hint, hint.

um.. have you seen nienie's birthday cake? well, all i'm saying is it could quite possibly be the most amazing thing i've ever seen and someone i know has a big birthday coming up and well since i was the bride who simply had soapillias at her wedding instead of cake... i deserve a cake as gorgeous as this one, right? 5 weeks people, 5 weeks.. love, your friend still in her twenties...



the dutchman worked a "double" yesterday and today which means it was just me and my sidekick. i know all parents have those certain ages and stages they mark as their favorite...but this weekend was truly one of my favorites. yes my darling daughter is ONE STRONG WILLED gal but i wouldn't change her for the world. i officially feel like i can have a full blown conversation with my child. I LOVE IT. she understands what im telling her, and i understand her {90% of the time.} i love teaching her new things and i love how she teaches me to see every little amazing thing around us. it blows my mind how she notices so many things i tune out. a bird tweet, a airplane fly over, a baby cry.. she dances to every tune played, and i love how proud she gets when she accomplishes things. "momma! i did it!"

i had one of my proudest parent moments yesterday & i must share. i'm a stickler for manners. call it old school, but am determined that my child is polite and respectful especially to adults. i feel like im harping on liv constantly about manners..so here's how it went down.

yesterday afternoon we're at the gap. (side note, they are currently having additional 40% off sale and i snagged the softest pair of boyfriend jeans for $12. score!) so my accessory queen spots a couple bracelets she'd love to call her own. i let her try them on..don't ask me why because i KNOW once they're around that little wrist, someone's not going to want them to come off. the good news however is that they were marked down to $3 (plus 40% off! ha!) so.. momma spoiled her with new gold bracelets. fast forward to check-out...

liv to the gap check-out gal: "look! look!" while holding her arm out for the gap gal to dote on her new items. "look! look!"

gap check out gal: "ooohh..are you getting some new bracelets?"

liv: "look! look!"

me: "liv, when you just say "look!" it sounds kinda bossy and not very nice. how about you use your manners?"

pause 5 seconds. shes thinking hard.

liv (in the sweetest voice): "ma'am, peeasse look ma'am peease."

gap gal: "did she just call me "ma'am?"

when those sweet words came out of my daughters mouth, my eyes seriously filled with tears. honestly folks, i cant describe how proud. bracelets well deserved in my book.

today my goodie of a mom came over to have cake and champagne for her birthday. here's a pic of her yummy caramel ganache cake and yes those hydrangeas are real. love them! have a good week and remember..use your manners. xoxo.


pic o the week

take a minute and guide your eyes over EACH shoulder of the "lady in red." this is from our nyc trip. dutch and i so made it on the today show! i guess i just think im real funny because i cant stop laughing at this picture. please note this picture was taken from the today show which was RECORDED, paused perfectly, my mom took a picture of the tv with her phone and then texted it to me which i emailed to myself which i now have posted on the b-log. tech savvy, thats me! holla! happy weekend and happy birthday to my amazing momma! we love you omie!


in honor of dad's day..

so this clip (from my phone) is a bit lengthy..but thought it was too sweet not to post. especially since its fathers day week, right? i just never can get enough of that lil laugh. enjoy!
p.s. does my husband not have the most "awesome" sound effects ever?


mr. & mrs. greenthumb

do you love it?!


"concrete jungle where dreams are made of"..

what a week! we're back from new york and it was a-mazing. seriously up there with our wedding weekend..i can't even tell you how much fun i had with the hubs. {hopefully he feels the same!} i definitely am stashing cash to go back..l-o-v-e-d every minute of that place! of course we missed the livster but she definitely wasn't mistreated by any means..more like "miss treated." getting milkshakes on demand from poppy and sleeping right smack dab in middle of her omie and poppy..