Monday, July 29, 2013

The Big, Fun, American Wedding

What a GREAT weekend we had! We trekked to Eastern Washington again, for my cousin's wedding. I'm so excited that we've seen her and her husband a few times already this summer as usually it's a once-a-year-thing, if that.

Can we talk about how gorgeous she is? I just kept thinking that she looked like some 1940's starlet.
Yes I totally stole this from her photographers - hope they don't mind.
The thing I love about the weddings I've attended in Eastern Washington is they can be held in people's back yards because over there people have land, rather than houses smooshed together. It completely gives the wedding a laid-back, fun vibe, and that's totally what this was.


It was held in her Dad's back yard, everyone was seated at tables with Sarah and Uncle Dave walking down the aisle between tables. Since Sarah and Chris were already married, they did a quick ceremony of the unity candle and some quick speeches.

The ceremony didn't last long, but of course I was that mom with the toddler who talked through the whole thing. Peanut was sitting on B's lap so I had Bug. He wanted down so he could run around; not even distracting him with Cheddar Bunnies was helping. Eventually he made his way over to B, kneeling on his lap facing him. The tiniest of hummingbirds flitted through the tent (seriously, it looked like a butterfly) when Bug shouted, "A hummin'bird!" We quietly confirmed when he started shouting, "Tweet tweet!  Tweet tweet!" and smiling at B. It was one of those times where you couldn't help but smile which only encouraged him. Thank goodness the ceremony didn't last long or I would have been even more mortified. And then it was time to party!

We feasted on BBQ - at least everyone else did, I more or less inhaled mine because I was chasing Bambinos.

It was a plaid kind of day for the little-boy cousins
They wanted to play in the big front yard most of the time so when it came time for speeches, I bribed them with cupcakes. I told Peanut, "We're going to watch them talk, and then eat cupcakes." So Peanut hopped into a chair at the nearest table and said, "Hey guys, I need a cupcake!" I ushered him to our table and onto my lap where he proceeded to talk about cupcakes the whole time.


I didn't think it was possible for anyone on earth to be cuter than Sarah's husband Chris, but I think his Dad might be. He gave the funniest speech. And, I just love his English accent. I only talked to Chris's parents briefly near the end, but it seems as if Sarah married into a great family.


I didn't see much of the dances, but happiness just radiated from Uncle Dave as he danced with Sarah.


After cupcakes came dancing and of course the minute I mentioned dancing Peanut ran from the front yard to the back deck and joined right in. That boy loves him some music!

Do you see the look of joy on his face?
In a stroke of geniusness, I brought the bambinos pajamas and tooth brushes 'cause I knew they'd fall asleep in the car on the way back to my aunt and uncle's. We changed them and let them dance and run around a little more when Peanut walks by the cupcake table and said, "I need a cupcake," to no one in particular. He's a crack-up.

For once I wanted to be on the other side of the camera. And this is the best we got.
After stalling and staying to hang out with my family as much as possible, we finally decided we needed to leave. On the way home we saw a porcupine which was kinda cool 'cause I've never seen one in "real life."

When my aunt, uncle and cousins came home, they were all chattering about what a great time they had and how much fun everyone was. I guess everyone was dancing - and we missed it! I think my family should have a fake wedding every summer because they're just so fun at weddings and I want B to experience it.

Or I guess we could just have dance parties. I bet my fam would be down for that.

Sami's Shenanigans



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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Arrow Love

I've been obsessed with arrows lately. Maybe it's the Cherokee in me. I want it in jewelry, home decor, maybe even a tattoo.

As usual, I turned to Etsy to see what I can find. 

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Get on my body now!

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How fun are these?! I'd have it pointing toward the bedroom.

I even want some arrows on pillows. I can't find exactly what I want so I might just make my own.

Wait.

Did I just write that?

How did this Undomestic Mama end up wanting to make her own pillows?!? I can't really sew.

If I remember right, it wasn't too difficult the last time I made a pillow.



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Friday, July 19, 2013

Boy Culture

Since the day I first held my little bambinos in my arms, I knew I had a very important roll in their lives.

Of course it was up to me to feed them and cuddle them and make sure they were diapered and happy. But I knew that as they grew, I wanted to try and break a cycle in which so many boys/men seem to be crippled. 

In a time when it seems like a lot of my guy friends have commitment issues, they do things because "that's what men do" and they're afraid to be a little emotional, I want to teach my boys that it's okay to love and be loved, it's okay to show emotion and it's a sign of strength and compassion rather than weakness.

I wasn't planning on writing a post today, but then I saw this post by Rebecca Wolf and was reminded about how so much  work is being done on women and little girls: Barbie is being re-imagined, Dove has the Campaign for Real Beauty, countless articles have been written about Princess Culture. Who is standing up for our boys? 

Who is teaching them that it's okay to love someone with all your heart? 

Who is teaching them that letting someone love them is a gift?

Who is teaching them that showing emotion and maybe even crying in public is not a sign of weakness but it's a sign of humanity and compassion. Emotion means you're alive. It means you feel deeply about something. It means you're human. 

I don't want my boys to think they have to be a "player" or "sow their oats" before they settle down. I want them to date, sure, but I want them to do it the "right" way taking into account the feelings of everyone involved and not just their own.

I don't want them to push someone away because they're afraid of the deep feelings they have for this person. I want them to take it slow and explore these feelings.

I don't want them to think they have to wipe away their tears or hide that they're hurt. 

When Peanut's trying to hold in his cries, I always hug him and tell him, "It's ok to cry, let it out." We've never told them they can't cry; where are they learning it from? Is it so ingrained in our boys' DNA that they somehow know they shouldn't show emotion even at 2. 5 years old? (And by 'our' boys I mean everyone's boys as this is not a singular problem.)

I want to break that cycle. I've made it my job. To some extent, their dad helps but as he's one of the men that is somewhat part of the cycle, he can only contribute so much.

I want my boys to grow up and be strong and masculine. 



mas·cu·line
[mas-kyuh-lin]  adjective
1.pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men: masculine attire
2.
having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength and boldness.   

To me, strength lies not only in the physical but also in the emotional. 

What do you think? Am I totally missing the mark? Is this not as wide-spread of a problem as I think? Please share!



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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fascinated

Ever since my cousins bridal shower, I've been obsessed with fascinators.


She wore this adorable one at her shower. She calls it a knock-off of one Kate Middleton wore; I call it adorable.  If anyone can pull off a fascinator at the end of May in a small town in the middle of Washington, she can. 

One thing you've probably noticed about me is I love themes. I love a good theme party. Or, just parties in general. Of course, weddings don't usually have strong themes but since Sarah's husband is British, why not go with that? I thought it might be fun to give a little nod to him upon dressing myself for their wedding. 

At least once a week I scour Etsy to see what I can come up with.

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This one reminds me....I used to play dress up with a fascinator from the 20's, I wonder where it went.
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How did they get this dog to sit still and wear a fascinator?!

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Perfect for Halloween?


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 Doesn't this girl kind of look like Sarah? And they both kind of look like the Duchess.

As you can see, Etsy has a bit of everything, you can even buy supplies to make your own. Although I'd prefer to rock one more similar in style to Sarah's, I think that it would seem like I'm trying to bring attention to myself, and I don't want to be one of those cousins.  
 
I'm not saying these two tried to call attention to themselves on William and Kate's big day. They just happen to be Prince William's cousins like I am Sarah's


I might go with a simple flower in my hair which you can still find under "fascinators" on Etsy, but I don't really think of them as fascinators at all.

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This one's kind of pretty.

What do you think? Am I the only person who thinks fascinators are kind of fun? 

Will you also do me a favor and click on one of the million times I linked to Sarah's name in this post so you can check out her new blog? She tells good stories!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lindsay Loves: Workout Gear

To say I've fallen for MixxedFit is an understatement. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this already, but at the end of June I got certified to teach! I don't have any plans to teach anywhere at the moment but this is huge for me.

My want list is usually ten miles long, but lately it's consisted of workout gear more than actual clothes. During the Nordstrom sale, I picked these up.

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There's a reason they're called the Live in Leggings. I seriously want to wear them all day every day. They're just the right length and they're reversible. I wish it was acceptable to wear them to work.

A few months ago I also bought these
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They're more of a raspberry color and I'm absolutely in love. They are so light and so comfy - I forget I'm wearing shoes. As someone who walks through gravel barefoot all the time (B says that's weird, is that weird?) it's cool to be able to wear shoes and not feel like I'm wearing them. Plus, I have really weird shaped feet so there's not rubbing of my toes after a whole hour of dancing.

The third thing on my list is something I haven't purchased yet. I'm seriously against leggings as pants so I'm super paranoid about wanting my shirts to be long enough.


Inappropriate? Maybe, but I feel like my lady bits should be covered while working out....plus I feel like my legs look thinner that way.  I saw these on the Albion Fit facebook page the other day and flipped.

How cute are these? They're long and loose in all the right places.  Sadly, I'm not one of the lucky bloggers who get to do an Albion Fit review, I just really really want three one of these tanks. I wish I had more disposable income...maybe someday when we're not buying diapers. 

What are your fave workout tanks? Do you have a fave pair of shoes to work out in?

Speaking of working out I just bought a Groupon for Crossfit. If you don't hear from me for a few weeks I probably died in class. My sister can have my most recently purchased jeans, the Bambinos get everything else.


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Monday, July 15, 2013

Street Walkin'

For once I didn't feel like we were all go go go this weekend. You never really realize how much it takes out of you until you slow down, huh?

Friday night I got my hair cut again.
I'm still getting used to it. I took in this picture of Chelsea Kane

 
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 But sometimes I feel more like Rachel from The Challenge

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Although I think Rachel can be pretty, I don't love her hairstyle and don't want to look like her.

Saturday we we trekked to the city where I grew up for their street fair. We've had amazing weather lately and hallelujah we finally got the Bambinos to wear sunglasses!

Bug only kept his on for a few minutes but I'd still call it a success.

 We took a pic with our favorite Seahawks. Ok, maybe not really our faves, but we used all the cut outs they had. There's only 50-something days until football season - can't wait!

I didn't realize this picture was so blurry until just now, but they enjoyed hangin' out in the fire truck. And, can we talk about how fun it is now that we smile at them and they give us a big one back?

On the way home we stopped and got mini Blizzards and gobbled them up as soon as we got home.

Sunday was a lazy day filled with a new church, naps, the Cars movie and more sprinkler action. I'm not sure why, but I could not keep my eyes open for a while yesterday (no, I'm not pregnant.) I actually fell asleep with Bug laying on me watching Cars. That never happens, if the Bambinos are awake, I am too. Luckily B was home or else I wouldn't have let myself fall asleep.

It felt so good to have a somewhat relaxing weekend since these next few weeks won't be. Next weeeknd I have another wedding and the weekend after is my cousin's American wedding.

Speaking of my cousin, she just started a blog about her adventures with her British husband and their life together. She's super cute, check it out!

How was your weekend? I want to hear all about it.

Sami's Shenanigans

 

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Ramble On Finding Balance

I'm finding it increasingly difficult to find balance lately. The other day I mentioned that I was doing wedding planning on the side and a girl who has a position comparable to mine asked, "How do you have the time for that?"

I started going through everything in my head:

I'm a mama
I work full time outside the home
I just became a licensed MixxedFit instructor
I try and update my etsy shop when I can (I have about 25 unfinished projects in the works)
I intern at wedding planning
I'm a girlfriend

No wonder my blogging has suffered lately.

Of course, my two biggest priorities are being a mama and girlfriend; I've fallen hard for MixxedFit and do that as much as I can (although I've been slacking these last few weeks) and I love the wedding planning. But I really miss blogging.

I miss all the connections I've made with you. I have probably 5 different posts that I've started but just haven't finished and yet somehow I still find myself at a loss as to what to write. Does anyone ever read what I write anymore?  If you do, will you leave a comment and let me know? And if no one does, I won't be upset, there's something kind of freeing about being able to write what ever you want knowing that no one reads it.

But....back to the balance thing. I feel like I need a planner to keep everything organized. I keep everything in my phone, but it's not a good visual of everything that's happening. I'm a super visual person. Do any of you guys have a favorite planner? (And not Erin Condren, it's just too big, in my opinion. I used the one I had only a few months.)

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Do you have any other tricks to keep yourself organized? The biggest thing that would help me is if I only worked part-time outside of our home but that's not going to happen anytime soon. I'm not willing to give up any of the things I mentioned above either. I feel like each of those parts make me whole.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Big 8-0

Friday afternoon we headed over to Eastern Washington to celebrate my Grandma's 80th birthday!

Friday evening was pretty low-key but Saturday morning we woke up and went to WalMart for a few things and then rushed back to attend the town's 4th of July parade.

Side note: I had to go to WalMart to buy nude underwear to wear under my dress. I quickly picked up a package in the style I wanted but it wasn't until I opened the package much later I realized I bought underwear 3 sizes too big! Not having any other option, I decided to wear them anyway...and I worried all day long that they'd fall down. At least I was wearing a maxi dress so no one would know.

See the wind-up for his throw?
I let the Bambinos out of the stroller so they could pick up some of the candy that was being thrown. Bug was hoarding Tootsie Rolls just like he does his Hot Wheels - 3 in each hand, when I looked down and watched him throw them so that he or one of the cousins could pick them back up over and over. Apparently the gathering of the candy is the most fun - silly little guy.

When the fire trucks went buy blaring their sirens, Peanut stood and matched the low-tone of the siren the whole time it was going. I took a bunch of video because it was so funny.

After the Bambinos napped, we headed over to my Grandma's house where she had 6 of her 7 kids with her. Sadly, most of my cousins couldn't make it but we'll all be together in a few weeks for my cousin's wedding.


Knowing how much the Bambinos love the sprinkler, a pool was set up just for them. Of course the water was cold at first and the first thing Peanut did was almost slip causing a big intake of breath and a big, "Woah!" Cold water didn't stop him from spending a looong time in there. That kid loves his water.


Bug, as usual, took a little longer warming up to the pool. It didn't help that Peanut kept splashing him on accident. He finally got out and let me cuddle him in a big, blue towel. Since he's such a Daddy's Boy I relish all the time I get to spend cuddling with him.


At 80 years old, my Grandma pretty much has everything she needs so I put together 80 years of memories where I got as many people as I could to write down specific memories of my Grandma and we sealed each one in a different envelope so she had a lot of envelopes to open. (Thanks Pinterest!)


One of my favorite things to do is stay up after the Bambinos go to bed and visit with my Aunt Stacey. She told me something Friday night that made me realize how cool my family really is. She told me that one of the things that most impressed her about our family when she first started dating my uncle was how when one of us kids would say, "Watch me!" and go out front to do a cartwheel or something, everyone would get up and go outside to watch the kid do whatever it was they wanted to show off. In a lot of families kids would be told to wait 'cause the adults are talking, but not in ours. I never realized this until she pointed it out, but that's totally the way it was. We never felt like we were bothering the adults which I think is so important to help build a child's self-worth.

5 of the 7 kids. One had gone to bed and one didn't make it.
The whole time we were there, I just kept thinking, "I wish I could spend a good two weeks here this summer. I need to unwind." Like any large family, there's always minor disagreements between family members but for the most part, the love and support that my family gives to one another is something very special. I've said it over and over, but I'm so happy that my Bambinos get to spend as much time as they do with my family because most of my favorite memories were made with these people.

This is my happy place.
 

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