Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Peaches for you...Peaches for Me!

Apparently today is National Eat a Peach Day!

This is perfect timing because this past Saturday we headed back to one of our favorite places, Greenbluff, to pick peaches, blueberries and blackberries. My sister and her family joined us and we picked our weight in fruit! Lincoln was more excited about getting to see "baby Hudson" so it was a win win for everyone.

After picking for a couple hours, we headed over to Big Barn Brewing for a picnic lunch and a few beers for all the non-preggos. And we definitely have plenty o'peaches to eat on today's national holiday ;0) Below are pictures from our mini adventure!

Monday, August 21, 2017

And Baby...Makes Four!

We shared some exciting news on Instagram the other day! Baby Alexander #2 is set to arrive March 2018 and we could not be more excited!

Round 2 has proven to be a bit more difficult than Lincoln was, and I got hit with this weird gagging/morning sickness thing. I also just generally feel like I'm sick all the time and have definitely already whipped out the maternity gear as the bump and the weight seem to have appeared much quicker than last time. But all will be worth it when we're snuggling a sweet cuddly newborn next winter/spring.

Below are a few photos from our big surprise!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

We have been crossing items off our summer bucket list one at a time and Sunday night we completed another item on the list! We took Lincoln to his very first baseball game!

Sunday evening was kids night and Otto's birthday at the Spokane Indians, so excitedly purchased tickets and invited our baseball loving papa along to join in the fun. We made it a whole 8 innings, mostly due to the fact that they had several kids activities for the little ones to partake in. This meant that Kevin and I split time between actually watching the game and entertaining Lincoln, but I think fun was had by all.

Lincoln got to meet a ton of characters including Otto, Doris the dinosaur, Eastern's Eagle, the Chief's Boomer and more! He is in the most lovable phase right now where he wants to hug everyone he meets, so of course he went in for the kill with both Otto and Doris.

The game was a hit and I'm sure there will be plenty more in our future!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Huckleberry Adventures

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. On Saturday, we headed up to Schweitzer to pick the elusive huckleberry! Schweitzer was running a deal, where for $5 they'd take your whole party up to a part of the mountain that was covered in huckleberries. We jumped at the chance!

Huckleberries are wild berries, similar to blueberries but a bit tarter that grow in Idaho and Montana. They are hard to find and even more of a pain to pick, but they're so delicious and worth every minute! We picked for about an hour and a half and came home with a decent amount! And when I say "we" picked, I mean Kevin and I picked and Lincoln ate his weight in huckleberries! I've already made a huckleberry/blackberry crisp, huckleberry pancakes and huckleberry streusel muffins!

Below are a few photos from our mini huckleberry adventure.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

ROAR! A Dinosaur Birthday Bash

This past weekend we celebrated Lincoln and his friend, Zeke's big 3rd birthday. The boys are 6 days apart, so we thought we'd combine forces and have all our friends over at once. Both boys are really into dinosaurs right now, so figuring out a theme was fairly easy. And like everyone in the universe these days, we turned to Pinterest for lots of fun party planning ideas!

We bought matching t-shirts for the boys to dress them in that day and they could not have been more excited about the big party! Lincoln has been talking about it for the past 6 weeks...pretty much since the day we told him about it, so expectations were set very high.

Morgan and I consolidated the decorations we had and just decided to go with as many colors as possible (to match all the very colorful dinosaurs of course) and set up dino birthday hats, dino lanterns and a big ROAR sign to take photos in front of. In addition, we lined the tables with all of the boys dinosaur toys and set up a dino excavation site in the yard, along with a kiddy pool and slip and slide for all the little ones to play with. Everything turned out great!

We did, have one minor hiccup with the food, when I realized that we forgot to turn the slow cooker on until halfway through the day, so our pulled pork was nowhere near ready when guests started to show up at 4PM. Luckily we had hot dogs for the kiddos along with a bunch of sides and most importantly CAKE, and even though some of the adults likely went home hungry, fun was had by all!

All in all, I think both boys really enjoyed their big day and we're so grateful for everyone who showed up to celebrate these two crazy kiddos!

Monday, July 31, 2017

To My Not So Little Boy...On Turning 3

Today, my baby is turning 3. I cannot believe how fast we got here.


You are the sweetest, kindest, most cuddly little boy I know. You have the sweetest disposition and light up our lives in so many ways. I love watching you grow and learn and be curious each and every day.

At the ripe old age of three you are loving all things construction trucks (still!), dinosaurs and choo choo trains. You are 100% boy and absolutely love playing in the dirt, "camping," and "doing work" with daddy. You desperately need a bath every 6 hours or so, but we're lucky if you get one every other day. Each and every day we drive home, your favorite phrase as we pull into the driveway is "more work to do daddy, more work." But you also love to bake with your mama, and I sure do love baking "keekies (cookies)" with you too sweet boy.

You have the kindest heart and anytime you see someone cry, you race to their side to hug them and tell them "don't cry....ok? no cry." You're in this adorable phase where when you tell someone "thank you," you do so with the addition of a great big hug (the best!). You are just the cuddliest boy ever, and my absolute favorite is when you wake up and crawl into bed with us in the morning to "watch teebee (TV)" while you wake up, and mama and daddy get dressed. We do the same thing each evening as we wind down before bedtime and those morning and evening cuddles are the best! I hope they never end.

You are constant motion as papa would say. You're boundless energy, while exhausting, is also so infectious. You are constantly telling us to "come on!" and "Let's do it mama/daddy" and your excitement and curiosity are so fun to watch. Watching you learn each and every day is eye opening and now that you are talking up a storm it is so fun to have full blown conversations with you.

And while you are kind, sweet, cuddly and curious, you are also very much three and I would be lying if I didn't also say you can be stubborn ( I can't imagine where that comes from) and ornery from time to time. While temper tantrums and hearing "no" are also more frequent these days, your daddy and I are quickly learning that you respond much better if we talk calmly and quietly to you and try and understand your frustration as opposed to yelling and putting you in timeout. You don't like loud noises and harsh, loud voices frighten you and often bring you to tears. In these moments, when mama or daddy have yelled you frequently tell us "mama/daddy scare me." Another sign of your kind, quiet disposition. I can't promise to always stay calm and collected when we are in these tough moments, but I will do my best, and I will always alway say I'm sorry if I lose my temper with you too quickly.

I am so so proud of the boy you are becoming. It has gone by way too quickly and feels like just yesterday, I was holding you as a squishy newborn, but each and every day continues to be better than the next. I can't wait to see what three has in store for you!

Happiest of birthdays to you Lincoln. Your mama and daddy love you so very much.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Backyard Campout!

This past weekend, Lincoln asked if we could go camping...Kevin responded in the best way possible, by suggesting a backyard campout! We pulled out the tents and camp chairs and I made a run to the grocery store for the essentials...aka s'mores.

We also used our fire pit in the backyard for the first time ever! Kevin was able to clean it out (it was full of so much crap!) and lit a fire, roasted marshmallows and ended the night with the ooey gooey chocolate marshmallow goodness ever.

And as the sun went down, this mama went inside to sleep in the comfort of her own bed while the boys slept outside under the stars!