Tuesday, August 30, 2011

5 months + a trip to Utah

Lily is almost 6 months, so I better hurry and record her 5 month stats:

As of August 10th, she was 14 lbs. 2 oz., but I'm pretty sure she weighs much more than that now. I feel like she grew overnight. My poor, wimpy arms can't take much more.

  • can pivot on her stomach and gets up on one knee like she wants to crawl
  • is so smiley and has developed such a sweet personality
  • loves people
  • has really taken to solids. We've only given her cereal, peas, and carrots. She loved the cereal and the carrots. The peas not so much, and I don't blame her. She makes an "mmm mmm" noise when she wants more.
  • can sit by herself for a short period of time
  • likes to pull her binky in and out of her mouth and tosses it



On our trip to Utah, she did so well on the plane rides. I was such a proud mama. She was also so happy and content, and loved all the attention she was getting from the family. We had such a good time and got spoiled by Cole's family with meals, movies, good conversation, and even babysitting! We hit up Cafe Rio, Spark, Taco Time, Glacier Pass sno shack -- all our favorite places. I also got to see so many friends. Lily met too many people to name. I miss the beautiful weather and my beautiful family and friends. Can't wait to come back! Now for a picture overload:


Cole took these pictures of the Ballard home


Lily + Grandpa Ed


Lovely Heather, Lily + future baby Ellsworth


Molly + her sweet new baby, Reese


Big boy Luke + Alex

Lily + her cousin Maisey

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Just wanted to share what I've been up to lately. I love louandlee on etsy, but unfortunately I can't buy a headband for Lily every time they come out with a new, cute one (which is very often), so I got resourceful. Here are my creations:





My model got a bit uncooperative, so I didn't get close-ups of all of them. Most of these I gave away as gifts, but I'll be sure to make more. Let me know if I can make you one!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

a comparison

If there were ever any doubt about Cole's role in this baby-makin' business, there should be none now. These pictures kinda blow me away. It's pretty easy to say Lily just looks like me because of the dominant asian-ness, but she's got a whole lot of Cole, as you will see:


The hair, the lips, the chin, the looong fingers, and even the eyes look alike to me. They're my twinners, and I love them both!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011



I went grocery shopping at 8 a.m.
I bought a basil plant.
Lily had a blowout.
I crafted.
I made more effort on dessert than on dinner.
Lily and I waltzed around the living room to Chopin.
I gave us mani/pedis.
I cried watching this video.
I learned a new song.

...was a good day.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Playing catch-up

I went on hiatus from the Internet for a while because I was getting slightly obsessed with blogging, Facebooking, Pinteresting, etc. It actually wasn't that hard, although it probably helped that I was busy packing, moving, cleaning...and our Internet was technically not connected. Anyway, here's a little recap of what we've been up to.

Lily has started teething and so she drools/chews on everything. We bought her Sophie the giraffe, and she can now be found making out with sucking on it 90% of the day.


We've also started her on rice cereal. The first few attempts were unsuccessful and messy. Lily has started to warm up to the idea though, and so now it's just messy.

Attempt #1

Our good friends, Anne and Michael, are leaving us for bigger and better things (i.e. grad school) so we threw them a surprise going away party last night. As you can see, we had quite the spread.

They're not going to Germany, I just thought "au wiedersehen" sounded festive (just realized I spelled it wrong. how embarrassing)

I made these cookies and cream cupcakes. My favorite part about them, aside from their deliciousness, is that you can see the Oreo through the bottom wrapper.


And I've decided I have the cutest friends ever:


It's been a fun and busy week, but I missed you, blogosphere.