Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lately in iPhone Pictures

♥ one of my best friends just had a baby girl. she's the cutest!
♥ i got some awesome new liberty print shoes from nike.
♥ we've been barbecuing on our tiny tabletop grill. mm-mm.

♥ evie had to get shots at her 18-month checkup this morning, and she was extra grouchy for the rest of the day.
♥ the big tree outside our house is now infested with bees (not pictured, because i'm too scared to get close enough to take a picture). we can hear the buzzing from the front porch. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Normal Day

normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.
let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. 
let me hold you while i may, for it may not always be so. 
one day i shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.

- mary jean irion

when afternoons drag on and i wish i were relaxing on a beach somewhere, anywhere, instead of sitting at a desk or trying to trick my toddler into eating spinach, i think of this quote by mary jean irion. i try to remember that my normal days shouldn't be taken for granted. sometimes they're long, and frustrating, and rainy, but my family is healthy and together. and that's what makes life great right now. we're so lucky to be enjoying life's simplest pleasures: gathering for dinner, blowing bubbles, feeding ducks, reading bedtime stories, and celebrating every birthday and holiday with too much food and too many presents. someday, i may miss today's normal.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

a special dad

my dad
my dad taught me more than just how to throw a baseball. he showed me how to love others. how to love life. he told me it was okay to stay out late when i had a college paper due the next day (i'll only live once). he taught me, by example, to take responsibility for my actions. he taught me to stand up for myself. to do what's right. to always think of myself and the people i love. to work really, really hard, but not so hard that i lose perspective of what matters most in life: relationships. to love unconditionally.

when evie was born, he said, "isn’t it strange? you didn't even know her yesterday, and today you'd walk through fire for her." i never realized how much he loved me until i had a daughter of my own.

on sunday, we celebrated him (and my grandpa, and jeff too, of course). my dad loves candy, so i made a special candy jar for him and filled it with his favorites: snickers bites, pretzel m & m's and peanut butter cups. hopefully, with the unambiguous label i made ("don't touch my stache!"), my mom and sister will stay away from it and he won't have to hide little candy stashes throughout the house anymore.

after presents and appetizers and making it down quite a few stairs with her daddy's help, evelyn decided to plop down on one of the steps, rest her arms on the step behind her, and take a little break. because life's tough when you're a one-year-old. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Vacation Video

hey there! just wanted to share this fun home video i put together from our beach trip, with music and lyrics by my talented hubby. happy friday!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

On Love

when jeff and i started dating, he took me on a snowboarding trip. i had been snowboarding only once and didn't have health insurance, so i crossed my fingers i wouldn't seriously hurt myself on the slopes. 

right away, i fell and broke my wrist. 

for weeks after the accident, jeff helped me with little things like cutting my meat and typing blog posts as i spoke the words to him. he even shaved my left armpit when i whined about how awkward it was to reach it with my giant cast. my armpit. he'd been my boyfriend for two weeks, and he shaved my armpit. and he did it without cringing or wrinkling his nose or acting even the slightest bit annoyed.

if that's not love, i don't know what is. 

i'm so happy he's my husband.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Fun at the Farmer's Market

fresh and local
on saturday—beautiful, beautiful saturday!—we had fun strolling through our city's farmer's market. we bought flowers, ate gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches—i'm talking walnut butter, apricot jam, goat cheese and bacon—pushed evie on the swings, and, embarrassingly, sweated profusely in the near 80-degree temps. (does anyone do anything profusely besides sweat?) we oregonians aren't used to heat!

i'm kind of obsessed with these new sandals i just bought for evie. (she's much better dressed than i am these days.) i like them almost as much as i liked that outrageously delicious pb and j. 

Friday, June 7, 2013


the happiest place on earth!
at first i thought we were crazy, taking a one-year-old to disneyland. she wouldn't remember it. she wouldn't fully appreciate it. who knew if she'd even enjoy it? but i really wanted the memories for jeff and me, as parents. taking our firstborn to disneyland! it would be a hoot. 

jeff and i did our research the night before the big day: what to bring, which rides to go on, which stroller to rent, where and how to let a kiddo nap at the craziest (er, happiest) place on earth. and it paid off. the day went off without a hitch. 

hungry? have a piece of fruit. (i packed plenty.) looking pink? let me get that SPF 50 out of my backpack. peed through your diaper? let's change into the extra outfit i brought. 

jeff and i high-fived more that day than we have in four years combined. 

dumbo was a hit, as was peter pan. but i'm still trying to understand why a 17-month-old baby was allowed on this wild rocket ride (below)—and why we thought it was a good idea to take her on it. the thing was going fast. really, really fast. i'm not even sure evie could hold her head up as we cut through the air. i kept a tight grasp on her as we flew up and down, around and around. when we finally slowed to a stopped, a meak weeeee escaped evie's little lips. i laughed. what a sport!

this train was a little tamer, more our style. unfortunately, i can't tell you where it took us or what we saw on the ride because i was so focused on evie, locked on her expressions, ooo-ing and ahh-ing and weee!-ing at seemingly appropriate times to make sure she knew it was supposed to be fun, not scary. (that's pretty much how the day went for me.) i think she truly enjoyed it: the train and the whole day.

and, of course, there was the not-so-glamorous side of disneyland: stopping for snacks, naps and diaper changes. we captured it all! thank goodness for the baby care center's clean, padded changing tables and quiet areas. it was our little haven.