Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sometimes it's easy to forget we live close to so much water when it is freezing out! We had lots of house projects going on over the weekend but Dev and I thought we should take a break and enjoy a family outing since it was such a pretty day. We went to the Kirkland Waterfront for a long walk and played at the play ground. 
 A few girl friends of mine had a girls night out. We could chat each other's ears off. It was nice to just eat, play games, and gab about everything.
 Chloe had a playdate with her friend Paisley. Her mom Jen moved to WA. from Utah a few months ago and we have started to become good friends. I hope they become little besties too.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

About three weeks ago we started potty training! Chloe was showing lots of signs she was ready but I reallyyy didn't want to take the 'potty train in 3 days' approach. The 3 day training sounded torturous for both of us. I decided to just have her in panties at home and diaper when we are out and just ask her when I thought she would need to go. Needless to say, she is a ROCKSTAR. I'm really happy we took the approach we did. She didn't expect any treats and she felt no pressure. She just goes when she needs to. 
Our potty training experience was a dream come true. The only thing we have to get down is night time.  Go Chloe!
Had one last play date before one of my best friends had her second baby, Koko!
 Making all things in heart shapes the week of Valentine's Day. I love to make this easy healthy pancake recipe for Chloe and I in the morning. Just two eggs and one banana with a little cinnamon and vanilla in it.
 We hadn't visited Devin's office in a while so we decided to surprise him and eat lunch with him one afternoon. It turned out to be a sunny afternoon so we walked along the water to the restaurant. He works in such a pretty location.
The day of Valentine's Day Devin's brother, Brendin proposed to his girlfriend Emily at Snoqualmie Falls. We all went golfing after to celebrate.
 Chloe is my biggest source of entertainment. Always has to take a purse and pretend phone when we are out.
Every other Wednesday I work with the 10-11 year old girls at church. I plan a little activity for them. This week I had my friends Jamie and Larissa come teach them a jump rope class. Larissa and Jamie teach jump rope classes to kids of all ages and so it was so fun to see them with these girls. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Devin and I celebrated our 6 YEARS of marriage a couple weeks ago. So cliche, but it's true that time really does FLY!  I feel so old saying 6 years. I was thinking about how blessed I feel to have found the love of my life at only 20 years old. He really is my best friend. 

Because the date landed on a 3 day weekend we wanted to plan a little vacation just us but I told Dev I thought it would be better to put our time and money into working on our home and to save it for next year. 
We left Chloe at Dev's parents and we went to Bellevue and ate at a Thai restaurant at the Bravern.  

We went to a sweet bakery for dessert in old Bellevue. 
 I got the macaroon and he got the peach crisp...or maybe I ate half of his and ordered another macaroon too. HA!
 We did some shopping afterward and just had a really great chat about life. I love this guy forever.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chloe has never really had a bad cold before. Maybe a runny nose for 2 days but that is about it. Last week she was as sick as I have ever seen her. We took her to the doctor and there they told me she had a fever of 105! I broke down crying. I felt horrible that I hadn't taken her to the emergency room and instead was more worried about not being an over dramatic mom. If there is one thing about motherhood I have learned, it is that my instinct is most always right and to never listen to what others tell me. 

It took what felt like forever to get her well again. As soon as she was better, Devin and I got hit with colds. Luckily, I think we are on the up now. 


Since it is winter and we can't do much work on our yard, we have been working on projects inside. Although this house was built in 2006, it still was built with light wood baseboards and light wood doors. So ugly! Devin and I decided we wanted to rip them out and put white ones in. He is all about doing projects in the house by himself. I love his passion for working on our home and doing it himself but, it has been hard for me to not go crazy with a half torn apart house. I'm trying really hard this year to embrace it and TRY to enjoy the process.
Here you can kind of see the white casing of the bathroom door that Devin installed. And in the back the ugly light brown door we took out for now.
 Here he is working on all of the boards. Hoping to have this project finished for the down stairs by February. Fingers crossed!
 I felt like these past couple weeks I was getting in a winter rut. This week the sun came out. It was freezing butt cold but I forced us outside even with my cold. It made SUCH a difference to our week. It's amazing what sun and fresh air can do for the body, and soul.
 My grandma sent Chloe such great gifts for Christmas. One was called a 'busy box' which is full of simple crafts Chloe can do. I had never seen one of them before and am for sure going to buy another once we have finished all the crafts.
The other gift my grandma cut out thousands of different shapes on construction paper and put them in different bags so Chloe could take them out and glue them. She is obsessed! Thankful we have some fun activities to do in the winter.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Like everyone else I can't believe that the new year is already here. I hate to say goodbye to 2014. We were blessed beyond measure. Our greatest change and biggest accomplishment was buying our first home back in July. We also got to travel to Florida, San Diego, and Idaho, which were some great highlights of our year. 

This New Year's Eve we went over to our friend Jamie's house. We actually spent these two babies first New Year's together 2 years ago. Time flies! 
We ate some yummy food her mom made and chatted and played card games. 

 I meannnn. I die looking at this. Next time they will be teenagers for crying out loud.

 We spent new year's day starting new house projects. In the evening I made a fancy Italian dinner, roasted veggies in a balsamic honey glaze along along side a chicken dish with spinach and cream sauce rolled in it.
Devin and I decided we want to start each new year with a family theme that we will try to live by for the year. Before we ate we started with prayer, and then I gave a little family devotional about what our family theme would be this year.
I decided it would be 'adding an extra measure of kindness to our family members' . I found a scripture in Ephesians that talks about kindness and cheerfulness. This year we are devoting ourselves to being more thoughtful and loving when it comes to each other and to our extended family (brothers, sisters, and parents).

Happy New Year! I hope Dev and I can create a wonderful 2015 together!

Monday, December 29, 2014

I wish our amazing Christmas weekend wouldn't end. It was one of my favorite so far. On Christmas Eve we hosted a dinner at our house. My sister came into town with my grandma and her best friend. My dad also came and brought our family dog for Chloe to play with. 

 After dinner I planned some minute to win it games for us. We had too many laughs. I love to have games whenever we have guests over. After that, we made a gingerbread house and relaxed by the fire.

 She loves Petey so much. If I was a nice mom, I would take him but...I'm not.
We were so excited Christmas morning to open all our gifts. The favorite gift of all was the electric helicopter I got Devin. They played with it all morning. Also, Chloe got a Bitty Baby from my mom which was also a favorite. 
 Christmas messes. Ps. our next home project is putting in new white baseboards, installing blinds, and adding a light fixture to our entry way.
 In the evening we went to Devin's parents house. I love seeing Chloe with her uncles.
 After that we headed over to my dad's house for more food and present opening. All 3 sisters were together and we all got matching jammies.
We had the best Christmas. I think Chloe was extra happy because Emma was in town. She loves my sister to death. I know they will grow up to be so close. I love my family and the fun we had together over the Christmas Season. 
Chloe made her first ornament at nursery. I love it so much. Now we will always have her little hand print!

Monday, December 22, 2014

 Trying out one of her Christmas gifts my mom got her. We had to take it back with us when we went to Idaho for Thanksgiving, so lucky for her she has been playing with it early.
 I got together with some of my girl friends for a mini baby shower for our friend Lisa who is having another baby girl in February! It was so fun to have a girls night without the babies. We chatted for hours.
 We went to Snow Flake Lane in Bellevue. Over the years I feel like it isn't as great as it used to be and now we mostly go just for tradition but this was the first year Chloe actually knew what was going on. She got down and danced with all the dancers right in the middle of the show. It was hilarious. She does not have any reservations when it comes to dancing.
 The Sunday before Christmas is always so much fun. I love the singing and the spirit there! Chloe made the cutest ornament in her nursery class of her hand print. It is her very first ornament and I love it so much.
Devin turned 29 today!! He was a little sad about turning a year older but I tell him he has such a young spirit no one would ever guess he was almost 30! Since his birthday is a week day and so close to Christmas, I decided to surprise him over the weekend with some fun activities. We celebrated the whole weekend and I'm so glad we got to do so many fun things so that today wouldn't be such a drag.
I am so lucky to have him as a partner! I love you forever Dev!!!  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

 I work with the girls at my church ages 8-11 every other Wednesday. We have a little youth group activity together. As a little Christmas gift to all the girls I got them each a pair of Christmas socks with some candy.
 We were a little sad this year that we didn't go all out on our Christmas lights on the house. We decided we needed to wait for the after Christmas sale to stock up so we didn't spend too much on full priced lights.
 The bookstore near our house had Santa come read some books to the kids and my friend invited us to come along. I love our little community.
 Now that Chloe is two, the gym I go to finally will let her go to the daycare and I don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn to go before Devin leaves for work. I love checking in on her. She is always playing just dance and the babysitters are always telling me how funny she is.
 Thank goodness for Christmas books. I have been putting her in her bed for naps and she just reads her books until she falls asleep. Notice she is still in a crib. I refuse to change to a toddler bed until she tries to escape. I don't want to deal with her trying to get out of her room all the time... yet.
We saw Santa again at our church Christmas party. She always wants to see him but never wants to sit with him.
We have been having a great holiday season so far. I hope we can do some more of our fun traditions before next week! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My favorite thing ever is waking up on a Saturday morning and realizing Chloe and I get Devin to ourselves the whole day. Last Saturday we got outside to put up a few Christmas lights. Chloe was killing us with cuteness so we whipped out the camera all day with her. 

 I put these red skinny jeans on her and she was obsessed with the pockets..anything with pockets is her favorite.
 She has been setting up the gifts under the tree as a stool to take off the ornaments and put them back on. The magic of Christmas with a toddler is the best!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

For Thanksgiving we drove the 12 hours to Idaho to be with my extended family. The drive was long, but I was proud of our babe for doing so well the whole way through. 
This was the first time my whole family on my mom's side was all together in what seems like forever. My sister even surprised us all and flew in the night before. We had such a great time together. I'm so glad that we stayed a full week. We actually got to do everything that we wanted while we were there. (I stole these pics from my sis)
 We usually have Thanksgiving at my grandparents house. They live in a tiny little town that only has a few hundred people in it. Because there was almost 50 of us, we decided to have Thanksgiving at the local church building since there was more room there. At first I wasn't happy about that but it ended up being so much fun. We played lots of games and could chat easier with everyone spread out.
 One thing Devin loves to do in Idaho is go shooting. One of my cousins got a gun on black Friday so all of us went shooting one day.

So thankful we got to make such fun memories!