I hope to get our Christmas cheer on this weekend, and one thing I REALLY want to do is something we never got around to doing last year...a homemade ornament that memorializes how little our WyBear is at this particular time in his life. So what's a girl to do? Why, turn to Pinterest of course!

Here is my inspiration for this year's ornaments, all found on Pinterest:

sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

Now the real question is, will Wyatt cooperate in this endeavor??


Dec 7, 2011...

...a day that will life in infamy...because my niece turns 16! Look out, drivers of Washington, we've got a new one out there!! ;)

Just kidding, I'm actually quite positive that she'll be an amazing driver.

So happy Sweet Sixteen to my sweet, funny, smart, gorgeous niece. I can still vividly remember the day you were born - I was a senior in high school and they called me down to the principal's office during class. I was like "Dude, what's the deal? I haven't done anything wrong!" and they were like "Congratulations, Aunt Laura! It's a girl!". Took me a few seconds to comprehend what they were saying, but then I was so very excited!

We love you, Maranda!

Wordless Wednesday: fun at the park


YouTube Tuesday: Blind Pilot

This past Friday we were lucky enough to go to a Blind Pilot concert at the Neptune Theater. It was amazeballs. The venue was fairly small and all open admission. The band's performance was phenomenal - they sounded just as good live as they do on their albums! At the very end they unplugged, came down off the stage and into the crowd and sang their very popular song 3 Rounds and a Sound accoustically. It was magical, to say the least.

The song below is the title song from their most recent album, and to quote Karl "this song just makes you happy to be alive". They positively jammed this one at the concert. It was so much fun!

My only complaints about the concert all relate to me getting older...they didn't come on until 10:30 and their were no seats in the venue so I had to stand all night. My feet were so sore by the time the concert wrapped up! I have a feeling Blind Pilot is just going to keep getting bigger though, so next time they come to town they'll probably be in bigger venues and we'll be feeling so lucky to have seen them when they were still relatively small and tickets were cheap!


family pictures

Here are a few pictures of our little family from this past weekend. One of these 3 is going to be our Christmas card photo. Can you guess which one?

Wyatt is 16.5 months old. I can't even believe it!


our week in iPhone pics - Nov 26

This last week was quite a week, with lot of fun stuff going on! So let's get to it!

saturday: We got up early and met our friends so that we could take our kids to see Santa at a horse rescue place, and decided to support Small Business Saturday by stopping at a coffee stand on the way. :) Then we had lots of fun visiting with Santa and his horses until the WyBear wore himself completely out. Then Wy and I drove up to my brother's house to pick up my mom for part 2 of her visit while Karl stayed home to put the Christmas lights up on the outside of our house. That evening my mom and I got our craft on by starting a snowman project (final details of that project coming soon!).

sunday: Some cuteness from the pup, some cuddling with Grandma Marcia, a giant kitty (who is actually our lightest pet, he just looks huge because of all the fur), then some tooth brushing fun. No joke, this kid LOVES to brush his teeth!

monday: Kind of light on the pictures today, huh? Well let's see, what did we do? I dropped mi madre off at the airport, worked and then got to see Wyatt playing with the sand table at the end of the day.

tuesday: I just can't resist taking pictures of the little buddy when he's asleep. He just looks like an angel, I love it. I actually have to restrain myself from pinching his cheeks and smooshing him with kisses while he's sleeping. :)Then once he woke up, cuteness ensued. And that evening he got CRAZY happy during bath time. That face right there? Pure bliss.

wednesday: On Wednesday evening we had to go to the mall, and they had one of those things with the heads cut out so you can stick your face in the hole and take a funny picture. Umm, this is as good as we got. Oops. Then Wyatt got introduced to the wide world of food court food. And he was a fan.

thursday: I am slightly obsessed with these tiny yellow leaves against the dark grey pebbles outside of my office. Ob. Sessed. Then at lunchtime little WyBear was feeling very sensitive and not at all interested in sharing toys with the other kids. It's so difficult to be a toddler!

friday: Oh Friday, you were truly a TGIF this week! I left work a little early and arrived at daycare just as they were getting ready for afternoon recess. Wyatt apparently loves recess more than anything else, as evidenced by his choosing to look longingly out the window at the playground rather than at his mama who'd just arrived! Who am I to deny him his happiness, so we went outside and played for a bit before heading home (and oh my, the TEARS when I decided it was time to head home!). There were some cool clouds in the sky on the drive home, then we packed Wy up and took him to the sitter's house while we headed to the U-District for a date night. A friend from work recommended Chaco Canyon as a good and relatively fast place to eat, and man alive does my friend know my tastes because I kind of wanted to bottle up this entire place and take it home with me. I foresee some repeat visits here. Then we headed to the Neptune for a Blind Pilot concert. And. It. Was. Awesome. So awesome that I have a post scheduled for Tuesday to talk more about it. :)

So that was our week! How was yours?

Linking up with Amy!

our week in iPhone pics - Nov 19

A week late is better than never, right? I got a little distracted and realized that I never put up our week in iPhone pics from 2 weeks ago. Oops! Here we go!

monday: My mom was here, and she was in the mood for some thrifting so a-thrifting we went. Wyatt was in the mood for not wanting to sit in the cart or be held, so I chased him through the first thrift store and then decided that we'd play in the car while Mom visited the 2nd one on her own. Then my brother and his family came over to pick Mom up and we had a nice visit (WyBear, as usual, loved on my brother the entire time he was here!).

tuesday: Little man had a big day on Tuesday. A play date with his BFF, Presley, and a vaccine...it's almost too much to handle! :) At the play date there was much toy stealing, chasing and screaming. You know, a typical day for a couple of 16 month old toddlers.

wednesday: Enjoying breakfast, a cute little tushie, playing with the birthday dog, resisting a nap and then putting Mr. Turkey into his pre-Thanksgiving brine.

thursday: Turkey Day! Lots of fun was had over at my brother's house, including lots of cuddling with Uncle Philip. I can't get over how fast my nieces and nephews are growing up!!

friday: We didn't intend to go out on Black Friday, but when you are out of tp and kitty litter you kind of don't have a choice. So off to Target we went, and Wy was obviously unimpressed. Then the weather was so awesome that we went on a family walk.

So that was our week, 2 weeks ago. How was yours?


nostalgia: I has it

I saw this video today, and suddenly I was back in our living room on Alden in Shawnee, KS watching The Muppets with my family.

Ahhh nostalgia. :) Now I can't wait for the Muppets movie to come out on DVD so I can see it!


random updates

:: Blogging every single day is hard, yo! I thought it would really spark my creativity, but it’s feeling like much more of a chore than I expected. It would probably be easier if I took pictures of things other than just Wyatt so I could mix it up a bit.

:: My BFF had an electrical fire in her house last weekend. All sorts of things aligned to where they were very fortunate that they didn’t lose a lot more than they did, but it’s still a scary and stressful thing. So glad they are all okay!

:: I have been back to work for almost exactly 1 year. I do love my job, and I also really love being able to pay our bills (duh, right?), but man alive do I miss getting to spend more time with Wyatt during the week! The grass is always greener on the other side, you know.

:: Speaking of my little WyBear, he is going through a vocabulary EXPLOSION right now! Some of the words he’s saying consistently these days (I’m probably leaving some out, but this is what I can recall off the top of my head): mama, papa, WyWy, Henry, diaper, please, hello, hi, bye-bye, milk, agua (water in Spanish), done, more, night-night, all right, ball, belly, dog, cat, woof, meow, rawr and bubble. We’ve also heard him say the following on a less consistent basis: radio, I know, un (1 in French), deux (2 in French), uno (1 in Spanish), dos (2 in Spanish), brush teeth, Max, Hannah and ‘Atou (all friends from school). He says what sounds like “bite the bow” all the flippin’ time, and we can’t figure out what he means!

:: He also comprehends SO MUCH these days! I say arriba (up in Spanish) and he puts his hands up in the air…then I say abajo (down in Spanish) and he puts his hands down toward the ground! When asked where people are, he can point to mama, papa, grandma, Henry, Cooper, Hobbes, Wyatt and several of his friends in school. He can also point out a lot of his body parts – head, nose, mouth, teeth, eye, ear, belly button. If I tell him it’s time for a diaper change he’ll go over to the diaper basket, grab one (or two, usually) then head down the hall toward his room. When we get done eating, he likes to take his dishes from the table and put them into the dishwasher then shut the dishwasher door. He has almost mastered his shape sorter toy and wooden puzzles, but still gets frustrated if he can’t make the pieces fit right away. He takes my cell phone and puts it up to his ear/face and says “Hello, hello!” He’ll take a drink out of his sippy cup, say “Ahhhh!” and then hold it up to me to do the same. It’s almost indescribable how fun it is to see all of this cognitive ability develop!

:: He likes to climb on EVERYTHING, and gets mad when we don’t let him climb on things that would be dangerous for him. We repeat “No thank you! Feet on the floor!” an awful lot these days.

:: He loves to chase Henry and the kitties around the house. The animals, they don’t so much love it (but I guess it does give them good exercise!). Most of the time they just run away and it’s harmless, but Henry did nip him on the arm last week while being chased in the kitchen as I was trying to get our meal in the oven. It drew blood. I felt absolutely horrible and guilty for not keeping them apart better since I know that Henry has food aggression tendencies in the kitchen. Luckily, Wyatt forgave me. And the wound is healing nicely. And Henry (hopefully) seems to be behaving more cautiously around the baby bear.

:: Wyatt is a dance machine. This kids loooooooves to dance! Even if he’s nursing or sitting at the table eating, if we say “Dance Party!” he’ll start to shake his groove thing. It’s so cute.

:: Somehow this random blog post morphed from a what-am-I-doing list to an update on the boy. Ahh well, such is life these days. All paths lead to Wyatt, I suppose. There are worse things in life, right? :)

(photos from this past weekend when we went to a horse rescue to get Santa pictures taken....WyBear was a BIG fan of the horses!)


YouTube Tuesday: Caspar Babypants

Another fun kids song for this Tuesday's music selection. I don't really like to expose Wyatt to most songs on the radio these days, and I definitely don't need him listening to all of the commercials, so we typically listen to kid-friendly music in the car. Caspar Babypants is one of our favorites, and this song is a good one...especially considering our nickname for the WyBear. :)

Weird video. Good song.


Bye bye!

My mom headed home today after a long visit. We did a lot of shopping and, most importantly, spent a lot of quality time with the little one.

Thanks for coming, Mom! Safe flight home!

I had the focus all off on this one, but it was so cute I just had to share.


Lesson Learned

When you are letting your toddler have some diaper-free time to give his sore tushie a break (remember those insane diapers I mentioned a few days back?), I guess it's probably not the best idea to let him wear his expensive slippers at the same time. Good thing they clean up well!

Lesson learned, little one. Lesson learned.

Okay, gotta run!




You know how I mentioned my Pinterest addiction earlier? Yeah, well....I put my excessive pinning to use today and I made something!

I took the drippings from senor turkey (who was muy delicious, by the way)...

...and turned them into snack-o-lanterns!

I simply cut open our pumpkins, scooped out the guts then mixed them with some birdseed and a little bit of turkey drippings and voila...snack-o-lanterns!

Now it's just a matter of time to see what kind of woodland creatures (birds, squirrels, raccoons, etc) come take a snack. A certain 5-yr old pup would love to make them into his own personal Henry buffet, but I've got them in places where he can't reach. :)

Happy Friday!


Won't you lend a hand?

Just a friendly PSA to please help out those less fortunate than you, if you can. You never know when you might need that hand-out yourself, you know?

We personally like to support Northwest Harvest and Meals on Wheels at this time of the year.

We hope to start doing some more active volunteering as WyBear gets older, and are excited to instill in him a sense of giving and generosity. Just makes the heart feel good, not to mention it helps put healthy food in the bellies of those who otherwise may not be able to afford it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today we'll be celebrating with my mom and my brother and his family. Can't wait to eat some great food and enjoy being with our family!

A little humor should be injected into every holiday, right??!

images from here

May you and yours be with the ones you love today and always. :)



Today, I am...

:: Loving our naturopathic physician for helping to keep us healthy in as natural and non-intrusive ways as possible.

:: Preparing for the Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. My contributions will be a local heritage turkey (raised by my good friend Angi...it doesn't get much more local than that!) and stuffing. Trying out the Pioneer Woman's brine this year instead of the Williams-Sonoma brine that I've always used in the past. P-Dub, don't fail me now!

:: Hoping that the teeth Wy is working on come through soon. He's still his typically happy and charming self, but he has a nasty bilateral ear infection and his diapers have been INSANE (sorry, TMI?). We are treating the ear infection with mullein-garlic ear drops and with an herbal tincture, at the guidance of our wonderful physician mentioned above.

:: Wondering if we should invest in a boat. It's been raining non-stop for days now, with no signs of stopping!

:: Trying not to feed my Pinterest addiction...too much. But man alive, there are just so many great ideas and inspiration on that site!

:: Getting excited for dinner tonight (found via Pinterest, naturally).

:: Wishing all of you a wonderful Wednesday!

Henry is 5!

From this (at 8 weeks old, the day after we brought him home)...

To this (at 5 years old)...

Happy birthday to our sweet, sweet pup Henry! We love you so much!

My how time flies...


YouTube Tuesday: Bon Iver

Found this one while randomly watching videos on YouTube, and it makes me wonder just how many cool bands are out there that I don't know about?



Karl: They had better serve sushi in heaven.

Laura: True that.

That's how we roll. Har dee har har...


our week in iPhone pics - Nov 12

Getting this post up early today...go me! ;)

saturday: Continuing from last week, we started our day off down in Portland. I spelled out Wy's name in Lego's, then it was all about the cousins. After an AWESOME BBQ lunch (no pictures of that, too busy eating to think about snapping pics), we packed up and drove back home then we all went to bed early.

sunday: A little errand running, Jimmy John's subs (we thought it was just so-so, but Wy loved his turkey sandwich!) and an afternoon latte.

monday: A coworker made these adorable turkey cupcakes - how flippin' cute! Can you tell what all the parts are made of? This tea is one of my absolute favorites, so when it comes out at the holidays I totally stock up. And then a sleepy little kiddo in the produce section of the grocery store.

tuesday: A happy boy on the way to daycare, then when I got there his latest school pictures were ready! The first one is cute, the second one is hilarious (I wonder if the photographer asked for his "Mr. Skeptical" pose?). Some playing around at daycare, then it was time to head home so I could gather up a bunch of stuff to go see my friend Amy and her 2-day old daughter! Wy wasn't sure why I got out his old bassinet, but he sure did like playing in it for a few minutes before I packed it into the car. :) Little Fiona is a DOLL, and I love that I got to spend several hours with her and her momma that night!

wednesday: Pretty standard mid-week day - some morning coffee, some cuddling kitties and an adorable baby bear. Can't ask for much more than that!

thursday: Our kitchen and dining room are rarely this clean (especially at the same time!), so I had to snap a photo of it. That evening Wy was perfectly content playing in a sea of giant Lego's instead of packing up to head home, and then we were on our own for most of the evening since Karl had to work late so we had Wy's current favorite meal...lentil soup! He freaking loves that stuff, as evidenced by the 2nd and 3rd helping he had (note to self: probably should have put a bib on him for this meal).

friday: What a full day yesterday was! It started off with a cuddly Cooper in the morning and 2 sleepy boys, then I went to work for a bit before heading to the airport to pick up my mom for a visit! We had some noodles for lunch, then went to pick up the little one before heading home. He then proceeded to charm us both with his adorable antics for the rest of the evening.

So that's our week, how was yours? We're off to go have fun with Grandma Marcia for the rest of the weekend! :)

Linking up with Amy!


Friday Funny: Marcel the Shell

I can totally picture my Dad's reaction to this. "Okaaaaay." And that makes me laugh at this even more! ;)

I'm not going to name names here, but Marcel the Shell reminds me of one of my nieces. (in a good way!)


Meet Sam!

Last weekend we went down to Portland to visit Karl's sister and her family, and we got to meet 6-week old Samantha Audrey. What a cutie pie she is!

Big brother Rocky is adjusting really well to life with a sibling, and Laura and Scott are doing great also. Such a lovely little family they are. :)

WyBear and Rocky are just 4.5 months apart, so they had a lot of fun playing together. And they both love playing outside, so their leafy yard was just perfect!

And just for fun, a little photo bomb. Thanks, Henry.