Life on Cottage Hill: PAGES

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

life's to dos.

life's to do list this week has included:

1. Put home up for sale.
2. Give 14 showings within 3 days for said house.
3. Get first offer on house (yay!) with more promised in coming days. 
4. Decide on house to buy. 
5. Spend lots of time at urgent care- the bear has strep throat. 
6. Go to DR- the bear has given mama said germs. 
7. Work. Lots of work.
8. Do all of this solo- Dan is out of town.
9. Start planning for trip to Paris & Geneva next week.
10. Stay semi-sane. TBD on success of #10. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

mr. mom and cinderella.

This moment right here is the story of Jackson and Audrey in this season of life. He is Mr. Mom- always helping me, cleaning up and organizing, teaching Audrey and the first to help with Jonah. And Audrey has forgotten how to walk- she dances every where she goes. All the time and always in a princess dress. Last weekend she went with Nanna and I to her first broadway show at the Aronoff to see Cinderella. She sat in her seat for the entire 2.5 hours with her princess shoes and tiara on in complete awe. My favorite moment of the night was during intermission. The man at concession stand asked her what her name was... she curtseyed and replied "Audrey Danielle." I do not know where she gets this stuff nor can I make it up.
Jackson cleaning up while Audrey perfects the arabesque. 


Life is... well, crazy. Crazy good, but crazy nonetheless. Between the two of us, Dan and I have 5+ trips over the next 2 months, we are trying to sell our home and buy a new one, we will be celebrating one little man turning ONE! and one turning FIVE!, I am trying to train for a half-marathon, trying to keep our heads above water at 2 full-time jobs and enjoy every possible moment with our 3 precious monsters. 

At this point I feel like my next full breath will come in April. Maybe. 

But, honestly, no complaints. Life is good and full of adventure and love and thankfully friends and family who are always here to help, especially my mom and Amy -both of whom we're so thankful for. 

My first business trip away from Jonah came this week with a quick trip to NYC. I often have these moments of wondering how I was ever chosen for the work I do. I'm convinced that the day will come when someone will look around the room and ask me to please leave because clearly I'm not smart enough to be there. Luckily, this did not happen during this trip but I'm still trying to figure out why. On Wednesday we spent the entire day at the New York Google headquarters followed by some time at the Facebook HQ on Thursday morning. 

In between meetings I was able to have dinner with one of my very best friends, Katrina, who lives in Manhattan, take a quick walk around Times Square and stop by the 9/11 Memorial on my way out of town. I'm always so humbled and thankful for these opportunities. I can't help but believe that God puts me in these places and with these people for great reasons and so I do my best to soak it all up to my core. 

Taking photos from the plane for JP. He is a details' man and loves seeing as much as possible from my trips.

The view from my Wednesday meetings. One Trade Center in back middle, Statue of Liberty in back/right (looks tiny!), the rest are the Chelsea and Tribeca neighborhoods of Manhattan. 

Late night stroll through Times Square. 

Sobering, humbling visit to the 9/11 memorial. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

the bear is 11 months.

Jonah bear turned 11 months this week... said another way, I have less than a month of being a mom to a baby. I will miss this baby stage. A lot. I love the cuddles that only babies can give. I love the babbles and the pace of learning that comes with that first year. I love the chubby cheeks and fingers and toes. I love the peace of rocking a baby in the middle of the night and while I won't miss the lost sleep I will miss the feeling of knowing you're the only person in the world who can calm those tears in the middle of the night when he just needs some extra cuddle time. Oh, Jonah. Lets face it, you'll always be my baby. As long as I don't take it to the extreme of you ending up in therapy one day I think we'll be just fine, so just play along, will you and pretend to always be my cuddly Jonah bear, just as you are today? 

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