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Apostles Island – Part 1

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A couple weekends ago my parents took the entire family to Bayfield, WI.  Bayfield is up north on Lake Superior.  Attractions in the area are the Apostles Island, which are 22 coastal islands.  The most popular attraction probably being the sea caves.  In the winter depending on the weather and how things have frozen, if things align correctly, you can even walk out to the caves.  I heard that’s pretty amazing, but you have to plan accordingly since the window is quite small and only open a couple of weeks.

One evening we took a cruise around the Apostles Islands.  The highlights of the cruise involved our old sea captain and his riveting stories (sometimes they really were, sometimes I could have fallen asleep, which in fact both my kids did do!), seeing the amazing sea caves and the best was of course hanging all together as a family.

Here’s an overload of photos if you care to see:

DSC_0222 copy  my handsome men, gah love them!

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DSC_0243 DSC_0267 my nephew, not only is he handsome, but the sweetest to our kiddos  DSC_0310  this girl was and is nola’s bff for life.   DSC_0317 copy  i was beyond thankful during this moment and wanted to freeze time.  i mean both kids sleeping on me, heaven!!!  until….they both get really heavy and i couldn’t feel limbs, but hey it still was ok 🙂 DSC_0371 DSC_0379 DSC_0364 DSC_0357 DSC_0351

Sometimes it’s important to get out of the regular rhythm and do a new adventure with the entire family.  I love doing this because it’s fun making new memories that will last a lifetime!   Thanks mom and dad for everything!!

Fort Bragg and Mendocino Family Trip

What a post?!?  I know this girl has been slacking!!  But nonetheless I had ‘do a blog post’ on my list of things to do today and i really love crossing things off the list (side note:  i started this post last week!! goodness).  For me this blog is about anything and everything that comes to me, but my main focus is documenting our family adventures.  And though I haven’t posted a lot lately we have done things and i need to get on it!

During the 4th of July week CJ gets the entire week off and so we always look forward to it and love doing some type of day trip.  We decided for part of the time to head up north to Fort Bragg and Mendocino.  With a toddler we broke up the driving to grab food and run around and so it seemed that most of the time away was spent getting to destinations, but regardless we had a great time and it was beautiful!  Highly recommend it if you ever have a chance.  CA never seems to disappoint in it’s beauty, things to do and of course the weather!

The first day we checked out Glass Beach in Fort Bragg.  It’s a cliffy, stoney type of beach which was gorgeous.  After that we headed south to Mendocino to stay the evening.  The next day we checked out the Pgymy Forest.  It had a wooded path and Nola loved running around.  She did this goofy dance and so we called it ‘dance hiking.’  Afterwards we headed to Mendocino for breakfast, check out the town and the views!  Mendocino is such a cute coastal town.  I kept on thinking this would be a great place to retire.

Here’s photos of the trip if you care to see:

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Doing these adventures with my little family is on the top of my list of things I love to do and brings me so much joy.   So thankful for the my family the opportunities we have!!

Timing is Everything

Hello!!

I didn’t fall off the face of the planet, I swear. I’ve been meaning to check in on the blog for weeks now but somehow the time keeps getting away. Or maybe that’s what life is like now?

The past few weeks have flown by as visitors, family, and grandparents have come and gone. In between, baby Ara and I are getting to know each other better. We are discovering a daily routine (eat, play, sleep, repeat with a stroller walk/moms session/office visit/ some kind of outing in the middle). It was slowgoing in the beginning but I’m growing more confident in taking her out, especially after we survived our first diaper blowout change in the car backseat and public nursing session. Sidenote, they should give out medals or at least free glasses of wine when these mommy milestone are achieved….

Our first Mother’s Day was wonderful and low-key. We spent the day together as a family, took a walk on Alki Beach near our house, and Nick and Ara made me a beautiful journal that will become filled over time. In this year’s entry, there’s a photo of me holding newborn Ara and her handprints at 6 weeks old. I love it.

Ara is 9 weeks this week and has been cooing and smiling for a few weeks now. It warms my heart every time. It’s fun to interact with her at this stage now since she’s so alert and aware of her surroundings. Her personality is coming through. So far we know she’s pretty easygoing and a generally happy kid. I often catch her just taking in the world around her with these BIG eyes. I made her laugh for the first time a couple days ago while doing something incredibly mundane- squats of all things. Her face broke out into a smile while I was breathlessly counting off each squat and she started laughing in her bouncer as she watched me go up and down. It must have looked pretty funny. Forget the last ten pounds I need to lose, making her laugh again was even better motivation for me to continue, but MAN, I realized how out of shape I was after a few minutes.

Life as we know it is changing rapidly. Nick graduates at the end of the month and is busy studying for his boards in July which is 10 days after graduation. (WHAT SICKO SET THAT DATE?) We are also trying to pack our townhouse to list and hopefully sell in a few weeks. In the midst of everything, we leave for Salt Lake City early June to try and find a rental for a year. This short trip will also be Ara’s first travel experience. And her baptism is the same weekend as graduation. I know what you’re thinking: it’s going to be a totally boring month for the Wegners.

Packing with a baby is basically a lesson in patience and efficiency (translation: a futile exercise). Ara is a sweetheart but she’s also the liveliest kid. We are in trouble. She now wants to be held or entertained all the time, so I’m racing around the house when she’s napping to try and get things done. She has become more sensitive to noise and light in her naps and now I almost miss the newborn stage when she was able to sleep through anything. Almost. That newborn stage was a hot mess for everyone involved.

Even now, she’s down for her first morning nap and I’m sitting at my kitchen table silently cursing out my neighbors who are working in their yard with a backhoe. Yardwork on a beautiful sunny weekend morning, what were they thinking..

Sure enough, she’s up again….now’s a good time to sign off. Hope to be back soon with hopefully some good updates about graduation, moving, and a home sale!

Here are a few photos from the past couple months. Sorry if these are redundant for my Instagram followers, but these favorites are on there for a reason! 🙂

Gymboree: 5 weeks old and already sleeping in class

Gymboree: 5 weeks old and already sleeping in class

Saturday morning

Saturday morning

Bedtime reading-ish

Bedtime reading-ish

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No hair don't care

No hair don’t care

Daddy and me

Daddy and me

Mommy and me

Mommy and me

We call her Bright Eyes

We call her Bright Eyes

My little joy

My little joy

 

Ara Newborn Session

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If you know me or my family, you know we love photos. Growing up, I remember countless family photo sessions and it’s fun to go back and look through them to see how we’ve changed over the years.

Enter the digital age and smart phones! The photo taking is now out of control,  especially now that we have a baby and I was not letting go of the opportunity to schedule a newborn session with one of my favorite photographers out there, Dorothée of Belathée Photography, a team based out of New York and Seattle. I first met Dorothée and Annabel when I was a wedding events assistant with True Colors Events. TC only worked with the best, and the ladies of Belathée are the best! Not only are they supremely talented, they are warm and wonderful to work with and the images they take are always stunning and intimate in feel. 

We scheduled a newborn session with Dorothée as soon as Ara arrived and I’m so pleased with these beautiful images. They were taken mostly in our home, when Ara was one week old. It was a lovely spring day in Seattle and the cherry trees in our neighborhood happened to be in full bloom, so we also ventured outside to take a few photos with the flowering blossoms. I’m so thankful to Dorothée for capturing this sweet time in our lives with our little girl. And we actually look (kind of) awake in these!

All photos by Belathée Photography

Surfacing

Ara, 1 month

Ara, 1 month

She’s napping! Which means I’ve been wandering around the house trying to remember the things I need to get done, like folding laundry, starting dinner, clearing out the dishwasher, tidying up the living room because it looks like a bomb hit it, paying bills, petting the dog because the poor guy has been admittedly neglected lately, etc.

Most of the time though during these periods when I MEAN to be productive, I’m really trying to sneak a nap in while she’s napping, or checking my phone and posting the latest photo of her on Instagram because I’ve become one of those parents. Sorry for inundating our followers, I don’t know if that’s going to stop anytime soon, we’re long distance from most of our loved ones, the grandparents love seeing daily photos of her and that’s my excuse.

Missy has been sharing all these great posts about her travels, crafting, and recipes! Unfortunately, my life isn’t very varied these days, although we are slowly coming out of the newborn fog and finding our footing again with each day. Because Ara will not be getting her first round of vaccines until the end of May, I’ve been afraid to take her out, what with all the news about the measles and whooping cough outbreaks here but I’ve realized that that’s ridiculous and I’m only driving myself crazy staying inside. Plus, Nick has been on this difficult rotation and has been coming home in the late evenings so it’s just us girls most days. We’ve been slowly venturing out beyond walks in the neighborhood, and are making an effort to see friends, receive visitors, and go on more outings to various parent groups or baby activities. Small steps! While the days seem long, the first five weeks have whizzed by and it’s nice to be regaining our balance again.

Nick’s mom sent us the journal she kept after Nick was born and I’ve loved going through each entry to catch a glimpse of his early days and read how he grew in that first year. This journal has inspired me to keep my own for Ara, so hopefully one day she could read it and see what her life was like in the beginning. It’s nothing fancy, I try to jot down observations each week of what she’s currently doing- (You have started to track us with your eyes and now turn your head in the direction of my voice! You have started to coo and smile! You love being changed but hate baths!)

I’ve been writing these notes on my phone since it’s easier to access than my laptop these days and have been looking for a service online where I can upload the entries and photos and eventually print out a baby book. Ah technology! Got to love it. I think I’ve found an online baby journal that fits the bill- Kidmondo, which has been featured on the BBC, NY Times, UrbanBaby, Kiwi, and Mashable among others. I’ve just started using it but will let you know my thoughts as we go further down the line.

As for a keepsake baby journal for footprints, mementos, documenting milestones, I was kind of aghast by the limited choices out there (pastel-colored, cartoon-y books anyone? Carter’s, I’m looking at you) and was so happy to find in a local card shop this journal, printed by Compendium, that strikes the right balance of sweetness without being too precious. There are pages where both mom and dad can write a letter to their baby, document the first year, hopes for the future, and an area where you can write down what was happening in the world at that time (big item in the news, latest inventions, our current favorite songs and TV shows, price of a stamp, loaf of bread, movie ticket). Nice, huh?

So that is what is going on now. I’m amazed she slept long enough for me to write this. Hopefully I’ll be able to post again soon. It’s a sunny day so we’re off for a walk with the dog!

p.s. Here’s a great recipes for this quinoa salad I’ve been loving lately. It is from our local natural market, PCC, which has an amazing deli section. I can eat this salad every day. Add chicken to make it more of a meal if you’d like.

PCC Sesame Quinoa with Edamame

Serves: 16 side portions

These ingredients are:
vegetarian iconVegetarian vegan iconVegan corn-free iconCorn-free dairy-free iconDairy-free egg-free iconEgg-free gluten-free iconGluten-free peanut-free iconPeanut-free tree nut-free iconTree nut-free wheat-free iconWheat-free

This recipe makes a party-size batch: about 16 side portions. You may cut it in half for a family meal or just enjoy the leftovers.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce arame seaweed
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 pound frozen edamame (soybeans)
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup brown rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup tamari

Preparation

Soak arame for 20 minutes to hydrate; drain well.

Boil 3 cups water; add quinoa. Bring back to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to sit covered until water is absorbed, stir to fluff.

Steam edamame for 2 minutes to thaw; let cool.

Toast sesame seeds in a dry sauté pan over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. When ingredients have cooled, mix together quinoa, arame, edamame and sesame seeds.

Heat sesame oil, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes for a few minutes in a sauté pan over medium heat; pour over quinoa mixture. Add rice vinegar and tamari; mix well and serve.

Recipe by PCC Deli