Evergreen State Fair

We to the fair two weeks ago, so I’d say that this post is pretty much on time with how frequently I’ve been blogging.

I’m a fair person. There I said it. I love everything about it. The rides, the pig races, the greasy over-sized proportions of food, the smelly animals, everything. I have been going to the Evergreen State Fair with my family every year since 1993.  James isn’t really a fair person but he’s been a trooper for the last four years that I’ve asked him to go with me and put up with me shoveling a large brick sized portion of curly fries in my mouth (I’m getting hungry thinking about them).

There’s something more magical about seeing your kids experience the fair. Everything is still so big and exciting to them. This was the first year that Jimi knew what the rides were and was excited to go on them (it’s also probably the last year we can get away with only letting him go on a few of them). He also remember riding the ponies last year and couldn’t wait to get back on them. When we went to the fair last year Cecilia was only 3 weeks old, so of course everything was new and exiting to her. Cecilia LOVES animals. But she likes them to keep their respective distance from her. As soon as she spots an animal (of any kind) she starts yelling, pointing, and waving. As soon as she gets close to said animal, she starts frantically waving, crying/whimpering, and scurrying to get away, which is actually pretty cute.

Everyone had a good time at the fair this year and it was a great way to end the summer.

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Cecilia 12 month check up and photo shoot

I forgot to mention on my previous post about Cecilia that she recent had her 12 month check up at the doctors and a little birthday photo shoot (not at the same time).

Cecilia’s Stats: Weight- 20lbs (51st percentile), Height- 29.5″ (56th percentile)

This was the first appointment that she has been in a higher percentile for height than weight.

Cecilia and I both caught a nasty bug on the airplane and got hit pretty hard with stomach sickness the day before her 12 month check up. So needless to say she wasn’t her usual perky self for the appointment and probably weighed a little bit less than before the stomach bug. It also means that we get to go back for a second appointment so she can get her vaccinations.

Next week she has her first dentist appointment!

Almost a year ago I stumbled upon a new photographer who a few friends from high school had used, Ashley (Photography by Ashley Mae). We used her for our family pictures last Fall and are hooked. We love her work.  She took Cecilia’s 6 month pictures, 12 month pictures and we already have scheduled an appointment for Jimi’s 3 year pictures. If you live in Washington and don’t mind traveling to the Camano Island area, I would definitely check her out. She’s great with kids, super patient, and has a great eye for getting great shots.

Here are some of Cecilia’s pictures:

Summer Vacation 2013

For many months now we’ve been planning a family vacation to the East coast. We had planned one spending one week with James’ family in South Caroline/Georgia and one week with my family in Florida. Unfortunately, life took a different turn of events and James’ grandparents were in a  car accident. So we rerouted our trip to Birmingham, AL for a week so we could spend time with them while they recover.

Although the trip was different than we had originally planned, it was still amazing to see family and spend time with our loved ones. We crammed a lot into two weeks and it will surely be a trip we will remember forever.

I go could on and on about the details of our trip but I’ll spare you all and give you a quick recap:

-Flew into Atlanta, hoped in a car and drove 3 hours to Birmingham.

-Spent 5 1/2 days in Birmingham.

-Ate pizza 3 times and bbq only once (Saw’s Soul Kitchen – go there, it was amazing).

-Visited the Vulcan Statue

-Celebrated Cecilia’s first birthday.

-Went to the Birmingham Zoo.

-Went to the Birmingham Civil Right’s Institute.

-Visited with our family in the hospital and spent time with loved ones that live on the East coast.

-Drove from Birmingham, AL to Kissimmee, FL.

-More birthday celebrations for Cecilia.

-Went to Universal Studies two different days.

-Went to Gatorland. They made me hold a Boa Constrictor during a show.

-Spent time at the beach in Melbourne, FL and many hours in the pool at our rental house.

-Stayed up late playing games with family.

-Went on an air boat ride.

-Mini-golf

-Saw Manatees and a hippo at Homoosassa Springs State Park.

-Took a boat ride to a beautiful island, Anclote Key.

-Had a fantastic family vacation.

Dear Cecilia- 12 Months Old!

Dear Cecilia,

You are now a little over one year old. You learn that every parent says this, but it is true; I have no idea where the time has gone. You were just a chunky precious newborn sleeping soundly in my arms. You are now an independent, on the move full fledged toddler. 

Here is brief review of your first year:

You were a stubborn little baby and had to be encouraged to make your entrance with the help of some medicine.

You were born one week and one day after your due date.

You began rolling over tummy-to-back at 11 weeks.

You rolled back-to-tummy at 15 weeks.

You have made two trips to the East Coast. Once at 4 months and once just before your first birthday.

You tried your first foods at 5 months but weren’t really a fan of them.

You started sitting up on your own at 5 months.

You began crawling at 5 1/2 months.

You “army crawled” until you were 8 months old.

You discovered your love for food at 6 months.

You are an amazing eater and will devour any food in front of you. Whether it’s for you or not.

You began walking at 10 months, 3 weeks.

You have had two ear infections.

You catch colds easily but have only had one really yucky bout of sickness.

You have the craziest hair growth.

You hair goes well past your eyes. I call it a “reverse mullet”.

You used to sleep through the night but have been waking up once or twice a night lately.

You had four teeth on your first birthday.

You had three first birthday parties.

You spent your first birthday in Birmingham, AL.

You love your big brother more than anything else in the world.

You also love all animals but have a special fondness for ducks.

You can say Dad, duck, quack, that, gim (jimi).

You make elephant noises.

You have the sweetest smile.

You give high fives.

You wave “hi” and “bye” to everyone and anything.

You get the cutest look on your face when your proud of yourself or just perfectly content.

You are very independent and love to figure things out on your own.

You give the sweetest kisses and hugs.

You are an amazing little girl and the perfect addition to our family.

And lastly, You are LOVED!

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Cecilia’s cupcake themed birthday party

In a little more than 24 hours we will be heading to Birmingham, AL and the Orlando, FL area for two weeks. Which means we will be out of the state on Cecilia’s first birthday (July 28th). We decided to throw an early birthday party for her this past weekend so our friends and family who won’t be on the trip were able to join in on the birthday celebrations.

We held her “cupcake” themed birthday party at Legion Memorial Park in Everett, which is one of our favorite parks to take the kids to. I ordered her invitations and all of the coordinating party pieces from The Paper Blossom Shop on Etsy. The turn around time was very quick and I was a little obsessed with the chevron cupcake design. For her birthday outfit I used Etsy again to order her a pink cupcake “pillowcase” dress from the Sprinkled Sweet Design Shop.

For decorations I made tissue poms poms with help of funny bloggers like this one. I also saw some pretty cute cupcake liner garland on pinterest and make a few of those. Who ever made the original pin did not do it correctly so I just had figure out how to make them on my own. I first measured some white thread for the length I needed it. I tied one end into a thick knot, attached a thick sewing needle and just started threading the liner through the middle onto my string. I alternated color liners and directions.

Her smash cake was made using the giant Wilton’s cupcake cake mold. And I made cupcake cake pops using the Bakerella’s Cake Pop book. I also made good old fashioned cake pops and cupcakes. I cheat and use box cake mix but I did make my own buttercream frosting with a hint of cream cheese using the recipe found here. It’s my new go to frosting and I think it’s pretty delicious.

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Cupcake liner garland

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Giant cupcake smash cake

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Cupcake cake pop favors

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Chevron cupcake pattern

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Opening presents and sporting her awesome birthday dress

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Thank you to everyone who attended Cecilia’s birthday party and spoiled her with love and gifts! We appreciate you joining in our celebration! I cannot believe my sweet baby girl is almost one year old already.

Inadververntly Teaching Our Kids

In March I signed up for my first 5k since Cecilia was born so I started getting pretty serious about my quest to get back in shape and lose the baby weight. After I completed that race I signed James and I up for the “Yankee Doodle Dash” in Everett for the 4th of July. Around that time I also started a post-natal workout series called “Pretty Fierce Weight Loss“. The program is pretty intense and will kick your butt, but I highly recommend it for anyone trying shake the baby weight or just wanting to get toned in general.

The Yankee Doodle Dash was James’ first 5k so he started joining me on runs, which meant we had to take the kids along with us in our super sweet double jogging stroller. Pushing the stroller while running without being able to use your arms is not super sweet, however. At the end of each of our runs Jimi would ask to get out and run with us. Then he started asking for running shoes and doing my indoor workouts with me. I commented to James that I thought that was pretty funny that Jimi was so interested in all of that. James pointed out that it’s because Jimi sees us doing it and that we were setting a good example.

And there you have it, an inadvertent life lesson. I hadn’t thought of it like that but James is right. In our own quests to be healthy and active, we have without trying, begun installing that in our kids. And I think that is pretty cool. I hope that as they grow they will continue to be healthy and active and will maybe even find a sport or activity that they are passionate about.

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The four of us after James and I finished our 5k.

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Sleepy girl after one of our morning runs.

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Jimi running circles around the house with his scooter.

By the way, James finished the 5k (which was really 3.5miles not 3.1 because of mapping error) and did amazing, finishing under his goal of 30 minutes.

Dear Cecilia: 10 and 11 months

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You are now 11 months old. I missed your 10 month post because life got in the way and we got pretty busy. Please forgive me as I try to catch up.

At ten months and eleven months old you continue to be the most amazing eater. We still give you a little bit of baby food just to make sure you’re eating a balanced meal but you LOVE to eat table food with the rest of us. You are already a champ at drinking out of a cup and in the last few weeks you have taken on putting small objects onto your spoon and trying to feed yourself.

Thankfully that last two months did not bring any ear infections. You did however get two colds that were pretty hard for you to shake. Because of the colds and teething your sleep habits have been a little off and you have been waking up once or twice during the night instead of sleep through the night.

You are quite the talker. You babble and babble all day long. It is pretty amazing to watch you make connections and begin to turn those babbles into words. So far you say; Dad (or Dada), Mama, gimi (Jimi), duck, quack. We also think you’re trying to say car, this, that, squirrel, I did. You kind of sign “more” but really your just clapping but you know it gets you what you want so you haven’t changed it. Your high fives are nothing short of enthusiastic and are pretty entertaining.

Speaking of entertaining, you love to dance and shake your bottom. You also love your big brother to pieces and roll around on the ground with him giving hugs and kisses.It melts my heart to watch the two of you together.

Last but certainly not least, you are officially considered a WALKER!!! Around ten months you began taking a couple steps at a time. At ten months 3 weeks you took off and started doing ten or more steps in a row. You’re walking about 50% of the time now and are taking more steps every day.

Everyday you are growing more and more and showing more and more understanding of the world. I love watching you turn into such a smart and beautiful little girl. However, it makes me a little sad that your baby days are numbered.

Thank you for being the sweetest and funniest little girl around.

Love,

Mommy