Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms. tom hanks You’ve Got Mail
Something about this dark, crisp autumn day with yellow leaves filling up the view out my window that makes want to curl up under a blanket and watch You’ve Got Mail. Or any other Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film for that matter. What ever happened to Meg Ryan…? Even French Kiss is still such a cute flick. Anyway, today I am making chocolate cookies, cleaning up my desk I’ve been avoiding at all costs and other activities that scream it’s fall people.
And now pics to prove to my kids the fun we’ve had… Including taking our camper out to the mountains on its first adventure. Bike rides on a warm day and Myles + leaves. Doesn’t fall look good on him with this sweater, button down shirt and jeans. All he needs is a cup of apple cider and knitted scarf.
As I am typing this our camper is getting the finishing touches on a fresh coat of paint. I can not wait to see it all shiny and new. Collin worked on the flooring and the upholstery is all done in a flashy turquoise… Just in time for winter! haha But we should still have some nice weeekends before hibernation. I collected some things to put inside and will share some pics of our process when we get it back home. Collin even came up with a “name” for it. It made me tear up because it has to do with my dad and so many of my memories of him were camping… but I’ll save all that for another day.
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite-only a sense of existence.”
And a date to Target with my little guy!
Also, one day I thought I want to play the ukulele… and the first song I want to learn is Edelweiss. How random are both of those thoughts?! Not that random if you know me. For one, Sound of Music is one of my all-time favorite movies. And second, I have always-always wanted to learn to play the guitar. So I bought a mini one.
It’s actually easier than I thought. I am not good at all, by any means. But I can play sounds that sound like the song it should be. ahaha
Do you play the yook? any tips or favorite tutorials on youtube?
Getting Halloween costumes together and enjoying this wonderful fall weather! xo, Lizzy
Actually that blog title is a complete lie. Because there are things I would change. Like how I am so tired right now. How sometimes my kids listen to me and most of the times they don’t. How I found myself singing, “Doc McStuffins… Doc Mcstuffins… the doc is in” to myself while driving. How I bit Collin’s head off the other day for seriously no good reason-except I’d used up all of my patience. How a shower is a rare gift from heaven. But I wouldn’t change the fact that I have these crazy cats. Seriously, by the end of the day we are exhausted because we filled our day with an abundance of laughs, dress-up, dishes, donuts, endless cuddles, endless laundry… and the occasional bar fight followed by the overly-dramatic Oscar-worthy tears & apologies.
Some recent Instagrams of our everyday.
Which reminds me, were chatting on Insta the other day because of a recent study that stated: Mothers of three children stress more than moms of one or two, while mothers of four or more children actually report lower stress levels, according to an exclusive TODAYMoms.com survey of more than 7,000 U.S. mothers.
This was interesting because, for me, four kids far exceeds my stress when there were three. I think it might be the age of my kids. A two and a half year old and a newborn can be tricky. What about you?
How have you found the transition from 1 to 2, or 2 to 3 kids?
Playing dress-up is serious business!
Collin whisks the kids away so I can work.
Lola’s breakfast bouncer.
Date night with my two boyfriends. xoxoxo, Lizzy
Literally took days to see the top of my desk because it was completely covered in mess. Good thing scrapbooking stuff is a such a pretty mess.
I have been gathering inspiration for the next Dear Lizzy line and I am so excited about new ideas and product ideas.
One of my favorite booksShe…
My babe is pretty stinking cute! He is rolling around like crazy too. Which is surprising since I never put him down because the girls swarm and it’s an attack of kisses! Sweestest baby!! muah muah!
Our date night detour… Such a purdy summer night! Happy Monday!
Thank you for your prayers and support for my neice, Zuzu! She is in her surgery right now and we got word that it is going good. Thank you so much!
School starting is always bittersweet. Early mornings, driving and not seeing Avery all day makes my stomach hurt. But having a few hours with only two sprouts sounds really nice about now too! Might even have a dance party all by myself that morning. Lola will probably join me, that girl can shake it! But then that will make me miss them…!
Bandaids and bike rides and soccer games and sunday walks are still all the rave.
Yesterday Lola took a horrible spill at Daddy’s baseball game. Her forehead looks like she got in a fight with the pitcher of the opposing team. Seriously I would love my girls to have an ounce of fear. But she has always wanted to be like her big sisters. That’s why I didn’t even have to potty train her… she just did it herself. And she is also THE most cheerful little girl… if you know Lola then you know she’s so happy. She says thank you and please for everything! Even when I am doing the mom things I’m supposed to do like hand her breakfast. I was putting her clothes in her drawer and she came running… “Thank you momma!!!” I took my time and put each shirt in the drawer so she’d give me a hug for each one. : )
Soccer practice cheering on the girls. They are lucky I am there to show them how to slide tackle!
Celebrated 11 years at the Sundance Summer Theatre with mah boys!
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Signature series seen above and some of my new Dear Lizzy products… I love my glitter heart toothpicks as bookmarks. Also the wood veneer pieces, glitter clothespins, and papers!
Last night it was a dog pile on mom while feeding baby Myles–Avery on one arm, Quincey under the other and Lola laying on my lap. I literally felt complete exhaustion and purest bliss at the same time. The thing is, a majority my tiredness probably came from Collin buying a box of Otter Pops. I think I gave him the stink eye at the grocery store but they remained in the cart. Basically I spent the entire day on Otter Pop patrol. Never thought I’d see that day.
Making them eat it outside but they keep sneaking them, sticky floor, sticky scissors. It was awesome. I force fed myself the rest until my tongue was a rainbow so they were really gone since “this is the last one” means nothing to my kids. The next night, a cute sitter came over because I love a good mommy-break and Collin had a meeting in Park City. Myles and I jumped in the car and walked around Target, of course. We sang Pink at the top of our lungs in the car on the way there. …” we’re not broken just bent and we can learn to love again!!!” By the end of our trip I had stuffed my face with popcorn and was pushing a cart full of stuff I didn’t really need (that dang dollar spot gets me every time). Basically the perfect brainless break.
Everytime Myles wears this hat Collin teases us and instinctively starts singing Jason Mraz. “Open up your eyes and see like me… I’m yoooouurrrs…”
It’s actually the worlds tiniest fedora and yet is still a little too big.
He was definitely puttin out the vibe. Ladiesssss…
Right after this pic Lola put her hands behind her head just like her sister. Which is exactly them.
Avery, wanting to do everything right and trying to figure out this world. Lola, looking to her for the way…
Bathing suit and bonnett… yes! From the cutest little shop… c/o Cozy Sailor
Hey there! Just wanted to pop in and share some of my most recent, favorite photo editing apps you can use on your smart phones, ipads etc. I use them specifically for photos I post to Instagram. Since that’s my social media drug of choice. And, yes, I am addicted.
I shared Part 1 of my fave photo editing tips last summer and thought I would add some to the mix.
AFTERGLOW: (.99) Afterglow has some awesome filters and is super easy to use. But I mainly downloaded it for the shaped frames. There are a bunch to choose from including the above heart, circle, triangle, and geometric shapes. Super fun and much easier then opening up something in photoshop to get the same effect. You can also adjust the size of the frame and have a bit of space to move the photo around inside.
PIC TAP GO: (.99) Pic Tap Go is an app from the masterminds behind Totally Rad Actions that I have been using for… ever. They recently developed a photo editing system in app form which made me think… why didn’t they do this sooner?! But it’s here and that’s all that matters for a photo junkie like myself.
PHOSTER: ($1.99) This is a recent one I found and I love it. The name of the app is Phoster (poster + photo) where they have some cool, modern templates for making your own photos into posters. There are square and portrait options and you change the text in all the posters to customize it to say what you want. Can we also just say how cute my Myles is here!!! sigh…
I mentioned this app last time: PICFX ($1.99) but they have some new, interesting lens flares and light leaks so I thought I’d share.
FOR VIDEO: 8mm is such a rad video app with cool filters that make it look like you’re using an old school 8mm camera.
Rhonna Designs: My spunky friend and amazing designer has some gorgeous and inspiring quotes and phrases. Also, all sorts of overlays and graphics to jazz up your photos! Plus, she’s the best!
Square Ready: Is a great little free app for when you want to share for of the photo then a square and still have a white background or you can change the background to any color.
Bokehful: Another app to add some lens flares and bokeh effects to your pics.
Bubbleframe: A whimsical app where your photo looks like it’s a scrapbook page in a few seconds. Just cute circle frames and chevron and other patterned backgrounds.
View the FAVE PHOTO APPS VOLUME 1 HERE
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Today I am working on my Daily Dozen (taking 12 photos on the 12th of March.) Seriously, February flew by like crazy! I kept checking the calendar to make sure it was really this time again.
Join in the fun and link up to your pictures in the comments!!
Some Instagrams (@dearlizzy) last week.
Quincey is always scheming up something to keep my motherhood skills in check.
Even fairies have to practice piano.
Baby bump! (32 weeks in the pic)
Making faces on a fun Saturday.
Spring made an appearance on Sunday and we soaked up every single bit of sunshine!
Instax polaroids from our day.
We are a bit under the weather. So mean to get a cold when it’s been warmer the past couple days. Hope you are doing lovely!!!
Counting down the days to find out whether there’s a boy or girl growing in this tummy of mine! So excited! You will be the first to know, after I text my mom and my bff Mary.
Usually I am the annual procrastinator– running cards to the post office hoping that they arrive by Christmas. So although this is out of the ordinary, let me swim in this feeling of accomplishment… until my fingers get all pruney.
I ordered my cards through Tiny Prints and I was impressed with all the options (posted some of my favorite designs in a previous post) and with how fast I received them!
Just a little FYI: Today you can receive 30% off your Tiny Prints order sitewide. Tomorrow (Friday Nov 30th) and through the weekend it is 25% off using code WKDSALE1112.
It had to be in early October as I was laying on my bed with Lola–so sick! I was letting her play with my phone. Even though I deleted all the games off it (because I was sick of my kids declining any calls and searching for my phone in their toy bins) but Lola still liked to play songs on Pandora or my music list. She clicked on something and Frank Sinatra, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” came on. For many different reasons it lifted my sprits immediately. One of the reasons being that my late Grandpa sings exactly like Frank (I’m sure you’ve heard me brag about this before ; ) and among the other reasons that song combines so many childhood & present time memories wrapped into a big fat present for me. I don’t even know why I am telling this story… I think it’s because when you don’t feel good or sick or lonely or whatever is weighing you down search for that small thing to lift your spirits. For me, being so sick in October, it was Christmas music. So I embraced it & listened to those jolly tunes for hours. Just until that verging annoying version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” came on. But ever since then, I have been ready for Christmas. No matter how cheesey it sounds–it was my happy place. That & frozen junior mints. (just give it a try!)
Some of that seasonal fun has begun: Meeting Santa, shopping and crafting!