Thursday, April 19, 2018

Life! Plus, Easter 2018

Guys.... Easter was a long long time ago.  How is it that I am just now making it back to this space?!  Life has definitely changed lately.  It's a little overwhelming, a LOT of fun!  I feel like I'm really in the thick of motherhood now.  Three boys are keeping me busy!  So is the new house!  My DVR is full, and I cannot remember the last time Conor & I sat down to watch a show together.  Instead our evenings are now filled with making school lunches, completing volunteer hours for Liam's school (I do most of mine at home, lots of cutting & stapling), home projects that aren't noisy, dishes, laundry, showering, sleeping... somewhere in there.  I literally feel like I have zero free time!  Even more so since we both joined Orange Theory and are trying to figure out how to schedule those workouts in.

I'll attempt to do a little life catch up post soon, because Lord knows I have plenty of pictures to share!  Speaking of... Instagram continues to be my favorite platform.  You can find me there daily.  So while this space might not see much action, I'm over sharing over there!  So Easter...  my parents were here for a week long visit, which made the holiday extra special!  Rarely do we get to celebrate with family!

As is the case with many of my parent's visits, we simply enjoyed just being together.  No grand plans or crazy adventurous.  Conor & I loved having the extra hands around!  Of course there was some hiking, game playing, drinking, eating, shopping... you know, all the good stuff!  Plus, we fit in some house projects while my mom was around to offer her opinion & eye!  We had mostly good weather, so we even broke in our new patio for the first happy hour, complete with game night!  The Easter Bunny brought Liam Monopoly Junior, and we all played at least 10+ times in a two day span.  I also napped with Kane.  A lot.  It was the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep!



As far as Easter activities, we kept things simple.  Egg dying is always a must!  I love the patience it helps teach the boys, especially when using natural dyes.  Their focused faces were my favorite!  They wanted to dye about 2 dozen more, but I can only eat deviled eggs for so many days in a row...




The Easter egg hunt was epic!!! In the past we have done a hunt Easter morning with all our neighbors, but considering we had just moved & our back yard is currently a mud pit, that wasn't really an option.  I decided to do a small hunt with just our boys right near some trailheads by our house.  A quick little walk down the street.  We did it the morning before Easter, so that the actual day wouldn't be so crazy trying to fit in everything with brunch & church.  Best idea ever!!!  We sent my parents to the trails first, where they hid around 30 eggs for the boys.  And really hid them! No obvious eggs laying in the grass here!  The boys slowly worked their through the sage brush and grasses, finding all the goodies!  A tradition I mostly certainly think we will be repeating.  Side note: knee highs for boys are a must!  I actually intended for these to be for Kane & Finn, but they were way bigger than I anticipated, so they worked for the older two instead.  Be still my heart!  There will be plenty of more knee highs in our future.  I love Magnolia Kids if you are looking for a shop!





Easter itself was a lovely day.  Slow & relaxing.  The Easter Bunny totally delivered, making for excited boys.  And as already mentioned, we played a ridiculous amount of board games.  We brunched.  We napped.  We had a ham feast.  We put the kids to bed early and stayed up drinking wine & playing darts.  There were last minute snuggles & books read as we said goodbye to Nana & Pops the following morning.  A wonderful holiday with family!  Couldn't ask for more!



 Now that we've moved past Easter.... is it summer yet?!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kane: 6 Months Old

Ahh!  I couldn't be more behind!  And these are the posts that are truly just for me.  Where I get to log all those milestones & memories.  The stats & the quirks.  And then with each new month, I read up on what both big brothers were like at the same age.  I love seeing the similarities and the differences!  Yet, seeing as how we are already half way through the month, I've lost the piece of paper with Kane's 6 month stats before I ever had a chance to log them.  Huge third kid fail!  But I do remember he was nearly 20 lbs & almost the exact same height as his brothers (90 something percentile).  Weight wise he continues to stay in between the two older ones, however closer to Finn.  This month he also seems to be a total mix of the two looks wise.  Eye color is still TBD.  Maybe green? Hazel?

This month brought more sturdy sitting & the beginning of the army crawl.  He can make good distance now, it just takes him awhile.  Sleep improved, with him giving me a good 4-5 hour stretch to start the night.  Typically takes three naps a day, with one of them being a super long one.  He can fall asleep anywhere, anytime!  I love him!  I always envied those mamas with babes who could fall asleep at the dinner table.  That was never my kids.  Except now we have Kane, and he gets his sleep when he can.  We pulled out the obnoxious jumper that we have while we were unpacking, and little man just jumped himself right to sleep!  One minute he was wildly jumping, the next his little head just tucked into his chest, and he was snoring!  Now we try and catch him when he's tired and get him in a far more comfortable bed!


He loves being in the sling, baths, & showers.  Full disclosure: he doesn't get bathed often.  Maybe twice a week.  I'm sure that will change with the introduction of foods though!  His body is constantly moving (unless he's in the sling), and he puts everything in his mouth.  He's a big fan of crinkly paper & whatever his brothers are playing with.  He already likes to rough house or wrestle, and will wriggle his way over when Conor is on the ground with the older boys.  He wants to be included in everything!  His brothers get the greatest belly laughs!!!  What I find to be obnoxious and a little too "in his face", he finds hilarious.  Of course!


We're in that "give me everything you have, except not the toys; I want everything but the toys, and they are all going in my mouth" phase.  Sometimes I'm amazed at just how similar certain phases are.  He says "mama" (early like Finn did), but only occasionally and typically when he's upset.  He still has huge eyes and is quite expressive.  He nurses far less than any baby of mine.  Mostly just feeding before falling asleep, occasionally other times.  But obviously the boy isn't hurting for some pounds. His winter wardrobe has been hiding his baby bod, but I assure you he has plenty of rolls to show off with the warm spring weather coming!

Goodness we love this little one!  Cheers to another month!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

2018 Word of the Year: Hygge

It's mid-March, and I'm just now writing about my word of the year.  Is that telling of how chaotic this year has been or what?!  I love choosing a word for the year.  It seems far more meaningful than a resolution.  It's more intentional, more easily adapted into my every day life.  So my word:

HYGGE


I know.  So very trendy of me.  Except it's not.  Because hygge totally speaks to my heart.  It was one of those things that once I really read about the whole concept, it's just so me!  Fun fact:  I have a heavily Danish heritage.  It's always been part of me.  I prefer winter to summer.  I love all things cozy & warm.  The things that bring me the most joy in life are all utterly and completely hygee.  Now I just simply have a name for everything that I have been feeling since birth practically!

So hygee.  If you are completely unaware, it's a Danish word for a feeling or moment.  There is no english translation, but when talking about hygge people will often refer to coziness & warmth.  Togetherness.  Slowness.  Warmth.  Comfort.  It feels as if this word was made for ME!  Particularly while building & decorating our new home, I wanted to be intentional with our space.  With our time.  I want to incorporate more hygge into my life.

If you are interested in reading more about hygge, I highly recommend The Little Book of Hygge.  It's a short sweet read (even for those of you who don't really love to read).  And I have also heard wonderful things about Hygge, but I haven't read it yet myself.  So tell me, what is your word for the year?  Have you found yourself still focusing on it now, three months into the year?

Friday, March 2, 2018

My BFF & Four Boys

A couple of weeks ago, Conor had a week long business trip to Europe.  And I always, always (always!) fly my mom in for these longer trips.  Well this time...she couldn't come.  And I was freaking out.  So Conor surprised me, and booked my best friend a ticket to come and help out that week!  I don't get to see her nearly as often as I would like, so this was so incredibly special.  She has a nearly one year old boy herself, so while we knew that week would bring a bit of chaos, we were both thrilled to be together!



In full honesty, it was not a good week for my boys.  They often seem to struggle more when Conor is away, but this was way worse than the usual.  And while I obviously would love for my best friend to see me shine as a mother.  To see me at my best, most patient self.  To see that I'm handling three young boys like a boss.  Well that wasn't exactly the glimpse into my life that she got.  But she's my best friend!  So she is the one who can see me struggle without judgement.  To witness the more raw & vulnerable side of me.  To be the one to remind me that I am far too hard on myself as mother.  Really she's the best!

And goodness was she such a help!  For still wrangling one of her own, she did far more than I ever expected.  It was such a delight to walk out of the boys' bedrooms after putting them to bed at night and to come into a clean kitchen.  Complete with Liam's lunchbox washed and ready to be filled for another day.  There were lots of little things like that, which helped the week go by more smoothly.  Like her attempt to shovel the two feet of snow we got one weekend, only to find two neighbors to snow blow it instead (because Lord knows I wouldn't be asking strangers for help!).  Or how she often stayed behind with the younger boys, so I could have solo drives for Kindergarten drop offs & pick ups, which is really just one big ol' gift all on its own!



There were coffee runs & middays mimosas (it was a vacation of sorts!).  Late night Olympic viewing.  One night we quickly tossed back a bottle of wine and shared our favorite youtube videos.  We reminisced.  Really, it was just like the college days.  Dinner, drinks, go snuggle with some boys.  It was the best!

I may have been completely worn out by the end of it all.  Completely beaten day by the rough week. But it was still such a special & memorable time.  And who knows when we will get a week straight together again!  Miss you Amanda!


Monday, February 5, 2018

Kane: 5 Months Old

Another month with this cutie, and goodness, it was a good one!  I always feel as though babies "wake up" to the world around the 4 month mark, and from then on, it's constant learning & exploring.  Kane now loves watching his brothers more than ever before.  He tracks them all over the room with his eyes, moving his body around to always have them in sight.  I'm amazed at how much distance he can already travel, even though crawling is still far off.  He can roll both ways now and will often roll & roll.  Definitely my most active baby.  A somewhat scary thought.  His legs & arms are constantly moving, especially during diaper changes when he loves to just pound his legs down on the table over & over.  He's also officially sitting now, although not for extended periods of time.  He gets anxious to start grabbing for toys and will easily tumble himself over.  But his strength is showing and improving.

blanket: Little Unicorn

This month brought the fascination with everything that is not a toy.  Or at least not his toy.  And he most definitely knows the difference.  He knows what his brothers have, and he wants it!  Everything goes in the mouth.  Everything.  Still no teeth, but plenty of drool.  He grabs at everything, including my dinner plate, coffee, wine.  I'm planning on introducing solids sometime next month, with the baby led weaning approach (you can read old posts about this here, here, and here).  It will be casual, no big deal.  Kane nurses far less than his brothers ever did.  It could possibly be due to being busier and on the go more often.  But often I'm realizing I should probably feed him long before he ever seems to need it.  But obviously, at well over 17 lbs, he is getting plenty of milk!


In exciting news, he seems to be my first babe to bounce back from that awful 4 month sleep regression.  Right now, he starts the night off with a good 4-5 hour stretch.  After that he is often up a handful of times.  This may not sound all that amazing to some, but anything is an improvement over waking every 2 hours or less!  I'm hoping this will continue to be the new norm!  We've also settled into a good nap routine.  On a typical day, he takes three solid naps now.  Sometimes the car.  Sometimes the sling.  Sometimes his bed.  But he's flexible and can really fall asleep anywhere.  Probably another perk of being the third child.


The sling is still his most favorite place to be.  He's still ticklish. Unsure about being tossed in the air. Loves books (mostly to chew).  Has the sweetest coo & google, although he's a rather quiet little guy.  Eye color is still undetermined.  Currently they are almost hazel in the middle & gray on the outside.  Completely intriguing!  Kane is super easy going and just happy to be around everyone else.  He has truly just been the sweetest addition to our family!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

House Update

So much house news to share & report on!  First up, selling our old house...  So we listed in November, giving ourselves plenty of time to sell.  Our house received tons of attention, which meant a ridiculous amount of showings.  As in 31 showings.  Keeping a house show ready all the time: hard.  Getting three kids out of the house for multiple showings at random times, including naptime: super hard.  Thankfully, I could always sneak over to our neighbors to nap Finn there (as well as spy on potential buyers).  But all of it was just exhausting.  We were pumped that people were excited about our house, but then always disappointed that no offers would follow.  Not one.  Not even a low ball.  

But finally after that 31st showing, one came through.  It was good not great, but we were anxious to be done showing our house.  And we really wanted to be under contract before Christmas.  So papers were signed, champagne was poured.  Except, three days later... the buyer bailed.  They claimed "financing issues", but I don't know that I believe it.  We were devastated.  And little stressed.  So back on the market the house went.  And then miraculously, only three days later, we had an offer for full asking price!!!  Boom!  

They wanted to close as soon as possible, so we needed to find a rental starting in January.  Conor managed all that, and found a furnished place for us up in the mountains, just minutes from the house we're building.  While I feel like we're paying an astronomical price, having a furnished place has made the whole moving process that much easier.  I have loved being up in the mountains, adjusting to life up here already.  And I get to drive by our new place whenever I want now.  We survived our first major storm.  Experiencing some of the worst driving conditions I've ever been in (even having lived in the PNW).  They weren't lying about the snowdrifts that did reach 4-5 feet high.  It's all an adventure that I'm loving.

So back to the sale of our house.  Our initial close date was January 12th.  Which has been bumped twice now.  Currently it's at February 2nd.  Our buyer is getting a VA loan and coming across all sorts of issues in underwriting.  It's been extremely stressful for Conor & I.  We're trying not to worry, and really hoping & praying the sale goes through.  The silver lining is that we have had plenty of time to slowly pack and get out of our old house.  It's taken far longer than we expected.  We did lots late in the evenings while the boys were sleeping, because during the day I'm pretty much a baby holder and worthless.  Our final goodbye to old house has yet to happen, but I know I'll be all sorts of emotional about it.

On to the new house, the exciting stuff!  It's coming along so incredibly fast!  We are currently set to close on February 22nd; we're under the 30 day mark!!!  Our cabinets were delivered today, and they've finished painting.   All decisions are final, except I still need to choose mirrors for all the bathrooms.  I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but our home is mostly white, with black accents throughout.  I'm excited to add my own pops of color here & there.  The exterior has a modern farmhouse feel that I have fallen in love with.  The boys are excited, but I can also see that they have been a bit emotional about it all.  Half of their toys & belongings are boxed up in storage.  We're spending time between two houses right now, so there hasn't been a great sense of home.  Finn asks to go "home" a lot, and I'm never quite sure where he means.  He's also asked me "where home is?".  Sweet sweet boy.  And Liam's Kindergarten teacher mentioned that Liam has talked about moving at school.   She has noticed his big feelings too.  So really, we're all anxious to make that final move into the new house.  To meet neighbors (hopefully new friends!) & truly settle down.






For now, I try to be patient.  I trust that everything will fall into place.  And I enjoy the crazy mountain views.  Still cannot believe this is where I live!





Sunday, January 21, 2018

Shop Small: Golden Apple Studio

I'm excited to share this adorable shop, Golden Apple Studio, with you all today!  I've been a little obsessed since I first discovered them on Instagram, which is really where all my shopping habits start!  I love that Instagram has become such a wonderful community for creatives, creators, shops, locals.  
Golden Apple Studio caught my eye with their beautiful wood products.  I love the clean, minimalist look of wood.  Way back in November, I decided that Santa would be bringing Kane a play gym for Christmas.  Being the third boy in our family, he really didn't need much.  And while I like to keep our baby gear pretty minimal, I knew a play gym is something that we would truly use.  And one, such as those from Golden Apple Studio, would even be a pretty little piece in our house!


The wood is pine, with hand painted accents.  The accessories are solid wood shapes & merino wool. A truly high quality product.  One of the best parts is that is comes assembled (amen!), and it easily folds away.  But let's be honest, we never fold it away because it's so beautiful!  Plus it gets tons of use!  Kane truly loves it!


The shop owner, Bailey, is just the sweetest.  I love putting faces to to small shops, seeing those that you are supporting.  I really can't say enough wonderful things about Golden Apple Studio.  So please go check out the shop.  Look around!  Aside from play gyms, they have plenty of other beautiful wood products.  I'm especially crushing on this toy camera.


As always, please share your favorite small shops with me!  When I'm looking for something, I'll often ask for recommendation on my Instagram stories.  Recently, I was looking for knee high socks, and got the best rec for Magnolia Kids!  Can't wait to get an order placed there!

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