Monday, July 21, 2014

Grandma's 90th Birthday

Earlier this month my Grandma turned 90 so our family threw a big birthday celebration for her at our house. She invited many of her friends from church, the neighborhood and some family came into town from Wisconsin and California. Grandma had a great time and seemed to really enjoy the day! It was wonderful to see so many people gather to celebrate her

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Veggie Noodles

For my birthday I got a spiralizer, so I've been experimenting with different veggie noodles (mostly zucchini and sweet potatoes). I made zoodles with an avocado sauce that was pretty tasty and then we had a dinner with these sweet potato noodles, black beans, green chilis and we made tacos out of them (with guacamole of course). I'm really loving how easy, healthy and tasty these noodles are, but I'm finding it challenging knowing what sauces to put with them. Any ideas? :)

I'd like to precut the noodles, freeze them and also freeze a few different sauces in ice cube trays. Easy lunches, right?!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cousin Love

Emma is starting to love to play with her cousins! She hasn't quite learned not to grab faces though. ;)


A couple weeks ago we went to Coronado (San Diego) for summer vacation. It was Emma's first vacation, so we weren't sure what to expect and we packed for worst case scenario.

My parents went with us and we rented a 2bed/2ba townhouse in the heart of Coronado Island. It was a beautiful place, had a full kitchen, living room with fireplace, washer/dryer and two full bathrooms. Only thing that was missing was black out curtains…which made for impossible naps for Emma! Next time we know to bring something for that. :) This is the only way she would nap…
We just happened to be there on my birthday, so I rang in the last year of my 20's with beautiful weather, the beach, family and a wonderful dinner out with Mike (thanks for babysitting, mom and dad!).

Emma LOVES the beach! We weren't sure what to expect since she hates the feel of grass on her feet, but she loves the sand and didn't even eat much of it. ;)

We also spent most of our time at the beach, but also walked around the Hotel Del. We just love that place! It feels like such a time warp there, like you're back in the 20's or 30's. We of course had to get watermelon sorbet, Emma loves it!

We also went to the park one evening and there was a jazz concert. We sat in the park and ate our grass-fed burgers (, listened to the music and enjoyed the amazing weather. Emma had her first ride on swings too!

While it was exhausting traveling with a baby (she did very well in the car though!), we'd love to do more traveling with Emma as she grows up. Traveling has shaped so much of my life and my view on things, we really want her to have that as well. And it makes for some great quality family time that we sometimes don't get while at home.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Emma: 10 months

Date: July 3

Stats: At her 9 month check up (which was at 9.5 months) she was 17 lbs…right on the 25th percentile for both height and weight.

Sleep: I recently stopped doing the dream feed before I go to bed and she sleeps right through it until about 5am! So now she is going 8-9 hours, doing a big feed, then back to sleep until 7:30/8am. We got a little off with sleep and she has been needing to nurse to sleep since the roseola/vacation/throwing up (yes, it was a fun couple of weeks).

Feeding: Breastmilk and solids. We had an incident of throwing up from something she ate. It was horrible! We've been easing solids back in, but she seems to be doing well. She is really a great eater and tries everything we give her. We are so grateful for that! She had a phase of not wanting to nurse much, but now she wants to do it more than ever, loves her milkies. Still breastfeeding and no end in sight! :)

Clothing size: 6-12 months/9 months depending on the brand. She has a few 12 month things that fit too. (She's been in these same sizes for a while now!)

Likes: the ABC song (she's obsessed with it!), pointing to buttons, her sand toys and bucket, riding in the ring sling

Dislikes: anyone trying to hold her hand, headbands, getting dressed/diaper changed

Teeth: One tooth on the bottom and the upper tooth is coming in now. She grinds and clinks them together!

Biggest changes: She is constantly rolling r's and making new sounds. She says dada, mama, hi, bye and waves. She's gotten much more giggly with us when we do silly things. She now sings along with us, especially to the ABC song. She has become extremely clingy to mama and cries when she sees me leave the room. At first it was cute, now it just makes things difficult. She also has more hair now, so I can finally use hair bows! Still not walking, but is standing on her own for longer periods of time.

Emma had her first vacation in San Diego this month (will post pics soon!), was sick for the first time (once with roseola, then the throwing up from food), met one of her 2nd cousins for the first time and went to the art museum for the first time. It was a really fun month!