Monday, February 27, 2017


dinner time is so much fun with this one!  watch her feed daddy and is so proud of herself!

last one!!!

today marks the last serving of breast milk that bowie will ever get from me!  i had one last serving in the freezer and today she enjoyed her last bottle of breast milk.  normally i would be sad over this, but i am gonna celebrate my breast feeding journey one more time!

Friday, February 24, 2017


someone is obsessed with drinking out of a "big kid" cup.  and that also means she is very curious about my morning coffee. 

**not to worry, no coffee was consumed in the making of this video :) **

Thursday, February 23, 2017

where's dada?

babies are sponges soaking up information all the time.  lately bowie has been very into a picture book called "my first 100 words."  we look at the pictures and i tell her what they are.  sometimes when i ask her "show me the cat" (or whatever animal or object) she points to it, and my mind is blown.  this was one of those moments...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1st birthday party planning!

with under a month to go until her first birthday, i have been planning this party in my mind for the last few months!  i went with a rainbow theme!  we will be celebrating her big day with family and friends in california and having a second small party with friends and my in laws in washington in april.  here is the invite and goodie bags, so you can see what i am working on...

and her goodie bags have stickers, bubbles, sunflower seeds, book mark (made out of paint chips from home depot) and skittles (taste the rainbow).  they came out super cute, if i do say so myself :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

11 months old!!!

hard to believe that this time next month we will be celebrating her first birthday!  it seems like a blink of an eye.  our sweet bow is 11 months old and is changing and growing so much everyday!

bowie's milestones...

~very close to walking, can "perimeter"
~no longer likes meat protein at meals
~loves her astronaut bath toy
~gets excited everytime "sex on fire" comes on
~loves to feed others at meal time.  then claps
~learning how to be gentle with wilfred, and she adores him
~frowns like her dad and makes the exact same facial expressions
~size 18 month clothes, size 4 diapers
~4 top teeth are all coming through at once.  top two have broken through.
~sleeps through the night on most nights.
~gets excited when she hears the ring to video chat
~says "mama" and "dada" but is making all kinds of new sounds and noises
~loves books!  especially the "my first 100 words" book.  she likes to flip the pages and stare at the pics.
~is fascinated by other kids and babies.
~can point out family members in pictures
~hair is getting thick and long and light golden brown, eyes are still hazel

 mommy milestones...

~making a big effort to expand my mom circle.  i have joined a local moms group and have been making play dates every week.
~getting really good at painting.  been doing a lot of house projects
~down to my pre-pregnancy weight
~finding my creativity again!  been having fun doing projects for her birthday, house decorating and crafting.
~spending less time on social media (although i could still improve, it is nice to be a bit removed).  however, this means more time spent on varage sale
~had our first real date night when my mom visited.  tried a favorite local mediterranean restaurant and enjoyed it so much i signed up for their cooking class.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

zoo & aquarium

we had a great visit with jamie and ryan and while the boys were skiing, the girls went to point defiance zoo & aquarium.  i thought bowie is at the age where she would be really fascinated with the animals and fish.  i was wrong, she was far more interested in any kid or baby in sight.  it was a cold and rainy day, but we covered most of the zoo and all of the aquarium, although we had to cut it short because of a blow out situation!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

happy valentines day!!!

these two are my valentines and they rock my world!  hope your day is filled with lots of love!

this is bowie's first valentine's day and she gives a whole new meaning to the word "love!"

Sunday, February 12, 2017

sunday funday!

well kinda...not really.  that is if you call home depot fun (which it usually is with a cute baby and dog)???  we are already thinking about our next home project, re-tiling the front entry way.  we picked out our tile and got some tools and will attack it pretty soon.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

peanut butter pie...

one thing i love about where we live is the sense of community we feel here.  it was something that i didn't realize was lacking for me until we moved.  i am a part of several community pages and websites and have become familiar with some of the members.  during our recent snow storm this man posted on the "community of maple valley" facebook page that he was willing to help anyone who could not or did not feel comfortable leaving their home.  i recognized his name and picture and also knew his wife had been very ill and only recently came home from the hospital.  i was very touched that he would put himself in danger to help others in his community.  his post had many people asking him to do favors, from shoveling the driveway to getting food and supplies.  i reached out on the post and thanked him for his kindness, but i felt that wasn't enough.  so i said that to show my appreciation i would bake him his favorite treat.  he responded with a lot of gratitude and said to surprise him.  so i thought long and hard about the perfect treat to make and came up with a favorite...a peanut butter pie.  he works as a local handyman and i met him on a job site to deliver it to him.  he was so gracious and said he and his family loved it!  i am embarrassed to say how easy it is to make, but it is so decadent check out the recipe here

Monday, February 6, 2017

snow day!

OMG we got hit hard with snow!  it sure looks pretty, but is no fun when grandma has to travel home.  biggest storm washington has seen in years!  we probably got 8-9 inches, and as jarad says this is "real snow."