Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Up Up Up

Recently Finn has found a well understood fascination with planes. When we're outside in the yard or driving around in the car, he'll spot one and point and say "yane!" It's pretty stinkin cute.

So randomly on Sunday night after dinner, I thought, let’s go to the airport. I love our airport, it’s so easy to get in and out of and the top of the parking garage is perfect for watching planes land and take off. So we skipped a much needed bath (seriously, food was caked in the boy’s hair) loaded up and drove 15 minutes to our airport. We got there right when the sun was close to setting. 

Finn was soaking it up…loved watching the planes take off (they seemed so close!) and also loved watching the “trains” (the trams going back and forth).


Although he's not smiling in these pics, the boy was more than thrilled to watch the planes take off and go "up up up!". So thrilled that when it was time to go, there were tears. He just kept yelling “yane! yane!” Needless to say we’ll be visiting again. And it was a completely free, yay!

Love our little family and am thankful for these small but special moments. Maybe a plane themed 2nd birthday party is in our future?

Monday, October 6, 2014


So for the past almost two weeks, our little boy came down with the hand, foot and mouth sickness. It started with a fever and then these sores came on his hands and feet, and a few on his mouth. It's highly contagious. Thankfully the boy only seemed bothered by it all for the first four days, other than that he's been his normal self. But because it's highly contagious to little ones (and some adults even) we've been in quarantine mode.

Otherwise known as house arrest.

But thankfully Florida has had some beautiful weather so our backyard was wonderfully utilized. I realized that I've taken quite a few pics that I haven't without further ado I thought I'd dump them all in one post. :))

So what have we been doing all this time?

Lot's of sweeping and dusting...

Lots of looking out the window...waving at neighbors or the neighborhood cat...

Lots of jetting around in what Rob pretends is a jet ski (an upside down chair)...he's such a genius...

Oh and more looking out the window...

You can start seeing the sores in these pics...but I just especially love these two pics...

A game of "get your feet off of the window" occurred...

Lots of doing dishes with daddy...side note, sharing the water faucet makes doing dishes extra long and messy, but still sweet...

Lots of backyard fun...kicking a ball...

And throwing another ball...

Lots of running and squealing with adorable bouncy cheeks...

Lots of discovering...

Lots of funny poses and expressions that crack Rob and I up...

Lots of good stuff among the not so fun stuff of course...but I have a feeling in 20 years Rob and I will recall mostly the good stuff. Definitely soaking it all up.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Etsy Shop Name and a Sneak Peek

Happy new week everyone! If you've read the past few posts, you know that I'm working toward opening an Etsy shop to sell art prints. Well with the opening of my shop coming soon (I promise, I'm inching my way as fast as I can) I wanted to share the name, logo and a sneak peek of one of the prints. 

So without further ado (I bet you've already looked, I don't blame ya)...

Yes, Circle Circle Tot Tot will be the name of my shop. That beautiful logo was created by Leslie Vega Design. Leslie was a gem to work with and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.

The shop will be aimed toward creating happy prints for nurseries, kid's rooms, or anyone looking to brighten their space. The reason for the delay in opening is that my goal is to have 15 completed prints for the opening. I've been painting just about every night and sketching on down time leaving me just a handful of paintings away from my goal.

As far as how I came up with this name, it didn't come easy. Naming anything never comes easy for me. I remember while Rob and Finn were both napping one Sunday I was sitting in the office just thinking. I really just wanted to be napping, but I knew that I needed to get my head around a name for the shop. Finally after some brainstorming I randomly recalled to a few weeks prior when Rob did the "circle circle dot dot, now I have my cootie shot" on my arm. I have no recollection of the context of that occurrence, lol, but after I recalled that a light bulb went off. And ultimately Circle Circle Tot Tot was formed. I really like the childlike and playful nature it gives.

While creating the art, my other goal has been to create an array of art prints instead of narrowing in on one specific subject. So it's been really fun seeing what comes out of me next. Each piece of art feels different but linked at the same time. So I'll leave you with a peek of one of my newest and favorites. Mr. Moose...

Can't wait to share it all with you soon.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Who's This Toddler?

We've come to realize more and more that Finn is becoming less and less like a baby, and more like a toddler. His tantrums (although adorable) are occurring, but he is still filled with the sweetness that I love about this boy. And even though he is on the go, our home doesn't feel chaotic yet. And maybe this will more so come when there are multiples running around, who knows. But I'm soaking up this time...and this kid...

His personality is hilarious...Rob and I laugh and get shocked frequently by what he comes up with.

It felt like yesterday I was bathing his little tiny body in the sink...and now he's grabbing his own towel and ready to go. They really grow quick...

Hoping you all are well...I'm ready for the first official day of fall to get here so I can bring out a few things and buy a fresh cinnamon broom.

Well, technically I still have our fall pine cones already out from last year. Oh and my Christmas wreath hanging on our door from last year as well. Oh Lisa...

Happy new week!

Monday, September 8, 2014

An Apple A Day

The other day Rob told me he had discovered one of his most favorite things ever.

Sharing an apple with Finn.

He said it’s a combination of how Finn usually sits extra close to Rob on the couch, or how he opens his mouth very wide (only to take the tiniest little bites), or how he says “app! app!” with such enthusiasm.

An apple a day brings the sweetness to bay. 

Or something like that. :))

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Smorgasbord

I apologize for the lull between posts lately. Most of my time when Finn is napping and I'm not working is being invested in painting. It's been fun, but also very time consuming. But it's good and I'm making progress. Oh and branding for my shop is so close to being completed, I can't wait to share it with you.

Last weekend we held our first garage sale. It felt so adult to me to have a garage sale...purging our house of random items that just sit around in our house. It was great, we ate some cinnamon rolls and made some cash. Well Rob made the cash, I'm not good with pricing things and makes me a lil nervy. Hah.

What else? Oh, well how can I post without bubbles being mentioned? Oh bubbles. I have a love-hate relationship with you. I love how you make my boy so happy, but I hate how you're so sticky and wet and messy. So while walking through Target I accidentally stumbled upon the bubble aisle with Finn in the cart...after I zoomed by that distracting him with all of my might, Rob noticed that all the bubble paraphernalia was on clearance. Woop, woop! Red glorious stickers everywhere. So he found this little thing that's a spill-proof container...and it's pretty sweet.

This morning Finn woke up and before breakfast we had a drawing session...he's melting me by his little "cheese" he does for the camera sometimes.

Then he sneaked over to the desk chair...he knows he's not usually allowed to touch the laptop as you can see in his little guilty face...

But since it was on the locked screen, I let him pay a few bills for me...

His little face, so sweet it hurts sometimes...

Currently the little projects I have on my mind are finishing up our bathroom (seriously, I don't know why it takes us forever to hang things on the walls) and then our master closet. In regards to our master closet, I'll just say I've been using cardboard Hammermill Paper boxes to store my bathing suits and undergarments for the past 8 years.

Yep, cardboard boxes.

Hoping you all are doing well, happy SEPTEMBER! What!?!?!?!?!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cousin Time

The last week of summer, Finn's cousin stayed with us a few days. It was days filled with Power Rangers, bubbles, samurai play fights, Power Rangers, a park visit, a comic book store visit, Power Rangers, bubbles and Power Rangers.

Finn woke up the first morning to find Junior eating breakfast on the couch. Finn crawled up and sat next to him and then reached his little hand in Junior's bowl to grab some cereal. Jr later helped him out and fed it to him.

We later went to the park. Rob made Junior's day by creating a "samurai" costume. Which he wore the. entire. day. :))

Sweet cousin pushing his Finn...

This picture cracks me up...later that evening Rob was playing with Finn and wrapped him up like a stork.

Rob and I are definitely realizing this transition into toddler-hood that we're in. Finn's energy is getting high. He's learned the word "no" (and also says it with a bit of a British accent?) and little tantrums are becoming more and more present. I'm praying for more patience and inner-peace during these times, hah. But the funny and sweet moments are still there.

Hoping you all are well...I've been fighting a stinkin stomach bug for a number of days now, but hopefully on the mend. Branding for my Etsy shop is currently being worked on. I'm so excited to get the first round of proofs.

Happy mid-week!


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