Wednesday, August 31, 2011

28 Weeks Old

Brooklynne is 28 weeks old today....eeeek, crazy!  
She rode in the grocery cart like a big girl for the first time today, and loved it!  She wanted to play with my phone and glasses the entire time.  
Before leaving for Missouri, she was waking up once at night, and now that we're back she's been waking up twice at night.  We're working on breaking her of that and it's not the funnest thing, but it will be worth the crying once she's sleeping through the night again.  
Her favorite thing lately (or it seems like it) is to grab my neck while I'm holding her in front of me, and OHMYGOODNESS, it hurts so bad!  I can have just clipped her nails, but it's like she's pinching me super hard!

And because all good photo shoots have a few outtakes, here you go:

As always, she's the cutest thing ever, and I love time with her, and I'm so blessed to be home with her all day!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Button Monogram: A Tutorial

I've been wanting to make a gallery wall in our house, but I don't just want pictures in it, so I made a monogram to go up on the wall as well, and thought I would show you how to make one as well.


Picture Frame
Felt to fit frame
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Assorted buttons

I bought a frame from Goodwill and painted it with aqua acrylic paint, but left it with a little of the frame showing through.  

Trace around the backing of the frame onto your piece of felt.

Cut around the line, trimming excess felt

At this point, you can free hand your letter, which is what I did, or you can print out a letter in your desired font from your computer and trace that onto the felt.

Arrange the buttons in the way you want them to look.

Using your hot glue, place a small string of glue around the button, but not on the holes.

Once all the buttons are in place, put your glass back in, followed by the felt and then the frame backing.  Stand back and admire your beautiful work!!

I'm linking up with:

The DIY Show OffThe Girl CreativeBWS tips button

Thirty Hand Made Days

Sunday, August 28, 2011

from the hospital

For Brooklynne's baby shower, my soon-to-be sister in law's mom gave me a beautiful shadow box with B's name inside.  It's been hanging on B's wall since we got it, and I just couldn't figure out what to put in it, until today.  I found the wrist bands, hat, shirt, and a few other things from the hospital (I'm missing B's band, but I have a spot for it) and arranged them inside the box, and hung it on the wall.  I'm really happy with it, it's just beautiful!!

Contents from left to right: Spoon (a gift from the hospital), name badge from B's bassinet, Matt's and my wrist bands, B's foot prints taken in the hospital, the shirt that B wore while at the hospital, the hat she wore, the clamp that held her tracker on her belly button.  
All the little owls are from her baby showers. 
 I love how it turned out! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

27 weeks

Brooklynne is 27 weeks old today, and let me tell a few things that are different from last week:
When on her tummy, she puts her booty way up in the air (I guess that means she'll crawl soon?)
She ate blueberries for the first time today.
She never wants to be on the side I want her to be on.  If I put her on her tummy, she wants to be to her back, and if I put her on her back, she wants to be on her tummy.  
She already has a persistent personality.  
She prefers to play while sitting up, and she continues to get stronger while sitting up.
Her hair is getting so long!
Matt wanted me to say that "she stares at Daddy constantly when he's home from work."

we love you, sweet heart!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

The rest of our trip

Today, I have the honor of being featured on Becky's blog, From Mrs. to Mama.  If you don't read her blog, you probably should.  She has an adorable little girl named Eliana who she loves to blog about, and post pictures of (so cute).  She's super sweet to feature me today, go check her out!!

Click on the image to take you to the feature!!

Brooklynne and I got back from Missouri on Thursday night, and it is so great to be home!  Let me tell you about all the rest of the fun things we did.

Wednesday morning we loaded up the car and drove to Kansas City to drop Matt off at the airport.  We got to KC at about noon and got BBQ for lunch and then took Matt to the airport.  I was so sad to see him go.  Juli had play practice that night, so we left after dropping him off.

It was so nice to just hang out and not have a ton to do.  We got ice cream from the soda fountain, went on long walks, and just had a fantastic time!

From Wisconsin, my parents had driven to Maryland to visit my sister and brother in law and their two boys who just moved out there in June, so they didn't get to Missouri until Saturday morning.  We went on a walk to the Farmers Market on Saturday morning, and along with some of the things we got, we picked up a watermelon.  It was pretty heavy, so I put it on top of the stroller but I hit a big curb and it rolled off and splattered all over the ground.  We were able to salvage some of it, so it was a nice snack to have half way through our walk.

The cast of Cheaper By The Dozen
Juli was directing a play while we were there, Cheaper By The Dozen, so Mom, Dad and I got to see it on Saturday night.  Brooklynne stayed with a couple from John and Juli's church, and they were so sweet to watch her (she is pretty fun, though).  The play was fantastic, all the actors did such an incredible job under Juli's direction, and it was so much fun to watch.

On Monday we went to the lake, which was wonderful, and Brooklynne loved floating around in her new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse car floaty.  Her feet were propped up on the steering wheel, and she loved moving it around with her feet.

Brooklynne went on her first swing and had fun, but you could tell from her facial expression that she did't want to go too high.

On Tuesday we went to Hannibal, MO which is where Mark Twain grew up.  We toured his childhood home and a great museum they have there, it was fascinating!

Love her!

Mark Twain (Sam Clemmens) was a steamboat driver, so they had a horn that you could sound off, and Juli helped Brooklynne use it.  She absolutely LOVED it!!!

here's a super cute video of her ringing the bell (sorry it's so dark).

I got my hair cut on Wednesday at the local cosmetology school ($10 for hair cut and eye brow wax!!!).  I was getting sick of my longer hair and wanted to chop it off again.  Matt is L-O-V-E-ing it!

           there is NO baby in that ^ belly!

We left Missouri at six am on Thursday morning to drive to Chicago.  Once we got there, we went to the Museum of Science and Industry, which was very interesting.  Dad went and toured the U-Boat they have there, while mom and I toured the rest of the museum.  There was an awesome exhibit about pregnancy, and they showed actual fetuses at certain weeks gestation (28 days, 8 weeks, 13 weeks...up to 38 weeks).  It was very sad to see all those babies that have died, but it was so interesting to see the size of them, and what twins look like inside and when they start getting fingers (SOOOO little).  

We got to the airport at 5:30, got checked in and walked to our gate.  What a blessing gate check is, I was able to use the stroller the entire time and they checked it at the gate, and then got it right away when we got off the plane.  Our flight left Chicago at 7:30, so I nursed B while we took off and she fell asleep while eating and slept the rest of the flight.  The plane was about half full, so Dad sat behind us and I put B on the seat in between mom and me, and she just slept.  I picked her up for landing and the pacifier wasn't helping her ears enough, so I nursed her again.  She didn't cry at all the entire flight (the flight attendant said she forgot she was there) and she was super excited to see Matt, as was I!!

I am VERY happy to be home, but I miss John and Juli so much and wish they didn't live so far away.  We met many wonderful people on our trip and had such a delightful time. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

so long, farewell

These two are two of the most important people in my life and I was blessed to spend almost two weeks with them.  I have had such a great time hanging out with them and I know Brooklynne has as well.  It's so wonderful to watch my sister spend time with Brooklynne, and it's precious to watch John with her.  I've always had a hard time saying goodbye to Juli after we've hung out together, but now it's even sadder because they're so sad to see Brooklynne leave, they've had such a fun time with her.  

We have had such a wonderful time at John and Juli's house, but we are so happy to go home and see Matt, 8 days is too long!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

26 Weeks Old!

Even though I just posted last night about B's 6 month birthday, I'm posting again today because she's 26 weeks old (I wonder if my family will ever stop giving me a hard time for these weekly posts).  
Since I just wrote yesterday's 6 month post, there obviously has not been enough time for her to change.  I love my little 26 week old!

We did a photo shoot yesterday and I had to share the rest of the photos with you!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

6 Months!

My daughter is a half year old, where in the world has the time gone?  I am absolutely loving every second I get with her - she is so much fun!!

At six months Brooklynne is sitting up like a champ, and she loves to play sitting up.  In fact, she'd rather play sitting up.
She has started playing catch.  She can't throw the ball, but she can put her hands around the ball and stop it when it's rolled to her.
She still takes four naps a day, although her nap schedule has been crazy wonky the past two weeks of vacation.
She LOVES to talk.  While in the pool on Tuesday, she started talking in a whole new way, which was super loud and so funny!
She said "mama" today.  I know it wasn't on purpose, but she's building on what she knows, and repeating what I say (it did make me really happy, though).
She sleeps on her tummy for all naps and night time now, and the swaddle is just around her abdomen and feet, no longer around her arms.
She's totally teething, drooling up a storm, and I had to give her baby orajel a few days ago.
She loves to drink water out of her bottle or her cool new sippy cup that seems to also act as a teething toy.
She loves to take her pacifier out of her mouth and put it back in, but it seems like she forgets that she can put it back in when she's going to sleep; she takes it right out.
She loves Barley, petting his paws and ears when he lays close to her (it's almost been two weeks since we've seen him).
She HATES her car seat, which is new to this trip, but we've been driving around a lot more than I usually do, so she's been in and out of her seat.

 Baby Stats:

Birth: 6 lbs. 2 oz.
1 Month: 7 lbs. 12 oz.
2 Months: 8 lbs. 14.5 oz. (weighed at home)
3 Months: 10 lbs. 11 oz.
4 Months: 12 lbs. 6.5 oz.
5 Months: 13 lbs. 6 oz. (weighed at home)
6 months: 14 lbs. 4.5 oz.

Birth: 18 inches
1 Month: 20.5 inches
2 Months: 21.3 inches (measured at home)
3 Months: 23 inches (measured at home)
4 Months: 23.5 inches
5 Months: 24.5 inches (measured at home)
6 months: 25 inches

Monday, August 15, 2011


As Matt was reading the blog a few days ago, he commented on how he's not on the blog all that often, so I'm going to tell you all a little about my amazing husband.  

Matt was born on January 25th, 1985, and I am so glad.  He's the oldest of three boys.  I met him when we were both 13 at one of my dads conferences, but we never actually talked.  I lived in the Bay Area and he lived in the Central Valley, so I would see him a few times a year at camps and conferences when I would go to help my mom cook.  There was a lot of boys at these things, but I always thought he was the cutest one, I also thought he was too good for me.  I loved when his group was on dish duty, and I would try to bring all the dishes to the dish room hoping that I would get to give them to him and maybe make eye contact with those big blues. 

Time passed, and I got a Myspace {does anyone have those anymore}, I was looking at my friends page and saw on his "top friends" list a picture of a boy I recognized, I don't think I ever actually knew his name, but he had his profile set to his "gamer tag," so I really didn't recognize his name, but added him anyways.  We started messaging each other, trying to get to know each other a little bit more, and these messages became the most exciting part of my day.  I was a nanny in Southern California at the time, and I would get to their house around 7:30, she would go down for a nap around 9, and I would go downstairs and read the message he sent me, then reply.  When he would get home at night, he would read my message and reply.  Our messages would be chapters long.  He would answer the questions I asked, and then ask me questions, and I would reply with answers and ask him more questions.  We ended up getting to know each other very well, and I developed a HUGE crush on him!  

I was going home to visit my family for Easter, and we were going to go on a hiking trip, so my mom told me to invite him (I didn't think he'd want to go), so I did, and he said that he wanted to (our first date was with my entire family).  He met all my siblings, and for some reason wasn't scared away by my crazy family.  He drove me to the airport that night (I was so nervous in the car), and I went back to So Cal.  The next day while on the phone with him, he asked me if I wanted to "change my status" (on Myspace you could set your status to single, in a relationship, married....), which was his way of asking me to be his girlfriend.  I of course said yes, and entered into my very first relationship on April 18, 2006. 

We dated long distance for the next 10 months; me going up to visit him in Modesto, or him coming down to visit me in Newport Beach.  I moved to Washington to work at a camp for the summer, so I didn't see him for 3 months, then I moved to Humboldt County with my sister and brother in law.  On a trip to visit him in So Cal (he had moved to go to school), we went to Malibu to hang out on the beach in the morning, and after hanging out for a little while, he wrote in the sand "WYMM" (will you marry me) and asked me to marry him.  After a little while of me being too excited to remember to say yes, I said yes on February 17th, 2007.

We were engaged for 10 months and got married on December 29th, 2007 in the church that I grew up in.  

Okay, this post was supposed to be about him, but it became about us, OOPS, and it's already too long.  Let me just end it by saying that I married the man of my dreams.  I truly lucked out in marrying my very first boyfriend, the first boy I loved, the first boy I kissed.  Matthew is amazing, he's hardworking, kind, loving, gentle, and so funny.  That man makes me laugh more than anybody, and can always make me smile.  He is truly an incredible father to our daughter, and I absolutely fall more and more in love with him every day, especially when I watch the two of them together.  He loves to play with her and make her laugh.  What a blessed mama and wife I am, and I couldn't be happier!

And since every post NEEDS a photo, here's an amazing one!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sundae Scoop: Peanut Butter Pie

A few of the blogs that I read, Picky Palate and In Katrina's Kitchen were talking about peanut butter pie on Friday because of blogger Jennifer Perillo.  Jennie's husband just recently passed away from a heart attack, and his favorite thing was Peanut Butter Pie, so she was asking everyone to make a peanut butter pie and enjoy it with the ones you love.  Unfortunately since Matt left on Wednesday, he wasn't here to have any, so I got to enjoy it with my sister, brother in law and daughter, and the leftovers tonight are being enjoyed with my parents as well.  I made a Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie with a shortbread crust, and it was delicious.

Here's the recipe:

1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350, and spray a 9" pie pan, or tart pan.  Beat together the butter and sugars until fluffy, scrape down sides of bowl and add the flour, beat on medium until combined.  Turn out into the pan and press into the pan and up the sides a bit.  Prick with a fork every few inches and bake for 12 minutes, or until the sides are a light golden brown.  Put the chocolate chips on the hot crust, and drizzle with some of your peanut butter sauce.  Spread across the crust until combined, allow to cool completely before spreading with the ice cream.

Peanut Butter Sauce:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all of the ingredients together in a saucepan over low heat until smooth and combined.  Can be stored for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Ice Cream:
1 quart Vanilla Ice Cream, slightly softened
1/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter

Put the ice cream in the bowl of the mixer, and with the paddle attachment, allow it to mix for 10 seconds.  Add the peanut butter by tablespoons until combined, but you don't want the ice cream to melt.  

To assemble:
Spread ice cream across the baked and cooled shortbread crust, and mound it slightly in the middle.  Place in the freezer for a few minutes.  If you want, you can melt together 3 Tbsp chocolate chips with 1 Tbsp butter in the microwave.  Drizzle the chocolate on top of the ice cream, then drizzle with the peanut butter sauce, and chopped peanuts if you like.  Freeze until ready to eat, and slice with a hot knife.

Enjoy this pie with those that you love!!

I'm linking up with I Heart Nap Time

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Our Mid-West Trip {thus far}

We started off our trip by going to my parents house on Wednesday evening, the third and sleeping over.  We woke up early on Thursday, got Brooklynne dressed and drove over to the Martinez train station. 

My parents had booked 2 roomettes, so we could sleep on a bed instead of a chair.  We got everything situated and walked up to the observation car, which is where we spent a good majority of our time.  It had windows on both sides and sky lights above, to make sure you could really take in the scenery.  

The train was so great, we were in the very last car, and there were two more sleeping cars in front of us, with the dining car in front of that and then the observation car, and then two coach cars.  With the sleeping car tickets, it included all our meals, so we got to eat 7 meals in the dining car, ordering whatever we wanted (oops, no weight watchers on this train).
We rode through California, into Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa and our last stop was Illinois.  We rode through the Sierra Nevadas and saw Donner lake in California.  In Nevada was the Trukee River, and a lot of flat land, which is where it got dark the first night, so we didn't miss much.  In Colorado we saw the Rocky Mountain range (breath-taking), and 3 different canyons, and stopped for a few minutes in Winter Park.  We rode through the Moffat tunnel, which is 6.5 miles long, but saves over 150 miles if going around the mountain.  We fell asleep in Colorado and woke up in Nebraska to fog.  Although once the fog lifted, it was beautiful, there wasn't very many exciting things about it.  The Missouri river was extremely flooded, and we saw many houses where the water was 1/3 of the way up the sides, but luckily it wasn't on the track.    From Nebraska we got into Iowa, which was mostly farm land, and from Iowa we rode to Illinois which was also a lot of farm land, but some gorgeous towns with old churches and brick buildings.

We got to Illinois on Saturday night and drove up to Wisconsin (where my mom's from).  We went to church with my aunt and uncle on Sunday morning, and a lot of the family came to the farm for lunch after church.  It was such a delight to see all of my aunts and uncles on my moms side, and a few of my cousins. 
from left to right: Uncle Andy, Uncle Dan, my mom's cousin, Aunt Laura, my mom's cousin's husband, Aunt Mary, mom

Two of my uncles serenaded us with some beautiful music while we took in the beautiful evening.

Brooklynne got to meet some of her second cousins, this is Brook, and she's the closest cousin in age to Brooklynne.

Brooklynne loved playing with Uncle John!

We only got to see four of our cousins, but we had such a wonderful time while in Wisconsin. 

Uncle John and Aunt Juli fed Brooklynne her dinner, and she loved it, but she kept looking over at Matt. It was almost like she was making sure it was okay.

oh hi, my sweet pumpkin pie!