A tale of two walkers…

July 29, 2015

I love to keep mental notes about how my babies are different and how they are the same. One blonde, one brunette. One has blue eyes and the other has brown.

Ellie learned to walk right around 11 months old. Just a month behind her big sister. Both girls began sleeping through the night when they started walking, thank the stars. Almost a full year of nightly feedings for both girls and exhausted mornings for their parents. I’m a little more than a month into sleeping through the night and I almost can’t remember how awful it was. Almost.

Charlotte learned to walk at 10 moths and took off like a drunk little sailor going as fast as her little legs would take her. She was so fast and so unsteady that we bought a little foam helmet to protect her. She crashed into corners, tables, and floors all day everyday.

Ellie is sure and steady, never going faster than necessary and always in control. Whenever she gets a little unsteady, she stops and regains control. She is careful to fall backwards onto her diaper-padded tush whenever possible and unlike her sister, never ever leads with her head.

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Ellie takes a walk in JLS from Lacey Deal on Vimeo.

Capay Valley

May 21, 2015

We took a drive up to Capay Valley last weekend for the Almond Blossom Festival. It was beautiful with blooming trees and green meadows everywhere. The festival itself was much smaller than we anticipated, but very charming. There were pony rides and a petting zoo held by the local 4-H club, a band, and little county wares being sold in the community hall. It was incredibly windy the day we went, and I think it kept a lot of people away. We headed home around two o’clock to catch a couple of much needed naps and saw a bunch of traffic arriving, so maybe the evening portion of the festival is much more crowded. We tried to take some photos in one of the orchards, but Ellie had already fallen asleep in the car, so she’s not in any of them.
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This is what our family selfies look like these days… amazing.

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Her confidence amazes me. I could watch her dance all day. Here’s hoping that she never figures out that she inheirited her mother’s lack of rhythm. Garret thinks she dances like Elaine on Seinfeld.

xo, lacey

Link-up

May 20, 2015

I’m always so overwhelmed in January, running on fumes after the holiday and birthday excitement of December. January is a time to catch up and refocus after all the craziness. I can’t even begin to think about resolutions in January, I just want to get back into a normal routine.

I love that the B Bar is asking people to think about the future in May, in the lull just before summer. It’s such a nice reminder to work on our goals all year long.

When I think about what I should be doing to create a better future for myself, I immediately think of my long term future in terms of health and money. There is a long list of shoulds in the back of my mind that I don’t prioritize in my daily life. Healthy eating, apply more sunblock, get regular check-ups, exercise, written goals, active investing, etc. When I gave it a little more thought, my family and friends occupy top of my priority list. I value those personal relationships with my kids, husband, parents and friends most of all and I would be doing myself a great service if I worked on those relationships a little more. I think I do a pretty good job of spending time with my family but I want to put more of an effort into making sure that the special people in my life know how much I value them. I want to make an effort to give joy when I can.

Thus my list of shoulds:

–I should “like” more. It is so easy to scroll through social media and never tap anything. It sounds so dumb, but sometimes “liking” posts or photos makes me feel like a big nerd. But I love receiving likes! A quick tap of my finger on Instagram or Facebook might bring a smile to a friend’s face or let them know that I’m thinking about them. I think this is especially true of friends that I have lost touch with or have moved away. I always think it is so nice when a friend from high school or a college buddy likes one of my photos on Instagram. It always strikes me as kind and thoughtful when someone I thought had forgotten all about me gives me the little digital thumbs-up, and it’s such an easy way to say “good for you, looks like you’re doing well.”

–I should get together with my girlfriends more. Kids came on the scene and made it so much harder to get see each other in person. I really want to make more of an effort, even for just a quick playdate at the park.

–I should write handwritten notes. I have tons of stationery at my disposal, yet I never use it. I’m terrible about thank you notes, birthday cards (my gifts are always cardless) and letters. I would love to write a handwritten note at least once a week.

And a quick photo of my favorite people in bed on Sunday morning.

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And the link-up blog roll:

Meg Biram
Liska Monet
26 and Not Counting
soak and simmer
Knowing Kelly
Carrie Loves
Alyssa J Freitas
Manifest Yourself
Rae Loves
White Cabana
The Yuppie Files
Little Wild Heart
Life Modifier
The Not Quite Adult
Random Little Faves
Perfect Enough For Us
Always, Anita
Feathers and Stripes
Something Good
The Golden Letter
Leigh Clair
York Avenue
Sequins & Strawberries
Emilie Lima Burke
with love from ellie
rejoyce
Bite My Fashion
White Oak Creative
StyledbyKesha
Whitney Bangel Blog
always craving
Evann Clingan
Turning the Corner…Fearlessly!
IN THE GREY
Beauty and the Pitch
PRBlonde

xo, Lacey