Matched Mates

I was just telling the story of meeting and falling in love with Mumbles to someone the other day when I recalled something that his aunt said to us once. She said “people are either a match or they aren’t – opposites may attract but they aren’t a match.”

At the time, this blew my mind. I’m pretty sure the rest of what she said was a very illuminating (albeit one-sided) conversation but I couldn’t get past it: match or no match. Match. No match. That’s it. So simple! I wondered if it was true.

Later, Mumbles and I had reflected on how quickly we each realized we would marry after we started dating.  Call us crazy but it was within a month. Maybe less, but we’d even call that crazy so let’s just say it was a month. Can you believe that?! We were babies! But somehow we knew.

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Do you agree that people are either a match or they aren’t?  When did you know your partner was “The One?”

P.S. Mumbles and me circa 2004/2005. Babies!

Party Planning

In about a month, Mumbles is turning 30.  I’m so excited to celebrate and I’ve been busy pinning to a secret Pinterest board for months, perusing the interwebs for gift ideas, decor and inspiration while simultaneously planning Declan’s 1st birthday party for two weeks later (ahhhh)!  I decided that it’s now or never to pull off a “How I Met Your Mother” themed party since the show ended earlier this year — condolence high five.  Originally I was thinking that the invitations (womp womp…read about that goof here and then give me another condolence high five) could ask guests to help “stock the bar” as gifts for his birthday but being that the the main setting of the show is inside a pub, you can bet that our new bar, Clyde, will be center stage at this shindig.  Here he is, proudly showing off how handy he’s become:

pottery barn clyde bar stick girl jam

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Bed Making

Do you make your bed?  I most certainly do not.  Mumbles and I always say that our marriage works because we’re equally messy and making the bed is something we definitely agree not to do.  Though, he kicks the covers off and I love to curl up all cozy in them so sometimes we make the bed just so he can freshly throw his side of the covers onto me and I can snuggle up just so.  Made for each other!

secrets to a messy bed via funky junk interiors

Anyway, it seems the making the bed issue has really struck a cord with lots of folks lately.

In the pro camp:

If you want to change the world, start by making your bed…one of 10 life lessons from Navy SEAL Admiral McRaven’s Amazing Commencement Speech

Make Your Bed! For Productivity, Profit and Peace

How Making Your Bed Every Morning Can Improve Your Life

Does it Really Matter if You Make Your Bed?

And only one lonely guy trying to convince everyone that making your bed is a waste of time:

Why You Should Never Make Your Bed

 

Will anyone stand in solidarity with me on the not making your bed front?  Or, do I need to get my life together a little more and start making my bed every morning?

 

P.S. Secrets to a messy bed.  I love it. 

Maternity Photos

A few weeks ago, our talented friends Brandon + Kristin Kidd (maybe you remember them as our awesome wedding photographers??) took us on a little adventure to the Oak Canyon Nature Center (where they were married — such a neat venue!!) near our home (that we’re getting packed up to move out of this weekend — eek!) for a maternity session. Mumbles and I really wanted some photos to document this special time in our lives and it was made even more special having Brandon and Kristin there to share in the joy of yet another huge milestone for us — the anticipation of our first child. Even Baxter was included, which was awesome.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day (click on photo to enlarge for slideshow):

Thank you, Brandon + Kristin for blessing us with your talents and friendship!  I sort of want to get prints of all of these and hang them up in our new house but a shrine to my pregnancy might be a little weird.  Maybe I’ll just pick a select few, which will be hard.  I adore all the black and white ones.

If you’re in the market for an incredible wedding photographer, Brandon Kidd Photography is always my first recommendation. Brandon and Kristin are simply delightful people and they do genius work behind the lens to truly capture photos that you’ll cherish forever.

What a Crock

Mumbles, bless his heart, has been such a loving husband — making meals and snacks, cleaning the house, taking Baxter for walks…all so I can get as much rest as possible, eat well and stay calm, happy and relaxed while our son is growing inside me (p.s. still so weird to think that I’ve got a human in me!).   The other day, Mumbles devoted about 40 minutes of prep time in the kitchen to prepare a delicious meal of veggies and pork that were set to marinate overnight and cook the next day in the crock pot.  We had a quick cautionary joke between the two of us about the last time he tried to make a crock pot meal and in the hustle of getting out the door for work that morning, forgot to plug in the crock pot before he left.  Ahh!  Such a sad, sad realization when you come home expecting your house to be filled with delicious aromas only to find unsafe, uncooked pork and veggies that have been sitting out all day lukewarm. What a waste!

Well, I wish I could say the same thing didn’t happen to us again a few days ago, but I’d be lying.  He did plug it in this time but he thinks perhaps when reaching for something on the counter nearby that he knocked the plug loose. Either that or our crock pot is just too old (it was a hand-me-down from his mom in all its vintage navy, orange and yellow flowery awesomeness).

All that happened and the next day I saw Target Does It Again post this photo on Instagram of a delightful new Target collaboration with French Bull and I immediately knew I had to have the crock pot. Had to.  Seeing that it wasn’t available in stores near me, I ordered it right away.  I can’t wait to surprise Mumbles with it!

target crock pot french bull slow cooker

If you’re looking to spice up your kitchen with some appliance flair, the French Bull line at Target also includes a toaster, K-cup single cup brewing system, and a blender.  So fun!

Sweet Stuff: Artifact Uprising

Dear Mumbles, if you’re reading this: stop. Thanks. Love you!

Friends, I just ordered some awesome prints and the wood block from Artifact Uprising for Mumbles for Father’s Day. (since the baby’s not here yet, the prints are of Baxter — who else?!)

artifact uprising wood block + prints

I can’t wait to receive them. I think they’ll look great in his office and I also ordered some extra prints of some of my Instagram photos (flowers, details, cityscapes) to be used as postcards and to hang in my office at work.  I really like their suggestion to use prints as postcards or note cards too — consider my office a revolving art gallery now!

The other day I read this blog post about how Artifact Uprising was founded and was particularly taken by these wise words:

Katie’s sage advice to creatives:Creativity on command is the most difficult kind to summon, yet it’s the very art expected from the working creative. So put space between it. Get out there and live a life away from that art, find spaces that widen your world. Let creativity be the symptom of a life well-lived.

P.S. I also plan to buy the wooden box once baby is born and fill it with photos from my pregnancy and keep adding to it with books and prints. so sweet, right?  I’d love to have a little collection of wooden boxes on the shelf to go through. good stuff!

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