Saturday, July 5, 2014

next year...

Saturday, July 5, 2014
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we are going to be a family of four! obviously, we're beyond thrilled, but i'm not going to lie, right now the thought of two kids is a bit daunting. two kids! that's like a legitimate family right there. but if this next baby is anything like the heart-stealer that that little boy up there is (and he/she will be! duh!), we are more than ready! mama, papa, and wilder can't wait to meet you, baby grace #2!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 25

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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wilder's weekly, just in time for the end of the week! i took wilder to a splash pad in atlanta this week for the first time. he enjoyed it, but let's just say that his favorite thing was -- as always -- the stair steps leading down to the playground (and back up again!). we are at that phase where he just likes doing one thing over and over again. particularly anything involving walking - stairs, hills, bridges, basically anything that has an incline or uneven surface, are all very exciting right now. and as a result, two very skinned knees. :/

i recently read this article about 10 things you have to do if you are a mother of a boy. it was hilarious and seemed pretty dead on as far as my experience goes. one of them was you have to rethink your standards of safety. so far, that's happening. except i haven't really embraced a new standard of safety, i'm just realizing that this boy is bound and determined to get some bumps and scrapes here and there.    it's all a little scary for me. apparently more scary for me than for him.

oh, and those two little things in his hands? yeah, not little pebbles like i thought as he was carrying them around. nope. those are two little raisins he found on the ground, as i discovered when he finally handed them to me. thanks, baby, thanks.

life with this boy is fun. exhausting! but fun. :)


Monday, June 16, 2014

April's family photo shoot

Monday, June 16, 2014
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in april we got to do a family photo shoot in a little park tucked away in Buckhead. we had been trying to do it since the fall but bad weather, bad weather and more bad weather kept preventing us, so when we finally made it out in April and everything was beautiful and blooming, it was so dreamy. also, april was perfect because everything was green again and it was nice and cool outside.

we had so much with with our photographer, who captured our little breakfast picnic of croissants (wilder's favorite part) plus coffee cake and clementines so beautifully. we could not have asked for a more beautiful backdrop for our first professional family photo shoot!

wilder was thrilled that he had so many clementines to bite into (oops! we didn't realize until half way through that he was actually biting through the skins, haha.). i just love this age. everything is new and interesting, and since he doesn't really know exactly what's going on, even boring family photo shoots are fun!

i'm really happy with these photos. i think we look so young and carefree, which is not at all how we are feeling these days, haha. ahhh parenthood. it just makes you feel old and tired and a little crazy half the time, doesn't it? or maybe that's just us? but anyways, it was so nice to take a morning off from real life to dress up and eat croissants in the park. i highly recommend it. ;) i'm already making plans to do it again soon.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 24

Friday, June 13, 2014
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grape eating + teething = hands in mouth at all times.

Monday, June 9, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 23

Monday, June 9, 2014
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my favorite face last week.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Jessica & Gabe's wedding in Austin

Monday, June 2, 2014
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i'm finally getting around to posting the photos i took two weeks ago from when Wilder and i went to Austin for my cousin Jessica's wedding. it was so beautiful! my photos really don't do it justice. i was amazed just walking out of the airport when we landed that it was May in Austin and there was no humidity. last year in may for my brother's wedding i felt like i had just stepped into a sauna when we landed in Austin.

anyways, the wedding was at le san michele in buda, texas, so only a 30 minute drive south down the highway. if you're planning to get married in the austin area anytime soon, i highly recommend it! the evening ceremony and dinner was outdoors and because the weather was breezy and cool, it was perfect! the vibe was very mediterranean bohemian, vintage, eclectic. très magnifique!

and my cousin Jessica was the most beautiful bride! but i'm not surprised, she's always stunning. her handsome groom (i can't believe i didn't get any pictures of him/them together!) was pretty stellar, too. ;)

and best of all, Wilder stayed happy even though he was about an hour past his bedtime from the start! he had the best time just wandering around the grounds, eating rocks, getting tickles and cuddles from my aunts and cousins, and putting in his two cents during the vows ;).

we had the best time, and i miss all my family and friends there so hard (and breakfast tacos! oh breakfast taco how i miss you! i might have had a minimum of 2 per day.). however, traveling solo with a toddler is challenging, to say the least. mainly because toddlers out of their comfort zone (at least my toddler?) refuse to sleep, while sleeping in your bed, so basically no one sleeps. yay! but my brother and sister-in-law were a huge help playing with Wilder a few times a day so mama pee and could brush her teeth in peace, etc. still being tired is a small price to pay for such a fun (and yummy) trip.

until next time Austin (breakfast taco!)!


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so proud of himself for walking.
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beautiful cousin Ashley
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with my beautiful Aunt Mary and Aunt Cathy. i love them!
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thanks Aunt Mary for all the love!
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merrill, laurel, and Mama Ann and Granddaddy! three generations!
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my amazing, handsome, rock of the family, Granddaddy. also, from whom my half-chinese brother gets his height and mysteriously Roman nose. ;)
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gnawing on a rock.
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haha, tickles!
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groomsmen.
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the father and lovely bride!
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cousins once removed!
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no one look at the camera now
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okay now look!
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love these cuties!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 22

Thursday, May 29, 2014
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wilder's current list of likes: cheese, bread, raspberries on his fingers, giving me hugs, giving me food, giving me little random things he finds on the floor, books, big kids, being outside, shoes, unexpected games of peekaboo (except it's a little too exciting when papa plays), pillows, laying on the floor, splashing in the tub, taking things apart, doggies, the guitar, going up and down stairs, this little piggy, sippy cups with straws, and my iPhone.

also, his new "word" is Simba. so, i guess he wants a pet lion.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 21

Thursday, May 22, 2014
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back in atlanta and ready for summer! also, dirty toys at parks are the best, don't you think?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 20

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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ta da! wilder's portrait (late as usual) from last week.

so i purposely didn't post wilder's portrait last week because i knew i was going to austin for my cousin's wedding and i knew i would want to capture him looking spiffy. i didn't know how hard it is to wrangle a toddler while in a dress and heels, carrying a (giant) diaper bag, as a single parent! i'm pretty embarrassed of my photo-taking skills at important events. i am usually getting too caught up in the moment, or too caught up in chasing down this munchkin, to adequately capture the time. but i did get one of this insanely addictive face so i'm happy. also, thank you to all my aunts and uncles, cousins, brother and sister-in-law for helping me wrangle this tiny tot. he needs a village, so good thing my family is as big as one! now i just have to figure out how to move closer to them...

xx,

a mama in love

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

monday night meatloaf (so very, very good)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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on monday, amidst wrangling this suddenly nap-refusing, walking-everywhere toddler, i managed to make meatloaf. i say managed because i know that you probably think i do barely anything all day and that making dinner should be par for the course. i'm a stay-at-home mom and how hard can that be, right? but this is simply not the case, even though it astounds even me how tiring a day that seems filled with relatively little (but how DEMANDING and ENERGETIC that little can be!;) can be.

this has very little to do with meatloaf, but i thought i'd make this story more interesting than "i made meatloaf." not succeeding yet? ok well, i tried.

this meatloaf recipe is actually pretty phenomenal. if i do say so myself, and i think i can because really it's just a liberally adapted from Pioneer Woman's meatloaf recipe, so i don't really deserve the credit. good enough for leftovers, i say! although frankly i say that about everything, especially if i've also made oven-roasted red potatoes and roasted parmesan asparagus to go with it, all while an overly tired baby wanders about destroying the kitchen.

i mean seriously, monday felt like a real stay-at-home mom day. do you know the kind? where you may look semi put together in the first half of the day — non-pajamas (yoga pants aren't pajamas in this one instance), makeup on, hair done — but by mid-afternoon, right about the time that a certain someone decides to wake up early from a very brief nap, you look kind of frightful and that's nothing to how the house looks.

when loverboy came home, he looked around and said "looks like you've had quite a day." i didn't tell him that it had actually been a normal day. the difference being that i spent the energy i normally spend putting everything back in its place for the umpteenth time on making the most amazing meatloaf. it made the mess worth it. and also, the fact that i will not be making dinner tonight. :)

Monday Night Meatloaf
adapted from the Pioneer Woman's recipe

Ingredients:

1 c. whole milk
3 slices bread
1 package dry ramen noodles, crumbled
2 lbs. ground beef
1 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
3/4 tsp. salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/3 c. minced parsley
4 whole eggs, beaten
10(ish) slices thin bacon

Sauce:
1-1/2 c. ketchup
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard
1-2 Tbsp. spicy mustard
1-2 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.

Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, ramen noodles, Parmesan, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs. Mix the ingredients until well combined. 

Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, lined with foil, which will allow the fat to drain. Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.

Stir the sauce ingredients together and pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon.

Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 20 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 19

Thursday, May 8, 2014
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last week we tried out our sidewalk chalk for the first time. this week, wilder tested the orange chalk's walking around skills for awhile, but then he decided to try out its drawing capacity, too. he's not one to just go straight for the obvious, which i think is pretty genius of him. it's pretty rad how everything is brand new for him. i kind of like being there to see him experience it.

Monday, May 5, 2014

an afternoon at the botanical garden

Monday, May 5, 2014
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a few fridays ago a friend and i spent an afternoon at the atlanta botanical gardens. i've been pretty impressed with the amount of kid-friendly things there are to do here in atlanta, and the botanical garden is another amazing place. the flowers and little places to play in the kids' areas are amazing! i could probably go there every day and not get bored. wilder, as always, loved it because he got to walk around. he also experienced sand for the first time. basically any ol' place where you can walk around is a complete blast when you're one. :)

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enough lunch! let me out!
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all the flowers!
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fun kids gardens
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help me aunty jean, there's stuff sticking to me!
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atlanta botanical gardens = i give it two thumbs up.