Tuesday, January 12, 2016

JANUARY: CURRENTLY

thinking about how much more i wish i could sit down and blog.
enjoying the newborn phase so very much for so many reasons.
fully feeling like I have won the lottery with how well these two girls do together.
glowing with pride when i see my girls snuggle up. it's a pretty one-sided love right now, but the future holds so much promise.
reading fifty shades of grey again because i never read books two and three so i might as well read the first one as a refresher before i dive in.
sticking to a minimilastic buying goal in january (and really for as long as i can make it last).
wearing the ssolly baby wrap 
watching making a murderer with andrew and loving it so far. i wasn't sure if i was going to jump on board or not but once i found out it was based on a case in wisconsin, that did me in.
needing to finish my december daily album.
packing up for our trip back to wisconsin in a few weeks. mostly just putting things into piles to pack though.
planning so much good stuff and making lists upon lists in my get to work book..
thinking about meal planning a lot since i'm in the midst of a two week clean eating group.
getting a lot of greens in with my morning smoothies.
eating so many vegetables.
starting to get excited for my dad to visit next week, but not excited that andrew is leaving for his first week long overnight trip since amelia was born.
introducing addison to MASH. she's obsessed with the helicopter in the beginning and actually sits and watches the show. lord help me i have two MASH addicts on my hands.
hoping we can see a movie together when we are in milwaukee in a few weeks.
looking forward to addison's second birthday party. the planning has already begun and it's looking to be very colorful from where i stand.
knowing i am the happiest i have ever been. it's almost overwhelming and i am so grateful to be present in this time.
wishing you all the best month of january and praying your new year is off to a shining start.

Friday, January 8, 2016

AS A FAMILY OF FOUR

we often go to bed with tired eyes and always thankful hearts. the past few weeks we have morphed into a family of four and we are eternally grateful for these little gifts god has given us. thank you brittany for these beautiful photos that we will forever cherish.

Monday, January 4, 2016

MY ONE LITTLE WORD FOR 2016

for the past two years i have chosen a word for the year it's something that means a lot to me and somehow i carry that word with me throughout the year consistently. i'm constantly thinking about how i can apply it to everything i do and the last two years i would say i have fully achieved that to the best of my ability.

at the end of each year, i pray about what word God is going to put in my heart for the upcoming year. without a doubt the word He told me fit everything perfectly in my life.

my word for 2016 is patience. making the motherhood transition from one to two is a tough one and i know got is going to grant me the patience i need to sustain everyone. but not only in motherhood is this word going to come in handy but in my daily tasks too. people around me when i'm driving or at the grocery store, meals being made, nursing taking longer than i want it to. this year is about slowing things down and finding my patience with my world around me, with my new baby, and with my incredibly active toddler.

i am excited to see where this word takes me and to look back at the end of 2016 and see how far i have come.

past years words: 2015 // 2014

Thursday, December 31, 2015

OUR HOLIDAY SEASON


this season was such a good one for the four of us. we stayed at home and had loved ones come to us instead of us coming to them with a newborn and a toddler (and likely a dog too). when i think about the past few weeks, two words come to mind: baking and waiting. and should it really be any other way? i joke with andrew that it's good amelia came during the holiday season because my form of nesting quickly became baking dozens upon dozens of cookies and i'm not sure what we would have done with all of them had we not had friends and family to help us nibble them up. santa treated all of us so good this year and addison got lots of new toys to keep her busy in 2016. we watched lots of movies, enjoyed the unseasonably warm (70 degree) weather, and everyone got in a ton of snuggles with our newest bundle of joy. it was good and slow and cozy. i hope everyone else's holiday season was equally cozy! see you all in 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015

WELCOME, BABY AMELIA JUNE

just one week ago today, we welcomed our little amelia june into the world. at seven fifty-seven in the morning and after a quick labor, our doctor handed us over our sweet little baby, all seven pounds eleven ounces of her. and there she laid pressed up against my chest for a good bit of time, snuggling and nursing away while we soaked up all of her newborn goodness. every once in a while her sweet eyes would open and we would lock eyes and i would fall in love even more. it was such an intense morning and i fell in love with the beginning of motherhood as a mama of two now all over again. i didn't realize how much my love could expand until i met our sweet little amelia. with andrew leaning into my bedside, we soaked in the first sweet moments of our newest little girl. it was such a dreamlike morning and i never ever want to forget the blessing god sent us on that dreary rainy morning. oh, how we love our sweet baby girl.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

HAPPY WEEKEND

what are you up to this weekend? we took addison to see the christmas lights at the zoo last night and she was completely intrigued. our only plans today are to take addison to see santa at the mall. laying low is the name of the game these days since this baby could come at annnnny minute (please lord soon!). hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are a few links i've been loving lately.

how to hang wreaths on windows.

be the sunshine.

people react to being called beautiful.

made me smile.

26 things every person should do for themselves at least once a year.

heard this stuff smells amazing and i'm more than ready to give it a try.

a new blog i'm loving.

more podcasts to listen to for your listening pleasure.

i think 2016 is going to be more this way for cooking dinner. it's kind of genius.

such a cool diy headboard.

i'm kind of in love with food illustrations.

if you have a few minutes, sift through the archives of the articles here. they're really incredible.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

DIY FELT CAR PLAY MAT

my godson and his twin brother turned two the week that we were in milwaukee for thanksgiving and we were able to attend the party. i was so thankful that it happened to land the weekend we were back because i missed their first birthday party and it broke my heart. i wanted to make something special for them this year instead of going out and buying something. i almost felt like i had to make up for not being their last year!

after a little research on what toddlers could get use out of for years to come, i decided to make a felt car play mat for them and include a box of matchbox cars. though this took a long time to make and a lot of patience when it came to cutting and glueing, i had so much fun making it.

lots of netflix movies were involved in the process and late nights after addison went to bed but it kept me busy last month while andrew was traveling so much.
i used a yard and a half of fleece blanket from joann fabrics for the base and the entire thing was put together with numerous sheets of felt. i glued everything down with fabric glue and let it sit over night every time i glued so that i knew it wasn't going anywhere (it takes a pretty long time to dry stiff).
i tried to get as creative as i could with the playground and the swimming pool instead of just having it all be houses but i have to admit that my favorite thing on the whole blanket is probably the car wash because the white flaps go up and you can actually put a car underneath it!
i got the original idea from elise and emma's book happy handmade home, but there are lots of more ideas on pinterest of anything you'd want to add to your blanket.

hopefully they will enjoy playing with it for years to come!
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