Just a few thoughts

Don’t really have time to post at the moment but here is a hint of posts to come…

1) It’s so easy to get attached to THINGS

2) We had a yard sale!

3) Penny is just getting cooler and cooler

4) August is breastfeeding month & I support you!

 

If these don’t make sense now, tune in later. They will.

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MONDAY: weekend recap

Another pleasant weekend under the belt.  It was a weekend spent away from our current town where we know no one (all for lack of trying.) A weekend filled with friend time and family time. Here are the highlights listed below (I love lists!)

  • Gender reveal par-ta!: our very good friends are havin’ a baby! They are due in December and found out the sex of the baby and threw a lil’ shindig to announce the exciting news…IT’S A GIRL! Yep, Penny’s getting a gal pal! 😀
  • Family photo session: We had family photos taken by our suuuuuuper talented friend at Fresh Air Photography – Check ’em out! https://www.facebook.com/freshairphotography
  • Attending church at Risen Life: We love what we consider our home church. Since we moved, finding a new church has been one of the most difficult changes. I’ve attended Risen Life for my entire 26 years on this planet so going to any other church is taking some adjusting and I always enjoy being back in my comfort zone. 😉 

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mama – to – be!

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Papa – to – be

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OH so excited to find out what they’re having!!! We actually look surprised, crazed and SUPER happy!

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It takes a little explaining, but they hid a baby doll the color of the gender (pink for girl or blue for boy) in one of 48 cupcakes! It has to do with the Mexican holiday, Kings Day, which we celebrate together every year, for the past few years. It was the perfect way to announce. 😀

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The old wives tales predicted a girl. The votes of the people were dead even.

No Shave But A Haircut

The lil’ cuckoo bird went in for her first hair cut last weekend!  

We, mainly dad, was a bit apprehensive because we are quite attached to her baby hair.  Some people might think that’s silly but Penny’s got some special baby hair. She came into this world with a bunch of very dark brown hair and since then it’s just just been growing out blond, leaving her with brown tips. So we will know for sure when her brown fetus hair is gone and it will be a pretty sad day for us, growing up and changing and all that.

Anyhow, we went to a place called Cookie Cutters in Centerville (shout out to my homies).  It’s a kid-specific hair salon.  Yes, I paid $13 for someone to snip about three of a 9-month-old’s hairs.  And not that I NEED to explain my decisions regarding my daughter and what lay atop her baby head but, in case you were wondering why I would do something so silly….here are my reasons in list form.

  • I took a huge chunk out of Chases hair a week before our wedding doing something as simple as shaving it all over. 
  • I was not about to live with the guilt of nicking my baby girl’s neck. Sure, she would forget about it at the first sight of something shiny but it would stick with me FOR-EV-ER!
  • I got a money tree growing in my spare room. It’s next to my calorie extractor. 

It was a pretty sweet experience.  The girl that did the cutting was very nice, very patient, had toys at the ready and, of course, a big blue car with a working horn for the kook to sit in style.  And, the cherry on top, she left with a big ‘ol pink balloon.  Oh yeah, and we didn’t even loose all of her beautiful brown tips. WHEW

 

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can you see the blond with brown tips? oh so sweet.

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before. a tad overexposed, but boy do her eyes look crazy blue huh?

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AFTER. Happy girl!

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a family doing fun stuff

We (the husband, the kid and I) actually went out last night and attended a city-sponsored activity! It was pioneer day (or pie and beer day depending…) so I found out where they were shooting off fire works and they also happened to be playing a movie.  So, in an attempt to get out of the apartment, do something different, and try to enjoy this town that we wish we weren’t living it most of the time, we packed up some pillows and blankets went to Elk Ridge Park for some Toy Story and fire works. 

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I gotta say, I have never had a fireworks in the park night go so smoothly! 

We went to dinner at Chilli’s (our favorite! And we got a FREE DESSERT coupon from a kind lady at a nearby table.) then we headed to the park. We had no trouble finding a parking spot, got there just as the movie was starting, found a spot to sit easily with a great view of the movie and almost front row seats for the fireworks! It was a rather short fireworks display but it was pretty great! After, we packed up and found the car semi-easily, and got out of the parking lot and home in 10 minutes. a very uncomplicated and pleasant evening.  

Penny was up past her bed time for sure but she was genuinely enjoying herself. Between the movie, the fireworks and all the people, she didn’t know where to look. She only knew not to look at the camera! 😉

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watching the movie while standing like a rock star!

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the family

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watching kiddos run around

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catching up on a Tuesday afternoon

My lil’ kook is dreaming away in her crib so, instead of getting housework done, I am choosing to finally sit down and blog about my visit with my family!  I feel good about this decision.

My mom (from Utah), grandma (from Iowa), great aunt (from Iowa) and aunt (from Arkansas) all came to visit us in Logan for a day and then the little one and I went with them to Boise, ID to visit my great uncle (although he prefers “Awesome uncle” now) and cousins and all sorts of other family members that I had never met before.

This was the first time for them all to meet Penny Pie. Shockingly, they loved her! (that was sarcasm ladies and gents.)  Special time.

There was oh so much shopping!  We visited flea markets, thrift shops, antique stores, malls, department stores. We even made a stop at a farmers market, which was FANTASTIC! (more on that later.)

We got to go out to a lot of dinners and lunches. I love going out to eat!  No clean up and it’s almost always better than what I’d make at home. Plus, my relatives were unbelieveably generous and footed most of the bills. 😉 THANKS FAM!

A definite highlight was seeing my cousin, really he’s a second cousin or something…he’s my mom’s cousin…but it doesn’t matter, he is just a year older than me and I found out that he has a daughter just a couple of months younger than my daughter! He and his girlfriend are really nice and we enjoyed talking with them but the real treat had to be introducing the girls to each other. As my mom retells it: “Annabelle pulled Penny’s hair and Penny slapped Annabelle in the face.”  It was all baby-strength pulling and slapping so It was more cute and less violent than it sounds. My girl loves babies and other little kids, she gets so excited when she sees them.

What else did we do..We went to my awesome uncle Bill’s house and had a bbq. There was croquet played but not by me. I wanted to just walk around and inject myself into all the different conversations happening and make sure the day was all well documented (check and check.) I especially enjoyed meeting and talking with my AUB’s girlfriend, Batina. ( I wanna be her bestie she’s so cool.)

Later that night we went to hear my AUB’s band play at a bar they rock regularly. (And,yes, I am using ‘rock’ as a verb. Deal with it.) I had never heard him play before so it was quite a treat. He plays about 50 instruments so it was hard not to enjoy it and be just sickeningly impressed. Grandma Sue stayed at the hotel with the cuckoo bird so that I could go with my aunts and grandma. We met some great folks, very friendly and welcoming and just plain fun! They got us all out on the dance floor. (My grandma apparently used to go dancing all the time, that’s where she met her husband, and it shows! She’s got moves.)

The farmers market was absolutely a high point. I didn’t know what to expect really, I’ve never been to one, but I had an image in my mind of hippies and drums and granola (not very fair but there it is.) There was definitely some of that but, man oh man, there was SO much more. First of all, it was MASSIVE! I mean like a giant ‘t’ covering downtown Boise. There were copious amounts of samples, no one had to pay for lunch that day, but we did still “have” to buy a few treats. All in all we tried:

  • organic salsa
  • what was basically a giant cruton covered in garlic seasoning and parmeasan cheese
  • freshly made doughnuts with cinnamon and sugar and bavarian cream
  • giant raspberry and peach oatmeal bar
  • organic almond butter
  • some sort of spicy almonds
  • some waffle cookies from the Netherlands called Stroopwafels (had to ‘bing’ that one)
  • hawaiian sea salt chocolate-covered caramel (this was not at the farmers market but it was nearby)

And the street performers, some talented peeps on that street. We saw a girl creating and selling art (drawings) to buy more art supplies. Another young girl was singing to save up to go to Nashville, I think, to become a singer. Then there was the man singing while dressed, from the waist up, in black tie wear and, from the waist down, almost hiking apparel. A couple of ladies playing the guitar and cello were providing a different sound, good different. There was also a group of belly dancers, a mediocre break dancer, a balloon animal maker and a couple of teens singing and playing guitar. Honestly, I felt very inspired. I wanted my photos to be superbly artsy fartsy that day.

We also passed a splash pad/fountain at one point, hordes of children running through it, and Penelope practically built and eject button to shoot herself out of her stroller to get to them! Okay, I’m exaggertaing but she did stare the scene down and lean waaaaay out of her stroller the whole time we were near it. She’s cute. And was very tired this whole trip. Basically no naps but she made it through and was distracted enough to be her charming, bright-eyed self the whole time.

All in all it was a really nice time. I haven’t seen some of this family in 10+ years so there was much needed catching up to be done. I didn’t really realize what a pleasant family I had. When it was nearing time to say good-bye my aunt and I were talking and, while I can’t quite remember the conversation word for word one of us basically said “wouldn’t it be nice if we lived closer to each other and could see each other more often?” And one of us replied “Yeah. But then we wouldn’t appreciate the time together so much.” Truth on both ends.

That kinda covers it. It was great and as much as I’d love to ramble on I also want to insert a million photos. Enjoy!

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sitting in the back with my sweet lil kook was super fun!

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I could drag this out but I won’t. A very kind lady saw Penny was bored and just gave her not one but TWO of her dolls that she was selling! Thank you Edna! 😀

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first cookie. So sweet on so many levels.

Awesome Uncle Bill or AUB as a random lady on facebook suggested.

Awesome Uncle Bill or AUB as a random lady on facebook suggested.

dancing to "Those Guys"

dancing to “Those Guys”

I don't have a lot of photos of just me and Cuckoo bird so my mom made sure to get some.

I don’t have a lot of photos of just me and Cuckoo bird so my mom made sure to get some.

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such a tired girl but she seemed to enjoy herself all the same.

such a tired girl but she seemed to enjoy herself all the same.

inspiration at the farmers market

inspiration at the farmers market

great-grandma's time with Penelope Kate

great-grandma’s time with Penelope Kate

swimming and pointing with dad

swimming and pointing with dad

cousins!!!!

cousins!!!!

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SHOPPING

SHOPPING

4th of July campout!

We went with husband man’s family to Huntington Lake to celebrate the 4th of July AND the coming together of the Everett family!

We met up with Chases maternal side of the family for a family reunion/4th of July celebration camp out! Pretty Efficient. The Everetts don’t all get together as regularly as they used to, it sounds like, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of their past couple of reunions. The last one was in April and true to Utah Spring weather, it was quite snowy! Yay. PSYCH! The families for the most part spent all their time separated in their own trailers. Not how these things usually go…

Not so much with this years reunion. Utah Julys…HOT HOT HOT! So all of the families were huddled in the shade together which was perfection.

I’m proud to say that my mother-in-law put quite a bit of work into this little get-together and it turned out SO well. It was a lot of fun. There was a bean bag competition (my sister-in-law and I were slaughtered…), an auction, a potluck, volleyball, digging for prizes for the kids, a great view, kiddie pool, and a rather creative competition where teams of two had to unroll a FROZEN t-shirt and put it on a third teammate (my sister-in-law and I got doubly slaughtered in this one too…) Despite the few hours of fairly extreme heat in the afternoons, the lack of napping, and the tent-crumbling thunder storms at night, it was a very successful camping trip. And this is coming from someone who admittedly does not love camping. 🙂

HIGHLIGHTS:
-Watching my 3.5-year-old niece bid on, and win, a bubble machine
-Watching said Niece play with bubble machine
-Running through the storm to gather bedtime necessities from the tent, then waiting out the storm in the trailer with my BIL & SIL
-Meeting and liking new people and realizing what an amusing family I married into 😉

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IMG_58884th of July campout!

stay little, cuckoo bird

Last night my little kook was crying, as she does from time to time.  And as it happens from time to time I knew that she was recently fed and changed and had not long ago woken up from a nap. Not hungry, not wet, not tired. I wasn’t sure what was wrong (I often wish I could read her mind…)  I picked her up and just like that she stopped. She stopped crying and just started happily pointing around the room (that’s kind of her thing.)  I held her for a few minutes then put her down to go use the rest room and guess what? The tears started falling anew. When I was finished I went and picked her back and, yep, you guessed it, she was happy once more. Interesting huh?  

Some people would observe this interaction and think to themselves (or state out loud) “Wow. She’s pretty spoiled huh?” And I HAVE wondered before if I am spoiling her by picking her up whenever she wants to be picked up.  But I think I have decided that you just can’t spoil your child by holding them.  My mom has always said “the need to be held is as real a need as the need for food and water.”  And I agree.  As I was cuddling my daughter 3 thoughts came to mind:

1) It’s such a simple request to be held

2) I can solver her problems so easily right now. I know as she gets older this may not be the case. 

3) There will be plenty of opportunities for her to learn to ‘self-soothe’. There will come a time when she won’t want to be held hardly at all. I’m going to enjoy it as often as I can for as long as I can.

And then I was the one crying. 

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