Updated Family Photos

The 27 pictures below capture exactly what life looks like now as a family of four + Emmet our dog. Well, minus the four loads of clean laundry to be folded, the tower of diaper boxes that arrives from Amazon Mom each month, the dirty dishes in the sink, and the dust bunnies twirling around the floors. But really, who wants to see that stuff anyways? Thank you to Alisz of Alisz Hatch Photography for these ahhhhhh-mazing photos! 

Hope you're having a great week, friends! 

A lot of firsts

Happy Friday! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade watching, good food and fellowship, and were surrounded by those you love. 

Today Jack is 1 month old! Life around here can be described at any given time during the day (or night) as wonderful, chaotic, loud, joyful, sleepy, or smelly. Jack is a great baby and Caroline is adjusting well to being a big sister. Our house is full of baby gear and toddler toys galore, our car's backseat is full of carseats, our garbage can is full of dirty diapers, but our hearts are full of love for "our kids." It makes me smile every time I see those two little words next to each other and I thank my lucky stars every day that I get to be their Mommy.  

In the past month, we have experienced many firsts...

Jack's first Thanksgiving, 


my first time out of the house with both kids by myself, 

(We went to Target to buy one item that we were out of: DESITIN. This picture was taken while we were parked on the driveway!) 


Caroline's first haircut, first pigtails, and yes....first lollipop, 

(First haircut was traaaaaaaaumatic, first pigtails went unnoticed,

and first lollipop was ah-maaaaaazing)

kids' first (of many!) matching pajamas and coordinating outfits, 


Jack's first bath,



first Mommy/daughter outfit coordination!


Have a wonderful weekend, friends! 

It's beginning to look a lot like fall...

Happy fall, y'all! I know, I know...I'm jumping on the fall bandwagon in all of its "It's October!" and pumpkin-ified glory. Oh well! Fall happens to be my favorite season and thanks to the positive results of my pregnancy glucose test, I am able to indulge in all yummy things pumpkin. However, I must admit that the ONLY pumpkin food item that I just can't get excited about is Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte. Every year I seem to order one and "try" to like it for the season, but I just.can't.do.it. Sorry to my fellow PSL lovers! 

Here's how we've been celebrating this fall season so far...

We took a little road trip to watch some college football and spend time with awesome friends.

(more about taking a road trip with a toddler coming soon!) 

We made THE simplest apple and pumpkin crafts with 4 items: construction paper, toilet paper rolls, tape, and crayons. Start by cutting out an apple or a pumpkin and a leaf. Have your toddler color the item. Tape the apple/pumpkin and leaf to the toilet paper roll. Voila!

It's the simplest craft ever!


I made (and sampled) these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies yesterday during nap time. Delicious! You can find the recipe here

Our mantle is all set for fall! Last year, some neighbors and I spray painted the bottles on the left to look like candy corn. It's a fun and simple way to decorate for the season!

I still have some of my trolls from when I was a kid and Caroline likes to collect them and play with them at her table :)

Wow, what a difference a year makes! C loves to point out pumpkins anywhere we see them, so you better believe the pumpkin patch was an exciting place!

(Pic on the left - Oct 2013, Pic on the right - Sept 2014)

Last but not least...YUM! 

Have a great week, friends!