Tuesday, May 16, 2017

twenty months

So I missed your 19 month post, but I'm back at last to share what's new since your 18 month birthday.

You're really growing up and becoming a toddler!  Even Abigail reminded me yesterday that once you turn 2, you will no longer be a baby (😱) - it seems so right and fitting, though.

You are starting to talk a lot - so much more than anyone else at this age, and while they are not words others understand, Dad, Abigail, George and I know exactly what you're saying.

Here are some examples:

Meh-moh = Elmo (you're obsessed with Elmo right now and finally like TV!)
DD = GG (George)
Bu-Boh = Mabel
Baba = Grandma and / or Grandpa
Tissy = Sissy (she taught you this and shines with pride each time you say it)
Cah = car
Kai = tree (it's a weird one, but totally legit)

You are such a happy, albeit direct and pushy little guy, and we love you to pieces!

Spending solo time with you in Sun River


Here's what's new:

  • You tell us when your diaper's wet "dada - I have poop poo" is one of your favorite sayings
  • You adore Mabel and Hattie
  • Owwwwwwwwie is what you say to getting your diapers changed or getting an actual owie
  • Go Go Go you yell when we're at a traffic light (wonder where you got that from....GG)
  • You sing Ba Ba Black Sheep and Happy Birthday on cue.  This was especially cute on Gpa's birthday last month.
  • You understand everything asked of you / told to you and respond accordingly 
  • You RELISH in the idea of being told no and deliberately do it anyway
  • You love playing the Elmo game on my phone.  For so long I though you were calling out for me, but it was Meh-mo, not Mama 🙈
  • Biting has been a passing phase these last two months
  • You love PB sandwiches and oranges
  • When you're done eating, you wipe you mouth then wipe off the table in front of you (I've trained you well!)
  • You still LOVE your paci.  I'm not exactly sure when we'll wean you off, but I'm honestly in no rush.
Summer is upon us and I can't wait to spend some fun, unscheduled time with you, George, and Abigail!

Happy 20 months, little guy.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Kevin and the kids pulled off a great Mother's Day once again!

I was showered with gifts (some great new Lululemon gear, aka stay at home Mom wear 😉) and sweet notes from the kids.

To celebrate we had an early brunch at the Salty's at Redondo Beach, then spent the afternoon at the house with my family.

Here are some pictures from the morning:







Wishing all the wonderful women in my life the happiest of days.

I hope you're being celebrated accordingly!  xxo






Friday, May 12, 2017

Abigail's First Pedi

Last night I took Abigail to the nail salon for her first pedicure, and the pictures are too cute not to share!

She loved sitting in the big chair, picking out her polish (pink sparkles), sinking into her chair as they began the foot massage, and commenting quietly on each step.









She was cute beyond words - such an old soul - and while it was pricey for two of us to go, I can't wait to bring her back again 💜

Yay for girl time!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Easter, 2017

If I wait much longer, I could write about this and next year's celebrations...  Life with pup, kids, and home projects has been busy, but I'm back to share stories from Easter.

Holidays get sweeter each year as the kids are growing up and better able to understand each holiday's meaning.  Both Abigail and George were very excited for Easter this year between their class parties with egg hunts (George's was class-only, Abigail's I was able to partake in), dying Easter eggs, going to church (Abigail practically begged us to go, then ran up to Fr. Todd TWICE to hug him, both before Mass, and during the recessional 🙈), and our Easter celebration with family.

We decorated eggs a couple days before Easter, then on Saturday, Abigail decided we needed to go to the mall to see the Easter Bunny.  In year's past, I have only done this on a child's first Easter, but since she asked (and we didn't have dinner planned that night anyway), we headed to Bellevue Square to see the bunny (in normal clothes, sans picture) then ate an embarrassing, Lauckner worthy amount of sushi for dinner 😁

Here are some pictures from the holiday week:

Abigail's preschool egg hunt 

Mabel wasn't a fan of dressing up

Easter Eve sushi feast






Every single one of them were mad in this picture

QT with Silas and Sage

Egg hunt!




Tricia, Silas, Stef, and Anthony

Me and Mom

My Mom bought the girls Easter bonnets

"oh, the kids will be fine upstairs" were my famous last words

As always, I hope each of you enjoyed a delightful Easter celebration.

Happy Easter!



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Welcoming Miss Mabel Mae

How did I let three weeks pass by without so much as mentioning Mabel?  We are having so much fun with the addition of a puppy to the family, although Kevin and I seem to have different definitions of fun  😉



Backing up a couple weeks, here's the story of how Mabel came to be:

I've been thinking about a puppy for a while now.  No, it's not baby fever; I really wanted my kids to have a dog growing up (it's one of those "I didn't have one as a kids, so I wanted to when I become a parent" type thing).  Kevin, however, was not on the same page (he seems to like this thing called "down time"...) but after some serious discussion (as well as spamming him almost daily with puppy pictures) we decided this spring would be a great time for the addition.

We looked at a of couple breeds (English Labs and English Cream Golden Retrievers being the front runners), but ultimately fell in love with the temperament of Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Once we settled on the breed, I was sure I wanted a BIG male Berner, but after coming across Mabel's 6 week old picture, I was hooked.  Her name was Phoebe and she lived with her litter mates (4 girls, 2 boys) with her breeder in Ohio.  We spoke with the breeder a few times, and after a FaceTime call with she and the kids, we decided this girl was for us!

Fast forward just a couple days and Mabel was on a flight from Ohio to Seattle.  We originally had a 3pm Sunday flight planned, but with crate measurements off by just an inch, she missed her flight and arrived that evening at 11:54pm.

She came to us a bit shaken but cuddly.  We tried sleeping her in the crate her first night, but she was too disoriented and scared.  Kevin ended up sleeping with her on his chest which finally put her at ease.

The first few days we took her everywhere (we still make cameos at St Joe's where she has quite the fan base!) and she slept as much as she could.

We are now just a day shy of three weeks, and while we've cleaned up many accidents, been woken each night (except one!) and have yet another thing to train in this house, I wouldn't trade her for anything (Kevin may or may not feel the same 😉).

She gained 5 pounds in the first 2 weeks and is already much bigger than she was at 8 weeks.  Our small puppy days are numbered already!

Picking her up from the airport.  She rode home on my lap

Okay, we're home and it's 1am...now what?


Mabel's first morning cuddles with Kev





Day one.  We took her around the neighborhood to introduce her to our friends!

Hattie is still unsure


Shopping for doggie shampoo


First bath








Service dogs only, but no one seemed to mind an 8 week old pup 💕

Mabel and Sox

Mabel's Sip and See!




First trip to Gma and Gpa's!

She LOVES snow





Worn out after an afternoon gardening with me


This morning's accident / time out (look how big she already is!)


Alright, that should do it.  Any more pictures and I risk crashing the blog!

We love you, Miss Mabel Mae.