juice juice juice

Hudson and I have both had some health stuff going on, so we’ve been trying eliminating a few things and adding a few things to see how that helps. With that we’ve been juicing a bunch and it’s become this little activity that Hudson loves doing together. Sofia naps, we juice, it’s so good. Finding special things for him and I to do just the two of us has been so important in transitioning to him not having all of my attention. Our favorite juice is: apples, oranges, beets, cucumber, ginger, pineapple, and a little lime – it’s amazing. *tip* we always like to strain our juice to get a less grainy texture.
Happy juicing!
Baci Baci – Jac

 

stay a little longer

I’ve been all sorts of emotional about it, and it took me a month, but I’ve finally sorted out at least some of my thoughts and feelings about Hudson turning three…
Every night as I get him to bed, we go through our routine, brushing teeth, pjs, daddy praying, and then we have our special me and him cuddle and singing time. We have a few songs in rotation, but every night we always sing “Hallelujah.” Once we’re done with that he knows I’ll cuddle for a minute or two and then it’ll be time for me to go. And for the last few weeks, each night when I give him a kiss and a squeeze, before I even say that it’s time for him to fall asleep, he’ll grab my face and whisper in his sweet sleepy voice, “stay a little longer.”
Each night it gets me; it cuts straight through my mama heart like a knife. I hold back tears, and tell him I can’t stay for too long, but I can stay just a minute longer; the dishes, and laundry, the “me time” can all wait. Because, the reality is, in about 15 years, just a few more blinks, I’m going to be begging him for the exact same thing; oh baby, stay a little longer. And like I can’t stay for too long, I know he can’t either; but please, just a little longer.

5!

We are FIVE! How is this even possible? Getting married feels like yesterday, and I can’t imagine life any different all at once. We had the best weekend up in the mountains, just our little family in a cabin in the woods. We went in to town, down to the lake, made good food, and we just were. Jake and I didn’t even realize how fast we’d been going until we slowed down for a minute. We had hours of just sitting and talking, it was like a cool glass of water for my soul.

Jacob, my love, thank you for being mine. Thank you for loving me and our babies so well; I don’t deserve you.
Here’s to 100 more anniversaries!
Love you forever! J

Bath Time

I have been so excited for Hudson and Sofia to do bath time together! Bath time is one of my favorite childhood memories, and Hudson absolutely loves it! Clearly they had a blast together. With Hudson, I didn’t use anything but coconut oil until he was well over a year old, but I’m totally comfortable using Pleni Naturals on Sofia at her age. Their products are amazing! They smell delicious, are such great quality (which I always worry about with natural products), and their packaging is adorable! Thanks Pleni Naturals for introducing us to your products! 
Baci Baci,
Jac

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Houston Blogger Collaborative

We went to Houston to be a part of one of my absolute best friend’s wedding, and got to spend a little time enjoying the city for a few days after as well. We did a blogger collaborative shoot with some local bloggers as well and had the best time! Getting to know new bloggers in their city, working with amazing companies, and watching my husband do what he’s so good at will never get old! Thanks Houston for having us!  

 

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

We realized this weekend that Hudson is pretty gluten intolerant 🙁 While I’ve always limited how much he gets, after him throw up on both of us after highly glutenous meals, we realized it’s just messing his body up. I’d rather make changes in his diet now and hopefully limit the damage done, and save sugar and gluten for only special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Anyways, I’m on the hunt for good recipes! I have to do the SCD diet most of the time for health reasons, so I’m pretty familiar with gluten free, but it’s different trying to find fun things for a 2 year old. If you have any you love, send them my way! There are tons of recipes out there, but we liked how this one turned out. Baci Baci, Jac

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1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup honey (scant half a cup) 1 egg 1 pinch baking soda 1/4 cup cocoa nibs (optional) Preheat 350 Grease cookie sheet with coconut oil Mix all ingredients together Drop 1/8-1/4 cup size cookies on sheet Cook 6-8 minutes, watch them super closely! as soon as they’re browning around the edges, they’re done even though they’re still pretty soft. Enjoy!

3 months with Sofia

How can it be three months with this sweet baby girl already?! She is growing so fast, and it’s true what they say, that it goes faster with each baby. Sofia is an absolute doll. We see so many similarities between her and Hudson, but she is definitely her own little personality; she’s laid back and spicy all at once, I adore it. We are loving watching her learn to make sounds and try to roll over, she’s so observant and just loves watching everything going on around her.

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Sofia’s cute bow is from Knot Just A Stitch,  Thank you Laura for the most beautiful bows! I so recommend checking out her shop! 

 

Cupcake date

I can’t believe I’m so behind on getting this post up. A week or two ago we took an afternoon to just get out and walk around one of our favorite places. The Americana is this great outdoor mall with the best atmosphere, and we love it there. Sofia slept through the entire outing which let Hudson get some more one-on-one time, which I love. He adores his sister, no doubt, but getting our undivided attention fills his little heart up so much. We got Sprinkles which is clearly a win, I love the excitement on his face in these pictures, he’s so expressive and I love the moments we’re able to capture it.

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you are my favorite

This week marks 5 years since this man of mine asked me to be his wife. We had a whirlwind 5 1/2 months of dating/engagement (you can read more about it here and here), and 5 years later, here we are: 2 babies, some crazy adventures, some heartbreaks, some great joys, and everything that comes between.

You, Jacob, are my favorite; more than our babies, more than anyone else, it is you. I choose you. On the days it is easy, and on the days it is hard, you’re my one. Someday when they’re not babies anymore and our hair is grey or gone, it’s you and me; and you will forever be my favorite. Not because it’s easy or because either of us is perfect, but because we continue to choose each other, every, single, day. Our marriage is not a testament of our own strength or greatness, but the greatness and faithfulness and strength of our God. Our crazy Italian selves would have done us in many times over the past five years, but by God’s grace, here we are, more blessed than we could ever deserve. I am more thankful for you than I can put in to words. Thank you for being my one and only, my everything other than Jesus. I love you my sweet, forever.

xo,
Jac

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This truly is the most comfortable sweatshirt I have ever worn. Find it here from Philia Clothing.

Balboa Strawberry Festival

On Saturday we found out that there was a strawberry festival just twenty minutes away on Sunday, I mean … a festival for strawberries … yes please. So after church we headed up, and when we got there it was kind of like a farmers market but with lots of fun strawberry treats and fun games for kids. We had the most amazing fish tacos with strawberry salsa, chocolate covered strawberries, and there was this crazy chili, pineapple, strawberry drink everyone was raving about. Hudson loved cranking the water toys and driving “his fire Jeep” – he’s obsessed with Jeeps, like father like son. He’s the most passionate kid I’ve ever met, I love watching him enjoy things the way he does. It was a great way to spend our afternoon! Have a great weekend!! xo, Jac IMG_7882

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sunniesdress | shoes Hudson’s shirt | shorts | sandals Sofia’s dress | hair flower