Life Lately – July 12, 2017

Happy Wednesday, folks! Hope your week is flying by like mine is. We are packing the car tonight and leaving tomorrow afternoon for a family wedding in Pennsylvania. I’m so excited because not only are my parents going to be there, but my sisters and my niece are flying in from Colorado and we’ve rented a house for a few days following the wedding. The five of us (my immediate family) haven’t been together since our wedding two years ago – and though we’ve all spent time together sporadically over the last few years, we haven’t all been together since the babies were born. So we are long overdue for some quality time!

Finn

We have a walker on our hands! Over the past few weeks, Finn has slowly started to let go of things and stand on his own. It was on the Fourth of July while we were at the pool where he finally took off and he hasn’t slowed down since! I’m loving it! I know a lot of people have told me that we will have our hands full now, but I’ve wanted him to walk for so long now that I don’t even care that he is getting into things. We went to the Nike store and bought him new sneakers, too. He looks adorable!

David

David has been working like crazy lately, and he is really enjoying his job. He deserves a break, though. We did the math and he hasn’t had a day off in over two weeks! I told him that once we get to Pennsylvania, he is allowed to fish as much as he needs to.

We celebrated our two year anniversary yesterday. We kept it low key and celebrated by eating a nice dinner at home. We aren’t the flashy type, and I like it that way. We have a couple big trips planned in the next few months and we are hoping to buy a house by the end of the year so that is a good enough celebration for us. I really just enjoy his company, wherever we are!

House Hunting

Dare I say, we’ve found – the one! I won’t spill too much about it, but it’s better than anything I thought we might get in this crazy Charlottesville market. Nothing is signed or official yet, and I have to be patient with David and his checklists, but I haven’t seen him smile over any of the other houses we’ve walked into like he did with this one. Cross your fingers for us!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Like every other blogger on the planet, I’ll be posting about the big #NSale that starts tomorrow. Be sure to check back for my first reactions to the sale tomorrow. I’ll be posting my favorite items and the best deals. In case you don’t know about it, The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the best and biggest of the year. Nordstrom deeply discounts brand new items – I’m talking cardigans, jeans, booties – all the fall essentials. Typically retailers discount the goods at the end of the season, but the #NSale discounts them before fall. Basically, it’s a must-shop, and I’ll be sure to keep it easy for you to find the best things. One last thing, if you have a Nordstrom Credit Card, you can shop early – starting tomorrow. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to wait until the sale opens to the public next week.

Here’s our life in iPhone photos:

Dinner with co-workers at Junction. My outfit is old. Similar here and here.
Love this little boy!
Standing man!
Date night at The Local.
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ICYMI – Read the full post here. Shop the dress here.

 

Starry Nights at Veritas Winery with my best girls and our men. My romper is old. Similar here and here.

 

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Life Lessons Learned From My Dad

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With Father’s Day on Sunday, I thought it would be a good chance to brag a little bit about the men in my life. I’m surrounded by some pretty stoic men, those who may wince at the slightest mention of emotion or sentiment. But you need to hear how much you’re loved and appreciated, too!

My Dad has always been an inspiration to me. He’s owned his business for more than 30 years, providing a pretty awesome life for my mom and my sisters and me. He’s pushed us way beyond our limits, waking us up at the crack of dawn to ensure we made first tracks on the ski slopes. He worked his butt of to throw David and I the wedding of our dreams in his backyard. In fact, he’s always working his butt off. Even when he comes to visit, he sets up a makeshift office on our breakfast bar, answers phone calls at all hours of the day, and makes sure his business is still functioning even while he is hundreds of miles away.

There are days where I just wish he would slow down already! However, I know it’s just not in his character. He’s passed his work ethic along to all of us, and I am forever grateful for that. Throughout our childhood, my dad was strict but super involved. Nowadays, he’s lightened up quite a bit, providing comic relief in the form of a political rant or random email. He is the best grandfather, and I love watching him with Finn and Natalie. He’s totally in his element.

I think it goes without saying that my dad leaves an impression on just about everyone he meets. He’s loud, opinionated, and just plain goofy – and totally unapologetic for being those things! He’s always the life of the party.

Dad – sorry it took me so long to get around to writing a blog post about you! But thank you for reading every day and being my biggest supporter. Love you lots and I hope you enjoy your Father’s Day! Muah!

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Happy Father’s Day!

 

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Life Lately

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A little insight into our life lately:

Finn

We are anxiously awaiting Finn’s first steps. I don’t know what is holding him up! He has been moving and shaking for months now, but he is just unwilling to take a step without holding onto us/a table/his walker/etc. He could totally do it! I think he just needs a little confidence.

Other than the walking dilemma, Finn seems to grow overnight. He is so fun, so smart, and has the best personality.

David

David has been traveling quite a bit for work. Last week he was in Raleigh for a few nights and today he is up in DC. He absolutely loves his job and I’m so happy he has found his groove. He’s also been working out obsessively, which has really inspired me to get my butt in gear as well. He’s looking good 😉

In other news, David and I have been house hunting! We’ve been pre-approved and are actually in the process of looking for our home. It’s so exciting, yet so nerve-wrecking at the same time! What a huge decision we have to make. I feel blessed to be in this part of our life, finally.

I’m putting together a blog post that does a deep dive into what we are looking for and maybe even some inspiration. If you don’t follow me on Pinterest, you should check it out. I’ve been pinning home decor like a crazy person. (I also want to do a post on the entire home buying process once we are through the entire thing! I know there are so many details that I’m learning and I know it would be helpful to others! Thoughts?)

Work

Last week I had to travel to Pittsburgh for work. It was a quick overnight trip, but it was nice to have a night in a hotel room to myself. Our fiscal year ends on June 30th, so things have been crazy trying to finish things up in the last few weeks. My friend and co-worker, Morgan, took a new job at the university, so as much as I’m happy for her, I’m so sad to be losing my cube mate. I haven’t known my job without her!

Blog/Biz

I’m working behind the scenes on putting together an editorial calendar that helps keep my posts coming on a regular basis. I’m thinking of doing more posts like this, and the five things posts as well. I want to do at least one outfit post a week, and a motherhood post as well. Anything else you’d like to see from me? I’m all ears!

I’m also excited to be attending an entrepreneurs brunch next week. I’m hoping to gain some insight and inspiration for my Digital Media Management company.

Here’s a view of our life through iPhone photos: 

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Stuffing his face!

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Finn playing at the Virginia Discovery Museum!

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A baby deer crawled onto David’s lap while he was out fishing!

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Yoga followed by wine tasting at Blenheim Vineyard.

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Finn on the left, David at age 1 on the right. TWINS!

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Papi and his boy!

 

Hope you have a great Tuesday!

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Five Things I’m Loving

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  1. Madewell Bellflower Ruffle Dress – David and Finn surprised me with this beauty for Mother’s Day. I had been drooling over it for weeks! They did good, didn’t they? The dress is super lightweight and has the sweetest details on the top. We plan on doing a complete outfit post on this one, so stay tuned!
  2. Classic Vans Slip-ons – I’ve been searching for the perfect slip on sneakers that won’t break the bank, and I think I’ve found them.
  3. J.Crew Demin Dress – This beauty is currently 50% off at J.Crew Factory. Use the code PICNIC.
  4. One sleeved dress – Another J.Crew Factory find. Everything is 50% off today so make sure to check it out!
  5. Sam Edelman Sandals – I just love the detail on all of Sam Edelman’s shoes, and these ones are no different!

Happy Monday to all! Hope your week is off to a great start!

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To My Mom, On My First Mother’s Day

 

Hi Mom –

Happy Mother’s Day! I don’t know if there are words that really explain how I feel about you now that I have a child of my own. I can say ‘thank you’ a million times, and it wouldn’t really mean much.

Being a mom is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Harder than 3-a-days during soccer preseason. Harder than that stupid accounting class in college. Harder than any heartbreak I’ve gone through. I feel judged constantly. My brain is working overtime. I’m tired. 

Thank you for letting me feel all of those things. Thank you for allowing me to talk through all of my insecurities and bitch about all the silly things that happen on a daily basis. Thank you for the perfect balance of giving sage advice and telling me to get over it. Thank you for the unconditional, tough love.

You’ve taught me to let things slide off my back, to stand up for myself, to question everything. These qualities have certainly come in handy this past year. I’ve often called you even before calling the pediatrician. You’ve taught me to keep a cool head in stressful situations, which may be the best thing you’ve ever given to me. You taught us we “can’t really read everything in college” and similarly you’ve taught me that I can’t be everything to everyone. As a mom, I don’t think there is anything more important to remember. Thank you!

Being a mom has been so eye-opening. I’ve learned so much about myself, about David, about human development, about other moms, about you! I feel so grateful to have been blessed with my healthy, happy boy. I feel lucky to have such a supportive family and husband. I feel so appreciative for all of the things you did for us when we were kids, and still do today.

I have no idea how you did it for all of those years. You deserve a medal, or maybe a long vacation! Thank you for guiding me through this journey with Finn. He’s so lucky to have a Grammy like you!

We love you and I hope you have the most relaxing weekend you can possibly imagine!

xoxo

Happy Mother’s Day!

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