Archive for January, 2012
Sunday, January 29th, 2012
Adelaide got some serious play time with little friends while we were in Salt Lake City. Half the time we stayed with some friends that have a daughter just a couple months younger than A. They are seriously the cutest little twinkies ever. They had lots of fun together and are a pretty good match. They can both dish it out as well as hold their own. It was so much fun to watch them together. Ugh, they are too cute….
Of course they traded water.
Checkin out each others shoes.
Giving kisses. Most kids shy away from A when she tries to kiss them but not V, she just moved in for more.
Matching pj’s. Too much.
That shopping cart was massive.
Reeking havoc at Target.
We also stayed with some friends that have a little boy about 8 months older than A. They too became fast friends. It was pretty adorable to hear Asher wake up every morning asking to play with Adelaide.
How many toddlers can we fit??
Lunch date. (A obviously had a lot of dates on this trip)
Watching cartoons together.
A with Asher and Ella.
We miss all our adorable little friends!
Thursday, January 26th, 2012
We just got back from a week and a half visit to Salt Lake City. Its been almost two years since we lived there. Considering all the moving that we have done, it was so nice to be in familiar surroundings with good friends we love and miss.
I was a little nervous to take yet another flight alone with a toddler. But it turned out amazing. I was pretty much floored when A feel asleep on the second flight for AN HOUR AND A HALF. Taking the carseat on the plane is a total game changer. Do. it.
What is better than a sleeping baby on an airplane? Nothing, thats what.
We were so happy to arrive to these beauties. Not much beats being surrounded by beautiful towering snow capped mountains.
We had some quality time with these two lovelies.
A thought V’s changing pad was the best toy ever. She requested a diaper change around 17 times a day. Literally.
I got my hair cut. Ombre style.
We picked up balloons for our photo shoot.
We had a fabulous dinner with some of our favs.
Henry and A bonded over their lack of being able to see with their hair covering their eyes.
We visited the Discovery Gateway museum with some friends. A spent the bulk of the time playing in the water.
I went furniture shopping with my friend Amanda. SLC has some fabulous consignment furniture shops. We hit up Emilie Jayne
and Euro Treasures Antiques. Its nutso. If you live in SLC and have not been, you must go. Even if its just to take a picture of the enormous pile of chairs.
We visited the new kids store, JUJU, in the Grand America. A loved this interactive photo/screen installation. Its an absolutely beautiful store. Go check it out if you live in the area.
The enchanted forest dressing room is pretty adorable.
It snowed the day before we left and of course it was beautiful and magical. Oh how I love SLC right after a fresh snow.
We were pretty sad to leave and miss out on the sledding. Those mountains will be missed.
We kept our mind of leaving by finding a fun play area in the pdx airport.
And would you believe it, A feel asleep AGAIN on the way home. This trend is revolutionizing travel for us. I hope it continues.
Thursday, January 26th, 2012
While in Salt Lake City we had the fabulous Amy Beckler take some family pictures for us. I have been wanting family photos taken for a long time and when I knew that we would be in Salt Lake for a visit, I made it happen.
Amy just posted them, so of course I have to share them too.
Here are some of my favorites:
Why does my child look like she is about to take off for school. This is ridiculous. She is way too young to look that grown up.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
Some days its chilly.purple polka dot long sleeve tee: target tan grandpa sweater: osh kosh (gift) black polka dot shorts: zara white tights: h&m (hand me down) knitted striped boots: chibella pink knitted flower hat: eva and oli (gift)
And some days its sunny. (I cant get enough of her posing here. And that pony tail. Ridiculous.)grey dress: h&m white sweater dress: macys (gift) white polka dot tights: target grey bow mary janes: h&m (gift)
Friday, January 20th, 2012
All 6 of my siblings and I exchange gifts every Christmas. And of course my 14 year old little sister was the first to send out her list. As an avid book reader, one of the things on her list was a book clutch (adorable!). So, of course I had to try making one. I would defiantly do a few things different next time around but all in all it turned out better than I expected. And thankfully my little sister loved it.
I briefly looked over this tutorial but mostly just winged it. I bought a hardcover book at the thrift store with a fun title. Then I cut out the inside and essentially sewing the entire insert as one piece. I then glued that piece to the inside of the book. I used a snap closure and added a wristlet. It is a great gift to make if you are on a budget. The total cost came to about $4.00. Pretty awesome.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
I really enjoy reading. Non-fiction page turning novels are my favorite. I read several while I was pregnant (like Shantaram, The Glass Castle, and The Help). But since A was born, reading did not make it to the top of my priority list. Just recently as I took my first solo trip and have had family around distracting A, I was able to finally finish a few books. And It was just the boost I needed to get back into reading on a more regular basis. Here is the list of books I recently finished:
Bossypants: This is the only book I tried to read during Adelaide’s first year of life. I dont think I enjoyed it as much as I would have if I had not read 5 pages every two weeks. Overall it was funny (of course) and I appreciated Tina’s approach on working and motherhood as well as women in the workforce.
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me (and other concerns): I honestly enjoyed this book more than Bossypants. Mindy is hilarious and so honest. It was a fun easy read and yes I was the awkward girl on the plane laughing out loud.
Finding Fernanda: It is the story of one poor Guatemalan woman, Mildred Alvarado, who was separated from her two young daughters– and how the American housewife slated to adopt one of those children, Elizabeth “Betsy” Emanuel, accidentally became a reformer dedicated to an ethical adoption system. A truly incredible story and so insightful into the world of international adoption. There were a lot of facts and details that at times were a bit overwhelming but overall I am thankful for the insight presented through such a gripping story.
Half Broke Horses: I LOVED The Glass Castle so when I saw that Jeanette Walls had a new novel out, it was an easy choice. This story is about Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. It was entertaining, although if you have not read The Glass Castle I would recommend reading that first. I liked it more.
God in a Brothel: Im not really even sure where to start with this one. It is the true story of an undercover investigator’s experiences infiltrating the multi-billion-dollar global sex industry. It is completely enthralling, emotional, horrifying, compelling, and challenging all at the same time. You should read it, then do something about it.
Have you recently read any books you loved? Please share.
Saturday, January 14th, 2012
Its back! But with a new name. And baby A is now cooperating and seems to enjoy posing for the camera. She cracks me up with all her little moves. Here she is in Portland on my Grandma’s balcony.
Ready to go visit Grandpa.
grey undershirt: Zara
green cordory schoolgirl dress: Zara
burgundy polkadot tights: Zara
brown lace up boots: Target (gift)
flower hair clip: handmade by me
Headed to lunch at Urban Farmer.
Thursday, January 12th, 2012
OMG this looks so good. Get excited.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
BIG news guys…….baby number two is on its way! I know, it seems to be the trend these days, everyone getting pregnant with baby two. We are jumping on board. Okay, actually this has been in the works for awhile now. And baby two will be coming to us in a not so conventional way. We are adopting (her) from Honduras! Which means, Im not pregnant!! And we are super pumped.
It was our hope to adopt long ago and its finally becoming a reality. After a LONG road of research, gathering information, asking LOTS of questions, and reading way too much on the topic, we decided on the Honduras program through Dillion International.
Even though it feels like we have already done so much in the process we are actually in the beginning stages of a very long journey. We have done a ton, ordered birth certificates, renewed passports, set up wills, got life insurance, filled out lots of forms, made lots of copies, wrote autobiographies, etc. and that is only the beginning. Our next step is the home study, followed by submitting our dossier (lots more paperwork). Once that happens we wait. And keep waiting. For a really long time. 2-4 years to be exact. Then we get to go pick up our new baby. Hooray!!
So for now we just have to figure out how to come up with all the necessary funds so that we dont have to wait longer than necessary. Feel free to lift up a prayer for us. We are going to need it!
So thats our story. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions. And dont worry, we will keep you updated with all the deets.
Monday, January 9th, 2012
I am working on improving my sewing skills. I am not very good at following patterns and have never attempted making adult clothes. While living in Salt Lake City I took a a sewing class in which I learned more about patterns and began working on my first article of clothing, a dress. Although I did not finish the dress in the class, got pregnant, moved, etc. and the half finished dress got hidden away and forgotten about. A few months ago I found it again and decided to finish it as a Christmas gift for my friend Lorelei. I was a bit nervous about the fit but it was perfect. It turned out great and it looks great on. Im excited to embark on my next item of clothing. Although maybe first I need to finish that quilt I started……
The finished dress.
Upclose. The details of the neck sleeves and hem took a bit of time although you cant really tell.
Hooray for my first adult dress!!