Monday, April 23, 2012

mama style

enjoying a cup of coffee before work while hurriedly trying to snap some photos before caleb wakes up.  this is the only one that turned out.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

like father, like son

my sweetest caleb,

     you love dada so much, and were so excited to help him mow he lawn for the first time.  i won't forget dada's face when he first saw you with your mower as he came down the lawn, he lit up.  you really love this mower but it has trouble blowing the bubbles, so you ask mama to push it for you most of the time and then you dance and yell, "bubbles", and ask for more.  you brighten any day, we love you so dearly sweet love.

with love,

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

work it

in the week after giving birth to my son, i lost 20 pounds!  i gained 37 overall and thought in a week that was way more than i ever thought i'd shed.  then i nursed my babe for 12 and a half months, the weight just kept coming off until i was at a size 2.  i ate ice-cream every day, we went on daily walks to the chocolate shop, and i just stuffed my face because my body needed the fuel for milk production.

this summer i had a horrific start with post-partum post-weaning anxiety.  i couldn't sleep or eat much for 2 weeks, my clothes were getting looser and i was on the verge of being a size 0.  fast forward 9 months and i now have to start working hard to lose this weight that has crept up.  i am very hard on myself when it comes to my weight because i have always been in great shape for the most part.  i was a big gym rat before getting pregnant, working with a trainer, and dabbling in the idea of competing in fitness competitions. now my size 4's are getting tight and it's depressing that i have to put on clothes in a too small pile.  i wear clothes that hide things well, but my feelings about myself are hard to hide.

this week i decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and told myself that i am worth being happy with my body.  i find it very difficult to find time to work out.  i have tried getting up before work, but nothing gets me to hit snooze faster than thinking of a cold, dark, boring basement to work out in.  after work, i have to pick up my son, then play with him while the mister makes dinner, then we do bath, more play, and bed.  the time is now 8PM and i drop on the couch exhausted with things yet to do, clean up, read my bible, pray, and just be with my love.  i usually end up going to bed drained at 9:30 feeling defeated that i let another day pass without working out and having "me" time to do things i love like blog stalking and posting on my own blog.

i find it hard to balance it all and have time for me, until now.  i prayed to God to give me the strength and energy to work on myself.  he answered me the next day when i woke up before work in a great mood, and scampered down to the basement to ride my bike.  i felt wonderful and so accomplished by just doing this one little thing.  it also helped that brian set the tv up down there so i had something to look at besides basement walls and boxes.  it's day 2 and today brian picked up caleb and i was able to run.  i have to start slow since my body is not used to all this running and weight lifting.  to help me in my en devour, caleb will be picked up by brian so i can get a head start on working out.  now i have to battle my extreme sweet tooth.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

sunday best

this is one of those outfits that looked better in my head than it did on.  i think the tights are a little too yellow for this look.  i was trying to be brave and try colored tights, and since i saw these on clearance at target for 3 bucks i thought, "why not?". 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

mama style

i need to do a better job tucking, yea i know, but this outfit is one of my new faves.  the necklace was bought at a local shop.  the owner, ginger, travels all over the world and buys beautiful things and has them imported here to her home/business.  the necklace is from india if i remember correctly and was only $18!!!

 the top was found by my sis in the clearance section at jcpenny and the rust cords are jcrew via goodwill, aka my new place to shop.  i have become a thrifting fanatic and see no purpose in buying new anymore for most things.  i get such a thrill finding top notch brands just sitting there on a hanger calling out to me.

Monday, April 9, 2012


the mister has misplaced the camera, and i have time to blog wouldn't ya know it.  so instead i will tell you about finding a tick on my son's head today while i wait for my camera to magically appear...

we were playing outside after work, when i noticed this brown thing in caleb's hair.  i got a closer look and freaked out because i realized it was a tick.  the mister isn't home and i start to internally panic, here is my sweet boy who has no idea he has a blood sucking, disease threatening bug on his head!  i immediately grab him call hubby and frantically tell him what's going on.  he tells me in the calmest voice to put a bunch of vaseline on it and he will be home in a few.  i run inside, throw a bunch of goo on a swap and lather up that puppy.  i then quietly smile and act cool, take caleb back outside to play while i pray to God and the Blessed Mother that this thing does no harm to my sweet baby.

the mister comes home and saves him by grabbing tweezers and pulling it off.  it wasn't on there long at all as there was no mark on his head. i in the mean time want to drop on the fall and collapse, tape a bubble around my boy, and pray something worse doesn't happen, while the hubs is taking pictures of the thing and looking online to identify the beast, just for kicks.

do ya think i over reacted?  uh, and no, you don't need to answer that.

on a side note, we bought a dining room table today at salvation army for $18 that we are going to make pretty.  so excited to have a big table now and more excited that brian and i can work on a project together.  i will take pics of the before, during, and after and hopefully we will have the table done this weekend.

i have just been hitting the lottery at my recent thrift finds, that will be a whole 'nother post, on another day, if my camera ever finds its way back to my possession.

and no hunny i didn't go back and reread this to check for errors, so you don't have to tell me how many there are, kiss kiss

Monday, April 2, 2012

mama style

i am loving this blue color lately.  i have some cobalt blue sandals that i got at target that go well with this top and add that pop of color to any piece.  just another day at home, hanging out with my favorite guy.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

mama style

one of my thrifty finds with my sis

sorry for the crappy quality, this was on our way back from the martini bar posing in the street