Monday, July 4, 2016

Congratulations Robbyn and Jason!

"Oh let's get rich and buy our parents homes in the south of France.
Let's get rich and give everybody nice sweaters and teach them how to dance.
Let's get rich and build a house on a mountain making everybody look like ants. From way up there, you and I. You and I."

Over the weekend we traveled to Chicago to see my little sister get married! It was an honor  and a privilege to stand by her side on her special day, just as it has been to grow up alongside her. The day was gorgeous and these pictures don't do justice! (The professional photos are going to be stunning and I can't wait to see them!)

Cece and Rosie had a part in the day as flower girls. Cece even got her hair professionally done (thanks, Mom!) and she loved being a part of the bridal party.

I can't stop looking at the first look. This might be one of my favorite moments of the whole day.

Robbyn and I also managed a pic together fresh off the hair and makeup chairs. Can someone please airbrush me and apply false lashes everyday? That would be spectacular, thanks ; ) I still can't get over how beautiful she (and Jay!) looked.

(From this point on, I put away my phone and participated in the ceremony which was short, sweet, and lovely. One of the best parts in my opinion was when Robbyn quoted the movie  "When Harry Met Sally" and then took Jays tissue from his jacket pocket to dab her tears!)

This was an entirely DIY wedding, which included my sister making her own wedding cake. (Because why wouldn't she?) Also, sorry Robbyn for nearly giving you a heart attack several times as Cece attempted to touch the cake and also ran perilously close to the table. EEEEK!

And why wouldn't the tables be named after Air Jordans? (Oh, Jay.)

Rosie thoroughly approved of the sweets table and the desserts. And she deserved a treat after being such a sweet flower girl!

To say my dad was greatly missed on the wedding day would be an understatement. However, my brother did a heck of a job walking Robbyn down the aisle and dancing with her! Great job representing, Michael!

We couldn't have asked for a lovelier or more fun day! The reception was filled with dancing, partying, laughing, and a his and hers keg stand. Post reception, the party continued at the bar in the hotel and I think I still need one more night of sleep to finally recover from it all.

I'm not going to blubber for too long on here (I already did that at the wedding), but I just wanted to say once more how much I love my sister and how much I love Robbyn and Jay as a couple. I can't wait to see how they grow together in the years ahead and to see the fun and adventure that they are sure to have.

Because, after all, when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

We've Moved!

Hello blog world, my old friend! You probably gathered from my last (emotional) post three weeks ago that we've moved! We are now residents of Hudson, Wisconsin. And there's been a whole lot to do between unpacking, address changing, getting Cece signed up for school (and a little bit of summer school!), purchasing new furniture, arguing with each other about where stuff should go and who bought the wrong size curtain rod AGAIN and all those summer activities in between!


So here we all are together finally! Joe's parents were able to watch the girls for a couple day while we attended our closings and physically moved all of our things. It felt great to all be together again and the girls were ecstatic to be living and playing in the new house! 

One of our first purchases was seating for the front porch. I have a front porch! (I'm just going to continue saying that and sitting out there over and over again until it sinks in.)

The above mentioned front porch pairs very well with the view and also a glass of wine on these long summer evenings.

During the first week we moved in I saw my first ever double rainbow and also saw the entire arc of one of the rainbows. This proves to me that the universe is happy for us as this rainbow was actually stretched right over our neighborhood. The girls and I were able to see it from Cece's bedroom window and I do say, it was magical.

And you heard right, the girls have their own bedrooms in addition to several play spaces! Of course, their favorite place to be is the master bath and my closet as they now have easy access to my shoes and jewelry. 

Even though lots of spaces feel a far way from "done", I have to share a small peek of our dining room. As soon as we moved in, we purchased my dream dining table in addition to a dreamy chandelier. Eat your heart out, Joanna Gaines! My Fixer Upper dreams are literally coming true before my eyes! I am loving our meals in here together, that's for sure. Even eating hot dogs seems special in here!

Another favorite part of the house is the loft area upstairs where the bedrooms are. Instead of a dark narrow hallway, we basically have this bonus room that's full of light (and now teepee and toys). I recently discovered that Rosie knows how to climb INTO her crib. So we've transitioned her to a toddler bed which is just so darn exciting that she can't fall asleep during naps or bedtimes. So, she instead just falls asleep whenever, wherever. Hoping this phase is short-lived, but it is kind of funny finding her passed  out in random places.

When Rosie is not falling asleep in random places, she has been enjoying the green space across the street from our house. Good for running around, picnics, and bird-watching!

We had a picnic lunch outside last week and Cece said "I've been waiting my whole life for this!" I don't blame her. Cheese and crackers outside on a nice day is my idea of perfection too.

Cece keeps trying to photograph all the birds outside with my phone. It was super cute when she told me she want to be a nature photographer because she loves animals. It was slightly less cute (but still funny) when she told me "You're so big and noisy and scaring everything away!" 

I need to also note that since we now have a large kitchen, Joe bought something he's always longed for but we've never had the storage to accommodate... a waffle maker! And he's already used it several times. (I, however, am intimidated by it. It looks too complicated and flippy to me. I know I would make a serious mess.)

In addition to moving, lots of other things have been happening! My brother just completed his culinary program at the Art Institute. My mom came into town and we attended his senior portfolio show. This may have been the best graduation event I have ever attended due to the fact that it was fast, fun, and full of delicious food! Way to go, bro!!! I'm still crazy proud of him and can't wait to see what he does next.

We also attended the wedding of my friend Marla (no pics from my phone, but it was lovely!). We also celebrated our sixth anniversary as well as Father's Day. In the last three weeks I also managed two family photo shoots, one newborn photoshoot, and one T Rex photo shoot. Joe, the girls, and I have been out discovering all sorts of new parks and playgrounds and it's been a great experience to explore new places and meet new neighbors as well. Also, Cece just had her first official sleepover at her cousin Michaela's house. Life has been kind of good for these girls lately!

Here we are splash-padding it up in Woodbury with cousins last week. I'm hoping now that the initial stress and craziness of moving and settling in is winding down that we can now start really just relax and enjoy the rest of summer as much as possible!

I really want to thank all of our friends and family who have already trekked out to Wisconsin to visit us already (some several times!) So thank you Michael, Emily, Jess, Azure, Angela, Troy, Luke, and Andrea for visiting and helping us settle in! ESPECIALLY Joe's sisters. Our stuff would still be in boxes everywhere if not for them. They unflinchingly and efficiently took our boxes of total randomness and made our house a home that I LOVE living in. I seriously still think this may still all be a dream!

Here's to a GREAT summer! There's still so much I want to do! And all you friends, please come visit!!!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In Praise of a Tiny House

Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate, Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can't help but communicate. And if we had more room between us, think of all we'd miss. Love grows best in houses just like this.

After nearly five years in our current home, we are selling and moving in just, well, today. It still feels very unreal and all the feelings are swirling about within me (excitement, anxiousness, sadness, happiness, etc.) I'm beyond thrilled to be moving to a new home that is going to have a long list of things we've only dreamed about (Central air! More than one bathroom!), a part of my heart will always be in this tiny house and the memories we've had here I will treasure forever.

This house is where I began my stay-at-home mom career (or CEO of domestic affairs as I will refer to it on my resume). I started out having no idea what I was doing. Nearly 5 years later, I can confidently  report that I still have no #$%*ing  idea what I'm doing. But I do know that love doing it and couldn't be more grateful for the experience and time with my little ladies. The memories of my girls here as babies are worth their weight in gold to me.

I will dearly miss our big tree out in the front yard where both girls have swung, higher, higher! It was such a sweet surprise from Joe and over the past three years, it's gotten a whole lot of use!


I will remember building fairy gardens, making wonky planters, creating garden beds, and having little dirty hands "helping" with yard work every summer.

I'll remember how I learned to cook a few good meals! In this house, I attempted a variety of recipes (some with more success than others) and ventured beyond making just tacos and spaghetti. (Even though that's not been the case lately, I know I can do it!)

I'll remember and carry on our established traditions such a gingerbread house making every Christmas.

I'll remember how in that really tiny bathroom, I taught a tiny person how to successfully use the potty several years ago which I honestly feel is one of my biggest life accomplishments.

I'll remember big noisy meals at our tiny table as well as the quiet mornings drinking coffee with Joe before the girls woke up in the morning. This picture was taken the day we brought Rosie home from the hospital. We had a nice pre-made meal from Sarah and I think this pic really captures just how tiny, cozy, and special meals can be in a small space.

(So much birthday cake has been baked and eaten in this house!)

I'll remember the girls bedroom as a slightly magical place where they played and slept (sometimes).

I'll remember Cece starting her education while living in this house!

And I'll remember watching the girls learn to sit, crawl, stand, and walk. The big windows is where the girls learned to pull themselves up to standing and, of course, got nose and finger prints everywhere.

I'll remember how there were literally no good backgrounds to take pictures, haha.

Again, limited space has made for some "cozy" situations.

And forts are easy to make with such easy access to the dining room chairs!

And I'll remember how our house would burst from the seams with holiday spirit every year because the spirit has literally no where else to go!

If I had to choose one photo that sums up why I've loved this house, it would be this. So many mornings, I've gotten to spend in this sunny living room with a cup of coffee and my ladies, just lounging in our jammies, playing, building, and "arting." I know I will miss these days with all of my heart when they are small and mine and can both fit on my lap and the same time. I'm actually getting teary as I write this, but I want to thank Joe from the bottom of my heart for giving me not only this home, but this life with our family. It has been a beautiful and "cozy" five years and I can't wait to see and share what the future brings for us!

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