Sep 29, 2014

Our Life Lately // Vol. 3

1. Ryan and I in Vail, earlier this summer. A sweet pic of our favourite guy to look at while we missed him on his 30th birthday this past Wednesday. 
2. Love the view from baby girl's room and that pompom garland we've been crafting away at while watching movies might be the cutest thing ever. 
3. Sunny September walk with my bestie and her little ladies. 
4. Lincoln and I on our early morning walks down to the river. 
5. Still can't quite believe this view ♡
6. Somewhat shell-shocked wolfie post first (accidental) swimming session. He handled it like a champ though! And would ya look at that face?!

This week we were without Ryan while he travelled for work (to Vegas, the rascal :). And of course, Wednesday just happened to be his 30th birthday. BIG deal! Super sad we couldn't celebrate in person with him but we were sure to celebrate with him before he left. And, as is our fashion, we have a week of dinners planned to continue celebrating. He's, like, the most important person ever and we kinda want him to know it ;)

While he was away, Lincoln and I were busy. Lots of visits with family and friends and walks to soak up this glorious fall weather we're having. Sometimes sunny but always cold and misty in the morning, just exactly the way we like it. And speaking of the mist and things water related, Mr. Lincoln accomplished his first dog paddle this week! While out on  a walk with my dad, sister and brother in the woods near their place we encountered a beautiful, small lagoon. Lincoln was fetching in the water fearlessly, as is his nature. Not knowing the lagoon that well I threw the stick to a deep part and little buddy jumped in thinking he could run in to retrieve it. He ended up pulling a total canon ball into the deep end instead. Totally shocked, his soaked little face emerged from the water as he found his swimming legs and instinctually paddled back towards shallow ground. Admitting full bias, it was probably THE cutest thing I've ever seen. Dad, Tyrone, Brooke and I got so excited and praised him like crazy. It was adorable and like the little fearless champ he is, he was back fetching in no time. 

I was so aware this week as I enjoyed great visits with family, my sweet friends, walks in the forest near our home and marathon nesting & decor sessions around our cozy home that life is so, so good. And while I miss Ryan so much when he's away, I'm so grateful for the many special people and other blessings in our life that make time spent away from him sweet still. Maybe its the pregnancy hormones (and believe me, those babies are kickin' it into high gear these days ;) or the fact that Thanksgiving is around the corner, but I'm feeling awfully grateful these days. 

This week we plan to soak in some quality time as a little family since Ryan's work schedule has him traveling again soon. Soon we'll be a little family with baby in tow and that will be amazing. But we've got lots of adventuring to do sans baby until then and we plan to! 

Sep 28, 2014

motherhood // pregnancy

Left: 10 weeks    Right: 29 Weeks

Hmmmm. How to put into words what this experience has been like so far? She'll be here before we know it and like so much in life, I imagine it might be hard to remember exactly what this felt like if I don't try and capture my feelings at this given moment. So here are the best words I can muster. 

Awe. More than anything, I'm in awe. As I type this, she's tap dancing away in my belly. Flipping around, pushing and nudging, squishing my belly up on one side and out on the other…I'm so aware of her. I keep thinking how incredible it will be when she's here in my arms. But the same little girl is here right now… just, in my belly. How absolutely amazing is that? Sure, I don't yet know the features of her face or her little body but already I'm getting a glimpse into her essence and that just has me perpetually in awe. I tell Ryan often about the little antics she's up to. Text him updates when he's out of town. Doing my best describe what I'm feeling and what our little lady is up to. He always responds with such enthusiasm and interest. His genuine desire to participate in this experience continuously warms my heart. What a joy parenthood with him will be.

I find myself thinking about a lot of the 'bigger picture' things vs. the checklists one might find in all those pregnancy preparedness handbooks. Sure those checklists warrant a thought here and there but its things like thinking about who she'll be that have my heart captivated these days. Who will she be? I look at Ryan, myself, our family and our friends. Each person so unique. No one else like them. And here comes little baby girl. Completely new and never before seen or encountered. Her face, her heart, her mind…. a little blend of Ryan and I, a little personality unique like no other. So monumental when you think about it, really. And while I wouldn't wish a moment of this time pass by faster than it already is, I'm positively beside myself with excitement to meet this little lady of ours. 

Physically, I've changed quite a bit over the last few weeks. Baby is growing so much! She moves around often and noticeably which I'm trying to really be mindful of and enjoy. Soon she won't have nearly as much room to attempt these kinds of acrobatics ;) As for overall comfort, I feel like I'm fairing pretty well. The second trimester I felt quite normal, just that I was growing a bit in the midsection. Reaching the third trimester, I would say that was the first time I started feeling quite pregnant. Baby's movements are regular and strong, sitting up to get out of bed has become a bit of a maneuver and turning around quickly to look at something has me sometimes feeling like I've pulled an ab ;) Yep, I would venture to say pregnancy is feeling rather real these days. Thankfully still gentle overall though and for that I remain grateful. 

So far, I'm loving this experience. I'm amazed by it really ♡

Sep 23, 2014

Our Life Lately // Vol. 2

So the snow melted! Oh happy and reasonable September day! To celebrate we resumed our walks along the river sans winter jackets and just soaked up the warm sunshine and green grass that had been so rudely buried in snow last week. We're still enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures and I gotta think that's mama natures way of rewarding us for putting up with the little snow tantrum she threw. Whatever the case, we'll take it! 

Snapped this pic of our bed the other day because our room was so sunny and I realized how happy looking at our first big DIY project seems to make me on a daily basis. Fuel for this girl's DIY fire, really. Little moments like that seem to encourage me to keep making this house our home and I love that. 

In between work, building, sanding and painting we saw friends for catchups, cruised on over to our favourite burger joint and squeezed in some quality spoon time with a rogue wolfhound we found laying around our house ;)  Life's too short. You really gotta take a minute every now and then to enjoy the simple things. We did that this week. And it was good. 

Sep 15, 2014

Our Life Lately // Vol. 1

Though I have made many attempts at weekly journaling before this, let it be known that this is Our Life Lately // Vol. 1 in all its official glory :) Not to discount the many, many lovely weeks enjoyed before this one. Its just that this one happens to receive the inaugural moniker; a moniker that will *hopefully* grace this slice of the internet on a somewhat regular (weekly, if we're being idealistic here) basis. Yes friends, it's time we started keeping track of what goes on 'round these parts a little better. So without further ado...

This week mother nature threw us some kind of curve ball. Early in the week we were enjoying hot sunny days and warm walking adventures. By Wednesday, we were positively buried in snow! A snow storm of such epic proportions (two full days, unrelenting!) is unheard of this time of year and unfortunately, the lush leafy trees around the city and in our town paid the price. Thankfully the woods are far enough behind our place to not have caused any damage to our home, but many bent and snapped under the weight of the snow caught by their summery leaves. We're grateful we weren't personally affected, but definitely feeling for the people who's homes were! As quickly as it came, the snow is now completely melted and we're left with the green summer landscapes we were enjoying just days earlier. So strange! Here's hoping the green hangs on a little longer. Need to top up on that summer sun while we can to bolster ourselves for the long winter months ahead.

In other news, we are DIY'ing busy bees lately. Not sure if it has something to do with little baby on her way or the fact that we've been in our place 7 months now, but something lit a fire in our nesting hearts and we've decided to finally do something about all the things that needed doing around here. Several projects are in progress and so far, we're loving how it's all coming together. A large adjustable shelving unit, a console table and an entertainment unit are all in the works. After months of looking, we couldn't find the perfect pieces for our entertainment we decided to make them! Ryan continues to impress me with the pieces he's building. Can you say secretly skilled, DIY'ing, weekend warrior on a mission? Haha. I'm just doing my best to keep up by being the best sander/finisher I can be. Don't want to be the weak link in this nesting duo ;) Can't wait to share more as things evolve. Progress feels good! 

And in big, exciting news...we said hello to the third trimester this week!! Eek! Can't even believe it really. So far I'm still feeling really good. My energy levels remain quite high and physically, I'm not overly uncomfortable. As long as this is the case, you can trust I'll be outside adventuring with Ryan and Lincoln, savouring these last bits of summer and working away on the fun little projects that are making our house feel more like a home each day :)

Happy monday friends!

Sep 3, 2014

Chad & Karly - On To New Adventures

My brother Chad and his sweet girlfriend Karly (Carli's/Karly's of the world are representing in our family, woop woop! ;) have moved to Vancouver as of this past weekend. Chad and I are 16 months apart and were always so close growing up. Even as adults, with more time passing between visits because of life and general busyness, we have always enjoyed a sweet comfort in each other's presence as though no time has passed at all. I'm so glad we're so close in age and that, like all the kids in my family, we grew up as and into incredibly close friends. I love my siblings dearly, but I also really like them as best friends. I have to give our parents major credit for fostering that friendship rich environment in our home. 

Uniquely enough, all four of the kids in our family have remained in the same city until now. And we've loved every minute of it. But the time has come for Chad and Karly to pursue a new, exciting chapter in Vancouver and while we are sad to see them go, we're so happy for what awaits them. They are a truly brilliant and beautiful couple with an incredibly bright future. 

I'm thankful for the time we live in and the technology available to us to keep in touch and a part of one another's lives. Also, Vancouver is beautiful and I can't imagine us waiting long to fly out to see them and their new life :) Regardless, goodbyes are difficult. This weekend was emotional to be sure, but the happiness I feel for them far outweighs my sadness in losing physical proximity. 

Chad & Karly, we love you and wish you the absolute best on your new adventure! 

Aug 30, 2014

A Best Friend's Wedding

This past Saturday, Ryan's best friend Adam married his stunning wife Elisa. Ryan and Adam have been friends for nearly 20 years (since they were 10!). Ryan and I started dating when we were 17 and it wasn't long after we had started dating that I got to meet Ryan's best buddy Adam. It was immediately obvious what a fantastic guy he was. And thank goodness for that! I met him when Ryan and I were in that totally infatuated stage of dating when you're love drunk and can't think clearly. Like you hope you're thinking clearly, but you can't really be sure. And I remember thinking 'K, obviously I'm not the only person who thinks Ryan is a THE MOST AMAZING GUY EVER. Adam is top notch quality and he seems to think Ryan is best friend material. This is a ringing endorsement for what my doe-eyed, teenage heart seems to have been telling me all along'. Ha! 

Adam's support, loyalty and overall 'couldn't find a better best bud than this guy'-ness has been such a huge blessing in Ryan's life and in mine. They don't come better and I'm just so grateful Ryan and him have remained so close over all these years. In fact, nine years ago on this same weekend, Adam was Ryan's best man at our wedding. Nine years later, Ryan was his. Longstanding, quality friendships like these come along once in a lifetime and I'm so glad these two continue to be there for one another, year after year. 

The cherry on top of it all? He met and has now married his absolute soul mate, Elisa. And we all just love her!! It's clear they will be so happy together and we just couldn't be happier for them ♡

Nine years married to this man as of this past Tuesday! Not sure what I did to deserve him, but I'm thankful every day that we're together. He is the kindest, wisest, most patient, reliable, funny, hard working and admirable man I know. He's my rock and my greatest pleasure. Life with him is an adventure I don't want to miss one moment of. And now, to be expecting a little one together? Almost too much for this overly hormonal, excessively-prone-to-waterworks gal to process. Suffice it to say, I LOVE this man and I LOOOOVE our life together. 

// little baby is definitely a visible bump these days :) //

Fortunately, our weekend got a little work/vacation extension so we could keep the good times rolling. Ryan had to head down to Spokane after the wedding to purchase a vehicle for work. So we made a leisurely road trip out of it and had a blast! We stopped by Sandpoint's city beach to stretch our legs en route, stayed at the beautiful Davenport in Spokane, ate our way through the city, spent waaaay too much time and money at Hobby Lobby (how did I not know about this heaven before??) and felt entirely grateful that after nine years married we love each other's company more than ever. Definitely one of those sweet summer weeks we won't soon forget. 

Aug 29, 2014

♡ Baby ♡

//  We're are so excited to be expecting a little girl in December!  //

Oh goodness! I've always wondered how this would feel. Physically, emotionally, the whole bit. My most favourite person in the whole world and I are expecting a little of our own! Who will she be? How will we grow? What will the three of us together (+ Lincoln :) feel like? I can only imagine the adventure it will be and it's one I know we both look forward to with overflowing gratitude and eager hearts. 

Ryan and I have been married 9 years now and together for 12. I have loved every inch of the distance we've travelled together over those years. Truly, life lived with my best friend has been the greatest blessing. To be adding a little mini to our brood is just the sweetest gift. 

Fortunately, pregnancy has been gentle on me so far. I'm about 25 weeks along (22 in the picture) and am thoroughly enjoying the 'normalness' of the second trimester. Besides for the steady growth I see in my belly I feel just like myself and for that I am so grateful. From what she tells me, my mom had rather gentle pregnancies for all four of us. So far, my experience has mirrored hers so I'm hopeful that trend will continue ;) Of course, whatever comes, I'll have to take it in stride. Thankful to have Ryan's great support throughout this experience. As is his manner, if ever I've felt overwhelmed, he's been right there to lighten the load. Words can't begin to describe how much I'm looking forward to this new adventure with him ♡