Happy Valentine's Day...2 weeks late!

Okay, so I promised a picture of the cutest Valentine's Day shirt ever...and here it is! Presenting, our little love-bot:

I intended to put pictures of Wy in this shirt up on Valentine's Day, but then he got a cold and he was NOT in a picture taking mood on the 14th! In fact, he pretty much had his worst day ever at daycare that day. So I waited until he got all better and was back to his smiley lovely self to take some pictures. :)

This shirt is so cute, and so well made. I bought it from Etsy seller Cuddle Bug Gifts, and it arrived quickly and in great condition. I just love supporting handmade artisans on Etsy! I really can't recommend that site enough if you are looking for awesome handmade items. Love it!

Anyway, we're sure to get lots of use out of this love-bot shirt for months to come. I love that it's not just a Valentine's Day shirt but will work for any day of the week!


Around the Market in 80 Minutes

Our daycare publishes a calendar of kid-friendly things to do in our area each month, and one of the free ones was Around the Market in 80 Minutes down at Pike Place Market. We did that today, and it was so much fun! We weren't really paying attention to the fact that it was a timed adventure, or that some of the destinations were outside of the Market itself, so I'm sure we won't win any prizes. But now we know better for next time!

The best part of it all (besides getting to stock up on our favorite Parker's Pickles and spices) is that we explored parts of the Market that we've never noticed before. For instance, check out these insane ostrich and emu eggs!!

I think we'll definitely be participating in this fun little adventure in the months to come....and next time we'll bring our running shoes! :)


Flickr Faves Friday: chicken coops

I'm dreaming of an awesome chicken coop in our backyard! And luckily we've got a carpenter friend who is willing to help us make that dream a reality! Hopefully by this time next year we'll have some chickies of our own!!


Happy Birthday, Rocky!!

Our little nephew, Rocky, turns ONE today!! Pretty amazing to think that a year ago we were all so worried about the little dude (and his parents), and now he's such an awesome little man! You've come a long way, baby!

I got home from knitting tonight in time to catch a little Skype action with Rocky and his parents. We can't wait to see them in person again, but until then it's pretty cool to get to Skype!

Happy Birthday, Rocky!!

Wordless Wednesday: looking like a real-life Precious Moments figurine


we've got the germy blues

Our household has come down with one heck of a cold. Everyone says that the first year that a baby is in daycare is the worse with colds all the time. But the good thing, everyone says, is that it helps to build baby's immune system.

Well this is Wyatt's 4th cold in almost 3 months (and the first one that I've really gotten). So I'd just like to know....when will this elusive immune system be built?? I need to see the project plan on this thing!

And really, despite the mellow look on WyWy's face here, he has been in a really good mood during his colds. Those first few nights are usually killer, and involve one of us sleeping on the couch so the little man can be held upright to help his breathing. But other than that he's still our sweet happy little guy. With snot bubbles. :)


me + him

Oh, my little heart breaker...I love you so much!

Happy Valentine's Day! I'm making my sweetie and me a special V-day dinner of scallops (and something else that I've yet to determine as I write this on Sunday night), and then the little man will get some pears and pumpkin as his special dinner tonight.

I can't wait to show you all the most awesome baby Valentine's day shirt ever...just have to get some pictures of it!


kitchen update

I promised a kitchen update quite a while ago, and then I went and had a baby and well...we haven't done any work on our house projects since then! But a few weeks ago our kitchen was sparkling clean and the light was nice, so I snapped a few pics to give those of you who haven't seen it an update.

But first, let's look back at where we started...

Woof, right?! Man am I glad that I don't have to look at THAT every day anymore!

So after lots of work, and lots and lots of help from our families, here's how the kitchen looks now!

Quite the improvement, no?!?

We still have work to do - the ceiling needs to be finished, the sconces need to be replaced, the tile needs to be grouted and finished off, we need to build a little platform to raise up the stove and we need to put our antique glaze on the cabinets. But for now it is a functional (functionally AWESOME) kitchen that I'm happy to spend time in every day! I love it so so so so much!


The Breakfast Club

The weekend before last we had “breakfast with the gang,” as I always label it on my calendar. :) We have a group of friends who are very dear to us, but who we’ve kind of fallen out of the habit of seeing regularly unless we schedule periodic breakfasts. So this was our opportunity to reconnect, and it was great to see everyone (the food was pretty good, too)!

We can’t believe how BIG Asher and Griffin are getting! It feels like just yesterday that Griffin was born! The boys were so so sweet with Wyatt, too, so that was pretty awesome.

Karl and I have been talking a lot since Wyatt was born about wanting to develop a stronger sense of community and to strengthen our bonds with those closest to us so that we can help Wyatt develop good family ties and social skills (family ties, meaning our “real” family and our close friends who feel like family to us, particularly because our relatives are so spread out all over the map). So one of our goals going forward is to make more of an effort to see our friends and family more often. Seeing some of our favorite people, especially those who live right here in our very own city, only 2 or 3 times a year is something we’d like to change!

So, we’re on a mission to be more social! And to go along with that goal, we’re also working to keep our house presentable all the time so that we don’t worry about people dropping by unannounced or on short notice and seeing a messy house (which is more embarrassing for us than anyone else). This way we’ll feel more confident to invite people over without spending a full day just cleaning the darn house. And it will also help instill good habits in Wyatt, too. Double bonus!

To all our local friends and family, consider yourself on notice to start receiving more dinner/game/BBQ/etc invites from us!


Meet George Jetson

We've recently begun Skyping with our far-flung families, and it is so so so cool! I know this technology has been around for a while, but we're just jumping on the bandwagon and it feels so futuristic! It's like a little bit of that flying cars future that everyone spoke about when we were little has come true.

To be able to see and hear each other in real time on the computer, for FREE no less, is too cool for school. It lets us see our families in a way that phone calls and photographs just don't do justice. I love it.

So now my mom and Art just need to hook their webcam up so we can Skype with them also!

Do you Skype? Do you love it as much as we do? Sound off! :)


YouTube Tuesday

Brilliant! My Star Wars loving family is all over this one. :)


right now

Copying an idea I saw on one of my favorite blogs.

right now, I am ...

:: wanting time to be creative; I so miss having snippets of time to be creative (through writing, blogging, sewing, gardening, etc). Between work, housekeeping and Wyatt, I don’t really have much time for craftiness (and I’m NOT willing to make my bedtime later just to get a little free time, sleep is too important!). I am still learning how to knit, but it doesn’t feel very intuitive to me yet, so it doesn’t really satisfy my creative urges. And alas, I seem to have broken my sewing machine but haven’t found the time to bring it in for repairs.

:: loving that it’s actually still light outside when I leave work these days!

:: wondering what Wyatt’s personality will be like as he grows up. I worry about the effects of us spending so much time away from him during the week, but I also hope that his wonderful daycare is a positive influence on his development and his personality.

:: thinking about hiring an environmentally friendly weeding company to come in and get our garden ready for springtime planting (and hoping that it doesn’t cost us too much!)

:: feeling grateful that I work close enough to daycare that I can go see and nurse Wyatt every day during lunch. That bit of time fills my heart up enough to get me through the rest of the day!

:: enjoying the Pandora radio iPhone app.

:: smiling every time I look at our sweet baby boy.

:: dreaming of raising chickens and living on a mini farm.

:: hunting for some bargains – a vintage card catalog (perfect for storing Karl’s spare Legos and for kitchen stuff like aluminum foil and cling wrap) and a small camper (a mini Winnebago, perhaps?). Haven’t looked very hard for these things, but I am keeping my eyes open in case they come along!

:: planning a week’s worth of healthy meals.

:: wishing you a beautiful Monday, and a lovely start to your week!


Wyatt's 1st food, in photos

On Christmas Day, Wyatt tried his first solid food. One of my favorites...sweet potatoes! I baked it, mashed it then mixed it with breastmilk. Here's how it all went down...

We love, love, love the wooden bowl and spoon set that we bought from Nova Toys!

Ready and waiting...

Trying out the spoon...

Here, let papa help...

Okay, let's try a little more...

I'm not so sure about this, mama...



Wait, on second thought, I love this! Give me more!!


Wyatt, month 6

Dear Wyatt,

Half a year old...HALF A YEAR OLD! You’ve got to be freaking kidding me! It just doesn’t even seem possible, my man. You are growing up way too fast (and actually, you are almost 7 months old by the time I’m posting this...good thing I keep detailed notes so I can remember what happened during your 6th month!).

Your sixth month was a big one (but then again, aren’t they all?). You celebrated Christmas and New Year’s...but really they were just like any other day for you, for the most part. We made a conscious decision to not really buy you any Christmas gifts, figuring that (a) you are too young to remember this, (b) your grandparents and the rest of the family will make up for any gift “deficiencies” you might experience and (c) if you need something at this stage, we buy it for you and give it to you right away. So anyway, your Christmas wasn’t all that crazy, and we actually didn’t even get our tree up until Christmas Eve (shame on us!). But what was special about it is that your Grandpa Phil and Grandma Barb came up to stay with us, so you got lots of hugs and kisses and cuddles from your grandparents...which is the best gift of all! And on New Year’s Eve, I’m pretty sure we were all asleep well before it even hit 10:00pm. We’re such party animals!

One big thing on Christmas day was that you had your first solid food! You tried sweet potatoes, then 4 days later you had green beans and 4 days after that you had avocado. The verdict? You’ve absolutely loved everything you’ve tried! It helps that I blend it all with breast milk, so the flavor is somewhat familiar to you. I really love making your food, and I intend to keep it up and hopefully avoid jarred baby food (not that there’s anything wrong with people who use the jarred stuff, we’re just hoping to avoid it). We haven’t given you any rice cereal yet, since there really isn’t a lot of nutritional content to rice cereal and we don’t feel a need to bulk up any of your meals as you are gaining weight just fine.

During your sixth month you started sitting up REALLY well! You can go for so long without toppling over, it’s pretty awesome. You haven’t pulled yourself up to a sit yet, but I’m sure that will come with time. You started reaching out to be held and exhibited a bit of separation anxiety this month also. It breaks my heart to see you cry if I’m leaving you, but it’s also nice to know that you definitely recognize and prefer mama and papa over anyone else. :) You have a very strong grab reflex, you’ve pulled yourself up to standing (with assistance) a few times, and you love playing 52-Card Pick-Up (i.e., purposefully dropping your toys so that we have to pick them up...over and over and over again).

While your grandparents were here over Christmas, we went out to dinner at Outback Steakhouse and you sat in a restaurant highchair like a big boy for the first time. You did really well, and lasted through almost our entire dinner before wanting to be held!

We listen to a lot of music in our house, and hold you while we dance and sing a lot too. There have been a few times when we see you moving to the beat of a song, and we hope that you get a good sense of musicality from these early days.

You lasted about 2 ½ weeks in daycare before getting your first cold, and spent the last few weeks of the year (and the first few weeks of 2011 since then) with a sniffly nose and a persistent cough. We knew that starting you in daycare in the winter would mean you’d be exposed to lots of germs from sick kids, but since there’s nothing we can do about it we just make sure to give you your daily vitamin D supplement and make sure mama is getting plenty of vitamin D and C and eating a balanced diet so that we can give you a good fighting chance at successfully and quickly battling the germ army that descends on daycare every day. So far so good, as you haven’t been too terribly sick. The worst it’s gotten is a few nights in a row of one of us sleeping with you on the couch to keep you semi-upright to help your breathing, so that’s not too bad.

Your official 6-month stats from your appointment with Dr. Beth are as follows: 29 inches tall (100th percentile) and 19 lbs 3 oz (90th percentile). We like to say that you’re setting your own growth chart, but your body is very proportionate so you don’t really look like that big of a kid. You are still a very happy, good-natured, smiley baby, and we just constantly shake our head at our good fortune to have such a wonderful baby. We truly feel blessed to be your parents, Wyatt. We love you to bits and pieces, to the moon and back, and every other way to describe it. You are our best accomplishment!

As always, here is a link to your continuing photo album on Flickr. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t take many pictures of you this month. Bad mama! I take lots of iPhone pictures when I visit you at daycare during lunch, but I have really fallen off the wagon when it comes to taking pictures with the good camera. I’ll get better about that, I promise!

I love you, I love you, I love you. Please stay this cute, fun age for a while…okay??


oh hi...

Let's see, has she posted an update yet? NO?!? It's STILL the 2 mugs post?? UGH!!

Time to read the funnies...

Well, I'm ba-aaaack! As it turns out, between working full time, taking care of a baby, eating healthy and sleeping...I really don't have much time for any "me" things right now. Unfortunately this includes the blog, but I'm hoping to rectify that by setting up posts on the weekends!

So please forgive my long unnanounced hiatus. I have quite a few catch-up posts to do before I get to current events, so bear with me! :)