Monday, November 28, 2011


Yo!  This is Cohen.  I’ve decided to hack my mama’s blog to let tell you all that I turned 5 months old over the holiday weekend.  I snapped a few pictures of myself to document this important day…

I’d been considering doing this for some time now...itching to get my chubby fingers on that camera...

Mom got crazy and let me try squash for the first time in honor of me being 5 months old and all.

Stay tuned.  I’m pretty sure she’s working on a blog about our holiday weekend.  Good stuff.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


We all have work friends.  They’re the ones you run to with office gossip, the ones you sit next to in meetings, and the ones you seek out in the when eating lunch in the cafeteria.  These friendships really start as a matter of convenience and happenstance.  Sometimes you move on to a new job and leave those friendships behind.  Fortunately, there are some work friendships that turn into real friendships, the kind that continue even though you don’t see each other over the cubicle wall every day.  I’m lucky to have a handful of this kind. 
Last weekend, I went to a baby shower for one of these kinds of friends.  I’m seriously kicking myself for not taking my camera to the shower, but when you’re juggling a baby, a cake, and gifts- something is going to get left behind.  I missed photographing her pregnant glow and of course her baby bump.  I missed my opportunity to capture the excited feminine energy that filled the room (Alex - if you're reading this, you're a great hostess).   And I had to have someone send me a picture of the cake that I made... 

Anyway, I’m grateful to have made another lasting friendship at work, and I’m incredibly excited for her and her husband to welcome their first baby.  She’ll be one loved lil’ lady!

Sunday, November 20, 2011


The house is quiet.  My babies are all napping so I’m taking full advantage.  I’m finally writing a blog to start catching everyone up on our family (and maybe eating a few Oreos J)…
Cohen had his 4 month check up, which had to be rescheduled so many times you could almost call it a 5 month check up.  He’s up to 26 ½ inches, 16 lbs. 7 oz. That puts him around the 75th percentile for both height and weight.  He’s also officially less of a drama queen than Addy (as if there was ever any question).  It didn’t even take 15 seconds after his shots for him to start grinning at the nurse.  In the last few weeks he has mastered rolling over.  He can’t be on the floor without rolling and scooting all over the place.  He’s started really laughing.  He’s found his little voice and he’s not afraid to use it.  I absolutely love his little screeches and babble and so does Addy.  I’ve noticed even more interaction between them now that he’s more verbally responsive (and according to her, he’s saying “Addy” most of the time).  It seems like he’s constantly looking at her with a mixture of curiosity and admiration.  She’s started telling me what toy he needs and getting it for him.  You would be surprised at how often she appears to be right.  It makes me emotional to think about what their relationship will be like in the future - a bond that I, as an only child, never got to experience.  Someone with a common history, a playmate for life…    

Brother also got to have his first taste of real food…rice cereal!  Apparently we should have started it sooner.  He was ready.  He opened his mouth like a little bird for the very first spoonful.  He wanted to hold the spoon (his hand-eye coordination is getting pretty darn good…must have come from Jason).  He couldn’t get enough.  I can’t wait to see what he thinks of his first fruits and veggies!

Sorry, the lighting isn't great in our kitchen.  Guess who he's looking at in the last two photos...Sister, of course!  That's the look, the you're-so-crazy-cool look.

The change of the season is upon us too.  We’ve thrown out the pumpkins and started to think about Christmas gifts and decorations.  I’ll have pink-stained fingers from stringing cranberries in no time.  We’re taking more time on the weekends to hibernate…enjoying our fireplace and homemade soup Sundays…

I also can’t stop burning my Clove-n-Cinnamon Scentsy bricks.  They smell like the holidays.  I’m almost out of some of my favorites so rather than wait for someone else to host a party, I decided to host a book party.  The party “closes” December 4th.  This is my first time ever hosting any of these product-party-things, so I’m pretty excited about it.  If you’re interested/ curious, I have catalogs and a bag of all the scents (more than you want to take the time to smell - believe me).  If you aren’t going to be seeing me anytime soon, you can check it out online here.  I can place the order and deliver it to you or you’re more than welcome to order on-line under my party (if you have it shipped directly to you, you have to pay for shipping).  I hate to sound like a cheeseball, Scentsy-pusher, but these things make pretty great Christmas gifts.   It’s seriously addicting!
On top of all of this and the other projects we’re in the middle of at home, I’ve also been fortunate enough to have exciting changes happening at work.  I interviewed for and accepted a Financial Analyst position at Deere’s Global Crop Harvesting Product Development Center in Silvis.  For anyone curious, I will be “responsible for conducting discounted cash flow analysis, preparing Category 1 AFE’s and Phase Updates for management, tracking costs for new product rep machines, and providing financial counsel to the product development teams.”  I’m excited to be getting into a more analytical position that will bring me closer to Deere products (getting away from accounting month end for a while won’t be so bad either)!

I hope you’re having one of those Sundays that reminds you exactly why home is such a wonderful place to be.  Love.

Monday, November 14, 2011

the wedding

Once again, I’ve been gone from the blogging world for a while.  The last couple of weeks have been really hectic.  I’ll let you all in on what’s been happening over my next few blogs.  First things first.  Last weekend was one of my best friends’ weddings.  Like I said before…a seriously stunning bride.  Here are some photos from the hotel as the bride was getting ready.  Even Cohen's girl, Brenleigh was there.  :)

Their photographer was a classmate of ours from high school.  It’s pretty cool to see someone you graduated with showing such amazing talent, not to mention that he and his wife made a super cute team.  It's not even my wedding and I can’t wait to see the rest.  I'm a little bummed that I didn't get to take many photos, but hopefully including a link to his website will make the fact that I snatched these from Facebook more acceptable.  Check him out at

It was a beautiful wedding, and I’ve felt overly sentimental ever since.  Not only did I have the honor of being a bridesmaid, Miss Addy got to be one of the flower girls.  Even a week later, if she sees the boots she wore to the rehearsal, she asks about going to the wedding and wearing her “flower dress.”  Although she didn’t drop a single petal, she tiptoed down the aisle (after Jason stressed going nice and sloooow).  She did as well as can be as expected of a two year old for pictures.  Haha...another one from facebook.  I love that you can tell which two bridesmaids are the mother's of the flower girls at a glance.  And one that I took...chowing down on snacks before the ceremony.  I love her curls.

Miss Addy had herself a blast eating and dancing at the reception (apparently all members of the Day family decided that this reception was a perfect opportunity to let it all hang loose…case in point, Jason doing his Michael Jackson impression and me doing the freaken Dougie).
I'm off to bed.  More soon, my friends.  We’ve made it through Monday.