July 22, 2014


"Pictures of the everyday once a week in 2014."
1.  This picture perfect sky, reminding me of walking through English fields headed towards a pub filled with warm tea and chips.
2.  This fella, who has become a laugher!!!  
 3.  Breaking in our new baby backpack.  And no, Brad doesn't go anywhere without a mug. :)
 4.  Cloud cover rolling in for our evening walk...

July 18, 2014

a morning I never want to forget

My morning baby was happy and calling for me from his crib.  Naptime was over, and it was time to play!  Pay no mind that the nap was from 8-8:45am, I call him morning baby for a reason. :)  Scooping him up a hug of gurgles and grunts, we headed to the living room floor.  We had laid there for a while building and destroying block towers, reading about Pumpkin the puppy and eating cheerios, when he decided that wrestling was what was missing...so he hauled himself up and proceeded to wrestle himself on top of me and ended with me on my back and his face just above mine.  A look of triumph glinted in his little eyes, and then I asked him for a kiss.  His adorable mouth opened and began to cover my cheeks in drooly alligator kisses (open mouth aaahhh sounds) all the while laughing.  (I can NEVER get this kiddo to laugh!)  So I snuggled him back, and he gave me more alligator kisses and we laughed on the floor both with sopping wet faces.  It was a pretty perfect morning.  Mornings like are what I treasure...what I want to remember...that I don't want to ever forget.

July 17, 2014

Stop and smell the clover

While playing the grass and attempting to keep James from eating all the clover flowers in sight.  I took a closer look at that little flower that covers our yard in mats and mats.  It is so intricate, each little petal full of sweet nectar.  So much complexity in this tiny flower. Then I noticed a little friend, actually teensy friend that looked so similar.  I knew that had to be related.  So I looked it up, thank you internet, and found that yes, they are indeed from the same family.  
Fabaceae Trifolium repens L...aka white clover...aka Dutch clover.
Fabaceae Medicago lupulina...aka black medick...aka blackweed
While I realize this is considered a weed by many, it is still a flower that smells sweet and pretties up our yard.  Everyday I walk by/on it and pay it no mind.  But today, thanks to James, I gave it a second thought and was ushered into a quiet moment in awe of the creation around me.  Wondering at its teensy delicate beauty that I never took the time to see.  Sometimes you can gain a lot when you stop and smell the roses...or in this case...the clover.  Have you stopped and reconsidered something lately?

July 15, 2014


"Pictures of the everyday once a week in 2014."
1.  This awesome illustrated book, "just 50 cents for the baby."  Go James, scoring mommy deals!
 2.  These zucchini and zucchini blossoms...can't wait for kabobs.
 3.  Cool signs in downtown Tacoma...post doctor visit for James. 
4.  Walks with Brad and James...


July 14, 2014

Dear James: 10 months

Hello James!

I love you buddy!  This month you've been grunting a lot...and making the babababa sound.  That said, your m.o. is still blowing bubbles and making noise that way. :)  You still have a smile for everyone, even if it is from my shoulder...such a sweet personality...everyone wants to be your best friend.  Toys are starting to be more interesting to you, and everything is still tested by your mouth first.  This month you have decided cheerios are the best form of food, and you flex your independence by refusing to be spoon-fed because you want to do it all by yourself.  You and I take two walks a day usually, and you thoroughly enjoy being outside.  Dad and I take your evening walk together which is a nice way to end the day, and you fall asleep in the stroller so easily.  Not a bad nightly routine.  The words that you know are James, Daddy, Mama, kisses and no, however you can't say any of them.  You are currently the proud owner of 6 teeth...the sixth just breaking through this past week.  Like a weirdo, you love having your teeth brushed.  Whatever buddy...it makes it nice and easy for me.  Still sleeping with your head facing the same direction each night.  Never one to actually need sleep, you still wake up between 2-3 times a night and get up for the day at 6am...like father like son.  Oh if you could hear the early morning plans being made for you when you're a bit older: fishing, history lessons on Hannibal crossing the Alps, and working on projects in the garage...maybe add breakfast in bed to the list too. ;)  You've graduated from your army crawl to a "normal crawl" and now to a tarzan half-crawl-half-lumber. You are so mobile now, and want to be everywhere at once exploring everything you can find.  This month you went on your first airplane ride: excellent passenger, went to your first wedding: Uncle Jake and Aunt Amanda, went swimming for the first time: kiddie pool and love splashing.  You are such a blessing in our lives, we pray for many more years with you.

Slowly cruising around the furniture
Crawling/tarzaning like a fiend
Feeding yourself well
Giving alligator kisses

Mama & Daddy

P.S. We love that you always hum when eating...its hilarious! And getting you to sit still for these pictures wasn't happening.