8 years ago today you asked me to be your girlfriend as we stood outside your mom’s old house and it was still the best decision I ever made. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t change a single thing.

No one knows me better than you and no one has the unique ability to annoy me to my core and make me crack up laughing all in 5 minutes quite like you do. You’re the best father to our boy and the best partner I could ever ask for, even when I’m acting completely bat shit crazy.

Here’s to many more years with you by my side.



IMG_3064 So while Cooper may not have understood the concept of opening presents last year….he definitely caught on this time around! He ripped through his presents (I did make the mistake of letting him open a Lightning McQueen car first which halted everything for a good 10 minutes…oops!) and was ready to open anything wrapped in shiny paper within a 15 foot radius, including gifts that weren’t even for him. “Mo pesents, peas?” is all we heard all day long. And while I don’t want him to think Christmas is all about the presents, it was pretty much the cutest thing ever. Watching him get so excited is the only present I’ll ever need.

On to the pictures and a little video:
IMG_3075 IMG_3079 IMG_3091 Cookies at Grandma’s first thing in the morning… IMG_3094 and the sugar rush that followed! IMG_3097 There’s nothing that makes him smile like seeing him self on the front-facing camera. It’s pretty much the only way I can get a half decent, non-blurry picture these days. IMG_3118 Twinsies IMG_3160 a portion of the cousins (still missing 4!)

We went to see Santa a few days before Christmas and he was fine until I sat him on this strange guys lap and stepped away. I expected as much though, but I feel like the crying picture with Santa is just a right of passage. Better luck next year.  IMG_2823 Ignore the mess in the background. I know I try to.  IMG_2828 IMG_2869 And last but not least — a GOOD FAMILY PICTURE! It’s a Christmas miracle! And with our luck it won’t happen again until next year.



DSC_0326 On Saturday we filled our tiny house with 5 kiddos and their mama’s and had ourselves a little party. It was so great to get together with everyone and chat while making a cute pair of stamped leggings to take home.

Ideally everyone would make their own stamp at the party, but since most of the kids were pretty young I decided to just go ahead and make them all ahead of time. I pulled out my christmas cookie cutters and a few stencils and I think they came out pretty good. It definitely was easier than I thought it would be.

DSC_0271 I ended up with 2 christmas trees, a candy cane, lights, stars and a heart (incase anyone didn’t want to go the Christmas themed route). I thought about making the stamps double sided but didn’t want to chance it being too messy and accidentally getting paint where it shouldn’t be. I totally could have done it though and probably will next time. That fabric paint dries super quick.

I wasn’t sure how the day was going to pan out because Cooper straight-up refused to nap (besides a teaser 15 minutes on the drive home from Publix) that day and I gave everyone a fair warning as soon as they arrived.

It wasn’t necessary though because he was thoroughly entertained the entire time and not one of the kids had a meltdown. That in itself is a great success. The chocolate chip cookies helped, I’m sure.
DSC_0283 Brit + Co and Old Navy were kind enough to send us enough supplies and leggings for everyone, which made this party so simple to put together. But really you could easily pick up everything in one trip to the store if you want to host your own. (Do it!)

I covered our table in brown kraft paper and divided the supplies between 5 little buckets so everyone could take theirs home with them at the end of the party. DSC_0284 DSC_0287 I’ll admit — we were all a little apprehensive to get started because we didn’t want to “mess up”, but once one of us finally went for it and we saw how good the stamps were working, we all jumped in and got to work.  DSC_0292 DSC_0295 DSC_0297 DSC_0299 Everyone’s leggings turned out so cute and we’re already talking about doing it again next year. One of our little friends was even a bit sad when it was time to leave because she just wanted to do more, but since I sent everyone home with their set of supplies so can keep the parDIY going as long as they want. I’m thinking about re-using the stamps on plain brown wrapping paper for my presents this year. They’re just too cute to only use once.

I love the way Cooper’s legging turned out and can’t wait for him to wear them when we go see Christmas lights this weekend.  DSC_0306 Thanks again Old Navy and Brit + Co!


The Little Things


SO, I finally got around to backing up my phone and realized just how behind I am on the pictures. Shame on me.

Life is definitely in a go-go-go phase right now and I can’t help but feel like there is something really good right around the corner. Maybe it’s the impending New Year and maybe it’s the pint of mint chocolate chip gelato waiting for me in the freezer. Either way, I’ll take it.

The other day while waiting in line at Publix, I was making small talk with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while and they asked what I’ve been doing for work. Usually I just shrug and say “oh, just some writing from home.” For some reason I’ve been resistant to call myself an actual freelance writer but I’m getting regular assignments and a regular paycheck so I’m a freelance writer, dammit. And it felt really good to say it. Now if only I could get that novel out of me, then we’d really be in business.

But in the meantime, here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

IMG_1492 His new favorite hiding spot is in the Tupperware cabinet

IMG_1572 IMG_1576 We were taking pictures with the front facing camera and he had to show off his cool shirt
IMG_0299 Making Daddy proud

IMG_1606 IMG_1750 IMG_1757 I was sad to see this pumpkin go. Cooper would say hi to it and give it kisses every single day. And then mom wen’t ahead and threw it in the trash.

IMG_2320 IMG_2338 IMG_2333 We went to watch Corey play at the Caribbean Jerk Festival at Markham Park and got to hang out backstage and stuff our faces with delicious food. And then Cooper decided to run laps around a huge (and most likely seriously expensive) sound monitor and give me a heart attack. Luckily we made it out of there without owing them our next born child.
IMG_2383 #twins
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Cousins <3

IMG_2624 IMG_2658 Pure joy on Thanksgiving

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IMG_2679 IMG_2696 I’m right there with ya, kid.




A few days after coming back from Disney, we had a little party to celebrate our boy with a few family members and it was perfect. I stayed up late the night before putting up decorations in the living room (the forecast said rain, just like last year) and Cooper was so excited when he saw them. He ran around yelling “Mick Mouse Cluhouse!” all morning. It made only getting 5 hours of sleep totally worth it.

We kept things small and laid-back this year and feasted on pizza, popcorn and ice cream cake. No one ever complains about pizza and cake.

Cooper had the biggest smile on his face when we all started to sing happy birthday to him, but he freaked the f out when we tried to get him to blow out the candle. He also wanted nothing to do with the actual cake, just the toy on top. He is his father’s child. (Corey doesn’t like cake, but he had some this year. I’m slowly breaking him down. It only took 7 years.)

And now for the pictures… DSC_0140 DSC_0143 DSC_0147 DSC_0162 DSC_0151 DSC_0179 DSC_0170 DSC_0172 DSC_0181 DSC_0191 DSC_0200 DSC_0208 I know everyone says it, but two years went by so fast. It’s like you have no concept of how fast time moves until you have a baby. And even though my heart (and my ovaries) ache a little every time I see one of his baby pictures, I wouldn’t go back even if I could.

This age is the one I think I’ll always long for when he’s all grown up. When he runs over and grabs my finger and leads me down the hall to his room and tells me to “Mimi, sit” — I could just burst. Or when I ask for a kiss and he grabs my cheeks to pull me in close and throws his arms around my neck. Or when we’re outside and he walks over holding a fist full of dirt and throws it in my lap as he mischievously giggles and runs away, looking back to make sure I’m chasing after him. Man, that’s good. It’s hard to imagine anything topping it, but I have been wrong before.

Two is going to be good. I can just tell.