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parks james | two years old

by far the most notable thing about you, one i hope will stay forever, is how delightful you are. you are so spirited, easygoing, and happy. friends, your teachers, other moms- so many people comment on what a joy you are. i wish i could take credit for this but your personality, my love, has been all you from the start. you were born with kind eyes- i saw them the very first time i looked at you.

valentine's day | gift + date ideas

"late spring" from felicity part II called Love

Finally the world is beginning
to change, its fevers mounting,
its leaves unfolding.
and the mockingbirds find
ample reason and breath to fashion
new songs. They do. You can 
count on it. 
As for lovers, they are discovering
new ways to love. Listen, their windows are open.
You can hear them laughing.
Without spring who knows what would happen.
A lot of nothing, I suppose.
The Leaves are in all in motion now
the way a young boy rows and rows
in his wooden boat, just to get anywhere. 
Late, late, but now lovely and lovelier.
And the two of us, together- a part of it.
-mary oliver-

in our home | practicing hygge

"the true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." 
- william morris

our gender reveal | boy or girl

"and she loved a baby boy so much- even more than she loved herself."
// the giving tree

simply loving

i literally melted yesterday when i got to 'meet' our second baby at the twenty-week ultrasound. he/she was very active/wiggly and unlike big brother, is measuring on the mark and is not super huge (yet!) parks was almost ten pounds and was measuring three weeks ahead at this appointment / august 2015. i am just so thankful that our sweet baby is healthy and is doing well. 

thrifting | what i look for

last weekend i went thrifting both on friday evening- solo (it's one of my favorite ways to take a mom-time-out) and then on saturday morning with my boys after some pancakes and a veggie egg benedict at a local cafe. parks is a really good stroller baby and my husband doesn't mind walking around, in fact i think he really enjoyed it. my sweet husband spent most of his time looking for old vinyl records. i love to create a home that blends both new and old pieces into each space. here are some of the things i look for while i thrift. however, more than anything, i just try to take it all in- one booth at a time, at my own pace. although i love to spend time walking around alone, my mom is my favorite person to thrift with because she is very patient and loves to stroll for hours like i do (plus, she's extremely sentimental and nostalgic- just like i am.) when parks was first born, we spent a lot of that winter strolling local flea markets and reminiscing while i wore parks in my solly baby wrap. those are memories i will always cherish, along with watching downton abbey and finally enjoying some glasses of red wine again. 

valentine's day for him | with jord watches

JORD Wood Watches. thank you for supporting the companies that help support simply love. the opinions i have expressed in this post are 100% my own.
 valentine's day is right around the corner and today i am sharing my favorite gift for the man in your life. my husband is a huge 'watch guy' so i was really excited about getting him one of these JORD watches. JORD watches are hand-crafted from 100% natural wood and they pride themselves in exceptional design and superior quality. not only do i love the style, but the quality is excellent! they are made with scratch-resistant mineral glass. how do you all like to spend valentine's day / what gifts do you usually give? starting this year, we are going to start a new tradition. we have decided that every year we are going to order takeout thai, are going to pick up a six-pack of craft beer (i obviously won't be partaking in that part this year...) and then we are going to do games, play our record player, watch a movie- a night at home together. regarding gifts, i would be happy with a bundle of eucalyptus and am absolutely loving this cute heart top- but i am always happy with something simple; even just a card with a sweet note. time together is so much more important to me. however, my husband deserves so much after helping out with parks so much lately and for taking such great care of me throughout this pregnancy.