July 30, 2012


Now that she's rolling in both directions, holding her head up like a pro, and getting stuck during naptime ...

It might be time to put up the crib bumpers.

July 26, 2012

precious gemstones

A friend was kind enough to make (and send) a little rag doll for Pearl a week or so ago.

Onesie: Child of Mine (thrifted for $0.25)
Pants: Carters (hand-me-down)

I think we'll call her "Opal."

July 24, 2012

sharing a moment

I never thought that the sight of two children watching TV together could make my heart explode with joy.

But, I guess, that was before I had two children.

Two adorably wonderful children.

I am so happy that they are mine.

July 23, 2012

seven years and counting

Our marriage is many things (in no particular order) ...










But it's not itchy.

Definitely not itchy.

July 19, 2012

old-fashioned girl

I always enjoyed the "challenge" of shopping before knowing the gender of my baby ...  And, being of the mind that girls don't always need to wear pink (and boys don't need to wear blue), I was always happy to find onesies like the one in today's post.

There was (is) just something cute about brown and cream-colored stripes.

They are very classic.  Old-timey, if you will ...

So, when Pearl finally donned today's onesie (without any shorts since the weather was so hot and humid), I was amused that she looked like a baby of the past, the dark and light stripes being reminiscent of the old bathing suits you'd see in a black and white movie.

Striped onesie: Old Navy (thrifted for $0.50)

And, now, with a little editing ...

I suppose it is fitting, though.

The name "Pearl" hit its peak of popularity (according to the Social Security website) in 1900!

July 17, 2012

pearl: four months

With summer in full swing, Pearl's fourth month has flown right by!

Since my three month post, she has quickly changed from a squishy, sleepy infant, to a little lady that is full of energy and spunk ...  Energy that comes in handy for holding her head up and rolling over!

There's nothing better than getting on the floor with her and watching as she makes an array of (sweet, goofy, inquisitive, pouty) faces.

She's quite the ham ... Just like her brother!

Height: 24.75 inches
Weight:12 pounds 1 ounce

July 16, 2012

helping hand

As I've mentioned before, Malcolm is always eager to lend a helping hand in and around the house.

Just the other evening, I was sitting in the living room with Pearl (who is now an expert at rolling over from back to front!), and he came flying in through the back door, grabbed his little plastic hammer, and then burst back outside. 

Intrigued and curious to see what he was getting into, I went to the window to peek into the back yard and this is what I saw:

Apparently, my husband was pounding some loose nails back into our fence and Malcolm wanted in on the action, too.

He is becoming such a little boy that I can hardly stand it.

July 13, 2012

take a hike

My husband had an extra day off last week (in addition to the fourth), so we took advantage of it and spent an afternoon/evening in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Although there were people around (as evidenced by many cars in the parking lot), we felt like we had the place all to ourselves!

Malcolm had a lot of fun roaming the open field and quickly took off to explore, while the husband started grilling our dinner ...

Then it was time to hike the Ritchie Ledges Trail!

My husband has been coming to this particular part of the Park for years with his family (and, later, with me in the early stages of our relationship), so it was a lot of fun to see him and Malcolm enjoying the same hike together. 

Our dinner took a bit longer than planned, so we didn't get to spend as much time in the forest among the ledges as we would have liked ...  We will definitely be back before the summer is over (and probably many more times after that)!

July 12, 2012


Who are you looking at?

Dress: H&M (gift)
Pants: Carter's (pack of two for $10.00)

July 9, 2012


I'm a little late with this post that features photos from the Fourth of July, but that doesn't make the sentiment any less true ...

This summer has truly been wonderful so far.

While some days are full of activities, and some are lazy and uneventful, I am finding myself falling deeper and deeper in love ...

With my husband.

With my children.

With the ultimate job that is motherhood.

With this season of our lives.

Right now, there is nothing better than my little family of four ... 

Even though it is still somewhat new to us (Pearl will be four months old in about a week) it feels like we've been this way forever.

And that is a good feeling.

So, like fireworks that light up the night sky, my heart is exploding with happiness and unable to contain all the good it holds inside.


Yes, unbelievably. 

But one hundred percent true nonetheless.

July 5, 2012

(more) yard maintenance with malcolm

Any chance he gets, he wants to "help" his Dad in the yard.

"Are you going to mow the grass?"  I ask, as he sets off down the driveway with his bubble lawnmower.

"No, Mom," he sighs, as if I just insulted his vast intelligence.  "I mow the street!"

And off he goes ...

Up and down the driveway.

Again and again.

Mowing the street.

Until he makes a U-turn and tries to run my feet over.

"Crash!"  he exclaims, between giggles.

How is it even possible that he'll be turning three in a couple of months?!

Tee-shirt: Garanimals (gift)
Jean shorts: Jumping Beans (hand-me-down)
Socks: Unknown brand (hand-me-down)
Shoes: Cherokee (thrifted for $1.50)

July 3, 2012

lessons learned on our first family trip

At the end of last week, my husband and I packed up the kids for a long weekend in Erie, Pennsylvania.  It was only a two hour drive, and, since we've been there many times before, it was easy to come up with inexpensive activities to occupy ourselves ...  Among them were visits to the Erie Zoo and Waldameer Park.

Although I would consider the trip a success, we learned a couple important lessons that we'll certainly keep in mind whenever we decide to round up our kiddos and take to the road ...

Lesson #1: Hotels with pools provide lots of warm-weather entertainment at little cost.

Lesson #2: Some family portraits are actually fun to take ... All you need is a camera with a self-timer.

Lesson #3: Getting the two-year-old to ride on one (non-kiddie) ride should be considered an achievement.

Lesson #4: Just because he enjoys the local zoo, doesn't mean he likes all zoos ...

Lesson #5: You can't really call it a "vacation" when there are two kids involved, but that doesn't make it any less fun!

July 2, 2012


It's a rough job being a baby ...

But someone's got to do it!