january snapshots

oh yessss, i am soooo behind with this one! aren’t i? well, as i always say, better late than never!

january was quite the busy month {i know, i know. i do say that a lot}. but, isn’t january a month where things slow down? i guess, not in my world {or at least in my head}.

the highlight of this past month was our trip to L.A. to celebrate my sister’s birthday. it was wonderful to get away and soak in some warm weather. the temps were ah-mazing! i had no kid, no hubs, {although i greatly missed them!} just me and my sisters. it was awesome to relax and explore the city. the bonus part is that my brother, huy, lives there with his girl, tashina, and it was purty awesome to hang out with them the whole weekend!

of course there was a lot of oliveness going on in january. my cutie is becoming wiser, funnier, and is as quirky as evah! oh, she blows my mind every day. not only with her cute, cutie, cute face but her growing personality. being a mom for the first time is so novel and i can’t even imagine i could possibly bring more cuteness into this world!

anyhoo, here are some fun shots of our past lovely month of january:

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[shopping…what we do best]

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[olive with her goofy cousin b]

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[what a goof]

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[mmmm, portillo’s // my girl olivia]

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[our typical morning…relaxing together after she nurses]

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[cookie monster]

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[gifting marina with a little sprinkle]

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[bottega louie // L.A.]

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[first big snowfall]

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[apple head]

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[her favorite eating nook]

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[the tired mom look 😉 ]

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[cat baby // discovering her reflection]

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[my love]

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[my two favorites – coffee and breakfast]

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[morning routine]

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[her favorite toy]

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[kicking back in her toy basket]

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[caged animal]

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[watching t.v. together]

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[my sweet babes]

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[breakfast on our last day in L.A.]

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[funny gal]

that was our january in a nutshell! i hope y’all had a great past month as well. february is looking pretty awesome so far! i can’t wait to share…hopefully not so late in the game next time! woot!

xoxo

december snapshots

december was a pretty awesome month. i love december. i love christmas, i love nye, i love the holiday hustle and bustle. there is always so much to do!

we really did have a wonderful month. we were able to fit in many fun activities, such as going downtown to experience the holiday magic in our wonderful city of chicago. did some yummy baking. decorated. had a lot of guests over. my brother huy and tashina visited. ate a ton of sweets. exchanged fun gifts. celebrated my birthday {woot woot}. plus lots and lots more! you can check out december in my sidebar of ‘ride thru memory lane’ if you would like to peep into the past!

olive had her ‘first’ christmas. well, she really had her first christmas last year but she was barely four weeks old! she’s grown up so much alreadyy {this past month} and she was so cute when we opened up her christmas gifts. she was saying “ooohhhhhhh!!!” with each present. oh, how i love her.

it’s the strangest feeling…when i’m with her or when i think about her. i am filed with soooo many emotions, it’s weird! i’m so beyond happy, filled with love and joy but yet i’m sad and feel bittersweet at the same time. i dunnoooo, maybe the mommies out there will understand or get what i’m trying to say {but not being very articulate!}.

with each passing moment that i have with olive…i’m sad it’s gone but so happy to have another moment with her. i love her to infinity and beyond that i don’t want to lose a single second, but when that moment passes…i want it back! yet, the present is the best time to cherish and revel in. or maybe it’s about the fact that this past year has flown by and i can’t believe how fast she has grown and changed; i just want her to slow her roll!

thinking about her becoming an adult scares me a little bit. i wish she could just stay little, cute, adorable, and sweet. i love her hugs and kisses. i love that she follows me anywhere. i love that she just wants to be loved, cuddled, and in my arms. i don’t want that to change and time is working against me {darn you father time, darn you!}.

anyhoo….this post has now become more of a momfession than it is about our wonderful past month of december. so, back to our december snapshots: below is filled with many fun photos of this past month. check out the candid moments and olive craziness we captured!

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[digging for gold]

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[o christmas tree]

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[look ma…i’m feeding myself!]

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[birthday!]

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[over indulging during the holidays]

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[her play corner]

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[reagan and olive ~ so cute!]

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[having fun at papa’s]

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[pitching a fit]

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[cookies with gramma // i hide under things like a cat]

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[that sweet pout]

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[wild]

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[yummy pudding]

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[i’ll just smash the cupcake into my face]

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[work holiday party]

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[birthday gifts from andrea, jamie, and ollie]

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[catching up on world news]

well, my lovies i hope you enjoyed our december snapshots! everyone, please have a wonderful wednesday.

“shoot for the moon. even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”

les brown

xoxo

november snapshots

oh my goodness…november has come and gone. it’s been such a whirlwind month. like seriously cray. i planned like a mad women for olive’s first birthday party, we had thanksgiving, olive had her first visit with santa, and we had a lot of fun times in between with friends and family.

november was so much fun! i had the best time getting ready for olive’s birthday {okaaayy, i was a bit stressed for some of it!}. i spent most of the month {and prior months!}, scheming up ideas and putting together the decor for her party. hosting the event at our house was definitely the highlight of my month!

olive learning how to walk was, seriously, the best moment evah! i was delirious with excitement and joy. her tyrannosaurus rex walking style is so stinkin’ cute…the way she tucks and curls her arms up and wobbles all over the place is so adorbs, i could eat her up!

of course, all the times i spent with my family {doing fun festive stuff} and friends is always awesome. there were plenty of moments where i met up with friends for brunches, chilled with the fam, and spent oodles of time with miss olive!

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[olive’s first birthday cake]

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[mama is still sleeping]

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[olive’s first birthday party]

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[auntie kim]

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[being silly]

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[brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?]

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[helping momma put together some christmas lights]

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[run run run run runaway]

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[how does it taste?]

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[matchy black and white]

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[baby cheeks]

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[cookie favors]

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[silly gal]

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[i pose, therefore i am]

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[shagalicious]

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[first birthday cake]

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[bunny blankie]

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[little goat]

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[chubby cheeks]

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[chocolate cupcakes!]

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[she loves to put anything in her mouth and let it hang there like a cigar]

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[learning how to blow her nose]

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[being a super, super fussy gal]

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well, that’s a wrap up of november! a lot of olive cuteness and a bit of other things. 😉 i can’t wait to share with y’all some jolly ol’ december goodness!

xoxo

october snapshots

warm, cold, outstanding october has passed us by! it was a great month full of changes and fun. it was olive’s first halloween! the leaves changed, the weather changed, the ’tis the season’ is starting to creep up on us!

we had a fabulous time soaking in october’s glorious offerings. i loved the days when the sun was shining bright on cool temperature days. we had the best time doing fun activities such as apple picking with the family for reagan’s birthday, doing seasonal baking, carving pumpkins, and trick or treating.

olive and i spent a lot of time together. hc pretty much spent the entire month of october traveling for work, so we had a lot of girly time! she’s getting so big and developing a big girl personality!

i love october for it’s change of leaves, the vibrant colors are so beautiful. i love how it’s the start of the best holidays. i get so excited to decorate for the season. there’s something warm and inviting about this months {albeit the temperature change!}. maybe it’s because mother earth starts to shut down for the cold winter and we begin our indoor hibernation, where we get to spend a little more time being closer together, warming ourselves up with burning fireplaces and hot chocolate.

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[her new thing…putting sticks and such in her mouth like a cigar]

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[date night]

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[cheeeese!]

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[first time falling asleep outside of her scheduled nap times]

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[how she likes to drink her bottle…swinging her legs back and forth]

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[learning to walk with papa]

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[playing around // sign language for more]

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[my halloween outfit]

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olive’s first halloween was pretty cool, we loved her little lamb costume and she did collect a whopping three pieces of candy in her awesome black cat treat bag. i tried my best to outfit her in cute little festive outfits and she was the best apple picker of us all! so many wonderful firsts for miss olive this past month!

anyhoozle, we seriously had the best time this past october with all the fun things we did! i think novembers snapshot are going to be just as swell! 😉

xoxo

september snapshots

time is flying by! this year is flying by. right?! oh my gosh. september was a great month. we did a lot of dinners, hanging out with the fam, brunches with friends, and lots o’ olive time. but seriously, it’s totally flying by, like we are on the fast forward button. i really don’t want it to be cold just yet. it’s too soon! i feel like last winter just left us and fall will be a blink of an eye!

this past month, hc and i celebrated our third year anniversary, olive had many great milestones, and the weather was perfect {as perfect as september weather can be!}. we had a lot of sunny, warm days that allowed us to get out and do fun stuff like going to a farmer’s market! you could tell the seasons were about to change, although we had some great warm days, we also had our cool, cold days that were creeping up on us {a few chilly, biting cold mornings}.

september is such a great month to wrap up last minute summer activities and get in some fun outdoor stuff before the weather takes a deep turn for the cold. we officially welcomed the fall season and excitedly look forward to some fun autumn activities on our list.

olive

[rocking out on her piano]

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[motorcycle riding with bennett]

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[olive in the hat grandpa gave her]

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[olive mean mugging another kid at target]

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[her pensive, doubtful looks]

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[flea market shopping]

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[hmmmm, not impressed]

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[breakfast with daddy]

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[hanging out in the laundry basket]

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[flea market finds]

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[having a blast with her sister grace // giggle fest]

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[loving her double decker bus & doll]

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[pouty olive]

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[spelling challenge]

well, that was our september in a nutshell. it was filled with lots of fun and love. we had a swell time living it up and loving each other. i am so thankful for my beautiful girl & handsome hubby, my wonderful family, and lovely friends. life is good.

xoxo

august snapshots

really?! august has come and gone?! what a great month it was. there was a lot of time hanging out with family and friends. definitely how life should be spent. i love life and i really do see the glass half full. life is too short to not revel in all the good things in your life. i try my hardest to live by those rules. i’m not always successful but i do believe i always have a sunny disposition that will always take me to the brighter side.

of course, a lot of these snapshots are of our beautiful, baby girl olive. she brightens our day, everyday. 🙂 this past month, we were able to celebrate my nephews birthday, my sister kim’s birthday, do a lot of outdoor activities, and enjoy the last bits of warm weather!

oh, summer…you are coming to an end and we are not ready. we love having you around and all that warm weather you bring. if you stay, i promise i will bake you a cake 😉 or maybe hc will bake you the cake. no matter, you will get cake, as long as you stay. pretty please. with sprinkles on top. and a side of ice cream. yum.

so, here is our past month in rewind. i hope you enjoy the pics and the many pics of our darling baby girl! here’s to another fabulous month to come!

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[snuggling with daddy]

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[not happy and very tired, teething babes]

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[tired little peanut]

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[olive, hc, and b]

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[best fast food burger ever]

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[typical look of disgust from our baby girl]

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[baby yoga while sleeping]

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[bath time // that’s reagan’s hand]

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[scooting around with cousin reagan]

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[bennett’s awesome birthday cake]

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[personalized cheese plate courtesy of my sis in law, missy]

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[sq. 1: “why is gracie still sleeping? sq. 2: “hmmm, i’m looking at you!” sq. 3: “heeheehee” sq. 4: “yaaayyyyy! she’s awake!”]

xoxo

july snapshots

july…oh the fourth and then some more july. it was a month filled with warm weather {yesssss}, lots o visitors, and much needed progress on the house.

we had a great time celebrating our country’s birthday, olive, our house, each other, our friends, family, and many fun events this past month of july. it was the peak of our summer and it was filled with many delightful things…now just fond memories for us. *sigh*

oh, summer…slow yer roll. i’ve been loving you too much to see go in the next few months. we would like to see you stay for quite awhile…maybe rub shoulders with fall for a long time. that would be nice. yes, please.

anyhoo, here are some fun moments from this past month! many of olive {duh!} but she’s most important!

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[smoking]

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[summer festival]

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[pouty face]

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[hmmmm]

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[attack of the killer cherry]

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[hanging out by the river]

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[she definitely didn’t love this swing]

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[happy baby]

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[the chunker playing with her sister]

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[super smiley]

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[my uncle khai’s book]

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[reagan feeding a hungry olive]

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[horsey ride]

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[picnic!]

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[groovy hair]

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[fancy cardboard hat]

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[she manages to smile while eating a bottle]

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[olive and daddy snacking together]

there ya go! a rewind of july, our wonderful, beautiful, sunny july. we miss you already.

hey, august…i have a feeling you’re going to be just as awesome!

xoxo

june snapshots

june just flew by. oh my. so many good things that went on during that month!

we celebrated father’s day. we met up with so many of our friends. we had lots of visitors to our new house. our dear friends go married. baby olive had some wonderful milestones.

i loved june for it’s warm weather and fun filled days. olive and i spent many morning and afternoons together hanging out. i love being with my baby girl. i love going on walks with her. i love making her laugh. she is so sweet and serious. i love watching her grow but yet i want her to slow her roll! don’t grow up too fast!

i can’t believe june is over already. summer don’t fly by too fast. i love having you around.

below are a few snapshots of this past wonderful month. i hope y’all had a lovely june. enjoy my lovies!

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[playing with her indestructible book // daddy feeding her]

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[play/learning time]

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[travis and olive being so cute]

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[grilling]

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[baptism dress…her baptism was really at the end of may but i had to include this beautiful photo of our baby girl]

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[doing baby yoga]

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[love her! nordstrom baby peter pan collar shirt + ruffled grey pants]

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[sleepy time // one of her favorite toys]

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[auntie missy feeding olive]

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[yummy toes]

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[taco night]

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[cute cousins…olive loved being held by reagan like this]

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[she was really tired and leaned over to sleep…baby yoga]

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[vanilla bean ice cream with hazelnut chocolate wafers…yum!]

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[a day with daddy = you wear a baseball cap]

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[being cute // don’t put that crown on my head!]

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[footsies]

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[my belly is full]

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[beautiful boka]

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[cutie pie]

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[love is love]

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[what did the fox say?? olive, it’s sleepy time!]

there ya go…june in quick review. here’s to july’s memories to come!

xoxo

may snapshots

here are a few of some of my favorite may moments…

i usually keep the pics separate {keep it fresh!} but i included some of my instagram ones from may…if you would like, please follow me on instagram here 🙂

of course my may loves revolve around food, desserts, hc, and olive. in no particular order 🙂

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[olive flipping over in her crib for the first time]

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[such a funny gal]

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[olive being cute // trying out the thai place by our house on a beautiful sunny day]

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[my lanky little girl and her sophie]

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[eating some healthy stuff]

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[my cutie, stylish nephews]

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[yummy, fluffy, sweet cake]

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[enjoying a cozy nap in my arms]

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[mini burgers // playing peekaboo]

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[baby girl really enjoying her daddy’s beer]

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[just being too cute]

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[olive’s fabulous godparents]

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[morning cuteness]

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[nice look, nice hair miss olive // cousin love]

it was a beautiful month. sunny, warm, and bright. we were fully settled in our home, i loved the warm weather we were experiencing, and i was so excited olive was baptized in our gorgeous church.

cheers to another fantastic month ahead!

xoxo

april snapshots

april in sweet review.

it was quite a crazy, busy month for us. with it being holy week, easter, hc’s birthday, tax month, moving, baby showers, oh my! that is just a brief summary of the many, many events that happened in april!

olive had many milestones, my terrific husband was such a strong support system through all these major events, and we had such huge positive, life changes happening to us. it was such a great, overwhelming, amazing time.

life has been fascinating. i am intrigued by my own changes, whether it is through body, mind, or environment. i love watching olive grow. i love being married to my husband. i am in awe over how calm and laid back he can be at the hardest moments. i am so happy that the weather has been getting warmer and i can really enjoy taking olive out and about.

my love for my family has grown exponentially! everyday i appreciate and cherish them more and more. it’s been a lot dealing with a new house, a little baby, and all the updates we are making to our new abode. there are a lot of times i freak out but i come to realize, every time, that it’s all going to work out in the end. as usual patience is not my virtue…unfortunately. that’s why i am lucky to have my other half calm me down!

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[baby olive’s crazy hairdo before her bath // hc winning the award for daddy of the year]

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[pam’s baby shower]

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[many faces of olive]

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[ombre cake at jaime’s baby shower]

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[cousin cool // sleepy time]

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[olive’s easter basket]

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[olive // dunkin’ donuts easter peeps]

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[dunkin’ donuts cubbie donuts to support the cub’s charity]

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[laughing in the early morning // learning how to sit]

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[a sunny day shopping // vanilla buttercream cupcake]

there ya go…an april rewind in photos. some of my favorite moments and it always includes desserts! pretty, lovely, sweet desserts!

xoxo