Archive | June, 2012

Oh Crap!

28 Jun

(This little shiner on Lila’s head is from her tumble off the steps. She is all healed now!)

Some days I look at Lila and think “oh crap!” Even though we have been doing this parenting thing for 15 months now I still have my moments where I can’t believe I have a little human being that I am responsible for. Things have definitely gotten easier and we have found a routine that works for us but there are still challenges that arise everyday. I would consider myself an anxious person so it doesn’t surprise me that I have those little freak out moments. It is incredible to know that this little person fully depends on you to mold and shape them. If that isn’t pressure then I don’t know what is. Sometimes I get carried away with my thoughts. I wonder how Lila will turn out but then I talk to myself and realize we have to take this one day at a time. Some days are going to be so much fun filled with new adventures, on other days, naps will be skipped and breakdowns will occur…you just have to roll with the punches.

It can be very intimidating when looking at the big picture of raising a child. I think I am intimidated on a daily basis. “Am I doing this right? Am I screwing her up? Is she going to hate me? Oh crap.” See, that’s where that oh crap comes in. Each day that passes I find that I learn a little more and also become a little more humbled.

I often wonder how it will be if we decide to add more children to the mix. Some days it seems impossible and other days it seems like it wouldn’t be a big deal at all. If one kid makes me go “oh crap”, then what happens with multiples? I stayed home yesterday with Lila because she wasn’t feeling top notch. We ran to the grocery store to get a few things. While we were there a mother with three young children came in and she was doing her grocery shopping. The kids seemed to be having such a good time together and things seemed to be going pretty smoothly. However, I was over in the corner of the store with Lila staring at them thinking “OH CRAP!” I was really just looking at her with amazement trying to see how she was doing it so seamlessly. I am sure she has her “oh crap” moments everyday too and I think it is a completely normal thing for all parents to experience.

One day at a time people, one day at a time.



Steppin Out Saturday

25 Jun

On Mama: Tank Top-Old Navy   Skirt-Old Navy   Sandals-Old Navy  (it was an Old Navy kinda day apparently)

On Lila: Dress-Baby Gap (consignment)  Sandals-Kmart

We have been out of town for the past several days on a bit of a road trip. We traveled to Ohio and stopped off in Oxford, OH, right outside of Cincinnati for a quick visit. Oxford is where my brother and I were both born and my parents lived there for eight years while my dad was earning his doctorate at Miami University. It was really neat to go back and visit and see where life began. I will have more up on the trip a little later.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend:)

15 Months

22 Jun

Happy 15 months buggy! (I’m a few days late.)

Awesome things about you:

– you are babbling up a storm and are sneaking new words in on us everyday

– you are sprouting teeth all over your mouth which is helping you try a variety of food

– you are a little welcome wagon everywhere we go, waving to people and blowing kisses

– you have taken a big interest in books lately and want to bring one with you everywhere you go

– you voluntarily come and climb in our laps and give us leg hugs

– your curly hair is getting really long and is starting to get uncontrollable….I think it is so cute though so I just let it do its thing

Not so awesome things:

– a few weeks ago you took a bite out of the babysitter’s leather couch….we got it repaired for her

– you have no fear of anything, the other day you wiggled away from me and fell down our front porch steps. You gave me a heart attack and you have quite and impressive knot on your head

– the mosquitoes love you and we can’t go outside for any length of time without them nibbling away at your sweet skin

– you still like to get up really early….mommy is not a morning person

My favorite time with you is still in the evening right before bedtime. You will let me snuggle you close and lie your head on my shoulder. It is such a peaceful time and I always look forward to it.

You have our hearts in your hand. We love you.

Mobile Giveaway Winner

18 Jun

Congrats to Janah on winning the mobile! I will contact you shortly with more info:)

Birds In Love Mobile- red, pink, orange, green-yard wrapped

Steppin Out-Father’s Day Weekend

18 Jun

On Lila: Dress– 1st Birthday Present, homemade  Sandals– K-Mart

On Mama: Dress– from a small boutique, now closed:(  Belt– Francesca’s

We had a fantastic Father’s Day. My parents came down and we went to brunch at the Copper Cellar….so tasty! I had the Eggs Benedict and my mouth is watering thinking about it right now. We spent the rest of the afternoon playing around the house, napping and then going for yogurt. It was the perfect day.

I am so lucky to have a wonderful daddy who is there no matter what. I am also proud to call Josh my husband and a wonderful father to Lila. We are truly lucky:)

I hope all you fathers had a wonderful day as well!

Daddies and Daughters!

She can’t go a day without that chair!

I’m gonna have this one blown up….love it:)


For Daddy

15 Jun

I have been blessed with the best daddy in the entire world. When I look back over my childhood he was at every basketball game, every swim meet, ready to help me with my homework and eager to teach me new things. I think I have taken for granted what a present father he has been. It was the norm for my dad to be such a huge part of my life and I didn’t have to question whether he would be there or not. Through the years, I have found out just how lucky I am to have father who didn’t and still doesn’t want to miss anything.

My dad is an incredibly smart man, it is rare that you can catch him without a book in his hand. As a child I could always find him tucked away in his cozy study in the evenings. He is responsible for teaching me how to write and how to use my words to make a page come alive. I would always  be timid to show him any paper I had written for school because I knew it was coming back with changes and lots of them. I hated that then but I appreciate it so much now. He pushed me to be better and not just slap something down for the sake of having it.

My dad was always the softy and I knew to go through him if I really wanted something. He truly has such a kind heart and knows the words to speak to make worry or heartache fade away. I remember one time in particular that stands out in my mind. I was still in college and Josh and I had broken up. I was emotional, upset and sad. My dad came up early in the day and he took me to lunch, we went to a movie and he even took me shopping. He would have done anything in his power to make my hurt go away. I will never forget that day with my dad and all the wise words he told me about life and relationships. The relationship thing worked out….ya know, Josh is now his son-in-law:)

As hard as it is for parents to see their children in pain, I think it is pretty hard for children to see their parents in pain too. This past year has been a challenging one for my dad as he underwent three back surgeries. I have never seen him in so much pain and it was truly heartbreaking. Thankfully though he has made a huge recovery.

I love watching him interact with Lila and how their faces light up when they see each other. It brings me so much joy for him to be able to get in the floor with Lila and cut up. I look forward to the adventures they will go on together and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things he teaches her.

We are all lucky to have him in our lives and I am especially grateful to call him my father.

I love you daddy.

Big Brother = Big Liar

14 Jun

I love having a big brother.

In our adult, grown up years we have been great friends and have always been able to call the other when we needed something.

When we were younger though, things weren’t always so peachy. I was the annoying little sister always pestering and being nosy. He was the bully. Ok, he probably only bullied me but that totally counts.

I have dozens and dozens of stories where I was the innocent victim in “funny” games. Well, I probably wasn’t innocent. He glued my hair with rubber cement, handcuffed me and tripped me, tricked me into giving him all my candy, bloodied my nose and an assortment  of other “fun” activities.

One of the best stories I remember though is when he came up with an elaborate lie. And when I say best, I mean I am still scarred til this day. The reason this lie seemed so life-changing was because my parents had agreed to go along with him and take part in the little joke. My mom said the main reason she agreed was because I always knew how to push my brother’s buttons when I was little. I knew the one thing to say to infuriate him, for some reason I have no recollection of this.

The story goes something like this….

He sat me down one day and told me he had something very serious he needed to share with me. He said that our family was a magical family and that everyone had secret powers but me. He assured me that they had all had the powers since before I was born but I wasn’t really one of them since I wasn’t magical. Now, I have always been very gullible and that wasn’t any different at about the age of 6. Of course I questioned him and didn’t fully believe it but how could I be sure? Then came the real kicker. “Go ask mama and daddy if you don’t believe me,” he said. I did just that. I marched my happy little butt into where my parents were and repeated Brian’s story. Then, I said, “that’s not true, right?” To my surprise, they both told me it was the truth. All of them said they just hadn’t wanted to tell me because they didn’t want me to be upset. Well, when you’re a kid and your parents tell you something you believe it. For some reason, not having magical powers was devastating to my little self.

As I recall there were tears and sobbing. They didn’t let it go on for longer than a day but it went on for several hours. So, once my parents told me they really weren’t a magic family I wasn’t sure what to believe. How could I be sure they weren’t just taking back their words to save me hurt and pain? I guess I eventually got over it and assumed if I hadn’t walked in on a magic spell yet that they really weren’t magic.

However, from time to time I wonder if they are all walking around casting their powers on things while I sit here with the power of nothing.

Guess I’ll never know….for sure:)

Mobile Giveaway

13 Jun

As I told you last week I have been working on a new mobile design and I finally finished it.

Here she is!

Birds In Love Mobile- red, pink, orange, green-yard wrapped

It was really fun to make. Incorporating the birds I make all the time with other materials help to give it texture and depth.

I am giving this mobile away to a reader:)

To be eligible to win, simply leave me a comment below telling me what room of your house you would hang it in. Then, on Monday I will randomly pick a winner from the comments.

To see more pictures of the mobile click here.

Weekend Wrap-Up

11 Jun

Another weekend behind us, how do they go so fast?

Our weekend was spent doing yard work, playing outside and chasing Lila bug around.

We have a good-sized yard and it is easy for it to get out of control quickly. There are always bushes that need trimming & weeds that need to be weeded. We put a dent in it this weekend. I forget how exhausting working in the yard is but my body always reminds me the day after. It feels like there are a million little muscles that have been neglected. Ouch.

Lila is a little exploring machine and she doesn’t like to leave any stone unturned. We also went to see my parents on Saturday and she was a burst of energy. She is bouncing from one room to the next constantly seeing what she can get into. You can’t let your guard down for a minute with that one! She has no fear and it about gives me a heart attack.

I got lazy with pictures this weekend, so nothing new for the moment.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


8 Jun

Feeling: Swollen. Yesterday between Lila and I, we spent 5 hours at the dr.’s office and pharmacy. We both have sinus infections and we are on antibiotics. I woke up this morning with a super swollen, itchy and red face. LOVELY. So I guess I am having an allergic reaction. I guess I will be going back to the dr:(

Watching: I am loving The Bachelorette! Josh just sits and rolls his eyes while I watch it but I can’t help it. Also, the new season on Design Star on HGTV is on. It is one of my favorites and I look forward to it every season. With each challenge they are given I always try and imagine what kind of design I would come up with….I know, I’m a nerd;)

Eating: I am obsessed with Strawberry Spring salad lately. I have been ordering one from a restaurant downtown and I can’t get enough. I have tried to make my own version at home. It isn’t quite as good as the one from the restaurant but it is still pretty tasty. I need to tweak my dressing a bit and learn how to candy the pecans.

Spinach Strawberry Salad with Candied Pecans, Feta, & Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing

Making me happy right now:

Photo: My blue-eyed babe

I love this picture of Lila and how it captures her sweet, innocent personality so well.

Working on: Still working on lots of custom mobile orders as well as working on a new mobile design. Hopefully I will have it up in my shop next week. I always enjoy creating something new and seeing the final outcome. It definitely takes extra time to get a new design just right but I like throwing in different ideas every few months.

Wishing: My tattoo would stop itching. I know that means it is healing but it is taking every bit of restraint I have to not go get a tree branch and just rub it on my side.