Tuesday, December 25, 2012

When Owen met Santa...

Just so we have it save some where for posterity. Not sure of OR a fan of the bearded man.

Hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

sugar and spice

Just had to share this darling pic of SJP with her 2 sweet girls.  OMG pig tails and sweet coats and shoes... I die.  Little girls clothes are so much cuter than guys.  Although my boy can rock some overalls and a sweet sweater and cords like no other.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

i belong with you, you belong with me

everyone knows and loves The Lumineers.  this song took over my summer playlist and now the radios are playing it as well.  this morning while driving o to school i heard it and tears stung my eyes. 

"i belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweeeethearttt".  

i really just need to have a good cry for those sweet babies but haven't yet. i catch myself tearing up and the lump coming up my throat but i fight it back down.  i am scared if i start i might not be able to stop. 

Lord, help those families and heal their hearts.  bring something good to their lives to help fill the void that was left during this time that is suppose to be filled with children's laughter and delight in the magic of it all... i will never be able to wrap my brain around it all. and the teachers, who were just going to work to teach and protected those children to the fullest extent. If anything, we have been affected by this to the point of change. I hope.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

hey santa - i left something off my list...

it's over at the FURBISH...do you mind?

a few of my favorite things...

so having a child in daycare [or school as we like to call it] means i have to make / buy things for the teachers to show my utter gratitude for taking care of my wonderful child [i.e. making sure he naps/eats/doesn't sit in poop all day and maybe sing him a song or two while your at it]. 

it is hard enough for me to hangout with my guy for one full day and keep him happy so big props to this ladies who bust it out with 8 babies at their knees.  these ladies are seriously amazing and i know it takes special SPECIAL people to take care of others with the love and care they show my guy every day.

to show them my unwavering gratitude i plan to do something i have not yet truly embraced - the art of baking... so here are a few of my favs on the Pinterest i plan to wip up over the weekend for these lovlies...

salted caramels YES PLEASE

peppermint bark Bells to the Yeah 

Buckeyes Get in my belly

i just hope the hubs keeps his paws off so they actually make it to the school.. hope they love them!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fra la la la laaaaa

Just a few haps around case de Archer for the holidays...

owen's fab advent calendar created by his gramma, aunts and uncle

our tree, a little hazy but so perfect

lights on the mantel.  new for 2012 but added the perfect touch.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


The one and only camera pic I got of our sweet boy on his big day. We ventured out to the children's museum with some friends in town for the holiday and crawled around and played til our hearts and nap time allowed. I was fighting a stomach bug and couldn't believe all the time I was worried about o catching something I was the one to get sick as a dog. But as a mom I had my first suck it up for your kid moment and trucked it out to give my boy some smiles on his big day.
He had a fantastic party with lots of family and friends cheering him on. I can't imagine our life without him and am so thankful for this year.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Need I say more?

Thankful. all day long.

Photo by Emily Elrod Photography

Sunday, November 18, 2012


I have become a big reader of the lovely Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers so I thought I would do my own little confessions post....

- I have serious buyers remorse when I buy something I know I don't need, like the sweater dress I snagged at the GNO event Friday night.... it was just screaming my name and I have like at least 4 things I can wear it to coming up.... I hope.

- I never put on make up in the morning anymore.  And I sometimes hardly take the time to look in the mirror before I leave the house.  I could probably be walking around with food on my face or a huge zit and wouldn't even know it. #momproblems

- Decorating for the holidays really stresses me out.  I used to be so good about changing our decorations seasonally and now it is all I can do to put a wreath on the door.  I think it has to do with our house and how I am so tired of it but I know I need to love what I have and where we are in our life in the moment. But shiz is hard to do sometimes!

- I don't ever make dinner or meals for John and I to eat.  He cooks almost every night. If he doesn't cook we order out.  I thank my lucky stars for that one.  He is an amazing cook. I can come up with meals and plan them out but can't actually bring them to the table.

- I am secretly in love with Andy Cohen.  Not like I wanna have his babies kinda way but I wanna be chilling  up in the Bravo Clubhouse every night with him chatting it up about those crazy housewives.  and Jeff Lewis. Andy is just so cute and funny (crazy eye and all).

- I love to vacuum.

- I hate to dust.

-  I can barely remember my college years.  I made great friends who I still keep in touch with but everything is just such a blur.  And I wasn't that drunk all the time ;)...If it wasn't for Facebook I might not remember half my college friends. Eekkkk!

- My heart melts about ten thousand times a day looking at Owen and then looking at Owen and John together.

Pay no attention to the massive double chin.  Just look at that adorable face starring right atcha!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Little things

I have been trying to get a good styled functional bedside table for a long time. It is finally falling into place.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Lost blogger

I wish I could blog daily. It is so hard to stay motivated and I am good about my Facebook and my Instagram. I want to be more productive with my blogging.

That said here is a big dump of photos since August!

Trader Joe's

Most recent flowers from our newest neighborhood market!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

8.5 months

I can't get enough of this little guy!!

Monday, July 23, 2012


Our little guy loves hats. And this one is his fav.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Holy yumyum

My goodness these are delish.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Doesn't this just break your heart?

RIP Doc Watson.

new do

So I am going to see the magical Shannon tomorrow for my bi-annual haircut.  I have a few thoughts in mind, but am leaning towards this short bobish can still wear in a pony/pulled back. Gorgeous pics!!

Images found via From Me to You.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Today we are back at it. Work, routines, as vacation has come and gone. It is the hardest to leave you in the mornings now that you are bigger and doing so much more. I take mental pictures in my mind every chance I get. You falling asleep in my arms by the ocean listening to the waves- click goes my mental flash. You looking up at me and running your fingers through my hair during a feeding- click. You laughing out loud while I tickle under your chin- click click. So many moments I need to protect for the ones I will miss. No one can ever imagine this love until they have it. Holding it and cradling it as long as we can. You are the most precious magical surprising sparkle in my eye and you will never know how much I love you.
Thank you O for coming into my life.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Nothing finer

Than to be on a Carolina beach in the morning.
Owen first view of the Atlantic. Simply breathtaking.

Friday, May 18, 2012

March turns to May...

I have no excuses for my lack of posting. Lots has been going on and life is just speeding right along.  April was a great month. Work was busy, the weather was great, O got 2 teeth and we celebrated John's birthday.

Just a few pics of what we've been up to.

Hey feet! 

I got a bumbo!

Nana Haymore got this swing, and it was a huge hit!

 O finally met sweet Evelyn Ulrich. "How you doing?"

 And there was some oatmeal eating.

 Sweet Mary Wren Coil finally joined us.

 O you are such a good sport.

Enjoying your first DASH game. You loved it!

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Springtime is an extremely busy time for the hubs work. Quality time is more important than ever, especially now that we have Owen.  The weather has been amazing and we took full advantage Friday afternoon.  Throwing a quilt out in the backyard and just laying under the clouds with our baby boy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I've decided

That these are a must have.

via Jane

Mint seriously would go with everything! And such a nice switch up from white jeans.

Love the whole outfit actually. Love the bag, Love the nail polish, Love the hair tie on the wrist ;). Well played, Jane.

Monday, March 12, 2012

New Neighbor

Guess who's moving in?

We are soooo excited!! This has been so long overdue and WS will treat you so right Joe! :) xoxo!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

It never ends...

My love for Jon Hamm.

Who, me?

Sweet boy a few weeks back. Things change so fast, hair is filling in on top now! Poor guy ;) All his dad wants his to him to have some luscious locks. Soon enough papa!

Emily Elrod was gracious enough to come spend her morning photographing O and couldn't get one smile out of him. He is such a trickster. Then, of course all afternoon he was smiles! Ahh, silly boy. Check her out - she is pretty great.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Doing OK

Well we are 3 weeks into working mom and one word to describe it would have to be tough. O hasn't been the best sleeper these past few weeks and we are doing our best to stay to a routine at night and get him to sleep before he "melts". Melts=meltdown=no fun.

But we are doing ok, right buddy? My girlfriend, and co-super mama sent me this link to a video that just about sums it up.

It's ok, you can cry, I did. ;)

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Our little family has had lots of firsts in these last 12 weeks. And tomorrow will be mom's first day back to work. I am seriously feeling like it's my first day of school, packing my bags, making lists trying to be as organized and prepared as possible. Your sweet gram Joy is staying with you and (I think) she is feeling the same way. It will be a journey for us all and we will do it. Because that is the one thing I have learned since being a mom. You just have to do it. Breastfeeding, pumping, moving you to your crib, no more swaddling, feeding you bottles, figuring out how to make you stop crying and how to make you laugh (which comes much easier than stopping the tears, boo). 

First Family shot.

 First night home from hospital. You just look so tiny!

 First Holidays together.

First laughs!

But we will have many more firsts and we will make it through them all. Together. Love you O!!