While in the NICU the lovely people there give you such fantastic support and even provide several Infant classes for you; tips for bringing baby home, car seat info, infant massage, and CPR. I loved each class and learned so much! The CPR class was incredibly helpful and I was grateful to be able to get this training. I have been trained for adults, but never for babies and small children. It was really cool and our teacher was so great and thorough. Knowledge is power!
I opened the door to an unexpected package addressed to Colin! His very first package which is kinda cool. But as I said this was really unexpected. The outside was decorated with typical printed baby feet and hands in you guess it pick and blue. I didn’t recognize the sender and in my excitement for this unexpected parcel I hurriedly opened it! Inside was a little letter to Colin on Microsoft stationary and behind that was a box full of baby items just for Colin, including of course a Microsoft onesie! It was packed with fun baby items and even a little cash to put towards his saving account! I mean really how cool is that! Now listen I can’t tell you the number of haters, or slight comments that My Mr and I get on the regular about his employment at Microsoft. But little things like this are so nice! I’m sure the little letter is a form letter sent to all the new babies that come to Microsoft employees, and the boxes are all probably stuffed with the same things. But you know what the gesture is the point and Microsoft does little things like this to appreciate and make the addition to your family a little special. It’s was a pretty fun package to get on my door, Thanks Microsoft, for everything!more...
While our little Mr. grew rapidly in the loving care of the Portland NICU we spent as much time as possible at his side, snuggling and watching him grow. You have to get out of the NICU or it will literally drive you crazy. The sounds of alarms and the flashing of number and stats across the screen make your brain fritz out. So we took in a few sights of Portland. The first being the salted Straw a uniquely wonderful ice cream shop! It was all these crazy inventive flavors and it changes with the seasons. We were told my the family member to recommended this that during Halloween they even have a bone marrow flavored ice cream, which to his surprise was amazingly good! The inside is decorated with a very vintage feel. An employee comes up to you as you wait in line combing the menu and asks if there are any you want to try. And then to my delight they bring you back the samples on these lovely little metal spoons. I love little details like that, kinda fun! We tried several flavors before we finally settled on snicker doodle and Strawberry Basil and Black pepper. Yes they were yummy!! We got our ice cream and admired the ambiance for a bit longer before our attention was drawn to a toy store across the street. We love toy stores even as adults. So we perused the fun neighborhood toy store and found a little Portland License plate with our little guys name on in, spelt correctly I might add, but peoples desire to spell his name wrong is another topic all together. Anyway we thought that it would be fun for him to have a little trinket to hang on his isolate in the NICU and always remind him where he was born. It was a fun evening discovering some fun little places, Portland is by far one of my favorite places in this world.
We’ve been told to enjoy each stage of development, and yes there are days filled with cranky reflux, nights with upset tummies and finicky arms that just take control and take away sleep. And then there are moments like this, where I take in the moment in senses to recall later. The baby smell, the creaky sound of the flexing house, the gentle pressing of his little head on my chest. It’s a memory moment I take in fully and completely enjoy. Because along with the long nights are moments like this that are fleeting and yet our most treasured memories of the beginning of our life with our little Mr’s. And it’s amazing.more...
My Mr. says I can be a little messy when making my favorite cookies. I didn’t really believe him til my last baking. Well I guess he was a little right. Ooppps! Apparently I’m a messy baker, but apparently the best cookies come from the biggest messes.
I was perusing on pinterest recently and saw an amazing little tray to put on your couches arm rest to give it a flat top. I loved this! With all the time we spend feeding and cuddling on the couch this little table would really come in handy. So I showed it to My Mr. and within a week he had created and stained a lovely little version for our couch. Plenty of space for the bottle and his little soothie, and even the book I read aloud to little Mr. I looks so good and I’m always amazed at the talents of My Mr. I show him a photo and he gets to creating it, he is just so handy! I’m loving my little couch table.
I’m trying to get back to my blog! I have missed this little outlet for life. But with such monumental changes in my life I have been giving this new chapter of my life my full attention. So now with things a little more settled I would like to recount some of the past and get back to sharing the new life moments that await me and my family! So bare with some of the old stuff and try to remember my little space!
We bussed into busy Seattle to attend one of our favorite things, the Seattle Shakespeare company’s version of Much Ado about nothing. We got off the bus and I saw the bright blue lights contrasting with the yellow leafs of trees just worked so perfectly making the city square kinda magical! I really love colorful things like this, they are the delight of the cement cities surroundings. Making the discovery of these simple spaces worth the crazy, madness it takes to get to down town. We walked the few blocks to the theater and enjoyed one of my most favorite Shakespeare plays; Much Ado About Nothing. It was the first I was introduced to by my mother when I was in elementary school by the amazing film version with Emma Thompson. I have to admit I have most of the lines completely memorized. It was wonderful and My Mr. treated me to a little twix candy bar treat at intermission making the experience perfect. The play ended and we headed off on the magical monorail back to the blue trees, and home. A lovely evening.
A quiet Sunday Birthday with the men in my life, Perfection.
8 years ago I made a birthday wish to have by my big 30ths birthday, and secretly since with each candle blown out I wished again and again. So with my birthday looming this weekend I reflect on how this wish has finally come true. My little Mr. arrived a few months early and just in time to make this birthday my most indescribable. Now I begin my 30th year with the greatest gift and the greatest joy.
(I share a few images of me and our little love. I treasure these special images)
A little life has been a little neglected. I have been busy doing exactly what my blog professes to be about: living life in all its little moments. It has been a whirl wind the past month and a half. Filled with the greatest joy and changes of my life. I think I’ve cried more than I ever thought imaginable. I have been incredibly touched by all the well wishes. I was amazed to hear about all the prayers in our behalf from so many. Children praying with their parents that we would get a baby. It was overwhelming, I didn’t realize we were so loved. And I cried some more. I am forever grateful to my heavenly father and his miraculous plan for me, I could never see what it was he intended, and I stopped long ago trying to figure it out. I surrendered my will to his and I can tell you I never expected the perfection of his plan for us in every way. My testimony of his eternal plan is solidified.
My son is amazing, he is an angel for all of us that love him. Our first meeting was a moment I will treasure forever. I can’t help but share that love with his amazing birthmother, she is a sister to me and again another blessing God gave us. She and her sweetheart companion are another part of his miraculous plan for our family and they strengthen me with their faith, I am forever grateful to be part of their story.
There are many little life details of this whirl wind I could share, but some things are held solely in my heart and treasured by my spirit. This experience has given me a glimpse of heaven.
I have been wanting to use an old plank I found around the house for some fun art but hadn’t found the right idea for it yet. So with my fall decor ideas flowing I created this fun reminder. First using my cutter program and machine I cut the letters out. The I placed them where I wanted them on the board. Originally I thought I would just place the vinyl lettering on and be done. But I really liked the weathered look of the plank grains so I decided to reverse it. Laying the letters in place and then watering down my paint for a white washed look. I peeled the lettering off and voila! I love the natural look to it and now I will remember the plank came from our first home in Washington. We really do have so much to give thanks for!
I wasn’t really going to do a fall house this year, I kept thinking why deal with that when Christmas is just around the corner? But you know the fall festive-ness just caught a hold of me and after some decor inspiration I just gave in. I didn’t however want to decorate with a lot of orange, that’s more my accent color for Halloween. So this year I went for YELLOW! I love yellow it’s so warm and inviting as we head into the gray days of winter. I also like the idea of natural elements like; itchy burlap and wood grain textures. So now that you have an idea of what I was thinking of here is what I did. I backed my frames with burlap and put lovely yellow wreaths hanging from each. In the other frames is a beautiful quote from President Monson to help us remember the real reason for the season. (sorry guys Thanksgiving is not centered around football or soccer) The other will a yellow simple quote “count your blessings.” I made a wood plank with give thanks scrolled across, I’ll show you how I did this one so that I could keep some of the old wood grain showing, tomorrow. Kept my lovely pumpkins and that was it. A simple little fall retreat for me and My Mr.more...