special occasion

from an outside perspective it may seem as though the exciting parts of life are past. i've lived on my own, i went to college, chose a career, graduated, worked, traveled, dated, found the love of my life, got married, moved around, and started a family. what's left, some might ask. we'll, let me tell you, after all of that i feel like life is just beginning! where i am now is where i dreamed and hoped i could be, and worked hard to get to.

our days look very ordinary and very much the same- wake up, make breakfast, get dressed, play, snack, run errands, play dates, nap time, clean up, diaper changes, lunch, diaper changes, play, clean up, make dinner, diaper changes, eat dinner, clean up, laundry, play, clean up, baths, pj's, stories, bedtime. but tucked away between the eating and changing, are the moments that life is all about. i love you's, i'm sorry's, and it's okay's. hugs and kisses, and tantrums and tears. stopping to count the bugs on the sidewalk, splash in puddles, and pick up all the rocks. chasing, laughing, singing, cuddling. racing cars down dad's back, wrapping up baby dolls and rocking them to sleep. wiping runny noses and sad tears. wet kisses, and hearing "i lub you mom".

this is what I've always wanted. this is ordinary life. and i think ordinary life is wonderful!


she's on the move

some recent footage of claire's new trick! she pretty much is trying to get everywhere on her 2 little feet now! i am always amazed by babies learning to walk, they're so brave and trusting and resilient! they just don't give up!

(sorry for my crazy camera job- I just could not stop laughing at this silly little people!)

claire's steps from Amy Wilde on Vimeo.

Claire's steps 2 from Amy Wilde on Vimeo.


room redo

we (we'll, I) gave our room a little makeover. after we moved, I was liking the set-up of everything, but it was all a little random with colors. just a little paint and some curtains was all that changed. can you spot the differences?



I didn't want to buy curtain rods for hose windows, so I ended up using some dowels (that my friend Sarah gave me for free!) and brackets from he dollar store, all spray painted white... $1 per curtain rod! And I got to use my power tools, no project is complete until I bust those out.
Now that our room is done, I'm all out of projects for our house (for now...) so if anyone wants some free organizing/decorating labour, call me! :)


one year old

it was almost too coincidental, I woke up on claire's birthday at 5am, the exact time my water broke one year earlier, and 11 minutes before she was born. I laid there and relived those moments- how could it already be a year later!

she has brought so much joy to our family. some things are still the same as a year ago, she still has crazy hair, and a little button nose, but her little personality is our favorite. she is sweet and shy, brave and curious, silly and smart. she is a little girl who loves to be held and cuddled, but she also wants to have and do everything her big brother has and does. she's full of smiles and loves to dance and clap and wave. she says dadda, momma, and trey trey. she gives big wet, open mouth, kisses. she loves to hold hands and walk around. her favorite toys are books and babies, and trey's dinosaurs. she's little but tough, she definitely picks on trey more than he picks on her. shes likes to play outside, and loves animals. she loves swimming and splashing in the bath with trey, she loves when her daddy sings to her. around our house she's known by 'little sis', 'clairey', 'tiny' and (my favorite) 'sweetie' by trey :)

only one short year, and we can't remember what our lives were like without you!

happy birthday, my girl.


why today was great

-waking up to a warm spring morning

-chocolate cheerios

-trey asking me to take pictures of him holding his favorite things all day

-it only takes 2 minutes and 48 seconds to walk to the park

-hearing my children laughing and playing together

-brock coming home at 2pm

-breakfast for supper

-naked babies in the kitchen sink

-putting those naked babies in fresh new jammies

-my made up stories about waterskiing giraffes that i whispered in trey's ear until he fell asleep