Wednesday, January 8, 2014


What do you do when you are turning 30, it's time to ring in the New Year, and you're expecting a new baby? Why of course, you go on a kid-free 30th Birthday/New Year's Eve/Babymoon Extravaganza to the wonderful state of Hawaii! We were there from Dec 27 through Jan 7, and while I missed Rocco terribly, I greatly enjoyed our first 'real' vacation in over two years. I will be making my typical 'vacation photo album' (yes, photos printed! on real paper! inside a real book! I might be the only person my age who still does this!) but here are some random highlights for those who have no intentions of looking through my book once it's done (which is everyone, but hey, I make the vacation books for myself so whatever):



The 'Big Island':


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 New Year's Resolutions

Here's my 2014 New Year's Resolutions - let's check back in 364 days and see how I do :)

  1. Take monthly photos of Pepper (something like the calendar ones I did for Rocco) and at least one 'lifestyle' photo of both Pepper and Rocco every week. I really want to try to get my camera out more this year!
  2. Lose the baby weight by the end of the year. And if I am really successful, lose some more on top of that to get back to my 'wedding weight'. However that might be unrealistic depending on what the final number is I will have to lose just to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight first.
  3. Do the whole breastfeeding/pumping thing for Pepper's whole first year of life. I did it for Rocco, hopefully I can do it again!

Good luck to everyone else with their resolutions, whatever they may be!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 New Year's Resolutions Re-cap

It's that time again! Time to see if I succeeded or failed miserably at my New Year's Resolutions! In case you forgot, here they are again along with my updates:

1. Take a photo every single day in 2013. Yes, that's right, a photo Why you may ask? Because Scott bought me a new camera for Christmas/my Birthday! Also, because I am insane.
Yeah, that didn't happen. Long story short, Scott's father passed away unexpectedly in February and I didn't feel like picking up the camera every day after that. I tried to at least do some photos every month though.

2. Lose weight. I won't be specific about my current weight, but I will say my goal is 15 pounds lost by May 1st. Hahahaha! I'm pregnant. So obviously this did not happen.

3. Try to cook one "real" dinner a week. Ok, some of you may be saying "What?!". Let me let you in on a secret - I do not cook. Scott does the cooking in this household. This year I am going to make a concerted effort to learn how to cook real meals (i.e nothing frozen or pre-packaged involved). I may or may not share these cooking attempts on my blog. Depends on how well it goes ;)
Nope. Didn't happen. Sorry Scott.

4. This is annoyingly vague, but I have a couple of specific bad habits that I do not want to point out for fear of other people noticing them, but I am going to try to stop this year. Like for real. And no, I am not going to tell you what they are even if I do manage to stop said bad habits.
Some yes, some no. I'd say 50% improvement in this department.

5. Last but not least - THIS will be the year I stop cursing so much! I hope.
Let me tell you - Rocco repeats EVERYTHING now. So I have made great improvement in limiting my cursing. I say limiting because, hey, sometimes things are worth cursing about.

Stay tuned for my 2014 resolutions!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

We celebrated Christmas this year at our house, hosting both of our immediate families. This is not only the best photo we have from the day, but basically the only photo we have from the day - whoops. We were too busy having fun, eating, and enjoying each other's company to take photos - the way it should be!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

Twas the Night Before Christmas....

Look how much he has grown since last year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Cards 2013

Now that everyone has had time to receive our Christmas cards - here's the online version of them!



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mintz Family Photos 2013

We took these photos back in late October, but I didn't want to post them online until our Christmas cards went out for the year. Now that they have been mailed, here's some of my favorite photos from our photo session: