Aug 26, 2009

Gearing Up, Cougar Style!

The traffic is thicker, the lines at the grocery store are longer, and campus is packed. The new academic year has begun. As much as I hate the fact I can no longer make it across town in five minutes or that a trip to the grocery store takes twice as long, it really is exciting to have all the students back in town! It gives Pullman a whole new feel and as much as I love the quiet, slow-paced summers, I love the upbeat feel once the population increases some 25,000 in just days.

The mornings are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. Before we know it the leaves will change and it will be dark by the time we get home from work each night. That's right, fall is just around the corner, and that means football season is too! Isabelle and Dillon couldn't wait to try on their new cougar gear... Okay, maybe they could and we couldn't, but how could we? I mean, look at how stinkin' cute they are! =)

Go Cougs!
(Cheerleader in the making!)
She loves the WSU fight song. Every time it comes on she dances with her hands up like this...

See I didn't lie, he was excited too!

They are getting WAY too big!
Dill and (mini) Butch.
I wonder how they'll do with their first encounter with the real Butch?
We're number one!
No really, we are! Best time of the entire football season because we're undefeated! LOL!

Paul starts classes again tonight, 7:00-10:00pm -- Ugh, that will make for a long day -- and Thursday's 4:00-7:00pm. If he takes two classes a semester from here on out he'll defend next fall. Seems like that went fast! Maybe after we're done having babies it will be my turn. :)

Isabelle moved up to the toddler room yesterday. She's been transitioning for a few weeks now going into the classroom a few hours a day, but now she is in there full time. I don't know what I'm going to do when she goes to kindergarten... I'm having a hard time with her moving into the 1and 2 year old class for goodness sake! They are great though. It just seems so impossible! She's taking one nap a day now and no longer in a crib (at school that is). She eats school lunch with all her friends and plays outside a couple times a day. Her favorite things to do so far include practicing her climbing skills, playing trucks outside, circle time singing songs and reading books, and playing with her best friend Ella. Her vocabulary is growing daily too. She says Ella, water, Boo Boo (that's what Daddy calls her), whoa, and bite in addition to all her other words. She has her one year checkup on September 9th (a little late, thanks to a lack of preparation by Mommy, *sigh*) . I'll be sure to update you all on her stats.

As for me, not a whole lot has changed. Still loving my job and life in general! I'm adjusting to being back to our old work schedule (8-5 with an hour lunch) and am planning on starting running again. Maybe during my hour lunch break since it's way too long. Oh yeah, and I'll be 25 in a month... crazy! I'll post about that later though. Hope you all had a fantastic summer and are enjoying gearing up for fall too! GO COUGS!!!

Aug 21, 2009

Pretty in Pink

I know I'm biased, but is she not absolutely adorable?! Looking so grown up and so pretty in pink! I couldn't resist sharing. =)

Happy Friday!

Aug 20, 2009

1st Birthday Party

We were all seeing spots and dots at Isabelle’s birthday party last Saturday! Complete with polka dot finger foods, cake, goody bags, decorations, dress and ball pit. It was the perfect first birthday! I have incredibly way too many pictures to post so in the post below you can see a slideshow of the party. Besides the three layer round pink polka dot cake I had made splitting into three pieces and falling apart, the party went off without a hitch! Thanks to the help of my amazing mom and friend Julie we whipped up another cake, threw some quick polka dots on it and were ready for the guests. Isabelle’s family and friends helped us celebrate her big day. We can’t thank everyone who joined us enough for making our little girl’s day so special. She was spoiled beyond belief and was in complete heaven digging into her cake and chasing all the big kids around. She had her own little pink polka dot cake that she did not take long to destroy. =) I’ve never seen a little one dig into a cake like she did! After opening all her gifts and playing until she was absolutely beat she went to bed at 5:45 and didn’t wake again until 5:00 the next morning. We all enjoyed the cool evening out on the patio around a fire. We couldn’t have asked for a better day! Thanks again to those who helped prepare for the party, those who traveled hours to celebrate with us, and everyone for making Isabelle’s day absolutely perfect!

Enjoy the pictures below…

Aug 12, 2009


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Aug 10, 2009

A Year Ago Today

It seems impossible that a year ago today I began to go into labor. It seems like yesterday I was pregnant with Isabelle and nervous about what to expect when I finally started to have contractions.
A year ago today I woke up at 2:00 in the morning with a sensation I hadn't felt before. I laid there awake for two hours watching the clock to see how close the contractions were. Sure enough they were 5 minutes apart on the dot. They were not too painful, but enough to keep me from sleeping. This went on for three hours and I finally called my mom to let her know. I called the hospital to check with them since the rule is “contractions 5 minutes apart for an hour and it’s time to come in”. Well, I continued at this pace for another 24 hours before we finally headed to the hospital. I walked all around the neighborhood all day long trying to speed things along. After a long day and another night of no sleep we left for the hospital at 2:00 a.m. I love that we live right in Pullman and we only had to drive through town (approximately 4 minutes) to get to the hospital. Before admitting us they had to check to see my progress. (I had gone in at 10 a.m. the day before and was only 2 centimeters.) The nurse made me promise I wouldn’t cry if I hadn’t progressed any and I told her, “I'll try not to, but I think I might!” :) I was still at a 2 so it was time to walk… and I mean power walk…. for an hour straight! So there Paul and I were at 2:30 Sunday morning walking up and down the halls of the empty dark hospital. The longer we walked the faster my contractions came. I had to stop and breath through contractions every 1-2 minutes. They were really starting to pick up and were much stronger than before. After an hour of walking I was finally progressing and was able to be admitted! Looking back to a year ago today I remember those emotions of excitement, anticipation, and anxiety, but before we knew it Isabelle was ready to join us in this world!

Aug 6, 2009

She thinks she's quite funny!

"No, no Izzy; we don't eat wrappers! That's yucky!"
*trying to hold a straight face*
*smile* *giggle*
I give in! You are way too cute silly girl!


Can you blame me? Just look at that face! She was very proud of herself and thought she was quite funny. She had us cracking up!

Aug 5, 2009

The Last Leg of Our Trip!

On the road again!
Next stop, Leavenworth. This was the final leg of our trip. We headed over Stevens Pass Monday morning after having breakfast with Chubbs. What a gorgeous drive!
We were stopped for about 10 minutes due to road construction. We were within miles of Leavenworth and Isabelle was starting to get antsy! I was able to snap a few shots of the Wenatchee River while we sat. It could have been much longer so we weren't complaining, but we were definitely ready to get to our hotel.
It was too hot not to utilize the hotel pool. We decided to take a dip after dinner. It was 7:00 and still in the 90's. Of course, our water bug was loving it!
We arrived around 2:00 and it was well over 100 degrees. We decided to hide out in our hotel room where it was nice and cool. At 4:00 we wandered out and walked the streets, stopping at all the cute little shops (we actually went in to many shops just for the AC). Isabelle slept the entire time, but her poor little cheeks were rosy red! It was a little warm so we decided to head back to our hotel's restaurant, which was amazing!

We stayed at the Icicle Inn. It was a great place. It had a whole funplex -- movie theater, miniature golf, soda fountain, arcade, basketball and tennis courts, and the pool and hot tub. Definitely a great place for families to stay! We look forward to staying there again!

Aug 4, 2009


Oh how I miss this gorgeous place!

We continued our journey onto Bellingham. As you all know, Paul and I are both alumni from Western Washington University so this is our stomping ground! We were thrilled to get to spend the night with Paul's best friend Kyle... Chubbs!

Isabelle was so happy to see Uncle Chubbs!

And she got to see my very good friend, Kata! Of course I couldn't get a good picture of the two of them together (there were too many neat rocks and sticks to play with). I'm so happy we were able to meet up and catch up for a while. We miss you Kata! We'll come visit you in CA soon! :)
We went out to one of our all time favorite places in Bellingham, Larabee State Park. I would head out to this place with my friends to "study", but we always ended up being way too distracted. It's amazing how that always happened in B'ham. There is just way too much to see and do in this amazing town!

After climbing around on the rocks we headed back to the car, but stopped to let the little one play for a bit in the grass... this is pre-face plant on the gravel trail you see in the background.
And this is after I cleaned the dirt off her face and out of her mouth and nose... poor girl.
But she was quickly cheered up by some love from Uncie Chubbs.

On our way back home to Chubb's place we saw these three deer in a yard just munching on some trees. We always saw bucks in this exact neighborhood which is right by the boys' old apartment. There was a two-point, three-point and a four-point. The guys were pretty stoked!
Thanks for a wonderful time Chubbs! You really spoiled us! We had a great time at dinner, Larabee, downtown, hanging at your place having some drinks and playing PS3 and watching movies. We wish we could have stayed longer. A day is not enough time to see all the places and people you want to see... another trip is definitely in our near future!