Saturday, August 29, 2009


I came upon this website, and fell in love with these headbands!
I am in love with Etsy, blogs, and the creativity I have seen.
We are on a budget, so I enlisted my mother's help, she notified me Friday, and the pumpkin's headbands are on their way as we speak. I will be sure to post pictures of the pumpkin as soon as they arrive. I can't wait!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!!

Life's No Day at the Pool...Ok, well sometimes it is.

With Aunt Becca

Do we have time for a summer swim apparel photo shoot? Always.
American Baby-Swimsuit Edition

College Bound

Auntie Jordie came to visit before heading back to Butler...We ordered Noodles and Co. (thanks Lyds :)

Nikolina tried to steal the rice krispie treat for dessert after some cereal...

"Yes, I can eat this whole rice krispie treat by myself, thank you very much!"

"Yeah, I love you, Auntie Jordie!"

"I think I may have to poo..."

"Yeah, me, I can, I can poo!"

Playing with her feet, I love it!!!

Don't Feed After Midnight...

It's been a while since I posted any photos of Nik. We started feeding her rice cereal a few weeks back. I had been putting it off, because I kept reading from sources like and the Academy of Pediatrics that you should wait until your little one is 6 months of age before feeding him/her solids, that babies should be exclusively breastfed/formula till 6 months of age:, and then at Nik's 4 Month check-up, Dr. Emm advised us, it was time to start. I was bound and determined to wait, even though, I could see that she was becoming interested: And, I have to admit, I secretly wanted/was very excited to move on to this step with her. Finally, I caved, and we started. The first time, I fed her, she took the spoon right out of my hand, and began to feed herself!!! She then tried to grab the whole bowl and eat directly out of the bowl, or maybe, just eat the bowl itself! Anyway, she absolutely loves it! I still worry, maybe we should have waited, but she so seems to enjoy it. I keep saying to Josh, I think she is ready for a Cheeseburger and Fries, the way she attacks the cereal--hence the title.

Is that a goatee, you're growing there, Nikolina?
Or are you Santa?

I feel like this could be an add for Gerber...

As you can see, we missed the mouth the first couple aims...

would you like some cereal??!!

Chunky Monkey??!!

Friday, August 28, 2009


I created a Flikr (Photo Sharing) Account to store the plethora of photos I have the pumpkin that I haven't the heart to delete (even after I have stored to computer,made copies or put to disk). Josh commented at the rate I'm going, we will not have enough storage space to make it till Nikolina turns two, much less any future children. So, alas, I will have to delete them from the computer, but really just temporarily move them somewhere else-hence, Flickr.

I created a profile for myself, and realized that I had never really done so for the blog.

It's short, and very, in the moment, but I figured, it's a start. So here it is, here is me, now...

I am in love with my family: my husband-Joshua, our black Labrador-Diesel (Diez), and our new daughter, Nikolina Corrine. I love family, photography, and as of late, blissfully, everything to do with babies and children. My Cosmo and Victoria's Secret Catalogs have been replaced by Parents Magazine and American Baby!!! Ritzy baby stores and Victoria's Secret are what I imagine Heaven is like. I love bright colors, especially Hot Pink, Pink, Lime Green, and Turquoise-Blue. I adore anything polka-dot, especially the above colors with White, Black or Brown. I like all things girly, frilly, lacy, and sexy. I love ribbons and bows and creative picture frames. I love artistic creations, and hearing about other people's everyday life through words and photography. Lately, I love everything that bares my daughter's name. I love heels, handbags, the feel of soft fabric, and the smell of genuine leather. I feel sexy just walking into Victoria' s Secret and wearing the "right "perfume. I feel safest in my husband's arms. Music, smells, literature, and photography can transport me to another time and place. My favorite thing in the world is my daughter's smile...The most important thing to me in the world is helping her do just that!

Favorite Books & Authors:
Any baby book. Any girly book. Any Sophie Kinsella book. Any book by Nicholas Sparks. I also love mysteries and thrillers.

Favorite Movies, Stars & Directors:
The Philadelphia Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn. Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigel and Isla Fisher. Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, Matthew Mcconaughey, and Ed Harris. Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell.

Favorite Music & Artists:
Ryan Adams, Jack Johnson, The Fray, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flats, Carrie Underwood and everything Country!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I have a secret, that I want to tell...but it's not mine to share at this time.

Look for it in five weeks...

Can't wait to share this news with you!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I have a new picture of the pumpkin at the top, did you notice;)

I want to thank my very talented sister-in-law for taking the above photo and some other beautiful pictures of the pumpkin.

She has her own photography business, and she is super sweet, talented, and very reasonably priced. She does a beautiful job, and is a joy to work with.

See the link for her blog below.

And a link for her photo print shop:

Thanks Rach! You're the best! We love you. XXXOOO

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I stumbled upon this a while back when I was trying to work out going back to work and still keep up with breastfeeding/pumping for Nikolina. I just had to share, as I think it is hilarious...

A typical schedule
Your schedule will need to adjust to your particular work situation, but you can start from this typical schedule:
6am: Wake up and nurse your baby Shower, dress, eat a healthy breakfast, pump if you need to.
7:30am: Leave for work with your baby
8:00am: Drop off baby at daycare, talk about your baby's needs with your care provider,
8:15am: Nurse your baby before you leave.
8:45am: Arrive at work (this can be another time to pump if you need more milk)
10:00am: First pumping break
12:30pm: Lunch and second pumping break
3:00pm: Third pumping break
5:00pm: Leave to pick up your baby
5:30pm: Arrive at childcare, nurse your baby and discuss your baby's day
6:00pm: Arrive home, eat dinner
7:30pm: nurse your baby and put him or her to bed
8:00pm: Clean pump parts, get bottles ready for the next day, pack your own lunch and get out the next day's dinner from the freezer
10:00pm: Go to bed. You may want to wake your baby to nurse before you go to sleep, or pump before bed if your baby sleeps through.

Monday, August 3, 2009


..something to think about...

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately two thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again. 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children.. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly. 45 minutes:The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32. 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100. This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. The questions raised: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context? One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made..... How many other things are we missing?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

With this ring, I thee wed..
June 27, 2009

I forgot to add some pictures from Josh's cousin's wedding ceremony.
Congratulations Nick and Emily!


Daddy's such a cheeseball, goofing in church...

Doesn't Daddy look Handsome...

Hi, mom

Ella Beans


A Mother's love...

Pssst...Hey, Mister, there's no talking in Church, bub!. Shhh!
Don't make me have to turn around again!

4th of July, 2009


let's go mom, jeez. how many photos do you need?!

oh, I do love when you make that giraffe dance...

If I'm good can we please go to the party? Pretty please...

Mimi and Papa and me

July 1, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!
June 21, 2009

A Look Back...
Nikolina is 1 day old in mommy's belly...mommy suspects but does not know for certain...
July 4, 2008

July 12, 2008
Mommy just found out she was pregnant today, but Dady doesn't know yet

And then there was a Papa...

July 13, 2009
Papa receives a onesie that says, "Grandpa's little side kick" tkes him a minute to decipher the code.

And then there was a Daddy...

July 13, 2008
Daddy receives a an Ashton Cigar, a mini-set of golf clubs, and a shirt that reads, "My Daddy Rocks"...I think Daddy got it a little faster than Papa.

June 21, 2009
Happy Father's Day!
I love you Daddy!