Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Do you ever have those days, you know, the ones that leave you frustrated and a little shaky?  With your hair all frizzed out, spit-up dripping down your arm, and another potty-training accident on the sofa?  I'm having one today.  It's not a BAD day, not really, it's just one of THOSE days.  In the grand scheme of things, I still just feel blessed to get to live this specific life, with these specific baby boys.  But today, in the nitty gritty of life...I feel frustrated.  So frustrated that I decided that today I hate my sofa (what did that poor sofa have to do with any of this, I ask you?  Absolutely nothing, that's what).

So...here is what I am going to do.  I am going to stop feeling sorry for myself, turn my attitude around, and when Jack wakes up from his nap I think a Christmas carol dance party in the living room is in order.

Also I am going to post a picture of myself on a day that I showered AND did my make-up.  Look at me holding my boys and looking sorta put-together. 
Note: I did not do my hair, I rock a wet braid pretty often these days.

For the record...today I am still in my pajamas, and it is now after 12 o'clock.  I'd say I declared it pajama day, but really November has been more of a pajama month than anything else.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Entertainment Center Before & After

A few days ago I showed you this little gem that I snagged for $15 and had grand plans of making into an entertainment center.

Ain't she a beaut?!  So anyway, a few cans of spray paint later, here is our new "after"....

It turned out exactly like I was hoping it would, complete with discreet toy storage on the bottom shelf that the boys can access on their own. My living room SO needed this breath of fresh air.  I'm sure cranberry red wouldn't appeal to everyone, but it feels very 'us'! 

P.S. - The wreath above it? $5 to make.  Here is how I did it.

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Friday, November 18, 2011


I've taken to calling Luke different variations of 'hammy' because seriously, the dude is enormous.  He's got rolls in all the right places, and his squishy-ness enchants me every time I dress him.
At his one month check-up, he tipped the scales at 12lbs. 4oz., which means he has been gaining about one pound a week! 

Today marks exactly 6 weeks since this (not so) little guy came into our lives.  He started smiling for Daddy about two weeks ago, and in the last two days has started smiling all the time.  My hearts bursts a little every time I get even the tiniest of smirks out of him.

What a hambone, huh?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Work in Progress

Have you ever been sitting in your living room, nursing your newborn while watching your two year old cavort on the carpet and think "this room drives me crazy!'?  'Cause I sure have!  In the last six weeks I've gotten a little bit of cabin fever from being somewhat cooped up in the house, and my creative side had gotten a little bit stifled.  The greens and the browns and the crappy entertainment center were starting to work on my already frazzled nerves. 

Last weekend Matt caught on to my general sense of frustration, so a-thrifting we went! I'm notoriously picky when I go thrifting, and I don't take my time at all.  I figure that if I don't like something the first time I see it, there is no reason to linger.  In fact, at some stores we didn't even get the boys out of the car.  I simply zipped through to see the furniture selection while Matt waited with them in the car.  After three stores (and lunch, 2 diaper changes, nursing in the car, and Christmas shopping) and no success, we decided to call it quits and look again another day. 

On our way home I remembered one more consignment store on the way home, and since no one was in tears we gave it a chance.  We browsed all the way though and then I saw it.  Way in the back of the store, this bad boy had been marked down all the way to $15 because it had been there so long without selling (yes, it was THAT ugly) but something about it appealed to me.  It was the right size, sturdy, and it looked lonely.
Two of the drawers clearly don't belong, but I  had plans for that!  Matt looked at me like I had lost my mind with this one...but for $15 he was willing to give it a chance. 

So, that's where we are. The dresser is repainted and the living room is slowly coming together, but there are still a few things that are in need of finishing before I show you the finished project. 

I gotta say, it feels darn good to have a project once again!  Wanna take a guess at what color I chose for this piece?  If you follow me on Pinterest you can probably figure it out!

Do you have any works in progress? link 'em up in the comments if you do!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Embracing the Crazy

On a typical day I don't wear make-up.  I know, I know....you are surprised right?  I mean...I have all the time in the world to slap on some eyeliner and lip gloss while my children tend to themselves and all, I just choose not to. 

I did, however, wash the spit up out of my hair and 'put my face on' for Jack's birthday party, and my sweet husband was so enamored of my beauty (or something like that) that he snapped a few pictures of me watching our birthday boy dig for buried treasure.  He told me afterwards that he had gotten a 'really good one' of me watching Jack, so I was looking forward to seeing it. 

For some reason I think I look completely insane in this picture.  Seriously...like I laughed out loud at the strange expression and the slightly frightening look in my eyes. 
I wonder if I always look crazy when I look at Jack? My guess is that I probably do.

And just for the record, this is more along the lines of what I look like on a normal day home with my boys.

Jeans. t-shirt, ponytail, and a sweet little newborn strapped to my chest (it's all about the accessories you know).

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Magic Hour

This is what I love about Fall.  That one golden hour in the evenings, when the sun slants his rays across our world, and everything looks magical.
 The reds and oranges of the leaves are intensified by the golden light, and even our baseball diamond becomes a place of wonder.
When I think about Fall throughout the year, evenings like this are the ones that come to mind.  Everything bathed in that perfect light, the air is just cool enough for a jacket and a hat, and life is just...magic.
I'm storing up these moments in my mind (and my camera), and just feeling really and truly grateful for all the blessings God has given to us. 

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us - Psalm 67:1

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life For Me

The pirate party was a wonderful time, we had so much fun celebrating Jack's two years of life with our families.  I've said it before, but our families rock.  They came dressed as pirates and ready to party!

I love a good dress-up party, so I supplied mustaches, bandannas, hats, eye patches, and itty bitty spyglasses.  I just think it's so much more fun if we can all make fools of ourselves together!
My brothers costume probably takes the cake though! He picked it up on Halloween clearance the night before, and yes...that is a child's costume on my 22 year old brother!
Matt and I were both SO surprised when his usually very reserved Dad came to the party sporting a pirate wig and bandanna! 

For the little ones we had a buried treasure hunt, and they LOVED it.  They played in the sand pretty much the entire time.  Jack didn't even stop to eat..the only way we coaxed him away from it was to open his gifts.
Jack had so much fun, it was worth all the stress it may have caused in the days leading up to the party, also it was just really really fun to get all of our families together again.  Jack had a blast playing with all of his cousins, and really....for three two year olds, three babies, and one lone 10 year old...there were very few meltdowns!
The party was held on my Dad's birthday, so I had a special cake for each of the birthday boys. 
 The toddlers banded together to help my Dad with all of his candles. 
It was a wonderfully pirate-y way to celebrate the 2nd year of Jack's life.  And hey! did you see the cookies?  They turned out okay right?!  I mean...no...I will not be making a career out of cookie decorating, but still! The are passable as pirates!

Oh and that black icing? TOTALLY stains your teeth black. Ahem...not that I ate any straight out of the tube and regretted it later.  I would never do that...I have restraint. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Luke - One Month

Jack's party was a lot of fun, even if he was a little under the weather.  I have oodles of pictures to share, but first, I can't let today go by without a little post.  Luke is one month old today! 

At one month Luke -

-wears size 1 diapers.
-weighs somewhere between 11 and 12 lbs.
-does not like bathtime.  AT ALL.
-sleeps in his pack'n'play in our room.
-wakes 2-3 times a night...which I think is pretty good, I expected to be much more exhausted!
-is starting to find his voice, although he mainly grunts more than he coos.  What a dude huh?
-has smiled at Daddy twice, and at Mimi once...but not at Mommy at all.  I'm not bitter. 
-tries very hard to hold his head up...but still headbutts my shoulder a few times a day.
-has hair that is extremely curly when it's wet, but dries into a natural mohawk.

He also has attended his first party, and while there he sported his first mustache.
Yes, it kind of looks like a caterpillar, but I wasn't about to actually peel the back off and stick it to his little lip. 
Like most babies, he prefers to be held, which is cute and all but it does make doing anything else difficult.  Enter my love of babywearing.  I wore Jack when he was older because I wasn't really confident enough to get him into the sling or wrap when he was tiny...but it's much more natural this time around! 

So far he seems to prefer the Baby Bjorn, which was a hand-me-down from a friend (thanks Margo!), and a total lifesaver.  For some reason I expected this carrier to be more uncomfortable than my wrap, but it isn't!  Luke doesn't seem to like the wrap yet, but I keep it in the car just in case I need it in a pinch.
It's nice to be able to pop him in a carrier and do other important thing like, you know, playing with Jack, making lunch, etc. etc. etc.

Happy one month little one!
 Love you baby.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Birthday Countdown

Jack has a terrible cold, which is always a bummer, but is made even more unfortunate by the fact that this weekend is his birthday!  We are two days away from his actual birthday, but only one day away from his party.  Last year was cowboys, this year? Pirates!!
My mom, sister, and aunt are coming over today for a baking extravaganza (also to help me clean my house because sick toddler + infant = no arms for sweeping!), and we will be attempting these pirate cookies...

Yikes! I'm not sure I am up to the challenge, but thankfully they are more than willing to help!  Hopefully we can pull off something similar...if not quite as amazing as those!

Hopefully Jack's cold tapers off overnight, but even if it doesn't we will do our best to party like a pirate (minus all the rum, this is a two year old's party after all!).

Actually...maybe some rum (for me) would help things go a little smoother...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Where's Jack?

Oh there he is!
It's one of his new favorite games.  I will find him with a book on his head, or with his head covered in the drapes, and I know I have to start 'looking' for him.

When he is ready to be found I am rewarded with the sweetest happiest smile and a yell of 'Oh there I am!!'
The innocence of his little mind believing that he is well hidden is enough to make me grin every single time. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick or Treat

The next time I get a cock-a-mamie idea like making a cardboard Thomas the Train that fits over the double stroller the week before my sons birthday (and with a three week old to boot!) somebody remind me just how many times in the last week I muttered "I hate Thomas the Train" while slapping blue paint onto cardboard.

I never quite finished it...I had intended to have the front closed off, and I never got to make the yellow #1 for the side.  Oh well.  It is what it is! Jack loved it (see below for proof).

Oh what fun!
Luke was a lump of coal...but that lasted about thirty seconds before he decided it would be more fun to nurse and be held by Momma.  

Who did our little conductor trick-or-treat with?? Check this out!

The Incredibles and Sandy and Danny from Grease!  Matt and I took part in the Train theme and were dressed as hobos...but we sadly didnt get any pictures of us all together.  My camera is acting really special, especially in the cold, so these pictures are all thanks to my sis.  

It was a good time, but very hectic. I feel like I didn't even get to see Jack trick or treat.  Next year Luke will be older and hopefully we will be able to actually do some things with all four of us, instead of splintering into two sets of parent/child. 

SO ANYWAY....that was Halloween 2011. I have some really cute pictures of the little Conductor to post, but that will have to wait until I can find my camera card reader.   If you can't tell from the overall tone of this post...I'm a tad frazzled at this point. 

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