My Favorite Things: Part Seven

These are a few of my favorite things:
1. Sneakers! The ones above are my sister's and mine. How can you not love sneakers?
2. Vaseline that isn't Vaseline. Maybe I should refer to it as hippie Vaseline. Regardless, I am addicted.
3. Cool, crisp, almost rainy days.
4. The last day of school (today--woo!).
5. Sugar scrub. Even if it's just sugar you bring into the tub with you, it always feels decadent.
6. Jonah's soft, soft baby hair.
7. The smell of tea tree oil.
8. Fresh pineapple. For some reason, nothing tastes more refreshing to me than pineapple.
9. The number 23. There's just something about it.
10. Knowing that a vacation is just around the corner.

Specifically, regarding number ten, Eric, Jonah, and I will be heading out of town for my sister's wedding and a little vacation action starting this weekend, so I won't be blogging for a couple of weeks. Check back soon for what I am sure will be a photo extravaganza.


Flower Bin

Longmont, or Strongmont if you prefer (ha), has a great garden center called The Flower Bin. Jonah's been a plant-shopping buddy on a couple of occasions this spring, but our most recent visit was the first time I thought to snap some photos. He transitioned from perusing the plants cautiously at the beginning of the trip to wanting to touch those plants IMMEDIATELY near the end. Pretty cute, that one. Enjoy.


Lyons and Fountains and Brewskies, Oh My!

This past weekend, Jonah and I headed out to Lyons to meet Eric after a mountain bike ride. Jonah and I had a good time hanging out in the park and checking out the fountain while we waited for Daddy, and then we all headed over to Oskar Blues for some lunch. The food wasn't much to write home about, but the atmosphere was nice and Jonah had the time of his life chewing on and flapping around his kids menu, so it was all good. He also got a serious kick out of flirting with the other diners--he is becoming quite the social butterfly! Overall, it was just nice to spend a quiet afternoon with the family. I appreciate my two guys so much.

*P.S. It is kind of bothering me that I keep changing settings on Instagram. I like consistency! However, I haven't yet figured out what setting I like, so that I can stick with it. I am guessing nobody else even noticed this, but anyway...


The Briar Patch

A couple of weeks ago, our friend Briar came into town to visit from the Vail Valley. It had been a long time since we had gotten to see her, so I was really excited. Unfortunately, I forgot to record the date we had arranged to meet in my calendar and was an hour late meeting her at our house. Yikes. I felt terrible. Briar was incredibly accommodating, though, and we were able to catch a yummy semi-fancy Mexican dinner at Comida with Eric and Jonah, which was nice. I love catching up with Briar; she always has great stories and wry observations. She makes me laugh. This time around, I felt like my attention was kind of all over the place and, like I said, I was super late to get the rendezvous started, but I am guessing Briar will give me another chance in the future. Then, I can make my best effort to present as a together, focused adult. We'll see how that goes. For now, though, thanks to my friend for finding time for us. It was so nice see my Briar.


Going For A Walk

So, you might ask, what is Jonah's new favorite activity? Hands down, it's walking. Yes, he still needs assistance, but there is nothing he'd rather be doing (except, maybe, grabbing the cats). I can't believe our little guy is getting so big so fast!

*P.S. We took this video a while back, during Jonah's first couple of days of walking. Since then, he has really started cruising! We will need to update with a new video ASAP.


My Favorite Things: Part Six (Music Edition)

These are a few of my favorite things (er...songs):
 1. White Town - Your Woman
2. Dixie Chicks - Not Ready to Make Nice
3. Nirvana - Lithium
4. Bad Religion - A Walk
5. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
6. Brandi Carlile - The Story
7. Talib Kweli - Get By
8. Bob Marley - Redemption Song
10. Social Distortion - Story of My Life

What better way is there to kick off a weekend that some good tunes?


What's Golden

This past weekend, we headed down to Golden for a surprise baby shower for some friends, Pete and Sarah. We didn't catch many photos at the actual shower, as we were too busy wrangling Jonah, but did get some cute ones at the park beforehand. Jonah got to see geese for the first time and, even better, goslings, and he got to enjoy the view of the river from up on a high bridge. Very fun!


The Bachelorette: Part Two


Love my little sister. So glad she had a good time at her bachelorette party.


The Bachelorette: Part One

This past Saturday was Emily's bachelorette party up in Fort Collins. Per her request, it was pretty laid-back--not a fireman stripper in sight! We started out with brunch at The Rainbow Restaurant, followed by a microbrewery scavenger hunt (all on foot or by bike). We hit up Equinox, Coopersmith's, and Pateros Creek. It seemed like all of the girls, especially the bachelorette, had a great time, which made my day. More photos coming your way tomorrow.


Clap Your Hands Say Da Da Da

Jonah has learned the cutest skill ever during the last couple of weeks. It makes me smile every time.


For My Mom

This coming Sunday is Mother's Day and, because I indisputably have the best mom around, I thought I would get a jump start on wishing her a happy day. I am so, so lucky to have my mom in my life. She is incredible--thoughtful, kind, funny, hard-working, smart, intuitive, and caring. I can only hope to be half as good a mom to Jonah as she has been to me and to the twins. On top of it all, she is an amazing Nana and I thank my lucky stars every day that my little guy spends his days while I'm at work in the care of my dad and my wonderful mom. What a pleasure it has been to see her in the role of grandmother. Thanks, Mom, for everything you do to care for our family and to nurture us as people. I love you.


Cinco de Mayo: Strongmont Style

This past Saturday, after Emily's shower, Eric, Jonah, and I headed over to the park for Longmont's annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. For a semi-small town, Longmont puts on a great Cinco celebration, and we wanted Jonah to get a little taste. He enjoyed clapping along to the music and lunging toward our tacos. Soon, enough, little man. Soon, enough...


Super Shower: Part 3 (Baby Edition)

I arranged for the J Man to be out of the house with Dad during Em's shower. However, especially considering the presence of another baby (adorable little Huxley) and per popular request, he was delivered to the house after his afternoon nap. I'm not completely sure that Jonah and Huxley were quite sure what to make of each other--at least for Jonah, this is one of his first experiences hanging with another baby--but it was fun to watch them interact. Double the babies = double the fun!


Super Shower: Part 2

Em is not super comfortable being the center of attention, but she really appreciated all of the thought her friends and family put into picking out or making gifts for her shower. The big hit was the fly fishing-themed wedding quilt my mom created in Em's wedding colors. She made Eric and I one for our wedding, and we love having it as a keepsake. I can't believe Emily has been wedding quilted--the wedding is going to be here before we know it!


Super Shower: Part I


This past weekend, my mom and I threw Emily a bridal shower at my house. We did an eco-friendly shower with a wine and cheese tasting. It was a beautiful day with lovely guests, good food, and lots of love for the guest of honor. It was so special to me to get to throw a party for my little sister as she prepares for her wedding. Love you, Emmy.