Saturday, December 31, 2016

new years eve!

celebrating on east coast time with my favorite mommy friends!  thanks goodness for these special ladies and their families!  i met them when bowie was 2 weeks old at my first la leche meeting and i knew we were part of the same tribe.  they both have daughters 2 months older than bow, i know these girls and our families will share many celebrations together and our girls will grow up together!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

9 months old!

these pictures are getting harder and harder to take!  our bow is on the go!!!  she is so full of love and joy it is contagious!  love our girl so much!

bowie's milestones!

~crawling fast!
~loving all kinds of foods, so far nothing she doesn't like
~very social
~waves at everyone!!!
~can pick up small foods
~is starting to imitate movements and sounds
~says "dada" occasionally and said "mama" for the first time while i was out and my parents babysat
~in size 12 month clothes and size 4 diapers
~has had 2 colds in the last month, rough winter
~weighs 20 pounds 8 ounces at her 9 month check up.  i think she lost some weight due to her lack of appetite when sick.  she is in the 76th percentile.
~is 29 inches long, and is in the 89th percentile
~head circumference is 17.25 cm which is 42nd percentile
~no stranger danger at this point
~loves animals, especially wilfred and joey the cat
~takes a good morning nap, usually 1.5 -2 hours after waking up in the morning and it will last about 2 hours.  afternoon naps are not as consistent
~sleeps pretty well at night time.  usually wakes up once for a bottle
~still has 2 bottom teeth
~loves her binky
~learned how to crawl up the stairs at my parents house
~is constantly discovering her voice and the sounds she can make.  she makes all kinds of "baby monster" noises
~no fear of santa this year!  in fact she really liked him and was flirtatious
~her hair is coming in thick, straight and light brown
~eyes are hazel
~she has her daddy's skin and has mild eczema
~recognizes the ringtone for video chatting and likes to see her family on skype
~plays well with other babies and children

mommy milestones...

~i feel like in the last couple of months some of my friendships have become stronger and closer
~trading babysitting favors with girlfriends
~got to experience what it is like to be sick and take care of yourself and your family.  bowie and i had it at the same time and she was glued to me on the couch.  she finds comfort in sleeping on my chest.  best feeling in the world
~lost a few pounds!
~continuing to work on house projects
~took our 2nd trip to california, and flew with her by myself again!
~learning how to deal with cold weather

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

lunch with jen!

so glad we got to have an impromptu lunch and ice cream date with our favorite jen, because right after she got sick and we didn't get to see her before we left.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

cousin love...

i love that my cousin kristin makes a huge effort to get together when we are in town!  she came over in the afternoon and cooked some delicious roasted chickens.  the kids played so nicely together and we got some good family time in.

Friday, December 16, 2016

visiting santa at the yellow vase cafe!

my oldest and dearest friend owns a coffee/flower shop and every year santa visits! they have hot chocolate and cookies and crafts for the kids!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

first spaghetti dinner...

there is something very monumental about a baby's first spaghetti experience.  and she loved every bite of it!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


lately bowie has been waving "hi & bye" to everything and everyone.  she is also giving the occasional "high five."  but tonight she mastered the clap!!!  lets all give her a round of applause!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016


you may fall in love with a house, but you don't know if you love your neighbors.  when looking for our home, we were looking at more rural properties that were not in a neighborhood or development.  we have a steep driveway that we share with one other family down the road on the lake.  during the first week of us living here i took the baby and the dog and walked down to their house to introduce myself.  i met guy and debbie and their 2 dogs, 3 goats and countless chickens.  they were very nice and welcoming and i could see we would become fast friends with them.  they have several children who are close in age to us and many grandchildren, one baby girl who is only a month older than bowie.  they have a beautiful lake front home and have lots of summer gatherings that we are excited to be a part of!  we have had a few dinners together and it is nice to know we watch out for each other.  they went out of town for the weekend and asked if i could check on the goats, of course i couldn't resist.  they have 3 young goats that are extremely friendly and cute and i was very happy to help!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

upstairs bathroom...

between being sick for 2 weeks and a baby, tackling house projects is very overwhelming.  most days i am lucky if the house is semi-clean and i cooked dinner.  so i am trying to do one room at a time and i am starting with the small easy ones first!  last week i did the upstairs guest bathroom.  it is kind of silly because this bathroom does not get used since our guest room has it's own attached bath.  eventually this will become the kids bathroom, but for now it is another room to check off my list.  i went with a nature theme and used neutral colors.

Monday, December 5, 2016

first snow day!

today we woke up to a white driveway and roof!  we had some sleet yesterday, but nothing that stuck.  today jarad will be working from home and we will be enjoying the beautiful white view from the inside of our cozy home.

Monday, November 28, 2016

house progress...dinning room & bathroom

as promised here are some of the completed rooms in the house!  it is taking longer than i had hoped, but we are making a little progress everyday.  all of our stuff is unpacked, but not everything is organized the way i would like it to be, and decorating is a lot harder than i thought.  but we have a couple of rooms completed, the dinning room and the downstairs bathroom!

those of you who know me well, know that i love a spanish style home.  that is extremely rare to find in the pacific north west, so i have tried to carry my style in some of my decorating.  here is our downstairs bathroom.

the other room that i am very proud of is the dinning room.  it was the room that i was most excited for.  we are not formal dinning room people, but i was excited to get a great deal on a hutch that i turned into a bar and the beautiful table that jarad built!  i have been collecting different style chairs to complete the rustic farmhouse look (i need 3 more to seat 8 comfortably).  i hung our map of all the places we have traveled and i still may have some more art to hang in there later on, but for now i am very happy with the way it turned out.  we will eventually get a new chandelier, and the ceramic bowl on the table was my grandmothers.  she passed away last year, i love having it out, it is like she is with us at all our meals!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

almost a year later...

and saying "see you next time" doesn't get any easier.  thank goodness we will see them in 3 weeks for christmas!

Thursday, November 24, 2016


i have so much to be thankful for today and everyday!  especially my family!  it is exciting to celebrate bowie's first thanksgiving in our new home, but extra special to have my parents here!!!  but a part of me is sad that some special faces are not at the table with us, whether they be celebrating else where or not with us anymore.  but i know we are all together in spirit.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

thanksgiving tradition

thanks to grandma and grandpa for watching the bow so this mom and dad could keep holiday traditions alive with a pre-thanksgiving hike!

Monday, November 21, 2016

8 months old!!!

i say this every month, but how quickly the time flies!  this month marked some big developmental milestones for bowie!  she is growing into such a smart, sweet, funny and clever little lady!  you can't help but smile and laugh around her, she reminds me that everyday is a gift!

bowie milestones...

~we officially have a crawler.  after months of practicing she finally got it about a week shy of her 8 month birthday!
~she can say "dada"
~she can sign "all done," "more," and "daddy"
~she still only has 2 teeth
~in size 9 month clothes (a few weeks out from 12 month size)
~in size 3 diapers and size 4 overnight diapers
~she is eating a lot lately, in fact one meal has replaced a large bottle for her, and she is eating approximately 28 ounces of formula/frozen breast milk a day
~she is eating lots of fruits and veggies (carrots, apple, kale, butternut squash, sweet potato, peas, green beans and celery). she likes her teething biscuits and frozen greek yogurt drops and is also loving small bites of chicken!
~loves bath time and playing with her space toys
~her favorite toys are a small space bear and a truck that was left here by one of our friends
~loves being outside and staring at leaves and trees
~loves interacting with other kids and babies
~is now in a convertible car seat and out of her infant car seat
~gave mommy her first scare with a case of roseola
~she is starting to interact more on video chat
~she can hold onto your hands and pull herself up from a sitting to standing position
~she thinks wilfred is funny
~her sleep is great!  she goes down to bed between 7:30-8pm and wakes up between 6:30-8am!  she usually only wakes up once for a bottle and she is going stretches of 7-8 hours at a time.  and she has slept the whole night through a few times!!!
~she loves to talk to herself
~can stand up in her crib
~loves to wave "hi" and "bye"
~weighs 21 pounds

mommy milestones...

~working on house projects and falling in love with our new home more and more each day
~have made some new friends, i have had lots of mommy lunch dates lately
~trying hard to remember to take care of myself, which includes working out and eating well.  often times i come last and i have to take some time for myself as well.
~loving making baby food and experimenting with new flavor combinations

Friday, November 18, 2016


bow has been working on this for months now!  she finally put it all together and started moving!  she is on the go and by the end of the night she gained a lot of confidence and was crawling quickly from one side of the room to the other!  time to baby proof the house!!!  and then there is wilfred and his new obsession with jarad's legs!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

dinner time...

bow eats dinner with us every night and it is so fun to watch her enthusiasm with food.  she loves her fruits and veggies, teething biscuits, yogurt drops and even chicken!  she is eating enough these days to replace a large bottle of formula (6-8 ounces) with a meal. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

so this just happened...

feeling festive this year!  looking forward to decorating the new house for the holidays!!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

new obsession!

i posted about baby food last week, but as my breast milk stash slowly depletes i am rebuilding with a new obsession...home made baby food pouches!

kids seem to love these snack pouches and i am making my own.  i am using the "kiinde foodii snack and squeeze" system and i am very pleased with how easy it is to use.  these snack pouches are disposable, but you can find reusable ones if you prefer.  i have heard from other moms that the reusable ones are hard to clean and it is worth the little extra money to go disposable, but of course it is a personal preference. 

you make your puree and put it into a squeeze cup and squeeze it into the snack pouches.  i write the date and the food combination on the pouch and will freeze until bowie is ready to eat them.

i also made some frozen greek yogurt drops.  i put some plain greek yogurt in a ziplock bag and cut the tip off.  then on a piece of wax paper squeeze drops of the yogurt and freeze.  scrape them off with a spatula and store in a ziplock bag in the freezer.  bowie seems to like them and they melt instantly.  also good for teething babies?!?!?

this is my opportunity to mold and create a healthy relationship with food for bowie.  i am fortunate to have the time and ability to make her food, so why wouldn't i chose to feed her whole nutritious options?  and the cook in me just can't resist!  similar to breastfeeding i am finding that people have very strong beliefs about how to feed a child.  purees vs. baby led weaing?  again, i think it is a very personal choice and one that i don't understand why people get so heated over.  bowie wasn't ready for food when the doctor told us we could start (at 4 months old) and she didn't really start eating until very recently.  i also opted not to do rice or oatmeal cereal with her.  why?  well there is no nutritional value in it.  these cereals are fortified with iron for babies that may have low iron (usually exclusively breastfed) and since bowie is primarily on formula, her formula already has iron in it.  i am also not comfortable with the baby led weaning style of eating.  at least not yet, but i also don't see it so black and white.  as she gets more comfortable with food and eating it will be a combination of both.  either way the say "food before one is just for fun" so this is a learning process for all of us, and i am enjoying this journey with her!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

sunday blues...

the weekends go by so fast!  and we never get all that we wanted to do done.  but this was a great weekend.  friday night was dinner with friends at one of our favorite restaurants and bowie sat in a high chair and had celery for the first time and tried to drink from a straw.  then saturday we went to a birthday party at "my gym".  it was for a 3 year old boy, and his dad works with jarad.  they also have a daughter that is about a month younger than bowie.  the girls had fun playing and watching the big kids and also eating some pizza crust.

then we made some major progress on the table!  jarad finished sanding and i stained it!  now we just have to wait for it to dry and then a coat of polyurethane and then we can move it into the dinning room and complete that room!

i unpacked a few miscellaneous boxes and am finally getting to the fun part of decorating and hanging art work up!  as pacific north west newbies we made the rookie mistake of buying fire wood from an unknown source and it ended up being wet and unseasoned.  our real estate agent took pitty on us and had wood delivered over the weekend.  we are back in business and enjoying our  fireplace!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

sharing is caring...

wilfred has been waiting for this moment since the day we brought bowie home...the day she would start eating food and sneak him a little!

Friday, November 11, 2016

flash back friday!

i took this picture when we were in the city with my in laws last week.  it is special to me because we ate brunch at ettas with our good friends the day i went into labor.  little did i know that those would be some of the last moments as a married couple before our lives changed forever in the most beautiful way!  now look at us 7.5 months later!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

home made baby food!

bowie is starting to develop a real interest in food these days.  she eats dinner with us every night and i am loving making her baby food.  she has had apples, bananas, carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash, green beans and avocado.  my mom got me a soup puree wand years ago and i have never used it until recently.  it is perfect for making baby food!!!  i use organic fruits and veggies, peel them and put them in a pot with a little water and cook until tender.  then just take your wand to it and you have baby food!  this combination is apple, banana and peas!  yum!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


got this chair for free on varage sale!  it will look great with my collection of chairs for our dinning room table!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

farmhouse table...

jarad and his dad spent last weekend working on our farmhouse table for the dinning room!  this was jarad's first real project doing wood working and although it is not finished yet it is looking AMAZING!!!  we have some sanding and staining to do before we have our completed product!  we will definitely hit our deadline of thanksgiving!

Monday, November 7, 2016

november visitors!!!

sorry for the lack of updates, but we had a busy last week with mimi and papa.  my in laws were here from texas for the week.  we had a great time with them doing projects around the house, a early thanksgiving dinner, a trip into the city and just hanging out with our beautiful baby girl.  they were so amazed to see how she has grown into such a sweet, smart, silly and happy girl.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


bowie is working hard on her first word and it is going to be "dada."  she loves listening to herself talk and sometimes she says it very clearly.  watch her in action...

Friday, October 28, 2016


it's been a busy week!  and although i don't have much to show for it around the house, i still feel productive.  i made a new friend, had a baby play date, had some good family meals together and are getting ready for mimi and papa to visit!  bow has been "eating" dinner with us every night and the last two nights she has really been excited about eating and eating a good amount of food.  i got some new foods to try with her, but this week she enjoyed her carrot and apple puree.

and here are bow's two best girl friends for a halloween play date yesterday!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

great finds!!!

my new hobby will be getting this house decorated and beautiful!  we have so much space that it is a little overwhelming and we came from such a small space that we definitely don't have enough furniture to fill it.  i have found some great finds at goodwill and an app i use on my phone called "varage sale."  i never considered us to be "formal dinning room people," but that is the room i am most excited about!  jarad is building a large farmhouse table and i can't wait to pull it all together!  this is our first big project, so we can have it completed before thanksgiving!

 looking very cluttered (not completed), but this is my varage sale hutch that i got for $60, it lives in the dinning room and will be used as a bar!

3 chairs from goodwill for a total of $15!!!  we will be using a bunch of different style chairs around our farm house table.  i am undecided about how i will refinish these chairs, but it is a good start!

2 end tables on varage sale for $10!!!  we were in desperate need of some night stands and these are perfect!  in fact i think they compliment the style and color of our dressers. 

we have been here for just about 2 weeks, we are mostly unpacked, but still have those random few boxes of things i don't know what to do with.  although mostly unpacked, still not feeling completely settled yet.  so all pics are "in progress."  i will post updates on our progression and our completed projects!