When we found out we were expecting a kiddo, one of our first gifts was an amazing jogging stroller–a BOB! I had lots of preconceived notions of walking a mile and a half to the coffee shop while on maternity leave with junior. Ha! Little did I know how difficult I’d find the transition to mama-hood, let alone consider the logistics involved in a 3 mile round trip walk with a hungry, poopy, peey, little man.

Thankfully, the stroller is still working out great, though our not-so-little guy just topped 36 inches and he isn’t even two yet!

This summer I’ve been able to get in a groove and we now manage to go for a jog/lope twice a week or so. I’m surprised how much my little man loves it. We go first thing when he gets up. Once “the sun is up,” of course. I tuck him into the stroller with a water bottle (I keep an extra under the stroller because this kid can drink two so quickly), a snack–usually Annie’s bunnies, one or two of his hand knitted bunny lovies, and his hand knit blanket. I show up with a water bottle of my own an inexpensive digital watch with a timer I got eons ago.

Off we go.

We don’t make it too far before the commentary starts.


“Yes, honey, there is the park.” I get out between labored breaths.

“Light on” or “Light off,” depending.

He is obsessed with turning our own lights on and off–the ones he can reach anyways. And always remarks about other people’s front lights. He is very demanding that we turn them on and off according to his whims, even though I constantly tell him that every family gets to decide those things for themselves.


Yes, he knows that stop signs are shaped like an octagon and will tell you every time he sees one. On a run, on a walk, in the car, it doesn’t matter. We have Shaun the Train from YouTube to thank for the lesson in shapes.


This was one he busted out last time upon seeing the HOV symbol that also marks bike trails around us. Crazy time.

All the time I’m trying to acknowledge him, run, and push the not so light stroller. It makes for a comedic adventure when my mindset is right and lots of frustrations when my mindset is a bit off.

I have a large hill that I run up and I’ve taught him to say, “Go, go, go,” or “Go, mom, go,” or “Run, mama, run.” I have to chant it out first, but he usually picks up on it quickly and it is so fun to get to the top. We both break out in lots of “Yay’s!”

We say “hi” to the people that pass us, and the cats that survey the neighborhoods from their perches. We point out dogs, and airplanes, and squirrels, and bikes, and fire trucks.

And as long as his blanket stays put and a toe or two, or even a foot doesn’t pop out, he’s pretty content.

Everyone tells me to embrace these moments because they go by quickly and I’m learning they are right and working to relish them.

Here’s a terribly blurry, post-run photo after our third day in a row of finishing our 45-minute runs before 6:30 am!



My little monkey seems to be a bit of a budding artist, which means I get to regularly indulge the both of us with creative endeavors. I think I started this little notebook at the end of last year. The first few entries were just me scribbling in crayon and him watching or adding a few marks here and there.

Then I found this fabulous washi tape on Amazon. It came in a ton of bright colors and the monkey loved unrolling it. After an arm length piece came off, I’d rip it up into more manageable sizes and put it in the notebook. The monkey helped sometimes.

Then we went to a few birthday parties and Trader Joe’s and ended up with a nice assortment of stickers. He picks, I peel them off, and he applies them. Usually one on top of another.

Real Life Moment: My mom sent us some stickers. Included were frogs and turtles. He calls both of the stickers frogs. The turtle ones, however, are frogs with hats. Who am I to argue?

If you give a toddler a camera, you will get some interesting photos.

Evidence here.

I love these shots that include his little toes!

I’m not sure what is happening here, but this may be his first selfie!

Toddler Shots?


Real Life Moment: His shirt reads “It’s my brother’s fault.” There are no more kiddos that we know of currently, but I couldn’t let a good hand me down go to waste.

Coming soon, a new look and new posts. Who knew having kids was so much work? Thanks for hanging in there with me.




I’d like to say I won’t be sorry to see 2013 go. To say that would mean glossing over my first full year of becoming a mama, and that’d be sad.

So instead of rehashing the craziness. Here’s to celebrating the good times in 2013.



After doing my short workout, and prepping lunch, I hear little man starting to stir. So this is a quicky catchup.

Sidenote: This is the best, best, best salad ever. And if you are as obsessed as I am about Pinterest, please follow me so I can follow you. Or just leave your Pinterest name so I can follow you.

I have been sewing lately. This was supposed to be a shirt, but ended up a wadder. I’m not even sure what went wrong. I think fabric choice (vegan pleather I inherited–why do they call it vegan?) and the length was too short. Every top feels too short now apres bebe. So here’s my beautiful mess. Also, most of the pattern for this was created one Sunday morning when hubby was on vacation and took junior to church (one with a nursery!) and I stayed home and played hooky. I somehow feel the need to confess that. :)



I’m working on knitting a pair of sock for giant little man. He’s currently in 2T clothes and 2-4 year socks. Eek! My dad is 6’5″ so God help us all. And by working on, I started them about 2 months ago and haven’t looked at them since. Sigh. The pattern is here. And YouTube videos were super helpful.



Here we are at a late summer cookout. First time at the “Big Kid’s Table.” They had grilled cheese. I swear he hated cheese before this, but is already succumbing to peer pressure! And his first potato chips–a huge hit! He only slid under the table once or twice. Ha! But I was there to catch him.


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I read Orange Lingerie’s book (now that I’m thinking about, I still have some left to read). If you sew bras, get this book. The most awesome tip for fitting a band is in here. And she’s coming out with a bra pattern soon! So this bra fits better than a lot of my older ones, but after making 5 or 6? bras I still have fit issues. I think part of it is I keep “experimenting” and just need to get a basic fit down and then experiment. Alas..

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This is my favorite Fall snack. I’ve made 2 double batches and one single because I didn’t have enough ingredients for a double batch. Yummy. But definitely takes 5x as long to bake as the recipe states.



I made a bedskirt and recovered this chair in the ever-so-popular chevron fabric for the nursery, in January. The chair slipcover was pretty severely lacking, but it works. I added snaps from Snapsource and things are fitting much, much, much better. And using their snap setting tool is a lot of fun and super easy. I highly recommend this if you are doing snaps.

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Since our little man turned one, a lot of his friends also turned one. So, I sewed a few cute girly clothes. All of his “closest” friends are girls at the moment. Hrm..

Girl Dresses


This lace jumped into my hands at Artistry in Fashion this year. Now, what to do with it. It is cotton with applique on top and from the 1920s. The color is peachy.



And lastly some kitty love. We do lots of block building/destroying so I made a kitty.



And we had our first face painting experience. Besides wanting to grab the paintbrush, he did great!



Got to run.


Are You Out There

Just curious if anyone but my sweet mama and super sexy husband read this? If so, please let me know in a comment. And if you do, what do you like about my blog–arts/crafts/adorable baby pics/working out/food/something else?

I’ll definitely send some love to one lucky commenter.

Merci in advance.



I read on April 11, that we were 100 days into the year. Crazy, hun?

I am a lover of all things goal related. I love New Year’s Resolutions, but I think I love reflecting on the previous year just as much.  I love back to school in August. I get giddy when the school supplies come out. I love learning and the anticipation of newness.

So hearing we are 100 days into 2013 seemed like the perfect time to stop and re-evaluate where I’ve been and where I’d like to be. It didn’t hurt that this year, I went through a goal plan that Ms. Lara Casey (Issacson) shared and she was doing a check-in herself.

That and it was also about a month after I attended Making Things Happen.

Yes, I may not have been blogging, but besides chasing a rapidly growing almost mobile toddler-like dude (babyhood really does go so fast), I’ve been quite busy.

And now we’re on the flipside.

Let’s say 2013

  • I love being a mama.
  • Holy cow, Eric, I so wish you had health on your side. Imagine what you/we could do. So sad that it looks like yet another surgery for my hubs coming down the road–this time on his hip.
  • I did an amazingly awesome and rewarding super secret project that I hope I get to continue on and reveal. If not, it was still amazing!!
  • We got a lot of family visits and are so lucky.
  • We have an amazing sitter that loves our little man so much every Wednesday and sometimes on Thursday when mama works.
  • Holy cow I’m out of shape, but have been working out and began running again and have to totally recommend the shreds from Bobbi McCormick and nhershoes. The foods are one thing, but the short workouts are amazing and I do them even though I really, really, really miss my 5:50am weightlifting class and gym, but hubby is so, so, so not a morning person and his hip pain is beyond the point of ridiculous at this point and well… 30/40 minutes or a jog with the jogging stroller is all I have at the moment.
  • My family is awesome and offer so much support.. and even they are tired of the ridiculousness that is the random and debilitating health issues plaguing our family.
  • One of my best buddies and Einstein’s bagel post-8am college course buddy just moved close in town and reconnecting is good for the soul.

And I think this concludes the random started blog posts from April that I’m just now posting. Bless all of you still sticking around. :)

Someone told me that in parenthood, “the days are long, but the years are short.”

So true! I can’t believe Little Man will be 6 months on Saturday!

Written in April and still true…



StylingIn the midst of a crazy few months, I slowed down to enjoy some window shopping with my little man and a visit from my mama. Life is good.

And this is from May. Right before my surgery for endometriosis and 6 months of chemo shot. Ahh.. perspective.

And can I say that this hat magically appeared in our mailbox a few months later? Awesome!


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