Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekend in Photos

It was a weekend that included wings and hurricanes, books at Barnes and Noble, and a cotton candy sky on a Friday night as we drove around waiting for realtors to finish showing our house.  Afterwards, we made mugs of Cruz's latest bedtime must, warm hot cocoa, lit a few candles, munched on toasted coconut cookies, and played Sneaky Snacky Squirrel before bed.  Saturday, we watched cartoons, threw rocks in our new basement, and bought Mila her first pair of knitted mittens at the Pear Fair on College Hill.  I restocked the freezer with lots of yummy fall purees for Mila - butternut squash and root veggie stew, homemade applesauce with a pinch of cinnamon, and sweet potato casserole with a dash of nutmeg.  Beau and I attended a wedding on Saturday night and snuck out a little early to sip martinis on the parkade.  And Sunday included a sleeping baby in church, a hike through Hartman Reserve, ice cream cones in the car, and warm baths before bed.

We enjoyed our first weekend of house showings and had fun sharing our cozy home with lots of house hunters.  Turns out fall is a beautiful time of year to show a house and I'm having lots of fun staging each room just so.  Friday afternoon, I made a big batch of pumpkin cookies, had Beau pick up some Oktoberfest from the grocery store, and turned on some Mumford and Sons on the iPad.  I vacuumed the floor, lit all the cute little lamps in the kids' rooms, and set out a little station of iced cold drinks and warm, freshly baked cookies with a note that read, "Happy House Hunting" for our guests.  We've actually enjoyed the extra motivation to keep our house nice and tidy and have loved finding fun outside the house while others have spent time in ours.  I told Beau that we should always pretend as if our house is on the market even after it sells!

Life looks pretty amazing from Daddy's shoulders.  I think I've taken a picture like that last one every year since we became parents.  Four years of exploring this pretty time of year with these little babies we adore so much.

Monday, September 15, 2014


"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2014"


Cruz: Needs convincing every night that our bed is not in fact his bed.  It's made bedtime a little harder these days.

Mila: Will be crawling any day now.  And then it begins... 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

More of Mila @ Eight Months

She only kept the headband on for about five minutes, but it sure was cute for the time being!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Eight Months...

Mila Carys, the seasons are changing and I find myself drifting away to a year ago, pregnant and glowing and dreaming of this little pink bundle in my arms.  The fall means a lot of things to me --- soup and red wine, good books and warm blankets, apples and pumpkins and now, babies.  I can't drive by the hospital without tearing up, thinking of those precious first days in the hospital.  Maybe it's baby fever already, but I think it's more so the fact that you are growing so fast and seeming less baby all the time.  Sometimes, I wish I could just go back to our first night in the hospital together, laying on my side with your little bassinet pulled up right next to me, laying face to face all night long.  You slept so good your first night and I just stared at your perfect face all night, thanking the heavens for making me your mama.

And while it's true I loved you as that tiny 6 lb. baby instantly, we all continue to fall more in love with you every day.  I'm convinced 8 months is one of my favorite baby months and we can't get enough of your spirited personality, your round chubby face, and your perfectly plump cheeks.  I could literally stare at your face all day long.  Your infectious smile and joyful bounce whenever someone talks to you is your trademark, and you bring happiness to anyone you meet.  We love that about you and hope you continue to be a little light for those around you.

I don't ever want to forget how you smile and bounce in my arms when you see your brother for the first time in the morning, or hear music on TV, or see yourself in the mirror.  I don't want to forget how you bury your face in my chest when you're sleepy or feeling shy.  I don't want to forget how you concentrate on picking up those cheerios with your fist and slowly bring it to your mouth, closing your eyes as you fill your cheeks like a chipmunk.  I don't want to forget how your eyes light up when I rinse you with the shower hose in the tub or how you face plant your sudsy water in your bath over and over again, popping up like a fishy with your face covered in suds and of course, always smiling.  I don't want to forget how you cry whenever I set you down and look so satisfied when I pick you back up because I know you won't always need me the way you do now. 

Here's to EIGHT MONTHS, little girl.  To my Cheerio and pea fisting, almost crawling, 'mama' jabbering, dancing queen.  You learned to wave bye bye this month, shake your head no, and snort like a piggie.  You popped your sixth tooth, eat peaches and Puffs and lentils and Cheerios like it's your job, and continue to sleep 10-11 hours at night.  Keep up the good work, big girl.  I have a feeling that next month will bring a mobile baby mover.  We're ready. :)            

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The loveliest smile...

Let's talk about this weather, shall we?  Last weekend's forecast was my idea of perfect.  We felt our first taste of fall early Saturday morning, a wonderfully crisp air that swept through our open windows and made us all burrow under the covers a little deeper.  The mornings and nights called for long sleeves and socks, steamy coffee and nutty red wine and the afternoon sun and breeze warmed our house and helped fill every room with the autumn scents I intentionally planted throughout the house.  We reaped the rewards of a week of constant cleaning and sorting and enjoyed a freshly cleaned house for the weekend where the small tasks like making the bed, wiping down a highchair, or straightening the books on Cruz's bookshelf became a game of playing house.  My first bowl of chili was devoured, my first game of football played in the backyard, and fall's fresh air filled me up all weekend long.  I sure hope this weather decides to grace us a lot more in the next couple of months to come, for it's truly good for the soul. 

A list of happy things from this first very fall-like weekend...

//a successful report from picture day at school. Cruz and Mila got to have their picture taken together and word on the street is they were pretty adorable.  Cruz was trying to get Mila to smile and settled for kissing her on the cheek.

//Saturday morning scenes from our kitchen table.  They're both eating Cheerios.

//an impromptu Friday night with friends, devouring warm homemade pretzels and Pittsburg burgers, drinking red wine and zipping up hooded sweatshirts on the kids.

//warm Saturday sun seeping through our window screens as Mila watched the dog walkers pass on the sidewalk.  I used to watch a baby Cruz do the very same thing.

//afternoon naps with the windows open and post-nap tickles on the bed

//Jimmy John's for supper and a Saturday night at Seerley Park.


//a mug of warm hot cocoa before bed.  After we put Mila down for the night and gave Cruz a bath, the three of us put on warm pjs and headed to the back deck.  We clinked glasses of red wine and cocoa and Cruz talked nonstop for a half hour.  He felt very special doing what Mom and Dad do and didn't put up a fight when we finally told him it was time for bed.

//a new pair of tights on my girl for Sunday church. 

//receiving my absolute favorite package of the year - another completed Shutterfly book, Cruz's Fourth Year.  I think it's my best one yet.

//favorite patchwork quilts...I scored this one for $18 at Little Prairie Girl and it's the perfect size for carting around for Mila

//Orchard's annual Gathering service at Gallagher Bluedorn.  I will never get tired of seeing the slews of people crossing University and walking across campus to worship together.  It was one of my favorite ones yet.

//a relaxing walk around our pretty campus after church.  We sang the peanut butter jelly song, Mila tried to eat her fair share of wood chips, and I snapped a few pictures of my brown eyed boy and blue eyed girl.

//a pot of chili brewing on the stove top and a Bears game on TV.  We changed the kiddos into Bears' jerseys and laughed all afternoon at how much Mila looked like Cruz in the jersey he used to wear. 

Mila showing awfully good QB form...


//playing football with Cruz and Grandma outside.  He made up the rules as we went and laughed every time I chanted "Blue 42" in my best linebacker voice. 

//new fall scents - Pumpkin Pecan Waffles from Bath and Body Works is ah-mazing.  I highly recommend this one.  

It's been raining off and on all day and I'm finding oddly therapeutic.  Thankful to have this cozy abode above our heads for one more fall, for one more season of chili-eating, leaf-raking, and warm hot cocoa nights.  'Tis the season.         


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