4 Years

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Just a little #TBT to feast your eyes on this morning! Today is my anniversary and well, I’ll look at pictures of my family and feel proud if I want to!

To some who have been married 30, 40, 50 years, a 4 year anniversary probably seems like it should slip by with unnoticed ease. But, to me, I think this is the most momentous anniversary we have yet to celebrate  We have been married for one full year with a baby included in our clan. That my friends, is reason to give each other an extra kiss, high five, whatever today.

My man is the most caring, hard working and loving husband I know, {pat on back to me….good job showing up to that dirty house in college and positioning yourself right where that tall handsome guy would have to talk to you. Probably, the best decision ever made after 9PM in college.} and this year, he showed everyone that he is also an amazing father.

So today, we are going to celebrate us in us style. I already got a text this morning that let me know my favorite coffee was pre-paid for at my favorite coffee stand whenever I was ready for it {coffee = the way to my heart} and we are going to cook a huge feast filled with our favorite foods tonight after M goes to bed.

So, cheers, Happy Thursday and more importantly Happy Anniversary hubs! I couldn’t love anyone more!

Enjoy! Melissa

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Vintage Adventure || Snohomish

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In a mad quest to find cake plates to use at Ms. M’s birthday party, her and I headed out to do some vintage shopping. We’ll call her party theme ‘pastel vintage’. It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. But, since I don’t have any proper cake plates, I thought this would be a good time to get my hands on some beautiful vintage pieces.

I would like to report that M and I had a great time checking out this amazing little town and bobbing in and out of the vintage shops. But, really, the report is that I had a great time. M…not so much. This beautiful, perfect day was just not her day. She wanted out of her stroller, reached her little paw out to grab all sorts of {expensive} vintage goodies and basically had me running through these stores like a mad woman.

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Now that I think about it, maybe vintage shopping isn’t on the top of ‘things babies love to do list’ {I’m going to use the word baby as many times as I can today. Her birthday is tomorrow. To-freikin-morrow and I feel like she’ll somehow instantly be a toddler. So baby it is today. All day.}

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Just look at that salty look I got when I tried to cheer her up by showing her the cutest little pie shop. Nothing. Apparently, vintage or pies aren’t her thing.

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So, to round out my desperate attempt for a M mood changer, I asked the kind pie shop girl if there was a park near by. M got to remove herself from her stroller cage and stretch her little legs. It worked! We played in the grass and had a little snack before trying one last shop. Maybe not her favorite day but I sure loved that little town. I walked out with three awesome plates to use and visions of so many other things I ‘need’ from those shops. Can’t wait to go back {maybe on a baby free day}!

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Enjoy! Melissa

5 Minute M || Hawaii Style

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One night we caught the sunset just right as we enjoyed our high class vacation meal of burgers and fries in the lawn at a little outdoor shopping center. It was so random and so unexpected. M loved it. We loved it. My camera loved it. These 5 minutes are what I want all vacations to feel like.

Enjoy! Melissa

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Behind The Scenes || At the Beach

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It’s so hard to pick my favorite pictures from this trip! We took over 500 just on the DSLR and have more on our phones. But, these jumped out at me as some of my favorite beach pictures. Just a little eye candy for a Thursday morning!

|| I’m a sunshine, beach, sand and waves kind of girl. So, we arrived in Hawaii, dumped our stuff at my sisters house, changed out of our travel clothes {why is it that no matter what you do, you feel like a giant dirt ball when you get off a plane?} and headed straight to the beach to show M what it was all about. We only had about an hour to play while my sister got some work done so we just enjoyed the scenery and let M have her very first meeting with the ocean. ||

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|| I think our swim lessons paid off. The next day, M couldn’t get enough of the water. She crawled all along the shoreline making us chase her down the beach. We played our hearts out with a little sand bucket and toys and of course, applied sunscreen about a million times. ||

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|| The beach the next day could not have been more beautiful. Look at our funny little tourist setup! That UV shelter was maybe the best purchase of my life. M sat in the shade and played in the sand for hours at a time each day. Amazing right? ||

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|| I told you, any chance I can I’m heading toward the beach. We had an hour to waste one day so we decided for lunch by the water. Happy Place. ||

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|| Just look at M. She put her little feet in the sand and drove this floatie around like a car. She was laughing and talking to all the kids on the beach like, ‘yeah, look at my ride!.’ Funny, funny girl. ||

Enjoy! Melissa

Aloha || Airplane Lap Child

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We’re Baaaack! I know. I ditched out. Didn’t even say good bye. And hopefully didn’t have you thinking I was gone for good. I wasn’t too far away and I didn’t run way {promise!}. I was just enjoying some time in Hawaii with my family!

So, Aloha! We’re back from a week of spending some quality family time, beaching it and eating way too many delicious meals. The trip provided so much eye candy and so much greatness that I’ll be updating you all week long! First things first though, we had to get to over the Pacific to our little island getaway.

Let me tell you, we are NOT travel experts with a child. Don’t let all those ‘tips for flying with a child’ on Pintrest fool you. It’s hard work to entertain an 11 month old for six hours. I followed all the ‘rules’. We had new toys she had never seen, Sesame Street loaded on the iPad and enough food to last her a good three months if needed. Some of that helped. The new toys provided about ten minutes of entertainment each {woo hoo!!} and I let her stuff herself full of food which occupied time until she spit up and we had a entire outfit change and ruined blanket saga {go me}.

The only thing that saved us was the miracle of all miracles. The only empty seat on the entire plane was between Ky and I. M used that seat like her parents had ponied up for it! She crawled through it, colored in it and laid down in it. After not having this luxury on our way home, I know how spoiled we were with this seat. Maybe ‘lap child’ isn’t in our future. It’s a bit much! My arms are sore from all the passing of M between us on the way home and I’m still feeling sorry for the very kind older gentleman who we made get up from the aisle seat about 1,000 times on the way home. Poor, poor man. He just wanted to read his Ernest Hemingway book and instead had M pulling his arm hair like a monkey and me constantly bashfully asking him to let us out from our seat cage once again.

Very tricky airlines. You have now convinced us that on top of paying for our overweight checked luggage and carrying a million pounds of baby gear through the airport we should purchase yet another seat on our next trip. Very tricky indeed.

Enjoy! Melissa

Love You Back

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Every day I watch Little M learn something. Some days she learns to make a new sound. Some days it’s a new gesture. And others it’s just the taste of a new food. However, nothing has been as special as her recent new recognition of love.

In the last few weeks Little M has really learned what it means to show affection. She has been toddling right up to us, throwing her little arms around our neck and squeezing. A giant baby sized bear hug. Then, she leans in {often with her mouth wide open} and gives us a smooch. And, if I wasn’t sure that she was aware of the kind of love she is showing, she has turned her love onto her favorite baby doll as well. Same actions; hugs with a little shake the way you do when you are really into a hug, kisses on the forehead and a little hand holding.

It’s melt your heart cute. It’s start your Monday on the right foot cute. It’s momentous.

Enjoy! Melissa

Weekend Snapshot || iPhone Update 4

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I know, I know…we are half way through this week and I’m just now blabbing about last weekend. But, it was just so great. I can’t let it go. So, update you get!

|| On Friday, we got to see a dream come true. My soon-to-be brother-in-law was in the Broadway Tour of Flashdance at the Paramount. If you are familiar, he played the role of Nick. Let me tell you, it was amazing. Amazing to watch him on stage. Amazing to watch his loved ones get a glimpse of his talent. And Amazing to feel his happiness after the show. {I’m hoping he doesn’t mind my gushing. Sorry Derek!} AND on top of all that… because ya’ ya’ he’s great…..we got a date night! We had an awesome tapas dinner before the show {side note, why aren’t all meals served like this? I would far prefer to eat a few bites off small plates then have a 4lb chicken slabbed on my plate like most restaurants do.} and a few drinks after. Love this man I’m married to. It was so nice to spend some time with him and our friends.||

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|| On Saturday night, I really got crazy and went to yoga. No, but really, it was pretty fun. Lululemon put on a yoga event inside the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle. There were about 300 people mat-to-mat doing yoga while the Beatles played and the Space Needle shined above us. Not too shabby.||

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|| And we are to the end of the weekend. Sunday was pretty special. Little M went to her first baby birthday party. She played with some small friends while I attended my sister-in-laws bridal shower. Folks, that guy in Flashdance and my sister-in-law have been dating for longer then I have even known my husband. High school sweethearts that have made it through college in different states, pursuing dreams in NYC and now a wedding right around the corner. Let me tell you…wedding of the year around here for sure! So, she basked in bridal shower glory and opened all things kitchen while we oooed and awwed. And, the funniest, her friends in NYC got in their ‘shower’ best and joined us via Facetime. Clever! Very Clever! ||

And that’s it, I won’t blab about the past any more.

Enjoy! Melissa

Randomness || Round 2

Gifts

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Happy Tuesday! I have so many things running through this crazy brain of mine that I can’t pick just one to write about. So, lucky you, here are all my thoughts of the moment:

  1. My girl is on her way to walking. She takes her little mouse toy on wheels and pushes it around my kitchen. Her little legs take tiny step after step as she carefully conducts every move. Then, she thinks even harder as she maneuvers her way around the mouse to push him out of a corner and continues..step, step. Those little legs moving might be the cutest thing I have ever laid eyes on. And, on one hand, I’m so proud of her. You can tell every fiber in her is concentrating and that she’s pretty proud of herself. On the other, wait stop. M. You can’t be old enough to walk. 
  2. On the same token, I’m planning her first birthday. So far, I’ve sent out the invitations. That’s it. Nothing else. So, if you are coming be ready for a ‘surprise’ because I don’t even know what’s going down yet. So unlike me. Maybe it’s because I feel like M turning the big o-n-e has to be eons away. Not in a few weeks.
  3. Who knows where I can get a good swimsuit? I have tried on every acceptable ‘mom’ suit in the greater area with no luck. I think I’m just hoping that a miracle happens in the next week and I can somehow walk around in a pre-pregnancy bikini and nobody will notice my not so tight, not so un-steretchmarked stomach. Not happenin’. So, again, I ask…where do I find the perfect ‘I’m still young enough’ but also an ‘I had a baby’ swimsuit? Help!
  4. I went to Barre class last night for the first time in a while. Typing hurts. Moving hurts. In a good way.
  5. Today is the day I go get the filling they didn’t have time for last week at the dentist. Last time was better. Before I knew what getting a filling entailed. Now, I’m just hoping they lost my appointment. I’ll have to call later to confirm that they don’t in fact have me on the books {hopefully}.
  6. This picture has nothing to do with this post but I just thought it was so fitting. M is my little gift. To me, to her family and to anyone she meets. Once her little eyes smile at someone, I swear they can do nothing but smile back and act a tad bit goofy. A gift.

Enjoy! Melissa

 

Visitors

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We have a few family members in town this weekend and Little M couldn’t be any happier. Who else gives you this kind of attention? Claps when you clap. Says ‘yayyyy’ with you over and over. Just adores the way you make every move. I mean, really, I didn’t even stage that picture. She is in heaven.

Watching how much they love her is so fun for me. I know I love her. {You guys, you should have heard the laugh she was letting out last night because my pony tail was moving around. Melted my heart. And, gave me a small headache because I didn’t want it to stop so I kept shaking my dumb head around.} But, to watch others really enjoy her and to see how she can brighten someones day by exerting absolutely no effort and just being herself is pretty awesome. A lesson in life from a baby for sure.

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Her Auntie Jenna and Uncle Derek are here visiting the Emerald City because Derek is in the national tour of Flashdance. Ky and I are going tonight and I can hardly contain my excitement to get to see this guy on stage. Sorry M, we will have to tell you all about it when we get home. Can. Not. Wait.

Don’t worry! I’m sure I’ll have a full recap on Monday. Until then, we are going to enjoy our company and let M soak up all her attention.

Have a great weekend.

Enjoy! Melissa

 

What’s On M’s Plate

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I whipped up this meal for Little M a few days ago and she loved it. Not even kidding, she basically went on a crumb expedition when I announced it was, “all gone.” Again, I’m not a gourmet chef {not even a home chef} or a nutritionist, but it’s been on heavy rotation in our house so I thought I would share it.

|| Baked Sweet Potato ||

1/4 of a large sweet potato baked for 40 minutes at 400

Topped with cooked zucchini and tofu, a sprinkle of cheese and a dash of plain yogurt

Served with a baked plum on the side

And in the mean time, I’ve never understood why people ‘hate’ the dentist. For 28 years, I have been going regularly and loving it. You get to lay back, leave with squeaky clean teeth and, when I was younger, pick a prize from the giant tooth shaped bin on your way out. Well now I understand, folks. My first cavity lead to my first tooth pain which led to my first filling yesterday.

That sucked! What in the world is that giant contraption that they basically try to suffocate you with? And why did I have to feel like my face was about three feet wide when I left? Or what about how half my mouth was so numb I’m pretty sure I put chapstick on my entire face?

So, I’ll never think ‘what a baby’ again when someone tells me that they don’t like the dentist. I get it. Don’t worry.

Enjoy! Melissa