bon weekend

party-party-app

 

Hello friends! This is the result of playing with the new party party app…not much partying happening here, but the app is fun! That was my actual first attempt…hashtag silly selfie (for the record, I hardly ever do selfies). I’m busy working on a site update…I can’t reveal everything just yet but it’s something I’m pretty excited about! I’m hoping to share it very soon, fingers crossed. I must get away from my desk and spend some time outdoors this weekend…this polar vortex is my jam. Summer temps that feel more like spring? YES PLEASE. I shall leave you with some links for your weekend enjoyment…

BON WEEKEND!

letting go

midsummer playlist

brush up on your french

jaw-dropping before + afters

two!

marie2

birthdayshoot

Well it’s official…my babies are two years old. Cue the mommy tears. Honestly, I’ve shed quite a few over the past few days. I know motherhood is bittersweet in general, but since we know we won’t be having any more children, there is an intense finality to everything for me. In my opinion, it seems to soften the blow when you put the baby stuff away thinking you will get it out again, or that you will have another one or two year old birthday party, etc.  As a woman, it seems we often associate our youth with fertility, and babies. Knowing I won’t ever be pregnant again makes me feel a bit older…and it really shouldn’t, because I’m young (34). It’s a societal pressure that I must get over. So, in addition to celebrating their birthday, I’m struggling to swallow a big, bittersweet pill. My apologies for the pity party…just keeping it real. I hope these cute photos of the kids make up for it! More cuteness (and a call to all mothers) after the jump…

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happy birthday babies

twinsdayofbirth

 

Dear babies,

Two is a significant number. You were in utero as two, made me a mother of two, and you are two…bonded forever.  It’s so hard to believe that it has been two years since you came into our world. We blinked and you are little individuals, growing and changing before our eyes every day. I’m struggling with the fact that you are no longer babies – you are full grown, rambunctious toddlers who challenge and delight us. However, you are, and always will be…my babies.

Marie (my bunny), you are a whip-smart, strong, feminine little lady, and are already a force to reckon with. I will always love that about you…I have no doubt that you will run the world. Be it globally or just your own, you will dominate it. Your thirst for learning is fierce – you devour books (insisting now on “reading” them to us), navigate the iPad like a pro (you almost always choose a learning game), and put puzzles together like a master. You’re speaking in sentences, including a handful of French words, and could talk for days (much like your mama). You are always asking to draw or dance, and when you do it is with great purpose. Your eyes shine bright with life and beauty…you amaze me.

At two years of age Henry (my monkey), you are just as sweet, loving, and stubborn as ever. You are a beautiful combination of strength and tenderness, just like your Daddy. When you look at me lovingly or kiss me, the world stands still. You request a “hug” at least 5 times a day. You reserve your smiles and love for those who are most dear to you…your trust and affection has to be earned. You take great pride in your accomplishments, and as your vocabulary grows, so does your confidence. You love to be silly, and make your sister giggle – “knock knock! who’s there? mama” is your go-to joke. Your analytical mind is sharp, and I love to watch you focus on building legos, playing with your trains, or sitting quietly with a book. You have a brilliant mind, and such a loving, giving heart.

Today I (we) celebrate your lives, and the day I became a mother…it is and will forever be, my life’s greatest gift. Happy birthday babies. You are my loves, my heart…my life.