Baby boy!

After much anticipation, baby #2 finally arrived!
My “estimated due date” was July 1st.  Baby arrived 12 days later.
Born Monday, July 13th at 4:45pm… weighing in at 10lb. 8oz….
Harrison Stephen La Crosse

I’ll share some more details of his birth later, but for now, here are a few pictures from his arrival…

One of our first moments together

One of our first moments together

Husband & I both thought he looked smaller than Lincoln, but we were wrong... 6 ounces heavier than his big brother!

Husband & I both thought he looked smaller than Lincoln, but we were wrong…    6 ounces heavier than his big brother!

Big brother & little brother

Big brother & little brother

Sleepy boy at home...

Sleepy boy at home…

Aloha!

I know it’s been awhile, but I wanted to share a few pictures from our recent trip to Hawaii!  We stayed at the beautiful Aulani hotel on Oahu. It was a short trip, but definitely a great little vacation.

Lincoln decked out in his Hawaiian shirt hanging out in Waikiki...

Lincoln decked out in his Hawaiian shirt hanging out in Waikiki…

The lovely view from our hotel room...

The lovely view from our hotel room…

Lincoln & Dad underneath a banyan tree...

Lincoln & Dad underneath a banyan tree…

The beach outside of our hotel...

The beach outside of our hotel…

Lincoln in his "cool shades"

Lincoln in his “cool shades”

Enjoying some shave ice on the north shore...

Enjoying some shave ice on the north shore…

Rhythm of our days…

Oh my… is it really the last week of January already?  I hope winter is going by as fast for all of you actually experiencing a “real” winter.

I realize I haven’t posted in ages.  I guess the whirlwind of the holidays and then recovering from the holidays left little time for blogging; but, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas.

With the new year here and Lincoln getting a bit older (he’ll be 3 in May, what?!?), I’ve been thinking a lot lately about rhythm in our home life. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been quite interested in the Waldorf education philosophy, and creating a predictable rhythm is a big focus.  Simplicity Parenting also definitely touches on it.

I’m not talking about a set schedule per se- certainly anyone with a toddler can attest to the fact that maintaining tight schedules becomes quite difficult.  But, more of a gentle flow that helps a child know what to expect throughout the day (mealtimes, play time, bed time, etc.).

Currently, we have pretty good daily habits, but I’d like to work on creating more seasonal and yearly rhythm too.  This can be accomplished through focusing on seasonal changes and special holiday and festival celebrations.  Obviously, we all know the traditional holidays (Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, etc.), but delving into Waldorf, I’ve begun to discover all sorts of additional cultural festivals throughout the year- as well as ways to make those season changes (Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, etc.) more special.

I have grand plans to start incorporating these events into our year- we will see how that all pans out 😉 I will keep you posted.
First up is Valentine’s Day, so I am working on a few, small things we can do to make that day special at our home.

For now, I’ll leave you with a few family pictures we took just before the holidays.  The session was a lot of fun.  We were in the arts district in downtown LA and had an amazing photographer (Britney Moore Photography, for anyone local to LA… she was fantastic!)

Happy New Year everyone!

PS- Any tips on special things you do to celebrate throughout the year, please feel free to share 🙂

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birthday celebration, round two

We spent the long weekend in Bend celebrating Lincoln’s birthday- and husband’s birthday!

Here is a boatload of pictures…

He loves Nani... and that lawn mower!

He loves Nani… and that lawn mower!

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starting his hockey training early

starting his hockey training early

Lincoln was delighted to open more presents!

Lincoln was delighted to open more presents!

a new puzzle

a new puzzle

attempting to spray Popi with the water hose

attempting to spray Popi with the water hose

we spent an afternoon at the local pool...

we spent an afternoon at the local pool…

then, more cupcake and singing, "Happy Birthday!"

then, more cupcakes and singing, “Happy Birthday!”

husband got a cupcake too...

husband got a cupcake too…

a beautiful hike by the river

a beautiful hike by the river

piggy-back rides with his cousins...

piggy-back rides with his cousins…

Lincoln & Connor

Lincoln & Connor

Lincoln and Connor and Andrew... so sweet seeing these boys together

Lincoln and Connor and Andrew… so sweet seeing these boys together

… and a happy new year!

But first a little Christmas recap…

So, everyone chose to gather here in California for Christmas… I guess the sunshine, warm weather and sandy beaches won out over snowy, cold mountains this year…  I am once again so thankful that despite yet another relocation, we were able to spend Christmas together with Nani, Popi, my brother and sister-in-law and the kids (“Ca” and “Eee” as Lincoln calls them).

We had our big dinner on Christmas Eve, and Lincoln dressed accordingly for our oh so fancy evening…

I was pretty obsessed with his little bowtie...

I was pretty obsessed with his little bow tie…

squinty eyes are a signature feature of the Lincoln smile...

squinty eyes are a signature feature of the Lincoln smile…

rarely captured on camera! Mom, Dad and child...

rarely captured on camera! Mom, Dad and child…

Nani, Popi, and three silly boys

Nani, Popi, and three silly boys

Of course Lincoln chose to sleep in on Christmas morning… The poor guy has five teeth coming in simultaneously and has had quite a few rough nights lately, which often lead to late awakenings…

But as soon as he was up, the present opening began (his two cousins waited very patiently for him to get up- not an easy task for a 6 and 7 year old!)

reading up on our new city…

After presents, we hopped in the car and drove down to Malibu to play at the beach.  It took Lincoln awhile, but once he warmed up to playing in/near the ocean, I could hardly tear him away.

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And now we begin a new year… {and a new look for the blog… I’m still tinkering with it…}
I imagine that by the end of this year, my little Lincoln will be a walking, talking, running, jumping little boy, without a trace of baby in sight… Lately he has just been picking up new words and left and right.  Although many of them are currently only decipherable by me (and sometimes husband), he is desperately trying to say everything.  It is quite amazing to witness.

I am also hoping to do some serious exploring in this new city we are calling home…  I’ve got the local parks down and we’ve seen a few sights (Santa Monica Pier and the promenade, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Disneyland- although Lincoln only lasted a few hours before a nap was a serious necessity), but I know there is A LOT more to see.

Happy 2014!

a very happy Thanksgiving

We had family in town for Thanksgiving and boy, oh boy…
Lincoln loved playing with his two older cousins.

Every day, all day, he couldn’t have been happier wrestling, bouncing around, and generally rough housing with the boys.

one of their calmer moments together...

one of their calmer moments together…

We made a Thanksgiving dinner {thank goodness for my mother-in-law & sister-in-law who handled nearly all of the cooking… while I wrangled my crazy toddler boy…}, visited the beach and the aquarium, and laughed a lot.
I can’t wait for everyone to be back in town for Christmas!

So, now that it is officially the Christmas season, I am feeling the holiday spirit!  Our tree is up, halls are being decked and Christmas carols are playing on the radio.

Today we went to The Grove and Lincoln was in awe of the giant Christmas tree…

now that's a big Christmas tree!

now that’s a big Christmas tree!

attempting to see the top of the tree...

attempting to see the top of the tree…

And, as always, he loved spending weekend time with Dad.

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Riley dog

I had plans to write a lighthearted post this week telling you all about how sunny & warm southern California is (it really is!), with lots of cute pictures of Lincoln, but to be honest, I’ve been a bit distracted.

We found out last weekend that our little dog Riley has a serious heart/lung condition, and the prognosis is not great.
He’s 15 years old, so it’s not surprising that something like this would come up… but that doesn’t really make it any easier to process.

So, for now, we have him on some medications that seem to be helping and he’s had a few good days.  Hopefully, he continues to respond well and we are able to enjoy a few more good months with him.

Lincoln and Riley... many months ago

Lincoln and Riley… many months ago

Riley's absolute favorite toy

Riley’s absolute favorite toy

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California love…

So, I know I’ve been MIA here on the blog for some time. I have some BIG news that I’ve been dying to share, and I finally can…

Husband just accepted a position in Los Angeles!  We’re moving to California!
Crazy, right?!?

I am beyond excited… but, also slightly overwhelmed.  Searching for a place to rent in a city that I have never even visited is a bit challenging– especially when it’s a city/area as large as Los Angeles.  We are flying to LA this weekend to look at a few places and get a better feel for the different cities/neighborhoods.  Hopefully we’ll have some luck and find a place that we love.

Also, moving equals packing.  Ugh.  Never fun.  Now I have little Lincoln to “help” me out… I’m sure that will go smoothly 😉

But, more than anything, I am so excited to begin this new adventure and move our little family to sunny California.  The ocean, palm trees, farmers markets (year round!), local wine, great shopping, sunshine, sunshine, sunshine… I cannot wait!

Anyone out there with any recommendations on places to check out, places to avoid or any other general southern California advice, please let me know!

In the meantime, in addition to the house hunting and packing, I will be working on getting my wardrobe California ready…  Hopefully I can master a laid back, but put together look like these ladies…

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Apparently, I need to bleach my hair and purchase some denim cutoffs ASAP 🙂

August already?!

Well almost anyway…

July simply flew by.  We drove down to Bend for a weekend visit.  We spent about five days in Chicago visiting friends and family there.  And in between, Lincoln went to some Kindermusik classes, played outside a lot and grew into some sort of climbing, monkey boy (he is suddenly able to climb onto our couch completely unassisted).

Here are some pictures from the month…
(La Crosses– Why didn’t we insist on taking some family pictures at the BBQ?! I didn’t get any pictures of Lincoln with any of the kids… Next time I guess…)

early this month, we pulled out Lincoln's kiddie pool for the first time..

early this month, we pulled out Lincoln’s kiddie pool for the first time..

on the 4th of July, Lincoln took a little tumble and scraped up his face... but he recovered very quickly

on the 4th of July, Lincoln took a little tumble and scraped up his face… but he recovered very quickly

also, he began pretending that everything is a telephone...

also, he began pretending that everything is a telephone…

we played some tennis with the kids in Bend...

we played some tennis with the kids in Bend…

and Lincoln met Papa for the first time

and, while in Bend, Lincoln met Papa for the first time

during our visit to Chicago, Lincoln spent some time at the park with Grandpa

during our visit to Chicago, Lincoln spent some time at the park with Grandpa

and at another park, you can see Lincoln signing for "more" as soon as he comes down the slide...

and at another park, you can see Lincoln signing for “more” as soon as he comes down the slide…

all of our wonderful friends out in Spokane are girls, so I think Lincoln was pretty excited to play with my friend Meredith's adorable son, Will

all of our wonderful friends out in Spokane are girls, so I think Lincoln was pretty excited to play with my friend Meredith’s adorable son, Will

... but, Will's little sister Paige also had to join in on some of the fun

… but, Will’s little sister Paige also had to join in on some of the fun

and we finished off the month with some messy blueberries...

and we finished off the month with some messy blueberries at home…

yard sale

I’ve been busy all week getting ready for a yard sale we are hosting this Saturday… exciting stuff, right?  Our whole neighborhood is having a yard sale, so I thought why not join in?  We got rid of a ton of stuff before we moved out here, but since arriving, I realize there are still things I do not really need.  So yard sale, here we come… I’ve never hosted one before, so wish me luck!

In the meantime, here are just a few more pictures from Lincoln’s birthday weekend when everyone was in town.
(I told you summer would mean more sporadic posts, right?  Sorry!)
(Oh and if somehow you want to see MORE pictures from his celebration… there are more pics on Flickr- http://flic.kr/s/aHsjFGV8N2)

playing baseball with the boys...

playing baseball with the boys…

chatting with Popi

chatting with Popi

checking out the Spokane River with Dad...

checking out the Spokane River with Dad…

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