Oh Hey

Here are some things I’d like you to know:

+ We are going on another vacation this year. !!!! To Denver to visit the same dear friends we visited last Spring. After feeling like vacations were a distant memory in that phase of we have two babies under two years old, two vacations feels like we won the lottery. We’re bringing the kids and we are so looking forward to a long a weekend away.

+ ALSO I got to have a long girls’ weekend in Austin this year. I know. It’s crazy.  Plus the kids were sick as I was literally driving down the road.  Matt called and said both girls just threw up on themselves in their carseats.  #cringe  Before you think I’m a horrible mom, I offered to turn around three times but my darling husband told me to go on.  Thankful for him and my mother in law who helped out all weekend.

+ Matt and I have taken to having (almost) weekly lunch dates at our favorite authentic Mexican food place. He picks me up from work on my lunch hour and off we go. It’s so nice having that time, just the two of us to chat. Also the Wednesday special: puerco en salsa verde is ahhhhmazing. I get it every single time.

+ I scratched Run a Half Marathon off my bucket list. It truly was an amazing experience. I wish I would’ve written about it much sooner when the memories and endorphins were fresh. I crossed the finish line in just under 2 hours and 10 minutes, and I was pleased as punch with that time. My average pace was about 9:40 and I just cannot say what a great experience the entire thing was – from training, to crossing the finish line, to seeing all the runners and supporters, to my sweet family waiting for me at the end. I’m grateful for it all.

+ In keeping with one little word for 2016 I embarked on a new business adventure with Rodan and Fields. I’ve been intrigued by this company for years and this was the year I took the plunge. First, I love quality of the products, I love how my skin feels, I love helping people feel great about their own skin, and I’m also loving the business side of things. I’m stretching and growing and being challenged in ways that are so new to me.  Of course I’d love to share with you if you are at all interested.

How are you?  It’s been a while.

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Can we talk about mornings? Getting two toddlers (ages 2.5+ and almost 1.5) all on my own is a feat. Some mornings go smoother than others. Some mornings they both wake up with smiles on their faces and pass out hugs and kisses with ease. Those mornings are the best.

Then there are our other mornings. They often start out with my oldest claiming that she wants to stay in her jammies “all day long” because they’re comfy. (I hear what she’s saying, I really really do.) No she doesn’t want a ponytail. Wait, never mind, yes she does. She doesn’t want to wear pants, she wants to wear a dress. Unfortunately all her dresses are in the laundry hamper waiting to be washed. Finally she’s dressed and we head next door to get her little sister up. Only she doesn’t want me to put her down. She begins screaming and peeling her coat, shoes, and socks off in protest.

While my oldest is undoing all that I’ve painstakingly done to get her ready, I’m doing my best to change my youngest child’s diaper, which I imagine, is similar to changing an angry baby crocodiles diaper. After much squirming and pinning down (and screaming) I get my youngest dressed and ready to go. She’s now all smiles. Until I have to put her down to get my oldest re-dressed.

Once everyone is dressed and ready to go, no one want to walk to the car. They both insist on being carried and we are officially running late, late, late. Knowing that we just need to get out the door and on our way right.this.minute, I hoist one into each arm, for a combined weight of 50 pounds, and struggle out to the car. You best believe that I’m now sweating and we can also both agree that I should be in better shape with this re-occurring morning cardio and weight training session.

Of course before they are buckled in, I have given them some sort of breakfast. Even though they will have a full breakfast in approximately one hour at school they will scream (literally scream) with hunger pains the entire drive to school. I now “get” why all my mom friends have dirty crumb infested vehicles. My oldest is wailing in despair because her PB and jelly toast is not staying perfectly folded as it should. My youngest is happy as a clam since she has something to eat.

As we back out of the garage, I hear the sweetest little voice, “Mom I pooped.”

Eventually we make it daycare. We must drop the baby off first before the oldest or the world will end as we know it. Hugs and kisses all around and I’m speeding off to work, which luckily is less than 5 minutes away. I springt into the office 10 minutes late where I’m met with disapproving silence and judgement from my darling co-worker. I’m focusing on saying only nice things if I can’t say anything at all. I put a lot of pressure on myself.

How are your mornings?

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M+AK+E in August

M+AK+E is a monthly Mama/daughter photo project showcasing our top five favorites. At the end of the year I plan on having these photos printed into a hardbound photo album. You can see past monthly favorites here.

As promised here’s the August edition of M+AK+E late as to be expected 🙂  August was a great month!  We celebrated Elaine’s 1st birthday, we enjoyed the last full month of summer, and our girls just keep growing and learning and doing.  Life is good.

Big + Little Victories >> M – Lost a little over 2.5 pounds, AK – Drank milk out of a REAL coffee cup, E – Turned ONE

Reading >> M – The Girl on the Train,  AK – No No Yes Yes , E – If I were an Owl


Enjoyed >> M – A home date night with my man, AK – Being outside, E – Riding in the wagon

A Favorite Meal >> M – (besides that awesome steak dinner above) Greek yogurt parfaits, AK – Spaghetti, E – Spaghetti

Loving >> M – the end of bottle washing, AK – new necklace, E – new upholstered and monogrammed chair 

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Here’s Something I Won’t Miss

The milestone of turning one is a big one.  There are all kinds of things you become nostalgic for (tiny babies with tiny fingers and tiny toes) and there are also a ton of exciting things happening at the same time.  Of all the things I will miss there is one thing I’m sure I won’t miss:

Washing these crazy 5 piece Dr. Brown bottles.

We have used and washed our last bottle around here.  I’m packing these guys up for a friend expecting  her third baby in October. (Bless her!)  Meanwhile, both of our girls are officially using sippy cups.  HALLELUJAH!

Matt and I are high five-ing over this one.

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Around Here

Most/all of my free time outside of my family and work is spent on trying to improve my health. Which means I’m either working out, preparing something healthy to eat, reading about fitness and or healthy meals, or trying to plan my next workout or my next meal. I want to point out that as a working mother to two, I don’t have a lot of extra time. I’m not trying to downplay my efforts either because I’ve definitely been trying to eat better and workout consistently.   I just don’t want it come across as though I’m spending hours upon hours every day working out and eating well.  (That’d be awesome – ha!  But I don’t have that luxury 😉  Living a healthier lifestyle is definitely a balance and something that’s currently really important to me.  I’m hoping that I will continue to make my health a priority!  Slowly but surely I can see that my hard work is making a difference. I still have a ways to go to reach my personal goals, but I’m trying to remember to be patient and kind to myself.

We celebrated Elaine’s first birthday with our immediate families a couple weeks ago and it was such a fun day.

I’ve always been a little unsure of how much is too much to share in regards to my kiddos online, in social media, and even here on my blog.  I’m not a huge Facebooker but I do love Instagram (I currently have three accounts!  Ridiculous, I know.)  I love having my main account open and not private, but I don’t like not knowing who’s looking at photos of my kiddos.  I was posting a lot of pictures of my girls on my Instagram account and it was starting to make me feel uneasy.  These feelings have been occurring off and on for quite some time so I decided it was time to make a change.  The solution that I’m loving was to create a private account that only family and few select friends that are interested can access.  This private account is all about Alice and Elaine.  It totally satisfies my Momma desire to share photo after photo of them on Instagram while easing my worries about sharing too much with the general public.  I’ll probably still share some photos of my kiddos on my main account, because they are obviously a HUGE part of my life, but the frequency will be drastically reduced.  The new set up is working out well.

I’m already thinking about my One Little Word for next year which makes me realize that I need to focus more on my current One Little Word for 2015.  We still have a good chunk of time to go.  Plus it’s a good one: gratitude.  I’m thinking about making a weekly list of things I’m grateful for.  Big things, little things – it all matters.  I have a lot to be grateful for and can’t help but think it’d be a good idea to give all those things special acknowledgement.

Around here, I’m also re-thinking the Mama/Daughter photo project I’ve been doing this year: M+AK+E.  I l-o-v-e the concept, but it takes a lot of time and effort for me to complete.  I can’t get it together on this one and I’m always late in completing each months’ spread.  (August’s will be late for sure.)  I do have every intention to finish the year out with this project, but next year I’m going to simplify for sure.

What have you been up to lately?  Fill me in 🙂


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M+AK+E June

{Disclaimer: Oh my goodness I realize this is beyond late!  And I was halfway tempted to skip the June edition all together, but for the sake of the photo book at the end of the year I pulled through. Life has seemed extra busy lately with summer and family and just stuff. You know how it is.}

In 2015 I’m doing a monthly mother/daughter photo project documenting 5 of our favorite things. At the end of the year I plan on making a photo book of all these photos. See all these mother/daughter favorites here.

Anyhow, here’s what we were diggin’ in June:

Reading >> M – The Age of Desire, AK – B is for Breakdancing Bear, E – Five Little Ladybugs

Working On >> M – Expecting Alice, AK – naming colors, E – grabbing and throwing everything off of the coffee table

Playing With >> M- the concept of meal prep, AK – tea, E – ladybug

Loving >> M – our new rug, AK – cartoons, E – all things soft and cuddly

Noteworthy >> M – attempting to establish a consistent workout routine, AK – first haircut!, E – standing and cruising everywhere


Tell me, what have you and your loved ones been into lately?

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E at 10 months

This was the post I meant to write the other day but somehow wound up a little more sentimental than I intended and went off on a bit of a tangent about babies not being babies anymore and a mention of hormones and what-not.  SO, back to what I originally meant to write which was an update on Elaine and her monthly photos.

I have been keeping up with Elaine’s monthly photos despite the fact that the last time I shared them here was just before she turned 5 months old (see months 1-5 of Elaine here).  So let’s catch up shall we:


Which brings us to 10 months:

Now for some real talk.  Elaine’s ten month photo was really hard to take.  She’s busy.  As in all over the place.  Matt’s standing right out of the frame and she still almost dived right onto her head.  Perhaps a blanket laid on the floor would have been a much safer back ground option.  Hindsight is 20/20.


Elaine is a joy and LOUD.  So loud.  And I don’t mean she’s loud when she’s upset (which she is) but that she’s just loud in general.   She’s definitely her father’s daughter 😉  She is happy and affectionate.  She loves to cuddle anything soft and she loves to give kisses.  She actually puckers up and leans in for a smooch right on the lips.  It pretty much melts your heart every time she does it.

She has been sleeping solidly through the night for about 2.5 months now. (HOOOORAY!)  She’s a long girl and easily wears 12 month clothes.  Elaine has blue eyes and blondish hair (WHAT?!) She’s a good eater.  She’s mobile, curious, and not overly cautious.  She’s been pulling up and crawling all over the place for the past several weeks.  Walking, I’m sure, is right around the corner.  I guesstimate that she will take her first steps within the next 2-3 weeks.

Our little surprise baby is loved dearly.  She completes our little family of four and we cannot imagine life without our sweet baby Elaine.


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Alice’s Monthly Photos
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