Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Book for Fiona

Six weeks old and she already likes reading chapter books, what a smarty pants!
Actually, I'm taking this time, where she doesn't really know what's going on, to catch up on the children's books that I either loved or missed out on as a kid.
LOVE story time!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's Complicated

Our wedding anniversary is coming up in a couple of days, and a few times this past year Evan and I have had the following conversation:

Evan:  Will this be our first or second anniversary?

Me:  Second, I guess.

Evan:  When do we celebrate, September 30th or October 1st?

Me:  I don't know.  How about both?  Ok, maybe not.

Let me explain.  In December of 2008 we got engaged and planned a nearly 2-year engagement.  We set the date for October 1, 2010 but we got a little anxious and decided to legally get married exactly one year early.  We would still have our party as planned, it would just technically be our first anniversary.

It made sense to us.  Why wait so long to be married just because we were saving up money for a big party?  So, we went downtown and did it.

It definitely wasn't romantic in any traditional sense of the word, but maybe we're just not traditional.  I mean, our witness was a guy off the street named Benny.  Now, I don't know if Benny was a bum or not, but I do know he was 10 bucks richer after our nuptials.  I didn't wear a white dress...that just seemed too cheesy to me.  We were, after all, still planning to have our traditional wedding in a year, so I would have my chance then.  Instead, we looked more dressed for a last-minute cocktail party.  Once the paperwork for the marriage license was ready we went to the Justice of the Peace to get married.  I feel like it's a little sacrilegious to elope in Vegas and not go to the infamous Little White Chapel, but that's not what we were going for.  

After we got hitched and texted our friends the good news we went to the restaurant where we had our first date.  It sounds semi-romantic except that I worked there at the time.  (I didn't when we had our first date).  It was a memorable night to say the least.  I think I may have had more fun that night than on our big fat wedding day. 

The confusing part of our anniversary comes into play because although the date of our wedding had been set for October 1st, because of the place we chose and the package we got and certain small details, our wedding ended up being on September 30th.  So much for our little romantic plan.  

Although it sounded a little crazy to everyone else, we wouldn't have done it any other way.  The party was fun.  We spent the whole weekend with family and friends, and it was so great.  But the part that really mattered to us was just for us, and that made it really special.

Our second anniversary and a new baby.  We have so much to celebrate.

Here are some pictures of our wedding last year:

Pedal-Powered School Bus

How about this for the "fight against obesity"?
I bet it's not as big of a problem in the Netherlands.
Why are the Dutch so cool?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I have been searching for a recipe like this for so long.  Yum Yum Yum.

Photos by Oh She Glows

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Our First Family Photos!

We're so happy with the way our family pictures turned out.  I was in a little bit of a sour mood in the beginning because I felt like for the first half hour I was more of a prop than a member of the family.  The photographer took shot after shot of the boys with the baby but didn't even suggest one with me, the mother.  Evan had to ask!  Ewe.  

The pictures of Fiona in the bow are so adorable, I can't stand it.  We got them to mimic a baby picture of Evan in a blue bow, and now they hang side by side in our hallway.  It's so cute!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hilarious Video

Speaking of caffeine...

This Starbucks Rant Song is hilarious.
Have you ever worked at Starbucks?  Well, I have and this speaks the truth.

A Night in With Friends

A few of my good friends came over last week for a night in with pizza and a movie... The feature film of the night being the production of Little Shop of Horrors in which Evan and Jen just performed.  Fiona arrived before we got a chance to see it in person.  Of course they were great, I'm so glad I got to see them "doo-wop" it up.

It was also very exciting to see the wonderful Chris, who has been away on a cruise ship for the past few months.  I missed him so.

It was so sweet of them to come spend the evening with Fiona and me.

Chris, Fefes, me, Evan, Jen

He is so cute with her

Chris loves kids, so I was so excited for him to meet our baby girl

Most Caffeinated Cities

I came across this while browsing through the news and thought this was kind of interesting.  

I feel like I would fit in well in any of these cities.  :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Some photos of Litt life lately according to my Iphone:

A Healthy Snack

From my Backyard

Tiny Toes

Seaweed Salad Lunch

Brother and Sister

Can't get enough of my Mei Tai


Sleepy Doggies

A Sweet Gift

Going for a Walk

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes + Maple Brown Sugar Icing

I am in love with the heat of the summer and I'm a little sad that it's ending, but there are definitely some things about autumn that I'm really looking forward to.  That "autumny" smell, taking walks in the cool air, being able to wear tights with dresses and pumpkin....  I LOVE everything pumpkin and can't get enough.  I can not wait to try this cupcake recipe, because the pumpkin together with the maple brown sugar sounds like I've died and gone to heaven.

Baby's First Theater Experience

So, I've told you before about Super Summer Theater and how freaking great it is... We were so excited to take Fiona to Spring Mountain Ranch for her first time.  We went to see a great show called Five Guys Named Moe directed by a friend of ours.  It was a little strange not performing in a show out here this summer, but I almost like just coming out to watch even more.  I was nervous to bring her at first, but she behaved perfectly and slept against my chest the entire time.  I was one proud mama.

A Fun Fall Trend...


Saturday, September 17, 2011


I love going for walks with our dogs, so naturally I was very excited to introduce Fiona to our neighborhood walks.  I think she likes them. :)



Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Month of Motherhood...

...and so far I've learned:

How to cook and eat with one hand.  EXTREMELY quickly.
That losing a few hours of sleep a night is really not that big of a deal.
Anything within 5 feet of a breast-feeding baby has the potential to get soaked.
Take as many pictures as you can; they change daily.
Not to pay attention when people tell you who they think your baby looks like.  It's always different and it really doesn't matter.
Every relationship - with friends, family and especially my husband - becomes infinitely deeper.
Not to warn pregnant women how much their lives will change.  I hated it, it sounds scary.
Always carry around an extra bra.
And while you're at it an extra shirt.
Nothing is so important that I can't stop, sit and soak up the beauty of the moment.  Time truly does go by too quickly.
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