i don't think i really have to sell this one, it's pretty clear from one glance that this quilt is 100% gorgeous. it's true vintage, made by my great grandmother, and it's really lucky that it didn't make it back in my bag to colorado (well my aunt is lucky, i would take dang good care of that thing + it would have happy days all the rest of it's days) anyway though, i just love it so much + even more so, the tiny guy all snuggled up in it... he's the best.
anything round or that rolls is 'ba' (ball) to abel. it is darling as pie + i could squeeze him too tightly most days. i LOVE that his favorite thing to play with is a ball, and chris is over the moon about the fact that he kicks them too, because naturally he believes his sports destiny is soccer. it really doesn't matter to me at all what sport he would play or that he play one at all, but it is pretty darn cute that he's into it for now + i feel like it's just a glimpse of what the next year will be like as he grows + learns more about how to play with a person + not just on his own. i'll say it again, like i probably said yesterday + a few minutes ago... i love you abel... to the moon, back + around the block a couple of times. oh, and your jeans are kill-ing. me.
while we were visiting texas recently, it was brought to my attention that abel was made for truck beds. i mean, loves 'em. so naturally, i came home + let chris know that it was imperative that we get a truck so that we could fulfill abel's every need (maybe mine too). so you know, we will see how that goes. but honestly, does this face not scream... i belong in the bed of a truck this summer?!
hey there + happy march! so we went to texas. happy day. firstly, i love texas... i was born there + if you've read THIS than you probably already know that i still like to claim that + pretend i'm moving back one day. second, it was SO nice to just get away for a minute. not worry about a stinkin' thing + enjoy 75 degree weather in february. i mean, dresses + sandals for days. all fun + games + i was pretty much shopping real estate until the wild turkey charge, profanity slingin', running for mine + my child's life incident once upon a monday night. you really had to be there, but i will just tell you that i don't think i'm built for snakes or ticks or wild turkeys for that matter. so in colorado we will probably stay... dreams crushed, but i'll survive... i mean, colorado is not a rough place to live ;)
anyhow, we road tripped down (abel's first). he was a champion + i was proud. we had a great visit + i only wished chris could have come + for it to have been longer. below are some snippets from our trip, the first being a pitstop about 10 hours in + abel was all sorts of joyful to find a playground to stretch his little legs at, we were pretty happy about it too!
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... and we made it. hello Waco. we were warmly welcomed by my mom's sister at about 10 pm. you guys... my aunt's house. if we are talking in pinterest terms, i'd pin the heck out of it, right onto my nesting board. right there next to all of the other swoon worthy homes that i've been ogling + that would be that. it has a gorgeous view of Lake Waco + is mostly all of my house dreams wrapped into one. paint everything a crispy coat of white + throw pops of bright colors throughout... when can i move in permanently? we had such a great visit with her + SO many of our family members! i wish we saw them more often!
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While we were visiting, we attended my cousin's wife's (i'm not sure exactly what that makes her to me... cousin? cousin in law? all that comes to my mind is adorable) baby shower. It was at the happiest little spot in Waco called 'The Mix' + she (as in my cousin's wife) was stunning. There were mini cupcakes + mama to be wore polka dots... i mean, do i really need to say more than that? I'm so glad we were able to make it, especially because i almost always miss out on Texas family events + so i felt like a real winner this time around. i wiiiiiish i would have gotten some real bloggerific photos of every detail, but Abel
walks runs now, and ALWAYS, so you know...
We also spent the day shopping for the stores (since this was a 'business trip' and all) Texas has some great antiquey shops... Junque in the Trunk probably being my favorite of them all. CUTE stuff + perfect photo opp paint choices on their building if you ask me, so naturally we snapped a few.
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and below you'll see the best little road tripper ever, fighting sleep (of course) + a sign that makes this heart happy
just a few grams to give this blog some life.
lately i haven't been able to blog much. i like this space to be authentic & i feel like i've done a pretty good job of that over time. i am honestly a pretty happy go lucky, look at the bright side kind of person & i think that shows through to this space. i like to keep this place light. i don't share every single disappointment, sadness or problem that i have here. of course there is the occasional rant & also i write from my heart & get sappy sometimes too, but for the most part, i like to keep those parts of our life private. since losing my dad, i have found myself taking less pictures and blogging even less than that. i don't like it at all. those are such huge parts of me, but for right now they are just on the back burner. i want this place to stay real and stay positive, and i'm not saying i'm a crying, depressed mess all day every day, but just at this particular season in my life, writing about the little bits & pieces of my day & what we did over the weekend just doesn't feel authentic, because my heart is still in so many pieces.
i desperately want to get back here, get back to normal life, whatever that means. but while i try and navigate through days with our busy, busy, busy little guy & all of my different feelings, this space will probably remain quiet for a little while longer. it's SO important to me to continue documenting abel's life & ours. this tiny corner of the internet has given me such a huge huge outlet for that & has seriously been my happy place. i love it here & want to remember all of the wonderful things throughout our life. the sad parts will forever be in my heart though, a place that i will never forget them, and that's where i'd like to keep them. not here. so thank you for continuing to check in & see if we still exist :) & please stick around while i gather up the bits & pieces of myself that still feel like they are everywhere. i hope to be back in this place with my whole heart very very soon. xoxo
+ snowed some more...
this time last year, i had the snuggliest newborn who slept 12 hours a day minimum + i was still figuring out how to be a mom to this tiny being who had graced our home. snow days galore + snuggling up on the couch 24/7 was totally my bag of chips. this year is different for me though. for the first time in probably my entire life, i am not praying every day for snow. womp womp. this year, i've become one of those 'itching for spring + warm weather' people... GASP. honestly though, it's abel. he's so busy now + i want to get out to the park + the zoo + take walks + every other outdoor, walk your socks off activity with him.
as soon as he started walking at christmas, he might as well have been running + the rest is history. i love it so much + am so excited for this constantly keeping me on my toes phase of life with him. so to be honest with you, we are over the snow for now + are just waiting on some warmer sun days so we can party our pants off in the great outdoors for more than a couple of minutes...
which brings me to these couple of minutes that we spent outside on our most recent snow day. abel LOVED the big flakes falling on his face, he was so tickled. we put him in the snow + he didn't move, just smiled + looked at us like, 'okay, now what. are you gonna pick me back up? this stuff is half my height.' ... or at least that's what i imagined his thoughts to be. it was the best 5 minutes of our snow day + totally worth the 15 that we took getting bundled up beforehand.
so anyway, bring on the warmer days + sunshine whenever you feel like it mother nature... but until then, we will try to enjoy + savor the snow globe ones we have left.
so, before abel turned two felt like a great time to post about my favorite guy + his birthday party. so here it is! we had such a great time with our family + a few close friends, and felt very blessed by those who came to celebrate him on his special day. we went with bright colored + fun for the "theme"... just like him. i hung 12 photos from each month he's been with us because i love pictures + only take a couple zillion of him each day, so it just felt right to do so. we let him "smash" his cake, which he interpreted as politely + barely touch this thing.... i loved that probably the most. as fun as it would have been to see him go to town on that thing, it was SO him the way he approached it. so carefully + thought out. he doesn't love touching weird textures + this was no exception, thankfully dad was there to save the day + give him his cake wedding style... + THAT he thoroughly enjoyed.
abel is loved by so many + that just fills my heart with a joy un-explainable.
he's the very best thing i know.