Monday, April 13, 2015


i think i say this with every single age, but this fourteen months age is hands down my favorite right now.

i want to remember that you laugh hysterically at just the sight of jack let alone petting him. you love to splash around in his water and despite me telling you to stop and relocating you to a different room, you somehow always find your way back to it. it's frustrating and rather endearing.
i want to remember that when you're really quiet in the backseat, you're usually sucking on, not your toes but the heel of your foot. when you are standing which is pretty much all the time now, you love to stomp around. it's not just a normal walk, it's like a march and you throw your feet into the ground like you really mean it.
i want to remember that we are still constantly constantly asked is she always this happy? i used to be shy about saying yes, like i was bragging or something. now i say yes with a proud mama smile on my face because you really are always this happy.

i want to remember your bright blue eyes and dimples.
i want to remember that when you think something is just a little funny you put your hand over your mouth when you laugh. and when i laugh about your hand over your mouth, you find it even funnier.

i want to remember that you absolutely hate the airplane motion or being thrown up in the air and caught. a terrified look comes on your face and you hold tight. but you absolutely love doing a little shake shake shake so we stick to that and all is well.
i want to remember how you couldn't have cared less about your bumbo until lila came over for those few days last week. then all of a sudden you got a jealous streak and had to me in your bumbo all the time.
i want to remember how you move from one end of the room to the other with a book and back yourself into my lap for a good story. you are big into giving all your stuffed animals hugs and all of us too. sometimes when i'm holding you, you just wrap yourself around my neck and snuggle in, even if it's in the middle of the grocery store. it's one of my very favorite things you do, your neck hugs.
i want to remember your babbling voice. sometimes we hear words (mama, dada, jack, hi, uh-oh, more, ball), but most of the time it's just consistent babbling in your own little love language. your voice goes up and down too like we're really holding a conversation.

i want to remember our daily walks. the ones where you throw your book or munch on cheerios or just take it all in.
i want to remember how you've been holding things in your mouth lately to carry. and how badly we want you to walk because i feel like we've been saying you're thisclose to walking since december. your daddy and i are convinced that you walk around when we aren't looking.

i want to remember how high up on your tip-toes you can get.
it seems impossible that any of this could possibly be forgotten. it seems silly that i need to write all this down in order to remember it. but then i think back on my childhood. and my grade school crushes and my high school dances. my college days and my first job. and the moment when your daddy asked me to marry him. and buying and living in our first house. and now, living across the country from our family.

those moments all felt infinite.  they were everyday routine but now when i look back at them, they are just a glimpse of the past, a snapshot.
so these fine little details? they're the bread a wine of this life. the things that matter the most.

i want to remember these tiny moments, our everyday. every single one of them.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


what are you up to this weekend? we had the very best week ever and our company left yesterday so we are taking it slowwwww this weekend. church, coffee, some laundry, quiet time this weekend. between the zoo, shopping, hikes, the beach, and playing with everybody (addison had a little girl her age here too!), it felt like the last five days were one long weekend. hope you all have a wonderful weekend and here are a few links i've been loving lately...

the new mom gift. (this one will tug at your mama bear heart strings).

100 day project.

did you order your get to work book yet?

here's some ideas for your spring cleaning.

another reason why breakfast is the best meal ever.

yes there are healthy groceries at target.

i want a style that's all laid back and edgy too.

"i wish i'd never reported my rape."

i would for sure eat these broccoli and cheese tots.

why people never smiled in old photographs.

yelp reviews of newborn babies.

song on repeat.

image found on clementine daily

Monday, April 6, 2015


around here we had a really really good weekend. between a new friend having a birthday party and neighbor having a cookout, and a playdate with a kindermusik friend, we may actually be making some friends around these parts. and it feels so good.

around here we had painters finish up a lot of painting last week and it feels so good to have it done. granted we are probably going to hire some other people to fix things the last painters screwed up on (like two different shades of white on the ceiling...yeah i was livid) but this place is finally starting to feel like home.

around here i'm wearing shorts all day every day. and that my friends is a beautiful beautiful thing.

around here i discovered iced coffee in a keurig and oh my gosh you all! i've had about three glasses and can't stop won't stop.

around here we have a few of our very closest friends coming in from wisconsin. they should be here in about one hour and i cannot wait. andrew is running around with a big ole smile on his face and with so much energy you'd think he just chugged a gallon of mountain dew. jack is running around throwing his toys in the air and catching them because he sees andrew excited and why the heck not. addison is screaming her little head off because we have a lot of energy and she's adjusting to one nap and can't quite figure it out. it's havoc in this house.

around here it might be a little quiet because of the above. i'll do my very best to make it here a time or two but if i don't have a beautiful fabulous week my friends!

you can follow along this week on instagram if you'd like. i'm sure there will be an overabundance of happy pictures posted.

Friday, April 3, 2015


last week sunday we were up in birmingham and were able to have our pictures taken with someone i like to now think of as a friend. it took a while for me to find someone who's style matched up with ours. when i saw the photos done by kelley, they were so on target with our ideas and though addison turned one back in february, rain got in the way and hey she's still one right now so she was able to meet with us to take addison's one year pictures and some family shots. 
once i saw how these pictures turned out though, i pretty much dubbed kelley our new alabama photographer. yes she's that good.
i thought it would be fun to get the same type of picture from addison's new born pictures for her one year session. i didn't realize how fun it would be until i put these two next to eachother.
and i completely forgot about our smooching picture from her newborn pictures until i was flipping through them. i love the side by side and kind of want to do all our pictures like that going forward. it's too good.
thank you kelley! you are so good.

one year photos by kolisphotography. addison's shirt from babyfables, skirt from target, shoes from old navy (sold out but here and here) and overalls are oshkosh b'gosh.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


okay so now that we've established i'm the worst drink namer ever let's get to it. this drink was a total accidental thing and now it's probably the only thing i'm going to drink this summer. here it is!

i mixed one can of grapefruit la croix with grenadine (i used rose's brand) for an afternoon reading session. it was seriously so tasty and so refreshing. that night andrew and i were getting ready for our nightly walk and we were out of the beer i like so i mixed the grapefruit la croix and grenadine with bacardi black razz. whoa man y'all. i promise, this drink is a winner! i couldn't believe how refreshing it tasted and to think it's something i just threw together that's next to zero calories absolutely blows my mind.

the name of this drink is still up for debate. if you can think of anything better, recommendations are highly welcome.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


march was a good month. my goals were light yet stealthy and i'm proud of what i achieved. i got all three books read this month (so that means book report coming next week!) and we had addison's one year pictures done which turned out so good. i'll share those pictures on friday. i kept up with eating healthier though i know i can do better in this department and will always continue to strive for better. the fitbit has been helping me and reminding me to keep myself active so there were a ton of walks taken and gym time this month. i think we all enjoyed it and addison loves the daycare at the gym so she was all about my going there.

i've been cranking out projects left and right but just need to share more of them now. thing is i love making them but i'm always stumped as to how to style project pictures. so that's why more haven't been shared. i'll get there though. i wanted to get both guest bedrooms painted this month and that didn't happen but i'm okay with it. i got one of the guest bedrooms painted and found some very affordable painters to do the living room, front entry way, master bedroom and master bathroom. so i'm gonna call that a win.

the only thing that didn't happen were spring break invitations being mailed out. i was thisclose to doing them because we are having friends come down here next week and thought it would be fun but my idea took a lot longer than i thought it would so i put the invites on the back burner and never got around to it.

i'm pretty excited about april though! i can't wait to plant some tomatoes and hope they grow into beautiful juicy big guys so i can make salsa. i'm so happy that i'm back to reading too and i want to keep pushing myself to read more and more. also i've been trying to get up an hour before addison does in the morning so i can have some quiet time to myself. i've been loving it the last few days so i'm praying it sticks.

what are your goals for april (or spring)? i'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


i am documenting a little of 2015 with some of mine and addison's favorite things each month.

here's what addison and i are doing (and loving) in march.
reading: you've been warned // dr. seuss's abc
wishing: i had more time to read all the books i just discovered in boxes // we could play with the sand toys in the sand instead of the living room
playing: with paint // loud toys
writing: on pretty post it notes // with crayons
listening to: the lively show // the rhythm of my day kindermusik cd

interested in past months? january // february
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