A Birthday Coach

Steve never ceases to amaze me. I told him I didn’t want anything special for my birthday this year – that I would rather save the money for a dinner out, or put it into the deck we hope to build this summer. I think when I said that, Steve actually heard “buy me something beautiful and expensive”.

I’m still not sure I deserve it, but I can’t wait to show this lovely off. Steve did make a point of telling me that this purse is not to be filled with teethers, toys, or diapers – that will be a challenge. I can’t even remember what I used to fill my purses with, before having Maxton…

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Makeshift Monday

Happy Monday! It’s a hot one today, folks.

The day started with a thunderstorm at 5am (which woke my sleeping baby) and will probably end with on after these temps. I am happy to have this nice weather – the older I get, the more I realize I hate winter.

I’m not feeling very inspirational today, on account of the heat and being tired. Hope you all can enjoy one of these two delicious things at some pont today! I know I will.

Celebration Overload

Now that May is coming to an end, that also means the end of Birthday/Anniversary/Mother’s Day celebrations. It feels like I am eating cake and singing “Happy Birthday” all month-long. (The cake part is not an exaggeration. We polished off Steve’s giant Marble Slab ice cream cake last night.)

Since Steve started his new job, he’s been working long hours, and only has one day a week off. That’s one day to spend with Maxton and I doing whatever we want to do – nevermind the errands and yard work. The challenge is keeping family and friends happy with “visits”. At the end of the day, you can’t please everyone, and there aren’t enough hours in the week to do it all. The one day we have together is so precious to me now, and I look forward to it all week! That being said, we still managed to celebrate both of our birthdays, anniversary, and Mother’s Day!

First we had Steve’s Birthday:

The celebration of Mom’s (my first Mother’s Day):

Yes, Maxton’s onesie says “I Love Mom” – perfect for Mother’s Day. (For the record, it says “I Love Dad” on the back.)

Our Anniversary:

My birthday (plus Steve’s and both of my sisters’):

Great way of celebrating four birthdays that are within nine days of each other, right?

I hope you all enjoy the last week of this beautiful month.

Nine Months of Maxton

*Sniff sniff*

I can’t believe my baby boy is nine months old! I don’t know why I am surprised at how quickly each month passes by – here we are, nearing the end of May.

Here’s my precious boy at nine months:


He certainly is a little monkey these days. Hopefully he will pose for a few more monthly photo updates. As you can see, he was trying to escape.

Here’s what he’s been up to:

– He is fully crawling. He was doing a lot of rocking on all fours, but has finally figured it out the whole “hands and knees” concept

– He will crawl into my lap and say “Mama” as he tries to make his way into my arms (I am loooving this stage)

– He looks around the room when you ask where “mama” or “dada” is (are)

– He makes lots of vowel and consonant combinations

– He pulled himself up to standing for the first time, yesterday – with the assistance of an ottoman

– He has six teeth (he loves to chew Cheerios with his little teeth – so cute)

– We love his toothy grin and love hearing the sound of his laughter

Keep growing sweetheart! xo

Makeshift Monday

Happy Victoria Day everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this long, gorgeous weekend! For those of you who have to work, enjoy whatever time you have outside!

I was born on Victoria Day twenty-seven years ago…Geeze – where does the time go?

Yesterday we celebrated my birthday. It was an amazing day spent with family, friends and my garden. (Pictures to come this week).

I asked Steve if he remembered at what point birthdays became “less exciting”. That is, at what point did you stop the “only 21 more days until my birthday” countdown. He couldn’t remember – but here’s a thought I had:

As a child, you cannot wait to be a whole year older and that much closer to being an adult. As an adult, you start dreading your birthday and wish you could go back 5-10 years. As a senior, you come full circle and are happy to see another birthday and look forward to the next one – maybe not in a “yay for being a year older” kind of way, more of a “happy to have seen another birthday” kind of way. Am I right?

Enjoy every day to the fullest – especially the gorgeous summer days, like today.