Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Roundup

{photo by Steph Wright}

What a week! I have a one year old now, and can you believe how incredible the weather's been? And we have a three day weekend ahead of us, which I need because life is busy right now, but good busy,  the kind that leaves you exhausted but fulfilled, though I really wish I had time to veg with some Bloodline on Netflix. Have you seen that show? I've only watched 2 episodes, but I am hooked.

I did get my reading on this week, and here are your links.

Have fun this Memorial Day Weekend! 

1. I always get sucked into reading technology sci-fi-esque things, they creep me out, but I can't stop. A world where cognitive enhancement is the norm Hacking the Brain

2. Spotify will match your music to your running pace and I am {{running}} A LOT these days, so it could come in handy.

6. I really enjoyed this one. The only technique to learn something new

Monday, May 18, 2015

#12monthsofben: 12 Months - It's a Birthday!

Benjamin is 12 months old today.

Likes: The park, dirt, rocks, balloons, hugs, cuddling, wrestling, pillows, other kids, dogs, and peek-a-boo.
Dislikes: Carrots, closed doors, closed drawers, wearing socks.

This is the last month of #12monthsofben, my baby turns one today. I feel so many things at the same time it's hard to express my thoughts, but I will say this: Sometimes I wish Benjamin was still a minute old, tiny and soft laying on my chest, but I cannot deny the happiness and joy he brings to our lives every day he grows. Just when Tim and I think that 'this is the best stage' it gets better. This year has not come without hardships, but we can hardly think of them because the miracle that blossoms in front of our eyes daily overshadows them, and it's worth every sacrifice. We are blessed beyond measure.

Happy birthday sweet baby boy, we love you so, so very much. God bless every one of your steps.

Before you were conceived, I carried a part of you in my soul. When I met your father, I looked into his eyes and saw the other part of you, and knew you, and prayed that you would come to be.

Before you were born, I carried you in my womb. When you were restless I sang to you, and soothed you, and told you how I loved you. 

When you were born, I carried you in my arms. I kissed you, and held you, and put you to my breast, so that you would know that there is light, and warmth, and goodness in the world. 

Later, I wrapped you in cloth and carried you close to my heart. I held you close so that you could hear that my heart beats like yours; that we are the same, you and I, and that you would never have to cry alone. 

After a while, I carried you on my back so that you could look at the world with confidence and joy, and know that you belonged; so that you could share all of the beauty of the world as an equal to all that live in it. 

Now, later still, I carry you when you are tired or fearful, so that you know that no matter how weary you become, or what life holds, you can always depend on others for support and comfort. 

When you grow older, my darling, and your adventures take you further from my arms, know that even in my last hour I will carry you. I will carry you in my heart for you are always with me. I will carry you always. - Christine McGuire 

P.S. His I AM ONE t-shirt is by {{Hatcher Press}}, the birthday cake was a gift from my friend Amy Anderson, and if you need a deliciously beautiful cake made, she's your girl!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Mamas!

Here's a picture of the best mama and abuela I know, and the baby who made me a mama almost one year ago. Hands down the best year of my life.

Happy Mother's Day Mamas!
Much love to you!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Not a Friday Roundup

{my babes}

So sorry you guys, I don't have a roundup for you because this week was packed full and I regret to say that I have not read a thing, but I give myself permission not to feel bad about it, and I'm taking this afternoon to spend with Ben and Tim, who left work early. Yay! 

How about you take some time too? Go check out some art, take the dog on a trail, catch up with a friend. Surely the world can wait.

Have a nice weekend!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Let's catch up

This picture was taken exactly one year ago today. A lot has changed, and little has changed. For instance, last year pregnant me waddled around that lagoon, today I ran around that lagoon pushing Ben in the Chariot. Today, just like last year at this time, the weather is amazing, and amusingly enough, today I also had a sucker.

I haven't blogged a lot lately other than the Friday roundups because in one way or another I am always occupied, and that is probably the thing that has changed the most since that belly became a baby, I am always on the go... or trying to sleep, sleeping is a parent's best friend.

How about you? What are you up to today? Do you remember what you did last year at this time? Let's catch up?

P.S. May the 4th be with you.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Roundup

{via Nike}

I don't remember exactly when I began running, but I haven't stopped since I started, and all this time me and the road/trail have had a beautiful love affair, and as anyone who's ever been in love understands, it's not love if it doesn't change you.

A few years ago the thought of running a race would have been unthinkable, and if you've followed this blog long enough, you may remember that one time I fractured my foot training, but quitters don't run, and runners don't quit, so I'm training again for my first half marathon.

My goal is to finish and not get injured, and to be honest I am a little scared, but the best parts of life are beyond our comfort zone, past the fear, in that place where we find out what we're really made of. 

So there's only one thing to do. Run.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Enjoy your weekend!

P.S. Holy cow, it's May already!

1. I have always been intrigued by this woman and I really hope to make time to watch the movie Review: In 'Iris,' Albert Maysles Explores Iris Apfel's Style

4. "Taco Bell is the best Mexican food I ever ate". This piece is beautifully written Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Roundup

{via Loopy Mango}

I knit, did you know that about me? Maybe not because I haven't done it in a long time, but I come from a family of skilled knitters, though I rank among the least skilled of them, mainly due to the fact that I refused to learn until way into my twenties. 

You think that as soon as I found out that I was pregnant I would have hit the needles, but it wasn't so. Instead my mom and my aunt knit almost every sweater Benjamin has ever worn, beautiful pieces that I will treasure forever and maybe pass down to his kids one day, because that is the beauty of creating, being able to not only transform material into something useful, but to be able to pour love into every stitch. That's it! It's wearable love.

I decided I wanted to get back on the knitting saddle and make a REALLY chunky throw for my downstairs, but my dreams were truncated once I found out the cost of chunky yarn. You guys, it's so expensive! To give you an idea, a regular skein of yarn is roughly $6, these are $50 or more, yikes! But then Sunny, the woman I call my second mom, surprised me with the yarn, needles, and even a pattern, AND I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED I'M TALKING IN ALL CAPS.

So guess what I'll be doing while Ben naps? Now wish me luck so I don't drop any stitches.

What are you doing this weekend?

1. What you email inbox reveals about your personality I don't ever remember seeing my inbox at zero.

4. This happens to me all the time Help! I Can't Stop Thinking in Emoji!

5. "She had applied for more than 15 corporate jobs, within and outside of Starbucks. Again and again, though, she had been passed over in favor of other candidates with more formal education. This was a woman who had raised three children largely on her own and had started a nonprofit to help homeless people in her area. She had experience, competence, and drive. what she didn't have-  like three-quarters of Starbucks employees, an an equal share of American adults-was a bachelors degree." The Upwardly Mobile Barrista

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