December 31, 2008


Santa was good to me this usual. My husband is an excellent gift giver and always thinks about what would make me happy. This year he gave me this little green box and inside was a green and blue Kate Spade cocktail ring.

Then he sweetly picked out a Bobbi Brown lipstick that he thought I'd like and I actually did! It's the perfect everyday color.

Then we received a Flip video camera from my mom and we are so excited to use it in 2009. Plus we got generous gift cards to which I put towards this fun watch I've been wanting for a while...

All of my gifts were great, but none compared to the one wrapped in an argyle sweater vest and flannel lined cargo pants.

I am so blessed.

Happy New Year...Resolutions to come soon.

December 24, 2008

Last Christmas...

My dad's huge hand holding my little blessing...

Last Christmas, all I wanted was to have a baby and be a mom. This year my wish has come true and I couldn't be happier or feel more blessed...even while feeling severely sleep deprived and cranky.

Merry Christmas to all.

December 23, 2008

Christmas Time is Here...

This is my number 1 favorite Christmas song. I look forward to hearing it all year, along with watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. I bought the CD years ago so we can play it while decorating and drinking hot chocolate. When I worked at Kate Spade, this movie would play in the store the whole month of December...something about it makes me so nostalgic for my youth. I can't wait until Harrison can appreciate it, too.

December 17, 2008

Birthday Re-cap.

J., Harrison and I at Arcadia Farms

I had the most wonderful birthday this year...celebrating as a new mom. I had absolutely no expectations and really didn't even remember it was my birthday until the day before. The day was cold and I could pretend that we were on vacation in Seattle.

Then my too good to be true husband surprised me with a dozen pink roses and a new pair of Kate Spade flats. I've been telling him that I think my feet grew a half size since being pregnant, and that all my shoes feel tight. He went out and bought me the most adorable ruby patent leather flats. I've promised to wear them everyday...

We ended the day having dinner at Bloom where I had the best dinner and ate two {yes two} desserts. I felt like a happy pig when I went home.

December 16, 2008

Neighbor Gifts.

My project yesterday while it rained and remained 50 degrees outside, was to finish my gifts for the neighbors. Just like last year's gifts, I bought these wonderful smelling candles after Christmas and saved them for this year.

The note reads the following...

...trying to play up on the candle theme with "warm and bright".

I'll be playing Santa and leaving these little gems in mailboxes today.

December 12, 2008

Birthday Gratitude.

Today is my birthday.

What better way to spend the day than to acknowledge what there is to be grateful for...

  1. The smell of the soft skin on the back of my baby's neck.

  2. Having friends that are like family to me.

  3. A husband who adores me everyday, and surprises me weekly with flowers and starbucks gift cards.

  4. A home that reflects who I am and who I want to be...comfortable, soft, inviting.

  5. Learning, through the role of becoming a mother, that certain things in life really don't matter....and it's easier to just let them go.

I'll be spending my day having lunch at Arcadia Farms, eating desserts, opening presents and kissing my baby.

December 8, 2008


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I've always been a fan of the song Wonderwall by Oasis, but when I was pregnant something unusual happened. I heard the song all. the. time....pretty much since conception. Mind you, this song came out in 1995, so it's not like it's a big hit in 2008. I literally heard this song the car, randomly in the grocery store, out to dinner where people were doing karaoke, on vacation, etc. I started to realize that there might be some message for me in hearing this song all the time. The lyrics that struck me from the beginning were..."because maybe, you're going to be the one to save me". I thought that this baby was going to teach me something and "save me" in some way.

Then I got gestational diabetes and was forced to eat right and cut out all sugar. Sugar has been my vice for comfort, my unhealthy escape, etc. etc. I could never kick it, even after my dr. told me that I needed to take better care of my health. I come from a lineage of heart disease and issues that make taking care of your health imperative. Having to make the sacrifice for my unborn child was the push I needed to make the change. I felt so healthy in my last trimester and even lost weight!

When Harrison was born, the nurses came to me after and said, "we just have to show you something very unique...your placenta was in the shape of a heart." I took that as my sign that my pregnancy was the catalyst to a whole new healthy lifestyle and that maybe he was the one to save me.

Now, I play and sing this song to Harrison daily...

December 4, 2008

Excuses, Excuses....

My regular blogging time has been replaced with bath times, feedings and a crying baby with colic {ugh!}. I hope to be back in the swing of things again soon...

Until then, say a prayer for me that the new formula we are trying alleviates the crying we endure from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am.

December 1, 2008


December is here and it's officially the Christmas Season. I can't even explain how much I love this time of year. I love all the winter scenes everywhere {while I'm comfortably in 70 degree weather}, the peppermint and chocolate concoctions, Christmas movies on TV all the time, houses decorated with lights and feeling chilly when I get into bed at night, snuggling up to my warm french bulldog {oh...and husband too}.

Happy Holidays have begun...