sissy gets hitched!

My sister's wedding is this week! It will be Saturday in Whistler, British Columbia. Whistler is a cute ski village that Colleen and her fiance Sanjay like to visit. We leave tomorrow, flying into Vancouver, spending one night there, and then driving 1.5 hours to Whistler. 

We are having a family dinner on Wednesday, a mednhi on Thursday (where you get henna tattoos), the hindu ceremony on Friday, followed by a welcoming dinner, the ceremony/reception on Saturday, and a brunch on Sunday! Whew! It will be exhausting but fun! We don't come until Monday, Memorial Day. Here is the invite I made for her:


double beach trips!

This month, I was really spoiled and went to the beach twice! Matt, Ruthie and I went to Seabrook Island, SC with our friends Nicki and Clay, and their two year old twins. We had an amazing time, and it was actually more relaxing than I thought it would be! Ruthie loved the sand, but the ocean, not so much.

The next week, Ruthie, my mom and I went down to Anna Maria Island and hung out with my friend Sarah Jean. We met her new baby boy Houston. I also got to see my friend and old roommate, Caleb. We had a blast! Here are some photos of both trips:


15 months!

I know I say this every month, but I can't believe Ruthie is 15 months!! Her personality has really come alive, and Matt keeps saying "no, this is my favorite age!" She is a really good eater, I just have to add salt and butter to veggies :-). She started walking a month ago, and is everywhere now! She loves reading books and magazines, more than playing with her toys. Ruthie loves her walks in the stroller, her swing, and her baths. She can say "mama, dada, uh-oh, and hi!" She still sleeps through the night, but her naps are a little shorter now. She is such a delight!


14 months!

At 14 months you are on the move girl! Ruthie has taken a few steps (I think 12 is the number to beat) and it curious about everything. She is eating a lot more, but inconsistent in that area. She can say "uh-oh, dada, mama." She is still napping twice a day, gets up at 7:30am and goes to bed at 7:30. Still sleeping through the night!! She is really getting a personality and we are enjoying her so much!


my life lately

This weekend I am taking Ruthie to see my grandmother in New York. My mom is going with me, but I'm still nervous about the flight and other logistics like getting the car seat in!! (Matt does it a lot better than me) I hope it will be a good trip, even though it may be a little sad (we are going to help my grandmother pack because she is moving to an assisted living place soon). 

Other than that, things have been ok. Busy, but ok. Matt's job at King of Pops is really picking up since its almost spring. My mom got a cute puppy named Matilda, though she may be a bit too much "puppy" for her.

My sister Colleen's wedding is in two months. I designed the wedding invitations -- I will post them on the blog later. The wedding is in Whistler, BC. We are going to leave Ruthie with Matt's parents in the mountains. We will be gone almost a week! I know we will miss her a lot.

My other sister Kathleen and her husband Chris sold their house half a mile away, and built a house on our street! It will be so fun to be five houses down from them. It is beautiful and I'm totally getting house envy.

I started training today for a half marathon I'm doing with Chris on June 10th. I'm nervous about it, but hopefully if I stick to the training pretty much, I won't collapse during the race! 

Life is busy, but good! Here are some photos of my life right now:


13 months

Ruthie Girl has taken one step! She is still napping twice a day, although they have been shortened from two hours to 1.5 hours. She can raise her hands in the air when you ask her how big she is. When you say "blow a kiss" she makes a noise with her hand -- it's so cute! Her crawling is on point! She is so fast. She loves antagonizing Maebe :-). She is loving her books -- flipping through the pages like she knows how to read!


my baby is 1!

I can't believe it's been a whole year since Ruthie graced us with her presence. She has brought us so much laughter and joy and love in these past twelve months. She is now standing by herself (only for a few minutes), eats pretty much everything, and says a few words like "uh-oh" and "dada" Matt swears she said "mama" one day but I missed it! She is an overall happy baby (despite current teething) and laughs a lot. We enjoy our daily walks, and our daily baths too! She loves chasing Maebe around, and bothering her while she's trying to eat. :-)

She celebrated her one year birthday by getting dedicated at our church. It was so sweet. Matt spoke in front of the church about how she was named after four strong, faithful women: Mary and Ruth from the Bible, my mom Mary, and Matt's grandmother Mary Ruth. She got to enjoy a smash cake and had tons of people there to celebrate her!