Monday, September 1, 2014

Goodbye summer

We closed the season with a road trip, a cabin, ice cream, barbecues, games, and a lake.
Thank you friends for coming, celebrating, and watching Ben for us. 

Ready or not, here comes fall!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My best year yet

This time last year I was turning 30 and I had no idea the incredible year that awaited me. Both, professionally and personally speaking, the first year of the third decade of my life started and ended with a bang. Definitely my best year yet. 

I am thankful for my life and the people who surround me, especially those three little monsters: papa, baby Ben, and Sandwich, who graciously offered to step into the picture in representation of Lio, who still has not come to terms with the fact that  Ben is here to stay, and therefore refuses to appear in family photos. Cats! Shake my head.

Here's to the blessing of turning a year older in a healthy body, living in a great state, surrounded by the love of incredible people. The Lord's goodness and faithfulness are not lost on me. 

He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock in the land that he swore to your fathers to give you - Deuteronomy 7:13
P.S. This is the first year I did not plan my own birthday celebrations, Tim said he would take care of it. Let's see what he has up his sleeve.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summertime, and the livin' is easy

top: Target, tank top: MNG, shorts: J Crew Factory, sandals: Target, sunnies: Ray-Ban, panama hat: market in Ecuador

I did not plan it this way, but I am so glad we had a summer baby. Our little family had the chance to have my parents visit during the best part of the year, we were able to learn to use all our outdoor gadgets, stroll around in nice temperate weather, and even enjoy family picnics right off the bat. I have always been more of an autumn kind of girl, but this summer has been so good and so special to us it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to watch the fireweed die, and pull sweaters out every now and again because the chill of the wind is starting to creep in.

So before the last of the warm weather leaves us, I find it necessary to wear all the shorts and dresses I won't see for another year. You know what else? Sandals! Because soon enough my toes will be buried under Smartwool socks, boots, and snow.

But not today. Today we wear shorts, stroll on sunny trails, and sip on Pellegrino limonatas. Live on summer, live on!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back in the race

If you have followed this blog for a while you know that I love running. I ran all the way until I was around five/six-ish months pregnant, after that I jogged, then I walked, and by the end I waddled to the best of my ability until the very day I went into labor because running for me has always been more than just a sport. It has given me the ability to push my body outside of my comfort zone, physically and mentally, but most of all it allows me alone time with God.

That trail has seen me worship, plead, thank, and converse with a God that finds me without fail every time I hit the pavement and today was no different. For the first time in three months I laced up my shoes, put Ben in the chariot, and we headed for the trail. 

My friend Jason was right, pushing that stroller is like trying to run pushing a cart full of groceries, not to mention that my pace is slow, I was out of breath more than once, and holy cow, someone should have warned me about running with boobs full of milk. I was not a pretty sight to look at {see picture above} but He was there and He didn't care, instead He gave me 70 degree weather and a cool ocean breeze as I set my playlist to A Little Longer:

What can I do for You?
What can I bring to You?
What kind of song would You like me to sing?
'Cause I'll dance a dance for You,
Pour out my love for You,
What can I do for You beautiful King?
'Cause I can't thank You enough
All of the words that I find and I
Can't thank You enough.

Then I hear You say
You don't have to do a thing
Just simply be with me and let those things go
They can wait another minute
This moment is too sweet
Please stay here with me
And love on me a little longer
'Cause I'm in love with you.

I'm back in the race, you guys. You should come along.

Monday, August 18, 2014

#12monthsofben: 3 Months

Benjamin is 3 months old today.
Likes: Bath time, talking, light fixtures, his rattle toy/giraffe Sophie, being carried in a sling, and his BFF Austen.
Dislikes: Gas, the straps on his car seat, tummy time.

It is incredible how much this little guy has changed in the last month. He has more than doubled his birth weight, started wearing 3 month clothing 2 weeks ago, and is a complete chatterbox. He has also figured out where his hands are and not only does he stare at them, he tastes them, and is learning to use them at will.

On the occasions that My friend Steph babysits, her daughter Austen reads to him, makes videos of him, and they take pictures together. BFFs 4EVER. Word.

He has also learned to sit on my lap to Skype with my parents, in fact, my mom has put him to sleep singing spanish lullabies via Skype. Sweetest thing ever? I think so. 

We look forward to learning with this little man every day, never a dull moment around here!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Three years

dress: Free People, sandals: J Crew, bag: Ecuadorian market, necklace: Dogeared, sunnies: RayBan

Last week Tim and I celebrated our third anniversary and our first date night since Benjamin was born. 
I must say, it felt weird to be alone, just the two of us. It felt odd to want to keep my cellphone on the table just in case something went wrong with Ben and we had to rush back, and it felt weird to drink wine again.

That being said, it was nice to dress up and wear high heels, specially those of the pink variety. It felt incredible to sit right next to Tim, hold hands, and toast to the wonderful life God has given us these last three years, and you know what?, the wine was pretty darn good too.

Other than peeing through his diaper, Ben behaved like the sweet little man he is. Next time we do this, I may even put the phone away… Just kidding, nope, no way, no how.

P.S. Tim, this one's for you: 

"I want to sleep with you, in the most innocent sense of the word. I want to kiss you goodnight, turn the light off, and lie next to you. I want to be there and hear you breathe the same air I breathe. I want to share the covers and the warmth as we drift off to the land of dreams. I want to hug you and feel your arms around me. I want to be the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning. I want to begin and end each day telling you how much I love you, that I want you to be mine, and that I could spend an eternity telling you why." - Denise Marquez

Monday, July 21, 2014

First prize

When I was 38 weeks pregnant I told my boss that the time had come for me to call it a day because my body was telling me I needed to rest and slow down. Turns out my body knows a thing or two, because  exactly a week later Benjamin was born, but even though I knew that I was doing the right thing by stepping down, I still cried when I left my office that day. I will be the first to tell you that the workplace is no place for tears, but one, I was already in my car, and two, I find it perfectly acceptable to shed a tear or two when the reason is gratitude. 

I have worked my entire adult life, long enough to know that loving what you do is key if you intend to be good at it. I loved not only my job but the people I worked with as well, so when I left the office that day my tears were entirely justified.

There is a lot involved in making a design come to life. My job is to translate my client's needs and desires into a reality they love, but it takes an entire team of talented people to bring that reality to fruition.  So, when my coworker called on Friday to let me know that one of my designs got first prize in the Alaska's Best Kitchens contest, I put Benjamin in the car and we headed over to the office, because the only way to celebrate was to see the people who made it happen. I am beyond thankful for all of you.

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