Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!! Yay! I can't believe this your second Father's Day celebration, Bill. This your day. I love seeing you in the role of dad with our Liam. You love taking him outside, playing with him and showing him new things. It's adorable when he comes back and has learned a new word. I love watching you two play and explore different things together. It's fun to watch when you can get him to giggle. His belly laugh is the best.

Thank you for always thinking of fun things we can do together. I know Liam won't remember the fun things we do right now, like our spontaneous trip to the Shedd Aquarium, but it's the thought that counts. The effort you put into teaching him words and new things in general amazes me. Your love for Liam is the best. Love you, sweetie. xoxoxo

Check out this sweet video! Little Liam and Bill playing video games together. :)

And to my Dad...

Happy Father's Day, Dad! I may not say it enough, but I always appreciate you.You care about the hobbies I have like the ducks and chickens in my backyard. You bought the material for the incredible fence we have in our yard and helped us turn it into a reality after a few months of work. We are so grateful! We're so lucky to have such a great area for our animals.

You love watching Liam and playing with him. Thank you for always wanting to help us watch him and take care of him.  He loves playing with you.

I hope you have a great Father's Day! Love you!

Little Pink Book

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer Bucket List

We're halfway through June, and I'm feeling like the summer is going to slip through my fingers if I don't plan out enough fun activities. Does anyone feel the same way? It's funny when I was in high school or college, I would fill my summer with summer school classes and other activities of course. I loved having a schedule and a routine in the summer so my summer classes helped me stay sane during the summer months. I didn't mind the homework or the tests. I have a love for school and everything that accompanies it. Now that I'm graduated and have a toddler, I feel like we are spending a lot of time outdoors, and when I'm inside, I'm thinking of different ways to organize or craft. I have a to-do list running in my mind.

What's on my to-do list? I swear I have anything from my work, what Liam needs, cleaning and organizing tasks and other miscellaneous things on my mind. Of course, I also have a list of summer activities I want to do this summer. I never want to feel like I didn't make the most of my summer when we have such a short time to enjoy summer in Illinois. I'm sure other people here feel the same way. Summer is short and sweet. I formed a list of a few things I've been wanting to do to keep track of what we want to do in the upcoming months. Here goes!

I want Summer 2016 to include:

*Picnics at different parks
*Hangout at Millennium Park
*Concerts in the Park
*Summer Dance in the Park
*Grill out too many times to count
*Family bike rides
*Read/Listen to several books that will make me think of this summer
*Swim too many times to count
*Maintain my gardens throughout the summer and early fall
*Hangout with Meg when she comes back!
*Watch "The Secret Life of a Pet" when it comes out! (Too excited for this one!)
*Find a reporter/writer I like and can read all their articles as they come out.

I realize my summer will be complete even if I don't accomplish everything on this list, but I honestly can't wait for all of it. I've been wanting for a while to find a writer who I admire so I can read their articles and learn from them. Should be interesting to find out which writer and what style I pick. For my writer friends, have any of you ever searched out a writer you like for the mere goal of learning from them? Let me know!

Little Pink Book

Monday, June 13, 2016

Thoughts I have while working from home

I started working from home a couple years before Liam arrived. Things were a little more relaxed back then, but I would also say they are more fun now. Liam helps me create a tight schedule for the day. I enjoy having a schedule. I don't mind at all. If I'm not waking up early, working during a nap time or staying up a little later to finish my work, I have to work while Liam is awake. Granted, I don't have to work during all three times. One or two of those times work well. Thankfully, I'm a morning person. I love starting my day early! I feel like I get more out of my day.

I've learned working while Liam is up isn't a good option. It's nearly impossible to get a good amount of work done with Liam up and around my computer desk. He's at the stage where he wants to hang on my arms or legs or have me hold him. Plus, I feel guilty when he's wanting to hang out or play with me, and I have unfinished work I'm trying to accomplish instead. Things could definitely change once he's older, but I think I'm going to enjoy my early morning and nap time work routine the most.

In the morning when I wake, I have several thoughts running through my head in the form of a checklist. My thoughts are something like this:

*Alarm goes off... Ahhh. I have to wake up already?
*10 minutes later. Better wake up. I need this day to go smoothly.
*Wake up. Grab a cup of water and a granola bar. Head to the computer.
*Schedule the posts that need to be posted soon. Write down several posting ideas.
*Write a to-do list for myself.
*Write a little bit for my blog, one or two of my jobs and for myself.
*Notice Liam is stirring in his crib around 7:30 or 8:00 a.m.
*Get up and go feed the chickens and duck before Liam really wakes up.
*Go back inside and get Liam to start my day. :)

Thoughts I have while Liam is taking a nap:

*Quick go finish up anything I didn't accomplish this morning!
*Scramble to get all my lists and important papers together. (It's surprising how fast you can get organized when you're motivated.)
*Start working on whatever I need to finish. Check my lists again. Find a couple more things to check off my list.
*Realize an hour has passed.
*Get even more serious about work. Find the most important thing to accomplish.
*Finish the necessary items on my to-do list.
*Realize I finished everything I need to for the day/week. Celebrate!
*Relax for 10 minutes.

This is my biggest balancing act. How do you work at home with a baby? Comment below!

Little Pink Book

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Goodbye 28, Hello 29

We celebrated my birthday this weekend in Chicago with Phil and Katie. We had such a great time at the street festival going on last weekend. There were pony rides, face painting, mini golf, train rides, etc. Uncle Phil took Liam on a train ride, and HE loved it! Liam loves going on four wheeler rides, golf cart rides and basically anything like that.
The ponies were adorable. I wanted to have Liam go for a pony ride but had second thoughts. Maybe next year he'll be big enough?!

They had an abundance of activities for kids of all ages. So fun.
The kids paired up were pretty hilarious. There always seemed to be one big kid and smaller kid who didn't stand a chance.
It was one of those days where the weather was absolutely perfect. :)
Phil and Liam rode in the blue car. They're so cute together.
We thought Phil was having trouble getting out of the train car, but Liam didn't want to leave at all... He had the best time riding in the train with Uncle Phil. The train went pretty fast in the beginning. I can imagine this was Liam's favorite part.

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We grabbed pizza for dinner just a couple of blocks from the festival. We had outdoor seating which was great for Liam. He did pretty good. Haha

We wish Meg could have been there! We had a great time hanging out with Phil and Katie though. I didn't know how I would feel turning 29, but I didn't mind at all. It helps that I'm still in my 20's. I think 30 might be quite the shock. Isn't it for most people?! I have a few things I want to do this year.

I want to....

*perfect a few of the all natural recipes I have for bug spray, body spray, body cream etc. I would really like to come up with a list of my favorites
*write more blog posts... Right now, I have around 640 posts in my blog, and I would love to see that number jump by a couple hundred!
*find a way to protect our chickens against wild animals.
*I want to go to a few museums this summer and visit Millennium Park on a super warm day.
*I just started coloring again, and I love it. I would love it if I could color an entire book this summer.
*Go Kayaking and picnicking on the same day.
*write more for my blog and for the paper.

I kind of wish I had a house in the city sometimes. Wouldn't this be cool. I tend to daydream when I'm there. Haha
I always end up taking pictures of the houses or the gardens in Phil's neighborhood. I love them! Japanese Maple trees and hostas are popular in the city.

Here's to a great year!
Little Pink Book

Friday, June 3, 2016

Liam - 17 Months

Highlights:We went on a mini vacation overnight to Wisconsin. You had the best time swimming in the hotel pool and wandering around the massive lobby. We had a great get away.

Weight:Not sure... We'll find out at your 18 month appointment.

Height: Not sure...

Hair:It's getting long! We need another haircut appointment. You still have blonde/brown hair.

Teeth:You still have the same 5 teeth. :)

Eyes: True Blue like your dad's.

Clothes: 2T everything.

Eating: You love your smoothies, eggs, blueberries, french toast (frenchies) and peanut butter.

Sleeping: Sleeping through the night every night. You're starting to go to bed earlier than usual. You're getting tired around 7:30 and waking up at 7:30 or 8 a.m.

You are Saying: Tractor, Duck, No, Momma, Dadda, oh geeze, oh shoo (oh shoot), Buh Bye, gentle, oh no and cokka (chicken or any animal).

Likes: You LOVE being outside. If you're outside, you are the happiest little boy ever! You also love animals! I'm so happy about that too.

Dislikes: Getting changed and being inside for too long during the day.

Little Pink Book