Friday, December 6, 2013

Starting the Season...

Christmas is 19 days away. I know because Paige is due the next day and that is a mere 20 days away. Of course if she feels like making her appearance sooner there would be no complaining here! Last week we set up her 'nursery' in what was the breakfast room. Rather, it has been the room that, for the past 8 months, has been used to hide all the mess and stuff in the house. Since we have survived so long with a non-functioning breakfast room, I figured we could survive a couple months longer and give Paige her own nursery.

Sorting through newborn clothes, it took me by surprise how tiny they are compared with Olivia's current clothing. Right now she doesn't feel so tiny in there. 

Once the nursery was taken care of, we were ready to start off the Christmas season by setting up the tree. 

Olivia was pretty interested in the lights.                                                                But sometimes you just need a Dad snuggle.

Right now I am enjoying the last years of themed, non-kid decorated Christmas trees. I must say though, it sure is wonderful having a toddler running around - I doubt I will really miss it.

Maybe before Christmas we can retake the above picture and you will actually be able to see Paige.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Family Escape...

Moscow had its first snowfall of the year a couple weekends ago. What choice did we have but to pack our bags and head south for a week of 80 plus degree weather? It seemed like the right thing to do.

We flew down to Arizona for a long anticipated vacation for the whole Ewert family. We are now a group of twelve (and growing!).

My Dad did all the work planning this great getaway for us all and we stayed at a beautiful home in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

The pool and hot tub were well used.

Olivia found her Zen with Aunt Sandy. Much to our amusement she floated blissfully like this on her back for several minutes at complete peace with the world.

One day the guys all went golfing. Most of us girls decided to visit Butterfly Wonderland instead. We got to watch a butterfly emerge from its cocoon all wet and wrinkly - so amazing to watch the wings uncurl and begin to dry! In the atrium itself, we were surrounded by colorful butterflies of all shapes and sizes. They seem to approve of Mom's red top.

I am pretty sure the biggest hit for Olivia was the carousel at the Train Park a few days later. 

In fact it was so much fun, Uncle Winston took her for a second ride.

Half a day's drive away from our vacation spot lives an old college friend whom I have not seen since her wedding. Since then we have both had little girls a few months apart. She and her little family were able to drive over and join us for the weekend.

It was a wonderful time to catch up and see how much our lives have been blessed since we were single college girls.

We were welcomed back to Moscow with a little more snow, but it was good to be home.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Wedding Bells...

Due to getting a new computer and switching everything over to the new one, this post is a little outdated. About three weeks ago now, we drove up to Canada for Taylor and Esther's wedding. It was such a happy occasion to see these two say their wedding vows to each other.

The night before the wedding, the wedding party came to my parents' place for Greek food.

For dessert we ordered a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. The best ice cream cake there is in my opinion. Here are the happy lovebirds with the cake.

Sadly my camera battery died for the ceremony, but it was very beautiful. Esther was a lovely bride - I managed to snag a picture with her at the reception.

Hard to believe it was only about ten months ago that the below two love birds tied the knot themselves. Looks like they are still in love with each other.

When I told Jason and Sandy to look cute for a picture, Jason said he didn't do cute. Good thing Sandy does.

Paden and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at a wedding neither of us were in and where all we had to do was attend some parties.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Baby Fashion...

My blog posts are always about Olivia these days. But honestly my life consists of sleeping and wishing I was sleeping. The bright side is that Paige should be making her arrival in about ten weeks.

Olivia likes clothes. There are a couple shirts (particularly a sparkly panda bear one) that once dressed in she then feels the need to stop and admire herself in front of the mirror for a while with a big contented smile on her face. Also she likes to accessorize with belts, socks, or towels as scarves or hats.

Dad dressed Olivia the other day which is always fun. After picking out this outfit, Olivia felt she looked good enough that she needed to do a fashion walk for us. I am not sure what statement she is making with the red plastic strip, but apparently it was part of the look.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Firsts Aren't Always What You Think...

Firsts with your baby aren't always what you expect.

Since she was old enough to really be aware of the concept "mom is gone," Olivia has only been babysat once. It was months and months ago (maybe a couple months before her first birthday?) by her Grandma for a little over an hour. If I remember correctly there was plenty of tears. Generally she has been blissfully asleep and unaware when others have come to watch her for us.

So I was a little nervous about dropping her off at a nursery for the first time a few weeks ago. She would not know anybody there and it would be a strange new place. I was prepping myself for lots of tears and possibly having to come back to reassure her the world had not ended.

But I could not have been more wrong.

She didn't even look back when she saw the toys. Apparently that first day she did go to the door to complain a couple times, but no crying. When I came to take her away, she was the only dry eyed baby in the room. And she didn't want to leave.

The second time I dropped her off, she promptly turned to me, waved, and said "bye" as soon as I set her down. Since then nursery has become her favorite thing to do. She comes away reluctantly and on a crazy-hyper-tired high. This last week the babysitters commented that she was the cheerful baby. (Her company in the nursery are several other babies under the age of two who have never been dropped off to be watched before.)

I figured being left by Mom for the first time at 15 months was supposed to be a traumatic experience, but this bug is very comfortable with the world. New things, people, or situations are greeted with composure and certainty.

I love my spunky, confident girl!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

At the Fair...

MaBelle and Poppy have come up for a visit and the Latah County Fair arrived to Moscow so we took Olivia to get her first peak at some large animals.

The cattle, sheep and pigs got a reaction of stun and awe. There was even a little worry on her typically fearless face when she got right up to one of the cows.

There was a lot of fun to be had however. Most of it in the form of dancing to the band.

She danced so hard that by the time we made it over to the chicken barn, we started to get the zoned look.

For right now I guess she is sticking to dogs and dancing.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's a Bug's Life...

Here is a post about Olivia for the family members who don't get to watch her growing all the time.

 Favorite Food: Macaroni and cheese.

Favorite Toy: Kitty, followed closely by Giraffe. Olivia loves to walk around the house with one under her arm, stopping periodically to pat it on the head and give it a kiss.

Favorite Pose: Standing with her hands behind her back giving nods of approval as she watches people move.

Favorite Play Place: Outside in the front garden. Wood chips are an endless source of fun and amusement.

She also loves to pull pillows of the couch and then lie on the ground and go "awww" because that's what I did when I saw her doing it the first time. Yes, she already knows she cute.

She is also very affectionate. At random moments she will give out kisses to your leg, or arm, or whatever is in reaching distance. Of course it's kiss and run as she rarely has time to stop and snuggle. Her love is not limited to Paden and me either. Besides her stuffed animals getting kisses, once in a while she is overwhelmed with love for the couch or the coffee table and one of them gets a kiss too.

Although her consistent vocabulary is very small, (limited to "hi" and "dad") what she lacks in words she more than makes up for in inflection. She has plenty to say and, although the words aren't in English yet, you can almost understand the story by the wide range of inflection and emotion put into the monologue.

It's a bugs life.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

PJB: Coming Soon...

Yesterday was the long awaited appointment. I picked up Paden from work around 9:30 and we drove over to Pullman for the ultrasound appointment.

(Is it just me or does it look more like Paden's nose this time?)

 There was little doubt about it. Olivia is getting a sister by the end of the year.

 Showing off her trigger finger. (At least it would be if she is left handed)

We are more excited than ever to meet Paige Julia Blythe this December. As Paden's family pointed out, you will notice that her initials are a combination of our own initials. Further proof we chose the right name for our little girl. I love how much more real Paige feels now that we know her name.

This last week marked the halfway point. It definitely goes by faster the second time around (not that Zofran didn't help either).

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Everyone Loves a Wedding...

And now we have rolled right into August somehow. Here in Moscow, August came with some cooler weather and a thunderstorm. Something I am thankful for!

Last weekend Fraser and Bobbi Martens got married off. We had four guests spending the weekend with us. Two of whom were this couple who just got engaged! Looks like we will be making a trip up to Canada this year after all since they are planning an October wedding. Thanks for the excuse guys! I am very excited to be gaining a new sister.

It was a beautiful wedding. The landscape behind the head table was the gold and green, rolling palouse hills. Of course, more beautiful still was the deliriously happy couple. Don't they make the landscape look good?

Now our calendar for the next couple months looks uncharacteristically blank. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the company we have been having, but a break might be welcome now.

In ten days we have an appointment to find out whether our Christmas baby is going to be a boy or girl. Since both sides of the family are all girls at this point, we have had a lot of votes for a boy. I think it's a girl however. Hopefully the baby cooperates and the mystery will soon be uncovered.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Visiting Friends...

Last week we got to have Jeff and Laurel stay with us. Due to my being sick last November we were unable to go to their wedding at the last minute. We were disappointed not to see them married off, but we sure had a good time introducing Laurel to this great little town Moscow. (It was also fun for us to go back to the old college day sites we don't see anymore!)

Now we just need to convince them to move down here for good.

In other small time life events, Olivia was being quiet the other day. Usually this means she is having a whole lot of fun doing something she doesn't get to do often. In other words she's up to no good. Sure enough, I walked in to find she had worn a hole through the top of a Keurig Cup. Fortunately this Keurig Cup was not full of coffee but of yummy hot chocolate powder.

Yum yum!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Being Visited...

I was looking over my calendar and realized from May to the beginning of August we will have had a total of 8 out of town, overnight visitors at our house - most of them family of course. Since traveling sounds like a whole lot of no fun right now, this is downright awesome.

Last week it was Paden's sister Katie who came to visit. Olivia had a blast as was evidenced by lots of babbling and longer naps due to having too much fun.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Now It Is Summer...

Don't get me wrong. I am incredibly happy and grateful to be pregnant, but being pregnant is about the least amount of fun you could have. People who say they love it are crazy in my humble opinion. However, it's been good to be on my feet a lot more lately now that we have begun the second trimester. Have I mentioned how much I love Zofran?

A few weeks ago Moscow had their artwalk. I can't believe I have never been. I will be going every year from this point forward. Almost every business down mainstreet had open doors to view local artists' works along with complimentary bread, cheese, strawberries, wine, beer, a chocolate fondue and many other yummy delectables. One of my favorite aspects of living in a small town is that during a city hosted function like this you run into so many people you know. It really makes the world feel smaller and friendlier.

Of course I forgot to get pictures until we were on our way back to the car.

Paden's birthday was last week so we got birthday doughnuts and enjoyed a relaxing morning with our coffee.

Olivia wanted to know where her doughnut was.

Oh, and Olivia finally figured out that if she didn't take her hat and glasses off right away she would get tons of attention. So after weeks of trying, I finally got a good picture of the hat an sunglasses combo.

 Aren't I cool?

Tabitha came down this last weekend on a whirl-wind visit. The self timer function on my camera caught a bit of what it is like trying to get a picture with a one year old.

Take One:

 Take Two:

Take Three:

Happy summer everyone!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Birthday Girl...

Our baby girl just turned one year old. The little five pound eleven ounce bundle we brought home a year ago is now a happy bustling walking one year old.

We have done a lot of growing up this last year.

It was a fun filled weekend for this little girl. Her grandma came down from Canada to spend some time with her.

And we had a birthday BBQ on Sunday with our friends where Olivia got to enjoy her first birthday cake!

This was her reaction to everyone singing happy birthday to her.

She 'helped' Dad blow out the candle.

And then fell into a cake stupor.

What could make the birthday any better?