The Pumpkin Patch Redux

We went back! Auntie Em was so sad she couldn’t go with us the first time that I offered to go back with her and Colette this past Sunday. We had a great time again and were able to do a couple things we skipped the first time around.

Like the cow train!
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Auntie Em rode with Rocket and they had a blast bumping through the fields in a barrel painted like a cow.
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And we climbed to the top of the hay pyramid.
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And we visited with the animals in the barn, and played with the pumpkins and the dirt in the fields, and went on the hay ride again.
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I love autumn and Halloween and am so glad I got to enjoy the pumpkin patch twice this year. And who knows…maybe we’ll even make it back a third time!

Summer Fun, part 2

The month of August in review:

Summer Fun, part 1

I have been delinquent in posting our adventures this summer, so I decided I would catch you up via photos and videos – in three parts. We’ll start with the month of July.

Here are a few videos from our time in Fort Collins with my goddaughter Breanna, her sister Cierra, and my cousin/their mother Jennifer. I am so very, very glad we got to spend the week with them!

First attempt to walk with the step-stool

Getting better at walking with the step-stool

At the park

The Pumpkin Patch

We had such a lovely afternoon at the pumpkin patch today! Zakk’s parents (aka Nana and Didus) are living in Portland now, so they were able to join us for the fun. We got to take a hayride, visit with the animals in the big red barn, and play in the field of pumpkins. The weather was amazing and we brought home a couple of beautiful pumpkins, as well as a good amount of farm fresh produce that we picked up at fantastic prices and a cherry pie (my favorite!) that I will bake soon (probably tomorrow – I can’t wait!).

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I was nominated by my sister, Nicole Hawley, to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Since I missed the 24-hour deadline, I will donate $100 to the ALS Association. I went ahead and dumped a bucket of ice water on my head anyway in honor of our cousin Matthew Reed, who was diagnosed with ALS in February of this year. I now challenge Emma Kuzda.

Remembering Florida

We took our annual family vacation to¬†Florida this past April. It was Colette’s first trip to the beautiful beaches of SW Florida and we all had a great time. I am a little embarrassed that I didn’t share this trip sooner, but what can I say…time flies!

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Day 6 – FUN WITH FILTERS

A Good Day (mostly…)

Dear Friends, Family, and possible random strangers who read my blog,

Lest you all think I have a perfectly delightful child 100% of the time, let me set the record straight. Zakk has been on a work trip to Denmark (his company is based there) since last Saturday before dawn. He doesn’t come back until this Saturday night. It has been a long four days. Very long. And I have four more to go. Colette has become immensely challenging since her Daddy left. Honestly, she can be challenging on any given day. I just try not to focus on it too much. But without my partner here to share the load, it has taken a toll on me. She doesn’t want to eat what is offered to her. In fact, she would rather scream at me and throw it all on the floor. She doesn’t want to sleep. For naps or at night. She would rather thrash around like a wild baby animal, while occasionally snuggling me, occasionally pinching me, and occasionally trying to make a break for her bookcase or her bedroom door as I try to sing, cuddle, and otherwise cajole her to sleep. She only wants to be held and played with. All day long. And sometimes even that isn’t good enough. She is yelling a lot. I mean a lot. And loud. And it is hot here. Really hot. And I do not get a break. I have gained immense respect for the single parents of the world. I already had immense respect for them. Honestly. But it has grown over the last four days. This is hard. I wish my partner was here to help out with our daughter, our home, our life. I wish my partner was here to talk to about my day, my moments of happiness and gratitude, and my moments of frustration and disappointment. I wish my partner was here to hold me when I’m feeling overwhelmed and tired. I wish my partner was here. Thank goodness I know he is coming back in a few days time. I am grateful that yesterday had more good moments than Saturday or Sunday. Grateful especially for music class with friends and for a backyard dinner with other friends. And I am grateful that today had even more good moments than yesterday. And I am hopeful that tomorrow will prove to be even better yet. Time will tell.

Here are a few of my moments of gratitude from today.

Reading in the Park

Reading in the Park

We walked over to the park that is a couple blocks from our house to meet up with friends and have lunch. It was delightful to talk to other adults. And Colette didn’t scream at all and ate her lunch without a fight because there was so much going on around her to take in. And then she decided to do some reading in the park, which was totally adorable and made me very happy.

Zucchini Smile

Zucchini Smile

She giddily ate zucchini slices for her snack this afternoon. Seriously, she was giggling and making funny faces the whole time. I’m not sure if you can tell, but she has a zucchini smile in this photo much like the orange smiles that are common among youth (and youthful adults). It was truly delightful. Especially since she has been refusing them and throwing them on the floor for the past three days. She ate so well that I gave her a banana mini-muffin to round out her afternoon snack, which completely thrilled her, of course. She would happily eat those all day long!

Side Note: You can also see the two bottom teeth that have popped out in the past few weeks. Teething is not fun. But she sure does look cute with her new teeth.


I gave her some fresh, whole raspberries after she ate her dinner this evening. As I picked one up out of the carton, I was struck by how her tiny fingers would fit perfectly inside the raspberries. So I put them on her finger for her to eat them. She thought this was quite fun and it led to a lot of laughter from both of us.

Sleeping Baby

Sleeping Baby

She is finally asleep! I started putting her to bed at 7pm. I finally got out of her room by 8:40pm. Which is actually an improvement on Saturday night and Sunday night. I was lulled into a false sense of ease about bedtime by last night’s willingness to go to sleep without a fuss or fight. Tonight was not so easy. But now she is sleeping and I am free. For a little while anyway.

And now I say goodnight to you, my friends and family (and random strangers). Life is not perfect. Ever. And parenthood is a journey deep into the worlds of less than perfect and revised expectations. But I hope you are all able to count your blessings and decide they outweigh the frustrations and disappointments, too.

Love,
Kristin

More Birthday Goodness

Haven’t had your fill of sweet Colette on her birthday yet? Wish you were at the party? Here are some more photos to fill you up and make you feel like you were there!

Family Photo

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So many friends. So much fun. We are so blessed.

Extra special thanks to Amanda, Alex, Morgan, and Jenn for taking great photos!

Then and Now…

Since we have hit the one year milestone, we have been looking back at photos from the past year. Here are the 13 images Zakk chose to have on display at her birthday party yesterday.

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I have two friends who had their baby girls 2 days before and 2 days after Colette. All three girls were together yesterday AND we remembered to take a photo of all of us.

L-R: Katie & Anastasia, Morgan & Peri, Kristin & Colette

L-R: Katie & Anastasia, Morgan & Peri, Kristin & Colette

For comparison, here are the girls at about 9 weeks old.

L-R: Peri, Colette, and Anastasia

L-R: Peri, Colette, and Anastasia

And here we all are when the girls were about 2 weeks old.

L-R: Morgan & Peri, Kristin & Colette, Katie & Anastasia

L-R: Morgan & Peri, Kristin & Colette, Katie & Anastasia

And this was taken about 2 weeks before the babes arrived!

L-R: Morgan, Kristin, and Katie

L-R: Morgan, Kristin, and Katie

Finally, here is a photo of me around my first birthday.

Me around my first birthday

Me around my first birthday

And here is Zakk on his first birthday.
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