Sunday, October 4, 2015


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Lia: it was jeans day at school. You can see just how happy she was not wearing jeans. This girl is a lover of skirts and dresses!

Nicolas: watching mama make an apple pie and not entirely happy that he was stuck in the highchair. 

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.


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Lia: eating her homemade strawberry popsicle on the last day of summer!

Nicolas: standing is his new favorite thing!

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.


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Lia: cheesing (and complaining about the sun!) while I tried to document school picture day.

Nicolas: hanging out while sister was in ballet. 

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.


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Lia: kindergarten is SO good for her.

Nicolas: becoming a little boy a little too fast. 

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.

Friday, October 2, 2015


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It's Friday! You guys, it's finally Friday and I get two whole days with my loves all together. The weather may rain out our weekend plans but we've got a laundry room project happening, a new set of laundry machines being delivered tomorrow and the promise of a great season ahead.

I've got so much on my plate and I feel a bit out of sorts but life is good and happy and well.

Nico had his checkup this week! Turns out, what he had is so rare that his doctor only sees about one case a year and we were the lucky winners. But, the good news is the doctor says he's recovered so well he can't even tell there was a problem to begin with.

And on that note, he now climbs up the stairs and laughs at me because he knows he's doing something wrong.

L has been sick for over a week and missed the past two days of school but she's back today and pretty happy about it! It was jeans day and in true Lia fashion - she opted for leggings and a skirt. She's getting so excited about Halloween and has helped me come up with a great idea for costumes. I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe it'll be a family affair this year.

M and I both finish up one of our school semesters in about two weeks. It won't lighten my load too much since another starts the week after BUT, it's one step closer to my degree. College wasn't what I expected but I'm doing it.

So, here's to a calmer next week and all of the laundry just magically putting itself away!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


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Things have been a little unsettled lately. I'm stressing about my classes and an English midterm and a History paper (which I finally wrote!).

I feel a bit like a hamster on a wheel. I keep moving forward and tackling to-do lists and getting things done but at the end of the day I feel like everything is piled back up again. I feel like I'm getting nowhere.

It sucks. And it feels really hard somedays. So, I just keep thinking that this time of our lives won't last forever. I'll finish this school semester. And so will M. We'll make it through the holidays and we'll enjoy them. Nothing lasts forever.

In the meantime, I've been trying (barely) to keep up with the blog and documenting our days. I've got mostly gritty iPhone shots to look back on but it's something. 

Life lately has looked like my books scattered around the house, a tiny baby boy with no fear who crawls everywhere, a busy husband who is a huge help and a sassy little kindergartener. Lots of sandwiches being made late at night to be tucked into her lunchbox. Piles of tiny laundry that needs to be stored away with the newborn sizes. Pumpkins on the porch. A laundry room project waiting around. But mostly, smiles and hugs throughout these crazy days of ours.

Monday, September 28, 2015


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I almost don't know where to start. Life has somehow come to a screeching halt and sped by the past few days. Everything was normal, life was it's usual busy self.

Nico woke up around one in the morning early Thursday screaming. M went to get a bottle and I eventually climbed out of bed when it seemed his screaming wasn't stopping. He was refusing his bottle and refusing to be held but still screaming his lungs out. The screaming along with thrashing around in pain and pulling his knees up went off and on for around two hours. 

I drove him to the ER while M stayed home with Lia. The ER visit was one of the most stressful things I've gone through. Feeling helpless while your child screams and vomits and you're alone is really hard. They ran uncomfortable tests, took x-rays and CT scans and hours later we had an anwser - Intussusception. Basically, he had a serious condition where part of his intestine telescoped back into another part. It was something that had to be addressed right away but the hospital we were at weren't equipped for pediatrics. We waited around a few more stressful hours for an ambulance then our little guy was admitted to the hospital he was actually born in.

They are an amazing hospital with a great staff who had a room ready from the minute we arrived and a few minutes later he was in radiology for his procedure. We were incredibly lucky to catch this so early and he was able to avoid surgery. His procedure was very quick and successful. From the minute they were done and I had him back in my arms to calm him down there was an immediate change in his personality. The doctors there wanted to keep him overnight for observation so between the help of a friend and my mom, M and I were able to spend our time with Nico in the hospital and thankfully he was discharged late Friday morning. 

He has a follow-up this week with his pediatrician but things look great! He's eating and playing and sleeping through the night. He has his moments of being clingier and getting back on a nap schedule has been a little hard. There's a small chance an intussusception can occur again but we're keeping our hopes high that it doesn't.

To be honest, I really don't know what would have happened had I not taken his screaming for being out of the ordinary. Mama instincts are no joke and having a supportive husband beside me made a world of difference.

So for now, we're just getting back to life. Lia is battling a cold and I think it was pretty hard on her to have her parents away while she didn't totally get what was going on. We're tackling piles of homework and laundry and playing catch-up. But we're together and mostly healthy!