Monday, July 28, 2014

My Special Princess Day!

Welp, since today is my special princess day, known to the masses as my birthday, I thought I would do a little post allll about ME! How lucky for you. Some of this you may know. Some, I hope, is new news. Regardless, I hope you enjoy.


1/ I have a soft spot in my heart for my baby brother, even if he is too cool to text me back.



2/ I rode horseback in the Oregon Trail Sesquincentennial Celebration in 1993.

3/ I should'a been a cowboy: 


An older version of 'Rony', my Aunt Tonya's horse. 1990

My first pony, circa '92, 'Lightfoot'.

'San Fran'

Riding with Nana 1992

I got 'Fancy' for my 9th birthday, I remember how badly I wanted a brown and white paint, I was so in love with this ornery lady. 

Riding with my most favorite exchange student in 2003. I was probably secretly hoping she would get thrown off. 

           4/ Driven my dream car: 2008
My 'barbie car', the first car I ever purchased. The fastest I ever got it up to was 112mph, I chickened out, but I know she would have gone faster. I washed this damn car every week. Oh to be young and have that much free time again.

           5/ Lived in my dream house: 2013
Since I can remember I have dreamed of living in my Grandparents farm house. Moving in to the house was absolutely my dreams come true. Realizing that it wasn't going to work with Cody's commute and having two young children with the threat of getting snowed in was heart breaking, I'm happy to have had the experience.  

           6/ Married my dream man: 2011
I'm sure you all know about his hunk. More about our wedding here.

           7/ Pushed forth from my loins my dream children: 2012 & 2014

8/ I was so lucky and spoiled to get to travel a lot with my Nana and Papa when I was young. They would pack me up in their motor home we would cruise the coast.

 9/ A fashionista, I am not.

 10/ I am a proud graduate of Washington State University.

 11/ I love fire.


 12/ My then boyfriend/now husband taught me how to shoot a gun. Ironically, on my birthday four years ago.


 13/ Barn board hunting is my favrito.

 14/ I hated red wine until I started working at wineries.

15/ I love to travel, but haven't had a chance to do it in years.
Florida 2010

Memphis 2010

Memphis 2010

 16/ I'm REALLY bad at having pets.
Lola Bear 2011


p.s. there were supposed to be 28 facts, being that I'm 28 years old today. But, there are definitely not that many facts worth sharing.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Whatcha up to Austins?

Perfect Summa time picture: 

Sisterly love/Wrestling match:

Afternoon visit with Nana & Papa:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Two Years

Okay, it's seriously time I get this posted- For the record, I've had this post written for some time now. I was just waiting to get some good pictures...that day never came, so I'm biting the bullet and uploading some of my favorites from my phone. Classy.  

So on to Reagan's Two year old update:: 

Two Years

Height: 32.7 inches (14%)
Reagan really hasn't gotten taller in the last 6 months...almost an inch, but her wingspan must be expanding. She can reach up on the kitchen counter, which I found out as she was carrying a knife around. Yeahhhh.

Weight: 25lbs (43%)
I love that she still has little thigh rolls. The rest of her is pretty lean, if she every goes through a growth spurt she will be skiiinnny.

Clothes: 18-24 month. Her 2T pants/shorts are a little loose around her waist. 

Food: Reagan eats such a good variety of food, when she is feeling like it. It's a struggle to get her to decide she wants to eat at all. She just wants to play, taking time to eat is lame. I usually end up sacrificing my pristine clean floors and let her run around with her food instead of sit in a chair. Probably a bad habit, but when that's the only way she will eat I will take it. Also, my floors being clean is a joke. a big fat joke. 

Reagan has expensive tastes when it comes to the finer things in life. She loves almost all the food we eat, including stinky soft cheese. I think she has only turned down one Stilton that we had, but it was especially stinky. 

Reagan loves milk, which is so funny because she refused it for so long! She drinks lots of water throughout the day, and always seems to steal my cup when I'm drinking crystal light. We don't usually have juice in the house, but when we do (usually leftover OJ from mimosas) she thinks it's the greatest. 

We haven't given her jam/jelly since she had those two weird reactions to it last year, and she doesn't like peanut butter- unless it's in cookie form. Is childhood possible without PB&J's??

Reagan is taking after Mom and Dad in liking spicy food, I'll be eating something that I've spiced up and she asks for bites, I warn her that it's spicy and she will take a minute to think about it and then decides to go for it. It's so cute how her little eyes water but comes back for more. 

Vocab: We've reached the short sentence phase. It's so crazy to hear the things she comes up with. 

She still signs "hungry" and makes her signature hungry sound, which drives. me. crazy (the sound, not the signing). It's funny when I mention to people that the sound she makes drives me up the wall, they always comment "oh it's such a cute sound" like I'm a crazy B. But then I politely explain that if they heard said sound 5-6 times a day for lets say a year and a half it would drive them crazy too. It's like nails on a chalkboard. But I know that it will be a family joke forever, knowing that I will get to drive her crazy with it when she is a teenager is what gets me through the days. That's right Reagan - I'm coming for you girl.

Favorite activities: Playing kitchen/cooking/eating is by far what Reagan spends most of the day doing, always concocting some gourmet meal of blocks, bows and little plastic animals. Which then is up to me to gobble up, I love her little imagination and am so glad she plays independently so well. 

Reagan loves to color and play chalk.

Reading books is also something she spends a lot of time doing. Now for every nap and bedtime she requests to bring a book or two in her crib. She quietly reads until she is ready to sleep and then I hear the THUD of her tossing them through her crib rails. 

Reagan loves to go to the gym and play with the kids and toys at their child watch center. She also likes to pack her ''gym bag'' and pretend to go to the gym.

In the morning we have the best routine of me going to get her and bringing her back to my bed, where Carter is usually laying and us three girls snuggle and play for a few minutes. Maybe that's my favorite activity, but I know Reagan enjoys it too!

Least Favorite Activities: Once again we are back to hating her hair getting washed. Such a struggle.

Reagan is in a scared of bugs phase, but she is getting better at squishing her own instead of making me do it. And when I say bugs, 9 times out of 10 they are ants or pill bugs. The least harmful of all the bugs.

Signature moves: Reagan loves to climb all over me when I am sitting and feeding Carter.

Closing all the doors in the house. No door is to remain open. 

Mom's proudest moment: One afternoon Reagan was playing quietly in her room, I had checked on her and she was looking through books and loving on her baby dolls. I took a mental picture and left her to play. The girl's room is baby proofed really well, so I have very little concern with letting her play by herself in there. A little while later she come out with a pair of pants on, both of her legs in one leg hole, and a skirt over top. She proudly exclaimed "Momma look! I cute!" It was so sweet. And the impressive part is, it that her dresser has baby locks on all the drawers, so she was able to stick her little hands in the crack and pull out whatever she could reach. Funny girl.

Dad's proudest moment: Cody reports that his proudest moment was Reagan playing in the sprinkler at her party. Reagan is definitely no water child, so seeing her frolic in the sprinkler was pretty fun for us all. It took her a while to warm up to it, even requesting that Shawn join in and death gripping his finger as they skirted the outside, but little by little she got brave and before we knew it she was looking like a drowned rat.

Other Milestones: Reagan had a five star two year checkup! All her teeth are in and is in good health all around. 

This officially concludes Reagan's monthly posts, thank for playing along!

I'll have to do some thinking on how I want to continue to capture her growth in the upcoming months. Stay Tuned.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Five Months

My Sweet Carter J,

What a fun month we've had! You are well on your way to being mobile, rolling over is a breeze and now you get your knees under you and wiggle and pull yourself forward and around in circles. You love to sit up, and stand in your exersaucer and jumper. Your legs are always kicking!

You have loved trying new food and already have a few favorites, among them are sweet potatoes, apples, chicken, yogurt, bananas. Not so favorites include peas and peaches. You also still love the oatmeal cereal I've been feeding you.

You still hold the record for the happiest baby ever. Anyone who crosses your path at stores or at the gym comments on how happy and good you are. Even the picture taking lady at the DMV commended me on having such well behaved children. Probably the biggest complement a mom could receive.

You are still a phenomenal sleeper, bed time is 7p and you sleep a solid nights sleep until 6:30-7:30a. Nap time around 10a, 1p and 4:30p. You still like to take a paci before you fall asleep, sometimes you fuss a bit but usually just fall right to sleep. I usually nap you in your own big crib, but you still sleep at night in our room. I could move you, but I simply don't want to. I love having you right there next to me. There have been a handful of times that your nap is unusually long, I'll go in to check on you and you're just laying in there playing with your feet and blowing spit bubbles. Such a happy girl.

You are so patient while I tend to Reagan or get things situated around the house. You have your own special high pitched squeal to remind me that you are waaaiiting. 

We have our first "road trip" coming up, driving across the state for a little visit. I'm curious to see how you do in the car for a long period of time. I remember making the drive when Reagan was a baby and it was Hell. So, kinda anxious to be doing it solo while Daddy is away at work. 

I love you so much my sweet little nugget. I can't imagine my life without your smiling face.



Carter's Stats:: 
Height: 27 inches 
Weight: 18lbs 6oz 

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