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Sleep Training Survived 

Aug
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Have you sleep trained your baby?  Well we have just recently survived this harrowing experience.  I was nervous but after all the travels of the summer and the company had headed home we knew it was time to give our little Mr. some stability and routine.  And though selfish it may seem we needed some Mr and Mrs time without having to juggle our little Mr around.  I began reading about routines and how to help my little one develop and I read about sleep training. The end result being you put your baby to bed at 8PM and he/she happily coo’s and calms themselves into slumber.  This does require a bed time routine/ritual to help them know “hey it’s time to wind down for the day.”  I read this blog from another successful survivor and was strengthened by the fact that this routine would help our little Mr and help us to get to sleep a full, dare I say it 8-12 hours depending on your baby.  I hadn’t gotten that kind of sleep in well 7 months!  The other benefit of this training is that your little one learns if they wake in the night how to sooth themselves so you aren’t needing to get up and re-rock them or sing them or walk them.  Which is really healthy I think.  With our little guy being 7 months and a sturdy healthy boy My Mr and I read up, prepped ourselves and jumped in.  

(This is something I think is essential, research.  Obviously we are a bit of a technical family I mean I am married to an engineer, and even though I am highly right brained this plan really helps curb my crazy! And give this new mom and dad a fighting chance to figure out what might work for our little guy.   Alright so there’s my little shpiel on why we are crazy parent researchers, thanks for humoring me!)   

I would like to say how grateful I was that My Mr took some time to be my rock with this and helped every step of the way, either by phone or in person in my rough moments, Thank heavens for working from home!  The first week I was biting my nails as my baby cried in the next room, my eyes fixed on our video baby monitor.  It’s hard not wanting to rush in a comfort, but I knew this was an important step.  Though painful for me!  Now a month in our little guy sleepily goes down to bed with no problems and sleeps through the night!  With the occasional wake up a couple times a week but he calms himself within a few second and back to slumber town!  Now our little Mr. goes to bed at 8PM and sleeps until 7AM!  It’s awesome!  Naps are doing pretty well too, though afternoon can be a bit harder but all around it’s amazing!

Our lives have been changed by this amazing sleep, and the little bit of quite evening time alone together.  And really above all My little Mr is getting the well needed rest his sweet little body needs to be healthy and strong, combatting any illnesses that may come his way.  Good sleep is essential to adults but even more so for little ones as there little minds are learning and developing so much during the day that they really need that time to rest.  So we survived it, and though we are still a work in progress to have the successes that we have had only makes us push forward!  So we survived and so did he!  Sleep for All in the Fowie Household!

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Another Year!

Aug
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IMG_6572Celebrated My Mr.s birthday!  He asked for cheesecake, I bought him 3 different kinds, but he went with the tuxedo flavor for the sparkling candles.  Aren’t they fun!  With the Little Mr. on his lap, and a song sung we enjoyed the sparklers to the last light, Little Mr. was entranced, the stillest I have seen him in a while.  No need forIMG_6580 birthday wishes this year, he had our wish for many birthdays happily cuddling with him on his day.  A happy birthday to My Mr. an amazing man, with countless talents and an astounding ability to give.  Grateful to have you by my side this past year . . . . . . on to the next!

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Meet the Mormons

Aug
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I heard about the upcoming release of a full length feature film that our Church is releasing called “Meet the Mormons.”  I am excited after the success of the Easter release of “Because of Him” that this will also explode out to the world and show real life examples of those who live and love our faith.  Elder Bednar announced that the release will coincide with our October general conference so this is just another thing to look forward to.  I hope that seeing real life examples of members of our faith will help dispell the rumors and falsehoods that circulate about us, our leaders, and our beliefs at large.  It is an incredible time to be alive and sharing the good news about this incredible Gospel that brings me so much joy and meaning in my life.

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17

Way for a Day

Aug
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I spent the weekend at a lovely ladies get away.  It was so beautiful, and the company was even better.  I am amazed by the wonderful Relief Society sisters I have.  They inspire me and are wonderful examples of womanhood in all its varieties.  I feel so blessed to be a part of that organization.  As all holidays they have to come to an end, and I returned home to my boys, who had cleaned the house and done the shopping while I was away, yes My Mr. is superman!  Leaving me time to spend with our little man, there is nothing quite like snuggling with my little Mr. 

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Home is where you heart is 

Aug
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I have seen tons of the fun string art on pinterest but I’ve never known what to do or what I would have it say.  So I saw something that had 2 states overlapping with all the strings centered on a heart.  This struck home to me. 
We love living in Washington, it’s the garden of Eden here and we couldn’t be happier, it just feels like home and we’ve only been living here for 2 years.  But Utah will always be the place we grew up, where we met and married.  It has so much natural beauty and holds the bulk of our families.  So it is still very special to us.picFrame (9)

So with all the sentimental feeling that the project embodied I set about creating my own, with a little help from My Mr. who stained the board.  I created the state templates and outlined them and My Mr skillfully hammered every nail into place so perfectly!   I was kinda terrible at it, it took me longer to do one line than for his to do both states.   After he finished I started stringing Utah first in what I call a beehive yellow.  There was some trial and error getting the string to look right but eventually I got a rhythm going and Utah was done.  Then it was on to the light green Washington.  This came easier and I love how you can see the divot of the Puget sound on the left.  It turned out great.  It was a fun project and now sits on the mantel as a reminder of our 2 home states.

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30

Adoption Doesn’t end 

Jul
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A special thanks to all who have kept us in there minds during the last few years and helped get our name out there to adopt.  We are hugely blessed to have our beautiful little boy. 

Adoption doesn’t end here!  Our little Mr. is going to need a sibling in the future and so we are still in need of your thoughts and support.  It took 4 years to find this special addition to our family.  Adoptions are at an all time low, it is getting increasingly hard to expand a family through adoption.  So your lovely references and thoughts can be a huge help to us.  Little Mr.’s incredible birthmother was referred to us by a family friend.  You may think that the agencies find adoption opportunities to create our family, but it just isn’t so anymore.  Adoptions are more often done just as ours was through referrals.  Which I really believe to be the most divine way of helping adoptive families expand.  It increases the love and helps reassure families and birth mothers that this is God’s plan for them, and your assistance can help increase that testimony.  So please don’t forget about us!  We love and appreciate all you have done, your prayers have been felt and we have shed many tears in realizing how much we are loved.  Thank you!  

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30

Deception Dos

Jul
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Well we didn’t quite get ourpicFrame (7) crabbing fix that we went back for more.  This time with close friends the Schiels, who you may remember from this post last year.  This year was particularly poignant as it mark little Mr’s first camping trip.  It was a fantastic trip, even with the crab not being quiet as gullible as before we still made a decent haul.  But more importantly is the enjoyment of the WP_20140717_006 (2)company and the amazing ocean views.  Watching My Mr. suggest crazy log flopping to the boys and dousing us all with water in the process!  There is something so enriching here as you glide out on the water in our lovely orange canoe.  And of course a quickfotor_WP_20140717_002 pop into town for a little milkshake tradition, so lucky to get 2 of these in a short period.  The evenings spent around the fire talking, singing and yes eating!  Lovely memories that I look forward to every year.  Back to our mansion tent that Kirie referred to as the Harry Potter tent, WP_20140718_002to snuggle with little Mr and feed him by my head lamps red light, so it didn’t hurt his eyes.  I really love that shot of him and me a wonderful memory.  He was such a wonderful little camper, he seemed to be content just looking up at the tall lodge pole pines and staring in amazement at the fire!  He’s going to be a good camper just like Dad!  Before we knew it the 3 days were over and we headed home.  A bitter sweet moment as always for me.  I look forward to next year and the new memories.

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30

Making it Modern

Jul
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IMG_6485I was lucky to have a lovely cousin who kindly donated her nursery furniture to us!  Not having to spend the money on all those items has been incredibly nice!  But me being well . . . . Me I had to put my own spin on it.  Before I knew of her kind donation I fell in  love with the new style of two tones cribs.  With the head board andPainting Station foot board being a different color then middle.  My cousins crib was a perfect candidate for my crazy updates.  Now of course I kinda convinced My Mr. to do the labor on this for me while Colin and I vacationed in Utah, yes he is an amazing man!  The natural light wood was beautiful and well taken care of, even with 3 kids use, way to go Karen.  So My Mr set about to IMG_6490learning how to properly and safely refinish the crib ends and even created his own painting station in the carport to get the job done well.  And it turned out beautiful!  To surprise me he had it done and set up when we got back from our trip and I thought he had forgotten to do it.  Now we have created something new and modern for us and our little one to enjoy.  I think it goes perfectly with his nursery which has modern hints with the Star Wars poster and the Star Wars mobile My Mr. created for Little Mr.  And the forest wallpaper which I love how relaxing it makes it, I kinda like to think of it as the moon of Endor from Star Wars but really that wasn’t my intention.  I just love mixing modern with a little outdoor touch.  The galaxy inspired sheets, and Grammy’s lovely geometric crib quilt!  Now the crib is a lovely addition to the calm and fun nursery space for our little guy!

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Snoqualmie falls 

Jul
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IMG_5619We have been wanting to get out to see this local site for the past couple years but heard the walk ways were under construction so we held off.  But with family in town we hit up the sights on a hot summers day to try and beat the heat.  It was lovely and I couldn’t help but think of myIMG_5647 beloved Yellowstone and the falls there that inspire me so much!  There was a height perspective and a lower board walk view that really gave the fall this amazing perspective with the light hitting the mist at the perfect angle to create that amazing rainbow.  Washington has rainbow even without the rain clouds.  An beautiful local sight.

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30

Finally Forever

Jul
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It’s official and final.  With thepicFrame (5) finalization decree from the state it was official the our adoption of our little Mr. was official.  Which meant we got to go to the temple and participate in the sealing of our family.  We believe that families are forever and that they extend into the eternities.  And since little Mr. came to us in a different way other they by my giving birth to him we have the opportunity to go to our temple and be sealed as if he were born to us.  This was the final portion of this adoption and the poignant part for me that it was all complete.
Not many get this amazing opportunity to go to the Temple and be sealed again, it made the first time even more meaningful as we have continued to live in a way that allows us to have this sacred blessing with our son.  An IMG_5581experience that is beyond my scope of emotion to describe.  The long wait has been worth it in so many ways, someday I will share it in detail but for now I will be grateful enough to have this day forever in my memory.

He has felt like my son from the moment he was born, and now everything is official in Heaven and on Earth.  I’m so blessed.

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Berries on Board

Jul
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Tis the season to pick, pick,picFrame (3) pick!  And boy did we!  Wanting not to miss the berries like we did last year we hit up the Raspberry fields first.  With Mom and Dad in town they helped us to pick 14lbs of Raspberries alone!  Though not all made it in the basket and can you blame us? Next it was on the Henna blueberry farm that we discovered on our way to the raspberry fields.  We picked 3 buckets busting to the very top with amazing blueberries!  Little Mr. awoke from his nap in time to join us on this pick!  It was fun to have our whole little family there to enjoy this delicious seasons.  We will probably go back one more time, we want to get fully stocked for the winter months ahead!

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First Crabbing of the Season

Jul
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IMG_5496We are lucky in the past few months to get to share some of our favorite places and experiences with our family.  This location and activity being one of My Mr. and mine favorites.  We headed North to Deception pass for the first time this year to enjoy and harvest the wonderful crab bounty.  We bought my GREENHORN parents along for the experience.  My DadIMG_5488 being an avid eater of crab wanted in on the action of our local
Dungeness crabbing.  And we all had a ball, setting out early to set pots.  The time was low and perfect!  We then quickly set to trying our hand at a new species of clam, much harder to find than the razor clams that have a specific season here in Washington.  But by the end and with all his digging, even with the picFrame (8)little Mr. on his back until I couldn’t handle his being jostled about anymore.  My Mr. became pretty proficient at finding them though through all his trial and error.  Then we enjoyed the local scenery and headed in to enjoy the traditional milk shake in Anacortes, yummy.  Then we headed back to check the bounty.  Dad going to the first 3 pots, and Mom to the final 3.  Finding a total of 7 crabs not bad for a quick soak.  Then home again, home again. to eat and sleep.  What a day on the Sea!

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