30th birthday california trip recap!

Better late than never! For our 30th birthdays, my college friends Kelly and Ashley went to Northern California for five days without the kiddos to celebrate! We stayed two nights with my sister and Sanjay in San Francisco, and then drove four hours north to Westport, where Ashley's family owns a home on the coast.

In SF we hung out at Dolores Park, which is right near my sister's condo. We also did a day trip to Sausalito, and took the ferry back. That is where the windy picture was taken! On the way to Westport, we stopped at a few wineries which was so relaxing. The drive was so pretty, each curve was a gorgeous view (besides Kelly throwing up once :-). 

The sweet town of Westport is home to only 50 residents. It. is. tiny. One day we drove 40 minutes into Mendocino, which is a really cute town on the water. Another day Kelly and Ashley went to the Sea Glass Beach which they said was neat, but I actually stayed at the house and read outside! I also napped. It was marvelous. Every night we would drink wine in the hot tub while watching the sunset.

It was sad to leave, but I was missing Ruthie. Matt was a trooper by watching her! Here are the photos of the trip!


ruthie's nursery photos

Better late than never right? Actually I was waiting for the final touch to Ruthie's nursery -- a painting by my very talented niece Mary Grace. We love it so much!

Because we didn't know Ruthie's gender before the delivery, I went with gray and yellow for the colors (to be honest, I probably would have still done yellow instead of pink). My friend Kandice gave me the cute signs that say Be Brave Little One, and You Are Our Greatest Adventure. 

On the shelf is a music box and teacup that I had when I was a baby. My mom gave those to me at my baby shower.

My brother-in-law built the changing table for my nephew, Myer. I love how it has the little compartments to hold everything she needs, and the milk crates I registered for fit perfectly underneath to hold the diapers. It's a big changing table and a small room, but it fit perfectly in the closet.

I wanted my dad to be present in the room, so I put his old guitar that he gave to me in there, as well as a framed photo of him. I want her to know how great of a man her Pop Pop was.

I love this little nursery, and I hope Ruthie grows to love her room too!


i'm the mom of an 8 month old!

Ruthie is eight months today! She gives us more and more each day with her fun personality. Her smile is contagious, and she makes us laugh with her movements (especially her clapping). She isn't crawling yet, but has rocked in her knees. She likes most solids, but fruit is her favorite. It's getting harder to leave her with her toys for a long time, as her "antsyness" level has gone up!