Monday, November 20, 2017

Letters to Reverie: 8 months

Reverie Hope at 8 months
My dear Reverie Hope,

You are eight months too soon! You crawl and pull up onto your knees. You love to feed yourself everything from roasted or steamed squash, broccoli, carrots, cabbage; Os oat cereal; oatmeal; and fruit like avocado and pear. Your two bottom teeth sprouted through the surface of your gums this month. You shovel food into your mouth without time to chew with your gums. Your favorite utterances are repetitions of "ma," "ba," and "va." There's a lot of squealing interspersed too. You are a content baby as long as you're not left by your lonesome. You are happiest when your family is within sight. Baths make you kick your legs with glee too. I feel like you've grown much longer this month, which makes me wistful. You are the cutest wrapped in a towel after a bath though. We adore you so. We all can't help but smile when we look at you. Your nicknames include Reverie baby, Rev, Sweetsweet, and Littlest. Your siblings delight in you and clamor to hold you and smother you with affection any chance they get. You are dearly loved, my sweet baby. So loved by your family and even more so by the Savior.


Love you so,
Mama

P.S. Reverie at 012, 3456, and 7 months. Plus, her birth story.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A wild, timeless trek

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On Halloween, Alex and I threw on our safari gear and headed into the plains to observe wildlife. We stumbled upon creatures aplenty, but none delighted us as much as a mischievous panda, a big-eared baby elephant, and a mythical unicorn. The unicorn energetically brandished her wand to persuade the panda and elephant to tolerate photos with us, which made the adventure one for the books!

We already had costumes for Halloween when I won the adorable elephant bonnet on an Instagram giveaway a couple of years ago, so neither Serene nor Valor wore it that year. When we got pregnant with Reverie, I knew I wanted our littlest babe to be an elephant for her first Halloween. I wore her in a gray wrap, which made our baby elephant even more endearing. Serene received a unicorn costume for her birthday from her grandauntie comprising of a white leotard and tutu, shiny wings, and unicorn headband. She announced she would be a unicorn for Halloween ever since. Therefore Valor was a panda with a simple mask, baseball tee, and black pants. Alex and I were safari rangers from years gone by, with thrifted shirts, bottoms we already had in our closet, and hats borrowed from a friend. Life is a wild adventure these days, which made the theme fitting. This was the first year one of our kids resolutely decided on her own costume. This was also the first year I didn't make anything for our costumes. I'm hoping there are years of family costumes to come!

See our past Halloween costumes:
Halloween 2016: It's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Halloween 2015: The sun will come out tomorrow
Halloween 2014: In Wonderland
Halloween 2013: The sailor man with a spinach can and his fam
Halloween 2012: I dreamed a dream of time gone by

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Santa Cruz vibes

reverie at 7 months
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reverie at 7 months
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serene at 4 years and valor at 2 years 5 months
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serene at 4 years, valor at 2 years 5 months, reverie at 7 months
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serene at 4 years
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valor at 2 years 5 months
capitola beach
serene at 4 years, valor at 2 years 5 months
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serene at 4 years, valor at 2 years 5 months, reverie at 7 months
valor at 2 years 5 months
serene at 4 years, valor at 2 years 5 months
reverie at 7 months
santa cruz trip
We spent a week up north last week, with Santa Cruz as our first stop. The last time we were there, we only had 8 month old Serene. We love the city's relaxed beach vibes at the boardwalk and wharf. The boardwalk was closed when we stopped by, which allowed for tons of picture-taking.