Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ten months with Tessa

I've been terrible with my monthly Tessa updates.  Thankfully, when she turns one in less than two months, I'll be off the hook.  Without further ado, here's the latest and the greatest with Miss Tess.
- Her first tooth (top right) appeared Oct 5.
- Noticed her second tooth (bottom right) on Oct. 14.
- Immediately after realizing she had two tooth, she began to grind them.
- She took her first steps Oct. 16.
- She was recently weened from her afternoon snack (after nap time), so now she's down to four breast feedings a day.
- She climbs our two sets of stairs in less than five seconds.
- She claps, waves, blows kisses, and raises her arms in the air when I say "Tessa is so big."
- She loves bath time with her big sisters and the tv remote and the vacuum cleaner.
- She can say Mama, but she mainly says Dada, and I don't think she knows what they mean yet.

Tessa, my little jinx-bear-doodle, I love you so much.  You are pure joy!

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Cross country practice, cross country meets (6 in the month of Sep. alone), eating froyo, soaking up the Oct. rays while my girls get their groove on, and posing for pictures after church….that's what been happening lately.

Our only home meet at Newberg H.S.

The JV girls after their race.

The start of the Varsity girls' race at the Nike Pre-Nationals Meet held at Portland Meadows.

Our amazing freshman boys after their race at Nike Pre-Nationals.

Probably the most candid of all team shots our bus driver took that day at Champoeg Park.

Newberg Cross Country 2014

The girls loved feeding Tessa frozen yogurt, and Tessa loved being fed by her sisters.

Tessa screaming at her sisters for more froyo.

First tights of fall.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Goodbye Summer

Fall is officially here.  But our last two weeks of summer boasted hot temperatures, which meant lots of pool parties, popsicles, watermelon, and wearing sun dresses to church. The girls were pretty bummed when Dadda deflated the pool to put it back into the garage and when we ran out of Otter Pops.

Thank you Gramma & Grampa for our new swimsuits!

McKinley loves to swim underwater.  And she's so excited for her third round of swim lessons in Oct.

Here she's doing "starfish," aka floating on her back.

Sophie helps Piper do "starfish."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Momma's Birthday

Dadda planned a lovely morning to celebrate my birthday. After nursing Tessa, I woke up the girls, quickly got them dressed, and we piled into the swagger wagon to have breakfast at a hip restaurant in SE Portland called The Jam.  The inside walls were painted sea foam green, and the decor was a mix of artsy and industrial.  Plus, there was a separate play area for kids right next to our table. I loved it!  Unfortunately my dish was a bit underwhelming, but my mango mimosa was the bomb.  After breakfast we drove to Sandy to pick up a hutch top I had found on Craigslist. When we got home, Sophie snapped a family picture of us.  The evening was business as usual, as I had to go to Champoeg park for cross country practice and Dadda had to ride bikes at a football game.  But the girls and I scarfed a pizza from Papa Murphy's for dinner, and then we ate treats we picked out from Rose's Bakery.  I even got some birthday love all the way from Japan & Alaska.  Overall, it was a great day to turn thirty-six!

Piper decided she didn't want to look at the camera and would rather pout. 

Thanks Sophie, for taking a picture of our family!

Thank you Leyton & Ellis for my beautiful pony picture, and thanks Grandma B. for my Alaska mug!

My budding fashionista.

After dinner we played outside for a bit.

Grandma B. also sent to the girls matching, sailor girl, tank tops.  Thanks Gramms!