renegade craft fair

for our 5th anniversary, i wanted to go to new york city. that was our plan. then we got pregnant and had a baby so nyc was out of the question, for now.

we planned a very simple evening out. hc’s parents so kindly offered to watch the kids for our anniversary night. we got ready and headed out the door…so excited for our alone time! i really wanted to hit up the renegade craft fair in wicker park. it was in our old hood and i love how it has sooooo many amazing vendors. plus, i told krissy, from earth cadets, that i would pay her a visit! {check out her shop, it’s local and full of awesomeness}

it was an absolute perfect day, just like our wedding day {our special day had temps in the mid seventies and it was a clear, sunny day}. we found a sweet parking spot, walked our way into the fair, nabbed a drink or three, and started to walk the fair. it was fabulous. we had such a great time drinking and perusing all the handmade goodies.

i know i say it all the time but i loooooooooove chicago. i love the city. i love the culture. i popped into krissy’s shop, found cute matching shirts for the girls and said hello to her! it was great seeing her and chitchatting for a bit before we finished up the fair.

we headed out to the restaurant {coast…where we had our third date} and scored another fab parking spot! we were seated right away {hc had made reservations}, ordered apps, and clinked our wine glasses in celebration of our marriage! as usual the food was amaze. i love coast because it’s exactly how sushi should be done! yummmmm.

we took our time, relaxed, and reveled in our time together with no kids! the funny but awful part of our evening out was that we were spent. oh my goodness. olive and ellie were sick and olive had a horrible night of sleeping, as in she hardly slept and either did we {ironic that it wasn’t our newborn who kept us up but our two year old!}! so when we finished our dinner…we were soooo ready to come home. hahaha! we were going to fall asleep!

nevertheless, it was quite an amazing day. hc made it so special and i am very thankful for his romantic notions. we completely enjoyed the craft fair, our dinner out, and had the most wonderful anniversary date night!

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[yesssssss, chicago cubs wine! hc bought this for our byob anniversary dinner]

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[our super, duper casual night out]

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[our old hood]

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[soooooo many awesome vendors]

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[two beers for hc and vodka lemonade for moi!]

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xoxo

anniversary morning

we had a very low key start to our anniversary day. it was calm, relaxing, and sweet. my hc is the best. he got up early to grab groceries for breakfast, let us sleep in, made me endless amounts of yummy coffee, and surprised me with beautiful flowers. i love him.

i can’t believe it’s been five years! what a milestone. i can’t believe it’s been five years since we had the best day everrrrrr! it feels like it just happened last week. wow, five years later, we now have two kids, a house, and so much more love around us. i feel so fortunate to be blessed with so much goodness, i feel like i need to pinch myself.

we’ve had our ups and downs like any relationship. we have had some awful fights. we have had high moments and tough ones. we have dealt with sick parents, the birth of our children, and so many obstacles and celebrations that have happened within the five years since we have said our i do’s. i couldn’t imagine another person to live this life with. to ride this wonderful journey of marriage with anyone other than hc. he is my rock. i might be stubborn, hot headed, and sometimes an ass but he is always there for me and i am truly thankful.

he teaches me to be patient, kind, loving, and appreciate the simple moments in life. i am very grateful for that because i sure need that in my life! he definitely balances me out. happy five years my love and cheers to many, many more wonderful happy years to come!

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[hc surprised me with flowers…as usual]

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[i love this babe]

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[olive chillin’ watching cartoons]

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[coffee…yummmm]

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[hc always cooking up something good]

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[loving her croissant]

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[croissant breakfast sandwiches]

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happy two months ellie

happy two months!

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[photos taken on 9.15]

height: 22.75″

weight: 10lbs 14oz

oh girl! you’re two months already?! where is the time going? you are growing up so fast! i can’t believe how different you are, already. be still my heart.

you’re sleep digressed a bit after one month but picked back up to a regular routine in the last two weeks. thank the Lord because we are so spoiled and i don’t think i could handle all those sleepless nights like other parents {olive was terrible the first four weeks and got into her routine after that!}. gah! you are solid throughout the night. you will pull in a good 6-8 hours straight! woo hoo! we try to keep you awake from 6 pm and on. we try really, really hard to get you to sleep by 10-11pm and you will be sound for the rest of the night. sometimes you will wake around 4, feed, and sleep until 7-8 o’clock. let’s pray that you continue to be so consistent every night until you’re an adult!

one thing i forgot to mention last month was the fact that you don’t like to be swaddled. probably from the second week here and on. you slept just fine & have ever since you were home, not being wrapped up all tight! i think we swaddled olive every night up to 4 months, hoping she’d stay fast asleep but you’re a rock star sleeper with not being wrapped up like a cocoon .

you pretty much eat every 2-3 hours still. i think i said this before but nursing the second time around is so different. you know so much more, you are more comfortable, you understand your body better, and i am so much more relaxed. i wish i could say that you stopped upchucking your milk but alas, that is still your thing. oh em gee. after you eat, it’s like…wait, wait, wait for it…puuuuuuuuke. there are days i hope i can catch it with the burp cloth and there are days where you are so stinkin’ sneaky and it throw it at me when i am not looking. i have never done so much laundry in my life. i change my clothes constantly, i change you constantly, and i always think i never have enough burp cloths. they are always drenched in milk and other fabulous body fluids. yuck.

you are starting to ‘talk’ back. it’s the cuuuuuutest thing! you recognize people, you perk up when you hear familiar voices, you smile at your mama alllllllll the time! i am so in love. i can’t even take it when you coo back and respond to me! it’s the best feeling in the world, it makes me so happy to see you growing! your smiles and facial expressions are so fun to watch and i can just stare at you for hours…well, actually i do. hahaha!

it means so much to her to have us around. if we leave her in her swing or dock a tot and walk away, it makes her very upset. she loves it when we are sitting right next to her, she loves it even more when she is by her sister. she loves looking and listening to olive. it makes you happy. ditto for olive…she is so in love, overprotective, and oh so sweet towards you. you love to be held, you love to be touched, and you love having your sweet little family right by your side. it’s so apparent in your reactions…i hope that is how you will always feel.

you have kept your hair, your double chin is out of this world, your cheeks have grown exponentially but it’s all not as big as your belly. your belly is so beyond ginormous! it’s sooooo stinkin’ cute! i love your little thigh rolls, your pointy little nose, and your sweet. sweet eyes. i try my best to soak in all your features, reactions, & sweetness because i don’t want to forget, take for granted, and miss out on all your baby goodness.

those moments are so so precious and that is truly what life is about right now. my family, the moments together, my girls, my husband, and life in the moment because you can’t take back that time and should savor every moment God has given to us. life is too beautiful to waste it.

happy two months my baby girl. it’s been the most fabulous two months since your debut and we are so blessed to have you here.

xoxo

happy 5th anniversary!

wow! i can’t believe it’s been five years since we’ve had our BEST day EVER! i say it every year and will always sing the same tune ~ our wedding day was seriously the best day. it’s the day where it all started. we professed our love, our unity, and commitment in front of God and kicked off our journey as husband and wife with a fabulous party!

i loved our wedding weekend. period. from the fun rehearsal dinner, to the most beautiful day ever, to a lovely morning brunch with everyone, and a farewell dinner at my parents before we ran off on our honeymoon.

i remember being so nervous that it was going to rain {darn weather forecast said rain all day for a freakin’ week before the wedding}. i prayed that it wouldn’t because we had planned so much for the outdoor space! i woke up bright and early on saturday and the weather app said bright, sunny, and a high of 73 degrees…holy cow! that started my wedding day out just right!

what ensued after that was nothing but goodness. our day was perfect. we were surrounded by so much love, happiness, friends, family, and fabulous electricity. i am so thankful we were able to celebrate our love the way we did. the wedding was so ‘us’ and the elation that you feel on this day is indescribable.

i am thankful for my husband…he is the love of my life and the most wonderful, patient, forgiving, and loving man. he is a wonderful father and the best partner and friend anyone could ask for. happy anniversary my love! cheers to 50 more years!

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[i love christian]

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[wedding program]

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[the best girls in my life]

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[first dance]

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and of course…our short, impactful, beautiful, fun wedding clip!!

{photos and 8mm film by kate headley}

xoxo

city folks

we were so excited to have aaron and olivia come out to visit! i always love my time with these two beautiful people. it’s always fun and entertaining.

they came over early afternoon for a late lunch. hc and i just came home from shopping and we bought a few good eats from our local grocery store and decided to make it a casual lunch.

as soon as they arrived, of course hc had to show off the new car to aaron and olivia went straight inside to say hello. i was running around, doing my typical br stuff, when she walked in. she greeted olive first and then i came running around the corner to let her know i was just putting stuff away and i would be right out.

we hung out in the kitchen and immediately started chatting up a storm. that’s a big connection between me and olivia…we talk like it’s going out of style. we can gab like there is not tomorrow. i love that about us, our friendship. of course we didn’t even notice how long the boys were gone or when they even came in, we were too engrossed in our conversations.

we offered them some tasty libations from our stash & olivia brought over champagne as a baby gift. that cracks me up. it’s sooooo olivia to give me champagne as a baby gift. i love her. i love how quirky she is in the most awesome way. her gift giving is always so unique and thoughtful. of course we had to pop it open and imbibe it! it was absolutely dry and delicious!

we served lunch, we sat around, we talked, laughed, and enjoyed our silly subjects that were grotesquely funny and very non pc…mainly coming from mr. aaron himself. his creative mind cracks me up!

anyhoo, their main purpose was to see baby ellie…well, that little nugget slept up until they left! the little baby woke up right when they were about to leave and we were able to squeeze in a quick crying pic before they walked out the door!

well, nevertheless, it was an amazing visit as usual. i love hanging out with these two! it was a lovely afternoon indeed!

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[my cheerleader pose]

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[love these two]

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[nuts in a cup…]

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[baby ellie was not a happy camper…she was HUNGRY, but we had to squeeze in a pic before they left!]

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happy one month ellie!

happy one month ellie!

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[photos taken on 8.15]

height: 21.5″

weight: 9lbs 7 oz

oh my goodness! i can’t believe ellie is one month old. whaaaaaa! it’s already flying by too fast! i am so sad…really i am. i want to savor every single moment with this precious babe. i love looking at her, smelling her, holding her, and thinking about her future. it’s all so overwhelming for me because she is our last babe and so i am highly emotional over everything.

well, she’s an eater! i am doing much better this time around with nursing and producing milk. i know so much more and i am more comfortable…so it is more relaxing for me! i loooooove her chubby cheeks…they have gotten chubbier by the week so she is gaining weight quite nicely. ellie eats every 2-3 hours but unlike olive, ellie is a spit-er! she has reflux and vomits everywhere, all day long. this girl is very gassy! she toots and spits like it’s her full time job. olive rarely spit up or vomited {therefore we didn’t do a ton of laundry with olive like we do loads with ellie!}, ellie acts like linda blair from the exorcist! hahaha! i pretty much do laundry every other day.

ellie is a great sleeper. she is pretty solid. she’s pretty calm and docile until she needs a diaper change, a feeding, or is struggling to fall asleep {since babies can’t fall asleep on their own…it’s a learned behavior!}. otherwise, she will sit around and look cute! she is still waking up one or twice in a night for a feeding…it depends on last feeding and her sleep pattern before we hit the sack. when she wakes up to feed, she usually will go back to sleep. there are certain nights where i have to rock her back to sleep but that is usually an hour or less…although i absolutely dread it when i am beyond exhausted. overall, this babe will sleep for 2-4 hours, be awake for an hour or two, then fall back asleep. that is pretty much her routine…eat, sleep, poop, throw up and repeat.

let me also say that she is such a noisy sleeper! holy cow! it’s like a noisy train laying by our side. she loves to grunt, holler, cry, snore, you name it…ellie does it! it’s soooo funny to listen and watch her. she is so stinkin’ loud.

just in the last week, ellie has become very alert. you can see it in her eyes. instead of a glazed over look, you can tell that she notices you and becomes attentive to what she is looking at. she is starting to mimic my facial expressions and is slightly, just slightly cooing. so that is a great sign that she is wanting to ‘talk’!

you can already tell that she is becoming mesmerized by her big sister. whenever olive is around, ellie is fixated on her and loves to watch her big sister, olive, do the crazy things she loves to do! it’s so sweet to watch! i can’t wait until they can really interact!

happy one month baby girl! we are so excited to see you grow and can’t wait to see what millstones you will hit next month!

xoxo

bump update

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well, i had written this post a day before ellie decided to make her debut, so i thought why not post it still? i was a day and half shy of hitting my 40 week mark and i think it’s pretty cool to show her in the belly and outside the belly! i was going to make hc take a 40 week pic of me on saturday, but ellie decided it was time to meet everyone on friday night!

so, here is the last ‘bump’ update we will ever see. oh, how bittersweet it is. ellie, you are a dream and we are so beyond ecstatic that you are here. god has blessed us with two beautiful baby girls and i couldn’t be more grateful for these wonderful souls who now give our lives the magic it needs!

how far along? 40 weeks!

who knew i would make it this far?? so many people thought i was going to go early. as early as 37 weeks! i had a feeling a would go between 39 and 40 weeks but baby ellie had other plans!

weight gain: i slowed down in my weight gain since my 36 week update but definitely picked up momentum the last week or so. i still am outweighing olive’s pregnancy but it doesn’t help i haven’t been as active and eating more than usual.

maternity clothes? i literally have three outfits to choose from and pretend some of my dresses are ‘maternity’ dresses. hahaha! for reals though, i have completely outgrown my maternity shirts and tanks and barely fit any of my bottoms with how BIG my belly has gotten!

sleep: i have digressed. ugh. my first trimester i had insomnia and then the last couple weeks have been difficult. i am anxious on when the baby is coming so my sleep isn’t the best. i also am waking up randomly around 4-5 o’clock in the morning and having a hard time falling back asleep. it’s not the belly that is bothering me, it’s really the anxiety. yuck!

physical state: i am pretty much in the same physical state. i haven’t been as bad in the last week or so but still so darn exhausted and still in pain. i am out of breath very easily and sciatic pain is on and off…mostly on but i see the light at the end of the tunnel!! after i give birth…i will be back to my old self. i just know it!

miss anything? i can’t wait to get my energy back. i can’t wait to be able to do everything myself and not rely on anyone. i can’t wait to move at a fast pace. i can’t wait to not be physically exhausted alllllll the time. i can’t wait to eat any type of foods without worrying if it will effect the baby. i just can’t wait to not be bogged down with pregnancy dont’s!

baby movement: after the 36 week post, this babe continued to be crrrrrrrrazy in the belly. she is a mover and a shaker. it was like wrestle mania inside the womb but the last week, she has really slowed down. i assume because she has gotten so big and there is no more room for her to move. i can even tell how she had grown exponentially.

food cravings: i haven’t had any cravings but i haven’t been eating very well. my palette has changed a bit and i am consuming foods that aren’t so healthy. ugh.

bump status: i have the biggest belly everrrrrr. at the last doctor’s visit, the dr. said this baby won’t be much bigger than olive but my, how stretched out and big my belly is! it should have it’s own zip code!

gender reveal: as y’all know, it’s a girl! we cannot wait to meet you!

xoxo

baby sprinkle

it was such a perfect day. i was so excited for my baby sprinkle, hosted by dana and olivia.

the weather and temps were amazing. it was so hot the days before the sprinkle and pretty hot the next day, so we lucked out with it being sunny and temps in the mid seventies!

olivia and dana came over to prep for the party. it was a very small, intimate gathering. i was so excited when dana offered to throw me a shower! we wanted it to be small and intimate. obviously, it’s our second baby and it’s a girl and we pretty much have everything we need for her! we didn’t register anywhere and i was happy to have a little get together to celebrate this new babe. i believe every baby first or third or whatever number should be celebrated!

the guests slowly arrived and we met and greeted with everyone. mimosas were served and soon was brunch. we sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather and conversations. the kids played…it was cute to watch them interact. reagan and grace get along so well and olive kind of did her own thing. she’s such a funny, quirky gal. i love her for it.

after brunch, cake was served and presents were given. baby gifts and cards are always so darn cute! i can’t believe we are going to have a little baby soon. a tiny little cute baby girl. it was surreal to see all the little things…how tiny the clothes are, how small the booties are, i remember olive being that small and now she’s such a big girl. wahhhhhhhh.

we lingered a bit longer, soaking in the sun and enjoying the wonderful company. i was so happy! my heart was so full being surrounded by such great friends and family. it definitely was a glorious afternoon celebrating our baby to be!

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[getting the mimosa bar ready!]

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[my favorite champagne!]

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[hostess with the mostess]

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[dearest dana, who coordinated everything]

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[the yummy spread]

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[the ladies]

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[eating by herself, the other kids left her…]

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[ready for gifts]

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[pam’s music lamb]

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[loving lan’s gift!]

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[kissing the sweet lamb]

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bump update

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how far along? 36 weeks!

this could possibly be my last ‘bump’ post! everyone is guessing that i will go earlier than 40 weeks, so we will see! my next post would be the 40 mark {i carried olive to exactly 40 weeks!} if this babe decides to hold out until then!

weight gain: i definitely feel like i packed on some pounds this time around. maybe because the babes is suppose to grow exponentially the last few weeks and i need to eat to keep her big and healthy! haha! i have my official appointment this week but quite surprisingly, at my 32 week check up, i had gained NO weight! i actually lost weight! whaaaaaa? i was shocked. i have never lost weight with olive and at the rate i have been gaining with this babe, i was besides myself i lost any! i am a professional weight gainer when it comes to being pregnant, so it was a bit of a shock to see the scale lower! so far, for this pregnancy, i have gained a total of 34 lbs. i am expecting to be at least five pounds heavier the total weight i had gained with olive.

maternity clothes? um, what happens when you start to outgrow your maternity clothes?? haha! yes, it’s true. my maternity shirts and pants are becoming too short, too low, or too tight. oh my goodness. what’s a preggo lady to do?? i am definitely not buying new clothes and i will just have to settle that my belly might peek out, y’all. i only have four weeks or less left!

sleep: i’ve gotten a bit better. finally! i am going to bed not so late and i am able to sleep in when i can. olive is a night owl and late morning sleeper {just like her momma!}, so our schedules coordinated pretty well. on days where i can, i will sleep in until 9 am! woo hoo! it’s a bit of give and take…i was on a roll for a few months, where i was sleeping 5 to 6 hours or less every day and that was no bueno! so i am glad i have been able to creep in more hours here and there. eep…until the new babe gets here! that will be a whole ‘nother level of sleep deprivation!

physical state: so, when i was pregnant with olive, i was a freaking trooper. i was the energizer bunny up to 40 weeks. when i hit 37 weeks with olive, my feet started to ache {with no special shoes…just flats everyday} but it didn’t bother me that much. with this babe, i hit 5 months and i was exhausted, like tiiiiiiiiiired. who knew it would only get progressively worse? exhaustion turned into pain. yes, pain. i have so much pressure on my pelvis area…it’s almost unbearable at times. the sharp a pain in my hip joints, the pain and pressure in the vulva area {yes, tmi but all y’all moms out there know exactly what i mean!}, the swelling of my legs, the sensitive throbbing spider veins, the pressure i feel in my bottom half stops me in my tracks! i am barreling through, though…i can do this!

miss anything? i miss being fast. i miss being able to do everything…i am not very good at depending on others and i have to being this pregnant, slow, and in pain. every one has been so helpful but it’s been most difficult at home. olive is very demanding of me and it’s hard to not accommodate. i love doing everything for her and she loves having me do everything for her too. hahaha! there are moments i just can’t. there are days where i am in a lot of pain, so i miss being able to be there for her.

baby movement: this babe is so crazy in there! she kicks more than olive and she’s a total fighter inside! she definitely moves more, i remembered olive was pretty stationary in the tummy but this babe swings back and forth and kicks like a mad person along the way. olive never really bothered me in the womb. i didn’t understand it when moms said their babies would kick their organs, ribs, etc. because olive didn’t do that. welllllll, this baby does d. all of the above. the pressure and the pinching of my bladder is the worst. that is probably the most painful and it’s gotten worse since she’s gotten so big!

food cravings: same old, same old. i have become so routine with what i am eating every day, maybe that is why i lost a little bit of weight last time? i am not craving anything in particular, although fruit has been on my radar of late. i replaced eating a bowl of cereal at night with lots of fruit instead!

bump status: oh my goodness. i am so big. so, so big. how am i so big in the belly?? this babe is estimated to not weigh too much more than olive but my belly is huge! it’s heavy, cumbersome, and i forget how big it is sometimes, trying to squeeze through cracks or getting up or sitting down at a table. ha! i will hit the belly on something! i also cannot reach for items in high places or anything on the ground. so cray, right?!

gender reveal: as y’all know, it’s a girl! we cannot wait to meet you!

xoxo

bump update

bump update

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how far along? 32 weeks!

weight gain: well, unofficially – none, but my actual appointment is this week. i am now at bi-weekly appointments and then will go into weekly ones, so i will get the official weight gain digits soon! so, at my 30 week check up, i was shocked i had not gained any weight. whaaaaaa?! i couldn’t believe it. i feel like i am always on track to gain something. this is now the second time during this pregnancy where i haven’t gained any weight! i keep hoping i will level out with the same weight i gained with olive but i don’t think that will happen! eep!

maternity clothes? full on maternity wear. i really can’t put on anything else. this belly is too big. my oh my, though, it’s so much more comfortable. i feel like the maternity shirts i purchased are almost getting too small or short?! haha! oh this belly!

sleep: the usual. i am going to bed way too late and not getting enough sleep. i am just preparing myself for this new baby! right?! i think the worst part about all this, is when i try to sleep in on the days that i can, i am so used to waking up early every day that i can’t! arghhhh…it’s the worst. i just pop awake in misery. c’est la vie.

physical state: i am admitting defeat. it feels like i have a twenty pound sack of sand sitting on my belly. yes, i am carrying around a big sack of sand and it’s totally weighing me down, slowing me down, and making me really tired. my legs are exhausted and i am getting uncomfortable just trying to sit or lie down. i have succumbed to compression socks and orthopedic shoes to relieve the stress i feel on my body. yikes!

miss anything? i miss my energy. i miss having a glass of wine. i miss sleeping more than six hours. i miss eating a hearty deli sandwich, cold. i miss that i can walk for miles and miles and not get tired. i really can’t wait to be back to my energizer bunny self.

baby movement: she’s a mover and shaker! it feels like she’s spinning all around my belly. i love watching and feeling her move inside but wow, she’s quite strong. i can’t imagine what it will feel like when she gets bigger. i already feel like she’s going to jump right out! she’s constantly like, hello? i am kind of getting cramped in here! unfortunately, she is still breeched but the doc’s say to not worry until we hit 36 weeks…so i am hoping we get some good news by then!

food cravings: i am not craving much of anything. i am eating my usual meals and snacks. i have become pretty routine with my breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. if you take a peek at my last bump update, my meals have pretty much remained the same.

bump status: i say ginormous but everyone says basketball. haha! this belly feels huge! it’s wiggly, it moves, and i lovingly look at it as it grows, for my darling baby girl is growing inside. i am curious on who she is, what she will be like, what will she look like, and what’s she doing in there when she moves around like she’s beating a drum inside of me. we seriously cannot wait to meet you little one!

gender reveal: as y’all know, it’s a sweet baby girl!

xoxo