A July trip to Portland

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

In case you didn't know, my husband and I are both originally from Portland Oregon.
Although I don't claim Portland as my "hometown" anymore, I did live there for the first fifteen years of my life.

In July after we said goodbye to Italy we flew straight to Oregon to introduce our family and friends to little Jacob Douglas.

Jacob's baptism was the highlight of the trip, but we did get to play tourists for a few days and enjoy some of the fun stuff that Portland has to offer.

Oregon has quite a slew of vineyards and wineries (hello, we even got married on one back in 2010), and visiting a few is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.

It's not the same as Italy, but the views are still spectacular and Oregon has a certain charm that's all its own.
Once you get past the sticker shock, that is. The prices of wine in the USA are not similar to what you would find at the Italian vineyards.
Not even close.

One of our first stops was the Lange Estate Winery.

We snapped some pictures, tasted some wine, and moved onto our next stop.

If you are only able to stop at one vineyard in Oregon, make it Domaine Serene. 
This place is gorgeous. 
Even though I forgot to snap some pictures of the actual vineyard. Whops.

We relaxed in the sun as we were poured various wines to try.

Another place you must make sure to stop at while in Portland is Voodoo doughnuts. 
With doughnuts named things like "Old Dirty Bastard" (my fav!) it's definitely a unique Portland staple. 

We spent an afternoon downtown and even made our way up to the Rose Gardens. 

Even though the main reason for our visits to Oregon is to see family, I still enjoy spending time exploring the city. 

Until next summer!

The great 6 month old sleep escapade

Monday, September 8, 2014

I know I've casually mentioned in my past two posts that Jacob has not been sleeping.
By not sleeping I mean 10 minute naps that take an hour to make happen, and only sleeping for spurts of 2-3 hours at night. 

My relationship with coffee hit an all time high.

This fiasco started when we arrived in Florida, which is right around the same time our little gremlin turned 6 months old.

I tried my hardest to pinpoint why my baby who once slept through the night like a little angel was now giving me a run for my money.

A lot of changes happened all around the same time. 
We had to stop swaddling Jacob because he was sitting up and rolling over, which he was not too happy about.
He was also adamant about learning how to crawl, and as soon as that was accomplished he started pulling himself up on all the furniture in the house. 
If that wasn't enough, we also started solid foods (which he did not catch onto as quickly as the crawling).

I have no idea if any of this contributed to his refusal to sleep, and I will probably never know.

All I know is that Jacob turned 7 months old on Sunday, and on Saturday night he slept from 9pm until 3am (when he woke up just to eat), went right back to sleep and didn't wake up again until 6:30am.

Then last night he slept the ENTIRE NIGHT.
He went down at 8pm and didn't wake up until 5am.
Some of you may be thinking, you're celebrating about 5am?
Well in our house it was quite an accomplishment, but it gets even better. 
After I fed him he fell right back asleep and stayed that way until 7:30! 7:30!!!!
I haven't gotten this much sleep in almost two months.

Jacob is even napping as I type this.

I don't want to jinx anything, but if this is any indication of whats to come I couldn't be happier.

I don't know if it's just a coincidence that everything changed on the exact day he turned 7 months old, but I'm ready to chalk his non-sleeping ways up to a nightmarish 6 month old phase. 

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this continues, and I'm daydreaming about all the wonderful things I can start doing now that I'm not walking around like a zombie.

Hello September {weekend recap}

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Do you ever feel like life is just kicking your ass?
That pretty much sums up how I felt for the entire month of August.
September has never looked so good.

I am determined to leave all the stress (and exhaustion) of last month behind, and try get back into the swing of things.

I thought that finally getting a new post up on this little blog would be a great way to kick things off.

Everyone seems to be getting into the fall spirit all over social media, but since we live in Florida now the cool weather ain't coming round' here anytime soon. 
With that being said, I did start to make small strides towards fall over the weekend.

This mama finally got herself a (much needed) pedicure.
Goodbye shades of summer pink, and hello (my favorite) dark brown.

I'm also currently obsessed with this fall's boyfriend jeans trend, and recently got my own pair that I've mixed into my usual shorts rotation. Jake isn't a fan but I'm in love. They are so comfortable and practical. I can roll around on the ground in them without a problem.

Thank you Jacob for the fantastic photo bomb.
"Why are you taking a picture of your jeans mom?"
I don't even know.

On Saturday we celebrated the kick off of college football season, which always makes things feel like fall.

This was Jacobs first gameday, and I'd say he loved it.

We have a little Nole in the making.

Now it's time for this post to end, because I am currently staring at this.

"Help me, I'm stuck!"