Thursday, April 28, 2011

Things I am loving right now

The anticipation for this movie (don't pretend you aren't excited about it too):

(Side note: I'm torn with this one because I can't. wait. to see it but I don't want to see it because that means that it's allllll over.)

This cocoa:

That I'm going to be in Charleston, SC next week with her:

This ACTUAL Air New Zealand safety video:

Remembering 80s nights of yore:


Interdigitation. Engagement foto option #976. Also, 80s night.

My new summer kicks:

Annnnnd this album:

Her lyrics are biting and gentle all at once. And witty. And sooo poignant.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Just some things

- I don't mind the rain when it's warm outside. And there is thunder. In fact, I enjoy it immensely.

- I thought I was going to go crazy that we're in the middle of buying a house and other logistical craziness and I'm here, in Dayton, Shannon-sitting. However, it is really nice to not be able to pack and therefore feel overwhelmed. So I sew cute clothes for my cute baby and laugh with Shannon while we consume record amounts of chocolate.

- Ava is getting sooooo big. And tall. And I can't handle it. But she is at SUCH a fun age.

- My sister is THE BEST sister in the history of sisters. She is my best friend. For seriousness.

- Saying "niecews" instead of "nieces and nephews" is favorite (thanks, dad).

- The amount of paperwork necessary to buy a house is ca-razy and I feel like they are actually going to slip a line into the contract that says something about them now owning my tiny human. Psssh. Like they could handle her.

- I love going to see my niecews and having my niece be attached to me the whole time, occasionally just stroking my hair softly. I just love her.

- Driving on the freeway at night in the pouring rain with a concrete barrier on one side and a semi on the other is one of my least favorite things in the world to do.

- I am possibly the most blessed person I know.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A change in the wind, says I

Big sigh of relief.

Danny got a new job. Anyone who has talked to me about his current job knows that I have nothing good to say about it. Well, okay. So I have like 4 good things to say about it. But let's just say that we no longer have any stars in our eyes about Danny's chosen profession.

Honestly? I kind of feel like we've been through hell. I'm sure that 10 years from now I will laugh at that statement and say, "oh Tiffany. Don't be so dramatic." But right now? I feel like I am *finally* at the end of a very dark and long tunnel. I see light. I can feel fresh air. I have hope.

We are moving to a town on the Lake Michigan Coast that is a real city instead of being a tourist destination that is closed for half of the year. It is adorable, has the best schools in the state, and there is a TON to do (specially with the kiddo). The firm is awesome and run by a man who puts his family and his God before everything else. I could not be more excited to sink my teeth and my roots into this place.

So next comes all the logistical craziness of finding new people to rent this place, finding and buying a house, packing and moving, etc etc. Thankfully, our new destination is only an hour away so Danny can commute while we figure everything out. Needless to say, I am soooooo glad I left at least 50% of our stuff in boxes. Good job, me.

And last but not least, a few Ava updates:
- She looooves giving kisses. This means that she puts her little forehead on my forehead and puts her little mouth on mine and just stays like that for a second. While I melt.
- Ava will drop everything she's doing the second she hears music to dance. Even if she's in her highchair eating food.
- She likes having "conversations" with me. If she feels like I'm not listening well enough she grabs my arm and tilts her little head in front of my face and repeats what she said a little louder. Though I still have no idea what she said because it's all just babbling.
- Even though she does just babble she has the intonation and gestures down. A-freaking-dorable.
- She is the happiest girl in the world when I let her run around naked.
- She wants to be outside pretty much all day. Stupid weather.
- Ava is a momma's girl. And she doesn't like it when Dad tries to give me a break and takes over the routine on a Saturday morning so I can sleep in. Doesn't like it at all.

She is favorite. I love love LOVE being her momma. (Even now, she is down for the night after a long day and I kind of want to go grab her and snuggle her.)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Oh yeah.

Also, lunch with monkeys?

Always more fun.

Thanks for showing up, spring

You know. It was one of those Saturdays. A few chores, lots of playing outside, and some mommy-by-herself time. Translation: a pretty freaking good day.

Let the showing off of the cutest baby ever commence...

It was SO exciting. Hand clapping was in order.

Wouldn't it be funny if adults made friends like this?

Curly baby mullet.

She thinks she is so much bigger than she is.

Ruffle Bum.