oregon appreciation post
It's been over two months since Mack and I took our long journey across the country and made Astoria, OR our new home. I am completely in love with this place and I often find myself wondering if it's all real. The Oregon coast is one of the most gorgeous places I've ever lived and I feel like I'm home again. We've done some exploring here and there. I've tried out a bunch of cute coffee shops, found some stores I love in the adorable downtown area, visited a couple of beaches, seen lots of deer & elk, established our favorite Mexican restaurant, visited the town I used to live in, done some camping, and watched some glorious sunrises & sunsets. I'm constantly blown away by the beauty here. There's this bridge we drive across on a regular basis and in one direction there are looming mountains and another is the precious town of Astoria perched on a hill and another is an epic bridge leading to the state of Washington. Every time I go across this bridge the view looks completely different somehow. Some days the mountains are barely visible because of the fog, some days they are crisp and look like they're closer than ever. I get this overwhelming feeling of awe pretty much every time and sometimes I even laugh and cry and shout and act like a crazy person because it makes me feel. There's also this place called the Column up at the very top of the hill the town sits on and the view is AH-MAZING. I've driven up there a few mornings where I had to take Mack to work (already sick of this whole one car thing) and gotten some glorious sunrise views. I don't generally like being up before the sun, but I have to say...it was totally worth it. I had some more of those shriek/cry/laugh moments up there and I'm not afraid to admit it.
Only very minute evidence of how amazing this place is. I almost want to keep it hidden because I don't want to share it, but that would be selfish. I wish I could even capture half of how beautiful all of these places were, but for now these photos will have to be enough. Now...who wants to come visit me?! Hehe.
Since we’ve passed a year of life for our sweet baby boy Milo, I thought it might be a good idea to finally share his birth story. (Better late than never, right?) I’ve seen many women share their beautiful birth stories with the world and I’d like to do the same.
i've noticed more and more bloggers and instagrammers being super duper real with their followers and dishing on the behind the scenes stuff when it comes to motherhood and life in general and i am absolutely loving it. obviously everything you see on social media isn't always as perfect as it seems and real life is so much more raw and messy and flawed.
something i've been wanting for our home for a little while now is a desk. recently i've been even more anxious to get one in hopes that it will boost my productivity and allow me to give my best effort at blogging again. i had my eye on a west elm desk and we were purging our garage, so what better way to add some moolah to our desk fund than to sell our crap on facebook marketplace?
one thing i've learned since becoming a mom is that like 99% of the time, it's best to just go with your gut. do what feels right to you and don't worry about what everyone else is doing quite so much.
I've always thought milk bath photos were beautiful and when I was pregnant, I made it a point to make sure I got some taken for myself (you can look at those here if you want). I thought it would be really fun and easy to do them with Milo too so once he was able to sit up on his own, I decided it was time to do a little photo shoot.
Sometimes with a baby you just have to get ya booty out of the house. My awesome astoria mama friend wanted to take some photos of some clothes she recently received and I jump at any chance I get to go out and about and do something fun during the day, so we made a plan to head downtown yesterday.
i thought it'd be nice to share something purely based on positivity and happiness & that it would be good for me to reflect on all the wonderful parts of my life, so here are 50 things that make me happy
Soooo I know it's like three weeks into the new year and I'm just now posting my goals...but let's just pretend not to notice that and hope I don't continue this trend of procrastination throughout the year. Whaddup 2018!
Ta da! Milo's nursery is finally 99.99% finished! (Yeah, I couldn't wait for the finishing touches to show you guys, I'm just waaaay too excited!) At long last the sweet baby room is done, with less than a week til my due date! We worked pretty hard on it and it's taken a little while to bring all my visions to life, but it was well worth it. I'm so in love with this room. It's definitely my new favorite place in the house. I actually go in there at least once a day and stare at everything. I'm legit the heart eyes emoji, just standing there, gazing at the adorable-ness.
Up until about a month and a half ago, I had no pregnancy related stretch marks. Then I noticed two teeny ones and before I knew it, there were dozens of them reaching up my ever growing belly. I'm no stranger to stretch marks by any means, but it was shocking to see them pop up in a time frame that felt like over night.