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Oh us? We just spent this last week being AWESOME (I have no catchy title for this post)

30 Aug

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We are wrapping up summer. The leaves are starting to fall, there is a quaint chill in the morning air, and I wore a sweater to take Daphne to her first grade meet and great (oh, do you see what I did there?).

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On Tuesday, we took an amazing day trip to see my paternal grandparents. They are these amazing people, and although I’m pretty sure my grandfather will never give me his beautiful corvette, I love him just the same. My grandmother made potato salad, and I about died, it was that good.

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It seems our unofficial theme for the summer was thankful. We were thankful for each other, our strengths, or weaknesses were supported, our accomplishments were celebrated.

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We took lots of family time, and just enjoyed the good weather. Did we get enough stuff done around the house yet? Probably not, but there is always time for that I think. There is always time to fold laundry, but only one summer when Daphne is almost 6 and Kirby is almost 2.

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If you can’t tell from our photos, we went to the zoo this week.

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We are really looking forward to this upcoming school year. Daphne is so excited, and we spend evenings talking about all the things she wants to happen this year. “Mom, I can’t wait to see my friends” and “Mom, I can play on the big playground now! I’m a big girl!” are the sweetest things to hear. When she opens her big brown eyes and looks at me with so much excitement and confidence, it makes me just cherish her even more. She is going to do so many amazing things, and I don’t know if I can really grasp that yet.

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I’m glad I took a vacation week. It was so worth it. Staycation. And tomorrow? A dentist appointment, because everyone wants someone to hang out in their mouth for like an hour…

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xoxox
Clean teeth and caramel rum cake,
Caitlin

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A Verry Merry Birthday to Two

12 Aug

This weekend was special. Well, all weekends are special. I’m telling you though, this weekend was extra extra truly special. We had a birthday party for the kids. Daphne turned 6, and Kirby turned 2, and they are four years and two days apart. We thought it would be the best and most magical way to welcome in this upcoming year and really represent our family.

Hell, who I am I kidding? I only wanted to buy one cake.

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I kid, I kid. It was a fabulous occasion, and purchasing only one cake was really just an added bonus that I didn’t think about until after the party was all over.

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It was a simple party, it was the funnest party. The recipe for the party is as follows:
1. Wait until three days until party would be held
2. Send out mass emails for a party
3. Purchase cake and snacks
4. Go to public park and just wait for people to show up

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Somehow, it was this amazing and fun party. We scheduled snacks, cake, and a pinata, everything else the children did was on their own and uninhibited. Parents conversed and watched their kids, everyone had everyone’s kid in eyesight. We scored the most perfect spot in the park. I am the party throwing queen, and I’m not afraid to say it.

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My son is turning 2, and my daughter is turning 6. They sing, play, laugh, dance, they are kind and loving, and have Jesus in their hearts. Everyday these kids that I have are getting older and older, wiser and wiser, and holy jeez am I lucky that I am here for the ride, camera in hand. Blog at the ready to record and share all the fun and exciting moments that make up their lives. Our lives.

Daphne is just this ball of spunk and fire. She whips out stories with so much vigor and delight, is so careful when she draws and makes sure that she includes teeth, fingers, and hair. Girlfriend is a whirlwind. I remember when I first met you. You were two, and loved nothing more in the world then a can of spaghettio’s and some Sponge Bob. You’re growing into this Little lady, who sits on the couch watching Top Chef and helping me make roasted carrot soup. I count my blessings everyday that you call me mom. I am blessed by you.

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So when this little guy turns 2 on Monday, I’ll be super emotional. My Little lion man, my buddy, the cutie to my patootie. Where has the time gone?

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Tearful hugs and ever loving smiles,
xoxo
Caitlin

2011, a year that was AMAZING!

1 Jan

I always look on the bright side. I believe that God has a plan for us all and we all just need to hold tight, go for the ride, and take the appropriate off ramps. Our household has had an amazing year, albeit a busy one. I started my blog during a time that we had a lot going on, and due to that, I have been unable to post as much as I have wanted. I have all these ideas and wonderful things spinning around in my head, but often I am unable to get them onto the paper.

2012 is going to be a great year. There are so many things I want to do and be a part of, experience and get done. I put a lot of time in my yearly goal list, and this year it’s 21 Goals for 2012. I’m excited to get it done and hanging on my wall. In the meantime, here is a quick recap of my year.

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We started the year off with a visit from my sister. We celebrated her 21st birthday, had some laughs, and she dressed up as Elton John and we took some pictures. It was her first time meeting Kirby, and it was so fun.

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In February we embraced the cold weather and played in the snow, and had a really great Valentines day as a family.

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March was great. Kirby really started to come into his own, and we spent many days cuddled by the fire.

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In April, Harold’s side of the family threw me a surprise baby shower, I turned 20, we went to our first Mariners game with Kirby, and I got a new camera, and I got a new job as a barista. Our niece and nephew welcomed their son, Liam, who is such an amazing little guy. We also looked at a house that we later closed on in July!

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May rolled around, and my father and I took Kirby down to visit the paternal great grandparents for the first time. He got to see his first waterfall (Maltnoma Falls down in Oregon), and go on his first mini road trip (four hours). It was such a fun trip and we made so many memories. My paternal grandparents are so important to me, and are the best model for a perfect marriage. Just thinking about them makes me misty eyed. They are true soul mates.

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In June I threw Harold a 32nd birthday party! We had a great time getting things in order for the Summer and learning about the home buying process. We also celebrated our first full year of marriage by going to Wild Waves!

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July happened so fast, and it was so fun. We bought a new car, went to Eastern Washington for a weekend for one of the many family pig feeds, closed on our first home, and had a great time at our local town festival. If I could relive this month over and over again, I would.

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In August, Daphne turned 5, and Kirby turned 1! We started the move into the new house, and it was a great month of growth and accomplishments.

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Holy moly September! Daphne had her first day of kindergarten, and we got completely out of the old house. We went to a fair, watched children ride sheep, and Daphne got to ride a camel. It was amazing!

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It should have been called Craft-tober! I made the Halloween costumes for Harold, Kirby, and I, and Daphne’s mom made Daphne’s dino costume. I took a day trip to Salem to visit my best friend and celebrate her birthday. It was full of new great things.

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In November, we really started getting our house just how we like it. We went to my paternal grandparents house for Thanksgiving, and it was so fun! Kirby and I also braved Black Friday with Harold. It was a successful mess!

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We ended the year in style. We chopped down our tree together, had so many Christmas celebrations, adopted Shadow, and I started my new career. It was so fun and great. A wonderful way to end the year. Harold and I brought in the New Year together, and nothing could be better. I also learned that sometimes my car radio and heater make a KATHUD and I’m stuck at the temperature and radio channel that I was currently on. This was great for Christmas music though, it was always the holidays in the sable! Then as soon as Christmas was past, it fixed itself.

Now it’s back to my gansta rap while I drive to work to get me pumped up for an amazing and busy day… Can I expect this every holiday season?

I can’t wait for what 2012 has in store for us, and I’m sure it will be nothing short of amazing!

Making lists and breaking hearts,

Caitlin

A menagerie, sequins, and early mornings; the signs of an enthusiastic mother

8 Nov

Autumn is in full swing. The maples are golden oranges and crisp yellows, the chill in the air takes the breath right out of you, and there is always an extra scarf in the car. This month, everyone is thankful for things, new things, old things, superficial things, and deep meaningful things. I am thankful for October ending on a high note, for a little girl who would willingly give me her candy for a batch of monster cookies, and adoptive family that have your best interests at heart and want you to succeed in the real world.

Here is a recap of our October.

When I look at this the song from Saturday Night Fever plays in my head.

My little Halloween mouse!

The obligatory picture of babies in costumes.

The menagerie.

We are lucky enough to have a town that closes the streets and opens their doors on Halloween, making a fun and safe evening for all who participate. Sadly, this meant that we got no trick or treaters at our place, but I’m okay with that. More candy for me!

One of the reasons I love this time of year is it’s party dress time. I try to buy one fun party dress to last me through New Years. With fun holiday parties and going to the Nutcracker, it’s always a fun time to dress up. I like to look at dresses that are fun, sparkly, and can be paired with different accessories to mix it up. If I’m buying one dress to get me through three holidays and at least five functions, it needs to be versatile. If I can pair it with different blazers, tights, and a scarves, then I’m happy, especially if I already own the accessories. Here are the front runners for this year;

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This is the front runner. I love the small circle sequins, almost like fish scales, and the gold is divine. I love gold. I’m a gold person.

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This is fully lined, and would work for different things besides holiday parties. I love the sleeve length and the lace detail.

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I love this, and it borders on ice skater ish because of the mesh top, but the sweetheart neckline is great. One of the things I dislike is that I’d need a sweater with it, and I’m not a big silver person. I’m a rosey gold person. I do love it though, very 50’s cocktail party.

Maybe I should think about which dress would be easier to bend over in and not shame myself…hmmm

Happy Tuesday!

Pumpkins, tractors, hay slides, oh my!

21 Oct

I don’t think I can say it enough, I love Fall! I love the colors, the snuggles, drinking tea while staring out your window as the leaves fall. It’s all wonderful. Harold and I make a point to make memories for our kids, ones that they will cherish and pass down to their kids, like ours did for us. One memory that I wanted to make this year was going to a pumpkin patch. A real live pumpkin patch with mud and tractors and hay. I sent out a help me find a pumpkin patch status update through Facebook, and one of our wonderful friends recommended to us Hunter Farms , and thankfully, other friends supported that option. We picked a day, planned the trek, and we were off! Well, two weeks later we were off.

The kids had such a good time. We ran around the hay maze, went down the slides, rode the tractor, slipped in the muddy fields, and ate hot dogs to warm our hands. Then we went antiquing! Harold is an amazing antiquer, and he really has a great knack and knows what he likes. We didn’t buy anything though, but I did find a great pair of vintage cowboy boots that I wanted, but had no reason to buy.

We had a lot of fun! Now it’s time for the weekend, and I am taking a day trip to see my BFF, sister from another mister, Carrie on Saturday. We are going to celebrate her birthday early. I am more excited than anything. And I’m even going to listen to one of those you can learn Spanish by listening to this CD for several hours while you drive thing. I am very excited. Soon I will be fluent! You won’t even know I wasn’t born in Mexico!

I am going to leave you with this though, because this post was short and sweet, just like this little guy.

Love and snuggles, and have a great weekend!

Caitlin