Last Weekend in CA

 In the midst of moving with a toddler (a whole post on that later).....Joel and my best friends put together the most touching and fun going away party (ever).

I was told to take an uber with my girlfriend to an undisclosed location, even though I guessed it pretty quickly. When I walked in at 5:10pm, everyone was already there, glass of champagne in hand, ready to toast our bittersweet depature.

Not a detail was missed, there were flowers, cheese boards, champagne, our favorite somm, and all of my favorite people.



Then, the icing on the cake, my best girls came out with a beautiful painting for me to always remember LA by. My friend Laura's mom painted the piece, and it literally brought me to tears. 


The entire party was amazing and tough, and made Joel and I feel incredibly grateful for the friends we've made these last five years.

On Sunday, after a full day of packing....I was able to go downstairs to my best girlfriends apartment to watch the globes with some girls. We just cuddled around in our pajamas, stayed up way too late, and tried to just soak up the fun night without bursting into tears.

On our last night in LA, we stayed with Shelby who made our move INSANELY better - ordered our favorite LA pizza (Fresh Brothers), and got to spend time with our dear friends who were out of town on Saturday. 


Somehow, Tuesday morning arrived, and it was time to take our final picture in front of the condo that made us husband and wife and mom and dad.


A Big Update

Our family is on the move! 

After five years in California, I'm watching a moving truck load up our lives this morning to take them to our new home in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Five blocks from my parents, three miles from Joel's, with a big backyard, and our own laundry room - we feel like all of our dreams are coming true. 

But, with that said, we have some really heavy hearts as we say goodbye to our friends that turned into family here. There is something very, very special about this crew in California. 

They have been my front line as I celebrated being engaged, married, pregnant, and a new mom. We have taken each other in like I didn't know friends could.

And because of them, part of my heart will always be here in Los Angeles. 

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard" Winnie the Pooh/ A.A. Milne:

On to the next adventure!


Five on Friday


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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 46

A few friends recommended listening to The Big Boo Cast podcast, and to those that did, thank you! They have been just what I needed this week. If you haven't listened, I will say, this podcast probably isn't for everyone because its basically two girlfriends catching up on the most random of things, but I love it. I find it cheerful, adorable, light-hearted and fun.

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The perfect Summer reads for your Memorial Day weekend! #BeachReads #summervibes:
Since now I have them to love on, I really want to find a book to dive into. I haven't read a good book in months and I'm missing them!! Nothing has really caught my fancy and I have started and not finished the last few books I read (Truly, Madly, Guilty (!!!) , Nest, and The Weekenders). Anyone read anything easy and fun lately? 

::: 3 ::: 
After the initial "new"-ness that came with the New Year, which ended for me like on Wednesday, I actually found it quite depressing. For the last 3 weeks, my house has been filled to the brim with people, places to be, people to see, and these last few days felt like a balloon getting the air sucked out. Plus, we knocked out lots of dentists and doctors appointments to just get them over with, so that is never super fun either!

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Juliette Upholstered Bench
I'm pretty obsessed with this new beauty that will be living with us! I needed a bench for the end of our bed and after I spotted this one, here from Joss and Main, nothing else would compare! 

::: 5 :::
May the next few months be a period of magnificent transformation. #quote #quoteoftheday #inspiration:

Happy first weekend of 2017 



Fresh Start

Before we started our New Year goals/resolutions/changes we capped off 2016 with a lot of food, football, family time, and filled glasses (had to stretch for that one, but it worked!).

 Having Joel home for so much time these last two weeks has been such a treat. We kept things really low key, but having Dad home is basically like having a playground in your living room, so Leo was a very happy camper.

New Years Eve we took Leo to our favorite wine bar in Santa Monica, Ester's, had a glass of champagne and a few oysters, and just enjoyed being out of the house for a little bit. 

When we got home, we put the baby down, ordered thai food, opened another bottle of champagne and cheersed with a donut for dessert! 

We actually postponed our "New Years Day Brunch", for the 2nd, so that it would coincide with the Iowa game even though that game didn't end so well. 

 Since we delayed everything in our house by a day, actual New Years Resolutions didn't really take effect until the 3rd.
I always have the same long laundry list of improvements I need to make, but this year, I have one specific goal that I've put into action.....as of yesterday....

Waking up at 6:13am everyday (except on the occasional weekend and vacation!)

No clue why 6:13, but that's what I picked and I'm sticking to it. For the last 15 months, I've had Leo as my alarm clock. And for a long time, that was juuuuust fine! He was waking up early (and often) and he ran our day, so it didn't bother me.

But the last few months, he's become a much steadier 7pm-7am sleeper and staying in bed until 7am in my pajamas, waiting for him to rise, was impacting the success of our days.

I was staying in my pajamas for too long, really struggling to figure out how to get ready with a toddler in my way, getting annoyed with my cold cup of coffee, and just feeling really behind the 8 ball scrambling to how to schedule our mornings.

Insert: 6:13am.
By getting out of bed, I can enjoy my hot cup of coffee alone, check blogs, and plan out my day. When Leo wakes up, I can feed him on the couch and then jump in a quick shower right at 7am before Joel leaves for his office so he can wrangle Leo for 20 minutes and allow me to throw on jeans and smack a little make up on.

Honestly, this small change has the potential to seriously make me a better mom, wife, and overall person so I'm pretty pumped for it to be honest. I like the idea of having one specific goal, and this one is absolutely attainable so I don't have any reason why it won't stick! 

Did 2015 not go as planned as far as health and fitness??   Still where you were at last year at this time??  Still hoping and wishing for results???  2016 is a new year!!! 365 new chances to lose weight & get fit !!  Make 2016 different - blow those goals away!!   Get the year started right and join our "New Year - New YOU" Challenge >> https://www.facebook.com/events/1089657947720629/  A year from you'll look back and "say I'm so happy I did this":

Here's to a New Year!


Leo - Month 15

Weight: 21lbs 8oz (28%) and 31inches (37%)

Nicknames: Leeman, Lee-Lee, Forest Boy, Weeward, Wee-whoa
Clothes: You are in 24 month pjs, but for the most part I would say 12-18 months is exactly where you land. You also moved to a size 4 shoe and a size 4 diaper.
Sleep:  You are a pretty consistent sleeper, with a two hour nap and just about 12 hours at night.

up at 6:30...with an 8oz bottle
8:00am breakfast
9-12am play - very necessary to get out of the house during this time
11:30am/12pmish- lunch
1:00 pm nap
3:15pm snack & playtime
6:00pm dinner
6:30 pm bath
7:00 pm 8oz bottle and bed

Health: At the beginning of the month you had your first virus and it sucked. After 5-ish days, I finally decided I really wanted the doctor's reassurance that everything was ok, so I took you in. We didn't see your normal doctor, and this doctor totally filed mommy under nervous "first time mom". And she was right - but I did feel better after having you checked out, and at about day 8/9 most all of your symptoms had cleared so I'm very thankful that you have a tough little body and were able to rid that nasty bug!

Crying: This last week you've been a touch whiny and clingy, but you are cutting two top eye teeth (you are still at only 8 teeth!) so I'm sort of blaming them. Regardless, you are pretty easy to make laugh and smile.

Feeding:  Also in the last week you've started to use your spoon all on your own! In just two days, I've seen major improvement, and I can already tell that you will soon prefer to feed yourself than get any assistance from your parents.

Likes: You are curious and you love to check out new places, things, and toys. You love the playground, playing with friends, playing "boo", you LOVE to have mommy and daddy read books and you will bring us a book and take position right on our lap (it's pretty adorable)....although you would read 90 books in a day if it were up to you.

You like to kick around a soccer ball, play outside, and facetime "Coco and Papa".
Dislikes: When things don't go/do what you want them too, falling/tripping, getting frustrated, most vegetables.
Milestones:  You are talking up a storm, and if we include all of the animal noises you say, you are almost up to 50 words!! I'm so proud of you buddy!

We are working a lot lately on body parts, and you can find your belly button, ears, mouth and tongue, but your nose throws you!
Places You’ve Gone: Nothing major this month, which has been nice. We took a day trip to Santa Barbara, but we've done lots of fun classes and visited lots of friends these last 4 weeks.

Visitors: Uncle Andrew, Aunt Corie, and Sulley came up to celebrate Christmas and we had such a fun time with them.

Roscoe: We are working hard with you on "gentle". You love Roscoe SO much, but you are a little rough with him. Your "pet", is more like a spanking, but Roscoe is somehow incredibly patient with you and still loves to kiss you and make you laugh.


I can't believe we celebrated our second Christmas with you. You are truly our biggest blessing and greatest gift, and your daddy and I are filled with joy because you are ours.


Christmas 2016

I guess the special thing about Christmas is that it only happens once a year, but dang is it my most favorite few days. 

Our Christmas Eve started pretty early so that Joel could get in line at Santa Monica Seafood to get lobster, crab, and some other goodies. He left before 6:30am, and was already 40th in line when he pulled up! 

Thankfully he got what he came for, and brought us home a little treat. 

The morning was spent getting ready for our big dinner. We hosted four other families for cocktail hour and dinner, and somehow I was able to find away to make one big table for all of us. 


Before I knew it, it was 3pm and our friends started to arrive.


We opened up a magnum of champagne, the kids played with each other and everyone else's toys, and the boys and girls quickly found separate rooms to chat in. It was pretty perfect. 

These girls and our babies have truly become family and it was incredibly special to be together on Christmas Eve.

 At one point, all of the moms and kids were in Leo's room singing Christmas carols and watching the kids shake their booty's and truly everything was right in the world.

Right around 5:30, Joel and I assumed our positions in the kitchen to try and get dinner ready. On the menu was a seafood tower, beef tenderloin, and a mushroom truffle ravioli.

We opened another really delicious magnum of wine for dinner, everyone took their seats, and we all indulged in an amazing dinner. 

After apple pie, most everyone left to get home and set cookies and milk out for Santa to visit them.

My cousins Erin and Danny stayed for a few extra hours/glasses and then finally around 11pm, Joel and I started to clean up process......which meant we were really freaking tired come Christmas morning. 

I gave Leo his bottle next to the Christmas tree that morning and really tried to soak up the moment. minutes I had lit all of our candles, had the Christmas music playing, and we just sat there with the glow of the tree while Joel and Roscoe were on a walk. It was one of my most favorite parts of the day. I just sat there smelling my sweet, healthy, beautiful baby and gave thanks for our abundance of blessings.

We took our time that morning opening presents, drinking coffee, and facetiming with Grandparents. 


After all of the presents were opened and the cinnamon rolls had been consumed, we got ready for 9:30 mass. 

Church is just around the block from us, so we thought it would be a good idea to have Leo walk there to try and burn off some energy before the service. 

And while we had good intentions, this wild man could really only last in 5-10 minute bursts, so Joel and I took turns taking this guy out of church to run around.

 After we got home, we had an easy brunch at home before Leo and I both took a much needed nap! 


We walked to our neighbors house for a glass of champagne around 5pm and then came home, had leftovers, put on our comfy clothes and watched basketball. 


It was the most perfect Christmas for our family and I hope it was for yours too.