Just Like That , It's Over

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


He's weaned from the breast, at 13 months.

I'm just of incredulous of this.

It started at 12 months when I cold turkey pump-weaned at work and he transitioned straight away to whole cows milk without blinking a single darn lash. It was so easy. Too easy.

And then, I had 5 weddings in July, keeping me away on Saturdays . . . leaving only Sunday and evenings to nurse.

Then, he started going to sleep awake, without my nursing him to sleep.

This all snowballed until, without full knowledge as I took the picture, this was the last time we nursed when he was inconsolable and feverish. I comforted him as best I knew how.
Love that we still do this, sad that he's almost inconsolable. #highfever

It's so sad to bring a close to this intimate aspect of our relationship. With Isaac, we prolonged it even after pump weaning until he was just shy of 18 months. It was gradual. It was time. With Ezra, it just seems so abrupt. Too soon.
Great start to the day. Leisurely morning with my boys and Tony brought me Caribou after he gave plasma.photoPeekaboo, I see you.Untitled

Lake George

Another bit of fun that we had in July, was getting out to one of our favorite beaches for our annual visit, Lake George.

Ezra's visit was much different than last year's, where he was basically just content to hang out with me out of the water.

This year all of us were able to join in on the fun!

All my guys.

Isaac has been dying to shovel anything lately, so he made good use of the beach.

Also, he insisted on keeping his sunglasses on, certain that they were goggles.

Ezra is quite the little fish and a couple of times, I had to just give in and let him waddle in the shallow water. He kept trying to go deeper and deeper, which meant I had to do a kick save a couple of times to keep him above water when he stumbled. That boy is too fearless!

We had so much fun enjoying the warm day and equally nice water.

I love this shot of Isaac trying to "get" me.

And again, so glad Tony learned how to use AV.

The Vagabond Family

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sometimes, I want to give it all up.

I want to take every dollar we possess from the bank. Walk away from our house and just travel. I want to be the family instilling a sense of adventure and peace, all within the same breath just from cultivating new friendships and finding the common thread of humanity through our country and the world.

Did you ever know one of these families growing up?

Where completely unexpectedly they showed up in your classroom. The new kid. Maybe at the beginning of the school year, as would be protocol, but sometimes in the middle of the quarter. Their clothes were never the latest fashions, but they did own their fashion. It was impossible to differentiate it from their charisma, as  it was intrinsically them, because after the miles they'd traveled they knew who they were.

I'd like to give my boys those lessons. The opportunity to connect with people, everywhere. To feel family, instead of just know it.

Roots are fantastic things, but sometimes I wish we had less in the ground and were able to spend more time growing them within.

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4th of July

So . . . personal photos have clearly taken a back seat to business photos, but I finally had the chance to go through some from the beginning of the month. Like, the 4th of July!

Ezra took an early nap, so we were able to squeeze in some pool time at my Dad's before Isaac's afternoon nap!


Isaac "swam" by himself for the first time, with the aid of pool noodles.


We then made our way to our family friend's for their annual 4th of July Spaghetti party.

They put Ezra to work right away.

While Isaac was off cavorting with a girlfriend.

Next thing you know, there was a full on water fight!

Isaac had just a little bit of fun.

And even took after Tony!

Ezra was a little put out that he didn't get to participate and let it be known!

The boys got just a little bit of confidence and turned the tables on the guys.

And when all the fun was had, we started to pack up to head in for fireworks at Sand Creek.

Which is where for the 2nd year, my parents brought in their RV.

Somehow I managed to get Isaac into that USA shirt, even though it was missing John Deere green.

Even though he covered his ears, he loved the fireworks display!

Ezra was equally captivated!

The Boy Who Sleeps

Friday, July 27, 2012

Once upon a time, there was a newly married guy and gal.

They slept soundly, they slept late, they slept when they wanted to. Degrees of clothing varied.

Due to the aforementioned, soon they welcomed a baby boy.

The not so newly married  guy and gal  had a dramatic change in sleep.

They slept intermittently, they slept much shorter, they slept when baby boy let them.

At five months, baby boy decided he disliked sleep, so he joined the guy and gal in their bed.

Sleep slowly but surely returned.

The guy and gal could not figure out how to get baby boy out of their bed.

Soon toddler boy was overtaking said bed, but again the guy and gal couldn't not figure out how to remedy.

And then, another baby boy was welcomed.

Toddler boy adjusted to his crib, while the guy and gal again acclimated to sleeping intermittently, much shorter,and when baby boy let them.

As history has a way of repeating itself, before they knew what was coming baby boy decided he also disliked sleep, so he joined the guy and gal in their bed.

but . . . 

Unlike toddler boy, the guy and gal have successfully figured out how to get toddler boy to sleep in his crib [at least half the night].

And there was much rejoicing.

There is no crying. He just goes down awake and falls asleep. It is amazing.
This boy. 30.5" 22lbs 13ozI'm a little bewildered. This boy is nearing a record first ever two hour nap in the pack and play.

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I'm sorry, but I'm not sorry for all of the sponsored content and giveaways lately. There have been so many great opportunities through BlogHer that I haven't been able to turn them down. Please just bear with me, as we're putting each and every dollar earned through ad revenue towards student loans.

After the reality of my post from yesterday sunk in, I ran 5 miles last night.

It was brutal.

I walked once.

True story, I died. But I finished it.

Only 16 more days until the race.

Tony has been regularly completing an Insanity workout, at least every other day. And eating better. I just about keeled over when he made lunch for us last Sunday. Not only was it balanced, but also properly portioned! And there's been no nagging on my part, I swear!

For some reason, the last question Isaac has asked me every night before he finally drifts off this week is "Mama, why do we have a house?"

It has given me great pause, because as I've discussed frequently, I pretty much despise our house. This question has cause me to gather myself for just a minute and remember that we are blessed, and that's what I tell Isaac "Because God blessed us with a house."

Isaac is always trying to get me to ride in his John Deere Gator, but unfortunately I'm not able to go for much more than 30 seconds before the motor craps out. I'm not sure if it's a built in mechanism, but I always sadly tell Isaac "Mama's just too heavy bud." Yesterday though, as I went to sit on the Gator while I watched the boys play on the swingset, I plopped my butt in the back and swung my legs around to the seat. Isaac quickly asked to take me for a ride and I told him sure! He slowly backed up and then went to gun it forward, I'm not sure if it was the equilibrium shift, but suddenly I was thrown off the back and Isaac was holding on to remain seated in the drivers seat!

I could not stop laughing and was so glad no one was around to see! Isaac with great concern kept asking me if I was alright! I assured him I was and climbed back on, stressing the need to slowly go forward and with much greater success we took a tour around the yard.

To say the least, Isaac was thrilled.
Figured out how to hitch a ride on Isaac's gator!

Running or lack there of.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

So . . . a few months ago, I was all hopped up on completing my 2nd half marathon and I wanted to extend my running excitement! I did what so many runners inevitably do, I signed up for my next race.

There were only select dates that worked for me, so the Gopher to Badger [MN to WI] half marathon on Aug 11th it was! I didn't know anyone running and had never heard anything about it, but it looked to be decently managed and the date worked. Whoo hoo! I was all set to train for and complete my 3rd half marathon.

Except . . . this summer has been everything I thought it would: busy, stressful, fun, filled with family and hot.

I have managed to run less than a dozen times since my half marathon in May. Literally, less than 12 runs and most have been around 3 miles. I just want to soak up all of my time with the boys at night, leaving me about an hour or so to accomplish editing/emailing and unfortunately, I need that hour to stay on track . . . or at least attempt to catch up! Plus, while I was running easily in 70-75F weather in March and April, this muggy heat is not encouraging me to get out the door!

All this to say, I'm still running on August 11th.

I'm not looking forward to it. It's going to hurt like a bia.

But I'm running, and I really hope my efforts in the next couple weeks help!

Sick little fellow.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My poor sick boy. :( After hours appt at 8:15. He just can't dog this fever.
 My poor sick little guy. His fever still hadn't broken, so I took him in for an after hours appointment last night. He's never had an ear infection, so both Tony and I kept tossing the idea around, but after leaving the clinic at 9:30 last night I had such a small condolence: just a virus.

Ezra John is such a happy buddy, so this bug has barely got him down, but it's still so sad to view those brown puppy dog eyes so tired and sick.

He's home today with Daddy, as I took off yesterday. Hopefully everyone is good and healthy tomorrow!

Straight Up Doozy

Monday, July 23, 2012

This is going to be all over the place, starting with this PSA:
Hi Everyone,
In case you missed my review of the great new Baby Orajel Naturals teething product, you can still read it here (though the giveaway has ended). I also wanted to let you know that if you are one of the lucky women attending the BlogHer conference in NYC on August 3-4, 2012, you can visit the Baby Orajel folks at Booth 1100 to learn more about taking care of your little one’s teeth and gums! They may even have some product samples to share with you so be sure to stop by.

And back to the regularly intended post, after this weekend's back to back Friday//Saturday weddings I am so excited to say that I'm officially half way through the 2012 wedding season!

I've had such amazing clients this year and the most beautiful venues. Here are some recent shots from my past weekends . . . I sorely need to put up a photo blog post, but am always updating my facebook page. 



When I got home from Saturday's wedding, I promptly pulled out my high school year book, as the groom graduated with me and there were plenty of 2002 grads in attendance that I hadn't seen or thought of in years!
After today's Coon Rapids high school affiliated wedding, I had to busy out the year book and found these 10 year old beauties!

I loved, loved, loved that I was able to find some balance of family time this weekend! Friday night, the wedding was very near to my house so I was home by 8:30 and I didn't schedule any sessions Sunday [it was my Dad's birthday], so we enjoyed a trip to the Como Zoo.
Best day: gorgeous wedding, lovely couple, getting home in time to see my littles before bed.Complete day off! Como Zoo with my boys. #summerbucketlist

Unfortunately Ezra has been sporting a pretty high fever, so our day also included this and I'm writing from home, since he has to be fever free for 24 hours before he can go to my Mom's.
Love that we still do this, sad that he's almost inconsolable. #highfever



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