Swing Forward

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Last year around this time I saw this quote on Chelsea's blog and it has stayed with me as one of my most favorite quotes about August of all time.

Ready for an unpopular opinion? I am never sad to see Summer go. And I know this makes some of you very frustrated.

Just this weekend I saw an Instagram post where someone said she might lose it if she saw one more post about Fall while it's still August.

While I haven't started celebrating all things Fall just yet, I know I'm just a few short weeks away from fully embracing it. This morning I bought my first Fall themed t-shirt and I just may wear it all through the month of September and definitely through October. I got this one from Lost Bros Trading Co. because who hasn't wanted to be a Sanderson sister at some point or another?

I love everything about Fall. The occasional rainy day (because really, that's all that we get here in California in the Fall), football, crockpot recipes, flannel, and pumpkin everything. I am so ready to swing forward into cooler weather, and boots and beanies.

This year is even more special than the rest because I get to see everything that I love about Fall through the eyes of my baby. There isn't anything that I can think that sounds more fun than making a big deal out of all of my favorite Fall things because it will be our first time experiencing them together.

Last August around this time I was lounging away in Mexico until I took that fateful pregnancy test in a resort bathroom and my world got flipped upside down. Now, I have this perfect little life in my hands that I can't wait to share everything with.

My favorite time of year is right around the corner and I'm not just ready to swing forward, I'm ready to fly.

Which camp are you in?

Stand Up, Speak Out

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I've never been one to "stir the pot" so to speak.

I've generally been the type of person to avoid any and all confrontation, because I simply don't enjoy it. I sat through last years political ups and downs and kept to myself. I watched as arguments ensued on social media, people passionately posting their opinions, whether or not it was the "popular" one (was there even a popular opinion in the election? maybe not)

And still I kept to myself. Looking back, I think that it partially had to do with the fact that I wasn't paying close enough attention. Our government was turning into a public spectacle, a joke, and if our own politicians didn't want to take it seriously, than why should I?

I did my part, I voted, and I waited along with everyone else while I held my breath and watched them announce Donald Trump as our new President. And I cried for myself, and for our country, and for the baby that I would be bringing into the world in just a few short months.

It won't be that bad. I told myself over and over again. And yet, I've watched as the problems have continued to escalate and still, for the most part, I've stayed silent.

But I can't stay silent anymore. 

I am in absolute outrage (as I've found myself thinking more than once in the past months) over the last week.

I am horrified and saddened by the recent events in Charlottesville and I am disgraced with the press conference held by Donald Trump this week where he openly supported the actions of the white supremacy groups that injured and caused the deaths of more than one person during the rallies.

I don't want to live in a world where I have to look at my daughter and teach her that hate is wrong, while watching the President of the United States justify hateful actions. 

I have heard over and over this week, "if you ignore it you support it" and I can't ignore it any longer.

I will stand up against the hate in every way that I can because years later when my daughter is in history class learning about this time, I want to be able to look at her and tell her that I was on the side of good. The side that fought against the ugly, and the bad, and the evil. I want to be the type of person now that she can be proud of later.

It doesn't take a grand gesture. It could be as simple as getting your opinion out there in a blog post (which is also incredibly therapeutic). It could be sticking up for someone when you see an injustice occurring, or it could be just disagreeing with someone you're having a conversation with if you think what they're saying is wrong.

If you're not outraged than you're not paying attention.

And if you are, you're doing something right.

Stand up, speak out.

Kensington Grace (Weeks 13 & 14)

Monday, August 14, 2017

1// The coolest baby on the stroller circuit. We got you these sunglasses at the Janie and Jack Outlet (for $5) and because you haven't realized you can take them off on your own, you wear them around wherever we go. 

2// The worlds most perfect crooked smile, a picture I snapped while you were trying to talk to me about something clearly very important. 

3// Babies in bonnets melt my heart. You could take it or leave it. 

4// I bought you a magic sleepsuit to help transition you out of your regular swaddles. The jury is still out on whether or not the magic is going to work for you, although clearly this picture says yes. 

5// My bright eyed beautiful girl. You are incredibly difficult to take pictures with but do better when I'm taking pictures of you. 

6// Clearly questioning how you fell asleep with me holding you and woke up in your dock a tot. 

7// You are putting EVERYTHING in your mouth and drooling like crazy lately. Could there be a tooth coming on?

8// One of your favorite things to do is to sit in front of the mirror and look at yourself. I love that little smile. 

9// I call this your bumblebee look. We packed this outfit as one of your options for coming home from the hospital. Who would have thought that it wouldn't fit you until three and a half months later? Silly mom and dad.