July 23, 2013

Cabin Retreat

Our life is going to be a little crazy next week with a wedding and move, so I decided to take Sophie up to the cabin for a one day, two night retreat - sort of a “calm before the storm”. It was a relaxing day with no activities, no distractions – just the two of us hanging out in the peace and quite. We slept in, snacked, and enjoyed the mountain scenery.

Chillin’ in the bean bag before bed


We went for a walk and enjoyed looking at all the different cabins in the area


Taking an afternoon nap on the couch


July 22, 2013

More Summer Adventures

Even though Dave went back to Utah last week, Sophie and I found plenty of things to do. We had a lot of fun, but are excited to see Dave when we fly back home today.

Water skiing one morning on Lake Sammamish. This was the first “active” thing I've done since Sophie was born besides walking. I got up on my first try, but my poor arms gave out after a few minutes.


Sophie sometimes gets a bit fussy in the evenings and I've found the cure is to take her outside. She loves the outdoors and whenever we step out of the house it's instant happiness.


We picked 10 pounds of raspberries at Harvold Farms – we’re not making jam this year so these are all for eating!


If only I could eat this...


Sophie and I took a trip to downtown Seattle to visit the office where I worked for two years before we moved to Utah for Dave's MBA. All the visiting wore Sophie out. I never get tired of the views from this office!


July 21, 2013

Family Photo Mosaic

There is a free program you can download from the internet that will arrange photos into a mosaic of any image you choose. I have been wanting to try it out and decided that my dad’s birthday would be a good reason to put one together.

The program is easy to use, the hard part is gathering, rotating, and cropping the 800 pictures I used to make my mosaic. The final product contains over 1,200 pictures (some are used twice) and I am really happy with the way it turned out!

My family loves skiing so I chose two skiers as the main image


Close up of part of the mountain near the bottom right



July 20, 2013

Sammamish 2013

Not even 24 hours after returning home from Texas we hit the road again and started our drive up to Washington. Sophie and I are visiting for two weeks, but Dave could only stay for one week because he had to return to Utah for a conference at BYU. While Dave was in town we went to the lake a couple times and spent the night up at the cabin.

Heading down to the lake – doesn’t she look excited?


In the big kayak with Anne – she loved being out on the water and kept saying we should go somewhere “far away”


Sophie with Grandmari on the beach while Dave and I were out on the water


Sleeping with Paco after a busy day


We bought a canoe at the thrift store, brought it up to the cabin, and took it out on the lake with my dad while Sophie stayed with my mom. It worked great!



Happy man – dog in one arm, baby in the other


The night we were up at the cabin we took a walk around Gold Creek Pond


And made a fire to roast marshmallows


July 19, 2013

Sophie at 4 Months

This has been a great month with Sophie! We have traveled a lot and she has been able spend time with all of her extended family except Uncle Derek, who is on a mission in Brazil. We will be moving to our new place before the end of the month and I am excited to set up a room for her. I bought a few books and toys at the thrift store and my mom has done an excellent job shopping the local garage sales for furniture and d├ęcor. I am excited for her to have her own space where we can play and read with her!


Sophie at 4 Months
  • Is 25.5 inches long and weighs 14.5 pounds
  • Has pretty much outgrown her 3 month clothing and is making the transition to her 6 month wardrobe.
  • Sleeps great at night with only one feeding. We are now working on helping her learn to nap in the day for more than 20 minutes at a time.
  • Is on the brink of learning to roll. She can go from her tummy to her back and is close to figuring out how to move from back to tummy.
  • Loves to be in a standing position! Her legs are very strong and she can stand on her own leaning on a table top or against a couch back.


July 18, 2013

Travel Baby

Between our vacations we have spent at least a week in all four time zones over the past month (North Carolina – Eastern, Texas – Central, Utah – Mountain, Washington – Pacific). We have really put Sophie to the test with all this travel and she has done great!! So far we have logged:
  • Flight from Salt Lake City to Raleigh with a layover in Chicago
  • 3 hour drive from Raleigh to the coast
  • 3 hour drive from the coast to Raleigh
  • Flight from Raleigh to Dallas with a layover in Houston
  • Flight from Dallas to Salt Lake with layovers in San Antonio and Las Vegas
  • 13 hour drive from Salt Lake City to Sammamish
I will fly with her from Sammamish back to Salt Lake on Monday and am hoping that our good streak will continue.

On the plane from Dallas to Salt Lake


July 16, 2013

Forgotten Picture

I forgot to include this picture with the rest of our beach pictures because it was taken with the iPad instead of my camera. One of the gifts in the white elephant exchange we did was a pack of mustaches. The next day I found one of the mustaches lying around and stuck it on Sophie - it makes me smile every time I look at this picture :)


July 14, 2013

Trip to Texas

After our week at the beach in North Carolina the vacation didn't end! We flew straight to Texas to spend another week with Dave's family. We also got to catch up with friends and meet the 3 new babies that were born just a couple months after Sophie. We'll be coming back to Texas for Christmas and it will be fun to see all these babies rolling, sitting, and crawling around!

After the full house at the beach it was nice to get some one-on-one quiet time with my baby


Our little minion - big eyes and stunned expression! We took Sophie to her first movie with four of her cousins and she did pretty good. She only had to leave once for a quick diaper change and I don't think most people in the theater even knew she was there.


In Texas Sophie developed an interest in books and likes it when we read to her


Swimming on the 4th of July with cousin Liam and aunt Liz - we had a family barbecue, played some games and watched fireworks later that night


Patriotic Baby


One we night did some go kart races at Pole Position with Dave's brothers and Ally and Jack - it was so much fun!!


Dave with his boys (minus Ben) - they got together a few times for some pool basketball and & barbecue


The play room at Dave's house has a hammock and Sophie enjoyed several naps here during the week


July 11, 2013

North Carolina 2013

I'm finally getting around to the rest of our North Carolina beach vacation! I was a little worried about how the trip would go with Sophie - the plane trips, long car ride out to the coast, staying in a house with 18 people - but she did awesome! She was a great little traveler and didn't mind the noise or getting passed around to all the different people in the house. It was fun to spend the week with family, and it was especially nice to see some relatives we haven't seen in a few years and to meet Sophie's two new cousins that are just 3 and 5 months older than her.

Enjoying the wind with Grandma Howe


Why is baby so happy??


Daddy invented the best mobile ever! The AC vent in our room was just above the ceiling fan so it would slowly spin all day. It was Dave's idea to put her little shorts on the end and she loved to watch them go round and round.


Under the direction of Dave's brother Tim, we created the Cape Lookout lighthouse out of shells! It was a fun project for everyone to work on and then we gave it to Dave's mom for her birthday.


The humidity was making Sophie's hair curly, but since the only hair long enough to curl grows in a stripe right down the middle of her head, she had an awesome mohawk all week :)


Nap time with cousin Liam in the shade tent


Daddy multitasking - eating birthday cake during our white elephant gift exchange while putting the baby to sleep

July 3, 2013

Fluffy Bunny

Whenever we go to the beach in North Carolina it's tradition to play fluffy bunny (also known as chubby bunny). In case you are not familiar with this game, the goal is basically to put as many marshmallows as possible in your mouth and the last one standing wins.

Dave is amazingly at this - it's one of his hidden talents. I am astonished and nauseated every time I watch him. To even the playing field a bit the rule is for every 1 marshmallow the rest of the family puts in their mouth, Dave has to do 3 marshmallows and somehow with this handicap he still wins. Crazy!

Dave at 21 marshmallows - he finished with 33


This video contains marshmallow regurgitation - watch at your own risk!!

July 2, 2013

Beach Baby

We are back from North Carolina, and I am now sorting through all the pictures - more posts will be coming soon! Sophie and I didn't get to spend too much time at the beach because it was pretty windy and our shade tent kept blowing away, but one evening we did take her out to experience the ocean and sand.

With daddy on the way down to the water


Family of Three

We put her feet in the water and she didn't seem to mind...


So we decided to push her a little and sat her down...


And then we sat her in the sand and she had a good time putting it in her mouth...


And after only a minute she had sand in every crevice so we took her back to the house to clean her up a bit :)