Monday, August 13, 2012

Okay guys. This is my third post this week, which is a *huge* improvement for me. In re-evaluating my blog and its content, I've decided to share a little bit more about me, the real me, and not just the fun, happy stuff that we do (that is totally worth of sharing, but not wholly representative of our real life always).

A few of my mama friends and I swapped "ten facts" about ourselves in an effort to get to know each other better and more intimately. So, I'd like to share a few things (more than ten) about myself with you with that same goal in mind. Feel free to share your own in the comments section :)

Lily & I browsing the racks at Goodwill last week.
1. My mom is Catholic and my dad is Jewish. According to religious law, I was born Catholic (it's passed on through the mama), but was converted to Judaism when I was seven years old. I was raised in a pretty reformed  Jewish household and had a Bat Mitzvah, but have had a complicated relationship with organized religion. We're now members of the reformed synagogue here in town, which I really like. Carl is Catholic. We're raising Lily to embrace both religions/traditions and letting her make her own choice about faith as she grows.

2. I have a brother and a sister, who are both older than I am (by ten and twelve years). I have a different mom than they do. My brother, Adam, lives in Israel and my sister, Kiki, lives in Dallas.

3. My sister, my brother's wife and I were all pregnant at the same time. Yep, my dad welcomed three grandbabies in the space of 6 months!

4. I am twenty-five. I'll be twenty-six on December 17. I really love birthdays and I love making others feel really special on theirs. Birthdays are a big deal to me :)

5. Carl is my best friend. I really love talking to him and hearing his perspective on things, which is usually a lot more straight-forward than mine is. Also, I tend to ramble when I tell stories and most people lost interest in what I'm saying before I finish. Carl is almost always engaged until the very end. It makes me feel special and it's something that I really missed when we broke up briefly a few years ago.

6. Having Lily saved me in so many ways.

7. I really love to rock out to angry girl Indie rock. My favorites are Alanis Morrisette, Fiona Apple, Meredith Brooks (HAHAHA) and Ani DiFranco. Always Ani.

8. I attended summer camp for almost ten years of my life and was a counselor when I was too old to be a camper. I went to Camp Champions in Marble Falls and I really think that my time there shaped me into the woman I am today. I am so looking forward to the day when we get to drop Lily off for her first term!

9. I love to travel and I've lived in a few different cities: El Paso, New York City, Austin, Salamanca (Spain) and San Antonio. San Antonio has been my favorite.

10. I would really like to become a DONA certified Doula. I'm pursuing my Master's degree in English Literature and initially wanted to become a college professor, but my pregnancy/birth experience has changed my life and I would love to facilitate this for other women.

12. I want to take Lily to Paris during this next Spring Break. Who's coming with us?!

13. I really want to get another tattoo soon. I have three now, but none of them are visible unless I'm wearing a bathing suit. 
14. I'm constantly trying to improve on my "housekeeping." I don't mind dishes, but I find laundry and especially putting the clothes away after laundry, really tedious.
15. We don't have tv. Well, we own two televisions, but don't have the "box" to access local channels or cable, so we just stream movies and shows from Netflix off of our Playstation 3. We've recently started to watch Breaking Bad and it is so good! 

16. I used to have a weird relationship with my body. Throughout high school and my first year of college, I was about 20 pounds heavier than I am now and would go on spurts of heavy dieting, working out, then gaining whatever weight back that I had lost. When I stopped obsessing and just ate when I was hungry and stopped when I was full, the weight fell off. I was worried that after my pregancy, I would have trouble losing the weight I had gained (40 lbs.), but I ended up losing it all and then some. This I credit to breastfeeding.

17. Lily will be 14 months old next week and I am still breastfeeding. I don't  have plans to stop anytime soon. 

18.  I'm not a night owl. I was always the first one to fall asleep at sleep overs and therefore have had my fair share of frozen bras and shaving cream on my face. I can remember calling my dad at 7 a.m. from my friends' houses to pick me up because I was the only one awake. 

19. Carl is a big time night owl. I always feel guilty falling asleep while he's still awake, but sometimes I

20.  I love thrifting. Like, I probably visit a thrift shop once a week. I even have a little "vignette" at a local thrift market where I sell a few of my finds. It's called, "Lily's Lot" and it desperately needs re-stocking.

Belated Birthday Post: Lily's Go-Green Garden Party!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Eeep! I'm about a month and a half late on this one, but better now than never, no? 

Since Carl was in El Paso for his internship during the month of June, I threw her a birthday party in San Antonio to celebrate with all her little friends before we flew to EP so celebrate with family. I'll be posted photos of both, but first here's a recap of her party here in San Antonio.

The venue was the San Antonio Public Library Foundation's garden and cottage. This party was a mostly DIY project, and I'm thrilled with how it all turned out. Happy belated birthday, my sweetness!

this is the garden where we threw the party.
sadly, our photog didn't snap a pic of the whole setup, but this gives you an idea...

singing to the birthday girl

i baked organic, gluten-free cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting from scratch. they don't look all that great, but they were really tasty, if i do say so myself..

anna & elliot

vanessa & max painting a birdhouse

crafts and handmade party hats

megan & pistol 

sammy & elliana

maria & lily
(maria is lily's daycare provider who we all adore)

lily & mary, our amazing neighbor who helped *a ton* that day

birthday girl face

our beautiful group of first-time mamas & babies 

lily & my mom, who drove in from el paso for the big day

 baby friends

 i love this shot of my sister, kiki and her family. they drove in from dallas to celebrate

birthday wishes!

Paddle On

Friday, August 10, 2012

Carl celebrated his twenty-ninth birthday on July 11, which fell on a Wednesday this year.

Carl has been dying to learn to kayak. He was bitten by the bicycling bug last year, and for his birthday, he got a nice road bike and set the goal of completing a triathalon (he reached that goal this past June). So, when a Groupon deal on a 3-hour long guided kayak tour showed up in my inbox, I snatched it up and planned a special day for the two of us. Since his birthday fell in the middle of the week, the kids would be at daycare and summer camp, so I packed up some trail mix, jerkey, hats and sunscreen and arranged for us to meet the kayak group at 8 a.m. on the day of Carl's birth. As luck would have it, we woke up that morning to a near-torrential downpour and our kayak trip was postponed. BOO. (Carl & I ended up making it a date-day since I had already gotten the day off work. It was great).

I rescheduled the kayak trip and a few Fridays ago, we finally went. It was SO fun. Like, so fun. And beautiful. And hard (more taxing than I had anticipated). I definitely got a work out (and totally flipped my kayak within five minutes of us being in the water) during our three-hour trip. We paddled down the San Marcos River which is about 40 minutes from where we live in San Antonio.

It was a lovely, lovely time. The scenery was straight out of a movie and the company was even better. Carl and I were the slow-pokes of the group and kind of half-floated-half-paddled the river, lazily and with little else on our minds than the cool, green water beneath us.


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