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Jack & Winn Snapbacks

Jack & Winn Snapbacks Hat for toddlers
I came across the most wonderful thing the other day on Brickyard Buffalo == Jack & Winn Baby/Toddler/Child snapbacks!! Not sure what a snapback is? Well, you’re not alone. I just recently learned the term, believe it or not. This song will help. Anyway .. I ordered the grey hat for Jace and have seriously been in love ever since. It’s ridiculously perfect. Can’t. handle. the. cuteness. Jack & Winn, you make some darling little boy hats. Heck, they’re even fun for little girls! The little tomboy that I was would have loved a snapback in my heyday. Might need to get this black one for him next, since Jace is SUPER into wearing hats. He loves them. Well, for now, enjoy these #jaceface pics! ;)

Jack & Winn Baby Toddler Child SnapBacks

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My sleepy boy

IMG_0622This little person makes me so happy. He’s been doing the funniest thing lately, where we won’t nap or go to bed without his light-up crocs on (and although you can’t see it, his ninja turtle watch, too). It’s so sweet how attached he gets to things that are his or “mine”. And of course he’s still in love with that monkey blankie. Not sure he’ll ever give that up. I woke up before Jace and I found myself just laying next to him and listening to his little breaths. All curled up with his blankie and shoes on. All over again my heart wanted to burst out of my chest. It’s already March and I can’t slow down time. I can’t stop him from growing. All I can do is take these quiet moments for what they’re worth and enjoy his littleness. And take as many Sunday naps with him as possible;)

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Choo Choo, Jace is TWO!

IMG_0327IMG_0328Hola friends! Wanted to post some pictures from Jace’s 2nd birthday party. As you can see, the theme was his favorite thing in the whole wide world right now = Thomas the Train! We love Veteran’s Park in downtown Gilbert; it’s the perfect size playground for a small party, and right next to the railroad tracks! It was super cheap to rent out a ramada. Downside, you had to walk across the tracks to use the restroom :/

Any-who, I found the cutest invitation and banner for the party on Etsy, including a “Baggage Claim” sign for his little party favor bags my friend Heather made us .. ordered cake pops from Fry’s Signature Marketplace (in Scottsdale, off Shea/Tatum) .. made his mini confetti cake from my bundt cake pan .. and topped it off with his other favorite thing in the world, a sparkler “two”! I of course didn’t capture all the details, like I did at his 1st birthday party.  This time around I had to keep an eye on him since he was running around like a mad man. He really was the happiest little boy, socializing and smiling at everyone, probably to get more M&Ms from the cake pop jar, but nonetheless, he was a social butterfly up until the end. Such a trooper. He loved hanging out with all the kids, and especially his girlfriend, Miss Maivyn (see the cheek stroke below:)). Such a fun day. Weather was perfect, a slight breeze. Easy peasy! Also, my sweet sister-in-law took a lot of these photos with her fancy camera, and the rest came from my other sister ;) Oh, and as can be expected, I’m in almost none of the photos, hahaha. Oh-well. Maybe at his 3rd birthday?! And his little Thomas the Train baseball hat is to-die-for (thanks Momma!). Enjoy the pictures!

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Happy birthday little boy

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My little boy turned 2 this month. TWO. Dos. I still can’t believe it. When I look at him I see a little boy now. His baby-ness is almost gone. It’s behind us. Now life is officially going a 100 miles a minute it feels like. This boy of mine lives in the moment every day. Oh, if we could all live like that, right?! And not think about tomorrow or the past.

Right now, at his two-year mark, Mr. Jace loves the song, Hot Line Bling (I basically had it on repeat at his birthday party), he loves parfaits, and smoothies and grapes. He is ridiculously obsessed with water balloons and Thomas the Train, playing swords, putting on “daddoos” and going “ou-side”. He wrestles and plays basketball every day, and enjoys puzzles and projects around the house. Now I’m just waiting for him to say complete words and sentences, so I can understand what the poor kid wants. Oh, and anything on a stick he goes crazy for. Suckers, cake pops, you name it.

But when I cuddle him on his dinosaur pillow on the floor in his room before bed, with his star light on, his eyes slowly fading, I still see my baby. The chubby cheeks, the pure white skin, his little lips. He holds my hand (sometimes even strokes my cheek) and I rub his back. Even now at two, he isn’t afraid to get close and hug and kiss and snuggle. He loves to be near people. Makes me hopeful that he’ll always be a big baby on the inside, even as he continues to grow on the outside.

Happy birthday Jace Patrick. I love you so much it hurts.

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Playing around with my 50mm lens, finally!

IMG_1022IMG_1020IMG_1000IMG_1003IMG_1005Miss Heather bought me a “nifty fifty” 50mm lens for my birthday .. last year. And ridiculous me just finally got it out to start playing around with it! (Plus, I broke my other lens and it’s currently being held at Tempe Camera, so this is all I got right now!) I’m still a long ways out from knowing how to get every shot perfect, but I felt pretty pleased with these here. Might as well get a close-up of Jace’s rash-y chin, hahahaha. I tell ya, I just can’t get rid of it. Poor boy is such a drooler, still! Even at 20 months.

More picture-taking practicing to come! Oh, and also .. if you are a photographer yourself, what other lens do you like? Do you have a nifty fifty lens?