Catching up with Olivia

Hey! I’m actually publishing the weekend recap on a Monday! Wow! This weekend was mostly spent with our baby girl. Our work hours have been extended, so our waking hours with Olivia are less now. So, we make the most of our time together during the weekend.

Friday night, Ryan actually had to work on a home show, so it was Olivia and I for the night. Once we got home from daycare pickup and she woke up from her nap, I got THE BEST hugs ever. She’s so loving and happy!

Afterwork hugs

For dinner we had some leftovers and mango. For some reason, they will always remind me of grandma. She made the best mango jam ever.

Mango fo dinner

Then, we spent the rest of the night playing. Mostly her giving me toys and wanting me to put them in my mouth and then give them back. Oh well!

Friday night playtime

Saturday morning, we were greeted with a light dusting od snow on the ground and a much colder weekend.

snowy morning

So, our little one is growing up and it was time for a wardrobe change. She helped me out by stealing and later handing me hangers.

Wardrobe change

Look at her walk. So cute!

determined walk

And that face!

that face

How do I know it’s naptime? When she complains and smiles at the same time.

cry smile

Then, we were off to Menards to get some new faucets and replace our leaky ones.

Running errands

While Ryan worked on that project, I kept Olivia entertained and enjoyed some sun in our three season’s room.

Sun room playtime

Truly, she was the one entertaining me by spending most of the time putting her blocks in my boots and then taking them out.

boot time

I just love this picture…

on her way

Sunday, was a little bit warmer, so I ventured out with Olivia to catch up on errands. going into a dressing room with a toddler is a whole different experience.

dressing room w a toddler

Once back, I literally ran away for a couple of miles. It felt good to get outside and moving once more.

run sunday

In the meantime, these two hung out and napped.

nap dad

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing, playing, cooking and just enjoying each other.


Here’s to a good week!

TBT to Olivia’s BDay Part 2

I can’t I let another weekend recap go unwritten for so long. Gotta get my act together. To be fair, I was have been sick this whole week and pretty much bedridden after Olivia goes to bed, so I have spent zero time blogging, cleaning, organizing and/or cooking. Nonetheless, here’s the recap of last weekend.

My family started arriving Wednesday night to celebrate Olivia’s first birthday. I was pretty excited to see them all and spend some time enjoying their company. Of course, I also love when they get to spend time with Olivia and see how beautifully she’s growing. Plus, it’s much needed bonding time with family that lives so far away.

OMA con abuela

By Friday, everyone had arrived, so I took the day off from work to spend as much time with them as possible. Note to self: if you’re taking the day off, make sure to let your family know.

yo y TM

They also chose the best weekend to come to visit. Iowa was experiencing some record highs for February. The days were mostly sunny with highs in the 70s!!! We got to spend some time outside, which was awesome!

viernes en el patio

Saturday, was all about the little one. She was dressed for the occasion.


We went to have brunch at the Class Act Restaurant at the Kirkwood Hotel and it was amazing. My family decorated the little room in pink and gold. It was lovely.

bday decorations

The food was amazing as well, plus great service. Definitely adding this place to must-go restaurants in the area.

This is us OMA

While we waited and celebrated, Olivia got to spend some time playing around and being a walking one-year old.

OMA curious

She had some cake, some food and a cake pop from her high chair.

cake pops

She also opened some presents.

presents time

And shared some cake with Hanna.

sharing is caring

Overall, it was a great activity to kick off the second celebration of Olivia’s birthday.

bday part 2

Back at the house, we enjoyed some more family time outside.

saturday outside

When Olivia went down for a nap with Tania, some of use played some games.

playing games

While mom and I had coffee and chatted.

with momma

Once Olivia was up from her nap, it was smash cake time!

smash cake time

Thanks to Tania and Karla who set up the backdrop and decorations.

smash cake decorations

Olivia was both super into eating cake…

smash cake loving it

…and not really understanding what was going on.

smash cake confused

After a bath, wardrobe change and some playtime, it was time for dinner. She loves eating.

loving dinner

Sunday, Hanna went out on a run and I met her halfway to finish the last five miles with her. It was gorgeous out.

out on a run

We spent the afternoon in the New Bo area enjoying the day and hanging out with our little sweetheart.

OMa w abuelo

She was one babbling lady and loved her time outside.

my walking one year old

Monday came, and everybody left and now we’re back to our usual house of three.

Hopefully, this weekend’s recap won’t take so long to post.

In the meantime, enjoy!!!

TBT to Olivia’s First Birthday

Hey! Busy week here, so couldn’t really spend too much time on the computer. I still wanted to get the update from last weekend in because Olivia turned 1!!!! Can’t believe it… It’s pretty safe to say that I was on an emotional roller coaster.

The day Friday actually started a bit early for me because Olivia got a fever at daycare and I had to pick her up. I didn’t complain. By the time we got home, her fever was gone. So, it must’ve just been a cold related reaction. Once we were home, she ate like a champ, which she wasn’t at daycare that morning.

Any moment I got, I got busy in the kitchen getting her smash cake ready. Why I do this to myself, I am yet to find out.

Ryan’s parents came over Friday night and after getting settled in, I finished off with a nice glass of wine or two.

Saturday morning, it was the big day! I was both excited and dreading this day. How can my baby be one already?

I definitely stole all the hugs and snuggles I could.

First present: an airplane toy to get her ready for our trip to the BVI in May. She seemed to enjoy it.

Then, it was time to open presents from the grandparents and great grandparents.

After naptime, we all headed out to Texas Roadhouse to celebrate. She didn’t stop eating from the time we got there to the time we left. She’s our little piggy.

Our new table when we go out: beers, snacks and tiny hands.

They crew there announced her birthday and sat her on the saddle. Haha

Once back, we gave her the smash cake, topped with Ryan’s first birthday cake topper.

She wasn’t too sure about it and didn’t actually enjoy the cake much.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying our little one. Sunday, Ryan had to leave for a work activity early, so it was just Olivia and I running errands. We stopped to snack and this is the pose she chose. Comfy.

Once we got back, it was pretty nice out so we went on a walk and spent some time outside.

Maybe she’s not too big after all? Whenever she sees the jumperoo, she needs to get in there.

After naptime, it was time to head back out and get her ears pierced. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous. But, she was a champ and after ten minutes, she didn’t even care about it. So, I took her twelve month pictures when we got back home.

Then, back to hanging out with my love.

Now, my family is coming over this weekend for birthday celebration 2.0

Photo Shoot Weekend

Well, this weekend was centered on picture taking. Saturday, I had a photo shoot session and meeting with the Cedar Rapids Moms Blog I recently joined. Also, Sunday, it was super nice in our sun room so I used the opportunity to spend about an hour taking pictures of Olivia before she turns one this Saturday.

hey you

First though, we had our last swim lesson. Olivia was kinda tired, so she was in between loving it and not. She did great though and was engaging the instructor whenever she came by.

swim 1

This little girl loves the water and we’ll definitely join in again before our trip to the British Virgin Islands.

swim 2

After the swim lessons and my meeting, I came back to hang out with my little princess.

mama oma

We also had some time to facetime the abuelos. Umm, I think it’s safe to say they like each other.


Sunday morning, I woke up to the inevitable, Olivia decided she was done with nursing. We’ve slowly been weaning, but I definitely wasn’t ready for it and now I’m riding this emotional roller coaster of the end of our breastfeeding journey. So instead, we spent some time reading books and making animal noises before breakfast.

am reading

Once we got ready for the day, Olivia and I spent some time in the sun room in our own mini photo session. She loves going for the phone whenever I set it down to take pictures or videos.

photo bomb yoga

Ryan’s favorite pic? This one, where she looks like she’s up to no good.

up to something

One thing is for sure though, she’s a mover. Picking up more speed every day.

on a mission

I do love spending time with this little one and can’t believe she’s going to be a toddler soon. Stop!!!!!

oma baby feet

Hope you have a good week!

mama and oma

Fun and errands

Hola! Hope you’re doing well. By now you’re probably used to late posts… It’s how I roll now. Soon, I’ll get back to DIY posts as well, but for now, these recap posts will do.

This past weekend I tackled a long to-do list, and actually got everything done except one item. I call that a win! Plus, Olivia was my little helper for some of it.

Mama and me

Noon time was spent at swimming lessons. She had lots of fun. She’s so comfortable in the water and loves watching all the other kids. My little fishy!

Water time

The rest of the day was spent working on more tasks, so by the night I was beat. Grilled cheese and tea for dinner sounded just perfect.

Grilled cheese and tea

Sunday morning was spent just hanging around. It was an early wake up call, so I spent most of the morning in my pjs. Olivia didn’t care that my energy level was low though, she still decided to use me as her own personal horsey.

horsey ride

After lunch, we got ready and took the time to take some passport photos for Olivia. Let me just say, there’s a lot of outtakes.

photo fails

Then we headed out on the town to get some donuts and coffee.

on a ride

The local coffee shop we were heading to was closed, so instead we went into Dunkin Donuts and Olivia’s first donut experience. She looooved the donuts, that face is her just trying to bite a piece off.

donut break

She was jacked on sugar and wanted to walk around the store. she’s getting so big!

we have a walker

And off she goes!

off she goes

The rest of the night was spend entertaining, feeding and putting Olivia to bed. Good weekend.

Hope you have a great rest of the week!