Friday, April 25, 2014

just to torture them...

Been working hard on that mom thing, guys. As usual, I claim to have a ton of pictures but no time to edit and post them on here *sad face* I'll be back to normal in about...uh...2 years. 
I just wanted to record on here these small moments that happen when we get awesome light in the house and these two baldies just happen to sit next to each other...Elena is already living up to her little-annoying-sister rep. Ha! 
Oh Jonah, Jonah, Jonah. Little dude with that beautiful bald head and face. I love you, mi'jo. I love that you put up with my antics and are such a gorgeous little model for me. I love that you listen to me even when you don't like what I'm telling you. I love that you call me a mean mom. I love that you are such a grown-up in a little boy body. I love everything about you, dude. I know you'll be such a great big brother, even if you don't like it one bit. 
Have a great Friday, you guys!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

etsy pop up with west elm houston!

It's been a couple of weekends since our first pop-up of the year, but here it is...the photo mash-up!
I was hoping that my decision to bring Elena along, wouldn't be a bad one. I left the other two monsters with my sis-in-law because there's no way I could have finished the day with hair on my head or a smile on my face if they had come along. My man though, when he dresses up? Mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm! {don't even get me started on that great big wonderful bushy beard}
We arrived a little early for the setup so we just hung out across the street to enjoy the frickin' most beautiful day on all the earth. I don't know how he does it, but Gary managed to spot Houston Rockets Jeremy Lin sitting right next to us. He was star-struck. I don't even know who the guy is...just like that one guy, Roger Staubach I met, and had no clue. I am forever made fun of by the Witty's because of that. *sad face* UGH, WHO CARES LYNET get on with it!!!
Anyway, so West Elm allowed us to use their containers to display our stuff. Great butter balls, was that hard!!! I felt nothing was cohesive, I do not have that talent to beautifully display our product. I struggle with it and I cry for help....and let's face it, Gary is worse than me. I had Elena in my sling for most of the day too. If I had counted by $1 bills how many times I got asked or complimented on it, I would have left the store pretty rich y'all...just sayin'. 
I absolutely loved using this little trough planter to display our journals in....and those tiny little houseplants? I die. 
Our store here
They also had complimentary macarons!!! I had never had one and yeah, they're good and pretty. Totally lived up to their repertoire. 
And here we are with fellow Houston Etsy makers, clockwise L to R: Summer Bucket JewelryHatton Henry, & Black Kettle Soap Co. 
photo cred: @westelmhouston on Instagram
West Elm/Etsy also had a Smilebooth, which of course, we all had to do it:
I want to mention that this was such a great experience. Everybody was incredibly kind, curious, helpful and most important, they bought our stuff {shrieks of joy}. My husband did a lot of talking {his favorite} and sold up our notebooks like they were pieces of cake. I was just hanging back, enjoying the beautiful store, dancing to the awesome music, and my baby girl strapped to my chest. I tried to stay away from talking 'business' because seriously, I suck at it. 
What's even better, I believe, is actually having made human contact with other fellow Houston etsy shops. I stalk follow a couple of these makers through social media and it was great meeting them and saying hello and supporting one another.
We loved being a part of this and are so grateful to have been hand-picked! Great big thanks to West Elm Houston + Etsy for hosting + Ashley Rose from Sugar and Cloth for curating the event. It was awesome! 

We have also just signed up for another great big show here in Houston in a couple of weeks. More details to come! 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

simple moments

the boy who i thought would have such a hard time accepting his sister, has had no problems at all. he kisses her goodnight. hugs her. touches her monkey feet. and tonight, he held her in his arms and caressed her head. and oh, my heart exploded with love. 
jonah, the boy who demanded to take a bath with his newly born sister, has had a change of heart and wants nothing to do with her. he will tolerate her at best. just to amuse me. but he really doesn't like it when i ask him to rock her or feed her a bottle...
but today, it was a bit different. he was playing 'footsies' with her. it was adorable.
...and then she started crying...and that just ruined it for all of us. 
did your kids ever have problems 'accepting' a new sibling? how did you handle it? 
have a great weekend guys! 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Weekly happenings

After our West Elm appearance a couple of weekends ago, I made Gary turn the car around so I could go into Central Market and buy the biggest bouquet of ranunculus, also known as 'buttercups', that I've ever seen. Super fact: did you know they're poisonous too? I've searched for this flower for all month long here in my area (insert drama), but I've had no luck. 
I'm not sure how this flower grew into popularity within the IG (Instagram) community, but it's easy to see why...just check out their radiating colors and beauty! I have been bringing fresh succulents and flowers into the house since the beginning of the month and I love it. Gary asks "why?" (emphasis on the bold) or rolls his eyes when I tell him to stop at a garden center. But he just doesn't understand...all I can reply is that they make me happy. Isn't that enough of a reason? ...and I'm totally okay with buying my own flowers, by the way. However, he does good sometimes - he bought me tulips for Elena's birth (which I forgot to post on here) so we we will see what I get for my birfday (which is almost coming up hint hint). Calla lillies? hmmm. 
They are gorgeous photo props too.
....and oh my gosh guys! the azalea's are amazing this year! everywhere I drive around I see a pop of hot pink and it's those gorgeous azalea's I never knew were so abundant! I had to make a stop by our neighborhood because the bush was huge! (insert a snicker in there for immaturity). No, seriously, it was the size of a large truck.
After coming home after Elena's birth with half of my plants dead (a certain husband doesn't grasp the idea of living things needing water, just ask the cats and his children) I have been in Spring-Misery as of late. I got some new succulents, new ivy, new 'pretties' (because I really don't remember their names) and I'm starting that obsession again (you know, the one where I went crazy with blogging about my plants?) I've re-potted almost everything and I can't wait to visit nearby nurseries to see who will come live with me next. 
Meanwhile, things are going okay at home. This whole balancing act wears me out most days. This perfectly describes me nowadays... 
It's ridiculous! I am a scary Mom. There. I said it. But how can I lose my temper at such a beautiful creature like this?
I will take her crying and attention monger-ness during the day as long as she sleeps through the night...
And you know what I like best? The changing of the seasons! Lately, it's been taking care of boo-boo's and telling my boys to toughen up when they're outside playing with neighbor kids. "Quit your cryin'!!!" I yell, and send them right back outside to play their little hearts out. Scraped knees = Summer. FYI.
Jonah has been craving a lot of attention lately, too. So we spend some time together doing his school and reading books. Although I wish there was a playground nearby for easy energy-releases.
Let's face it: the highlight of our day is when Andrew and Daddy come home. Jonah loves that he can play outside with his brother and I love when Daddy takes Elena so I can have both my hands and boobs to myself at least for a little bit...
The boys have loved getting a snack after school in a cupcake tray (a sweet idea from fellow mama blogger Brooke). I will give them fruits, veggies, cheese, crackers, good ol' PB and some chocolate chips. And they love it. 
Now that 'open-gym' has started at Gary's school, I can finally go and workout with my hubby. In another life, he was a personal trainer, so he really knows what he's doing...I need to get rid of this flab! Elena lets us workout sometimes. I let her brothers babysit her, but they don't really like that and see it as a form of punishment. Insert evil mommy laugh here.
The boys are turning into boys. They are filthy, disgusting, loud, dirty, at times rude + inappropriate, and just plain loud. Did I already say that? Holy moly, it feels like I cannot keep up with how fast they are growing. Not to mention that hair...
The joke between them is who can sneak in a kiss on the other...apparently Jonah won that game here. 
And we all say eeeewwwww! 
So, I know you're wondering how on earth I do it all? well, let me let you in a little secret...I wear my baby! If it wasn't for this sling, I wouldn't be able to cook our dinners. Put the boys socks correctly. Attend the pop-up show at West Elm. Grocery shopping. etc. etc. etc. Seriously, I have my hands free and I hear about 2 million 'aww's' and 'is that a baby in there?' and 'look at that baby!' every. time. I go out in public. 
This one is getting a bit snug (no stretchy). It is from when my first was born and Target was selling them. But I'm looking at the Moby wrap next. The one below is a 'rebozo' that my brother brought back for me from Mexico. The village people wear their grown kids on their back with these things...I'm hoping to do the same. I love the colors and how sweet she looks in them.
Do you guys baby wear? Which wrap do you have and do you like it?

I will have an upcoming post on her car seat re-do and a West Elm recap in a few days :)  
Have a happy hump day everyone!