Category Archives: Summer

oh yeah…


Heeeeeeeey there…

It’s funny, the longer I went without blogging, the harder it was to figure out what to write about and it turned into this nasty downward blogging spiral of, “ooo that just happened, I should write about it… but well then there were those 14,234 other things I wanted to write about, too. Maybe I should do those first. But yeah, that was 3 months ago so, I… just don’t know…”

So I’m putting it all out, 1 big old lump of 3 months of living wrapped up in 1 post full of pretty pictures. Yep, that’ll do nicely.



“Momma, there’s a booger on my finger.” (I have at least 4 different pics of this same pose on different days)…




Celebrating my bestie’s baby’s baptism, (now say that 3 times fast)…



van Goghs making their masterpieces…


The Nature Museum’s butterfly exhibit was really cool, but REALLY hard when you’re used to swatting at flying things near your head…



When you work remotely, it’s a big deal to actually see the people you work with, so selfies are always in order…






School pics. Who the frack is this 15 year old and what has she done with my baby?….





We visited a farm right down the road from us and had a blast….




The life of preschooler knees…



Mother’s Day…









Please excuse the exclamation points, I just got to see so many work people in 1 month which is rare and makes me “!!!”


“Mommy, can I do makeup, too?”

“Sure sweet pea, but only the eye shadow”…

Nailed it.






This is what happens when the above rolls in….





4th birthday celebrations with mommy and daddy, we agreed to always try to celebrate her birthday together…






Human bubbles at ABT…

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Long Grove Strawberry Festival….




It’s been a fun few months 🙂



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my love

I hadn’t made one of these for a while…

It’s been one hell of a year my sweet, this one’s for you Summer bear:

to view directly on YouTube, click here

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Summer Bear

Some days she’s super snuggly and sweet as pie, some days she’s a goofball roaring like a bear at anything that moves, some days she sings songs she learns at daycare over and over like it’s her job, and everyday I fall more and more in love with her…

To view directly on YouTube, click here (unfortunately the video can’t be viewed on phones due to copyright rules put in force by YouTube, boo)

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to be 2

Toddlers are funny little beings.


They fall over when they are standing still.

They’ll ask you for a crayon and get mad when you don’t give them a marker.

They want to help all the time, even if helping put the silverware away means placing all the forks and spoons in a pile in the drawer next to the silverware holder.


They’ll ask to get out of the bath but the second you grab the towel they decide it’s time to swim like a goldfish instead.

They want to be nakey all the time.


They want to drink out of a cup with no lid then accidentally pour it down their front and cry. every. time.

They’ll hold a fork in their left hand and shovel handfuls of food into their mouths with their right.


You can hand them a sippy full of apple juice and they’ll look at you and declare, “I don’t like!” while chugging the whole thing.

They’ll watch the same episode of Dora yelling at them over and over and over even though they know Dora and ‘monkey the boots’ will keep going over turtle river, past the troll bridge and inevitably save the babies on gooey geyser.

They won’t feel the heat when it’s 105 degrees outside and ask you to repeatedly push them back up the driveway on their tricycle as your own sweat is dripping down your back and pooling in the waistband of your underwear.


They’ll stick their hands in their own poop and then try to grab your face while you change their diapers.

They will always want what you are eating.

They will figure out what makes you laugh and do it when you need a smile the most.


They’ll find every piece of dirt on the floor and throw it away.

They’ll brush their teeth by reapplying and sucking the kid toothpaste off the toothbrush until you take it away.

They will learn what ‘mine’ means and decide that everything is theirs from that point on.


They will swing their floppy arms and no matter where you are in proximity, they’ll get you in the eyeball every time.

They’ll scream at you to give them your car keys while you’re driving.

They’ll insist on dressing themselves with a furrowed brow and a, “NO MOMMY, I do it by myself,” yet get so frustrated with socks that they’ll end up begging you to help anyway.


They’ll wrap their arms around your neck and give you the best hug you’ve ever gotten.

They’ll whisper, “mommy’s here,” and smile ginormous smiles when you wake them up in the morning like they haven’t seen you in years.

They’ll drive you crazy and melt your heart.


Yes, toddlers are funny little beings.


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june in photos




Staying up until the wee hours of the morning over a fire with great friends…



Sneaky little hands…



Torrential morning downpours turning our street into a river. Had to take a canoe cause the the yacht was in the shop that morning….



Backyard oasis on a 90 degree day…



Picnic lunch with the cousins….



Starting a new gang, all are welcome…



The Color Run


Father’s Day blankie from a little girl to her daddy…



Funny baby kisses…



A very special birthday….




A trip across the country…




Happy hobo bride-to-be….



My first girls night out in I don’t know how long. Looks like we’re both nakey….



Being silly…



Goodbye June, see ya next year.

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we’ll never stop this train

Stop this train I want to get off and go home again
I can’t take the speed it’s moving in
I know I can’t
But honestly won’t someone stop this train ~John Mayer

I sat in the recliner watching my girl hum to herself last night before finally turning over on her side, nuzzling her head into my chest. I watched her eyes close as she drifted off to sleep and I was sad that I had to go put her to bed. It was one of those nights that I just sat and stared and knew I’d miss her once she was in bed.

And today I sat transferring photos from my phone to a flash drive to free up some space – with the amount of pictures I take of this little person on a daily basis,13GB of storage doesn’t go very far. And as I transferred, I marveled at pictures like this one…

6-16-112 days old heading home from the hospital

I tear up when I think about her getting older. It’s happening way too fast. I miss my baby as I hold my toddler and I know in a few years I’ll miss my toddler when I hold my 5-year-old. And when she’s a teenager, I’ll probably just be walking around crying all the damn time because I won’t get to hold her anymore and everyone will think I’m a nutjob because all I’ll do is walk around sobbing “my baby is bigger than meeeeeeeee.” I think about more babies in the future, but at this very moment, sitting here right now, I just want my baby Summer back. I want to watch her crawl for the first time again, I want to watch her smile again after sneaking her a nibble of pizza at 4.5 months. I want to give her a bath in the kitchen sink again.


I want to remember the last time I breastfed her because then I’d remember it – I didn’t know it was the last time and so I didn’t soak it up like I wish I had known to. I want to put her in tiny little footie pjs that makes me go awwwwww instead of holy shit those are so long and dance her to sleep in the kitchen without my arms falling off. I miss that tiny baby so so much it hurts. And now I’m doing the fast waving of my hands in front of my face to keep all this stupid water away that keeps pooling in my eyes and making it really hard to see my computer screen.

Stupid weird eye water drips.

I felt this same way almost this exact time last year. I got sad. Really truly pit-in-my-stomach sad. It was just before her first birthday and here I sit again now a year later, sad about the fact that she’s turning two. I’m beginning to see a pattern and I wonder if on her 10th birthday she’ll say something like, “oh gee look, it’s my birthday and mom’s ugly crying again.”

6-14-11 132011: her official “birth day”


2012: 1st birthday


2013: almost 2

A wise person just reminded me that no matter how big she gets, she’ll always be my baby.

I just wish she’d slow down a little.


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above the water


Last week, we parked in the same familiar parking lot, walked through the same generic lobby, took the same carpeted elevator up to the second floor, and were greeted by the same friendly face in a white lab coat. She brought us into the same room as last time and sat us in the same booth with my mom sitting on the other side. A sort of planned deja vu if you will. And so we began with the exact same words coming out of the exact same speaker, her voice echoing crystal clear through my head only this time there was also a brand new set of ears in the room soaking it all in, too.

“Hi, Summer…over here….”

And before the last word here was even spoken, my baby turned her head toward that right speaker so fast, if I had blinked I would have missed it. And as my own smile took over my whole body, I could feel the happiness beaming through the sound-proofed walls from my mom and the audiologist on the other side.

“Summer, over here….”

Just as fast as the first time, Summer swung her head around to the left towards the voice coming from the other speaker and I couldn’t help but give both of her little thighs a squeeze as I was screaming yea! yea! yea! so loudly in my head that I was 100% sure other people could hear it. I never knew something so small, just a simple turn of my girl’s head could make me want to stand up and scream through a megaphone like a crazed cheerleader. It made that awful morning in the hospital a month ago worth every tear that was shed.

And as the microphone was turned down quieter with each sound, Summer just kept on turning her head towards the speakers and the audiologist’s smile kept getting bigger and bigger as my girl heard every tone and sound she put out there, some of which I couldn’t even hear myself. It really was so amazing to see the difference of before and after.

Since the surgery now that she can hear so well, sometimes a little too well (we have officially resorted to spelling things we don’t want her to repeat), Summer’s vocabulary has absolutely exploded! I liken it to the time I bought my mom a flat-iron and showed her how to straighten her own hair. For a month, she commented on how it wasn’t as eeeeeasy as it looked, it was so haaaaaaard, but she kept on trying, trying and straightening and trying some more like a crazed woman until she got it down to an art. Then I discovered that only one side of the flat-iron had been working the entire time. Let me tell ya, once she had a fully functioning flat-iron? The woman could straighten her hair with her hands tied behind her back. And when Summer’s ears made everything sound like she was underwater, she was actually still pretty good at mimicking our words and songs, but once her ears were clear? Well, now I can’t get her to stop talking and singing.

And for your viewing pleasure, a little ditty from my girl no longer underwater, she’s now floating high above it….

To watch directly on YouTube, click here


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