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  1. Halloween 2013: A Recap

    November 8, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    So, oddly enough, I’m not really into Halloween. I really loved it as a kid and had some amazing costumes sewn by my mother. As an adult, though, it just felt…silly. I’m not into costumes and dressing up, especially with the choices available off the rack for women these days. Sexy Ladybug anyone? Um, no thanks.

    Since having kids though, I am so excited for Halloween every fall. Maybe it is living in places where it is actually fall and you aren’t sweating under your Halloween costume (I’m looking at you, Phoenix). Maybe it is having the pressure to find a costume being taken off the table because I have kids to get dressed up. Maybe it is the fact that I finally get to charge the “candy tax.”

    This year was especially fun because Olivia, at age three, is now really able to understand the holiday and participate. She helped me set out our Halloween decorations on the first of October, asking about each piece and figuring out that it was all pretend and fun instead of scary.

    Then, on the Sunday before Halloween, we carved our pumpkins. First, we practiced our scary jack-o-lantern faces.

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    Then, we pulled out the pumpkin guts. Olivia was grossed out, so I did the honors.

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    Some of us just observed.

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    Dada was in charge of carving.

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    We ended up with one happy pumpkin and one sort of manic pumpkin. Heh. I’m not sure which is which in this picture.

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    Once the pumpkins were taken care of we just had to wait for Halloween to roll around. On Thursday, Olivia goes to preschool and she had a celebration and Halloween parade with her class. All the kids looked super cute in their costumes, but our little bumble bee was the cutest.

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    Of course, our little kitten was just as adorable.

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    After waiting for what seemed like forever, Dada arrived home from work and O could head out for some trick or treating.

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    Poor Tim and Olivia. It poured down rain all day and night on Halloween. Tim carried her up and down our street under an umbrella and she got LOADS of candy because a) she was so stinkin’ cute and b) our neighbors knew they would have a ton leftover due to the rain. Those two still had a great time, singing and laughing under the umbrella together.

    The coolest thing about Halloween here in St. Louis is that you don’t simply get candy for saying, “Trick or Treat!” If you’re old enough, you have to tell a joke to get the candy. Because we are new to town and because Olivia is still a bit young to tell jokes, our neighbors took pity on us. It was a lot of fun hearing them from the few ghouls and goblins that came to our door.

    Here’s my favorite from the bunch:

    Knock, knock

    Who’s there?

    You know.

    You know who?

    Voldemort is dead, you can say his name now!

    Harry Potter jokes, people. They warm my heart.

    Happy Halloween!


  2. Introducing Kate

    October 29, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    The biggest event of 2013 for our family will by far be the birth of Katherine Elizabeth. Born on June 26, she weighed 7 lbs 13 oz and was 21.75 inches long. She is named after both of our paternal grandmothers. Tim’s grandmother, Katherine, and my grandmother, Elsie Elizabeth.

    Kate, one day old

    Kate, one day old

    My pregnancy was relatively uneventful. Unlike my pregnancy with Olivia, I did not have any extra monitoring and everything went smoothly. The birth was a bit more exciting. My blood pressure bottomed out right after Kate was born and she had trouble stabilizing her body temperature. Everything was resolved fairly quickly, but it was a bit nerve wracking for a few moments.

    Kate, one month

    Kate, one month

    Kate, two months

    Kate, two months

    Kate, three months

    Kate, three months

    Kate, as we call her, is the sweetest, happiest baby. She cries at the typical times, for the typical reasons, but otherwise she looks like this 24/7.

    Kate, she's all smiles

    Kate, she’s all smiles

    Olivia was content and happy, but this girl has given us more smiles and giggles in four months than O gave us in her first year!

    At four months old now, she smiles, giggles, squeals and squawks, reaches for toys, holds up her head, rolls in both directions, sits when propped, and “stands” while supported. You know, just your basic genius. :)

    Kate, four months

    Kate, four months

    I can’t wait to see who she turns out to be.


  3. Olivia: An Update

    October 28, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    Last you saw of our big girl, she had just turned one and was getting ready to start daycare full time.

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    Since then…

    Olivia was baptized…

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    Turned two…

    Turned three…

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    Started preschool.

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    She is, as she has always been, the light of our lives. She is funny, talkative, and stubborn. She is adventurous, but with self-imposed limits that keep her safe, thank goodness.

    She still doesn’t sleep through the night without waking at least once and most nights comes into our room to sleep with us. Life is easier with a king size bed.

    Olivia is smart as whip with an amazing imagination.

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    She loves her dog and her little sister.

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    She is, above all else, her daddy’s girl.

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    She has continued to take swimming lessons in the summer. She took an art class last fall and just finished her first tennis lessons.

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    We are blessed to be her parents.


  4. Leaving Colorado

    October 16, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    One of the major events in our family in the last year was our move from Colorado. Although I knew Tim’s job could involve some mobility on his part, I did not expect to be moving from Colorado anytime soon. I genuinely thought that we would be raising our family in Colorado and maybe ten years down the road we might move somewhere new. I’m pretty sure Tim felt the same way.

    At Caribou Ranch

    At Caribou Ranch

    We love Colorado. We loved living there. It felt like home very quickly. Living near Boulder was especially comfortable for us and our interests. Liberal? Check. Foodies? Check. Outdoor activities? Supercheck. Add to all of that some great friends, new and old, and we really felt like we had found our place. You know, the place, sort of like Cheers except we didn’t actually live in a bar.

    In October of 2012, I had been visiting my family in Phoenix with Olivia. On a Saturday, I came home from the trip feeling a bit…off. And a bit hungry. It occurred to me that I might be pregnant. The next morning after a dollar store pregnancy test (I spare no expense when it comes to my kids, people), I knew that the next nine months were going to be a bit more exciting. So, the next day when I got a call about a job interview, I was a little nervous. I really wanted the job. I had been looking for a while and the school year had already started, but the job was super close to home and in my dream district. Did I have to share this news with them? Would they hire me if I did? Was I up for the challenge of being a working pregnant mother and wife?

    I called Tim to tell him about the interview. His response was something along the lines of, “Well, I hope the interview is for a job in St. Louis.”

    Um. What??

    “The VP  at corporate just called. There is a job in St. Louis they want me to apply for. It would be a big promotion, but it would be in St. Louis,” he said.

    “So what do I do about my interview?” I asked. After talking about all of the possibilities we decided it would be best for me to go ahead with the interview. In the event that his opportunity didn’t work out, I wouldn’t have missed out on my own.

    Are you keeping count? That’s one pregnancy, two job interviews and a possible move two states away. It was a busy week.

    To make things more complicated, both interviews went well. However, before I could progress very far in my interview process, Tim had his answer. They wanted him in St. Louis. Everything about the opportunity was a positive save two things. First, the opportunity would take us away from Colorado. Second, it would also take us further away from my family in Arizona.

    We had a number of conversations around the pros and cons of this move. What was best for him careerwise? What was best for our kids? What was best for us as a family?

    Ultimately, the answer to all of those questions was St. Louis and before Christmas arrived, we were there.

    For the last two months before we moved, we made our best attempt at soaking in everything we loved about Colorado. We spent time with friends, headed out on our favorite trails, ate at our favorite restaurants, and made a point to gaze at the Rockies as much as possible.

    We still miss it. We miss the mountains and the people and just…all of it. We are growing to love St. Louis, but I don’t know if it will ever be our place.

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  5. Aaaannnd, I’m Back!

    October 14, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    Wow. Two plus years. I’m not sure where the time went but life has been a whirlwind since I last posted here. Suffice it to say, I got off track with blogging when I went back to work in 2011. Here we are in 2013 and I am once again a stay at home mom. There is a quite a bit to catch you up on, but I’m going to keep the text in this post short and sweet and let some pictures tell the story of what has been going on in our lives recently. In the coming days and weeks, I’ll bring you more details on some of the life changes we’ve experienced. But for now, enjoy the show…

    I went back to work...

    I went back to work…

    We bought a house. We were sure we were going to raise our family there.

    We bought a house. We were sure we were going to raise our family there.

    Olivia was baptized.

    Olivia was baptized.

    We took our first family vacation to Maine.

    We took our first family vacation to Maine.

    Olivia turned two!

    Olivia turned two!

    This happened.

    This happened.

    And then this happened...in the same week. Eeek!

    And then this happened…in the same week. Eeek!

    We landed here.

    We landed here.

    We took another vacation to Alabama.

    We took another vacation to Alabama.

    We bought a house in St. Louis.

    We bought a house in St. Louis.

    We took a babymoon to San Francisco.

    We took a babymoon to San Francisco.

    Katherine Elizabeth arrived. We love her to the moon and back.

    Katherine Elizabeth arrived. We love her to the moon and back.

    Olivia turned three.

    Olivia turned three.

    Kate was baptized.

    Kate was baptized.

    Olivia started preschool.

    Olivia started preschool.

     

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