Gracie's First Christmas

posted on: Monday, December 22, 2014

I can't believe it is already the 22nd of December! Cookies aren't baked, cards aren't sent, letters aren't written and the picture above is the reason why :) This little Christmas-pajama-clad bundle of joy. I spend every waking moment with her, listening to her jabber away, watching her roll all around the room, talk to her animals, reach for toys, sing with me, and laugh when I laugh. All my days have been a blur and the one constant is Grace. I never tire of the routine of feeding, changing diapers, playing, laughing, reading, putting her to sleep, kissing, hugging, and discovering life through her eyes.

Easy-Peasy Pear Tart

posted on: Monday, December 15, 2014

I have never made anything so pretty in my life! I have, also, never made anything with pears before.  So, when I ended up with a few pears in my house, I looked some recipes. All of them looked great but seemed like they needed a bit more time than I had available. Then, I stumbled onto this super easy recipe. I pinned it, of course, and was prepared to make it the next day. 

The next day arrived, and somehow, with all of the fruit we had in the house (grapefruit, bananas, apples, oranges, clementines), someone had decided they were in a pear-y mood and swiped one of the pears I had hoped to use for this recipe. However, that did not deter me from making it anyway. :) Read on to find out just how easy it was!

Festival of Lights, Jenny Oaks Baker, Nativity Display - DC Temple

posted on: Sunday, December 14, 2014

 Each year, the Washington DC Latter-day Saint Temple presents a spectacular show called The Festival of Lights. This show runs through December and each night features free musical concerts in the Visitors' Center.  Besides the show, the temple is awash in Christmas lights galore, and it is a magnificent sight to behold. Last year, Aaron and I came to see the lights and I was pregnant with Grace. This year, Grace was with us and I felt myself tearing up a bit just reminiscing about that special time when I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this little beautiful child who would change my life forever.

Grace - 7 Months Old

posted on: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Incredible Fall Colors

posted on: Friday, November 14, 2014

This afternoon, on my way back from the temple, I drove past some beautiful fall foliage.  Mind you, my entire neighborhood in Virginia looks like this every year during the fall season. Today, as I was driving back home, I decided that I would stop and take some pictures of this gorgeous nature all around me. Okay, "stop and take pictures" was actually more like come to full stop right in the middle of the road and click away to my heart's content.  It seems impossible to just drive by this beauty and not stop and admire it for a minute or longer if you have the time. 

Having just been to the LDS Washington DC Temple with some lovely ladies, I appreciated the opportunity to see and recognize His hand in this incredible creation! "Men are that they might have joy!" This brings great joy to my heart and I am thankful for nature and its powerful influence in our lives.

  #sharegoodness #beautifulvirginia

Bathtime Reading

posted on: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gracie loves to read! Well, she likes to be read to and I am almost positive that she is contemplating how long it would take before she gets to slobber over some pages and maybe even get a bit or two of paper in her mouth. Either way, it is never too late to introduce babies to books. :) So, why stop at just reading to them before bed?  Gracie shows you how she can read even while taking a bath! This girl is a multi-tasker! 

Bright Onesie

posted on: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  Gracie loved her bright onesie! It matched the colors of the lovely fall season and it kept her quiet and busy for a while as she explored it all over.


posted on: Monday, November 10, 2014

I happened to look at the baby monitor in passing when I realized that Gracie had actually rolled over onto her stomach and fell asleep. Usually, she cries immediately because she can't roll back due to her little legs being stuck in the crib. So, being the good mother that I am, I grab my camera first, snap a couple of pictures, and then go in and adjust her to a more comfortable sleeping position. She stayed sleeping through the whole affair. Tired baby!

Apple Muffins w/ Brown Sugar Topping

 Nothing says "Fall is here!" like the smell of apples baking in the oven, in one form or the other.  And these Apple Muffins were the perfect Sunday evening snack! They melt in your mouth, and if you are in the habit of buttering up your muffins before you eat them, hold off on that dab of butter. These babies are as moist as can be and the crunch of the brown sugar topping is divine. Thanks to Christy @ The Girl Who Ate Everything for this awesome recipe, which I stuck to without making a single change. For some reason, I am not brave enough to attempt any major changes in my baking as I do in my cooking. In this particular case, I was delighted that I did not and the results were amazing!

Try it out for yourself and see what I am talking about! 

The view from my window

posted on: Saturday, November 8, 2014

I love living in Virginia and the fall season is one of the main reasons for this amorous relationship.  The colors and the crisp air. The cozy sweaters and a cup of hot chocolate. Ah! How could you not love the fall season in this part of the world?

Touching Toes

posted on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gracie has been demonstrating new tricks almost every day and yesterday was no exception. Her latest trick—touching her toes—makes diaper changing a bit interesting, but it thrills me to see her grow and learn new things. 

It started out pretty quietly - just simply lounging on the bed.

Sitting Up. Sort of.

posted on: Monday, October 13, 2014

And the growing up keeps on going! Today, Gracie decided that she was going to sit up by herself and listen to her storybook rhymes. Well, she sat up for a bit and then leaned forward and supported herself with her hands. It is amazing to watch her learn how to do this on her own and cheer her as I snap a hundred pictures. To save you from the boredom of repetition, I will only post one. :) But sitting up, balancing oneself, drooling and posing can become quite complicated and yet, she pulls it off so effortlessly!

Grace & Her Dragon

posted on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gracie's Ab Workout

posted on: Monday, September 8, 2014

I am completely aware that I am utterly biased when I say, "What a beautiful baby!"but I am saying it anyway. :) Here is a series of photos showing you some of Gracie's ab workouts while donning a cute yellow duckie costume.

Couch Time

posted on: Monday, September 1, 2014

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