Sunday, November 23, 2014

cancer stinks

This week we lost a dear friend, who was also boy's coworker, to a courageous battle against cancer.  She was 33 and had an 8 year old son.  This week my mother in law started chemo for her battle against uterine cancer.  The irony of one battle ending and the other beginning within hours of each other are not lost on us.

You get a lot of unsolicited advice when you join the mommy club, but I always held tightly to my friend's pearls of wisdom.  Hers was always just raw truth.  No fluff.  She knew her days were numbered and had managed to sort through to what really matters and I'm so grateful for her sharing that with me.

Boy was also in Arizona on business most of the week.  This picture about sums up the week.  What an awesome gift FaceTime is, but my goodness how rough it is on a one year old when you hit the end button.

Oh and to top off the week, Friday night boy was giving Declan a bath and after I cleaned up the kitchen I went into our bathroom and just sat on the floor in an exhausted haze.  As I'm sitting on the floor boy hands me Declan and somehow Declan lunged forward and boy lost his grip and Declan lands right on my face.  And I hear a crack.  The worst sound ever.  My nose is broken.  Just the icing on the cake for the week.  Our ER nurse neighbor came over to examine the damage and tell me what to do.  I'm not as swollen, but still sporting a pretty bruise.  So, this thanksgiving I'm incredibly thankful for smashbox's heavy duty concealer. Oh, and that our Christmas family portraits are done if I'm being truthfully vain.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


My mom and I made Declan his very own teepee a few weeks ago.  I should really rephrase that and say, my mom made Declan a teepee since she did all the labor of sewing the canvas and whatnot, while I just swooped in and painted on some navy stripes.  She had found a pattern and I took her idea and ran with it after eyeing the orange teepee in the land of nod catalog.  It's turned out to be the perfect spot to play peek-a-boo and read a book or two!

Yeah, a picture of him not moving and looking at the not happening these days.  He was just not feeling the photo shoot.

When we're not working on our downward dog yoga poses in front of our teepee we're shoveling crackers into our mouths.  That's just how we roll playing in our teepee!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

book shopping

I'm on a reading kick lately.  You know when you discover a new to you author and love the book so you read another, then you're reading another piece by them.  Yeah that's happening with Liane Moriarty's books right now.  I'm obsessed y'all.


 I started with her book "The Husband's Secret" and was hooked from the first chapter.  Then bought her newest "Big Little Lies" and it became my escape when baby napped for a few days...such a great read too.  Finally, I figured I'd better pick up a copy of "What Alice Forgot", the reason I even came across this author in the first place.  I'm about halfway done and am so sad for it to end (thankfully I only get to read a little here or there with my kid's refusal to nap).  I just love her writing style and love how they're witty yet suspenseful.  If you haven't read anything of hers before you must.  

I thought I'd add in what Mr. Declan is reading these days as well.  Right now our favorite is "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt.  I think mama and daddy may be enjoying this book more, but he loves reading anything so we'll how this one.  This book is hilarious and so creative.  One we don't mind reading over and over again.

So, that's what were reading this month.  How about y'all?  What should we add to our list next?

Friday, October 31, 2014

happy halloween

from our cute little monkey!

we started out the day in a shirt my mom made for him that says "don't scare me...i poop easily!" how hilarious is that?  

then we headed out for some trick or treating.  we have been so blessed to have two neighbors that each have a boy a few months older and then a few months younger then declan.  i can't begin to tell you how many miles we have burned walking and talking with our friends...we love them both dearly.  well back in august i hadn't really been thinking halloween costumes, but happened to be in costco and they had just put costumes out so i picked one up because it was so cute.  i told the girls and they loved it and they each picked one up too.  so we decided to have the boys go as a "barrel of monkeys".  we had a sign on the wagon and they were so hilarious and precious in their costumes.  anyway a few of these pictures are from a few weeks ago when we did a dress rehearsal halloween because we had some sweet neighbors that would be moving before halloween.  

"what i earned all this candy and y'all are going to eat it after i go to bed?!?!"

and because there is something really funny about a crying monkey!

hope everyone had a fun evening!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

still here

Seriously, where has October gone?  October's been a busy month and it hasn't helped one bit that I'm in a bit of blog rut either.  So here we are inching closer to November and maybe I should start with a little recap to catch y'all up to speed on life here.

Declan's now 15 months!  Agh how is this possible?  He's just the got most lovable personality and constantly laughing and handing out slobbery kisses.  My mom made the ever so true comment that you can just not be in a bad mood around this kid!  We are just soaking these moments up for sure.  We also have a cruising baby in the house.  Not completely unassisted yet, but we've gotten about 12 steps all by ourself.  That confidence is building everyday.  It's the absolute craziest thing to go from one day having him crawling around to taking off wobbling across the kitchen towards you.  We're also into everything with this freedom now too...I'm having some second thoughts about putting up a Christmas tree this year for sanity purposes. ha!

Declan attended his second wedding of one of boy's colleagues these month.  This is also the second wedding Declan has been to in a barn.  Poor kid's going to grow up thinking you can only get married in a barn.  I am loving the barn trend pretty all lit up at night!

October wouldn't be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch.  Five seconds after this picture was taken we toppled over and got trapped between some pumpkins.  He still loved it though!

We also, unfortunately, found out this month that boy's mom and Declan's Gigi has uterine cancer.  To be more specific the type is called MMMT, which is an extremely rare and rather aggressive form of uterine cancer.  We've spent the month charting territories of a world we'd frankly rather not chart nor wish for any other families to have to either.  There's very little information out there due to it's rarity.  If you feel so inclined to pray for Gigi, we'd be ever so humbled and grateful.  

I've promise to be better about blogging...I'll be back'll go bananas over his costume!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

jack jack

We get lots of random comments on Declan's gorgeous red hair and every so often people will tell us who they think he looks like.  My favorite so far happened to be from last week when someone came up and told me how cute he was and that he looked like a Keebler elf.  Umm, thank you I think?  But the one we get the most is Jack Jack from The Incredibles and the first time our friend mentioned that I went and googled it because it'd been awhile since I had last seen it.  Yup bless his heart and those ears!!  I just wish his super power was being an awesome napper!

Friday, September 5, 2014

a day in the life of

I always love seeing bloggers document just and ordinary day in their life.  I think this will be fun to look back upon in a few years at what a day typically looked like with a one year old.  So here we go...

7:00 am- My alarm clock (aka Declan) is hollering at me.  Boy's already out the door for work and pug is sleeping in the laundry room and Landry is in bed with me.  I grab Dec who's standing up in his crib letting me know how hungry he is.  We do a quick diaper change then grab a bottle and curl back up in my bed to snuggle (my favorite part of the day).

7:15 am- Thankfully he dozes back to sleep and so do I.  I am so not a morning person.

8:30 am- We're up!  We grab a bite for breakfast today (waffles and fruit) and then while he plays in the living room I feed the pups and let them out then start the routine (unload dishwasher, toss in a load of laundry, pump).

9:15 am- I shower and get dressed for the day while he tries to get into stuff in the bathroom cabinets.    He likes just crawling around the closet and pulling out shoes and stuff off the lower hangers (I make it a quick shower).  Add in a little pug chasing to get the day started then get him dress Declan.

10:00 am- We head into the next town over (big city for us) because I've got the crazy project in my head to do and need a few things for it at Lowes.  He looks bored already!

11:30 am- Spent way more time in Lowe's then I had planned, then hit one more store to try and find a birthday present for his buddy's birthday party coming up.  No luck.

12:15 am- Head to our favorite sandwich shop Which Wich and grab a sandwich to go.  I'm not feeling brave enough to eat out in public with a messy baby.  That's a two man job!  So we drive home.

12:45 am- Declan snoozes on the way home I'm praying he will eat then nap for me.  I'm kicking myself that I took so long.  Never a good sign when baby falls asleep in car right before nap time.  Wakes up for lunch!

1:15 am- After a yummy sandwich and some carrot sticks we head off to nap.  And mama can finish up stuff around the house and return phone calls (all that boring stuff).

1:30 am- Not napping just talking to ourselves in the crib.

2:00 pm- Crying now not wanting to nap.  I go in there pick him up, soothe him, kiss him night night then lay him back down.  Wanting no part of this nap business he's putting up a good fight.  I try and plead with him but it's not looking good.  Finally after two hours of trying I cave :-( and go get him.  Now we're both worn out.

3:15 pm- With the looks of no nap in our immediate future I decide to run another errand in town that's been on my to do list.  And we take a baby selfie!

3:58 pm- Make it to Sonic in just the nick of time before happy hour ends.  Mama needs a pick me up.  Confession I sometimes read a book at Sonic.

4:15 pm- My parents have been out the country and just got home a few minutes before so we head over there to surprise them and say hello.  To say they missed Declan is an understatement, my mom basically ran out the front door to greet us.  Priceless.  Declan is full of smiles for his Bubbie and Big Daddy.

5:15 pm- Said goodbye to the grandparents and head home to make dinner.  He tells me "no" strapping him into the car seat (oy!)

5:30 pm- Crawl around while I make a dinner.

5:45 pm- Hubby calls to say he had a meeting run late and will be late for dinner.

6:00 pm- Dinner time for mommy and Declan.  We keep daddy's warm in the oven.

6:30 pm- Neighborhood walk with friends.  Love this time of the day...great mama therapy!

7:15 pm- Daddy's home!!  He eats dinner and plays with Declan.  They're working on walking tonight.  I feed the pugs.

8:00 pm- Bath and bottle for Declan.  Daddy does bath duty and I tackle the kitchen and fold some laundry.

8:30 pm- Declan down for the night.  We watch Big Brother and catch up on our day.

9:30 pm- Pump one last time, return a few e-mails and pay bills and then we head to bed.

10:30 pm- Boy's out for the count so I use this time to binge watch the last season of Parenthood.  This is one of my favorite shows and last season I missed a few episodes being sleep deprived and what not with a new baby so I just held off on watching it until it came out on Netflix.  Love this season!  Sadly I only make it through an episode and a half before I'm out to.  Night night!