Monday, January 28, 2013

Birday partee!!

Had a small family birthday party for Ellie on Saturday.  She woke up that day and knew from the decorations that we were celebrating.  And she had a lot of fun.  Two sets of grandparents in one place...yes, please.  She got that table and chair set below from Zach's parents and refused to get up, hence the reason she is in it in almost all of the pics.  My brother literally carried her in it to the dining room. And the girl likes cake.  The next morning, the first thing she asked for was more cake.  Naturally.

{p.s. Used this link to make tablecloth.  Most products from Shop Sweet Lulu or Target.  My mom made the lovely cake and toppers.  And the invite is from Paper by Paperless post (you can pay a few dollars to receive a paper copy of your evite, which is fun)}.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pretty, pretty.

You know how I've fallen in love with my new bag?  Well, I'm still pretty obsessed with it.  It's been the perfect bag for clinic, motherhood, and in general.  But, if you happen to be looking for something a little smaller and still incredibly adorable, you should take a peek at the first two bags.  I LOVE that iPad bag...and I'm still totally amazed by how gorgeous these colors are.  That last bag...I just threw that in because it's gorgeous. :)

{Kate Spade - Clarke, Jordan, and Tamera}

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How we celebrated.

How we celebrated her day.

It was fun to get everything ready for a little birthday breakfast the night before.  We put balloons in her room to wake up to.  
My expectations: wake up to daughter in monitor squealing in delight when she sees balloons.  Reality:  She kind of noticed they were there.

The number balloons are HUGE.  Holy cow.  It barely fits in the doorway. 
{Party City, btw...thanks, Mayumi!}

Birthday pancakes. No need to blow out the candles before eating.

Absolute delight when singing Happy Birthday to her.  That was fun.  I love her smile in that picture.  She also really liked these milk bottles {Shop Sweet Lulu} to drink from.  So did her shirt.

Spent some time with my dad and the chickens.  "I wike chickens," she told him.
Then, opening gifts.  She was a little confused whether it was Christmas or her birthday.  She also requested to watch "Elmo Saves Christmas."  And we did.  Because it was her birthday, and because you will never have to convince me to watch a Christmas movie.  Her favorite gift:  A really loud pull-along plastic phone (not the one below) she picked out at Target.  I just stepped on's really loud.  But she loves it.

Then we got ready and went to dinner and ate one of her favorite foods...spaghetti.  She ate a lot of it.  To the point where we had to take it away.

And then, the celebration continued into today.  Cupcakes at daycare.  And my favorite...her carrying her balloons absolutely everywhere she goes.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy 2nd Birthday, Eloise Anne!

Today.  Your 2nd Birthday.

Wow.  Just two years ago right now we were in the hospital, after what seemed like years of waiting for you.  I was in labor, and just about three hours away from your arrival.  And then the world changed, in the best of ways.  Miss Eloise, you have continually been the greatest joy and the most amazing blessing to us.  Our love for you is as deep as the ocean, as wide as the world is round.  Vast beyond measure, and only growing.  It's a visceral, gut-wrenching love.  No matter what you do, this will never, ever change.  You have given me the tiniest glimpse into the intensity of God's love for us, and for that I'm so thankful. 

I've seen this quote around...I have no idea where it came from (I should look that up), but it says, "You are our greatest adventure."  That's so true.  Nothing compares.  You are so fun and such a delight.    And currently, such a pistol.  Even in your crabbiest moments, you're still entertaining.  So, I will tell you a few things about yourself at this age to look back on.    

You continue to talk a lot.  It's very entertaining.  You narrate most details of your day.  Your verbal skills have definitely developed quickly (apparently gross motor wasn't your thing :), and you make sure to use new words as often as possible.  You've been speaking more in sentences, expressing your wants and needs.  This is wonderful, now knowing what you want.  Also a little hard, because sometimes just because you say you want it and please does not mean you will get it (a lesson that fundamentally takes years to understand).  Favorite phrases include, "I want a nana," "I need that," "I wike it," "I no wike it."  You get the jist.

There's also a lot of singing involved in life these days, especially action songs, as your daycare calls them.  Top of the list includes Monkeys on the bed, Old MacDonald, Wheels on the bus, Farmer in the Dell, ABCs and so many more.  I must get more on video.  Some of these songs can distract you from even your worst tantrums.  And you love the motions to go along with them.  Notably Monkeys on the bed and Wheels on the bus).

Other things you like include baking in your kitchen, taking care of your baby dolls, reading massive amounts of books (you love the Nutcracker right now for some reason), dressing up (princess dresses mostly and your fireman hat), and still dancing.  That has never stopped.  Have music, will dance.  And play the triangle.  Yeah, you rock that triangle.  You wake up each morning happy, usually jumping up and down in your crib, yelling "boing, boing."  Then you typically ask for breakfast, which you still call "dinder."  Favorite dinder - cereal and milk.  Then, when you get out of your crib and say, "walking, walking, walking...c'mon, c'mon," while you walk us to the living room to play.

I'm amazed at how much your personality has developed.  Your sense of humor is already apparent.  Goofy is probably one of the best words to describe you.  Silly all around.  Which is pretty darn fun.  You're also pretty stubborn and strong-headed.   We're learning how to discipline you and that's our biggest challenge right now.  How to help you develop without squashing you, but without letting you run wild.

It's pure joy to be called your mama.  Love you, little one.  I can't wait to see what this next year holds for you.  :)

Love, Your Mom

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Simple and chic monograms.

I've fallen a little in love with all of these classic monogram Mark & Graham pieces.  Simple and pretty.  That is all.  Signet rings and the Lia necklace are probably my favs.  And maybe this, too (monogram + name of babes).

Sunday, January 13, 2013

To the new year...

I've been wanting to write a post about life.  Because I haven't written a real post that involves more than a few words in a long while.  But every time I want to, I find myself kind of exhausted and burnt.  Wanting to write, but feeling a bit at a loss.  So, I'm going to try.  And I warn you, it may not flow.

I've been sick this weekend.  The consequences of encountering a whole lot of people with pneumonia and other bugs recently.  And I've been a total baby about it.  I know it.  I know this because I've spent the past week and a half seeing actual sick people in the hospital.  People who can barely breathe anymore.  People who are having to decide if they want to go on Hospice or continue treatment.  Not all patients are like this, but many.  It's incredibly sad.  I can't think about it too much or it makes me sick to my stomach.  I enjoy the hospital environment, but spending more than a rotation (or two - geriatrics still to come) there might be a little much for me (much respect for those in internal medicine).  And despite this dose of perspective, I find myself being a baby.  I hate what little free time I have being taken up by sickness.  It makes me cry.  There's so little time for Eloise and Zach already.  But, weirdly enough, despite the ickiness, the weekend ended up being the most relaxing one in a long while.  I guess that's what being sick will do to you.  We stayed at home and I slept a lot in hopes of repairing more quickly.  I even napped.  So, in ways it was bittersweet. And now, back to clinic tomorrow.  And here's to hoping I feel better in the morning.

It has finally almost hit me that graduation will be in 6.5 months.  Holy cow.  That means in about 7 months (post-boards), I will be a practicing PA.  And that is scary.  Things are beginning to come together more now that I'm in rotations, but medicine is like this great vast pit that you can never, ever get to the bottom of.  I swear.  I've been told by many that one of the best things to learn in school is how to learn.  Because treatments will change, medicine will progress.  And there's a need to progress with it.  To learn from current research.  But, I'm also learning that despite all the facts and medications I'm being taught, which are incredibly important, one of the most vital parts of medicine is to learn to listen.  Patients are dying to be listened to.  For diagnosis, for treatment, for piece of mind.  I've been amazed by the power of the white coat (even the short one I wear - short says "I'm a student," fyi) and the amount of trust it gives you.  I don't take it lightly now, and hope I never will.  So, despite the fact that school still feels hard, that I still miss my little one like crazy each day, I'm really going to try to embrace these next six and half months (okay, maybe after I'm feeling better :) of learning.  Taking that trust seriously, and being incredibly thankful that Jesus is on my side in all of this.  Because, He knows, oh, He knows, that there is no way on His green earth that I would have made it this far in school without Him.  I'm overwhelmed by that.  SIX years ago I decided to do this.  And about 5.5 years ago I began taking classes towards this end goal.  And it's almost over.  It happened!   Do you know what?  I never believed that it would actually come to fruition.  So, it really must be Jesus.  This process has drained me a lot and I feel so not like myself at times, but I'm thankful that what I think is the hardest part is soon coming to an end.  That although new stresses I'm sure will come, that I will never have to go to school again.  That is so glorious.  And in seven short (I'm starting to think they might feel short) months, I will be able to look back and be so thankful for what God has done and taught me.  So, I'd like to devote a little more of this year to the art of thankfulness rather than complaining.  To look at the positives rather than the negatives.  In life circumstances, I'm not so good at this.  And I desperately want that to change.   So, here's to 2013.  My year of graduation.  And a year of thankfulness.  Oh, yes.  And the year my sweet little baby (not so baby) turns TWO.  My word.

See, I told you it wouldn't flow. :)  Love you, friends.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Blinded by the light.

Have you guys SEEN the new light collection Young House Love is doing for Shades of Light?  Holy cow.  I love them all.  Each and every one.  They're all under $100, too.  Impressive.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Perfect bag.

So, you know when you find that perfect bag, and you're like, myyy this is glorious. Yeah? I found one. Got it for Christmas (okay, maybe I asked for it early...). Anyways, I'm in love. It's fun and green. It's made of pretty, soft leather. And it has a removable cross-body strap. Necessary with toddler, but happily removable for a date night. It also has this fun zip pocket that holds an iPad or notebook. And closes with a simple flap.

Name? Kate Spade Little Minka (some colors on sale). I don't believe this color is out anymore, but they now have the brightest pink and a lovely mint color!

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