Wednesday, November 26, 2014

thankful


Both kids are napping, papa bear is in the shower and Belle is asleep by my feet. I've been waiting for this moment all day. Waiting to have a moment to sit and reflect about this year, about my family, about my blessings. All too often I end my days exasperated, my head hits the pillow and I aggressively fall asleep knowing that I will soon be awoken to feed a very hungry mouth. To put it simply, I'm tired. I don't have nearly enough arms, patience or pep in my step. That's not surprising, it's not news to anyone. But what does shock me is that simultaneously I've never felt happier and our family has never felt more "complete." Our little Teddy boy came into our home with his ravenous appetite, sweet spirit and goofy smile and doubled our laundry, eliminated sleep and spread so much joy. It's funny the way a tiny little thing like him can light up a home. We all crave his warm cuddles, look forward to that smile every morning and love to hold his soft little hand. 
I feel like I've changed so much as a parent in the last two months, learned so much. I've learned that a clean home is my love language and what keeps me sane so yes even though there's two under two my house has never looked cleaner (I can probably owe some of that to my OCD too). I learned that although wooden toys and "letting her imagination run wild" are fantastic and something we enjoy from time to time (or let's be honest - on the weekends when papa bear is home), a good dose of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and a box of cookies never hurt anyone. I also have become a pro at ordering takeout (it's a talent folks, trust me), picking things up with my feet, putting two babies down for a nap simultaneously, using hats to hide week old unwashed hair and just being ok with not doing this, that or the other in order to just be with these babies of mine who will be pouty teenagers before I know it. 
All of this is to say I'd "pick my problems out of a pile" because they're good problems. My dad always told me that just because something isn't easy doesn't make it bad. Parenting isn't easy, marriage isn't easy, babies and newborns aren't easy but it's all so good. I'm so grateful for a husband that wakes up every night with me to burp and then rock our baby back to sleep (the man doesn't have breasts but God bless him he would grow some if he could). I'm so grateful for my two yummy babies for making me into the woman I am today - they keep me honest, down to earth and humble and they fill that love tank up every day until it overflows. I'm grateful for our fur baby for forgiving us for forgetting to take her out and for taking one for the team when we don't have enough energy to play with her (though Birdie has been making a valiant effort in that department lately and I'm not sure Belle is so thrilled). I'm incredibly grateful for the family and friends who have been here for us this year to be a shoulder to cry on, to laugh with us, to tell us "let me help" when we won't ask for it ourselves, to forgive, understand and love us unconditionally because Lord knows we're often a hot mess. I'm grateful for our home, for laundry rooms and pantries and a microwave - guys I really didn't know what I was missing and I'm not sure I can ever go back. I'm grateful that we are blessed to always have food on the table even if it does come in a styrofoam box nine times out of ten. I'm also very grateful that sweatpants are kind of in this season and that nursing tank tops come in a myriad of colors. And I'm so grateful for this holiday season that is now officially upon us because it spells all my favorite things - family, heartwarming movies, hot cocoa, stockings, the best food, carols, presents and the chance to dress my babies in matching jammies!! 
And a big thank you to all of you for your support, love, advice and just for being here!! Wishing you and your families the most wonderful thanksgiving and holiday season!!
xoxo

Monday, November 24, 2014

have yourself a happy thanksgiving + some links

^ my father's family, he's the one to the right of my grandmother ^

Thanksgiving is almost upon us! Soon our home with be filled with familiar voices, the smell of a turkey roasting in the oven and the clatter of silverware. I get so excited every time I open our freezer and see that giant bird in there!! In the mean time I thought I'd share some links of things I've been enjoying lately for you to browse.

Happy almost Thanksgiving!!

this modern guide to thanksgiving etiquette is so good

cannot stop listening to the mockingjay - part I soundtrack. lorde knocked it out of the park

this post about your second baby really hit home with me and this instagram post stopped me in my tracks, such a good reminder

loved the documentary spinning plates. i came ready to hate on grant achatz (i unapologetically hate pretentious food) but came away with a lot of respect for both his passion and talent

what could be more fun than browsing anthropologie's christmas decor?

interesting article about sex on tv from the washington post

this butternut squash soup would make a lovely start to thanksgiving dinner

speaking of thanksgiving the perfect pie crust, 8 different pie crusts and if you are terrible at pies (like myself) why not try these "pumpkin pie" cookies instead?

looking for a last minute outfit idea for dinner? i'm in love with this darling dress from old navy and i think it would look perfect with these target mary janes!

a quick and fun read to enjoy while THE GAME IS ON

Friday, November 21, 2014

family crepe date


Some weeks make you feel like you are stuck in the cylinder of a vacuum - constantly swirling around surrounded by noise and dirt and no way to get out. This week was one of those. Looking at these images now I feel like that day was years ago, surely not just this past weekend. Not just this past Sunday. 
You see last Sunday was all about "love and light" as Mrs. Biermann often says on Bravo. Sunday was for hugs and hot steaming cups of tea and Nutella and holding hands and leaves, glorious, golden and fiery red leaves. Once we got out of the car, unpacked the double stroller, got everyone's hats on, walked to the cafe, then turned around once we realized Teddy needed to nurse, then got everyone back out of the car, dressed, in the stroller and in the cafe. Whew!! Wears me out just reading that but hey such is life with two under two and as soon as we all started shoveling mouthfuls of steaming hot crepes in our mouths I realized that it's still so good. But the struggle is real y'all, so very real. 
With our bellies satisfied and our hands warmed we headed back out. Julianna's is located within the Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta and what a lovely neighborhood it is. It was nearing the afternoon by the time we stepped out and it practically felt like dusk outside. The air was still and brimming with fall goodness. Hefty piles of leaves crunched under our feet and Birdie slowed us down to a crawl by stopping to pick up practically every single one. Every now and again an icy breeze would blow forewarning us of the coming week and nip you right around your ears. Chimneys atop charming old homes puffed up clouds of smoke and you could almost hear the logs crackling inside making me miss our fireplace at the cabin something fierce. 
Birdie's indiscernible narration of our walk made it ever more exciting as everything from a leaf blower to graffiti elicited excited "woooo's" from her. We walked past an ice cream shop we bookmarked for a visit next time and daydreamed about living in such a neighborhood one day. Kids whizzed past us on their scooters and bits and pieces of conversation landed around us from bikers and couples on walks. As we made our way back to the car the sky got darker and threatened rain. We were all getting cold at this point and yet I didn't want this walk to end. In fact I didn't want the day to end. It was everything I love about this season rolled into one. 
Sometimes I love those last few days of fall even more than the start of fall itself. The buzz of Christmas is in the air and you could practically see the sparkle. The trees are weighed down with leaves at their peak of gorgeous color, the sky is darker, the air smells of smoke and the quickly dropping temperatures bring out all the knits we own. Whispers of snow and Santa and jingle bells abound but they're only whispers still because fall deserves to go out gracefully. And my does she ever.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

miniature soccer

hat - target, sweater - j.crew, dress - ace & jig, tights - kate spade, shoes - madewell

Having your toddler around while taking outfit pictures makes for some extra special images... Taking these with two kids is even trickier than with one but hey we figure it out. Sometimes it means playing a little soccer to keep one of them entertained. Speaking of which does anyone else's kid become obsessed with a new object every week? Birdie picked up this soccer ball at Target the other day and they have been inseparable. All day long I hear "baaaaaal!! baaaalllll!" It's as adorable as it sounds. 
Also I have to sing the praises of this Ace & Jig dress. I've been wearing it constantly. I've layered it with tees underneath or sweaters and cardigans on top. The fabric is both luxurious but also soft and comfortable. My dream is to replace all my dresses with these darling creations! Even papa bear said the other day that I never wear dresses but I wear this one all the time so I must really like it! And I do, I really do!