Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Another first somehow managed to sneak up on us. Someone should seriously offer videography services to parents for the entire first year simply to prove that it did indeed last an entire year....not just a couple of months.

Ms. C was forced got to wear her costume 3 times. Festivities started Friday at daycare, and then again on Saturday for no other reason than the below pics. And then tonight for a stroll around the block and handing out candy.
Originally we thought we would try to do a costume theme that the whole family could partake know because we're uber cheesy.
But, as usual, we ran out of time. So I present you with Pebbles....the independent version. Sans Wilma (myself), Fred (Troy), Dino (Brinker), and Bam-Bam (Riley).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday Morning Brunch

And on a Saturday where all the stars align this is followed by a Saturday morning nap.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Kansas Kin

We made last minute plans to spend last weekend in Kansas visiting the Haighs. I feel so fortunate that we've been able to spend so much time with our family this year. And even more so they have gotten to know Charlotte and see her grow.
While back we also had the chance to help celebrate our niece Violet's fourth birthday. Girl knows how to rock a pair of princess heals.

We had a wonderful visit. Troy's Mom was feeling really great, the weather was amazing, and our nieces were adorable. Rather than waste half the time in the car driving there we opted to fly. One hour flight. 2 parents. 1 baby. We got this. Barely.
You can see Charlotte's take on the flight here.
But in summary it went great. She was a bit fussy but more from boredom and being held hostage in one spot. Cabin pressure didn't seem to bother her and she did amazing with all the eating on the go, schedule changes, and sleeping in different places.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Charlotte's Web: Better Mode of Transportation

This weekend we went to visit my Grandma Susan and Aunt, Uncles and cousins in Kansas.
It was a last minute trip so I didn't have much time to mentally prep myself for being away from my "brothers", teachers, and the 100 or so toys that I consider an absolute necessity to amuse this intellectual mind of mine each day. Yes, that includes a giant stuffed broccoli.

Mom was going on about airplanes, and cabin pressure. Blah, blah, blah. I haven't a clue what all that means. I came away from this weekend with a revelation. Cars suck. I'm taking a plane everywhere. To Daycare? Fire up that 747. I'll be the talk of the nursery.

Mom is always talking about how late we are "running". First off, I'm a bit concerned that she hasn't noticed that I don't exactly "run" anywhere yet. Second, as Dad always says if you have a problem, find a solution. Problem: Running late. Solution: fly airplane to school/work. Brilliant. And a little embarrassing that my parents haven't thought of this already.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Weekend With the Woods

This weekend we hosted our good friends the Woods. Just in town for a long weekend we had to make the most out of the short visit. If it were up to me (no idea why it's not) they would live much, much closer. Like next door. But I'd settle for our neighborhood. I'm generous like that. But the reality is, we will likely never live close as they are destined to end back up in Nebraska at some point. It might be 30 years. but they'll be there - take my word for it. And it makes my Jayhawk heart bleed when I think about all that red. Just can't do it. So alas we will be long distance friends for the foreseeable future.

Friday we did all the touristy stuff. We went downtown, did the Mile, went to the bean, ate lunch at Billy Goats, Garrets, etc. All that normal stuff that you would expect from a visit to Chicago.
Saturday we took our time getting up and around. We had breakfast and coffee outside on the patio while playing with bubbles and chalk. Eventually we made it out of the house and headed over to the Lincoln Park Zoo. This was C's 3rd trip to the zoo. And although she couldn't care less, I consider it a huge blessing that we have such a great park and zoo basically in our backyard. And it's free. The world needs more places like this.
Saturday night we met a few other friends for dinner including Nicole and Gayle. Quite fittingly given our Carlos background, we dined on chips and salsa and drank Margaritas....and beer-itas (it's ok to be skeptical. I was too)....and wine....which coincidentally leads to very bad headaches the following morning. Boo. Sunday morning was spent on the couch. With a large glass of water.

The best part of the whole weekend though was getting to spend some time with our adorable God Daughter Kate. The last time I had seen her was earlier this year while we were in Kansas. It's amazing how quick she is growing, and so much fun to see what we have to look forward to. She is almost exactly one year older than Charlotte, and having her around reminds me of how quickly these first years will go. But even more so, it reminds me of how amazing our friends are, and how unbelievably well parenthood suits them. What I feel watching them hold C is hard to explain. I'm thankful that we have friends like this. Friends that look at our daughter with this much love. It fills my heart with joy to surround C with this type of family.

Thank you to the Woods for spending the weekend in Chicago with us. Let us know when you want us to start looking for rental places down the block for you!

Terrible picture taker that I am I took zero shots of K and C together. Also no pictures of all 6 of us together. Terrible. I'm demoting myself.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Day Off

Fall is my favorite season hands down.
And I was more than happy to spend such a beautiful fall day with a beautiful little girl.
Charlotte's school has a staff development day once each year (I vaguely remember this being mentioned when we did our tour over a year ago) which I had forgotten until I went to drop her off last Thursday. Hey, better Thursday than Monday morning.

We slept in as much as a 9 month old (9 Months!!??) and a paranoid mom can. We took our time getting ready. Then we headed out for a lunch date. A good friend of mine from high school was in town with her adorable little boy Oliver - love that name! We met up for some pumpkin pancakes and good company. It's always amazing to me how easy it is to reconnect with some people. The latter half of Mackinzie and I's high school careers overlap a great deal. I remember countless hours spent at her house and more than one occasion (read: lots) involving a red sunfire and a Blessed Union of Souls CD.
But things change. And after high school we went our separate ways. It wasn't until she recently started a blog that we began talking again. Add in a new found love for photography, a new baby, a couple dogs, and a mutual love for Pinterest and it's like our lives have been running parallel for the last 10 years. It was great to catch up, and I hope there are more Chicago trips for Mackinzie and Ollie in the future!

After a great brunch we took our time walking home. Charlotte took everything in as I enjoyed some window shopping along Armitage. We made it home just in time for C's nap after which we quickly retired to the couch for an afternoon nap. Not much in this world can beat the feeling of your baby sleeping on your chest.

Bored at home with our usual toys we threw the quilt in the stroller and headed to the park. We rolled in leaves. I took pictures. C entertained herself by pulling her socks off. We waved at dogs as they walked by. And we giggled. A lot.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Letter to Charlotte: 9 Months

Nine months. Three quarters of a year.
This journey just keeps getting better and better. And going faster and faster.
There's a slight chill in the air these days, but summer is doing its best to fight a battle that will inevitably be lost.
A constant reminder of how quickly this year is going.
I'm trying hard to hang on everything you do. I know that soon these will all just be memories. Little things. Like the way your entire fist goes into your mouth along with the one cheerio it holds. And the the way that you strum your fingers along your lips to make noise. How you look at me every morning when I get you from your crib. And the way you rest your head on your father's shoulder when you finally give into those heavy eye lids.
You're starting to spread your wings a little wider these days. Taking more risks. Straying a bit farther from me when crawling around the disappearing around the corner whereas just a couple of weeks ago you hesitated to leave my direct line of sight. It's not long though until you peek back around to make sure that you know where I am.
I constantly find myself in awe. I'm amazed by your curiosity and your complete disregard of gravity. But as much as I worry about sharp wooden corners or the hard concrete below your feet I pray that you'll always be this brave. Always this eager to explore and acutely aware that we're always here when you need us.
Never be afraid to do big things. Never be afraid to be great. And when in doubt, smile. Your smile lights up a room.
I love you.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Bit About Us

Today I celebrate the Mr. and Mrs. of this blog.
3 years ago today I married my best friend. Don't worry, this isn't a sappy post.
I would just like to simply say that because of him my life is better. Period.
I love you very much Mr. H. Thank you for another wonderful year of wedded bliss.
Everyday is an adventure with you and I can not imagine going through this life without you by my side.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


It's funny how much kids change you. Your priorities. Your outlook on life. Your sleep schedules.
Troy and I love the holidays. Not just Christmas and Thanksgiving, but all the holidays. Columbus Day anyone? Ok, us either, but these days we're close to tossing on voyager hats and running around the house singing about sailing the ocean blue. No joke.
I don't know what it is about this 18 pound little person that we live with these days that makes us want to dive back into being a kid....but I'm loving it.

This past weekend Oma was visiting. So we made the most of it venturing out to the 'burbs to find the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkin hunting to be exact. Weapon of choice? A sharp eye.
Charlotte couldn't have cared less. But we had a blast. We perused pumpkins. We ate pumpkin pie. And apple cider doughnuts. And soft salty pretzels. We sat in giant rocking chairs. Most importantly we left work and worries in the city and enjoyed a perfect fall day.

It doesn't get much better than this.....