life, lately: olivia's first trip to disney

I finally had some time to download all of our photos from our trip to Disney World in January. It was so much fun looking through them and reliving our time there. Olivia loves everything Disney and had a blast meeting her favorite characters and going on all the rides. 

I know many people say to wait to take children until they are older and can remember but I know I will always have these memories from when we were a teeny family of three. Plus, Olivia is still talking about "Mickey's House" and talks about our trip anytime she sees an airplane. So really, the joy it brings her now is enough for me.

In addition to being Olivia's first trip to Disney, it was also her first plane ride. Although we were delayed a few times and had to switch around our flights on the way down to Orlando, we lucked out by getting upgraded to first class which meant an ample space for her to nap (and for mama to take a much needed break.) We even got invited up to see the front of the plane!

Our first full day, we went to Magic Kingdom. This was the only day we were in a park from right after breakfast until after dinnertime. I know a lot of people want to cram a ton in since they paid for the tickets but, for us, it was more important that we were able to relax a bit and fit naps in so we didn't have a cranky family. 

Olivia was a little "starstruck" this day and wasn't too warm towards the characters but she loved seeing them from afar. She also received her very first haircut in the barber shop. We had a great experience there and I would highly recommend it to anyone. 

The next day, we headed to Epcot. There isn't as much to do at Epcot with little kids but our resort was a five minute walk from there so it didn't make sense NOT to go. And Olivia was thrilled by all the Frozen themes in Norway. She came back with a love of Elsa, Ana, and Olaf like I have never seen before. 

We only stayed in Epcot until mid-afternoon so we could go home and take a nap. However, if I had known that a lot of attractions don't open up until the afternoon in Epcot, we probably would have swam at our resort that morning, napped, and then went to Epcot in the afternoon and stayed for dinner. 

After naptime, we made our way to Disney Springs for dinner. Rich and I had gone there for our babymoon when I was pregnant with Olivia and, man, has it changed. It looks gorgeous and I wish I had more time to spend down there.

For our last day in the parks, we went to Hollywood Studios. Honestly, I may have skipped this park for a toddler but they have a ton of Disney Junior rides and shows there. I am really glad we didn't skip it because she may have had the most fun here. And it was just enough time to do all of her stuff in the morning, have lunch, and then catch the afternoon Indiana Jones Show before we went back to our resort to rest. Plus, it was pretty cool that we could take a boat to and from the resort to the park. 

For dinner, we headed to the Animal Kingdom Lodge to eat at Jiko. I loved our meal but Olivia was overly tired that day so I am not sure I would go again with a toddler unless you were saying close by. 

Our last full day there, we journeyed over to the Polynesian to have breakfast with Lilo and Stitch. We were all pretty tired and cranky at this point in our trip but man did that turn around once Olivia saw two of her favorite "people." She went right up to both of them and gave them huge hugs. 

The rest of the day was spent relaxing at our resort and swimming in the pool. I love that there was a sand bottom, zero-entry section for Olivia. 

Our flight didn't fly out until later on the last day there so we had breakfast with Minnie, traveled to Disney Springs for lunch, and then I walked around our resort, the Beach Club, a bit while Olivia napped and Rich did a bit of work. 

We had an amazing family trip and I can't wait to take both of our little girls when they are a bit older!

life lately: olivia at two

A few weeks ago, we met up with the wonderful Mary of Mary Bell Photography to snap a few pictures of Olivia at age two. She did an amazing job of capturing Olivia's spirit: pensive and adventurous, silly and sweet. I can't believe how much she has grown over the past year

I really can't stop looking at these pictures - I just keep thinking about how these first two years have gone by. It is hard to imagine life without her now. I can't wait to watch her grow over the next year and see what see is like as a big sister. 

style: my maternity stitch fix review #1

This is my first maternity Stitch Fix box as well as being my my first Stitch Fix ever. I have been wanting to try a subscription box for awhile and, when I found out I was pregnant, I decided on Stitch Fix because of their maternity styling. 

This is my second pregnancy so I do have a decent maternity wardrobe. However, Olivia was born in December and this baby is due in July so the seasons are completely switched. Plus, I really focused on basics the first time around for longevity's sake so I want a few items to spice things up and create a bit more interest in my closet. 

I had my husband snap a few pictures of the pieces I received. As you can see, my husband is not a photographer and I am not a model. Plus, it was super windy and cold that day. BUT I thought it would give you a good idea of what I received. I looked at a bunch of maternity Stitch Fix reviews before I took the plunge and I wanted to "pay it forward."

LOVEAPPELLA GRETA KNIT MATERNITY DRESS

I loved this dress right out of the box. I am a sucker for olive and the material was super soft. However, when I put it on, my husband said, "Are you sure you that is going to last you more than a month?" And, after looking at the pictures, he was right. I had plenty of room for a belly to grow, not so much for the ladies. So, unfortunately, this is getting returned. 

FULL MOON HUSTON MATERNITY CROSS FRONT KNIT TOP & RUNE PORTER MATERNITY LEGGING

This is not a top I would normally purchase, however, it was a nice material and pretty flattering. Plus, I have a lot of basic tops and this is very different than anything I have. I also think it will be a great postpartum top when we enter autumn to hide the post-pregnancy belly. I kept it!

I specifically requested leggings since my old maternity leggings had a hole in them. I purchased a pair of maternity ponte leggings from The Loft that I love but they are very thick so they won't last me into the warmer months. I love how these leggings feel and, since leggings are basically my uniform on the weekends, they are going in my closet, 

I loved the look of the dress out of the box, however, as I looked at it more, the material was very thin and almost see-through. And I am glad we took pictures - the stripes are NOT flattering. This dress is going back!

MARKET & SPRUCE WILCO SOLID QUILTED VEST

I requested a vest but wasn't very specific. I guess in my mind I was thinking something more along the lines of a cargo vest. I did like this. I don't have one like it and I liked that it was lightweight but I just couldn't justify the cost since I didn't love it. It is going back!

Overall, I didn't think this was bad for my first Stitch Fix. I didn't hate anything they sent and I kept two items. I will definitely give them my feedback and order again as I get a little bigger and the weather gets warmer. 

Have you tried Stitch Fix?

live, lately: our family is growing

Happy New Year! We have a lot to look forward to in 2017, most of which is Baby #2. I am due July 14th so we are affectionally referring to this little one as "Bastille Baby." 

I am very excited but, in all honesty, a little nervous with having two little ones under the age of three. I know that many have done it and done it successfully but that first year of Olivia's really threw us and I am worried about splitting my time and attention between two children. I feel like I am constantly juggling now, how do you get everything done with a toddler and a newborn?

I know it will all work out but if you have any advice to help us prepare (or survive those first few weeks), please share!

{photo cred: Mary Bell Photography}

my christmas wish list

Remember as a kid, when the Toys R Us catalogue would arrive and you would circle EVERYTHING on the pages for Santa to bring? Maybe that was just me...

I never expected to get all of it but, as my blog title suggests, I love making lists. So just the act of doing it was exciting for me. 

This year, I want Santa to really focus on Olivia but I still had fun making my own wish list. We could really call this list my "If I weren't a responsible adult" list or something like that. 

1. Having a toddler leaves little time for hobbies but, about a year ago, I bought myself a mini hand loom and have been teaching myself to weave. I have been knitting my entire life but wanted to try a new fiber art. I just purchased a larger loom and have been wanting to learn some new techniques. This book by Rachel Denbow looks like a good reference guide.

2. I have been lusting over the work of Kim Hovell for years! She is so talented and her East Coast inspired paintings are so dreamy. We are finally starting to decorate our living room and I think this painting would be perfect placed over our couch. 

3. I have camera bag but it is worse for wear. And I have a back pack but it doesn't have a ton of compartments to safely store my camera and lens. I have had my eye on this backpack for a few months and I may just splurge before we take our trip to Disney next year. The only think holding me back is that I am trying to be more resourceful with items I already have...

4. Ugh, lenses. I feel like I can never have enough. If you love photography, you know what I mean. And, really, I haven't purchased one in a few years. I have been thinking about getting a 35mm for over year now. I think I may rent one before I make the commitment since it will be the most expensive lens I have purchased. 

5. I have had my eye on Tradlands for awhile now and could probably purchase every shirt in their shop. However, the price tag is definitely more than I would usually spend. I do like that their items are ethically produced, though, and I am trying to make more purchases based on quality long-lasting wear versus just the cheapest price. Has anyone tried a Tradlands shirt? I would love to know your opinion!

6. Like I said, I have gotten myself into weaving and this new magazine looks absolutely beautiful. It basically covers interior design and yarn. I think it would be great inspiration for creating for your home. 

7. I haven't bought flats in years and most of mine really need to be retired. I am loving The Point flat from Rothy's. They actually make their shoes out of recycled water bottles using a 3D printer. And a huge plus? You can throw them in the washing machine!

What is on your wish list this year?