Happy Halloween!

Initially I wasn't going to buy Wyatt a Halloween costume this year. He is only 3 1/2 months old, after all, it's not like he'll be going trick or treating. So I bought him this super cute little striped outfit instead...

But then Karl asked me to bring WyWy by his office on Friday, and Papa Bear's office gets REALLY in to the Halloween spirit...so I just had to get a costume! Luckily since I waited so long they were all 50% off at Fred Meyer so I didn't have to pay too much for our little dragon.


It's shaping up to be pretty nice, weather-wise, so we just might get some trick-or-treaters tonight. Now we just have to decide which outfit for Wyatt to wear while passing out candy!


Fall wardrobe update

Remember this post? Well I thought I'd update it a bit. When Melissa was here a few weeks ago we stopped by Old Navy and I was able to check out a few of my wish list items in person.

This hoodie is a definite no-go. It was really heavy and the fit was awkward.

This sweater, however (which was accidentally left off my original list), was a big hit! So cozy, and it was on sale too.

Didn't try on any of the other Old Navy items, but I'm still eyeing that cable-knit cardi (which is out of stock online). I'm also thinking of finally jumping on the skinny jeans bandwagon. Maybe. If I get up the courage. :)

But now I must switch my focus to a back-to-work wardrobe. Despite my best efforts to pretend it isn't happening, I've only got 6 weeks until I re-enter the work force. And since I'm going back to a new job (more about that later), I'll need to dress up a bit more than I used to. So I need to be on the hunt for some good quality basics that can be dressed up nicely without breaking the bank too much. Feel free to pass along any suggestions to me!!


Menu Planning Monday

Menu Planning Monday is back! My meal planning has been sporadic and mostly last minute these last few months, but I'm trying to get back in the swing of things so that we're eating healthy meals and saving money (instead of eating out or making multiple trips to the grocery store during the week where we inevitably pick up a few extras that cost extra $$ and aren't any good for us).

So here's what's on schedule for this week:

Meatless Monday: veggie enchiladas - this was one of the recipes that my mom and I made before Wyatt was born, and we loved it so much that we decided to keep it in the rotation! Going to make a double batch so that we can fill the freezer a bit.

Tuesday: tuna melts and roasted sweet potatoes (a simple stand-by)

Wednesday: eat out (I've got dinner plans with people from work, so Karl's on his own)

Thursday: spinach ravioli with tomato sauce

Friday: homemade pizza

What are you eating this week?? I'm on the hunt for awesome crock pot recipes, so if you've got any...leave them in the comments!


fresh eggs

As often as possible during the last several years, we've bought eggs at the farmer's market from our favorite farm. However a few weeks ago we got a dozen eggs from some friends with chickens, and holey moley...they are the best eggs we've ever had! Even better than the market eggs, and with all sorts of cute variety in the sizes and colors.

The yolks are nice and bright yellow/orange, and the flavor is outstanding. You really can tell a marked difference between store-bought eggs (whether they are the cheap battery-cage eggs or even the more expensive organic "free range" eggs) and farm fresh eggs. So until we get chickens of our own, we're hoping to stay on our friends' customer list for their eggs!!


Flickr Faves Friday: country life

Karl and I dream of a simpler life, out in the country (but still close enough to somewhat easily get to a Trader Joes and a Costco!). Chickens, barns, wide open spaces and all the rest...le sigh...


Wyatt, month 3

Dear Wyatt,

I absolutely cannot believe that you are already 3 months old! I refuse to believe it! That means I'm 3/5 of the way through my maternity leave and all too soon I'm going to have to give you up to a daycare provider during the day while I'm at work. The thought makes me incredibly sad, so we're just going to pretend like it's not going to happen...okay?

During your 3rd month of life, you had lots more firsts. You continued to giggle quite often, and we even got a few full-on laughs out of you! Those are THE BEST, I have to say. We'll do all sorts of crazy things just to try and get you to laugh because it makes us so darned happy to hear it! You like zerbers/raspberries on your belly a lot, and that gets a giggle out of you almost every time.

You took your first bottle this month, in preparation for daycare (oh wait, we're pretending like that's not happening, aren't we?!). Papa gave it to you, and you didn't have any problems at all. You sucked down that bottle like a champ! We try and give you a few bottles a week, although I must admit that I just love our nursing sessions so much that I don't pump or give you a bottle as often as I probably should.

I started doing a little bit of baby sign language during your third month, mostly simple signs like "milk", "mama", "papa" and "I love you". I think you may be starting to recognize the sign for milk! We're going to keep up with this, and I so look forward to the day when you can start communicating back to us!

You are getting so much more control of yourself every day! We see you following us with your eyes from across the room, you notice Henry and the kitties, you watch TV (much to my chagrin) and you are getting very good at grabbing at what you want and bringing it to your mouth. At first you'd get startled when you accidentally grabbed on to things, but now you grab with purpose and usually can grasp what you are aiming for.

Mama got a little sick during your third month, and that prompted me to try nursing while laying down in bed. All I can say is: REVOLUTIONARY! It made those late-night nursings so much easier! But I think it also made you realize how much more comfy our bed is than your bassinet or your crib, because you very much prefer to sleep with us than on your own. You also turn onto your side to sleep, although you haven't fully rolled over on your own yet (but I have a feeling that's not far off).

Your favorite toy seems to be a burp cloth, since that's what you are constantly putting in your mouth! You like to nom, nom away on any burp cloth, and we think that's pretty cute. You also started being able to sit in the Bumbo, and you got your first vaccination (which you handled like a champ, by the way). We continue to work on tummy time even though you aren't its biggest fan, but you are getting incredibly good at lifting up your head.

This past month you outgrew your Ergo infant insert and your bassinet. We've started putting you in 9-12 month clothes, although you still fit in some of the 3-6 month clothes as well (but the 9-12 month clothes give you a little more breathing room). You're just getting so darn big! Your unofficial 3-mo stats (which we took ourselves since there isn't a 3-mo well baby exam) are as follows: 16 pounds, 26 inches tall and a 17 1/8 inch head. You just grow, grow, grow!

Oh Wyatt, your papa and I love you so, so, so, so much. Some days it's all I can take to not just nuzzle away in your sweet neck all day long. I love the way your breath smells of sweetly sour milk (seriously, I love it!), I love how your eyes light up when you look at me, I love cuddling with you in bed and I love our daily walks when you slowly fall asleep on my chest. I am trying to savor every minute as much as possible because I know you're going to grow up all too fast.

Here's your continuing photo album. We love you, Wyatt!



Pumpkin Patch!

This past weekend we went to the pumpkin patch with some great friends who we met at our Bradley classes while we were preparing for a natural childbirth. Little Presley (Miss P) is about 2.5 weeks older than Wyatt!

The weather was just gorgeous, and I'm kicking myself for not taking more photos...and for not realizing that I had the ISO set way too high for that bright sunshine! Oh well, live and learn. :)

My handsome fellas:

Me and my little man:

And my two favorite shots, both captured by Papa:

Finally got those baby blues!!

See that super cute hat that Wyatt is rockin? It's a loaner from Angi...and she made that yarn herself! Super talented girl, that one. :)


still trying to get those baby blues

Wyatt *mostly* indulged me yesterday afternoon for a little picture session outside before the sun went down too much. He wasn't flashing those fleshy gums (as opposed to pearly whites), but I did capture some of his funny faces. :)

Happy Saturday! We're going to the pumpkin patch with some friends today, so I'll share those pics in a few days! And I've also got Wyatt's 3-mo letter to write/post!


Flickr Faves Friday: blue Ball jars

I love blue Ball/Mason jars! I don't actually have any, but I'm always on the lookout for them in thrift or antique stores. One day I'll find some (that aren't too expensive), I'm sure of it!


a sewing lesson

One of Melissa's goals for this year was to learn how to sew, so I offered to give her a lesson while she was up here last weekend. She's a shortie and always needs to hem her pants (incidentally, I've never had that problem!), so we decided to make her lesson a practical one and hemmed some too-long jeans.

She did great!

I think she's well on her way to being able to make that shirt. Just needs to keep up the practice. :)



This past weekend, my friend Melissa came to visit us from Dallas! Melissa and I have been best friends for 27 years, so she's officially my longest-lasting relationship outside of family members who have been around since I was born. :) We only went to school together through the 3rd grade, but we've stayed close all these years. I love that she always makes an effort and comes up to visit me....even though I haven't been down to Dallas to see her since I moved to Seattle in 2003 (I suck, but not in a PsyRy way).

We had a great time! She got to meet Wyatt, we got pedicures, did a little shopping, did a lot of eating and did a lot of laughing. Just a quick little visit, but a fabulous one.

And just for fun, because I know it'll crack her up every time she looks at it...here's an outtake from our photo shoot. Can you tell I'm trying to tell Karl how to take the picture to make me look as flattering as possible? Yeah, that didn't work out so well. :)

Thanks for coming up here, Melissa!


Final harvest?

Quite a few of our small tomatoes ripened up recently, and I actually got a decent harvest! There's been so much moisture that unfortunately we had as many or more that cracked on the vine or developed end rot, but with this crazy summer I'll take what I can get!

We ate a few of these in burritos, a few on avocado toast and then the rest went into a batch of my favorite tomato sauce.

We also got several zucchini and yellow squash out of our garden recently. My favorite ways to use these are: ratatouille, veggie lasagna, stuffed zucchini boats, chicken and summer vegetable tostadas and, of course, zucchini bread! We use my brother-in-law's mom's recipe. It's a show-stopper!

Mama Spears' Zucchini Bread

"Wet stuff": 3 eggs, 1 cup salad oil, 3 tsp vanilla, 2 cups peeled and grated zucchini

"Dry stuff": 2 cups sugar, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp salt, 3 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp baking soda, chopped nuts (to taste)

"Wet bowl": Beat eggs, sugar, salad oil and vanilla. Add zucchini.

"Dry bowl": Sift flour, add cinnamon, baking soda, salt and mix well.

Add dry bowl to the wet bowl, slowly. Grease baking pans (8x4x2.5) and add mixture. Bake at 325 for 1 hr or so, until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 2-3 loaves.



I've developed a mild obsession with Converse All-Stars recently, and I finally indulged in this cute gray laceless pair from Target. Le sigh...



New favorite breakfast

Avocado toast...it's my current favorite breakfast or light lunch!

Toast up two pieces of hearty bread, smash up one avocado, spread it on the bread, add a handful of cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Delish!! Karl was super skeptical of the awesomeness of this dish, but after one bite he was a convert too!

Delicious, easy and good for you. Doesn't get much better than that.



I've been trying to capture the complex blue of Wyatt's eyes...this is as close as I've come.

That drool bubble just kills me...

Happy Sunday!


not your average lullaby

This album, by an awesome Portland-based band, helps calm Wyatt down whenever he's fighting sleep. It works like a charm! He seems to like track 2 (embedded below) especially.

It's nice to have a baby with such good taste in music! :)