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1 Year Photo Shoot

18 Feb

No, sorry, this isn’t the monthly rundown – still working on that puppy (and the 11 month one, haha). Jennifer Soots Photography, who did our newborn and 6 month shoot as well, came over a couple hours before Parker’s birthday party to take his pictures. We decided to have her come the day of the party so that she would be there to take pictures of the party and the cake smash as well. Even with all the chaos of trying to organize the pictures and the party at the same time I’m so glad we did it this way so that I didn’t have a camera attached to my face the entire day. Below are some of my favorites and I’ll have more included in the rundown post of the party. So happy with how they came out!


Fun Fact: Jennifer arrived to take pictures 15 minutes early and I still hadn’t done my make-up. So I rushed into the bathroom and tried to hurry to pull myself together. Well when I clamped my eyelash curler on my left eyelashes I somehow lost my grip and the eyelash curler flung out of my hands and landed on the floor. I bent down and picked it up and as I went to put it back on my eyelashes I realized there was a huge clump of eyelashes stuck to it. Eric was in the bathroom too and I turned to him all wide eyed and he was like, “are you ok? holy cow, half your eyelashes are gone!” I immediately turned to the mirror and yes, from the middle of my eyelid to the inner corner of my eye every single lash was gone. I was stunned. Stunned because I didn’t know what to do when I was supposed to be taking professional pictures at any minute and stunned at how this whole episode didn’t hurt – like at all. My eye never stung or got red or itchy or anything. If the eyelashes weren’t left on my curler I wouldn’t even have known it had happened. Apparently it was a clean pull – so weird. I went into my bathroom closet and of course I had like 5 pairs of fake eyelashes but zero glue. Luckily I don’t have super lush eyelashes to begin with so after I did my make-up it somehow wasn’t that noticeable (eyeliner really helped) and Jennier joked she would edit in eyelashes on any close up. I swear this would only happen to me!


Cock-a-doodle “I Do!” Part IV

3 Jul












Eric’s extended family is big. Not sure I’ve mentioned that before. But on his dad’s side he is 1 of 28 cousins. And those 28 cousins have already had a total of 18 offspring and not quite half of the 28 are even married yet…so yea big AND growing by the minute. And the best part is that even at that size everyone is really close to each other…no wait, actually the best part is that everyone loves to dance, yes that is definitely the best part. So it may have gotten a little crazy on the dance floor…wish I had pictures, but I was too busy dancing, duh! I’m sure the photographer ninja (Honey + Salt Studio) snapped some. Speaking of, you should visit her blog. She posted a sweet recap of her own and the pictures are amazing! Parker was in the nursery at the school being watched by his favorite babysitter but we did bring him out during Casey and his moms dance because they decided they wanted all mothers and sons to come out and dance along with them. So P and I got our first mother/son dance. It was quite fun, although kid needs to learn to lead a little better! I’m a little sad this wedding series must come to an end, but best wishes to Casey & Jill! Definitely an incredible day!


Part I, Part II, Part III

Goodnight Too Soon

26 Jun


Goodnight too soon Goodnight too soon
Goodnight coming home sleeper with the cow jumping over the moon

Goodnight onesies and swaddles that no longer provide room
Goodnight first jeans Goodnight first holiday themes

Goodnight tops with funny words written and Goodnight warm wooly winter mittens

Goodnight PJs with a fox and Goodnight itty bitty socks

Goodnight unworn shoes and Goodnight baby blues

Goodnight handknit hats and Goodnight outfits with baseball bats

Goodnight stripes and plaids that made everyone gush

Goodnight snaps and buttons that caused a fuss and Goodnight size newborn that turned mama to mush

And Goodnight to the daddy whispering for her to “hush”

Goodnight as she reflects and stares Goodnight as she tucks and folds with care

Goodnight precious memories everywhere

Based on Goodnight Moon, I dedicate this to moms everywhere that can’t help but sigh at the realization their baby can no longer straighten their legs in their sleepers that just fit, like yesterday.

Father’s Day Recap

19 Jun





Happy 1st Father’s Day to the guy who works extra hard so I can have a job that keeps me at home, a guy that 4 and a half months later still can’t swaddle worth a darn but keeps on trying, a guy that passed on so many genetic features to P it can never be a question on whether it was the milkman and a guy who always puts family first. P and I love you so much and can’t wait for you to display these in your coach’s office at school.

Gift Links:
Handprint Baseball: Pinterest Inspired (special shout out to the Meijer parking lot where P was conveniently napping so I could get a good handprint. Awake babies don’t understand the concept of unclenched fingers!) Also I used a non-toxic ink pad that I first tested on myself to make sure it wiped off easily. Not only did I not want Eric to find the evidence but I didn’t really feel like P sucking on inky hands later, non-toxic or not. Baseball collector’s case from Kohl’s.
Picture: Frame from Target and while I’m sure there is a quote similar out there somewhere I just made it up on my own & photoshopped it on one of P’s newborn pics.
Card: created at Awesome site I found that lets you personalize almost every card, will mail them for you (if needed) and honestly cheaper than going into a store. I bought 3 Father’s Day cards and all were 2.99 each!

365 Days Later

30 May

One year ago, this happened:


Today, this happened:




What a lovely difference a year makes.

Mother’s Day Bliss

13 May


“Realize that your son will love you more intensely than anyone or anything else in the world”



“Read all the advice books and baby guides you want, but trust your instincts. They’re good.”


“His tears will break your heart. So will his smiles.”



“Don’t forget that as a baby, he will always be looking for your face. It will be this way forever.”


Thank you E & P for giving me a wonderful first Mother’s Day. We did a whole lot of nothing but spend time together at home, which was just what I wanted. This whole mom thing, it’s alright I tell you.

(quotes from “Mother to Son: Shared Wisdom from the Heart”)

Celebrate We Did

24 Apr


Sunday was Eric’s birthday and we spent it hanging out and relaxing. It was quite nice! Once we woke up I made some sprinkle waffles for the birthday boy.

20120424-194225.jpg After that Eric and I hung out for a little bit until Parker woke up (that’s right he sometimes sleeps in longer than mom & dad now!) and I put him in the only outfit he has now that fits and says something about his daddy.



Then it was present time! I went for the materialistic route since Eric would still be wearing the same things from high school if no one else bought him clothes.



Parker, however, decided to beat me at gift giving by going the meaningful/thoughtful route. Although he did enlist my help since he’s not allowed to use sharp objects yet.



When we moved into our house a few years ago Eric had a trash bag full of tshirts from high school that he mentioned he would like to turn into a quilt someday. So I kept that thought in the back of my head and finally decided it was time to give it a whirl. I have never made a quilt before and loosely followed these instructions. It honestly wasn’t that difficult, just way more time consuming than I thought it would be…..especially since I didn’t start until the week of his birthday – whoops! The back is lined with brown fleece and there is also low loft batting in the middle. That blanket is very warm! Someone else decided they also liked it!


It also found use that afternoon as the perfect way to nap while I baked Eric’s birthday cake!


We had plans to eat dinner at Eric’s parents and I was in charge of dessert and so I made this Chocolate Wasted Cake recipe that I found via pinterest. It was fun to make and seriously SO GOOD! Thankfully there were leftovers that I may have eaten for lunch today.


More present opening at his parents that night! Beer, blankets and boat shoes. What more could a guy ask for?


Happy Birthday babe! Hope your day was everything you could have hoped and that your birthday wishes come true. Love you!