Monday, May 27, 2013

a love letter to the birthday boy!

Today my baby boy turns 2!! Another year has flown by and it really didn't hit me until just now, when I went through and picked out my favorite pictures of him from this past year. 
Wow, we are so extremely lucky to have him. This beautiful boy who is so well balanced and happy but at the same time the most serious, deep thinker and theatrical tantrum thrower you will ever meet. I wish I had half of his ability to investigate and concentrate on even the tiniest, most mundane parts of life. 
This child who has blessed us with that extra squeezable set of cheeks, a smile that (once he gives it) melts my heart into a big ole' puddle, and that gives his mama kisses like nobody's business because he knows he'll get just about anything in return.  

At 2 years old he still loves to sleep, which is pretty much a prerequisite for being a member of this family (I hope his future siblings are taking note). He enjoys music in that calm and quiet way that makes me think he feels a deeply rooted connection to the melodies. The way he growls at me every night when I put him to bed, demanding I respond in the proper way, with a growl back and a few tickles on the neck, makes it almost impossible to leave him and completely envelopes my whole being in a love that is bigger than anything else I've ever felt. 
When he runs his favorite trucks across every surface of the house, loudly exclaiming "cuck, cuck", it still makes me laugh out loud every single time - for all our sakes, let's hope he gets it right one day ;)
He has me picking up snails, removing bugs, jumping into puddles, wiping and catching boogers with my bare hands, reading the same books a bajilion times, watching nemo almost every single day, getting up at 3 am because he's "all done" sleeping and turned into a major coffee drinker.
He tests my patience on a daily basis, puts on his boots when he's ready to go outside even if I'm not, talks my ear off for 5 minutes straight and two seconds later can barely be ripped out of a trance while concentrating on a toy or book. 
He will happily name all of his family members and count to 10 in two languages. He already points out letters and won't leave a single button unpushed or light switch unturned. 
It is because of him that I have discovered how truly magical online shopping can be and how suckers are your best friends when it comes to achieving a successful Target trip or let's be honest: really any trip.

In two short years he has made me smile, laugh and cry more than I had in my entire life. Those quiet moments when it's just me and him and I get to stare into those gray eyes, stroke that perfectly smooth skin, admire the tiny dimple that only appears sometimes when he smiles, are what I live for now. 
In those moments I can barely believe how lucky I am to have him and to be able to experience a love that is so much bigger than I am. 

So happy birthday to you my wonderful, beautiful little man! I will never forget the day I finally got to hold you in my arms and I am so proud to be your mama. You and your papa sure know how to make me the happiest girl in the entire world. 
We love you so very much! 

Now get ready for a major picture overload because well that's what birthdays and blogs are for ;)
You may also want to read about last years birthday and if you're brave about the day we first got to meet this handsome young man, seems like it was just yesterday. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

casual friday

Baseball Tee: Alternative Apparel, T-Shirt: Target, Leggings: F21, Boots: Thrifted (free!), Necklace: Aerie, Sunglasses: Target, Bacelets: Claires and Gage Huntley Designs

I've been more than looking forward to the weekend this week. The weather has been keeping us mostly cooped up inside the house and we started going a little bit stir crazy here at the end...
My parents are taking Logan out for a walk and dinner, so I'll be going to dinner with my bestie and getting some much needed girl time tonight :)

I really miss that girl a lot and it's the best feeling to know we still have such a great connection after all these years and living so far apart.

What are your weekend plans?
Happy Friday!

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Monday, May 13, 2013

tie dye and mother's day

Dress: F21, Denim Jacket: F21, Hat: Thrifted, Sandals: Thrifted, Ring: F21, Bracelet: Fossil, Necklace: Voz Collective via Brika
Is it really Monday again already? Since we got here I've kind of stopped keeping track of time and I keep catching myself wondering what day it actually is. We had a long weekend over here thanks to a holiday but I caught some sort of stomach bug Friday night and so that was that... 

Majorly! glad my parents were taking Logan off my hands as much as possible so I could get some rest. I started feeling better by the time Sunday came around. I got up before everyone else and made pancakes. Jason made sure I received some beautiful flowers for Mother's Day and I wish we could have all spent the day together as a family instead of being 5000 miles apart. Bummer.

Then today I got to meet my cousin's 3 week old baby boy and oh my did it make me realize how very big my own baby has become. Was he really ever that tiny?? It seems so unreal to be the one with the rambunctious toddler now... 
How quickly the stages change and how quickly do we forget what it was like before this point. Only a few more days and I have a 2 year old!! A beautiful, bright and most of all healthy one that I am truly blessed to be Mama to.
So Mother's Day and newborns must be the perfect combination to give me a healthy case of the baby fever. I guess it's a good thing the husband is far, far away ;)  

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gimme a pitchfork, I'm wearing overalls!

Overalls: Freeman T. Porter (thrifted), T-Shirt: Target, Shoes: Converse, Bracelet: Fossil, Headscarf: mom's closet
I didn't think I was going to admit it this early, but I kind of miss blogging... So here I am, back for the moment at least.

We had an almost perfectly smooth ride to Germany and seem to have gotten over the initial jet lag as well by now. Logan spent the second night in my bed instead of his crib, talking, squishing my cheeks with his chubby little fingers, laughing without apparent reason and finally fell asleep around 3 am. At least that's my guess, since I must have fallen asleep before he did, which I realized when I woke up around 4 am and he was snoring next to me while facing the foot end of the bed. 

It's been a good few days so far weather wise as well as everything else. We are taking full advantage of living in a neighborhood where there are 3 playgrounds within a few hundred feet, sidewalks and we can take the tricycle for a spin several times a day.
I've had way too much bread already and this way those new overalls may come in extra handy, once I need to start hiding the food baby. 

Speaking of overalls, can you believe I thrifted those puppies? Those and a brand new, Australian made, brimmed, wool hat!! It will be the saddest day when my mom closes her thrift store at the end of June. 

I don't think I would have made an effort to find overalls in a regular store but since I happened to come across them for so cheap, I thought I may give them a try.
I ended up really liking these ones, especially since the back looks like you're just wearing suspenders (no weird "mom butt" going on) and the whole top is detachable, which turns them into regular jeans.
Most of all, they are so comfortable and if nothing else I can always wear them to the county fair this summer ;)  

So what do you think? Overalls yay or nay??

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Thursday, May 2, 2013


Yes, I'm still here and guess what? Tomorrow we are once again getting on that airplane to Germany. It hasn't been quite as long since we were there last, which makes it even nicer and we are getting away from our routine over here. Let's be honest, routines can get kind of boring and we are definitely ready for some new adventures. The only bummer is that Jason won't join us for another 4 weeks :( 

So wish us luck and a smooth and easy flight with the big boy, who is for the very first time getting his own seat!! The fun times where we get to fork over a butt-load of money to travel 3 people abroad have finally arrived. 

I'll be popping in here every once in a while but mostly I'll just be enjoying some much needed time off.
Time to recharge those batteries and hopefully get into a better blogging habit once we return.

If you'd like to see what we're doing over there on a daily basis just follow along on Instagram, @theforgeblog