Monday, September 17, 2012

I can't believe I'm writing this...

Seriously...I can't.

I don't know if I can really offer a good reason as to why I stopped blogging.  It was due to nothing in particular and also a dozen other little reasons.  In some ways, I haven't missed it at all.  In other ways, I most certainly have.

Mostly, I miss the record of our life.  Being able to look back on Olivia's milestones and what I was thinking and feeling at the time.  I miss the writing - the outlet.

Is this my return to blogging?  I don't know.  But, like an old pair of shoes I thought I'd try the blog back on for a moment and see if she still fit...

I am now a mother of two, believe it or not.  Olivia is 2 1/2 and so unbelievably amazing I can't put it into words.  Cameron just turned 4 months old, and is quite possibly the happiest baby I've ever seen.  I feel blessed beyond words and thank God everyday that they call me mommy.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

5 Months Old

I think I've accepted the fact that I will constantly be uttering the words, "I can't believe she's already ____ old". I am quite the cliche. Time is moving so quickly and I just believe how big my baby girl is getting.


Just two weeks ago (your mom has been busy!), marked the 5 month mark from which my world was forever changed. In your short time on Earth, you've shown me more joy and love than I ever thought possible.

Last month you mastered rolling over, and just one day before your 5 month birthday, you decided to surprise us all by sitting up. And, not only for brief snippets of time - you are full fledged sitting baby! And, I had no idea how much that would change our world. You do not want to be reclined at all, and are often pulling yourself into a sitting position while in your bouncy seat or swing, so keeping you strapped in is more important than ever.

Your smile is so big, and you grin from ear to ear when mommy and daddy give you lots of kisses on your cheeks and belly. You love it when we makes faces and sing to you. The "Raindrops" song gets you everytime.

Phones, remotes and mommy's water bottle have become some of your favorite things to chew on. Really anything that we're drinking grabs your attention. You still LOVE to be outside and we try to take advantage when the weather isn't blistering hot.

For as rough of a start as you had (my poor reflux baby) mommy and daddy can't believe what a good-natured child you've turned out to be. I don't ever think you'll be much of a napper (we get a good one out of you every few days, but you're fond of the 30 minute cat naps - and they seem to be all you need), but you sleep so well at night, usually only waking once between 4:00 and 5:00.

From Father's Day - Your shirt says "Daddy does my hair"

When you get excited you love to grab either side of mommy's face or hair, pull me close, and give me a sort of open mouthed kiss all over my face and chin. The strength of your grip is astouding and forces me to keep up with trimming your nails so as not to do any permament damage. Grandma affectionately calls this "the claw". :)

Daddy and I are still in awe at the fact that we made such an incredible human being. You are truly the best thing we've ever done, and I hope that you'll always know how much we love you.


So, I think it's pretty obvious that returning to work has grossly limited my blogging opportunites. Summertime = crazy busy for what I do. But, I have so much to fill you in on...

First of all, I want to give a huge thank you to those of you who sent out thoughts and prayers for my sick sister. Thankfully, she has made a full recovery, but 6 days in the hospital and a bacterial infection that spread from her blood into her kidneys and lungs, was so unbelievably scary. I had more than one breakdown in that time, but thankfully my mom was able to be by her side even though the rest of us weren't. And, even more exciting, my dad decided at the last minute to fly her in for the Fourth.

Speaking of which, Olivia's first Independence Day was a blast. We enjoyed a parade, strolled around Main St., went to a couple of parties, and played in the swimming pool. My child loves to be busy and look at new things, so I'm grateful for how well she adapts when we have a lot going on.

My little girl is almost 5 1/2 months and I'm well overdue for a 5 month post. She just finished fighting off her second bad cold/sinus infection, I'm sure a result of daycare germs, and is happier than ever. She has been sitting up by herself for weeks and is still quite the roly poly.

Life is busy as we plan for her Baptism this weekend (at least we'll get it in before she's 6 months, lol) and Josh's hernia surgery next week. Surviving as a "single parent" for a bit should be interesting.

I'll leave you with a quick picture Josh snapped of Olivia "painting" at daycare last week.

Friday, June 18, 2010

If You Pray...

Please pray for my sister. She's being admitted to the hospital in Arizona after being previously treated for a bacterial infection. Apparently, the bacteria has made its way into her blood.

My mom is getting on a flight tonight, but I hate that I can't be with her right now. The only other thing I know to do is pray for her quick recovery and ask you to do the same.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Four Months Old

I really can't believe it, but today my little angel is four months old. Where has the time gone? My heart breaks at the fact that we are a third of the way to her first birthday. She is growing up so fast. But, I can also say that she gets to be even more fun every single day. Her personality and smiles only get bigger. She really is such a joy and although it seems impossible, I love her more everyday.

What can I say about the last month other than it's been a whirlwind. I've returned to work, which I'd have to say hasn't been as miserable as I worried it would be, and we're settling into a bit of a routine.

I am consistently blown away at how Olivia takes in the world around her. She loves to keep busy and engage in new activities. So much so, that she has recently become easily distracted when eating. If someone else is in the room, she'll pull away and turn at the sound of their voice. And then, once they've stopped talking she's still sure to look back a few more times to see if they're still there. What's even crazier... Just a few days ago she rolled over for the first time!! She did it twice in a row from her back to her stomach. I couldn't believe it.

I just cannot say enough how much I love being her mother. It truly is one of life's greatest gifts and am so thankful for her health and happiness. And, while I've failed a bit in the picture department as these are a few weeks old (she's even bigger and her hair's even longer now), I still couldn't resist sharing them.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Arizona Help

So... This is where I hope that by some serendipitous coincidence, I have a reader out there who can offer the perfect bit of advice in this situation.

See, my sister is moving to Arizona. I will, for a moment, put aside the fact that I have no idea how I'm going to deal with her living so far away. We're only 18 months apart, have always been very close, and have never gone any real length of time without seeing one another. But this isn't about me...

In any case, this is where I'm hoping for a little help. She will be working in the Tempe area, but is looking into living in either Tempe, Scottsdale or Phoenix. She will be renting an apartment, preferably a loft, and is at a bit of a loss as to where she wants to be. She will be flying down sometime in the next week to look at places and hopefully decide on a place. Anyone out there who has any advice, connections, recommendations PLEASE feel free to offer them. She could use all the help she can get.

Here's what we know so far:
  • Phoenix - Great selection of loft spaces at great prices, but more of an up and coming area. May not be the ideal location for her.
  • Tempe - College town. Will this single 27-year-old end up living near a bunch of drunken frat boys?
  • Scottsdale - Biggest drawback is probably price for what she wants and the fact that it's known for being a bit "uppity". May be the best in terms of "to do's" around town.

What she's looking for:

  • Location - Needs to be in a fun, safe area. She's is moving to Arizona not knowing anyone and would love to be in the middle of all the action.
  • Amentities - A community/high rise that includes a pool, possible a gym, etc. Once again, she's going to be meeting a lot of new people so an environment that facilitates that is a plus.
  • Preferably a loft style space with updates - granite countertops, newer fixtures, etc.

She has recently aquired the help of a local "apartment finder" if you will, and I think they've zoned in on North Scottsdale. Anyone have anything good or bad to say about the area? Other places to look? Recommendations for shopping, eating, etc?? And, if you just so happen to live in the area and are interested in making a new friend, let me know :).

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Wedding of the Year

Just last weekend, my husband and I were lucky enough to participate in quite the wedding extravaganza.

Our little family got all dolled up and had a blast celebrating with friends and family.
I know, she's just too much...

You see, Josh's gorgeous sister, Sarah, married the always charming and charismatic, Blake. These two really are made for each other, and the day was something that won't soon be forgotten. I honestly feel so lucky to have been able to share the day with them.
And, while we're all jealous that they are currently soaking up the sun in Belize, we can relive that gorgeous day thanks to the talented people that assisted in documenting it.
Thankfully, Clary has much better photography skills than I, so hop on over to her blog and check them out.

And, the equally talented Gebbs Video has posted the video of their special day. Although, keep an eye out for their "Love Story" as well - one of the funniest and most romantic things I've ever seen.

Sarah & Blake- Ninja SDE ;) from GEBBS on Vimeo.

And, how about that ninja?!?!? That was totally for real by the way...

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. :)