Nearly Three Months In…


Here we are, nearly three months in to being a family of four. We have had a blast and feel so lucky to be parents to these handsome boys.

My thoughts about being a mom to twin boys? I have heard people say things like, “twice blessed”, “twice as much love”, “double the love”, but for us, it’s all we know. Since we struggled for so long, I am just tremendously happy and humbled to be a mom.

Just like with one baby, we have some nights in which sleep is a distant memory. We have days when you look at them and wonder where the time went and how the heck they got so big. Unlike singleton mamas, there are days when I wish I had four arms, so I could snuggle and comfort them both at the same time. That is probably the hardest thing. I’m rarely alone with the boys because I have an amazing support system, but when I am and they are both fussy, it’s hard to know that I can’t make them both feel better. But, this comes with the territory, and it’s just one more thing to figure out and overcome. You just try things and figure out what works. Isn’t that motherhood, in a nutshell?

At this point, I’m easing back into work, struggling to get my body (or something close to it) back, and loving being a mama. Life is settling, getting out is easier, and I care again about things like socializing and washing my hair. It sounds crazy, but I swear to you that I was averaging a shower every other day and washing my hair three times a week. For those that know me, you understand how crazy that is. I normally wash my hair everyday, even though I know it’s not the healthiest for my hair. Anyway, I care again!

Things I am looking forward to, and my mini Summer Bucket List…

Getting out in the sunshine a few times a week! With the babies, the days fly by, and I can’t tell you how many times I have had the best intentions to get out for a walk, only to realize that my day was gone.

Reading for pleasure!  I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t reading about baby development or sleep training.

Cooking a meal once a week! I’ve been doing a lot of sandwiches, pasta, and finishing up our freezer meals. As y’all know, I love to cook and I miss it.

Going to a family friendly outdoor concert! My husband and I are big fans of going to outdoor concerts and we love music. In fact, Saturday mornings are my favorite because we bathe the boys, listen to music and eat breakfast together. We are introducing the boys to our favorites. Anyhow, a family friendly, daytime outdoor concert would be amazing.

Hiking! It’s one of the reasons we love living here, but we haven’t been able to get out lately.

Camping! I know this one is a bit more ambitious, but I really feel like it’s a possibility toward the end of the summer. Let’s talk about that again toward the end of the summer.

Tackle a home renovation project! An extremely cheap home renovation project. Being home just motivates me more, and unfortunately we have no money to put into the house right now. Maybe we will find something we can afford to tackle, and I can share all the details with you.

Writing a post once a week! It would be really lovely to write a little something once a week, to carve out that time for me and you. I’d also love to see how this blog evolves. Like parenting, I’m not making any plans, just trying to go with the flow and listen to my heart.

With that said, it feels great to be back here and to write a little something.

Have a great rest of your week!

xo

 

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Currently.

READING…The Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg. This book is full of family stories and recipes. It will tug at your heart strings and make you hungry. I cannot wait to try some of these recipes and visit the author’s restaurant, Delancey.

LISTENING…to the Black Keys, Gotta Get Away and Milky Chance, Stolen Dance. I couldn’t pick just one this go around.

EATING…my veggies! After a long of stretch of not eating very well, I’m back on the veggie train. For this week’s dinners, I’m most excited for my lentil quinoa bowl. I’ll let you know how that recipe goes–I’m winging it as per usual.

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DRINKING…Rose outdoors, every chance I get. I hear pink is the new white, but my girls and I have been loving the pink wine for quite some time now. There is nothing more delicious on a sunny afternoon. For an inexpensive bottle, try La Vielle Ferme Rose, but I also tried and loved our local JM Cellars Mourvedre Rose.

SUCCEEDING…in my post-it project. I know, whaaaa? Check out Why and How to Do a Life Audit here. This is helping me to make small changes for a better everyday, and it’s helping me to prioritize my goals, both big and small.

FAILING…at hanging my outdoor lights. It’s officially FAILED. Summer is basically over and with our random rain storms, it’s not in the cards this year. That’s okay though. We have them and will be ready next summer. Glass half full, right?

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LOVING…all of the renovations at home. With the help of some amazing folks, our home is looking better every day. Check out the laundry room here and the master bathroom here. I’m even planting a shade garden. I got a ton of great plants, including this fern, and they were all gifted by my bestie’s mom. How amazing is that?!

WAITING…to see my family! September is officially the month of family for us. Dad was just here, we’re off to see my mom, step-dad, sis and her bf soon, and then my hubby’s family will be here at the end of the month. SO.MUCH.LOVE.

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WEARING…eye shadow today. My girl brought me the most gorgeous eye shadow palette from her London travels. I rarely wear eye shadow, but these neutrals make it tempting to do everyday.

Happy Hump Day!

xo

Currently.

READING…The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri I know…stiiiiiiiillll? I have been extremely busy and not reading as much as I normally do. I promise that The Lowland will not be on the next Currently post.

LISTENING…Jack White, Lazaretto. HE.IS.THE.MAN.

EATING…tomatoes from my garden like crazy. My Sun Gold cherry tomato plant has been extremely fruitful, so I have roasted tomatoes, made one pan pasta, eaten them raw, and added them to salads. Thank goodness we heart tomatoes.

DRINKING…actually this should read, “WISH I WERE DRINKING” the delicious raspberry jalapeno margarita I had this weekend. I also wish I had a recipe for it. It was the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Maybe give this strawberry jalapeno margarita recipe a try.

Raspberry Jalapeno Margarita

SUCCEEDING…in getting organized at home! I am using my clipboard calendar to get on track with home projects and am feeling great about it. I’ll share more later this week.

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FAILING…at hanging my outdoor lights. Don’t fret, they will be up soon!

LOVING…being home. I just got back from a quick weekend trip, and although it was a ridiculously good time, I love being home with my hubby and pets. Being home with the ones you love really is the best thing in the entire world.

WAITING…for my Dad to come for a visit. His visit is one of my favorite parts of summer, so we are really looking forward to having him here.

WEARING…new shorts today! I am loving my brand new Target clearance rack shorts. I am 100% on board with the printed short trend. They are comfy and so easy to wear, all while being fashionable. Also, I spent a whopping $14 on these beauties.

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Happy Monday!

xo

Currently.

READING…The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri I have read amazing reviews, and so far am really enjoying this tale of two brothers.

LISTENING…Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme My husband’s friend is in this amazing funk band. The music is so perfect for summertime, and they just make you want to move. If you live in the area, go to a show!

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EATING…cheese and fruit plates for dinner. It has been pretty hot here, and because it never gets hot here, most of us do not have an air conditioner, so definitely no central air. For the last couple weeks I have come home to an 85 degree house. Would you want to turn on the stove or the oven? I think not. I have been improvising for dinners with simple cheese and fruit plates. It’s light, delicious and requires minimal effort…cheese and fruit FTW.

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DRINKING…iced Americanos in the AM. I try to keep my coffee buying habits under control, but there’s something about the heat and the sunshine that makes me want to enjoy an iced coffee. My order…a 12 oz iced Americano with light cream and a pump of almond syrup. I’d love to experiment with making my own syrups. Check out these recipes here.

SUCCEEDING…in clearing out some room in my linen closet to make way for some of my closet overflow. I realized that with the linen closet just outside the master, I had some valuable real estate there and I wasn’t using it properly. It was home to guest bath towels, and poorly organized linens. I moved all of the guest towels and a ton of travel size toiletries to…wait for it…the guest bath. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? Anyway, I have freed up some space and made finding clothes and putting laundry away much easier for myself. And I would imagine that guests will like having all of these things at their fingertips, in case they forgot something.

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FAILING…at working out. So, this was my failing last month too. I have a couple good days here and there and bam, the lazy monster takes over. I could blame it on the heat, I suppose. Nah, I’m lazy. We have been going for a bike ride once a week, and I have consistently done yoga once a week. So, let’s call this, slowly improving?

LOVING…the weather! The PNW is just gorgeous right now. You cannot beat these summer days. I’m eating it up, wearing my summer clothes, opening windows and getting outside as much as possible. You have to cherish the sunny days here.

WAITING…for my first girl trip in many, many years. Me and a bestie have a trip planned to visit a girlfriend who just moved out of state, and I can’t wait. I never do this sort of thing, so it feels extra special.

WEARING…my gardening gloves! I have been picking green beans and zucchini from my garden and pulling weeds in the backyard, so we can make the backyard beautiful.

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That’s it for me. Make a today a great one!

xo

 

Currently.

READING…#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. Her story is unlike any other I’ve heard. Former anarchist and dumpster diver turned fashion mogul. If you want to feel empowered and have a good chuckle, you’ll enjoy it.

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LISTENING…Lana del Ray West Coast

EATING…gelato. I.CAN’T.STOP.

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DRINKING…my morning smoothies. My favorite right now is a mixture of coconut water, frozen strawberries, frozen mango, fresh blueberries, fresh cucumber and fresh spinach. If you don’t like putting your thinking cap on first thing in the AM, use a recipe, like one of these.

SUCCEEDING…in checking things off the old Summer Bucket List. I have already eaten outside three times, gone on a bike ride, made progress on the backyard benches, bought a Groupon for paddleboarding, read lots, and sketched an idea for a summer romper. I absolutely love this.

FAILING…at working out. I don’t know what my deal is. I need to get up earlier and just get it done. That’s my plan, get up earlier.

LOVING…my friends. I have had the pleasure of seeing my favorite girls this week, and I’m reminded of how amazing my girlfriends are. They are strong, funny, smart and loving human beings, and I am just head over heels for them. I feel very lucky to have them in my life.

WAITING…patiently for the best outdoor movie night EVER. They are playing The Sandlot this summer, and I have already marked my calendar with a giant heart because it will make the best date night. For those of you who don’t know, Benny “the Jet” Rodriguez was my childhood crush and my husband is his twin, only better. Not to mention, The Sandlot is a stellar movie. Can’t wait!

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WEARING…coconut oil, all day, everyday. I love it as a moisturizer for my face and body, especially during these warmer months. It is light and leaves a lovely sheen.

That’s it for me. Happy Thursday!

xo

 

Currently.

READING…Tony Hseih’s Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, or just love being inspired, read this book. I am a little over half through it and am so impressed with the honesty and wealth of information in this book.

LISTENING…Phantogram, Fall in Love

This single is on the radio a lot right now, and I can’t get it out of my head. I love, love, love this song. Check out their album.

EATING…cauliflower like it’s going out of style

Try roasting it with Indian spices like Turmeric and Cumin, or boil it and mash it up for a new take on mashed potatoes, pour a rich cheese sauce over roasted cauliflower for a healthier version of macaroni and cheese, or use it as a pizza crust. So.Many.Options.

DRINKING…Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

This is a fresh, perfect for drinking in the sunshine, mild but flavorful IPA. There is a distinct citrus note that is fantastic.

SUCCEEDING…in making my old clothes feel new

I am committed to making my spring wardrobe feel new, and I have been jotting down ideas like crazy. Today, I am wearing an old white 3/4 sleeve woven top that I hadn’t given a chance over the last few spring seasons. Now, I just feel silly, because I styled it with some torn, rolled up jeans and moccasins, and I love it again.

FAILING…in my attempt at documenting #100happydays

Let’s be honest, this is kind of hard. It’s not that I haven’t been happy, but it’s really hard to remember to document all happy moments. I’m not giving up though!

LOVING…the smell of my freshly groomed pups

It’s ridiculous. I can’t stop smelling my pups. They smell like oatmeal cookies, and I could just eat them up.

WAITING…patiently for our camping season to begin

This is my most favorite time of year, and the beginning is only a couple weeks away! I am excited to try out some of these cool camping hacks.

WEARING…milkmaid braids

Yep, right now, and I’m so proud of myself. If you knew how limited my hair styling talent was/is, you’d be impressed too. Everyone makes it look sooo easy, and really, it wasn’t that hard. If I can do it, you can do it!

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That’s it for me, but what about you? Any book, music, recipe, etc suggestions? Please share.

xo