April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."

We had a truly joyous Easter! Rian's parents came in town and we enjoyed some beautiful spring weather. This Easter I am particularly thankful for our baby girl (of course!) and a church home that we love.

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April 8, 2014

Play Pals

Oh how sweet it is to finally be at the age where we can play with friends. And look who is SITTING ALL ON HER OWN! My baby is growing up so fast.

 {Please ignore my really white leg in the background.}

 {Hannah is still a little wobbly. ha!}

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April 3, 2014

Hannah Joy: 6 Months

We made it! We did it! We are finally there! That magical 6 month mark! I've been told over and over again that it gets so much better once you hit this major milestone. Babies are stronger, less fragile and more interactive. And for us, this has absolutely been the truth. It's been a lot of work to get here, but every bit has been so very worth it.  What a ride it's been to get to our half birthday :)

At 6 months, Hannah...

- LOVES HER TUMMY! Folks, we definitely have a tummy sleeper. I can barely make it out of her room before she's rolled over onto her tummy in her crib. I still put her to sleep on her back, but then I turn around and poof she's on her tummy.

- Rolls everywhere. Whether she's on her owl blanket, play mat or crib, she is rolling all over the place. Rian and I were watching some the NCAA basketball tournament in the family room and Hannah was on her mat playing. Before we knew it she had rolled almost across the room. Lesson learned: we need to start paying more attention. We have a mobile baby!

- Has started to "blow raspberries." I use quotes because she's horribly and hilariously bad at it. It typically results in her just spitting in my face over and over. But she's super proud of herself when she does it so we always clap and cheer when it's all over :) And the wipe our faces...haha


- Loves to look at herself in the mirror. Before bath time Rian will get her down to just a diaper and let her "stand" on the bathroom counter and just giggle and smile at herself.

- Travels in the Ergo everywhere. I much prefer the Ergo to the stroller and wear her every possible place I can. We didn't even bring the stroller to Texas.

- Speaking of Texas...Hannah had her first visit to my home state! As I posted earlier, we had a wonderful visit with friends and family for 10 days. The weather was beautiful and our travel plans went without a hitch- thank you Lord!

- Flew for the first time! Yes, we were those parents that arrived 2 hours early to each flight. But hey, we were super prepared and it paid off. We had travel sanitizing wipes to clean off our seating area so Hannah could flail about freely. But really, she ended up sleeping for most of the 4 hours flight each way (in the Ergo of course!). When she was awake she was either playing or nursing. No exaggeration, she did so well.

- Slept in her first hotel! We had a pack n' play shipped to our hotel and took it to all of our destinations around Texas. She did great! I was the most nervous about this since I had no idea how she'd sleep in a new environment and a new crib. I don't know how to say this without sounding braggy...but truly she just traveled like a rock star. I think 50% of it was planning ahead and 50% is having an easy going baby :)

- Enjoys new foods. Peas, carrots, apples, bananas...bring it on!

- Breastfeeds like a champ.

- Actually cares about toys now. There's now a genuine interest in her toys. Particular favorites are the seahorse and monkey from Grammy Kim, rings and Sophie the Giraffe.

- Loves her puppies. She's truly aware of their presence and constantly tries to roll to them. Any time they are in the room, her eyes will follow their every move.

Some favorite pictures from this month:
(most pictures were already posted in my Texas update)

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March 27, 2014

Cherry Blossoms

We get it every year. That one glorious weekend in Portland when it seems as though spring has officially arrived. Every Portlander knows that it's only temporary. But however fleeting it may be, it's still an unspoken obligation to get out and enjoy it while you can.

As for me and my family, we spent most of it inside with colds watching the beautiful sun shining through slits in the blinds. My heart ached to step outside and be healed by the fresh, warm air. But my body slumped on the couch surrounded by a sea of tissues.

Then, just when all hope was breezing past us, I got my energy back. Just in time for a Sunday afternoon stroll downtown to soak in the breathtaking cherry blossoms that were perfectly in bloom.


May we never take for granted the beautiful seasons we've been gifted with. And the ability to share them for the first time with our baby girl.
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March 25, 2014

The Great State of Texas

Our little family had the privilege (woo woo!) of spending 10 days in the great state of Texas at the beginning of March. We were planning to visit this year no matter what, but when we were invited to Becca's wedding in Houston on March 8th it made sense to make the most of our trip and see/do as much as possible.

We started our trip by flying into Houston for the wedding. It was wonderful to be able to see my best friends all in one place again. Becca's entire wedding weekend was incredible. Every little detail reflected a sincere love of all things Texas, each other and the Lord. What a blessing it is to find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. And what a blessing for my family that we got to share in all the joy :)

 {Getting some much-needed cuddles after a long day of travel from Auntie Kate}

 {March 7th was Becca's rehearsal- which also happened to be my birthday. Lucky me that I got to spend it with 3 of my greatest friends at the best Tex-Mex restaurant!}

 {Hangin' out with Auntie Bryn in the hotel. This was right after Bryn came to my room with my bridesmaid dress steam cleaned. Yes, Bryn steamed my super wrinkly dress for me because I had to go to my room and nurse Hannah before we left. My friends= awesome.}

 {Friends for 10+ years}

 {Hannah got to hang a lot with the bridal party since I needed to nurse her often. I didn't bring my pump to Texas (too much hassle) so she was glued to me most of the trip. Thankfully everyone was SO accommodating! Also note the fantastic Texas-sized bow for the special occasion.}

 {With the beautiful bride!}

 {With Alan- another wonderful friend of 10+ years :) }

 {Love them!}

 {Steve, Jayme and Bryn loving on Hannah.}

{My little family at the wedding. We had so much fun!}

On Sunday we left Houston for a day in Waco. I wanted to introduce Hannah to Baylor and of course see Blake. The weather was fantastic and we were able to not only tour Baylor and hang out with Blake, but we were also fortunate enough to see my friend and sorority sister Paige and her sweet family. Paige and I have kept up through Facebook and Instagram since our years at Baylor. Paige has a little girl about a year older than Hannah and she's been an incredible support system to me throughout motherhood, despite our distance.

And Blake? Well it seems as though he's not my best friend anymore. I've been replaced by a 5 month old! ;)

The whole day flew by so quickly. Next time we'll need a much longer visit.

On Monday morning we took off for the last leg of our trip: Dallas! We had the BEST visit with my mom! We had plenty of time to see and do but also relax and play. Getting around Dallas was like riding a bike. No matter how long I'm away, it all comes right back.

We got to see SO many friends during our visit with my mom.

 {Getting to see Katie was the best luck of all. She just happened to be in Dallas on the same weekend for a wedding. She lives in D.C.! We literally caught her hours before she was flying back.}

 {Visiting with Lisa and Baby Tyler. This was a particularly special visit since Lisa and I are going through the same phase of life. Just stinks that we live so far apart. But we made the most of the time we had together and I'm thankful that- no matter how brief it was.}

 {Cynthia surprised us and came over for dinner with her new husband! So fun.}

{Mallory and Jessica are totally rock star friends. They worked around our schedule and met us during their lunch breaks. I know how hard it is to sneak out for lunch- especially during such busy times in their businesses- which makes it all the more special that we made it happen! Love these friends. Side note- Jessica is my oldest friend. We've known each other for how many years now? 18? Yikes, we're getting old ;) Thanks for sticking by me for so long!}

While we had a blast seeing all of our wonderful friends, it was truly the best to be able to spend time with my mom. She made sure every little detail of our stay was perfect- from cooking my favorite foods to spoiling Hannah with all kinds of toys, we couldn't have had a better time. It was great to spend time with John and my grandparents, too. Just an all around perfect visit. Looking back now, I don't think it could have gone any better.

Goodbyes are always the hardest part. I know it was my decision six years ago to pack up and move my life to the pacific northwest, but it doesn't make it any easier when it's time to leave. But I'm grateful for Rian's vacation time and our ability to fly across the country :) After about three cry fests, Rian promised to return every other year. BOOM. Texas, I'll be seein' you soon :)
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