Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Julia || 2 Months

Goodness. It doesn't seem possible another month has slipped by us. But, alas, it's true, month number two came with lightning speed. Last week I packed away all the newborn clothes along with my denial that you will forever remain our tiny little peanut. 

Julia, it's so amazing to see you transforming out of that sleepy newborn phase. You are becoming more and more alert, you are awake so much more, and your little personality is starting to come through.
Little lady, you do. not. miss. a. meal. Ever. You have become a champion at nursing. In fact, I think that's your most favorite thing in the whole wide world. If you had it your way we'd snuggle on the couch and nurse all the live long day. You will take a bottle if absolutely necessary, but it is clear it's not your first choice. 
Sleep. Oh, girly. I can say that you are much better at the sleeping gig than your big brother (he's still not the greatest in this department). It took us almost six solid weeks to get your nights and days switched, but let me tell you, once you figured it out you've been a wonder. You've been sleeping in your crib since day one, and don't seem to have any issues in there. Lately you've been going down for the night around 10PM - though we desperately try to get you to sleep by 7:30PM (you snooze for about 45 minutes and then want to party with your dad and me for a couple of hours) - and you wake around 4:00AM to nurse. We've even had a couple of nights where you've slept for 7 and 8 hours. On a stellar night you'll nurse for about 20 minutes and go back down with no problem. And, you're typically up in the morning around 7:00AM. Keep it up - momma likes her sleep!
Your naps are all over the place, and often quiet short, but I'm really trying to get you to take a consistent afternoon nap. 

I'm pretty certain your favorite place to be is in someones arms. You don't particularly love the swing or the rock and play. Occasionally you'll play on your floor gym/mat thingy for 5-10 minutes. But, being held is your favorite, and I can't say I hate it. 
Your starting to find your voice (other than crying), and it is probably the most adorable thing ever. Often I'll chat with you, and you'll coo back at me, as if we're carrying on a regular old conversation. 

If I had to guess, I'd say you're going to have a flair for the dramatics. If you are woken and don't want to be up, or if you're placed in your car seat and want nothing to do with it, oh boy do you get mad. Just yesterday you were woken from what must have been a dreamy slumber, and when you awoke you gave the biggest show, complete with crocodile tears and all. 
Your smile has been spotted, but you're really stingy with sharing them. When you do flash that gummy, adorable grin it looks as if you're keeping a secret. I can't wait for more of those smiles. I'm wondering if you'll be as serious as your big brother was when he was this age (he was SUCH a serious baby - we heard about it all the time from everyone).
Little lady, you're pretty amazing. Though you've only been around for a couple of months it seems as if you've been in our lives and hearts forever. 

Love you to the moon and back. Twice.

Diapers || Pampers Swaddlers, size 1
Clothes || 0-3 month
Length || unknown - if I had to guess you're probably around 23 inches.
Weight || The scale at home says 12 pounds - I refuse to believe it. We have a doctor's appointment in a couple of weeks to determine your official height and weight.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hot Wheels Heaven

We are no strangers to The Cube. Marcus loves the place, and frequently asks to go. I love the place because Marcus can be hands on all the time, and I never have to say, "No, don't touch." Not to mention, he's learning through play, and that's something I can get behind all day every day.

When I saw The Cube had Hot Wheels as it's latest exhibit there was no question we needed to make a trip to our favorite science center.
The pictures don't do even the slightest bit justice of just how freaking incredible this was (the wonky lighting didn't help, either). It was every little boys (and likely girls) dream. An open, HUGE room filled with nothing but Hot Wheels fun. Yep, my kid will have all of that, please and thank you.

Please excuse my (poor quality, iPhone only - I didn't even think to bring the 'good camera') photo dump. But, seriously, it was the best time ever.

This was just one of the several different ramp/track stations.
The orange ramps could be moved up or down to change the height of the jump of the cars.
This video of the race ramp was a fan favorite with all the kids. I bet we came back to this station no less than 27 times.

Marcus was able to get behind the wheel and drive around several different race tracks (Indy, NASCAR, Grand Prix). I have no idea where Marcus picked it up (because Scott nor I has ever expressed interest in NASCAR), but Marcus is in love with NASCAR. This was clearly a hit.

But this, this took the cake of all the things Marcus could get his hands on. It was a mock pit crew tire changing station. 
I mean, the tires were screwed off, the wheels came off, the tires changed out, and screwed back on. HOW COOL?!

We spent over an hour and a half JUST at this exhibit - that's how much Marcus enjoyed it all. We barely touched the rest of The Cube.

While Marcus was soaking up all the fun, I was soaking up our time together. Julia came along for the ride, but she spent 90% of our three hours at the science center sleeping.
It was so good to get out and give Marcus the special attention I know we both desperately needed.

Until next time, Cube!

Monday, October 5, 2015

M & J Monday

I might not have used my good camera, they might still be in their pjs (at least Marcus is), our couch and the Boppy might not make for the best of backgrounds, the picture might be a little grainy, and the color is a little off...
...But it's pretty much perfect.

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 2, 2015

The 5 Year Anniversary Edition

Five years ago today I said, "I do," to the most loyal, loving, compassionate, honest, amazing man. It doesn't seem like five years has passed, but at the same time it seems like we've spent a lifetime together, dreaming, building, and creating this life of ours.

In honor of those five spectacular years here are five of my favorite photos from that beautifully perfect day (side note: have any idea how hard it is to select just FIVE favorites from your wedding day?!).

1. My favorite from the ceremony...
I had this picture blown up to a 16x20 print and it hangs in our entry. There's just something about the lighting, the cross, the aisle lined with maple leaves, and us at the alter that moves me every time I look at it.

2. My favorite with a prop...
My dad's Model A was so much fun to be photographed with.

3. My favorite posed photo...
We actually used this on our Christmas cards the year we were married.

4. My favorite from the J. C. Nichols fountain...
This photo pretty much sums up our relationship on a daily basis. 

5. My favorite group photo...
So many of our favorite people all together.

6. (Bonus - see, I couldn't pick just 5!) My favorite of 'my girls' and me...

Scott, cheers to five years, and a lifetime more of memories, laughter, joy and love to come. I love you!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

For the Love of Fall!

Along with every other blogger and woman in the world, Fall is my favorite. There isn't a single thing I *don't* love about this season. Give me the boots, the scarves, the cool crisp air, the PSL lattes, the football games, crockpot meals, apple picking, pumpkin patching, and and and everything in between. 

Because I know I'm not the only one who is absolutely smitten with this season I immediately agreed to co-host a Fall Blog Exchange with Johannah and Bri. We're hoping you'll join us in the fun. 
Here is how the exchange works:

  • The swap is open to all bloggers that have a U.S. address.
  • If you wish to participate in the swap, please send an e-mail to and include the following in your email: Your full name, email address, and link to your blog.
  • The sign up will remain open until October 8. At that time all participants will be randomly paired.
  • We will email you with your partner information. At that point you will have 48 hours to contact your partner. 
  • There is a $20 spending limit **before shipping**.
  • All items will need to be mailed no later than October 21.
  • On October 28th we will link up to share all our goodies.
  • Feel free to contact Johanna, Bri, or myself if you have any questions!

Lastly, get to know your partner (What do they love most about fall? Do they have a favorite fall scent? Favorite fall flavor?), that's the most fun about the swap!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


As I write this I am lying in my bed. It's 2:41 in the afternoon and both my children are napping - it's a Christmas miracle. I know I should probably close my eyes, too. I mean these nights not much sleep is actually happening for any of us. But as tired as I am I can't quite let myself doze...

It's quiet.

For the first time since 5:12 a.m. the only sound I hear is the soft whirrrrr of the fan. It's almost as if I'm not quite sure what to do with myself and this peaceful quiet.  

You see, quiet doesn't happen much anymore. And I'm forever grateful for the sounds that fill my home and heart. 

But for right now I'm going to wrap myself up in this silence and enjoy not being needed. Even if it is just for a few minutes. Maybe I'll even shut my eyes for a little bit... 

And just like that she's up. 

Perhaps tomorrow naps will happen for all of us. 

Until then, let the sweet noise of my life commence. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

M & J Monday

Though these two pair of feet are little...
...they sure have left a big imprint on my heart.

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 25, 2015

The A Little Bit of This and That Edition

Friday, it's so good to see you. Though our week hasn't been particularly eventful it's always nice to close out the week.

Some of this week's highlights from the Macke clan...

1. Last weekend we were fortunate to link up with Elizabeth and her crew to celebrate our birthdays. We ate at this cute little joint that served up some delicious fried chicken. And we cannot for one second overlook the goodness that was their butter cake.
Blogging friends that become real life friends - it's a pretty awesome thing.

2. We've had a bit of sleep regression with Marcus. None too coincidentally around the time Julia arrived. So after weeks of struggling to get either of the kids to sleep through the night I came up with an incentive program for Marcus (something tells me Julia isn't quite ready for this...). If Marcus can sleep through the night for a week straight without needing Scott or me to come to his room we will make a trip to the toy store.
So far we are 3 for 3 on uninterrupted nights of sleep. Sadly, the same cannot be said for his little sister.

3. This little gal has proven she's pretty fond of baths.
And I'm pretty fond of her.

4. Marcus' preschool comes up with some pretty fun craft ideas to coincide with the letters they learn each week.
While I don't hang on to every little paper he colors these crafts are keepers!

5. THIS!
Please excuse the poor quality pics and terrible selfie, and I know it's only two miles... But! It's been SO LONG since I've seen a negative split, not to mention I can't remember the last time I ran sub-10 miles. I'm getting the itch to find some good halves to run.

There you have it. Nothing too spectacular, but all the making for a pretty good week.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Marcus - 3½


My sweet little buddy, it's mind boggling that we are half way to four.
Leading up to the arrival of your sister I was so worried how you would take to her. All those worries were pushed aside when you first held her. It was immediately clear how much you love her. You are constantly calling Julia *your* baby, and you are always so eager to give her sweet kisses. However, you have (wisely) steered clear of any and all diaper duties (not that I'd actually give you the chance to change those).

You are so full of spunk. Your energy blows my mind.

Snacks are your jam. If you had it your way, you'd snack all day and just skip the whole sit-down-and-eat business which we require you do three times a day. Where you get that energy is beside me. You could go for hours and hours, and fore go any meals. When you *do* eat, you always ask for mac and cheese. It is seriously your favorite food, followed closely by any type of ice cream.

Your love for being outdoors is second to none. Riding your bike and scooter, playing baseball, basketball, and swimming are your favorites. You also love to race anyone willing to say, "on your mark, get set, go!", and you have a competitive streak I can't help but love.
If we are playing inside you enjoy your Matchbox cars and Hungry Hungry Hippos.

As of late you have really gotten into painting and occasionally coloring. I attribute that newly discovered joy to preschool.

Speaking of preschool, you seem to really enjoy going. Each morning you inform me you don't want to go. But, getting you out the door and to school is never a problem. I think you just want to give me a bit of a run for my money right away in the morning (send coffee, there is never enough).

School has been so good for you. You've started with pretend play, and your imagination seems to run wild. You've also gotten really good at spelling a few words. Those words include: your own name, J-u-l-i-a, M-o-m, D-a-d, S-t-o-p, and T-r-u-c-k.

While you are the sweetest and most generous little man (generally you have no problem sharing with your friends), we very much struggle with the "threenager" stage. We have had some epic meltdowns and serious bouts of defiance. We've had our fair share of difficult days. While I love you endlessly, I can say whole heartily I do not particularly love the challenges that come with this age. But, I try not to dwell too much on our struggles, as I know all too well how fast it all goes.

Thankfully, you are quick to make many of our difficult days better. Just the other morning I was still asleep and the next thing I know I feel your presence, and I hear the softest whisper, "I love you, Mommy." It was the absolute best way to wake up.

From the get go you've been my snugly little monkey, and that hasn't changed one bit. If there's an opportunity to sit in my lap or snuggle in my bed, or yours, you are all over it. And I love every sweet second of it. Occasionally when I bury my nose in your hair I can still catch the sweet scent of baby. I'm going to miss that when it's long gone.
You reach for my hand when we walk and it is the sweetest. And, you may not know this now, but you fiercely hold on to my heart.

Happy 3½ years my sweet little boy. I can't wait to see what the rest of this year will bring us. 

Love you to the moon and back. Twice.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Giveaway!

September is easily my favorite month. Leaves begin to change color, the air holds a fresh crispness that can only mean Fall is being ushered in, football season is upon us once more, and so many of my favorite people celebrate birthdays - mine included.
To celebrate all the goodness of this month how does $10 to Target, $10 to Starbucks, $10 to Amazon, and a scarf from Urban Cowgirl sound? Basically, that's an amazing little package of awesome to kickstart Fall. Am I right, or am I right?

Three fabulous ladies who also have September birthdays, along with myself, have teamed up to give one lucky winner the aforementioned goodies.

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Don't forget to stop by each lovely lady and with them a Happy Birthday!
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M & J Monday

Generally I'm the one behind the camera. However, when you walk out the door and realize you've unintentionally coordinated yourself with your children you ask to be one the other side of the lens.
Happy Monday!

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Good Stuff Edition

This week was a pretty good one. Between Julia starting to figure out nights and days, temperatures that *almost* felt like fall, and birthday shenanigans, there was a lot of good stuff going on.

1. Marcus loves himself some Julia.
The other evening we had a bottle on hand to feed Julia and Marcus was very interested. I asked if he wanted to help feed his sister and he was very excited to be able to help. Watching my little man with Julia makes my heart so full.

2. Mail Haul.
Between surprise emails and snail mail, this week did not disappoint.
Johanna speaks my language. She was so sweet and sent a little caffeine my way to give me a boost when nights are sleepless and days are long. 
Top left: My love affair with bows knows no end. ZoZu Baby bows are the cutest little things, and the fall collection is adorable.
Top right: Erin sent Julia this Love/Iowa onesie and I'm beyond smitten with it.
Bottom left: THESE THINGS ARE GENIUS. One of my best friends, Holly, sent these to me and they're the best. Keep reading to see what they are and how they work.
Bottom right: Stephanie sent this gorgeous scarf in celebration of turning 32. I am chomping at the bit to wear it. Now if only the weather would cooperate.
So the little rectangular thingys (I have no idea what they're called) wrap around door knobs to keep doors from clicking shut, and keep from waking sleeping babies! They also prevent doors from loudly slamming shut. Who likes a sleeping baby to stay sleeping? This gal. These things are such a good idea. Why didn't I think of them?!

3. Scott rocked the birthday gifts this year. 
This beauty is all mine! I can't wait to play around with it a bit. I'm hoping this weekend lends itself an opportunity or two to use the new lens.

4. Winner! Winner!
You know all those InstaGram giveaways that everyone and their grandmother enter? I finally actually won one! And... BOWS!!!! 

5. Just because...
She's mine and she's cute. She's becoming more alert with each passing day. Plus, she's starting to flash us her sweet smile. One of these days I'm going to capture her little grin when her dimple is on display.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Today marks the third anniversary of my 29th birthday (see what I did there?), and while it will likely be a pretty typical day for us I thought it would be fun to share 32 facts about me. Plus, these kind of posts are my favorite, and since it's my birthday, why not?!

1. My full name is Desirée Joy Macke. Often I'm called Des or D.

2. I'm surprised at how often my last name is mispronounced. So often I hear it pronounced Mac (like the truck). But the "e" isn't silent, so it's pronounced mack-EE.

3. I was born and raised in Iowa, but lived in two different towns. Growing up I always thought I wanted to leave. Now, nothing is better than going home. 
4. I've known my best friend literally my entire life. We went to the same baby sitter as infants. Hi, Amy!
5. My first car was a 1997 teal, two door Chevy Cavalier. It didn't have power locks or windows, but it had a sunroof. I freaking loved that car. 
6. In school I played volleyball and softball. Softball was by far my favorite (I was the 2nd basemen). 

7. Hindsight - I should have run cross country in high school. But, back then I thought I hated running. It wasn't until much later that I learned I just hated running short distances (ie. sprints). 

8. I participated on a swim team for eight years. My favorite stroke was butterfly.

9. I attended Iowa State University (GO CYCLONES) for 4.5 years, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications, with an emphasis in television broadcast. I minored in Sociology.  
10. Aside from an internship and this blog, I haven't really done anything with my degree.

11. Growing up I always thought I was going to be a veterinarian. Then I took biology and chemistry. Nope. 

12. My dad has worked in the radio industry my entire life. In high school I worked for him as an evening and weekend announcer. It was a huge influence in my decision to go into journalism. 

13. For 12 years I participated on a synchronized swimming team. 

14. It wasn't until I was 24 that I discovered my love for running longer distances. 

15. My first road race was a half marathon. I figured go big or go home. After I crossed the finish line I was exhausted and hooked.

16. 16 is my favorite number.

17. In college I held multiple jobs: water aerobics instructor, pool manager, lifeguard, environmental specialist (just a fancy term for janitor - it was the least glamorous job of all time), and veterinary kennel attendant. 

18. Before I married Scott I never thought I would have kids. 

19. Now, my kids are my world. 
20. Scott and I met playing on an intramural softball team for the city we worked for (he was a police officer, I was the aquatics coordinator). 

21. When I was 27 I was in a pretty wicked car accident. The accident wasn't my fault...
22. Said car accident resulted in my first stitches and broken bones.
23. Thanks to that accident I now have two metal plates and 12 screws in my right arm.
24. When I first moved to L.A. I taught private swimming lessons in people's personal backyard pools. I occasionally lifeguarded as well. At one private pool party I worked Molly Ringwald was in attendance and blew my whistle to get her daughter's attention. I still have that whistle. 
25. Since living in L.A. the only other celeb sightings I've seen are David Spade, Daniel Tosh, Jere Burns, and Neal McDonough. Scott once saw Mark Whalberg at a Mass that I didn't attend (I'm still kicking myself for that one). 
26. I'm a huge Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan. 

27. Never in a million years did I think I would be a domestic engineer (most call it SAHM). While I don't plan to do this forever I'm truly amazed at how much joy I've gotten from such an important role.

28. I have one younger brother - Tyler. He's 27 and he's single (hey ladies!). 
29. My favorite songs of all time are classic oldies: Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones and Tiny Dancer by Elton John. 

30. Though I'm a born and raised Iowan I don't eat beef or pork. But, give me all the sweet corn. 

31. I had no idea blogging would introduce me to some of the greatest ladies I know. Many I've never met in real life, but still consider some of my closest friends. 

32. 31 was great, but I'm pretty sure 32 will be the best year, yet! 
Cheers to this year and all it has to offer!