Beck - Little One
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Little One / Beck

It’s a Beck kind of night. Sea Change is an amazing album and if you haven’t heard it you should give it a listen. Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend!

Happy Love Day friends (or as Jude says, “Happy Balentine’s Day!”) 

Today has been a big day for my Valentine - he got a haircut, a sugary treat, and a new shirt. That’s my kind of fun! Also, his Nana is visiting. Her birthday was last week so we picked out a special cupcake just for her. 

In related news, a cupcake shop opened up down the street while we were away. Uh oh.

Hope you are all having a fabulous day!!

Made it home safe and sound. We are unpacked and semi-organized, and I have to say there is nothing quite like being back in your own bed when you’ve been away for almost two months. So happy to be home, but I do feel a bit like a vampire in Jude’s native climate.
Speaking of Jude, he had a play date today and it was adorable to see him back with his buddies. He’s feeling pretty good about life right now.

Made it home safe and sound. We are unpacked and semi-organized, and I have to say there is nothing quite like being back in your own bed when you’ve been away for almost two months. So happy to be home, but I do feel a bit like a vampire in Jude’s native climate.
Speaking of Jude, he had a play date today and it was adorable to see him back with his buddies. He’s feeling pretty good about life right now.

He’s Holiday Inn’s #1 fan. 

When we arrived he ran around saying, “this is nice” and then hopped up on the chair and said, “I love this chair”. You would have thought we brought him to Disneyland. Jude is the model road tripper. 8 hours to go…

He’s Holiday Inn’s #1 fan.

When we arrived he ran around saying, “this is nice” and then hopped up on the chair and said, “I love this chair”. You would have thought we brought him to Disneyland. Jude is the model road tripper. 8 hours to go…

One more for the road…not sure how seven weeks can go by so fast. It’s always a bummer to leave this beautiful place, but we are looking forward to being back home. Only 19 hours to go…#roadtrip

One more for the road…not sure how seven weeks can go by so fast. It’s always a bummer to leave this beautiful place, but we are looking forward to being back home. Only 19 hours to go…#roadtrip

ineed-as:

Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

*It’s a Father John Misty (acoustic) kind of day.

Tag you're it! The rules are to state 5 random facts about yourself. Then go to 10 favorite blogs and tell them they are it!

1. I have a freakishly loud sneeze.

2. Snoring is a deal breaker. If I share a room with you and you snore, it’s very likely you will get something chucked at your face. When I was a camp counselor one of the girls I bunked with snored and I threw a pair of socks at her head. True story.

3. Grey is currently my favorite color. I swear I’m not depressed.

4. I can’t sleep if I know the sheets aren’t securely tucked in at the foot of the bed. Having a tall husband makes things complicated.

5. I could really go for a giant slice of chocolate cake right now.

Thanks Lorraine!

Fashion Friday - Hello Apparel

When we are out here at the canal it is lazy city. Lounge wear is key, so when I started seeing clothing from this company I was on board right away. The leggings Jude are wearing feel crazy soft and have been perfect for running around as well as couch potato-ing.

Hello Apparel is co-owned by a husband and wife team out of Arizona and seems to be growing like mad. I can see why…eco-friendly, adorable screen prints, and super comfortable. I had to get in on the action too.

Tip: I have been able to see some of their great deals by following them on Instagram.

Previous Fashion Fridays -

Mini and Maximus & Bambinos and Bunny

The other day I mentioned how much I needed to recharge my battery. Hanging back to observe my two boys and fiddling with our new camera is just what the doctor ordered.

The above pictures are from last week when I spent some quiet nature time with these guys at Twanoh State Park. I love it out here in the winter. I am generally a pretty social person, but for some reason when we are at the canal my inner recluse shows itself. Not sure what happens, but I’m so happy when there are no tourists or neighbors around to worry about.

General Update:

Jude has slept great two out of the last three nights. Still no naps but we are acclimating. It’s amazing what a decent night sleep does for me. That coupled with a date night to see Pinback in Seattle and my tumblr mama lunch date with Melissa, and I’m like a whole new woman. 

definitelyjennifer:

“It’s perpetual motion with a generous layer of guilt and self-doubt spread on top…”

THIS. Every word of this article. I’m putting it on the fridge for whenever i need to reread it (which will be often) 

Tumblr mama meet-up success!
Melissa from 5x6 and I have been trying to get together for a while now, and this weekend it finally happened. So happy I got to meet this lady in real life. We went to La Pichet for lunch and laughed over wine, bread, and plates of cheese and meat. She’s my kind of woman! 
On her Instagram she said, “sometimes hanging out with a new friend is like hanging out with an old friend”. I couldn’t have said it better myself. 

Tumblr mama meet-up success!

Melissa from 5x6 and I have been trying to get together for a while now, and this weekend it finally happened. So happy I got to meet this lady in real life. We went to La Pichet for lunch and laughed over wine, bread, and plates of cheese and meat. She’s my kind of woman! 

On her Instagram she said, “sometimes hanging out with a new friend is like hanging out with an old friend”. I couldn’t have said it better myself. 

Having children is like living in a frat house —
nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s
a lot of throwing up.
Ray Romano (via Small Fry blog, via littlefrills)
Monday Musings - feelings and stuff…

Lately parenthood has been kicking my butt. I am not sure what is going on with the little guy, but I am at my breaking point. Patience is non existent, motivation is fading, and I am so very tired. 

I think my worst moment as a parent was when I yelled at Jude yesterday. Loud. It freaked us both out, so I immediately sat him down to apologize and explain that I should not have flown off the handle like that. I felt horrible, but it was a wake up call that I need to make a shift around here.

Let me give you some background:

For a few months, Jude napped two to three hours a day. Being that I am alone with him 90% of the time, this was my sanity saver. He also slept through the night, no problem. There was a shift over our Christmas travels, and he went through a sleep regression. I thought we were back on track once we were “home” for a few days, but then it started going downhill fast. I feel like I am on a runaway train (queue Soul Asylum).

Seriously, though, no naps and he won’t fall asleep at night unless I am in bed with him. And if I don’t sleep with him he will wake up frequently. It feels like an eternity since the hubby and I were alone in bed together. Alone period. To top it off, Jude got really sick last week and now that he is feeling better he is playing my sympathies like a fiddle. He’s become clingy, whiny, picky, bossy, and in need of constant attention. He definitely needs more sleep. I guess he is feeling insecure for some reason. Or maybe he can sense my frustration. 

Whatever it is I can’t help but feel like this is somehow my fault. I thought I was doing okay, but the “what am I doing wrongs” are coming more frequently. Plus, I am pretty much dealing with this on my own.

I clearly need an attitude adjustment so I am making a declaration. From the moment I hit publish I am going to try not to beat myself up (let’s face it, society does enough of that to us parents), I am going to ask for help, I am going to laugh at myself more than I already do, and I am going to ramp up the things that make me happy. 

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Speaking of happy, do you know why I take so many pictures? It is to slow down and find something beautiful and interesting in the everyday. That is a gift Jude has given me, and I will be forever grateful. Let’s just hope we can get through this phase with minimal frustration and tears. Any advice, cake, or wine is much appreciated and thanks for hanging in there and listening to my pep-talk. Expelling my feelings out into the universe has helped. Also, I think you are awesome.

All you need is love.

All you need is love.