Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Florida 2013 [ Leo's first trip ] Part Two

After spending the night at my dad's in Tampa we all drove to Daytona Beach to stay the rest of the week. We've gone to Daytona every year for a pretty long time (Last year was G's first time to join the family there) and this time was very different with a newborn in tow. Leo loved being outside and for the most part, he would fall asleep immediately after stepping out the door because it was just so warm. I had my first drink in over a year but it was kinda overrated. Leo alone is such a better feeling than any kind of alcohol or anything you miss out on that whole 9 months. We walked the boardwalk, shopped the flea market and stopped for car racing. G made a maker's mark for my stepdad's birthday because it's his favorite drink. It wasn't the most shapely cake but I never called him a baking and pastry chef! The two of the went golfing as usual, and we swam the lazy river and ocean. I thought Leo was too young to get in the swimming pool but I can't wait until next time when he can enjoy all of it! It was so weird being there with my husband and son after being there as a 12 year old and on. How life changes!

Drey $ Nicole

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Florida 2013 [ Leo's first trip ] Part One

When Leo was six weeks old we took our first family vacation all the way across the country to Florida. He did soo good on all the flights there and back, nursing and sleeping and not making a peep! Everyone was shocked when we got up and they hadn't known he was there at all. We stayed at my dad's house in Tampa the first night, and he got to meet his grandson for the very first time! They were smitten with each other. We went to clearwater beach, which I'm obsessed with, and Leo got to put his toes in the ocean for the very first time! California water is too cold all year round so it was good for all of us! Even at six weeks old we could tell how immediately happy he was as soon as we stepped out into the salty humid air. His wispy little baby hairs blew in the wind and he quietly studied everything with a contentedness. It was a magical first that we'll never forget and Clearwater will always be special for that.

Drey $ Nicole 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sweet Threads Grand Opening

Right before Leo was born we caught the grand opening of the cutest local childrens boutique. There were adorable treats and refreshments, and I couldn't stop squealing over the decor! Sweet Threads is bright and fresh with pretty pastels everywhere, and quirky displays like the floating frames hanging from above, and tiny chairs doubling as clothing racks. The minute you step in the door you're flooded with sweet whimsy, tying along just perfectly with the shops name. We snagged a handsome little outfit that I've been saving for Leo's first birthday party, (it actually inspired the whole theme!) and we're loving having this gem in the neighborhood! Oh and they have story time days, too! Can it get any better?! I'm excited to take toddler Leo to one eventually.

Drey $ Nicole

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Long Beach Livin'

1. Getting to take a nap on dad on his days off are always a treat!
2. Just a proud papa and his son.
3. Easy peasy banana oat muffin snacks.
4. Our Valentine dinner date spot was so cute!
5. The look he gave me when I asked if he wanted to go whale watching.
6. Crab wontons courtesy of our chef man.
7. Always twinning with their expressions.
8. He made a new puppy friend named Buster!
9. My february flea market finds.
10. Showing off his new seven month trick for mama.
11. Being Joe Cool in his baby bans.
12. A little bubbly for the bachelor with my favorite new rug.
13. Lots of growth spurt naps lately. Look at those hands!
14. A rare rainy but sunny day in the LBC.

Drey $ Nicole

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baby Bliss

I'm gonna have to do catch up posts in between up-to-date posts because he's doing new incredible things everyday lately that I don't want to forget! The biggest new change this month is how much he's started showing us affection and just being the sweetest little joy ball! He smiles and scrunches his nose any time we happen to lock eyes from across the room or in the middle of playing, and then goes back about his business. He cries when I leave the room and his face lights up when I come back. He says mama as he's crying when he hurts himself and wants to be nurtured, (the first word he's connected to something!) and he lays his head on my shoulder or nuzzles his face in my neck, not only when he's tired but just to cuddle and show love. He turns to look at me when someone else is holding him or makes him laugh, like he has to make sure it's okay first and I approve. When he's nursing and looking up at me he'll put his hand over my mouth for clammy palm kisses and he smiles and smiles. He's so good at finding ways to communicate lately or figure out how to do things for himself, along with so much personality starting to shine through. It's magical to watch and seven months is just down right fun! All I'm saying is he sure knows how to make me feel like a million bucks and being his mama truly makes my heart swell.

Drey $ Nicole

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Queen Mary

Right before Leo was born my parents came to Long Beach to be here for the birth. He ended up being two weeks late so they had to change their flight and work arrangements, and we had lots of down time. We spent one day strolling the decks of the Queen Mary, which is actually right by G's work and we'd never been. It brought back memories of the time I went on a cruise and being in London, and it made the day so happy. Almost enough to forget about how miserable and impatient I was starting to become! 

Drey $ Nicole