I’m linking up with Gretch and Kristen today to answer the very pressing and vague question of… What’s new?!

Well… (I’m so glad you asked!)

+ Isabelle hasn’t been fussy lately! This is a complete game changer. I mean, she’s fussy some days, but there is nothing like a baby not being cranky to appreciate how cranky she truly is! Clara was such an easy baby, but Isabelle… not so much. She is awake a lot and when she is awake, she’s usually been crying. But in the past few days when she has been awake she’s been alert, quiet, and looking around – quite content with life. When she isn’t crying for hours at a time my whole life is easier, leaving the house happens quicker, and my patience with Clara seems infinite. So maybe I can do this mom thing.

Isabelle Rose

+ I got Snapchat, which we’ve already discussed.

+ Clara continues to be hilarious and say funny things that only me and Tim think are all that funny. Seriously, two-year-olds are the best. But also the worst. But really they’re the best.

+ Speaking of which, I have less than one more week having two kids under two years old because Clara officially turns two on the 13th! It’s weird because she has been acting so much like a two year old over the past few weeks/months that I forget how young she really is still. Plus, next to Isabelle she seems like a giant. So young with so much attitude/personality, this one.

Rattlesnake Lake

+ We went hiking this past weekend and it poured down rain and I realized how hard it is to make a baby waterproof. Somehow Isabelle slept through most of the four miles and I don’t know how because the poor girl had to be a bit chilly. She was definitely a little soaked over-damp and I won’t be winning any mother-of-the-year awards anytime soon. However, Clara had an absolute blast and I loved seeing her in nature. Also, it was a poor choice for me to pick a hike known for its views on a rainy day. We reached the ledge only to see clouds. Lots of clouds. It looks like we’ll be trying that particular hike again another day…

Rattlesnake Lake

+ We didn’t see fireworks this year. I think it’s the first time in my life I didn’t see them on the fourth of July but I’m okay with it because Clara’s sleep schedule has been really off and I know it’s been contributing to her not-as-awesome behavior. I feel badly that I’m making her overtired because of our social plans, so I’m making an effort to say no to things that would push her to her limits. Bleh.

+ I started reading this book and Tim keeps asking what I’m laughing at. I can’t help but crack up at her writing!

+ I got these pants from ThredUp and was hoping I would love them but the fit was a little off even though they were super, super comfy. In the return pile they shall go… Sigh.

+ And as long as we’re talking about getting rid of things, I’m currently on a mission to get rid of everything in our house. At least that’s what it feels like. We’re renting an old house with limited storage/closet space so I feel like I see all of our possessions all of the time, and that makes me feel cluttered. So, I’m getting rid of everything I don’t absolutely love. My closet is breathing a sigh of relief!

I’m really, really glad it’s a short week this week… Three cheers for the upcoming weekend!

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27 Responses to Happenings

  1. I love getting rid of things in the house! I’m on the same mission 😉 I have a big pile downstairs to give away and another to try and sell on FB yardsale groups. I just need to finish going through our office and then I can start listing things and make a run to the DI to get rid of the stuff I don’t plan on selling. It’s been SO nice.

    • Lisa says:

      Yay, good for you!! I really want to do a garage sale but I also just want to get rid of things as I see them and not coordinate a whole event! I’m going to give things to our local Buy Nothing group, though. Do you have those where you are?

      • Hmm… I’m not sure. What is a Buy Nothing group? It may be similar to the DI. The DI is kind of like a Goodwill type thing, it’s a really cool store/program. I actually didn’t know what all they did for the community until I had class with someone whose dad manages one and she wanted to work there as well. It’s kind of a work rehabilitation type opportunity.

  2. What book are you reading?! The link didn’t work for me!

    • Lisa says:

      Whoops, I fixed it! Thanks for letting me know 🙂 “Year of Yes”! I think it’s so great. It makes me want to do all of the things.

  3. Gah, all those pine trees! Another blogger I read just got back from Alaska, which isn’t the PNW, but looks similar with the mountains/trees and such, and her pictures + your pictures are making me count down the days until I’m in Seattle later this summer. Seriously the most beautiful place in the entire world.

  4. i want to know what book you are cracking up at, but the link won’t work 🙁 i feel you on the getting rid of things, we have tons of storage because it’s only us 2 in a 3 bedroom, but it’s still ridiculous how much crap we have with only 2 people lol. so i am trying to get rid of crap i hold on to. yay for isabelle not being as fussy – i don’t have kids, but i am sure that does make life easier 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      I fixed the link! “Year of Yes” – I just think Shonda Rhimes is the best. And I agree, we had tons of stuff when it was just the two of us but now it feels like we have exponentially more… I think renting and moving so often makes me feel like we have more than we probably do!

  5. Two under two! Brave mama. 🙂 Mine are 2 years & 6 days apart and I’m continually grateful for those 6 days.
    I would so love to get rid of everything in our house too! We are always going back and forth if/when we should move and one of the pros in my opinion is a chance to really go through and purge lots of unnecessary junk!

    • Lisa says:

      I’m not sure I consider myself brave… more like clueless! It wasn’t my best idea to have a baby in the midst of potty training and sleep training and molar growing and the million other transitions happening for Clara right now!

      I totally thought we would clear out a ton of stuff when we moved to Seattle, but instead we moved it all here (because we hired packers so I didn’t need to go through everything at the time) and then when we were unpacking we got rid of some stuff but a lot of stuff got put away anyway… Basically I still have a ton of decluttering to do! Good luck with yours!

      • I tell people to go for 2.5 years apart and get the potty training done with before Baby #2 comes along! That was one of the hardest things to do with both. I think it will be nice in a couple years though to have them so close together… Easier to do joint activities that everyone enjoys.

  6. bellarose says:

    Are you going to do a post about your birth story?

  7. decluttering is such an amazing feeling…I’m a believer of decluttering = positive energy/a clear mind. Every time I declutter a space in my house and walk into it, I breathe a sigh of relief and I actually feel more relaxed in it!

    • Lisa says:

      It’s SUCH a good feeling! And I think you’re so right – it’s been proven that clutter stresses people out and a clean space makes a big difference for some people’s mental state. I am for sure one of those people!

  8. Emily Dunham says:

    It feels so good to declutter! I have been going through some of my clothes lately and it feels so nice to have a bag full that will be leaving my apartment!

    • Lisa says:

      It feels SO good. I actually love getting rid of clothes but then I go shopping and get more so it’s kind of a cycle. Although I like to think I’m getting rid of stuff I never wear and adding things that will become staples for me.

  9. I really need to start reading again – def will be checking out that book. 🙂

  10. Jess says:

    I have heard similar things about toddlers and how entertaining they are while also being the worst sometimes haha. I am also on a mission to get rid of stuff in my house! We are renting a very small space and everything we do not need must be packed away or cleared away.

    • Lisa says:

      YES! We’re renting such a small space and it makes all of our stuff seem completely overwhelming. I don’t know if everyone else has less than me or if they’re just way better organized! Maybe I need to hire someone to come in and redo my house…

  11. Kristen says:

    I absolutely need to declutter (especially my closet and our guest bedroom closet). I really REALLY hate doing it, though, so I just keep putting it off. The guest closet is the most daunting because it has basically become our giant junk drawer … It’s where things go to die. Haha.

    I love reading about/hearing about the silly things that kids say to their parents. I think if/when I have a kid, that will be one of my favorite things about being a mom. (Though the temper tantrums … Not so much.)

    • Lisa says:

      I love decluttering if it means throwing things away, but I HATE organizing! Clara says the cutest things. Every day she learns a new phrase or a new word! I’m amazed at how much she picks up on.

  12. Sheesh! I’m impressed you did the hike!! How did that go with the babe? Stick her in a carrier and just go for it?! We need to do that soon!

  13. I’ve never gone on a rainy hike before! Sounds like it would be a challenge, especially with kids. Good job! Thanks for linking up and I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

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