Nov 20, 2011

One of THOSE days.

I know we all have 'THOSE' days sometimes.  Well it's only fair that babies have 'those' kind of days too buuut AAACK!!! It wears me out! So what do you do when everything in your world is upside down?

Why of course!?!?! Take a BATH!!!

And then top that off with a nice, warm bottle and take a nice long NAP!


Nov 15, 2011

Health and Happiness.

So I'm slow on the pictures for the last post but I couldn't let that stop me today, I just have to write a post.  I can't even begin to express my thankfulness for so many people and things in my life but today I'm focused on health.  I am just so grateful for a healthy family.

My Sister started her practicum at Seattle Children's and sees things daily, plus I follow several families (blogs, letters, books, etc), we have some friends, and have seen some other people recently all dealing with children of disabilities- it's amazing what they do, how they deal, and how they love-and it's an unconditional love. It just makes me count my lucky stars and be grateful for my beautiful, happy, HEALTHY daughter!  I know how they love their children and I know that regardless of what happens that we will always love our children but I'm so thankful for our healthy family.

Loving every new discovery of eight months! Hannah signs "more" on occasion, she claps, she fake coughs to get attention or to copy someone who just really coughed, sometimes she tries to copy sounds that we make- like "up", "papa", "ya", she laughs (the best, most satisfying, can't-wipe-the-smile-off-your-face kind of laugh), she started scrunching her nose up when she gives us her big cheesy smile, she sleeps in the funniest most uncomfortable looking positions, loves to be up on her all fours and can easily go from sitting to all fours and back to sitting with out any "bonks", she is scooting backwards and rocking on her all fours but can only crawl about to steps forward and then falls on her head (because she forgot to move her hands), definitely in a snuggly stage where she loves to just bury her head into you and snuggle, she gently pats her little hand on your back while being held, loves to explore her surroundings by touching everything, talking, looking all around, and pointing at everything, her two bottom teeth are very "through" and sharp and adorable! :)  We are having so much fun!

Continue to spend our Saturday's at Husky football games.  We had our last home game at Husky stadium, as we now know it.  Next time we set foot in Husky Stadium will be fall of 2013 with a completely revamped, new look.  We unfortunately got beat by the Ducks (everyone's least favorite team around here), and the loss did not help us to gain any warm, fuzzy feelings for the ducks...oh well! Maybe next year! :)


Uncle Steve and Uncle Tom were here for a few days, so it was fun to get to see them.  Uncle Tom took Grandpa and Grandma Foster back to Arizona with him, for the winter- we will miss them around here but they will have a very enjoyable, much warmer winter in AZ.  Uncle Steve got to experience his first and second games in Husky Stadium this trip- we had some real interesting games for him to see in person! :)  He also brought his sweet, new puppy named Chili with him.  She's a Shiba Inu and we are all smitten!  Hannah LOVES dogs, so watching her with Chili did not make me want to get a dog any less- I soooo want one!

Munchkin has had a little bit of a cold lately and so we've been trying to get over that but in the meantime all of the snuggling and loves are amazing (when there is stuff to get done around the house and all she wants is my undivided attention and to just sit and rock, I have to remind myself that she won't be this small for long, so better enjoy it).  We are definitely on the mend, now.
Hannah's first ferry boat ride- we went to Vashon!

Today, we are getting ready to watch four other kids at their house for the night.  Should be a fun adventure!  There are some special needs as far as diet, and medications, and then there are four different schools with four different schedules to keep track of- but I'm not worried...we are going to have fun!  ...BUT I had better go pack and get us ready...AND it's EGGNOG LATTE season so I think I better go get my caffeine fix (my daughter is also a young addict to Starbucks.  She knows exactly what mugs are Starbucks and those are the only ones that she wants- offer a sippy cup and she will politely push it away and grab your latte)!

So here's to health, and happiness! ...and Eggnog Lattes! :)

Nov 3, 2011

Life around here.

Quick update on life around here. (Will update this post later with photos)

We always seem to be busy.  So much going on but it's all so fun! Loving this one wild, crazy, and beautiful life!!

We've spent the Saturday's, this fall, at Husky Stadium- cheering on the Dawgs! Even Hannah is becoming quite the little football fan (I guess she doesn't stand much of a chance when her dad and mom are football addicts! :)

I was fortunate enough to be able to take a week off of work, so Grammy came over and helped me clean out the ENTIRE garage.  We got it all organized and turned it into a play room.  Eventually, we want to have the ceiling finished, finish the walls with insulation, and carpet everything- but for now we have a semi-finished, completely CLEAN rec room!  I love how good it feels to have a big project like that done- now just to keep it organized.

I love throwing parties!!! There is nothing more fun than getting a bunch of cool ideas (hello pinterest and HWTM) and making up some crazy ones of your own and throwing a big bash.  Halloween this year, was no exception! My friend Abbi and I went to town...what fun!  We had more food and sweets than one could ever expect to all get eaten.  There were cobwebs hanging from every corner, and glittery pumpkins lining the counter top, orange lights and a cute banner setting the stage for some delicious goodies! We were decked out at as a cowboy, cowgirl, and very sweet cow.  Many characters showed up- we had a princess, a lion (with his parents- the witch, and the wardrobe), a witch, a bee (with her parents as the Charlotte Hornets), a purple baby (with her parents as one being blue and one being pink because pink+blue=purple), another cowboy, cowgirl, and cow family, a pirate, and a Persian rug (no that is not a typo--a serious Persian rug)! SO much fun, and neat memories made! So glad that we have some amazing people in our lives that we are lucky enough to be able to call our friends!

With Thanksgiving a few weeks away (I can't believe it), I am trying to refocus on the things I am so grateful for.  I know I need to spend more time being thankful for ALL that I do have, and less time complaining about the things I wish I had.  With that, I want to focus each post this month on things I am grateful for.  So, tonight I am thankful for amazing friends.  You know who you are- I can't live with out you, you encourage me, you make me smile, you make me laugh, you help me up when I'm down, you call me for no apparent reason except to say hello and that you are thinking about me, you understand, you love me for who I am- I don't have to pretend to be something that I am not- for everything you all are...THANK YOU!

Life is grand.  What's new with you?

Oct 11, 2011


Haven't had a lot of time or inspiration to post lately but had to share this.

 Sally (the dog) making Hannah laugh

Longer post coming soon.

Sep 6, 2011

Catch up.

Feeling uninspired...again. 
We have had a few great days of sunshine.  So glad that summer finally decided to show itself here in the NW now that we are into September- oh well...better late than never :)
Feeling ever thankful for wonderful friends who encourage, uplift, and make one feel loved.
Not loving this whole getting dark at 7 o'clock thing but I guess that's what happens when summer comes to a close. :(  At least that means we will soon have sweet, juicy, crunchy apples to enjoy, fun days at the pumpkin patch, costumes, smell, and color of all things fall! :)
Happy Tuesday!

Aug 1, 2011

Sweet summertime.

We are leaving our weekend with happy memories, sun burns, and some really tired eyes.  We took full advantage of summer finally making it's way to Seattle.
We were glad to have Michael's folks here to stay with us.  We spent the majority of our Saturday at the pool.  We swam, napped, had a water balloon fight, and enjoyed ourselves.
Scavenger hunt craziness...What fun! ;)
More CM Scavenger hunt madness
While Mike and I were being goofy, Hannah was thoroughly enjoying nap time with Grandpa Gardner.

When she woke up she enjoyed soaking up the attention again, from her "many adoring fans" :)

After the pool, we headed Downtown to watch the Seafair Torchlight Parade.  It was a great ending to a perfect day!

We didn't know how Hannah would react but she thought it was great...until she was so tired she couldn't hold her eyes open anymore.

We spent Sunday just relaxing, and saying goodbye to Grandpa and Grandma Gardner.

What did you do over the weekend?
Hope your weekend was restful and you are ready for a Happy Monday!  Goodnight!