| thirty-two // fifty-two |

The first four days of Ohio living and we have been loving Ohio. It’s amazing how a move and change can just feel so right! We packed a lot into our first weekend since we found out this mama will be employed sooner than expected (yay!). 

Two things from our reunion were clear; one was that Harper has changed and developed so much in the week, and second was someone is in LOVE with grandma and poppa! Between all the ice cream, the dog, the multiple trips for Mexican, and the constant shower of love and affection it’s easy to see why she has enjoyed it. These last four days have been a whirlwind of unpacking, reorganizing, adventures and reconnecting. 

We did notice a new separation fear, for the first two days someone had to nap with her, almost sleep with her, or she would be manic. We are slowly phasing out of that, re-introducing potty training, and beginning to plan for baby cousin and  2nd birthdays!

// favorite past-time //

Feeding the dog from her high chair has become Harper’s favorite thing to do during mealtime. She claps, says yay, and the dog is happy. They have been in a bit of a power struggle the past week and we are hoping this new give and take relationship will help with that! Don’t bite the hand that feeds, literally!

// favorite new toy //

Harper got her birthday tricycle a few days early and even though she is about 6″ too short to petal she is in love with her new bike. She scoots it down the driveway, rings the bell and asks to sit in it. I must admit it’s a pretty sweet ride.

| mama musing // wallpaper |

// left to right //

1. decoist 2. 100 Layer Cakelet 

// left to right //

1. little hands illustration 2. chanel bags and cigarette drags 3. decoist 4. domino

Growing up I remember always being excited when we would move because my mom would take my sister and I to go pick out our very own wallpaper for our rooms. We were children of the eighties, sue me! Lately I have been falling back in love with beautifully designed wallpaper, with a modern twist of course.

Since our little trip to the shore and seeing the breathtaking shibori inspired restaurant wall I have been pinning my heart out to get inspiration for our soon (hopefully) forever home!

Check out more of my interior obsessions here

| thirty-one // fifty-two |

On Tuesday we spent out last day together as a family before shipping Harper off to her grandma’s for a week while we finished packing. We spent that last day with my husband’s family honoring the memory of his mom-mom and pop-pop. We gathered their ashes in a little tote bag and headed to the bay where they had spent many happy summers. We visited all their favorite spots, said a few prayers and then had a toast and ate some ice cream cake. 

It was a very emotional day for my husband who had been incredibly close with his grandparents and saw them as his parental figures. It was one of those days in your marriage you feel such strong empathy for this person you love, and feel so amazed to share an amazing connection with another human being. It was a beautiful last day, and such a great good-bye to this part of the country that has been such a huge part of my husband’s life. 

In just three days we will be reunited with our little one, and begin our new chapter in the mid-west. Together as a family!

// newest love //

Grandma is a hit! I am amazed by how quickly Harper has taken to my mother. As my dear friend said, “who wouldn’t love your mom!” Honestly, I was a little worried since I have never spent a day, let alone five, away from my little one. We had one FaceTime full of tears, but everything else has been “my grandma” and it makes me so proud of our little brave girl!

// most adorable //

My mom has a piano and was excited to show Harper. Needless to say it has been a hit!

| mama musings // embroidered jackets |

It may be a million degrees out but my eyes are looking ahead to Fall. Call it a symptom of working in retail that by the time the weather has settled into one season you are looking ahead to what is next! I always have my little new season wish list, as I am trying to be more minimal in my wardrobe I kept my list to only 5 items. Top of the list? Embroidered jacket! I picture it with a pair of vintage Levis, tall heeled boot and a great crisp top. 

I know, I am trying to be good and then straight off of the list with a super trendy item but the Grease lover in me needs it. Obviously I have a slight denim addiction so I am working on upgrading one of my vintage jackets, but after much hunting found an awesome little jacket that didn’t break the bank. Sadly it seems I wasn’t the only person on the hunt since it seems to have sold out at Zara pretty fast. So here’s a little jacket porn to get you dreaming of Fall!

// left to right //

One. Two. Three. Four.

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| thirty // twenty-nine |

Because this week is all about getting ready for doe and fawn to head (mid)West. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind between rushing to get all the big packing done during naps, ending work, and having the air go out in my car. This little girl has been a trooper through all the change, and the reality of leaving her for five, yes count them FIVE, days while we finish our final transition from Philadelphia to Ohio. 

This portrait seemed appropriate considering the fact that it I can barely even reach for a camera or phone without a level-3 meltdown. Somehow during this little trip to Home Depot, when I learned why these little carts are little magic made in heaven, she asked to see the plants and allowed me to snap this picture. It also was great foreshadowing of our week ahead. 

Did I mentioned that I am needing to prepare for a 7 hour trip with this little one? Advice is encouraged…and needed!

// biggest “aww..” moment //

Harper went to give my husband his nightly hug, leaned in and said “I love you Daddy.” The tears came, we all hugged and she had no idea how much that melted each of our hearts.

// death defying trick //

Her favorite thing to make my heart drop into my stomach is to ask to “walkies hands” then to “touch the window” which means that she wants to stand in our two story window but not have mommy hold her. So yeah, that doesn’t at all scare the crap out of me.

| twenty-nine // fifty-two |

Because this week we went to one of my favorite brunch spots to eat in a greenhouse, buy a plant, and do a little shopping. This girl was a picture of perfection during our brunch, only later our little toddler came out to play. But more about that later…

These next few weeks we are trying to squeeze in every favorite we have in this city. Terrain is my favorite place for brunch, mostly because of the fact you get to eat truffle fries in a greenhouse. I was excited to see all the beautiful flowers out for this girl to stop a smell. We bought a plant for our lovely sitter and played with the gravel. 

Wildflowers always hold a special place in my heart since my grandfather, who Harper got her middle from, always kept a beautiful garden in their backyard filled with pathways, butterflies and some of my fondest childhood memories. I love that this little one seems to feel the same since we had to stop to smell each one. Once we went from flowers to playing with gravel we decided to pack up and head into the city to bring Dad our leftovers. 

Due to lack of nap our visit to the city became an emotional one, and I know I may sound terrible for saying it but her crying face makes me so happy. It’s just the most precious and heartbreaking thing wrapped with sweetness. I know when we are elbow deep in those terrible twos I may not feel the same way but for now each cry makes my heart melt for more reasons then one. 

// life-ending addiction //

This girl with the phone has become epic. The meltdowns asking for mommy’s phone are those parent legends are made of. We gave her one of our old phones so she could see “pictures of baby” and test mommy and daddy’s phones seem to be all that matter. How have other people dealt with this? Seriously need some assistance!

// sweetest moments //

After much fighting now this girl asks for kisses. Before bed, in the middle of a conversation or sometimes when she just misses you. Be still my heart.

| mama musings // last days of summer |

Being a child of the mid-west I have grown up always anticipating the next season. August means it is time to grab those sweaters and get your winter jacket on stand-by, but when it’s nature’s sauna out all you can do it wear that same wispy dress everyday. Yup, it’s a style rut, happens to the best of us. August is here, which leaves us at that weird time when we have made our way through our closets at least 6 times, stores are transitioning into Fall, the September issues are just around the corner, and it 95 degrees out with 100% humidity. I don’t know abo anyone else but this time of year makes me look at my closet with a look of confusion and and fear…what do I wear?

Here are some looks that have this mama loving those last days of summer and  dreaming of Fall beginnings.

Left to right:

one // two // three // four

  Left to right:

one // two // three

| twenty-eight // fifty-two |

My little beach bunny at Cape May. I cheated a bit and used the pictures I finally got around to editing from last week’s trip. In my defense it was a pretty epic trip that packed in a lot of fun, in a small amount of time. 

After getting twisted around by the surf and chomping on some ice cream, we headed over to Congress Hall Hotel to play on the lawn. When I was 7 months pregnant Dan and I spent three magical days at this hotel for our babymoon. We relaxed by the pool, hung out in a beach bungalow and really got to talk about becoming parents and what it meant to us. It seemed fitting that towards the end of Harper’s time on the east coast we would take her here. I will always have fond memories of this place and that trip!

// new obsession //

We have had a few thunderstorms this week and turns out Harper loves them as much as her mommy and daddy! She loved watching the sky light up, the sounds of the rain hitting the glass and the claps of thunder. She now asks to go to the window to touch the rain but seems bummed to see the sun. 

// toddler-ism //

This baby is refusing to sleep, or nap, or just chill! She is sooooooo tired but will sleep for 20 minutes and scream in exhaustion till about an hour after bed time. Think I need to look into a two year old sleep regression, this mommy is spent!