Feb 15, 2020

bruce is two!

from 2018 (around bruce's second birthday.) i remember writing this; i just wish i had finished.
unfinished or not, these memories are too precious to allow me to keep hiding them away gathering dust in my draft box.

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we just celebrated bruce's second-- that's right, his second birthday last weekend but i'm still having a difficult time believing that it's already been a whole year since his first birthday.

what words does bruce say?

oh boy, what words don't you say? your vocabulary has taken off in the last several months! when rose was born, you had mastered 10-20 words and now you're speaking in sentences and copying everything we say. you give a solid effort on saying all words except when i asked if you could say ukelele -- you flat out refused.

i love the way you say tucker (tuh-tuh) and koda (kola), and the way you talk to your sister melts my heart. you finally stopped referring to her mainly as "baby" and now call her rosy (ro-ey) or sometimes just ro, and i've even heard you call her "sweetheart", something your dad and i must do often.

here are a few of your phrases that are my favorites:

"let go, rosy!" (leh doe, ro-ey) something you say often
"mama, inside now!" when you're done playing outside.
"no thank you, mama." another common one usually said in response to me asking you if you're ready for naptime or a diaper change.
"bye-bye! see ya! drive safe!" said strung together like that every time you climb into your little tikes fire engine.

growth & appearance

your hair came in fast in the last year. on your first birthday, you were still mostly bald and now you have the cutest baby afro.
you receive a lot of attention for your hair.
it's light blonde and usually frizzy, creating a halo effect when the sun hits it just right -- same as mine. when freshly combed, it forms the tiniest of ringlets all over your head.
unfortunately, it's prone to tangle and you hate having your hair combed. it's gotten to a point where you know what's coming and begin cringing and saying "ow" before i ever touch your head.
dad wants to cut it, but i can't bring myself to do that. it's too beautiful!

you weigh 25 lbs, wear size five diapers and 2-3T clothes except for pants, in which you still wear size 12m.
your top and bottom "fangs" finally came in to complete your set of teeth, and boy am i glad you're not a biter because those babies look sharp!

p.s. click here to read about bruce's first month and rose's first month!

Feb 7, 2020

diy painted wooden heart magnets


i know i know. it's been way too long since the last time i posted on here but this whole "new year, new you" thing has motivated me to come back. plus i just did a super cute valentine's day craft that i want to share with you!

i actually put together this project for a "sisters craft day" with my local sisters-in-law. i knew i wanted to do something valentine's themed for the upcoming holiday but was having a hard time finding anything on pinterest that wasn't too kid-ish. then i remembered a diy i saw on the almost makes perfect blog and thought i could spice it up real nice for v-day.

not to brag or anything, but i love how it turned out!

now without further ado... the tutorial.



01. set out your paints, brushes, and hearts and paint those bad boys to your heart's content! you may want to lay an old newspaper down to protect the surface you're painting on from spills. 

02. once the paint is dry (the Ceramcoat paints i used dried quick!) you may choose to glue a few of the hearts together to create a look with more dimension. my sisters-in-law did that and they turned out super cute! i chose not to stack mine because i prefer a more minimal look.

03. now is the time to apply the magnets! i purchased two different types of magnets (i linked my fave) and ended up preferring the peel and stick method over needing to use superglue. you may notice in my pictures that the glue bled through one of my smallest hearts, totally wrecking its cuteness! lol
      if you do decide to go the glue-on route, you'll need to let your magnets dry for a few hours before sticking them to anything.

and there you go! i love the way this simple look feels so festive on my refrigerator without overwhelming my home with pink and hearts and glitter hahaha

with a sweet note, and maybe a bit of chocolate, these hearts would be the cutest little valentine's gift for any of your friends.

i hope you enjoy this diy! feel free to share it with your friends and family -- if you do, be sure to share a picture on instagram and tag me! it would make me so happy to see what you create :) 

what do you have planned for valentine's day? i hope you have a happy and love-filled day!

p.s. another simple valentine's day craft and don't forget that st patricks day is coming up!

Mar 26, 2019

on sentiment in motherhood

I don't think of myself as a sentimental person, yet when I look around the room I realize that it is full of sentiment.

a trio of wooden dinosaurs carved by my grandpa.
the collection of Winnie the Pooh books that I read as a child.
Nate's own stuffed bear, Smokey with the singed paws.
a single dried rose from Rose's baby shower.
a dresser from my dad's childhood.
my Raggedy Ann doll.
that glass vase held flowers at my wedding.
a stuffed leopard that was once my brothers & a small stuffed cougar cub that was also his.
a wooden bear that used to sit inside Nate's childhood home.

My babies sleep in the same room I grew up in. The walls may be a different color, but the windows are the same ones I covered in lace curtains & stared at the moon through almost every night of my adolescent life.

I don't think of myself as a sentimental person, but when my children are playing in the yard that my brothers & I used to explore & I'm showing my son the juniper fort we built & imagining the ways I'm going to fix it up for him, it is a bit difficult not to be.