Monday, May 10, 2010

Spring is back with a vengeance!

I love the Pacific Northwest. I love it most in late Spring/early Summer. Not too hot, not too cold, a slight breeze, sunlight until after 9pm...ahhh, I love it all. When Spring hits it takes me a couple of good "Spring" days for the Northwest to win my heart back. And this weekend was exactly what I needed to resume my love affair.

Friday was Malone's special day. A day we celebrated her and all that she is and all (kinda) that she wants. We started off the day with a little trip to the Tacoma Children's Museum. It was pretty packed because it was Free Friday, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. She played her little heart out. Her favorite was the art room as usual. She drew on an easel, was very sad that there was no paint, learned how to use scissors, drew on the windows, colored and much, much more. Judah was fast asleep in my Sakura Bloom sling/carrier the entire 2 hours!

Then we met Becca and Brittany for lunch at the cutest cafe, where they had the doors and windows wide open. Fresh air, people! Malone got a special treat of apple juice with her lunch. Sadly, she spilled it, but I think I cared more than she did. She also got a new little toy, a kaleidoscope. Oh how she loves it. She even tries to get Judah to look at the beautiful colors. He doesn't seem as thrilled.

Saturday morning, we went to the Farmer's Market, one of my most favorite things of Spring and Summer. The fresh veggies, flowers, homemade pasta, bread and cheese. I even like all the crafts, ok "like" might not be the appropriate term, but I can appreciate them. Sara joined us for this wonderful morning outing. Then we came home, because the weather was so INCREDIBLE and had our first picnic outside. It was pure bliss. If I could have taken a nap out there I would have. Unfortunately, my children did not have the same plan as me.Here's Malone and Sara. Malone looks thrilled.

Malone and Judah getting ready for the festivities. Yes, Judah is wearing Malone's hat. Yes, its for a girl. And yes, it is way to big for him. I will be buying him a boy's hat soon, so that his dad doesn't have to worry about him wearing girl's clothes.

Me and Judah. Malone actually took this pictures. Judah's giving you all a hat tip.

The picnic feast: veggies, sheep's milk cheese, sour cream dip, watermelon, artichoke basil bread.

Malone taking a rest in between playing.

My sweet, sweet, summer boy!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Summer Dreams realized

FINALLY....we got our patio finished. Yes, we now have a patio to fulfill all of our summer entertaining dreams.

We had a little patio christening a couple of weeks ago which included a fire pit, perfect spring evening, wine, s'mores and friends. Ahhh! So good, that we had another the next weekend. Only the beginning, friends. Only the beginning. This is when the night was still young. And before we busted out everything for s'mores. That's when things got crazy....oh the crazy life we lead in the suburbs :)Now, we only need patio furniture so we don't have to make our parties "Bring Your Own Chair."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

10 things you should know about 3 month-old Judah

10. He's ridiculously cute

9. He is pretty smiley

8. He laughs now, usually with his tongue hanging out.

7. He smells like a man because he uses Head & Shoulders shampoo and Old Spice aftershave...just kidding about the aftershave...maybe..

6. He secretly loves his sister's tickles, kisses and hugs. But to keep up appearances of being a little brother, he kicks her.

5. I think he's the strong quiet type.
4. He told me that he is never going to throw a temper tantrum- true story!

3. He also told me that chocolate chip cookies and braised beef tacos (weird combo, but who am I to argue with a talking 3 month old?) smell really good. He's kinda worried that he's being skimped out on when everyone eats yummy things and he has to drink weird milk. But for now, he's enjoying his hands.
2. He's a bit of a puker. I think I've gotten used to it. The other night, my dear friend, Leigh Anna (Whoop! Shout out to you, friend!) was graciously watching our kids while we went on a fabulous date. She texted me half-way through the night and asked where she could find some more baby clothes. Uh-oh, I thought, one of 2 things happened, both which are fairly common in our house, big spit-up or big diaper blow out. Well, when we got home, I found Judah and Leigh Anna like this:

Leigh explained that she was expecting the spit up, but wasn't expecting round 2 and the consequential rounds after that. So after she changed him numerous times she thought it was just better to leave him in his pudgy, natural state. Sooooo cute. I'm so grateful for a wonderful friend who we can leave our spitter- up with and she still loves us and him.

1. He's just plain delightful.