The girls and I made a tree of thanks
last month to remember
and appreciate all that
we love about fall.
Of course pumpkins made the cut
and we had a fun time
visiting the pumpkin patch.
I am so very grateful
for these girls.
They fill my life with magic.
And this guy here...I'm thankful for him
every. single. day.
Our littlest peanut started walking
and has just begun cruising
the whole house
this last week.
We don't really keep this helmet
on her all the time,
just while she's awake...haha.
We're hoping to get her
into a bike seat soon,
but the helmet is gigantic,
and she's just really teeny-tiny.
And we love her that way.
A little more than two weeks
til our sweet babe is one.
CANNOT believe it,
but believe it I must.
I have written absolutely nothing
down about this little one's first
year of life,
which I so regret,
just trying to soak up
each and every day.
not only did the mr. plow the earth this summer,
i was also able to get dirt under my nails
planting some of my favorite flowers.
little m got her annual butterfly garden going
and i started a new flower patch to enjoy
dahlias, gladiolas, foxgloves, delphinium and more.
it did better than i even expected and makes
me smile every time i go out the front door.
feeling blessed to have a yard and a garden
that provide many moments of beauty.
summer has come and gone and i've missed
this blog so much, but just haven't found
the time to fit it in.
so very, very much to share that i
don't know where to begin.
i'll have to go wayyyyy back and
try to post a few times a week.
hmmmmm, can i commit?
yes, by golly....
i think i can.
i think i can.
i think i can.
no real reason for this photo
except i think it's adorable.
I'm zero for three this year on my family's birthday posts.
So hears a quick update
(more for me to reminisce
than for anyone else's benefit.)
For Mr. Man's birthday, we went up to Mammoth and
sun/snow/rain. We explored places we
had never been by foot and horseback.
It was a beautiful time of year to go...
sooooo much water.
Bri's birthday we kept it mellow,
gave her some sweet little gifts and lots
And of course a birthday meal of her choice
For the little miss we kept it low key.
gifts (a new boogie board and
two new dolls...more on that later).
school we took her out to lunch,
gave into ear piercing (after a year of
and watched her take her first horseback riding lesson
by her favorite dinner and cake.
It was a really fun day.
All caught up now and
feeling slightly less guilty for my
the little miss lost tooth number two last week,
making her little gap even wider.
and this time around she had her tooth pillow
to give and receive tooth fairy goodness.
mama is slow these days,
but eventually things get done.
i know, i know, i haven't been posting at all lately...
and when i do, i'm usually gushing all over
this little creature.
i just can't help it.
i'm so in love
with each of my children
more and more every day.
this morning though, this little beauty
just takes my breath away.
last year in march i learned i was pregnant after
taking a test at home. i was so excited, but needed
some time to process the reality of new life inside me.
mr. man and i already had made plans to drive up to
yosemite for a little weekend getaway at a b&b
near the park, so i savored the moment for myself
for a couple of days before we left.
i hadn't been sleeping well at night, so decided to
set up a little game to tell husband the big news
during my hours of insomnia
the first night we were there.
i had packed some blank recipe cards and
a few extra tidbits for our stay since
i knew i wanted to tell him in a creative way.
i filled out six recipe cards each with a
different "recipe" relating to children
and in the ingredients section i gave a clue
about where to find the next card
(each in a different room of the b&b).
i woke him up bright and early to hunt for
the clues before breakfast. the last card was back
up in our room under the covers attached to a
little wooden box with a positive preggo test inside.
he was really surprised, shocked and excited.
it was such a fun way to share the
excitement with my love.
the rest of the trip was spent
enjoying the beauty of yosemite
~ the snow, the rivers, the flowers ~
and trying to wrap our heads around the idea of baby #3.
the little miss is soooo excited about
the small gap left behind after
she lost her first tooth today.
i can't help but be excited with her,
yet at the same time there's that
little sting of reality
reminding me how quickly she's growing.
i've been promising to make her a
tooth-fairy pillow all week
with the expectation that it would pop out soon,
but here we are ~ and no pillow.
wish me time and patience for
pillow making tonight.
the mr. and i have been hiking
a bit lately and enjoying all
the vibrant flowers coming to life.
each hike is a fun new adventure
among mountains, creeks, and meadows.
and it gives my man and i some
one on one (plus baby) time together,
which is always a bonus.
pure beauty this world is.
playful. disorganized. creative. crafty. thrifty. passionate. feisty. constantly inspired. family nurse. nursery rhyme singer. diaper changer. teacher. storybook reader. chauffer. chef. happy wife to a hunk of a fireman. blessed mom of three girls. 24/7