In Real Life: Week 45

It’s been a whirlwind week 45! Let’s take a look…

I highly recommend taking a drive through the woods any chance you get.

Don’t be afraid to pull over and just breathe for a little while.

Embrace the feeling of smallness.

I spent all of last weekend purging/cleaning/organizing James’ room in preparation for moving Jack into it soon. It still isn’t perfect, but it’s a whole lot better than it was.

Fancy tea is fun.

My little Jawa.

We got these new home sleep study machines at work, so I was a guinea pig and wore it for a night. It was surprisingly not uncomfortable, and come to find out I actually have mild obstructive sleep apnea!

Cloudy mornings make for epic sunrises.

What my mornings at the office usually look like, complete with the happy light and all.

Construction of the new hospital building is really starting to progress!

Learning to feed oneself is a messy business.

Evening chills.

Baby butt!

These autumn leaves can hang on as long as they want to.

For realsies. They’re my favorite.

Brothers. ❤

When the two gorgeous bouquets our nanny gave us started to wilt, I took them apart and made my own arrangement with the flowers that were still good. Didn’t turn out half bad, if I may say so!

The highlight of our week was definitely having Grandma and Auntie Meggie here for Jack’s birthday party.

They pulled off a huge surprise by bringing my BFF, Savannah, along too! I was totally shocked when I saw her at the airport.

Since she’d never been to Santa Cruz before, we had to show her the sights!

Look at that seagull. Walking around like he owns the place.

Whoever you are, Allison, wherever you are, I hope you are at peace.

Capitola has so much personality.

I think it’s safe to say that she likes the beach.

Not a bad place to have an afternoon snack.

I took them down to the last Food Truck Friday of the season.  (Get the YOLO fries, trust me.)

What a good daddy.

Then Saturday was the big day!

We went with a Dr. Seuss theme. Inspired, honestly, by Jack’s love of his stuffed Thidwick the Moose.

He looked so cute in his little hat…

…but of course, he wouldn’t keep it on. But he did enjoy the cake!

His little onesie was pretty fun, too.

I had so much fun celebrating with him!

And we have so many new toys now!

I can’t tell you how happy it made me to have my family here to celebrate with us.

Birthday boy PASSED OUT once we got home.

After the party, the ladies got to go to the annual crab feed!

None of us had ever been to one of these before, so it was a new experience!

When they say all you can eat crab, they mean all you can eat crab.

The hall was FULL. And once the food came out everyone dug in and feasted. It was such a cool community experience!

Come to mama.

In crab(hog) heaven!

Leave it to me to cut myself with a crab shell.

My mom always makes instant new friends.

Next year I’m bringing a lobster hat.

Then after dinner, there was dancing! I will forever be a sucker for a live band and a packed dance floor. It’s in my genes.

And after we’d had enough fun, we capped off the night by enjoying the glow of the boardwalk from the cliffs. Perfect.

It was truly an amazing weekend. I am so grateful.

And now it’s back to the grind for week 46! Have a great one, everybody!

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