Thursday, August 28, 2014

Three Years


Today is our three year wedding anniversary! It's pretty cliche but I'll say it anyway, it's incredible to look back at how quickly these years have gone by. In the three years since saying "I do", we've become parents, we've moved three times, we've had to navigate through a lot of difficult things, we've had to grow and we've made it through it all together. This year also marks six years of being together.. a lot of people say "marriage is hard work" and I have to disagree. Maybe just because I've been married for a short while compared to most or it's that being married to Rory is easy; yes we get in arguments and we drive each other crazy sometimes, but that's just a part of any relationship.. not necessarily just marriage.

I feel like we were such kids six years ago, even three years ago.. we've lost a lot of friends, we've made friends, we've started new ventures and ended old ones, we've packed and unpacked an ungodly amount, we've changed so much and I am grateful that we've been able to figure it all out side by side. There's no one else I'd rather live this life with; Rory strives every day to do the best he can not only for us, but for our family as a whole. He finds happiness in my happiness and in Logan's happiness, he goes out of his way to solve problems for us and to make our day easier in any way that he can, he works so hard to give us a life, he never complains (except about my constant asking for a foot massage!).. he's it for me!

Happy Anniversary to my best friend! I love you to the moon!

xo
-Ali

**you can see more wedding photos here**

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Currently

Reading: "Orange is the New Black". I watched the first season on Netflix and absolutely loved the show. I am excited to see how the book compares... I'm already annoyed at the name change (Nora to Alex). I get kind of snobby about things like that (ahem Harry Potter). I also just read "Winter's Bone" and was in pain after watching the movie; one of the younger brothers turned in to a girl for the movie and they left out sooo much! I don't know how that movie won so many awards... they didn't tell the story accurately.
My BFF and I started our own book club and I've read more over the last few months than I have in my entire life! Books we've read are "Bossypants", "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?", "Winter's Bone", "Let's Talk About Diabetes With Owls", and "The Circle". Have you read any of these?

Doing: lots of driving this week. Last Friday we drove down to Temecula for a mini family reunion. Today I had to drive up to Ventura for Logan's Orthopedist appointment. Tomorrow it's off to Oxnard for another orthopedic appointment for her (she's getting corrective shoes for in-toeing. Let's hope the shoes are it and she doesn't have to have casts or surgeries) then to the next town over for an appointment for me.
This coming weekend will also entail lots of driving to celebrate some special things with friends we don't get to see often.

Working On: Etsy! I am so grateful to have this job that I enjoy and that I can do mostly from home. Last week and this week, we've had the best sales we've ever had since opening. I have been wrapping awesome kitschy items and sending them off to new homes where they'll be appreciated and treasured. I love working with such unique items.. with things I never thought I'd see in person; it's like stumbling upon a treasure each time I gather new items to list. 

Watching:
Cooking shows. We've been watching Top Chef Masters and Master Chef lately. All of our regular shows are on hiatus so nothing is in our Hulu queue ever. Thank goodness for Gordon Ramsay and his twelve million shows! Do you watch Master Chef? I've been rooting for Leslie since the beginning; I like that he's a "tell it like it is" kind of guy and he's pretty fancy with his flowing grey locks.
Although Mr Ramsay has been supplying shows for us to watch, I am looking forward to my favorites coming back ("Once Upon A Time", "The Mindy Project", "Modern Family", "New Girl", and I'd say "Raising Hope" but I heard it got cancelled!!)

Loving: conversations with Logan. She's turned in to a kid all of a sudden and it breaks my mama heart, but I love it so much. She's talking a lot about birthday's lately.. she likes to tell me about surprise parties and presents; her birthday is in three months.. I wonder if she's hinting to me already.

xo
-Ali

Friday, August 22, 2014

34/52

A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014. 

I love this floral top on her. Finally, Target had some cute stuff to get.

We're headed down South (an inland) for the weekend and I'm running around like a nutcase trying to pack everything up because I changed my mind about leaving tomorrow morning and now we're leaving in a few hours. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xo
-Ali

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Real Backyard

When I came to this house for the first time, I was blown away at the size, the hardwood floors, and then I saw the backyard. I imagined Logan playing.. really playing out there. I imagined painting and playdough and water play and running in the grass area that was bigger than our former yard! 
Here we are, fully settled in to our home and our awesome backyard.. our real backyard. Not a courtyard or a side yard or a pass through from the house to the garage; a real yard. Rory and I scored a few weekends ago with some new patio furniture. We found the bench at Lowe's for 50% off (and an additional 10% because it was the display one) and we found the two chairs at World Market for 50% off the same day! I gave our little Target side table that I've had for years a makeover with a can of spray paint that we had in the garage and voila.. a bright and vibrant seating area. I joked and told Rory that whenever people come over we should say, "This is our patio, sponsored by Skittles." I love that this space is a rainbow of colors.. it's happy!

I brought twenty eight out of my formerly sixty three potted plants with us to our new home and they all are thriving here; the sun was so harsh at our last place and we get some beautiful shade from the hibiscus trees in the patio area here that they seem to be pretty happy with. I love having this lush space; there's nothing more peaceful to me than taking a few moments to go outside and water all of my plants.. I am so happy to have this little getaway right outside.
We've already made some great memories in our yard and we've only been here since the end of June! Rory and I reflected on that the other day, "we've only been here for seven weeks!" It feels like we've always been here, like we belong here; this is our home and it feels so sweet.
Each week day, Logan and I go outside after her nap and we play. We play in her little wading pool, we play with the playdough I made for her, we water the plants together, we draw with chalk, we paint, we dance, we run.. we make the most out of our space and we enjoy it.

xo
-Ali

Friday, August 15, 2014

33/52

A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014. 

She's been a delightful little handful this week; sand in her eyes twice, but I am loving how adventurous she is.  She's not afraid to go off on her own and figure things out by herself. She's always been pretty independent, but it's definitely amazing to see her problem solve and discover how to do things without any help.

 xo 
-Ali

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fall Picks for Logan

Hip Hip HOORAY!! Summer is almost over!
Summer coming to an end means better weather and most importantly, kids are going back to school! Though I don't have a child in school, I look forward to other peoples' kids going back because it makes outings so much easier and nicer; I can find parking easily and all of the places we go to play are not flooded with a bunch of camp kids.

This Summer was a hot and grotesquely humid one; I think Southern California got confused and wanted to be Florida for a while. We maybe had three days of "June Gloom" and a few sprinkles of rain
; I am ready for the cold (the California cold). I am ready for fires in the fireplace, I am ready for the holidays, I am ready for hoodies, and I am ready for warm socks.

Logan's closet is packed full of rompers, short sleeves and shorts right now.. I am ready to put in some leggings and cute cardigans!
one: flower tee shirt at Retro Kids  // two: red treggings at H&M  // three. critter hoodie at Crazy8  //  four. livie&luca navy ruche flat at Zappos  //  five. lace striped tee at Target  //  six. striped skinny leggings at Baby Gap  //  seven. cat headband at Baby Gap //  eight. tortoise print fashion glasses at Target //  nine. livie&luca London boot at Zappos //  ten. swiss dot flutter top at Old Navy //  eleven. polka dot treggings at H&M

I am also ready for my electric bill to be cut in half. Running the A/C for a few hours in the afternoon is pretty expensive!

xo
-Ali

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mama Fails (v.2)

I was tickling Logan on my lap and she squirmed so much that she fell right off and slammed her head in to the wall.

More times than not, I manage to hit her head on the frame of the car as I'm trying to get her in to it.

I've ran over her toes with the vacuum twice so far; it's hard because she chases it!

While we were leaving the post office, I went to grab my keys from my bag.. when I got them out they flew out of my hands and hit Logan in the head. She gave me a super stink eye.

I yelled "Shit!" in the car and Logan said "shit shit shit shit shit" for a good remainder of the car ride . Thankfully I haven't heard her say it again!

While watering the plants outside, I've turned and accidentally drenched her with the hose.

For the second time in her life, I caught her neck in the car seat buckle.

I looked away from Logan for a millisecond as she was walking down the final two stairs and CRASH! In to the baby gate she went.

Do you have any mom fail moments to share? I'd love to hear!

xo
-Ali