September 16, 2016

Little Clark III: 25 weeks

Dear baby girl, 

Happy 25 weeks!  You have been getting strong with your kicks!  They can even be felt from the outside for those with enough patience to wait.  They are guessing you are 13.5 inches now and 1.5lbs...which seems large, and supposidely you're growing hair.  Neither of your brothers had much, so I'm not holding my breath for lucious locks.  I've been starting to get ready for your arrival - ish.  Clearing out our closet for a divider for your clothes, looking for flannel for cradle sheets, sorting thru James clothes for gender neutral stuff (although you could wear all his old stuff).  I picked up a cute going home outfit though, which is girly, snuggly and floral.  You've been getting more and more active, which makes me starry-eyed every time.  Its really amazing: a miracle that another life, another spirit, another personality, another will, another heart beats inside of me, another being currently resides in my abdomen.  Love you baby.  I'm so curious for the person you will become or already are.  I'm curious and excited to see the dynamics of our family change.  

Fall is in the air little lady...winter is coming,

September 13, 2016

North Fork Campground: Gifford Pinchot National Forest

One of our end of summer goals was to go camping.  It was late Friday evening when we arrived hoping for an open site...the sun was painting everything yellow.

Mission accomplished with North Fork Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  It is absolutely gorgeous here.  Mature trees dripping with moss, a gorgeous rocky stream and walking trails.  (We accessed the campground via Highway 12 heading East, and taking a right onto the NF-23 road, which was washed out and blocked off, 1/2 mi beyond the entrance.
The campground is densely wooded, and we were able to snag the last open spot!  Our Coleman 3-man tent is still holding up well 5+ years later!
Morning fires, cocoa (or coffee), and flannel was definitely required as it was pretty chilly.  But that chill was gone by noon.
 James loved getting to explore the area...with snacks of course.
 He woke up both mornings, and shot out of the tent at 6:30am...I was a bit more bleary eyed.
 But really sitting at our table and seeing this site was absolutely wonderful and relaxing.  And props to me for (finally) thinking ahead and baking blueberry + corn muffins for pre-breakfast snacks.
Sidenote:  THE BEST rocky stream front beach is just a short walk down the trail, which is where we spent the entirety of both days.  No pics because we were enjoying rather than documenting.  We stayed in site #8, but site #2 & 3 are right on the water and look extra great!

Did you get to go camping this summer?  Or are you planning a few fall trips?  We are hoping for a fall beach camping trip in the next few weeks.  

September 5, 2016

Fall came early - a haiku

This fall came early,
The trees got to decide.
Beautiful colors.

- a haiku celebrating the early fall colors of September.

 Fort Borst Park is already filled with gorgeous fall color, and the trees started turning mid August.
Better check it out soon.  

August 31, 2016

Monthly Portrait: August

This month we've met some of my end of summer goals - blackberry stained fingers after afternoon picking, campfire smoke laden laundry after a weekend of camping, cooling off in the hose on 95 degree days.  James is pretty awesome; his new favorite game is hide and seek in the dryer while I sit on the floor next to it.  He is changing and developing with every passing month.  Three of my favorite James-isms from this month are:

After I spilled droplets on my belly when taking a drink of water: "Mom! You're getting water all over the baby."

Upon Brad walking in the front door after work: "Perhaps now that Daddy is home, I have some screen time.  Perhaps."

Upon seeing my laying down down and explaining that I am tired and a bit sick, "Maybe if I hold your hand a little bit, you can feel all better."