Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Have I ever shown you all more of our wedding?  I might as well while right after our anniversary.  These are very disorganized and random shots of our day from friends (one of my biggest regrets is not buying the digital copies of our professional photos!), but I thought I'd share!  It honestly was the most incredible day and SO much fun.  Even still, I can't think about it without my heart growing incredibly warm.  :)

{Our venue was Point of View in St. Louis, MO;  Flowers by Bloomin' Buckets; Linens by BBJ Linens;  Music by Swing Cat Swing; Dress by Monique Lhuillier ("Solange") from Saks Fifth Avenue; Hair flower and veil by Saks Fifth Avenue; Bridesmaids dresses and going away dress "Courtney" by Coren Moore from Berrybridge Bridal; Shoes, earrings, and bracelet by J.Crew;  Makeup by Looks by Lisa;  Hair by Jaime Plemon; Cake Topper by Teena Flanner (from my brother and SIL's wedding!);  Cake by Patty Long Catering; Photography by CLC Photo; Invitations by Cheree Berry Paper; Save the Dates by Courtney Smith; Day of paper products by Lucky Luxe
A few more posts from our wedding...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Two years.

Two years today I have been married to this man.  The sweetest.  Over the past few months, he has taken over the house.  He cleans, he cooks, he does it all.  Never grumbling, never bitter.  It's incredible.  I am a lucky, lucky woman.  

Zach, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love you and how incredibly thankful I am for you.  The past two years have been wonderful (if a little crazy) and I can't wait for what's to come.  Thank you for being such an encourager and an amazing friend.  A wonderful husband, and a sweet dad.  Love you so much!  Happy Anniversary!

Saturday, July 23, 2011


I will attempt this adorable Kate Spade hair-do this week.  It will also serve as "do not chop off hair" motivation.

I have finals in a little over a week.  Great, big, looming finals.  I will schedule a few posts for the week.  The real me will be scarce.

Happy Six-Month Birthday, Eloise!

Dear Eloise Anne,

Well, sweet baby...your fifth month has come and gone.  So sorry I missed that update.  So here I am to get us back on track.  Two days ago you turned a whopping SIX months old!  I absolutely can't believe it.  My, how time has flown.  You are no longer this tiny, little baby (although technically you still are :).  You are an adorable, fun, interactive little girl.  

These past two months, your personality has really started to shine.  You love to laugh and make noises; most mornings your dad walks in to find you playing with your feet and talking to yourself.  I'm pretty sure you are going to LOVE to talk.  You think it is hilarious to stick out your tongue, especially if you can make little cackling noises at the same time.  And the only reason you like drinking water is because it enhances the ability to gurgle loudly.  You're so much fun to be around.  You grab (and kick!) absolutely everything is sight at this point, including forks off tables, books we read to you, and every single stuffed animal you own.  Oh, yes...and our faces.  Love the faces.  You've also found out how to coordinate both hands and grab with gusto!  I've been holding you up to your mobile recently and letting you grab the flying bunnies, and it seems you find incredible delight in finally being up close and personal with something you've been staring at the past five months.  I am not sure of your height and weight.  We will learn those at our appointment next week.  You have, for the most part, moved into nine month clothing.  You've begun to eat week you start veggies!

EA, going back to school these past few months has been the absolute hardest thing I've ever had to do.  School-wise, incredibly hard.  But leaving you, the absolute hardest.  I can't even begin to tell you how much I miss you when I'm gone.  It rips my heart out a little.  I  savor the time we have together as a family when I am home, and I'm (we all are) slowly trying to figure out a good balance.   You're taken very good care of everywhere you go.  I'm sure of that.  That is not my worry.  It's just the fact that I love you so much, and sometimes the fear of what we might miss together takes over.  

Chances are, when you're older, you will have to ask me who took care of you.  You might not remember.  I will tell you what a struggle it was for me.  But I will also tell you that what kept me going, sweet girl, is when I thought of the woman I wanted you to be, this is what came to mind.  It does not matter to me what you do.  Whether you stay at home with babes or are passionate about a career, nor at what age or point in life you decide those things.  I believe each one of those is noble.  What my hope is, though, is that you learn to love and desire God's plans for you.  That you would want be obedient to where He calls you, no matter what the task.  That is the kind of woman I want you to be.  And, thus, the example I desire to be.  That despite the odds and the emotion, you will know that He is faithful.  He follows through.  He is a trustworthy God.  And those are the most important things.  I am asking God to carry me through something right now that feels hard.   What I feel he has called me to, what he has laid out in front of me.  I am still your mother these next few years.  Despite the lies that creep in and tell me I am not.  I will still hold you in my arms each night.  I will tell you that I love you.  But overall, I will cling to the fact that there's someone else who loves you much, much more than I ever could.  More than you'll ever know.  During these next few years, Eloise, know that you are deeply, deeply loved.  I am sure of that.  And there is SO much joy to come.

I Love You,
Your mom 


Hi, my name is the heart.  I'm very complex.  I sit in your mediastinum.  I depolarize and repolarize.  I'm regular, sometimes irregular and maybe even irregularly irregular.  And I just so happen to be the reason Colleen hasn't blogged for awhile. 

p.s.  Treat me right with a healthy diet and some exercise.  :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Skwish mobile!

Just ran into My Favorite Toys tonight while I spent some time with Eloise and they had this awesomeness in stock.  It's the skwish, but a mobile!  It would so cute for a mod-ish or classic nursery.  They have it on Amazon, but for those in the area, it's actually cheaper at My Favorite Toys (which has such a fun selection anyways :). 

Friday, July 15, 2011


Love this little girl...

A reason... wear through my current lipstick as soon as possible.  :)  Kate Spade lipstick coming out in September.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Free printable on LayBabyLay!

This is one of those adorable free downloads from LayBabyLay.  I need to print it.   Soon.  :)

Lovely nursery!

I am in LOVE with this nursery (via OhDeeDoh).  Maybe it's because a few of the elements are similar to Eloise's room (rug, mobile, crib), but it's totally different.  It's one of those that makes me want to completely get up and change E's little room, despite how much I love it.  And the nursery has led me to LayBabyLay, the mom's website.  I'm officially obsessed.  It's every kind of thing I love about nurseries/babies in one site.  And her graphics have me swooning (she even has free downloads).  So fun!

Hi friends.  How is your week going?  I've been a-study, study, studying and we celebrated Zach's birthday this week.  Also, Eloise ate her first solids!  It goes something like plan: Breast-feed Eloise exclusively until six months or more, feeding her a first meal of fresh, organic steamed veggie of choice, pureed beautifully by my hand blender.  Reality:  I cannot pump enough to keep up with Eloise's feeding demands, so we start early.  No time to buy veggies.  No time to steam.  First meal of organic baby cereal from the grocery store mixed in with milk.

So much for plans.  When will I learn?

Also, her thoughts on solids?  Not so impressed.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Just a little heads up...The Land of Nod has 20% off all of their summer sale stuff right now!  They've got some great things on there, including some cute toys, changing pad covers (amazing!), and even strollers (actually, ours is on there in a different color).  Clicking on the link above will send you on over!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I've fallen head over heels for these little Eames Elephants.  Aren't they cute?  


I know I've mentioned the ring sling in previous posts, but I never actually posted on it specifically.  We loooove the ring sling.  I don't know what we would have done without it.    When Eloise was a few months old, it was the best way to calm her if she freaked out in public.  Now I use it when we're out and about at the store or otherwise (confession...I've only been to the grocery store once since school started....thank you, husband), or simply when we're around the house and I'm trying to get work done.  Slings don't take up much space in a bag, they're easy to adjust, and are incredibly versatile.  I've gathered a tiny collection, all of which were made by either my sister-in-law or friend Lauren (she made the one below).  Neither of these ladies are selling at this point, but I know you can find them on etsy, or you could purchase one of these beauties (via A Cup of Joe...she looks super stylin' in hers).  Recommend! :)  

I know everyone has their own preferences when it comes to baby-wearing (or not wearing).  So, my small piece of advice: if you haven't figured out a style that works for you yet, I'd recommend trying a couple of different options out before you commit to one (find a cheap version, borrow from a friend).  I was convinced I would constantly use certain styles that I did't/don't.  And vice versa.  Just a little tidbit for you.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Jenna & Seon-Ho.

Jenna is married!  So fun!  We spent Saturday and Sunday in Cincinnati for the festivities. It was fun all around and SO good to see everyone.  And, Taliila (Jordie's little one) and Eloise officially met.  It was exciting...they even held hands.  :)  
Oh, I'd love to write more, but there's work to be done.  Here are some pics...

Ellie did pretty well in the car!

T and E meet!


Fun rehearsal dinner at Montgomery Inn.

A little quality time with Meliss.

Eloise met Aunt Liz.

She was tired by the end of the night.

Fun times with Megs.

And I have only a few random pics of the bride, so I've stolen this from Megs.  Jenna looked gorgeous.

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