Currently / / July

Currently / / July

Documenting | I am in the very early stages of creating a photo book for Phoenix’s first year. We’re using Artifact Uprising. They have a lot of options and we like the quality of the end product. I’m also thinking of creating one specifically for my pregnancy.

Accomplishing | At the end of July I’ll have a one-year-old. I feel like this year is the biggest achievement of my life! The first year of parenthood is a rollercoaster. I plan on sharing my many reflections soon.

Enjoying | Simple veggie sandwiches for lunch. Introducing foods to Phoenix feels like a full-time job, so instead of over thinking what I should have for lunch I’m eating sandwiches. I slather hummus and guacamole and pile on lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. It’s really satisfying.

Reading | The Royal We. It had been on my to-read least for a while now! It’s the perfect summer read. I heard Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman own the rights and are writing a screenplay. It would make a great movie.

Does anyone know of historical fiction books that take place in the prairie? I recently listened to an NPR podcast on the Donner party and I’d like to read more from that time period. It doesn’t seem to be a very common setting compared with WWI and WWII.

Spending | More time reading, organizing, purging, cooking, and exploring with Phoenix. Phoenix is in a busy stage and I’m trying to do my best to keep up with him while also resting. I recently went through my bathroom and purged old toiletries.

Linking with Anne and Stephanie.

Weekend Links / / Hooray for the Dads!

Weekend Links | Hooray for the Dads

My parent’s came for a visit this week. Jordan and I were both saying how much we miss our families, so it was a nice treat to have my parents in town. Phoenix had a blast with them. He’s still such a baby, but glimpses of his silly and playful personality peek through especially around other people.

Besides cooking for us and baking banana bread my parent’s also helped clean, baby-sit Phoenix, and hang a few things around the house. Speaking of my dad, Harry’s sent me their Father’s Day shave kit for Jordan and it reminded me of a memory. My mom is not a morning person. She gets a second wind at 10pm at night. This isn’t ideal when you have three kids! My dad on the other hand has always been a morning person.

I vividly remember sitting on my parent’s bathroom vanity watching my dad shave…squirting a rich layer of barbital shaving cream and giving me some too. And don’t forget the aftershave! I don’t recall if this ritual occurred everyday or just on the weekends, but I know it was early early in the morning! I wonder what Phoenix will remember of us when he gets older.

Onto the links!

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Splish Splash! Phoenix at the Pool!

Splish Splash! Pool Days!

We’re in that phase of parenting where everyday Phoenix discovers something for the first time. His first time seeing a flamingo at the zoo, his first bite of bacon, his first experience driving through a car wash and his first pool party!

Our apartment in Nashville had a pool (like most here do), but Phoenix never got to experience it. By the time I was cleared for swimming, we bought our house. I wasn’t sad to move out of our apartment, except for our easy pool access.

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Currently / / June

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Planning | Phoenix’s birthday party and our trip to Chicago this summer. We also plan to visit NYC in the fall, so I am looking at dates and flight prices. Jordan and I are both ready to get out-of-town!

Wishing | The wet spring weather didn’t flare my sinuses up so much! I love the rain, but I hate the headaches that follow.

Learning |Airbnb pros and cons. We are considering hosting our home on Airbnb while we are away a few times a year. Nashville has interesting laws, but I still think it could be beneficial considering we have a whole house and are only 10 minutes from downtown.

Browsing | Furniture online. Speaking of Airbnb, we first have to invest in more furniture. All furniture we need anyway, but it gives us a little more incentive. We are leaning towards this leather sofastraw ottoman, and chair for our main room. Our current couch is eight years old and cloth and I’d rather sell it now before a major toddler stain happens!

Going | Playdates aka mom dates! It’s easy for me to fall into the routine of running small errands with Phoenix and cleaning around the house. It’s much more fun to get out with friends, even though coordinating around different nap schedules isn’t always easy.

Linking with Anne and Erin.

My First Mother’s Day

First Mother's Day

I never want Phoenix to feel like he “completes me.” My conversations with God (when we were trying to get pregnant) often were me confessing   my feeling that I wasn’t sure a childless life would be enough for me. A spouse or child will never fulfill anyone, but coming to that realization isn’t easy.

All of this plays into my first Mother’s Day.

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Currently / / May

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Baking | A granola recipe I shared years ago. To keep the recipe even more simple, I omit the dried fruit and use only oats and pecans (or whatever nuts I have on hand). One day I added honey and realized a honey/maple syrup combination creates a better chewy consistency.

Our go-to breakfast of late is yogurt or an acai bowl with granola and berries. Sometimes I add chia seeds on top for added crunch.

Listening (to) | Sylvan Esso and Feist’s new albums. I listen to so many podcasts I often forget to keep up with new music!

Loving | Family Sundays. It took months for Phoenix to get on a schedule, so I don’t jeopardize nap times often. Lately, we found skipping Phoenix’s second nap (once a week) to go to friend’s house or party doesn’t create meltdowns or bad habits for the week. Getting out of the house, all together, as a family helps to break up the monotony of the week.

Planting | We moved into a new build and landscaping was already put in, thankfully, because we don’t have the time for major gardening. I would like to pot a few herbs and place them on our front porch.

Remembering | May of last year when I looked like this!

China Town San Francisco

Jordan and I had arrived from our California trip with rejuvenated energy to prepare for Phoenix’s arrival in July. Time moves by slow and quick all at the same time. 😉

Linking with Anne and Nancy.

NINE | When Your Marriage Looks Different

Marriage After Kids

Today is my ninth wedding anniversary! I still vividly remember the early days and yet here I am, staring down the big ONE-OH.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how children change a marriage. I am in awe of couples who, during the beginning of their marriage, have children in quick succession. Jordan and I both wouldn’t have handled the chaos well. We’re still finding a balance and some days we manage better than others.

I know I am not the only one who has read blog posts and articles on the importance of keeping your marriage at the forefront after children. As someone who is still in the thick of baby-land I am here to share a slightly different perspective, albeit my own perspective.

Even when you love your spouse, there will still be seasons when your marriage won’t be priority number one. Spoiler alert — this doesn’t mean your marriage is in trouble.

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Four Year Anniversary + Reader Survey

Four Year Blogging Anniversary and Reader Survey

My blogging journey with, A Short Blonde, is four years old! I published my first post, right before Jordan and I left for Europe, in March of 2013. I started (publicly) blogging to have an outlet to write again. Writing was always my favorite part of any school assignment, but I didn’t have a reason to continue writing after I graduated.

I thought blogging would be a fun way to share snippets about my life. Blogging has turned into much more: relationships with other bloggers and readers, partnerships with amazing brands and personal creative growth.

Over the past four years I haven’t conducted a reader survey, but I believe now is the perfect time.

Since having Phoenix, I feel creatively disheveled. A Short Blonde is a personal lifestyle blog. Posts will always correlate with our daily life, but I also want to make sure I share helpful and enjoyable content for, YOU, my readers. I want to know what you enjoy reading and more importantly what you don’t enjoy.

I would appreciate it if you’d fill out my survey, so I can glean more direction in my new season of life. Thank you for your continued encouragement over the years. It means so much!

Shoutout to Summer and this post which helped me compile my reader survey.

Why It’s Important to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Kids

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Children

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! This day seems to stir up conflicting emotions for many people. I’ve always looked at the day as an excuse to bake treats and exchange meaningful words with friends and family.

I started thinking about why I don’t struggle with this day (and it’s not because I am married). It’s because my mom made it fun not at all about significant other’s. I wrote a blog post for Red Tricycle about why you should celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children. My mother taught my brother’s and I life is too short to be cynical about a day where you have an extra reason to spread love around.

“My mother loves Valentine’s Day. In the midwest, February is cold and gloomy with spring still several months away. Valentine’s Day happens at the exact moment when everyone needs a pick me-up in the form of a heart-shaped cookie.”

You can read the rest of the article here!

 

Currently / / February

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Currently / / February

Packing | Away clothes Phoenix has outgrown. He is long and lean, so we retired most of his six month sleepers.

Jonesing | Nursery’s on Pinterest (like this one). I’m still not really sure how I want to decorate Phoenix’s room. We have a few decorative pieces hung but I would like to find a chair to put in the corner and a few other storage elements.

Texting | I always have several text conversations going at once. Besides face-to-face communication, texting is the next best thing for new moms (or really busy people everywhere). I don’t mind phone calls but it’s hard to coordinate them.

Reading | I finished two books last week: War and Peace (audio) and Maisie Dobbs. I started reading Anthony Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome but I had to return it to the library before finishing. I request most of my library books online, but more often than not they arrive all at the same time!

Hearting | Iced mochas and banana bread. Dinner dates with friends. Reading a book during nap time. Simple evenings at home. Laughing with Phoenix. Simple pleasures, really.

Linking with Anne and Erin.