In Real Life: Week 28

Happy Sunday, friends! I’m a little more on top of things this week, so I actually have this week’s post ready on Sunday for a change, lol! Let’s take a look.

The neighborhood kids had fun with chalk this week. Yay!

It was SO HOT for the first half of the week – cooking was just not happening. I had chips and salsa for dinner one night and didn’t feel even a little bad about it.

They’re redoing the landscaping at work, and the new wood chips smell so good.

I think Bob Ross would have described these as happy little flowers.

The bees love these guys.

Good advice for all of us.

I’ve been making the beach a priority this summer, in case you couldn’t tell.

Friday was the perfect day for it, too.

Jack is finally starting to warm up to the beach experience, too, thankfully.

We were lucky enough to be near another family with toddlers, and these two had a blast throwing the football back and forth.

Then later on Jack kept picking up his bucket, expertly hooking the handle into the crook of his elbow, and then waving “bye-bye” as if he were off to go buy some eggs and milk. It was insanely adorable.

We enjoyed some Thai food with a view…

…and an adult beverage for mama.

Lady Ophelia in her native habitat.

Hamming it up. ❤

This mini is clearly living its best life.

Gotta love summer mornings.

Jack has – miraculously – been sleeping quite late in recent weeks. This weekend it meant that mama got to sleep in and enjoy a quiet cup of coffee before the chaos ensued. I could definitely get used to it!

Then Jack and I went to our first baby swim lesson! No photos of that, unfortunately. But post-pool towels on car seats definitely brought back many childhood summer memories.

Mud mask and tea for a wild solo Saturday night. (PS: If you’re interested in trying some seriously awesome skin care products, hit me up.)

And that’s a wrap for this week! Have a great week ahead, loves!

Let’s take a look into the past…

2017 Week 28

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In Real Life: Week 27

Happy Monday, friends! How was your first week of July?

I think this might be my favorite birthday board yet.

Coco Puffs are the only cereal that gets better the longer it’s in milk.

It’s a Jack in a box!

“Hey Jack, do Superman!” I die.

Java still life.

Gotta love those jet stream clouds.

We had intentions of spending the 4th at the pool, but it was overcast and chilly and we were all so exhausted… we stayed in our jammies, ordered pizza, and watched a Lord of the Rings marathon instead. And it was just what we needed.

Jack’s latest trick is taking his diaper off. He’s also obsessed with stealing other people’s hats. Makes for an interesting fashion statement.

I just can’t stay away.

I seriously can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday night.

Especially when we get treated to gorgeous sunsets like this one.

Friday night lights.

Saturday morning snuggles.

Dude at the antique fair tried to tell me this thing was called a hippocampus.

Nah brah, that’s a dang seahorse.

(Side note: I looked it up, and dude was right. The hippocampus was a Greek mythological monster that was literally a sea horse. It’s also a part of the brain that is thought to play a role in emotion and long-term memory, and it was so named because it’s shaped like a seahorse. Learned something new!)

All dressed up for a double date night!

My drink had like 4 different kinds of rum in it but tasted just like juice and I could have drunk an entire pitcher of it if they’d let me.

A lost souvenier.

“Those kitties are going down.”

Welcome to Surf City, USA.

I don’t even know what’s happening here.

I bet it really sucked for Chewie when that bubble popped.

It’s the start of another week, which means another chance to get things right! Let’s kick some ass this week, shall we?

Take a look into the past…

2017 Week 27

In Real Life: Week 26

Hello, friends! My mom was in town this last weekend, so we were having too much fun for me to get to the blog yesterday. But I’m here today! So let’s jump in.

A balanced lunch.

C’mon little buddy! I believe in you!

My little RT in training.

I thought letting the Roomba run while I took a nap would be a good idea, but…

It took all of my willpower not to bring this little guy home with me.

Nursery baby has things to check out!

Bedtime stories with grandma!

Meanwhile, mama and daddy headed out on the town!

City still life.

In the district.

Funkiest little hand dryer that I ever did see.

Is this the mission that the Mission District was named after? I dunno, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless.

Coffee date with my mama.

Saturday night magnetic mud masks! We sure know how to party.

That’s a magnet and the mud it pulled off my face. Science is cool, yo!

Then on Sunday we took Grandma to the beach!

It was overcast and honestly kinda chilly for most of the day, but that’s the California central coast for you.

We still had a good time, though!

…even though the peanut refused to nap and seriously tested mama’s patience.

It wasn’t anything a little hard cider couldn’t help.

We explored…

…and we ate…

…(Pizza My Heart is a Santa Cruz tradition, after all).

We enjoyed the warm sand on our toes…

…and we found some natural treasures, too.

Grandma managed to get a few minutes of good snuggle time in, too, even though Jack was very clingy to mama all weekend.

Ice cream was a requirement, of course. And this time I made sure not to let Jack steal it all from me!

Souza’s even makes their own waffle cones! Mmm.

Sadly, we had to send Grandma home today.

Until next time…

Let’s take a look into the past…

2017 Week 26

In Real Life: Week 25

Hello friends! It’s been a great week, so let’s dive on in!

How adorable is this little cafe’s seating area?

I’d be happy to eat 2 tacos for lunch every day.

Take a long walk with me.

Stovetop popcorn + chocolate chips + peanut butter chips + butter + salt = best munchie food ever.

Realized after the tri-tip was all ready to go on that our grill was out of propane. So I seared it on the stove and finished it in the oven instead. It was still pretty damn tasty, if I may say so myself.

Is it just me, or is this lily saying, “come hither”?

When Oliver demands snuggles, he doesn’t care if you’re in the middle of reading a book with Jack on your lap. He’s comin’ up.

Gettin’ messy during nap time.

So much possibility.

It’s summer break (ha!) and I’ll eat pizza rolls like a kid if I want to.

Jack told me it was nap time by dragging his blankie out from his crib, grabbing the nearest bottle, and lying down on the floor in front of me. Hint taken, kid.

TGIF, amiright?

Artemis says good morning.

My mini roses are in full bloom and they are so pretty.

I just love how colorful these flowers are. Even as they reach the end of their bloom they are still gorgeous.

We could all exude such joy.

Busted! But look how happy he is… I couldn’t stay mad at this face.

Currently crushing on my new summer sandals!

Our first experience with Play-Doh was a success. He only tried to eat it once.

The glamorous contents of my purse before I emptied and organized it. #momlife

The big highlight of our week – and the reason for the late post – was going to a Giants game!

I’ve come to appreciate the eclectic chaos that is San Francisco. Like this mural – I have no idea what’s going on here, but I dig it.

Many attempts were made to get a good photo with Jack and I. I think the combined efforts resulted in success.

I can’t tell you how much I love this photo.

“Where are we going, and why did I have to wake up for it?”

AT&T Park is the best. Not a bad seat in the house, and a gorgeous view of the bay if you need a break. (Side note: I need a friend with a boat.)

It was such a good game. Went into extra innings, and ended with my boy Hunter Pence hitting a walk-off RBI to end the game!

He was such a good sport. Barely even fussed when he was well past nap time.

Does tomorrow have to be Monday? Are you sure we can’t have just one more day in the weekend? Oh well… guess we’d better make the most of it!

Have a great week, my loves!

Let’s take a look into the past…

2017 Week 25

In Real Life: Week 24

Happy Father’s Day to all you awesome dads out there!

Here’s a peek at our week 24:

My crazy plant lady adventures continue with these beautiful mini roses.

And these lovelies, whose name I’m not sure of. Black-eyed Susans? Coneflowers? Doesn’t matter… they’re pretty and they make me smile. 🙂

Someone enjoyed his pudding.

A decent gimmick.

I think I have my homemade mojito recipe down. The addition of lime-flavored sparkling water was just the finisher I needed.

More epic food adventures with Pato! Pineapple fried rice in a pineapple? Yes, please!

I could eat these summer rolls every day.

Crying tiger beef! with a side of Pato finger, because it wouldn’t be dinner with Pato without at least one photo this way.

I spent the last half of the week on stay-cation!

Jack and I kicked it off with a trip to the beach!

Because I understand that Capitola gets crazy crowded, even during the middle of the week, we got there mid-morning to snag a good spot.

Our little pop-up shade was super easy to set up!

It made for a great place to nap in the afternoon for the peanut.

He actually took a nice long nap, which made for some very nice mama time with my rose spritzer and my book.

We spent a lot of time digging in the sand and playing with our bucket full of water, which was apparently much less scary than the ocean for Mr. Jack.

We also chased our beach ball around quite a bit, and Jack kept trying to play catch with the bigger kids nearby.

We finished the day off with some ice cream, of course! Except that this little stinker stole my cone from me and then didn’t want to share! I don’t blame you, buddy… that peanut butter cup ice cream was pretty dang tasty.

This cat has no chill.

I am so grateful for all the good time I’ve had with my little guy this week. He melts my heart every day.

I mean, c’mon… how could you not love this face?

Big brother is spending most of the summer with his mom this year, but he’s back for the weekend! And he’s a little particular about his privacy these days, which I’m doing my best to respect.

Side note: look at those feet! He and I almost wear the same size shoe now, can you believe it?

Happy Pride to all those who celebrate!

It’s back to the grind for me tomorrow, which means back to productivity mode today.

Have a great Father’s Day! See you next week!

Let’s take a look into the past…

2017 Week 24