Monday, October 13, 2014

A Day At The Vineyards | Long Island New York


While we were in New York we spent some time in Long Island. One afternoon we all headed to the vineyards for the afternoon for wine tasting and of course, photo ops. Like most moms, I'm normally the one behind the camera so I've been making it a point to get in front of the camera too. I want my boys to have pictures of themselves with their mom to look back on. So a big thanks to my hubby for trying harder to take photos. Even if the quality is not the best, I now have pictures with my boys and that makes me so happy.

 And family photos too!

And you know... I had to get a shot of my sweatshirt from behind ;) 

My aunt, Me, my sister in law and my mom. Good times. 

 My aunt and my brother
Cruze had a blast being completely wild and free.  

I think my aunt caught this moment. And I love it because I know exactly what I was feeling when this was taken. My husband and my son. The love they have for each other... I feel so beyond blessed. 

I'm so happy we had the chance to go!
Shirt (here) | Pullover (here) | Pants - Guess (similar) | Boots - old (similar)
Caleb's moccasins - Freshly Picked (here)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Day In Brooklyn

If you follow along on my JoyBound Apparel instagram (here) than you know that our family recently got back from a trip to my home state - New York. We had such a great time. There's just something about New York. It does something to me.
Our time there was spent all over the place. Long Island, Queens, Upstate, Manhattan and of course, Brooklyn. Here are some pictures from our day in the area of Brooklyn now referred to as Dumbo.
I was determined to take a picture on someone's steps.
Look at that backdrop!

Cruze, my mom and I. My parents are the main reason why we were even able to go. So grateful for such generous and loving parents. My kids have two of the best grandparents around!

 I even broke a few "rules" and let cruze indulge in ice cream (more than once!). If you're going to Brooklyn, I highly recommend Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. So so good.

 Jane's Carousel on 45 main street is a must if you have kids. From their website...
The Carousel is located in the DUMBO section of The Brooklyn Bridge Park, on the East River, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges

The setting is so beautiful. Not that Cruze cares about the view but you know... Us mamas like to have something pretty to look at, right?

 Cruze DID NOT want to leave afterwards which explains his face in this picture. Despite his pout, I love this picture of Phillip trying to cheer his boy up. My heart.

 Walking back to our car. Which happened to be like a 25-30 minute walk away. It was such a beautiful day outside so we didn't mind it one bit. In fact, I'm so happy we parked in the wrong place.

Brooklyn, you were so good. <3

Friday, September 19, 2014

Caleb Monthly | 7 Months

Oh Caleb boy, where do I start? I guess I need to start off with how I'm truly feeling. My heart is so incredibly full now that I have my two boys. I'm tired. Oh am I tired, but my heart has never felt so happy. At the same time, the mommy guilt I'm experiencing these days is intense. I can't help but feel like I am always slacking in at least one area. And when it's at my children's expense, It hurts extra hard.
It's been hard balancing it all. Being a mom to two tiny people while also running a business with no baby sitter or help from family. The months have passed so quickly and the monthly updates have well... haven't happened. My love for this boy is crazy. Yet, my lack of documenting it all makes me wonder if maybe one day he will look back and get the wrong idea. And I know for a fact that I will look back and wish I wrote down every single detail because these moments? They're precious and they're fleeting. So I am making it my goal to put all of the other things on pause several times throughout the day  and week to make sure of the more important things.  

He loves this little sheep. While he doesn't actually use it for the intended purpose (to help him sleep) he LOVES to roll around with it and squeeze it tight.

Babies in overalls... gah!

It took some convincing but at around 4 months old we were able to convert him into a binky lover. It helps at night. Trust me.


The Stats
Diapers: size 4 for disposable and bumgenius one size for cloth
Clothes: 6-12 months
Weight: 18ish pounds

Favorite Things: Two words. Sakura and bloom. BEST THING EVER! I've tried other baby wearing methods but this one is our absolute favorite. Also, he just loves watching Cruze play and will just stare and laugh for up to 15 minutes straight.

New things: getting ready to crawl. I guess you could say he's scooting? Sitting up by himself for longer periods. And.... formula. It's been about a week and a half of no nursing. I'll have to share my feelings about that in a separate post though...

Sleep: It hasn't been easy in this department but we are finally getting somewhere. He now sleeps from 8:30pm to about 6:30 or 7:30am. It's pretty awesome :)

It's been a pretty good month and while I wish I could slow time down just a tad, I can't wait to see this sweet boy of mine grow...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

my life according to our webcam

I know, I know. It's been a long time. Like, a looooong time. As many of you already know (if any of you are still reading this silent space of mine) I started a clothing line. And let me tell you, with two babies and a new business, I have been BUSY. But nonetheless, I don't want this blog to be a thing of the past. This is my space to record our memories in the making. My journal, my photo album, my (one day) walk down memory lane. I want to keep it alive. So I am going to work on that. Not because I think it will ever become a business for me. Not because my writing is just so good that you all benefit from reading. Simply because this is one thing I do for me. My ahhhhh at the end of a long day.

Today I am sharing with all of you (all two of you?) some mostly never before seen photos from my webcam. I've had this laptop for about five years now and throughout that time, I've used my webcam only two handfuls of times. But I think there is some beauty in that. These are tiny glimpses of my life that, in those moments, I felt like I wanted to capture. Some? I'm not so sure why? Others? Oh my heart. Something happens inside my heart when I look at them. So here we go... yo.

That one time right before I headed out the door to cut off all of my looong hair. It's kinda funny how much I started to love my long hair in the minutes before cutting it.

Those six months that we spent living in Bolivia. Specifically, this very day when we learned that we were F I N A L L Y pregnant with baby numero uno. I still remember so clearly how much my legs were shaking when I saw that oh so faint, pink line. Pure bliss.

And then back to the U.S. we went where I continued to bake my tiny bun in my not so tiny oven. This tiny sweater? It was a gift from my dear friend Anna whom I met while living in Bolivia for our miracle baby. It still hangs in his closet. And soon? It'll be worn by baby numero dos. I have TWO kids. TWO! Sometimes I still can't believe it.

Oh you know... a little fun (?) after shooting a pregnancy update video...

LONDYN!!! My sweet niece Londyn at just a few months old. She's three now you guys. How?!

And my brother....

That belly... I can't quite tell what I was thinking in this picture. But I'm pretty sure I was really realllllly tired. no?

More random pics of me while pregnant with Cruze. I think I was attempting to make a pregnancy update video that went terribly wrong.

This little chub. I can't believe that those cheeks are no long so puffy. But it was just like yesterday!Again, how??

I don't even know. But I'm going to be 100% honest here and say that there are like 10 more just like this one. Okay, more like 20.

Oh the joys of having a baby that is so perfectly sleep trained... Every night from 8:30 on was ours. Just us. It felt like we were on a date night in our living room. Every single night. It's crazy how much having a second (non sleep trained) child, a new business and a hubby that is BACK in school has changed things. I'm so glad I have these pics though. It's a good reminder of what we need to get back to.

And since I already mentioned a video that went terribly wrong... my attempt at a makeup tutorial... that went TERRIBLY wrong haha! I blame it on the lighting. And not having a good camera. And who knows what else. It's a fun thing to look back and laugh at.

And somehow there was a HUGE gap that led to this. Me. Preggo. Bedrest. OOF. But cute PJ's right?

Me making a duckface. 

Me drinking tea?

And the thing that led me down this little walk through memory lane.... Me tonight. Playing around with the webcam. Making a duckface. While drinking tea. Some things never change.


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