Monday, December 30, 2013

it happened again

i was looking at gus this morning
and it hit me 
just like it did with henry
i know his face
i always have
his strawberry hair
his blue eyes
and his sweet lips
oh those lips
he came right through me
and settled in my heart 
like he has always been there
and he has 
my sweet gus

Thursday, December 26, 2013

reason #355 i love stone

he went out of town for two weeks and upon his return presented me with this mug
who needs flowers when you can have a cow mug perched atop teets?
obviously it was his knack for romance that swept me off my feet all those years ago....

Friday, December 20, 2013

a place of his own

with the arrival of sweet baby gus
we thought mr. henry needed a new room of his own
i wanted him to have a place to hang out
and perhaps sleep....
if he ever feels so inclined
(and for the record he has yet to feel 'inclined'....our bed is so much more cozy he says)
i had planned on putting an old map of indiana on this wall in his room
but when i found the world map above 
i couldn't pass it up
i think it adds the perfect touch of whimsy to his space
and after all....
the world really is his playground

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


it's great
things are great
there is sleep
not a lot of sleep
but there is sleep
there are adventures out and about
not a lot of adventures
but there are adventures
there are visitors
lots of visitors
except for that time when everyone in our bungalow had the plague and no one wanted to come near us
but there are visitors
there is teamwork
stone and i are an awesome team
except for that time when i woke up to nurse gus and got a bloody nose and was yelling for stone (who was sleeping in the bed next to me) for help and he didn't hear me until the 14th time i yelled his name because he wears earplugs to sleep otherwise the humidifier keeps him up all night and when he finally woke up he ran and snagged me two simple squares of toilet paper only once he actually looked at me and the mess that was my face/hands he realized i needed a whole lot more than two simple squares
but there is teamwork
so's great
things are great

(photos by hrwphotography)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

we call him gus

so we made another baby
and he is perfect

august wright
7lbs 5oz

Sunday, September 29, 2013


i've been feeling nostalgic lately 
(i can't imagine why!?)
browsing through a few photos of henry tonight
i came across this one from his two year shoot 

(we are big smoochers around here and i  could smooch this boy till the cows come home)

i miss how little he was when this photo was taken
his face seems so much more boyish now
that baby roundness is starting to go away 
i guess people are right when they say being a mother is heartbreakingly wonderful 
i'm so thankful my sweet boy is healthy and growing
but it is not without a little heartbreak that i gaze at these photos 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

favorite 'henry word' of the moment


as in.....

'i got my hair cut yesterweek!'

Sunday, September 8, 2013


at night
when i feel the kick kick kick of this little one growing inside me
i feel peace
my fears ease
fears about being the mother of two
fears for how henry is going to adjust
sadness over our time as three coming to a close
will i love two as i have loved one?
will henry know it is because of him we are bringing this new life into the world?
he brought us so much joy how could we not give him a forever friend? 
so many questions 
and then.....
kick kick kick

(photo by hrw photo)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

so i threw a fit....

you know that scene in the movie 'this is 40'
when the daughter is in her closet screaming because nothing fits her?
that was me today
it wasn't pretty
and i'm not proud of it
thankfully target came to the rescue with a cute pair of leggings
you know what else i'm not proud of?
changing in to said leggings whilst parked in front of my friend's house before going inside for a baby shower

pregnant belly + steering wheel = super awkward wardrobe change

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

make me smile

our new chair/stool for the kitchen
henry can reach the counter and help me cook
tomatoes from my brother's garden
they taste like sunshine and summer

stone and henry at dinner last night
'honk! honk!'
(thank you kitty for snapping this gem)

30 weeks

snagged this free people night gown at nordstrom rack for $1
yes, $1
i don't even care that it is big!  
it was a $1!!!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

flat hank

henry's gaga and babs
(aka: our best friends)
have been traveling the great US of A for the past year
it's been sad without them here
especially on our walks....
when we walk past their house (they live two blocks from us)
henry says 'that's gaga and babs house...they on a loooong twip'
following their blog
has helped make us feel not so far from our friends
and every once in awhile a little man known as 'flat hank' makes an appearance on their trip.....

and it's down right funny to see what that little man has been up to!
recently he stopped by the town of forks
home of sexy vampires

Friday, August 2, 2013

on pregnancy weight gain

so um yeah......
i'm pregnant
26 weeks to be exact
i'm a big believer in the motto:
'if ever there is a time to gain weight, it's when i'm growing another human'
that being said
i've noticed a particular amount of 'growth' in my calves this time around
now i'm more than happy with fat calves
i'll welcome a fat calf....
just so long as it doesn't turn into the dreaded cankle
i don't feel good about a cankle
unfortunately we are approaching the 'cankle danger zone'.....

and we might as well throw in a bump shot while we're at it

Friday, July 26, 2013

say cheese?

apparently the days of 'saying cheese' when a camera comes out are long gone 
replaced with the dreaded duck face 
let's just hope our christmas card this year doesn't star henry and the new baby rocking duck face......

 henry with his coco and lala....
who taught him duck face

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

blueberry bonanza

henry went blueberry picking with his mimi today
who knew a blueberry farm smack dab in the middle of the city could produce such a stash!

hot wheels and berries
is there a better combo?

Monday, July 1, 2013

my girls

we had two of our nieces over for a slumber party a few weeks ago
i was excited
henry was beyond excited to have his 'coco' and 'lala' to his house
stone was indifferent
(not because he doesn't love them, but because he could care less about nails and hair and girl talk)
we drank soda 
ate pizza
watched a movie
and talked about how out of the three of us i have the smallest boobs
you know, slumber party stuff 

Thursday, June 27, 2013


                  (thank you kitty for sharing this snapshot of henry with me!)

it doesn't matter how many times henry spends the night at mimi and poppa's 
(my parents)
it never gets easier to say goodbye
i always smother him with kisses
until he starts to squirm and giggle and push me away
this is an old photo, but he still uses this suitcase 
and still (always) takes my heart with him whenever he goes

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

manly man

i know i have been gone for a bit
and this is random 
but is liev schreiber a man or what?
in the dictionary under 'man' and 'testosterone'
(and let's not kid around here 'hunk')
there should be a photo of him
just sayin....

Friday, May 3, 2013

this time.....

it's a tiny shopping cart
aka: his lawn mower
he takes it everywhere we will allow him to
i think my kid might be awesome

Thursday, April 11, 2013

gal pals

(classic lisa, kitty and court)

today, while browsing through my shutterfly pics, i found this goodie from the party bus on the way to lisa's reception
i'm so thankful for my girlfriends
they make me laugh 
and laughing really is the best

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

bed head and a biscuit

i find there is not much cuter than a toddler with bed head
but add a fried egg and cheese on a buttery biscuit
and my head just about pops off

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

last time it was a pirate sword

a xylophone of course!
what will my sweet boy fall asleep with next.....

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

sometimes i can't even stand it

my sister watches henry for us on tuesdays
it's pretty awesome
henry gets to be with his beloved 'tia'
stone and i can breath easy knowing our most cherished person is with someone who loves him
he gets to hang with his cousins coco and lala (chloe & laney)
who really do make him laugh
sometimes my sister will have an impromptu photo shoot
starring henry!
i can't even stand how much i love these photos

Thursday, February 21, 2013

night night

the list of things toddlers like to snuggle with when going night night:

teddy bear
ones of those ugly stuffed animal pillows

the list of things my child likes to 'snuggle' with when going night night:

a pirate sword

is my kid awesome?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

every day

i love henry every day
so with a little (a lot) of help from kitty
i made this diddy for his bedroom wall

half off frame from hobby lobby
giant piece of wood cut by the nice man at lowes
white paint 
red paint
water (to thin the white paint once it was on the wood)

happy valentine's day

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

book snob

don't you hate it when you think of the best thing to say to someone
AFTER you walk away?

the cashier at barnes & noble judged me for not being a regular b&n shopper but a Half Priced Books shopper
(it truly is the i can get lost in there for hours)

stone told me i should've told him

'i buy used books. it's crazy, they're half the price but have the same words and everything!'

on the plus side
the trip to b&n, to use up a gift card, wasn't a total bust
stone took the mr. to the kids section so i could get lost in the maze of colorful spines and paper smells
i found a few treasures
then found my boys tucked away in a corner full of wheeled books
of course henry would find the books with wheels on them

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2. almost 2.5

henry is 2
almost 2.5
he is a little man with real likes and dislikes
and the mind to tell them to you too
he likes bowling and berries and books and bare feet and chocolate
oh how he likes chocolate
he likes milk and jumping and kisses and tangled and school buses
he talks and talks like nobody's business
i love his words
how his little tongue and teeth meet to make the most perfect lisp
he furrows his brow when 'roaring' like a lion
and tells me 'mama. that's a good dinner'.....
.....but only when he really means it
he is the tilt to my world
and the beat to my heart

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

the knicks and the knacks

our bungalow is (mostly) full of things i love
things i have found along the way
family things past down
books i have read
gifts from family and friends

(note: i say 'i' here because stone is pretty much content with letting me do the decorating)

my favorite room is our 'parlor'
it is the room we use the least
i hate to admit it is because there is no tv
when we do find ourselves tucked into this corner of our house
i find myself content and cozy
the record player will be spinning
and  the conversation uninterrupted by the game or show or whatever else might be on the boob tube

my favorite part of the room is the piano
my grandfather gave it to mi madre when she was little
and she gave it to us last year
we had a doozy of a time moving it
but i'm so happy we did
i smile every time i look at it

i have topped it with some of my favorite things:

Monday, February 4, 2013


stone is a man
not news
he is a man, however, not afraid to shed a tear
or admit when something completely girly, that i love,
is in-fact awesome
case in point:
the movie pride and prejudice
he moaned and groaned when i turned it on
fast forward 30 minutes and he was yapping for me to turn it up
so he could hear it over henry's abc train
he got sucked and couldn't miss a second of it!

oh how i swoon over mr. darcy's nervous stutter when he tells elizabeth he loves her

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


every six months or so
i grow wary of the decor in our bungalow
not the whole house
but a room or a corner of a room

stone is familiar with this
....and loves me in-spite of it

the current focus of my loathing is our family room
but since that is too big of a fish for me to fry at the moment
i have turned my gaze to the 'long wall' in the parlor

the couch was a hasty purchase when we first bought the bungalow
and the prints are from the dining room of or beloved apartment
(oh how we loved that battered place!)

i'm hoping for crown moulding this summer
a smaller more delicate sofa
and i'm slowly collecting things to go above said dainty sofa....
such as a piece of an old mantel and old much loved (read: worn) frames

we shall see how it turns out

Monday, January 28, 2013

that time i was happy my new year's resolutions wasn't to eat healthier

so yeah
i've been living on popcorn and diet coke
and sometimes peanut m&m's....
we must not forget the peanut m&m's!

why the healthy diet?
i have seen more movies, in the theater, in the past two weeks
than i saw in the whole of 2012

 i was pleased with each movie
(yes, even parental guidance...saw that one with mi madre for her bday, because i love her)

i also recently watched 'snow white & the huntsman' with katie jean....we both felt we had been cheated out of 2 hours and 8 minutes of our lives.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

his luscious locks

i know it is silly...
but i love love love my sweet boy's retro hair
his little shag puts a smile on my face
that, and his sweet lisp
"you eyeth look pwity momma!"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

reason #227 i love our friends

babs and katie jean were over for dinner the other night
i was telling them how the night before we had breakfast for dinner
and had a scary minute when henry choked on a piece of bacon

babs' response:

'i hope it didn't turn him off to bacon!'

(note: i am unable to find a photo of the 4 of us that isn't either a. really old or b. containing beer/wine um yeah.  always good times with katie jean and babs!)