monkeying around

Last night I remembered about a hat my friend Gina got for Toby. At the time (February) when she gave it to me, I thought, “wow, that hat is huge!” Then we tried on Toby and realized, “wow, Toby, you’re huge!” (At least compared to when he was first born.) So today, we had a monkey hat photo shoot. Since I still don’t have a lens on my Nikon D90, I was stuck using my Canon powershot point and shoot. Way too many of the pictures were out of focus (due to my love of using Digital Macro and Toby’s love of moving constantly), but I still love some of the ones that came out. And since his favorite food seems to be bananas and his favorite toy is his monkey, this hat seem more than appropriate to capture the spirit of our little guy.

Toby will be six months old in just over a week! I have a special photo shoot in mind for the momentous occasion that, if done well, should be hilarious! I can’t wait to share it!

In the meantime, I am trying to recapture my love of making things from scratch. Today: french baguettes using the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day base recipe. I made my dough yesterday – I did a half batch with bread flour. Today I shaped my baguettes and baked them. Here they are:

I haven’t tried any of the other doughs yet, but I have my eye on making the Brioche dough and using it for caramel sticky buns among other tasty treats! If you haven’t checked out this book, I highly recommend it. This bread tastes phenomenal, is made up of 4 (!) ingredients, requires no kneading, and the dough can keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks! It is too simple not to love!


we’re not pregnant!

Ha! I wish I could say I didn’t know that for a fact. But alas, my doctor made me take a pregnancy test this week when I went in for Strep. If you are like me, you’re wondering what pregnancy and Strep throat have in common. Apparently, my nausea may have been just a little too much for Strep, which led to a pregnancy test just to make sure. I knew I wasn’t pregnant, but I was still dying to know the results!!! Thankfully, they confirmed what I already knew to be true. And I got a prescription for antibiotics to get rid of these nasty germs.In another bit of good news: Toby is recovering nicely. So we celebrated with a mini photo shoot! I took these in his room with his blinds slightly open to let in some natural light. I love how they came out! He seems to glow. (That could be due to his nearly glow-in-the-dark skin, or it could be the ethereal lighting.)

This week was also a fun week for us because Toby got a new baby cousin! My brother and sister-in-law had a little boy on Tuesday (23rd) and named him Nathan Scott. His big bro, James, and big sis, Maebelle, seem to be loving their new baby brother. We are so excited to meet him when we head to Phoenix for Thanksgiving! Though we were excited for any addition to our family, we were really hoping for a baby boy cousin for Toby that would be his same age. How cool!

I will leave you with one more pic of my little guy…

He is such a character! I have no idea what he’s thinking here, but it cracks me up! I love discovering what he finds amusing – like dancing, and having his legs bitten, and snorting. Motherhood is the hardest thing I have ever had the pleasure to do.



vocal shot-put

My little guy can be so sweet and happy (like you see in the picture above, taken by Rachael {Hope} Photography) when he’s well rested.

And when he’s not… well…

Here’s what we are learning. Two long naps: one in the morning, one in the afternoon is the key to having a happy baby throughout the day. If he takes three short naps, he screams all the way through dinner. If he takes one long nap midday, he screams through dinner. Though David and I are quite talented, pretending not to hear him screaming is nearly impossible because of the decibels.

If there was a sport called vocal shot-put, Toby would win. No joke. David and I realize absolutely no one would be willing to put on that sport because no one could be paid enough to judge it. But our talented, future opera singer, could have been a gold-medalist. I can’t wait to see how he uses his talents. I just hope my ears survive.

Hand Foot Mouth Throat, what doesn’t hurt?

Our family has been sick the last few weeks. Toby had a temp of 103.5 last week and was diagnosed with hand, foot, and mouth disease. For those of you who say, isn’t that something only animals get? Or, I’ve never heard of that, what is that? Hand, foot, and mouth disease is similar to the chicken pox. Your hands, feet, and/or mouth can break out into little blister like sores. It is also accompanied with fever and is highly contagious. Kiddos tend to get this, though adult cases happen. Like the chicken pox, it is harder on adults and once you have it, it is unlikely you will ever get it again. Most people have had it and not known that is what it was, but I clearly remember having it as a child.

We were on vacation in Flagstaff at our cabin and I got to eat ice cream, pudding, and milkshakes the whole time. I only had sores in my mouth and I got to wear pjs for a week! Sounds glorious, doesn’t it?

Not so much for Toby. He was a bit lethargic and slightly listless. He actually let me hug him tight to my chest for an HOUR! Oh man, poor little guy was not feeling great.

Meanwhile, I started to get sick. By Saturday, while at the wedding of dear friends, my fever was spiking! Yikes! I spent two days miserable with all over body pains, then my throat turned into fire, where it continues to be today, despite antibiotics (for presumed strep). In fact, my best friend right now is throat lozenges. They literally give me the ability to speak by numbing my throat. Hurray! If things haven’t cleared up some by tomorrow, it may be back to square one as to what this is exactly (since my body should have responded to the antibiotics by tomorrow if it is strep).

Somehow, in all of this, David has managed not to get sick. He has been a huge blessing, taking care of us both. He even packed up Toby to run errands with him because I needed to rest at home.

Needless to say, we haven’t pulled the camera out in a while, but I do have some fun shoots in mind as soon as I start feeling better. I know I keep teasing about the nursery and not delivering, but my reasoning has been this… I have two small projects remaining and I would really like to finish them before posting the “finished nursery.” One project requires my glue gun, which I lent to a friend, who is now on vacation in Cali until the end of the month. Brilliant. The second requires my husband to measure, score, and cut styrofoam in all his free time not taking care of me, Toby, or working. So, it’s taking some time. Hang in there.

In my last bit of news, my brother and sister-in-law welcomed their third baby to the world yesterday!!! They had a precious baby boy whom they named Nathan Scott or Nate Jr. He was 8.6 lbs and 19.5 in. Big brother James desperately wanted a baby brother, so I’m sure he is thrilled! Big sister Maebelle may not be as thrilled to give up the baby crown to baby Nate, only time will tell.

5 months

I can’t even believe that Toby is 5 months old now. Considering how rapidly he changes, time seems to go by even faster these days. He continues to amaze me with what he finds funny, his ability to manipulate objects, and even moving around more freely. David noted today that we are going to have our hands full with this little guy considering the strength of his will. Knowing what I was like as a child, I’d have to agree.

Yesterday we did a photo shoot with pair of aviators that I got for Build-A-Bear years ago! (Back story on that: My friend Lindsay was leaving for Africa in a few weeks and had a coupon for a 2 for 1 at Build-A-Bear. Thus we did the sensible thing college students do, and used her coupon on a girl date before she left. I made David a bear and since David ALWAYS wore aviators, I got the bear aviators. David was completely indifferent to the gift, as he should be as a man receiving a stuffed animal. But, he’s kept it all these years.) The funny thing is, I have been scouring for a pair of baby aviators to no avail. Then yesterday, Toby and I were looking in his closet, and there they were starring back at me on that same bear I gave to David so long ago. And… they fit perfectly!!! I was REALLY excited.

What a good sport he is! He put up with them for quite some time. I already have another photo shoot in mind where the aviators will make the perfect accessory! Stay tuned…

In other news, I’m putting the finishing touches on Toby’s nursery. Then I will take photos and blog about all the little projects I’ve done including his mobile, recovering a pillow, refinishing a mirror, making bunting, and painting letters and canvases. I love how colorful his room is, especially considering the all white walls, white carpet, and vaulted white ceilings I had to work with (since we’re renting). I realize that as soon as I’m done with his room, I’m going to want to tackle some other projects, the question is what to do first?



the month of july

The month of July flew by for us. There were so many highlights with Toby including a lot of firsts: airplane ride, solid foods, rolling over, laughing, painting, going to the butterfly gardens, and meeting his cousins.

We even got to do a little photo shoot at our dear friends’ house after swimming with Toby’s best bud Henry. Rachael was kind enough to snap a few pictures of Toby and I laughing together.

Every time he smiles, my heart fills with joy. He is so precious. I am so thankful to Rachael that she was willing to capture those moments for us.

This month has also had its challenges. David and I are continuing the process of looking for a new church home. We are prayerfully considering a few different churches, and have found it difficult to know exactly where God wants us. Meanwhile, we are deeply missing the community and fellowship we had been a part of at our former church.

Additionally, Toby’s reflux began to flare up when he started eating solid foods. It peaked the day we went to visit his GI doctor. I have never heard screams that shrill before in my life. Poor guy. I have been put back on a dairy free diet and Toby is on a medicine to help repair the lining of his esophagus in addition to his Prevacid. It has been a rough road, but he seems to be thriving on these new changes.

He’s even feeling well enough to rock the faux hawk. :) You may have also noticed how chubby he has gotten! For the first time (in his very short life) he keeps growing “out” but has failed to grow “up.” Thus, he is on his way to starring in a Michelin tire commercial.

This month has also been about finishing up Toby’s nursery. I will do another post shortly on all of the finishing touches I’ve been working on. The website that keeps me inspired and motivated to do these various projects is Pinterest. If you haven’t already checked it out, take a look. It is a site dedicated to organizing visual bookmarks of things you don’t want to forget. My husband used to get so annoyed with how many tabs I would keep open on our browser. No more! I can pin them to an appropriate category on Pinterest and return to them later. How cool! Alright, I’ll leave you with this adorable picture of my little guy getting ready to roll over.