December 6, 2013
Happy St. Nick's all! This morning I was giddy when brining Ruthie down the stairs to see her stocking. I know she has no idea but it's so fun sharing these firsts with her during her first holiday season. I slowly pulled out the simple little things I got for her one at a time and spent a few minutes looking and playing with each little item. We are setting the precedent of simple holiday gifting for our children right off the bat and so in her stocking was an ornament for the tree, a finger puppet, a sweet little gnome and a holiday book. I think it's safe to say she loved it. She carried the gnome and finger puppet around with her the entire morning :)
Nick and I have been talking a lot about how we want to do our family gifting at Christmas and decided on 4 gifts for Ruthie. You may have seen this idea floating around the internet this season and we really loved the idea. So, This year and in the years to come Ruthie will receive something to play with, something she needs, something to wear and something to read. It's simple and fun and I think a good reminder that the holiday's are not solely about gift giving. And with this being the first year we have a child in the mix Nick and I decided we would be super simple and gift ourselves the cappuccino maker we've been lusting after for a while now.
How do you guys do gift giving?
Ruthie's finger puppet, ornament and gnome all came from local children's boutique, the spotted goose and her book from local children's bookstore, blue manatee. Two of my favorite places.
December 4, 2013
I don't know if it's the recent birth of our nephew, having just spent time with family over thanksgiving, all of the fun, new memories and traditions we are making this holiday season as a new family of three or a combination of it all, but something has me really, really cherishing family. I'm always really excited when the holiday season rolls around but this year is especially special. Even though Ruthie is still too young to understand what Christmas is, the look in her eyes when she see's our lit up christmas tree and holiday decorations around the house is just sweet. Sweet in that, gosh this is a good life kind of way. I'm so thankful for this family of mine.
And this begins the official kick off of holiday posting around here! Happy December!
December 2, 2013
Oh Ruthie. Your ninth month was really something fantastic. It was the month in which you became more of a girl and less of a baby. I get little glimpses of who you might be in a year or two from now and my heart just flutters. You are the sweetest little thing but you have this silly, wild side too that I just adore. You snuggle me up on and off all day long and you squeal and yell and crack up the rest of the time. I love how you are. I hope you will always know that - that I love how you are. Even when our days aren't so easy and fun and simple. When the days come where you might be afraid I'll feel disappointment or that I'm not proud of what you've done - I will always love how you are because you are mine to love, always. Ten months feels a lot different than all the other months. We are in double digits now and whether it's true or not you just seem so grown up. You have preference towards things, threw your first fit (that was fun. and actually really adorable,) you say 'all done' when you are finished eating, you wave hi (and sometimes say it), you are getting so good at standing, and you just started dancing when music plays. ' I like to dance ' from Yo Gabba Gabba is your absolute favorite and gosh darnit, you are so damn cute when you dance to it. (I have video)
Your first ever little cousin was born just 6 days ago and holding him reminded me how quickly time has passed and just how much you have grown. I can't believe you were once that small (smaller actually.) I'm so proud of who you have become in ten months and can't wait to see you will be as the months and years pass. I've started thinking about your first birthday and as sad as it makes me knowing how quickly the year has gone, it also makes me extremely happy - that we have almost conquered one year together and that it could not have been more fun. I know that as you get older I'll continue to fall more and more in love with who are are becoming. Which seems impossible because how much I love you THIS MOMENT makes me want to cry. It's that much that I could just burst into tears thinking about it. One day when you read this letter you will roll your eyes at that, but then you will have a child of your own and know exactly what I am talking about. Trust me. Your grandma would say the same thing to me and here we are now. Grandma was right.
I love you so much I could burst.
November 27, 2013
No, I am not expecting but we did just welcome a brand new baby boy into our family. Two nights ago Nick and I became an auntie and uncle to sweet little Samuel! He was eager to enter the world and meet his mama and dada arriving 5 weeks early but he's healthy and handsome as ever. And now I can't stop thinking of all the darling little boy things I'll get to spoil this babe with! Ruthie and Sam are going to be quiet the pair and we are so excited at the thought of them growing up together.
Remember how I threw my sister in law a baby shower just this past Saturday? Phew, that was close! haha. The holiday's sure are going to be fun with the new addition to our family around. We are so happy for you, Jame and Bri…and little Sam too!
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November 25, 2013
Happy Monday! (I know I've already posted these photos over on instagram. sorry if you follow me over there too!) We had such a great weekend- On Saturday I hosted a baby shower for my sister in law which was so lovely. There is something about having a bunch of wonderful people in my house that I just love so much. We can not wait to meet our sweet little nephew and truth be told, it seems like it might be very, very soon! We are giddy thinking about Ruthie growing up so closely in age with her cousin. So much fun for our family! Anyways, on Sunday Nick and Ruthie were photographed for an online publication for a feature on fatherhood. I am so excited to see the results and will keep you posted on that as it evolves. It was super cute watching them play together candidly knowing those precious little moments were being captured on film. Hope you all had a good weekend too!
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