Holidays & Special Events, Life with Jameson

Jameson’s first holiday!

Growing up, we didn’t ever celebrate Halloween. My parents, as Christians, never wanted to participate in something that celebrates darkness and evil. So as a kid I never dressed up, never went trick-or-treating, and never went to Halloween parties. Instead we usually hung out at home watching movies or hung out with friends who didn’t celebrate either. The first time I actually dressed up for Halloween was a few years ago during college when my best friend and I put together Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes. Looking back I really don’t feel like I missed out on anything as a kid. As a Christian myself, I understand and agree with my parents’ decision to not get involved in Halloween because even though the holiday may not have started out as a celebration of darkness, over the years it has definitely morphed into exactly that for most of our culture. Alex and I talked a lot about it before Jameson was born to decide how we wanted to handle it and we ultimately agreed to “participate with caution.” Basically, we think dressing up is fine (and fun!) as long as it’s nothing too sinister and going to costume parties with friends is okay too. We’re going to make sure we have conversations with our kids about how Halloween actually began and steer them away from getting involved in the darker aspects of the day. As Christians we have the freedom in Christ to decide if and how we want to celebrate, keeping Him as our focus always. I don’t know if we’ll ever go trick-or-treating (maybe it’s how I was raised but something about going up to random people’s homes and asking for their desserts is weird to me haha) and I doubt we’ll ever decorate in celebration or anything like that. I don’t really see it ever becoming a major holiday that we celebrate, and that’s okay with me.

This year we decided to just dress Jameson up in something he already had (a “Wild Thing” outfit based on the book Where the Wild Things Are, from my best friend) and spent the day with family. My sister and her husband went with a Winnie the Pooh theme for my niece, which was sooo cute, and we hung out at the park for a little while to get some pictures. It was super low-key and we had lots of fun! Plus, babies in costumes are just the cutest. ❤


HAHA poor baby! I promise we weren’t actually smushing him that hard. His cheeks are just really squishy. 🙂



Holidays & Special Events, Life with Jameson

Meeting the great-grandparents

One of the things I love most about being a young mom is that my son gets the chance to meet his great-grandparents. To tell you the truth, it boggles my mind a little to think about how it must feel to meet your great-grandchild. I can’t even picture having a grandchild, let alone if that grandchild then had his or her own child. Like whatttt, that is nuts. But so so cool. You get to see the impact you’ve had on the world in three different generations (your baby, their baby, and that baby’s baby)…all because you fell in love with your best friend. How incredible.

These past few weeks, we’ve had the privilege of introducing Jameson to one of my grandmothers and both of Alex’s grandfathers. Hopefully someday we can introduce him to my other set of grandparents in Georgia and Alex’s other grandma too. We loved seeing their faces as they set eyes on our boy for the first time, the obvious love they all had for him, and the awe they had as they each got to hold him. Jameson, of course, had no idea what the heck was going on but he flashed them his little smile anyway and stared at each of them with his classic thoughtful Jameson expression. And I know someday he’ll really appreciate these pictures. You have the best great-grandparents, my love!

Alex’s maternal grandfather Walter Thomas (aka Nono) and his wife Judy:


Four generations:IMG_4340

Bernice Schreiber (aka Grandma Pennsylvania), my maternal grandmother:



Grandma PA with her two great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Jameson:11140027_10207771734675976_8539980809679538489_n

Four generations:



Jim Iwanski (aka Papa), Alex’s paternal grandfather: 

IMG_4755IMG_4753Papa, his wife Cyndi, and Jameson:

IMG_4750Four generations of Iwanski men: 



Holidays & Special Events

Our Memorial Day weekend

We had such a wonderful long weekend and I’m so sad it’s over! Lots of sunshine, fun memories, yummy desserts, and family time filled up our days and I loved every second of it. Alex got off early on Friday (yay!) which was actually a surprise to me and he came home carrying a bouquet of beautiful pink roses (also a surprise to me), which I immediately swooned over and then put on the center of our table so I can see them every time I walk by. Am I blessed or what? My husband is the sweetest!

That night we headed to my parents’ house for dinner. It’s kind of our family tradition (and I have no idea how this even started) to get Chinese food on the first and the last days of school, even though now my youngest sister is the only one actually still in school. We all stuffed ourselves with egg rolls and Teriyaki chicken and lo mein and then played games the rest of the night, which was so much fun!

Charlie’s favorite spot to be when we’re driving somewhere!

Saturday was our one year wedding anniversary. We had already gone out for our “fancy dinner” last Wednesday to The Keg, where we kept it classy and argued about song lyrics for part of the dinner and then spent the rest of the time trying to figure out what the coolest band names are (my vote was for Muse, which I think is just a super awesome name, and Alex’s vote was for about 50 different band names including Arctic Monkeys and King’s Kaleidoscope). So Saturday we decided to do something more low-key and fun and headed to As You Wish, which is kind of an art studio where you choose a piece of pottery to paint and then pick it up after it’s been fired in the kiln and covered in glossy glaze. We spent way too long trying to decide what to paint but eventually chose two cute animals that we can put in Jameson’s nursery and then took our sweet time painting them just right. (turtle = mine, elephant = Alex’s)


May 23rd, 2015
Anniversary baby bump

For dinner we picked up two breakfast burritos from Los Favoritos because on our actual wedding night, we left our reception and walked into a Los Favs at almost midnight in our full wedding outfits because we had eaten about six bites of food between the two of us at our dinner and we were starving. So now that’s our own little anniversary tradition. 🙂 Sunday was pretty typical for us…we spent time relaxing and hanging out with each other in the morning and then Alex had worship practice at 1:30 so I stayed home and cleaned up the apartment before meeting him for church at 4pm. We made a quick trip to Fry’s that night, I made some cupcakes for the family BBQ the next day, and then we watched a movie together and went to bed. Monday was Memorial Day! We headed over to Alex’s parents’ house in the early afternoon and hung out with them until my family and some friends from church arrived a little later. It was a beautiful day (only about 90 degrees, which for Arizona this time of year is pretty much spectacular) and we spent it with our feet in the chilly pool, chatting and laughing and stuffing our faces with hotdogs, hamburgers, and chips & dip. Oh and ps, my patriotic dessert came out super duper yummy!

I can’t wait until Jameson is here and we get to celebrate all these holidays with him too! So many fun memories are in our future and I’m so thankful for God’s grace allowing us to experience it all with our sweet baby boy. I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day and weekend honoring the men and women who sacrificed more than we can imagine to keep us safe. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13