Friday, July 30, 2010


We have been having an up and down summer for sure... weather wise, that is. For the most part it has been fairly mild but then we will be hit with a few hot days. While I am not at all upset that it isn't HOT, being 7+ months pregnant, I do yearn for a little more consistency. Luckily we have taken FULL advantage of all the sun does have to offer when it is out. We have spent many hours at various beaches having a good ol' time and trying not to burn our pasty-ness. :) As I get more and more pregnant it gets harder and harder to do a lot with the girls by myself. My sciatic nerve acts up just standing at the stove cooking dinner... walking for long periods of time (especially if a stroller is involved) is not really an option anymore. So the beach is perfect. There is no playground equipment for me to have to rescue Brianna from and both girls aren't too sure of playing in the ocean (besides the fact that it is bone-numbingly cold) so they don't wander out into the water past their ankles much. Plus, they LOVE playing in the sand. We went to Wal-Mart and purchased some sand toys and it was the best money we ever spent. While I always feel like we bring home half the beach with us it is worth it to spend the time outside and watch the girls enjoy the beaches. It's even more fun when we are able to go with friends, which we try to do as often as possible.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Northwest Trek

For Christmas my mother-in-law bought us a membership to a local zoo. The girls LOVE the zoo and all animals. No matter how many times we go, they never get bored with it. Our membership also gets us into another place called Northwest Trek for a discounted price. It is like a zoo where there are exhibits and also like a game farm where you can ride around in the trams provided in the "open area" where a good portion of the animals roam free and you can watch them in their natural habitat. The neat thing is that all the animals are native to the Northwest. So we decided on a sunny Friday that Derek had off (thank you 4 - 10's) to take the girls there. They had such a blast. They loved looking at all the animals and the tram ride was a hit. It was so relaxing Brianna even fell asleep at some point in the hour we were on the tram. As a parent it is so fun getting to do these things and watch my children experience them for the first time. Makes it that much more enjoyable.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tiny Ballerinas

Brianna is a girly-girl! She loves anything girly and has wanted to do ballet with Audrey really badly. It's heart-breaking to take Audrey to ballet with Brianna watching and asking when her class is. Unfortunately, at the school Audrey goes to they are supposed to be three years old before they can start pre-ballet. They told me that for younger siblings they will lower it to 2.5 years if a teacher works with them and sees that they can handle the class. So for the summer session (seven weeks long) we decided to put Brianna in the mom and me class. Well, apparently no one else signed up for the class so they asked me if they could just stick Brianna in the same class as Audrey and I could just sit in and help as needed with Bri. Well, she did awesome. There were times that she needed some extra help and there were times that she physically couldn't do all the things the bigger girls could do (like hopping on one foot). She is officially a ballerina now (which she LOVES) and has been approved to take pre-ballet with Audrey in September. Here are some pics of my tiny ballerinas:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Seven Years

On July 19, 2003 Derek and I were married. It seems like so long ago because so much has happened and at the same time, not so much. We are best friends (yes, I know that sounds cheesy) and share everything with each other. We have fun hanging out and I am more in love with him now than I was 7 years ago. He is a fantastic father and it melts me each time I see him with our girls. Happy Anniversary, Derek! Here's to 70 more!! :)

Vintage Us:

Us Now:
We decided to go out for a nice dinner to celebrate and then next month we are going out of town, just the two of us, for the first time since our honeymoon!!! Woo HOO! Stay tuned for a post about that :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Annual Strawberry Picking

Starting last year we decided we would take a lovely drive up to Sequim, WA once a year to pick yummy strawberries from Graysmarsh Farm. The drive is spectacular and the girls LOVE picking berries. Watching the girls hunt through the leaves for the just the right strawberries is such a fun experience. They look for just the right berries.. some times they get it right and some times they come back with some VERY red berried hands.

But they have so much fun doing it.
They helped each other out this year with Audrey constantly reminding Brianna that you only pick the red ones because the green ones aren't ready yet.

And while adults could easily sit on the ground and spend 10 minutes or more on one patch to get all the berries possible, my girls move on as soon as they get one or two berries. Because if you cover more ground you'll get the best berries, right?

Then there is the lavender....Graysmarsh Farm harvests a lot more than just berries, they have a huge lavender field as well. I have never gone to pick the lavender because, honestly, I don't know what I would do with it. But it is one of my favorite smells in the whole world. I also love the way it looks. The dark green just subtly tipped with dark purple. So simple and elegant.

My big girl in the lavender field... we always take a walk around the field before leaving the farm.

Brianna in the lavender field.

We never stay for much time and the drive is kind of long for the amount of time we spend there but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Watching them enjoying the outdoors and the luscious berries is more than worth the time it takes to get there. Plus, they take such pride in the strawberry shortcake we have later because they picked the berries. Yum! :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I know I should....

...update my blog with all of the wonderful summerness that is going on and all of the fabulous things we are doing in July. Like: fourth of July weekend, strawberry picking, trips to the beach, beating the heat, ballet classes and more.... but, I am SO tired. VBS is this week and I am running the kitchen. PLUS, we have something going every night this week. PLUS, I am 30.5 weeks pregnant and my sciatica is killing me. So I will leave you with just a small update about how the pregnancy is going. I am less than 10 weeks away from my due date. I have gained 3 whole pounds total this pregnancy (YAY) and am feeling really good with the exception of the sciatica. I am trying to enjoy the summer and not sweat to death. I am measuring about 5 weeks ahead but that's pretty normal for me because I am so short and my babies have nowhere to go but out. That doesn't mean Clara will make her debut any sooner but it would be nice if she was a week or two early. :) We'll see. Clara is very active and we are all enjoying watching my belly bounce and twitch as she does her little ballet in there.
I will leave you with a picture of me in all my pregnancy glory.

Taken by Derek on 7/10/10 ~ 30 Weeks

Monday, July 5, 2010

Independence Day Weekend 2010

I love holidays. I look forward to each and every one of them and even more so as I get to experience them with my children. Some how it seems less silly to get excited over fireworks at the age of 27 if you have a four year old and a two year old that you are sharing it with. We celebrated in our typical fashion... go, go, go and see family and friends... and stay up too late multiple nights in a row... and eat lots of food. :)
We got our traditional flag shirts from Old Navy and I even found one to fit me and Clara. We bought the girls adorable matching red, white and blue dresses for church since July 4th was a Sunday this year.

The red, white and blue means more to me this year then it has in years past because to me it represents my three girls: Audrey-January-Garnet, Brianna-April-Diamond, Clara-September-Sapphire. My all American girls.

I can't wait until next year to see all three of them ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the fireworks in the sky.