A New Year

What a crazy, event filled year it has been for our little family. I could recap, but would prefer to look forward into our hopes for this next year. Toby will turn 1 in March; we are finally going to see Radiohead live; David’s 10 year reunion is this year; we may move into a house; we will celebrate 7 years of togetherness; and I am resolute to making homemade peach ice cream this summer. I am excited to see all of the blessings this year will bring, knowing fully it will have hardships as well. I plan to blog more often, and facebook less in this year, so keep a look out for us!

Our Family Photos

We asked our dear friend, Josh, of Joshua Cook photography to take our family photos this year. He has become our go to family photographer (he shot our maternity photos and Toby’s newborn photos) and we couldn’t be more thrilled with his work. For this shoot, we walked around old town Superior and enjoyed being outside on a brisk November day. Let me know what you think!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage 

6 months & some change

My little guy is 6 months old!! And he is constantly changing (six months & some change, get it? ha ha, corny I know)!! I can hardly believe it. To commemorate, we did an aviator/mustache photo shoot that screams cheesy 70s cop (aka baby Tom Selleck). Oh man, this photo shoot cracked me up. Sometimes I wonder if the things we do to this kid are too much, but he doesn’t seem to mind. He loves rolling around for the camera and has recently decided that grabbing the camera and pulling it into his mouth is the most fun thing about his photo shoots!

With 6 months of age under his belt, Toby is changing daily: sitting up (mostly on his own), inching across the room (imagine the baby version of doing the worm), eating green vegetables, choosing which toys to play with, developing a keen sense of humor, and trying to walk (despite my protests!). This kid blows my mind every day and it is such a joy to get to watch him learn and grow and experience things for the very first time.

I love every day, but already I find myself missing some of his earlier stages. So, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things about him right now (since I know they won’t last forever).

I love that he wants to cuddle when he is exhausted. He tries to hold his head up, but is too tired and crashes it down into my shoulder, letting me hold and snuggle him close.

I love that he thinks silly songs are awesome and smiles and laughs as I make up random jingles and sing them off tune.

I love that he reaches for his monkey or giraffe when it is time to nap and bears hugs them and wrestles with them until he is certain they aren’t going any where – then he cuddles them and falls asleep.

I love that when we wake him up in the morning, he beams at me this big, gummy smile as if to say that his day just got even better because I arrived in it.

I love that he wrestles and pins his own hands into his mouth as if he has to hold on tight or they will get away.

I love that he has one dimple that pops out when he grins between the extra chins and baby fat.

Obviously there are more, but these are a few of my favorite things about my baby boy.

paint party

A few weeks back, Toby invited his friend Henry over for a paint party. We got some non-toxic paint and canvases, put a tarp down, and let them play! It was a blast. Of course, we had to document their fun! I’m sure Rachael will share Henry’s pics on her blog, so I will share some of my favorites of Toby!

Of course, after we were done, we had to hose the boys down (as well as ourselves). But it was so worth it! We hung both of Toby’s paintings in his room. I love that I have his first artwork hanging up, and can’t wait until he makes more for me! What fun projects have you done with kids?

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.