Monday, April 21, 2014

I can't believe Chloe was a tiny 5 month old last Easter. She loved seeing the candy more then anything this year. I made Dev a basket too, which was fun to surprise him with.
We went to Devin's aunt's house for Easter dinner. We decided to make carrot cake and deviled eggs (recipes from Pioneer Woman...duh) for the party. When Dev and I cook together one of us will read the recipe while the other one does all the work. This time Devin did all the work and I loved watching him slave away.
 Homemade carrot cake with cream cheese pecan frosting. It was a HIT!
 The deviled eggs were delish too. I told my dad once that I wanted an egg plater. He went antiquing with my grandma and found me this vintage one.
SO grateful for my Savior. My life is whole and complete only because of Him.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The older I get the more I realize that I am a home body. I like to travel but, being at home is where I'm most comfortable which I actually hate to admit. My cousin's wedding was this past weekend. I was SUPER hesitant to go because we are going on vacation exactly a week later. Chloe is also a home body. Like, will not nap and is totally not herself when we go out of town. These things combined has had me all kinds of worried about traveling. 
I convinced myself that I needed to live life and not worry so Dev bought Chloe and I a ticket last minute to UT. so I could be with my family. 
It was ROUGH for me and Chlo. The plane ride was super stressful and the first night she cried for almost the entire night, which is so NOT her. I was emotional and exhausted and at the same time so happy to be with my family and be there to celebrate. 
The longer I have Chloe the more I learn about myself. Although the trip was really difficult for me, I learned a lot. I'm still so glad I went. 

 I hate being so far away from my mom and sister. It STILL blows my mind that I am 12 years older then my sister Emma and Emma is 12 years older then Chloe. She is the best aunt, not to mention I so appreciate her help with my wild woman.
 My mom loved her Chloe time. I wish we were near her so she could always give her smooches.

Monday, April 14, 2014

One of my close friends Morgan came into town for the weekend. Her husband is going to go to grad school at UW so they stayed with us so we could show them around. I hadn't seen her in so long but, I love friends that you see where you can just pick up where you left off and everything still feels the same. We've known each other for almost 10 years now!  (these photos are not edited and prob look bad but I'm to lazy ha.)

 Once they left, Dev and I talked about how showing people around Seattle always helps remind us that we live in a beautiful place!

Monday, April 7, 2014

One of Devin's co-workers got married last weekend. He is such a great guy and has been a great friend to Devin. It was our first Jewish wedding and so much fun. It was on a docked vintage boat overlooking downtown Seattle. Our friends from out of town were at the wedding as well which made it even more fun.

Chloe stayed home with my sister Kate. It was the first time I let someone else put her to bed besides Devin while I was away. I was so nervous about it but Chloe did perfectly. Kate is so good with her and the only one I trust to do the job.

One of the things that has surprised me about becoming a mom is how difficult it has been for me to trust others with Chloe or to not worry about her while I am away from her. I know that over time I will get better at it though. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Life lately in iphone  pics....

 Last Sunday at church. Only 2 more months and she gets to go to nursery. We cannot wait!
My secret way of getting more veggies and fruit in her. I add kale and spinach, also chia seeds.

 Babysat our little friend Kori.
 Devin has been playing church basketball. We ran into our friend Brent the other night playing.
Bruschetta chicken is my favorite dish to make when we have guests over for dinner. We had my uncle and aunt with their new baby come over the other night. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What we have been up to lately....
My friend Lisa made this adorable skirt for Chloe. She loves wearing it and I love that it totally matches her personality. Lisa is so creative and I wish I had some of her talent.
The sun came out for a few days last week. We met up with Makhi and Jamie for a walk to the park and to feed the ducks. 
 I got a gym membership 2 months ago and I can't describe the difference it has made in all aspects of my life (I usually just workout at home). I feel stronger, more energy, I think clearer, and my face has cleared up (knock on wood). Chloe wakes up pretty early. I feed her and then I head straight to the gym while Dev stays with her before work. I'm already a pretty healthy eater but in my quest to have an even healthier home, I've tried to make sure we eat less processed foods. Trader Joe's is our place! Chloe loves the samples and I love the inspiration I get from all the fresh produce. 
Now the rain has come back. Chlo and I still have the need for fresh air so we have been exploring lots of different parks in our area. She loves to chase birds. I can't wait to take her to the zoo when it gets warmer. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

 My good friend Ali and her baby Brody came over to have a play date last week. He is 6 months younger than her and is just as tall!
 Ummm this is so good. Green smoothie in a bowl with granola and coconut flakes. I made the smoothie more thick with bananas and it was divine.
 Snapped this at church. Holding a sacrament cup so properly.
Had dinner over at our friend's house the other night. We caught these 2 in the bathroom kissing! Don't know how that happened.
I got the 24 hour flu yesterday. It was the worst I had felt since I was pregnant with Chloe. Dev ran home from work and came to take care of me and took Chloe out for part of the day so I could rest. I have no idea how I got the stomach bug, but throwing up all day is the worst thing. I'm so glad Chlo didn't get it. Times like this remind me how amazing it is to have such a great partner in life. He took such good care of Chloe and I. I don't know what I would have done without him. I'm so grateful for a husband who would do anything for me. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

During the day we always get out and explore for a few hours. It is so fun for Dev and I to observe her in social settings because I see more clearly her personality. We were at the mall play place yesterday and she saw a little boy sitting alone in a corner so she walked right up to him and sat next to him and smiled and started jabbering away.
I don't know what she will be like as she gets older  (I'm nervous for that), but she sure is the sweetest friendliest girl. I love that she never hesitates to go right up to people with a smile. She is just the right amount of crazy and just the right amount of sweet. Devin and I always talk about how lucky we feel to be her parents. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Some recent happenings...
 I had Chloe paint Valentine cards for some family members and send them in the mail with a photo of her. We sent one secretly to Devin's work. It completely surprised him and it was a hit at work!
 Chloe's first licking of the bowl and spinners when we made whipped cream.
 She is in loveee with the swings at the play ground.
 Just cooking. Notice her baby in her carseat in the back ground. She loves to be mommy.
 We went to this little country village close to our house. There are fun shops to look through and some random animals Chloe liked spotting.
We went to dinner with Jamie and Brent. After we took the kids to Petco. It's nice having friends with a kid your age.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Chloe and I both thrive on routine and schedule. When nap time comes, I jump right into my daily nap time routine. I soo look forward to this time (don't get me wrong I love being with my girl the most) and I've realized that when my kid sleeps I need to do whatever it is that will set me up for happiness and success for the rest of the day. That's just me, but it makes all the difference in our home.
My nap time routine has definitely evolved. In the beginning it was just catching up on sleep and a shower. Then it was exercise and a shower and now it's a whole lot more.Things change as she grows in all aspects of our lives. 

Getting ready for the day is key for me in not feeling gross all day.  ps. I never take selfies..awkward. 
 I figure out what Chloe and I are going to eat for lunch and try to prepare most of it ahead of time since she makes it pretty hard to cook anything when she is awake. If she is taking an afternoon nap I will try to prepare parts of dinner so that most of it is easy to do later.
 Aside from getting ready for the day, cleaning up my house and making a clear space for Chloe to play is most important to me. I can tell that she doesn't play as well with chaos and I don't function as well when my house is a tornado all day (even though most of the time it is). I do a quick pick up of the house and if there is enough time I do a few deep cleaning things.
How do people do dishes when they have kids?? Impossible I tell you!
When I get lucky and there is still somehow extra time, I sit down and have me time. I check email/blogs/internet all together or watch a favorite trashy tv show. Also, there is a really cool username on Instagram called BOFM365. They post verses to read everyday with a question from the reading. The amount they give you to read each day makes it possible to finish the Book of Mormon in a year. They also have one for the Old Testament too.
I don't know what I will do once I have a second kid around but for now I wanted to document how I spend my free time when the babe is getting her beauty sleep. I love nothing more then being her mom and through this year with Chlo I have learned that even if I'm a mom, I still need to be the best version of me--for her!