August 30, 2009


Last year my friend Keri and I took a class on stamping charms. I made a necklace for myself with my loved ones, and recently I made one for Tricia who just had little baby William. For some reason, it took me around 10 tries to get the "william" disk to look remotely normal. I was running to the jewelry supply store every day while my husband just shook his head laughing.

Luckily, Tricia got her package in the mail this weekend and she loves it.

August 26, 2009


I love Annie Leibovitz photography and I'm obessed with Mad Men, so these pictures in Vanity Fair are my idea of perfection.

This show makes the 1950's look so glamorous yet uncomplicated.

I could use a little of that in my life...

August 21, 2009


I love this picture...I dream of sitting there with my good friends drinking cold beverages with not a care in the world. Summer is almost over and I'm feeling grateful for...

  • Starbucks Pike Place's so good.

  • Harrison's jumper {it gives me a little break and wears him out simultaneously}.

  • That when I make Harrison cry himself to sleep at night, he doesn't hate me in the morning.

  • Living close to family and friends.

  • A healthy body.

August 19, 2009

The Life.

Just another day in the life of a little boy that always seems to leave the grocery store with a free balloon.

Then spends the rest of the afternoon crawling around holding onto it while giggling.

I could seriously kiss him forever and ever.

I feel so lucky to be his mom.

August 11, 2009

Joining the Club...

One of my closest, dearest and best friends had her first baby, William, on Friday. It means so much to me because she told me she was pregnant when Harrison was just 5 days old, and I was newly home from the hospital. My hormones were raging and I started crying uncontrollably when she shared her news. I was so happy to know that she would get to experience what I had just embarked on and that she would join me in the "mommy club".

No one can prepare you for the instinctual, maternal, natural love that you will feel when you have a baby. It's been so hard for the past nine months to not be able to fully share with her my feelings on being a mom and the love I have for Harrison...because she just wasn't there yet.

Yesterday she told me that she is so in love. She said that every time she looks at him she can't believe that he is hers and that she gets to take him home. I'm so happy she is a part of the club now.

Congratulations Tricia....your heart is forever changed.

{Side note: Tricia and I are exactly 9 months apart and have known each other since 2nd grade....she is September and I'm December. Now William and Harrison are exactly nine months apart...August and November. Too weird.}

August 10, 2009


We've just returned from our first family vacation. It was exhausting. I naively brought books and magazines thinking there would be time to relax and catch up on reading. Without the conveniences of home, a trip with a 9 month old is anything but relaxing.

In addition our rental did not have air conditioning and it was unusually warm, which meant our dog Brooks came everywhere with us. Between Harrison and Brooks, J. and I felt like we were working nonstop {we kept joking saying, "nobody told us this was a work trip"}. The first few days were emotional because I was realizing that vacations as I knew them, were no longer a reality.

Luckily it was still wonderful to get away and see the ocean. Harrison enjoyed the beach and loved having Brooks with us constantly. We found our groove and by mid week and I found the joy in the new version of our vacations. We spent our time eating frozen yogurt, sipping coffee, watching the ocean, dining outside, shopping in new places....all with the people I love the most.

I've never been more excited to be home, though.