I’m sure most of you have already done a bunch of your holiday shopping, since I assume you are like me and do it all online. But in case you’re still looking for some ideas, here are things I’m giving to others and/or asking Santa for this year.
Super Fisheye Lens for your phone - $25 – This just seems fun. I might be addicted to taking photos on my phone though.
Monogram Tote Bags – $36 before any coupon codes – These are a classic for a reason! We have three of these in the large and XL sizes and use them ALL. THE. TIME.
Botanical Labels and Stickers from Rifle Paper Co. – $10 – if you’re a pinterest-y, Martha Stewart type, it would be so fun to have these stickers/labels to dress up your homemade goodies.
Personalized handmade ornaments – $18 – I order one ornament each year for each kiddo with their name and the year. But you could get it personalized any way you’d like!
Here are the ones we got last year, which I love.
Monogram floral wreath notecards – $12 – These are just so lovely, I think everyone needs a set.
Clarisonic Mia – I know, it’s sooooo 2011 up in here. I’m finally jumping on this bandwagon. Any lovers or haters out there?
Golden Goddess Leaf Headband – $23 – I cannot explain it, I just want it.
Would you like to share your favorite item to give or what you’re wishing for this year?
Oh, hello! I’m just here to correct a few lies I told you over the past few weeks.
First, I said I was going to order my Christmas cards on etsy and have them printed somewhere else. Well, I got lured into buying postcards from minted. They were just so cute! And minted is actually quasi-affordable if you choose the postcard option (back side design is free, unlike with their cards) and use a coupon code. Plus, I’ll spend less on postage this way. (That is a referral link but this is not sponsored in any way.)
So what I’m saying it that all of YOU should buy those adorable etsy cards and then just send one to me, okay?
My second lie was that I’d post the first birthday video the next day. Ha! I got a little bit overwhelmed last week driving my poor children all over the DC metro area to visit friends. And then flying home. And getting settled back into our regular routine except Holden has decided sleep is only possible if he is being held the ENTIRE TIME. So, I was a little distracted/tired.
But if you have about 13.5 minutes to spare (and maybe a Kleenex if you’re a weepy type), here is the photo/video montage I made in honor of the first birthday.
(I recommend clicking through to make it bigger or watch in full screen mode if you really love us. Haha.)
I have to give a HUGE thank you to Valery, for inspiring me to do this video. It was a lot of work, but because I could use her knowledge and song choices, it was somewhat manageable. Thank you, Valery! (Are we supposed to do this all again next year?)
And in case anyone is wondering, here are the songs I used:
Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Walk in the Trees by Rob Simonsen
To Build a Home by “Thematic Pianos” (whoever that is?)
Rebellion (Lies) by Vitamin String Quartet (and VSQ has a huge number of songs available on iTunes that are perfect for this kind of thing. Browse away.)
Thank you for all of the wonderful birthday wishes!
Happy first birthday, Holden & Teddy! I can hardly believe a whole year has passed since they were born (somewhat unexpectedly early). From tiny little five-pound runts to funny and sweet little boys who never stop moving, this year has been very hard at times, but also beyond-amazing good.
I will do my best to describe these little boys at one year old.
Holden is a most perfect specimen of baby. He has blue eyes that remind me of the most crystal clear ocean and a mop of strawberry hair. He is long and skinny and swift. He somehow knows the second I leave the baby gate open and he sneaks through and up the stairs.
He loves to take every book off the shelf and flip through all the pages and will entertain himself for a very long time like this. He loves to play with balls and blocks and definitely cat toys. It’s always a challenge to get him to eat the first bite of a meal, but once you can get him to try a bite, he will devour everything else. He seems like the more quiet, thoughtful kid of the two, but he can also hold his own when he wants something. He has been waking up a few times each night and needs cuddles to get back to sleep, and when he is asleep on one of our chests, he is just the best.
Teddy is quite the extrovert, but still extremely loyal to his mama. He loves to have an audience for his tricks – clapping and waving are the latest. Sometimes his body moves faster than his brain and he is definitely more prone to bonks and bruises. Teddy will pretty much devour all the food, and then eat some more. Like his brother, he loves to flip through books and be read to and that has become one of our favorite things. He also has beautiful blue eyes and red, wavy hair.
Both boys absolutely LOVE: their grandparents, our cat, the vacuum (why?), iphones, board books, water bottles, baths, climbing the stairs, and pulling things out of the kitchen cabinets. Neither of them are walking yet, but Teddy is close. I’m pretty sure they could win some kind of speed-crawling contest.
Favorite foods are: toast, avocados, cheese quesadillas, and frozen peas, but they will eat just about anything. (Don’t worry, I know this won’t last forever.) They still are very much into drinking from bottles and I am not really in a hurry to take those away right now. They each have eight teeth and are working on first molars.
They’re great travelers, having just experienced their fourth plane ride this week. They’re quite chill in the car, the stroller, and the babywearing devices, too. I don’t know if they got the memo that they need to be mellow because there’s two of them, but as long as they are fed and have napped, they will go along with whatever adventure we’re on.
As for me, I feel like I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. It’s a job that requires a good amount of hard and relentless and tedious and thankless and repetitive work, but one that I am grateful for nonetheless. Having these two babies, and no plans for more kids, means that I can be in the moment with them all the time.
I’ve been working on a video that includes photos and videos from the past year. I hope to post it tomorrow if I can figure out how to upload it. We are also celebrating with cake tomorrow, so the birthday celebration continues.
My sweet little boys are one year old and I am so lucky to be their mama.