Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sizzling Summer

Every year I'm determined to love Summer. I try my very hardest to accept the heat and enjoy the sun, but it gets to about this point in the season when I just can't handle it anymore. The heat is too much and I find myself longing for Fall and cooler weather.

That said, we have done some fun things this summer, with plenty more to come!

With the temperatures rising we've tried to find fun ways to cool off, and we're so grateful to have a swimming pool just a few steps from our front door. Taylor is getting better and better at swimming and we always have a blast together splashing, racing, and pretending to be sharks.

One day we went swimming with my brother and Jim wore Taylor out so much that after we got home and cleaned up, Tay fell asleep on the sofa while watching a movie. His hand was even in the popcorn bowl! So sweet.

It's also been nice to have a playground close by for those times when Taylor needs to get some wiggles out. We'll usually go over in the evening after the sun has gone down and it's a little cooler outside. Taylor has so much fun with his daddy, and I have fun laying on a blanket and catching up on some reading.

We've also stopped by the ice cream store a handful of times this summer for a nice chilly treat. Tay insists on eating his ice cream himself, resulting in a very messy, happy boy.

Last week Taylor started a gymnastics class at The Little Gym. Initially he wasn't sure about it and was begging me to take him home, but once he warmed up and started participating with the other kids he had a ball. By the end of class he was happy, sweaty, and looking forward to his next class. I was so proud of him!

I've been in a crafty decorating mood lately and have taken on a couple of small (and not so small) projects. The biggest project I'm working on is stripping and re-finishing a dining table and four chairs. I'm so excited to see how they'll look when they're finished, but it's also an incredibly tedious and time consuming process. I may not be finished until Fall, but I think it'll be worth it.

This Friday I will be 20 weeks and officially half-way through my pregnancy! I'm feeling pretty good aside from having a difficult time in the heat. I feel the baby move constantly, which is fun and also really reassuring. My ultrasound is next Friday and we'll finally find out if we're having a boy or girl. I can't wait!

Well that's a little recap of what we've been doing this summer. I hope you're all enjoying the sun and staying cool!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How would it be...

I remember finding this picture in a design magazine several years ago and had it hanging on a cork board in our bedroom for years while I was in school. Talk about a summer sanctuary! If I had something like this in my backyard I don't think I'd ever leave it.

{photo via Bits of Beauty}

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fifty Facts

If you're bored and super interested in how weird and quirky I am, I'm about to make all your dreams come true.

I give you:


1. I've always wanted to be a vegan but so many vegan foods gross me out.
2. I love having a clean house but usually have a hard time motivating myself to clean it.
3. I wish I could do all the crazy things my son does in public without people thinking I'm completely nuts.
4. One of the reasons I love being a stay-at-home mom is because I'm a home body and love to feel safe in my own environment.
5. I love the outdoors but don't hike/camp/do outdoorsy things as much as I'd like.
6. I'll never stop being head-over-heels in love with my husband.
7. Someday I'd like to go back to school, get a PhD in English, and be a college professor.
8. I love photography and am always so excited when I snap the perfect picture.
9. I have very few close friends that I love and would do anything for.
10. Oreos are my ultimate comfort food.
11. No matter how old I get I will always want my daddy's approval.
12. I love to sew, knit, and create things but never seem to have the time or space to work.
13. I'm petrified of being a mother of two.
14. I think my toes are too big.
15. I think my nose is too long.
16. I have a love/hate relationship with having super short hair.
17. Even when my son has been a terror all day, part of me hates putting him to bed at night because I miss him when he's sleeping.
18. I compare myself to other women too much.
19. I love to vacuum.
20. My very favorite band is and always will be Weezer.
21. I like the idea of gardening but lack the knowledge to successfully make anything grow.
22. For the past year or so my knee will occasionally pop out of place, leaving me in excruciating pain until Sean straitens my leg and my knee pops back in. I should probably have that looked at.
23. I absolutely love living so close to the mountains. At certain times of the year I feel like they call to me.
24. I am no longer a member of any organized religion, but wholeheartedly support those who are.
25. I love going on road trips.
26. I'm obsessed with the smell of rain and campfire.
27. When we buy a house I hope we have a big tree in the backyard so Sean can build me (and our kids... I guess..) a treehouse.
28. My favorite season is Fall.
29. I have a degree in interior design but always feel weird giving people design advice.
30. Places I've never been but would love to visit: Seattle, Maine, Paris, Athens, London, Rome, and Venice.
31. When I was little I wanted to be a Marine Biologist and work at Sea World training dolphins.
32. I love old jazz music. It relaxes me in a way no other music does.
33. I'm in love with architecture from the Arts and Crafts era and adore anything that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
34. I'm not much of a girly girl and would take Converse shoes and comfy jeans over jewelry and heels any day.
35. My favorite colors are yellow, orange, and green.
36. I love peanut butter and chocolate ice cream.
37. I love Irish dance and jogging but can't do either one because of my bad knees.
38. Cooking is very therapeutic for me.
39. I love getting ideas from the internet on decorating, fashion, and party planning, but wish I had a way to organize all the ones I really like so they're not just filed away in my mommy brain, soon to be forgotten.
40. I believe in karma and that the key to happiness in this life is to treat others how you would like to be treated.
41. Every time my husband kisses me I get light-headed.
42. I worry non-stop about my son's future.
43. Every time someone knocks on our front door or rings the doorbell I get really nervous until I know who it is.
44. Some day I want a huge claw-foot tub to soak in.
45. I refuse to ever own a dog, no matter how much my kids beg me.
46. I'm actually really excited about the idea of getting older [and wiser, I hope].
47. I don't have much in common with my siblings, but I'm glad they like being around me anyway.
48. I really want my son to learn how to blow his nose.
49. Almost every weekend my husband lets me sleep in and sneaks off to the store with Taylor to buy us all fresh donuts for breakfast. I hope he never stops doing this.
50. I love zucchini sauteed in butter.

Phew, that was a lot harder than I thought it would be! If you actually got through the entire list, congrats on learning a bunch of useless facts about me! Feel free to try this on your own blog; it's actually pretty fun.

And now I should probably go do something productive...