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.