Saturday Somethings.

This week, I took advantage of my brother Reuben being out of school.

Reuben is a senior in high school, and has been dragging his feet about things like applying for colleges and taking senior pictures. 

So I decided to help.

We loaded up a few props, my nikon, & Oliver into the car and headed out to "The Ranch" (the Sellai Vineyards) for a senior photo shoot. 

Here are a few of my favorite shots...

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In other news, my friend Melina from Only a Flight Away gave me this:

The Liebster Blog award may be given to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.
Liebster is a German word translated as sweet, kind, dear, good, nice, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, endearing, etc. 

When given this award, a blogger is supposed to pass it on to a few favorite bloggers. 

I am passing it on to a few blogs that inspire me:

Check them out :)

& have enjoy the rest of your weekend!

<3 Cheers.


What's in a name?

I chose to name my son Oliver because I loved the name.

I also chose it because the bump told me that the meaning of Oliver is "elf army." 

Nicholas was thrilled when I told him this because he plays World of Warcraft, a computer game that features many mythical creatures including elves. 

I feel that the name perfectly fits. Besides the fact that my child just looks like he should be name Oliver, he alone could be an elf army. He has the appetite of an elf army. It sometimes seems like he is all over the place at once. He is a mischievous little boy. He looks like a miniature little man. I guess that would be more of a dwarf but in the story of the shoemaker and the elves, those elves were tiny. The words "dwarf" and "elf" are used interchangeably in some version of that story, though.

Oliver is a baby elf, plain and simple. 


..upon doing further research I learned that the Latin meaning is actually "Olive Tree." 
The Olive tree, specifically an olive tree branch, is a symbol of peace. 
Again, hmm. 

Not very descriptive of my child. 

Oliver is also the name of one of Charlemagne's knights in the 11th century poem "Chanson de Roland." I guess this could help my case a little, although I doubt Charlemagne's Knight was an elf.

However, further research found that Oliver very well could be a form of the old German name "Alfihar" which is defined as "host of elves."

I am going with "elf army" as the definition of Oliver. 
A bonus is that my great grandfather sailed to Ellis Island from Germany. 

It's fate.

And on that note, today is Oliver-Alfihar-Elf Army's half birthday. 
This crazy little elf is almost crawling and I'm equal parts terrified & thrilled. 
But ready-or-not, my baby elf is growing fast and I'm am excited to someday teach him about his amazing & historic name.

Happy Half Birthday, Oliver Aiden!
You are very L O V E D.


Wild Thing

The night [Oliver] wore his wolf suit, & made mischief of one kind and another...
His mother called him, "Wild thing!" And [Oliver] said, "I'll eat you up!" 
-Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

For Halloween, I decided to get creative and make Oliver's costume.

As a child, one of my favorite books was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. It's adorable and the pictures are priceless. (A movie was made recently but it doesn't hold a candle to the book, in my opinion)

So I dressed Oliver as Max.

"...& made him king of all wild things."

We enjoyed handing out candy and spending time with our family that night. 
Nicholas & my brother Reuben caused quite a "wild rumpus" scaring little candy seeking children, and some not-so-little candy seekers too. :) Altogether it was a memorable night for Oliver's very first Halloween.