Friday, April 29, 2011

A Royal Wedding of Our Own

I don't know if this is just me, but do any of you married women remember the first couple of weddings after your own big day being kinda hard? Maybe you felt the slightest smidgeon of jealousy that your ship had already sailed.


It's like the angel and the devil over your shoulder-- one saying "What a beautiful day, it's the perfect wedding, what a stunning bride!" and the other saying "Boo, this isn't fair!  I'm not even allowed to catch the bouquet anymore!"  And the more you try to tell that one to shut up, the louder he gets.

But then you get it out of your system and you're back to your old self, enjoying weddings and relishing in the happy memories of your own; appreciating how cool it is that weddings can be so different and yet equally beautiful, classy and fun.

I love weddings.  And I was honestly over the "I'll never be a bride again" sadness hump.

But then there was Kate Middleton.  She blew me away.  And made me seriously pine for a time capsule.

Seriously.  What a vision.


photo credit: www.hollywooddame.com

But you know why my Friday, April 29th, 2011 was even better than Kate Middleton's?  This is why:



Ok, not quite as fun, but close.  My sister in law, mother in law and I had an authentic British morning tea party, complete with homemade scones (Bisquick counts, right?), apricot jam, and handmade crazy hats.

Even Niall was into it.



And, drum roll please....


Yes, "authentic" $12 Princess Diana engagement rings from www.royalwedding.com.  Our motto is go big or go home ;)

So put that in your pipe and smoke it, Kate.

Just kidding, I want to be you.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Best Part of Waking Up


...is surprisingly not Folger's in your cup. It's the sun coming up over glistening waves right in front of your beach house, while sitting on the porch in complete silence, holding a vanilla chai tea with honey in it.  Just to clarify.


How could you not want to spend your morning breathing this in every day?





And it's not just the beach, the water, the perfect view. It's the whole beach house feel. The salty breeze flowing through the open doors, the constant trail of sand on the cool tiles (no matter how much you rinse your feet), and the porches-- how I love the porches; screened it, open, wrap around, roof top, bottom floor, swings, hammocks. There's something about endless porches that just makes me so incredibly happy.

I'm sitting on the screened in porch right now, watching a seriously intense thunderstorm, and I have to say that it's even cooler than laying out on the beach on a perfectly sunny day. I've never actually sat outside during pouring rain and monstrous bolts of thunder (by choice), but it's pretty invigorating.  Even though I stayed perfectly dry and was not technically outside ;)



Don't worry, there has also been plenty of time for this...





So here's hoping the rest of this week doesn't fly by too fast ;)





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Friday, April 22, 2011

Flashback Friday

One year ago last month, we were in Charleston, SC.  Soaking up the sun (or for Niall, soaking up the shade under the umbrella), dunking little pale toes into the "ruffles" of the ocean, and digging through the sand.






Even the flight was great-- I'm not sure if Niall thought so, but I was pretty happy about the extra seat that popped up next to us...




It was so great that we've made a tradition out of it and we're going again this Easter week.

Tomorrow, by 2 pm, I will be spreading out my beach towel on a soft pile of sand with an 80 degree gentle breeze drifting over my face.  It can't come fast enough.

But here's the weird part.  Niall was 4 months old when we were there last year.  Not too much activity on his part-- mostly sleeping and being held.  Now, it will be so much more fun, with a walking (running) energetic little ball of excitement. 

I can't wait to see what 17 month old Niall thinks about the beach this time around.  If it's anything like his feelings toward exploring wood piles in the back yard, I think we're in good shape.




Happy 17 month birthday to Niall today, by the way!  Wow, time flies.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Emergency Room: Round 2

It feels good to just sit.  I say this a lot, but it rings especially true today.  After another trip to the emergency room- second time this month- I really needed to just relax and take a breather and say "the rest can wait." 

Today was supposed to be a killer day.  Take the new bike for a spin on the trails, have a lunch picnic on a blanket in the yard, walk over to the park.  And the psycho scheduler inside of me is starting to get the wake up call; starting to realize that the words "toddler" and "schedule" just don't really go together. 

I think it's good to try, but it's also important to be flexible and know that plans are going to be broken dozens of times a week for dozens of different reasons.  I just need to mentally walk myself through that mantra ;)

So just as we were approaching "10am-- Mommy takes shower," we were interrupted with "9:58am-- Niall busts lip open by pulling wrought iron fireplace screen onto himself."

I'd like to say that it gets easier each time you go to the ER; that you gain more composure, are more relaxed, and have a quicker reaction time.  But I'm afraid that just isn't the case for me.

I was surprisingly somewhat calm when I saw the deep purplish red dot above Niall's lip getting bigger and bigger after scooping him up off the floor.  But then I spent about 3-4 minutes just pacing around the room, going "Uhhh, ok, uhhhh, gauze, uhhh, call doctor?, no, drive to ER, wait, stop the bleeding, please don't squirm!, where's that emergency kit?"

Once we got in to the stitching room, it took every ounce of my strength not to start crying for Niall.  I knew it was going to be brutal, but watching your kid get strapped into a straight jacket and have a fish hook poked through his lip is pure torture.  There was nothing I could do; he was screaming too loud to hear any of my attempts to soothe him and his entire body was enclosed in canvas, so I couldn't really touch him. I was seriously blinking back tears, hoping the doctor and nurse didn't notice.



But 3 stitches and one majorly delayed nap later, here we are.  Good as new.  Refreshed and revived with my tall glass of cucumber water, some classical music on the ol' ipod, and my feet propped up on the fire pit.  Enjoying the sun, holding a baby monitor, and taking lots of deep breaths-- knowing that in 2 days, I will be in Charleston, SC for a week!

 
 Excuse the frighteningly pale legs and feet



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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday {actin like a fool}

"wit yo pants on da ground"

Hey, what gives??


How am I supposed to chalk this place up with my pants around my ankles?




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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Main Difference

...between being the first time mom of a 10 month old and a 16 month old is this:

When they're 10 months old, you want to make sure that you enthusiastically read every line of every book-- begging your little one to stop flipping the page before you've had a chance to get it all out.



But once they're 16 months; walking, almost talking, throwing books at you a mile a minute-- you suddenly find yourself taking a page like this:


and turning it into this:

"Yes, Lloyd.  My mama's a llama."  

Next!


"BLUE!"

Next!

...and so on

Of course I love reading to Niall.  But when you can't keep up with those little lightning flipping fingers, you learn to improvise-- and stop worrying about whether your kid will be able to read by the time they're two ;)

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