Sunday, July 16, 2017

flower garden

A Sunday stroll through a flower garden feels like the most old-fashiony thing you can do on a summer morning :) 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

summer days & a june weekend

Summer days are our absolute favorite around here.  We secretly look forward to summer all school year long!  Of course our days look so different this year with a newborn, but we've been able to escape to a few of our favorite summery spots together.  
Our family came together in the middle of June to help my mom celebrate her birthday! The cousins LOVE getting together and I love getting to see my sister and her growing family! My two little nephews get to welcome a baby sister in September and I can hardly contain my excitement for them!! 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

a preschool graduate

It's official! We have a preschool graduate and I truly cannot believe how fast the time has gone. Everdeen loves school, which makes my mama teacher heart so happy! We are gearing up for Kindergarten so this summer we are making sure to have lots of time to read stories, play, and color!  She's going to be so ready come August...me? I'm a blubbering mess just thinking about it.  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

his first month

Our first month as a family of four has been incredibly exhausting, emotional, and yet oh so beautiful. This little boy has fit perfectly into our family and it truly is hard to imagine life before him.  
The month of May was quite honestly a bit of a blur. We slept a lot, Weston ate a lot, and we adjusted to our new normal. We even had a big snow storm at the end of the month...because you know, it's May and all. Cold weather just means extra baby snuggles. I learned that showering is a luxury and that this newborn time is for putting 'me' to the side as I care for this sweet little life that we've been blessed with. One of these days showering won't be so sporadic and I won't be living my life in two hour intervals :) I'll miss these snuggly newborn days and having absolutely nothing to do but care for my babies. 
I felt so much better physically and emotionally after Weston's birth than I did with Everdeen's. I remember my whole body being sore for 2 weeks with Everdeen and then throw in caring for a newborn and having difficulty breast feeding...it led to lots of baby blues and mommy guilt. I've definitely had some hard days emotionally, because hello sleep deprivation, but even that has been night and day this time around. There are several things I did differently...using my essential oils, getting outside, asking for help when I needed it...and I think it made the world of difference for me! Plus, Martin has been truly incredible. Making sure my water bottle is filled, bringing me all my meals in bed, and taking such good care of Everdeen while I feed the baby or try to sneak in a nap.   
Everdeen has been amazing! Being the only child for almost five years, she has adjusted so well! She is helpful and loving and I love her more than ever seeing her as a big sister! She talks about the things she'll teach him, and which toys she'll definitely share with him (and which ones she won't ;), and I can't wait to watch their relationship grow. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

horsetooth

We celebrated Martin's first official day of summer vacation with a hike near Horsetooth. Now that we both work for the school district, our summers are spent as a family, which we know is a truly amazing gift! We needed a pretty easy trail for our first hike as a family of four, especially with me only being two weeks postpartum.  With a short fifteen minute drive we found the perfect trail, although I've realized now that my husband's version of 'an easy hike' and mine are completely different. It's sort of like that time when I was 7 months pregnant and basically hiked up the side of the mountain in flip flops because he told me we were going on a picnic lunch at the park...;)

We love being able to take Everdeen hiking and showing her all the beautiful places near our home.  She always does so well keeping up, even with an armful of stuffed animals.  Weston slept the whole time, but I know he could hear the birds singing and feel the breeze in his hair :) I have absolutely loved wearing my babies and it makes it possible to do things, like hiking, with your little one wrapped closely to your body! 

Here's to being brave with a newborn and many more hikes and outside adventures together!