Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Smashing Birthday

Happy First Birthday sweet little bean!
We celebrated with a cake smash tonight.
Definitely not a professional shoot, but fun nonetheless...

My life is so much richer and every day is sweeter, because of you.
All my love,

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunday Shots

We took a walk along one of the beachy towns yesterday and
yeah Joe snapped one of the rare shots proving that Charlie has a Mama!
The bean is loving his new view in the forward facing car seat.
(Yes we switched it two days early, bad parents that we are).
What happens when you drive around town with the windows down,
the poor bean has his Mama's hair!

Birthday Cake Shots :o)

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Weekend Highs and Lows

Charlie's birthday party went as beautifully as it could have. Everyone loved the food and treats, we played games, laughed and made memories that will make me smile for a long time to come. Charlie was happy all day and had a great time with his grandparents, aunts & uncles and cousins. The weather couldn't have been more perfect either, 85 degrees in late April?!

Tonight was a tough night though. Sometimes it feels as though when we have a great day I have to pay penance for it with a difficult one. Joe and I had a stupid argument in the morning while Charlie was asleep, but then Charlie had an off day. We took him out to lunch with us at a local sandwich shop and I gave him some of my ham sandwich along with the lunch I had made for him. He seemed to really enjoy it.

During his second nap I made blueberry muffins for him in another attempt to find a way to get fruits into his system. I know this isn't the healthiest option, but my bean is so picky with his foods that I am desperate to find anything that he will eat more than a couple times.

Once he woke up we were off to run more errands and take a walk since the weather was again an incredible 85 degrees.

Dinner time came around and Charlie had been fussing for a while at this point. As we were just finishing up Charlie's dinner he started to volently projectile vomit. Everything came up including undigested food from his lunch, more than 5 hours earlier. This violent vomiting has been a more frequent occurence for us lately. It's so awful to see him cry and be in pain. I took him into the bath to try and calm him down. He is such a strong little boy because he wa smiling in no time. My heart breaks though to see him in pain and still having these issues.

I feel so lost at times. I just don't understand why this has to be so difficult. I know God is working on Charlie and I but I just wish I knew what was in his plan. I wish I could take the pain away or at least take Charlie's place so he didn't have to suffer. I guess this is every mother's wish, though.

Tomorrow I'm calling the doctor because lately I've been far too meek in that department, not wanting to bother anyone or seem overly neurotic. I have to help my sweet boy and try to understand the cause for all of this- whether it's reflux or other food allergies I need to make it better.

Oh and the icing on the cake for the night-Our buyers pulled out of the house after having it inspected. They found we have termite damage that we now have to address and fix immediately. I don't blame them for pulling out, I just wish we knew about the issue sooner. Again I must remind myself, God has a plan for us, it will all work out.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


That's what I'll be packing on if I continue on my sweet treat kick.
These lovelies are cake balls.

Here's the recipe if you're interested.
And unlike the super rich Oreo truffles, you can't eat just one of these.

Saturday needs to come a little faster!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thank you Bakerella!

Look what I made tonight...
Oreo truffles ala Bakerella.
These are my favors for the adults invited to Charlie's birthday party (this Saturday)!
Because, as far as I'm concerned, the kids shouldn't have all the fun.

Absolutely decadent and a lot of fun to make.
I'm putting them in cute little Chinese take-out containers.
But for now they are hanging out in my freezer.

Hmm, now what to do with the left over divine white chocolate... ;o)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I can't believe it...

Less than a week and a half until my little bean turns one. So many emotions: My heart hurts a little because time is moving too quickly. Joy from the little man that makes me smile and laugh so much every day. And a teeny bit of pride from the fact that we have survived! We haven't broken him yet ha, ha.

In other news, the reason I haven't had time to post lately is because we have been crazed in house planning/selling/buying. We have a bindered offer on our house after listing it for only three weeks. How lucky are we? I am praying that the young couple buying our home will have no issues securing a mortgage. Beyond that, I hope they are as blessed by our home as we were.

I've been spending a ton of time narrowing down paint colors for our new-old house. The one thing I am confident about- Charlie's room. We are doing a whole coastal theme with creamy white beadboard halfway up the wall. Then Ralph Lauren has this really cool nautical map wallpaper that we are putting above the beadboard. Here's a look at it:
I must say that I am feeling incredibly blessed right now, in more ways than I can articulate. I prayed for Charlie's reflux to improve, our family to find a home on a quiet street, for a nice couple to buy our house and God answered every one of my prayers.

I'll be honest, in some ways I don't feel completely derserving of all these blessings. Each night I have asked God to help make me a better mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. And each day I strive to be just that, whether it's being a little more compassionate, more patient (I could work on this more!) a better listener. Just like the new-old house we are buying, I am a work in progress :o)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Oh me, oh my...

Short post because I'm off to bed but had to share....

Charlie took his first steps tonight! He walked sideways from one corner of the couch to the other, about five steps in total. I couldn't believe my eyes.

It makes me want to cry thinking about it now. Lord, I'm such an emotional basketcase. I don't think the pregnancy hormones ever fully exited my bloodstream- or at least that's my excuse!

Easter- a little late

We had a very busy Easter buzzing between my family a Joe's.
One of the highlights was seeing Charlie in action with an Elmo walker that my sister let us borrow. Now all charlie wants to do is walk-run around the house from corner to corner.
He was so proud of himself, but so was Mama.
And my sister was also able to snap a new family pic- thanks Kris!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The weekend in pictures...

Had to be out of the house most of the weekend for multiple showings. Luckily we had plenty to do.

We had an Easter egg hunt at a friend's house

And today was such beautiful weather we went to the beach and had some fun on the swings:

Joe captured one of my favorite shots of Charlie and I.
Can you tell which one of us has the other wrapped around their pudgy, delicious finger?
Hmmm ;O)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Whirlwind week

Having a house on the market makes for a bad blogger. Today alone was absolutely insane. We had a brokers open house and three appointments for walk-throughs. Charlie and I were out of the house from 9am-6pm! So exhausting.

When Charlie's napping I'm cleaning, when he's sleeping I'm cleaning and when he's awake I'm cleaning. I've mastered the art of holding a 25ish lb baby and vacuuming. The silver lining-I've lost 7 lb pounds in two weeks and my arms are the most toned they have ever been in my life!

I am praying our house sells soon because I don't feel like we can really 'live' in it anymore. I practically follow Charlie around with the dust buster in tow. Forgive me while I run off to my bed to lose myself in a silly romance novel, because this Mama needs a break!

Next time I'll be posting my monthly update and where we are in birthday preparations. T minus 26 days to go, Ahhh!

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