01.28.15 | TO PLAY-DOH OR NOT TO PLAY-DOH

i haven't taken any pictures lately, at all, and so, because i'm dreaming of sun, i'm posting this one. even though it has nothing to do with this post.

ok. in my mind there are two kinds of parents: the ones that let their kids play with play-doh and the ones that don't. i was lucky enough to be given the kind that let me have play-doh and do whatever i wanted with it. now, i enjoyed the crap out of my play-doh, even though i was one of those kids that never mixed up the colors or anything so my creations all looked like one big blob when i was done with them but whatever. 

now after having landon, we got him some play-doh for his first easter, along with a jesus loves me book, an easter teddy dressed as a bunny and some outside chalk. i was very excited and couldn't wait for him to be old enough to actually play with it and not just want to eat the stuff. when the day finally came, i was so insanely happy. and then just like that, i wasn't.

you see, me being the kid that didn't like to mix colors together doesn't translate very well into a mom that lets her kid play freely with play-doh. and that totally sucks for my kids. landon's first experience basically consisted of him choosing a color, playing with it for a couple minutes, and then putting it away so he could choose a different color. not fair, right?! he'll ask to play with the stuff pretty regularly and usually, i just don't want to deal with it so i tell him maybe later. and then he forgets about it and i forget about it and another day goes by without pulling out the play-doh. and that's been okay with me up until a bit ago.

i mean, who cares if play-do gets mixed up or dried out or all over stuff? i do, waaaaay too much. i keep trying though! and i'm getting better at it every single time he asks for it. today claire got to try it for the first time. she only tried to eat it a couple of times and did really well with it. i even let them play with more than one color at once, and i wasn't freaking out about it! maybe i'm just to the point where so long as the kids aren't screaming at each other or crying or fighting over something, anything will do? or maybe i'm finally getting to the point where something so small as play-doh, which can be replaced pretty easily, doesn't bother me anymore? whatever it is, it's pretty exciting. plus now that i know they can play with it a bit without me observing them 100% it'll give me a few minutes of that much-needed alone time to just sit. so it's a good thing, right?

01.23.15 | ON MY MIND

 she asked for a picture but then refused to stay still. 

hi again! how is everyone? trying to stay happy and energized even though the weather is horrible and grey and just plain awful? yeah, me too. 

claire just had her 18-month check-up and she weighs 24lbs! her doctor wants us to get rid of her pacifiers though. that's gonna be tough. it's definitely her favorite thing and she thinks she needs it to sleep. we are in for some sleepless nights, i think. hopefully it'll be a couple days and she'll have it figured out. also, i've been super bad and still letting her drink from a bottle. so that needs to stop. she has no idea what's coming. eep!

i've been weeding through all of the kids' toys lately, trying to sell them on a fb garage sale site and man, it's really been difficult on me. i mean, i don't want any more kids, really i don't. but the thought of getting rid of all of their baby toys and their bottles and basically everything else that they have no need/use for is kinda sad. why do kids have to grow up so quickly?! 

speaking of growing up, we took landon to see disney jr. live last weekend in portland! it was so cute. he really enjoyed seeing jake and princess sophia and mickey and minnie mouse. his favorite part was clapping after each scene ended. gosh, seeing him sit in a big boy chair all by himself was just a little heart-breaking, if you know what i mean.

i'm on the hunt for a reasonably priced loveseat for our living room to match our current sofa. it's so difficult! i don't want the same style/color as our sofa, i just want it to compliment it. easier said than done! i just need sarah richardson to come to my house, design every room, and have it be free. wouldn't that be nice?!

and with that, i'm being summoned by my children. i leave you with a picture of landon that i found on my phone, apparently making his first "duck face". this kid, i tell ya. c;

01.15.15 | DREAMING..

a praiano print by gray malin

lately i've been dreaming of getting out of oregon. not necessarily anywhere fancy. just somewhere where the sun is out most of the year, which inevitably means somewhere warm. i am definitely one of those people that is affected by grey days during the winter and oregon probably isn't the best place for me to live because of that but i do and that's not going to change any time soon. 

one of my cousins from pennsylvania had some work over here and she was able to visit us last night and the night before. it was so great catching up with her. we haven't seen her in five years! anyway, over the course of our conversations we realized that we're pretty similar in that we both are always thinking about the next thing. the next thing to buy, place to move to, where to vacation, etc. i am guilty of looking up properties on zillow almost every day! we'll probably never move because justin's job is so wonderful and the school(s) our kids will attend are pretty great and both of our immediate families are here, yada yada yada, but it's fun to dream! 

i also like to torture myself by keeping las vegas and arizona on my weather app. i mean, who does this?! apparently my cousin! she keeps sarasota on hers, but she has a better excuse as her brother and his family live there. but it's only slightly better. c; we're both a little crazy i guess. like right now, vegas' highs for the week are in the high 60's with lots of sun! and phoenix is in the mid-high 70's! perfection, i tell ya. 

i don't know. i've got the itch to get out of here i guess! the next vacation we have tentatively planned is for vegas at the end of august with some friends. (i know, i know. we go to vegas all the time!) maybe we'll get some nice sunny days between now and april. fingers crossed.

**hint hint**
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12.31.14 | A FINAL POST (FOR 2014)

i guess it's time for an end-of-year type post or a post on reflections or something. i've got 50 minutes to write this all out and get it posted before the new year rings in over here on the west coast. then subtract me getting up every nine minutes to take cookies out of the oven and put more in and it's more like 35 minutes, but whatever. c;

2014 had a lot to live up to, what with 2013 bringing us our sweet baby girl. and really, 2014 just got the short end of the stick for a while there. we were transitioning claire from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding, and from co-sleeping to not. and then all of those darn teeth that just decided to come in all at the same time. 2014 also meant landon went from the wonderful age of two to the not-so-wonderful age of three. seriously guys, if you have kids and they weren't terrors at three, please tell me how you did it? because my kid flips his lid over pretty much anything and everything. i mean, it's probably a lot to do with not being an only child anymore and being able to voice his frustrations more and having opinions on things and all that jazz. but still. it's enough to make you want to pull your hair out. 

but 2014 also had a lot of fun things! we celebrated my baby brother in one of my favorite cities, i turned 28 and had a donut cake (seriously best decision ever), we put a deck out in our backyard with the help of our parents, landon learned all the words to jesus loves me and johnny appleseed, justin took a new position at work, i got back to my pre-pre-pregnancy weight and reaffirmed my love for american eagle jeans, my body decided to not like dairy anymore (which sucks a lot, but is also really good for me), ducks made it to the first national college football playoffs (GO DUCKS!), justin and i spent a good weekend away together and lots of other things that i'm surely forgetting. 

all in all, 2014 was a pretty good year. i'm really looking forward to what 2015 has in store for us though. we're starting a month of whole30 in less than two weeks (i'm scared and excited all in one!), a vacation or two, intentions for some minor home improvements, a lot less soda and a lot more activities with the kiddos. and with netflix streaming friends in about 20 minutes, well, 2015 is sure to be great. 

12.31.14 | 52/52

"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

i can't believe that it's been an entire year of posting a picture a week. i just went back through the entire year and goodness, these kids sure changed in one year's time! it's pretty amazing. anyway, i haven't gotten any pictures of the kids alone lately because they've been playing so well with each other since they've gotten all of their new toys. it's really great, actually. it warms my heart so much seeing their relationship grow. reminds me of my siblings and how much i appreciate their friendships. 

i'm still trying to decide if i'm going to commit to another 52 week project for 2015. we'll see! (click here to see all the posts from this past year, in one location.)

have a happy new year!