Can I just say that I'm pretty sure my postpartum cravings have been stronger and stranger than anything I experienced during pregnancy? Also, I'm nesting like crazy. Faith and Noah's bedrooms are both in total chaos right now, as we're in the midst of making them over. I'm hoping to find time to snap a few pictures and update the ol' blog on some of our progress, but life has been busy so no time to really catch up here lately. Noah's dinosaur book bag showed up, we received his teacher assignment (and we're thrilled to learn that he'll be in class with his cousin, Laci), and with the last of the school supplies picked up this week, he's ready to set off on this brand new adventure in just a few weeks. Even Faith is starting to get excited about returning to school. Oh, that middle picture - a "before" shot of sorts. I'm down 3lbs. this first week of really trying to lose weight by increasing my water intake and consistently exercising (haven't been tracking calories just yet - too busy!). I have a 20-25lb weight loss goal - but more on that later.
Birthday celebrations like crazy this week, including my nephew's 6th at the Bounce About. David and I both agreed that this will be the last year we have birthday parties at our house, if for no other reason than simply because we just don't have the space to accommodate even just aunts/uncles, cousins, and grandparents (easily numbering 15-20 people with our family). The Bounce About was a great location, as the kids absolutely loved it, and paying someone else to take care of all the tedious party details (set-up, clean-up, organization, etc.) is definitely worth the cost.
On Noah's birthday (Wednesday) we had a little celebration with just us. Even though his actual party was small, it was really nice to have this intimate and casual time alone with him. He shared a tiny cake with his big sister, received school clothes and shoes, and then we took him shopping and let him pick out a few toys for himself. I love that he's starting to get the concept of being a year older. He kept saying, "It's my birthday. Do I look bigger now?"
Noah requested a mint Oreo layer cake for the little party we threw on Sunday. I'm told it was rather tasty!
All-in-all, a busy but successful week in the books. Summer is quickly drawing to a close, and it's hard to believe almost two months have flown by since Faith's last day of 4th grade. I've got two researchers paper due this week, so it doesn't look like things are going to slow down just yet - but I'm eager for things to calm down a bit in the coming weeks so I can have some free time back. I've got tons of fun photo shoot ideas I want to bring to life, and want to just generally get in more practice, as photography has quickly soared to the top of my hobby list and I want to continue learning and growing. Plus, I have three adorable little (mostly willing) models - so how can I resist?! I've been tossing around a few ideas for personal photography challenges and I'm eager to explore them in the coming months as well.
Livi - sixteen weeks.