17/52 Buds

Sometimes you just have to hang out with your buddies in the backyard flower patch. No big deal, guys. We were so happy to have our friends visit us this last weekend! It was the first time I was able to get these boys in front of my camera, too, which made me super happy. 

Though as parents we are always tired, it rained, and it was chaotic, adorable fun, there's nothing like a weekend with friends that's full of laughs so hard they make you pee your pants and too many snacks and staying in your comfy clothes all weekend. Booyah. 

The personalities in this one omg.

14/52 Twirling

I am behind on my one-a-weeks...again. Can we all just agree that this will be the norm and I'll just quit mentioning it? Ok deal. But I have excuses! Really! Maybe, maybe not. However, I did take two big trips in the last two weeks. Let me tell you.

I went to New York to visit my sister. My husband gave all his miles to me and my mom so we could have a girls' weekend. He's pretty special huh. :) It was the longest and the farthest I have ever been away from Donald or Marlow. I missed them, of course. And I missed Easter (insert more mom guilt here). But these things were expected, what I wasn't sure about was how I'd feel being just me! I was with my mom and sister, but no one was relying on me for food, to read to them, rock them, clean up after them, wake up early, change their diaper, etc. It was like the old times guys! No, not really, but it was nice for a few days. But mostly I missed them.

Then there were the feelings about my sister being so far away. It hit me pretty hard the first night, especially after a full day of flying. This kinda sucks. This is far. This is not a weekend trip for her anymore. Sigh. But, this is temporary (hopefully? maybe? could she go farther? let's not talk about it.) and also very exciting. She's always wanted to this and she is doing it. That's part of what this phase of life is all about. The phases of our lives are also in giant contrast on this trip. But it's cool. I like it. She likes looking into my life with my 8-5 desk job, momtogging, toddler craziness, backyard chickens, marriage, and a partridge in a pear tree as just as much of an adventure as I see her world-traveling, dating, moving, international entrepreneurship, foodie, well-rested life....maybe? lol It's awesome. I love her and am so thankful for my family and that trip. And in all fairness, I guess I may or may not have moved to Arizona for a couple years at one point. That was far then. ;P

See everything we did in NY here.

When I came back it was this girl. In a tutu. Talking not just in full sentences but now singing in full sentences about her day. Her friends. Animals. And Taylor Swift. Her random thoughts. She's taller and funnier. Loud as always. Opinionated. She twirls and twirls and twirls. And laughs her cackle laugh. I get dizzy watching her. And I hope it's always that way.

Disclaimer: Do not judge me on my unfinished being-built-ins and the toddler mess that owns them right now. I promise I'll post pics when it's finished. Do not hold breath.

(Taken in 2 minutes this morning. Blurry photos included because that's what it feels like.)

7/52 Sweet Valentines

Sometimes on Valentine's Day you just have to hang out with your best pal and make sugar cookies or "cakes" if you're Marlow. One little lady decorates meticulously, the other licks frosting and sprinkles. This was gal-entines ya'll. 

I have to say these are the days I dream about. These are those days. Messy, exhausting, full of giggles. 

Making a commitment to document life one week at a time, every week of 2015. These black and white family lifestyle photos were taken in my kitchen and dining room at home in Spokane with two adorable kiddos. 

5/52 Juice

Two weeks behind, but still making it happen! :) This is the week Marlow discovered making "juuiiicce". She loved putting the slices in the top of the juicer and watching juice come out. She takes a bite of each fruit or veggie before putting it down the shoot - so cute. When we were done she ran around saying, "Mom, I made this!!" So cute and such an easy way to get a boost of vitamins. :) 2/5

4/52 Chones

A picture every week. 

As you can imagine this lasted all of 5 minutes, but I couldn't help but take a pic of this cute bum. And yes, those are boys training undies (no openings in the front) because they are the only plain ones I could find. 

Black and white spokane lifestyle photos taken indoor in about three minutes. Toddler in action photo = be fast. :)