Friday, October 12, 2012

{nora} one year

today, you are one. 
this year has come and gone. 
sometimes, i wish i could go back to the day our eyes first met and keep you little forever. how selfish of me to feel that way. 
i've loved watching you discover this world.
i wish i could describe the love i felt the first time i held you in my arms, but my words fail me. 
you will know someday, lord willing, 
when you hold your little one after waiting 9 months to meet.
you are sweet and dainty. 
i can already see you are passionate...showing us your temper every once in a while.
you are beautiful. 
i've loved getting to know you this year.
i'm so thankful God chose you to be my daughter.
you are a joy and a treasure to our family.

we love you, baby girl.

special thanks to carissa g. photography for taking these amazing pictures of our little love for her first birthday.
hair clip: scramshkels
linking with findingjoy

Monday, October 8, 2012

parks, pumpkin, peas, and some red hair. {miscellany monday}

hey, howdy, hey!
hope your weekend was spectacular.
linking up with carissa for some miscellany monday.
(she's also doing a giveaway!)

i'm pretty consistent with going to the salon. my hair gets tangly pretty fast if it's not trimmed or dyed about every 6 to 8 weeks. it's my excuse for some me time and it's necessary, right? probably not, but i started getting grays at 20, and i'd prefer not to let them show yet. sometimes i dye it myself with old reliable loreal, and sometimes i like a splurge and get it done professionally.
my last hair appointment was in may, so my hair was hard to put a comb through.

lately i've just been medium brown. i've needed a change, but didn't want to lose length, so a color change it was!
i have a crush on red hair. i mean in love crush. it's beautiful. i always wished i was born a red-head like my dad. 
i didn't go all red despite the picture. it does make my whole head look red. i still have my dark hair but with red highlights. super fun. i feel like all i need now is a nose ring.  

this boy loves his daddy. and we think it's super cute when he puts on his dad's shoes and tries to walk in them. 

we've been having some fun park days, even though it's crazy hot here! we shouldn't be able to call it october if it's 86 degrees out. 

baby girl got some new shoes and loves walking in them.

my future fashionista.

who doesn't eat peas as a bedtime snack? 

 even though it's in the 80's, we still needed some pumpkin goodies to commemorate the coming of fall.
this is one of my new favorite pumpkin muffin recipes.
thank you the pioneer woman.

i altered it a tiny bit because i didn't have ginger, and i wanted to add chocolate chips...because everything's better with chocolate chips. am i right? well maybe not everything, but most things. so, if you want to try the original, follow the link.
otherwise, enjoy.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1 can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup milk chocolate chips (or whatever chocolate chips you like)

preheat oven to 400 degrees.generously grease 12 muffin tins, or use muffin cups for less clean-up.
sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. cut in butter with paddle attachment on your mixer. in a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, and vanilla. pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture. mix with whip attachment until mixture is just combined. add chocolate chips.
pour into muffin cups.
bake for 25 minutes. cool for 2 minutes in the muffin tin and then transfer to a bakers rack. these are excellent warm.
my kids loved these for breakfast.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

eleven months {nora}

this update is way late. it's now october, and you will be one year in ten days.
i can't believe it. i've blinked and your almost a year!

this month brought a big new are walking! 
you love your new found freedom.
you love playing chase with your brother.
you just want to go and get there fast. 
you say mama and dada.
you love giving big slobbery kisses, and we love getting them.
your big brother is your favorite person...i want you to remember that.
you perk up at the sound of his voice over the baby monitors.
you get so excited when you he enters the room.
he makes you laugh and cry.
sometimes, he's the only one you'll give kisses to.
you still only have 2 teeth.
you wave bye-bye and try to say it.
strawberries and bananas are some of your favorite fruits.
you love macaroni and cheese and broccoli and spinach.
you are such a sweet girl.
everyday you are more and more of a joy to watch and love.
we love you!
(please excuse the poor quality photo. 
it was taken on my phone and little miss doesn't like to sit still)