Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Ran across this little beauty today while at work and decided I HAD to post it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

grandparent anniversary

I'm a strong believer that it takes a village to raise a child. When a child is born so are parents and grandparents. It was amazing watching my parents jump into that role. I don't know how I would have gotten through this last year without them. Seriously. I will never forget when I had Max I called my mom in a total panic. I was tired, frustrated, and probably in need of a shower. They were at my doorstep within 6 minutes. It was amazing. They knew exactly what I needed and when I needed it. I wanted to write them a thank you card but I wanted it to be special. I totally fell in love with the personalized cards from Treat. They do all the dirt work and you just add your personalized touches. They even send them for you!

Thanks gammy and popo! We love you!

camp maxwell

I had way too much fun planning Max's first birthday. We decided that we were going to get him a tepee so we decided to carry the theme through the whole party. Max loves to be outside so it fit him perfectly. The day of the party it was raining like crazy but it cleared up just in time. I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out.

 Whats a camping party without a 7 foot bear?
Camp counselors reporting for duty!

 I wanted to to showcase a couple of  highlights from the past year. I found these adorable photo easels on to do just the thing. They are super affordable and FAST! It's the perfect size for my work desk. I love being able to look at my babe all day.

 I cant get over these cupcakes, they turned out so cute I struggled eating them.
 Max struggled eating them too....Turns out he kinda hates sweets. I can't say I'm mad about it.

 The birthday boy in all his glory.


These were so much fun to make. Its not a camping party without s'mores! 

A huge thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us. I cant get over all the love and support we have received over the past year. We love you all.

one year

I can't believe it. My sweet little nugget entered this world a year ago. The days leading up to his birthday I loved to think back about what I was doing the previous year. It's so funny to think that it was only a year ago but at the same time I feel like you have been mine forever. I can't remember what I was like before being your mom and frankly I don't care. I love being your mom. It's my very favorite role. This past year you have taught me more about myself than I have learned most of my life.
I have learned that my body is capable of amazing things. I was lucky enough to get to breastfeed you your first year. There was nothing I loved more than giving you your daily nutrition. The way you would gaze into my eyes with so much love and gratitude melts my heart into a puddle on the ground.
I learned that I can do hard things. Going back to work 3 days a week almost killed me...but when it didn't I realized I'm a lot stronger than I think I am.
I learned that all my life I was only using 1/100 of my heart. My heart has never been so full. I find myself looking at things differently and appreciated the simple things.

I have learned that motherhood is hard. Like really hard. But no matter the challenge it's worth it. Things always workout and if they don't there is always therapy, right? ;)

I learned that I'm a mom. There's no getting around it. I'm a mom. I say mom things and I love it....let's keep the mom jeans at a safe distance though. Motherhood has softened me and made me realize that life is such a blessing and not to worry about the small stuff. Not everyday is good but everyday has some sort of good in it because of you. 

Your smile is so contagious. Even at 3am. When you wake up in the middle of the night I love getting you from your crib because you latch your arms around me so tight like we haven't seen each other in days. There isn't a better feeling in the world. You have been a pretty good sleeper or we are just learning how to function better on less sleep. Either way it's working. You are learning to walk. It's so adorable. You put your arms over your head and take 2-4 steps and squeal with such pride. You have become such a great eater. Every morning you eat a veggie and fruit smoothie. When you see the blender you start saying...Naaa Naaa Naaa Naaa. Meaning....I want I want I want! You also love meatballs, watermelon, chicken, really anything. We feed you what we eat and sometimes it's a hit and other times it's a miss. You adore your new tepee that you got for your birthday. You also love trucks and balls. When you make the truck go you make a vrrooooommm sound. It kills me. Watching you play with your dad makes me the happiest person around. The love he has for you is unmeasurable. He is such an amazing father. The transition into fatherhood was a seamless one for him. Everything came so natural. He would do anything for you. Max thank you for being such an amazing child. Thank you for an incredible year. You have made my life feel more complete and worthwhile. You are our everything.

Also, a huge thank you to Brynn from Sunny Days Photography for capturing these beautiful moments of my sweet little nugget. I will cherish them forever.

 The red highchair was my grandpas Max's when he was a child. I love that I was able to incorporate something that belonged to him.

Monday, June 23, 2014

10 months

Dear little man,

How are you 10 months? HOW? This month has been so much fun...just like the others. Every stage is so much fun with you. You are such a big boy. You know what you want and you are learning how to ask for it. When you're hungry you now say Num num....NUM NUM! You have become obsessed with animals. Last night we were playing with your friend Tristan in his back yard and they have wild baby bunnies.  You couldn't get enough. You would clap and point and giggle. I keep thinking you are going to start walking soon but you prefer crawling for now.  You don't like it when your knees touch the grass so you crawl on your hands an knees with your bum in the air. Our friends joke that you crawl around like a stink bug   Its pretty hilarious. I'm starting to feel like my old self. I have finally figured out our groove. You are napping regularly, sleeping through the night...waking up insanely early,  but sleeping through the night. I think the warm weather has helped as well. We are getting out of the house and always doing something. Yesterday we went to the Park Silly market. You loved dancing to the music and playing with the other babies. I cant believe I'm already planning your first birthday. Where did that year go? I love you dearly.

Mom, Dad, and Chloe

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

9 months

Dear Max,

I say this every month, but where did my baby go? You have turned into a total boy. You love to get dirty, play with Chloe, and play with your vroom vrooms....also known as your trucks. We were a little worried about you not being interested in big boy food and then all of a sudden you woke up wanting to eat EVERYTHING we are eating. Indian food, pesto pasta, king crab, crackers, me the list goes on and on. I love watching you experience new flavors. You make the most adorable face when you're trying to decide if you like it or not. You also decided this would be the month you would start to teeth. It was pretty rough there for a bit. You got a little fever that made us kind of nervous and became a little cranky, but once they broke through you were back to your happy self. You only have 2, so we have a lot more of that fun coming our way. I love you more and more every day. Just when I think I can't love you anymore you flash me a cute little smile or giggle and my love for you triples.
love you little man,
xoxo-Mom, Dad, and Chloe

Monday, April 21, 2014

8 months

Dear Max, 

You are growing so fast. It's really freaking me out. This last month your grandma  Hansen bought you a walker. I really didn't think you would use it for a couple of months but sure enough you got behind it and started waddling all around the house. Its pretty insane. Seeing your cute little drunken sailor jell-o legs trying to walk is possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen. Your other new trick is to climb the stairs. HOW ARE YOU DOING THIS? I swear I just gave birth to you. You are sleeping like a gem...I really shouldn't jink it. You're going to bed around 9 and waking up to nurse at 6, then back to bed until 7:30ish. You have some nights that are better than others but I will take it. Plus I don't mind the extra snuggles I get in the middle of the night. You continue to be a TOTAL mamas boy. Its breaks your fathers heart that you don't want him 24/7. I'm sure its just one of the many phases you will be going though. Its finally warm out....for now. I'm looking forward to hikes down to the river with Chloe and dad and living outside in the sunshine. We love you little man. 

Mom, Dad, and Chloe 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

10-day detox

The last couple of months my diet has gotten out of control. I have been eating way too much sugar, drinking way too much caffeine, and don't even get me started on the carbs.  Ever since Max was born I have had an insatiable craving for sweets. More so than usual. I used to enjoy getting dessert here and there or bake cookies on a random Tuesday, but recently it has gotten to be an everyday thing. I have lost all the baby weight but I'm still not satisfied with my body or energy levels. So I decided that I needed it revamp my diet and detox. I say the word detox and I just get hungry. I have done the master cleanse and honestly I'm surprised I'm still a married woman after that ordeal. I was emotional and emotional. The worst thing about it? I gained it all back. My skin however did look flawless. So this time I wanted to do something where I wasn't starving to death. My parents just recently started The Blood Sugar solution 10 Day Detox. 

They are currently on day 22 (they are on the extended plan), and still living. Not only living they have lost weight, no more arthritis, cholesterol down, sleeping like babies, and just feel better overall. Now, those of you who know my parents know that they are your quintessential workout nuts. They cycle/ work out like crazy and eat like birds. So for them to be able to lose weight shocked me. My mom has lost 6 pounds and my dad has lost 13. Crazy, right? So Ben and I decided it was time to take the plunge.

The following items are on the don't even think about them, let alone put in your mouth list:

  • Anything that is not real food (e.g. anything made in a factory that comes in a can, box or package) unless it is a canned whole food such as sardines or artichokes with only a few real ingredients such as water or salt
  • Any food or drink that contains added sugar (including honey, molasses, agave, maple syrup, organic cane juice or artificial sweeteners), especially any sugar-sweetened beverages or fruit juices
  • Anything that contains hydrogenated oils and refined vegetable oils (like corn or soybean oil)
  • Any foods with artificial sweeteners, preservatives, additives, coloring, or dyes – basically anything that has a label or is processed in any way
  • Anything sugar or flour based (cookies, cakes, candies, etc.)
  • Grains (rice, oats, quinoa) and all foods made from flours (crackers, pasta, bread, pretzels, etc.)
  • Starches (sweet potato, potato, squash, parsnip, beets, etc.)
  • Beans and legumes (chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, kidney beans, etc.)
  • Dairy (yogurt, sour cream, cheese, milk, etc.)
  • Coffee and anything caffeinated (tea, soft drinks, lattes, etc.)
  • Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits, etc.)
So that leaves us with kale....

Not really, but pretty much. It leaves lean protein (chicken, turkey, eggs, nuts, and fish) and non-starchy veggies. You are allowed blueberries and strawberries only in your morning smoothie. 

I'm excited to see how I feel by the end of this. My main hope is to gain some kind of balance in my diet and have less sugar cravings. Wish me luck! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

7 months

At some point in my life I plan to get back to regular blogging....but in the meantime I will continue to do monthly updates....3 weeks late.

Dear Maxwell

 You  are a MAD MAN! You are crawling like crazy. Seriously crazy. This month has been so much fun. The weather is looking a little better so we have gone to the park a couple of days. You have decided to make friends with the didn't go that great the first

time. You love the are so my child. You continue to babble da da da da da! It’s the world’s cutest thing. You have learned how to crawl up the stairs and how to open every single drawer/cupboard in the house. Your new favorite party trick is to pull the electrical socket covers off....aren't those supposed to be baby proof?  We are in full baby proofing mode. Just when I think I have made everything baby safe you find a new the lamp that you LOVE to pull off the end table. You have also decided to turn into a total mama's boy. I love it, but it’s pretty hard on your dad. Last night he was trying to put you asleep and you were screaming and screaming. Your dad was convinced that you were hurt. I went in the room and gave you a big hug and you immediately stopped crying. It was as if someone pushed mute the second I picked you up.  You just want mama loves all day. You have turned into a con-artist when it comes to sleeping in your crib. If you wake up in the night you stand up, cry, and throw your head back all while looking at the door waiting for someone to save you....hello dramatics. Stupid video monitor. It kills me to see you sad. I have tried to let you cry it out, and that usually lasts a whopping 7 minutes. Once I save you, you give me the biggest hug and I melt in the middle of your nursery.  

 We love you so much Max. I honestly can't and don't want to imagine our lives without you.

Mom, Dad, and Chloe


Thursday, February 20, 2014

6 months

Dear little Maxwell

Where do I begin. This month you decided you don't want to be a baby anymore. Its heart breaking and wonderful all at once. You have learned how to crawl and pull up. You are into EVERYTHING! You have learned how to pull out the drawers in the coffee table, how to rip out pages in my cookbooks,  how to pull on Chloe's ears, how to crawl off the bed....  Your personality cracks me up. You defiantly know what you want and how to get it. You have become very vocal...I cant figure out who you got that from. :)  You love it when we stack up your blocks and you knock them over. You crack up. Your laugh is the soundtrack to our lives. I could listen to it on repeat all day. It never gets old. I love you more than I ever thought possible.

Mom, Dad, and Chloe