Monday, July 28, 2014

the movies.

One thing that I was always surprised me when Makai was younger, was his ability to sit through an entire movie uninterrupted. While you would normally attribute this to a great attention span, he has definitely proven otherwise when mark and I try to talk to him.

Either way, now that he's a big kid, Mark and I decided that it would be fun to take him to his first movie! So last Friday, I was lucky enough to get out of work really early and we decided to take advantage of the early afternoon matinee to watch "Fire Planes" (aka Planes: Fire & Rescue)! Boy, was he excited.

First of all, who knew that you have to pay for children's tickets starting at 1?! That's just crazy. So I had to pay $8.75 for Makai which is just ludicrous, but whatevs. Then we thought it'd only be right to do the whole shebang and buy him an Icee and junior buttered popcorn. 

We walked into the theatre to find our seats, and the first thing he said was "BIG tv mommy!! BIG!! So BIG! Watch!" And indeed, he was right. Biggest tv ever. Once the pre-previews started, he was so intrigued. Then the movie started and the lights went dim and Makai said "So excited!" 

As much of a "milestone" this was for Makai, I looked around and realized that this was kind of a milestone for Mark and me as parents. Our first movie in a theatre for our family and not for ourselves. I know it may sound a bit silly, but this movie is the first of many kid's movies to come and I almost feel like this is a sign of not just Makai's age, but how Mark and I are progressing in parenthood. 

When Makai turned 2, and then again at 3, my non-parent friends would always comment on how big he's getting and ask me how it is. I tell them that it's kind of weird because it's one thing to be a younger mom with a baby, but it feels like a whole other thing to be a parent of a kid. I feel like your supposed to be more grown up, more mature, and semi-put together. Anyone can have a baby... Kid's have babies! But after 2 or 3 years, it's a whole other type of parenthood. Suddenly you're thinking about preschool, you have to watch what you say, what school district your part of, types of college funds, and then you get to that point where you start spelling out words like C-A-N-D-Y so as not to cause a ruckus. Movie theatre may not be as obvious a step, but I feel like its a clear cut sign that my life is evolving and changing yet again. 

Oh, and in case you're wondering, he totally loved the whole thing. Mark and I may or may not have cried and once the movie ended Makai wanted to watch it again. Heck, right when he woke up the next morning he asked if we could go and watch "Fire Planes" on the "big tv" again.

Oh boy. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

dad fashion.

In the few blogs I've read, I've found women's fashion, mom fashion, maternity fashion, children's fashion, and men's fashion... I haven't really seen any dad fashion.

So here. Let's make it a "thing"

Let's be real. Makai isn't lookin too hot here. lol

But I think this dad's outfit is pretty cool!

Complete with trendy backpack filled with diapers, wipes, and assorted toys.

Backpack - Aldo
Shirt - Banana Republic
Bow tie - handmade by me (etsy here)
Bow tie chain - Men's Warehouse
Sunglasses - Banana Republic
Slim fit Jeans - Gap
Shoes - Fish n Chips from
Gold Calculator Watch - Casio on

lamb chops.

When I got the job offer for my current position, Mark and I decided that it would be best if Mark took a turn at working part time and staying home with Makai. It was great! It gives him a chance to bond with Makai the way I have, go back to finish school, work on his small craft brewing business, and it gives me a break from tedious housework and kiddo tantrums. Yes, budgeting is still tight, but it felt right to have someone with Makai (omg preschool and daycare are stupid expensive) and give mark a little break from working as hard as he had.

So with staying home, it's up to Mark to plan/cook dinner every night! LOVE IT! Last night he got a little fancy and made some a this. 

Baked lamb chops with French bread and fresh bruschetta on lightly buttered noodles. Yum! 

There was also beer involved.

It was really delicious. Here's how he cooked it:

Lamb chops:
Pre-heat oven to 450* 
Season lamb chops with fresh basil and Montreal steak seasoning
Place lamb chops in oven for about 10-15 min each side
(Keep on one side until browned and blood pools up top, then flip)

Recipe here.
It's basically fresh tomato, garlic, and basil with olive oil and balsamic. Done. Italian salsa. 

Noodles is kind of a boil and drain thing. 

BAM. Dinner.

Then I got to do some light reading for work with dessert. Mark brought home a lovely surprise of Three Twins - Lemon Cookie Ice cream for dessert. Amazeballs.

don't be a lazy couch potato.

Today was a really good park day.

As much as I hate to admit it, Makai watches a lot of TV and plays on our iPads all day. For the first couple years, I tried VERY hard to limit his exposure to screens and not watch any television. But with each trip to the hospital, the more we relied on TV to keep him entertained. 

So now I try and make it a point to bring him outside to play at least once a day, even if it's only for 20 mins. Sometimes getting him out the door is a struggle, but once he's out, he never wants to go back in. That's a good sign, right? As long as he doesn't end up a lazy couch potato.

Now that Mark is home more, he's usually the one who gets to take him out and play by the park. Lucky for us, the park is VERY close by.

And seriously, what is it with boys and sticks?

But at least he picked me some fresh flowers :] 

"Mommy! Smells yummy! Smell! Makai pick it"

And then here's all of us!

short sleeve plaid shirt - Old Navy
Skinny jeans - BabyGap from ThredUp
Camo shoes - Vans Half Cab from Nordstrom Rack

Michael Jackson Tee - (old) Old Navy
Shawl collar cardigan - (old) Banana Republic
Slim fit jeans - Gap
Leopard print shoes -

Yellow burnout top - JCPenny
Skinny jeans Old Navy Rockstars
Wedges - (old) Target

Thursday, July 24, 2014

#tbt - cardboard airplane

I thought it would be fun to do a throwback Thursday on my post once and a while :]

A little series I will dedicate to things I would have totally posted, had I manned up and started this blog earlier.

This week's #tbt is: The time I made a cardboard box into an airplane!

Makai was still pretty small and in that stage where the box is more fun than the toy (who am I kidding, kids are almost always in that stage. I need to take advantage of that more.) and I loved how he fit into almost any box. I had already painted a few boxes and kept them around the house for little forts and such and he really enjoyed it. I had gotten a big box from Piperlime and I absolutely LOVED how the inside is white grounded with a cute pattern of green limes all over (I also loved the Steve Madden shoes that came inside the box). So I decided to make him something special. 

To make:
I cut the 2 larger flaps into a basic wing shape, cut a notch out of the back for a tail, and cut the front into a triangle for the nose. With what scraps I had left, I cut out two long pieces for the propellor. I painted everything silver and decided on 2 metallic blue stripes on the wings. (I considered painting cool flames on the wings and down the side, but I worried it may look more like he's crashing than flying really fast. Nixed that idea quick.)

For the steering wheel, I used the bottom half of a CD package, stuck a hole through the front of the box, and used a couple heavy duty rubber bands so that it wouldn't pull through but still spin. 

For the little buttons on the dash, I used various colors of baby food pouch caps and super glued them on. 

Then to put the propellor together, I stuck a bobby pin through the middle of the 2 pieces, and then stuck it through the front of the nose. This allowed the propellers to actually spin! 

The whole thing lasted a good while and since I made it out of spare stuff around the house, I wasn't too sad to see it go when it broke. All in all, it was EXTREMELY budget friendly, very green, a great day of arts n crafts, and it helped Makai exercise his imagination. The only downfall was he kept asking us to push him in it and it's pretty killer on your back. 

Undersea themed onesie - BabyGap
Hooded woven shirt - Old Navy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

three is the new two.

What my terrible 3s are lookin like:

"You want to go outside and play on your tricycle?"
"Waaaaaaaaahh!! want watch dragons!" (How to Train Your Dragon is his jam right now)

Uh. Ok. I don't know why you're yelling.

"The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round..."

"Makai, can you help me put your cars away?"
"Ahhhhh!! No clean!" *throws toy*

"Ok babe! Almost time for bed! Do you want your milk before we sleep?"
"You sure? We're going to brush your teeth now, and if you ask later I'll say no. Do you want milk?"
"No mommy"
---brush teeth, read books, cuddle, lights out. 

He's also picked up this whole spitting thing from who-knows-where. It's THE WORST.

And then he hugs and kisses you for no reason. He's lucky he's kind of cute.

Hoodie with dine spikes -(old) Target
Basketball Shorts - Target
Shoes - Nike Free 5.0 from Nordstrom Rack

Sunday, July 20, 2014

the park with a wagon.

Today was a lovely, lazy, cool and sunny day. No real agenda but to leisurely run a few errands, get some laundry done, and spend some time outdoors with the kiddo.

We decided to go to the park and kick it for a bit. I talked him into bringing his wagon so that I wouldn't get stuck carrying everything. Lol

It totally worked.

Except that backfired later and he made me to pull him around.

And then he got a small boo-boo. He wanted to show you.

All better. :]

Color blocked Cardigan - (old) Gap Outlet
Tshirt - (gift) Lettuce Turnip the Beet, Manhattan U.S.A.
Slim fit jeans - Levi's 
Shoes - Nike Free 5.0

Striped Linene Tee - Ann Taylor Loft
Midi skirt - Target
Shoes - Converse
Purse - IIIBeCa at

Friday, July 18, 2014

short suit and a tee.

When it's hot out, and you don't wanna do a dress, short-suit it up!

And then follow up with a good beer on the deck and some quality time with the kiddo.

Done and done.

Also: Spit bubbles are gross. 

Black open front Crepe blazer - Ann Taylor Loft
Abstract print tee - (old) Target
High waisted shorts - F21
Shoes - Converse

Striped Tee - (old) Old Navy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

family looks.

I've gotta be honest, one of the things that made me fall in love with Mark was his fashion sense :] he's a little bit bolder than I am, but I love seeing what he'll wear next. Is that dorky?

His calculator watch is one of my faves! I bought it for his birthday one year. AND I made the bow tie myself. I think that's fun. Hopefully I get my etsy up and running sometime soon. He added the chain himself.

So while he did that at work, I decided to wear this:

I stole this vest from my mom. She wore it when she was a teacher in the early 90s and I loved the authentic tweed.

And then Makai wore this: 

He requested the usual robot shirt and "fast shoes" combo. Yes, his jeans have destruction in the knee. He slipped and fell in these jeans and voila! authentic and on-trend destruction on his slim fit jeans. In my head, it makes it look more expensive. My parents told me it makes me look poor. To-may-to, to-mah-to.

Sunglasses - Banana Republic
Shirt - (old) Banana Republic
Bow tie - handmade by me (etsy here)
Tie chain - Men's Warehouse
Jeans - (old) Gap

Shirt - Linene Tee from Ann Taylor Loft
Vest - stole from my mom
Jeans - Boyfriend fit from Ann Taylor Loft
Shoes - Converse

Shirt - (old) BabyGap
Jeans - BabyGap from Thredup
Shoes - Nike Free 5.0

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