Month : January 2017

season of love.

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I have to keep the seasonal momentum rolling around here — otherwise I’d still have Christmas mixed with Camp Crew all over my house. There’s something refreshing about moving on to gearing up for February and beyond with the decor. In Iowa, I think it’s the promise that winter WILL eventually end!

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But while I’m a sucker for pink and red personally, I live with boys and appreciate when brands can think outside the box with their V-Day color palettes. I loved the mix of navy blues and aquas from Target this year, especially with my navy Adamo frame that hangs in our entry year-round (currently housing one of the – many! – photos of Crew he will someday roll his eyes at…when I put Cupid wings on him this time last year!)

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I like making Valentines less about having a significant other and instead focusing on ALL the people in your life that you love. He won’t get it this year, but I picked up the heart-topped mason jar for future Valentines when I thought we could do something in our family where we collect slips of paper about who/why/what we love. For this year, the mailbox is PLENTY entertaining enough and I’m pretty sure the entire focus of the day will center around the always-exciting concept of mail! Ha!

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Cheers to everyone surviving the holiday season, resolving to do whatever you plan to do in the new year, and looking forward to Spring! <3

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Camp Crew (Crew’s Second Birthday Party)

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We had so much fun celebrating our two-year-old Crew Man this weekend!

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I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking, but between some painting with pinecones, scooping and dumping ingredients to make our own trail mix, chucking marshmallows into a bear’s mouth, and munching on hot dogs (and barbecue for the adults!), Camp Crew was a raging success thanks to his buddies who made the morning so much fun! I refrain from posting others’ kids (even my friends’ kids) here on the blog, but imagine lots of squeals and sugar-highs! 🙂

(Click on any photo to view it full-size!)

Crew's Second Camping Birthday

Crew's Second Camping Birthday

Every camper went home with a canteen and a bag of gear (a.k.a. flashlight, whistle  –pretty sure the parents hate me! — and adhesive glow stars…so even if they didn’t get to at the party, they can sleep under the stars!)

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Page built the A-frame tent and I used the Target bear as a muse to paint a piece of plywood for the marshmallow toss.

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Biggest birthday wishes to our happy camper! #campcrew

Crew is TWO!

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And just like that, you’re two.

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Our smart, silly, raised-eyebrows-and-mischeivously-grinning guy who loves to dance, hug, give kisses while grabbing both sides of our faces, LEAPS from his seat when he hears the garbage truck outside, and points to the floor telling us to “sit DOWN right HERE!” when you want us to play with you..has officially been on the planet and at the center of our world for two whole years.

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This is the focused face that gets up close to my nose, then breaks into a grin and says “Hi!” first thing in the morning 🙂 You are such a lover and have always been fiercely expressive about showing it. I hope that never changes!

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And this is the cheeseball performer grin we get when you know he have an audience in the palm of your hand. I love that you’ve never been shy, thrive on the energy of people, and find joy in expressing yourself — talking, dancing, pretending, creating.

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I’m relishing the days when all bad moods can be solved with a sucker, you love to nuzzle noses with us, and your sing song voice is rattling off every thought you have, all day long.

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Your sentences are getting longer, and your thoughts string together more and more. The passion for diggers and garbage trucks is unwavering. You’ve become obsessed with the Minions, the only movie you will actually sit and watch for upwards of a half hour at a time before you get the wiggles.

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You continue to be an amazing sleeper — 11 to 12 hours at night and a 3.5 hour nap most afternoons, but a typical toddler when it comes to eating. Some days we literally serve you the same thing at every meal, or multiple days in a row. Thankfully, you still love pouches of fruit and veggie purees, and you’re an avid milk drinker. Throw in a multivitamin and we’ll get through this picky stage!

You clocked in at just under 26 pounds and 34 inches tall at your two-year appointment. You handled your last immunization for a while like a champ and I did a little mom-beaming when everyone (doc, nurse, lab nurse and admin) ALL commented separately how brave and friendly and go-with-the-flow you are…coming from an office of professionals who see kids all day long (and probably a lot of meltdowns) this made me so proud of your laid-back temperament!

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Your pacifier and security blanket are a package deal — if you want one, you want them both, NOW. It’s your only vice, and you’ve regressed a bit in terms of wanting them during the day, not just to go to bed. We’re trying to encourage that the paci just stays in the crib, but you aren’t a fan of that idea. We are picking our battles and after talking with a couple different peds, there doesn’t seem to be a huge reason to force the stopping of the habit. So we may just let it roll for now.

With two years under our belts now, we’ve learned that parenting is a series of screw-ups and forgiving yourself, coupled with pats on your own back for little successes here and there that the rest of the world would probably not even notice. It’s all a learning curve and changes by the week it seems and I’m thankful to your dad for being such a fantastic partner in all of this. Through it all, we couldn’t have asked for a sweeter soul to guide us through this adventure of being “mom” and “dad”. We love you Crew Man, and are so, SO excited to embark on your third year. It’s going to be a fun one!