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Remembering Grams

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5 generations (from right to left: grams, grandma, me, elias, dad)

Earlier this year we lost my moms’ mom and I am truly heartbroken to say that earlier this week, we lost my great-grandmother. She was 92 and lived a very full life.

Grams was one of nine children, seven of whom she outlived. She had four children, three of whom she outlived – my grandmother (dads’ mom) is her only living child. She was able to watch her 10 grandchildren grow well into adulthood, most of her great-grandchildren reach adulthood and even live to see her great-great-grandchildren. The last time I saw her, she was able to hold Elias and I was blessed to get a video of it.

Grams holds a special place in my heart because I feel that I had an opportunity to experience life with her like none of her other great-grandchildren. When my mom and dad divorced, dad lived in Grams’ basement until he was able to move into his own apartment so my sister and I also lived there every other weekend because of custody arrangements.
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How To Survive (and enjoy!) The First Baby Beach Trip

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I know that in exactly one week it will officially be fall, but that gives me juuuuuust enough time to squeeze in this post. At the very least, it’ll be useful for someone next year. 🙂

We go to the beach every year (OBX, I hope you’re all doing okay down there!) and being due in May, we knew we’d be braving our very first family beach trip with a pretty tiny infant. Here’s the secret:

Don’t. Do. It.

Kidding! Totally kidding. 🙂

While it was much different than the trips we have gotten used to, it wasn’t the horror story some people make it out to be. We got so many comments like: “should you really be taking such a small baby”, “make sure he doesn’t overheat” and “he can’t” and “you can’t” and “can’t”, “can’t”, “can’t”. Which leads us to our first lesson.
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Recipe Roundup

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This is a pretty common Friday night at our house: cooking with my brother in our messy kitchen with my son strapped to me. Nothing could make me happier. 😀

It’s been a loooooong time since I’ve done a recipe roundup – Thanksgiving was the last one, I believe. Having a baby kicked my mom gear into overdrive (yes, having three younger siblings I already had a mom gear in place) and I can not stay out of the kitchen. I’ve been super busy baking and cooking since our son was born and I’ve been venturing further and further out of my tried and true comfort zone. Maybe binge watching The Great British Baking Show has something to do with it… read the post

Outfits

Beach Mama Style

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApocket tank / shorts in roadside blues / gladiators / soulfeel bracelet / coffee charm / hamsa charm / flower charm

Wow. Oh, wow.

It has been over a month since my last post. Full disclosure: I haven’t been all that inspired as far as outfits go. I’ve been kind of slumpy the past week and I think it’s a combination of the changing seasons, trying to get readjusted from our beach trip and trying to squeeze as much as possible into my schedule. I’ve been struggling to find that sweet spot in the balance of every day life and momming is winning.
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