Making Memories and Holding On to That Maternity Leave


Happy Monday, friends! Somehow we’ve ended up here, with only three weeks left of my maternity leave and almost into spring?! How?! No, but seriously … how?!

Anyway, our travel is finally starting to shape up for the year, which is to say that we have a couple things on the calendar for the foreseeable couple of months. We’ll be heading to Telluride for my birthday weekend, which I am beyond excited for (we’ve never been and have always wanted to go!), and we’ll be taking Grace on her first plane ride in mid-April to attend a fundraiser for my mom that my sister and I are throwing. We’ll also head to Chicago in October for Chris to run the marathon, and then we plan to head to Australia in December to celebrate G’s first birthday and for Christmas. There will probably be some other trips back east scattered here and there throughout the year, as well, but having at least those couple of things to look forward to is really nice.

In the meantime, our stream of visitors has continued with trips from Grandpa this past weekend, and one of my oldest friends will be heading our way next weekend, as well. Here’s some of what we’ve been up to lately, including a super fun trip to the Aquarium in Downtown Denver with Grandpa just yesterday.

^^ This face ❤ Gets me every time.

^^ Lotte’s new favorite activity – walking her stuffed animals in a stroller!

^^ A particularly cozy corner in G’s nursery, where we spend lots of time together. These days are fleeting my friends, this I know. Some day soon this will be a toddler’s room, then a preschooler’s, and so on and so forth. For now, though, I’m doing the best I can to soak up every last inch of my babies while they still let me. (AKA while they have no say in the matter!)

^^ Grandpa Robert is the best! He treated us to the Denver Aquarium, which was our first time there. At $21 a pop for adult tickets, it’s a tad on the expensive side, but Lotte had such a fun time, I think it’s safe to say we’ll be back.

^^Her favorite was actually the sea otter section, but unfortunately I didn’t get a great picture. Gramps even bought her a little stuffed Otter — which we cleverly named Otto — to bring home.


And that’s about it for now, my friends! I’ll be back after our trip to Telluride to let you know all about how that goes. (Wish us luck, since it’s a 6 hour trip and G has not been a fan of cars as of yet … )

Bis bald, friends!

Life Recently: The Mid-February (and Mid-Maternity Leave) Edition


Well … welcome to mid-February, my friends! I can hardly believe it, myself. I can’t believe it’s mid-February. I can’t believe my newborn is two months old (and then some). I can’t believe how many visitors have come and gone and I really can’t believe that I go back to work in six weeks!

We’re still in the process of planning out our travel for the year over here, but I can promise you it includes lots of fun stuff. (Like hopefully a bunch of trips back east for family things, our first vacation in Telluride for my birthday, a visit to Chicago in October for Chris to run the marathon there again, and of course, our big, fancy trip to Australia at the end of the year for Christmas/Grace’s birthday.)

In the meantime, though, Chris and I have just been soaking up life with two kiddos under the age of two (and getting used to the insanity that comes with it, if we’re being totally honest). We’ve had so many amazing visitors come and spend time with us, and we still have a couple more people to welcome before life returns to “normal” in April. Until I have more to post about our travel adventures for the year, please enjoy these photos of what life has been like lately, complete with lots and lots of adorable baby and toddler smiles 😉

^^ I can get a little creative when it comes to photos of my girls, in case you haven’t noticed. Lotte was thoroughly interested in my technique for this one …

^^ The Denver Children’s Museum never disappoints. Oh and by the way this photo is also worth sharing because this was the first outing I had with both the girls all on my own. I strapped G to my chest in the Ergo and let Lotte run wild and it all went pretty well, if I do say so myself!

^^ I took advantage of the in-laws and my parents being in town to head to the lake to get some family photos. Oh Standley Lake, how lucky are we to have you five minutes away?!

^^ It was nothing short of amazing having Nan and Aussie Pop here for six weeks to help us welcome Grace and get used to our new lives as parents of two. We miss them so much, and are so excited to see them in Australia in December.

^^ My parents came out for a visit as well, and Lotte had so much fun showing all of her grandparents pretty much every single thing she owns 😉 They of course were happy to oblige.

^^ My cousin who lives nearby had her third kid — a little boy — just two days before Grace was born. I love that these little ones will be able to grow up together ❤

^^ Any time I get out of the house with these two it’s worth documenting!

^^ The way they are looking at each other here … it seriously melts my heart. 

^^ Andddddd then there’s this! We’re still working on the meaning of “gentle” ‘with Lotte … she’ll get it, eventually.

^^ This little one has been all smiles lately, and it’s the best thing ever!

^^ Lotte currently takes a dance/gym class on Saturday mornings, and it’s the cutest! She’s only been to two sessions so far, but already circle time is getting better for her and she loves running around and using the equipment. 

^^ With all the sass and ‘tude!

^^ I have a similar photo of Lotte during one of her first snow experiences, so you know I couldn’t resist.

^^ My bestie from D.C. came out to visit last week and brought these insanely amazing jumpers for the girls. Any day that they are dressed similarly is a good day in my books!

^^ Chris was traveling for work on Valentine’s day, but we had so much fun with Lisa in town. I made heart-shaped pancakes for Lotte for breakfast and we went out to lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant, then Lisa made a shrimp and linguini dinner. 

^^ Oh and the girls got to wear matching outfits from Mommom, so yeah, Valentine’s day was good!

^^ Lotte has been loving wearing these slippers lately, but the best part is when one of them comes off (even a little bit), she’ll look down and say, “Oh, no!” in the sweetest little voice. It’s a new thing for her and I’m learning that “things” come and go so quickly with toddlers, you have to hold on to them (and try to video tape them!) whenever you can.

^^ Cheeks! This little one is seriously great with tummy time. Her head and neck seem so strong already, and she’s already rolled over from front to back AND back to front. She’s a baby genius headed for the Olympics, obviously.

^^ This is G’s ‘I slept through the night!’ face, which we haven’t seen again because it hasn’t happened again :/ That’s okay, I’ll take a fluke when I can get one.

^^ We went back to the Children’s Museum this past weekend with Chris since he had never been, and Lotte had so much fun showing him around.

^^ Is there anything better in the world than baby cuddles?


^^ We had an insane amount of snow yesterday, so we mostly hung in our sweats and watched movies. I love this little crew of mine.

And that’s been our lives lately, friends. I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start. Until next time, bis bald!

A Visit to Chautauqua Park


Happy Tuesday, friends! As I mentioned yesterday, we loaded the car up with our two kiddos, some food and the family while Steph & Brian were visiting to check out Chautauqua Park in Boulder. Chris had done a little research before we left and found a trail that was labeled as easy for us to try, but when we got there it was actually a bit steeper than I was ready for. So I stayed with them for about 100 yards, took some pics, and then Steph and I waited in the car for the rest of the gang to finish the hike 😉 Still fun, though! And beautiful! As I type this it’s snowing outside, but just two days ago it was about 60 for this hike.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Colorado is one crazy place.

Here’s some of what we saw!

^^ Big ups to my bro-in-law for offering to carry Lotte on the hike! 

^^ Wanna know a secret? Brian was actually in this picture, and the family one of me and Chris and Lotte and Grace from above, but he ducked down to pretend that he wasn’t! If that’s not an awesome bro-in-law, I don’t know what is 😉

^^ We finished up the day at FATE Brewing Company in Boulder, which was the perfect place for the kiddos, too!

I would highly recommend this park if you’re in the area and looking for some easy scenic views. I can’t wait to get back to see more of it! Bis bald, friends!

Three Cheers to Starting the New Year Off Right



Happy 2018, friends!

While the first photo up above was taken before Chris and I went to dinner on New Years Eve (also known as our 10-year anniversary of meeting and 5-year anniversary of being married!), the truth is we have actually been firmly ensconced in Newborn Land over here, along with Chris’ parents (who leave this Friday and have been beyond helpful) and my sister and brother-in-law, who just left after visiting for the long weekend.

While there’s not a whole lot new to report, we have managed to take about 1 million adorable photos — some of which I will share here — and get out to some fun dinners, hikes, breweries and the like.

Here’s a bit of what’s been going on in our world over here the past few weeks since 2018 began. I hope everyone else is having a great start to the new year, as well!

^^ Only the fanciest duds for my ladies on New Years day!

^^ Can’t stop, won’t stop my obsession with these pink sparkly Kate Spade for Keds shoes that Lotte, Grace & I all have 😉

^^ This little lady has always only had eyes for Dad, to be honest, but lately she’s really upped her Daddy’s Girl game … and it’s sort of the cutest.

^^ Grace’s first tummy time was a big success!

^^ See what I mean about the shoe obsession?

^^ There is absolutely nothing better than first newborn smiles. Nothing.

^^ I can’t with the hand-holding in this picture ❤

^^ What father of a newborn doesn’t have a picture like this? Too. Precious.

^^ A good friend of mine from New York (who also happens to currently be pregnant with her second little one), stopped over for a night on her way back home from a conference in Vail. Lotte & Grace took to her so easily, and it was just the best having her here, even if just for the shortest of whiles.


^^ Aunt Stephie!! We managed to go on a hike, visit a brewery, go out to dinner, visit with our cousin who lives out here, have fun at the park and go snowboarding (well, the boys did at least) in the 2.5 days she and my bro-in-law were here. Come back soon, please, guys!

^^ This Nan & Poppa. They are champions, and it the time they’ve been able to spend with Lotte & Grace is priceless.

^^ Someone is super bright-eyed these days!



I’ll be back tomorrow with more pics from our hike in Boulder with the fam, but for now, bis bald, friends!

2017: A Year in Review

dsc_2244_1.jpgHappy almost 2018, my friends! This year has felt both incredibly long and exhausting and like it flew by and was exhilarating. And while we didn’t do any international travel, we did manage to make many fun trips to the mountains and back east, and our epic trip to California to check out some national parks was definitely one of my faves.

Next year we’ll be traveling with two kids, which seems somehow both super stressful and lots of fun 🙂 Either way I look forward to making many, many travel memories with this little family of mine. Travel has become such an important part of mine and Chris’ life together, so I hope we can impart some of that love for travel to Lotte & Grace, as well.

So here’s to a 2018 filled with fun, love, health … and lots and lots of travel!

In January we took a quick trip back east for a wedding and to do Christmas with our Pennsylvania family.

Feb. was an epic mountain month when we met friends in Breckenridge and then headed to Steamboat later in the month to hang with family.

I had a friend visit in March while Chris was in Australia for his brother’s wedding and we had a fun and fantastic girlfriend’s week with Lotte. Then, later in the month, Lotte and I had our first flight alone together when we headed east for a fundraiser in honor of my mom, for Rory’s birthday party and to celebrate my Grandma and great-Aunt’s 95th birthday. Lotte & I also took a little road trip to D.C. to visit my bestie while we were back, and while there we visited some of the amazing monuments in the area.

In April we checked out Estes Park for my birthday (which was a seriously fun place to spend a birthday!) and did a little local exploring as well, including a hike at Clear Creek Trail and Lotte’s first trip to the Denver Zoo.

I didn’t have any blog posts in May, but we did find out we were pregnant with Baby Grace in May – right on Mother’s Day weekend! So hoorah for us!

In June my stepdad sprung for us to fly back East for a quick trip for my brother-in-law’s birthday. We also took Lotte camping for the first time ever in the mountains and checked out gorgeous St. Mary’s Glacier.

In July we took advantage of the long holiday weekend to check out South Park and do the Twin Lakes hike. We also headed back East again, this time for my uncle’s retirement party and to have an early first birthday celebration for Lotte. Lotte also visited the beach for the first time on this trip 😉 Later in the month we had an epic first birthday celebration for Lotte that included MomMom and Papa and Grandpa Robert, along with birthday cake at the lake, visits to the splashpad and lots and lots of present opening! We also headed to Keystone to partake in an MS fundraising walk in honor of my mom.

In August we finally took a kayak out on the lake that’s right in our backyard (Lotte was not a fan!), and we headed to Beaver Creek for some mountain air, hiking and splashing around in the hotel pool (Lotte was a fan of that!).

September was so much fun when we hopped on a plane to take Lotte to San Francisco, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. It was a bit of a whirlwind, but our little Lotte was amazing the entire time.

October was full of fun when I took a quick trip up to Vail with a visiting friend. We also checked out the same pumpkin patch we took Lotte to last year when she was just a teeny, tiny babe of three months, celebrated our first snowfall and checked out Fort Collins for Chris’ birthday. Oh, and a little something that was the most fun ever — Chris & Lotte & I dressed as smores for Halloween, with Lotte as a marshmallow, me as a Hershey kiss and Chris as a graham cracker.

In November my dad flew out to spend Thanksgiving with us, and we started our Christmas celebrations early (knowing that Baby G would be arriving in mid-December and celebrations might be a tad hard to do once that happened) by checking out the lights at the zoo and eating in a life-size gingerbread house and visiting Santa at Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs.

Holiday celebrations continued in early December when Grandpa Robert came to visit and we checked out Santa in Olde Town and got our Christmas tree. We also checked out the lights at the Denver Botanic Gardens, which we also did last year with Lotte when she was about five months old. I’m loving the traditions that we’re making with our Littles as a family.

And of course there was the best part of our entire year — welcoming our second little girl into the world on Dec. 16. Chris’ parents are here for a few weeks to help, and Lotte has been having the most amazing time with them!

We love you Baby G, and we can’t wait for you to be a part of all of our traditions starting next year!

And that, my friends, was our year in a nutshell! Despite how tumultuous it may have been at times, I’m hoping everyone was able to find some peace and fun throughout 2017.

And here’s to a fabulous and fruitful 2018! Bis bald, friends!

Life Recently: Welcome to the World, Baby Girl Grace


Happy Thursday, friends!

Well in the past 13 days our whole world has changed, since we welcomed the newest addition of our family — Baby Girl Grace Catherine Connor — on December 16. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since then (especially when I landed back in the hospital with an infection two days after giving birth), and all I can say is thank the lord Chris’ parents are here! How anyone does this without help is beyond me!

Anyway, Grace’s first Christmas has come and gone, and she is adjusting very well to her new life. Lotte, as a surprise to no one, has also become the ultimate big sister, taking to giving kisses to her little sister every single chance she can.

In other words, we’re all just happily ensconced in Newborn World right now, as tiring and stressful as it may be, at times.

I hope you guys all had an amazing holiday and are looking forward to a fun, festive and prosperous New Year!

Here’s a bit of our life, lately, which basically includes lots and lots of amazing newborness 😉


The Four of Us

^^ Our hero Aussie Nan, and her accomplice Aussie Poppa, below 😉 Lotte doesn’t get to spend a lot of time with her Australian grandparents, for obvious reasons, so it’s beyond adorable watching her grow to love and adore them while they’re here now.

^^ Our very last photo as a family of three before heading to the hospital on Saturday, December 16, to have Baby G.

^^ Big sister Lotte was pretty much smitten from the second she saw her little sister.

^^ Newborns change like crazy, don’t they!? I don’t even remember Grace ever looking like this, and I’m so glad we did the newborn photos in the hospital to cherish forever.

^^ First car ride!

^^ The cutest little  cupcake ‘G’ from Nan for Grace’s arrival home.

^^ Look at this dad, just rockin’ it with his two little ladies 😉

^^ I have the same photo of Lotte when she was five days old – I’m sentimental like that.

^^ Nan & Poppa took great care of Lotte while we were in the hospital with Grace, and then took great care of both Grace and Lotte when we were back in the hospital for two nights only two days later :/

^^ Denver adventures with Nan and Poppa!

^^ We spent Christmas Eve with my cousin and her family, which included their new baby, Oliver, who was born only two days before Grace!

^^ The most amazing holiday outfits you’ve ever seen. Period.

^^ Cutest grandparents lovin’ up on some grandkids!

^^ Baby’s first Christmas, and Lotte made sure it was a fun one.

^^ Our little babes, all dressed for the holiday ❤

^^ Touching noses.

^^ Merry, merry!

^^ Bright-eyed and ready to take on the world!

^^ Baby’s first bath! It was with big sister, and it was a success!

^^ Me with my two babes ❤ This was actually taken when I landed back in the hospital, and having these two come visit was definitely what kept me going.

And that has been our holiday so far in a nutshell, friends. Have a great New Year and we’ll see you back here soon!

Bis bald, friends!

Waiting for Baby


Merry, happy, holly everything, friends! Well, it’s December 12th, and we’re all about waiting for Baby and making the most of our holiday time as a family of three while we still can over here! It’s been a whirlwind finishing up work and having visitors like my dad and stepdad in town, plus getting our house set up for the holidays, getting all our presents purchased … oh, and getting prepped for our baby, of course.

We’ve been using the past couple weeks to set up the nursery and do as many holiday things with Lotte as possible. We got our tree a couple weekends ago and decorated the house, and my stepdad was here this past weekend to help finish off the nursery and hang with us a bit. It’s been a really great (and somewhat wistful, at least for me!) time, but I feel ready for the next chapter of our lives. I’m so excited to meet Baby No. 2 and to introduce Lotte to her new best friend. Chris’ parents arrive on Wednesday, and we’ll be ready and raring to go!

I hope you guys are all having a great start to the holiday season, as well!

^^ My discerning little Christmas tree shopper (and my big ole’ belly!).

^^ Despite the fact that we had to start the ornaments halfway up the tree to keep them away from little hands, I think she looks mighty pretty.

^^ We love when Grandpa visits!

^^ At 38 weeks pregnant, I somehow managed to dress up and head out of the house past 7 at night for Chris’ office holiday party. It was nice to get out for a bit, but also very exhausting! We hit up another holiday on Saturday at our friends’ house, too … how fancy are we?!

^^ I can’t necessarily say I had as much of a vision for Baby Connor No. 2’s nursery as I did for Lotte’s, since a bunch of the furniture in here is recycled and the room was already painted, but in the end I think it all came together nicely and I’m actually super excited for her to be in it!

^^ Lunch at School House Kitchen in Old Town Arvada. It was our first time here and I was really impressed. The theme is super cute, and the food was great!

^^ She is not a barrette lover, which pains me to my core!

^^ Wearing our matching Kate Spade for Keds sneakers out and about on the town! Don’t worry – I got a pair for Baby 2, as well 😉

^^ Waiting in line to meet Santa … for the second time!

^^ This time we didn’t even bother trying to have Lotte sit on Santa’s lap by herself (it was way too close to the other weekend when she flipped out when we tried it in Colorado Springs!), so we all sat with Santa as a family. It sort of worked 😉 I look so pregnant here, and Lotte is unimpressed, but hey, what can you do?

^^ Grandpa couldn’t leave without spoiling both Lotte and Baby 2 for Christmas. He loaded them up with the sweetest clothes and books, as well as gift certificates for flights for all of us back to New York to visit, which of course made me cry. Thank you, Grandpa, your gifts were so thoughtful!

^^ On Monday night we hit up the Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light show as part of a holiday party thrown by our realtor, whom we love. We went last year when Chris’ family was in town and Lotte was only about five months old, and we loved it then, as well. It’s so pretty and festive – the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit!

^^ My loves ❤ No one I enjoy holiday outting with more 😉

Okay, so now the wait for Baby is really on! Wish us luck, and I probably won’t be back until I have a new little cherub faced-photo to share with you all here! Until then … bis bald!