October 1, 2014


When we got home from our visit, I was really excited to see that the dahlias I planted had come up. I got a good little bunch of tubers as a thank you for donating to Sunny Meadows Flower Farm's greenhouse campaign. (Sunny Meadows is located in Columbus, OH, we toured the farm two summers ago when I was dabbling in the flower farming thing.) After one of their greenhouses was collapsed by too much snow this spring, they crowd-sourced some funds to purchase and put up a new one. 
Unfortunately this year's planting didn't measure up to the  big, bloom-laden ones I grew back in Ohio. Ironic, considering this is the Pacific Northwest where growing flowers supposedly couldn't be easier. But it was really due to my own negligence in the form of not preparing the soil well enough before and not watering enough after this photo was taken. One variety, Barbarossa came through with some lovely flame-y orange blooms despite my gardening failings. Photographic evidence will eventually be provided.

September 30, 2014

Opposite World

After growing up there and then having lived elsewhere for over a decade, I am always a little struck when we go back by just how flat central IIllinois is. I didn't appreciate it at the time but I honestly think now that the prairie is just as beautiful as the mountains we're now surrounded by, for all the ways it contrasts. Maybe partly because it will always be home to family, friends, countless memories and all that love. A great visit was had, can't wait to take Ida there and show her where her mom and dad are from. Technically she's already been twice, but she couldn't see much from her vantage at the time. :) 

September 26, 2014

And Even More Love

Happy Day 33
Getting to see the race was great, but getting to see great friends was the best part of all. And they saw to it that our little peanut had a souvenir or two from her first race.

September 16, 2014

Back at the Track

Happy Day 32
We hopped over to Indianapolis during our trip to go to the 500 with our legacy ticket-holding friends. The weather was absolutely perfect and it was an exciting race. It'll probably be a few years before we go back as race day can be kind of a marathon for spectators as far as getting in and out goes, not exactly conducive to really little kiddos attending. Which makes it kind of neat-o that ours got to go this year no fuss, no muss. :) 

September 15, 2014

Showered with Love

Happy Day 31
While we were in Illinois over Memorial Day weekend we were the lucky recipients of two baby showers, one given by family and the other a surprise given by friends. So grateful for all the wonderful people in our and now the little one's lives. Can't wait for her to meet them all.


Ida Evelyn. Born August 30 at 3:14 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. We are totally in love! She is so perfect and is worth all the effort that was required to bring her into the world. She's proving to be for the most part a pretty easy baby, we can usually soothe her without too much trouble to get her through her grumpy times (which includes almost every diaper change). Otherwise she is eating, sleeping or looking around either wide or sleepy-eyed. 
When speculating on what baby might look like, the possibility (one in four, I've since revisited Genetics 101) of red hair was discussed as we both have family members with this trait. And sure enough, we have a little redhead!
So far we know she likes motion (the more jostling the better it seems sometime), being held and cuddling, noise, being outdoors, eating (of course), and sucking on our fingers.  At least these all seem to facilitate her not crying/snoozing. She hates diaper changes, as previously mentioned, and being cold (the second probably helps explain the first). She doesn't seem to mind being in her crib, or at least waking up in it and she'll sleep pretty well there if she goes in already in a nice deep sleep. 
These pics are from day two through last week. That's about all for now. Will catch up on everything else eventually. 

August 25, 2014

Tastes Like Home

Happy Day 30
A trip back to Champaign-Urbana in the summer wouldn't have been complete without a stop at Custard Cup. They've been in business in Champaign since I was old enough to eat ice cream and I've been a loyal customer since. Lemon is the best.