good and bad

Not so fun things:

*waking up at 7:15 to the sound of your neighbor mowing his yard on a weekend morning (it is only a good sound if he's mowing YOUR yard)

*cleaning your house when you know it was just sparkling clean two days ago

*Going to the doctor. I have a foot thing I have been in denial about but it's about time I broke down and took care of it. In my defense, I'm too busy badgering R to get his cough checked out to worry about myself (that's a good excuse right?)

Things that make me really really happy:

*Melanie and Anthony in town

*the new Coldplay cd (loooooove it)

*peanut m&m's

*working on an album + pictures & taking my sweet time with it

*that feeling you get after getting your butt to church and feeling like today's message was just for you

*My sweet friend Tali + her adorable baby Aidan are coming into town this week

*This Friday is July 4th

Loving the fact that there are waaaay more good things happening right now :)

Hope your weekend is wonderful.



the little things...

just a short list of things that come to mind when I think about our life. They are mostly little things, but each big in their own way.

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



just in time...

I have been trying to think of what Ryan and I should do for our anniversary this year...it is our fifth and I wanted to do something, I just couldn't think of anything (other than flying out to Vegas, but Ryan tells me that is not an option).

So this morning I was half awake and turned on the Today show like I do most mornings and saw a commercial for THIS: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/220040D7B6CE2457

No doubt you will find me here on the computer at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday...



...and it only took four years! :)

Matt, I am so happy I get to call you my "brother." Well, you pretty much already are, but I just needed to remind you :) Thanks for making my sister so happy.

We love you guys.


Today I am reminded that life is short.

My boss Laura's husband passed away this weekend after a five year battle with cancer. She has been by his side from the initial grim six month diagnosis, through multiple trips in and out of the hospital and intensive care and emergency rooms, through wheat grass drinks and special diets, through good news and bad...she was there, she was his rock.

If you have a minute, please say a prayer for her today.


memories of childhood.

ahhh, Summer. There is just something about it that always makes me smile - even with a heat index that hits the 100's, watching the crowds get heavier every where you go and the fact that weeds grow faster than anything you've ever seen, there will always be a part of me that embraces this season. I think what stands out the most about the summer is one thing: it is the season of our childhood. It is when memories are made that last for a lifetime.

I have been thinking lately about how much fun it was as a kid to be out of school and spend my days riding my bike, sliding on the slip 'n slide and playing with my cousins at my grandparent's house. I remember playing in the rain, coloring with my crayons, picking dandelions + blowing them into the wind, eating yogurt in tiny containers, playing dress up, kitten chasing, hide and go seek, swimming, family vacations, climbing trees, waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for the ice cream truck...

I remember laundry hanging to dry on the clothesline in the fresh air and sunshine. I remember our neighbor's kumquat tree and tasting one for the first time. I remember a bad ant bite accident and bee stings, swinging high on the playset, and our neighbor's HUGE rottweiler...oh, and his pint-sized owner, a little boy named "Fudd" (I'm serious).

I really don't have the greatest memory but I can (and hopefully will) remember these moments forever. It was just a time to be a kid, to run free, just explore it all...and I wouldn't trade those memories for anything.

Now as a parent I'm looking forward to all the memories yet to be made with our kids in the years of summers that lie ahead -- and I really hope that they will be able to explore and play and learn and grow and just be a KID like I was able to. After all, the summer will belong to them, just as it once belonged to me.



remember this

I may not always tell you like I should, but I hope you will come to learn and always remember...

You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. -Pablo Casals


around the house...

It is only Tuesday, but in between loads of laundry I am making a mental note of all the things needing to be done around here this weekend....

Finally move the playhouse over where it belongs. (Anyone want to come over and play?)

Order pictures. LOTS of pictures. Frames don't look so good just hanging there empty on the wall.

Organize. I am on a mission. It is not a matter of what but HOW MUCH I can fit in here. (By the way, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love those little orange stickers from Target...)

...and finally, I think I am going to need to figure out who to call about THIS.

That is our neighbor's deck floating in the pond out back....yeah, it's been there for two weeks now.

What are your weekend plans?


prayer for you, K

Sending out a little prayer today for you & your fellow soldier's safe arrival.

I was thinking about it and decided to picture you on a big sturdy plane with God's hands wrapped around it...and maybe some giant bubblewrap-type device to cover you in (still working on the prototype for that one).

We are so proud of you -- and miss you already.



Ormond Beach

"How much do I love you? Count the waves..." -- [Unknown]

Can't look at these without smiling. My two boys + the ocean. It just doesn't get any sweeter than this.

Happy Father's Day

We just returned home after a long weekend at Disney and Ormond Beach. I have to say I really can't think of a better way to celebrate Father's Day than to stretch it out over a long weekend and really enjoy getting away from it all.

I just downloaded my pictures and thought I would share some of my favorites from Friday (at Animal Kingdom). We had a wonderful time and the weather held up nicely -- and even better, the kids made it through a really, really long day at Disney like troopers :)

I'll get some from the rest of the weekend put together later today.

...and one more thing I want to say...

I was fortunate enough to have a Dad that was so good to us it set high expectations for who I knew I would someday spend my life with...and sure enough, I met someone like that...and he too had a father who was one of those Dads.

And so today we recognize the men in our lives who give - their time, their energy, their love - and we really stop to think about who they are to us. To me, when I think about Dads I think about the man who may not get to go on the field trips or to story time or be the boo-boo healer or temperature-taker, but he's the tickle monster and the piggyback ride giver and the hide-and-go seek player, the story book reader and tag-team wrestler. He works hard for his family and he provides for their needs - and he gives and gives without asking for something in return. He's not perfect, and he has his share of regrets, but he did everything he could for his kids the best way he knew how. He finishes another day of work and he knows that coming home to a big hug and a "Daddeee!" squeal can make any problem fade away.

I believe that fatherhood is a job in and of itself -- it is usually under appreciated and overlooked, but the moments shared with your children never go without notice.

So, with all that being said...

To our Dads (and all Dads out there), we thank you for all that you do & for all that you are to us and we hope you feel special today (+ every day) because you deserve nothing less.




today we are...

Tree of Life

...Re-living our childhood the best way anyone possibly could - through our own little guy.

Have a beautiful weekend!



great mail day.

Welcome to my house. If you came to my door right now (and I was actually brave enough to let you in), you would see this disaster in front of you:

Do you ever have one of those days where you literally just want to jump up and down when you see how good the mail is? Have you ever waited an entire day for the UPS man to ring your doorbell? Seriously -- ? If not, you need to order something good - like right now!

Today I pulled up in front of our house and saw three large boxes sitting on the front porch. As if that was not exciting enough, I got my long-awaited magazine, the pictures I ordered from Snapfish and finally -- my package from Paper Valise (which took several weeks to arrive since it had to make its way from Canada). I was like a kid at Christmas tearing into those packages...and even if it wasn't for me, it didn't matter!

It never ceases to amaze me how we live in this get-it-now, gotta have it rightthisminute, on-demand society (myself included) and yet we still order packages and wait for them to arrive....but it is so fun!

Anyway, that's my big excitement for today. Here's hoping you have a great mail day in your future!




"Hewo!.....Ka?......hewo?!?!....Ka! Ka!....Hewo?....Bye..."
Just a note...I've updated the blog a bit with new links over to the left. I'll be updating the site once a week with some of my favorite finds from etsy...and from here on out, I plan to get a new post up at least every couple of days....


the real Logan

Happy Saturday.

We are taking it easy and relaxing. Logan has spent most of the day playing cars and driving Thomas + friends on every surface and getting dirty planting [throwing and digging] flowers with me in the yard.

These are some real Logan photos from today. Usually I don't get the camera out fast enough for moments like this because they come just as fast as they go...but this is what a temper tantrum with a mouth full of Fruit Loops looks like.

He was absolutely devastated that he couldn't go outside for the 57th time today after his evening bath.

(I love how Cadie even looks distraught)

I have to admit that unless we are in a public place, Logan's meltdowns usually make me laugh. It's not that I promote it at all, it's just that well, he's a bit dramatic.

He always starts out with a look of shock that you actually told him no and then he looks around for a place to throw himself down on the floor - but he's too scared to really throw himself so he carefully lays down and then pulls his chest up off the floor and looks at you like "see what you made me do!?!?" Hard to explain but it looks a little something like this (although usually he is wearing clothes...)

Today's meltdown happened because Ryan was mowing the lawn and Logan wanted to be with him. I gave in and let him sit in a patio chair and watch...and of course, he was bored in less than a minute and wanted to go back inside.

He finally said "PLEASE" on Friday. We have been working on that one for a long time. I am learning that at times he is watching us carefully to see how we say things and so I am making a point to repeat and sound out a lot of words for him and that seems to be helping. Today he surprised us and said "teeth," "mouth," and "nose" (as he was pointing) and "Bubba" (pointing to a picture of Uncle Kalen). My brother has been called Bubba since he was a little kid (and so now he's "Uncle Bubba") and it is funny to me that we sometimes call Logan that without thinking.

I am literally amazed at how we couldn't get L to talk for so long and now every day he has a new word for us. Cars are still his favorite thing in the whole world but at least now he knows that there are other things to talk about. He gets excited pretty easily and you can tell that by the fact that his favorite things to say are "oh no!" "oh yeah!" and "whoaaa!"

Next weekend we are headed down to Disney's Animal Kingdom with the Calascione's and I am so excited to see how he reacts to it all...

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.




teeth brushing (and other exciting adventures)

Happy Friday folks!

So, we've officially made the switch from sitting on the counter to standing on a stool for brushing Logan's teeth. Took a little longer than it should have, I admit.

Tooth brushing is not quite as big of a hit as it used to be - (we usually have to pry that little mouth open now) but thank goodness for the Hot Wheels toothbrush because it definitely makes him feel cool to be brushing his teeth all by himself...even if he only likes to brush the same four front teeth over and over.

Speaking of teeth, Logan finally has his incisors. I thought those things would never come in. I feel like he has a "full" smile now and I love it (even if he does smile like this, not showing any teeth at all)....

Let me just say Daddy dressed him in those pajamas. I think those shorts are size 9 months. Don't worry, we don't let him out of the house dressed like that.
I know what he's thinking...man, you are one good lookin' dude....
Wish I had a cool toothbrush like this when I was a kid (although I would have wanted it to be covered in sesame street or strawberry shortcake...)

This weekend I am starting on another "big boy" project...I am finally turning Logan's room into something a little more his age. Found some great finds at PB Kids and picked up some paint at the Home Depot (although the mural is staying put -- just painting the other three walls).

I just fell in love with those cars -- I know Logan will too...so now I am on a mission to find a shelf for them where he won't be able to reach.

Tonight Aunt Stephanie is coming to babysit Logan and play Guitar Hero with my husband who has sadly been deprived of the game for some time now. Thanks Steph :) I'm headed out with the girls for a birthday celebration.

We're planning on working in the yard this weekend and finally getting that playhouse moved to a more permanent location. Right now it is hanging out on the back patio and that just isn't working for Mr. Logan.

OH, and a very special Happy Birthday to my brother Kalen -- who is celebrating today by jumping out of an airplane...I think it is safe to say he is the only member of my family who has the "no fear" gene. Happy Birthday, bro :)

Hope you all have a great weekend.




new things.

IN HONOR of you all sticking with me through my 100th post, I am adding a few more things to the ole' blog. Bringing back some of my previous favorite things like flikr inspiration and etsy faves as well as a few other things I have up my sleeve.

Hope you like...and if you have suggestions for other things you'd like to see, holla back!




Two posts in one day? What is going on with me?

Actually...I noticed as I was logging in that this is my 100th post. Pretty amazing that some of you have stuck with me this far.

Finally have some pictures from the cruise to post (although I confess I got lazy and didn't bother to rotate some of them so you'll just have to turn your head...) Sorry...hope you enjoy.



As most of you know, I had a pretty hard time with morning/noon/night sickness when I was pregnant with Logan. If you've ever had it, you understand how absolutely miserable it is just feeling like you're going to get sick (not to mention actually having it happen every day) and how you do whatever you can to cope...

For me there were three things that got me by: sweet cereal, sweet tea and watermelon. I could eat any of these things and feel instantly better somehow.

So I guess it should come as no surprise that Logan loves all of these things. Watermelon is best to him straight from the source - face first into that sweet juicy fruit. When we were on vacation he had watermelon at almost every meal and it was the only surefire food (other than bacon) we knew he couldn't resist.

Last night I was opening some watermelon for the three of us and Ryan asked Logan if he wanted some. Much to our shock and awe, Logan said "watamemen!" After we picked our jaws up off the floor we let him dig in and just stood there laughing. After all, this is the kid who just learned to say Mama and calls Thomas the Train simply "TAH"....

He is growing up this boy...and before I know it he'll be talking my ear off.



June already?

Not sure what happened to May -- but it has come and gone and here in the hot hot heat of Florida it is summer no matter what the calendar says.

I haven't forgotten about the vacation pictures but I think to keep things simple at this point they are going to go on a slideshow which I'll post here later this week.

Finally feeling like I am coming around and getting back to feeling "human" again...a good solid week of flu-like symptoms really puts you in your place. Logan also came down with a lovely case of pink eye, but with some drops we've got it under control thank goodness.

We spent the weekend taking it easy - getting a few things done here and there, spent a little time playing in the pool and watching movies and visiting with my grandparents (Grammy fell and broke her hip last week but we were too sick to visit her in the hospital). She is doing well and tough as ever.

Today we finally had our follow up on Logan's weight. He didn't gain as much as hoped - just about one pound. He's now at 22 lbs, 8 oz. (naked). But the good news is, he is growing taller - and so even though he is only in the 5th percentile for weight, he is in the 75th percentile for height...very good news. Just a few added changes we're going to try out this time around - adding back more milk (where last time we were told to take some of it out) and no juice. I know Logan won't like that one too much but I don't think the juice is that great for him anyway (it's just convenient and fool-proof) but in its place we're supplementing Ensure Plus which should help with the extra calories and vitamins. We'll be back in September for his 2 year (oh my gosh is he really going to be TWO????) - and I'll update more then.

I am hoping this week is more uneventful than last. Looking forward to spending time with my little guy now that he and I are on the road to recovery. His vocabulary is expanding by the minute now and we're seeing that he's watching us carefully to learn new words.

The latest:

"night night" (especially sweet with a kiss blown to you)

"all done" (this started when he had a conniption over the eye drops we had to give him for the pinkeye - he would scream and cry until it was over and then he'd all say "ALL DONE!" and laugh)

"Blue" (working on colors, this is the first one and I think it might be his favorite)

"Nana's car" (he has a matchbox car that looks like Nana's red convertible so that was a given)

"Bye-Bye" with a wave (used to just be the wave)

"MamaDaddy" (he loves to put our names together and point to each of us)

"Hat" - everything is acceptable as a hat as long as YOU wear it. He wants to wear it briefly and then put it on you.

He also says "ewwww" when getting his diaper changed and loves to repeat "no no no" when you tell him he cannot do something....and when not saying no, he wanders around for a spot of carpet to carefully throw himself on. It is a sight to be seen.

There are still some words we hear often but have a hard time figuring out. Sometimes he puts words together and they just seem to "work" for him even though they don't make a lot of sense to us -- like "hey car" and "car oh yeah" and "oh tee"....hmmmm.

Happy Monday.