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Pumpkin Patch

We headed out to the pumpkin patch over the weekend. I had grand plans for a cool patch I’ve been hearing about in SnohoIt honestly ended up being kind of lame – our usual spot has gone totally commercial and now charges for every single activity – but at least we got a few pumpkins out of it. Overpriced pumpkins, but worth it for the experience!

Family photo attempt.
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Her choice pumpkin.
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Loving on Grandma Chris.
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Torturing Joseph.
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Rewind: Mother’s Day

Just got around to going through the pictures I took back on Mother’s Day. My wonderful mom came up for the weekend to visit and meet Joseph for the first time. I actually came down with mastitis a few days beforehand, so it was extra awesome to have here here to entertain Olivia and play countless hours of My Little Pony (sorry about that, mom!).

A few pics of my mom and the kiddos. So sweet.
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And both Grandma’s and Joseph.
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Doug’s sweet mom, Grandma Chris.
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And Great Grandma Dorothy!
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A few days beforehand, Olivia’s preschool put on a Mother’s Day Tea. Talk about adorable. They sang, presented us with cards and handprint gifts, and we all had snacks together. It was such a special morning with my girl.
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The girls: Riley, Olivia, and Abby. Such sweethearts!

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Please forgive my terrible video skills.

Easter Weekend

Just a few photos from last weekend’s adventures…

We started off Saturday morning with a neighborhood egg hunt. This is her pre-hunt front yard pose.
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I was totally unprepared for just how chaotic it would actually be, it’s a good thing they let the little kids have a head start or else Olivia would have come home with nothing! As it was she was disappointed with her haul, but then a few nice older kids gave her some extra eggs and all was right in the world.
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After that we headed over to the beach for a friend’s party. It was super windy but once we hit the sand she didn’t seem to mind at all.
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Followed up by an evening egg dye in the backyard. Which I made her do half naked wearing an apron so she didn’t destroy her dress! Thank goodness it was a warm day.
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Sunday we had a lovely Easter dinner with the Perry’s, and then went outside to snap a few photos to document my ever-growing belly. Feelin’ large. I honestly don’t like any of these photos of myself, then again I have a 20 pound basketball strapped to the front of me so I suppose that’s natural!
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{I am obviously holding Olivia’s purse, my fashion sense may be pretty bad at this point but it hasn’t slipped THAT far.}

Getting close… 16 days to go!
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And that’s the end of probably my most boring post ever. Sorry guys, you get what you get at this point. Next post will hopefully include baby pictures!!!

Happy New Year!

Happy 2013!

Wow, I am beyond behind on this old blog. Does anyone even read this thing anymore?

I literally have a backlog of thousands of pictures to go through, but just can’t quite motivate (or find the time!) to do it! But I wanted to let you know that yes, we’re still alive, and yes, this blog is still going, albeit at a much slower pace. Which I have a feeling will slow even more when baby #2 joins us in 16 weeks or so. Eeeek!

We had an amazing last few months and I’ll hopefully find time in the next few weeks to edit photos and give an update. But for now, I wanted to leave you all with a quote I came across. I don’t really do resolutions, but I loved the way this summed up a goal I think that we should all have in the new year.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
― Neil Gaiman


And because a post isn’t really a post without a few pictures thrown in, here’s one to make you laugh…

One to make you smile…

One that’s an update…
{This is a few weeks old, but you get the idea. He’s growing!}

And one to take you far, far away…

Love and hugs to all from the Perry Three (soon to be four, we can’t wait!).

Happy Halloween!

Halloween 2012.

The day didn’t start out promising. POURING rain. We’re talking record-breaking rainfall over the past couple of days. Ugh. But miraculously while we were getting ready the rain stopped and by the time we headed out to a neighborhood party the sun was poking thorough and it was 60 degrees and dry – we didn’t even need jackets like we usually do at the end of October. Thank you weather gods.

This year’s costume pick: Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty. I’m fairly certain that she took inventory of every Disney princess costume we own, figured out the one (literally) that we didn’t have, and decided that was what she wanted to be. So Aurora it was.

A few shots before we headed out. Apologies that her hair is all in her face, she was insistent that Aurora only wears her hair down. And there’s really no arguing with her about such things.

Her best “princess pose”.


Please notice our ghetto-tastic pumpkins. I found these cute sticker kits at Target and thought they’d be perfect since a) she’s way too little to actually safely wield a knife and b) I really didn’t feel like dealing with the gross, stinky process of gutting pumpkins. Unfortunately not only did the stickers not stick at all, she then chose to rearrange them all into something she determined to be more beautiful. So there they are. Lovely.

Other than the pumpkin decorating bust, this year definitely didn’t disappoint. It was the first year she really got into trick-or-treating and was determined to fill her entire pumpkin with candy. Happily for her she succeeded.

First stop: our favorite neighbor’s house. We love Max and Ava.

Grandma Chris joined in on the fun while Doug held down the fort at our house.

She was pretty insistent on going to EVERY door. Even the ones where there was clearly no one home.

This picture is terrible but I had to capture the memory. A few of the older neighborhood girls dressed as princesses and Olivia decided that she most definitely belonged with them and trailed them for as long as she could. The put up with her for a bit but we finally dragged her away under protest when it became clear that they were over being followed everywhere by a 3 year old. Too funny.

Gaggles of kids. I love our neighborhood.

All in all, it was an awesome night. And I was SO glad to drop her off at school this morning after a late night on a sugar high followed by an early wake-up call. Thank goodness for preschool. She asked me on the way there if she could trick-or-treat again tonight. Apparently she’s a bit confused on the whole “Halloween comes once a year” concept.

Hope everyone had a great Halloween!


This was actually the first Easter we’ve spent at home since Olivia was born (I’ve been with her in CA the past few years), so we (I) decided to ‘do it up’ and host a brunch and egg hunt for some of my besties and their families. We lucked out with an absolutely gorgeous spring day, which of course only made things even better!

Our little egg hunter.


Please excuse the massive basket, it was what I could find at the moment since I had completely forgotten to give her the ‘official’ Easter basket in the chaos of getting ready for brunch. It’s actually still sitting in our laundry room. Whoops. Oh well, I guess that means more toys for bribery over the next few weeks.


Checking out her loot.

While all of the kids were running around and playing I noticed that Olivia had gone missing. I discovered her at the top of her playset, sitting alone and shoveling as much candy into her mouth as she could before someone stopped her. Classic. When I told her to stop eating, she told me that she was “just reading the m’s on the candy”. Right.

I realized after the fact when I was looking through my pictures that I didn’t get any shots of all of the kids together. Such a bummer since they all looked so darling in their Easter best. Here’s a few of my favorites of our buddies…

{clockwise: Maren, Landon, the Chambers fam}


{Danielle and gorgeous 4-week old Clara, the Wheri’s, the Alexander’s, the Capobianco’s}

Forced family photo. Olivia was clearly bribed with candy for this one.

The fabulous momma’s.

We followed up the morning with a fabulous dinner at Doug’s parent’s place. Ahhhh, what a perfect day, couldn’t have asked for anything better.

This is super cute and the seriously the easiest Easter dessert ever for kids. Boxed cupcakes and frosting, topped with toasted coconut and mini cadbury eggs. Yum

Christmas 2011

I hope that everyone had a fabulous Christmas filled with love, joy, and all of the wonder and the magic that the season brings.

The holidays were SO fun this year with Olivia being a bit older. She was super excited about Santa coming… pretty sure that’s because she assumed he would bring her a princess wand and “princess stuff” (which, of course, he delivered!).

We came home from Mexico right before Christmas, so it was definitely a whirlwind settling back in and getting everything ready! We hosted Christmas Eve dinner at our house (although I’ll admit that my mom did most of the cooking, thanks mom!).

Olivia’s chosen Christmas Eve ensemble. Please notice the shoes and the crown. This is how she now dresses most days. Photobucket

Doug reallllly wanted a turkey dinner, so a turkey dinner he got! Photobucket Notice his apron? Stay classy, DP.

Christmas Eve is also Chris’ birthday, so of course we needed a chocolate cake to celebrate the birthday girl! Photobucket

Christmas morning O was up ridiculously early. Partially jet lag (Mexico is 2 hours ahead), partially excitement that there would be presents downstairs. So most of my pictures from the morning are dark and yellowish. Ick. Oh well.

I’m not sure how much she ‘gets’ Santa at this age, but she sure understood that he brought presents! Funny thing is that when we told her Santa came she was a bit scared to come into the room – I think she was afraid he was actually still in there.

As I said before, this year was a very princess-y gift year. Olivia is super into all things glittery and girly, so Santa delivered on that. The first presents she spotted were a new Belle dress, wand, shoes, and a princess castle tent. Definitely a hit!


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This was followed up by a Cinderella costume by Uncle Craig and soon-to-be Aunt Danielle. That’s right, Craig FINALLY popped the question! We couldn’t be more excited to have Danielle officially join our family, we adore her!

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Yep, the Cinderella costume is her new favorite. She’s basically worn it nonstop and cries when we have to take it off. Photobucket

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I…I mean Santa…made the great decision to get her sparkly lip gloss in her stocking. Which she rapidly painted all over her face and neck. “I so pretty.” Photobucket

Feeding her new baby. Who she has since interestingly named “Baby Jesus.” She spent this afternoon bossing “Baby Jesus” around – “Baby Jesus, you go in stroller. You take a nap.” Photobucket

Princess playtime with a very patient and loving uncle. Thanks Kevin!


Christmas night we went over to Doug’s parents to a fabulous family gathering. I didn’t take many photos (can you believe it?) but snapped this one of my parents and her in front of their tree. It’s not the greatest, but it’s the memory that counts!


We still have a few unopened presents under the tree that I’ll dole out over the next few days. And our entire house is covered in glitter from those darn princess costumes (doesn’t help that she’s been wearing them nonstop, she’s such a girly-girl!).

What a fabulous holiday!

P.S. We had an awesome opportunity to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City a few weeks back, and it was an amazing performance. Here’s a quick video shot by Doug on his iPhone – they made it snow inside! Magical.

They were singing Good King Wenceslas, which I love

Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even;
Brightly shone the moon that night, tho’ the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gath’ring winter fuel.

Hither, page, and stand by me, if thou know’st it, telling,
Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain;
Right against the forest fence, by Saint Agnes’ fountain.”.

“Bring me flesh, and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither:
Thou and I will see him dine, when we bear them thither.”
Page and monarch, forth they went, forth they went together;
Through the rude wind’s wild lament and the bitter weather.

“Sire, the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger;
Fails my heart, I know not how; I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, good my page. Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage freeze thy blood less coldly.”

In his master’s steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted;
Heat was in the very sod which the saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing.

Merry Christmas!!!

Warmest wishes for a very merry Christmas to you and yours!

With love,
Doug, Andrea & Olivia



Gingerbread Houses

One of my friends organized a gingerbread house making party at a catering company this morning. It was so fun (and so awesome to do something so messy and chaotic in a commercial kitchen rather than at our house!). Olivia was super excited about the prospect of “decorate ginger house”. Not entirely sure if she knew what that entailed but she apparently knew that it was something fun.

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My little decorator in action.


The group. Again, thank goodness for a commercial kitchen and someone else to do the cleanup!

All of the kids were being pretty good about decorating with the candy instead of eating it, but after about 20 minutes in little hands started making their way into little mouths. I walked around to the other side of the table and saw this…
Caught red-handed.

Of course she’s now jumping around in her crib and singing rather than napping. Grrreat.

My favorite conversation of the day:
Olivia: “I hungry.” (even though she just ate her weight in frosting and candy)
Me: “Okay, let’s go home and make a sandwich for lunch.
Olivia: “Chips?” (because that’s all she ever wants to eat)
Me: “No, you need to eat a sandwich.
Olivia: “I eat chip sandwich?

She’s a clever one. Can’t blame a kid for trying, right?


Well, after talking it up all week we ventured out to a holiday party to see Santa today! We just started talking about Santa last week in very broad terms, and told her that he brings presents to good boys and girls on Christmas (yes, I’ll be following in the time-honored tradition of all parents of using Santa as a weapon for good behavior throughout the month). She has been super excited about the tree and all of the presents (none of which are for her, we adopted a family. Try explaining that to a two year old!). And she has repeatedly told me that she wants Santa to bring her a princess wand and a cupcake. Dream big Olivia, dream big.

Since O was in a relatively cooperative mood this morning, I snapped a few pictures in front of the tree before we headed out to the party. She’s finally getting into taking her picture taken. Hallelujah.

I seriously love this one. It’s SO her.
She has insisted on wearing those pink shoes every day (along with her Ariel costume, of course), but she can barely walk in them. There’s lots of shuffling going on around this house.

Another cute shot.

As soon as the guy in red appeared at the party Olivia started clinging to me for dear life. So this is the best that we got. Oh well, at least it’s much better than last year’s teary shot.
I may be dragging her to the mall for a do-over. If I get really motivated. So let’s be honest, we’ll probably just live with this one!