Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Like everyone else, we had to visit a pumpkin patch. We decided to check out one we had never been to. Once we got there, we were a little surprised to see how huge this patch was.
 Chloe has loved her baby doll since she got it last Christmas, but recently she has been so attached to her that baby goes with us wherever we go and also sleeps with her (I think their hair was matching on this day.. wild and ratty).

 She LOVES animals (didn't get that from me). They had a few there she got to feed.
 We got some corn on the cob, went for a hay ride, and played around. I love Fall days with my little family.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dev and I love to get into the holidays. Since we have a house to celebrate in this year, I decided to throw a Halloween party. We invited our closest friends over for food and Halloween games.

I have seriously never laughed harder. We had such a fun time. We forgot to take a shot of just my little family, but Chloe was Tinkerbell, I was Wendy, and Devin was Peter Pan.
 A mouse and black eyed pea.
 Brody and Chlo. Brody is 6 months younger then her but they look the same age.
 Pirates and a dragon.
 Red riding hood and the wolf.
 Bun in the oven, chef, and cupcake.
 I had a few games for the kids first. It was so fun to watch them 'fish' for candy. They also did ghost bowling, and glow in the dark ring toss on the pumpkins.
 I did some minute to win it games that were hilarious.
 Next up, my favorite part of the night. Doughnut eating contest. I told the boys that whoever won would get a prize for their wife. Also, I told them if the doughnut fell to the ground they would have to eat it off the floor to win....

 I literally still laugh out loud looking at these photos. I love our friends and so glad we could spend a night of Halloween fun together.
ps. ignore the bad paint job. We are about to paint our downstairs this week!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So we have made more progress on our yard this past weekend.

Devin got the grass seed on the yard about a week and a half ago. We have to water it like crazy to keep it moist. It is like a suspenseful waiting/guessing game to see if we did a good enough job with prepping the soil and seeding it. I reallyyy hope it works but if not, we will keep on trying. 

Next week we are adding 10 tall trees at the top where the sign is located in this picture. We are adding them for privacy because there is a large window in our house along the street that everyone in our neighborhood likes to look into when they pass by. 

We put up sticks with rope to keep people off our yard so the grass can grow. One thing I have found living on this corner is that people like to walk all over our yard. It drives me nuts. Even with the sticks and rope we put up some people still don't get it! I'm crazy I know!

 We planted our plants on the walk way leading up to our door. We just have to put some nice dirt on top to make it look pretty (this yard is so full of rocks and weeds. It has been a long process trying to get rid of all the crap). We are thinking next spring we will get 2 skinny trees to stager in with these plants as well so they can scale up the house and add more dimension.
 Dev worked really hard on this retaining wall. We are really hoping that it stays put and makes a nice line for the grass to stop at. Next spring we will also plant some plants in between the wood and the rocks so it's not so awkward there.

It's really coming along. We have had a lot of neighbors tell us how fun it has been to watch us transform the yard. We are the first home in the neighborhood so it gets a lot of attention. I hope we can make it look nice. We have taken a lot of pride in it so far. I have learned that I like to design and know what I want, but I don't have the patience to watch it slowly come together. I like it to happen instantly. It has been a good learning process for me and I know Dev has had a lot of fun working on it. Can't wait to share more photos. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I can't believe October is already here. I LOVE fall so much. I am my happiest in the Fall in Seattle. There is nothing like a sunny but crisp cool day here. Not to mention I celebrated my birthday in September along with my sister and mom and lots of fun holidays and traditions are coming. 

Update on progress with the front yard.... we stained our fence. I got Chloe soap and water so she could help. We have been getting up early on the weekends and try to get as much work done as we can, since our weekdays seem to just fill up too quickly to get anything done. 
Devin finished his retaining wall that he built himself. The retaining wall helped us to level out a space to add grass.
 We have a plant nursery right across from our house. They were having a big sale, so we bought some plants to go along the walk way up to our door. We have no idea what we are doing, but it has been fun designing our yard and just trying our best. Next up for the yard is planting the grass and planting all of our plants. After that, we will probably try to figure out some more landscaping and planting of more plants and watching our grass grow! I have also been working on my front porch and designing that. I wish money grew on tress so I could do some really fun stuff. Slowly but surely is what I keep telling myself.
For my birthday Devin got me an iphone 6 and also this new light for our dining room! He spoiled me so bad! I saw this in Pottery Barn forever ago and wanted it so bad. I wasn't sure if I could be brave enough to put it in my dining room but I love it so much I don't even care. Luckily, I went on overstock.com and saw it for more than half of the price and so Dev secretly ordered it for me. It looks great and I can't wait for Devin to make me this table I have designed to go right under it.

 I feel like if I try my best to start our day with an activity, I feel more successful as a mom and the day always goes better. I found this great gymnastics class that we started a few weeks ago. It is so fulfilling to watch my little babe listen to her fun coach and see her do big girl things. It's also kind of neat because it is the same gym that I went to when I was a little girl. (thanks jam for snapping this pic)
 Oh gosh, these days I'm so sappy. Just so so grateful I get to be home with Chlo everyday. She is such a special girl and fall has been so good to us. There are some hard days but the really great and fulfilling days make up for anything else that seems tough. Toddlerhood is SO much different than what last year was like. Oddly though, it has been SUCH a joy to see this little miss blossom!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

 Dev and I went on a date to sushi and another Ikea adventure. I am working on giving Chloe's playroom a makeover. Chloe is already having so much fun with it. Can't wait to share photos of it when I'm done.
 Devin's cousin Mallory is so talented. She is in a lot of plays and musicals. We went and saw her over the weekend in 'The Chorus Line'.
 We are trying to hurry and get the front yard redone before the cold weather kicks in. Last weekend we (I should say Devin, his brothers, and my uncle) tore all of the dead grass out and put in top soil. This weekend we are creating a retaining wall out of wood, adding more dirt and, staining the fence. After that, we will get in lots of plants and put the grass in. Lots of work and patience. I can't wait until it is done and we can enjoy it...also so we don't look trashy with a ugly yard.
 Chloe spent the day at my dad's house. She didn't want to leave when we came to get her. It is so fun to see her with my dog and at the house I grew up in.
 When I tell her to say cheese for the camera, she smiles but hasn't figured out where to look yet.
 This is what we do when Devin drags us to Home Depot for house stuff.
 Having my friend Morgan move here has been so fun. Now I have my built in hair dresser and another best friend so close. We watched Dev's last softball game of the year.
I finally got to visit this beautiful place again. It's not easy finding time to go to the temple when you have a toddler, but I'm so glad when I do. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

This week....
 Now this is a mom's life!! Chloe lovesss to get back massages and give them too. Lucky me.
 She is my favorite thing in the world.
 We watched my cousin Ava a few times this week. She will be a good big sister one day. She loves to take care of Ava.
 We went to the fair with my good friend Ali and her baby Brody. Chloe loves him! He taught her to hold hands. We had a blast seeing the animals and eating food...since that's all toddlers can do at the fair.
 Chloe and Devin both paddle boarded for the first time this week. It was fun to see them try out something new. I was surprised that Chlo rode with Dev all the way to the end of the lake and back. Going to miss these summer days pretty soon.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Some things we have been up to lately....
 We finally went on Lake Sammamish and surfed behind Devin's dad's boat. We both grew up on this lake. Always feels like home, and brings back lots of memories.
 Someone is really into shopping lately. I kinda love it and kinda don't, when I actually want to leave.
 We went to the beach to watch the sunset and play at the playground.
 Finally pulled our our rackets and played tennis one afternoon. We found some hidden trails to walk and a few new parks which was so much fun. Love exploring together as a little family.
We went to Ballard to check out a flower shop Devin's mom wanted us to see. We are in the planning stages of changing our front yard. It's hard to know what the best plants will be and what will look the best since we haven't done this before. Luckily Devin worked for BYU landscaping while we were going to school and both of our parents have green thumbs so hopefully that will help us! Projects can seem overwhelming around here lately. I can't wait to get started and then I remember how much work and money it takes while at the same time taming a wild toddler. At the same time, I'm just so grateful we have a home to live in and what these kind of experiences bring. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Last weekend was my little sister Kate's wedding. It could not have been a more perfect day. I am so proud of her for how hard she worked to put it all together and for finding the perfect guy for her. I will post some of the real photos when I get them from Kate....

The night before the wedding, all of my family drove into town. We had a little pizza party at a park so we could all catch up. 
We also did a few last minute preparations for the next day. Kate and Robert gave the guests fortune cookies with fortunes inside that they customized.
The next morning my mom, sister, and I headed over to Kate's house to get ready. When Kate's hair was done my mom headed out to help set things up at the venue and just us sisters had the morning together. It was such a special time to just be alone together and laugh. All three of us hardly get to be alone together and it was a moment I'm thankful we had.
 Kate had a limo pick us up and pick up her other bridesmaids and head to the venue. We had a blast dancing all the way there.
The wedding was at the Seattle Design Center in downtown. It was SO beautiful inside. It really was the perfect spot. This was in the middle of set up. I'm standing at the top of the stairs where Kate walked down.  
 Kate had 1,000 paper cranes made for good luck. One of my favorite decorations.
Instead of ordering a dress for Chloe, I designed one to match my sister Emma's dress, and Devin's mom made it for me! She even made a dress to match Chloe's favorite baby doll and hair clips. The back of the dress is my favorite part (I'll have to post later). 

 I am SO happy Kate married Robert. He is SO good to her and I was emotional the whole day seeing how tender he was toward her. Chloe has loved Robert from the start, and I'm happy we get to have a fun brother in-law.