Our Summer in Pictures


Hi Friends, we've been having quite the adventerous summer, although I've literally spent every spare moment flat on the couch growing this fourth baby. But I'm actually sitting up on the couch today so I can share some pictures with you from our summer so far. :)

We started with swim lessons for Ross and Ida. For their first swim lessons they did fabulous, and if you're in the area we highly recommend Peter Kirk Pool.

This is Ida doing "starfish". She LOVES being underwater and literally spent over half of her time in the pool floating around like a dead body. 

For Father's Day we suprised Ross with a day trip to our favorite little spot on the Olympic Peninsula. It was a cool grey day but lots of fun.

When I was a girl we would sometimes go pick strawberries at the farm. At the end of June my sister Sarah and I took the kids to Beringer farms to pick berries. Ross and Ida were amazing little helpers and Jack was our official taste tester. :) Now we have over a dozen jars of freezer jam so we'll get to enjoy those strawberries through the fall and winter!

Oh, and I cut Jack's hair. He has amazing hair, but having it in his face constantly and literally longer than Ida's was driving me crazy. I'm loving his big boy look.

And we've also spend a good bit of time on the water, both sailing and exploring the shore. It's been a good summer so far and we're looking forward to more adventures.

The Fam


We spent last weekend in Seabrook with my entire family. It was our first all-family vacation in well over 5 years and was perfectly wonderful!

We're alive and kicking!


Hi there friends. I got a text from my mother in love yesterday because apparently I haven't posted anything on the interwebs in a week. I have a good reason for that. But I'll just let these pictures from Easter speak for themselves. 

That's right. Baker baby no. 4 is on the way! We're expecting him or her at the end of December. I'm in the height of the first trimester so there's a lot of laying on the couch, falling dead asleep at random times, overwhelming nausea and ravenous hunger, food aversions and cravings. My sister told me yesterday that she's hoping I get to the "glories of the second trimester" soon. Ha! Me too. 

But mostly we feel more excited than ever to welcome this new little life and see who they are and what they are like!

Happy Birthday Ida Marie!



You are our most precious, beautiful girl! We are so glad you are part of our family! You love people, anyone, right from the get go. At the park I am most likely to find you playing with someone you've never met who you are already calling "friend". You are loving and friendly to just about everyone. 

And you have a deep compassion for people. You get very concerned when anyone in the house is hurt. Often saying things like, "you okay honey?? It's ok."

Your favorite things to do right now are singing and reading books. Your most frequently sung show tunes are from Frozen, of course. You love to stand in front of the mirror and sing. your. heart. out. 

You will also sit and look at books sometime for an hour straight. You aren't as patient about being read to, but you love to look. Most nights you sleep with at lease half a dozen books tucked in the bed with you. :)

Ida, Mommy and Daddy love you so much! You are our precious princess and we can't imagine life without you! Happy birthday!

Read Ida turns one and two.

Giveaway Winner & A Bit of Random


Good morning, friends! The giveaway winner is...

Brittany Wirth!! Congratulations girl! Send me your address and I'll ship it off to you.

Thank you so much to all of you that entered, I wish I could send you each a blanket! Instead, use code MAY10 to get 10% off any order from the Etsy shop between now and next Monday.


And now, a rather random jumble of things on my mind this morning. First of which is a big happy 18th birthday shout out to my favorite baby sister!

You've had your share of struggles in the last few years and yet you remain full of joy and optimism for the future. I'm excited to see where this next year takes you! Love you girl!

Ross took some time off work so we had a long weekend as a family and enjoyed some different adventures between spurts of rain.

There are times I wish you all could be flies on our wall at home, it's really quite entertaining. Ida's latest thing is to crawl up in her Dad's lap, throw her arms around his neck and say, "close you eyes dad!" and then proceed to give him a big smooch. Of course with her eyes closed too. :) She was in the middle of one of these smooching sessions last night after dinner when little Ross walks down the hall and announces, "I don't have a brother anymore." As we hear Jack's screams of protest from behind the garage door. Ha! Sometimes parenting so many young kids at once is downright overwhelming. But a lot of times it's just hilarious, and I sure am grateful for the comic relief!

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