 days a week since January. Tax season is the worst.
-I've been busy with primary and activity days and keeping a child alive.
-Everett has developed an obsession with faces and hands (he'll play with mine for hours). He's also very good at shooting his hand up and clawing your eyeballs when it's 2 AM and you're half asleep nursing him. He's so fast you'd never see him coming.
-We have a Valentine's Day dinner reservation sans baby and it's been a looooong time so I plan on fully appreciating eating a meal with two hands.

Monday, January 16

Adios, bronchiolitis

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We survived a week of colds, gigantic canker sores (me) and bronchiolitis (Everett). Sleep is slowly returning after being almost completely absent for days and it feels so good! Being a mom is tough stuff when you have a sick little man. Here's to a new week, good riddance germs.

Monday, January 2

Four Months of Everett

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[Flashback photos because I discovered these on my memory card the other day and I can’t get over them]

My little man is now officially four months old. These have been the most challenging and by far the best and most wonderful four months of my life.

I’ve spent long nights rocking and bouncing and singing, changed hundreds of diapers and been leaked on and spit up on and had my hair pulled and my arms pinched. I’ve seen first smiles and heard first laughs; I’ve sang primary songs at 3 in the morning driving on dark neighborhood roads with a crying baby in the back seat. I’ve neglected laundry and dishes in favor of kissing a little fuzzy head or laying next to him as he napped and I didn’t feel guilty about it because like the poem says babies don’t keep.

This baby consumes my every thought and I don’t know how to describe it other than this, this being a mother, is so beautiful and lonely and trying and incredible, and it’s absolutely what I was born to do. Give me ALL the babies, I definitely need at least twenty more if they’re all as perfect as this one. ;)

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.

Tuesday, December 27

And Just Like That, Another Christmas in the Books

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Christmas has come and gone (and I'm still sitting here crying about it). We always have a big Christmas Eve dinner at my parents' house and a big Christmas Day dinner at John's parents' house. In between, we opened presents, played with Everett's toys, and went to church (did anyone else LOVE having Christmas on a Sunday?). I got a new lens that I've been playing around with, so prepare for a picture overload. Monday was so relaxed and fun - a trip to the mall, a Chinese take-out dinner and movie, and John's homemade guacamole were the highlights.

If only Christmas could be EVERY DAY. (Minus the wrapping presents part. I hate wrapping).

PS. That adorable puppy belongs to my brother and sister-in-law. As much as my husband wants another one, I can't handle a three-month-old, a dog, and a puppy.