Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 year in review

2014 has come and gone. and it will forever be a year for the record books. i'm happy i did a decent job at blogging here, journaling a bit on my private blog, and taking loads of photos, some of which actually got printed into cute little books

to look back on the year, it obviously seems like the year of the baby...because it was! 2014 was the year we became parents before celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary. and let me tell you, parenthood is the best thing ever invented. it's definitely my calling in life to be a mom, and i'm so happy for the opportunity! 

in february my friends threw me a special baby shower brunch in my home. i also quit my job and feel privileged to now call myself a stay-at-home wife + mama. in march i gave birth to harper, and lucked out that she came quickly so i could do it naturally. in may, garrison gave harper a short + sweet baby blessing at our church. in june we road tripped to las vegas to visit friends and had more fun walking the strip + lounging in the pool than we thought we would. then we made our way to alaska to show off baby harper to our friends + family. july was full of adventures, trying to soak up our last summer in colorado. in august we attempted to backpack, but got rained out. september found us searching for golden fall colors. we had another opportunity to go back to alaska in october. oh yeah,  and we became a two-vehicle family (which i'm still getting used to).

since harper was born this year, it has also been a year of firsts for her + our family of three. first hike,  first smile, first campout, first airplane ride, first time rolling over, first times sitting up, first taste of real food, first bike rides, first teeth, first pumpkin patchhalloween, first times scooting + pulling up to a stand, first time crawling, first christmas + first time sledding. not to mention, my first mother's day + garrison's first father's day. what a fun year!

we had to adjust to living off one income, and in doing so i worried less about money than i ever have before. a true blessing for sure. i also came to terms that it's really okay to let go of people + things in my life that don't help to enrich me. life is short, and especially now with a child of my own, there is more than myself to consider. it's been a natural instinct to only want good examples around her.
2015 holds so many life changing adventures for us. garrison applied for an exciting job transfer to juneau, alaska scheduled for the spring, so this fall + winter were dedicated to preparing for the big move. we sold our cute colorado house + most of our furniture. we'll rent a one-bedroom apartment for a few months until we move. we have most of our belongings already loaded into a 6x12 trailer and plan to caravan along the west coast driving both our vehicles. then it's on a barge for 3 days to our new house in juneau. 2015 is going to be quite a year, and i'm ready for it.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

kitchen sink baths pt. 2

just before moving out of our house, i gave harper her last kitchen sink bath. i enjoyed them because i didn't have to bend over to kneel down, and also because washing a baby in a sink is so cute. next week we'll use a real bath tub in our rental, and i just know she's going to love it, because she loves splashing her hands in the water. i think it's time to invest in some fun tub toys!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

christmas day sledding

before noon on christmas day, we walked down to our neighborhood sledding hill to take harper on her first runs. she didn't show much of a reaction, even when she got sprayed in the face with snow, but i think she enjoyed herself. i'm glad we bought that little red sled. i hope we use it frequently over the next few months.

christmas is even better with a baby

i made garrison promise to stay in bed until 8am, but i ended up being the one to wake up early to shower, mop the floors + arrange the presents. silly details to some, but i love to feel ready for the morning. harper was a little grumpy to be woken up, wanting to be nursed mid-way into gift opening and needing a nap immediately afterward. but it was so cute to watch her pulling at the gift tags, touching the gift bags and crunching the tissue paper in her tiny hands. i caught her later in the afternoon spinning circles inside a shoe box.
 ^ my favorite gift might be this luxurious robe
 ^ garrison helping harper open her gifts...she got spoiled!
 ^ she can't help but pull to a stand on everything
^ the best gifts for kids seem to be boxes + crinkly paper
 ^ loving on her new baby doll
^ classic christmas morning family photo, before going sledding
this year it wasn't as much about the gifts (although we loved every single one!), but about sharing the joy of the day with baby harper. christmas is a magical time, especially with little ones around.

harper loved the baby doll she received from grammie, but i think the toy airplane is surprisingly her favorite. i knew she'd be spoiled by others, so i stuck with a few items of clothing to get her through the next few months.

harper even enjoyed the pot roast i made for dinner. she is eating so much more than last month, and it's pretty fun to just share what we're eating instead of baby food.

christmas always comes slowly but passes too quickly. and i'm already excited for next year.

Monday, December 22, 2014

warm fruit + yogurt parfait

parfaits are one of my favorite options when we eat out for brunch, but i never make them at home. until now! this warm version would be great to serve for house guests any time of the year. it is simple to put together + will impress. 

warm fruit + yogurt parfait
recipe adapted from annie's eats
makes 4 servings

1 pound frozen sliced peaches
3/4 cup frozen mixed berries
1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup granola (i used this recipe, but this one is good too)

preheat the oven to 375*f.  in a medium bowl, combine fruit, cornstarch, sugar & lemon juice. transfer mixture to a pie dish. bake 20 minutes, until warmed through. sprinkle top with granola, and bake an additional 10 minutes. serve with yogurt.

*post written in support of the #madewithchobani project. all photos + opinions are my own.