Friday, April 17, 2015


Happy Friday friends! The sun is out and our big plans for the evening include a family walk at the park and dinner picnic style! Here are some other things that are making me smile...

A family friend who just so happens to be a fantastic photographer took some pictures of Aiden and I'm in love. I was so excited to actually get some pictures of just the two of us. I'll be devoting an entire post to these pictures so prepare yourselves for some baby spam.
The Rootbeer Stand is OPEN and dangerously close to our house.
It is finally warm enough to wear my cat Vans. Oh my gosh, I'm in love. Plus the money my husband paid for these shoes...some of it went to the SPCA. Win, win.
I am finally getting back in the swing of cooking meals consistently. It's about time right?! I have a post in the works about some simple, new mom friendly meals.
Spring means babies. One of my best friends just had her second baby boy and we are planning a visit this week to meet him. Another one of my dear friends is due with her second set of twins any day now as well!!!

Happy weekend!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A little sunshine, a lotta love

It truly is amazing how much a little sunshine can do for your spirit. Lately I've felt a little discouraged. No particular reason, but I just feel like I'm in a bit of a rut. Drew and I haven't had much time alone together, work has been crazy, it's been gloomy outside and our house to-do list is forever long. I'm also still trying to figure out how to be productive most days. So when Mr. Sun decided to show up, I took full advantage.

Aiden absolutely loves being outside! The last few days I have taken a blanket and a few toys outside  and we spend our afternoons listening to the birds and watching the clouds drift above us. It's times like these that lift my spirits. I know this guy deserves all my attention and the laundry, planting, cleaning and decorating can wait.  He won't be little forever.
I love days like these. Days that remind me of the simple joys of life.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Aiden's First Easter

Aiden's first Easter was definitely a special one. Being the typical picture loving gal that I am on top of being a new Mom, this is your warning....this post contains an overload of pictures!

We kicked off our weekend on Saturday by going to lunch with Drew's family at our favorite restaurant, Grand Finale! I ordered their salmon cakes (the best!) and we shared a few desserts because you can't go to Grand Finale and not get their desserts!
After lunch I had to go into church for a few hours to help run the evening Easter services, but Aiden opened his Easter basket (the first of 3) and went on a hike with his Daddy and Aunts and Uncles.
On Sunday we attended an awesome church service as a family and later we headed out to my Aunt and Uncle's farm for more Easter fun.
This year was extra special because Aiden was able to celebrate his first Easter with every single one of his Aunts and Uncles! That's a big feat considering several of them are from out of town. He seriously has the best looking group of Aunts and Uncles around. I mean come on!
Aiden got lots of love and witnessed his crazy family compete in egg and spoon relays, sack races and an Easter egg hunt complete with 20 dollar eggs courtesy of my Aunt Pam. These pictures make me laugh! Adult fun at it's finest. Haha.
I absolutely love seeing Aiden interact with the people I love so much. It is a special time of life and I am trying to soak in every second!
Great Aunt Pam
Uncle Josh and Aunt Carly
Uncle Arjun
Great Grandma JuneBug
What a beautiful day. We have so much to be thankful for if it isn't obvious enough in these pictures. But above all I'm thankful that Jesus is alive and that he cares about every detail of our lives.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

Friday, April 3, 2015

A Family First

This week my husband has been on Spring break so we tried to plan a few fun little family day outings. First priority was getting in a hike because that is something that both Drew and I enjoy doing. Our original plan was to make a day trip to a State park about an hour away, but that fell through when we had to take Aiden to the doctor instead and discovered he had a respiratory virus. Since he didn't have a fever and was still acting fine we decided to hike at one of our favorite local places, The Cincinnati Nature Center. Drew and I both served as Camp Counselors there so we know the trails pretty well. We put Aiden in our new Ergo360 and headed out.
Please take note of Aiden's adorable hiking boots and also the smile on his face. He is bound to be a nature boy!
Spring is finally creeping it's glorious roots into Cincinnati!
This is the first of many rocks that these two are going to flip over together searching for little creatures. And yes this Mama joins in on the flipping over of rocks and the catching of tiny creatures. Except for snakes, that is all my husband. These pictures make my heart happy.
I can't wait for more hikes with these two!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Aiden {5 Months}

Our little sunshine is 5 months old! I feel like Aiden grew up a lot this month. He has a firm grip on things  including my face and hair (ouch) and is so curious about everything that is going on in this big ole world. I can tell he is going through some big leaps cognitively and it is so fun to watch!
He is grabbing for his toes constantly and is even managing to get them in his mouth. He loves flipping the pages in our board books when we read to him. I read to him every day. His current favorites are: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Are You My Mother? and Curious Kitten.
This month he has started singing himself to sleep, which is the absolute sweetest thing ever. Our bedtime routine goes something like this...I feed him, Daddy swaddles him, we read him a few goodnight books then I rock him, pray over him and he starts this little cooing sound and hums himself right to sleep. It is the most precious sound.
This month he has graduated from Physical therapy (YAY!) and he is now rolling over. He isn't doing it consistently, but he can when he is motivated. He cares more about his toes right now than anything. Haha.
People still say he looks like his Daddy, but I tell you what, that furrowed brow is all mine. I have the pictures to prove it, but I'll save that for another blog post!
I have loved this month and can't believe I have a 5 month old baby boy! I'm going to go cry myself to sleep now. Boo hoo.

A few stats about Aiden at five months:

Weight: 15 pounds and 10 ounces!

Height: Taller than last month, but won't know exact height until his dr. appt. next month!

Size clothes:3-6 month clothes...what's the deal with clothes being 3 months then jumping to 6 months? We are in a weird in between stage because different brands sizes vary so much.

Sleeping: He is still sleeping about 7-8 hours a night. He still loves being swaddled and he is still sleeping next to me in his Rock N Play. We started transitioning him to the crib for naps, but then he got this nasty little cough and needs to be elevated when he sleeps so we had to regress a little bit, but we are making progress. I'm in no hurry to kick him out so it's fine by me.

Random stuff only parents want to know:

Nicknames: Bubba, Love bug, Hunny, Buddy boy...I could go on all day.

Likes: Grabbing our faces, touching his toes, swimming/bath time, singing, anything music related (I swear as soon as he hears a song or instrument...instant happiness!) and taking walks in our new Ergo360!

Dislikes: Teething, coughing and all of the sudden he hates the Nose Frida. Uh oh.

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Bring on month #6!