Currently // 5.22.15

Loving the sweet pictures Mike captured of the day we had Alex!

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We wanted to make sure that we did something special to celebrate our second little guy, and I fell in love with birth story pictures like these and these on Pinterest. We didn’t do pictures of the big day for Landon, which I’m grateful for in retrospect, because that was the longest labor ever and those pictures probably would not have seen the light of day, let alone be posted to the internet.

Only sharing a couple for now– Mike wants to do some editing before they’re “done.” So glad to have this special keepsake!

Trying not to be The Mom of a Thousand Bags, so I have been on the hunt for a bag that is a) durable, b) has several compartments and the room to organize all of my/Landon’s/Alex’s things without being the size of a duffle bag, and c) is not atrocious-looking. Let’s call it Mission: Impossible.

Enter, Target and this awesome yoga bag by Orla Kiely.

The outside is canvas, and the inside features a water-resistant lining. There are two outer compartments, a large open inside, and two open interior pockets backed by a zippered compartment. As you can see from my pictures, it has enough supplies packed inside that the three of us could easily survive The Hunger Games. Surprisingly, though, it doesn’t feel like I’m carrying all of our earthly possessions.

A big key to making this work is simplicity when it comes to the things I need on the go. I found a $5 wallet at Target last summer (similar here), and I can’t rave about it enough! It functions as a wallet primarily, but has a zippered pocket that is just big enough for chapstick, hair ties, and a few bobby pins. This, my phone, and my keys (and an ounce or two of sanity) is all I take with me these days, and it’s working pretty well!

Planning Landon’s third (THIRD!) birthday. He has requested a strawberry cake with three candles, and he reminds us all the time that we get to sing happy birthday to him. All of this makes my heart absolutely melt because it’s the first birthday he’s been excited about/aware of. So cool! Mommy and Daddy are planning a backyard BBQ bash with family and lots of outdoor toys because it’s our first home with a yard and three-year-olds belong outside 🙂

Looking forward to newborn/family pictures on Tuesday! Melanie did an absolutely gorgeous job capturing pictures of us as a new family of three, and I can’t wait to see how they turn out this time!

So thankful for a sweet group of friends and family who have been feeding us this week (and next!).

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When Alex joined the party, one of our friends setup a page via Take Them a Meal where people could sign up to bring us dinner while we settle in as a family of four. It has been such a great help!

Binge-watching The Hills and Gilmore Girls (and clearly pretending it’s still 2007) while I snuggle my sweet babe. This is Landon’s last week of full-time daycare until August, so we’re enjoying being lazy in our PJs as much as possible around here. Once big brother is home with us, we’ll be on the move for sure! On that note–

Brainstorming outings and activities to keep an almost-three-year-old busy this summer! He’ll be home with Momma and Alex three days a week, so any recommendation for toddler-friendly adventures (with a tag-a-long baby) would be appreciated! Definitely planning on heading to the park and the library quite a bit since they’re just a short walk away from us, and hoping to take on the Catoctin Zoo once Momma is feeling brave enough 🙂 Can’t wait to see what we can get into!

Sharing a simple but sweet thank-you gift for teachers/daycare providers/superheroes as the school year comes to a close! We totally missed celebrating Landon’s amazing team of teachers during teacher appreciation week as we prepared for Alex’s arrival, so I put together these little gifts for them today 🙂  Better late than never?

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seasonal tumblers  // crazy straws (kids party section) // strawberry and melon scented hand soaps in each cup (dollar spot) // gum // thank you cards

Everything is from Target, and it ended up costing under $20 for all four. All of the parts of each gift are included in an incredibly cheesy note about exSIPtional teachers and all of the little “extra” things they do each day (original, I know). But in all seriousness, they do so much to make sure Landon is loved on and learning that I wish I could send them on an all-inclusive vacation to a remote tropical island but alas, we have to pay our mortgage and maybe buy groceries.

This post brought to you by a sleepy little nugget napping the afternoon away. Couldn’t you just eat him up?!

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Leaving you with a quote that I stumbled across on Pinterest and has really resonated lately as we adjust to life as a family of four, amidst the craziness of being a couple of kids in our twenties. Is anyone actually “ready” for this? For solidarity’s sake, I kind of hope not 🙂

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Author: Erica the Great

twenty-something + wife + momma + teacher + lover of nutella

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