Weekend Snapshot || Round 5

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Still working on that collage wall. I bought this awesome print on PS I Adore You and couldn’t be happier with it. || Also for that wall, I have been going through old pictures to have some framed. Just 14 months ago my baby fit on our forearms. P.S. This was right before she pooped all down me during this photo session. Ahhh the memories caught on camera. || I wore dots today. If Kate can pull it off, then I shall wear it too. Oh and lets talk about how mad we should all be at her. Who looks that great, walks in heels and has not a strand of hair out of place 24 hours after birth? Super woman I tell ya’ || Why I think these candles make a suitable bouquet, I have no idea but there they lie all grouped together like they belong. || This guy gets a hair cut tomorrow. You can’t tell but he’s thanking me between pants under that heavy coat of fur. Sorry bud, should have made the appointment sooner. || And the pièce de résistance is this potted plant that was dead, dead, dead just a few weeks ago and is now flourishing. Lets just say that for once, this black thumb turned green. Miracles can happen folks!

Enjoy! Melissa

 

Ahoy Matey

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Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone how beautiful the PNW is in the summer. Really people, these are the months we live for around here. In February, I dream of these sun soaked days and remind myself that when they show up and I’ll never want leave. So, shhhh….let everyone else think that it ‘rains all the time’ here and keep the PNW the little secret that it is. And little will everyone know that it does get warm here and when it does, you get to do shockingly beautiful activities to beat it.

Our friends Bryan and Natalie  invited us out for M’s first time on the water. And, I was so excited because if her parents won the lotto, we would choose always to live on the water and would dine on cheese and crackers on our boat every evening. {A girls gotta’ dream right?} I’m thinking M must have the same dream because she was totally comfortable on the water from the moment she stepped onto the boat. She didn’t fuss when the ‘seas’ got rough, didn’t even mind her bulky life jacket and throughly enjoyed the cheese and crackers part {lets just say she is of the double dipper sorts}.

Enjoy! Melissa

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5 Minute M || Playdate Cafe

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OK, so really this is like the 20 Minute M but whatever! She is one crazy girl these days and had the best time with her friend Gemma  at the Playdate Cafe a few days ago. The weather was ehhhh so we tossed our plans for a beach day and headed here instead. The girls loved it and played for longer then I’ve ever seen M play without boredom striking. Plus, the pics were just too funny not to share. I mean, look at these four sets of eyes staring at us! Happy Monday!

Enjoy! Melissa

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Behind The Scenes || The Bus

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M is in a phase where constant energy, attention and play is required. So, she finds it really frustrating when I try to cook a meal. Why can’t she be held right next to the hot stove? Silly mom, right? And last night, when Ky could see that his dinner was in danger due to our ‘pick up the tot, cook as quickly as possible’ dance, his imagination kicked in and she got a full dose of daddy attention. They rode this ‘bus’ through our small kitchen and living room while they both laughed and provided me with not only my hands to cook but also a fun soundtrack of playfulness to listen to. M hopped on at the ‘bus stop’ in the kitchen and ended at the well known station, ‘front door’.

Then, when she went to bed, we melted into the sofa and watched a movie together. Because, who needs to go to the gym when you drive the Tot Bus?

Enjoy! Melissa

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Note To Self

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I sat down with the intentions of writing about how every day with a little is not all perfect play dates, smiling, rainbows and sunshiny  times. Sometimes, it’s a lot {a lot} of crying, playing guess what could possibly be upsetting, food throwing and frustration. Then I started browsing one of my favorite blogs and Natalie shared about miscarrying several times over the last few years and I felt instantly sad for her and upset over the fact that maybe I took the few good moments today for granted and focused on the more confused times.

So just a reminder to myself….

Today I got an awesome under the blankie, Sesame Street watching snuggle with M. It lasted for five whole minutes and was just what my heart needed.

For the first time in weeks we had a great time at our Gymboree class together. Long story but our teacher left the company and had been replaced with someone who I’m sure was at one point involved in some sketchy or at the least very unappealing activity and used a high pitch funny voice and wore shorts that were so long she continued to step on them {by definition I think they had moved on to becoming pants}. And I digress, but today we had a new more motivated teacher and  I could see M loving every second of the singing, foam shape playing hour.

Oh’ and M learned to go down the slide at the park all by her big girl self. She laughed and laughed as she pushed off the platform and ran to her daddy to take her up to the top again after making it to the bottom.

Any who, reminder to myself that some days are hard and not perfect and really trying but in-between those times are some heart warming, Instagram worthy moments that are not to be casually breezed by.

Enjoy! Melissa

What’s On M’s Plate

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M is days away from turning one and not only can I not believe it but I can also see her palate changing. She knows what she likes now and picks through her meals eating mounds of the goods she wants and leaving behind entire plates of broccoli or green beans. {See a trend here? Something about green food isn’t doing it for her lately. Starting to sound like a toddler. Ahhhh!} But, this lunch was a hit a few days ago. I think the colors tricked her into eating her veggies!

|| Turkey Scrabble ||

Fully Cooked Ground Turkey

Steamed and Diced Squash

Steamed and Diced Zucchini

 A Sprinkle of Cheese

Served with Cooked Pears for Dessert

Enjoy! Melissa

Traveling With A Little

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As Promised, a week after arriving back to the Pacific Northwest and all it’s glory, I am going to stop looking at vacation pictures now. But, lets wrap it up with some things I learned while traveling with an 11 month old.  Our trip was maybe a little different because we were visiting family which comes with certain luxuries.

|| Borrow what you can! My sister-in-law let us confiscate her stroller, car seat and high chair for the week. Amazing! It cut down on the stuff we were schlepping through the airport and gave M her own personal conveniences. With the amount of stuff we already had with us, I don’t think we could have handled adding these additional items to our load and we used all three items daily on our trip. Then, when we were leaving, we just nicely packed them all up and left them behind. Couldn’t ask for a better system! ||

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|| Take Time For Yourself! Again, I know that we were awarded this time because we were visiting family but I feel like most of my friends are taking trips either with their family or to see family these days. So, use them. They want nothing more then to spend time with your little and you want nothing more then a moment to breath. To do this we booked a few adventures through Hawaii Adventure Center. Ky and I took off twice on our trip. The first was a sunset cruise and the second was an adventure filled ATV tour. It was a nice chance to hang with my hubby for a few hours and it gave our family some quality time with M. Win Win! ||

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|| Ship Ahead! With the cost of checked luggage and the limited number of hands we have to move all our stuff onto the plane, I decided to ship a few items ahead of us to my parents house. A few weeks before we left, I got on good ol’ Amazon and shipped our beach tent, M’s float-mobile and a travel crib. Best thing I did for us! These heavy items arrived there and were waiting on the doorstep for us. I just wished I had used this same foresight to ship diapers. I tried fitting them into our suitcase and they just took up too much room. So, I ran to the store when we got there only to find that just one brand was available in M’s size. Next time, I’ll be putting together a box from home and shipping these type of items {diapers, M’s snacks, etc} ahead of us. ||

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|| Enjoy! It’s VACATION! I had to tell myself that it was OK to be off our typical schedule. M would survive! And, she did! She actually was more relaxed there then I have ever seen her. She got flexible. Naps were mostly on the go. In the car, in the stroller, etc. and she slept through some crazy noise at night. It worked! And, we got to enjoy ourselves because we didn’t chain ourselves to the house for her schedule. It’s vacation! ||

Now, that song keeps playing through my head….”Back to life, back to reality….”. But, that’s OK. Vacation is vacation and it has to end sometimes. Plus, your own house is somehow such a luxury after you travel. My bed feels like new and I could stand in my shower for hours. So, until next time Hawaii. Alooooooha!

Enjoy! Melissa

Behind The Scenes || At the Beach

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It’s so hard to pick my favorite pictures from this trip! We took over 500 just on the DSLR and have more on our phones. But, these jumped out at me as some of my favorite beach pictures. Just a little eye candy for a Thursday morning!

|| I’m a sunshine, beach, sand and waves kind of girl. So, we arrived in Hawaii, dumped our stuff at my sisters house, changed out of our travel clothes {why is it that no matter what you do, you feel like a giant dirt ball when you get off a plane?} and headed straight to the beach to show M what it was all about. We only had about an hour to play while my sister got some work done so we just enjoyed the scenery and let M have her very first meeting with the ocean. ||

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|| I think our swim lessons paid off. The next day, M couldn’t get enough of the water. She crawled all along the shoreline making us chase her down the beach. We played our hearts out with a little sand bucket and toys and of course, applied sunscreen about a million times. ||

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|| The beach the next day could not have been more beautiful. Look at our funny little tourist setup! That UV shelter was maybe the best purchase of my life. M sat in the shade and played in the sand for hours at a time each day. Amazing right? ||

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|| I told you, any chance I can I’m heading toward the beach. We had an hour to waste one day so we decided for lunch by the water. Happy Place. ||

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|| Just look at M. She put her little feet in the sand and drove this floatie around like a car. She was laughing and talking to all the kids on the beach like, ‘yeah, look at my ride!.’ Funny, funny girl. ||

Enjoy! Melissa

Aloha || Airplane Lap Child

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We’re Baaaack! I know. I ditched out. Didn’t even say good bye. And hopefully didn’t have you thinking I was gone for good. I wasn’t too far away and I didn’t run way {promise!}. I was just enjoying some time in Hawaii with my family!

So, Aloha! We’re back from a week of spending some quality family time, beaching it and eating way too many delicious meals. The trip provided so much eye candy and so much greatness that I’ll be updating you all week long! First things first though, we had to get to over the Pacific to our little island getaway.

Let me tell you, we are NOT travel experts with a child. Don’t let all those ‘tips for flying with a child’ on Pintrest fool you. It’s hard work to entertain an 11 month old for six hours. I followed all the ‘rules’. We had new toys she had never seen, Sesame Street loaded on the iPad and enough food to last her a good three months if needed. Some of that helped. The new toys provided about ten minutes of entertainment each {woo hoo!!} and I let her stuff herself full of food which occupied time until she spit up and we had a entire outfit change and ruined blanket saga {go me}.

The only thing that saved us was the miracle of all miracles. The only empty seat on the entire plane was between Ky and I. M used that seat like her parents had ponied up for it! She crawled through it, colored in it and laid down in it. After not having this luxury on our way home, I know how spoiled we were with this seat. Maybe ‘lap child’ isn’t in our future. It’s a bit much! My arms are sore from all the passing of M between us on the way home and I’m still feeling sorry for the very kind older gentleman who we made get up from the aisle seat about 1,000 times on the way home. Poor, poor man. He just wanted to read his Ernest Hemingway book and instead had M pulling his arm hair like a monkey and me constantly bashfully asking him to let us out from our seat cage once again.

Very tricky airlines. You have now convinced us that on top of paying for our overweight checked luggage and carrying a million pounds of baby gear through the airport we should purchase yet another seat on our next trip. Very tricky indeed.

Enjoy! Melissa

Love You Back

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Every day I watch Little M learn something. Some days she learns to make a new sound. Some days it’s a new gesture. And others it’s just the taste of a new food. However, nothing has been as special as her recent new recognition of love.

In the last few weeks Little M has really learned what it means to show affection. She has been toddling right up to us, throwing her little arms around our neck and squeezing. A giant baby sized bear hug. Then, she leans in {often with her mouth wide open} and gives us a smooch. And, if I wasn’t sure that she was aware of the kind of love she is showing, she has turned her love onto her favorite baby doll as well. Same actions; hugs with a little shake the way you do when you are really into a hug, kisses on the forehead and a little hand holding.

It’s melt your heart cute. It’s start your Monday on the right foot cute. It’s momentous.

Enjoy! Melissa