Tuesday, January 31, 2012

the glories of potty training

sweater: H&M, jeans: Aero, shoes: DSW, belt: Target
Me:  "Do you want to use the potty?"
Sam:  "No, my poopoo just takin' a little break in my butt."

Monday, January 30, 2012

the thing about nicknames

jeans: Gap, shirt: Old Navy, sweater: Converse for Target, shoes: DSW
So, we're a nickname kinda family.  Not on purpose, it's just that names start evolving and before we know it, someone's been renamed and usually we have no idea how we actually arrived at the final product. Some people are good at nicknames, for example my brother-in-law calls his wife "hummingbird".  So cute.  Jon calls me "tino bear".  Not as cute, but definitely cuter than my nickname for him.  Are you ready for it?  "Big Juan".  I call him Big Juan and I don't know how or why.  I think maybe it started with calling him "Juan" instead of Jon, but I don't know where the "big" part came from.  Regardless, it stuck.  And it stuck so hard that not only do I call him that, but my little sisters do as well, and now another little somebody is jumping on the bandwagon.  Sam.  oh boy.  So we're working to put a kibosh on that one.

But secretly, I love hearing his little voice yell out "big juuaaannn!" at the top of his lungs while he's trying to hunt down his best buddy for a little wrestling/sword fighting/fort building.

{Sam informed me that he and his truck needed in on the photo shoot action today too.}

Saturday, January 28, 2012


belt: vintage, jeans: thrifted, sweater: Target, shoes: JC Penney
I just discovered the most amazing thing on our last trip to the library.  The movie section {I know, I know, I'm practically Columbus}.  Most nights we don't have much time to watch tv, but about once a week Jon and I like to snuggle up and watch a movie.  And guess what movie I've been craving for approximately the last three weeks. the notebook.  and guess who doesn't have the notebook. redbox.  but guess who does.  my new best friend, the library movie section. Unfortunately I am not the first person in Portland to have discovered this {go figure} as there are already like 5 holds on it.  But don't you worry Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling, consider yourselves officially on hold, you will be seeing my smiling face very soon.

Friday, January 27, 2012

it's a dangerous world out there

shirt: H&M, sweater, belt & dress: Target, shoes: Report, bag: gift
It was a glorious sunny day yesterday, so rather than let it go to waste, we went for a little walk.  Sam in his stroller, excitedly pointing out the tram, trucks, and buses.  Jon and I happily chatting.  And Lucy, little seven pound 12 inch tall Lucy, didn't bark at a single soul {a true miracle}.

 After walking for about 20 minutes, Lucy starts sneezing.  I look down to see what's causing the problem and see a little half inch twig stuck on her nose.  I try to brush it off but it doesn't budge.  "Oh my gosh Jon, it's stuck in her nose!"  Jon bends down to examine the situation and I hold her head still as he extracts the twig.  The twig just kept coming and coming until five inches later, it was finally was out.  Five stinkin' inches!  Can you even believe that?  That stick must have just been at the perfect angle in order to slide that effortlessly up her nose.  It seriously probably passed all the way through her nostril and was starting to go down her throat.  Poor dog.  She's fine though and honestly it must not have been that horrific of an experience for her because while she usually has quite the flare for the dramatic, all she did was sneeze.

The world can sure be a dangerous place when you live your whole life one foot off the ground.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

doing something right

This morning was one of those mama guilt mornings.  Sam woke up just as I was about to walk out the door on my way to clinicals, so I was forced to try and fit a whole morning-cuddle-sesh into approximately 30 seconds.  Of course Sam found this to be an unacceptable time frame.  So I was forced to peeeel him off of me and run out the door.  Apparently he cried for 15 minutes.  augh.  such a bad mama...

Fast forward 12 hours later, I'm picking him up and we shower each other with hugs & kisses, I love you's & I missed you sooo much's.  We cuddle and he tells me about his day with grandma.  As we're driving to go pick up daddly, I overhear Sam in the back seat, "mommy go to the hopital & daddly go to the hopital. Sammy got my own hopital.  And I make people better and they feel so happy."

And suddenly, with that simple reminder, its all okay.  because if that's the understanding our two year old has of what we do while we're away, I guess we must be doing something right.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


top: Tinley Road via Piperlime, sweater: Target, jeans: Kohls, shoes: DSW
You may not have noticed {har har} but I think it would be safe to say that at least 1/3rd of my closet was purchased at Target.  Part of this is due to having lived in a small town with limited shopping for the last four years and the other part is simply due to the fact that I love Tar-jay.  Seriously, what is there not to love? One stop shopping, pretty decent selection, plus affordable prices.  And then, just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I discovered these beauties.

I thought that with moving closer to so much great shopping my Target trips would begin to wane, but au contraire, Target continues to hold a special place in my heart...  I ran into Target a few days ago to buy some face wash and seriously, the whole store was on clearance.  And what did I happen upon but a pair of booties for $8.98 that I had been eyeing back in the fall {full price $30}.  holla!  Targs always comes through.
*disclaimer: Target is unaware of my existence.  Just professing my love here, peeps.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

over the weekend...

sweater: Target, shirt: Forever 21, scarf: vintage, jeans: Kohls, boots: Famous Footwear
...we took a little trip to grandma's house.  On the way out of town we got stuck in some traffic.  Sam looked around, "Are all da cars goin' ta gramma's?".
That grandma must be one popular lady.

Monday, January 23, 2012

the finer things

blazer: Gap, sweater: Target, jeans: thrifted, shoes: Report
I'm going to let you guys in on a little secret.  Our favorite restaraunt begins with a "C" and ends with an "ostco".  Yes, we are food court diners.  In fact we just ate there last night.  If you have never had their pizza, then you are truly missing out on a fine dining experience.  Anything that involves me not slaving away over a hot stove and is enjoyed by all palates is a winner in my book.

Someone picked himself out some new kicks.  He could usually care less about what I dress him in, although earlier this week he was enamored by his blue athletic pants.  This may not have been so much due to the visual aesthetics of them, but the awesome sound they make when he walks runs {this kid does not walk anywhere}.  Anyway, these slippers were a must according to Sam.  Lucky for him they were 70% off at Target.

Clearly, we know how to enjoy the finer things.

Friday, January 20, 2012

feelin' craftsy

I was at West Elm over the weekend and came across the cutest little bird sculpture covered with strips from the pages of an old book.  I decided then and there that I'd have to come up with a way to incorporate something similar into my home.  The next day this popped up on my pinterest page and I knew just what to do.

I went online and googled "bird silhouette" and found one that tickled my fancy {yes, I am secretly an old lady who uses phrases that were meant to be left in the 1950's}.  After printing it, I cut it out and traced the outline onto a piece of cardboard.  I used a cereal box.

After cutting the birds out of the cardboard, I turned my attention to cutting out the paper strips.  I chose an old book that had slightly yellowed pages because I like the character it adds.  Rip a few pages out of the book and cut them into strips, varying the width and angle.

Cover one side of the bird with a thin layer of regular white glue.  Lay the strips down at different angles.  Don't worry about overlap or having them extend beyond the edges.  You will be trimming off the excess once the glue has dried.

After trimming off the excess paper, used a little modge podge {I made my own with 1 part glue to 1 part water} and again, spread a thin layer over the front side of the bird.  This will help hold the paper strips on as well as give it a nice glazed finish.

Grab an old frame {I painted mine} and run a thin wire across it.  I anchored the wire with a staple gun {okay, Jon anchored it with the staple gun}. Then tie your twine/ribbon/string to the wire.  Once the birds are dry, hot glue the twine to the back of the bird.

Now, sit back, grab a nice cup of hot chocolate {or glass of wine...} and enjoy your handy work!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

dreams of snow

 shirt: Old Navy, jeans: LC for Kohls, belt: H&M, boots: Famous Footwear
The weatherman sent me to bed last night with dreams of waking up to a snow covered Portland in the morning.  When Sam woke me up at 2 a.m. {per usual.  I swear, this kid was born a bad sleeper and despite his daddly and my hopes & dreams, has remained a bad sleeper.  I guess he's saving up sleep time to cash in when he turns 16}, I glanced out the window to see a winter wonderland!  Beautiful snowflakes gently falling down to the snow covered ground.  I fell back to sleep with plans of taking Sam sledding and building snowmen with carrot noses running through my head.  When I awoke at 7:00, I ran to the window to soak in the glorious snow fall.  Wuh wuhmp.  rain. rain. rain.  The rain had erased every last trace of snow.  Maybe next year...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

tiny monsters

turtleneck: Target, faux fur stole: H&M, jeans: Gap, shoes: doesn't matter, you can't see 'em anyway!

I was putting Sam to bed the other night and he said, "Mommy, I'm scared of the monsters." 
"There's no monsters here," I tell him.   
"There's a tiny monster." 
"Well, how do you think you could scare the tiny monster away?"
He looks puzzled.
"RAAWWWRR!", I say.
Sam giggles and lets out a tiny "rawrr!". 
"The monster run back to his mommy! And he say, 'Hi Mommy!  Sammy growled at me!"
And then he fell asleep holding my hand.
I love this motherhood business.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

arctic blast

sweater: Target, shirt: Forever 21, scarf: H&M, jeans: thrifted, socks: JC Penney, boots:  Famous Footwear
Check out the arctic blast we got.  Okay, I don't think they really used the term "arctic blast" this year, but a couple of years ago the weatherman gave an incoming winter storm that name and this is about what it ended up looking like.  And everybody put chains on their tires and ran out to the grocery stores to stock up.  It's a little snow, not doomsday you silly western Oregonians.  You want to experience an arctic blast, try walking a mile to elementary school in the middle of winter in Nebraska. Uphill both ways...

Friday, January 13, 2012


shirt: Rhapsody, jacket & leggings: Target, belt: vintage, shoes & earrings: JC Penney

 Do you ever have days where you wake up feeling like this?  I feel that I've had more and more days like that lately.  I was so worried back when Jon was starting med school that I'd feel isolated up here in Portland all by my lonesome while he spent his days studying. That I would just shrivel into a shell of the person I once was and that our marriage would suffer as well.  But to the contrary I feel like I've been forced to become a stronger person and a better wife & mother.  I'm more confident and independent than I've ever been before and its amazingly liberating.  I love that Jon's challenge has also become my challenge and that together we're being worked and molded into better versions of ourselves.  We've been abundantly blessed.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

when inspiration strikes

scarf & sweater: Target, dress: Ross, socks: JC Penney, boots: Famous Footwear
So, you know how the other day I was so pleased with Sam for coming up with his own lyrics about how much he loves me and singing them to the tune of his favorite Veggie Tales song?  Well, he came up with some more.  There we were, standing in Costco by the produce department when inspiration struck:
 "I can poop on oranges, doo doo doo... I can poop on lemons, doo doo doo..." 

Wowsa.  Proud mama moment right there.

p.s. Does this picture not look like I just received a foot transplant from an NBA player?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

so smart these days

sweater: Target, shirt: Rhapsody, necklace: Forever 21 {gift}, jeans: Aero, shoes: DSW, purse: the Sak
A good friend of mine is getting married this summer and I have the honor of being one of her bridesmaids.  Just a couple of days ago she sent out some bridesmaid's dress ideas to us lay-deez and I love them.  Pretty much she just wants to pick the color {she's thinking grey} and then we each go pick out our own dress.  So not only do we each get to choose a dress that we love and fits our body shape, but we can buy a dress that we'd wear again.  Genius, I tell you.  And it looks amazing.   I wish someone had thought of this back when I got married.  Brides are so smart these days.

Here are the pictures she sent to us for inspiration:

{sorry, I don't know where she got them from.  If they're yours, please let me know}

Don't you just love the fun & whimsical vibe? 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


blazer: Gap, shirt & leggings: Target, shoes: Report
This evening, as I was making scrambled eggs for dinner {as all domestic goddesses do} Sam was standing on a chair next to me helping.  The eggs were just finishing up and Sam yells, "They almost done!"  He then proceeds to tell me that he loves eggs and misses them everyday.  "You miss them?" I ask.  "Yes.  The man comes and take all the eggs.  And it burn his fingers."  I'm not exactly sure what that's supposed to mean, but I'm choosing to interpret it to mean that my constant reminders of the stove being hot are finally sticking.  *pat myself on the back*

Monday, January 9, 2012


sweater: Target, shirt: Ross, scarf: vintage, jeans: thrifted, shoes: Madden girl
It's only Monday and I can already tell this is going to be a good week.
  • Just came off a great weekend with lots of Jon and Christine QT {quality time, we like to abrev things...}
  • Sam made up his own lyrics to one of his favorite Veggie Tales songs which go as follows:  "I can love kistine, doo doo doo, I-i love kistine, doo doo doo...".  I'm not a big fan of the "kistine" part, but I am willing to overlook that in lieu of the overarching theme.
  • I found out some really exciting news about my senior preceptorship {exciting to me, probably not too exciting to anyone else, so I will spare you the details}
  • Longtime best friend/old roomie house guests coming
  • Anticipating more than usual Jon-time this weekend
  • AND projected 50 degree temps and sunshine for the weekend

And I just had to share this gorgeous sunset we were blessed with on our way home from Bend.  Doesn't it make you wish you were a painter?  No?  Okay, I guess that's just me...

Sunday, January 8, 2012


sweater: Target, jeans: :LC for Kohls, boots: Famous Footwear
The following commentary is real.  Names have been changed to protect the innocent(ish):

"j-dawg":  "So what?  I have a deep belly button.  Big deal.  You could probably go in there and hear people talking chinese."

Get it? Like it goes all the way to China.  That "j-dawg", he's a goofy one.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


shirt: H&M, sweater: Converse for Target, jeans: LC for Kohls, boots: Famous Footwear
We took a quick trip out to Bend this weekend to visit some friends and had a grand ol' time. After discovering how we rang in the new year, they knew just where to take us, the LOTR themed neighborhood of course!  That's right, and it's on a street called South Shire.  They have thatched roofs and a tiny hobbit house out back.  Our friends know us well.

This trip just so happened to be an adults only trip, so Sam stayed at grandma and grandpa's, who he insists on calling "mum" and "dad".  Apparently, he had a grand ol' time as well, subsisting off of popcorn and chicken nuggets.  My mom informed me that he didn't eat one green thing all weekend.  Good times all around.

Friday, January 6, 2012

30 for 30

I decided I'm just going to go for it.  I've been hemming and hawing over it for the last month or so and I decided to just do it, a 30 for 30 challenge.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, this simply means that I've chosen 30 articles of clothing (includes tops, bottoms, & shoes--belts and scarves are freebies) and for the next 30 days, will only wear those items.  The whole point of this challenge is to force myself to remix these clothes in ways I normally do not and to view my closet in a new way.  So instead of fawning over clothes I wish I had, I'll focus on making the most of what I've got.  What does this mean for you?  You will be forced to see said outfits over the next 30 days.  Actually, it'll be spread out a little longer than that because the couple of days a week that I'm at the hospital I will not be getting dressed outside of wearing my green scrubs, and there is no need to document me dressed like a green bean.

Please accept my apologies in advance in the event that I end up wearing the exact same outfit for the last 20 days...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

new toy

 ohmygoshlookatmynewtoy!  My very own DSLR!  Merry belated Christmas to me!!  This has been at the top of my wishlist FOREVER.  And now its mine, my precious...  Uh, sorry about that, we had a Lord of the Rings marathon this past weekend in preparation for "The Hobbit" coming out soon.  Ahh yes, why this last weekend was New Years, you are very astute my friend.  And now I'm ashamed that you all know I spent New Years watching 9 hours of LOTR.  Probably the biggest nerd moment of my life.  Okay, that's not even remotely true.  Everyday of my life grades 7-9 would whoop this past weekend's butt in nerdiness any ol' day.  Can you believe that when Sam was three months old, somebody told me he looked like Smeagol?  Not very nice.  On that same note, Jon and I couldn't help but notice the substantial differences between Legolas and his second cousin twice removed, Buddy the Elf.  I guess that's what happens when your childhood is spent at the North Pole rather than Middle Earth.  Oh my gosh Christine, please stop talking about LOTR!

Seriously though, I am beyond thrilled with our new camera!  Jon was sweet enough to contribute some of his own Christmas money and his own budget money to make my dreams come true.  My very own prince charming. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

bath time

You can always count on a few bubbles to make bath time oh so much more fun.