to {be} happy


Justing typing the definition confirms my belief that Monika and Aaron's wedding day had happiness written all over it. There are several other positive words(love, honesty, joy, loyalty, friendship, and family are just a few) that I could use to describe that day..happy is what comes to mind most. I witnessed happiness in the quiet tears shed before the bride walked down the isle. I saw happiness in the 'high five' given between the couple when pronounced man and wife. I witnessed the emotion in the eyes of family and friends who were there to celebrate. Happiness was reflected in the laughter, stories, and memories shared during dinner. And the abundance of dancing definitely reflected it.

As stated in previous posts-it was an honor to be a part of this special union between friends.  We wish them a beautiful marriage and happy life together.  I've been waiting with anticipation to share the moments of happiness that were captured from that day-- below are some of my favorites.  

'A Niko productions' did a fabulous job of capturing the couple and their special day.  You can view more here

{cupcakes and cuteness}


Since becoming a mom, I've noticed I've become a bit more festive with holidays--not over the top "National Lampoon's Christmas vacation' like, but I've found myself browsing the internet for holiday themed projects, having a slight increase in my normal excitement, and spending long amounts of time in the holiday section of stores(target in particular--paroosing through the vast amount of holiday themed candy, decor, decorations, and holiday baking gadgets makes me happy and content..can't explain it) 

(hopefully you can see the green in his shirt..the pictures didn't pick up the green hue well enough, in my opinion)

That said, today has given me an excuse to dive into my newfound excitement of holidays and all the 'green' that St. Patrick's day has to offer.  This year I tried something new and made the adorable rainbow cupcakes seen above. (idea found here) If you would have been in my kitchen yesterday you would have heard the shriek of giddiness when I cut into the cupcake only to reveal the perfectly layered rainbow.  It was fun, and I cannot wait until Jonah gets older so he can help me in the kitchen create these masterpieces!  I snapped a few photos of Jonah this morning-- even though he's wearing green I just might have to pinch him a few times because he's that cute. :)

Routines and Reality


Yesterday's events hit home for me.  What I thought were Jonah's cries from upstairs, were those from a neighbor three doors down.  Screams of realization that her husband had passed away echoed through our neighborhood.  The man who passed was a police officer by day, father by night, and no older than Patrick and me.  From what I understand, he had endured surgery a few days back.  At this time, the cause of death is unknown. I stood and watched from my front door window.  A fire truck, ambulance and several police cars took up most of our culdesac.  Standing there, I couldn't help but feel utter sadness. To think of how it must have felt to learn her husband was gone is daunting. All I wanted to do at that moment was to make sure Patrick was okay, hold my baby tight, and thank God that He keeps my family safe on a daily basis. 

As I watched, fear forced itself to sink in.  Reality inevitably sank.  This could, in fact, happen to me. I know that our neighbor's death may not be related to his line of work, but it's possible.  That said, Patrick's job is life threatening at times. There are a lot of factors in Patrick's job that I purposely try not to think about. There are things I do not know of, and choose not to know of. It was hard not to compare an event like this to events that I could endure.  I honestly do not know what I would do, or how I would act. Such as our neighbor's, I am convinced time would ultimately stop and my world would be upside down. Even today as I see news crews in our culdesac and more police cars, I think of our neighbor and all the thoughts, fears, and worries of, "now what?" that she's experiencing. Our thoughts and prayers continuously go out to the family.

Patrick came home last night and we carried on as normal.  Our nightly routine of feeding Jonah dinner, play time, bath time, and bedtime came and went.  But unlike most nights,  I didn't take our routine lightly.  Quietness set in, and I found myself wanting to reflect on this normality.  I knew I no longer wanted to take these normal moments for granted.  I snapped a few photos, and some video of Jonah during bath time. 

In reflecting on yesterday, I don't have much more to say, other than what I have already touched on. Daily routines like those of last night will come and go. Reality will ever so often sink and I'll be forced to view "what if" situations. With that all said, I do know that the tragedy that occurred yesterday gave me a reminder to not take life for granted.   

Enjoy the video of Jonah's bath time.  I see innocence, playfulness, and most important--life. 

relaxing and planning


I apologize that I haven't been on here in a week or so.  The wedding was this past weekend--it was beautiful and I cannot wait to get my hands on some photos to share with all of you.  I promise to exaggerate further on the glorious day in an upcoming post.

Since returning home on Sunday, in all honesty, I have been doing a whole lot of nothing! There has been a lot of parusing the internet, facebook, and lazyness goin' on around here. But of course, my mind is slowly filling up with creative ideas for an upcoming, special day in April!  Can you believe it? little man is going to be ONE?!! We have decided to celebrate his birthday with a small group of family and friends.  The party planning extroidinare inside me, however, has wondered onto some great ideas. A small party can be a GREAT memorable party, right?! So here are a few ideas I want to elaborate on for Jonah's 'Animal' themed 1st birthday..tell me what you think! You can find the cupcake toppers at this etsy shop and the adorable animal sticks here